Helmet: Dead To The World

Starting point: Life or Death or Bad News Personal Highlight: Look Alive Like any Australian who watched Rage after coming home from a night out or waking up early on a weekend – I’m aware of Helmet. They are the band pink guitar, shorts wearing band with a video that kept popping up every time a heavier […]

In Between: Locustvale

Entry point: Locustvale Personal favourite: Skin on Skin From the opening lines, this sounds promising. I’ve never heard of In Between before, two tracks into the album and I’m drawing comparisons to Rise Against and that pop influenced punk rock genre. Please note that the “pop influenced” is far from a bad thing, in my […]

Wang Wen: Sweet Home, Go!

Starting Point: Heart of Ocean Personal favourite: Heart of Ocean Things I’ve learned from Wang Wen: China has a post-rock scene. At least one Chinese post-rock band are up to album number nine. I really do know nothing. The above facts shouldn’t surprise me as much as they do, but in equal measure they please me. Music […]

pg.lost: Versus

pg. lost – Versus (2016) Entry point: Ikaros Personal highlight: Versus Adding a vocalist is something that every instrumental band I’ve been in has had suggested at one point or another. I’m sure someone at a live gig has come up to pg.lost and said “great sound, where’s your singer?” This music easily lends itself […]

The Sounds of Rooms

This video is a fantastic insight into how pivotal the sound of a room can be when recording drums. Same mics, same preamps with the same settings, (presumably) same distances between mic and source. Sound on Sound have done a great job of explaining an abstract concept with a demonstration. If nothing else this makes […]

The Rusty Camera Origin Story

I joined my first band when I was 12. A group of friends from high school, I can count at least 3 guitarists from memory (although Iron Maiden did it), too many bassists (myself included), no drummers and no singers beyond singing songs around campfires or me belting out Snowblind by Black Sabbath at the […]