June 21, 2020

In a modern age where the worldwide web has all but eradicated the richly absorbing ceremony of spending countless hours scouring dusty record store shelves and crowded merch stands for fresh and enticing new musical discoveries, it’s always heartening to happen upon a...

It’s precisely 7pm on a Monday night, and the freshly-birthed drudgery of a new working week has had ample time to take effect – judging, at least, by the endless hordes of weary-looking Londoners jostling their way home through the hectic streets of a presently heavin...

The alliteratively appealing Handful of Hate have been honing their wicked, brimstone-scorched craft since 1993, and judging by the ripping, viciously acerbic fruits of the Italians’ most recent studio labours, these two and a half decades have been put to exceptionall...

March 24, 2019

Of all the cruellest and most psychologically shattering of emotional states, nothing cripples the human spirit more brutally and absolutely than the tragic loss of a loved one. The quiet, shell-shocked numbness. The great, gaping void within that aches like some horri...

March 3, 2019

Situated smack bang in the midst of a vast, concrete labyrinth of glistening, glassily anonymous Wagamamas, Vue Cinemas and supermarkets, the unbroken, corporate uniformity of the O2 Academy hardly lends itself to the lawless, wildly energised pleasures of extreme meta...

February 21, 2019

“It starts like pebbles rolling down a hill. Then you blink and it becomes a landslide,” observes one of the various, grimly ill-fated characters in newcomer writer-director Lee Cronin’s elegantly orchestrated debut. And it’s here, in these two, economically concise ye...

January 14, 2019

There’s something exceptionally restrained and controlled about A Swarm of the Sun’s delicate, quietly affecting craft. Not in the sense of the tell-tale, tensely hushed silence that hangs thick in the air ahead of a deafening explosion of noise or a disarmingly tender...

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