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Reviews


New Order (2001)


Get Ready
The old saying goes 'don't judge a book by a cover'. To judge New Order's latest album by its sleeve artwork would be a costly mistake indeed. For over two decades now Peter Saville has been stylishly



New Order (2005)


Singles
Definitive double CD and compilation comprising together all of New Order's many singles, released to coincide with the influential Manchester band's 25th anniversary



Ordinary Boys (2004)


Maybe Someday
Debut single from Clash and Billy Bragg-inspired new London punk band, the Ordinary Boys


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Interviews

Adam Donen
Interview Adam Donen - Interview

South African-born and now London-based poet and singer-songwriter Adam Donen speaks to John Clarkson about his recently released debut album proper, the orchestral 'Immortality', which was inspired by a romantic break-up and is also a tribute to the last decade


Adam Donen
Interview Adam Donen - Interview

In his second interview with us, South African born and now London-based singer-songwriter and poet Adam Donen speaks about the more worldly vision of his new solo album, 'Vampires', and the influence of David Lynch and Ingmar Bergman as well as literature on his work


Al Joshua
Interview Al Joshua - Interview

London based singer songwriter Al Joshua, formerly of Orphans and Vandals, chats to Owen Peters about keeping creative during lockdown and his plans post-Pandemic.


Alabama 3
Interview

Peter Allison talks to Larry Love from Alabama 3 about his band's hip hop and sample-infused latest album, 'Shoplifting 4 Jesus', and which finds them reflecting angrily on the global economy, digital piracy and the London riots.


Alex Lipinski
Interview

Young London-based singer-songwriter Alex Lipinski talks to Lisa Torem about his family's wide musical background and his just released debut solo album, 'Lonesome Train'


Alex Monk
Interview Alex Monk - Interview

London-based experimental musician and producer Alex Monk, who will be playing the next Pennyblackmusic Bands Night on March 26th, speaks to John Clarkson about his just released debut album, 'The Safety Machine'


Allo Darlin'
Interview Allo Darlin' - Interview

Dixie Ernill speaks to Elizabeth Morris, the Brisbane-born singer with much acclaimed London-based indie pop group Allo Darlin' about their just released second album, 'Europe'


Altai Rockets
Interview Altai Rockets - Interview

Altai Rockets is the new band of Madam and Sophia bassist, Nick Bergin. Dominic Simpson speaks to him about his band's brooding indie guitar sound and their forthcoming appearance at the Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night at the Half Moon in Herne Hill, South London, which will be only their second gig


Anais Mitchell
Interview Anais Mitchell - Interview

American singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell recently signed to Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe label. Ben Howarth at a show at the Luminaire in London speaks to her about politics and her exceptional new album, 'The Brightness'


Arabrot
Interview Arabrot - Interview

Tom Fogarty talks to Norwegian noise rockers Arabrot at a Halloween show in London about their new album, 'Solar Anus', and recording with its producer Steve Albini


Arco
Interview Arco - Interview

Back after a four year absence, softly melancholic London trio arco recently returned with a second album, Restraint'. Philip Vincent speaks to them about it and why they have been so long away


Arrows of Love
Interview Arrows of Love - Interview

Former front man with London-based alt-folk band, Hush the Many (Heed the Few) Nima Teranchi speaks about his abrasive current band the Arrows of Love and their new single 'Honey'


Band of Holy Joy
Interview Band Of Holy Joy - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Johny Brown from London-based alternative rock band the Band of Holy Joy about his group's two new albums, 'How to Kill a Butterfly' and 'The North is Another Land'; writing plays and his group's new radio show


Band of Holy Joy
Interview Band Of Holy Joy - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Johny Brown from London-based alternative rock band the Band of Holy Joy about his group's life-affirming new album, 'Easy Listening'


Band Of Holy Joy
Interview Band Of Holy Joy - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Johny Brown, Inga Tillere and James Stephen Finn from London-based alternative rock band the Band of Holy Joy about the making of their band's latest album, 'The Land of Holy Joy'.


Band Of Holy Joy
Interview Band Of Holy Joy - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to London-based alternative rock group the Band of Holy Joy front man Johny Brown about their latest two albums, ‘The Clouds That Break the Sky’ and ‘Funambulist We Love You’.


Band Of Holy Joy
Interview Band Of Holy Joy - Interview

In our fifth interview with them, John Clarkson talks to Johny Brown, Inga Tillere and James Stephen Finn from London-based alternative/indie rock band the Band of Holy Joy about their remarkable latest album, ‘Neon Primitives’.


Baptiste
Interview Baptiste - Interview

Brooding London group Baptiste are about to release their debut album 'Nothing Shines Like a Dying Heart'. Back for a second interview with Pennyblackmusic, frontman Wayne Gooderham chats to John Clarkson about its recording


Barna Howard
interview Barna Howard - interview

Owen Peters catches up with a somewhat tentative Barna Howard as he showcases his new album 'Quite a Feelin' on a rainy evening at the Servant Jazz Quarters in London.


Bear Suit
Interview Bearsuit - Interview

Described by John Peel as "the pop sensation that's seeping the nation", Norwich band Bearsuit are one of the rising stars of indie pop. In one of their first interviews, Gary Wollen catches up with the group on a North London stairwell


Profiles

Blondie
Chris Stein - Negative: Me, Blondie and the Advent of Punk, Somerset Hous Blondie - Chris Stein -   Negative: Me, Blondie and the Advent of Punk, Somerset Hous

Adrian Janes enjoys Blondie guitarist Chris Stein's evocative recent exhibition at Somerset House in London, which documents the 70's New York punk/new wave scene and his band's forty year career


Dusty Springfield
Dusty - The Musical Dusty Springfield - Dusty - The Musical

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys a new musical which looks with unflinching honesty at the life of troubled singer Dusty Springfield and which after touring regionally will eventually be launched to the West End of London.


Profile
Godfathers Godfathers - Godfathers

Andrew Carver reflects upon South London punk/rock 'n' roll band the Godfathers first two major label releases, 1988's 'Birth, School, Work, Death' and 1989's 'More Songs about Love and Hate', which have both recently been reissued


(With Morton Valence, The Volunteered and Simon Bromide), Water Rats, London, 29/1/2022 Idiot Son - (With Morton Valence, The Volunteered and Simon Bromide), Water Rats, London, 29/1/2022

We preview the next Pennyblackmusic Bands Night which will take place with Idiot Son, Morton Valence, The Volunteered and Simon Bromide at The Water Rats in London on the 29th January 2022.


DVD-From the Jam
A First Class Return Jam - A First Class Return

'A First Class Return' is a two disc DVD filmed on at the London Forum on From The Jam's 2007 tour. Malcolm Carter finds Jam bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckley to have lost none of their energy or edge since they reformed in their set which consists entirely of old Jam songs


Katydids
Profile Katydids - Profile

Malcom Carter reflects on the career of the Katydids, the band of London-based singer-songwriter Susie Hug and ex-Pretenders guitarist Adam Seymour, who after an absence of over twenty years have recently released online a new EP


Love
Love Story Love - Love Story

Love Story’ is a new film documentary which tells of the rise of the band Love from its earliest roots in 60’s Los Angeles until frontman Arthur Lee's death earlier this year. Anthony Strutt attends one of its two London screenings


Madam
When I Met You Madam - When I Met You

Sukie Smith, the front woman with London-based band Madam, talks through the making of the video for 'When I Met You', the first single from 'Back to the Sea', the band's forthcoming third album


Madonna
Profile Madonna - Profile

With Madonna having just completed a fifteen night residency at the London Palladium, Nick Dent-Robinson recollects seeing an early preview of her current 'Madame X' tour in New York last summer.


Flower Shop
Interview with Robin Proper-Sheppard Miscellaneous - Interview with Robin Proper-Sheppard

?k,tablished in early 1994, the London based independent label Flower Shop Recordings has grown over the course of the last nearly eight years from being a low key 7" limited edition bedroom label into a small self-financing independent record compan


Outafocus
Interview with Danny Corr Miscellaneous - Interview with Danny Corr

Only a year old, London label Outafocus has already released two CDs by Medium 21, and also the debut EP of Freeheat, ex JAMC man Jim Reid's new band. Label boss Danny Corr talks to Olga Sladeckova about its exciting future.


Domino Records Exhibition
Art Vinyl Gallery, London, 5/4/2007 Miscellaneous - Art Vinyl Gallery, London, 5/4/2007

At the Art Vinyl Gallery in London, Dominic Simpson attends an exhibition dedicated to the cover artwork of Domino Records


Film
Somers Town Miscellaneous - Somers Town

Anthony Strutt finds hard work Shane Meadows's new film, which set in the rundown part of north London of the title, tells of the friendship between a British and a Polish teenager


Profile
How Does It Feel to Be Loved Miscellaneous - How Does It Feel to Be Loved

New writer Rachel Williams visits and profiles London-based indie-pop and soul club, How Does It Feel To Be Loved


Sonic Cathedral
Interview Miscellaneous - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Nathaniel Cramp, the owner of London-based record label and shoegazing club Sonic Cathedral, which has just released its first compilation CD and album, which features tracks from all its singles to date


Pennyblackmusic Film
Such is Rock and Roll Miscellaneous - Such is Rock and Roll

We present our new documentary film, 'Such is Rock and Roll', which was filmed at our recent Pennyblackmusic Bands Night at the Half Moon in Herne Hill in London


Rocket Girl
Interview with Vinita Joshi Miscellaneous - Interview with Vinita Joshi

Label boss Vinita Joshi talks to Mark Rowland about her early musical influences and career and the impact they have had on her London-based label Rocket Girl, which she first formed in 1997


Pennyblackmusic Bands Night
Half Moon, London, 24/3/2011 Miscellaneous - Half Moon, London, 24/3/2011

Jamie Rowland reflects on our Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night on March 24th at the Half Moon in South London with Pete Fij and Terry Bickers, Last Harbour, the Owl Service and Roshi ft. Pars Radio


Rocket Girl
Interview with Vinita Joshi Miscellaneous - Interview with Vinita Joshi

Mark Rowland talks to Vinita Joshi, the owner of Rocket Girl, which now has released over a hundred records, about her long-standing London-based label which she has run since 1997


Pennyblackmusic Bands Night
Lexington, London, 31/5/2014 Miscellaneous - Lexington, London, 31/5/2014

Dominic Simpson looks back on Pennyblackmusic's 15th Anniversary show at The Lexington in London, which saw sets from Madam, Morton Valence and Rotifer


Live

Adam Donen
Shoreditch Church, London, 4/4/2014 Adam Donen - Shoreditch Church, London, 4/4/2014

Dominic Simpson watches experimental musician Adam Donen, who is now based largely in Berlin and becoming increasingly known as a classical music composer, play a rare rock show to promote his third solo album 'False Bay Echoes' at Shoreditch Church in London


Adem
Union Chapel, London, 25/8/2008 Adem - Union Chapel, London, 25/8/2008

In the splendid atmosphere of London's Union Chapel Anthony Dhanedran watches former Fridge member Adem play a stunning set of both original material and also eccentric covers


Crystal Stilts
Cargo, London, 30/3/2011 Adrian Edmondson - Cargo, London, 30/3/2011

In an evening beset with problems, Anthony Strutt at Cargo in London watches New York post punks Crystal Stilts play an enjoyable, if otherwise somewhat unremarkable gig


Adrian Sherwood
Jazz Cafe, !7/6/2016 Adrian Sherwood - Jazz Cafe, !7/6/2016

Adrian Janes watches experimental musician Adrian Sherwood play a compulsive but ultimately slightly unsatisfactory set at the Jazz Café in London


Aggrolites
333 Club, London, 13/9/2006 Aggrolites - 333 Club, London, 13/9/2006

Daniel Cressey watches American ska/reggae act the Aggrolites play a stunning set to the sadly only partly-filled 333 Club in London


Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir
12 Bar, London, 30/9/2007 Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir - 12 Bar, London, 30/9/2007

The Agnostic Gospel Mountain Choir are obviously capable of serious force with their fierce gospe-esquel blues, but at the 12 Bar in London Dan Cressey finds them on strangely subdued form


Akron/Family
ICA, London, 20/5/2009 Akron/Family - ICA, London, 20/5/2009

Despite having recently lost founder member Ryan Vanderhoof and now being reduced to a three piece, Sarah Johnson at the London ICA finds New York experimental folk act Akron/Family having lost none of their spontaneity, but also having an increased tightness


All Else Failed
Pop, London, 15/7/2005 All Else Failed - Pop, London, 15/7/2005

At Pop, London's latest designer venue,Olga Sladeckova watches new grunge band, All Else Failed, who are about to release their first single, perform a vigorous set


Anais Mitchell
Luminaire, London, 21/1/2009 Anais Mitchell - Luminaire, London, 21/1/2009

Signed to Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records, American singer-songwriter has been making an increasing impact in Britain. Guest reviewer Charles Howarth watches her play a emotive set to an entranced audience at the Luminaire in London


Anais Mitchell and Erin McKeown
Luminaire, London, 25/1/2010 Anais Mitchell - Luminaire, London, 25/1/2010

At the London Luminaire Ben Howarth sees Anais Mitchell and her label mate at Ana di Franco's Righteous Babe label Erin McKeown play an exuberant acoustic set to promote Mitcherll's forthcoming folk opera, 'Hadestown'


Anais Mitchell
Union Chapel, London, 25/1/2011 Anais Mitchell - Union Chapel, London, 25/1/2011

Ben Howarth at the Union Chapel in London watches American singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell, with an extensive set of guest musicians including both Thea Gilmore and Jackie Leven, reenact her concept album, 'Hadestown', to standing ovation and hypnotic effect


And Also The Trees
Eventim Apollo, London, 21/12/2014. And Also The Trees - Eventim Apollo, London, 21/12/2014.

Anthony Strutt watches 80's post-punks And Also The Trees play an incredible set in support of the Cure at the Eventim Apollo in London


Andy Burrows
Bush Hall, London, 21/2/2013 Andy Burrows - Bush Hall, London, 21/2/2013

Gillian Fish watches former Razorlight and We Are Scientists drummer and now solo artist Andy Burrows play an impressive set at a gig at the Bush Hall in London to promote his recently released album 'Company'


Animal Collective
Astoria 2, London, 1/11/2007 Angels Of Light - Astoria 2, London, 1/11/2007

At the Astoria 2 in London, Sarah Maybank watches experimental art trio Animal Collective play a dark relationship conflict-inducing, but hit-and-miss set


Angus and Julia Stone
Scala, London, 8/5/2008 Angus and Julia Stone - Scala, London, 8/5/2008

Australian brother and sister duo Angus and Julia Stone have been attracting a rising audience with their blissful, intricate folk-pop. Ben Howarth watches them play a set of effortless and melodic charm at the Scala in London


Ani DiFranco
Union Chapel, London, 10/1/2012 Ani DiFranco - Union Chapel, London, 10/1/2012

Sarah Johnson watches American singer-songwriter and feminist Ani DiFranco play an energetic and immensely enjoyable set at the Union Chapel in London


Animal Collective
Scala, London, 25/10/2005 Animal Collective - Scala, London, 25/10/2005

Dominic Simpson watches experimental free spirits the Animal Collective play a shamanistic and eclectic set at a packed show at the legendary London Scala


Animal Collective
Coronet Club, London, 11/7/2007 Animal Collective - Coronet Club, London, 11/7/2007

At gig at the London Coronet Club, Chris O' Toole enjoys seeing electro pioneers the Animal Collective play an enthrallingly experimental set


Animal Collective
Forum, London, 24/3/2009

At a keenly anticipated, strikingly visual show at the Forum in London, Mark Rowland watches pioneering electro act Animal Collective play a set which completely splits its audience


Anti Flag/A Wilhelm Scream
Astoria, London, 13/5/2006 Anti Flag - Astoria, London, 13/5/2006

At a gig at the Astoria in London, Andy Vincent finds headliners Anti Flag's politically-stanced punk rock starting to quickly grate, but support band A Wilhelm Scream on blistering form


Albums

Breathless
Blue Moon Breathless - Blue Moon

Carl Bookstein reflects on London based quartet Breathless' evocative, atmospheric and melancholy fifth album 'Blue Moon', which originally released in 1999, is about to be reissued


Godfathers
The Godfathers Godfathers - The Godfathers

John Clarkson examines South London-formed alternative rock band the Godfathers' eponymous and rarely heard 1993 album, which is about to be re-released for its twentieth anniversary in a double CD edition


Lucy Show
...undone Lucy Show - ...undone

Andrew Carver looks at London-formed band the Lucy Show's post-punk debut album, '...undone', which has recently been reissued on the American Words On Music label


ROC
ROC ROC - ROC

Anthony Strutt examines offbeat London-based indie trio ROC's 1995 eponymous debut album, which has recently been reissued


Re : View : Talk Talk
London 1986 Talk Talk - London 1986

In the latest in our 'Re : view' series, in which our writers looks back on albums from the past, John Clarkson examines 'London 1986', a live recording released finally in 1999 of Talk Talk's final concert


Features

Photoscapes
A Skylight Drive  a skylight drive - A Skylight Drive

Anna Gudaniec at the Islington Academy in London takes photographs of Californian hardcore band A Skylit Drive


Alice Donut
There's a Curious Lump in My Sack Alice Donut - There's a Curious Lump in My Sack

New York punks Alice Donut reformed in 2003 after a seven year break, and have just brought a new live DVD from a London show they played at the Camden Underworld earlier this year. Dave Toynton finds their eccentric form of thrash punk highly appealing


Photoscapes
Jane's Addiction

In our 'Photoscapes' series, Matt Williams photographs seminal Californian alternative rock act, Jane's Addiction, at the London O2 Arena


Band of Holy Joy
(With the Bitter Springs and Idiot Son), Macbeth, London, 9/1/2015 Band Of Holy Joy - (With the Bitter Springs and Idiot Son), Macbeth, London, 9/1/2015

Dominic Simpson looks back on our first Bands' Nights of 2015, which at the Macbeth in London, saw sets from the Band of Holy Joy, the Bitter Springs and Idiot Son


Band Of Holy Joy
(With Moon Under Water and Dream Maps), Water Rats, London, 17/1/2020 Band Of Holy Joy - (With Moon Under Water and Dream Maps), Water Rats, London, 17/1/2020

We profile our next London Pennyblackmusic Bands' night which will take place with The Band of Holy Joy, Moon Under Water and Dream Maps at the Water Rats on the 17th January, 2020.


Soundtrack of Our Lives
Baptiste Baptiste - Baptiste

In our 'Soundtrack of Our Lives' column, in which our writers describe the personal impact of music upon them, John Clarkson writes about hearing in 2000 London-based indie band Baptiste's first two singles, 'A New Career in a New Town' and 'The Quiet Times'


Photoscapes
Basement Jaxx Basement Jaxx - Basement Jaxx

Popular UK house music duo Basement Jaxx recently played an arena tour of Britain. Anna Gudaniec photographs them exclusively for Pennyblackmusic at the London Wembley Arena


Photoscapes
Brett Anderson Brett Anderson - Brett Anderson

Best known for being the former singer with the bestselling 90's Britpop act Suede, Brett Anderson recently played his first ever solo dates over the course of three nights at the Bush Hall in London. Anna Gudaniec photographs him exclusively for Pennyblackmusic at one of those dates


Chesterfields
(With Karen and Charlie Big Time), Gullivers, Manchester, 18/2/2017 Chesterfields - (With Karen and Charlie Big Time), Gullivers, Manchester, 18/2/2017

We profile our next London Pennyblackmusic Bands' night which will take place at Gullivers in Manchester, and will feature sets from The Chesterfields, Karen and Charlie Big Time


Clash
Ten Songs That Made Me Love Clash - Ten Songs That Made Me Love

Eoghan Lyng selects tracks by punk legends The Clash for this month’s edition of 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' Following the band’s progress, the cuts chart the outfit’s progress from London upstarts to their incorporation of many of the musical trends that came to define the 1980s.


Cobalt Chapel
Under the Radar Cobalt Chapel - Under the Radar

In his 'Under the Radar' column, in which he searches out under-rated artists and labels, Keith How examines Sheffield/London-based duo Cobalt Chapel's self-titled debut album, which is an uniquely inventive psychedelic folk classic.


Gig of a Lifetime
Cribs, Water Rats, London, 2007 Cribs - Cribs, Water Rats, London, 2007

In our 'Gig of a Lifetime' column Gillian Fish writes of attending a secret late night Cribs gig at the tiny Water Rats theatre in London


Photoscapes
Dartz Dartz - Dartz

Since forming in March 2005 Dartz have become renowned for their intelligent, spiky, angular pop. At the London Islington Academy Anna Gudaniec shoots them on the last night of the tour


Photoscapes
Dashboard Confessional Dashboard Confessional - Dashboard Confessional

American acoustic/electric guitar emo outfit Dashboard Confessional have recently released their fourth album,the Daniel Lanois-produced 'Dusk and Summer'. Anna Gudaniec photographs them at a lunchtime fan club gig at the Borderline in London


Gig of a Lifetime
David Bowie. Hanover Grand, London, 1997 David Bowie - David Bowie. Hanover Grand, London, 1997

Tony Gaughan writes in 'Gig of a Lifetime' about attending on crutches a fan club only David Bowie gig in the tiny Hanover Club in London at the time of his 'Earthling' album


Photoscapes
Every Time I Die Every Time I Die - Every Time I Die

Every Time I Die come from Buffalo in New York State and combine a hardcore sound with classic rock influences from bands such as Motorhead, the Black Crowes and Thin Lizzy. Anna Gudaniec photographs them at the Mean Fiddler in London


Evidently Spencertown
And the Band Played On Evidently Spencertown - And the Band Played On

Spencer Robertshaw in his 'Evidently Spencertown' poetry column pays tribute to soldier and drummer Lee Rigby, who was murdered by terrorists outside Woolwich Barracks in London on the 22nd May


Faust
(Gig of a Lifetime) Corsica Studios, London, December 2006 Faust - (Gig of a Lifetime) Corsica Studios, London, December 2006

In 'Gig of a Lifetime', Dominic Simpson writes about being evacuated from London venue the Corsica Studios after German avant-garde rockers Faust set off a smoke bomb


Photoscapes
Flogging Molly Flogging Molly - Flogging Molly

American-born Celtic folk/punks Flogging Molly recently toured Britain to promote their new DVD 'Whiskey on a Sunday'. Anna Gudaniec photographs them exclusively for Pennyblackmusic at the Mean Fiddler in London


Photoscapes
Hold Steady Frank Turner - Hold Steady

Pennyblackmusic phootgrapher takes photos of former Million Dead front man Frank Turner at a gig at the Soho Revue Bar in London


Photography

Bang Bang Romeo
Photoscapes Bang Bang Romeo - Photoscapes

Alan Bell takes photographs of rising band Bang Bang Romeo at the Hanwell Hootie in London.


HeaveN Beatbox
Photoscapes Heaven Beatbox - Photoscapes

Alexia Arrizabalaga photographs Atlanta beatboxer HeaveN Beatbox at a gig at the KOKO in London


BST Hyde Park
Photoscapes Miscellaneous - Photoscapes

Darren Aston photographs the Killers, Elbow and Tears for Fears at a BST Hyde Park gig in London


Public Service Broadcasting
Photoscapes Public Service Broadcasting - Photoscapes

Darren Aston photographs London-based electronic/prog rock duo Public Service Broadcasting at a gig at the O2 Academy in Liverpool


Wolf Alice
Photoscapes Wolf Alice - Photoscapes

Darren Aston photographs vocalist and guitarist Ellie Rowsell from North London rock band Wolf Alice at a show at the Arts Club in Liverpool







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