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Quietus, The

Launched in 2008, The Quietus is a British online rock music and pop culture magazine, focusing on arts news, reviews, and features. The site is an editorially independent publication led by John Doran and a group of freelance journalists and critics.

202 articles

Fuck Buttons: Street Horrrsing (ATPR)

Review by John Doran, The Quietus, 20 March 2008

NOISE, LIKE anything else, needs practise, needs talent and needs inspiration. As odd as it sounds, bands like Wolf Eyes didn't get where they are ...

Joy Division: The Joy Division Industry

Comment by Chris Roberts, The Quietus, 10 April 2008

More offcuts from the Factory ...

Spiritualized: Songs In A&E

Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 16 May 2008

SPIRITUALIZED reached their commercial zenith a decade ago, when a nation wearying of Britpop and knocked sideways by the insane reaction to the death of ...

CSS: Donkey

Review by John Doran, The Quietus, 3 June 2008

TO CELEBRATE 20 years producing left field heavy rock music, Sub Pop this month release bookended albums of a sort. ...

Health: Health//Disco

Review by John Doran, The Quietus, 13 June 2008

SO BY NOW you are aware of the Smell, the Los Angeles art space/studio/gig venue from which emanate the evil sounds of bands such as ...

Donna Summer: Crayons

Review by Chris Roberts, The Quietus, 23 June 2008

DONNA SUMMER'S FIRST ALBUM of new material for seventeen years doesn't so much announce that she's still got it as knock the door down, stride ...

Kanye West: Sensitive Soul

Report by John Doran, The Quietus, 24 June 2008

Quietus Editor John Doran gets drunk, falls over, destroys phone, makes noise like "broken panther" and has Proustian recall of two run ins with rap ...

Penguin Cafe Orchestra: Catalogue Reissues

Review by David Stubbs, The Quietus, 22 July 2008

PENGUIN CAFE ORCHESTRA, a large, shifting coalition of classical and acoustic musicians led by the late Simon Jeffes, are often regarded with either confusion or ...

Suicide: Live 1977 - 1978 Box Set

Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 6 August 2008

IT'S RARE to find live albums from canonical acts that don’t come swathed in mythology or creaking under the weight of their own self importance. ...

Slipknot's All Hope Is Gone Not Just A Clever Name…

Review by John Doran, The Quietus, 13 August 2008

John Doran slowly peels back the masks of so-called extreme metal behemoths Slipknot and looks at the jaundiced and withered flesh underneath. It isn't, he ...

The KLF: Getting Arrested With Bill & Jimmy

Retrospective by David Stubbs, The Quietus, 15 August 2008

SO, IT'S LIKE THIS. It's February 1991. A couple of years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, which supposedly heralded the End of History, ...

Bloc Party: Intimacy

Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 20 August 2008

BLOC PARTY have always made themselves a frustratingly difficult band to like. Alright, so if you're a 17 year old kid from Haywards Heath with ...

Bill Drummond: Recorded Music Has Run Its Course

Interview by John Doran, The Quietus, 28 August 2008

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The Streets: Everything Is Borrowed

Review by Ian Gittins, The Quietus, 18 September 2008

MIKE SKINNER'S artistic forte has always been his quicksilver, meticulous eye for detail. He has chronicled his life like a roguish, Ecstasy-generation Pepys. ...

Cliff Richard: Why Cliff Richard Is The Epitome And Saviour Of Rock & Roll

Comment by John Doran, The Quietus, 20 September 2008

Forget Liam Gallagher, Richard Ashcroft or Paul Weller — Sir Cliff is the best rock star we have, says John 'We Don't Talk Any More' ...

Seasick Steve: I Started Out With Nothing And I Still Got Most Of It Left


Review by Mick Middles, The Quietus, 6 October 2008

ORGANIC TO the foot of every blue soaked note. Here we meet the real deal. 40 years in a hobo hell (well, mostly) this 60-something ...

Lydia Lunch: My Life As A Work In Progress

Interview by Alex Ogg, The Quietus, 7 October 2008

Alex Ogg sets the tape running and stands back in awed silence as New York no wave shit-kicker Lydia Lunch reflects on life as a ...

Grace Jones: Hurricane

Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 7 November 2008

IN THE YEARS SINCE Grace Jones' last foray into recorded music, female artistes have increasingly been forced into major label-defined sonic and aesthetic roles, be ...

Beyoncé: I Am… Sasha Fierce (Music World/Columbia)

Review by Chris Roberts, The Quietus, 20 November 2008

BEYONCÉ'S third album doesn't start well. Or end well. Or do much well in between. ...

The Prodigy: Invaders Must Die first listen

Review by John Doran, The Quietus, 28 November 2008

Long time Prodigy fan and self-confessed knackered old cheesy quaver, John Doran gets invited to the first listen of the new Prodge album Invaders Must ...

Franz Ferdinand: Tonight

Review by John Doran, The Quietus, 10 December 2008

The Quietus got an early listen to the new Franz Ferdinand album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, and pegged it back to the office to give you ...

Cabaret Voltaire, Kora: Kora: Kora! Kora! Kora! Cabaret Voltaire Mixes

Review by John Doran, The Quietus, 19 December 2008

THIS IS not to diminish the achievements of New Zealand/Maori dub band Kora, but I'm guessing for a lot of people the interesting name on ...

Kelman: I Felt My Sad Heart Soar

Review by John Doran, The Quietus, 5 January 2009

I CAN’T remember any of the platitudes that I was offered, the first time I ever got my heart broken. ...

Lily Allen: It's Not Me, It's You (Regal Recordings)

Review by Alex Ogg, The Quietus, 30 January 2009

LILY COPS A LOT OF STICK, doesn't she? A lot of people really don't like her. Especially rock hacks, I gather. ...

Candi Staton: We Want Candi

Profile and Interview by John Doran, The Quietus, February 2009

CANDI STATON is, to put it simply, one of the most consistently underrated female vocalists ever. This is not to say that she hasn't had ...

Judas Priest: Pastor of Puppets: Rob Halford

Retrospective and Interview by John Doran, The Quietus, 11 February 2009

YOU ONLY HAVE TO open a style mag, left-field music publication or a broadsheet at the moment to see that heavy metal is enjoying one ...

The Prodigy: Invaders Must Die (Cooking Vinyl)

Review by John Doran, The Quietus, 12 February 2009

A CRITICISM often levelled at Cooking Vinyl is that it resembles a second division football team with enough money to buy once gloriously talented players ...

Pete Doherty: Peter Doherty: Grace/Wastelands (EMI)

Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 17 March 2009

IN A PARALLEL UNIVERSE, someone has taken Pete Doherty's cultural obsessions and musical touchpoints and made beguiling music that explores Englishness in a subtle, intelligent ...

Fever Ray: Fever Ray

Review by John Doran, The Quietus, 26 March 2009

• Fever Ray is Karin Dreijer Andersson, who found fame as one half of Swedish electronic duo the Knife alongside her brother Olof Dreijer. ...

Sunn O))): Doom With A View: Sunn O))) Discuss Monoliths And Dimensions

Interview by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 20 May 2009

THE QUIETUS has already stopped taking bets on our album of 2009. It's hard to imagine any other group coming up with a record as ...

Jarvis Cocker Interview: Talking Further Complications 


Interview by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 21 May 2009

Luke Turner talks to Jarvis Cocker about Albini, the male psyche, Sunn O))), living in the moment, and how it feels to be accused of ...

All Tomorrow's Parties: Breeders And Fans Strike Back II

Live Review by John Doran, The Quietus, 26 May 2009

I'M MORE appreciative of ATP than usual at the moment (and I'm usually damn appreciative of its quasi-utopian spread of music, guilt-free loafing and social ...

Steven Wells 1960-2009: A Tribute

Memoir by John Doran, Andrew Mueller, John Robb, Terry Staunton, David Stubbs, The Quietus, 29 June 2009

David Stubbs ...

Bill Laswell: Bass. How Low Can You Go?

Interview by John Doran, The Quietus, July 2009

Prior to his appearance at Montreux Jazz Festival, John Doran caught up with Bill Laswell in New York and uncovered some surprising information about Def ...

Joy Division: The Right Way To Remember Joy Division

Essay by Jude Rogers, The Quietus, 9 July 2009

As Unknown Pleasures reaches its 30th anniversary, Jude Rogers looks behind the commercialisation and Paul Morley's jowls at Joy Division's eternal truth ...

Blue Roses, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Fever Ray, I Like Trains, Joe Gideon & The Shark, Grace Jones, Of Montreal, Pet Shop Boys, Tricky, Wild Beasts, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Patrick Wolf, The xx, Thom Yorke: Latitude Festival Review: The Quietus Gets Saucy In Southwold

Live Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 24 July 2009

The Quietus bored by Yorke but tentage to Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at the driest wet festival ...

Young Marble Giants

Interview by Alex Ogg, The Quietus, 31 July 2009

FOUR DECADES after its release, the Young Marble Giants' Colossal Youth remains one of the independent/post-punk boom's most wondrous creations; lean, uncluttered yet emotionally stirring. ...

Elbow, U2: U2: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, The Quietus, 17 August 2009

U2 Live Under A Slate Grey Claw. Chris Roberts reports from Wembley ...

Jello Biafra Of The Dead Kennedys Interview

Interview by Alex Ogg, The Quietus, 20 August 2009

Biafra's back — and this time he's packing a "real" band. The former Dead Kennedys frontman is re-energised by fronting a new group, The Guantanamo ...

The xx: Between Les Paul's Pick-Up and the Akai MPC2000

Comment by John Doran, The Quietus, 27 August 2009

It is quite timely that the XX's debut came out during the same month that Les Paul died. They are the perfect band for a ...

World Domination Enterprises: A World Of Noise: World Domination Enterprises

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 1 September 2009

"We were the most exciting band in the world, but the world never quite realised it," claims mainman Keith Dobson of the gargantuan World Domination ...

The Cribs, Johnny Marr, The Smiths: The Cribs

Interview by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 11 September 2009

In a revealing interview, Johnny Marr and The Cribs discuss what went wrong with indie, why LA destroys creative thought, the curse of the lad, ...

Moose: …XYZ

Review by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 28 September 2009

IT'S AN ACCIDENT of history that Moose are said to have inspired the term 'shoegazing'.  ...

Vic Chesnutt's back with three new albums in as many months…

Report and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 18 October 2009

He calls himself "the biggest fuck up in the music business" but, according to Wyndham Wallace, Vic Chesnutt is turning into one of its greatest ...

Yello: Mad About Saffron: Thirty Years of Yello

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 4 December 2009

Yello's Dieter Meier sits down with Wyndham Wallace to discuss the duo's new album Touch and three decades as an aristocratic prankster. ...

A-ha: Synths For The Boys: A-Ha: The O2, London

Live Review by Joel McIver, The Quietus, 10 December 2009

Laugh all you like. "Norway, douze points", declares Joel McIver ...

Jenny Hval, rockettothesky: Jenny & the Jets: The Musical Universe of Rockettothesky

Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 12 January 2010

Rockettothesky's Jenny Hval may have made little impact outside of Scandinavia, but that needs to change. According to Wyndham Wallace, she's one of the most ...

Venom: Forging Black Metal: Cronos Of Venom Talks About The Genesis Of A Genre

Retrospective and Interview by John Doran, The Quietus, 14 January 2010

Helping create extreme metal as we know it today, as well as naming Black Metal, Venom have always been the antidote to musical boredom, says ...

OK Go: Of the Blue Colour of the Sky

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 18 January 2010

SO, YOU got the email. Treadmill ballet = instant viral penetration. Grammy award, Simpsons parody, legions of advertising 'creatives' ripping off the idea — the ...

Rammstein: Industrial Immolation Live In Manchester

Live Review by John Robb, The Quietus, 6 February 2010

Flamethrowers, exploding babies and a sonic apocalypse: John Robb proclaims Rammstein's current tour the greatest show you will see this year. ...

Gil Scott-Heron: I'm New Here

Review by Mick Middles, The Quietus, 15 February 2010

IN PRE Bill Hicks days, Scott-Heron's wit and fearless polemic powered his poetic leanings. He seemed alone, in every sense, for thinking of comparable artists ...

Field Music: Measure

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 19 February 2010

THE BROTHERS BREWIS are natural Situationists, far too clever to take life overly seriously. This is no doubt what made Field Music's first two albums ...

Nitzer Ebb: Industrial Complex

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 24 February 2010

WITH A quick turn on Nitzer Ebb's YouTube channel, a scroll down the comments section yields a profile of the zealots who comprise the industrial ...

Aidonia, Movado: This Month In... Dancehall: Why Only Jamaicans Should Use Autotune 


Overview by Neil Kulkarni, The Quietus, 3 March 2010

Neil Kulkarni delivers a swingeing blow to the whingers. Imagine a glitter and blood encrusted Doc Marten stamping on the face of autotune for all ...

Judas Priest: British Steel, Stronger Than Ever

Interview by Joel McIver, The Quietus, 18 March 2010

Joel McIver talks to Judas Priest about drugs and alcohol, the domination of heavy metal, and their classic album British Steel ...

Black Francis: NonStopErotik

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 26 March 2010

HAVING SPENT over a decade pottering on the periphery with an air of janitorial resignation, Frank Black has finally turned in the greatest number of ...

Shakespears Sister: Songs From The Red Room

Review by Jude Rogers, The Quietus, 30 March 2010

WHY IS POP history always rewritten blandly, its quirkier corners streamlined into slick, glossy smoothness? ...

Black Box Recorder: Uncovering the Ballardian Universe of Black Box Recorder 


Retrospective by Jude Rogers, The Quietus, 1 June 2010

Danger, death and British humour: it's all in a day's work for Black Box Recorder, says Jude Rogers, as she sifts through their back catalogue ...

Envy, Kelis: Givin' It To The Homegirl: The Trouble With Kelis 


Comment by Neil Kulkarni, The Quietus, 10 June 2010

With Neil Kulkarni finding something rotten in the state of girl-pop, he turns up his nose at Kelis' curdled Milkshake and explains why Brit Envy ...

James Chance: Bow To The Devilish Prince: James Chance Interviewed

Interview by Zoë Street Howe, The Quietus, 7 July 2010

Zoë Street Howe talks to James Chance about his new retrospective collection Twist Your Soul and his relationships with James Brown and Lydia Lunch. ...

Katie Price: She's A Model: Katie "Jordan" Price On Kraftwerk & Slayer

Interview by Joel McIver, The Quietus, 13 July 2010

Joel McIver takes his trusty crate of vinyl to an interview with model, author, TV star and now chanteuse Katie Price, AKA Jordan. ...

Katie Price: Ten Songs: She's A Model — Katie 'Jordan' Price On Kraftwerk & Slayer 


Interview by Joel McIver, The Quietus, 13 July 2010

Joel McIver takes his trusty crate of vinyl to an interview with model, author, TV star and now chanteuse Katie Price, AKA Jordan ...

Propaganda: Your Wish Is My Command: Propaganda's A Secret Wish

Retrospective by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 5 August 2010

Celebrating 25 years since its release, Propaganda's A Secret Wish has just been reissued with a bonus disc of rarities. Wyndham Wallace confronts their Sturm ...

Field Music, Flaming Lips, LCD Soundsystem, M.I.A., Pavement, Robyn, The Stooges, Paul Weller, The xx: A Trip To Oya In Oslo Via Pavement, Munch & MIA 


Report by Chris Roberts, The Quietus, 20 August 2010

IF YOU GO for a cigarette on the fourth floor balcony of the hotel, you see cruise-ships and boats flanking a floating stage, upon which ...

Janelle Monáe: A New Pioneer Of Afrofuturism

Comment by John Calvert, The Quietus, 2 September 2010

Against a pop climate beset by fraudulent marketing plans on two shiny legs, John Calvert argues that Janelle Monáe brandishes the acetylene torch for radical ...

The Klaxons: Klaxons: Surfing The Void (Polydor)

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 3 September 2010

WE AREN'T going to bore you with revelations that Myths Of The Near Future wasn't rave. There was such a thing as a nu rave ...

Miles Davis: John Lydon, Nick Cave, Wayne Coyne, Iggy & More: My Favourite Miles Davis Album

Guide by John Doran, The Quietus, 5 October 2010

To celebrate the recent reissue of Bitches Brew, John Doran asked Iggy Pop, Jim Sclavunos, Jason Pierce, Mike Patton, Paul Weller and many other musicians ...

The Psychedelic Furs: All Of This And Nothing: The Psychedelic Furs On Talk Talk Talk

Retrospective and Interview by Alex Ogg, The Quietus, 20 October 2010

The Psychedelic Furs return to the UK in late October to play their second album, Talk Talk Talk, in its entirety. Alex Ogg spoke to ...

The Libertines: Confessions Of A Blagger: Carl Barat's Threepenny Memoir Reviewed

Book Review by Ben Myers, The Quietus, 20 October 2010

Carl Barat's new tome doesn't shrink away from embracing ugly self-truth — and according to Ben Myers, is subsequently far worthier of praise than the ...

Simply Red: Let The Red Flag Fly: In Defence of Picture Book

Retrospective by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 27 October 2010

The Quietus battens down the hatches and prepares for a storm as Wyndham Wallace risks all to defend Simply Red's debut album, Picture Book, on ...

Swans: 
My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 29 October 2010

SWANS WILL ALWAYS be a draw for life's spiritual derelicts, a certain constituency in peaceful agreement that the world is cruel, human nature is animal, ...

Bryan Ferry: Olympian Heights

Interview by Chris Roberts, The Quietus, 18 November 2010

The legendary Bryan Ferry has just released Olympia, his best album in two decades, and continues the Roxy Music revival tour in the new year. ...

Janelle Monáe: Postbahnhof, Berlin — Not The Archandroid We're Looking For

Live Review by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 17 December 2010

Janelle Monáe's got it all, so why do we need any more? Wyndham Wallace reports from her recent Berlin show… ...

The Streets: Computers and Blues

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 9 February 2011

YOU'LL HAVE TO meet us halfway on this, but Mike Skinner's swansong plays like a cracking old wake – Skinner's of course. ...

PJ Harvey: Let England Shake

Review by John Doran, The Quietus, 11 February 2011

THE SPANISH PAINTER Francisco Goya was in an ideal position to comment on The Peninsula War of 1804-1808. ...

Beth Ditto: Winning The Fame Game With No Regrets

Interview by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 1 March 2011

As she prepares to release her new EP with Simian Mobile Disco, Luke Turner sits down with Beth Ditto and finds that, a million record ...

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All: Odd Future: Youth and Young Manhood

Guide by John Calvert, The Quietus, 8 March 2011

After Tyler The Creator signed to XL recently, John Calvert decided to sift through hundreds and hundreds of tracks to bring you the best — ...

Chris & Cosey, Nico, Throbbing Gristle: Chris & Cosey Talk Plans To Finish TG's Desertshore

Report and Interview by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 19 April 2011

LATE LAST WEEK, observant souls on the internet had a look at Chris & Cosey's website and noticed that their Event Horizon page of planned ...

The Waterboys: There's Something In The Water: The Waterboys' This Is The Sea at 25

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 27 April 2011

Wyndham Wallace talks to Mike Scott of The Waterboys about his classic album This Is The Sea, 25 years on from its release… ...

Tyler, The Creator: Goblin (XL)

Review by John Doran, The Quietus, 10 May 2011

OUR FRIEND and writer for The Stool Pigeon and this organ Kev Kharas recently went to interview Tyler The Creator. The mewling twit (Mr Creator ...

Death Grips: Exmilitary

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 24 May 2011

"And every proton and neutron in every atom . . . swollen and throbbing, off-color, sick, with just no chance of throwing up to relieve ...

How The Music Industry Is Killing Music And Blaming The Fans

Comment by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 24 May 2011

While the industry continues to blame illegal downloading for its financial woes, it's musicians who are paying the price while being forced to work harder ...

Bon Iver: Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Review by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 7 June 2011

FOUR YEARS or so ago, the oft-repeated story goes, Justin Vernon was holed up in a cabin in the rural wilderness of Wisconsin, recovering from ...

East River Pipe: "A Songwriter Who Works at Home Depot": F.M. Cornog of East River Pipe interviewed

Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 15 June 2011

Cult singer songwriter Fred Cornog of East River Pipe talks to Wyndham Wallace about "scratching out a living, and trying to survive with a little ...

Wu Lyf: Go Tell Fire to the Mountain

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 27 June 2011

THERE’S NO DOUBT that "blind faith" is the metier of the emphatically idealistic Wu Lyf. If as a fan you're to join them in remaining ...

John Maus: We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 1 July 2011

IN ACADEMIA, pop enigma John Maus comes up in discussion about where hauntology meets 'utopian theory', an area of scholarly pursuit wherein blog intelligentsia will ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Beyond the Pleasuredome: Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Liverpool

Retrospective by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 4 July 2011

Wyndham Wallace follows last year's celebration of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's landmark album, Welcome to the Pleasuredome, with a look at its neglected follow-up, Liverpool, ...

Damon Albarn: Dr Dee live, Manchester International Festival

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, The Quietus, 5 July 2011

Stephen Dalton at the Manchester International Festival finds Damon "the Martin Amis of Britpop" Albarn's musical about the life of Dr John Dee to be ...

Pulp: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, The Quietus, 6 July 2011

Neil Kulkarni breaks his no-festival rule and braves the corporate overkill of Wireless to see his Pulp. His verdict? They "now stand mighty amidst the ...

Tim Burgess, Felt: Killed by Felt: Tim Burgess discusses his love of Lawrence and "Birmingham's best band ever"

Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 18 July 2011

Wyndham Wallace takes a road trip from London to Essen, Germany, with a truckload of CDs, LPs, and the unlikely company of the Charlatans' Tim ...

Washed Out: Within and Without

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 22 July 2011

AS THE chillwaver least inclined to confection, on his introductory EP — complete with genre-iconic artwork — Ernest Greene's one dimensional wares trod a precarious ...

TV On The Radio As Soundtrack To Bush & Obama's America 


Essay by John Calvert, The Quietus, 3 August 2011

Don't Let The Devil In: John Calvert takes a look at the work of TV On The Radio through the prism of a turbulent decade ...

Dolly Parton: The Liberty Belle: Dolly Parton Speaks

Interview by Jude Rogers, The Quietus, 30 August 2011

Ever the showbiz professional, Dolly Parton leads Jude Rogers a merry dance during her allotted 20 minutes of chat about partners, Gaga, sexuality, The Lord ...

The Waterboys: An Appointment With Mr Yeats

Review by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, September 2011

THOUGH MIKE SCOTT'S attempt to marry the poetry of William Butler Yeats to his own music has been promised for two decades, it offers neither ...

Talk Talk: Laugh? I Nearly Died: The Story of Talk Talk's Laughing Stock

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 12 September 2011

A triumph of art over commerce or ruthless, selfish exploitation? On the 20th anniversary of its release, Wyndham Wallace looks at the complex story behind ...

Peter Gabriel: An Invasion Of Privacy

Interview by John Doran, The Quietus, 19 September 2011

Peter Gabriel tells John Doran about reworking his back catalogue, almost playing in space, being mistaken for a terrorist and how life might be four ...

Lana Del Rey: Original Sin

Interview by John Calvert, The Quietus, 4 October 2011

Even though her song 'Video Games' emerged a couple of months back, Lana Del Rey has already experienced equal parts adulation and suspicion. Here, John ...

Noel Gallagher: High Flying Birds, Musical Kettles And Exploded Psych

Interview by John Doran, The Quietus, 8 October 2011

John Doran is caught napping by Noel Gallagher, who is finally getting to indulge his creative impulses with the High Flying Birds and Amorphous Androgynous! ...

A Tribe Called Quest: 20 Years On: A Tribe Called Quest's The Low End Theory Revisited

Retrospective by Angus Batey, The Quietus, 10 October 2011

20 years after it was released and a month before the UK premiere of the Tribe Called Quest documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life, Angus Batey ...

Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto

Review by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 25 October 2011

It's the music you can enjoy between meals without spoiling your appetite, made by the world's favourite band and hand-built by robots. Lipsmackin', thirstquenchin', acetastin', ...

Future Islands: On the Water

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 26 October 2011

THE SOUNDS of a lonely dock, St Elizabeth, North Carolina. It's the sound of lapping saltwater and mooring cables knocking steadily against wet wood. Slowly, ...

Kate Bush: A Demon In The Drift: Kate Bush Interviewed

Interview by John Doran, The Quietus, 10 November 2011

KANGCHENJUNGA was, for a long time, thought to be the highest mountain in the world. It wasn't until the Great Trigonometric Survey of 1849 that ...

R.E.M.: Michael Stipe's Last Stand — An R.E.M. Exit Interview

Interview by Jude Rogers, The Quietus, 12 November 2011

Michael Stipe wants to retire. Trouble is, Jude Rogers won't let him until he's been suitably debriefed… ...

Summer Camp: Welcome to Condale

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 14 November 2011

GRANTED, the memory will play its tricks, but wasn't being a kid in the 80s a simple affair? ...

Loney, Dear: "I Love Crying": Loney Dear's Lovely, Lonely World

Profile and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 17 November 2011

Emil Svanängen's sixth album has just been released to quiet but universal acclaim, yet still he's not happy. Wyndham Wallace explores the intimate, ingenuous universe ...

Kylie Minogue: The Abbey Road Sessions

Review by Jude Rogers, The Quietus, 30 November 2011

IN 2006, while in recovery from cancer, Kylie Minogue talked to Another Magazine about her love of Grey Gardens.  ...

Smashing Pumpkins: Siamese Dream (Reissue)

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 6 December 2011

FOR ALL its resonance amongst the youth of the day, the voice of grunge was old before its time and world-weary. Although their chagrin and ...

Amy Winehouse: Lioness – Hidden Treasures

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 14 December 2011

LIONESS: Hidden Treasures is an appropriately muted set, with Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi producing an honourable and moving tribute to the Amy Winehouse. In ...

Gorillaz: The Singles Collection 2001-2011

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 23 December 2011

WHAT THE HELL were Gorillaz? A pop curio, maybe? Hindsight suggests they were crucial in determining the shape of British pop in the millennium. Gorillaz ...

The Big Pink: Future This

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 5 January 2012

"WE'RE ALL made of gold!" Yay! We actually are! I can feel it. The gold, that is, IN ME! Wait, what? Are we gold? I'm ...

The Maccabees: Given To The Wild

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 17 January 2012

EVER SINCE THE bottom fell out of reedy-post-punk mid-last decade, fundamentally lightweight indie acts have taken to making grand statements. The efforts of say, Foals, ...

The Jimmy Castor Bunch: Remembering The Everything Man: A Jimmy Castor Interview

Retrospective and Interview by Angus Batey, The Quietus, 20 January 2012

Angus Batey pays tribute to the late Jimmy Castor, and we publish an extract from an extensive interview the journalist conducted with Castor over a ...

Sunn O))): Black Gold Of The Sunn O))): Earth's Loudest Band

Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 23 January 2012

Wyndham Wallace talks to Stephen O'Malley about volume, improvisation, the reissue of Sunn O)))'s debut album ØØ Void and Sunn O))) action figures… ...

Lana Del Rey: Born To Die

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 30 January 2012

ALL THAT FUSS over one song? You'd think there'd been a murder at the White House. ...

Emeli Sandé: Her Version Of Events: Emeli Sandé Interviewed

Interview by John Doran, The Quietus, 8 February 2012

Emeli Sandé discusses human brains, Virginia Woolf and Cher Lloyd with John Doran ...

Die Antwoord: Ten$ion

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 16 February 2012

COMEDY RAP act or conceptual art project? Whatever your opinion on rave-rappers Die Antwoord, their new album is a rare treat — South African pop ...

Jack, Anthony Reynolds: Anthony Reynolds

Retrospective by Chris Roberts, The Quietus, 23 February 2012

THE SONG 'Cinematic' name-checks Cocteau, Picasso and Warhol in the first lines before confessing that "I was never there, I only read the book, I ...

Adele: Why Adele Is The Pop Star We Need

Comment by Jude Rogers, The Quietus, 23 February 2012

Adele is a one woman cash vache! Get off her back losers, says Jude Rogers ...

David Sylvian: Laughter & Forgetting: The Strange & Frightening World Of David Sylvian

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 19 March 2012

A new compilation, A Victim Of Stars 1982-2012, celebrates thirty years of solo work by David Sylvian, who guides Wyndham Wallace through some of its ...

Damon Albarn, Blur, Bobby Womack: Damon Albarn: "I'm Sort Of English Melancholy"

Interview by Stephen Dalton, The Quietus, 27 March 2012

With an upcoming Blur show and a number of albums set for release in the coming months, Damon Albarn's 2012 looks set to be as ...

Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday – Roman Reloaded

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 2 April 2012

WHO NEEDS stylistic, conceptual unity, when you have seven producers and Lil Wayne for a financier?  ...

Denim, Felt, Go Kart Mozart: "I Want Lou Reed To Kick Me Down The Stairs" — Lawrence Interviewed

Interview by Jude Rogers, The Quietus, 6 April 2012

Indie-pop outsider extraordinaire Lawrence — the Felt/Denim/Go-Kart-Mozart frontman who turned 51 last month — talks to Jude Rogers about sounding like Nicki Minaj and his ...

Death Grips: The Money Store

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 26 April 2012

THERE’S HIGH comedy afoot on the old web-machine these days. Press attempts to answer the question "What are Death Grips?" have taken a turn for ...

Levitation: "Don't Question Everything": Levitation's Need For Not Revisited

Retrospective by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 15 May 2012

"They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it's night once more." Wyndham Wallace celebrates a forgotten classic 20 years ...

The Enemy:
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Review by Neil Kulkarni, The Quietus, 17 May 2012

THE NEW Enemy album is finally here. There it sits, being shite, in the noonday sun, attracting flies. Cross over the road my friend, ask ...

Levitation: Whirled Around: The Rise & Fall Of Levitation

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 23 May 2012

20 years ago, on the eve of their debut album's release, Levitation looked like they'd explode. Instead, a year later, they imploded. Wyndham Wallace invites ...

Björk, Cream, Fleet Foxes, Genesis, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Rush, The Who, Yes: In The Mood: The Favourite Albums Of Rush's Geddy Lee

Guide by Mick Middles, The Quietus, 29 June 2012

Mick Middles speaks to Rush bassist and singer Geddy Lee about his favourite albums of all times... and finds surprises amidst the classic of the ...

Frank Ocean: The Future's Bright: Frank Ocean's Channel Orange Track-by-Track

Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 3 July 2012

John Calvert heads along to a London studio for a first listen to the forthcoming album (much anticipated round these parts) from Frank Ocean ...

Pussy Riot Sentenced To Two Year Jail Term

Report by John Doran, The Quietus, 17 August 2012

RUSSIAN PUNK BAND Pussy Riot have been sentenced to two years in jail each after being found guilty of hooliganism earlier in the day. ...

The xx: Earthy & Complicated: The xx's Coexist Track By Track

Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 21 August 2012

Next month, London trio The xx release their much-anticipated second album Coexist. Luke Turner takes you on a track-by-track guide through its eleven "far more ...

Herbert Grönemeyer: Herbert Goes 'Banana': Germany's Biggest Star Takes On England

Profile and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 22 August 2012

Virtually unknown in Britain, Herbert Grönemeyer is a huge star in his native Germany, having sold 18 million albums. Now his sights are set on ...

Eccentronic Research Council, the, Maxine Peake: The Eccentronic Research Council And Maxine Peake: 1612 Underture

Review by John Doran, The Quietus, 22 August 2012

THROUGHOUT THE 17th century, witch-hunt fever was spreading virulently through the UK. Remote communities, once infected, turned in upon themselves and burned up. ...

Skrillex: 100% Shock & Awe: Skrillex Blasts Tiny Venue

Live Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 29 August 2012

THE SCENE IN the Shacklewell Arms is fairly typical of any gentrified boozer in the Hackney precinct, come Sunday night.  ...

Codeine: A New '90s US Edition Part Three: Codeine, A New Kind Of Stillness

Retrospective and Interview by Neil Kulkarni, The Quietus, 30 August 2012

Neil Kulkarni continues his secret history of US cult groups of the 1990s, this time speaking to Steven Immerwahr and Chris Brokaw of Codeine. ...

Lady Gaga: This Megalith Reality: Lady Gaga Live

Live Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 11 September 2012

I KNOW IT'S COMING, but when it finally does it's different to how I expected. It's far worse. Less than real.  ...

Lana Del Rey: An American Nightmare: Lana Del Rey Live

Live Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 27 September 2012

I MET HER last year. She talked about loneliness and how she never had any time for religion, until she got into some trouble in ...

AR Kane: A.R. Kane: The Future Came and Went

Retrospective and Interview by Neil Kulkarni, The Quietus, 11 October 2012

Neil Kulkarni speaks to Rudy Tambala, one half of A. R. Kane. ...

Angel Haze: Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London

Live Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 11 October 2012

In the latest Calvert Report, our man John Calvert starts to feel unusual as he sees Angel Haze live at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen. ...

Leslie Winer: "If I Hit You, You'd Feel It": Leslie Winer, Trip Hop's Forgotten Pioneer?

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 29 October 2012

Some argue that Leslie Winer aka © invented trip hop in 1990 with her ill-fated album, Witch. Now she's back with &c, a retrospective compilation ...

Death Grips: Pleasure in suffering? The problem with Death Grips live

Live Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 13 November 2012

A scholar of Death Grips, John Calvert expected to prostrate himself before the menace of MC Ride and Zach Hill. But is this the punk ...

Rihanna: A Sorry State — Pop Marketing & Rihanna's Unapologetic

Comment by Jude Rogers, The Quietus, 20 November 2012

Provocation for Profit? Assault as a Marketing Accessory? Why the Rihanna PR Machine show sad signs of our times ...

Royal Trux: Veterans Of Disorder: Royal Trux Interviewed

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, The Quietus, 22 November 2012

With their formative album Accelerator recently reissued, Neil Kulkarni asks Jennifer Herrema to look back over the noise-rock duo's career, taking in junkiedom, spectrum analysers ...

Come: Chris Brokaw and Thalia Zadek: Come On My Shirt, Come In My Ear

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, The Quietus, 17 January 2013

I'LL NEVER FORGET. 1994. A cold Wednesday morning in March. The Embassy Hotel, Bayswater. I'm sat down, inside, smoking 'cos you could back then, and ...

Kendrick Lamar: Bottled Lightning: Kendrick Lamar: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 23 January 2013

John Calvert heads to a cold Hammersmith to be blown away by Kendrick Lamar — "A private epiphany, the rest is history" ...

My Bloody Valentine: The Echo Of Youth: My Bloody Valentine live

Live Review by John Calvert, The Quietus, 30 January 2013

John Calvert takes his teenage dreams down to the Brixton Electric for a rare intimate gig by My Bloody Valentine. ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Push The Sky Away

Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 10 February 2013

RECENT YEARS have seen messageboards, pop gossip sites and magazines alike indulging in the pursuit of Brighton-based Nick Cave spotting. Nick Cave spotted waving a ...

Can, Conny Plank, Kraftwerk, Neu!: Conny Plank: The Soundtrack Of Our Youth

Profile by David Stubbs, The Quietus, 13 February 2013

As Gronland release a four-disc box set of the music of Conny Plank, David Stubbs remembers the "midwife of Krautrock"... ...

Savages: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 22 February 2013

SO JUST A YEAR after their first gig down in a manky former theatre in Brighton, Savages are here in the Electric Ballroom for an NME awards ...

David Bowie: The Next Day

Review by Chris Roberts, The Quietus, 26 February 2013

Chris Roberts is inspired out of his clothes and on to the dancefloor by David Bowie's glorious return. ...

Suede: Cheating The "Living Death": Suede Interviewed

Interview by Luke Turner, The Quietus, March 2013

They triumphed with their live return, and now they're about to release killer new album Bloodsports. Luke Turner speaks to Brett Anderson and Mat Osman ...

Ed Harcourt: Death Before Silence: Ed Harcourt's Baker's Dozen

Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 4 March 2013

Singer, songwriter, pianist and all round bon viveur Ed Harcourt talks to Wyndham Wallace about his favourite records. ...

My Bloody Valentine: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, The Quietus, 14 March 2013

Chris Roberts heads to MBV's final night of their UK tour and finds himself pondering linguistics and culture while stood in their volume wind-tunnel ...

Savages: Silence Yourself

Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 3 May 2013

INSPIRATION, NOT innovation, is what I look for in Savages. One Quietus reader insists, every time we write about them, on commenting "post punk karaoke", ...

Primal Scream: More Light

Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 13 May 2013

PRIMAL SCREAM have always been a hard band to really love. Their lurching from jangling dreamers (Sonic Flower Groove) to drug-touched genre benders (Screamadelica) to ...

Travis: How We Learned to Hate Travis and Why We May Be Wrong

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 28 May 2013

With Where You Stand, their seventh album – and first for five years – due out this summer, frontman Fran Healy joins Wyndham Wallace to ...

Sinead O'Connor: Institutionalised: The Faith and Courage of Sinead O'Connor

Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 5 June 2013

Though her personal life has often overshadowed her career, Sinead O'Connor remains a treasured musical force. Belatedly back on the road to promote her most ...

These New Puritans: Field Of Reeds

Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 10 June 2013

FIELD OF REEDS. It's that title that holds the key to These New Puritans' third album. Fields are terra firma, wilderness tamed, human use of ...

Prince: 25 Years On: Lovesexy Revisited

Retrospective by David Bennun, The Quietus, 10 July 2013

NOW I THINK OF IT, I'm struck by how seldom I have gone out and bought an album on the day it was released. In ...

Northern Uproar: All That Was Has Gone

Retrospective by Mick Middles, The Quietus, 30 July 2013

ONE MIGHT HAVE reasonably expected Northern Uproar to hail from some grisly and iconic mill town wedged into a Pennine Valley. Perhaps they would be ...

Nine Inch Nails: Scala, London — Still Dirty On The Inside

Live Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 21 August 2013

On the evidence of last night's Scala show, Nine Inch Nails have recharged their batteries in spectacular style, writes Luke Turner, highlighting the subtle undercurrents ...

Tears For Fears: This Is Going To Hurt: The Mad World Of Tears For Fears’ Debut LP

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 20 September 2013

In his 100th piece for The Quietus, Wyndham Wallace talks to five key figures behind Tears for Fears to present an epic oral history of ...

Kitchens of Distinction: An Accidental Comeback: Reassembling Kitchens of Distinction

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 23 September 2013

The return of Kitchens of Distinction was unexpected, even for the band. Wyndham Wallace joins them for their first face-to-face interview together in almost two ...

Morcheeba: Specs & Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll: True Stories Of Morcheeba

Profile and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 18 October 2013

Morcheeba may no longer be flavour of the month, or even the decade, but they've lived it large and survived to tell great tales. As ...

Boy George, Duran Duran, Bob Geldof, George Michael, Sting, U2, Midge Ure, Paul Young: A World Of Dreaded Fear: Band Aid's Unforgivable Crimes

Retrospective by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 10 December 2013

Band Aid raised awareness of a disastrous famine, as well as huge sums of money to try ease it. But, one year ahead of its ...

British Sea Power: From The Sea To The Land Beyond

Film/DVD/TV Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 11 December 2013

BRITISH SEA POWER'S rather schizophrenic identity has arguably been their commercial undoing. On one hand there's the indie group capable of writing songs with rousing ...

Wreath Lecture: Braying Crowds & The Accidental Death of Quiet Music

Comment by David Bennun, The Quietus, 12 December 2013

2013 was the year when crowds talking loudly at gigs became a universal aggravation, writes David Bennun. He asks why this is the case, and ...

Microdisney: An Improbable History: Microdisney Interviewed

Interview by David McKenna, The Quietus, 20 February 2014

David McKenna talks to Cathal Coughlan and Sean O'Hagan about the Rough Trade years. ...

Elbow: The Take Off and Landing of Everything

Review by Mick Middles, The Quietus, 17 March 2014

THREE YEARS BEYOND the nostalgic somnolence of Build A Rocket Boys and things have changed. Guy Garvey is now beyond an amicable split from his partner of ...

Blur, Elastica, Oasis, Pulp, Suede: Modern Life Isn't Rubbish: The Trouble With Britpop Nostalgia

Comment by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 10 April 2014

The mainstream media are currently engaged in a collective misty-eyed throwback to the 'glory days' of the mid 90s. Luke Turner, who was a teenager ...

Iggy Azalea: The New Classic

Review by Lucy O'Brien, The Quietus, 29 April 2014

"WHEN THE SMOKE clears I'm the last bandit," Iggy Azalea raps optimistically on 'Walk The Line', a stand-out track on her long-awaited debut album. ...

Satan's Scapegoat: The Daily Mail & Blaming Metal For Murder 


Comment by Joel McIver, The Quietus, 1 May 2014

The Daily Mail has once more blamed listening to heavy metal as in some way contributory to the tragic murder of Ann Maguire, and a recent teenage ...

Sleaford Mods: 
Divide And Exit

Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 2 May 2014

SLEAFORD MODS snap at you, lumber at you, insult you, your friends, probably some of your family too. They're a force of nature, of testosterone ...

Coldplay: Ghost Stories (Parlophone)

Review by Mr. Agreeable, The Quietus, 16 May 2014

TWO YEARS in the making, alternative rock band Coldplay's new album, essentially a concept piece about Chris Martin's break-up with Gwyneth Paltrow, has certainly garnered ...

Annette Peacock: She's The One: Annette Peacock Interviewed

Interview by John Doran, The Quietus, 3 June 2014

Annette Peacock is a stone cold original — an innovator, an outlier, authentically sui generis. John Doran talks to her about the timely reissue of ...

Chrissie Hynde: Talker Of The Town: Chrissie Hynde

Interview by Simon Price, The Quietus, 10 June 2014

Chrissie Hynde is releasing her first-ever solo album. But never mind that. Just let her talk. Because the legendary Pretenders leader can talk for London, ...

Black Sky Thinking: White Power And Black Pop: The Real Problem With 1Xtra's Power List 


Comment by Neil Kulkarni, The Quietus, 16 July 2014

Neil Kulkarni dissects the recent BBC 1Xtra Power List which featured three white acts in the top four... ...

Daniel Patrick Quinn: Acting The Rubber Pig

Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 25 July 2014

WHERE HAVE ALL the awkward bastards gone, the square pegs in round holes, those who wilfully follow difficult paths, to their own detriment, in a ...

Bark Psychosis: I Put A Spell On You: The Story of Bark Psychosis' Hex

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 14 August 2014

Twenty years after their debut album, Hex, Bark Psychosis' legacy may not be widely celebrated, but their influence is pervasive. Wyndham Wallace tells the complex, ...

Smiley Culture, Peter King, Papa Levi, Maxi Priest, Asher Senator, Tippa Irie: A Wild Feeling: The Vital Legacy Of Saxon Sound 


Retrospective by Neil Kulkarni, The Quietus, 26 August 2014

Commissioned by Kevin Martin as part of our Bug Week, Neil Kulkarni writes about the power, potency and legacy of the UK's premier dancehall sound ...

U2: Songs Of Innocence: On U2, Tax & Hypocrisy 


Comment by John Doran, The Quietus, 10 September 2014

John Doran is singularly unimpressed by U2's invocation of William Blake's Songs Of Innocence. Shouldn't they stop cosying up to morally bankrupt corporations, banks, philosophers, ...

Guppy Conquerors: The Joy Of Cod Reggae

Guide by Bill Brewster, The Quietus, 30 January 2015

We set crate digger extraordinaire Bill Brewster an unenviable task – prepare us a set culled just from cod reggae. Check out the YouTube playlist ...

Idlewild: Everything Ever Written

Review by Mike Diver, The Quietus, 9 February 2015

IDLEWILD HAVE been a band for twenty years now, and doesn't it show. The blood-rush riots that passed as early gigs have slipped beneath tangible ...

Curtis Mayfield: Revisiting Curtis Mayfield's There's No Place Like America Today

Retrospective by David Bennun, The Quietus, 16 April 2015

NOTE: This article was adapted by its author from a piece in the 1995 Melody Maker book Unknown Pleasures. ...

Blur: Who On Earth Are Blur? An Interview

Interview by Jude Rogers, The Quietus, 27 April 2015

Will the real Blur please step forward, asks Jude Rogers after speaking to them (individually) recently. ...

Lizzy Mercier Descloux: Rockfort: Remembering Lizzy Mercier Descloux

Retrospective by David McKenna, The Quietus, 10 September 2015

David McKenna looks back at the life of Parisian poet, painter and post punk musician, Lizzy Mercier Descloux. ...

A-ha: Their Valuable Hunting Life: The Rocky Road to A-Ha's Hunting High & Low

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 22 September 2015

Thirty years after a-Ha unveiled their debut, Hunting High & Low – and as they release a new album, Cast In Steel – Wyndham Wallace ...

The Weeknd: Overview Of A Vampire: A Closer Look At The Weeknd's Lyrics

Essay by John Calvert, The Quietus, 12 October 2015

John Calvert is a "guilt-ridden ultra-fan" of "misogynist" Canadian R&B star The Weeknd and here, instead of brushing the themes of his music under the ...

DM Stith: Interview: DM Stith on his new album Pigeonheart

Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 6 June 2016

After touring with Sufjan Stevens, and working on the Revival Hour's debut album with the Earlies' JM Lapham, DM Stith discusses the difficult genesis of ...

The Vinyl Staircase: Transmissions, Margate

Profile and Interview by John Doran, The Quietus, 6 June 2016

John Doran goes to Margate to visit the newly-opened Transmission. ...

Suicide, Alan Vega: A King Has Passed: Alan Vega Remembered

Retrospective by Tim Cooper, The Quietus, 18 July 2016

BY THE SUMMER of 1978, punk rock had lost the power to shock. The revolution that had shot an amphetamine rush into a moribund music ...

Eric Clapton, Morrissey: Eric Clapton & Enoch Powell To Morrissey: Race In British Music Since '76

Essay by David Stubbs, The Quietus, 9 August 2016

During an August 1976 gig in Birmingham, Eric Clapton made racist comments and praised Enoch Powell, inadvertently inspiring the Rock Against Racism campaign. Four decades ...

The xx's I See You

Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 12 January 2017

In The xx's third full-length effort, Luke Turner finds an album seemingly more geared toward the televisions syncs that catapulted their once affecting minimalism to ...

Revolutionary Army Of The Infant Jesus: Mirror

Review by Tim Cooper, The Quietus, 9 May 2017

LISTENING TODAY to Mirror, the second album by Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus that's about to receive its first vinyl release from Occultation Recordings ...

John Murry: A Short History Of Decay

Review by Tim Cooper, The Quietus, 19 July 2017

EVERYTHING ABOUT John Murry is blurred. From the Southern Gothic backstory to the near-death drug overdose to the recurring cycle of tragedy and redemption, right ...

The Clientele: Music For The Age Of Miracles

Review by David Bennun, The Quietus, 22 September 2017

Exotic and eerie tales from Hampshire, and the Clientele's first LP proper since 2009's Bonfires On The Heath  ...

Sleaford Mods: Eton Alive

Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 27 February 2019

Sleaford Mods new album is a huge leap forward and a welcome exploration of the nuances of masculine identity, says Luke Turner ...

Data, Driven: Spotify Under Surveillance

Book Review by Angus Batey, The Quietus, 30 March 2019

An academic team's look under the hood of the music-streaming giant arrives as worries over Silicon Valley snooping go mainstream. Angus Batey surveys the bookshop ...

Theon Cross: Cross Currents: Jazz Re:Fest 2019

Live Review by Angus Batey, The Quietus, 30 July 2019

The Jazz Re:Freshed crew celebrate another year of progress for their movement and their music with their seventh one-day festival in Brighton. Angus Batey goes ...

These New Puritans: "We're the last cult band"

Interview by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 11 February 2020

As These New Puritans prepare for a major Barbican concert, twin brothers Jack and George Barnett speak to Luke Turner about their grand plans and ...

Richard Russell: Better Music Through Listening: XL's Richard Russell Interviewed

Interview by Angus Batey, The Quietus, 11 April 2020

The XL Records boss on his first book, new LP, and how not to be a dickhead. ...

Celtic Frost: Bring Out Your Dead

Retrospective and Interview by John Doran, The Quietus, 1 June 2020

He may be a prophet without honour at home, but elsewhere Swiss musician Tom Gabriel Fischer is widely recognised to have shifted the course of ...

Regis: Let the Night Return

Review by Luke Turner, The Quietus, 29 January 2021

A recorded live performance by Karl 'Regis' O'Connor makes for a unique and delightfully daft visual album, finds Luke Turner ...

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