Siouxsie & the Banshees: A Brief History


It is rather troubling to realise that very few people are aware of the influence that punk/post-punk/goth/post-goth/post-pop group Siouxsie & the Banshees has had over many of the artists that we listen to regularly today – Garbage, PJ Harvey, Björk, Marilyn Manson and LCD Soundsystem to name a few. Without them, the world of rock [...]

Stars Turn Out for Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ Soundtrack


Massive names in music – such as Robert Smith (The Cure), Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and The Flaming Lips – have contributed to the soundtrack of Tim Burton’s latest offering, the 3D remake of his own 1984 film Frankenweenie. Karen O has penned new track ‘Strange Love’, which she says is “…quirky, good vibes [...]

SXSW 2012, Saturday March 17


I spent the beginning of my Saturday in Austin awake extremely early and playing a showcase at East Avenue Lounge at noon. Manager of the house, Mandy, made me feel like an old friend. Couple this with the fact that I had gear and was operating on sore feet, I spent much of Saturday day [...]

Review: Plant Plants (s/t EP)


This short little EP begins with awesome samples of god-knows-what (trash and/or clanking metals). Those pocketed rhythms are quickly coupled by choppy, experimental guitars that bleed on the trebly side, an offset to the ensuing synth bass that joins up at less than a minute into the track. All of these elements grab at me, [...]