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Interviews


Interview (2009)

European - Interview

The European is the solo project of London-based musician and electronic artist, Simon Break. With his debut album out soon, John Clarkson talks to him about why he prefers to program his own computer software and design his own instrumentation rather than follow more traditional methods


Reviews


In a Very Real Sense Now (2010)


Offbeat and extraordinary debut album from The European, the new electro project of former Piano Magic and Icebreaker International member, Simon Break


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Interviews

Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey
Interview Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey - Interview

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.


European Sun
Interview European Sun - Interview

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.


European Sun
Interview European Sun - Interview

The Short Stories' Steve Miles speaks to John Clarkson about his new band European Sun which he has formed with Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey of Heavenly, Tender Trap and the Catenary Wires, and their debut single 'The Future's Female'.


Nouvelle Vague
Interview Nouvelle Vague - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Olivier Libaux from French band Nouvelle Vague, who have divided fans and critics by covering late 70s and early 80s punk and new wave songs as bossa nova tunes, about their new compilation album 'Curiosities' and current European tour.


Granite Shore
Interview Granite Shore - Interview

Nick Halliwell found that there was only one way he could vent his anger over the European referendum result - make a new album with his group, The Granite Shore. He tells Malcolm Carter about the influences behind this album, in particular his love of that most European of pop bands, Abba.


Rev Rev Rev
Interview Rev Rev Rev - Interview

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.


Yes
Interview Yes - Interview

Long-time Yes drummer Alan White discusses his current European tour with the prog rockers, in which they performed two complete albums, 'Drama' and 'Fragile'


London Klezmer Quartet
Interview London Klezmer Quartet - Interview

Owen Peters speaks to violinist Ilana Cravitz from the London Klezmer Quartet about their Eastern European influences and musical background and its history


Rumer
Interview Rumer - Interview

Owen Peters talks to much acclaimed singer-songwriter Rumer about her forthcoming UK/European tour and recently released third album, 'Into the Colour'


White Hills
Interview White Hills - Interview

Paul Waller speaks to Dave W., the guitarist with acclaimed psychedelic rock outfit White Hills, about his early musical beginnings and influences, and their present European tour


Gogol Bordello
Interview with Eugene Hutz Gogol Bordello - Interview with Eugene Hutz

Denzil Watson speaks to Eugene Hutz, the frontman with Gogol Bordello, about his group's theatrical stage shows and their forthcoming European Winter tour


Robert Cray
Interview Robert Cray - Interview

Lisa Torem speaks to blues guitarist Robert Cray about his new album 'In the Soul' and forthcoming European tour


Stiv Canterelli and the Silent Strangers
Interview Stiv Cantarelli and the Silent Strangers - Interview

Malcolm Carter chats to Italian musician and Americana artist Stiv Cantarelli about his current band the Silent Strangers, their much acclaimed album 'Black Music/White Music' and their forthcoming European tour


Anny Celsi
Interview Anny Celsi - Interview

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Anny Celsi speaks to Malcolm Carter about her first album in six years, 'Tangle-Free World', which has been produced by Brian Wilson drummer Nelson Bragg, and her forthcoming European tour


Amelia Curran
Interview Amelia Curran - Interview

Canadian singer-songwriter speaks to John Clarkson about her just released fifth album, 'Hunter, Hunter', and her forthcoming European tour


Wavves
Interview Wavves - Interview

San Diego act Wavves began as a bedroom project before becoming a live act. They recently had to cancel a European tour after the stress and health problems of front man Nathan Williams came to a public head at the Primavera featival. A few days before the incident, he spoke to Mark Rowland


Asobi Seksu
Interview Anais Mitchell - Interview

At a gig in Newcastle on their recent European tour, Jonjo McNeill speaks to singer Yuke Chikudate and guitarist James Hanna from New York shoegazers Asobi Seksu about touring, songwriting and their just released third alabum, 'Hush'


Dillinger Escape Plan
Interview Dillinger Escape Plan - Interview

Having had to cancel their forthcoming European tour due to guitarist Ben Weinman breaking his foot, Paul Raven speaks to bassist Liam Wilson from hardcore outfit Dillinger Escape Plan about the recording of their new album @Ire Works' and working with Mike Patton


A Wilhelm Scream
Interview A Wilhelm Scream - Interview

Andy Vincent chats to rising American punk metal band A Wilhelm Scream in a second interview with Pennyblackmusic about their first European headline tour and their forthcoming third album


Deerhoof
Interview Deerhof - Interview

Experimental San Francisco art rockers Deerhoof recently played a show in an European tour at the London Scala. Jamie Rowland chats to drummer and founder Greg Saunier about the band's origins and new long player 'The Runners Four'


Profiles

Kasai Allstars
Félicité Kasai Allstars - Félicité

Maarten Schiethart reflects on new film 'Félicité' and its accompanying soundtrack, which, curremtly touring European cinemas, is set in the Congo,and features the Kasaï Allstars in several bar scenes.


Saddle Creek
Interview Miscellaneous - Interview

Co-founded by Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, Nebraskan label Saddle Creek has grown over the last 10 years from being a small local tape label to a company with an international reputation. Mark Rowland talks to its European chain about its success


Live

Screaming Females
Roadhouse, Manchester, 21/4/2015 Screaming Females - Roadhouse, Manchester, 21/4/2015

The Screaming Females' UK leg of their European ended in London on April 24th. Nigel Carr was at their gig in Manchester and he and photographer Melanie Smith report back on a great night


J. Roddy Walston and The Business
Broadcast, Glasgow, 23/2/2014 J. Roddy Walton and The Business - Broadcast, Glasgow, 23/2/2014

Tony Gaughan watches Baltimore-based rock and roll outfit play an explosive, manificent show in their first ever European gig at Broadcast in Glasgow


Sidi Toure
Cafe OTO, London, 13/11/2012 Sidi Toure - Cafe OTO, London, 13/11/2012

Sarah Mwangi is increasingly impressed by Mali musician Sidi Toure at a gig at the Café OTO in London on his first European tour


Arabrot
Shacklewell Arms, London, 31/10/2011 Arabrot - Shacklewell Arms, London, 31/10/2011

At a packed show on Halloween at the Shacklewell Arms and the only UK date of their European tour, Tom Fogarty enjoys a set of ferocious noise rock from Norwegian band, Arabrot


M Ward
Borderline, London, 25/2/2009 M Ward - Borderline, London, 25/2/2009

At a show at the Borderline in London and the only British date on his current European tour, Dan Cressey is captivated by M Ward's unique and unfeasibly beautiful blend of alt-folk and alt-country


Herman Dune
Scala, London, 17/12/2008 Herman Dune - Scala, London, 17/12/2008

Of continental European and Israeli heritage, Herman Dune are one of the leading lights in the Anti-Folk scene. Anthony Middleton enjoys a fun-filled show of unlikely influences at the Scala in London


Amanda Palmer
Academy, Sheffield, 8/10/2008 Amanda Palmer - Academy, Sheffield, 8/10/2008

With her foot in plaster after an accident one gig into a European tour, Denzil Watson sees Amanda Palmer, one half of Brechtian punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls, go against the odds and play a fantastic set at the Sheffield Academy


B-52's
Roundhouse, London, 24/7/2008 B52s - Roundhouse, London, 24/7/2008

The B-52s' latest European tour was their first in ten years. Anthony Strutt finds the ageless avant garde, wacky Athen, Georgia rockers to have, however, lost none of their ability for fun at a gig at the KOKO in London


iLiKETRAiNS
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, 1/5/2008

At a homecoming gig at the end of a troubled European tour, Helen Tipping watches melancholic post-rockers iLiKETRAiNs play an intense and at points surprising set at the Leeds Brudenell Social Club


A Hawk and A Hacksaw
Club Zigana, the Romanian Restaurant, London, 4/12/2008 Hawk And A Hacksaw - Club Zigana, the Romanian Restaurant, London, 4/12/2008

Chris O' Toole finds A Hawk and A Hacksaw's blend of Eastern European folk and jazz intriguing and beguiling, but hammpered by their audience at a gig at the one-off venue of Club Zigana Romanian Restaurant in London


A Hawk and A Hacksaw
Bush Hall, London, 11/5/2007 Hawk And A Hacksaw - Bush Hall, London, 11/5/2007

At the Bush Hall in London, Sarah Maybank is thrust into a frenzied set of joyous madness by Eastern European-influenced folk rockers, A Hawk and a Hacksaw


Paint It Black
Underworld, London, 24/6/2005 Paint It Black - Underworld, London, 24/6/2005

Paint it Black recently completed a European tour. At the London Underworld Philip Vincent sees them take "the over-used Black Flag style of aggro punk" and rejuvenate it "with an armful of adrenalin directed straight to the frontal lobes"


Phantom Planet
Water Rats, London, 26/3/2004 Phantom Planet - Water Rats, London, 26/3/2004

At the excellent finale to a European tour, new Pennyblackmusic writer Emma Haigh finds edgy LA 5-piece Phantom Planet's blend of garage rock both gritty and polished


Sophia
Bush Hall, London, 18/11/2003 Sophia - Bush Hall, London, 18/11/2003

As a prelude to a European tour and their new album 'People are Like Seasons', both of which are due early next year, Sophia recently played a low-key gig at the London Bush Hall. From uncertain beginnings Jon Rogers finds them on fine form


John Cale
King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, 23/6/2003 Cale John - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, 23/6/2003

A few days into his first European tour in several years, John Cale, over 30 years on from the Velvet Underground, contnues to make waves and create surprises at Glasgow's King Tut's Wah Wah Hut


Features

#3 In Dreams Begin Responsibilities - #3

In his column ‘In Dreams Begin Responsibilities’ European Sun and The Short Stories’ Steve Miles reflects on the role of silence in music.


In Dreams Begin Responsibilities
#2 In Dreams Begin Responsibilities - #2

In his new column, European Sun's Steve Miles continues to assess what punk means to him, and in the second part of a two part article examines the latter five out of ten groups that transformed his life.


In Dreams Begin Responsibilities
#1 In Dreams Begin Responsibilities - #1

In his new column, European Sun's Steve Miles admits that he is ‘a punk through and through’ and verifies the point by citing in the first part of a two part article five out of the ten incomparable bands that changed his life.


Penny Black Music Bands Night
Profile Miscellaneous - Profile

We profile our first Penny Black Music Bands Night in two years, which will take place on Saturday November 14th at the London Brixton Windmill and feature sets from the Left Outsides, Madam,Mathew Sawyer and the Ghosts and the European







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