Euro 2016 Quarter Finals: Who Will Progress?

And then there were 8. The Euros’ first knockout round threw up a few surprises, the most prominent being England’s premature dismissal, the more-than-capable Croatia falling to a late goal in extra time and of course the flaccidity of Spain Continue reading Euro 2016 Quarter Finals: Who Will Progress?

Buzz

I don’t feel the electricity.
Only the coolness,
The shiver,
The sting.
The dampness of it all, Continue reading Buzz

The Vending Machine: Magnetised – Tom Odell

Taken from his new album, Wrong Crowd, ‘Magnetised’ is a more muscular effort from the Ivor Novello-winning Tom Odell. At first glance it seems like a stereotypical Tom Odell track, but the energy and pomp say otherwise. Continue reading The Vending Machine: Magnetised – Tom Odell

Listen To This: Alvvays

Alvvays, (pronounced ‘always’, not ‘all-vays’) may seem like a deliberately divergent typographic, bordering on pretentious, but one- the band name Always is already taken by a long-forgotten, English indie-pop band, and two- the ‘w’ divided into two broken ‘v’s’ Continue reading Listen To This: Alvvays

The Vending Machine: Machu Picchu – The Strokes

Beyond the turbulent guitar lines and Julian Casablancas’ aggressive vocal, there’s something more, something a little sacred. The lyrics are politically charged: ‘Platinum’s on the rise/Playboys in the sky’ mark society’s obsession with wealth, greed and consumerism. Continue reading The Vending Machine: Machu Picchu – The Strokes

The Beat Tapes: An Interview with David S. Wills (Part 1)

I completed this interview with Beatdom editor David S. Wills earlier in the year to help inform an article I wrote about the legacy of Jack Kerouac in the 21st Century with a sense of the academic. Unfortunately I couldn’t feature Wills’ quotations in the article due to the Continue reading The Beat Tapes: An Interview with David S. Wills (Part 1)

The Vending Machine: Past Lives – BØRNS

We’ve recently been bombarded with breathtaking visuals in the recent ‘Shot On iPhone’ series of Apple commercials. The advert featuring an arresting image of dispersing clouds against the background of a light blue sky, Continue reading The Vending Machine: Past Lives – BØRNS

The Vending Machine: Vice – Lisbon

Rattling the Vendor airwaves this week is new single ‘Vice’ from Newcastle indie rockers Lisbon. A delectable exploration of decadence and debauchery, ‘Vice’ acts as a means of escapism. Continue reading The Vending Machine: Vice – Lisbon

England vs Iceland: How the Three Lions can Overcome the Tournament’s Surprise Package

Iceland have well and truly torn up the script at Euro 2016 thus far. Iceland were already deemed highly unlikely to progress following the draw having been grouped with tournament dark horses Austria and Hungary and of course a Portugal side featuring Cristiano Ronaldo. Continue reading England vs Iceland: How the Three Lions can Overcome the Tournament’s Surprise Package

Listen To This: Hinds

A lot of readers will have heard of Hinds and possibly already listen to them knowing their recent prominence. The four-piece, hailing from Madrid, have emerged over the last two years from the sprawling garage rock scene in Madrid with support slots for Continue reading Listen To This: Hinds