Author: Joel Costi-Mouyia

The Wombats @ Hangar 34 | Interview

The Wombats are a cornerstone in the musical development of many a millennial. Their first album, 2007’s A Guide to Love, Loss and Desperation certainly soundtracked the formative years to my own and many peers’ adolescences with soaring choruses, rough post-punk-inspired guitar lines and abrasive rhythm sections. The Wombats had certainly found their niche in the mid-noughties indie-rock melee. Subsequent albums showed that same aptitude for pop-driven indie but from a different angle with 2011’s This Modern Glitch and 2015’s Glitterbug following a far more synth-heavy path. However, their latest offering Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life shows a more nuanced take on...

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Blaeanavon @ Arts Club | Interview

Blaenavon’s rise over the past 18 months has been incremental. Their debut album That’s Your Lot flickers between a eulogy to youth, lust and the ambition of a band with an ever-promising future. Infected with jarring rhythms and the blend of light and shade needed to evolve the breadth of the lcord, stylistically, their heads poke above other bands in their peer group. Yet at its core, this balancing element appears to play a strong part in forming their aesthetic. In a way that mirrors their debut, their live show provides a vodka-kick of danceability and fun compared to...

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An Interview with Billy Bragg – Talking Politics, Patriotism, Punk and Grime

The political turmoil over the past year has been a hotbed for discussion amongst a plethora of established musicians. While needing no introduction in this area, legendary singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg’s latest record Bridges Not Walls delivers a nuanced depiction of the fanfare from the last twelve months. For any music lover like myself, interviewing Billy Bragg is as much of a pleasure as it is insightful. His refreshingly honest, self-aware considerations on not just his own career but also the volatile socio-political landscape that he walks would provide excellent talking points as I sat down with him...

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Mac DeMarco @ Mountford Hall 21/11/17 | Gig Review

Mac DeMarco’s jovial, fun-loving persona has clearly struck a chord with many adoring fans across the globe and plays a large part in creating his own USP. Despite reaching international fame with release of 2014’s Salad Days, refreshingly, DeMarco strikes the figure of a man who does not take himself seriously and is perfectly comfortable in his own skin. Whilst this was important for the audience to digest to prevent any prospective chin stroking and deliberation, DeMarco’s uncompromising performance style was equally unique as it was enjoyable. Opening with ‘On the Level’ and ‘Salad Days’, much of Demarco’s appeal is...

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Mr Jukes live at Manchester Academy 2 | Gig Review

For diehard fans of Bombay Bicycle Club their frontman, Jack Steadman’s latest venture as Mr Jukes may come as a surprise, swapping guitar ridden, synth induced indie anthems for brass bands, soul and jazz. Though this may polarise those of their fan base who lust for more of the same from a man whose songs coloured much of their youth, Steadman’s new journey is just as enjoyable. Speaking in an interview with Mista Jam on Radio 1 upon the release of his debut album, God First, Steadman remarked that this was “the album I was born to make” and...

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