Accidents & Improvisations – Whin interview

Today see the release of ‘Dawn Firth’ the debut album from Whin. Whin is a collaboration between Martin John Henry (De Rosa / Henry & Fleetwood) and Robert Dallas Gray (Life Without Buildings). Anyone expecting ‘Dawn Firth’ to be similar to any of the pair’s previous work is in for a surprise. Largely instrumental ‘Dawn…

Who Was Ivor Novello? – Echo and the Bunnymen live

Echo and the Bunnymen – Barrowlands Ballroom, Glasgow – Tuesday 1st March 2022 Echo and the Bunnymen have been a fundamental influence on my musical taste. The very first time I bought Melody Maker there were features on both the Bunnymen and the Teardrops and hearing ‘Do It Clean’ on Radio 1 a couple of…

2021 Singles

I’m not sure that I bought any actual singles this year (other than the odd download from Bandcamp) but I seemed better at keeping track of new releases on Spotify which resulted in 4 quarterly single playlists from which I’ve drawn both my favourite 30 singles and a slightly extended playlist. Here they are in…

2021 Live

As you might expect, this is a different type of review compared to past years. Initially, as shows were announced for late summer, I was nervous about going even to an outdoor venue so missed out on shows at Summerhall we’d have considered in different times and particualrly Nadine Shah’s EIF gig at Edinburgh Park….

The Constant Face of the Unknown – Low LP review

Low – HEY WHAT (Sub-Pop) Last time out, in ‘Double Negative’, Low delivered the most extreme record of their career, placing a set of fragile tunes within waves of distortion to the extent of sometimes almost obliterating the melodies. It was a record that made a virtue out of smashing the convention of recording without…

Like To Keep Things Dark – Will Sergeant book review

Will Sergeant – Bunnyman (Constable) Over the years there’s been a few books about Echo and the Bunnymen but, until now, none of the band members have told their side of the story. Guitarist Will Sergeant’s first memoir ‘Bunnyman’, published in July, is therefore a welcome arrival. Despite the title, it’s a book that actually…