Courtney Marie Andrews has been playing the music game for a good while. Andrews is no novice when it comes to both writing and performing, having put out six LP’s since 2008, but it’s the latest of these, ‘Honest Life’, that’s seen Andrews really breakthrough worldwide.
On a fine August evening, I sat down to interview Dom Ganderton, the eclectic mind behind recently re-invigorated Superfood. In 2013, they put out a well received Blur-esque rock album as a four-piece guitar band, but there were hints that something a little more idiosyncratic lurked beneath their Midlands rock-friendly exterior.
Yucatan Records is a charming independent label and artist management company with a meagre five artists to its name. Their biggest success story so far are Matthew and The Atlas, who they have developed into a touring act with very competitive draw over Europe. Subsequent expansion has seen the inclusion of avant-garde-istas Wovoka Gentle, Latin-inspired […]
On a warm summer evening in early July, I met Jamie Cameron, the vision behind The Last Dinosaur, in a shabby old East End boozer near Bethnal Green. I had reviewed Jamie’s magnum opus ‘The Nothing’ previously; he had enjoyed the review and asked if I’d consider writing a more involved and personal piece. We […]
I had never heard of Bat and Ball before I was was asked to review their latest release, ‘It Goes In’. Some research revealed that they’ve been floating around the indiesphere since 2013’s debut EP release, ‘We Prefer it in the Dark’, garnered critical acclaim. At that point, the Goldsmiths-brewed indie-tronica project was primarily studio […]
Big summer concerts in Hyde Park are somewhat of an institution in London. Recently these events have been organised under the umbrella of the double-weekend-spanning British Summertime Festival, which has amassed itself an eye-watering list of alumni since 2013. I find myself attending the final day, roughly themed around the “Americana” genre, which is headlined […]
I am often a little apprehensive before I attend shows that rely solely on acoustic performers. Will the singing be up to scratch? Will the artists in question be able to generate enough dynamic contrast to keep it interesting? Will the exposed nature of the performance reveal songwriting inadequacies? The acoustic singer-songwriter genre suffers from […]
I had the pleasure of seeing Flyte last August at my favourite East London toilet circuit venue, The George Tavern of Shadwell. Flyte closed the show with an upbeat rendition of ‘Please Eloise’, evidently a fan favourite judging by the reaction of the crowd. What really stood out for me that evening however, was their […]
Pulitzer Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy purportedly once said that there were only two subjects worth writing about; life and death. So much the better for Jamie Cameron, the primary lyricist behind duo The Last Dinosaur, who elegantly tackles both those familiar subjects in his scintillating opus, ‘The Nothing’. This collection of songs constitutes a […]
The fast-paced ebb and flow of the proverbial ‘London Scene’ (which is in itself a meaningless marketing construction) provokes frustration amongst those who try to follow it. Some artists seem to come and go like the wind, promising to blow up, before fading into obscurity almost immediately; whereas others, producing sounds that seem to be […]