Tag: punk

Vision: INHEAVEN. World On Fire

Each step that INHEAVEN take towards the September 1st release of their self-titled debut album seems to be both bolder and darker than what came before. That’s exactly what their current track World On Fire delivered, with Dork calling it “a typically incendiary mega banger.” If the rush of imagery that accompanied the feral Vultures signposted a band with growing confidence in their visual aesthetic, the new video for World On Fire pushes that stance to new heights. Entirely directed, produced and edited by the band, the video uses the 17th century witchcraft purge as an allegory for contemporary attacks on women’s rights. INHEAVEN explain: “Inspired by the 1692 witch trials of Colonial Massachusetts,...

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LIVE: Blink-182 @ O2 Arena, London. Whats My Age Again?

Recently one of my Facebook friends posted an article about the appropriate age when you should stop clubbing. In wider context the appropriate age when you should abandon the dance floor or concert hall for the benefit of early nights in with kids and pyjamas. The magic age revealed by a new study which polled 5,000 Britons was 37. That is  when you are “officially” too old for gigs and parties. So here I am, another night at the O2 Arena, excited as a teenage girl, ready to go and photograph the band I love. What’s my age again?...

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Festival: Afropunk London Returns

In 2016 London had been treated to its first Afropunk Festival and this year they return, bringing another very promising lineup to the UK capital. Spawned from a cult-classic documentary of the same title, it brought black-punks in America into the spotlight. Written and directed by James Spooner, it soon became a growing community with no boundaries of colour, gender, or any other constraining title. Utilising the web to promote free-thinking individuals, sharing a common ground of freedom and a great emphasis on activism and expression. Afropunk festival is now so much more than where it started in 2005 in Brooklyn,...

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Live: The Blue Aeroplanes @ The Leadmill, Sheffield

The Blue Aeroplanes – punk poets from Bristol – once more came to Sheffield to mesmerise the audience with their unique blend of folk, rock, punk, poetry and dance. But before the Aeroplanes could dazzle everyone, support act Harri Larkin performed solo material from her latest EPs. Harri Larkin, who usually performs as a four-piece, took to the stage by herself, armed only with an acoustic guitar. It is always great to see young female artists keeping alive a long tradition of British singer-songwriters. Larkin seemed a little tense, sometimes muffling her words, which made it difficult to get into her songs fully....

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Interview: Pauline Murray. Invisible Girl.

Pauline Murray is someone I have always wanted to meet and more-so after the release of her post Penetration break up album Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls. That album disapeared from view for a long long time and now almost 35 years later it gets a full digital remastered re-release. Disque du Crepuscule have added extra tracks, live sessions, photo’s and various limited edition sets…I got to talk to Pauline about the album recording sessions and what happened after. Why is the album Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls perceived as a great lost new wave album. It...

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Interview: Mike Watt. Take A Crow Bar To Your Head.

Mike Watt limps over to greet me with a big smile. He’s preparing for the final show of a two month tour and has a bad knee and a soundcheck to do. None of this dents his enthusiasm for sitting down to talk about his third punk opera, how literature and 500 year old painters are the best inspiration for music and why Iggy Pop is the only man to get the shirt off his back. Initially known for being part of early 80s US trio Minutemen, he almost quit music when his bandmate D Boon was tragically killed....

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