Author: Ben Norris

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Live Review: Marika Hackman @ Thekla, Bristol (21/9/19)

With live performances, there can be a divide between musicians who put their rawest feelings into a set but lack presence and musicians who put in a compelling display but offer little in the way of substance. On the 21st night of September at a newly-refurbished Thekla in Bristol, Marika Hackman demonstrates that it’s still […]

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Review: Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell

The fifth album from Lana Del Ray is arguably the culmination of everything she’s worked towards since the release of her viral hit Videogames back in 2011. There’s nothing here that will convert anyone who wasn’t already a fan; instead, Norman Fucking Rockwell! (or NFR!, as it’s being promoted to the masses on the London […]

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Review: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Infest the Rat’s Nest

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have never been ones for half measures. When the Melbourne-based seven-piece gave themselves the very ambitious goal of releasing five albums in 2017, they not only succeeded in meeting their goal but they delivered five very different bodies of work, each underpinned by five fully-realised concepts. No two of […]

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Live Review: Dog of Man @ The Hope & Ruin, Brighton (16/8/19)

“It’s like a circus gone wrong.” Having struggled for hours to find a way of encapsulating Dog of Man’s sound, I can think of no description more fitting than my friend’s comment halfway through their album launch gig at the Hope and Ruin last Friday. They might possess many of the hallmarks of a regular […]

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Live Review: Cultdreams – Things That Hurt

Cultdreams, formerly Kamikaze Girls, announced their second album Things That Hurt back in March and have been working hard on their follow-up to 2017’s Seafoam. The finished product is tense and visceral, knotty and undulating. Their sound is big, with an emphasis on pulsing, delay-soaked guitar leads and towering drums. Like most rock duos they’ve […]

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Live Review: Citadel 2019

On July 14th, I made my way to Gunnersbury Park via Acton Town to cover this year’s installment of the Citadel festival. As I was only one person amongst a sea of thousands I couldn’t physically attend every act there, but I tried to catch as many as possible in the time I had. This […]

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Review: Egyptian Blue – Collateral Damage (EP)

On Collateral Damage, Egyptian Blue present themselves as a powerful, competent force. The four songs explored here neatly choreograph their intentions; opener Collateral sets a frantic pace that the band maintains throughout the EP’s fifteen-minute run with barely so much as a pause for breath. Each track is held together by tight, driving grooves and […]

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Albums of 2019 So Far…

We are now into July and into the second half of 2019. We thought we would take a look at some of our favourite albums of the year so far. Written by Henry Groves (HG), Zach Spencer (ZS), Ben Norris (BN), George Smale (GS) and Harry Fortuna (HF) Stella Donnelly – Beware of the Dogs […]

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Review: Gender Roles – You Look Like Death

There seems to be a current trend in the alternative scene for artists releasing underwhelming lead singles ahead of an upcoming album or tour. Although subsequent releases go some way towards redressing the balance, the damage is done and it can be difficult to justify the hype. That said, thank god for Gender Roles, who’ve […]

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Review: Honeyblood – In Plain Sight

It sounds like Honeyblood’s Stina Tweeddale has been watching a lot of Lucifer recently. Demonic imagery crops up repeatedly throughout ‘In Plain Sight’, expanding on the playful mentions of witches and hexes that characterised the band’s previous album, Babes Never Die.

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