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Pennyblackmusic: July 2022


Douglas MacIntyre

John Clarkson speaks to Scottish guitarist and record label owner Douglas MacIntyre about his band Port Sulphur's second album 'Speed of Life', and 'Hungry Beat', his forthcoming oral history of the late 1970s and early 1980s Scottish post-punk movement.

Sarah Cracknell
Tom Newman

Robert Hampson, the guitarist and vocalist with alternative rock band Loop, talks to Adrian Janes about ‘Sonancy’, their first album in thirty years, and his passionate views on the music industry.
Sarah Cracknell talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about her thirty plus years of fronting synth-pop outfit St. Etienne, family life and their forthcoming appearance at Glastonbury.
Andrew Twambley talks to record producer Tom Newman about his work on Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells', working as an in-house producer for Virgin Records, managing their Manor Studios and recording a song with The Great Train Robbers.

Dwina Gibb
Simon Love
Freya Beer

Dwina Gibb talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about her memories of her late husband, The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb,, and a new exhibition of photographs and family memorabilia to commemorate the tenth anniverrsary of his death.
Nick Dent-Robinson speaks to Grant Nicholas from bestselling rock act Feeder at a gig in Oxford about their new album ‘Torpedo’.
Kimberly Bright chats with Simon Love about the themes and inspirations behind his new solo album 'Love, Sex and Death Etc.', who is forbidden to listen to it, and the best parts of Peter Jackson's 'Get Back' Beatles documentary.
Alternative rock musician and rising talent Freya Beer talks to Andrew Twambley about her new single 'Love Child' and her debut album 'Beast'.

Rob Pursey
St Christopher
Beth Arzy
Rupert Wates

Rob Pursey from Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, The Catenary Wires and Swansea Sound, talks about his and Amelia Fletcher's new label Skep Wax, and its new compilation 'Under the Bridge' which features acts who were signed to the influential indie label Sarah Records as they are now.
Dixie Ernill catches up with Glenn Melia, mainstay of cult York indie outfit St Christopher for a chat about the band’s recent return to the fray with new LP ‘Of Angels and Kings’ and their appearance on the Skep Wax compilation, 'Under the Bridge'
John Clarkson speaks to Beth Arzy about her involvement with LA indiepop band Aberdeen with influential label Sarah Records, and her present bands The Luxembourg Signal and Jetstream Pony’s contributions to new Sarah-inspired compilation ‘Under the Bridge’.
US-based but London-born folk artist tkes to Julie Cruikshank about his new solo album, 'For the People'.

Roy Moller
Rick Wakeman
Felix Cavaliere
Simon Bromide

John Clarkson speaks to Edinburgh-born singer-songwriter Roy Moller about the reissue of his 2014 album, ‘My Week Beats Your Year’, which is about the influence on him of Lou Reed, and his forthcoming new album ‘Be My Baby’,which is about his discovery that his birth parents were Canadian and that his mother flew from Toronto to Edinburgh to give birth to and put him up for adoption.
Andrew Twambley talks to ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman about touring with his long-term project The English Rock Ensemble, how he nearly became one of the Spiders from Mars and his friendship with David Bowie.
American singer-songwriter-organist Felix Cavaliere, who founded The Rascals in the 1960s, shares his deep knowledge of the music industry, talks about his memoir and more.
South London-based singer-songwriter and Bromide frontman Simon Berridge speaks to John Clarkson about his debut solo album, 'Following the Moon', which he has released as Simon Bromide.

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Hello and welcome to the June 2022 edition of the magazine. After a two-and-a-half year absence, we are putting on two Bands Nights later this year. The first of these will take place at our regular London venue of The Waters Rats on September 10th. It will be co- headlined by cinematic pop act Heist who after an absence of eighteen years are making their return to the London stage at our gig, and Idiot Son, who having played our Bands Nights five times before, have announced that this most likely to be their farewell show. Also on the bill are rising indie/alt. rock outfit The Volunteer ....more


Steev Burgess visits an exhibition of Jarvis Cocker's memorabilia at The Gallery of Everything in London to celebrate the publication of his new book 'Good Pop, Bad Pop' and has a chance meeting with the man himself.

Peter Adam and Matt Pooler
Heist/Idiot Son
Stuart Moxham
Jann Klose

Despite there already being a mass of books on Britpop, Fiona Hutchings finds the latest book in Sonicbond Publishing's 'Decades' series to be compulsory reading.
We preview the next Pennyblackmusic Bands Night which will take place with Heist, Idiot Son, The Volunteered and Simon Bromide at The Water Rats in London on the 10th September 2022.
We preview our forthcoming Edinburgh Bands Night which will feature Young Marble Giants' Stuart Moxham, The Cathode Ray and New Leaf's Jeremy Thoms and singer-songwriter Roy Moller.
Lisa Torem profiles the extraordinary new single and video 'Sugar My' from singer-songwriter Jann Klose.

Live Reviews

Jimmy Webb
Tori Amos
Simply Red

Dastardly watches a captivating performance by Jimmy Webb proving he’s as skilled a raconteur as he is songsmith.
Lisa Torem watches a glowing Tori Amos, with drummer/percussionist Ash Soan and bassist Jon Evans, exceed expectations with a nearly two-hour Chicago performance.
Philamonjaro photographs and watches Simply Red play a celebratory and uplifting set at La Marina in Valencia in Spain.

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Favourite Albums

Biff Bang Pow!
Keith Richards

Tommy Gunnarsson reflects upon a new six-disc box set on Cherry Red which compiles together Creation Records boss Alan McGee’s recordings with his 80’s and 90’s band Biff Bang Pow!
Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on Keith Richards' 1992 debut solo a;bum 'Main Offender', which has just been re-released in a thirtieth anniversary edition.
Tommy Gunnarsson finds essential listening a 30th anniversary reissue of iconic US indie rocksters The Lemonheads’ fourth album 'It's a Shame about Ray', which includes a bonus disc of B sides and demos.


In her series, 'A Life in Music', in which she speaks to Pennyblackmusic staff about how music has affected and influenced them, Cila Warncke talks to our Swedish writer Tommy Gunnarsson.
Nick Dent-Robinson examines why in the current musical landscape bands have become something of the past.

Deep Purple
Evidently Spencertown

In our column 'The Image That Made Me Weep', in which our writers write about the impact of a particular photo or image on them, Dastardly writes about how the sleeve of a Deep Purple 'Greatest Hits' album made him fall in love with the Fender Stratocaster guitar.
In his regular 'Evidently Spencertown' poetry column Spencer Robertshaw writes of Pennyblackmusic's latest recruit, his new dog Norman.
In his 'Bandcamp Explorer' column Mark Rowland examines some of the best music that is currently available on Bandcamp from the Ukraine.
In her 'Raging Pages' book column series, Lisa Torem reflects on Willam Allen's 'Radiohead On Track: Every Album, Every Song', which, published at the end of last year, is one of the latest books from the excellent Sonicbond Publishing.


At the Manchester Ritz Andrew Twambley takes photos of punk legend John Lydon on the opening date of his band Public Image Limited's latest tour.
Andrew Twambley takes photographs of former Fall guitarist and Adult Net frontwoman Brix Smith at a gig at The Ritz in Manchester.

Andrew Twambley takes photographs of award-winning blues duo When Rivers Meet at a sold-out gig at the Deaf Institute in Manchester.

Troy Redfern
Eric Gales
Psychedelic Furs

Andrew Twambley takes photographs of Welsh slide blues guitarist Troy Redfern at a show i at The Deaf Institute in Manchester.
Andrew Twambley at The Met Theatre in Bury photos American blues guitarist Eric Gales.
Andrew Twambley takes of photographs British post-punk band The Psychedelic Furs at a gig at the Academy 2 in Manchester.

Most Viewed (reviews)


Soup Review
Lucky Ones
Kim Robins
Def Leppard

Extraordinary latest collection from Soup Review about everyday topics will bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye
Yukon roots music ensemble The Lucky Ones have released a fine if less exuberant second album.
Eclectic mix of bluegrass, country and gospel, on resilient third album from Indiana singer-songwriter Kim Robins which was created out of personal tragedy
Enjoyable first album in seven years from Sheffield-formed hard rock act Def Leppard who on his new record play to their strengths

Lykke Li
Emile Sande
Gabi Garbutt and the Illuminations
Low Drift

Intimate and minimalist yet cinematic fifth album from Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li
Refreshing comeback album from internationally-renowned Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sande
Emotively powerful and thought-challenging yet uplifting second album from poetic London-based singer-songwriter Gabi Garbutt and her band The Illuminations
Pastoral yet potent folk rock on extraordinary debut album from Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire trio The Low Drift

Girls At Our Best!
Peter Doherty and Frederic Lo
Soft Cell

High quality debut album from The Smile, The new side-project for Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood
Classic post punk/indie pop on new three-disc deluxe edition of Girls at Our Best!'s 1981 only album
Intimate and understated new album from The Libertines' Peter Doherty which h has recorded in collaboration with French musician Frederic Lo
Excellent fifth album from groundbreaking 80's synth duo Soft Cell

Simon Love
Paul Iwan

Simon Love’s first album in four years is pop magnificence that takes on all the major topics of life
Extensive and well-presented compilation of Birmingham indie and post-punk bands between 1978 and 1982
Compelling and forceful second album from talented Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Paul Iwan
Thoughtful and experimental electronica on second album from chart-storming Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid

Dave Stewart
Bonnie Raitt
Norah Jones

Excellent three-disc retrospective, which fifty years after the original release of the iconic 'Nuggets' album, compiles together music from the LA scene of 1965-68, and the garage/psychedelic/pop sounds of California
Versatile and semi-autobiographical new album from former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart
Powerful and reflective combination of original compositions and covers on first album in six years from California-based singer Bonnie Raitt
Fantastic 20th anniversary reissue of Norah Jones' sublime surprise hit debut album. 'Come Away With Me'

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway
Father John Misty
Sam Brace

Excellent acoustic album from Joan Jett which features new versions of her best-known songs in a more intimate setting
Eclectic bluegrass and country rock on third album from singer-songwriter Molly Tuttle
Heartwarming and immaculate fifth album from Father John Misty, the moniker of Seattle singer-songwriter Josh Tillman
Strong 1990s alternative rock-influenced debut solo album from folk punk band Skinny Lister's guitarist Sam Brace

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