King Cannons were really good: their Clash-debt was high, but their frontman Luke Yeoward’s voice nailed all the necessary Joe Strummer-isms with a verve that’s hard to pin down. Which is why Yeoward’s solo record comes as such a pleasant surprise; it’s similar to Strummer’s solo stuff… but also wheels down some Elvis Costello soul-pop roads… then goes for a fun dip with some island/reggae vibes. It’s flat out delightful. Find out what else I had to say about Luke Yeoward’s Ghosts right here, for Rolling Stone.
Few things are more fun than watching party animals get a little older and realise that partying 24-7 might not be the best thing ever. Related: I love Bleeding Knees Club. Find out how much here, as I review their new Chew The Gum release for Rolling Stone.
Hint: it’s fun.
Bad/Dreems might be the best Australian band since Eddy Current Suppression Ring. Well, them or Royal Headache. Or Smith Street Band. Whatever.
ANYWAY. Their new album Gutful is nigh-on perfect… (as I say) it “rumbles with the malevolence of Rundle Mall at 2am, spitting and kicking at a ruling class and confused culture fixated on self-interest and enrichment rather than insight and empathy.”
Read the full review of Gutful for Rolling Stone right here…
And make sure you buy it twenty minutes ago, and tell me just how great “Nice Guy” is.
Things that are good: the mid-’90s Seattle Supersonics, the bit in Independence Day when you realise how fucking nuts Randy Quaid ended up being, and Atlanta metal Mastodon.
You can find out just how good I think they are in my feature review of their new album Emperor of Sand for Rolling Stone — in length — right here.
Hint: Go and listen/buy it right now.
Northlane are really good at making metalcore, and their fourth album Mesmer is no different. Read my review of it for Rolling Stone right here….
I reviewed the new Circa Waves record over at Rolling Stone — I really dug their debut — check it out here.
TL;DR: Doesn’t quite hit the mark.
If you ask me ‘yo, what was good in February 2017’ in, like, 5, 10 or 15 years time, I’ll probably say ‘that sick Meat Wave record called The Incessant’.
Would recommend… And do. Read my review of it for Rolling Stone right here.