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Review: The Lost Cavalry, Three Cheers For The Undertaker and interview with Mark West

Former guitarist with Fanfarlo, Mark West talks to us about the process of creating his new album, a beautiful series of narratives set to delicate instrumentation.

Written by Amelia Gregory

The Lost Cavalry Three Cheers for the Undertaker album cover
Three Cheers for the Undertaker is the new album from The Lost Cavalry, the band founded by ex Fanfarlo guitarist Mark West four years ago. It opens with the mournful strains of Secret Steps, before crashing drums bang into Snow City Radio. Melodies are key in this atmospheric twelve track record, with lyrics gleaned from unusual sources in a bid to steer clear of generic love songs. The elegiac sounds of a brass section create a full sound that is beautifully harmonised with female voices in recent single Stars are Ripe, a stand out track that is the current single. The Elephant of Castlebar Hill shows off Mark as lead singer, who has a pretty voice that reminds me of the lilting King Creosote at his best. Only Forward takes a minimalist approach, with gentle male voices murmuring behind the gently building instrumentation… read more

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An interview with Haiku Salut and review of debut album Tricolore

Multi-instrumentalists Gemma, Louise and Sophie met at university before forming Haiku Salut, making music out of the Derbyshire Dales.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Haiku Salut by Christine Charnock. They may have an exotic band name, but Haiku Salut are in fact a multi-instrumentalist trio of girls based in the Derbyshire Dales. Gemma, Louise […]

The New Pornographers – Together – Album Review

Canadian supergroup led by AC Newman returns, their latest album being a rip-roaring collection of joyful harmonies

Written by Ian Steadman

“When I found out our record was coming out the same day as Broken Social Scene‘s I wanted to call Kevin Drew and shoot a little promo video, where it’s […]

Petter & the Pix – Good As Gold – Album Review

(Mostly) Swedish group's second album arrives, a delightfully eclectic folk jumble of instruments and influences

Written by Ian Steadman

I’ve just opened my window, for the first time since the autumn. I had to deal with some cobwebs, some stiffness in the joints, but the fresh air has been […]


Music Listings November 23rd – 29th

Written by Rebecca Milne

Monday 23rd November, Lisa Hannigan, Royal Festival Hall Debut album “Sea Sew” came out this summer from Miss Hannigan and she is now touring to support this. The Mercury Prize […]


Alaska In Winter – An Interview

Out of the Alaskan wilderness and comes vocoder-glazed Balkan electro

Written by Katie Weatherall

Alaska In Winter, the alias of Brandon Bethancourt, got his name from the summester out of uni that he spent making music in a cabin in the aforementioned locale and […]


Music Listings: 19th – 25th October

Gigs to warm your cockles this week

Written by Katie Weatherall

Read to the bottom to find out exclusive details about a really exciting competition! Monday 19th October, Smoke Fairies, The Borderline Having recently been on tour with Richard Hawley, these […]

Climate Ceilidh oct 9th

Music Listings: 5th – 11th October

Gigs lovingly handpicked by me for you

Written by Katie Weatherall

Monday 5th October, Fuck Buttons, Rough Trade East The excellent, abrasive yet sublimely melodic electronic duo, Fuck Buttons, who we reviewed last week, play cuts from their much-anticipated Andy ‘great […]


Fanmail for Beirut

Forum, Friday 8th of May

Written by Luisa Gerstein

I love good days. Days that unfold in a series of pleasant surprises that put a spring back in your step and remind you that the world can be a […]

Music Listings

May 4 -10

Written by Barbara Mattivy

Monday 4th Californian Richard Swift brings all the west coast sunshine to us Londoners, where he will be playing his latest album, ‘Atlantic Ocean’, at The Lexington. 8pm. £8.50. Tuesday […]

Glastonbury Festival Of The Performing Arts

Glastonbury Festival Of The Performing Arts

20th to 25th June 07

Written by Tom Howard

Glastonbury as a worker. People do it all the time, bit of stewarding, security, et cetera. So what about a food stall? Selling fish to the masses? And allowing myself […]



Koko, Camden, London, 26 June 2007

Written by Joanna McGarry

There are some bands that we like to keep for ourselves, a secret bond that guarantees the intimacy of a small venue for live shows and the all important notion […]