Sleep-hiking Bastard Mountain

Traveling to Edinburgh for just a few days, it was hard to imagine that the namesake for the group Bastard Mountain wasn’t in fact Arthur’s Seat, the city’s highest crag with a patchwork of yellow wild flowers and spotted with bunnies darting from stone staircases, behind broken fences and into the bushes. Or to imagine that […]

Navigate Paris with Balades Sonores

Paris can be an intimidating city when it comes to navigating independent music, especially since there’s really no other city like it in France and “electro” tends to drown everything out. Wandering into the small boutique called Balades Sonores can be like opening the door into another hidden Paris. For one of the biggest cities […]

Talking Need to Feed with Roz and the Rice Cakes

Roz and the Rice Cakes may not yet be famous worldwide, but in the hearts of those that have gotten to know their music—particularly via one of their engaging, high energy live gigs—they hold a very special place. In fact it was the band’s super loyal fan base that foot the bill for the production […]

Frankfurt’s Young Hare Releases Debut Album

 There’s a small label in Germany called Altin Village & Mine that’s been releasing record after record of high-quality dance tunes (among other genres of music) since 2001. Their latest act is a duo from Frankfurt, Young Hare, that’s celebrating its full-length debut this month. Unbreak My Heart includes nine songs that explore movement and depth […]

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 […]

A Noisy Collective in New York City

In a time of bedroom production and twitter promotion, where bands can be made and broken in the flash of a viral marketing campaign, many might be forgiven for bemoaning the loss of community. Sharing a YouTube link online is, sadly, an experience somewhat removed from the friendly forking over of a self-curated mix tape. […]

Lost in Space with Spain’s Berlina

THE BOMBER JACKET gets lost in space with Madrid’s very own rocket men Hurtling out of Madrid like the European Space Agency’s latest mission for the outer reaches of the universe comes Berlina, four elegant honchos playing dark, spacey alt-rock reminiscent of Echo and the Bunnymen or a more streamlined version of Brit shoegazers Ride. […]

Notes From the Underground: Caligine’s Strange and Fragile Sounds

The music of Caligine, a k a Italian-born musician and writer Gabriele de Seta, is rare and beautiful. His brittle, unsettling, folk-inflected explorations draw on fingerpicked guitar, eerie dronings and the clunks and whirrs of broken-down machinery to create a shifting hybrid of the pastoral reveries of Robbie Basho and the ambient rumblings of U.S. […]

TBJ Interviews Holy Esque’s Manager, Matt Sadowski

It is a small world and an even smaller music industry. Back in April 2012 THE BOMBER JACKET covered a Scottish band, Holy Esque. Admittedly a bit embarrassingly irritated by how the band seemed to bleed “hipness,” the writer (it was me, haha) presented a conflicted view of the band and its music (yes, they […]

Syndrome Of Noise – An Interview With Gardland

Sydney’s Gardland seems so exploratory that putting a wayward stamp on what’s being attempted is almost pointless. The team of furious psyche producers Alex Murray and Mark Smith, although young, have coupled together a gnawing early catalog of sounds that come closer to nightmare than accessible. The duo’s first full-length LP, Syndrome Syndrome, follows up […]