Rich Buley


Now well into his fourth decade, and still longing for a reverb-drenched return to the halcyon days of the early nineties, when indie bands with very good pop songs replaced their guitars with buzzsaws and it all became far more alluring.

In the meantime, joined the wonderful, talented, thoroughly unpaid Echoes And Dust writing team in October 2014, to inflict questionable prose on unsuspecting post rock bands, as well as verbally dissecting the varying works of artists in the field of post punk, indie rock and what might pass for shoegaze these days.

Favourite current bands : Mogwai, Caspian, Jakob, God is an Astronaut, We Lost The Sea, Nothing, Slowdive, Alcest, Ride, Amusement Parks On Fire

Band of all time : Fields of the Nephilim



Articles by Rich Buley

The Battles of Winter- At Once With Tattered Sails

A post punk record of exceptional quality, made highly distinctive within the current trends of independent music by its inviting darker hue, immaculate production and the band’s wonderfully curious lyrical imagery. By Rich Buley.

Nothing – Tired Of Tomorrow

Where others’ rage and disaffection will clearly be heard in their music, Nothing have left anger behind and escaped into a world of inner peace and beauty. By Rich Buley.

Mogwai – Atomic

Atomic gives further proof, if any were needed, of Mogwai as multi-faceted, masters of their craft. They have never stopped innovating and evolving in over twenty years of creating, time and time again, some of the most remarkable, heart-stopping, beautiful music you are ever likely to hear. By Rich Buley.

Simmer – Paper Prisms

From raucous and chaotic origins the band have in a very short space of time developed into a refined, multi-faceted alternative rock band, who should build a decent following on the back of an excellent debut album. By Rich Buley.

School of Seven Bells – SVIIB

As a memorial of their relationship, and a summary of all that they were together musically, it is a more than fitting epitaph. By Rich Buley.

Film School – June EP

The sound of a special band clicking straight back into gear after nearly a decade apart. By Rich Buley.

Holy Esque – At Hope’s Ravine

What gives the band its distinctive and intriguing edge is the larynx-shredding, gravel-gargling vocals of Pat Hynes. I have heard some wracked, anguished voices in my time, but this one sounds as if it has been honed on a daily mouthwash of bleach and fence paint. By Rich Buley.

Sennen – First Light

Tinkering ornately on the brink of an enormous sonic meltdown that tantalisingly, and refreshingly, never materialises. By Rich Buley.

Live: Gilmore Trail, Fly on Byrd, fly on & Kellar – Sebright Arms, London. Saturday 30th January

A quite fabulous evening of instrumental rock music, made all the more special by the superb sound and a wonderfully warm welcome. By Rich Buley

Wray – Hypatia

Wray have taken a definitive and possibly unexpected step in the direction of hook-laden post punk, imbued with a dark energy but bursting forth with crystalline guitars. By Rich Buley.

Compass & Knife – The Setting Of The Old Sun

Compass & Knife have risen far above the sum of their influences, and delivered a very fine instrumental rock album that made its way comfortably into this writer’s overall top 20 releases of 2015. Jolly well done them. By Rich Buley.

Cheatahs – Mythologies

Mythologies is the sound of Cheatahs not just breaking out from the sonic limitations of their previous incarnation, but almost literally wiping the canvas clean of it, and re-imagining themselves. By Rich Buley.

Victories At Sea – Everything Forever

There is much to be admired here, with the band again demonstrating an innate ability to pen highly charged, intoxicating electronic pop. By Rich Buley.

Air Formation – Were We Ever Here EP

Their return is most welcome and this EP is a very worthy addition to an extensive and excellent back catalogue. By Rich Buley.

Static Daydream – Static Daydream

A no-nonsense, heads down, blistering ride through the scuzzier, punkier side of shoegaze. By Rich Buley.

Vaadat Charigim – Sinking As A Stone

Shimmers and soars in the traditionally gloomy, fringe hiding face fashion, but with a liberal sprinkling of eastern flavours thrown in for distinctive measure. By Rich Buley.


Ægeria will see POSTVORTA further enhancing their status as a rising force in the world of post and black metal. By Rich Buley.

Weird. – A Long Period Of Blindness

Resonating, psychedelically tinged shoegaze that is possessed of a dark and melancholic heart, the like of which usually makes for a thoroughly compelling aural experience, and it certainly has here. By Rich Buley.

The Telescopes- Hidden Fields

As the so-called psych rock bandwagon rolls inexorably on in 2015, it is entirely appropriate for one of the old guard, the visionaries, of psychedelic guitar music to step back into the limelight now and let everyone hear what ‘psych’ should really sound like. By Rich Buley.

Final Days Society – Icebreaker

Final Days Society have recorded an album that undoubtedly wears its influences on its sleeve, but here is a band full of integrity, delivering often quite beautiful music in a passionate, evocative way. By Rich Buley.


Allow Alma to show you the beauty that lies within the calm of the storm, rather than the ferment and noise found in the eye of it. By Rich Buley.

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