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Under the Influence with Pothamus

Raya is the debut album by sludge/post-rock band Pothamus, which is a 50-minutes long concept album focusing on a band that is searching for their own stories. “Respecting the intangible, we puzzled existing myths and ideas until new meanings emerged”, …

Under the Influence with Melissa Guion from MJ Guider

MJ Guider releases their new album Sour Bell Cherry today on Kranky. Sour Cherry Bell retains the glassy gauze of her debut, 2016’s Precious Systems, but shaded starker and darker, framed by mechanical rhythms and humid industrial moods. She speak …

Under the Influence with Fires In The Distance

Connecticut based melodic death-doom metal four-piece Fires In The Distance will release their debut album, titled Echoes From Deep November, via Prosthetic Records on September 18th. Over the course of six melancholic tracks, Echoe …

Safer Spaces launch guide for venues and promoters to tackle sexual harassment at gigs

Obviously we’re all desperately missing live gigs . . . But in this difficult time, we can think about what we want when live music comes back . . . and make sure it’s as safe and accessible as possible for everyone.

Under the Influence with Steve Redmond from Foretoken

Having recently signed to Prosthetic Records, melodic death metal duo Foretoken are preparing to release their debut album, Ruin (released on September 4th). The core band of Steve Redmond (guitars and orchestral compositions) and Dan Cooley (lyrics an …

Under the Influence with William Lacalmontie from Ovtrenoir

Ovtrenoir is a post-metal band from Paris, France. Initiated by William Lacalmontie (guitar / vocals) in 2013 as an instrumental acoustic post-rock project, the line-up consists of long-time close friends Julien Taubregeas (The Great Divide – drums), A …

Under the Influence with Thelma Ramon

Thelma Ramon is a singer/songwriter originally from Houston, Texas and currently residing in Belgium. Embarking on her first musical endeavour after years of gestation behind closed doors, these recordings present to the world the first glimpse of the …

Under the Influence with Lorena Quintanilla from J. Zunz

In an era of uncertainty and introspection, frustrations will inevitably arise. Yet there may also be the potential for change. It’s possible that the warping of time and the journey into one’s own headspace that come with altered circumstances allow a …

Under the Influence with Taylor Washington from Paladin

Atlanta based power thrashers Paladin released their debut album Ascension through Prosthetic Records last year, which they quickly followed up with the release of the 3-track Nevermore covers EP Anamnesis last year in December, also through …

In Memoriam: Tim Smith 1961-2020

We remember composer, musician, arranger, producer, director, Tim Smith of Cardiacs.

Under the Influence with Jay Gambit from Executioner’s Mask

Offering a modern take on the classic blueprints set by Pornography-era The Cure, The Sisters Of Mercy and Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Executioner’s Mask arrives at the darkest of times with its most haunting offering yet: the 11-song collection …

The Boredom Tapes: DVNE

For the latest edition of The Boredom Tapes the boys from Edinburgh based progressive metalers DVNE have gone all out & given us a fascinating track by track analysis of their playlist.    Asheran by DVNE Stick these tunes in your ears …

Keeping Live Alive. . .

The power of live music can be one that is both communal and personal, sometimes at the same time. It is the breathing force of music and its tendrils reach way back before the existence of recorded sound. It is something to be cherished. . .

Keeping Live Alive. . .

Each and every live gig, good or bad, is a unique experience. It CAN’T be background music, because you are IN it as much as IT is in YOU. I miss the gig scene terribly, and I want it back.

Under The Influence With The Academy Of Sun

It smashed me into a thousand perturbed, titillated shards, scooped me up and reconstituted me down the road of Zorn, Tzadik, Kayo Dot, Secret Chiefs 3 – an unholy nexus of maverick compositional visionaries.

Under The Influence with Elisabeth Elektra

Glasgow’s Elisabeth Elektra has just released her debut album Mercurial last week; a rapturously received record absolutely chock full of uplifting electropop bangers, so we thought there was no better time to get her to share some of the music that ha …

Under the Influence with Bruecken

At the end of last year, Oldenburg-based instrumental post-rock band BRUECKEN released an incredible album titled Schall und Raum via Moment of Collapse Records. If you’ll recall, we had the pleasure of streaming the album ahead of its release last yea …

The Boredom Tapes: ROOKES

Regular readers will perhaps have come to the conclusion that we have become a Rookes stan account, and honestly there may be some truth in that! The North London songwriter / producer is certainly one of our favourite artists (and people) that we’ve d …

Under the Influence with The Echelon Effect

You might know David Walters from his wonderful solo project called The Echelon Effect. We’ve been following him for a while now and love his music. As a solo artist, he manages to build these incredibly vast and multi-layered soundscapes. His music so …

Britpop….An Irreverent Defence of the Indefensible

Perhaps the lasting legacy of Britpop, aside from its cultural impact which not only affected what was then called “indie music” but also pop music, and it’s not entirely invited political moments, is that it’s inclusive nature not only broke the gender divide but also brought together the disparate crowds.

The Boredom Tapes: Elisabeth Elektra

As we approach the end of the second month of lockdown, if you are anything like us you might be fraying at the seems a little bit. Well, thank god for music keeping us sane, that’s all we can say Our latest Boredom Tape comes from Glasgow’s Elisabeth …

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