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Articles by: Dan Pare

by 17 Dec 2020

The Scoop: Manchester’s Blanketman – Sanguine Post-Punk for the Future

Manchester’s Blanketman are leading some form of cultural renaissance up in that neck of the woods, and you’d be a fool to ignore it. For a city with such a rich tradition of producing era-defining bands, recent years have been…

by 11 Dec 2020

The Scoop: Galway’s NewDad – Liquid Guitar Lines and Left Field Pop Sensibilities

Galway quartet NewDad are the latest in the trend of Irish bands turning away from the post-punk resurgence being enjoyed by their countrymen, in favour of a shimmering hue of sweetness and introspection. 2020’s debut ‘How’ (followed swiftly by ‘Swimming’…

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,…