Charlie Gardner

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“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

Exclusive Track Premiere: Light Creates Shadow – ‘Post Truth’

Light Creates Shadow is the musical project of Marc Changnon, Adam Young and Jered Johnson. Based in Portland Oregon, LCS has developed a distinct style that bends genres and creates a reinterpretation of the loud-quiet-loud dynamic.

Under The Influence with Bridear

J-Metal’s Fukuoka Five share a quintet of albums that are their greatest influences.

Exclusive Video Premiere: Blind Eye – ‘Breakdown’

Blind Eye. Photo: Lee Thornton Nottingham has always been a melting pot for heavy music. For a small city, it has boasted more than its fair share of genre defining bands and artists, not to mention record labels. Bands cross-pollinate, form projects a …

Under The Influence with Myles Newman

Rising Americana singer-songwriter, Myles Newman, shares three albums that have been major influences on his music.

Video Premiere – Maius Mollis – ‘The Tide Turned’

Echoes and Dust are proud to premiere the video for ‘The Tide Turned’, the debut single by Newcastle songwriter Maius Mollis and released on Both Sides Records. A sombre and efficacious composition discussing love, grief, and mental health, it’s a stan …

Exclusive Album Premiere: Orochen – Anthroposcenic

Taking their name from an ethnic minority group indigenous to Northern China, Orochen are more than just a band, they are a political collective harnessing the power of music as a means to achieve a just and right end.   Chiefly preoccupied with t …

Track Premiere: Katie Malco – Brooklyn

‘Brooklyn’ is a frustrated plea from singer-songwriter Katie Malco to her friend to return home – a love song to a cherished friendship where an absence is sorely felt. The release comes as part of a series of stripped-down songs from Malco’s debut alb …

Under The Influence with Caitlin Woelfle-O’Brien from Blunt Chunks

Blunt Chunks, the project of Toronto-based Caitlin Woelfle-O’Brien (Jaunt) will release her self-titled debut EP on May 6 via Telephone Explosion Records. The new EP, which can be downloaded here, also features members of The Weather Station, Broken So …

Exclusive Video Premiere: Olanza – Constant

Human Worth are super proud to premiere the video single ‘Constant’ from Bristol trio Olanza’s intoxicating new album, with a portion of proceeds donated to charity. As an instrumental three-piece Olanza have long explored the interplay between loud wi …

Under The Influence with LibraLibra

A chaotic postmodern Frankenstein’s monster, LibraLibra sits simmering in the fractured space between art-pop and punk. A Pandora’s box that first opened itself to the world in 2018, LibraLibra has continued to erode the stability of convention with ea …

Video Premiere: Moundabout – Bring Me Stones

John Doran writes: Moundabout is a new folk project based in Ireland by Paddy Shine of Gnod and Phil Masterson of Los Langeros/Damp Howl/Bisect, but the words ‘new’ and ‘folk’ need to be treated with care here. Listening to Flowers Rot, Bring Me Stones …

Video Premiere: The Moral High Ground – Take The Cash

Photo: Dom Wallace North-East London’s anthemic, wonky alt-rockers The Moral High Ground release their new single and music video ‘Take The Cash’ via Glasshouse Records. Written and recorded during the start of lockdown, ‘Take The Cash’ is an introspec …

Album Premiere: Wrack – Repulsive Gravity

Wrack is a one-man metal band formed in 2009 by Bay Area producer and multi-instrumentalist Tyler Cox. The music of Wrack at times recalls the aggro post-metal of early Isis, the patient math-riffing of Nothing-era Meshuggah, or the grandiose soundscap …

Exclusive Video Premiere: Gnod – Still Runnin’

The formation of Gnod’s new album Hexen Valley began in summer 2021 when Paddy Shine moved to Hebden Bridge to join fellow protagonists Chris Haslam and Jesse Webb in a co-op house at the 200-year-old NutcloughTavern. As has been the case since the for …

Exclusive Video Premiere: Die! Die! Die! – This Is Not An Island Anymore (Live Session)

New Zealand trio Die! Die! Die! are back to their original breakout line-up for the acclaimed forthcoming seventh album, This Is Not An Island Anymore, release on February 18. Since their debut in 2005, Die! Die! Die! has blended a powerful a …

Video Premiere: The Blank Canvas – Unknown Star System

Italian post-metal veterans The Blank Canvas are set to release their second album studio album Dark Mirage on February 18 2022 via Drown Within Records, Vollmer Industries and Zero Produzioni. An unprecedented scenario made of broken grooves, heavy an …

Video Premiere: Noble Jacks – ‘Never Been Here Before’

Riding a wave of momentum following the critical and commercial success of 2019’s Stay Awake album launch, and a huge tour with The Dead South, Noble Jacks were heading into 2020 and beyond with stars in their eyes. We all know what happened next. “Cov …

Track Premiere: Big’n – ‘Moonshine’

Photo: Kim Ambriz DTS 25 is an expanded reissue of Big’n’s Steve Albini-recorded album, first released in 1996 and freshly remastered by Carl Saff with the addition of many previously unheard demos.. Digitally restored from an unearthed cassette tape l …

Artwork: Sven Soric

Exclusive Album Premiere: Omnibael – Rain Soaks the Earth Where They Lie

  Crawling into virtual space during the Covid-19 pandemic, Omnibael had ideas. Diverse, divergent, wide-ranging ideas, but ideas which centred around the creation of noise. The noise came before the identity, before any kind of cohesion …

Exclusve Album Premiere: Touched By Ghoul – Cancel The World

Funny story: Chicago’s quartet of weirdos Touched By Ghoul recorded their sophomore album Cancel The World at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio in July 2019 with the title already in place. They mixed it in January 2020, and then …

Under the Influence with CLT DRP

One of the most talked-about bands on the Brighton scene, CLT DRP have an exciting 2022 of headline touring ahead of them. We caught up with the experimental electropunks and asked them to choose three records that have been major influences on their music. . .

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