Album Review: Alt-J’s RELAXER

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Alt-J have made a name for themselves since the release of their debut album An Awesome Wave in 2012 as a band who aren’t afraid to try anything new in their music, and it usually works. Their latest offering, Relaxer, features eight songs that transcend multiple genres in what is possibly their most complex record to date. Continue reading “Album Review: Alt-J’s RELAXER”

Gig Review: The Magic Gang in St Albans

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The Magic Gang have been making waves across the country over the last couple of years with their catchy brand of indie rock. With a host of EPs under their belt, they embarked on a headline tour, supported by Abattoir Blues and Paris Youth Foundation. I was lucky enough to catch them at my local venue, The Horn pub in St Albans.

The night began with Liverpool-based rock group Paris Youth Foundation, who played an enjoyable set of guitar rock. They were soon followed by Abattoir Blues, who impressed with their heavier sound, building up nicely to the main event. A few lucky attendees even noticed TMG frontman Jack Kaye in the crowd before his band performed.

The crowd had seemed relatively quiet and sedate during the two support acts, but this immediately changed when The Magic Gang came on. Within the first few bars of the jaunty track ‘Lady Please’ the moshpit had got into full swing. Despite being somewhat unknown on the mainstream stage, the band have steadily built a loyal fanbase, and the crowd screamed the words back at Kaye as they went through the setlist.

Their most popular song ‘All This Way’ elicited a strong positive reaction, and it was clear this was a band confident in their ability to perform. Other tracks that were particularly good included ‘Jasmine’, ‘How Can I Compete’, which comes off their most recent EP, the imaginatively titled ‘EP Three’, and ‘No Fun’, one of their earliest songs.

The band, which comprises of Kaye, fellow singer and guitarist Kristian Smith, bassist Gus Taylor and drummer Paeris Giles, are already one of indie music’s hottest acts and, by this showing, definitely have a very bright future ahead of them.

 

Surfer Rosa by Pixies

Pixies: Joey Santiago, Black Francis, Kim Deal and David Lovering
Pixies: Joey Santiago, Black Francis, Kim Deal and David Lovering

I first heard about the Pixies when I was reading about Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain; the grunge legend said that he was ripping off Pixies’ quiet and loud style in Nirvana’s biggest hit, Smells Like Teen Spirit. I decided to try the band out, and started listening to their first full album, Surfer Rosa, which was recorded in just over a week and released in 1989. Continue reading “Surfer Rosa by Pixies”