We Are Willow - Part 2
We Are Willow is a collaborative project conceived by Chris Butler, more readily known as one half of Manchester duo Butler-Williams. The project is set to consist of three EP’s recorded over the course of one year, all featuring Butler himself alongside a range of luminaries from the thriving Manchester folk scene. Following the excellent first instalment with Kathryn Edwards, here...
Small Town Boredom Interview
Any regular readers might well be getting tired of me going on about them by now but if you aren’t aware then Small Town Boredom are an aptly named duo from Paisley consisting of Fraser McGowan and Colin Morrison. Their debut album Autumn Might Have Hope, released through Trome Records in 2008, is a perfectly languid encapsulation of the frustrations of both small town life and small town...
A collusion of two of Britain’s most...
Thirty Pounds of Bone - Method
There’s a track on Method, the second album from multi instrumentalist Johnny Lamb aka Thirty Pounds of Bone, called ‘How We Applaud The Unhappiness of the Songwriter’. This sentiment about sums up Lamb’s take on the often trite and cliché ridden niche of the downtrodden singer songwriter, which is to say that he revels in it and exhibits a self-awareness which makes the...
And The Earth Swarmed With Them... Interview
Artwork by Luke Frost And The Earth Swarmed With Them… is a duo consisting of Mitchell Johns and Kat Stanbridge based in Sussex but with peripheral contributors internationally, and who deal in epic slabs of brooding post-metal with the occasional touch of celestial vocals. Not surprising then I guess that for their debut EP, following a split with Sleepless Dreams last year, they...
Golau Glau - Myrrh & Myth
The mysterious Welsh duo Golau Glau have released a lovely EP worth of Seasonal songs for free download through the Pin Factory label. Christmas doesn’t really get much more blissful than this, built mainly around icy swells of synths and subtle glitching percussion it sounds like a perfect soundtrack for padding through untouched snow in the dead of night. There’s also a very...
To Bury A Ghost Interview
To Bury A Ghost is the new band from Jon Stolber, previously known under his acclamed solo guise The Hungry I. Adding a couple more members though and fleshing out the sound has led to the epic post-rock juggernaut which is the new EP, The Hurt Kingdom. Throughout it’s five tracks ferocity is balanced perfectly with a far more delicate and celestial side, the murmuring gradual build-ups...
Small Town Boredom - Notes From The Infirmary
Scotland has something of a propensity for producing miserable music, though I suppose given the perpetually dour weather conditions, a notoriously poor diet and the unfailing disappointment of our national sporting teams it isn’t really surprising. You only have to look at some of our main exports in terms of alternative music over the last twenty years for evidence – Arab Strap, Ballboy,...
Trojan Horse Interview
Trojan Horse have been described as a 4 headed mythical beast from the depths of Manchester, and that’s about as perfect a summation of them as you’re likely to hear. They spin decidedly otherworldly slabs of epic psychedelic metal doused in ‘prog-noveau’ stylings which flicker back and forth between chaos and calm, rarely pausing to let you compute what’s going on. A...