An offshoot of The Sound frontman Adrian Borland's first band The Outsiders, The Crazies' only album 'A Simple Vision' was never meant to come out. Drummer Adrian Janes and clarinet player Bi Marshall explain why forty-three years after it was recorded it is finally being released.
Leicester-based cult musician and singer-songwriter Kevin Hewick talks to John Clarkson about his tenth solo album ‘Never Give Up on A Song’, working with the surviving members of Joy Division just after Ian Curtis’ death and also Adrian Borland and The Sound.
Interview with Bob Lawrence
Bassist Bob Lawrence, in the second of two interviews with 70's group the Outsiders, talks to John Clarkson about his memories of the group and front man Adrian Borland, and their new five CD box, set ‘Count for Something'.
Interview with Adrian Janes
In the first of two interviews with 70's group the Outsiders, drummer Adrian Janes speaks to John Clarkson about his underrated group, which was the first band of the Sound's front man Adrian Borland, and their new five CD box set on Cherry Red, 'Count for Something'.
Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey
Talulah Gosh, Heavenly and Tender Trap's Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey speak to John Clarkson about their current band The Catenary Wires' forthcoming third album and their three other new musical projects, European Sun, Swansea Sound and The Drift.
John Clarkson speaks to Mark Rowland, the frontman with London indie band The Volunteered, about his band's growing line-up and sound and their second EP ‘We All Fall Apart’.
Bruce Foxton talks to Andrew Twambley about his current band From The Jam, his years in The Jam and the 40th Anniversary tour of their 'Sound Affects' album.
Moon Under Water
John Clarkson speaks to Moon Under Water, who are playing our next London gig at The Water Rats on the 17th January, about their unusual beginnings after forming at an Adrian Borland tribute night, their memories of him and their plans for an album of original material.
Misha Lindes, the frontman with Los Angeles indie trio SadGirl, talks to John Clarkson about their debut album, 'Water', which blends an old-time sound with a contemporary edge.
Rev Rev Rev
Italian shoegaze band Rev Rev Rev talk to John Clarkson before a two-week European tour about Rimbaud's influence on their last recording and how the Modena scene cleared a path for their unique sound.
Jean-Paul van Mierlo
John Clarkson speaks to Jean-Paul van Mierlo, the producer of 'Walking in the Opposite Direction', a new documentary film about The Sound's frontman Adrian Borland
Fairport Convention violinist Ric Sanders speaks to Nick Dent-Robinson about this year Fairport's Cropredy Convention, which will include sets from Madness and rising stars Sound of the Sirens, and the recent death of former member Dave Swarbrick
Rapid Results College
John Clarkson speaks to Rob Boyd, the front man with C-86 /Dunedin Sound-inspired indie pop trio Rapid Results College, about their debut album, 'In City Light'
Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on the career of Gerry Marsden, the frontman of the record-breaking 1960s Mersey Sound band, Gerry and the Pacemakers, who died in January.
A Delicate Sound of Thunder
Recorded during their longest ever tour, a reissue of 1988 concert film The Delicate Sound of Thunder sees Pink Floyd attempting to adapt their pioneering psych/ prog rock for a new generation. Richard Lewis reviews
Kimberly Bright reflects on the career of the ill-fated and now reformed ‘70s Los Angeles glam rock group the Hollywood Stars, whose lost second album 'Sound City' has been finally released after 43 years.
Honolulu Mountain Daffodils
Obituary of a Band
The Honolulu Mountain Daffodils were a little known cult band, which included in their line-up the Sound's front man Adrian Borland who took on the pseudonym of Joachim Pimento for it. With the death in May of singer Lord Sulaco, Adrian Janes pays testimony to a lost group and their three albums
Chicago-based sound engineer Perry Bax speaks about his experiences working for the Rolling Stones on their 2003 fortieth anniversary tour
Dominic Simpon examines the influence of the late German producer and sound engineer Conny Plank, whose work is celebrated in a new four CD box set
John Clarkson looks back on the career of 70's band the Outsiders, which was the first group of Adrian Borland from the Sound, and who are often seen as being the the first punk band to self-release an album
Moon Under Water
Cavern, London, 25/4/2019
John Clarkson watches Moon under Water play their official debut show in London at a tribute gig to Sound frontman Adrian Borland to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of his death, and sees them reunite his and drummer Adrian Janes' old band The Outsiders for the first time in forty years
Slow Readers Club
Manchester Cathedral, Manchester, 4/5/2018
Dixie Ernill watches the Slow Readers Club’s home town gig at the Manchester Cathedral hampered by poor sound quality.
Science Museum, London, 26/6/2017
Chris O'Toole at the Science Museum in London enjoys a night of archival sound effects and TV programme soundtracks from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Sound Control, Manchester, 20/2/2016
Dixie Ernill watches Sheffield band the Crookes play an anthemic set of indie pop to promote 'Lucky Ones', their latest album at Sound Control in Manchester
Ritz, Manchester, 18/11/2015
Billy Seagrave gets immersed in the formidable sound of Lushes at Manchester's Ritz
Victoria Inn, Derby, 3/10/3015
Dave Goodwin watches Orphan Boy, despite sound problems, play an anthemic set at the Victoria Inn in Derby
Crookes/High Hazels - Sound Control, Manchester, 22/4/2014
Dizie Ernill finds that the current Sheffield music scene has much to recommend after watching two of their acts, the much acclaimed Crookes out touring their third album 'Soapbox', and new band High Hazels, at Sound Control in Manchester
Gorilla, Manchester, 24/2/2014
Despite sound problems, Mary O'Meara finds much acclaimed London-based 60's-influenced/psychedelic act to be irresistible at Gorilla in Manchester
02 Academy, Newcastle, 24/1/2014
Despite her suffering major sound problems, Adrian Huggins is impressed by singer-songwriter Hannah Georgas' unusual brand of acoustic/electronic folk rock in a support slot to her fellow Canadians City and Colour at a show at the O2 Academy in Newcastle
Sound Board, Detroit, 23/10/2013
Carl Bookstein watches Allman Brothers Band and Southern Rock legend play an inspiring and intimate gig at the Sound Board in Detroit
Mcalmont And Butler
The Sound of Mcalmont And Butler
Dave Goodwin reflects on McAlmont and Butler's 1995 debut album, 'The Sound of McAlmont and Butler', which has been released in a remastered double CD version
The Sound of Philadelphia
In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers examine albums from the past, Tony Gaughan looks at 'The Sound of Philadelphia', a 1993 compilation from underrated Newcastle-based guitar pop Hurrah!, which has recently been re-released
Labour of Lust
Lisa Torem reflects upon English singer-songwriter Nick Lowe's 1979 second solo album, 'Labour of Lust', which has recently been re-released
In our 'Re:View' series,in which our writers look back on albums from the past, Jeff Thiessen re-examines the 2007 debut album of Nick Cave's raw-in-sound Grinderman project and finds that, much to his surprise, two years on it stands upo to prolonged listening
Under the Radar
In 'Under the Radar', in which he searches out under-rated bands and acts, Keith How examines Scottish sound collagist/experimental musician Pefkin and her latest album, 'Celestial Navigations'.
Under the Radar
In his 'Under the Radar' column, in which he searches out lesser known artists and labels, Keith How investigates 'The Stone Tapes', which, recently re-released in an expanded CD version, combines a folk/horror story with vintage electronic sound effects and music
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem is excited about Steve Krakow AKA Plastic Crimewave's well-researched book about unsung Chicago luminaries. 'My Kind of Sound: The Secret History of Chicago Music'
Condemned to Rock 'n' Roll
In his regular 'Condemned to Rock 'n' Roll' column Ben Howarth questions the worth and value of the much-hyped BBC Sound of 2014 newcomers' poll
Liverpool Sound City 1
In the first in a two part Photoscapes, Marie Hazelwood at the three day Liverpool Sound city festival photographs indie rock act the Rialto Burns and singer-songwriter Luke Fenton
Rock Salt Row
In 'Rock Salt Row' Lisa Torem talks to another Pennyblackmusic writer each month about a different issue in rock. In this edition, she talks to Adrian Huggins, who plays bass in the Newcastle-based dance/rock group Delta Sound, about the often under acknowledged role of the bassist in groups
Pub in the Park
Andrew Twambley in the third and final part of a three part 'Photoscapes' photographs at the Pub in the Park festival in Knutsford Soul II Sound System, Stereo MC's and Texas.
Adrian Borland 20th Anniversary Tribute
Alan Bell in the second part of a two part 'Photoscapes' photographs a 20th Anniversary tribute to remember the death of Sound frontman and solo artist Adrian Borland.
Adrian Borland 20th Anniversary Tribute
In the first part of a two part 'Photoscapes' Alan Bell takes photographs of a 20th Anniversary tribute to commemorate the death of Sound frontman and solo artist Adrian Borland.
Barb Wire Dolls
Melanie Smith takes photographs of Greek punk act Barb Wire Dolls at Sound Control in Manchester