Tuesday Ten: 279: Tracks of the Month (January 1997)

Over last year – to mark twenty years since I began writing about music – I ran a series of posts looking at the music I was buying and listening to in 1996 (and that was released that year), partly to jog my memory and partly to dig into my formative musical influences a bit, too. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 279: Tracks of the Month (January 1997)”

God In A Cone – The Sex Is Fear / Ambassador21 – Human Rage

Over the years I’ve had a whole host of releases sent to me for review. Time is often a factor in whether I can cover releases in any detail – please bear in mind that I run this site alone, funded solely by my own income, and I have a full time job. Read more “God In A Cone – The Sex Is Fear / Ambassador21 – Human Rage”

The Rearview Mirror: 008: Converter – Shock Front

Over the last year or two of the nineties, and then a good few years into the new millenium, the hybrid of industrial and noise took over the club dancefloor in our scene. It was everywhere. Noise clubs sprung up, existing clubs had noise sets or entire noise floors. Even Huddersfield had a noise night (Implant) for a while, that eventually moved onto Manchester and bigger things, as the main industrial festivals frequently put on acts from the scene. Read more “The Rearview Mirror: 008: Converter – Shock Front”

Best of 2016: Gigs

This has been a quiet year. Read more “Best of 2016: Gigs”

Best of 2016: Albums

Part three of the round-up of 2016 comes to you from the final week of our honeymoon (from the warm sunshine of the Dominican Republic). Sorry, not sorry. Read more “Best of 2016: Albums”

Best of 2016: Tracks

Part two of my 2016 round-up is being posted from Los Angeles, so hello from there. Read more “Best of 2016: Tracks”

Covenant – The Blinding Dark

Covenant are perhaps in a strange position nowadays. Their days at the peak of the Futurepop “movement” – where they were one of the titans of the scene, something made by United States of Mind, and then rammed home by the skyscraping brilliance of Northern Light – are now well over a decade in the past, and in the following years have released a number of albums…none of which have quite measured up. Read more “Covenant – The Blinding Dark”

Thursday Ten: 271: Tracks of the Month (September 1996)

Onto part eight of my 1996 roundup. As a reminder, I’m marking twenty years of writing about music (my writing long pre-dates this website going live) across this year with a monthly look at ten releases from 1996, where possible in chronological order. Read more “Thursday Ten: 271: Tracks of the Month (September 1996)”

Cold Waves V – Metro, Chicago – 22/23/24-September 2016

For the third year running – although it was a bit touch-and-go this year with the wedding and everything else, and my wife chose not to come along this time – the last weekend of September meant a trip 3,960 miles to the west of London. To the city of Chicago, to catch up with friends from far and wide, to enjoy a cool city…and attend Cold Waves, a festival of industrial music that commemorates, and celebrates, the life and loss of Jamie Duffy. It also raises a ton of money for good causes, and is generally a hell of a good time that has become a fixture in the calendar for many of us, no matter how far we have to travel. Read more “Cold Waves V – Metro, Chicago – 22/23/24-September 2016”