New Band TOY emerges in London with Release of Self-titled Album

London singer/guitarist Tom Dougall (younger brother of Rose Elinor Dougall of The Pipettes) formed the band TOY in 2010 with Dominic O’Dair (guitar), Maxim “Panda” Barron (bass), Charlie Salvidge (drums), and Spanish keyboard player Alejandra Diez. Dougall, Barron and O’Dair had previously played together in Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong. The band’s first live […]

Subsource A Dubumentary, Not A Documentary!

Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in south London during the latter end of the 1990s. It is characterized by wavering bass lines, syncopated rhythms, and the minimal use of voice. Dubstep is generally thought of as “production electronic music,” created in studios, and often played by performance DJs. Subsource is […]

Uncovering the Anonymity of England’s Burial

What I’ve noticed in the last half-decade is a capitalistic ideal that strips some fantastic movements or projects of their luster, especially within modern American art. Take for example, the film industry, with stalwarts who love the idea of “series reboots.” Some work, like Chris Nolans’ “Batman” indeed reset well while others do not, like […]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Welcome Lack of Personality

When reviewing a band you feel like everyone else knows and loves–and has done for a very long time–it’s hard to find anything new to say about them. Sure, you can describe their music with a thesaurus to hand, or relay your live experience via the edgy medium of Haiku*, but you’re not really going […]

A Night in London with Josh Flowers and his Wild Company

Dimmed lights and low ceilings awaited as I walked into one of London’s tightest venues with a hundred of its hipster elite. We were assembled at Off Broadway, one of East London’s trendiest if best-known bars, to catch some of the city’s recent folk children: Josh Flowers and The Wild. It was the opening night […]

Blues Holed Up In Blackburn

I’m still trying to count how many holes there are there in Blackburn, Lancashire. I am not sure the authorities have done much to reduce the pot holes on the Devil’s Highway (the A666) since The Beatles sang about the holes on “A Day in the Life” in 1967. The bumpy road leads into Darwen, […]

Brighton’s Lost Toys Settled in A Beautiful Countryside Park

For Londoners, a cherished day off has always been a trip to Brighton. England’s favorite day-tripping resort offers tourists a pebble beach, glittering arcades, seedy bars and lively “Lanes” packed with curiosity shops and bric-a-brac stalls. Brighton is also known as “the gay capital of Britain” and has a rich LGBT community. Brighton is home […]

Still Awesome: Brian Eno

Hey there, fellow Bombers! Your favorite renegade music journalist is back with the debut of a new column: Still Awesome, artists you may have forgotten who are probably better than a lot of the stuff you’re listening to. When I do a Still Awesome article, I’ll highlight a specific artist from the past who you […]

Pretty in Punk: The Pretty Things, more Punk than “Punk”

The term “punk rock” gets thrown around with such frequency that its meaning is now effectively vague. The term has been despoiled by idiots and charlatans over the years. But to be sure there are certain qualities associated with the platonic “punk rock,” and in retrospect many bands from the pre-punk era embody these elements, […]

Close Encounters with T.E. Morris

When I first saw T.E. Morris live, I was at a venue called Beatpol in Dresden, Germany. I was expecting Her Name is Calla, his band, as the opening act, and when an unassuming man with only an acoustic guitar for company walked on stage, I was surprised. And I’ll be honest, I also set myself up for […]

From Texas BBQ to German Beer with Shandy Mandies

Shandy Mandies is a four-piece rock outfit from Leipzig, Germany and is composed of Oliver Meisel, Patrick Burkholder, Gerald Költzsch, and Jan Helch. Shandy Mandies might be based out of Leipzig, but the band has a bit more international flair, as Burkholder is from the US and Meisel is from the Great Britain. THE BOMBER JACKET spoke with Burkholder about […]

iPhone Songs with Peter Wyeth

Once we enter our twenties and commit to full-time “adult” lives, many of us adapt to a busy static that distracts us from life’s simple pleasures like reading, biking, or enjoying nature in general. This tends to happen more in city environments when people are surrounded with pavement and metal, pavement and metal. But somewhere […]

City Profile: Sheffield, England

A festival funded by spare change, pubs that spin the same vinyl they did in the 60s, local artists who manage to bring the same quintessential cheekiness to a variety of genres; the music scene in Sheffield, England has an identity all its own. I should begin this profile by confessing a shameless bias towards […]

New Electronic Music from the UK: Raffertie

“Raffertie” is one of the new buzz names out of London. The name belongs to a fresh 24-year-old electronic musician, Benjamin Stefanski. He’s a musician who takes the industry seriously, armed with a degree in classical and contemporary music composition from Birmingham Conservatoire and a handful of acclaimed releases under his belt. When asked if it’s […]