Author Archives: Jason Holmes

The Sound of Silence: What’s Become of the Protest Song?

If the past three years haven’t been sufficient to drive home the point, then perhaps it needs restating. We live in compelling political times, the reality starker than before, the populace engrossed by the ongoing national conversation. It’s been an…

ALBUM: Pixies ‘Beneath The Eyrie’

‘Beneath The Eyrie’ by the Pixies comes at you like a wave – twenty feet high, drenched from the players’ exertions and all American. It’s an important record right now because it helps explain what has happened to rock made…

LIVE: MOTHER EARTH at the 100 CLUB, 27.6.19

From the Mayor of London’s office come dubious missives promising a halt to the capital’s cultural drain, but that the office continues to oversee the closure of live venues across central London means that all musicians – and that means…

ALBUM: PAT DAM SMYTH ‘The Last King’

If music hadn’t found him and permitted him self-expression, Pat Dam Smyth would have excelled as a performance poet, the curious fervency of his voice long nourished by the proselytising city in which he made his musical bones. The Northern…

ALBUM: THE WATERBOYS ‘WHERE THE ACTION IS’

With a wealth of music made and stacked high behind him, upon which he can hang the sign ‘Legacy’, Mike Scott has returned with a record made accessible for anyone not familiar with his previous work. With an ever revolving…

ALBUM: ‘LÉON’ by LÉON

The official video for ‘You And I’ begins and ends with pyjamas. They fill the screen. The promo, shot and cut with the elan of the young Scorsese/Schoonmaker partnership, arrests the eye. The rooms through which she walks are beautifully…