Author Archives: Jason Holmes

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…

ALBUM: SLEEPER ‘The Modern Age’

Making a comeback is a tricky thing to pull off. Things have changed since you’ve been away. The industry has for one thing, your face and voice for another. Then there are your energy levels. Your memory is also affected….

ALBUM: MONKS ROAD SOCIAL ‘Down The Willows’

‘If you have to kick against the pricks, must you mention them by name?’ asked John Osborne once upon a time. The answer, in this case, is No. There is not enough time to kick out against a confederacy of…

ALBUM: Cellar Doors ‘Cellar Doors’

If we’re to accept that we live in transitional times and that political shifts have, for a long while, starved the arts of much-needed funding, then this eponymously-named debut musical statement from Cellar Doors arrives just in time. Having performed…