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Adrian Huggins


Dick Venom and the Terrortones

Adrian Huggins chats to Dick Venom from the band the Terrortones' about his group's double A-sided debut single, shoe wear and the current state of his beloved rockabilly genre

I'm Kingfisher
Jack Rabbit Slim
Danbert Nobocan

I'm Kingfisher is the new project of Swedish anti-folk musician Thomas Denver Jonsson. He talks to Adrian Huggins about his new album 'Arctic', and explains the influence of the wilderness and Nobel prize winner and adventurer Fridjof Nansen on his recording
Adrian Huggins speaks to Bob Butfoy, the front man with rising band Jack Rabbit Slim, about his band's recently released fourth album, 'Hairdo's and Heartaches' and the revival and increasing popularity of the rockabilly movement of which his group is a part
Adrian Huggins speaks to Bob Rafferty from Glaswegian post-rock act, El Dog, about his band and their atmospheric and haunting debut album, 'Lamps of the Terrahead'

Rolo Tomassi
City And Colour

Rising young Sheffield-based hardcore band, Rolo Tomassi, recently toured with Gallows. Adrian Huggins talks to them at a gig in Newcastle about it and also their second album which will come out later in the year
The solo project of Dallas Green, City and and Colour has won as much acclaim as the Canadian musician's regular hardcore band, Alexisonfire. With City and Colour's second album now out, Green speaks to Adrian Huggins about both the project's albums and a highly successful recent UK tour
Stillman, the moniker of solo artist Chaz Craik, blends his acoustic songs with atmospheric and ambient electronica. Adrian Huggins speaks to him about his debut album, 'People like a Happy Ending'

Stephen Brodsky's Octave Museum

Canadian band Alexisonfire's unique brand of hardcore has won them much acclaim and increasingly large audiences. Adrian Huggins speak to them about their intense touring schedule and well-received third album 'Crisis'
The singer with influential hardcore act Cave In, Stephen Brodsky has recently formed a new band Stephen Brodsky's Octave Museum. On tour in the UK with Octave Museum and his fellow Cave In guitarist, Adam McGrath, and his band Clouds as a support act, he chats to Adrian Huggins about both bands
American hardcore act the Wives recently played their first European tour. In Sunderland Adrian Huggisn chats to them about their music, George Bush, limb loss and what exactly is punk.
Gratitude is the new band of Jonah Mantranga, the former frontman with emo pioneers Far. At a gig in Newcastle he chats to Adrian Huggins about his new band and their eponymous debut album



Adrian Huggins reflects on ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’, the triumphant second album from Idles, one of the most important current UK bands.

Super Furry Animals
Robert Plant

Adrian Huggins reflects on 'Razor Blades And Aspirin: 1990-1993', a superb new box set from North East punk legends Leatherface, which compiles together three of their finest albums with B-Sides and rarities
Adrian Huggins enjoys Ric Rawlins' new biography about anarchic Welsh rockers, the Super Furry Animals
Adrian Huggins is impressed by Dave Thompson's new biography of former Led Zeppelin front man and solo artist Robert Plant
Adrian Huggins writes of his discovery, after getting lost on the way to a stag night, of the thriving current Rockabilly and Psychobilly movements

Live Reviews

Bad Guys
Hannah Georgas

Adrian Huggins sees London-based purveyors of college rock Happyness bring their sunshine to a rainy Newcastle
At the Northumberland Arms in Newcastle, Adrian Huggins enjoys a chaotic night of stoner rock/metal from rising London-based band Bad Guys
Despite her suffering major sound problems, Adrian Huggins is impressed by singer-songwriter Hannah Georgas' unusual brand of acoustic/electronic folk rock in a support slot to her fellow Canadians City and Colour at a show at the O2 Academy in Newcastle

Favourite Albums

Zz Top
Flamin Groovies

In our 'Re:View' section Adrian Huggins finds Texas band ZZ Top's recently reissued 1994 album 'Antenna' celebrates the best of their exhilarating music and foreshadows the excitement that their upcoming 50th anniversary will bring.
In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Adrian Huggins finds far ahead of its time experimental act Cardiacs' 1984 album 'The Seaside', which has just been re-released in a remastered edition
In our Re:View section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Adrian Huggins examines 'Supersnazz', the 1969 debut album of 60s underground icons the Flamin' Groovies



Super Furry Animals

Adrian Huggins looks at ten of his favourite bands and songs during his thirteen years writing for Pennyblackmusic.
In 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' Adrian Huggins writes about his ten favourite songs by Welsh eccentric indie rockers, Super Furry Animals


In our 'Gig of Our Lifetime' column, Adrian Huggins writes of attending a home city gig earlier this year of instrumental post-rockers 65 Days of Static at The Foundry in Sheffield
In the latest in our 'Soundtrack of Our Lives' series, in which our writers write about the personal impact of music on them, seasoned traveller Adrian Huggins tells of some of the songs that have stuck with him as he has travelled around the world


Kid Kin
Monster Truck
Darwin Deez
City And Colour

Upbeat new EP from Kid Kin, the project of Oxford-based producer and electronic artist Pete Lloyd, which draws comparisons with Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Mogwai
Third album from Canadian rockers Monster Truck which proves to be a master class in how to make commercially appealing hard rock
Perfect return to form on fourth album from Brooklyn-based indie-pop hero Darwin Deez
Beautiflly recorded and intimate double CD live album from City And Colour, the project of Canadian vocalist/guitarist Dallas Green

Jim Jones and The Righteous Mind

Fifth album from Belgian experimental rockers Triggerfinger that proves challenging but ultimately worthwhile listening
Anthemic garage rock on debut album from Jim Jones and The Righteous Mind, the latest incarnation of London garage rock legend Jim Jones
New Orleans band Galactic keep the city's musical torch alight with the re-release of their first two albums.
Equally enjoyable second album from London-based three-piece Happyness, the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed 'Weird Little Birthday'

Kill Your Boyfriend
Jeremy And The Harlequins
Band of Skulls

Pleasantly surprising debut album from power-pop/indie outfit Beachheads, the side project of guitarist Vidar Landa and bassist Marvin Nygaard from Norwegian metal band Kvelertak
Deviously enjoyable EP from Italian dark-wave/noise two-piece Kill Your Boyfriend
Jeremy And The Harlequins bring the new sound of ‘New York cool’ with their second album ,‘Into the Night’.
Stunning fourth album from anthemic Southampton-based rock outfit, Band of Skulls.

Buffalo Skinners

Outstanding third album from Sheffield based youngsters the Buffalo Skinners that transcends genre and generation and which combines together blues, folk, country and rock and roll
Imaginative mini-album of remixes for Nottingham-based post-punk outfit, Alberteen
Satisfying return-to-form from experimental Brooklyn-based psychedelic/pop act, Yeasayer.
Flawless collection of stoner, doom and psychedelic rock from Italian record label, Heavy Psych Sounds

Red Sky July
Holy Grove
Guerilla Toss
Black Feathers

Fantastic country pop on third album from super group Red Sky July, which consists of members of Texas, Alisha's Attic and the Alice Band
Massive sounding debut album from Portland Oregon-based stoner rock outfit, Holy Grove
Unpredictable debut album from funky but experimental Bostonian band, Guerilla Toss
Eclectic second album from Gloucester-based Americana husband-and-wife duo, the Black Feathers

Die Nerven

Unpretentious and blissful stoner rock on debut album from Texas-based four-piece, Duel
Hypnotic and beautifully crafted fifth album from Norwegian doom jazz trio, Splashgirl
Atmospheric and dynamic debut album from NuBorg, the project of Norwegian producer/vocalist Gunhild Nyborg
German post-punk outfit Die Nerven deliver superb and quickly delivered third full-length album

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