The Districts – A Flourish And A Spoil

It would be pretty fair to say that 15 years is a substantial amount of time, particularly so in music. For example, the musical shifts that occurred between 1980 and 1995 are almost immeasurable. The years between 1967 and 1982 reveal an even greater diversity of music. And while the 15 years between 2000 and 2015 have seen the emergence of new musical genres never dreamed before, on the whole, it seems that the progression of popular music has substantially slowed down during this last decade-and-a-half. Plenty of this has to do with the more nostalgic nature of society today, and as well as this, modern musical artists seem to be content with releasing albums every three to four years, acting like no time has passed (The Beatles for example, in 1964 were vastly differently to The Beatles in 1968, and even within those years, Continue reading

Title Fight – Hyperview

a4238082315_10There is particular concern at the moment within the alternative musical community about the concept of ‘selling out’. Indeed, it has been a term that has perhaps always coexisted alongside popular music. However, usually when someone proclaims: “Aw man! They sold out. They used to be cool!”, in disgust at their former favourite band, the music has usually made a radical shift into sounds that are intrinsically poppy and vapid sounding. This is the stereotype that exists within people’s minds, but not often the reality. For example, Metallica’s immortal 1991 release Metallica was considered a sell-out. But why this is an issue at the moment is it seems that a fair amount of bands are aiming for a particular time and genre within music’s long history: the early 1990s, and shoegaze. Continue reading

Peace – Happy People

peace_oghappySophomore albums are hard to get right. All too often, the pressure is high to come up with an engaging release, especially if the debut album was acclaimed and successful. Common paths that artists seem to turn down are; a) An updated photocopy of the sound of the first album. b) An out-of-left-field shake up of the core sound. c) A tricky yet tactful combination of both. In each case, their are positives and negatives. However, the direction taken by Peace on Happy People, their follow-up to 2013’s In Love, a well-researched slice of rock/pop that was intensely hyped by NME (a 9/10, no less), is interesting because Continue reading

All We Are – All We Are

By giving themselves the playful style tags of ‘psychedelic boogie’ and ‘The Bee Gees on diazepam”, All We Are not only do my job of coming up with a snappy categorical names for musical styles, but it also reveals the fresh idealism that shines from their music and personality. Even down to the trio’s mononyms of Richard (Drums), Luis (Guitar), and Gurro (Bass), All We Are represent a youthful clarity. All We Are want to be liked, but not too badly. They encourage self-mockery, but they do not wallow in self-depreciation. All We Are can be placed quite easily alongside Glass Animals, Jungle, and Wild Beasts, Continue reading