In this 2010 archival interview Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band tuba player, tap dancer and occasional percussionist ‘Legs’ Larry Smith speaks to Nick Dent-Robinson about his long career, working with the Beatles and his band’s reformation for a series of 40th Anniversary shows.
Martin Haggarty, the vocalist with Glaswegian prog rock outfit Long Earth, chats to Andrew Twambley about his band's diverse influences and the affect of lockdown on them.
Belgium post-punk band Whispering Sons talk to Eoghan Lyng about their critically acclaimed second album 'Several Others' and forthcoming British tour.
Talulah Gosh, Heavenly and Tender Trap's Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey speak to John Clarkson about the expansion of their current band The Catenary Wires from a duo into a five-piece and 'Birling Gap', their just-released third album.
Stephen Coates, the London-based songwriter and composer with The Real Tuesday Weld, speaks to John Clarkson about 'Blood', the first of three farewell albums for the group to be released over the next year, and why he has decided to finish with the band now.
Gary Jones, Jon Hodgson and Lee McFadden from post-punk band Cult Figures speak to John Clarkson about their reformation after an absence of 36 years and new album ‘DerItend'.
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'.
Members guitarist and frontman JC Carroll speaks to Andrew Twambley about the punk/reggae band’s new and seventh album ‘Bedsitland’ and his recent autobiography ‘Still Annoying the Neighbours’.
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.
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
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.
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.
Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Jeremy Thoms talks to John Clarkson about the reissue of his early 1980's band the President Men's two singles and his 1990's group New Leaf's debut album 'On Safari'as well as his plans for his label Stereogram Recordings and band the Cathode Ray.
Spear Of Destiny
Interview with Kirk Brandon
Denzil Watson speaks to Spear of Destiny frontman Kirk Brandon about their classic 1985 third album 'World Service' which is being re-released in a reimagined new version.
The Brilliant Corners and the Experimental Pop Band's Davey Woodward talks to Dixie Ernill about 'Love and Optimism', his second album under the moniker of Davey Woodward and The Winter Orphans.
Ben Howarth speaks to Peter Milton Walsh, the frontman with Australian alternative rock band the Apartments about his group's second 'comeback' album 'In and Out of the Light', his approach to songwriting and his plans for touring.
Short Stories' frontman Steve Miles speaks to John Clarkson about his new band European Sun, which he has formed with Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey from Heavenly, Tender Trap and the Catenary Wires, and their eponymous debut album.
With photos from Darren Aston, John Clarkson speaks to It's Immaterial vocalist John Campbell about the Liverpudlian indie pop band's third album 'House for Sale', which they began work on almost thirty years ago but have only recently completed.
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
Dixie Ernill examines the career of under-rated Richmond, Virginia indie-pop band The Silent Boys.
The Band, the Brand, the Business
Bob Nicholson revisits the history and legacy of The Hollies, and ponders how the band have managed to go the distance.
One Vowel Away From the Truth/Life's a Gift
Malcolm Carter reflects on the reissue of two of 60's pop-influenced Medway-based band Groovy Uncle’s finest albums on extremely limited vinyl.
The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps
Dastardly attends the premiere of a frank but endearing new documentary about New Zealand band The Chills and their frontman Martin Phillipps
G Stands for Go-Betweens Volume 2
The second instalment of the Go-Betweens anthology series is finally here, and Tommy Gunnarsson delves into a vast content of demo and live recordings, but also enjoys the band’s final three albums in their remastered glory.
Karen and the Sorrows
Kimberly Bright reflects upon rising band Brooklyn’s Karen and the Sorrows and finds that with their second LP 'Guaranteed Broken Heart' they have created a minutely authentic and timeless traditional country album on the theme of heartbreak and loss.
Long Slow Train: The Soul Music of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Nicky Crewe examines a new book which explores the origins of soul music through the life story and career of Sharon Jones and her house band the Dap-Kings, and finds that the incredible success of Amy Winehouse was possibly at the expense of recognition that Sharon deserved before cancer took her.
Dixie Ernill enjoys Kriv Stender's engaging documentary that delves deep into the heart and soul of Australian indie-rock band the Go-Betweens.
Erick Mertz reflects on the musical career of cult American alternative rock band the Vulgar Boatmen, who have just had re-released three of their albums, 1989's 'You and Your Sister', 1992's 'Please Panic'and 1995's 'Opposite Sex' released on vinyl.
Kimberly Bright reflects on the undervalued career of 1970’s power pop band Bram Tchaikovsky, whose three albums, ‘Strange Man, Changed Man’, ‘The Russians are Coming’ and ‘Funland’, have just been released in a new Cherry Red box set, ‘Strange Men, Changed Men’.
One Man's Madness
Madness fan Fiona Hutchings enjoys 'One Man's Madness', a very different type of documentary focusing on the band's idiosyncratic saxophonist, Lee Thompson.
Keith How is impressed by two new albums of atmospheric and engaging music, the Nils Okland Band's 'Lysning' and the Erlend Apneseth Trio's 'Ara', both of which have recently come out on Norwegian label Hubro Music.
Mike Bloomfield was once known as a Chicago blues icon, playing with The Butterfield Blues Band, The Electric Flag, and as a soloist. Lisa Torem listens to two newly-released albums of his stunning work.
Pennyblackmusic writer Mary O'Meara, who has previously published ‘Between the Lines: A History of Haven’, a 2012 music biography and personal memoir about 90s indie/alternative band Haven, speaks to John Clarkson about her debut novel, 'A Certain Kind Of Light'.
Theatre Of Hate
Denzil Watson reflects on a new expanded five-CD box set from 1980's post-punks Theatre of Hate, which as well as featuring the original 1981 and 1982 live albums 'He Who Dares Wins' recorded in Leeds and Berlin, has three additional gigs recorded between 1982 and 2012
Nick Dent-Robinson profiles Fairport's Cropredy Convention, the annual three day festival staged by folk rock legends Fairport Convention, which this year celebrates the band's golden anniversary with an on-stage reunion of both past and present members
I Am Lono
Bodega, Nottingham, 27/2/2020
Dave Goodwin at the Bodega in Nottingham enjoys a night of dark post-punk/synth rock from promising new band I Am Lono.
(With Miles Kane), Manchester Arena, Manchester, 16/12/2019
Harry Sherriff watches homecoming band the Courteneers play a storming, crowd-pleasing set at the Manchester Arena, but is equally impressed by support act Miles Kane.
Band on the Wall, Manchester, 9/11/2019
Amanda J Window and her husband spend their wedding anniversary with TOY as the band play a special gig in Manchester.
In the first of a two part gallery Andrew Twambley photographs Swiss folk death metal band Eluveitie at a show in Manchester.
Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, 22/11/2019
In Florida, L. PauL Mann watches and photographs 38 Special, a band keeping Southern Rock alive and well
Vina Robles Ampitheatre, Paso Robles, 26/9/2019
L. Paul Mann watches New Orleans rock band the Revivalists wind up their 2019 tour at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in California.
New Cross Inn, London, 5/9/2019
Ben Howarth at the New Cross Inn in London enjoys an emotionally intense set to promote their second album 'Wasted Energy' from rising Melbourne punk band Press Club.
Soldier Field, Chicago, 21/6/2019
Lisa Torem got her share of 'Satisfaction' as the World’s Greatest Rock N’ Roll Band resume their postponed tour at Soldier Field, Chicago.
Islington Assembly Hall, London, 5/7/2019
Dastardly watches The Love Band featuring original guitarist Johnny Echols play their final gig in the UK.
Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury, 23/5/2019
Nick Dent-Robinson finds infectious the enthusiasm and energy of 60’s covers band the Zoots at the Arlington Arts Centre in Newbury.
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
Mike And The Mechanics
New Theatre, Oxford, 12/3/2019
Mike Rutherford, on tour with his band, Mike and the Mechanics, played a series of Genesis hits at Oxford's New Theater that rekindled fond memories for his enthusiastic fan base.
Theatre Of Hate
Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 12/12/2018
Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara, 8/11/2018
L. Paul Mann watches David Crosby play a homecoming gig with his new band at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara.
Theatre Of Hate
Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 12/12/2018
Denzil Watson watches reformed 80's post punks Theatre of Hate, despite frontman Kirk Brandon battling a stomach bug, play an impressive set at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham.
Space, Evanston, 4/1/2019
Lisa Torem finds bringing in the aftermath of the new year to be a delight when Mud Morganfield aka Muddy Waters Jr. and his band unleashed fresh cuts from his latest album ‘They Call Me Mud’ as well as classics.
Rock City, Nottingham, 11/11/2018
David Goodwin watches American folk/indie rock band the Decemberists play a spellbinding set at Rock City in Nottingham
Need Somebody to Love
Steve Kinrade enjoys new Optic Nerve Recordings retrospective 'Need Somebody to Love', which compiles together all the studio recordings of lost 70's new wave band, the VIPs.
The Enraged Will Inherit the Earth
In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers examine albums from the past, Tommy Gunnarsson reviews Iionic British Marxist indiepop band McCarthy’s 1989 second album, ‘The Enraged Will Inherit The Earth’, which is being reissued in an expanded vinyl edition.
Hangman's Beautiful Daughters
Smashed Full of Wonder
In our 'Re:View'section, in which we look at albums and records from the past, Dixie Ernill reflects on an excellent new compilation of forgotten 80’s garage band Hangman’s Beautiful Daughters.
Adrian Janes reflects on the reissue of 'Codename; Dustsucker', the astonishing 2004 second and final album from British band Bark Psychosis, finding that, while its blend of musical moods and random sounds might be defined as post-rock, it in fact, however, transcends all categories.
In our 'Re:View' section Adrian Huggins finds Texas band ZZ Top's recently reissued 1994 album 'Antenna' celebrates the best of their exhilarating music and foreshadows the excitement that their upcoming 50th anniversary will bring.
Light Fuse, Get Away
Carl Bookstein examines American jam band Widespread Panic's recently reissued 1998 live album 'Light Fuse, Get Away'
In our 'Re:View' section, Richard Lewis explains why British band, The Verve, is considered one of the seminal bands of the late 1990s and early 2000s due to 1997 Platinum album, 'Urban Hymns', which has just been reissued in an expanded 5 CD with DVD box set
The Lonely Hearts
In our 'Re:View' section Malcolm Carter examines a new vinyl only compilation of power-pop heaven from Sydney’s the Lonely Hearts, an underrated and, outside of Australia, almost unknown band from the 80's.
Their Satanic Majesties Request
The Rolling Stones’ 1967 album ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’ saw the band moving into psychedelia and was recorded against the backdrop of the most tumultuous period in their history. Recently reissued, Richard Lewis in our Re: View section examines a LP that is a curio in the Stones’ catalogue
Untied Kingdom...or How to Come To Terms With Your Culture
In our 'Re: View' section Tommy Gunnarsson reflects on reformed C-86 band the Wolfhounds' sixth album 'Untied Kingdom...or How to Come To Terms With Your Culture', which originally released last year on vinyl has now been reissued in a CD edition
Adrian Janes finds that this compilation of early recordings of experimental Essex band Disco Inferno, which were originally released in 1995, already show them taking rock music to new places
In our 'Re:View' section, Lisa Torem examines lost San Francisco psychedelic band Marvin Gardens just released album, which consists of almost their full catalogue of both studio and live recordings
Dixie Ernill examines New Zealand indie pop band the Chills' debut album 'Kaleidoscope World', which has just been reissued in a two CD expanded edition
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Lisa Torem finds 'Mountain’, the remastered version of the 1969 debut by electric guitarist/singer Leslie West’s band, to be an album of contrasts
San Francisco Earthquake
In our 'Re: View' section, in which reflect on albums from the past, Keith How examines a new compilation of long lost recordings from Uther Pendragon, an unknown late 1960's/1970's San Francisco psychedelic/rock band
It is What It isn't
Lisa Torem examines the 2012 debut album of the Liverpool Legends, the Beatles tribute band managed by George Harrison's sister Louise, which consists of entirely self-written material
In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Nicky Crewe reflects on Manchester post-punk band the Mothmen's long-lost only album 'Pay Attention', which has just been released on CD for the first time
Whine of the Mystic
Erick Mertz is impressed by the ragged glory of Canadian album 'Whine of the Mystic', which originally released by Nova Scotia band Nap Eyes in a limited edition of just 200 LPs is now receiving an extensive reissue
The Lost Weekend
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Tommy Gunnarsson listens to 'The Lost Weekend', the Monochrome Set's 1985 would-be chart-topper, and also their last album during their first period as a band, which has just been re-released on CD
Inspired by own search for a fuzz pedal for his own band The Volunteered, Mark Rowland in 'Bandcamp Explorer' looks for the best fuzz-influenced bands on Bandcamp.
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.
Mott The Hoople
The Image That Made Me Weep
As part of our series 'The Image That Made Me Weep', we are inviting a different guest with each edition to write of a music photograph that has had an impact on them. Idiot Son frontman Andy Thompson writes of a 2009 Mott The Hoople reunion gig and a photograph from his own collection.
Ten Songs That Made Me Love...
In our series in which our writers celebrate ten songs that made them love a favourite band or artist, Fiona Hutchings weaves together love, alt-rock and unsettling subject matter in a tribute to Pixies.
Beatles Vs The Stones
Nick Dent-Robinson sheds a contemporary light on a continued and much-debated controversy, namely, Which band is better, the Beatles or the Stones?
Echo And The Bunnymen
Ten Songs That Made Me Love...
In our series, in which our writers celebrate ten songs that made them love a favourite band or artist, Cila Warncke raises a glass to Liverpudlian post-punks Echo And The Bunnymen
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.
Andrew Twambley photographs Britpop band Sleeper at the Manchester Rirz on the 13th August.
Andrew Twambley in the second of two galleries taken at this year's Positive Vibration Festival in Liverpool photographs The Neville Staple band,. The Ruts, Tippa Irie and The Twinkle Brothers
Andrew Twambley in the second of a two part gallery photographs Swiss folk death metal band Eluveitie at a show in Manchester.
Bang Bang Romeo
Alan Bell takes photographs of rising band Bang Bang Romeo at the Hanwell Hootie in London.
Mott The Hoople
Andrew Twambley photographs the reformed 1974 line-up of Mott The Hoople on the opening night of a UK tour at the Manchester Academy.
Andrew Twambley takes photographs of New Jersey hard rock band Skid Row at the Ritz in Manchester.
Keith Ainsworth photographs Tom Robinson at a show in in Liverpool to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of his former group the Tom Robinson Band's debut album ‘Power in the Darkness’.
Andrew Twambley photographs 80's punk band the Adicts on a recent tour at the Ritz in Manchester.
She Drew the Gun
Keith Ainsworth photographs Liverpool psychedelic pop band She Drew the Gun at the Deaf Institute in Manchester
Marie Hazelwood photographs legendary indie pop outfit The Chesterfields at their first Manchester show in over two decades at our recent Bands Night there at Gullivers
Marie Hazelwood photographs Karen, the new band of Brilliant Corners and Experimental Pop Band front man Davey Woodward, at our recent Pennyblackmusic Bands Night at Gullivers in Manchester
Darren Aston photographs vocalist and guitarist Ellie Rowsell from North London rock band Wolf Alice at a show at the Arts Club in Liverpool
Cage the Elephant
Darren Aston photographs Matthew Shultz, the front man with American rock band Cage the Elephant during a recent UK tour at a gig at the O2 Academy in Liverpool
Darren Aston takes photographs of Detroit-based rock band Electric Six at the O2 Academy in Liverpool
Darren Aston photographs 80's pop/rock band China Crisis at their annual Christmas show at the Cavern Club in their home city of Liverpool
Darren Aston takes photographs of iconic 60's band the Zombies at the Arts Club in Liverpool
Melanie Smith photographs controversial all girl pop/rock band the Courtesans at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester
Marie Hazelwood takes photographs of new Liverpool indie rock band, Atlas Eyes, who will shortly be releasing their debut EP
Marie Hazelwood takes photographs of young Manchester band Blossoms at a show at the O2 Academty in Liverpool