One of my guilty traits is to push aside anything ‘the luvvies’ are raving about… I dunno why, it’s like a built in mechanism… everyone is ranting and raving about Stone Roses in 1989 and I pick up their album a year later. They’re all getting joyed about the formidable, I’ll latch on once the initial storm is subsiding. So when the boys at the front of class (the luvvies – in this instance Walton and that bloke from the Daily Post) are a-whooping and a-hollering about Pulco‘s new album, I’m at the back of class, picking my nose and flicking it at them and would normally listen to it later in the year. READ MORE »
Naturally, I wouldn’t claim to be a b-boy (or b-girl for that matter) unless the b stood for blackened death thrash but a few folks had the balls (and not just tennis ones…) to come to stage left when invited by the legendary and seminal MC KRS for some impromptu dance off on stage. Only for the majority to be quite harshly dismissed once they’d got there for not meeting his dress requirements etc. Still, I ‘m not a wigger either, and would go to some lengths to defend my long term fan-dom of the scene from the days when John Peel would be playing Public Enemy and Napalm Death back to back. Occasionally I do feel I am deficient in my vitamin-b though so when I saw this double header on the listings celebrating “40 years of hip-hop” it seemed an excellent opportunity to get a dose of bass, beats and verbals, so a car load of us headed up from the sunshine coast.
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I’ve just finished doing a review of a CD called ‘Caneuon Protest’ a compilation of Welsh Language protest Songs and a broader discussion of where the protest song sits within popular culture in Wales today for BBC online. READ MORE »
(by Ash Cooke)
I like LooseFish. They are born survivors! They also seem to know the secret of how to keep a band working when the commitments of everyday life come calling and for that I salute them!
The group was originally formed in 1993 by guitarist Colin Owen who after recruiting the rest of his previous band Wanted for his new project, set about recording their first album ‘Ways Of Escape’ on a Foxtex 4 track in 1994. READ MORE »
I saw Rhyl’s Psycodeth at the Railway Institute a couple of weeks ago and they literally stopped us in our tracks (excuse the pun!). Now, I was never one for Slayer and Metallica when they first started doing the rounds, only saw Metallica for the first time, when Tim dragged me to the MEN about three years ago, and after the second time (and a 3 hour set), I vowed never to see them again. And I only listened to Slayer for the first time a month ago when Cumi coaxed me into ‘giving them a try.’
Psycodeth struck something within me, beside the fact that they are criminally young (unless you worked in showbiz), they are the only band in North Wales playing this genre (as far as I know), and they are quite simply fucking excellent at what they do. READ MORE »