The Teenagers – Reality Check

Reality Check – The Teenagers By Chris Peken Name three great French bands of the last decade. No, Plastic Bertrand doesn’t count. Paris may be … Read more


PREVIEW BY AMELIA GROOM With bongos, congos, bass drums, timpani and marimbas, this weekend Synergy Percussion will be sharing the energy, power and rhythmic dexterity … Read more

Nostalgia 77 – One Offs, Remixes & B-Sides

One Offs, Remixes & B-Sides – Nostalgia 77 By Chris Peken A double CD clean-up of things left lying around the Nostalgia 77 studio, down … Read more

Neon Neon – Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel – Neon Neon By Chris Peken Neon Neon’s world is one of hard walls, ninety degree corners, harsh (neon) lighting and (as the … Read more

The Black Keys – Attack & Release

Attack & Release – The Black Keys By Chris Peken The tracks that have become Attack & Release had their beginnings as a collaboration between … Read more

Malcolm Middleton – Sleight of Hand

Sleight of Hand – Malcolm Middleton By Chris Peken Following the amicable split of Arab Strap a couple of years ago, Malcolm Middleton has continued … Read more

The Black Hollies – Casting Shadows

Casting Shadows ‘ The Black Hollies BY CHRIS PEKEN There is a particular fuzz guitar that first came to the wider public’s attention via John … Read more

Saravah Soul – Saravah Soul

Saravah Soul ‘ Saravah Soul BY CHRIS PEKEN For all its dark, damp pubs, warm beer and lack of winter sunlight London has never suffered … Read more


BY RHIANNON SAWYER One thing that Sydney always manages to do well is an outdoor community festival, and this year’s Surry Hills Festival is shaping … Read more

Rubies – Explode from the Centre

Explode from the Centre ‘ Rubies BY CHRIS PEKEN The term ‘explosion’ would indicate some form of vicious expression of energy: ‘to give vent to … Read more