He's someone that, as a teenager, was cranking out festival-ready bangers that captured a generation. His love of hip hop and of sample culture (a path he was planning on treading before BBC came along) twisted their sound into something with a hypnotic edge. But the somewhat reluctant frontman (an introvert at heart) was always working within a certain constraint, that of being part of a four person indie band with guitars, drums and bass. Mr Jukes...Read more
More a renowned producer than individual artist, Chris Merrick Hughes has worked with some major players such as Robert Plant and Paul McCartney but perhaps his production highlights were the excellent first two albums by Bath's 1980s sensations Tears For Fears. Before that though, he’d tasted massive fame at the height of glam-punks Adam And The Ants' reign during the early '80s, being immortalised within the lyrics for 1981's Ant Rap as each...Read more
There's a moment near the end of the video for "Everybody Wants to Love You", one of the singles from Japanese Breakfast's acclaimed 2016 record, Psychopomp, where singer Michelle Zauner shreds a guitar solo on the hood of an 18-wheeler. The video delights in gleeful racial playfulness: Zauner, dressed in traditional Korean garb, pounds out the solo, drinks aggressively, rides on the back of motorcycles, and generally explodes stereotypes of "traditional"...Read more
Any time musicians from existing bands get together to form a new musical entity, it's not an uncommon occurrence - especially in indie rock circles - for the term "super group" to incorrectly be used interchangeably with the less glamorous (yet oftentimes more accurate) term "side project." However, in the case of Lo Tom, the acclaimed distinction is unquestionably in order. The band is comprised of scene veterans David Bazan (Pedro the Lion, Headphones)...Read more
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