Indie Music

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.

Arts Crowdfunding: Is It Embarrassing?

Polly Silver | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Polly Silver

When London pianist Clifford Slapper decided to run a crowdfunding campaign for his new album (hint hint: here is the link), he knew that some people ...

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.

NEW MUSIC: Glass Caves in Manchester

Olivia Jones | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Olivia Jones

An alternative rock band from York, these four boys have already released a strong self funded album. 12,000 likes on Facebook and over 200,000 plays on spotify, they clearly have something that people want to know about. I managed to grab time with the lead man Matt, in the pub opposite the gig.

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 30.09.2016 | 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.

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...

Why I'm Celebrating 'Independents Day' This 4th July

Lliana Bird | Posted 03.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lliana Bird

My radio show on Xfm is a testament to how loved and important these artists have become and so, this fourth of July... I want to declare "Independents Day" and share the stories of four of the world's best loved indie labels.

Their Love Is Cool: How Wolf Alice Reclaimed British Indie

Dan Tickner | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dan Tickner

Five years in the making, importantly My Love Is Cool came out when it was ready - an organic process that saw changes in both line-up and musical direction along the way yet tellingly this hasn't damaged them.

McAlmont & Butler: A Conversation...

David McAlmont | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
David McAlmont

Bernard Butler had a great idea- he often has them- to film a discussion with each other about The Sound of McAlmont & Butler, our 1995 album, to accompany its reissue and a short tour later this year. Instead of asking a journalist to pose questions we would just have a conversation about the album in a cafe or something.

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.

Almost Famous: Big In Japan - Packing Up!

Piney Gir | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Piney Gir

Already I'm excited to visit the place where trained parrots sing Beatles songs, The Robot Restaurant, and the bar where tiny monkeys bring you edamame beans (I have been assured that the monkeys are very well treated and only work for two hours a day).

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.

Personal Best - 'Song For The Failures' Union' Stream

Clara Cullen | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

When I first saw Personal Best play the legendary punk den Cavern in Exeter they immediately caught my attention. The Bristol 3 piece play with an energy and confidence that cuts through any immediate competition.

On The Sad Demise of the Record Shop

Chris Owen | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Chris Owen

The thing about indie stores though is that they're so much more than just retail units selling second hand vinyl - they're a huge part of the community.

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.

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.

Inspiral Carpets: Back In the Groove

Jason Holmes | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Today, the Inspirals have neither a manager, a tour manager nor an agent and they travel light when touring. It's a formula that works. "In the beginning we started off in Oldham and began gigging in Manchester. We were this contemporary indie band with a 14-year-old drummer," he says.

Warpaint - Live Review

Raj Bains | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Raj Bains

Here's the thing though: all of the awkwardness, the distance, the coldness and initial confusion goes out of the window the second they start playing. With a rhythm section that possesses you from the waist down with all of the force of an old Motown outfit, you can't help but be mesmerised by the musicianship on show.

My Insight Into 'ThirtyTwo' the New Album From Reverend and the Makers

Jon McClure | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jon McClure

The album is called 'Thirty Two' for a variety of reasons. Firstly I wanted to scupper Adele's chances of using the title when she grows up. Secondly thirty-two is my Dad's number of choice when he puts the lottery numbers on.