Retrospective: Icky Mettle – Archers of Loaf

To coincide with their reunion, Merge Records re-released the Archers of Loaf – the best band with the worst name – discography, starting with their debut album, 1993s’ excellent Icky Mettle. The underrated rock quartet may just receive the attention they deserve via those spruced-up deluxe editions, allowing older audiences to reminisce and younger audiences…

BACK

Hola! We’re going to ‘get back on the horse’ now, starting with every music journalist’s favourite: end of year lists. These will be coming in the next few weeks. In the meantime, you can listen to episode #1 of Clap Hands Podcast (re-uploaded as the original wouldn’t let us re-edit it): http://claphandsmusic.podomatic.com And subscribe here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/clap-hands-1-never-hungover/id950389582?i=327157099&mt=2 We hope…

Review: Cheatahs – Cheatahs

Two men walk into a bar: so starts the story of Cheatahs, a band formed from the friendship of Camden barmen Nathan Hewitt and James Wignall. 8 years on and through Witchita Records we have their self-titled debut album and a lot to be grateful for. Whilst the world of music journalists are either mourning…

Review: No Blues – Los Campesinos!

Originally written for Redbrick: http://issuu.com/redbrickonline/docs/cbe001_011113_issue1436/13?e=1031349/5461105 A cursory glance at the track list of Los Campesinos!’s fourth album No Blues reveals references to both The Smiths and James Joyce, Gareth Campesinos!’s lyrics are poetically personal and often death-fixated whilst the music within finds the band even more comfortable with embracing the slower tempos and deeper textures explored…

Review: Nothing Was The Same – Drake

Originally written for Redbrick: http://www.redbrick.me/2013/10/album-review-drake-nothing-was-the-same/ ‘My life’s a completed checklist’ brags Drake on ‘Tuscan Leather’, the opening track from his troubled and triumphant third album Nothing Was The Same; Drake sounds like his usual self-aggrandising/self-loathing self on this number, but with a new sense of urgency. With the album becoming a more important concept to the…

Review: Weird Sister – Joanna Gruesome

Despite having chiming guitars, wonderfully fuzzy production and on-point boy/girl vocals, calling Cardiff-based Joanna Gruesome Twee (capitalised, as in the genre) would be a huge disservice to their thrilling brand of noise (a hashtag on their Bandcamp even demands ‘don’t fucking call us Twee’). Whereas there are elements of those Halcyon days of C-68 tape…

Review: Yeezus – Kanye West

It’s actually been a while since Kanye West has released a solo album. The near three year gap between My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus marks his longest period of inactivity. Except of course, that Yeezy has been anything but quiet in that time. Not only has he managed to release the monolithic Watch…