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

Video Premiere: Repo Man – ‘Sirhan Sirhan’

What is Me Pop Now? A continuum of descendants of the Ig? A comment on the self-fixated modern malaise/ discombobulation of individuality? A nifty film quotation? A trip into the commercially viable? All of the above and more?

Exclusive Album Premiere: AATHMA – Dust From a Dark Sun

We aimed to achieve an altered state of consciousness while making and performing this album so that we, along with the listener, could take a deep dive into the cosmos and beyond.

Exclusive Video Premiere: Tryst Arcane – LURA

‘LURA’ reminisces about childhood summer days spent with friends and loved ones who are no longer with us. This song is a homage to their memory while expressing deeply the wish to meet again by living a space-time shift, like a magical journey. . .

Under The Influence with Pickle Darling

To celebrate their new LP Laundromat, out today via Father/Daughter Records, Lukas Mayo (Pickle Darling) reveals four records that have hugely influenced their unique fusion of folk and DIY pop.

Exclusive Video Premiere: Erei Cross – Live Session

Erei Cross was born in 2019, when Adrien Grousset and Laetitia Finidori,decided to join forces and work on a new project. Adrien is renowned for his work with Hacride and Carpenter Brut, but this is Laetitia’s first experience as a recording artist.

Exclusive Video Premiere: OK WAIT – Live Session at SoundPauli Studio Hamburg, May 2023

Hamburg’s HDR Noise and Post Rock power-trio play ‘Horses’, ‘Switch’ and ‘Mantra’ from thier forthcoming album SIGNAL via Golden Antenna Records, and prove it’s worth waiting for!

Under The Influence with Teri Gender Bender

Celebrating the release of her new video, ‘You Got The Man’, and her forthcoming tour with The Mars Volta, the exuberant Le Butcherettes frontwoman shares four records that have hugely influenced her unique style of music.

Exclusive Album Premiere: King Howl – Homecoming

King Howl’s new album, Homecoming, represents a new chapter in the band’s stylistic universe. . . A mix of blues, stoner, psychedelia, and classic rock that paints the soundscape of an on-the-road story set in 1960s America. . .

Exclusive Album Premiere: Lorenzo Stecconi – Ambula ab intra

Ambula ab intra is an oneiric travel into the depths of the psyche, experiencing the inner path into Self. The outcome is an ethereal work of heavy ambient guitar soundscapes.

Featured Video: Object as Subject – ‘Temporary Bodies’

Paris Hurley’s poetic punk and post-rock ritual, a beautifully choreographed cri de coeur for freedom taken from her new album, HERETIC, via Lost Future Records.

Under The Influence with The Heavy

True to their name, The Heavy gave us considered and heartfelt responses as they chose the four albums that have proved the greatest influences on their music.

Under The Influence: Michelle Malley from IRESS

On the release of their mesmerising doomgaze EP, Solace, singer amd guitarist Michelle Malley chooses three albums that proved the greatest influence on the sound of their latest record.

Exclusive Track Premiere: Selah Broderick – ‘Faith’

When Selah Broderick reached out to her son, musician and composer Peter Broderick, asking if he’d like to help set some of her poetry to music, Peter replied immediately with a euphoric Yes! And once Peter heard Selah’s beautiful, vulnerable words, he dedicated himself to helping facilitate this album by his mother.

Featured Video: ’20HZ’ – Andert Tysma remix • Directed by Gala Mirissa

Andert Tysma Originally released on the R&S Records sub-label Global Cuts in 1993, ‘20HZ’ by Capricorn became the breakthrough track for its creatorHans Weekhout, a Dutch multi-instrumentalist who starte …

Exclusive Video Premiere: Omnibadger – ‘But What I Want Is Not The Most Important Thing Right Now’

The Most Important Thing is that you watch this video. . . right now!

Track Premiere: Ian Nyquist – Black Earth Cairn ‘IX’

There is a dread that never rests – a lament which lies deep in the barren rock valleys and moorlands of the Wicklow Mountains. Lost in the dark, in unrelenting wind and rain. Ian Nyquist is a Dublin based composer and producer whose work is distinctly …

Video Premiere: Mouth – ‘Stampede’

Photo: Manuel Estrada Mouth from Cologne switch from the prog label Tonzonen to This Charming Man with their fourth album Getaway – and what a mad trip the three of them throw in here. At 22 minutes, the title track almost bursts the duration of a …

Exclusive Video Premieres: Maud the Moth and trajedesaliva – ‘Perdí Pie’ • ‘Jardincito de rosa y tierra’

Exclusive two-part premiere. A fantastical fusion of surrealist scenes and soundscapes from three of Spain’s greatest ambient artists and their forthcoming album, Bordando el manto terrestre.

Exclusive Album Premiere: Rival Cults – Indoctrination

Photo: Talia Burkett Helvey Santa Barbara’s RIVAL CULTS are here, peddling their distinctly west-coast brand of energized gothic rock, and bringing back the rock ‘n’ roll that has somehow been forgotten in this era’s dark rock movement.   After ye …

Exclusive Track Premiere: Object as Subject – ‘Conjuring’

Paris Hurley’s poetic punk and post-rock ritual, a cri de coeur for freedom taken from her forthcoming album, HERETIC, via Lost Future Records.

Exclusive Album Premiere: Orsak:Oslo – In Irons

Photo: David Holmqvist Orsak:Oslo is one of those hidden gems, always grinding, always perfecting the imperfections. They have been lurking around the underground for years, steadily pawing their way with their mellow, laidback, but yet intense groove. …

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