West Kirby - a seaside town half an hour train ride away from Liverpool - is the place where Bill Ryder-Jones records and writes his music. NBHAP author Louisa visited him in his hometown to get an insight into his latest record 'Yawn' and also beyond that.
Hamburg is the city where the Beatles were once started out. And it comes naturally that the city’s festival Reeperbahn Festival is a power plant for young bands waiting to be discovered. One of them are Pip Blom, a young band based in Amsterdam, who have been touring with names such as Garbage or Franz Ferdinand. We sat down to talk with them at the Beatles statue - where else?
With two new albums on the same label arriving almost simultaneously followed by a European tour together the teaming-up of these two made way too much sense. So, in order to have an appropriate preparation for that we reached out to both artists simultaneously as well.
Emma and Mia Kemppainen took the long road to their new record, but in the end Sad Bangers dancing steps through burnout and bleakness makes it their most rewarding album yet. NBHAP editor Austin Maloney had a conversation with them about it.
The charming songwriter returns with his sweetly slack new album 'Bottle It In' after last year's collaborative release 'Lotta Sea Lice' with Courtney Barnett. It turns out, he is not so slack after all, having recorded the new songs all across The United States in various sessions. The epic result is sonically charming with a smooth vibe and lo-fi appeal.
Especially with her latest album 'Turn Out The Lights' Julien Baker won hearts all over the world, turning the 23 year old American into the darling of emotional indie songwriting. With her newly found supergroup Boygenius she just dropped another more than promising project. A talk to her reveals that she's got no agenda with all that, but to connect: The marginalized, the angry, the majority. All can relate to her disarming emotionality.
They say better late than never – so when summer calls its last afternoon sunshine to hide and lets autumn take over, we all know: from now on, it is time to hit the closed venues for concerts, parties and thrills. And while I enjoy the last rays of light on my body, a particular weekend in end of August still takes me back sometimes to when the base could be felt all night long – next to cranes and a beautiful lake. The WHOLE United Queer Festival is stuck in a part of my mind and the memories of the event are warm, yet puzzled. Mainly because it showed once more how stiff today’s society is.