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Track Review: BILLIE IDLE – anarchy in the music scene

“Anarchy in the music scene! Nobody called for us, but here we are!” So begins the debut single from BILLIE IDLE, a group of four girls intent on causing a ruckus and shaking things up in the world of music, …

Album Review: CAPSULE – WAVE RUNNER

CAPSULE was formed at the end of 1997 just as Japan’s fever for Shibuya-kei (a short-lived pop music scene strongly influenced by British guitar-pop, bossa nova, space-age pop and jazz) was beginning to die down. In 2001, the duo eventually …

Track Review: Tentenko – Good bye, Good girl

Out of all of the former members of punk-rock idol group BiS (Brand-new idol Society), the most interesting from a musical standpoint was always Tentenko, who could talk eloquently and at length about everything from noise and hardcore punk to …

Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World

DFA’s debut full length, You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine was a furious cesspit of violent, abrasive noise mixed with delicious, foot-tapping dance beats. Opener Turn It Out, with Jesse F. Keeler’s screeching bass guitar and singer Sebastian Grainger’s simultaneously …

Hot Singles In Your Area #2

It’s back! With a fresh new title and complete disdain for deadlines, HSIYA – the weekly monthly whenever-we-get-round-to-it collection of the freshest new tunes – returns, with this round featuring sounds from Glasgow to Turkey for your sonic pleasure. Enjoy. …

Features: Jumble Sale 001

Hello and welcome to the inaugural Jumble Sale, IYA’s very own homage to lazy journalism. The format is simple: ten songs, old and new, that have caught our writers’ ears throughout the week – each accompanied with a handy description. …

Presenting: Tuff Love

Blending gentle bitter-twee, gentle vocal melodies and raucous fuzzed-out guitars, Glasgow’s Tuff Love, recently signed to Lost Map Records, have been making impressive strides in the city’s bloated, burgeoning Indie-Pop scene. Their debut E.P release, Junk, does much to document …

Interview: Kria Brekkan and Ryan Erskine

Following their atmospheric and affecting show (also reviewed) Kria Brekkan, (aka Kristin Anna Valtýsdottir) and Ryan Erskine are nervously sitting around a large wooden table at Mono. Tucking into their vegan noodle-based meal, they react calmly as we exchange pleasantries. …

BiS – WHO KiLLED IDOL?

So, farewell then, Brand-new idol Society. Fated from their 2010 inception to have a lifespan of only a few years, the subversive and entirely unprecedented idol group fronted by the “new age rock icon” Pour Lui is finally nearing its …

Interview: Ezra Furman

Ezra Furman, formerly of Ezra Furman & The Harpoons, creates straight up party rock. Half glamoured, surreal rockabilly, half Jesus and Mary Chain-esque saw-wave fuzz, his creations, adequately summed up on his latest album, September’s fantastic Day of the Dog, …

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