Cold Cave – Islington Academy – 15/03/17

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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

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. The follow-up, Impossible Dream doubled-down on War’s refined songcraft and country/dream-pop delivery, unveiling a fresh set of songs heavy with tales of small-town life and world-weary restlessness.… Read the rest

The Darling Buds – 100 Club, London

The Darling Buds

The Darling Buds
100 Club, London
September 22, 2010

You’d be forgiven for having a sense of déjà vu here. Is it 1989? Did The Primitives and The Darling Buds really both play London within a week of each other? Absent from the live scene since the mid ’90s, for both bands to surface at the same time is a special delight and brings back memories of a time when the music magazines invented a scene called ‘Blonde’, where bands were lumped together based on the lead singer’s hair colour. Which by their way of thinking meant you were either a Blonde, a Goth or in Fairground Attraction.… Read the rest