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Julia Willis



The latest signings to ex-Blur guitarist Graham Coxon's Transcopic label, madcap humorists Mower have just released their second album, 'People are Cruel'. Julia Willis talks to the trio about their first eighteen months together

Bright Eyes

Pete Gofton, aka J. Xaverre, is the brother of Kenicke's Lauren Laverne, and used to play in that group, but now has his own solo career. He talks to Julia Willis about why he prefers playing alone rather than with a band
At only 22, Conor Oberst is already being proclaimed by many as being a musical genius, and fronts both the Desparicodos and also his own solo project Bright Eyes. Julia Willis chats him about Bright Eyes latest 'Lifted or The Story is in the Soil'
Californian punk trio Sugarcult recently toured Europe to promote their second Epitaph-released album 'Short Static'. Julia Willis caught up with humorous frontman Tim Pagnotta just before a London gig to talk to him about its release

Guided By Voices
Fariq Sona

Julia Willis talks to Guided by Voices guitarist Nate Farley and bassist Tim Tobias, out on tour to promote their thirteenth album 'Universal Truths and Cycles', about drinking and life on the road
"Lit-wit" indie pop rockers Fosca are back with a second album 'Diary of an Antibody' and a new line-up. Julia Willis speaks to frontman, Dickon Edwards, and the group's other three members about the new record
Combining punk, ragga, dub and funk, Sona Fariq are one of London's hardest-hitting acts, but dropped by WEA ,are now without a deal. Vocalist Michael Frankel and guitarist Dom Bouffard chat to Julia Willis about their current state of flux
With their second album 'Distance Learning' just out, keyboard based group Cody are perhaps the most unorthodox group on the Shinkensen label. Members Joe Boulter and Chris Tighe speak to Julia Willis about the band's five year history


The former frontwoman with Black Tambourine, Glo-worm and the Castaway Stones, and now singer with the Pines, Pam Berry is one of the most influential figures in indie pop . In a rare interview, she talks to Julia Willis about her long career


Sarah Records

One of the most important independent record labels if all time, Sarah Records put out exactly 100 perfect pop releases and then stopped. In the first part of a two part interview, Julia Willis speaks to owners Matt Haynes and Clare Wadd


In the second part of our two part Sarah label interview, Julia Willis continues to chat to Matt Haynes and Clare Wadd about the influential Bristol label

Live Reviews


Julia Willis has been a fan of both Wayne Hussey and the Mission for years, but at the West End Centre in Aldershot she is forced to reflect on how some things aren't meant to last...
Playing in the world's most dismal toilet venue, and against a crowd of skinhead thugs, New York reggae seven piece the Slackers manage to transcend the grim circumstances, and to play "quite honestly the greatest gig" that Julia Willis has ever seen
Julia Willis has a miserable time at a recent Sonic Mook Experiment showcase gig, which is only partially alleviated by headliners, the Liars....

Favourite Albums

PJ Harvey

In the latest in our series, in which one of our writers writes about an album of his or her choice, Julia Willis examines PJ Harvey's Mercury Award winning 'Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea'


Miles Hunt Club/Wonder Stuff

Miles Hunt was the frontman with the Wonder Stuff, one of the big British acts of the early 90's. As he makes make a comeback with his new band The Miles Hunt Club and a self-titled album, Julia Willis takes a personal look at the Miles of then and now


Eyes Adrift
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

27 track double compilation that celebrates the first 6 years of the Fat Cat,and which, while offering few surprises, nevertheless still proves to be "inspired listening"
Slow burning "reflective grunge country", featuring former Nirvana bassist, which while initially unappealing, definiely proves to be something of a grower
"Raw and uninhibited" twelfth album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, recorded in the space of a week during last year's Australian tour
Predictably catchy, but uninspiring and unoriginal jukebox pop from the Gallagher brothers

Reindeer Section
Fonda 500

"Divinely sweet and simple" retrun to childhood innocence from Scottish super group consisting of members of the Snow Patrol, Idlewild, Teenage Fanclub, Belle & Sebastian, and Arab Strap
Infectious 60's inspired pop from acclaimed Hull super group back with a third album
Unoriginal debut album in the Amos-Harvey mould from Dutch singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles
"Highly personal and contemplative" and umcompromisingly "real" third album, and first new record in nine years, from former Pixies star Kim Deal's the Breeders


"Musically unremarkable" second album from the reformed Riot Grrrl group, Bratmobile, which unfortunately "sets back equality about twenty years"

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