Indie Daze 4 – Voice of the Beehive, House of Love & More

  • The House Of Love

Indie Daze 4
O2 Forum, London
7th October 2017

The yearly celebration of the golden age of indie continues to bring dividends with the fourth iteration of the Indie Daze festival, corralling together a solid bill of acts that haven’t seen a stage, or shared one this large, in decades.… Read the rest

Haley – Live at the Dome

Haley - Dome, London

In her gold converse sneakers and on her second European tour in 6 months, the artist formally known as Haley Bonar, now just plain ‘Haley’, is looking a little like Dorothy discovering a new Oz. After 15 years toiling away recording and touring in relative obscurity, that impossible dream of critical acclaim and recognition is steadily becoming a reality.

Falling somewhere between Angel Olsen and Neko Case in style and sound, Haley has seen her star rise, particularly in this country, starting with 2014’s Last War which for all intent and purpose sounded like someone beginning afresh, adopting a louder, mood heavy and chorus-driven approach, or maybe just “these quiet, folky kinda songs ain’t paying the bills, so let’s turn shit up”.… Read the rest

Cold Cave – Islington Academy – 15/03/17

coldcaveislington

To paraphrase the title of an old Ministry track, for Cold Cave, every day is like Halloween. With his black hoodie pulled tight over his head, Wesley Eisold looks more like a Jedi about to sermonize the ways of the dark side. Any dark side.

The last proper Cold Cave album was 2011’s Cherish The Light Years, an attempt by Eisold at moving away from the bedroom-recorded debut Love Comes Close into a more-realised sound that was beefed up and subsequently toured with a full live band. Since then, he’s concentrated on releasing the odd 7″ single and download while tending to his Heartworm publishing imprint (and becoming a father too).… Read the rest

Haley Bonar – Moth Club, London – 27/10/16

Haley Bonar - Moth Club, London - 27th October 2016

Haley Bonar – Moth Club, London – photo by Craig Smith

It must come as a great validation to the artist who quietly toils, recording and releasing their own material year after year, happy that they’re able to find an outlet and an audience, to finally gain critical recognition outside their home country and play to people who are discovering their music for the first time.

Haley Bonar would know all about this. In a career that has spanned 15 years and 6 albums, it was her most recent release, 2014’s Last War, that pushed her into the international spotlight.… Read the rest