Into the Pit: 181: Keith TOTP and Blindness + supports – Buffalo Bar N1 – 20-Sep 2013

For this night, back to the Buffalo Bar for Guided Missile's latest presentation, with some familiar music and one band new to me, and offering proof once again that the North London live music scene could be seen as in rude health.

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The Rearview Mirror: 002: Rico – Violent Silences

What happened in the nineties – a feeding frenzy involving major labels the world over, trying to find the next big thing from a seething mass of disparate Alternative bands – from industrial rock, to metal, to thrash, to grunge, to nu-metal, to EBM (etc, etc) is something that we will never witness again. Of course, from the various bands that did very well out of this frenzy, rocketing to unlikely stardom, there were those who did very badly out of it, and if ever there was a better example of an artist fucked over by the music industry to the point of disappearing from it, Rico is it. Read more “The Rearview Mirror: 002: Rico – Violent Silences”

But Listen: 136: Two Different Ways – Factory Floor and Youth Code reviewed

September 2013 has seen two debut albums released from bands on opposite sides of the Atlantic, that perhaps have more in common than might first be thought. Both are industrial-influenced bands, that have come from outside the “scene”, or at least that’s the way it appears (and, not to mention, both albums are self-titled, oddly enough). However, both have had very different trajectories to get to the release of their first album. Factory Floor’s album has been a long, long time in coming – formed seven or eight years ago, they’ve released a small number of extraordinary singles, and only now has their first full-length release arrived.
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Tuesday Ten: 184: Tracks of the Month (August 2013)

Christ, this year is going quick. As we head into September (and autumn), there is a huge glut of new music hurtling our way, this month I’m looking at some stuff already released, and some of the good stuff coming our way. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 184: Tracks of the Month (August 2013)”

Into the Pit: 180: Filter – Live at O2 Academy Islington – 28-August 2013

The years haven’t been especially kind to bands that came to popular attention from the nineties industrial rock boom in many ways, with few bands surviving the late-90s as the bubble burst – either they fell victim to alcohol and drugs, the mass of record label consolidations at the end of the decade, volatile inter-band relationships, or simply changing fashions and/or tastes that saw most of these bands suddenly not very “cool” – something many bands in the scene combatted by toning down the electronics, which ironically saw them fall from grace even quicker.

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