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The Jesus and Mary Chain


I’m not sure who first came up with the concept of the “Classic Album Tour”, whereby an artist plays the whole LP, track by track in the running order, in which it was originally released. It has become the preserve of bands who don’t have any new product to tour but fancy making a few quid, possibly …

Soaked in reverb and regret, ‘Dream State Treasure’, the solo album from Scott von Ryper is a shimmering debut from an Australian artist that has quietly established a remarkable reputation for songwriting, delivered with a degree of insouciance and cool. ‘Dream State Treasure’ is a reflective collection of sparkling melodic gems, underpinned by a shimmering …

Two and a half years ago, Italy’s Unruly Girls unleashed their debut album ‘Cruel Tales’, reviewed by me in September 2017. This was a stunning debut: anarchic, arrogant and infused with a refreshing punk sensibility. The noise merchants are back with the album ‘Epidemic’ (named, it must be noted, perceptively before the current COVID-19 situation) …

Legendary noise pop exponents, The Jesus and Mary Chain, have just announced a swathe of gigs across Europe in March and April 2020 to play their seminal second album, ‘Darklands’, in its entirety. ‘Darklands’ essentially stripped way the wall of feedback that was at the fore in debut classic ‘Psycho Candy’ to leave exposed the …

Backseat Mafia first discovered Gena Rose Bruce way back in 2014 and were impressed then by her songwriting prowess and superb vocals. From the sounds of her new release, ‘The Way You Make Love’, she is just getting better and better. This is a low-fi, scuzzy pop masterpiece that evokes Hope Sandoval’s sensual, evocative vocals …

Glam grunge exponents, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC), are back with a vengeance on their eighth album, “Wrong Creatures”. The album was produced by the legendary Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) and is due to be released on 12 January 2018. Their last release “Specter at …