If it’s ever time to take the 70’s Australian pub rock scene to the world, it’s clearly now, and the vehicle for this resides in the haircuts and frenzied rumble of Amyl & The Sniffers. Having hit the UK shores late last week leaving many mouth ajar with the appearance at the Great Escape in Brighton, they followed this up with equally raucous appearances in London at Rough Trade and a couple hours later in a sweaty carnage-heavy finale at Camden Lock Tavern. … Read the rest
Haley’s first release under her new name will be released on Memphis Industries April 21st, 2018 on limited edition red vinyl 7″. The songs “Bratt” and “My Wave” will both be available to stream world wide on April 21st as well. You can stream BRATT here.
Following a live BBC6 Music broadcast from the worlds oldest running record store, Spillers in Cardiff, UK, with Lauren Laverne, Haley will embark on a record store day tour in the UK. The schedule is as follows:
October 12, 2017
With a newly released multi-disc compilation assembling the more pertinent cuts from the ever-expanding Luke Haines solo songbook, this evening is neither an attempt to promote it, nor will it be as straightforward as playing the songs people know and/or want to hear. To do either would change course on a career that has shown no interest in making anyone happy, fan, critic and record company alike.
Sitting down with his acoustic guitar he looks like a man who went to the shops to buy a loaf of bread and ended up in Camden to sing a bunch of songs that in its own way, chart a potted history from the early days of The Auteurs through Baader Meinhoff and a couple of songs you’d only ever have heard if you were a patron to his Outsider Music series.… Read the rest
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.
There’s no shame in nostalgia, nor is there guilt in remembering how great some of these bands were in their prime. From the pneumatic pop of Glasgow’s Bis through to blissful chime of The House of Love that closed the event, each band had enough weapons in their arsenal to walk on stage, and for their allotted 40 minutes, entirely own it.… Read the rest
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