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Dave Goodwin


Dave Goodwin speaks to Mick Baker and Carl Firth from 80’s indie/goth band Party Day about their history and new compilation, ‘Sorted!’

British IBM

Dave Goodwin speaks to UK/French electronic duo Scenius about their 80's-influenced debut album, 'Enough Fears'.
Dave Goodwin speaks to Neil Arthur from seminal electronic group Blancmange about their 80's-influenced new and twelfth album, 'Mindset'.
Dave Goodwin speaks to Aidy Killens, the frontman with indie guitar rock trio and games enthusiasts The British IBM, about their third album, 'Play the Game'.

Secret Affair
Luxury Stranger

Dublin-based musician Peter Fitzpatrick talks to Dave Goodwin about his synthpop project Circuit3 and its second album, 'The Price of Nothing and The Value of Everything'.
With his debut album 'Between a Dream' out under his new name of Phonseca, Matthew O'Connor talks to Dave Goodwin about it and his musical background.
Secret Affair guitarist and founder member David Cairns chats to Dave Goodwin about the band’s early days, the late 1970s Mod movement and their upcoming fortieth anniversary which sees the group tour the UK.
Nottingham-based alternative rock outfit Luxury Stranger speak to Dave Goodwin about their new line-up, intensive touring schedule and playing Europe.

Servants of Science
Moscow Circus
Orphan Boy

Dave Goodwin talks to Stuart Avis, the keyboardist and main songwriter in new Brighton-based band Servants of Science, about his band's debut album 'The Swan Song', which is a concept record about an astronaut witnessing the end of the world from outer space.
Dave Goodwin talks to Moscow Circus front man Jonathan Beckett about Casio keyboards, his mum and their new album 'Resounding'
Dave Goodwin speaks to indie rock band Orphan Boy about their reformation, recent third album 'Coastal Tones' and heavy touring
In the third of our series 'Is This Your Year?', in which we will be following the fortunes of five acts over the course of a year, Dave Goodwin speaks to Nottingham-based 60's and 70's-influenced rock act, Lois

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Luxury Stranger
Luxury Stranger
Tommy Hunt

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark' front man Andy McCluskey speaks to Dave Goodwin about their 1984 fifth album 'Junk Culture', which has just been reissued in a new double CD edition
In the first part of this interview we found Simon York in not very good health as he had a really bad touch of the man flu. There seemed to have been something bothering Simon, and it was all about t
In a frank two part interview with Simon York, the front man with Nottingham-based alternative rockers Luxury Stranger, he speaks about his band's career, his anger with the music industry and their forthcoming third album
Dave Goodwin chats to Pittsburgh-born ex-Flamingos star and Northern Soul veteran Tommy Hunt about his lengthy career, and new double CD 'A Sign of the Times', which compiles together some of his 1970s' recordings


Pocket Gods

Dave Goodwin finds 'Weird: The Life and Times of a Pocket God' to be an indie-rock documentary which has a lot going on below the surface as it reflects on front man Mark Lee's battle with depression.

Capitol Northern Soul 45s
Nick Elliott
Style Council

Dave Goodwin reflects upon 'Capitol Northern Soul 45s', a pricey but first-rate seven inch collection of both well-known and lost Northern Soul singles
Dave Goodwin talks to photographer Nick Elliott about his two recent books of music photography and his role as photographer at the Cambridge Folk Festival
Dave Goodwin attends a new exhibition of photographs on The Who at The Proud Galleries in London
Dave Goodwin examines Paul Weller's band the Style Council's latest box set, which compiles together all six of their original albums

Live Reviews

I Am Lono
Deerstock Festival
Secret Affair

Dave Goodwin at the Bodega in Nottingham enjoys a night of dark post-punk/synth rock from promising new band I Am Lono.
After attending the three day 2019 Deerstock extravaganza in the Nottinghamshire countryside, Dave Goodwin says that it has become the best festival that he has ever been to.
Dave Goodwin's been waiting forty years to see Secret Affair live. Here's how it all went down on the night.

Favourite Albums

Party Day
Hot Pepper
Hazel O Connor

In our 'Re:View' column, in which we look back at records from the past. Dave Goodwin reflects on a new double CD compilation from early 80's Barnsley post-punk band Party Day
Dave Goodwin examines the 1978 only album of Hot Pepper, the disco-influenced studio project of Mexican drummer and producer Jesús Muñoz 'Tilico' which has recently been re-released.
In our 'Re: View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Dave Goodwin examines 'Breaking Glass' legend Hazel O'Connor's 1981 third album 'Cover Plus' which includes various other incarnations of the originals.


Joy Division

In 'Vinyl Stories' Dave Goodwin talks to some of our writers about their vinyl purchases of the year.
In this month's 'The Image That Made Me Weep' column, Dave Goodwin takes us on a deeply personal journey into a black-and-white picture of Joy Division's Ian Curtis


Dave Goodwin in 'Vinyl Stories' talks to some of our writers about their vinyl purchases of 2020.
This month's 'Vinyl Stories' is a rollicking, rip-roaring and surprisingly hair-raising tale from Pete Smith of life at the sharp end of record collecting,
Dave Goodwin and record collector Pete Smith share memories and essential tracks from Northern Soul imprint Grapevine Records.
In 'Vinyl Stories' avid Northern Soul collector Pete Smith tells Dave Goodwin of his decades-long search for a difficult to find vinyl single.


Future Islands

Dave Goodwin photographs Future Islands at a show at Rock City in Nottingham


Piaggio Soul Combination and Lakeetra Knowles
Oneiros Way
Aeon Station
Freya Beer

Stunning Northern Soul-influenced album from Italian mods The Piaggio Soul Combination and Arkansas-based singer Lakeetra Knowles
Experimental and distinctive electronica on debut album from Milan-based duo Oneiros Way
Harmonic and thought-provoking debut album from Aeon Station, the solo project of ex-Wrens' member Kevin Whelan which was fourteen years in the making
First-rate debut album from alternative and Gothic rock-influenced West London singer-songwriter Freya Beer

Vapors of Morphine

Haunting and original post-rock on latest album from Morphine offshoot, Vapors of Morphine
Atmospheric and cinematic fourth album of electronic ambience for Grouse, the project of Dublin-based musician Ronan Carroll
1980s synth-pop progenitors Blancmange maintain their highly prolific release rate with a solid new addition to their discography
Highly impressive compilation that pays homage to ground-breaking early 1980s club Blitz which created the New Romantic movement

Amusement Parks On Fire

Reflective and thought-provoking seventh album from influential Dunedin indie act The Chills
Impressive debut album from Gregario, the new piano-based project of Luxembourg musician David André which finds him moving in a new direction
Excellent fourth album and first in ten years From Nottingham-based shoegazing outfit Amusement Parks On Fire
Fantastic new album which comes with an extra mini-album from German shoegazing band Seasurfer

McKenzie FIX
Conny Frischauf

Thought-inspiring combination of electronica and acoustic instrumentation on debut album from Sorbet, the project of Irish producer Chris W. Ryan, which reflects on climate change
Superb electroniica on fifth album from Hiatus, the project of London-based Cyrus Shahrad, which is partially influenced by his Iranian homeland
Over-polished but eclectic debut album from the McKenzie FIX, the new project of acclaimed Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Ewan McKenzie
First-rate synth pop which combines modern and vintage sounds on debut album from Viennese electronic artist Conny Frischauf

Rats on Rafts

Unusual but brilliant psych pop on long-awaited third album from Rotterdam-based group Rats On Rafts
Flawed but promising electronica on new album from Hamburg-based DJ RVDS
First-rate debut album from 80's-inspired French/British electronica hybrid Scenius
Dark and sinister but compelling 80's-influenced third album from Portugese trio IAMTHESHADOW

Green Child
Plants and Animals

Impressive electropop recorded on vintage synths on second album from the Green Child which promises much for the future
Eclectic and eccentric alternative rock on fifth album from Montreal-based trio, Plants and Animals
Fine 80’s-influenced synth pop on fourth album from German electronic trio Unhappybirthday
Essential and insightful three CD box set focusing on the groundbreaking year in synth pop of 1980 from Cherry Red

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