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Russell Ferguson


Hundred Reasons

With their label having gone into receivership, punk/metal act Hundred Reasons have recently been dropped their label for a second time. Guitarist Larry Hibbitt speaks to Russel Ferguson on their latest tour about a difficult few years and why the band keeps going


DVD-Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt played their farewell show on Halloween night 2005 in their home city of San Diego. With a DVD of that show having just come out, Russell Ferguson looks at it, and, after a fire at it director's house, the miracle that it has been made at all


Russell Ferguson examines the re-release of Cherry Red's 1982 compilation, 'Pillows and Prayers',which now comes in a triple CD edition

Live Reviews

Fight Like Apes

At his first Levellers show in nearly a decade, Russell Ferguson, having seen the folk punks through the best and then more leaden circumstances, finds them back on form at a gig at the Picturehouse in Holmfirth
Russell Ferguson finds discordant all girl trio the Vivian Girls quickly becoming dull and sliding into routine at a gig at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds
Russell Ferguson watches Dublin-formed art rockers Fight Like Apes play a confused and disjointed, but somehow enjoyable set at the Cockpit 3 in Leeds

Favourite Albums

Paradise Lost

Russell Ferguson examines the impact of goth/heavy metal rockers Paradise Lost's groundbreaking fifth album, 'Draconian Times', which has just been reissued as a double CD




In the remaining three parts of his revealing six part photographic montage and history, Russell Ferguson continues to chronicle New Model Army 90's hardcore fanbase which followed the band as it toured across Britain and Europe
25. Close up of plaster cast, Manchester Academy, 17th December 1994. 26. Shot in crowd, Lomax's, Liverpool, 5th December 1994. 27. Showing off new tattoo in pub near to Lomax's, Liverpool, 5th

New Model Army
New Model Army
New Model Army
New Model Army

31. Greeting old friends in a pub near Lomax's, Liverpool, 5th December 1995. 32. Ponced money, Zillo Fest, Russelheim, Germany, 10th June 1995. 33. Drinking before the gig outside a pub near th
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In the latest in our 'Photoscapes' series Russell Ferguson's revealing six part photographic montage and history , three parts which are showing this month, three parts next month, chronicles New Model Army 90's hardcore fanbase which followed the band as it toured across Britain and Europe


Holy Coves
Dinosaur Pile-Up
Fucked Up
Ivy Walls

Fiery and unique-sounding debut EP from Wlesh group, Hly Coves
Energetic, heavily Nirvana-influenced reissue of single from last year for up-and-coming Leeds-based band, Dinosaur Pile-Up
First rate career-spanning compilation from challenging, but forceful Toronto-based hardcore band, Fucked Up
Routine 80's influenced indie rock from Los Angeles-based band the Ivy Walls, who can't make up their mind if they want to be commercially or critically accepted

Collapse under the Empire

Appealing instrumental album from German-based post rockers Collapse under the Emppire which surprisingly looks to George Orwell for inspiration
Excellent old school goth rock on delayed second album from Rhombus, which proves worth the long wait
Laid back, gloriously understated latest single from Los Angeles-based indie group, Gliss
Uncomfortable and unnatural-sounding prog rock on first album from Kingston-upon-Thames-based group, Tubelord

Jay Reatard
Jon Byrne
Dead Letter Office

Pretentious and irritating latest single from Southampton-based Gothic rockers, RazorBladeKisses
Limited-in-vision old-style punk on latest album from Memphis-based singer and musician, Jay Reatard
Passionately performed debut album from Barrow-on-Furness based acoustic singer-songwriter Jon Byrne, who was discovered in London busking on the Portobello Road by Mick Jones of the Clash
Bland indie rock from British-based leftfield group Dead Letter Office, who have toured with Howling Bells and the Young Gods

Hundred Reasons
King Of Conspiracy

Unfortunate re-release of emo-metal band Hundred Reasons little heard, but instangly forgettable fourth album, 'Quick the Word, Sharp the Action'
Decent debut single from Parisian trio King of Conspiracy, whose punk/alt.rock sound makes them sound like an indie version of Motorhead
Overtly safe and comfortable pop rock on bland sixth album from Swistzerland-based group, Lunik
Fantastic debut single from heavily 80's-influenced London-based band, the Firm

People in Planes
Guns on the Roof
Plastic Heroes

Excellent new single from Cardiff-based five-piece People in Planes, which combines its blues-rock sound with a more modern and commercial style
Well-performed, but limited second album from Clash-influenced Leeds punks, Guns on the Roof
Potentially promising, but ultimately heavily flawed debut album from 60's-influenced London-based alternative rockers, Plastic Heroes
Dull and distinctly average punk from London-based five piece, the Scratch

Story of the Year
Beat Six

Adventurous vinyl only single from experimental Belfast synthesiser duo, who sound like an electronic Weezer
Decent, if somewhat unremarkable indie guitar rock from new band, Ejector Seat
Enjoyable, but insubstantial and formulaic first single from hardcore rockers Story of the Year's much hyped third album, 'The Black Swan'
Contradictory, but compelling debut single from West London-based group Beat Six who seem destined for chart success

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