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Articles by: Dan Pare

by 03 Dec 2020

The Scoop: West London’s Sons of Raphael – Enigmas of the Sublime and Ridiculous

Brothers, Sons of Raphael are princely enigmas of the sublime and ridiculous. Their story reads like one of a ‘70’s glam rocker, their music somewhere between the sonic absurdity of The Flaming Lips and the theatrical gravitas of a ‘Tender…

by 26 Nov 2020

The Scoop: West London’s Chubby and The Gang – Making Rock ‘n’ Roll Fun Again

West-London pedigree gutter punks Chubby and the Gang are single-handedly making rock ‘n’ roll fun again. In a world where their label mates can flirt with Grammy nominations and arena tours, and in an industry seemingly intent on finding out…

by 19 Nov 2020

The Scoop: London’s Folly Group – A Combination of Abrasiveness and Anthem

The word ‘collective’ is bandied about a lot these days – often synonymous to a quick source of free creative labour – but London quartet Folly Group aren’t here to fuck about. Formed after a drunken train ride and a…

by 12 Nov 2020

The Scoop: Brighton’s LIME – A Singular Ray of Sunshine to Nourish Our Vitamin D-Starved Souls

In this everlasting rainy day of a year, Brighton quartet LIME proffer a singular ray of sunshine to nourish our vitamin D-starved souls. As their name suggests, they proffer a zesty burst that is neither completely post-punk bitter nor soft-indie…

by 05 Nov 2020

The Scoop: London’s Famous are the soundtrack to the comedown

With the current state of the world, are we really surprised to find a premium on artists sounding on the brink of complete mental and physical collapse?  London trio Famous are the soundtrack to the comedown; it’s 6 AM on…

by 29 Oct 2020

The Scoop: London’s deep tan – Melodic Sweetness and Cold-Wave Rhythm

deep tan are a cyclone, emerging from the fatalistic side of life with a flash of cynicism and a rumble of venomous intent. Simultaneously bitingly focussed and indulgently apathetic, the Hackney-based trio’s combination of understated melodic sweetness and cold-wave rhythm…

by 22 Oct 2020

The Scoop: Melbourne’s HighSchool – A Masterwork of Melancholic Pop and Post-Punk Grit

The term ‘Melbourne band’ immediately conjures the vision of either gutter-punk fury or sludgy psychedelia, having birthed some of the most influential acts on the planet within each genre since the turn of the century. HighSchool belong to neither camp,…

by 24 Apr 2020

Listen: Endless Digital Birthdays share ‘GMRGRLMST’

Endless Digital Birthdays are one of the most exciting new acts in the world. A 16-member multimedia collective of which 5 comprise the band, they follow the release of incendiary first single V10 with ‘GMRGRLMST’, a 3-minute blessing of writhing…

by 19 Feb 2020

Listen: Jean Penne Shares the Vivid “Chicken Katsu Curry”

With ‘Chicken Katsu Curry’, an 11 minute swirl of darkly humorous lyricism and off kilter drums, the enigmatic Jean Penne has returned to our lives.  Lyrically, Penne flits between the frankly surreal and the disconcertingly normal – when delivered in…