Do You Believe In The Westworld is an epic with its thunderous tribal drums, the mighty clang of that guitar riff, the slightly sinister sax and the dubwise echo that matches the cinematic sweep of Kirk Brandon’s mini-Western in words, carried by his stentorian vocals.

(more…)

Mattiel come from the Deep South and have roots in vintage soul and blues – but love to play cover versions of English bands.

(more…)

I discovered this rockabilly classic 20 years late when it was re-released on the dependably punk-adjacent Chiswick label in 1978. And it has quite the story behind it.

(more…)

Family Band: The Dog Box EP – New Kiwi Noise Band Will Make Your Ears Bleed

Family Band might sound like a folk group singing around a forest campfire but New Zealand’s noise trio make enough of a full metal racket to make your ears bleed. (more…)

 

Twenty years ago I went to see a gig by Moby despite some reservations about what I expected to be a night of coffee-table ambient electro.

(more…)

Kevin Fowley: Ne Pleure Pas, Jeanette – Single & Video

There’s something hypnotic and calming about this dark French lullaby and video by half-French half-Irish “word mumbler and string plucker” Kevin Fowley.

Half a century ago CMAT could have been knocking ’em dead at the Grand Ol’ Opry with her big ballads – if only she’d been born in Nashville rather than Dublin. 

(more…)

The laid-back desert twang of instrumentalists Hermanos Gutiérrez sounds like something from a Mexican movie – but the brothers come from Switzerland.

(more…)

The Changing Face Of Eurovision – Ireland 1993 Remembered

That time I went to a tiny village in Ireland for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993… and came home before it started. 

A powerful message of hope for a ceasefire in Gaza, created in collaboration by musician/producer David Holmes, film-maker/activist Douglas Hart, artist/activist Adam Broomberg, Hebron resident Issa Amro and vocalist Raven Violet.

(more…)