Full time journalist, music lover (obvs) and truly terrible guitarist. You can find Matt on twitter @matcatch

THE WILD BUNCH – New Book Tells The Story Of Massive Attack, Trip Hop And The Influential ‘Bristol Scene’

Emerging from the Bristol Party scene of the late 1980s, Massive Attack have been hailed as one of the most original and influential groups the […]

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BLACK CELEBRATION – Cocteaus And NIN Producer Fryer Helms Debut By Goth/Post-Punk Duo Mary And The Ram

The pale hordes who descend on Whitby for the biannual Goth Weekend may just have found the perfect soundtrack for their journey.
With esteemed Cocteau Twins/This Mortal Coil producer John Fryer at the controls, York-based duo Mary and the Ram have come up with a modernist take on coffin-rattlers like Bauhaus, Love and Rockets and The Sisters of Mercy.

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FAMILY TIES – Rose Berlin of Father-Daughter Duo SPC ECO On Working With Dad Dean Garcia and New Album ‘Calm’

Father-daughter combos are as rare as hen’s teeth in the music industry, but for London-based duo SPC ECO, it’s clearly a formula that works. The pair […]

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RAGE AGAINST THE DYING OF THE LIGHT – Robert Plant Keeps The Flame Burning On Carry Fire

Robert Plant has been enjoying a late career renaissance since 2007’s excellent Raising Sand collaboration with country/bluegrass singer Alison Krauss. Carry Fire, his 11th solo studio album, sees […]

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HEY KIDS, ROCK AND ROLL – REM Documentary Marks 25th Anniversary Release of Automatic For The People

REM have unveiled a new mini-documentary to mark the 25th anniversary re-mastered release of Automatic for the People. Featuring new interviews with Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills, along […]

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BEHIND THE CURTAINS – Blancmange Offer You A Peek Inside Their Unfurnished Rooms

When I was about nine or 10 and just starting to take a serious interest in music, my elder brother, in a rare show of […]

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UNDERCLASS WARRIORS – West Riding Redskins Salient Braves Scalp Brexit Britain On Acerbic Debut LP

Anyone familiar with the work of Matt Bailey‘s Salient Braves will know what to expect from this their debut crowdfunded LP. Bailey’s sardonic, often laugh […]

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THOUGHTS OF YESTERDAY – Aussie Solo Artist Suzie Stapleton Unleashes New Single Yesterday’s Town

I was lucky enough to catch Suzie Stapleton opening for Boss Hog at the Hackney Oslo earlier this year. Playing for someone else’s audience is never easy but, despite […]

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REAL ANIMAL – The House of Love Rock Indie Daze 4 At The Forum

Events like these remind you that the term ‘indie’ represents a very broad church, with multiple sub-genres. The good folks at Indie Daze made sure […]

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JUST DESSERTS – Blancmange Frontman Neil Arthur On Striving For Simplicity In His Songwriting

Though frontman Neil Arthur is disarmingly modest about their achievements, Blancmange were one of the most successful bands to emerge from the experimental electronic music […]

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WHEN LOVE RUNS HIGH – Zombies In Triumphant 50th Anniversary Performance of Odessey and Oracle

  In June 1967 five musicians went into London’s Abbey Road studios to record The Zombies‘ second album Odessey and Oracle. Though not a success […]

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ORIGINAL RUDE BOY – Toast Master Neville Staple On The Specials, Fun Boy Three And His New Solo Tour

Judge Roughneck is back and about to lay down the law at a venue near you. Ska great Neville Staple revived the character, first heard on The Specials‘ Stupid […]

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BIRTH OF THE BLUES – New Film Shines Spotlight On The Ealing Club Hailed As The Cradle Of British Rock

Tucked away in a side street across the road from Ealing Broadway tube station lies a tiny, London night spot, widely credited as the birthplace […]

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NICE TO SEE YER! – Sleaford Mods Tie The O2 Academy Brixton Up In Nottz

For some the thought of spending 90 minutes in the company of two middle-aged blokes, armed only with a laptop and a microphone, would be […]

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DAZE RUN AWAY – Frontman Guy Chadwick Gives The Inside Story On The House of Love Ahead Of Their Headlining Show At Indie Daze 4

Singer-songwriter Guy Chadwick and his guitar hero sidekick Terry Bickers were being mentioned in the same breath as The Smiths creative partnership of Morrissey and Johnny Marr.

Yet just as they were at the apogee of their powers, it all started to go wrong.

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MUSIC FOR THE MASSES – Art And Consumerism Inspire New Album By Synth-Pop Pioneers OMD

Incredibly, OMD have been making music for nearly 40 years now and The Punishment Of Luxury is their 13th studio album.

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