Dave Brooks


Dave’s first gig was at Brixton Academy in 2002. Nickelback headlined. They played that song off of Spiderman. Looking back, it wasn’t the most promising introduction to live music. But it got him interested, at least.

Now living in East London, his main interest lies in writing about anything post-punk or vaguely left field. Honourable mentions go to Wire, The Beat, Throbbing Gristle, Television, The Teardrop Explodes, PiL, Fugazi, Jawbox, At the Drive-In, Shellac, Arthur Russell, Goat, Steve Reich, and Teeth of the Sea.

Also a closet progger, blasting Gong when his girlfriend isn’t home.

Does an exhausting Bruce Dickinson impression.



Articles by Dave Brooks

Ben Frost Album Launch – ICA, London

Bruising bass charges pummel the bewildered onlookers. Corrugated noise rips violently from his shrouded rig. A murderous frenzy builds, amorphously mutating, blinding, displacing . . . Nobody is dancing. The message is clear: this is is music to be withstood.

Matmos perform the music of Robert Ashley – The Barbican, London

Reimagining three of the original seven acts for the stage, US electronic duo Matmos provide a slick walk-through of Robert Ashley’s ‘Perfect Lives’.

Live Review: Teeth of the Sea at UNITY – New River Studios, London

Determined to counter the political apathy that sparked the whole brouhaha, Barton and his TotS bandmates responded with Unity, a day of live music to raise some cash for anti-hatred organisation Hope Not Hate. Dave Brooks made his way down to Stamford Hill’s New River Studios to check out their headline set.

Live Review: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Coronet Theatre, London

Dave Brooks went to the Coronet Theatre in London to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor. “It’s a masterful performance: captivating, intoxicating, and frankly unmissable.”

Live Review: Kaleidoscope – Islington Metal Works, London

Dave Brooks saw the Jonny Greenwood-influenced experimental saxophone quartet Kaleidoscope launch their debut album ‘Oil’ in London. “There are a lot of good minds in and around this quartet, and Kaleidoscope could take their project in any number of directions.”

Festival Review: HRH Prog 2016

Gaz Cloud, Charlie Gardner and Dave Brooks attended this year’s HRH Prog Festival. Read their extensive coverage, which includes photos taken by Charlie as well.

Live Review: Ty Segall & The Muggers – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

Dave Brooks saw Ty Segall & The Muggers at the O2 Forum Kentish Town. “Ty Segall may have lured in the armchair surfpunks with his juvenile frolics, but it’s his prodigal talent that’ll keep ‘em coming back for years to come. Brixton awaits.”

Psychic Ills – Inner Journey Out

Determined to tip cap to the luminaries, it falls short on both intrigue and assertion. By Dave Brooks

Live Review: Shellac and Helen Money – KOKO, London

Dave Brooks saw Shellac and Helen Money at KOKO in London. “Shellac’s live show is about much more than just a blistering set.”

Live Review: Fluffer Pit Party No. 7

Dave Brooks went to the 7th instalment of the Fluffer Pit Parties at a secret warehouse location in London. “Fluffer’s brilliantly curated set list produces a day out that will live long in the memory.”

Live Review: Bad Breeding – The Old Blue Last, London

Dave Brooks saw anarcho-punks Bad Breeding at The Old Blue Last in London. “Bad Breeding have plenty to be angry about; but as one of Britain’s most exciting political acts they can take great pride in the way they’re challenging Westminster’s thoroughbred negligence.”

Interview: Khaled Lowe and James Gomez Arellano from Messenger

At the recent HRH Prog festival Dave Brooks caught up with Khaled Lowe (guitars/vocals) and James Gomez Arellano (drums/percussion) from Messenger to tell Dave how forgotten family, lost heroes and a few new additions have helped shape their second album ‘Threnodies’.

Interview: Bojan Preradovic and Gorgin Asadi from Empty Yard Experiment

At the recent HRH Prog festival David Brooks caught up with Bojan Preradovic and Gorgin Asadi from Empty Yard Experiment to ask them about creating a scene in one of the world’s most transient cultural landscapes, their plans to follow up 2014’s critically-acclaimed album ‘Kallisti’, and the best soundtrack to a good floss.

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