"Right now, The Family Rain sound like a band whose confidence is swelling," writes Kevin EG Perry in this week's NME, praising the Bath trio's "ripped, pumped-up riffs" and Oasis-like swagger on new EP 'Hunger Sauce'. Most bands would rest on their laurels having just released a widely applauded debut album ('Under The Volcano'). Not William, Ollie and Timothy Walter who, five months after that debut LP, release this new seven song collection next Monday (July 28).
Let’s get real: you still remember all the words to 'Fat'. You know exactly how many inches Frank’s TV is. And, despite knowing there’s an element of political incorrectness to 'Amish Paradise,' you can rap along to it better than you can to the Coolio original.
Up until this point there have been two oft-quoted supposedly interesting things about Sia. First, her facelessness and atypical shunning of the limelight. When she has appeared in public this year it's been with a bag over her head, face-painted or with her back to the audience (it was written into her RCA contract that she doesn't have to tour or talk to press to promote the album and you can read her anti-fame manifesto here).
Thanks to Brain Pickings for posting the isolated vocal for David Bowie's 'Ziggy Stardust'. It'll give you goosebumps...
Some thirty years ago, on the other side of the world, a group of like-minded individuals started hanging out and making music together. Martin Phillipps, Lesley Paris, the Kilgour brothers and Robert Scott were among the creators of an underground pop scene immortalised by former music store manager Roger Shepherd on his Flying Nun Records. It went on to become the greatest independent record label New Zealand has ever seen, spawning a vital legacy still felt to this day.