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: Komatsu – ‘Call Of The Wolves’

Eindhoven quartet, Komatsu, reveal their powers of mass construction and resurrect a rare desert flower in their forthcoming album Rose of Jericho. Light meets heavy and desolation meets beauty in the nine powerful songs that make up their fourth LP. R …

Video Premiere: Evan Gildersleeve – ‘Mortal’

Photo: Olly Burn ‘Mortal’ is the debut single from London-based composer and electronic musician Evan Gildersleeve. Available on Bandcamp in aid of the charity, Mind, the piece explores Evan’s personal challenges with mental health, his search for soli …

Exclusive Album Premiere: Plastic Barricades – Self-Theories

Welcome to a pre-release of Self-Theories, an album about despair and hope, anxiety and optimism, lack of self-esteem and active search for it, maladies of the modern world, our responsibilities and reinventing ourselves for the sake of …

Video Premiere: Divide and Dissolve – Denial

Photo: Billy Eyers Gas Lit is the new album by the multidimensional duo Divide and Dissolve, incoming on Invada Records on 29 January, and produced by Ruban Neilson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The album is preceded today by the second single and power …

Under The Influence – Juanita Stein

Brighton- based Australian singer-songwriter, Juanita Stein, shares the three albums that are her greatest musical influnces. . .

Album Premiere: OEM Compilation 1

OEM Compilation I by various artists Founder member of OEM, Adriana Cicccone, writes:How did the idea of putting together a compilation album start?Covid has pretty much put an end to live shows. The music industry has been hit hard by the pandemic. …

Under The Influence – Axel Flóvent

Icelandic singer-songwriter, Axel Flóvent, shares three records that have influenced his music.

Video Premiere: S. McLean – ‘As You Consume My Oxygen’

Driven by his personal experience as a migraine sufferer, S. McLean’s debut EP Between Heart and Lung serves as an exploration of how the post-migraine state affects the listening experience. Video premiere, ‘As You Consume My Oxygen’ is the first of t …

Exclusive Album Premiere: Karhide – Erasable Assignments

What is a guitar, anyway? That’s a question Karhide has been asking for more than a decade now. From early releases that coupled the blowtorch intensity of Pelican with the assembly-line heaviness of Godflesh, his initial answer seemed to be a declarat …

Video Premiere: Fly Pan Am – ‘Mirror Cracks Seeking Interiority’

Pseudo-legendary Montréal avant-rock band Fly Pan Am released three LPs and an EP in Constellation’s early years, celebrated for their unique collision of shoegaze maximalism, musique concrète, Minimalist repetition, guitar and electronic skronk, analo …

Under The Influence – October Drift

Rising Indie rockers, October Drift, pick the four albums that are their greatest influences. . .

Exclusive Album Premiere: Saffronkeira with Paolo Fresu – In Origine: The Field of Repentance

Paolo Fresu. Photo: Roberto Cifarelli Saffronkeira. Photo: Mario Saragato   “It is time for man to set a goal for himself. It is time for man to plant the seed of his highest hope. His soil is still rich enough for it. But that soil will one day b …

Under The Influence with Larry Schemel of Death Valley Girls

“There’s been so many albums and bands that are very important to me and I have so many memories connected to each one. So I focused on my formative teenage years of 13–18 with the albums that opened my mind, led me in new directions and still stay with me today.”

Exclusive Video Premiere: John Garrison – ‘Blissfully Ignorant’

There is no escape from the bad news. It’s on every news stand, every TV screen, in every conversation, on every social media page, with 24-hour news updates to remind us. There is no respite. So just imagine how good it would feel to be totally unawar …

Video Premiere: Novarupta – ‘Every Shade of Water’

Named after one of the largest volcanic eruptions of the 20th Century, this November, Alex Stjernfeldt’s Novarupta will again join forces with Suicide Records for the release of Marine Snow; the second instalment in a series of four albums that concept …

Exclusive Album Premiere: Mugstar – Graft

Centripetal Force (North America) and Cardinal Fuzz (UK/Europe) are excited to announce the upcoming release of Mugstar’s GRAFT, the follow-up album to their much-lauded live collaboration with Can’s Damo Suzuki released earlier this year. After experi …

Exclusive Video Premiere: Hey Colossus – ‘Donkey Jaw’

Photo: Elisa Thompson Constant motion is also something Hey Colossus know a little about, now into their eighteenth year as a band in a never-ending search for new trouble and new epiphanies. When this geographically sprawling iteration of the band fir …

Exclusive Video Premiere • Kalandra – ‘Borders’

Photo: Are Næsset Norwegian alternative rock band Kalandra today premiere their video for ‘Borders’ taken from their forthcoming  debut album, The Line on By Norse Music. Weaving ethereal melodies into raw and eerie musical landscapes, Kalandra deliver …

Video Premiere: Wardruna – ‘Kvitravn’

Photo: Kim Öhrling Wardruna today shares the title track, and pinnacle moment of their upcoming album, Kvitravn (White Raven). A music video produced by Ragnarok Films reveals a powerful narrative centered around this sacred, elusive creature, and name …

Video Premiere: Collapse Under The Empire – Red Rain

‘Red Rain’ by Collapse Under The Empire is the first single from the forthcoming album Everything We Will Leave Beyond Us With their eighth full-length release Collapse Under The Empire set to music a dark world that is out of control. Hotspots everywh …

Exclusive Track Premiere: Burden Limbs – Shallow Hypochondriac (ToTS Mike Bourne Remix)

SURGERY the first remix album from Burden Limbs will be released on October 23 by Glasshouse Records. The eight-track re-working of the band’s debut EP There Is No Escape features a range of different mutations of the Burden Limbs sound. Where the orig …

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