Second Life

As JC has suggested elsewhere, this was a show I never thought I’d see. However I’ve seen enough reunions by now to have some confidence that it would be worth seeing. The fact that I’d never seen the band before and the improbability of the reunion given Devoto’s almost  total disengagement with rock music in…

Hail to the Thief (Not Really)

With a Magazine review and then the first ever MPT podcast (featuring an interview with Martin Henry from De Rosa) coming shortly, it’s going to be a busy week on Manic Pop Thrills. But to keep things ticking over I thought I would delve back into the archives again. A number of years ago we…

Little Steps

By and large, with the odd exception, I never pretend to be ahead of the game when it comes to reviewing records. But even I rarely pick up on something 18 months after its release. But that’s exactly what I’m doing with ‘Off The Beaten Track’, a compilation issued by Mister Tramp Records in September…

Something Bigger Than The Heartache

With their second album De Rosa have a lot to live up to. Following up a debut LP as good as ‘Mend’ would be daunting enough for most bands. But expectations can only have been raised further after the band gave away a strong LP’s worth of material free via the Appendices project last year…

One Evening With The Triffids (2)

The conclusion of the story of my trip to Hasselt in June 2006 to see the Triffids. Kunstencentrum, Hasselt (Friday 2200-Saturday 0045) Question – How do you replace the irreplaceable? Answer – You don’t. Given the motivation behind the show critical faculties should really have been left at the door for this one. No-one, least…

One Evening With The Triffids (1)

To mark the Triffids shows currently ongoing in Australia, here in two parts is the story of my trip to Belgium to see the first reunion show back in June 2006. This first appeared on my original website. Prologue – An Evening With The Triffids? Forget Cobain, Strummer or Curtis. The rock and roll loss…