2012 LPs – 1-10

Whilst 2012 has been a better year for good LPs than last year, I confess that I feel that are far fewer great LPs than in previous years. Maybe I was just looking in the wrong places. Anyhow without further ado here are my favourite 10 albums of the year: 10. The Twilight Sad –…

You Belong To A Different Story – Death To Dreaming interview

Much as he is proud of what These Single Spies accomplished, Alex Mattinson is understandably keen to move on. He signalled that by unveiling his latest project, Death To Dreaming, at the same time as the Spies’ LP ‘Shipwrecking’ was finally released at the end of June. Three Death To Dreaming tracks are now available…

Cobwebbed Enterprise – These Single Spies interview

One of my favourite albums of the year so far has been ‘Shipwrecking’ by These Single Spies. Unfortunately before the album was released, the band split – a depressingly, common occurrence these days. Despite the split though, Shipwrecking is a record that deserves more than to disappear into obscurity and singer/songwriter with the band, Alex…

Jumping for the Rocks – These Single Spies LP

I was starting to wonder if I’d ever need to write this review. I was given a promo copy of ‘Shipwrecking’ by These Single Spies as far back as last April when the band played Edinburgh, with talk at that time of an autumn release. But the autumn didn’t bring the album instead just silence….

Now That Everything Has Gone Wrong

Ach, this is a little sad. Came in from working late on Thursday to finish the Grant Hart review but also came across an email announcing that These Single Spies are to split. I was introduced to the band last year via a Song By Toad podcast and ‘OK Corral’ was one of  my favourite…

Now Everything Has Gone Wrong

You may recall that at the end of last year, my two favourite singles of the year were by Kid Canaveral and Thee Single Spy. Last night’s Ides of Toad gig at Henry’s Cellar Bar would therefore have been pretty essential had it only featured the Edinburgh debut of the renamed These Single Spies. But…