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A Short Conversation with Nick Hudson of The Academy of Sun

23 June 2020

With two gloriously sonically opposed singles and a new full length album, The Quiet Earth now in the public domain, I sat down to talk to The Academy of Sun*s *Nick Hudson about new music, where it comes from, where it is going and what it is saying, as well as what he might have learned during lockdown nd perhaps what the future holds.

Tom Guerra

Pop Goes Tom Guerra - "Sudden Signs of Grace" Revealed

21 June 2020

New England songwriter/guitarist Tom Guerra is back with his fourth solo album, the sublime Sudden Signs of Grace.

A Short Conversation with Broads

9 June 2020

Broads have a track record of making fascinating and cinematic music, and a recent turn towards an even more minimal approach and a collaboration with Milly Hirst has lead to some of their most striking and understated music to date. I sat down with the East Anglian duo to find out more.

Ian Anderson & Leslie Mandoki

Interview: Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) & Leslie Mandoki

25 May 2020

Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson and his longtime songwriting partner Leslie Mandoki discuss their new single, “We Say Thank You,” that gives thanks to frontline workers during the pandemic

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Interview: Ron Mael of Sparks

15 May 2020

Sparks keyboardist and songwriter Ron Mael discusses the band’s new album – their 24th one! – as well as his unique songwriting sensibilities, and why this band endures

London Plane

Interview: London Plane

15 May 2020

London Plane leader David Mosey explains how his darkwave band is emerging as one of the more esoteric and exciting bands in the New York City music scene.


Interview: Donita Sparks of L7

6 May 2020

Donita Sparks of L7 discusses the band’s new single, her livestream show, and why some people are terrified to talk to her.

Photo by Yannick Pereira Bajard

Mundy's Bay: Remedy For These Times

3 May 2020

“People are going to re-evaluate what their time means to them and see how valuable it is to have time to focus on yourself and the things you want to do.” – Esther Mulders

“The fact that we have always been associated with hardcore a little bit makes us a bit more free of barriers in some ways because we’re not trying to please a “indie” crowd or not trying to please a “hardcore” crowd or any crowd for that matter.” – Victor Beaudoin

A Short Conversation with Orange Kyte

1 May 2020

The Orange Kyte have described their music as “A loose cacophony of visceral sonic tomfoolery, fixed together with pop-informed melody, three safety pins, and some scotch tape,” but there is obviously much more to their music than this self-deprecating description admits. So I thought that the only way to get to the heart of the matter was to corner the band and ask them to let me in to their fascinating world.

Ann Wilson of Heart

An Interview with Ann Wilson of Heart

6 April 2020

Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson talks about how the resilience she’s gained during her legendary career is helping her navigate the current COVID-19 crisis.

A Short Conversation with Liu Mottes of Alienbaby Collective

29 March 2020

With _ F I S H B O W L / T E R R E S T R I A L_ about to land in the public marketplace, I sat down with the artist behind Alienbaby Collective, Liu Mottes to find out how this new musical path came about, what are its drives and inspirations and where it all goes next.

A Short Conversation with Tiny Fighter

28 March 2020

With a new album Going Home about to be released, I sat down with Therese Karlsson and Tim Spelman to find out about the band’s unusual beginning, its fascinating development, influences, hidden depths and where they are heading next.

A Short Conversation with Mayflower Madame

27 March 2020

With “Prepared For A Nightmare” about to drop, the time felt right to sit down with Mayflower Madame and discuss the album, what influences their sound, generic labels, touring on both sides of the Atlantic and everything in between.

A Short Conversation with Harry Stafford

26 March 2020

With his latest album Urban Gothic Blues painting such a vivid picture of the ever changing nature of the modern city, as well as being such a fantastic collection of songs, I spoke to Harry Stafford about the thens, the nows and the where next for him, his band, his music and the city which inspired the music.

Love Fame Tragedy

Interview: Love Fame Tragedy (Matthew "Murph" Murphy of The Wombats)

23 March 2020

Love Fame Tragedy, the one-man band from The Wombats frontman Matthew “Murph” Murphy, releases a second EP with notable collaborators Dan Smith (Bastille), Eleanor Fletcher (Crystal Fighters) and Jack River.

A Short Conversation with Jonny Polonsky

9 March 2020

With a new album, Kingdom of Sleep, just hitting the shelves we sat down with Jonny Polonsky to discuss inspirations, aspirations, his musical journey to date and where it all goes next.

James Stevenson

An Interview with James Stevenson

6 March 2020

Celebrated guitarist James Stevenson talks about his remarkable career playing with The Alarm, Generation X, Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel, Holy Holy, The Cult, Chelsea, and many more.

A Short Conversation With Johanna Kuvaja

4 March 2020

With two great pop songs under her belt and a third on the way, we caught up with Finnish pop star Johanna Kuvaja to find out what lies behind her music, how she got to where she is today and where everything goes from here.

The Split Squad

Interview: The Split Squad frontman Michael Giblin

29 February 2020

Michael Giblin talks about fronting The Split Squad, a supergroup featuring Clem Burke (Blondie), Keith Streng (The Fleshtones), Eddie Munoz (The Plimsouls), and Josh Kantor (The Baseball Project).

The Ocean Blue

Interview: David Schelzel of The Ocean Blue

27 February 2020

The Ocean Blue frontman David Schelzel discusses becoming famous as a teenager, then becoming a lawyer, and how he balances his two careers now.

Sweet Lizzy Project

Interview: Sweet Lizzy Project

24 February 2020

Lisset Diaz of Sweet Lizzy Project talks about moving from her native Havana, Cuba to Nashville, her band’s new album, and being discovered by Raul Malo of The Mavericks.

Eyelids & Larry Beckett

Interview: John Moen & Chris Slusarenko of Eyelids

23 February 2020

John Moen and Chris Slusarenko of indie supergroup Eyelids discuss collaborating with Larry Beckett and Peter Buck on their new album.

Photo by Anthony Tran

Tennis System: An Interview with Matty Taylor

19 February 2020

“Do you think Kevin Shields, Jim Reid or Kurt Cobain ever said they were a specific genre? We aren’t necessarily looking to fall into a genre, we’re just looking to make rad art that will move people, the same way the art that influences us has moved us.” – Matty Taylor

A short conversation with Nandan Gautam

16 February 2020

With the recent release of his book The King of The Sea, it seemed the perfect time to sit down and talk to Nandan Gautam about the two albums which act as musical tie-ins to the novel, how he managed to gather such a Stella cast of players around him and what the future holds.

Robert Vincent

Interview: Robert Vincent

15 February 2020

Robert Vincent discusses why it makes sense to be an Americana artist from Liverpool, his new album, and a how a teacher’s encouragement changed his life.

Photo by Kevin Condon

Bambara: In Conversation

10 February 2020

“The theme of death just kind of bubbled to the surface as the characters’ narratives started to take shape and intertwine. After I wrote “Heat Lightning”, I realized that death would have to be present in all the songs in some form or another. It was unavoidable.” – Reid Bateh

Eli Musser

Interview: Eli Musser

8 February 2020

Eli Musser talks about standing out from the crowd in New York City, working with legendary studio veteran Bryce Goggin, and self-discovery.

Ian McNabb of Icicle Works

Interview: Ian McNabb of The Icicle Works

1 February 2020

Ian McNabb discusses fronting The Icicle Works and his solo career, his upcoming one-off show in Atlanta on January 11, and surviving the music business.

Alexander Hacke & Danielle de Picciotto of hackedepicciotto

Interview: Alexander Hacke & Danielle de Picciotto of hackedepicciotto

26 January 2020

Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten) and Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) discuss hackedepicciotto, their experimental duo, and how it fits into their nomadic life.

Beach Fossils

Interview: Beach Fossils

20 January 2020

Beach Fossils frontman Dustin Payseur discusses the importance of writing emotionally vulnerable lyrics, and touring for the pure love of it.

A quick conversation with The Judex

19 January 2020

With a sound described as “the sound of punk being invented in a Chicago blues club in 1957, a gang fight set to 12 bar rhythms” The Judex walk a fine line between past and present. With their unexpected resurrection, new releases and even their own video newscast, a conversation with Will and Jason about the strange world of The Judex seemed long overdue.

A quick conversation with Martin Engler of Mono Inc.

15 January 2020

With German maestros of doom-laden classic rock meets dark wave Mono Inc. releasing their 11th album, it felt like the perfect time to catch up with frontman Martin Engler to find out about the twenty years of the band, how such music is perceived in the current musical climate and where the band are headed next.

The Innocence Mission

Interview: The Innocence Mission

13 January 2020

The Innocence Mission members Karen Peris and Don Peris discuss their new album, life in Pennsylvania, and using their music to connect with people.

Mick and Daniela from Submotile

Eyes Wide Open: The Magical Sounds of Submotile

5 January 2020

“The band’s excellent debut album Ghosts Fade on Skylines instantly enchanted me with its mesmerizing sonic weave of dream gaze and soft drones.”

Image courtesy of Saint Marie Records

On Their Own: An Interview with L.A.'s The Meeting Places

27 December 2019

“Having good ideas or hearing good ideas from the band is motivating, and also getting great feedback from fans helps reinforce what you instinctively want to do.” – Scott McDonald

A quick conversation with Annette Zilinskas of Medicine

13 December 2019

With Medicine back on the musical radar and a new album of covers called Scarred For Life now available, it felt like the perfect time to sit down with original vocalist Annette Zilinskas to find out about then, now and everything in between.

A quick conversation with Ray Lark from Crooked Ghost

10 December 2019

Having been beguiled by the otherworldly blends of dreamy indie sonics and visceral, hard edged rock on latest release Colors Bleed, it seemed the perfect time to sit down with Crooked Ghost mailman Ray Lark to find out a bit more about him and the musical project he currently calls home.

A quick conversation with Paul Furio of Watch Clark

7 December 2019

With two albums under his belt already, Paul Furio returns to his nome de la musique for another outing fashioning danceable, political, personal, socially aware and honestly direct music. Each album has told a story, less a concept album and more a series of vague diary entries fashioned into songs, the personal becoming the universal, the intimate becoming the relatable. With a new album just hitting the public consciousness, we sat down to find out all about the past, the present and the future for this musical project.

The Choir release fall singles, cover OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars”

5 December 2019

Instead of stockpiling songs for album number 18, veteran alternative rock act the Choir has released a string of singles – including a pair of covers rooted in the band’s past and present.

A quick conversation with Luis Mojica

5 December 2019

If there is such a thing as a post-genre artist, then Luis Mojica is the perfect candidate. His music seems to not only hop genres but ignore them altogether preferring to weave his own sounds for many different and desperate strands to create something truly original. I sat down with him to find out all about latest album How to Make a Stranger, the inspirations behind his music and what the future holds.

Pete Yorn

Interview: Pete Yorn

29 November 2019

Pete Yorn talks about how he found inspiration again, fatherhood, and how music saved him from becoming a tax lawyer.

Goodbye Mr Mackenzie

A quick conversation with Martin Metcalfe of Goodbye Mr Mackenzie

28 November 2019

With the unexpected re-issue of Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie’s debut album to mark it’s thirtieth anniversary and the band reconvening for a run of live shows, it seemed the perfect time to sit down with frontman Martin Metcalfe to find out just how the world has turned for them in the three decades between then and now.

Jordan Cook of Reignwolf

Interview: Jordan Cook of Reignwolf

25 November 2019

Reignwolf frontman Jordan Cook discusses his band’s unusual history, how he keeps up his energy for their high-powered shows, and why it’s important to go with the flow.

Jack Sobel of Black Swan Lane

Black Swan Lane: An Interview with Jack Sobel & Dave Fielding

23 November 2019

Black Swan Lane frontman Jack Sobel and contributing guitarist *Dave Fielding (of The Chameleons) discuss their entwined musical careers, BSL’s changing lineup, and the band’s new album, Vita Eterna.

Photo by Naomi Lee Beveridge

Whoosh! - An Interview with The Stroppies' Gus Lord

23 November 2019

“I feel like it’s much easier to project your truth onto someone or something else rather than looking inside and trying to articulate it using your own voice. Through the imagined lens of someone else, feelings and ideas are a little more malleable and there is a lot more room for play. It certainly frees one up a fair bit!” – Gus Lord

Chris Lee of The Chris Lee Band

Interview: Chris Lee of The Chris Lee Band

19 November 2019

Chris Lee explains why he formed The Chris Lee Band instead of doing another Supagroup album this time, and why he won’t let anyone else’s expectations rule him.


Interview: Stonefield

17 November 2019

The Findlay sisters share how their parent’s music collection is directly responsible for shaping Stonefield’s heavy, classic rock sound.

Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness of No-Man

Interview: Tim Bowness of No-Man

16 November 2019

Tim Bowness discusses No-Man, his longtime musical partnership with Steven Wilson, as they prepare to release their 7th studio album.

*Jack Tatum* of *Wild Nothing*

Interview: Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing

13 November 2019

Jack Tatum, mastermind behind dream pop band Wild Nothing, looks back on his evolution from one-man-band to leading one of the most acclaimed groups in the genre.

Juliana Hatfield

Interview: Juliana Hatfield

9 November 2019

Juliana Hatfield discusses how making albums devoted to covering Olivia Newton-John and The Police help her revive her creative spark.