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One of the forgotten bands of the 70's punk era, the Prefects have recently seen their career got through a revival with the release of two posthumumous records. Adam Wood chats to Rob Lloyd, who is now with the Nightingales, about his one-time band

TV Smith

Former Adverts singer TV Smith is about to release his new album, 'Misinformation Overload'. Adam wood talks to him 30 years on about why at heart he remains a punk
Former Slits frontwoman Ari Up has recently released a new solo album 'Dread More Dan Dead'. She talks to Adam Wood about it, her past career and living in the jungle with South American Indians



Texan label Peek-A-Boo Records has given recording space to the likes of Knife in the Water, Spoon and …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. Owner Travis Higdon talks to new writer Adam Wood about his prolific label

Favourite Albums

Prefab Sprout
Tom Waits

In the latest in our 'Re :View' series in which our writers reassess albums from the past, Adam Wood looks back on Prefab Sprout's 1985 pop masterpiece, 'Steve McQueen'
Adam Wood writes about the impact uncrowned king of American lowlife Tom Waits' classic 'Rain Dogs' has twenty years on after its first release in 1985




In the third and final part of his series on the 70's punk era, Adam Wood looks at the rise into the mainstream of the punk movement, after the Sex Pistols' infamous appearance with Bill Grundy on the 'Today' show and its subsequent decline as a result
In the second part of a three part series, in which Adam Wood examines the 70's British punk movement, he writes about the fashion, fanzines and sexual psychology of the movement


In the first part of a new three part series, in which Adam Wood examines the rise of 70's British punk, he looks at the social and the political factors of the country at the time which both generated and developed the movement.
In the first in a new column, in which he will look at bands who are using the internet as a means for releasing great music, Adam Wood writes of the Kleptones, who cannot release records conventionally for copyright reasons as their record mutilate other groups' sounds across the cultural spectrum


Pere Ubu
Victorian English Gentlemens Club
Black Neon

20th anniversary re-release of the now firmly established independent German label Glitterhouse's first full-length release, an energetic and raw compilation of Swedish, German and American garage bands
Irrestible, nervy latest album from durable Cleveland art punks, Pere Ubu
Third single from their eponymous first album for much acclaimed Cardiff art rockers the Victorian English Gentlemens' Club
Delightful slab of electro-pop rock recorded in Berlin by Black Neon, the moniker for one-man band Steve Webster

Victorian English Gentlemens Club

Unsettling, but remarkable Americana on latest four song EP from Smog, the moniker for Texan-based musician Bill Callahan
Weak disco trash from latest purveyors of the London electronica scene, Revl9n
Chaotically brilliant second single from highly touted Cardiff-based trio, the Victorian English Gentlemens' Club
Intriguing recording from until now forgotten Birmingham punks the Prefects, who return from obscurity with this live album which was recorded upon a 1978 tour with the Slits and the Buzzcocks

White Rose Movement
Gerry Mitchell And Little Sparta

Too cool for its own good latest single from chic London rockers the White Rose Movement
Remarkable and unusual mini album which couples together the poetry of former Photographer of the Year Gerry Mitchell with the delicate yearnings of post rock act Little Sparta
Debut album from La Salle which, despite some of its members having played previousy with aggressive rockers Small Brown Bike, unfortunately comes across as" a rather watery form of emo-angst"
Ironic and disturbingly briliant anti rock 'n' roll on reissue of the Residents 1976 album 'Third Rock 'n' Roll

Victorian English Gentlemens Club

Confusing, but ultimately compelling from Norwegian-based and Nick Cave-influenced cod-Americana rockers, Helldorado
Fantastic punk funk, released on cooler than thou label Kill Rock Stars, from San Francisco three piece Numbers
"Art school racket of tuneless discordant genius" on debut single from new Cardiff-based act and "revelation" The Victorian English Gentlemen's Club
Oddball lo-fi Canadian electro rock on third album from Dan Snaith. who has recently been forced to change his alias from Manitoba to Caribou

Art Brut

First single from Ladytron’s forthcoming new album 'Witching Hour' which in a departure from their previous efforts "creates a futuristic electro-heralding of a brave new digital world"
Tiresome,second-rate indie guitar rock on new single from Yeti, the side project of Libertines bassist John Hassall
Ironically sordid and lazily brilliant art rock on debut album from South London scamps Art Brut
Underwhelming boys club only compilation of Pennsylvanian rock and roll, which shows itself to be everything grunge tried to long leave behind

Black Lipstick
Tom Vek

Uncompromising, kicking-against-the-system glam/punk rock on second album from Austin, Texas four piece Black Lipstick
Stunning debut album, recorded entirely in his father's garage rock., from Tom Vek, which proves itself to be a "veritable tour de force combination of electro wizardry and unrelenting rock and roll"
Third single from deservedly hyped Northamton group the Departure, which is "a cacophony of angular rhythms, edgy bass and echo ridden New Wave guitar duelling"
Achingly beautiful new single from Interpol, which contains four B-sides of tracks off their new album 'Antics' each one remixed by a different member of the band

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