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Matt Catchpole

Full time journalist, music lover and downright dreadful guitarist. You can find Matt on twitter at @matcatch

BACK TO BASICS – Earwig’s Lizard McGee Goes Acoustic For New Solo Album And Maiden British Tour Dates

Earwig mainman Lizard McGee is heading to the UK this month to play a series of shows in support of new solo album Spooky Jets At A Distance. The British dates will be the first performances outside the US for the Columbus, Ohio, musician, who’s been making and releasing records on his own LFM label since the early ’90s. Born out of frustration at the…
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ROBYN’S NEST – Nashville Base Enlivens Musical Palette of Charismatic Psych-Rock Songwriter

My first encounter with Robyn Hitchcock came while watching the BBC’s Whistle Test in the late 1980s. Hitchcock was performing one of his most lauded songs Brenda’s Iron Sledge, featuring the immortal lyric: All aboard Brenda’s Iron Sledge/Please don’t call me Reg/It’s not my name. From that point on I was hooked, quickly becoming one of his small, but devoted band…
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NEW THRILLS – The Primitives Release Four-Track 10″ Single Follow-Up To 2014’s Spin-O-Rama Album

The Primitives are back with their first new music since 2014 album Spin-O-Rama. Now signed to Madrid-based Elefant Records, the band have been riding a wave of nostalgia since their 2009 reunion. Released ahead of upcoming UK live dates, New Thrills is a four-track EP, which is packaged in an appropriately retro 10” vinyl maxi-single format. Lead track I’ll Trust The Wind (see video below), bears all the…
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STRAIGHT TO YOU – Bad Seeds’ Best Of…Has Much To Offer Both New Fans And Seasoned Followers

Spanning 30 years of recording, Lovely Creatures is a collection of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds music from their 1984 debut From Her To Eternity to 2013’s 15th studio album Push The Sky Away. Compiled by Cave and longtime Bad Seeds cohort Mick Harvey, the album was scheduled for release in Autumn 2015, but shelved following the death of Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur…
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WAR ON CAN’T – Mark Nevin Takes On The Naysayers On Fifth Solo Album My Unfashionable Opinion

It may have escaped your notice in this competitive age of downloads and streaming, but Mark Nevin has quietly been amassing a considerable canon of solo material. Best known for his work with Fairground Attraction and Morrissey, My Unfashionable Opinion is his fifth solo album. While, by his own admission, his first two efforts were “breathtaking commercial failures,” he’s clearly…
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A BIG DAY IN THE NORTH – Manc Legends Black Grape Return With First Album in 20 Years

Black Grape are back with their first album since 1997’s Stupid, Stupid Stupid. Pop Voodoo, the third studio LP by the band led by Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder and rapper Paul “Kermit” Leveridge, will be released on June 7. The duo have teamed up with star producer Youth for the project, which will be Ryder’s first major release of new material since the 2007…
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DEMON DAYS – Afghan Whigs Explore The Dark Side On Devilishly Captivating New Album In Spades

Sub Pop veterans the Afghan Whigs have been ploughing their own peculiar furrow through American rock for more than 30 years now. In Spades is their second album of new material since returning to recording in 2014 with To The Beast. It’s clear the break has done them good, original frontman Greg Dulli and bassist John Curley finding accomplished creative foils in guitarists Dave…
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BITCHES’ BROOD – Boss Hog Resurface With A Snarling, Nightmare Vision Of Imminent Threat

I’ve spent quite a long time in the company of Brood X now and it’s my pleasure to tell you it never gets old. Coolly referencing their lengthy hiatus – the album is named after a cicada that resurfaces every 17 years – it’s a record that respects Boss Hog’s history but packs a few surprises as well. The glacial funk of 2000 predecessor Whiteout is largely…
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PUNCHING ABOVE HIS WEIGHT – Mark Nevin On Bowie, Morrissey And Finding His Voice As A Solo Artist

It’s not often you get to talk to someone who’s had a number one single and double platinum album, had a song covered by David Bowie and who also just happens to be a fully qualified psychotherapist. So it was with some degree of trepidation I picked up the ‘phone to chat with Mark Nevin about his new solo album My Unfashionable Opinion.…
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ZOMBIE INVASION – Original 1960s Line-Up Unite For Odessey and Oracle 50th Anniversary Tour

The resurgence – I nearly said resurrection – of ’60s survivors The Zombies is surely one of the most wonderful stories in modern rock music. Despite breaking up before its 1968 release, the band and their extraordinary album Odessey and Oracle were never forgotten. They achieved instant success, forming part of the first wave of the British invasion on the back of high-flying debut…
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CLEVER SWINES – Boss Hog On Trump, New Album Brood X And Those Naked Show Rumours

Well they made us wait awhile, but now Boss Hog are back with a vengeance. After a 17-year hiatus, they’ve been out on the road again to promote Brood X – the long-awaited follow-up to Whiteout. Still buzzing after a typically incendiary European tour, the band’s married couple Cristina Martinez and Jon Spencer tell Matt Catchpole how Donald Trump’s election has added a new dimension to the…
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STATE OF THE NATION – One Eyed Wayne Target Modern Britain On Promising Debut Album

I must confess to knowing very little about One Eyed Wayne, but a title like Attack of the Luxury Flats was always bound to get my attention. The debut album by the Hornsey quartet, it’s an endearingly ramshackle ride, which wears its influences firmly on its sleeve. The Fall-style title track is a bruising indictment of gentrification, as local amenities – schools, hospitals,…
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JUNGLE TRIP – How Shamans, Hallucinogens And The Amazon Helped Shape Johnossi’s New LP

Johnossi’s search for inspiration for their new album took them deep into the Amazon jungle. The Swedish duo, John Englebert  and Oskar (Ossi) Bonde, went on a journey of exploration both literal and psychological, imbibing the drug ayahuasca to confront their inner demons. Drummer, percussionist Oskar tells Matt Catchpole how the experience had a profound effect on the band and…
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BROADCAST NEWS – The History Of Colour TV’s Jaike On New Album Something Like Eternity

Originally formed as a one-man multimedia project, The History Of Colour TV are fast developing into a serious rock band. Having expanded into a three-piece, the Berlin-based outfit have honed their sound, stripping back some of their earlier layers of overdubs in favour of a raw, primal noise aesthetic. The trio’s instrumental flourishes combine with highly literate, often surreal lyrics, which consistently…
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