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Anthony Strutt


Lol Tolhurst

Former Cure drummer and keyboardist Lol Tolhurst talks to Anthony Strutt about his memoir 'Cured' and his long-standing friendship with Robert Smith

Miracle Legion
Cult of Dom Keller

Anthony Strutt speaks to Ray Neal, the guitarist with critically acclaimed American alternative rock act Miracle Legion, about his band's history and their reformation after a break of almost two decades
Anthony Strutt speaks to Nottingham/Leicester psychedelic hybrid the Cult of Dom Keller about their third album, 'Goodbye to the Light' at a gig in Leicester
Anthony Strutt talks to Love guitarist Johnny Echols about his friendship with their front man, the late Arthur Lee; their relationship with Elektra Records and the making of their first three classic albums

Tom Lockett
Mammoth Penguins
Ringo Deathstarr
Man Made

Anthony Strutt talks to singer-songwriter Tom Lockett about his career with 60's-influenced psychedelic group Electroshock Therapy and 'Feeling Bad', hos debut solo single
Anthony Strutt speaks to Cambridge-based Indiepop group Mammoth Penguins, which are fronted by former Standard Fare front woman Emma Kupa, about their career to date and holding down a full time job while being in an indie band
Anthony Strutt speaks to Austin, Texas-based shoegaze trio Ringo Deathstarr at a gig in Leicester about their recent third album,'Pure Mood', and their influences
Anthony Strutt speaks with Nile Marr, the front man with Manchester, alternative pop trio to discuss the history of the band, their debut album, 'TV Broke My Brain' and working with his father, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr

Place to Bury Strangers

Neil Halstead, the front man with influential shoegaze band Slowdive, talks to Anthony Strutt about his band's forthcoming comeback album and their inclusion on recent shoegaze box set, 'Still in a Dream'
Anthony Strutt speaks to London-based noise pop band Chorusgirl at a show at the Chameleon Arts Café in Nottingham on their first full-length UK tour about their eponymous debut album
Anthony Strutt speaks to Stephen Lawrie from experimental/psychedelic act the Telescopes about his band's lengthy history and their recent inclusion on 'Still in a Dream', a new five CD shoegaze box set
Anthony Strutt catches up with original and founder member, Oliver Ackermann from New York-based noise rockers A Place to Bury Strangers to talk about their just released fourth album, 'Transfixiation', and life for the band since leaving Mute Records

Children of Leir

Anthony Strutt speaks to Andy Bell, the guitarist with Ride, in an archive interview from 1997 about his then new band Hurricane #1, and then again before one of Ride's recent reformation gigs at The Roundhouse in london
Anthony Strutt speaks to St. Petersburg shoegazing band Pinkshinyultrablast and recent Club AC30 signing at a gig in Leicester during their first visit to the UK
Anthony Strutt chats to experimental Leicester-based band Children of Leir about their fascination with history and mythology and their just released self-titled second album
Anthony Strutt chats to much acclaimed noise rock band Spectres about their much acclaimed debut album 'Dying' and why they have decided to release it on Sonic Cathedral rather than through Howling Owl, their own label



Anthony Strutt is impressed by a new DVD documentary about Killing Joke bassist and Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd producer Youth

Leonard Cohen
Tim Burgess
Folk Devils
David Bowie

Anthony Strutt bids farewell to one of his all-time heroes Leonard Cohen who died in November
Anthony Strutt examines Tim Burgess from the Charlatans' new book, 'Vinyl Adventures from Istanbul to San Francisco', in which he goes record shopping and invites us along to track down famous friends' suggestions.
Anthony Strutt introduces us to his early heroes The Folk Devils, a seminal 1980s post-punk act whose only album, 'Goodnight Irony', has been recently re-released alongside some session tracks on a collection called 'Beautiful Monster'.
Anthony Strutt evaluates and reflects upon 'Blackstar', David Bowie's final album

Live Reviews

Ian Mcnabb
Jah Wobble

Anthony Strutt watches Icicle Works front man Ian McNabb return to Leicester for his first show in almost two years and play a storming two hour plus solo set
Anthony Strutt at the Roundhouse watches influential shoegazing act Ride return to the London stage gig after a gap of almost twenty years
Anthony Strutt watches Jah Wobble play of the year's hottest gigs of the year at The Donkey, one of Leicester's best kept secret venues

Favourite Albums

Phil Ochs
Death and Vanilla

Anthony Strutt examines 'Live Again!', a recently discovered mixing desk tape of a 1973 gig from under-valued folk artist and protest singer Phil Ochs which finally sees the light of day
Anthony Strutt reflects upon Swedish duo Death and Vanilla’s recently reissued self-titled 2012 debut album
Anthony Strutt reflects on the Primitives' underrated 1991 third album 'Galore', which has just been reissued in a double CD edition


Soundtrack of Our Lives

Soundtrack of Our Lives

In our 'Soundtrack of Our Lives' column in which our writers describe the personal impact of music in their lives, Anthony Strutt writes of discovering the Jesus and Mary Chain in the mid 1980s
In the latest in our series, in which our writers write about the importance of music at memorable times in their lives, Anthony Strutt tells of meeting the Icicle Works and happy times with their 1984 self-titled debut album as a backdrop

Depeche Mode

Liverpool-based early 80's band the Room featured Dave Jackson and Becky Stringer, who would go on to form Benny Profane. Anthony Strutt looks at their two LPs,'Indoor Fireworks' and 'In Evil Hour', which have recently been released with extra tracks
Mute Records, in a second batch of reissues, have remastered and re-released four of German experimentalists Can's latter albums. Anthony Strutt profiles them
To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Depeche Mode have had three of their albums, ,'Speak and Spell' from 1981,'Music for the Masses' from 1987 and 'Violator' from 1991, re-released. Anthony Strutt profiles them all
Anthony Strutt profiles Gorillaz's new live DVD 'Demon Days', which was filmed at a concert in Manchester last year


Death and Vanilla
Joss Cope
Bernard Herrmann

Live soundtrack to the 1976 film by Roman Polanski from Swedish avant-garde group Death and Vanilla
Excellent 1960's and psychedelic-influenced debut solo album from Julian Cope's brother Joss Cope
Impressively presented limited edition vinyl only single which features the best known tracks from Alfred Hitchcock's film 'Psycho'
Compelling but difficult new live radio sessions album recorded in America from German avant-garde experimentalists Faust

Neighbourhood Strange
Pink Fairies
Freak Party

Impressive second vinyl single from Stonehenge-based psychedelic band the Neighbourhood Strange
Solid first album in thirty years from legendary underground and early 70's psychedelic band, the Pink Fairies
Enjoyable latest album from New York-based garage rockers the Fleshtones who are currently celebrating their fortieth anniversary
Disappointing and cleaned-up new 7 inch of Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke's pre Smiths funk band Freak Party

Is Bliss
Orange Drop
Scott and Charlene's Wedding

Blissed out shoegaze/psychedelia on debut 12 inch vinyl only EP from Portsmouth-based band Is Bliss
Excellent slice of psychedelic pop from Philadelphia-based band, the Orange Drop
Fabulous third album from Scott and Charlene's Wedding, the project of Australian-born but now New York-based singer-songwriter Craig Dermody
Enjoyable yet unsatisfactory latest album from Los Angeles-based psychedelic band, the Warlocks

Missing Souls
Paul Martin
Gringo Star

Fabulous seven inch vinyl single from young French garage/psychedelic rock act, the Missing Souls
Excellent DVD documentary which tells of Liverpool's music history from the 1950s until now
Stunning rediscovered lost nuggets from little known 1960's American psychedelic musician, Paul Martin
Upbeat and humorous psychedelic pop on fourth album from Atlanta band, Gringo Star

Luck of Eden Hall
Urusei Yatsura
Tom Lockett

Fine slice of oddness on 7 inch from underground Chicago-based band, the Luck of Eden Hall
Excellent vinyl-only radio sessions compilation album from 90's Glaswegian fuzz rock band, Uresei Yatsura
Mystical and extraordinary psychedelia/World folk music on debut album from avant-garde outfit, Tau
Fine debut single from Tom Lockwood, the ex-frontman of Stoke-based band, Electroshock Therapy

Bob Dylan
Neighbourhood Strange

Impressive second album of modern blues classics from the Rides, the current band of Crosby, Stills and Nash's Stephen Stills
Excellent debut album from label mates, James Chapman of Maps and singer-songwriter Polly Scattergood, who make more magic together with their new project OnDeadWaves than they do by themselves
Fabulous thirty-seventh album from Bob Dylan, which is his second album in succession to cover songs from the 1940s and 1950s originally recorded by Frank Sinatra
Stunning debut seven inch single from new Stonehenge-based five-piece the Neighbourhood Strange who include Julian Cope in their fan club

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