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Clearing out the cobwebs in the brain cavity with a thoroughly eviscerating blast of pure Aussie pub punk rock, Amyl and the Sniffers‘ new single ‘Security’ is a romping foot-stomping cathartic delight. Filled with the ineffable charms of lead singer Amy Taylor, the raucous delivery is audacious and deliciously sneering over the top of an …

Cambridge’s Tom Lumley and the Brave Liaison today release a scything and anthemic track, ‘Fake Friends’, that is a scintillating post punk bash filled with energy and attitude. The guitar attack is sparkling and crunchy, the rhythm section insistent and thunderous and the vocals and melodies urgent and indelible. The track is off the band’s …

Toby Martin is the enigmatic frontman for Sydney’s iconic Youth Group (whose last album ‘Australian Halloween’ was considered by me to be a highlight release of 2019), and he has become ensconced in the village of Slaithwaite in West Yorkshire with his young family. Whereas ‘Australian Halloween’ still bled the inner west of Sydney despite …

Living legend Billy Bragg will release his tenth studio album ‘The Million Things That Never Happened’ on 8 October 2021 through the Cooking Vinyl label. The record was produced by Romeo Stodart and Dave Izumi at Echo Zoo studio in Eastbourne. All songs are written by Billy Bragg apart from the final song (Ten Mysterious …

JEEZ, will you look at that CV. Robert Smith, Bowie, David Coverdale, Glen Matlock, John and Yoko, The Yardbirds; quite clearly, Earl Slick is a man you need aboard if you need six strings tickled with real love and precision. He’s just dropped an album of instrumental blues, Fist Full Of Devils: but look, when …

‘Overpass’ is the ‘B’ Side to The Goa Express‘ single ‘Second Time’ (reviewed by me here). While the latter was a classic shimmering slice of indie pie, ‘Overpass’ releases the brakes, takes down the roof and tilts forward at a breakneck speed with the lights on high beam. Whip smart, attitude-laden and imbued with a …

Australian indie icon Courtney Barnett has just announced the release of her third studio album ‘Things Take Time, Take Time’ on 12 November 2021 through Marathon Artists and released the first single, ‘Rae Street’. ‘Rae Street’ is a gentle, reflective track with Barnett’s signature wry observations on the vicissitudes of life: immediate real and acute …

THESE days based in Leeds, the grand capital of God’s Own Country, Yorkshire, but hailing from the rural south-western corner of Northern Ireland, Joel Johnston returned home to put together his October debut album, Ways To Get Out, to revisit past selves, the musical diet he grew up on, remember the ways he himself got …

Released back in June 2019, ‘Nobody Ever Got Rich (By Making People Sad)’ by The Golden Dregs, still remains for me one of the most outstanding singles I’ve ever reviewed for Backseat Mafia. For some reason, I never got to review the later album, the brilliant ‘Hope is for the Hopeless’, but The Golden Dregs are back …

‘Crossing’, from New Zealand band Sulfate, is a delicious, fuzzy, angst-ridden piece of darkness that buzzes with a satisfying intensity. A metallic syncopated undercurrent is swamped by angular, crunchy guitars and yearning vocals that have echoes of the brittle, observational delivery of the Robert Forster side of The Go-Betweens. The themes match the gothic darkness …