Papernut Cambridge Versus Picturebox: Swaps EP

Note from the editor: Usually we maintain a variation of AP-guide styling in our articles and employ “American English” instead of “British English.” This article is however an exception, due to its subject matter, the way in which it is written, and the fact that it is written by a British author. Changing the language […]

Spring Offensive Prepares for Debut Album, Tours Europe

Having spent, by their own admission, quite some time putting together their debut album, the band members of Spring Offensive played their first of two album-preview shows in the packed Cellar in the heart of Oxford, England. They’re releasing Young Animal Hearts in March, but fans received an advance copy of the album at the concert, as […]

The Road Less Traveled with Alex Highton

“City life was really kicking us in the balls,” says Alex Highton, as he sips a cup of tea. I wince and nearly choke on my toast. I’m sitting at the singer-songwriter’s kitchen table in the tiny village of Wooditon near Cambridge, and he’s telling me how he left the grime of north London for […]

Tindersticks, Live in London

  The last time I saw Tindersticks, on their small tour promoting their collected soundtracks (they have composed six original scores) for French auteur Claire Denis, a bout of laryngitis resulted in frontman Stuart A. Staples cutting the night short halfway through the show. What should have been an amazing evening was merely pretty good. So […]

CMJ FOTOS: Kid Karate, Prides, Orbits, The History of Apple Pie, Islands

It can be easy to become lost in the wave of CMJ Music Marathon concerts that filled venues across New York City from October 15-19, challenging both audiences and performers alike to the ultimate endurance test. It is titled Marathon, after all. But more often than not, becoming “lost” is only part of the experience […]

Live in New York City: Laura Marling

Twenty years ago, I was lucky enough to watch Jeff Buckley perform solo on countless occasions. I knew he was great–I still remember the goose bumps I felt watching him perform. I couldn’t understand how it was physically possible for people to play one rhythm on their guitar, sing an entirely different vocal melody, and […]

You Go Your Way And I’ll Go Mine: Beth Rowley’s Creative Rebirth

London-based singer Beth Rowley tells THE BOMBER JACKET how stepping out of the limelight helped inspire a whole new set of songs. In 2009, Beth Rowley was poised to do big things. Her debut album, Little Dreamer, had been a U.K. top 10 hit just a few months previously, the elegant jazz-inflected song writing and […]

We Live in Impossible Times: Darren Hayman

English witch trials. Seventeenth century folk songs. Provincial towns. Greasy cafes. The countryside. These are not, in all honesty, the kind of subjects to which readers of THE BOMBER JACKET are accustomed as their regular fix of razor-sharp, long-legged, firewater-guzzling tunes come sneaking into view under hype radar. But what about fear, sex, xenophobia, love, […]

Looking out of London with Eyes & No Eyes

Living in London, it’s all too easy to be completely cut off from the rest of the U.K. (and even the world) when it comes to broadening your musical tastes. What can exist, you’re left to think, beyond these beautiful tower blocks, dirty streets and questionable public transport infrastructure? Well, truth be told, you’d only […]

Setting the Stage for America: An Interview with The Mariner’s Children

Far from being the soggy offspring of an aging seafarer, U.K. seven-piece The Mariner’s Children presents a deliciously and decidedly earth-bound proposal to its listeners. Banjos, guitars, violins and creaking, guttural harmonies converge in a great maelstrom of building, driving songs, which careen from moments of delicate beauty to those of furious abandon. The Brighton […]