Smith Westerns

On Repeat: Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde

When Smith Westerns arrived on the scene back in 2009 with their self-titled debut, they brought with them an exciting new sound. Perhaps it was down to their plucky inexperience (the band recorded in guitarist Max Kakacek’s basement while still in high school), or maybe it was their youthful eagerness - whatever the case, instead of a by-the-books toe-tapper, we got with a fuzzy, rough around the edges gem.  Their retro-hip, drunken sound was something fresh and exhilarating, shake that up with a seemingly endless... Read more »

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Manchester’s In The City 2010 – Gallery

Manchester's In The City 2010 - Gallery Here are some stunning shots of last year's In The City 2010 festival in Manchester. All shots are provided by Magnus Blikeng, one of the best photogarphers in Manchester (maybe even the world). (more…)... Read more »

Doves

A Decade Of Doves

Sitting down to interview Doves can seem like a role reversal. Their stone faced, unanimated faces make them seem like interrogators. Vocalist Jimi Godwin eyes me up and down as I shuffle uncomfortably. Glancing over my shoulder at a hastily scribbled list of questions is Jez Williams. Both are wearing 1950’s detective style trench coats while their slick press officer hovers over the scene trying to make sure nothing important gets leaked by the band mates. The group are a very close unit having spent... Read more »

Everything Everything

Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome, Out Monday

Everything Everything have a reputation for mixing the extremely weird and making it somehow fresh, exciting, and undeniably cool. Influences, as shown by a recent Spotify playlist the band did for Qthemusic, are incredibly vast. Debut album Man Alive fused together tightly woven guitar patterns with intelligent lyrics and a vocal range shifting from the deep to a falsetto high in seconds. Math rock, post-punk, contemporary R&B, Gentle Giant, are all mentioned when trying to surmise such a sound. One thing is for certain, within... Read more »

My Chemical Romance

On Repeat: My Chemical Romance – Danger Days

As the Black Parade marches into the sunset, taking all the bad press it gained in the UK with it, My Chemical Romance return with their first collection of new material since 2006.  This time around the emo rockers trade their dark uniforms for vibrant colours and futuristic alter egos. Whatever your opinion of them, you have to admire the way they’ve won over their dedicated fan base. From their second album onwards, they have cleverly managed to tick... Read more »