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 Album Premiere: Karhide – Abort

Abort. Abort. Even the word itself sums up what many of us would have liked to be able to do over the last eighteen months. Alarm and abort. Reset, turn off the world. Instead, Karhide took the moment to reset and turn inwards. The result is Abort, an …

Exclusive Video Premiere: Arctic Plateau – ‘Song of Shame’

Emerging from an eight-year hiatus, songwriter Gianluca Divirgilio brings his darkest and most introspective thoughts to light with Arctic Plateau’s Songs of Shame. A series of impressions drawn from Divirgilio’s own experiences in the time since the b …

Exclusive Album Premiere: Kowa Axis – Ones And Threes

Ones And Threes is the new double album by Kowa Axis (London-based guitarist James Barry). A collection of pieces split across two distinct halves, it was informed heavily by Barry quitting a full time creative director job to go it alone as a freelanc …

Exclusive Video Premiere: LibraLibra – Candy Mountain

A Pandora’s box that first opened itself to the world in 2018, LibraLibra has continued to erode the stability of convention with each ambitious release. Founded by vocalist Beth Cannon (fresh off of a tour with Simon Raymond of the Cocteau Twins) …

Exclusive Album Premiere: ST37 – Over and Over and Over Again

  Longstanding Austin, Texan band ST 37 announce their forthcoming new album Over and Over and Over Again for release on Pariah Child Records.    The band states: “All the while working extemporaneously on the material tha …

Exclusive Video Premiere: Karhide – ‘Revision 055’

Abort. Abort. Even the word itself sums up what many of us would have liked to be able to do over the last eighteen months. Alarm and abort. Reset, turn off the world. Instead, Karhide took the moment to reset and turn inwards. The result is Abort, an …

Exclusive Video Premiere: Enablers – ‘Five O’Clock, Sundays’

Human Worth are extremely proud to present a special 15th Anniversary re-issue of Enablers’ seminal 2006 album Output Negative Space, with a portion of proceeds going to music and mental health charity Sounds of Saving To celebrate the re-issue, Human …

Exclusive Video Premiere: Lindy-Fay Hella & Dei Farne: ‘Los’

Photo: Raina Vlaskovska Norwegian collective Lindy-Fay Hella (Wardruna) Dei Farne announce the new album Hildring (Mirage) arriving on 26 November via By Norse. Hildring is Lindy-Fay’s second album, following the release of Seafarer in 2019 which …

Exclusive Video Premiere: Karhide – ‘Alarm and Abort’

Abort. Abort. Even the word itself sums up what many of us would have liked to be able to do over the last eighteen months. Alarm and abort. Reset, turn off the world. Instead, Karhide took the moment to reset and turn inwards. The result is Abort, an …

Exclusive Album Premiere: X’ed Out – We All Do Wrong

Human Worth are proud to present noise outfit X’ed Out’s formidable debut album We All Do Wrong, with a portion of proceeds going to charity Breast Cancer UK.Featuring members of such hailed bands as Silent Front & Working Men’s Club, this record i …

Track Premiere: HOO – ‘Still Dream’

What or HOO do you get if you mix members of Slowdive and Beechwood Sparks with uncompromising folk angel, producer-songwriter and organic gardener with a penchant for wah-wah, Nick Holton? The answer is the wide-screen, heartbreaking glory o …

Exclusive Video Premiere: The Oscillation – Heart of Nowhere

Photo: Julian Hand Veering between krautrock edginess, droning medicated tones and noise-driven no-wave fuzz, Demian Castellanos’ The Oscillation recalls the music of Neu! and Tangerine Dream and Loop interpreted with an eye on Pil’s dubbed out punk fu …

Exclusive Video Premiere: The Answer Lies In The Black Void – ‘Become Undone’

Photo: Mike Redman The Answer Lies In The Black Void is a collaboration between Martina Horváth (singer for the avant-garde metal project Thy Catafalque) and Jason Köhnen (Celestial Season, Bong-Ra, ex-The Kilimanjaro Dark …

Exclusive Video Premiere: HIPPOTRAKTOR – ‘Manifest The Mountain’

Taking notes from the best moments in contemporary progressive and post metal, Belgium-based HIPPOTRAKTOR capture the awe-inspiring power of nature – from the delicacy of the first falling leaf to the massive cosmic energy of the sun. By combining the …

Exclusive Track Premiere: HORTE – Ilman nurka

Photo: Sami Salmela Maa Antaa Yön Vaientaa is as captivating as it is alienating. The sophomore album by Finnish experimental post-rock extravaganza HORTE is a dark and mesmerizing journey that is best consumed in one sitting – HORTE demand your undivi …

Exclusive Track Premiere: STAHV – ‘Cold Plunge’

For its fourth release, Cold Plunge, doomgaze act STAHV aka Solomon Arye Rosenschein improvised – literally. The three tracks which make up the twenty-one minutes of the EP were each recorded live in one continuous take with minimal overdubs. The perfo …

Exclusive Video Premiere: Kago – Tetermats 2

Following numerous false-starts and delays, the twenty-fourth – and last ever – issue in FatCat Records’ long-running and much-loved Split 12” Series finally arrives on the 25th anniversary of the Brighton-based label. It features acclaimed Canadian si …

Exclusive Video Premiere: ZAHN – ‘PAVIAN’

ZAHN are a new noise rock supergroup consisting of Nic Stockmann (Heads., ex-Eisenvater), Chris Breuer (Heads., ex-The Ocean Collective) and Felix Gebhard (live-Einstürzende Neubauten). It’s noise rock merged with sludge and post-punk but with with ava …

Exclusive Track Premiere: Thought Leaders – ‘Burning Glass’

Dark post-punks, Thought Leaders, came together when Tyler Cox (drums, The Mass) and Andrew Lund (bass, The Mass; guitar, Lower Forty-Eight) decided to start writing music in the vein of dark, gritty post-punk bands from the 80s, pulling from a wide ar …

Exclusive Video Premiere: healthyliving – ‘below’

Photo: Sandrina Schwarz healthyliving is the project of long-time collaborators and friends Scott McLean (Falloch) bass, guitar and production, Stefan Pötzsch on drums, and Amaya López-Carromero (Maud the moth) on vocals and lyric writing. After workin …

Video Premiere: Koka – The Next Step

With a unique blend of influences deriving from the 80s’ New Wave, Soul, Trip Hop, Grunge to Cinematic Power Ballads, KOKA merges her distinct tastes into a beautiful blend between Art Pop, Indie Soul and Experimental Pop. Her vocal melodies, paired wi …

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