Charlie Gardner


“We could have been a really good stadium band. It would have not been any good for the personalities in the band – it would have driven us all absolutely insane I would have thought. Any level of success would have made us worse people in my opinion. We could have been really good at it though. It didn’t happen and that’s that – it is what it is. It’s not a good or bad thing, just a thing. I would have liked to have made that second record though. There’s nothing wrong with being unknown, with being anonymous, it’s what almost everyone is – but try telling that to an arrogant idiot in his early twenties. . .”
Michael J Hall, Nebraska

Articles by Charlie Gardner

Exclusive Video Premiere: Mansur – Temple

‘Temple’ is the title track from the debut EP by MANSUR, a newly initiated project by Jason Kohnen (ex-The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, ex-The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation) joined by Dimitry El-Demerdashi (ex-Phurpa) and introducing Martina Horvát …

Video Premiere: Maud the Moth – Siphonophores

Maud the Moth was founded in 2010, as the solo project of Amaya López-Carromero, a Madrid born pianist, singer and songwriter who spent most of her childhood and teenage years studying classical music, writing stories and recording music demos on the f …

Album Premiere: Blacklisters – Fantastic Man

Formed in 2008, Blacklisters, quickly earning a reputation as a formidable live act through aggressive, confrontational performances riddled with dark humour, The band returned to Greenmount Studios in 2019 to record their third album, Fantastic Man. T …

Album Premiere: Kulk – Here Lies Kulk

Kulk’s debut LP Here Lies Kulk is heavy and noise filled, falling somewhere between The Melvins and Fuzz. This album sees Suffolk-based duo of Jade Ashleigh and Thom Longdin move away from faster hard-rock riffs of their earlier EPs to something more d …

Jinjer • The Agonist – Heaven, London

Jinjer to me, and many others, they are Metal’s heirs apparent – Gojira in waiting. It’s theirs for the taking; if they would only step out of the darkness and show themselves in the best possible light. . .

Under The Influence with Jo Quail

To say that cellist and composer, Jo Quail, has had an amazing 2018 is nothing short of an understatement. With the UK leg of her sell-out tour with Myrkur starting next week, we thought it an ideal time to ask Jo to write about three albums that have been huge influences on her playing and composition.

Supersonic Festival 2018 – A Top Ten of Uniqueness!

The UK’s premier experimental music and arts event Supersonic Festival 2018 kicks off from 22 to 24 June in Birmingham, with a host of unique and exclusive performances and appearances to get excited about, including ten things that you won’t see anywhere else this festival season.

Black Moth • Grave Lines – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton

Make no mistake, this Black Moth has done its time flitting around the candle. From now on, the candle is coming to them. . . only it’s not a candle any more – it’s a bloody great beacon.

Me and That Man

We’re here to take a communion of sorts with Nergal and celebrate his album ‘Songs of Love and Death’, a side project with Anglo-Polish bluesman John Porter. Together, they are Me and That Man. At least, I think they are, because the shadowy figures taking the stage through a fog, to the ominous accompaniment of the harmonica theme from ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’, might just as easily be the Spaghetti Western Orchestra.

Clutch, Valient Thorr and Lionize – Roundhouse, London

Everyone, it seems, loves Clutch; and in turn, they provide an all-points meeting place for fans from a myriad of genres. Charlie Gardner joined the party and Magda Wrzeszcz took the pictures to prove it…

Katie Kim – Salt

Katie Kim is an enchantress, and Salt sees the visionary singer-songwriter at last set loose in a properly expansive landscape. An outstanding album of elemental beauty that teeters on the edge of darkness…

Live Review: Red Fang, Torche and God Damn

Charlie Gardner saw Torche light up the seafront and Red Fang make Brighton rock!

Triple Sun – The City Lies in Ruins

Hypnotic and entrancing, ‘The City Lies in Ruins’ may not be psychedelia, but it’s certainly Trip-le Sun. – By Charlie Gardner

Live Review: Mugstar and Luminous Bodies – Green Door Store, Brighton

Charlie Gardner went on a walking tour of Brighton, and managed to fit in Mugstar and Luminous Bodies on the way…

Messenger – Threnodies

‘Illusory Blues’ was a fine debut, but in many ways it was an illusion. The Messenger story starts here with ‘Threnodies’, and it’s a story you need to listen to. The message is simply this: Messenger rock! – By Charlie Gardner

Interview: Annie Haslam from Renaissance

On the eve of their UK tour, Renaissance’s Annie Haslam talked to Charlie Gardner about painting, patronage and why the band, now in their fifth decade, have never really seen themselves as prog rockers.

Matmos – Ultimate Care II

I can’t pretend I’ll be taking it out of the airing cupboard again any time soon; but if the Matmos crew were to fly me out to the States to see them play it live, I’d happily take in their washing for the next six months… By Charlie Gardner

Live Review: Baroness – The Garage, Glasgow

Siobhan Hogarty saw Baroness in Glasgow recently. “They deliver a thunderous rendition and the closing vocal refrain is roared back, as all of us in the room realise how lucky we are to have such a band around.”

Serious Beak – Ankaa

‘Ankaa’ is nothing less than a stunning record. It’s a masterpiece: a symphonic concept album that demands its movements be played in sequence, and in one sitting, and which rewards you handsomely for doing so. – By Charlie Gardner

Live Review: Sweet Billy Pilgrim and Bruce Soord – Green Door Store, Brighton. September 15th, 2015.

Charlie Gardner went to the Green Door Store in Brighton and found that Bruce Soord without a pineapple isn’t as sweet as Sweet Billy Pilgrim…

Live: Guapo and HIRVIKOLARI – The Lexington, London. 3rd September 2015

Since recently moving to London, I had not yet been to a prog show and was in dire need. Guapo were the answer, playing with support from HIRVIKOLARI at The Lexington. By Cameron Piko

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