Autobahn – The Moral Crossing

Looking at Autobahn's second album, its darkly mordant sleeve, the band's name, the post-industrial and gothic connotations that these inevitably provoke, it would seem only too easy to dismiss the Leeds band as Eighties revivalists, re-configuring the riffs and lyrical themes of the likes of Killing Joke, Sisters Of Mercy and indeed Joy Division, … [Read more...]

Pulp – It, Freaks & Separations (2012 reissues)

Since belatedly finding fame on the back of 1994’s His ‘N’ Hers, Pulp founder Jarvis Cocker has often had an ambivalent and strained relationship with his recently reunited band’s early catalogue.  For Cocker, the hard slog of Pulp’s protracted formative phase against the backdrop of dole-stricken poverty, critical/commercial indifference, multiple … [Read more...]

The National @ Bristol O2 Academy, 24 Nov 2010

After the slow burning cult-to-the-cusp success of 2005’s Alligator and 2007’s Boxer, when it came to this year’s High Violet, the plaudits appeared to be overly-predetermined by The National’s prior growing reputation.  To these - almost certainly minority opinion – ears the album captured the quintet in a tacit state of unresolved artistic flux.  … [Read more...]

Agent Side Grinder – Irish Recording Tape

Sweden's Agent Side Grinder channels early electronic music but gives it a homemade feel. It's not apparent whether the "homemade" part of the songs is intentional, and it may be that it's the drum machine that contributes most to the bedroom aura. Whatever the case, Irish Recording Tape sounds like the kind of electronic experimentalism that was … [Read more...]