West Country post rock veterans Blueneck are set to release their fifth album, King Nine via Denovali Records on 10th November. Utilising gentle guitar lines, forlorn vocals, muted horns, soothing piano and mournful strings, King Nine is an album that feels orchestrated rather than merely written. Whilst the music often builds to a crescendo, rarely [...]
The four members of Axes have been brought together from the far flung corners of Denmark, Iran, Scotland and Essex, to form an almighty amalgamation of schizophrenic punk energy and math rock riffing. After the release of their self-titled debut mini album in 2013, the quartet are back with Glory released through Big Scary Monsters [...]
Grime MC Solo 45 is currently deep in preparation for his appearance alongside his crew Boy Better Know at this week’s Red Bull Culture Clash. The grime collective will be defending the title, which they won at last year’s event. They’ve got their work cut out with competition from Jamaica’s legendary Stone Love, the A$AP [...]
The Xcerts Exclusive Album Stream and Interview: “We definitely feel like it’s our time. We want to step out of the shadow of other bands.”
With the release of their third album, There Is Only You, The Xcerts have managed to marry raw emotional lyrics to some of the catchiest choruses of 2014. Available for streaming below, exclusively for The Independent, the album represents a turning point for the band and is quite possibly their strongest release to date. Remfry Dedman sat down with the three-piece to discuss contradictions, heart-break and career-defining records.
The Leeds rockers reveal why they think Russell Brand is a good addition to the British political landscape.
Mic Newman AKA Fantastic Man hails from Melbourne in Australia, but relocated to Europe a few years ago – starting off in London before heading to Berlin, where he is currently based. He returns to London this coming Sunday for a daytime party called Virtue, so I caught up with him ahead of the event [...]
A Guy Called Gerald has been making music since the mid-eighties, and his ethos has always been to utilise technological advances in his music-making and performance wherever possible – embracing the ethos behind techno music from the very beginning. He is currently working with Native Instruments on their Traktor DJ application, which can be used [...]
The Menzingers – “I believe in writing from the point of view that this could be the last thing you ever say, so make sure that it’s worthwhile”
With their new album, Rented World, The Menzingers had the unenviable task of following up an underground punk classic, 2012s On The Impossible Past. They succeeded, not only in delivering an album stuffed to the gills with fantastic Americana-tinged punk anthems, but also in furthering their songwriting ability and expanding their sound. Remfry Dedman sat [...]
Tony Wright AKA VerseChorusVerse used to make a hell of a din in jubilant Irish Instrumental Noise-mongers And So I Watch You From Afar. The band made great progress, gaining a rabid fan base and becoming one of the most successful off-kilter musical Irish exports of recent years. But in August 2011, Tony made the [...]
Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa explains why he believes digital art is already classical, and why his future work will be lacking the audiovisual aspect that he is known for.
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