In this period of enforced downtime – I last saw a gig on 05-Mar (Marika Hackman), and frankly who knows when I’m next going to get to go to one – I’m using the time to catch up on various amounts of writing for this site, and also get on with trying to make some […]
If you’ve been reading my work on /amodelofcontrol.com over the past decade or so, you will have seen me talk about Teeth of the Sea an awful lot. They’ve long been one of the most progressive bands in London, not to mention one of the best (and loudest!) live bands in the city too, and […]
At the end of February (29-Feb to be exact), one of the more interesting, progressive promoters in London is marking Ten Years of Chaos at The Dome in Tufnell Park. That promoter is the collective known as Chaos Theory, who for the past ten years have been bringing London gig-goers interesting, experimental and thoughtful bills […]
My association with KMFDM goes way back into the nineties. I own most if not all of their albums in one form or another, I’ve seen them live five or six times, and I still listen to them regularly. Sure, they’ve had occasional periods where they’ve not matched some of the heights they’d set themselves […]
Many bands fly under the radar somewhat. Perhaps they never make the mainstream – and maybe they never wanted to. Perhaps they’ve decided that a particular niche is for them, and they are happy as a band doing just that. I listen to a lot of bands like that, and have written about most of […]
It’s weird, but pretty much every single year, Infest (this year’s edition reviewed on /Memory of a Festival/033) has one breakout band that everyone talks about afterward. This isn’t a headliner, but a band further down the bill, and last year, Promenade Cinema (who later took /Countdown/2018/Albums/#1) were that band.
There are occasions where a long-dormant artist resurfaces that genuinely surprise. Many bands split up, and in these nostalgic times, you can almost set your watch to them reforming at some point – but Numb is different. Despite being such an important project from their releases back in the nineties, Don Gordon clearly appeared to […]
One of the great things about the area of the musical world that I generally write about, is that there has been a surge of really great electronic pop – or synthpop, if you will – in recent times. Many of the protagonists have been new bands, bringing a fresh new feel to a genre […]
There is no doubt that our “scene” in the UK has seen some tough times in recent years. Venues continue to disappear, money continues to be tight for many, and perhaps a combination of the two has put a great many longstanding club nights in peril at one point or another.
I’ve rather got behind on a couple of fronts recently with amodelofcontrol.com, with time being such an issue until recently – particularly through most of 2018 – which meant that I’ve not been able to write as much as I’d like.
Five years ago, I began my occasional series The Rearview Mirror, with a look back at the Pitchshifter breakthrough www.pitchshifter.com, an album I’ve loved since release, from a band I’ve now (as I write this) been following for nearly a quarter of a century – but since they broadly had ceased releasing new material by […]
After a period this summer where I’ve not really been able to post too much, I’m back now for the autumn with a whole host of (hopefully) interesting posts, articles and interviews for your reading pleasure. I’m starting that with an interview with a new band that is worth your time catching up with.
In conjunction with my talk at Nine Worlds about music and geekery (Tuesday Ten: 341), I wanted to feature The Gothsicles. But rather than just talk about them, I wanted to find out a bit more about this group and their focus specifically on gaming and industrial music.
Earlier this year, I made a commitment to covering more of the UK “scene” across this year (and beyond). Life has rather got in the way recently, meaning that I’ve not been able to post as much as I would have liked, but things are returning to normal a bit, thus I can resume with […]
Trying to do a series on British Industrial has actually proven a little more difficult than I perhaps expected, partly my own fault due to issues with time and other commitments. But, following on from Talk Show Host: 043 with ded.pixel, I’m now continuing the series with a band with a near-unpronounceable name for many.
While the release schedules are often clogged nowadays with anniversary re-issues, remasters and other ways to get us, the listeners, to shell out cash again for albums we already have, it isn’t often that what might be termed overlooked or controversial albums come in for the lavish re-issue treatment.
Sometimes, acts intrigue by way of what they don’t tell you. Creating an air of mystique around themselves, they leave you with just the music and perhaps scant details to work out for yourself what you are hearing, what you are experiencing.
One thing I’ve been conscious of in recent times – and I mused over on Into the Pit: 203 – is that the local, as in British, industrial scene doesn’t perhaps get as much coverage as it should. Part of that is the lack of outlets to do so. This site is far from the […]
As we accelerate into 2018, it is time to resume my interview series. The first one of this year talks to an act who are returning after a few years away, and resuming operations after an unexpected tragedy.
I’ve been fortunate here at amodelofcontrol.com this year to have been able to talk music and beyond with a great variety of bands and artists, all of whom are loosely involved with “our scene” in one way or another, and this includes bands both veteran and rather newer.