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 »

SHENGGY SHEN – “Rebellion has a beautiful spirit”

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Drummer of China’s first female punk band, sonic experimentalist and Dover Street Market buyer, Shenggy Shen resides amongst avant-garde music and fashion. From working with the infamous Blixa Bargeld to making analogue psychedelia as Elephant House, we spoke to Shenggy about classical music, Chinese culture and creative rebellion. You were the drummer of Hang on… Read more »

The Top 10 most influential Goth bands of all-time? – A suggestion

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Goth, gothic rock, post-punk and new wave are often used interchangeably, yet with with its gloomy themes and dedicated subculture, goth has and continues to be unique. Providing inspiration for musicians, creatives and fashion designers ever since its emergence in the early 1980s, goth’s influence on subculture is profound. Here we take a whistle-stop tour… Read more »

The Story of Subculture: The Rude Boy (& Rude Girl)

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Listen to any ska, skinhead, reggae, rocksteady or 2-Tone compilation worth its salt and there he, or she, is. ‘Rudy got soul’, ‘Rudie Gets Plenty’, ‘Beware of the Rude Boys’, ‘Rude Girl’, ‘Rudie’s all Round’, ‘Rudie Bam Bam, ‘Rudy, a Message to You’ (originally by Dandy Livingstone, later revived by The Specials); the list goes… Read more »

The poetry and possibility of SINEAD O’BRIEN

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The lilting, spoken songs of poet-performer Sinead O’Brien are meditative in both senses of the word. Simultaneously hypnotic and pensive, to listen to O’Brien’s musical offerings is to be immersed in her malleable vocabulary of Irish inflections and swelling instrumentation (courtesy of Julian Hanson and Oscar Robertson.) With a work ethic centred around fluctuation and… Read more »

Ever heard of…. SU TISSUE

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The first instalment in our series investigating overlooked or obscured figures in musical history examines the enigmatic Su Tissue of LA post-punkers Suburban Lawns. Often lamented as the pinnacle of post-punk amnesia; the incendiary absurdity of Suburban Lawns was all but neglected were it not for an enduring curiosity concerning the “disappearance” of Su Tissue,… Read more »

Comic books and absurdist language: introducing the strange world of CALVA LOUISE

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An amalgamation from three corners of the world uniting in a frenzy of sonic fuzz and rock glitches, Calva Louise are as diverse as their far-flung birthplaces. Citing absurdist literature and the experimental films of Alejandro Jodorowsky, Calva Louise continually absorb influences, assembling songs layered in inspiration, looping riffs and spirited vocals. Harnessing the lockdown… Read more »

STRANGE BONES: A powerhouse of ferocious vigour, Strange Bones discuss their debut album

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Strange Bones band was brought up on a parental influence of punk, the Bentham brothers have kept musical vitriol in the family in the form of Strange Bones. Sounding as if hardcore punk was pummelled through a warped lens of distorted vocals and acid drum and bass, Strange Bones band converge The Cramps and The… Read more »