With the likes of Our Endless Numbered Days, it was easy to pigeonhole Sam Beam as just another 00s indie rock troubadour - lush tunes, heart-tugging lyrics, possibly a cover version on an indie romcom erring on the wrong side of twee… However, with later releases exploring everything from dub to dream pop, Beam lost both momentum and fans. On his return to Sub Pop and with a "back to basics" tag, is Beast Epic penance for his musical flirtations?...Read more
Coincidence or not, that the return of the Philadelphia band should be found within 'pain' is fitting, since the most profound aspect of Adam Granduciel's project, and thus the core reason for its far-reaching appeal, is its distinct and timeless way of turning worrying and heart-rending demons in on themselves in a sort of blissful, cathartic explosion. 2014's landmark opus Lost in the Dream realised this ability gloriously and crudely, remedying...Read more
There's Acid-Faced Jake, who 'likes those dancing straight boys, make his pupils dilate'. Evil Ol' Scratch is a real low-life, the kind of guy that drinks water from the gutter. Skinny is the fool of the gang, 'knowing nothing about nothing is a blessing, in fact'. And you'd best watch K Dub, he'll 'give a metal blow job, the middle finger 'n' split', apparently. And that's just the scoundrels inhabiting Un-Reborn Again, an ultra-sleazy Telegram Sam...Read more
Liars have undertaken more stylistic overhauls than Madonna's brassiere cabinet. Spiky post-punk? A concept album about witchcraft? The late reinvention as an art-house disco outfit? They've been there, done that and printed the bright pink T-shirt with a horse on the front. Album number eight heralds the biggest shake-up yet at least in terms of personnel. Amicably departed is founding member and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Hemphill. Liars drummer...Read more
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