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Pennyblackmusic: June 2021



Andrew Twambley chats to Richard Jobson, lead singer of Scottish punk / New Wave legends The Skids about their new covers LP, 'Songs From A Haunted Ballroom', which pays homage to the Kinema Ballroom in their hometown of Dunfermline.

Damn Truth
Rusty Egan
Chris Jagger

Lee-la Baum, lead singer of the Montreal-based The Damn Truth, discusses the setbacks and rewards of creating their third album, ‘Now or Nowhere’, during the pandemic,as well as their future plans.
Blitz Club DJ and New Romantic pioneer Rusty Egan talks to Andrew Twambley about drumming with Rich Kids, his soundtrack to the new Sky documentary ‘Blitzed’ about The Blitz, his admiration of The Glitterband and how brought Madonna to the UK,
Nick Dent-Robinson speaks tp Chris Jagger, the younger brother of the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, about his forthcoming memoir 'Talking to Myself' and his own musical career.

Gabi Garbutt
MG Boulter
Doug Hoekstra
LIpstick Killers

London-based singer-songwriter Gabi Garbutt talks to Steev Burgess about her forthcoming second album, the influence of poetry on her songwriting and touring with the Libertines.
Nicky Crewe talks to singer-songwriter MG Boulter about his acclaimed new album ‘Clifftown’ upon which he examines his hometown of Southend-on-Sea.
Nashville-based writer and musician Doug Hoekstra talks to John Clarkson about 'The Day Deserved', his first album in over a decade, and his return to music.
John Clarkson speaks to guitarist Mark Taylor from Australian 70s punk act The Lipstick Killers about ‘Strange Flash’, their new double CD retrospective.

Janette Mason
Surreal Appeal
Robbie Robertson
Midge Ure

London-based producer, arranger and keyboardist Janette Mason talks to John Clarkson about her forthcoming EP ‘Wall to Wall Bowie’ which features on vocals David McAlmont and Sam Obernik and reworks five of David Bowie’s songs as jazz torch ballads.
Nicky Crewe speaks to Sheffield-based ‘psychedelic electronic’ trio Surreal Appeal about their debut album, ‘Gently Deranged’.
Reissued to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, 'Stage Fright' was the third studio album by legendary Americana outfit The Band. Presented in a new mix with revised running order and accompanying Royal Albert Hall show, Nick Dent-Robinson chats to guitarist/vocalist Robbie Robertson about the disc
Midge Ure speaks to Andrew Twambley about next year's Voice and Visions tour, being in both The Rich Kids and Thin Lizzy, Live Aid and Ultravox.

Alice Cooper
Walter Egan and Pamela Des Barres
Jason Ringenberg
Wedding Present

Alice Cooper talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about his new album ‘Detroit Stories,’ which, in homage to the infamous blue-collar city and his home town, includes new and classic covers, and features original band members.
Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Walter Egan and 70’s groupie and writer Pamela Des Barres talk to Eoghan Lyng about their friendship, and his new album ‘fascination’ for which she was the inspiration and muse.
Hailed as ‘The Godfather of Americana’, US roots rock musician Jason Ringenberg recently issued new solo LP ‘Rhinestoned’ to outstanding praise. Julie Cruickshank caught up with the alt. country pioneer to chat about the making of the album and formative influences
Wedding Present frontman David Gedge speaks to Andrew Twambley about ‘Locked Down and Stripped Back’, his band’s new album of home recordings and reworked material from its back catalogue.

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Hello and welcome to the June edition of the Pennyblackmusic magazine. One of the questions that we are frequently asked at Pennyblackmusic is what type of person works for us. It is something that is very difficult to put into a slot. Our writers and photographers are of all ages, the youngest in their twenties, and the oldest in their seventies. We are also currently spread across seven countries - Scotland, England, Ireland, the USA, the Netherlands, Sweden and Spain. They have to be fanatical about music. That goes without saying. It is, however, a question that Cila Warncke has als ....more


Kimberly Bright examines The Lewes Ripple, a community of musicians from the small town of Lewes in Sussex, who after a planned week-long multi-venue festival was cancelled there due to the pandemic, have set up an inventive YouTube channel to promote their music.

Folk/Country/Americana in Liverpool
Cliff Richard
Attila the Stockbroker
Richard Thompson

Steve Kinrade profiles the growing Folk/Country/Americana scene in his native Liverpool.
Bob Nicholson reflects on the parallels and contrasts between the careers of original rock and rollers Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley.
Fiona Hutchings generally finds poetry a bit hit or miss and now she has Attila The Stockbroker in her sights.
Nicky Crewe finds that the eagerly anticipated memoir from Fairport Convention co-founder Richard Thompson is a beautifully written and evocative reminder of a memorable time in his life.

Live Reviews

Hector Gannet

Gus Ironside profiles a new video from acclaimed North Tyneside indie act Hector Gannet recorded live at the iconic Polestar Studios in Newcastle.
A terrific lockdown gig by The Wytches leaves Peter Cole musing about the nature of live music, what we've lost in 2020 and what we might gain in future.
Mark Rowland watches Idles play a remarkable three set lockdown session over two days at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Most Viewed (articles)

Favourite Albums

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers look at albums from the past, Malcolm Carter finds that The Who’s finest album, 1967's 'The Who Sells Out', is given the box set treatment it deserves with five CDs, two vinyl 7 inch singles and a book worth the price of admission alone.
Nick Dent-Robinson profiles a new 50th anniversary deluxe version of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's 1971 hit album, ';Deja Vu'.
Maarten Schiethart reflects upon Finnish maths pop pioneers Rubik’s under-rated third album ‘Solar’, which has its tenth anniversary this year.


In the first in a new series, in which our writers tell of encounters with the famous, Julie Cruickshank tells of a strange meeting with Michael Jackson in Foyle’s bookshop in London.
In her series, 'A Life in Music', in which she chats to Pennyblackmusic writers about how music has affected and influenced them, Cila Warncke speaks to our Irish writer Eoghan Lyng.

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities
Led Zeppelin
Bandcamp Explorer
Lita Ford

In his regular column ‘In Dreams Begin Responsibilities’, Steve Miles begins to looks at the topical issue of mental health and its effect on music and songs by Leonard Cohen, Suicidal Tendencies and The Smiths.
In 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' Julie Cruickshank writes of her favourite songs by 70's rock giants Led Zeppelin.
In 'Bandcamp Explorer' Mark Rowland examines some of the best soul records available on Bandcamp.
In her ‘Raging Pages’ book column Lisa Torem reflects upon ex-Runaways’ guitarist Lita Ford’s 2016 autobiography, ‘Living Like a Runaway’.


Nul Telexes

Kiefer Sutherland

Darren Aston photographs new indie/electronic duo Nul Telexes on a photo shoot in Liverpool.
Andrew Twambley photographs actor and now acclaimed country rock artist Kiefer Sutherland at a gig on a UK tour at the O2 Academy in Liverpool.

Elvis Costello

Andrew Twambley photographs Elvis Costello on his recent UK tour at the Blackpool Opera House.

Steel Panther
From The Jam

Andrew Twambley photographs tongue-in-cheek metal act Steel Panther at the O2 Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.
Andrew Twambley photographs From The Jam at the Manchester Ritz on a tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Jam's fourth album, 'Setting Sons'.
Andrew Twambley in the second of two galleries photographs the Libertines on the first of two gigs in Manchester.

Most Viewed (reviews)


Ja, Panik
Marianne Faithfull with Warren Ellis

Intriguing sixth album from Austrian rock band Ja, Panik after several years’ absence, which mixes musical approaches with German and English lyrics.
Enthralling five CD compilation of songs associated with Apple Records, founded by these Fab Four, proves a great look into the more forgotten parts of the 60's pop scene in the UK
Fantastic five CD compilation from Cherry Red of the early recordings of bossa nova artist and pioneering 50’s composer Carlos Antonio Jobim
Haunting latest album from Marianne Faithfull which she has recorded with the Bad Seeds’ Warren Ellis and which combines readings of Romantic poetry with sound collages

Earl Slick
Chrissie Hynde
Lisa Gerrard and Jules Maxwell
Khalab and M'berra Ensemble

Versatile latest album from Brooklyn guitarist Earl Slick, who has played with Bowie, Lennon and Jeff Beck, which will please devout blues fans and more.
Imaginative collection of Bob Dylan covers from The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde
Ethereal and mystical Nordic-influenced new album from Dead Can Dance's Lisa Gerrard and Jules Maxwell
Italian DJ Khalab and Malian refugees the M'berra Ensemble fuse traditional desert sounds and buzzing electronics.

Joe Bonamassa
Van Morrison

tvfordogs’ fifth album is a thrillride of educated, articulate, and edgy glam rock
American guitarist Joe Bonamassa, refusing to rest on his laurels despite the Covid-19 pandemic, reunites with his vast number of fans on a new DVD of livestream filmed in Nashville.
Competent but flawed and over-long triple album from Van Morrison
Fantastic new album which comes with an extra mini-album from German shoegazing band Seasurfer

United Bible Studies
One Thousand Motels
Low Island
Kasai Allstars

Impressive two releases from collective United Bible Studies, one a cassette/download only issue, the other a double CD, which prove to essential listening for these worrying times.
Rat Scabies’ and Christ Constantinou’s second album from their One Thousand Motels project conjures up classic Delta blues, gospel, and R&B
Reflective electronic-infused indie pop on debut album from Oxford-based band Low Island
Appealing fourth album from Congo collective Kasai Allstars which finds them returning to basics

Scott Matthews
Natalie Bergman
Raoul Vignal

Seventh album from singer-songwriter Scott Matthews finds the exceptional vocalist successfully exploring electronica.
Powerful and therapeutic debut solo album from Wilde Bell’s Natalie Bergman recorded after the deaths of her father and stepmother in a car accident
Thought-inspiring combination of electronica and acoustic instrumentation on debut album from Sorbet, the project of Irish producer Chris W. Ryan, which reflects on climate change
Exquisite and rich folk on latest album from French singer-songwriter and guitarist Raoul Vignal

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Ian M. Bailey

Entertaining guitar pop on double album from Merseyside band The Coral which pays tribute to Britain's seaside resorts
Pessimistic and misconstrued indie Americana blues from Philadelphian project Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Superb electroniica on fifth album from Hiatus, the project of London-based Cyrus Shahrad, which is partially influenced by his Iranian homeland
Enjoyable 60's -influenced folk pop on new EP from UK singer-songwriter and guitarist Ian M. Bailey,. the first of a series of planned collaborations with Daniel Wylie of Cosmic Rough Riders

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