Album Reviews

PLACEBO – LOUD LIKE LOVE – REVIEW: WATERED-DOWN MEDIOCRITY AND THOROUGHLY FORGETTABLE

It’s been a long time since Placebo released an album that felt anywhere near as intense as their early work. 17 years ago, they rocked up out of London an aesthetically alarming bunch that could have easily been mistaken for a warning against malnourishment and addiction to narcotics as opposed to an alternative rock band. In keeping with such… Continue reading PLACEBO – LOUD LIKE LOVE – REVIEW: WATERED-DOWN MEDIOCRITY AND THOROUGHLY FORGETTABLE

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VISTA CHINO – PEACE – REVIEW: DESERT ROCK IS BACK, AND IT’S PEACE INDEED FOR GARCIA, BJORK AND CO.

For those who aren’t aware, Peace is the long awaited, second coming of Kyuss: without doubt one of the most important rock bands of the 90s. Kyuss more or less invented the desert/stoner rock scene by channeling Josh Homme’s youthful, bass-driven fuzz through an excruciatingly sweltering blueprint. The unmistakably powerful southern snarl of John Garcia was downright oppressive, and an intense rhythm section… Continue reading VISTA CHINO – PEACE – REVIEW: DESERT ROCK IS BACK, AND IT’S PEACE INDEED FOR GARCIA, BJORK AND CO.

Album Reviews · New Music Exposure

DEADSTAR – ALL MY FRIENDS ARE DREAMERS – REVIEW: NEW MUSIC EXPOSURE

The latest record to hit Reviewcaster’s new music sonar comes from the lesser latitudes of our sunny south coast. All My Friends Are Dreamers is the new EP from Deadstar, the alias of a bedroom project by Nihal Anand, and it comes equipped with an experimental introspection of contemporary progressive rock. Clearly influenced by the… Continue reading DEADSTAR – ALL MY FRIENDS ARE DREAMERS – REVIEW: NEW MUSIC EXPOSURE

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ARCTIC MONKEYS – AM – REVIEW: INTRICATE BRILLIANCE FROM BRITISH MUSIC’S PREMIER OUTFIT

Arctic Monkeys have come a very long way since they burst out of Sheffield, clad in Fred Perry garms and Adidas Originals, surrounded by a huge amount of media hype most were sure would fade out like a Lib Dem manifesto. Almost 8 years later, they can now really stake a claim to be mentioned… Continue reading ARCTIC MONKEYS – AM – REVIEW: INTRICATE BRILLIANCE FROM BRITISH MUSIC’S PREMIER OUTFIT

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DRENGE – DRENGE – REVIEW: HAS THERE BEEN A BETTER DEBUT IN 2013?

When preparing to listen to a band with a name like Drenge, you’re not exactly going to be expecting a relaxing aural massage to provide some low-key R+R for your lobes and drums from the get go. It’s onomatopoeia in a sense: ‘drenge’ could easily be a verb, and if you were to define it, it would certainly… Continue reading DRENGE – DRENGE – REVIEW: HAS THERE BEEN A BETTER DEBUT IN 2013?