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Examining Heart-Shaped Scars – the Dot Allison interview

‘I don’t know why I’m telling you any of this,’ as the opening line of mesmeric debut One Dove single ‘Fallen’ – first released 30 years ago – had it, but I revisited Morning Dove White before a final read-through … Continue reading

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On the frontline, embracing the future – putting the world to rights with John Robb

Music writer, Louder Than War founder, Membranes/Goldblade bass player/vocalist and eco campaigner John Robb was on his bike when I called, dismounting to answer his phone, the two of us quickly getting on to the Government postponing its so-called ‘Freedom … Continue reading

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Life after lockdowns – talking The Lovely Eggs with Holly Ross

Just as The Lovely Eggs were set to release landmark sixth album, I Am Moron, in early 2020, came national realisation that we were headed for a pandemic. The Lancaster-based psychedelic punk duo – Holly Ross (voice/guitar) and David Blackwell … Continue reading

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Staying Sane with James – back in touch with Jim Glennie

“Everybody’s in their cave, facing what we can’t escape; Every time we’re through, your shit sticks to my shoe; Tell me how you’re staying sane, haven’t hugged a human since the end of May; Quarantine with you, our world’s a … Continue reading

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Back in time with K÷ – in conversation with Peter Hook

It was suggested I should persevere when trying to get hold of Peter Hook, the Joy Division and New Order bass guitar legend not always likely to answer his phone. The moment I was told that, I was reminded of … Continue reading

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The further rise, beyond The Fall with Brix Smith

Brix Smith has a defining year ahead of her, having made best use of her pandemic downtime, despite personal loss and heartache, like so many of us. The Los Angeles-born singer-songwriter and guitarist – her moniker in tribute to a … Continue reading

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Independents’ Day – fighting the lockdown from behind closed doors at Action Records and Vinyl Exchange

As the UK returned late last week to ‘non-essential’ retail limbo – aka Lockdown 2 – amid the on-going coronavirus pandemic, I felt it was high time I caught up with two treasured independent North West record shops among many … Continue reading

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Graphic twists on a compelling tale – back in touch with The Wedding Present’s David Gedge

It’s been a long time in the planning, but late next week the first instalment of David Gedge’s long-awaited memoir-in-comic-book-form will be released by Scopitones Books. Stories featured in 176-page, matt-laminated, hardback Go Out and Get ‘Em Boy! – Tales … Continue reading

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Bea Kristi delivers her pandemic ‘Care’ package – back in touch with Beabadoobee

Last December I caught Beatrice Kristi Laus, aka Beabadoobee, live at Gorilla, Manchester, headlining a sold-out package tour of young artists recording for the Dirty Hit label (with the review here). She was impressive to say the least, leading a … Continue reading

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Ready for re-entry and re-animation – talking Everything Everything with Jeremy Pritchard

With the release of their delayed  fifth LP, Re-Animator, now barely a week away, art-rock four-piece Everything Everything are crackin gon with plans for a tie-in UK and Irish headline tour next Spring … pandemic restrictions willing. But there’s no … Continue reading

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