The Black Ryder – Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride

Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper, both formerly of the Australian band The Morning After Girls, formed The Black Ryder in 2007, toured extensively in 2008 with similar-vibe bands Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Raveonettes, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and in 2009 released their debut album Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride in Australia.  The band … [Read more...]

Short Takes on Four Albums

Blood Red Shoes - Fire Like This V2 http://www.bloodredshoes.co.uk/ Brighton, England-based Steven Ansell and Laura-Mary Carter returned last year with their sophomore album Fire Like This and it burns with a cool, blue-flame intensity (as depicted by the album’s cover art) compared to the red-hot wildfire of the band’s debut, Box of … [Read more...]

Secret Shine – The Beginning and The End

The members of the long-running, Bristol, England-based band Secret Shine have created dream-pop perfection since the early 1990s. This winter brought the release of their third studio album, The Beginning and The End, another masterfully-crafted dream-pop album replete with the band’s signature sound of dreamy, driving guitars (courtesy of Scott … [Read more...]

Interview with Bart & Friends

Hello Bart, Pam, Mark, and Louis – Wow, it’s so amazing to be interviewing you all as the indie super-group Bart & Friends! Before we begin with the Q&A, let me give a brief overview of each of your musical histories for those not in the know: Bart Cummings was in the Australia-based The Cat’s Miaow and Hydroplane, among other bands, in … [Read more...]

Interview with The Black Ryder

When Australia’s The Black Ryder caught my unsuspecting ear just a couple of weeks ago, I was immediately drawn to the band’s sound like a doomed, but dazzled moth to the flickering flame.  Pretty much everything I love about music can be found throughout The Black Ryder’s debut album Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride. Densely layered textures of … [Read more...]

The Black Ryder – “Sweet Come Down”

Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper of Australia’s The Black Ryder showcase one aspect of their sound with the softly desolate, laconically-paced noir song “Sweet Come Down” that features Peter Hayes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on harmonica.  A quasi-duet is set in motion by picked acoustic guitar and the occasional pull of plaintive harmonica, while … [Read more...]

The Lovely Eggs – If You Were Fruit

Lancaster, England-based Holly and David of The Lovely Eggs know how to pack a tin full of sonic sardines, as they do on If You Were Fruit, where they stuff the U.S. release of their debut album with 19 yummy morsels (14 from the studio album, plus 5 lip-smacking cuts off their U.K.-released EPs). The guitar-based indie rockers and ballads are … [Read more...]

The Legends – Over And Over

Anyone who names his or her band The Legends has serious delusions of grandeur or is perhaps taking the piss.  Luckily for Swedish mastermind Johan Angergård (member of Acid House Kings and Club 8, as well as founder of Labrador Records), his project is much closer to sonic grandeur than failure.  Melodic and sweet pop hooks are oftentimes laden … [Read more...]

Bitter Ruin – Hung, Drawn and Quartered

Georgia Train (vocals) and Ben Richards (vocals, guitar) are a U.K.-based duo who has previously released two song-packed EPs in 2007 and 2008.  Hung, Drawn and Quartered, their much-anticipated, self-released debut album that was recorded with producer Jason Rubal in the U.S., drops May 26th and it’s a compact and vibrant collection of 8 … [Read more...]

Interview with Maribel

Delusions of Adequacy:  Hiya Pål E and Lewi!  I just adore your sound that melds the dreamy with the dissonant, the melodic with the abrasive, and the languorous with the propulsive, which recalls the best bits of bands like My Bloody Valentine and Serena-Maneesh.  Can you introduce yourselves and go over who plays what and/or sings in the … [Read more...]