Paramore – After Laughter: Review

Paramore are one of the bands I listened to a lot towards the end of my time at secondary school, a pretty classic case of teenage love for alternative acts that has stayed with me to this day. The band were always about frontwoman Hayley Williams, whose powerful vocals were instantly identifiable and lent a strength to what were already songs that hit hard.  But in the background there was the excellent Farro brothers, one on guitar and one on the drums, that helped make — Read more →

Songs of the Month: April 2017

What’s been a great year for music continues with some stellar tracks this month too. The theme, if there is one as such, might be that of redemption – with the artists here all releasing songs I really like after hitting a perhaps less than golden patch of music. As a heads-up for next month, though, there’s expected to be new CHVRCHES music and LCD Soundsystem perhaps too – so these tracks should count themselves lucky to enjoy their time in the limelight before being — Read more →

Songs of the Month: March 2017

The last month has been an incredible one in terms of new music, with new releases from some artists I’m very fond of.  But having fantastic new music from artists that you’ve never heard of, but that turn out to be pretty great in their own right makes things that bit better. Picking just six songs to sum up March has been tough, but here’s the cream of the musical crop as spring shuffles in: Martin Jensen – “Solo Dance” Tropical house is getting to — Read more →

Sound of Silver: 10 Years On

When was it that you first felt old? When did you first look back on the five, ten years that have gone by and realise it had disappeared in the rear-view mirror far faster than you had imagined? I know I started to feel old pretty young.  I might have been halfway through academy (high school) when I really started to be aware of how quickly everything seemed to be going.  Of course it seems a bit daft now, to think you’re old at 13 — Read more →

Passion Pit – Tremendous Sea of Love: Review

Donald Trump is all over pop culture like a rash at the minute, and it perhaps harkens back to the conservative years gone-by of the likes of Thatcher and Reagan where a subculture broke through into the mainstream off the back of widespread dissatisfaction with public life in general. Passion Pit’s latest effort, straddling the lines between an album and an experimental EP, takes its name from a Trump campaign rally quote, but it is decidedly apolitical in its focus.  And its perhaps that detachment — Read more →