In our third interview with them, Sarah Johnson speaks to William Jones from durable indie pop group Friends about the band's just released ninth album, 'Spangleland', and recent return to live work after an absence of nearly 15 years
Interview with William Jones (2004)
Back for a second interview with Pennyblackmusic, William Jones, the frontman with legendary British indiepop group Friends, talks to Tommy Gunnarsson about the recording of the band's long-awaited new album, 'Late Night Early Morning'
Interview Part 3 (2003)
In the third and final part of our interview with long-serving C86 act Friends, Tommy Gunnarsson talks to frontman William Jones about the art of writing a great pop song, and his own label Summerhouse
Interview Part 2 (2003)
In the second part of our interview with William Jones, the frontman with long-serving indiepop group Friends, he talks to Tommy Gunnarsson about the unusual reasons why the band's seminal first album, ‘Roads Leading Everywhere’ remains their most popu
Interview Part 1 (2003)
Legendary British indiepop group Friends have recorded 7 albums since 1988. In the first of a two part interview to be concluded next month frontman William Jones talks to Tommy Gunnarson about the band's long musical history
The Zen House (2011)
Flawed acoustic tenth album from long-term London-based indie-pop outfit, Friends
Single Friends (2009)
Impressive and also timely compilation of melodic pop which crosses over twenty years from C-86 survivors Friends
Instantly classic pop on ninth album in twenty years from London-based indiepop group Friends
Late Night Early Morning (2004)
Strong and impressive uptempo eighth album from long-serving, British-based indie popsters, Friends
Beautiful You (2002)
First album in seven years from the popular London-based indiepop band, Friends, which finds the band drawing comparisions with both Aztec Camera and the Divine Comedy
Best Of (2002)
Eclectic and examplary retrospective on the Summerhouse label of the 15 year long career of cult indiepop group, Friends
John Clarkson chats to Paul McGeechan, the keyboardist with influential Glaswegian pop act Friends Again, about the double CD reissue of their 1984 debut and only album, 'Trapped and Unwrapped'.
Adrian Janes speaks to singer and bass player from Arizonian post-punk band Audra about their fourth album and first release in ten years, 'Dear Tired Friends'.
Lisa Torem speaks to former Cream bassist and music legend Jack Bruce about his new solo album, 'Silver Rails'
Phil Parfitt, the front man with underrated late 80's indie act the Perfect Disaster, speaks to Denzil Watson about his former band and 'Phil Parfitt and Friends', his new album and first release in twenty years
With their debut album due out in September, Aaron Brown chats to much acclaimed Scottish-based indie guitar group Glasvegas at a gig in Manchester about life, their music and their famous influential friends.
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
50th Anniversary of the Alice Cooper Group Original Line-Up Celebration Part 1
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Alice Cooper Group, Pennyblackmusic has assembled greetings from essential friends and players.
Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live ... And More
Mark Rowland enjoys DVD tribute concert 'Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live ... And More' which features Big Star members Jody Stephens, Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer and also guests including REM's Mike Mills, Robyn Hitchcock and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy
Anthony Strutt examines Tim Burgess from the Charlatans' new book, 'Vinyl Adventures from Istanbul to San Francisco', in which he goes record shopping and invites us along to track down famous friends' suggestions.
14/4/1943 – 25/10/2014
Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on the life of Cream bassist Jack Bruce, who died aged 71 in October
Todd Rundgren 1
Todd Rundgren recently spent a week at Columbia College in Chicago working with its music students both at a recording session and also on preparing for a show. In the first part of a two part profile Lisa Torem sits in on the recording session...
Todd Rundgren 2
.,.while in the second part she attends the gig
Anthony Strutt two recently released live CDs/DVDs from a 2010 tour of his classic 'Todd' and 'Healing' albums
Beautiful Days Festival
Escott Park, Devon, 18/8/2005...20/8/2005
Beautiful Days is a small and largely unsung festival organised by the Levellers. Helen Tipping and her friends enjoy a very special weekend of music, camping and with giant seagulls while there
Brighten the Corners
Jamie Rowland examines influential indie rock outfit Pavement's 1997 fourth album, 'Brighten the Corners', which has just been re-released in a new double CD edition
Michael Seth Starr/Ringo: With a Little Help
In the first part of a two part edition of her book column 'Raging Pages' , Lisa Torem examines Michael Starr's unauthorized biography 'Ringo : With a Little Help From My Friends' which shows many sides of the iconic drummer
All Tomorrow’s Parties, Minehead, June 2010
Mark Rowland relives his favourite gig of all time, a long-awaited chance to see Pavement at their curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Minehead
Earls Court, London, May 1973
In 'Gig of a Lifetime' Keith How writes of attending one of Pink Floyd's legendary 'The Dark Side of the Moon' concerts at Earls Court in London in 1973
(Gig of a Lifetime) Earls Court, London, August 1980
In 'Gig of a Lifetime', Dastardly writes of attending his first ever gig, one of Pink Floyd's legendary 'The Wall' shows at Earls Court in London in 1980
Condemned to Rock 'n' Roll
With many of his friends starting to lose interest in music, Ben Howarth in 'Condemned to Rock 'n'Roll' finds the opposite problem and too much new music to listen to
Penny Black Music Bands Night
We profile our 10th Penny Black Music Bands Night, which will take place from 3pm on September 9th at the London Spitz and feature sets from the Bitter Springs, Hey Negrita, Rothko, Friends, Saint Joan, Kelman and Joe Gideon as well as music from the DJs at Uptight