Author: Stan Bull

Car Seat Headrest Review – SWX

➤   25 May, 2018, 13:00

There are many things about the music industry that don’t make sense right now (2018) (Post Malone, for example) – a year in which seemingly every music critic and their mother gets a kick out of smugly...

Goat Girl – Goat Girl

➤   7 April, 2018, 13:30

Photo: Holly Whitaker In the past few years, South London has spawned a resurgence of post-punk and garage rock bands, with the likes of Fat White Family, Shame and HMLTD bringing the scene to (inter)national attention. Four-piece...

The Vaccines Review – O2 Academy Bristol

➤   4 April, 2018, 18:00

Following a brief hiatus and a return to their rock roots with new album Combat Sports, The Vaccines kick off the first night of their UK tour in three years with a sold-out show at Bristol’s O2...

Gengahr – Where Wildness Grows

➤   9 March, 2018, 11:00

In 2015, a peculiar album named A Dream Outside became was something of a surprise highlight of the indie rock calendar – its dreamy atmosphere and macabre lyrics blurring the line between uncomfortable and accessible. Since forming...

Alvvays Live Review + Photoset – Trinity Centre

➤   21 February, 2018, 17:30

Photos: Jessica Bartolini Toronto jangle-pop band Alvvays might not be a household name in the UK just yet, but their seven-year career so far has seen them build something of a cult following on both sides of...

Wand Review – The Louisiana

➤   28 January, 2018, 15:30

According to their website, the capacity for the Louisiana is a relatively-modest 140 people – a figure that would appear impossible upon viewing the empty upstairs live room before a gig. But, low and behold, tonight’s sold-out...

LEECHES – Watusi EP

➤   12 January, 2018, 10:00

Photo: Rowen Allen In recent years, the British music press have rather unfairly declared guitar music (rock, indie etc.) to be dead, as there is a notable lack of new bands signing to major labels, headlining festivals...

Oro Swimming Hour – Penrose Winoa

➤   20 July, 2017, 16:30

Penrose Winoa, the debut album from Oro Swimming hour (Oliver Wilde and Lucky Shivers’ Nicholas Stevenson) is a charming yet gloomy slice of inspired lo-fi pop. The half-minute long “Cardinal” opens with mid-tempo acoustic guitar chords and...

Van Zeller Review – The Louisiana

➤   24 March, 2017, 13:20

While plenty of successful touring bands roll through every month, there has been something of a lack of momentum for Bristol bands in the last half-decade to really absorb the full support of their home city and...

Van Zeller Preview – The Louisiana

➤   15 March, 2017, 18:10

Photo: Charlotte Patmore Following the announcement of their fantastically lively new double A-side single ‘All Or Nothing’/’You Can’t Lose’, promising Bristol rock band Van Zeller are headlining the Louisiana this Friday (17th), and it looks to be...

The Orwells Review – Thekla

➤   6 March, 2017, 21:00

Like fellow Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks, The Orwells are known for their often shambolic, sometimes unpredictable and reliably entertaining live shows, and tonight’s performance aboard Thekla is no exception. The band’s “fifth time on a boat”...

LEECHES – Strange Bonds EP

➤   3 March, 2017, 16:30

As a surprisingly enjoyable BBC4 documentary once put, the indie genre in its purest form is ‘music for outsiders’. LEECHES, a now three-piece band from Dorset who are currently staking a claim in Bristol’s alt-rock underworld, are...

Metronomy – Summer 08

➤   10 July, 2016, 14:00

Formed out of sheer frustration and boredom towards his hometown of Totnes, Devon; Joe Mount’s electronic indie pop band Metronomy have continued to win over the hearts of fans and critics alike across four masterful albums. With...

PAWS – No Grace

➤   10 June, 2016, 11:00

Following the success of their sophomore album, Youth Culture Forever, Glasgow’s PAWS hone their craft to create their most accomplished work yet. No Grace is the first PAWS album to be produced by Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, and...

Twin Peaks – Down In Heaven

➤   9 May, 2016, 12:30

Rising to notoriety from the hazy garage rock-meets-baroque pop of their debut Sunken and its shamefully underrated follow-up Wild Onion, Twin Peaks return with Down In Heaven – an eclectic mix of country, folk and rock ‘n’ roll...