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Cila Warncke


Steve Kilbey, the frontman with Australian post-punk band The Church, talks to Cila Warncke about the places that have been most important to him and new album ‘The Hypnogogue’.

Big Pink
Union Of Knives
Jenny Wilson

The Big Pink lead singer and songwriter Robbie Furze talks to Cila Warncke about art, honesty and perfectly crafted tunes.
Glaswegian musician Chris Gordon talks to Cila Warncke about the return of his electronic project Union of Knives after an absence of almost fifteen years.
Swedish electro songstress Jenny Wilson talks to Cila Warncke about confronting the shattering reality of sexual violence and finding reasons to hope on her new album 'Exorcism'.

Lilly Hiatt
Lost Brothers
Lost Brothers
Wedding Present

Lily Hiatt's third album has won praise for its country-rock blend. Cila Warncke gets to know her through the medium of her favourite listening for different frames of mind.
Country-tinged Irish duo The Lost Brothers talk to Cila Warncke about desert rambles, cheap guitars and the places they call home.
Cila Warncke chats to Oisin Leech from Dublin-based Americana duo the Lost Brothers about their just released fourth album, 'News Songs of Dawn and Dust'
Cila Warncke chats to David Gedge from indie rockers the Wedding Present about his decision to move permanently to America and band's new album, 'Valentina'

Lost Brothers
Trembling Blue Stars

Cila Warncke chats to Oisin Leech from Dublin-based folk duo the Lost Brothers about his influences and the things which are most important to him
Quiet, unprepossessing, non-drinking and incurably romantic, Bobby Wratten is the antithesis of the stereotypical rock star. Cila Warncke talks to one of the nicest men in rock about his long serving group, Trembling Blue Stars
Rosie Wilby is unique – not just because she is a renaissance-woman media mogul in the making – but also because she is astonishingly patient and empathetic for a woman who seems to have more ‘hats’
David Gedge, founder of Cinerama and erstwhile The Wedding Present front-man didn’t lean back on the sofa and put his hands behind his head. Nor did he stroll into the café, order a coffee – black –

Spanish Amanda

It is to be feared that Huw Bucknell, driving force behind the delightful, addictive tunes of The Spanish Amanda, has missed his calling not once, but twice. When he is not scrawling out pop gems the
The world of music is full of stereotypes, one of which says that in order to be a real artist you have to struggle miserably. The only alternative, apparently, is “selling out” which is a privilege


In light of Marilyn Manson's downfall, Cila Warncke asks what music journalism can do to fight misogyny.

Production Crew Confront Covid
Production Crew Confront Covid
Harold F. Eggers

Last April Cila Warncke for an article at Pennyblackmusic spoke to several people who worked in production and behind the scenes in music about the devastating impact that the Coronavirus crisis was starting to have on them. A year on she revisits them and others in the same situation to find out where they are now.
The news that Q magazine was closing this year after a 34-year run due to Covid-19 sent shock waves through the music community. Ex Q editorial assistant Cila Warncke talks to other former work colleagues about their fond memories of the influential magazine.
Cila Warncke writes of the devastating impact of the Coronavirus crisis on those behind the scenes in music.
Cila Warncke reflects on Townes Van Zandt's manager and business partner Harold F. Eggers' new biography about the gifted but emotionally unstable Texan singer-songwriter.

Live Reviews

Cinerama - New York Knitting Factory, 21st May 2001

Honestly, I didn’t even want to go to the Cinerama concert. It was the last day of my life as I knew it, and it wasn’t going well. With nine people crammed into our 5-bedroom flat, we’d had to arrange a shower schedule – which meant I woke up at 6:4

Favourite Albums

Bobbie Gentry
House Of Love

Cila Warncke examines Bobbie Gentry's striking 1968 album which showcases an unexpected diversity of country music.
Cila Warncke finds that an outsized 20th Anniversary Edition four CD re-release of Gomez's Mercury Music Prize winning 'Bring It On' captures the brash charm of their youthful debut
In our ‘Re:View’ section in which we look back at albums from the past, Cila Warncke examines the House of Love’s seminal 1988 eponymous debut album, which has just been re-released in a three CD edition


In the our series ‘Discography Hagiography’, in which we provide a disc-by-disc evolution of music’s greats, Cila Warncke reflects on the career of Suede.
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 Editor John Clarkson.

Steve Miles
Nick Dent-Robinson
Tommy Gunnarsson
Ben Howarth

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 Steve Miles.
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 Nick Dent-Robinson.
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 Swedish writer Tommy Gunnarsson.
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 writer Ben Howarth.


Throwing Muses
Josh Rouse
Dean Owens
John Oates

Ever-fresh nostalgia on first album in seven years from influential alt. rock group Throwing Muses
Twelfth album from Nebraskan folk-pop singer Josh Rouse which takes a wrong turn around 1985
Fine latest album recorded in Nashville from Scottish singer-songwriter Dean Owens, who takes his influences from American roots music
Sincere and heartfelt blues/folk tribute on collection of original and cover songs from John Oates, who attempts to disprove that there are no second acts in American lives

Shovels and Rope
Foghorn Leghorn

Irresistible country, blues, gospel, and garage rock on second album from South Carolina husband and wife duo, Shovels and Rope
Excessive and often unlistenable three CD/DVD box set from influential 90's electronic act, The Orb
Disconcerting but highly impressive combination of bluegrass, Americana and old-fashioned country on fourth album from veteran Clerkenwell-based group, Foghorn Leghorn
Anthemic fourth album from Editors, which takes a rip-roaring but unflinchingly raw and intense look at an emotionally devastating love affair

Lost Brothers

Patchy, but touching and ultimately compelling live album from Pulp, recorded before their chart success, at the Town and Country Club in London in 1991
Bittersweet and darkly romantic third album from Dublin-based Americana/indie duo, the Lost Brothers
Self-indulgent and over-intense latest album from psychedelic rockers, Spiritualized
Awe-inspiring retrospective which collects together all of highly regarded Sarah label signing Brighter's singles

Nightmares On Wax
Groovy Cellar
Percy X
Sofa Mecca

Disappointing fifth album from laidback former kings of electronica, Nightmares on Wax
"Inoffensive...but also totally unnecessary" slab of indie pop, with Smiths and Wedding Present influences, from German group, the Groovy Cellar
Refreshingly "relevant" and "of-the-minute electro-techno workout" from dance maestro Terry Scott, aka Percy X
"More-British-than-Brit-Pop" and "delightfully mellow" debut release from Australian four piece, reminiscent in parts of both Oasis and Mercury Rev, which manages to be "comfortably familiar without sounding overly derivative."

Mid-State Orange
Electric Universe
Xiu Xiu

"Slick" and "poppy", but ultimately unconvincing indie pop in the style of the Lucksmiths from Australian group, recording in London
"Stolid, but unremarkable" psychedelic trance, which conjures up memories of Ibiza pre-the Summer of Love
Unnecessary cover by German industrial metal outfit of Nancy Sinatra's classic hit 'These Boots are Made for Walking'
Wilfully hip, but disappointing and messy debut album from San Jose neo-wave noise pop artists Xiu Xiu

Grace Period
Are Weapons
Would Be Goods

Unsaisfactory "pastiche" from a Boston based trio who have "been so busy nicking Portishead’s atmospherics that they have forgotten to borrow any of their pathos."
Latest CD from American electronic artist Carl Martin aka Transient whose "soulful ambience evokes enough of open skies, early dawns, and sweeping vistas to soothe and entice all but the most entrenched urbanite."
"Raucous, not-quite-four-minute melange of neo-punk noise" from much touted New York-based trio
Barely eleven minutes of airy pop, the 'Emmanuelle Béart EP' will keep you entertained between entrée and dessert if you are picnicking (on a summer’s afternoon, of course) in the garden of a minor no

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