Bank of England
A Colourful Storm
"A Colourful Storm presents the first vinyl edition of Blueboy's The Bank Of England - the third and final chapter in a canon of indie-pop and DIY perfection. "Succeeding If Wishes Were Horses (Sarah Records, 1992) and Unisex (1994), The Bank Of England shines as a masterpiece of mature,…
So Tough
Saint Etienne
So Tough, released in 1993, is a less iconic record than Foxbase Alpha, Saint Etienne's debut of two years previously, but it's arguably a more mind-blowing listen, and certainly more fully realised in terms of sound and concept and all-consuming SWOON: a…
Trial Cuts (1989-95)
Action Painting!
Emotional Response
"Operating at the more muscly end of the Sarah Records spectrum, Action Painting! burst out of the fanzine scene with three frantic arrogant-riot-pop singles for Sarah and one for Damaged Goods before they dematerialized. "The band never realised a full length…
Left Hand
Vital Idles
Upset The Rhythm
This slice of jangly monochord bliss pressed to yellow vinyl from Glaswegiens, Vital Idles, is everything you wanted (and expected) after that tantalising, ebullient, instant-cult-classic 'The Garden' 7” on Not Unloved in 2016. It’s got The Clean and that Flying Nun/Dunedin-sound stamped all…
Television Personalities
Fire Records
Late TVPs at their best. A huge personal favourite too. Dan Treacy has never sounded so depressed and defeated ('All My Dreams Are Dead'!), but his crushing sense of LOSS is, sad to say, our GAIN. Eschewing the dense, darkling drug-fug…
Black Pool Legacy
Ceramic Hobs
Harbinger Sound
HEAVYWEIGHT retrospective of a band that truly deserve the oft-bandied assignation “underground” - even if it has (I mean it definitely has) become less and less of a FEELING and more and more of a marketing technique, a genre, ultimately just…
The Doozer
Feeding Tube
What a treat this is... new album on Feeding Tube from The Doozer, the anonymous-ish, Edinburgh-based, Cambridge-reared purveyor of sumptuous and grown-up psychedelic pop who has possibly suffered more lazy comparisons to Syd Barrett than anyone else in recent history.…
Howling At All Hours
The Cannanes
Chapter Music
The Seventeenth Century
Cherry Red
Re-titled reissue of Let The Snakes Crinkle Their Heads To Death ("Lawrence's biggest regret"!).
Done One
Itchy Bugger
Low Company
“The freak's flyin solo.” Basically Josh from DIÄT and Heavy Metal wrote some songs and then recorded them on 4-track over a few loooong nights last summer with the help of a wheezing drum-machine and fellow HM mensch Robert. He…