# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Jonjo McNeill


Asobi Seksu

At a gig in Newcastle on their recent European tour, Jonjo McNeill speaks to singer Yuke Chikudate and guitarist James Hanna from New York shoegazers Asobi Seksu about touring, songwriting and their just released third alabum, 'Hush'

Odd Shaped Head
Dashboard Confessional
Shy Child

Odd Shaped Head, who come from Newcastle, have been attracting a cult audience across Britain with their angular guitar rock sound and quirky lyrics. Frontman Paul Bentley chats to Jonjo McNeill about their forthcoming debut album, 'I Wonder How This Endeavour Will End’
Starting as a solo project for Chris Carabba and soon expanding into a full-band, Dashboard Confessional have just released their fourth album, 'The Shade of Poison Trees'. Jonjo McNeill speaks to Chris Carabba about his decision to return to his acoustic roots with it.
After an exuberant show in Newcastle, Jonjo McNeill chats to drummer Nate Smith from rising New York synth duo Shy Child about touring and their new album, 'Noise Won't Stop'


Since forming in the late 80's the Charlatans have released nine studio albums. With a singles compilation 'Forever' being released at the end of the last year, Jonjo McNeill chats to front man Tim Burgess backstage at a gig in Newcastle to promote the new collection
Massive in their native Sweden, and increasingly successful elsewhere too, the Hellacopters have just released their seventh album 'By the Grace of God'. Jonjo McNeill chats to them about it, and living the rock 'n' roll dream
Detroit born and raised, the Sights' exciting brand of punk rock pop has had both critics and music fans in awe. Jonjo McNeill caught up with them on the last night of their first British tour to speak about their second album 'Got What We Want'

Favourite Albums

Stone Roses
Boo Radleys
Dashboard Confessional

In our Re:View column, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Jonjo McNeill looks at the Stone Roses' massively popular and inflential debut album, and its just released remastered twentieth anniversary edition
In the latest in our 'Re : View' series, in which our writers re-examine on albums from the past, Jonjo McNeill writes about the impact on him of the Boo Radleys 1996 avant-garde nasterpiece, 'C'mon Kids'
An odd encounter with a Vagrant records sampler plunged Jonjo McNeill into the beginning of a love affair with emo group Dashboard Confessional. He writes about the hold the band's second album 'The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most' has on him


Soundtrack of Our Lives


In the latest in our 'Soundtrack of Our Lives' series, in which our writers write about the personal impact of music on our lives, Jonjo McNeill describes how Spiritualized's early 1995 album, 'Pure Phase', helped him re-evaluate his Catholic upbringing
The Libertines have gained much press of late for singer Pete Doherty's ongoing battles with both drugs and authority. Jonjo McNeill examines the band's deconstruction and says that both fans and the media alike have to share responsibility


Manchester Orchestra
People of Santiago
Dashboard Confessional
Odd Shaped Head

Technically impressive and emotionally mature first album from incredibly exciting and also young Georgia-based band the Manchester Orchestra who have a dark edged sugar coating
Disappointing debut single from Newcastle group People of Santiago which despite their way with a killer tune comes across as over important
Stripped down, but powerful fourth album from Dashboard Confessional, which finds frontman Chris Carebba rejecting the overly polished sound of the recent past, and going back to his acoustic roots making a return to form
Stunning, eclectic art rock on second single from quirky Newcastle quartet Odd Shaped Head

Whiting Tennis
Dakota Suite

Formulaic and totally unimaginative FM rock-pop on debut album from Norwegian-based group, Messenger
Simplisticly beautiful , acoustic led first solo album from lo-fi Seattle-born singer/songwriter Whiting Tennis
Fabulous second compilation of lo-fi electro-pop from small Manchester-based indie label, Kipper Records
Downbeat and understated, but totally compelling and eventually life-affirming new album from Dakota Suite, the band of Leeds based probation officer Chris Hooton

Screaming Mimi

Perfect, hook-laden and absolutely infectious proper debut single from 60's influenced Sheffield five piece, Screaming Mimi
Unique and tender-sounding electro-tinged acoustic post-pop on reissued third album from British duo Epic45
Promising single from Midlands-based discocore upstarts Lost Alone
Outstanding first recording in seven years on new EP from Slipstream, the project of ex-Spiritualized members Mark Refoy and Johnny Mattock

Mundane Music / Sanjuro 77
Chapter Xiii
Michael Knight

Excellent and timely compilation of ever-evolving classic singles band the Charlatans, whose 15 year career has now spanned over 9 studio albums and 26 singles
Excellent split single with fantastic hand made packaging on debut release from promising new limited edition label, Kipper Records
Unimaginative heavy metal on first album from new British band, Chapter XIII
Strong debut album from new Dublin collective Michael Knight which, despite being released in winter, proves to be "the most perfect summer indie-pop album in ten years"

Hurt Process

Fantastic debut single, which brings back memories of New Order and the Smiths, from new Sheffield act Gledhill
Formulaic, but promising metal pop from Welsh five piece The Hurt Process back with a second album
Aggressively enjoyable debut album from rebellious Hollywood-based teenagers and pop punks Orange
Stomping blues-influenced garage rock on debut album from Edinburgh-based lunatics The 55’s

Red Star Line
First Second

Likeable, but marred first album from new East London band Red Star Line, who include Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes and Rage Against The Machine among their influences
Brash fast-paced punk from new Boston outfit the Explosion, which, while falling short of being absolutely essential,often proves to be compelling
Appalling "acoustic metal" fron new Montreal act First Second, which has in its line-up Jessejames Locorriere, the son of Dr. Hook’s lead singer Dennis Locorriere
Superb third album from "Detroit’s very own Small Faces" the Sights, who while doing nothing that would have sounded new even in 1971, give retro a class of its own

Pennyblackmusic Regular Contributors