Vinyl Frontier: Retro Reviews: Blur – Modern Life Is Rubbish


by Andrew David James ….In 1994 fresh faced Indie darlings Blur released the album Parklife and their lives would never be the same again. Over the next half decade they would become one of the most important British bands of the last 30 years, entrenched in the Brit Pop phenomenon and then able to emerge from the seedy hyperbole […]

Vinyl Frontier: Retro Reviews: Oasis – Don’t Believe The Truth


by Andrew David James …By 2005 British rock music was on the crest of a wave not seen since 1997. The vast majority of bands and acts who had been involved back then were not able to enjoy the renaissance but one band, very familiar to the British public, somehow had defied everything to be […]

Vinyl Frontier Retro Reviews: Beady Eye – Still Speeding, Different Gear


By Andrew David James….. ‘Beady Eye’ are basically, for the uninitiated, Oasis Mk V. (Or if you are feeling pedantic, Rain Mk VII) Like ‘The Faces’ or ‘Fleetwood Mac’ they have a complicated family tree but I love a good history lesson. The original line up consisted of five young lads from Manchester: Noel Gallagher  (lead guitar, songwriter) brother Liam (singer), Paul […]

Vinyl Frontier: Retro Reviews: Graham Coxen The Golden D


by Andrew David James ….The Golden D? WTF? Apparently in 2000 that was Graham’s favourite chord. Hopefully, in subsequent years he has learned some others. Seriously speaking however Graham Coxon was an ever present throughout the 00’s, writing and recording 6 albums. The range of his conceits was quite staggering, the germ being here in this album. His […]

Vinyl Frontier: Retro Reviews: Gaz Coombes – Here Come The Bombs


by Andrew David James ….Predictably, you cannot get too far talking about Gareth Coombes without referring to the band of which he was a member for nearly twenty years. Any solo releases from the former members were always going to be interesting purely so we might dissect the Supergrass sound and who, in what was a close knit […]

Vinyl Frontier: Retro Reviews: Bob Frank & John Murray – World Without End


By Elliott Childs …Hands down this is the most maudlin album I own. I own records by Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Nick Drake and nearly everything Mark Kozelek has ever released but this is the darkest of the lot. It’s not subtle about it either. Not the most ringing endorsement, but depressing, sad music is not a bad thing. There have […]

Vinyl Frontier: Retro Reviews: Queen – Innuendo


by Andrew David James ….Most ‘70’s rock bands had been too anachronistic or two dimensional to continue during the next decade with any real impact yet Queen were able to succeed. Perhaps not seamlessly if you listen to the awkward ‘Hot Space’ but by ‘The Works’ in 1984 they were just as much at the party as Duran Duran or Boy […]

Vinyl Frontier: Retro Reviews: Nirvana – In Utero


by Andrew David James ….So much has already been said about Nirvana that writing anything original is something of a challenge. But ask most students of music and they will tell you about the merits of breakthrough ‘Nevermind’. Speak to the hardcore fans and they will hark back to ‘Bleach’. Yet for musical nourishment with another respect […]

Vinyl Frontier: Retro Reviews: The Hang Up & Vertigo – Du Huskers


review by Elliott Childs …It’s hard to underestimate how much impact Hüsker Dü made. They are often credited with single handily inventing indie rock, along with being one of the most interesting and clever bands in hardcore punk. Though they were short lived, lasting less than 9 years, they managed to wield more influence on music than […]

Vinyl Frontier: Retro Review: Cast – All Change


In 1990’s Britpop there was a hierarchy of bands. It went Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Supergrass and, arguably, Cast. Based on record sales and fan base, they made up the top branches of the movement with acts like Elastica, Sleeper and Kula Shaker inhabiting the football equivalent of the Europa League. Yet Cast were, at the time, treated with unfair patronization and a certain amount of snobbery, especially […]

Vinyl Frontier: Retro Reviews: Big Chief – Face


Review by Elloitt Childs …I’ve heard it argued by people (especially with the recent 20th anniversary of Nevermind) that Grunge was the last big movement in Rock and Roll. Since 1994 when Kurt Cobainchose to remove himself from the equation, there has not been a sub-genre that has equalled the resonance that grunge had with the general […]

Vinyl Frontier: Retro Reviews: Michael Kiwanuka – Tell Me A Tale


Review by Elliott Childs …Today I take a break from my usual remit of bringing you lost and forgotten albums and try something a bit different, but still mining a similar vein. If you are anything like I am, music is very strongly connected to emotions, people, places and certain times.   Usually these connections […]

Vinyl Frontier: Retro Reviews – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds


by Andrew David James …After 15 years struggling along with his failed outfit Oasis, little known singer/songwriter Noel Gallagher decided to leave the group after a rather nasty altercation with lead singer and his younger brother Liam that involved a plum. Oasis had a small but loyal fan base who followed them as they toured British Legions and Working […]

Retro Review: 7 Seconds – Soulforce Revolution


by Elliott Childs …Ever since Michael Azerad‘s wonderful book, Our Band Could Be Your Life changed my listening habits and opened my ears to the history of independent rock and American hardcore punk, I’ve paid attention to how these bands, the hardcore acts especially, changed their sound as time went on. Most of these acts were short lived […]

Vinyl Frontier: Retro Reviews: Kula Shaker – K


by David Andrew James ….Britpop. Celebrated at the time and under constant scrutiny ever since. For about 3 or 4 years in the mid-1990’s, the United Kingdom felt like the centre of the universe for the first time since 1967. Oasis and Blur, Kate Moss, Primrose Hill, Camden Town, Trainspotting,Damien Hirst, Jarvis Cocker… The band ‘Pop Will Eat Itself’ had a […]