Michael Cullen – True Believer

Sydney, Australia-based singer-songwriter Michael Cullen is back with his sophomore effort, True Believer, which was released late last year.  The album was crafted by Michael with assistance from timEbandit (sic) Powles (AKA Tim Powles of The Church).  Michael’s distinctive baritone vocals resonate over the nine tracks of True Believer, calling to … [Read more...]

Interview with Simon Bonney of Crime & The City Solution

The nomadic Crime & The City Solution previously dissolved in the wake of 1990’s career pinnacle Paradise Discotheque and a sublime contribution to Wim Wenders’ Until The End Of The World film score in 1991. It's doubtful that even close followers expected a resurrection for the band that had been conceived in late-‘70s Sydney and Melbourne, … [Read more...]

Crime & The City Solution – American Twilight

The artistic ethics debate about bands reforming long after their demise is one that will rage on for forever and a day (long after the likes of Oasis have eventually done umpteenth reunion tours to fleece creaky Britpop fans with Northern Uproar as a support act).  It seems that even with past members slipping off this mortal coil not many bands … [Read more...]

Crime & The City Solution – An Introduction To… A History of Crime: Berlin 1987-1991

The Crime & The City Solution catalogue has long been an unwieldy body of work which even erstwhile long-serving member Mick Harvey (also of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds) acknowledged in a 2005 interview with this writer.  Although badly in need of anthologizing, Harvey mused that a retrospective compilation of the nomadic band, founded by Australian … [Read more...]

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Let Love In, Murder Ballads, The Boatman’s Call & No More Shall We Part (CD/DVD reissues)

Having spent the bulk of the past year indulging guttural libido and swamp-rock urges with his Grinderman side-project, Nick Cave is reportedly back at the ‘day-job’ in preparation for a new regular long-player with the full Bad Seeds line-up.  So whilst he knuckles down to write his next musical chapter, here comes another window of opportunity to … [Read more...]