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Tired of the EU Referendum? Here's Some Music

Tim Thornton | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

Hearing a few decent tunes never fails to calm me down, keep me sane, reassure me that - in the words of The Killers - everything will be all right. So I made a playlist. Each tune on the playlist is from a different EU country.

Gigantic 3: The Great Mancunian All-You-Can-Eat Indie Buffet

Tim Thornton | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

In Simon Reynolds' splendidly comprehensive discussion of pop culture's obsession with its own backstory Retromania, he states that "every generation as it ages will want to see its musical youth mythologised and memorialised." Looking at the eras currently being eagerly painted with the nostalgia brush, one decides Reynolds can only be right.

She Drew the Gun and the Return of Politically-Charged Rock

Tim Thornton | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

2016 is beginning to look amazingly like 1980. Are we, then, about to embark on a new 80s? Survivors have wildly contrasting views of that decade, but if there's a generally accepted rule, it's this: if you had money, you had a whale of a time. If you didn't, you didn't.

The Wonder Stuff: 30 Years in a Bad Mood, Baby

Tim Thornton | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

Everyone has had their own gateway into alternative/indie music. The Cure, The Smiths, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, The Stone Roses - they've all provided a door through which to enter the alternative grotto of delights. For me, that door was The Wonder Stuff.

In the Next 10 Years, Lots of Rock Stars Will Die - We're Going to Have to Get Used to This

Tim Thornton | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

Over the next five, ten, fifteen plus years, lots of rock stars are going to die. This is not a statement of murderous intent, it's just a scientific and mathematic certainty. Some of them will be very famous and universally loved. Some more "niche". But die they will.

Ten Albums That Rocked My 2015

Tim Thornton | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

2015 was a particularly efficient 12 months for me in the realm of listening to new music, probably because I was on tour for most of it and therefore had much bunk time... Consequently I feel qualified to narrow down my experiences to 10 long playing records that rocked my world this calendar year. So, in true hit-parade style reverse order, here we go...

Ten Early 90s Indie Songs That Say It All

Tim Thornton | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

With the assistance of my publication of choice, Melody Maker, my eyes were opened to an increasingly large list of often ridiculously-named bands. The movement's zenith for me will always be the early 1990s; but time (i.e. the press) has not been kind to the memory of the indie music from this period.

How Border Crossings Can Be Fun

Tim Thornton | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

I'm on the Fink tour bus, somewhere in Ukraine. Earlier today we were woken at 7am (having not crept into our bunks until about 3am after the show we played in Minsk, Belarus) and told to get dressed and ready, passports and vaguely sober expressions close at hand, for the border crossing.

Fink: A Team Prepares

Tim Thornton | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

Fink are going on tour again soon, and the 30 or so people who make up Team Fink are in a flurry of activity. Preparing for a trip like this - almost 40 days on the road, 16 countries and some whopping great venues (Berlin's Tempodrom, London's Forum, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw) - is no joke.

ABBA: 10 Songs That Say It All

Tim Thornton | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

I have never seen Mamma Mia!, the musical, nor (emphatically nor) the film. But I do believe my appreciation of the music created by ABBA to be as great as that of any other living human. So, in an attempt to demonstrate this, here are 10 songs that say it all.

Earworms from Finland to Plzen: A Festival Playlist

Tim Thornton | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

A festival tour, where you're encountering different bands from all over the place day after day, is even more likely to fill your brain with the most insistent variant of demented earworms. And so, upon my return from Fink's June/July festival run, I present to you, with the assistance of Spotify, my latest Festival Trip Tunes...

Brothers, Forgotten Names and Stolen Chocolate: a Trip to Istanbul with Fink

Tim Thornton | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

As I survey the place one last time to see if we've left anything crucial behind, I notice that all the bars of chocolate are still sitting, untouched, in the fridge. After a quick glance around, I shrug and stuff them into my bag. There you are, Fink touring party. I've confessed. It was me.

Horizontalism - A Love Story

Tim Thornton | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

What do bands do when they're not doing anything?... You know when you've been on a business trip and you get back to the office and have to do the million things you didn't do while you were on the business trip? That.

In Defence of Mumford and Sons

Tim Thornton | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

I fear that the reason for the Mumfords' status as "one of the most maligned bands in the world", to borrow Drowned In Sound's phrase, is nothing more complicated than that old cliché: build 'em up, and knock 'em down.

Three Days In Austria With Fink...

Tim Thornton | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

Sit back and look at our Viennese friend Matthias Hombauer's jolly nice photos of the three days he spent with us as we belted across his home country, leaving approximately two thousand people fractionally more deaf and hopefully entertained.

Backwards Through France

Tim Thornton | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

Weather, food, wine, beer and scenery aside, the things that keep us happily heading back to the big hexagon are the loveliness of the audiences and the quality of the French rock clubs. The owners, staff and often volunteers who work on gig evenings at theses places take such immense pride in their venues...

The Scandinavian Factor... Two Decades of Music, Pølser, Köttbullar and Flying Wedding Cake

Tim Thornton | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

Returning to Britain, I joined another band and hey presto, two of the members were Swedish. Perplexingly we never got round to playing a gig in their home country, but we did manage to all go to a wedding in Stockholm which is the first and only time I've ever seen a wedding cake being thrown across a dancefloor. It ended up, quite literally, in the best man's face.

Story of a Technical Rehearsal

Tim Thornton | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

Plans for Fink's production rehearsals are plunged into a skipful of turds by one of those professional rehearsal spaces turning round at the eleventh hour and calmly announcing that they don't allow use of a smoke machine. Panic! Fink's entire live show is based around a smoke machine. I'm personally lost if I can actually see the rest of my band through lack of fog.

Living the Dream

Tim Thornton | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

He recoils with a faintly amused expression on his face, shrugs, then glances around for an appropriate piece of hardware with which to impale me. He seizes a nearby spare mic stand, and so begins a Tom and Jerry style chase around the backstage area, me leaping over flight cases and knocking guitars to the floor in my efforts to escape... My tour bus dreams are getting stranger.

Why it's OK to Not Do Encores at Festivals

Tim Thornton | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

There is one situation in which an encore is definitely not such a good idea. Frowned upon, in fact, by just about everyone in the venue apart from the audience cheering for it. And that situation is a festival. For a festival to be a success, it must run on time.

Festivals: Randoms, Biggies and Nice Surprises

Tim Thornton | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

This summer, Fink - as well as releasing a new album, preparing for an American/European tour and generally planning other modest things like global domination - will be spending a sizeable portion of time playing festivals. You know about festivals.

An Extreme Beginner's Guide to Composing Movie Scores

Tim Thornton | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

Way back in the rainy summer of 2010 - when Wikileaks was busy leaking, a volcano in Iceland was busy erupting and Gordon Brown was busy packing - my old university chum Damian Samuels contacted me to say he was making a short film.

Google's Rap Video Is Not Quite As Bad As It Sounds

Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Tech

If you were looking for the next fresh sound in hip-hop, you might turn to Google. But if you did, we'd wager you'd be using the search engine - n...

Fink... The Long-Weekend in India

Tim Thornton | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

This has been said before, in many different ways, languages and levels of exasperation, but I'll reiterate: Mumbai is fucking crazy. Twelve and a half million people living on an island less than half the size of London.

California...Take it all the Way Home

Tim Thornton | Posted 25.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

Apologies to anyone who came to see us in New York, Chicago or any of the Canadian shows, but LA stormed in as our best gig of the tour. The room was big and packed, the sound was thumping and we played an absolute corker, even if I say so myself.