AXZS: When Now Was Null

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing a brand new EP from a brand new band for Louder Than War. AXZS have a great lockdown story and the music, clearly influenced by Radiohead, Massive Attack and Interpol, is superb. It’s even more impressive when you consider the socially distant conditions in which the EP was…

Wildflowers of the West End

For the first time in four months, I took a trip to Glasgow’s West End today. It’s my spiritual home. I was born there and spent the majority of my childhood playing in the parks and streets there. (Although my official residence was in a Lanarkshire new town, all of my extended family were still…

To Love Is To Live

When I pulled together my musical advent of the decade last Christmas, Adore Life by Savages was right up there. At the time, I described it as “an album with more authenticity, more urgency” than any other of the decade. I know that I wasn’t alone in that assessment. The follow-up was eagerly anticipated. After…

Someone Just Pressed Pause

There are few things in my lifetime that are simply unparalleled in their magnitude. 9/11, obviously. The death of Diana. The moon landings. All things that stopped the world’s clocks. And now we have coronavirus or covid-19 or the plague. Whatever you want to call it. When events like these occur, everyone rushes to their…

Musty & Musky

I have no idea why this hit me this morning. Sometimes things just pop into your mind completely randomly. But I wondered about pipes. I mean the kind that men used to smoke, packed choc-full with rich tobacco. I imagine it was Condor, for “that Condor moment”. As a kid, my Dad, my Uncle and…

Genius by name…

2020 is spoiling us. Only June and we have had a dozen (to my very limited knowledge) extremely good albums released. I can recall some years where there weren’t that many over the course of the whole year. It never fails to amaze me that my good friend Lippy Kid can produce a musical advent…

Up Jumped The Devil

Recently, I had the pleasure of reviewing Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow’s epic biography of blues icon Robert Johnson for Louder Than War. This incredibly detailed and superbly researched tome, which scooped the prestigious Penderyn Music Book Prize, is a must read for anyone who has even a passing interest in music history. I…

The Joy of Cover Art through Moses Sumney’s Græ

Recently I reviewed Moses Sumney’s sublime new album, Græ, for Louder Than War. It’s an astonishing work of art (the album, not the review) and I would love it if you would read more of my thoughts by clicking on that link. What I really want to talk about today though, is the cover art….

Minimalism

This week, I entered a photography competition. The theme was ‘minimalism’. Ultimately, neither of my shots were chosen, but that’s okay. It was for the Observer, so not exactly low profile. I figured, if you are gonna enter a competition, make it a biggie. Anyway , here they are. So, in a way, now they…

Let There Be Rock!

Recently, I agreed to review Susan Masino’s book on Aussie hard rockers AC/DC for Louder Than War. I doubt that there is a fan anywhere, of any band, who has such an encyclopaedic knowledge of the band than Masino. Every record, every tour, every relevant moment is captured. Such detail has to be admired. This…