I really shouldn’t have to be writing about this. “Our scene”, judging on many of the comments I’ve seen that came about from this, is anything but a safe space. We keep banging on about how friendly and inclusive our scene is, but then I see comments about sexual assaults at major festivals, violence towards […]
The realisation of how strong a year 1997 was for music, certainly in the UK anyway, has been seen by a whole litany of posts on various sites in recent months (this one from 6Music piqued my interest, seeing as every single album in the list, I think, will be covered by me in my […]
In something of a return to DJing (aside from a few private parties recently, this was my first set in eighteen months), I donned my DJ:traumahound hat last night to join Jonny and Nathan at Tragedy >For Us< in Whitechapel, and it was great to be back.
I swear that as a reviewer, things are getting harder to define. What do I mean? The crossing of genres, the meshing of styles, is becoming so common as to make established genre descriptions almost defunct, and this is making the job of those of us that still write about music very much more difficult.
Some artists never sit still, and continue to innovate, moving their sound forward by involvement in new projects and new concepts.
For many, gigs in the heat of summer evenings are a tough sell, particularly in small venues (outdoor, festival shows of course are a different matter entirely). However, the summer is paradoxically a busy time for indoor shows, and two came up this week on consecutive evenings, and they were very different.
What’s that coming over the hill? This week, it really is a monster (or mythical creature). Ten of them, in fact.
It is, then, the week of another bloody election this week here in the UK, and there has been distinct signs of just how fucked off everyone seems to be with it across the coverage of it (not helped by the uptick in terrorist attacks in the country in recent weeks). Fuck knows what is […]
The cliché of the second album. It gets raised every single time, by just about everyone, but is it really a thing? I guess it depends on what happens with your first. If your first album isn’t great, though, will you have a chance to make a second? This second album expectation only really comes […]
The announcement of a European Skinny Puppy tour earlier in the year (“Down the Sociopath Too Euro 2017“) was, I have to say, a bit of a surprise. It has been seven years since their last UK appearances at least, and in the meantime they’ve released the excellent Weapon – but that was four years […]
We’re edging toward the halfway point of 2017, and this week I’m taking a fifth look back at 1997.
How artists can change entirely, embrace a whole new body, as it were, has never ceased to be a fascination to me.
Last week I was looking at weakness, and songs thereof, and this week, it’s the flipside.
Not all DJ sets go as planned, and this was one of them.
Nearly five years ago, I stumbled across a fascinating live electronic act opening the Saturday afternoon at BIMFest in Antwerp.
In another of those instances of “how have I not written about this before”, welcome to this week’s Tuesday Ten.
Simon Landmine and I were asked to DJ Karen’s 40th at the weekend, and we had a lot of fun doing so…
The past is a strange place, and happily there are some people within our scene that can remember – but also helped to create those memories.
One of the must-see shows in the calendar for the past few months finally arrived over the weekend.
It has been another busy week gathering and writing content at amodelofcontrol.com, and there will be a few posts in the next couple of weeks as a result. The first of which is this, the best tracks of the past month.