Interview with John Andrew Fredrick
John Andrew Fredrick, the frontman with LA cult band the black watch, talks to John Clarkson about his book trilogy, 'The King of Good Intentions', which is about a 90's indie rock band, and his group's two forthcoming albums, 'The Morning Papers Have Given Us the Vapours' and 'Weird Rooms'.
Film producer Nicola Black speaks to Andrew Twambley about her new project, ‘The Light Pours Out Of Me. an in-depth film about the life of guitarist John McGeoch,
70's icon Wreckless Eric speaks to Andrew Twambley about his new album 'Leisureland' and being an outsider in the music industry
Singer/guitarist Brix Smith chats with Andrew Twambley about her time with Salford iconoclasts The Fall, her work with the Extricated and her acclaimed new album ‘Valley of the Dolls’ .
Andrew Twambley interviews Easy Action Records owner Carlton Sandercock about his Marc Bolan fandom and his 'Elemental Child' project.
Interview with Martin Fry
Martin Fry talks to Andrew Twambley about the new live version of ABC’s classic album, ‘The Lexicon of Love’.
Guitar legend Steve Hillage talks to Andrew Twambley and Paul Kimber about his lengthy career, working with The Orb and System 7, the recent release of his 1979 Glastonbury set and his forthcoming UK tour.
John Andrew Fredrick, the frontman with Los Angeles indie rock band the black watch, talks to John Clarkson about his band's forthcoming album 'Future Strangers', songwriting and his two novels on rock music, ‘The King of Good Intentions’ and its sequel ‘The King of Good Intentions II’.
Andrew Twambley talks to ex-Manfred Mann frontman and Radio 2 DJ Paul Jones about his new compilation record 'The Blues Album' and his friendship with Brian Jones.
John's Children, Jet and Radio Stars' frontman Andy Ellison talks to Andrew Twambley about his new autobiography 'Stunt Rocker'', getting thrown off a tour by The Who and leading his bandmate Marc Bolan astray.
Andrew Twambley talks to record producer Tom Newman about his work on Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells', working as an in-house producer for Virgin Records, managing their Manor Studios and recording a song with The Great Train Robbers.
Alternative rock musician and rising talent Freya Beer talks to Andrew Twambley about her new single 'Love Child' and her debut album 'Beast'.
Andrew Twambley talks to ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman about touring with his long-term project The English Rock Ensemble, how he nearly became one of the Spiders from Mars and his friendship with David Bowie.
Former member and percussionist of electronic legends Kraftwerk, Wolfgang Flür is set to release his new LP ‘Magazine 1’. Andrew Twambley chatted with him about the making of the album and how its impressive list of collaborators came about.
Jah Wobble talks to Andrew Twambley about his time in Public Image Ltd and his new dub reworking of their 'Metal Box' album.
Kirk Brandon talks to Andrew Twambley about the latest line-up of his punk supergroup Dead Men Walking, their new album 'Freedom, It Ain't On the Rise' and playing Fleetwood
Ultrasound vocalist Andrew 'Tiny' Wood speaks to John Clarkson about the reissue in an expanded vinyl edition of their epic 1999 double album, 'Everything Picture'.
Seminal 70's singer-songwriter Steve Harley talks to Andrew Twambley about his current tour, his latest album 'Uncovered' and his friendship with Marc Bolan.
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.
Prog rock pioneer and Yes and Asia guitarist Steve Howe talks to Andrew Twambley about his long career and the latest and seventh album in his solo ‘Homebrew’ series.
Crosby, Stills and Nash: Every Album, Every Song
Nicky Crewe finds that Andrew Wild's new book in Sonicbond Publishing’s 'On Track' series is a definitive guide to Crosby, Stills and Nash not forgetting Neil Young’s contributions.
Old Concert Tickets…The New Bit Coin?
Andrew Twambley takes us on a trip through musical history, via gigs large and small and his own collection of old concert tickets.
Tribal Stomp, Monterey, California, 3/9/1979
Our photographer Andrew Twambley in this two part gallery presents some rare photos which he took of the Clash at Tribal Stomp Festival in Monterey, California in 1979.
Andrew Carver reflects upon the history of Norwegian psychedelic act Motorpsycho and their classic fifth album, 'Blissard', which has recently been re-released in a four CD box set
Andrew Carver looks at the career of under-rated 70's rock outfit Stretch, who have a new compilation out, 'That's the Way the Wind Blows', and who have also released their first album in thirty four years, 'Unfinished Business'
Andrew Carver examines through new box set 'The Nazbox' the forty year and career of Scottish hard rockers, Nazareth
Andrew Carver examines the career of late 1960's and early 1970's West Coast act Spirit, who have had recently had two albums of previously lost material, 'The Original Potato Album' and 'Tales from the Westside', at last released
Andrew Carver reflects upon South London punk/rock 'n' roll band the Godfathers first two major label releases, 1988's 'Birth, School, Work, Death' and 1989's 'More Songs about Love and Hate', which have both recently been reissued
American alternative rock duo Royal Trux have been remembered for recording albums that were as eccentric as they were sometimes unlistenable. Andrew Carver reflects upon their first four albums which have just been reissued by Domino Records
Andrew Carver reflects on 'Heroine' and 'Tattoo', two solo albums from the last decade from Peter Daltrey, the frontman with 60s psychedelic act Kaleidoscope, which have just been reissued in one package on the Rocket Girl label
High on Fire
Andrew Carver contemplates the career of Californian doom metal titans High on Fire who have just released their fourth album, 'Death is This Communion'
American pop anglophile has recently had re-released on Pink Hedgehog Records two of his albums, 1995's 'Waterbugs and Beetles' and last year's 'Drug Free'. Andrew Carver examines both of them
I'm Being Good/Infinite Chug Label
Interview with Andrew Clare
I'm Being Good frontman Andrew Clare runs his own label Infinite Chug. He talks to Mark Rowland about the difficulties of managing while maintaining his musical career, and also about his band's often difficult history
Albert Hall, Manchester, 11/4/2023
Neil Kinsella enjoys at Albert Hall in Manchester enjoys an exuberant set from punk icons The Damned of several songs from their forthcoming 'Darkadelic' album as well as many classics. Photos by Andrew Twambley.
Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 6/2/2023
With photos by Andrew Twambley, Paul Kimber finds John Cale still breaking boundaries at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool.
Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 4/5/2022
With photos by Andrew Twambley, John Clarkson enjoys a compelling show from Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets of the music of the early Pink Floyd at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh.
Academy 3. Manchester, 31/3/2022
With photos by Andrew Twambley, Paul Kimber finds watching blues musician Eric Gales, who has been described by Joe Bonamassa as “one of the best, if not the best, guitar player in the world”, a totally encapsulating experience.
Parr Hall, Warrington, 27/10/2021
Andrew Twambley at Parr Hall in Warrington watches an electrifying set from rock/blues artist Beth Hart
Great British Venue and Beyond
In the first part of this four part series, our writers and photographers will be reflecting upon and providing memories of great venues, past and present. Nicky Crewe, Andrew Twambley and Adrian Janes remember 60's club The Magic Village and 70's venues, Eric's in Liverpool and the London Rainbow.
Great British Venue and Beyond
For the fourth and final part of this four part series, in which our writers and photographers reflect upon great venues, Amanda J Window, Andrew Twambley and Denzil Watson bring things up-to-date with their memories of the Night and Day Cafe and O2 Ritz in Manchester and the Sheffield Leadmill.
In the first of a two part gallery Andrew Twambley photographs Swiss folk death metal band Eluveitie at a show in Manchester.
Andrew Twambley in the third of four 'Photoscapes' from the Bluedot Festival photographs Anna Calvi.
In the last of our four 'Photoscapes' dedicated to the Bluedot Festival Andrew Twambley takes photographs of Kraftwerk, Du Blonde, Self Esteem, She Drew The Gun, TVAM and Les Amazones D'Afrique.
In the second of two galleries of photographs dedicated to Keith Flint, Andrew Twambley profiles photographs taken at a Prodigy show at the Leeds First Direct Arena in November 2018.
Ottawa RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest
In the first week of Ottawa's annual Bluesfest, Andrew Carver watches performances from acts including the Black Keys, Grand Funk Railroad, Sharon Van Etten, the Joy Formidable and Wu-Tang Clan...
Andrew Carver is impressed by five day festival the Ottawa Explosion which, spread across ten venues, saw performances from over a hundred rock, punk and garage acts
Chains of Love, Zebrassieres and the Ketamines
Andrew Carver at Pressed in Ottawa watches 60's girl group-influenced act Chains of Love, with everything to prove, hold up their weight against the other two acts on a three band bill, explosive garage/new wave bands the Ketamines and Zebrasieres
Mavericks, Ottawa, 12/6/2013
Andrew Carver is impressed by Georgia-based band Kylesa's unique blend of psychedelia and metal at a show at Mavericks in Ottawa
Deniz Tek and the Bad Men
Dominion Theatre, Ottawa, 18/5/2013
Andrew Carver watches former Radio Birdman guitarist Deniz Tek with his curent grorup the Bad Men play a fantastic set of both his classic and new material at the Dominion Theatre in Ottawa
Mavericks, Ottawa, 16/5/2012
Andrew Carver watches Philadelphia-based black metal band Woe tear through a physically punishing set at at Mavericks in Ottawa
Mavericks, Ottawa, 1/5/2013
Andrew Carver watches an exhilarating, if chaotic performance from New Jersey punks Titus Andronicus at a gig at Mavericks in Ottawa
Ritual, Ottawa, 2/4/2013
Andrew Carver watches Edmonton-based electronic duo Purity Ring play a low-key, but crowd-pleasing gig at Ritual in Ottawa
The Fraternal Order Of The All - Greetings From Planet Love
Eoghan Lyng examines classic singer-songwriter Andrew Gold’s recently reissued 1997 psychedelic album, ‘The Fraternal Order Of The All - Greetings From Planet Love’,
Garbage and The Flowers
Eyes Rind As If Beggars
Andrew Carver examines New Zealand noise duo the Garbage and The Flowers's 1997 debut album 'Eyes Rind As If Beggars', which has been re-released in a new double CD edition
Andrew Carver looks at London-formed band the Lucy Show's post-punk debut album, '...undone', which has recently been reissued on the American Words On Music label
The Second Long Player
Andrew Carver reflects upon 70's glam rock band the Rats long lost 'The Second Long Player', which has been recently rediscovered and restored
In the Village of the Apple Sun
Andrew Carver examines eccentric Sacramento-based musician Anton Barbeau's psychedelic and uniquely distinctive 2006 album, 'In the Village of the Apple Sun'
Jelly Roll Morton
Complete Library of Congress Recordings
In the latest in our 'Re : View' series, in which our writers re-evaluate records from the past, Andrew Hare takes an academic look at the self-proclaimed founder of jazz Jelly Roll Morton's 'Complete Library of Congress Recordings' which was re-released as an 8 CD box set last year
Re : View : Acid Mothers Temple and the
Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso UFO
In our ' Re : View' slot, in which our writers reappraise albums from the past, Andrew Carver examines seminal Japanese psychedelic act Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso UFO's 1996 eponymous debut album
Re : View-Penetration
In the latest in our Re : View series, in which our writers look back at albums from the past,Andrew Carver examines British punk band Penetration's 1978 debut album 'Moving Targets'
Re : View-V/A
In the latest in our 'Re : View' series, in which our writers lookk back on albums of the past, Andrew Carver examines 'Vancouver Complication', a classic 1979 punk compilation, which has just been reissued on Sudden Death Records with extra tracks
Re : view-The Nils
Alex Soria, the leader of the influential Canadian punk band The Nils, died in December. Andrew Carver looks back over his legacy and at his band's often maligned 1988 self-titled debut album
Re : View-Pressurehed
Explain the Unexplained
In the latest in our 'Re :View' series, in which we look back upon albums that we feel deserve further re-evaluation, Andrew Carver examines Los Angeles space rockers Pressurehed's relatively unknown 1997 masterwork 'Explaining the Unexplained'
Those Were The Days
In our new series ‘Those Were the Days’ our writers will be writing about a gig which they wish they could attend again. In the first in the series, Andrew Twambley recollects attending a Rock Against Racism gig with The Clash, X-Ray Spex, The Tom Robinson Band and Steel Pulse in Victoria Park in London in April 1978.
Ten Gigs That Made Me Love...
Andrew Twambley and Nick Pinto recall ten of the gigs that most inspired them especially at the infamous Eric's during their student years in the late 1970s in Liverpool.
A Life in Music
In her series, 'A Life in Music', in which she speaks to Pennyblackmusic staff about how music has affected and influenced them, Cila Warncke talks to our photographer and writer Andrew Twambley .
The Image That Made Me Weep
In the first of our new series 'The Image That Made Me Weep', in which a different one of our writers or photographers will be reflecting on a favourite photograph, Andrew Twambley writes of a photo taken at a life-changing Clash gig he attended at the legendary Liverpool venue Eric's.
Soundtrack of Our Lives
Cat Power and the Perfect Wedding Day
After attending his cousin's wedding this summer, new Pennyblackmusic writer Andrew Hare imagines dancing at his own wedding with his new wife to Cat Power's 'I Found a Reason'
After four years away, Japanese experimentalists Ghost recently returned with their seventh album, 'Hypnotic Underworld', which many critics say is their best work yet. Andrew Carver looks back over and examines their extraordinary career
Lock Up Yours Sons !
The Turbonegro Story
Despite numerous break-ups and line-up changes, and a particulary apocalyptic and controversial image, Turbenegro have become one of the biggest bands on the Scandinavian guitar rock scene. Andrew Carver charts their unconventional rise
Beginning "as a musical shambles", and dying as "a hard-riffing rock machine", Royal Trux over the course of 14 years recorded 10 albums. Andrew Carver looks back on their prolific career
One of the most durable of all Scandinavian rock groups, Motorpsycho's musical career has taken them from punk to psychedelia. Andrew Carver profiles their fascinating musical evolution, and multi-album history
Spencer P. Jones
One of the unsung heroes of garage rock , Australian guitarist Spencer P. Jones has played with the Beasts of Bourbon and also has a prolific solo career. Andrew Carver profiles an often neglected talent
Over the course of six albums Columbus, Ohio duo the Bassholes recorded six albums of twisted blues, that were influenced by both folk music and the Velvet Underground. Andrew Carver examines their abiding impact
In the third of his series of profiles of the cult punk star Nikki Sudden, Andrew Carver examines his work with his longstanding musical partner, Dave Kusworth, and the three albums that they recorded together in the 80's as the Jacobites
Former Swell Maps frontman Nikki Sudden has just had another four of his solo albums re-released on another two double CDs. In his second article this year about the cult punk star, Andrew Carver profiles the latest batch of releases
The Waco Brothers are a "cowboy" supergroup, featuring members of the Mekons, Wreck, KMFDM and Jesus Jones. Andrew Carver profiles the band's five album Bloodshot label career
Former Swell Maps front man Nikki Sudden has recently had four of his solo albums re-released on two impressive double CDs. With the rest of his output to follow, Andrew Carver profiles those four albums and the prolific, if underrated punk star.
Andrew Twambley takes photos of Gothic group The Sisters of Mercy at thre Manchester Academy.
In the first of a two part gallery Andrew Twambley photographs The Australian Pink Floyd Show at a gig at the Manchester Apollo.
Andrew Twambley in the second of a two part gallery photographs The Australian Pink Floyd Show at a gig at the Manchester Apollo.
Andrew Twambley takes photographs of Brighton queer all female trio Lambrini Girls at The Ritz in Manchester.
Andrew Twambley photographs all female Swiss heavy/power metal band Burning Witches at The Ritz in Manchester.
In the first of two galleries, Andrew Twambley takes photographs of Grace Jones in a rare live performance at this year's Bluedot Festival..
In the second of two galleries, Andrew Twambley takes photographs of Grace Jones at this year's Bluedot Festival..
In the first of two galleries Andrew Twambley takes photographs of former Moloko star Roisin Murphy at this year's Bluedot Festival.
Andrew Twambley In the second of two galleries photographs of former Moloko star Roisin Murphy at this year's Bluedot Festival.
Andrew Twambley photographs former The Fall, The Adult Net and Brit and the Extricated guitarist Brix Smith at a show in Manchester.
Andrew Twambley photographs Ssnger-songwriter Nicole Atkins and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' drummer Jim Sclavunos at YES in Manchester.
Andrew Twambley takes photographs of young band Boy Bleach at a gig in Manchester
Andrew Twambley takes photographs of punk veterans THe Damned at Albert Hall in Manchester.
Andrew Twambley takes photographs of a rare From The Jam show without founder member Bruce Foxton at The Ritz in Manchester.
Andrew Twambley takes photographs of punk/new wave band Buzzcocks at a hometown gig at The Ritz in Manchester.
Andrew Twambley takes photos of American Celtic punk band The Dropkick Murphys at a show at the O2 Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.
In the first part of a two part gallery, Andrew Twambley photographs 60's veterans The Manfreds at a gig at the Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham.
Andrew Twambley. in the second part of a two part gallery, photographs 60's veterans The Manfreds at a gig at the Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham.
Andrew Twambley takes photos of Norwegian progressive metal band Leprous at the O2 Ritz in Manchester,
Andrew Twambley takes photos of Wet Leg at a gig at the Ritz in Manchester