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

Spoon Talk Hot Thoughts

Spoon - 100 Club, London - photo by Craig Smith

In a whirlwind European promotional tour leading up to the release of their ninth album Hot Thoughts, that had them play an intimate show at the 100 Club in London before setting their sights on Australia for shows in Melbourne and Sydney, Spoon’s Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel found time to sit down with Chris Berkley of Static to talk about all things new and hot.

Does Australia feel like a home away from home right now?

B: It does a bit. This is my seventh time here, and I was in Melbourne for a month in 2015 where I started writing the songs on this new album.… 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