From featuring on Twilight soundtracks to touring with some of the biggest names in modern rock, this small but mighty Welsh trio are proving, gig by gig, that with a sound as huge as theirs, size doesn’t matter.
Straight from the heart of Australia’s art and culture capital, Melbourne’s latest musical export ME take rock, pop, indie, classical and theatre, mash them together and throw on a tie (because bowties are cool, don’t you know.)
With many albums, it is always relatively clear which tracks stand out as the strongest and which are, as they are so affectionately called, the ‘filler’ tracks. For Paul Banks, his new solo album ‘Banks’ defies this seemingly unwritten rule.
In the ten years since its inception, Is This Music? has remained on the frontline of Scottish music journalism. From breaking bands such as Franz Ferdinand and Frightened Rabbit in its printed issues, to its transition online in 2006, the independent publication has been and still remains the first port of call for many music fans in Scotland and beyond.
Musician. Artist. Business woman. Reigning Queen of the Twittersphere. Amanda Palmer is many things, most recently a record breaking Kickstarter user, having crowdsourced over $1.2m to fund her second solo album ‘Theatre Is Evil’, its accompanying art book and a tour which will take The Dresden Dolls pianist and her new band of glorious misfits The Grand Theft Orchestra all the way through until late 2013.
“Milk Maid sort of happened by default,” says Martin Cohen, frontman and founder of the Manchester based psychedelic surf-gaze outfit. Once the bassist of indie rockers Nine Black Alps, Cohen decided to leave to pursue other musical ventures when the future of the band was uncertain.
Since 2005, Sam Duckworth has been making music as honest and humble as only he felt he could. From his Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly debut ‘Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager’ to his more recent solo effort, ‘The Mannequin’, Duckworth has always approached his music with the idea that honesty is the key, even if that means releasing five completely different albums.
Since having formed in their hometown of Athens, Alabama in 2009, Alabama Shakes have gone from strength to strength. The birth of the band is a typical yet genuine story, but beyond that, the band have experienced what many other bands could only dream of.
Should you be familiar with Maps & Atlases and their music, you’ll no doubt agree that it defies easy categorisation. Their debut album ‘Perch Patchwork’ is as much experimental and progressive as it is intimate and personal. So difficult to pin down is their sound that even frontman Dave Davison finds it hard.
There is arguably nothing more ego boosting than being included in NME’s ‘cool list 2011’ only a mere few months after signing to Rough Trade Records, releasing a debut EP and being invited to tour the UK in support of indie superstars The Vaccines. But it’s all in a year’s work for young Jordan Gatesmith, the 19 year old brainchild of Minneapolis’ latest offering, a ‘surf gaze’ five piece by the name of Howler.