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Classic Album: Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols

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The summer of 2011 was Dananananaykroyd’s last. The Scottish ‘fight-pop’ band had formed in 2006, armed with two drummers, two vocalists, and an entire arsenal of post-hardcore pop songs. Their debut album, Hey Everyone!, was released to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and somehow became a favourite of Disney Channel star Demi Lovato …

If you’re a fan of Cool Ghouls, one of the bands mainstays, Ryan Wong, has today released an album ‘Joy’ of his own, under the moniker Supreme Joy. Based partly on Japanese art magazines, Joy is filled with echoey, attractive indie/post-punk pop – packed with tunes, with nods towards psych, noise and shoegaze along the …

Making a compelling case as London’s heaviest post-punk outfit, Shrines are gearing up for the release of their new EP ‘Ghost Notes’ this coming Friday, March 26th via Apocalyptic Witchcraft Recordings. It’s available in both digital and cassette form as well as a die hard bundle containing a T-shirt, A4 print of the artwork as …

Although it has it’s beginnings way back in 1911, International Women’s Day has an increasingly important role to play in our society. Every March 8th, the day is an important day to celebrate Women’s achievements, equality, gender parity and also to fundraise for female-focused charities. This year the focus of the day is #choosetochallenge – …

Well, it’s been a bit of a year, hasn’t it? Global pandemics, George Floyd, environmental issues, terrorism, dissatisfaction with those in charge, not least in the ongoing (it seems) fallout from the American Presidential election. None of that has stopped artists from all persuasions and genres making some fantastic music over the last 12 months. …

I don’t really know why I’m a fan of Mark E Smith and The Fall. Is it the uanabashed Northernness? Is it the mastery of prose? or maybe the fact that he never forgot his roots? I don’t know, but what I do know is that for whatever reason once I’d entered the Wonderful and Frightening …

It has been viewed, especially in retrospect, as something of a watershed moment – an incoming of punk rock, a realisation that John Peel really did and could move with the times. It featured the first ever session from the Damned. It was previewed in the Melody Maker and the paper interviewed John Walters, who …

While no one would ever dare question Sex Pistols’ cultural impact, such was Malcolm Mclaren’s obsession with publicity stunts, that by the time Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols was finally released in late October ’77, they had very nearly missed the bus. Both The Damned and The Clash had beaten them to …

Once classed as Leeds’ best kept secret, Post War Glamour Girls have well and truly emerged from the shadows. Their skewed observational lyrics and baroquish approach to sound, has seen them earn a following and respect that far out reaches the confines of their West Riding home. Their, soon to be released, third studio album …

Before we start looking forward to 2016 and all that they may bring, Backseat Mafia’s live photographers have been taking a look back at the gigs we covered in 2015 and choosing their own personal favourite photos… STEVE BARNES – DESPERATE JOURNALIST   One of our bands of the year, caught them at Crystal Bar during …