Reviews

“Growing up isn’t something we can make happen when we want it to / But since we’re all growing up together, I guess I’ll grow up with you,” The Linda Lindas sing warmly on the title track of their...
“Saddest Factory Records Corporate Retreat (Q1) invite all SFR “employees” for a day of team building, bonding and togetherness,” reads a mocked-up email announcing the SXSW showcase for Phoebe Bridgers’ record label. Tonight (March 16) at Austin’s Mohawk, the...
The songs you need to hear this week, reviewed by Charlie Gunn
When you’ve built a career on soundtracking sticky dancefloors and sun-drenched good times, how do you negotiate the idea of growing up gracefully? It’s a question that’s evidently been at the forefront of Joe Mount’s mind and one that...
Sunflower Bean – ‘Who Put You Up To This?’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yca2oCbZ--4 “We’re letting go for real,” Julia Cumming sings on the twilight psych groove of ‘Who Put You Up To This?’, the second taste of Sunflower Bean’s upcoming third album ‘Headful Of...
Warpaint - ‘Champion’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJznPy_iM4M Revelling in the spaces between has always been Warpaint’s thing. Since emerging and defining a particular period of early ‘10s alternative guitar music, their greatest trick has always been to know that less is more: enthralling, aloof,...
Though many festivals hoped to see a full return in 2022, the further rise in COVID cases has once more scuppered plans across the board. But this hasn’t stopped organisers from getting the music out there someway, somehow; in...
CMAT - ‘Lonely’  https://open.spotify.com/album/6ASQcWTLlp5BwUosCUZOoe?si=3Yr-cYMhSem10r1QY0gaSw Over the last couple of isolated years, you might have found yourself searching for companionship in unusual places. CMAT can relate: “Who needs God when I have Robbie Williams? / Who needs boys with these voices in...
When carving out a solo career after a lengthy tenure in a beloved band, you have a choice to make. You can either take the Liam Gallagher route, AKA carry on swaggering down the same path, just without the...
On paper, there’s a lot that sounds awfully familiar about Yard Act. Four lads from Yorkshire playing guitar music that could largely be described as ‘wiry’ with a vocalist fond of a spoken word-style monologue, the quartet seem to...