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Sarah Maybank


Nitin Sawhney

Musician and composer Nitin Sawhney speaks to Sarah Maybank at a gig at the Union Chapel in London about his new concept album, 'The Last Days of Meaning', and recent soundtrack, 'Human Planet'


Sarah Maybank talks to Mira Aroyo from seminal electronic act Ladytron about her band's forthcoming album 'Gravity the Seducer', touring with Nine Inch Nails and appearing on 'The Simpsons'
Sarah Maybank finds Jon Spencer to be in aggressive mood when she speaks to him about Heavy Trash's new album, 'Midnight Soul Mood', and how he divides his time between it and his other band, the Blues Explosion
One of the great British bands, Cornershop are back after with their first album in seven years. Sarah Maybank speaks to front man Tjinder Singh about the new record, 'Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast', and why there has been such a prolonged absence between albums

Vivian Girls
Marble Valley
Underground Railroad
Smoke Fairies

Sarah Maybank speaks to Cassie Ramone from discordant all-girl New York-based trio the Vivian Girls about their eponymous debut album which sold out within 10 days and the band's hard touring schedule
A multi-national English/Dutch/American coalition, Marble Valley are former Pavement and Silver Jews member Steve West's current band. In a hilarious chat, Sarah Maybank talks to him, drummer Andy Dimmack and keyboardist Carl Hogarth, about their recently released fourth album, 'Slash and Laugh'
At a gig at Rough Trade East in London, Sarah Maybank speaks to Parisian alt-rock band about their recent move to London, and their well-received, grunge-influenced second album, 'Sticks and Stones'
Blues folk duo the Smoke Fairies have attracted the interest of among others Bryan Ferry who they recently toured with. Sarah Maybank speaks to Jessica Davies and Kaf Blamire about their group and new single, 'Living with Ghosts'

Operator Please
Graham Day & the Gaolers
Charlotte Hatherley

Five piece-teenage Australian group have just released their debut album, 'Yes, Yes Vindicative' and have played support slots with Bloc Party, the Go! Team and Maximo Park. Sarah Maybank chats to front woman Amandah Wilkinson about her group's intense self-discipline
Lightspeed Champion's debut album, 'Falling Off the Lavender Bridge', has been one of the most acclaimed albums of the years and has won almost universal praise, but frontman Dev Hynes explains to Sarah Maybank why he doesn't think it is that good
The former frontman with cult garage rock groups the Prisoners and the Solarflares, Graham Day has recently returned to live work with his latest band the Gaolers, and their debut album, ‘Soundtrack To The Daily Grind’. Sarah Maybank speak to him about his long musical career and the new album
Ex-Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley talks to Sarah Maybank about leaving her former band and her just released second solo album, 'The Deep Blue'


Sarah Maybank speaks to Brakes' frontman Eamaon Boland about the fiery political nature of his band, his love of touring and the group's plans for its soon-to-be recorded third album
Simon Love, the front man with bubblegum punks the Loves, has hired and fired nearly 30 musicians since forming the Loves in his parents' garage in 2000. Sarah Maybank speaks to him about this and his group's much acclaimed second album the Loves



With a strong soundtrack that swings from Peter, Bjorn and John to Bloc Party, Sarah Maybank finds much to enjoy in claustrophobic new British thriller, 'Donkey Punch'


CH4's 'Star Stories' provides satirical documentary-style profiles of the rich and famous. Sarah Maybank is amused by the first series which has just been released on DVD
Indie label supremo Sean Price marks a decade in the business by picking his top of the Fortuna Pops

Live Reviews

King Khan

Sarah Maybank watches electronic act Ladytron play a mesmerisingly chilly but muscular greatest hits set at the Forum in London
Sarah Maybank finds spellbinding a short set from Americana act Moriarty at a show at the Union Chapel in London
Canadian garage rocker King Khan and his band the Shrines recently played their first ever British dates. Sarah Maybank watches him play an inflammatory set like a man deranged at the London Dirty Water Club

Favourite Albums

Modern Lovers

In the latest in our Re : View series, in which our writers look back on albums from the past, Sarah Maybank assesses Jonathan Richman and his band the Modern Lovers massively influential, but still under rated posthumous only album 'The Modern Lovers'


Richard Hawley
Django Django
Nitin Sawhney
Bottletop Band

Epic and timeless seventh album made for the main stage of festivals from Sheffield-based singer-songwriter, Richard Hawley
Eclectic but sometimes clinical debut album from Edinburgh-formed pop act, Django Django
Forceful yet optimistic latest album from London-based composer and musican Nitin Sawhney, which weaving in a world of influences from Western movie soundtracks to rap, takes on immigration from the point of view of an elderly bigot
Surprisingly compulsive and infectious charity project album which has artists such as Gruff Rhys, the Arctic Monkeys' Matt Helders and VV brown collaborating with some of Brazil's best musicians

Khyam Allami
Arctic Monkeys
Sons And Daughters
Daniel Haaksman

Stark, but intoxicating CD/DVD release from Iraqi classical musician and psychedelic prog-rockers Knifeworld drummer Khyam Allami, which is based around the magamat, which are Middle Eastern modal systems
Respectable, yet faintly uninspired retro pop on fourth album from the Arctic Monkeys
Bleak and introspective, yet rewarding latest album from Scottish band, Sons and Daughters
Monotonous techno on debut album from Berlin-based DJ and Man Recordings owner, Daniel Haaksman


Seductively bleak second album from Bristol trip-hop duo Malachai, which both encapsulates and serves as the perfect soundtrack for the recent tensions in the Middle East
Surprisingly introspective comeback EP from late 1980's pop punk act, the Primitives
Sublime and magical country-influenced compilation of hymns and spiritual songs
Sublime reworking of trip hop star Tricky's 2008 album 'Knowle West Boy' by American production duo South Rakkas Crew into upbeat dance numbers

Heavy Trash
Victorian English Gentlemens' Club
Vivian Girls
Duke and the Gold

Exuberant and charismatic rockabilly on third album from Heavy Trash, the side project of Jon Spencer from the Blues Explosion
Obstrepously mischievous second album from riotous Cardiff-based punk trio, the Victorian English Gentlemens' Club
Fabulous second album from New York trio the Vivian Girls, which while having an element of C86 about it, finds their tales of broken hearts also having a widescreen cinematic edge to them
Pleasantly inoffensive harmonic folk on first album from Felice Brothers offshoot the Duke and the King, which is much improved by some darker Gothic moments

Lethal Bizzle
Black Knights

Magical first album in seven years from the ever unique Cornershop, which merges guitars with sitars, Punjabi MC noises and sksa-style keyboards
Catchy multi-mixed latest EP from London-based rapper, Lethal Bizzle
Inoffensive and ultimately disappointing David Lynch-inspired latest album from Moby
Unoriginal and derivative garage blues rock on second EP from Manchester-based act, Black Knights

Tom Brosseau
A Hawk and A Hacksaw

Self-mocking latest album from North Dakota-born singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau, which looks to pre-war America for inspiration and then merges it with the more contemporary
Accordion-infused melting point of eastern European gypsy-folk influences on alcohol-induced latest album from New Mexico-based experimentalists, A Hawk and a Hacksaw
Fine, if by now sometimes formulaic third album of hook-riddled, fuzzed-up bubblegum pop from Cardiff-based group with a rapidly changing membership, the Loves
Derivative latest album from Jesus and Mary Chain-influenced Swedish group, the Legends

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