Ben Homewood

Pure X: “People are bonding all over the world as victims of oppression”

The cult Texas quartet returned in May with their first album together since 2014's 'Angel'

DIIV interview: “I was looking for an easy solution to addiction. I found out, there’s not one”

“What’s the secret?” Zachary Cole Smith exhales cigarette smoke and smiles. We’re in an alleyway somewhere in East London during his first visit to the...

Whitney interview: “we’re still obsessed with a major key mixed with sad lyrics”

The guitar chords are unmistakable, then the beat comes in, like a snare drum booted down an alleyway. The intro to Last Nite by...

The Big Read – Sheer Mag: “So much rock music is bad and meaningless”

Five years ago, Sheer Mag were the buzziest DIY band on the planet. Now, they’re a full-throttle independent rock ‘n’ roll machine who tackle domestic abuse, prejudice, death and anxiety on ferocious new album ‘A Distant Call’. Singer Tina Halladay tells Ben Homewood why the world needs the Philadelphians...

Former Smith Westerns man Cullen Omori on touring with Arctic Monkeys and Oasis-like new album ‘The Diet’

The drums that thud before Liam Gallagher’s vocal at the start of 'Live Forever' are unmistakeable. Cullen Omori pats his ringed fingers on the...

Parquet Courts – ‘Wide Awake!’ Review

Andrew Savage doesn’t keep you waiting long for his first snarl. Just under a minute into 'Total Football', the taut opener on Parquet Courts’...

Amen Dunes – ‘Freedom’ Review

  As a teenager, Damon McMahon used to catch the train from his countryside Connecticut neighbourhood, rolling up to New York to listen to Aphex...

Insecure Men – ‘Insecure Men’ Review

Things were looking rather grim for Saul Adamczewski at the dog-end of 2015. After his erratic behaviour and increasing drug dependence led to his...

King Krule – ‘The Ooz’ Review

Welcome back inside Archy Marshall’s mind. Four years ago, on ‘Cementality’, he sang, “Brain, leave me be / Can’t you see these eyes are...

Sheer Mag – ‘Need To Feel Your Love’ Review

Sometimes, good rock'n'roll records are all about feel, and Philadelphia five-piece Sheer Mag's debut is a case in point. The first hint comes from...
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