Charlie Gardner


“We could have been a really good stadium band. It would have not been any good for the personalities in the band – it would have driven us all absolutely insane I would have thought. Any level of success would have made us worse people in my opinion. We could have been really good at it though. It didn’t happen and that’s that – it is what it is. It’s not a good or bad thing, just a thing. I would have liked to have made that second record though. There’s nothing wrong with being unknown, with being anonymous, it’s what almost everyone is – but try telling that to an arrogant idiot in his early twenties. . .”
Michael J Hall, Nebraska

Articles by Charlie Gardner

Under the Influence – TUTUPATU

We celebrate TUTUPATU’s debut release IV as they fittingly share IV records that have been huge influences on their music.

Exclusive Video Premiere: Dragged Up – ‘Missing Person’

In typical fashion, they have spawned a home-made video for the new release. With one camera and a broken tripod, we follow a self-appointed sleuth and her misplaced devotion to answering the question no-one asked: “Whatever Happened To Dragged Up?”

Exclusive Video Premiere: TSO – ‘Already Knew’

Founded a decade ago by Marco and Andrea Abbrescia, TSO purveys an unadulterated 90s heavy-rock sound; songs that brim with infectious hooks, a healthy dose of distortion, melody-driven guitars and brooding vocals.

Exclusive Video Premiere: Observers – ‘Moon Doom’

Introducing Observers and The Age of the Machine Entities an instrumental heavy metal reimagining of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Exclusive Track Premiere: Big Scenic Nowhere – ‘Sarah Smile’

Like many of the best things in life, the root collaboration behind Big Scenic Nowhere between guitarists Gary Arce of Yawning Man and Bob Balch of Fu Manchu started with tacos. Specifically, Del Taco.

Exclusive Video Premiere: Cower – Hard-Coded in the Souls of Men

Featuring the musical might of Tom Lacey (Yards, The Ghost of a Thousand), Wayne Adams (Petbrick, JAAW, Big Lad) and Gareth Thomas (USA Nails, The Eurosuite) COWER is a collaborative project of three friends celebrating a lifetime of music exploration together.

Exclusive Track Premiere: Yama Uba – ‘Shapes’

I’ve always been attracted to shapeshifters in folklore, and curious as to why their ability to change form incites fear. But I thought if I was a shapeshifter, I would feel more fear during the vulnerable state of change itself. We experience that sort of thing in our most intimate relationships. . .

Under the Influence – VIRTA

Helsinki’s experimental post-rockers pick three albums that have hugely influenced their-just released LP, Horros

Exclusive Video Premiere: A.L. Lacey – ‘Memo’

The crux of ‘Memo’ is Sun Tzu’s well-worn phrase, ‘keep your friends close; keep your enemies closer’. It is, by far, the angriest moment on the album. . .

Under the Influence with Dylan LeBlanc

To celebrate his just-released LP, Coyote, we asked singer-songwriter Dylan LeBlanc to share four records that were hugely influential on his new album.

Exclusive Video Premiere: Pound Land – New Labour

‘New Labour’, serves as perfect introduction to Pound Land and the album, Violence – all grime and grind but definitely no glitter!

Exclusive Track Premiere: Forêt Endormie – ‘La chaleur était rare’

Describing themselves as “Apocalyptic Chamber Folk”, Forêt Endormie is a chamber ensemble formed in 2016 by Falls of Rauros guitarist and composer Jordan Guerette, hailing from the “Forest City” of Portland, Maine (USA).

Exclusive Video Premiere: MXLX – ‘Kitab Siriyun’

On listening to the opening track from Saint, lead single, ‘Kitab Siriyun’, a joyful life of enheavyment and riffology can be sensed. Seismic doomy riffs with processed black n’ roll drums might sit satisfyingly between the sturm of Kverletak and the drang of Neurosis but that is just a fraction of what is going on here. . .

Exclusive Video Premiere: Super Pink Moon – FearKnight

“From a musical point of view, it’s just home experiments, as always a mixture of all styles. Some tracks have more electronics, some less. I would love it to be listened to not as background music, but how can I force anyone, right?”

Featured Track: Honeycrush – ‘Split Lung’

“You know sometimes you just need to shut down the chatter in your brain and let yourself do what you’re doing. I’m so proud to release this song today but mostly I’m glad I wrote it when I did.”

Exclusive Video Premiere: Dragged Up – Hex Domestic

Like classic CBGBs proto-punk transplanted to rain-drenched Scottish streets. . .

Video Premiere: Zahn – ‘Apricot’

A triumph of febrile imagination, ‘Apricot’ proves to be far more inspiration than perspiration. It’s not only tangerines that dream. . .

Under The Influence with Anna Brønsted (Our Broken Garden)

To celebrate her first new album since 2010, we asked Anna Brønsted to share several albums that have proved hugely influential on her during her long hiatus.

Track Premiere: Sophia Space Agency – ‘What a Mess’

Sophia Space Agency (Melpomeni Kermanidou) is a vocalist, keyboard player, composer, producer, sound artist and performance artist.

Featured Track: Lance Gurisik – Cull Portal pt. III

Cull Portal is an exploration of modal harmony and improvisation, extrapolated over the course of eight tracks. Woozing analog synths, grand piano, string section, live drums and Jeremy Rose’s tenor sax set the tone for this spiritual jazz/ electronic release.

Exclusive Video Premiere: Plastic Barricades – ‘Second-hand Dreams’

London indie-rock band Plastic Barricades is back with a new single ‘Second-hand Dreams’ on August 17. ‘Second-hand Dreams’ explores the world where we are always on a cusp of a better life, but never quite there. . .

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