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Articles by Charlie Gardner

Me and That Man

We’re here to take a communion of sorts with Nergal and celebrate his album ‘Songs of Love and Death’, a side project with Anglo-Polish bluesman John Porter. Together, they are Me and That Man. At least, I think they are, because the shadowy figures taking the stage through a fog, to the ominous accompaniment of the harmonica theme from ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’, might just as easily be the Spaghetti Western Orchestra.

Clutch, Valient Thorr and Lionize – Roundhouse, London

Everyone, it seems, loves Clutch; and in turn, they provide an all-points meeting place for fans from a myriad of genres. Charlie Gardner joined the party and Magda Wrzeszcz took the pictures to prove it…

Katie Kim – Salt

Katie Kim is an enchantress, and Salt sees the visionary singer-songwriter at last set loose in a properly expansive landscape. An outstanding album of elemental beauty that teeters on the edge of darkness…

Live Review: Red Fang, Torche and God Damn

Charlie Gardner saw Torche light up the seafront and Red Fang make Brighton rock!

Triple Sun – The City Lies in Ruins

Hypnotic and entrancing, ‘The City Lies in Ruins’ may not be psychedelia, but it’s certainly Trip-le Sun. – By Charlie Gardner

Live Review: Mugstar and Luminous Bodies – Green Door Store, Brighton

Charlie Gardner went on a walking tour of Brighton, and managed to fit in Mugstar and Luminous Bodies on the way…

Messenger – Threnodies

‘Illusory Blues’ was a fine debut, but in many ways it was an illusion. The Messenger story starts here with ‘Threnodies’, and it’s a story you need to listen to. The message is simply this: Messenger rock! – By Charlie Gardner

Interview: Annie Haslam from Renaissance

On the eve of their UK tour, Renaissance’s Annie Haslam talked to Charlie Gardner about painting, patronage and why the band, now in their fifth decade, have never really seen themselves as prog rockers.

Matmos – Ultimate Care II

I can’t pretend I’ll be taking it out of the airing cupboard again any time soon; but if the Matmos crew were to fly me out to the States to see them play it live, I’d happily take in their washing for the next six months… By Charlie Gardner

Live Review: Baroness – The Garage, Glasgow

Siobhan Hogarty saw Baroness in Glasgow recently. “They deliver a thunderous rendition and the closing vocal refrain is roared back, as all of us in the room realise how lucky we are to have such a band around.”

Serious Beak – Ankaa

‘Ankaa’ is nothing less than a stunning record. It’s a masterpiece: a symphonic concept album that demands its movements be played in sequence, and in one sitting, and which rewards you handsomely for doing so. – By Charlie Gardner

Live Review: Sweet Billy Pilgrim and Bruce Soord – Green Door Store, Brighton. September 15th, 2015.

Charlie Gardner went to the Green Door Store in Brighton and found that Bruce Soord without a pineapple isn’t as sweet as Sweet Billy Pilgrim…

Live: Guapo and HIRVIKOLARI – The Lexington, London. 3rd September 2015

Since recently moving to London, I had not yet been to a prog show and was in dire need. Guapo were the answer, playing with support from HIRVIKOLARI at The Lexington. By Cameron Piko

Live Review: Anathema and Messenger – Concorde 2, Brighton. July 26th, 2015.

Charlie Gardner went to the Concorde 2 in Brighton to see Anathema play a good set, but they definitely need to enjoy the wider acclaim they so richly deserve and start playing the bigger venues.

Live Review: Knifeworld, Ham Legion, M u m m y and Stephen Evens – The Prince Albert, Brighton. May 30th, 2015.

Charlie Gardner went to The Prince Albert in Brighton to see Knifeworld, Ham Legion, M u m m y and Stephen Evens pay tribut to Tim Smith from Cardiacs.

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