LUCIA & THE BEST BOYS’ strength in vulnerability

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From solo performer to band of Best Boys, Lucia and co have come a long way since the 2017 EP ‘Best Boy.’ Their latest visualisation of single ‘Forever Forget’ (directed by Rianne White) is testament to this metamorphosis; an other-worldly depiction of lyrical vulnerability, Lucia is bejewelled in a realm of inky black science-fiction amongst… Read more »

Cut and Paste: the surreal anthropology of STEPH DUTTON

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Pairing bygone imagery with surreal sentences, Steph Dutton, harnesses collage to dissect human behaviour in all its banality and eccentricity. Playful compositions show fragments of archival image anatomised with arrows; forming bizarre photo-montage narratives. Steph’s work may be synonymous with Nottingham post-punk band Do Nothing – their shared penchant for hilarity has established a long-lasting… Read more »

The dynamic dance of REGRESSIVE LEFT

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Released just over a week ago, ‘Take the Hit’ is over before it’s begun. A sonic collision sounding like ESG at their most unsettling and Talking Heads at their most cavorting, Regressive Left’s second release unfurls at a dizzying pace. Agitated electronic chatter, “Does blood run thicker than an IV drip?” questions singer Simon Tyrie… Read more »

The Story Of Subculture: GOTH

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Goth. It’s the 19th Century actress Sarah Bernhardt wearing a stuffed bat and sleeping in a coffin. It’s the macabre, greyscale illustrations of Edward Gorey. It’s a coal-eyed Siouxsie Sioux submerged in a bathtub full of flowers; an homage to Ophelia. It’s The Horrors in their winkle-picker shoes singing “Sheena is a Parasite.” It’s Dicken’s… Read more »

The droll satire of BLANKETMAN’s “National Trust” E.P.

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“I don’t like the taste of water in the city, I don’t like what it leaves in my mouth” declares singer Adam Hopper on Blanketman’s ‘Leave the South’, their last single released before they unveil their debut EP National Trust on the 19th of March. Though a personal rather than political preference (and an inclination… Read more »

Ever heard of…..ANYA PHILLIPS?

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The second instalment in our series investigating overlooked or obscured figures in musical and subcultural history delves into the short and spectacular life of New York no-wave luminary Anya Phillips. Her name may not summon instant recognition – but if you’ve any interest in the music scene of 1970’s New York, you’ve surely witnessed Anya… Read more »

‘POLY STYRENE: I am a Cliché’, the film about a musical icon who was anything but

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“I wanna be instamatic. I wanna be a frozen pea” howls Poly Styrene on X-Ray Spex’s debut, and only, album released in 1978. Shriek-singing observations of commodity fetishism, germs and genetic engineering, over 40 years later and “the world is still playing catch-up with Poly Styrene”; as stated by Pauline Black in Poly Styrene: I… Read more »

THE DAYBREAKERS on the obstacles of rock’n’roll

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Guitar-slinging and fedora-clad, The Daybreakers are composed of rollicking blues and smooth vocals. Combining the slickest parts of experimental rock with lyrics pertaining to contemporary musical cliches and white-washing history, this trio’s musical plight is symptomatic of the modern condition. From the paintings of Basquiat, to the forgotten musical lineage of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, we… Read more »