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Interviews


Interview (2013)

Black - Interview

Paul Waller chats to Liverpudlian singer songwriter Colin Vearncombe about his musical project Black, its bestselling 1987 album 'Wonderful Life' which has just been re-released in a double CD edition and his musical career since then


Live

Kazimier, Liverpool, 30/10/2012

Black - Kazimier, Liverpool, 30/10/2012

Darren Aston watches much acclaimed 80's act Black, the project of Colin Vearncombe, play a powerful acoustic and intimate set at a homecoming gig at the Kazimier in Liverpool


Reviews


Blind Faith (2015)


Fine first album in six years from 80's bestselling act Black, which proves to be well worth the wait


Related


Happy Mondays
Interview with Shaun Ryder Happy Mondays - Interview with Shaun Ryder

With festival dates over the Summer and a Winter Tour due in December, Richard Lewis talks to Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder about the group’s formative early years and future plans.


Black Sedan
Interview Black Sedan - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to author, publisher and broadcaster Mark Hodkinson about his musical project Black Sedan’s debut album, ‘Adventure Lit Their Star’, which features forty other contributors, including Charlie Chaplin, and took over two years to record.


Black Grape
Interview with Shaun Ryder Black Grape - Interview with Shaun Ryder

‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah!’, the classic debut LP by Black Grape celebrates its 21st Anniversary with a reissue edition and a tour that sees the band play the album in full. Front man Shaun Ryder chats to Richard Lewis about the making of the LP and the group’s upcoming third album


Black Angel Drifter
Interview Black Angel Drifter - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Robert 'Hacker' Jessett from acclaimed South London-based urban country band Morton Valence about his Ennio Morricone-influenced side project Black Angel Drifter and why their eponymous new record is their first and final album


Stranglers
Interview Stranglers - Interview

With punk-survivors the Stranglers enjoying something of a renaissance on the live circuit, Denzil Watson catches up with the band’s gregarious guitarist/co-frontman Baz Warne for a chat, about their Spring 2016 'Black and White' tour


Slowdive
Interview Slowdive - Interview

Neil Halstead, the front man with influential shoegaze band Slowdive, talks to Anthony Strutt about his band's forthcoming comeback album and their inclusion on recent shoegaze box set, 'Still in a Dream'


Happy Mondays
Interview with Shaun Ryder Happy Mondays - Interview with Shaun Ryder

Richard Lewis chats to Happy Mondays’ lead singer/lyricist Shaun Ryder about the making of the band’s groundbreaking 1990 album ‘Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches’ which the band are set to play in its entirety on tour this winter


A Place to Bury Strangers
Interview Place to Bury Strangers - Interview

Anthony Strutt catches up with original and founder member, Oliver Ackermann from New York-based noise rockers A Place to Bury Strangers to talk about their just released fourth album, 'Transfixiation', and life for the band since leaving Mute Records


Black Site
Interview Black Site - Interview

The Black Site are a new raw blues/avant-garde rock duo which features ex-members of Madam and Sophia. Dominic Simpson talks to them about their forthcoming appearance at our next Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night


ELF
Profile ELF - Profile

Erick Mertz examines the legacy of blues rock act Elf, the early band of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio's Ronnie James Dio, whose 1974 second album 'Carolina County Ball'and 1975 third album 'Trying to Burn the Sun' have both been reissued by Cherry Red


Live

Happy Mondays
Mountford Hall, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, 6/12/2019 Happy Mondays - Mountford Hall, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, 6/12/2019

Richard Lewis enjoys a set of classic hits and more obscure early tracks from the Happy Mondays at the Liverpool date on what might be their last full-scale tour for a while.


Welcome to Rockville
Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville, 28/4/2018 Welcome to Rockville - Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville, 28/4/2018

At the second day of hard rock festival Welcome to Rockville L. Paul Mann watches sets from Black Veil Brides, Stone Temple Pilots and Avenge Sevenfold


Happy Mondays
Roundhouse, London, 16/11/2017 Happy Mondays - Roundhouse, London, 16/11/2017

Lisa Torem enjoys an energetic set of greatest hits from the Happy Mondays at the Roundhouse in London.


Happy Mondays
Olympia, Liverpool, 1/12/2017 Happy Mondays - Olympia, Liverpool, 1/12/2017

Richard Lewis finds seminal Manchester band Happy Mondays rolling back the years with an all-conquering Greatest Hits set at the Liverpool Olympia.


Jesus And Mary Chain
O2 Academy, Liverpool, 21/9/2017 Jesus And Mary Chain - O2 Academy, Liverpool, 21/9/2017

Noise rock pioneers The Jesus and Mary Chain turn in an excellent career-spanning set at the O2 Academy, Liverpool in support of recent LP ‘Damage and Joy’. Richard Lewis reviews.


Black Angels
Forum, London, 22/9/2017 Black Angels - Forum, London, 22/9/2017

Chris O'Toole finds much-acclaimed psychedelic rockers the Black Angels unconvincing at a gig at the Forum in London.


Jesus And Mary Chain
Academy, Manchester, 25/3/2017 Jesus And Mary Chain - Academy, Manchester, 25/3/2017

Richard Lewis finds the Jesus and Mary Chain, who are currently touring 'Damage and Joy' their first new album in nineteen years, to be on formidable form at a near-capacity Manchester Academy


Black Grape
O2 Academy, Liverpool, 17/11/2016 Black Grape - O2 Academy, Liverpool, 17/11/2016

Richard Lewis watches Happy Mondays' front man Shun Ryder's other band Black Grape make an excellent return to form in a comeback gig at the O2 Academy in Liverpool


Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 6/2/2016 Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 6/2/2016

Lisa Torem watches South African ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo perform a spectacular A Cappella concert at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music.


Happy Mondays
O2 Academy, Liverpool, 13/11/20115 Happy Mondays - O2 Academy, Liverpool, 13/11/20115

Richard Lewis watches Happy Mondays, touring their classic album 'Pills 'n’ Thrills and Bellyaches' for its twenty-fifth anniversary, play a stunning show at a sold out Liverpool Academy


Jesus and Mary Chain
Rock City, Nottingham, 22/2/2015 Jesus And Mary Chain - Rock City, Nottingham, 22/2/2015

Anthony Strutt at Rock City in Nottingham watches the Jesus and Mary Chain play an enjoyable but over-rehearsed show to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of 'Psychocandy', their seminal debut album


Christian Bland
(and the Revelators) Musician, Leicester, 24/9/2014 Christian Bland - (and the Revelators) Musician, Leicester, 24/9/2014

Anthony Strutt finds compelling Black Angels guitarist Christian Bland's side project the Revelators' brand of psychedelia at a gig at the Musician in Leiester on their first UK tour


Slowdive
Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London, 18/5/2014 Slowdive - Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London, 18/5/2014

Anthony Strutt watches seminal shoegazing band Slowdive play a stunning comeback show in their first gig in twenty years at the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen in London


Peter Bruntnell, Neil Halstead and Danny George Wilson
Musician, Leicester, 15/1/2014 Neil Halstead - Musician, Leicester, 15/1/2014

Anthony Strutt finds understated but powerful an evening of acoustic country/folk rock from Peter Bruntnell, Neil Halstead and Danny George Wilson on the first date of their Songwriters' Circle tour at The Musician in Leicester


Black Pus
Dome, London, 23/9/2013 Black Pus - Dome, London, 23/9/2013

Black Pus is the solo project of chaotic Rhode Island duo Lightning Bolt drummer Brian Chippendale. Chris O'Toole watches him play a dazzling and surprisingly pop-oriented show at the Dome in London


Albums

Tony McLoughlin
Tall Black Horse Carl Barat - Tall Black Horse

Malcolm Carter examines Irish-born singer songwriter Tony McLoughlin's 2007 album, 'Tall Black Horse', which combines folk, rock, blues and soul


Stranglers
Black and White Stranglers - Black and White

In our 'Re: View' series, in which our writers examine albums from the past,Denzil Watson reflects upon the Stranglers' 1978 third album, 'Black and White'


Faith No More
Angel Dust Faith No More - Angel Dust

Jeff Thiessen reflects on San Francisco-based experimetnal rock band Faith No More's 1992 fourth album, 'Angel Dust'


A Place to Bury Strangers
A Place to Bury Strangers Place to Bury Strangers - A Place to Bury Strangers

Anthony Strutt examines the eponymous debut album of the self-proclaimed loudest band in New York, A Place to Bury Strangers, which he missed out on when it was released at the end of last year


Re : view-Faith No More
King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime Faith No More - King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime

Aaron Brown reexamines Fairth No More's much misunderstood and underacknowledged 1995 album, 'King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime'


Re : View -Jesus and Mary Chain
Stoned and Dethroned Jesus And Mary Chain - Stoned and Dethroned

In the latest in our new 'Re :View' series, in which we look back upon albums that we feel deserve re-evaluation, Olga Sladeckova reflects upon the Jesus and Mary Chain's underacknowledged masterpiece, 'Stoned and Dethroned'


Jesus and Mary Chain
Psycho Candy Jesus And Mary Chain - Psycho Candy

When East Kilbride’s The Jesus And Mary Chain surfaced early in 1984 it changed music forever for me. Before that I’d hated the eighties mainstream music and really only listened to 60’s stuff and als


#5 - ‘We all have good intentions/ But all with strings attached’: Music and Mental Health Part 2 In Dreams Begin Responsibilities - #5 - ‘We all have good intentions/ But all with strings attached’:  Music and Mental Health Part 2

In his regular column ‘In Dreams Begin Responsibilities’, Steve Miles continues to looks at the issue of mental health and reflects on the positive effect of music and songs by The Gang of Four, The Fall, The Television Personalities, Black Uhuru, The Au Pairs and The Slits on his adolescence.


Joy Division
The Image That Made Me Weep Joy Division - The Image That Made Me Weep

In this month's 'The Image That Made Me Weep' column, Dave Goodwin takes us on a deeply personal journey into a black-and-white picture of Joy Division's Ian Curtis


Black Sabbath
The Image That Made Me Weep Black Sabbath - The Image That Made Me Weep

Dodson and Fogg's Chris Wade in 'The Image That Made Me Weep' writes of a poster of Black Sabbath that he had as a ten-year old child.


Black Peaks
Photoscapes Black Peaks - Photoscapes

Andrew Twambley photographs rising metal act Black Peaks at a gig in support of Enter Shikari at the Academy in Manchester.


Stranglers
Photoscapes Stranglers - Photoscapes

Denzil Watson photographs the Stranglers at a show at the Sheffield Academy on their latest tour in which they performed their seminal 'Black and White' album in its entirety


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