The ferry to Ryde Pier Head from Portsmouth Harbour makes us feel like we are on holiday/a booze run to Calais/in a Vampire Weekend video (delete as appropriate).
The Phenomenal Handclap Band
Night and Day Cafe, Manchester
Monday, September 21st 2009
With a total of eight musicians crowded onto the Night and Day stage, at least three of whom are playing tambourines at any one time, it seems as if The Phenomenal Handclap Band are striving towards adjudication for some sort of obscure word record. Or at least attempting to go one better than the S Club ever did.
Franz Ferdinand - Blood (Domino Records)
June 1st, 2009
On Blood, the band who rose to the top of the pops by keeping their promise of making music for girls to dance to have made a record which will attract much more than admiring glances from teenage females in after dark discotheques.
Little Boots – New In Town (679 Recordings)
May 25th, 2009
As a device for Little Boots to vent some of the unsustainable pressure which is a side effect of the next big thing status by which she has been unfairly impaired, it is unsurpassed in its effectiveness.
Fever Ray – Fever Ray (Co-Operative Records/Rabid Records)
March 23rd, 2009
This is music which spins around and around in infinite eccentric directions. It comes from the dark side of the mainstream, untouched by sunlight, and it's cooler than zero on the Kelvin scale.
The Roadhouse, Manchester
Saturday, February 7th 2009
Despite evidence of a nervous tic that is common to many inexperienced performers... her live show is set to become ever more astounding as her confidence grows.
Bloc Party – Talons (Wichita Records)
October 20th, 2008
An electrifying pop song and an exciting preview for the forthcoming physical release of the long player Intimacy, which to date is only available via digital download. It is nothing more, it is nothing less.
The strains of State of the Nation fill the cavernous clothing emporium and big beaming smiles spread across the audience as though they're in the grip of some sort of Cheshire cat-themed virus. On a clothing related note, Gideon's official t-shirts, proudly featuring his own grinning face, now seem to be available in a vivid emerald green as well as grey.
Carling Academy, Liverpool
Wednesday, October 8th 2008
The more observant readers amongst you may recall how in July of this year, on the feature pages of this very website, I Married That Voice.