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Cheryl

Senior Staff Writer

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Cheryl's last content update – March 21, 2017, 5:48 p.m.

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Woe - Hope Attrition album cover

Woe

Hope Attrition, 2017

8.5 / 10

After a promising start to a career that began in earnest with the release of debut A Spell for the Death of Man in 2008 and continued through to 2013s ...

Emptiness - Not For Music album cover

Emptiness

Not For Music, 2017

8.5 / 10

Belgium’s Emptiness have spent much of their career eschewing traditional approaches and with Not for Music they continue to imbue their singular take on black metal with wholly impure vibrations ...

AFI - AFI (The Blood Album) album cover

AFI

AFI (The Blood Album), 2017

7.5 / 10
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AFI's trajectory over the last twenty and more years has been one that emulates growth and experimentation and the quartet that once sang about not being allowed a mohawk is ...

Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder album cover

Darkthrone

Arctic Thunder, 2016

8.0 / 10

Darkthrone may have been around for nigh on thirty years, but it hasn’t stopped the Norwegian duo from consistently releasing music and constantly changing up their sound to keep them ...

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Alcest

Interviews Alcest

Posted Feb. 1, 2017, 2:32 p.m.

Alcest’s latest record, Kodama, is an album that wears its heart on its sleeve. It’s rich, textured and warm and is influenced by frontman Neige’s (Stéphane ...

City States

One Question Interviews City States

Posted Sept. 30, 2015, 12:16 a.m.

Joel (City States) SPB: How do you find the time to work on so many projects and do your regular day job (if you have one)?  Joel: At the risk ...

Northumbria

One Question Interviews Northumbria

Posted April 6, 2015, 3:06 a.m.

Dorian Williamson (Northumbria) SPB: You recorded your first album in a church - what was it about the space that appealed to you and what kind of spaces would you like ...

Rome

One Question Interviews Rome

Posted April 6, 2015, 3:03 a.m.

Jerome Reuter (Rome) SPB: You're playing some anniversary shows this year and visiting some interesting places - How did you decide which countries to play in?  Reuter: I have to ...

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1QI: Four Lights, Known Cowboy, Just Friends

Bands 1QI: Four Lights, Known Cowboy, Just Friends

Posted March 10, 2017, 4:21 a.m.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview three days each week, typically every Tuesday-Thursday ...

Dan Gardner (Four Lights)
SPB: What is your favorite 1980s artist?
Dan: The Replacements. Westerberg is one of the greatest American songwriters. My parents were big fans of theirs and I grew with Let It Be and Tim playing in the house, in the car, everywhere. Those records were a big part of my growing up and continue to be just as important to me to this day. Every teenager should be given a copy of Let It Be. 
Known Cowboy
SPB: What is your favorite 1970s artist?
Known Cowboy: My favourite 1970s artist without question has to be no other than David Bowie! God, I love Hunky Dory.
The fun fact is that I didn’t discover Bowie´s work until last year after he died. When I found out about him it was a revelation. 
I would say Pink Floyd, but I think the power of expression of Bowie did a powerful job in me, more than the mesmerizing tunes of DSOTM or WYWH,
I will end this reply by saying that I actually love a record from 1978 called Visions of the Country by Robbie Basho.
Sam, Brandon and Avi (Just Friends)
SPB: What’s the secret to a successful tour?
Just Friends: Cut the dead weight. Chillers only. You gotta be down for the cause, 100% without doubt. You have to believe in the people around you and they got believe in you. Have their back. Embody the spirit of the road dawg. 

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1QI: Magnetic Ghost, Magana, Bong Mountain

Bands 1QI: Magnetic Ghost, Magana, Bong Mountain

Posted Feb. 27, 2017, 3:35 p.m.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview three days each week, typically every Tuesday-Thursday ...

Andy (Magnetic Ghost)
SPB: What is the weirdest venue you’ve played a show at (or attended)?
Andy: Seattle house show that wasn't in a house, but was in a yard, complete with a tarp covered in dumpstered mashed fruit which everyone was encouraged to wrestle in / on after imbibing copious amounts of Carlo Rossi jug wine. Total anarcho hippie vibe at its best. I haven't done this yet, but I'd really like to organize an outdoor winter show in Minnesota, ideally when it is pretty frigid. Maybe have it lit and sorta heated with burning barrels, but have the cold become an endurance test for the performer--- frostbite and chilblains as art? Call it "cold drone" or something.  
Magana
SPB: Do you get nervous before you play a show?
Magana: Yep!  There are 2 distinct phase of nervousness. The first one is my self-manager side. Did I do a good enough job with promotion? Should I be outside handing out flyers to the people passing by? Will anybody show up, or will I be playing to the person doing sound? And then immediately following is the performance anxiety. Did I practice enough? Am I going to mess up the solo in the third song? Are the people that are here going to get bored and leave in the middle of the set? And then I get onstage and drink wine and it's usually totally fine.
I get more nervous playing solo than when I play with a band.  I feel more exposed and it's something that I'm less used to. And I get more nervous in front of tiny crowds than big crowds because it seems so much more personal.  Like if I don't put on a perfect show, I'm going to deeply offend the people that are listening. 
Bong Mountain
SPB: What’s your favorite protest song?
The serious, educational, and inspirational protest songs that have helped me through tough times just aren't enough right now -- they don't perfectly convey my anger towards the current state of things.
There isn't one song, but a full album”; Galactic Cannibal's "We're Fucked" is a statement within itself. It's angry, loud, sharp, and painstakingly crushing to your ears in an almost sarcastic manner. The overall message is in the title:  WE'RE FUCKED. At this point, I think we are fucked -- not in a way that there is no hope but in a way that makes you forget about the state of things because you moshed too hard in your kitchen and put your own head through the wall because that's all there is to really do at this point. And at that, all you can really say is "THIS WORLD FUCKING SUCKS."

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1QI: Entropy, Soft Kill, Body Stuff

Bands 1QI: Entropy, Soft Kill, Body Stuff

Posted Jan. 30, 2017, 3:46 p.m.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview three days each week, typically every Tuesday-Thursday ...

Brian (Entropy)
SPB: What do you think the internet has done for the word of mouth punk scene? 
Brian: As far as how it effects underground punk rock, the internet is both a blessing and a curse.
It's obviously made it way easier to spread news, learn about shows and, most importantly, discover new music. But it's that easy for everyone to get the word out, so there ends up being an overload of information. Suddenly people just dipping their toes in are being invited to every show from Boston to California and every band on earth is vying for their attention which predictably gets to be a bit much.
When I started going to shows in the ‘90s, I would be stoked to get a flyer and know when and where the next show was. I'd wonder about the band I'd never heard of with “from Boston” under their name and would be excited to see them. Now when promoting shows, the dynamic has shifted so that you're basically bothering people who may or may not even be interested. I mean, half the people logging in to look at porn for three minutes to get a proper wank in before getting on with their day just aren't that interested that Puking Chloroform are playing at the Ritz next Thursday night.
The ease of internet promotion can cause a lazy complacency that belies the urgency in message that should always be present in punk rock, and that part of it just plain sucks. The ability to quickly reach people the world over is an amazing force that's easy to underestimate, however, so it's a mixed bag.
Tobias Sinclair (Soft Kill)
SPB: How did you meet the new members and how did they get on the Soft Kill ship?
Tobias: Owen & Conrad have been with the band since the Heresy LP.  I met Owen when I was nineteen and playing in grind core / noise bands.  We spent our initial time together playing with broken synthesizers in his basement and in a lot of ways he taught me how to create some of the sounds I had in my head at that time. This lead to me starting my first project of my own which was how I came into contact with Conrad who was making similarly fucked up noise.  Eric started playing guitar with us in 2012 and is on the Seven Hundred 7" but never played with us until recently.  I met him when I sprayed his other band down with a fire extinguisher when they played my warehouse six years ago.  It looks like my old band and room mate Drew will be playing drums for us starting in 2017 as well.  I met him when he was sixteen and have watched him grow into a total savage... one of the most brilliant players and skaters I've encountered.  
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Curran Reynolds (Body Stuff)
SPB: Do you make a conscious decision to reference or deviate from past material when working on Body Stuff?
Curran: The Body Stuff approach is to make music from the gut, without consciously thinking about any other music at all. After it's made, then I can reflect and say, "Hey, this sounds like it's referencing this or that." Looking at the two EPs I've made so far, in hindsight I can say that some of what's being referenced is the big rock and pop hits of the late '80s. This is the music I grew up with as a little kid and naturally it comes through. But those influences are buried under the noise of other influences, like death metal drumming and various New York City vibes. And to compare the first EP and the second, I think the second has some dreamy Maine woods isolation vibes in it too, because that's where I was living the year I wrote it.

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1QI: Flagpolers, Adam Gnade & the Hot Earth, Ion Dissonance

Bands 1QI: Flagpolers, Adam Gnade & the Hot Earth, Ion Dissonance

Posted Jan. 26, 2017, 3:51 p.m.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview three days each week, typically every Tuesday-Thursday ...

Flagpolers
SPB: What is a flagpoler?
Flagpolers: A Flagpoler is a nickname/kind of slur to that border guards give to people renewing their immigration status in Canada. At the point of starting this band 3/4 of us we're flagpolers and from Ireland. Now half the band is still Flagpolers and from Ireland. I hope that helps!
Adam Gnade & the Hot Earth
SPB: Do you approach writing lyrics differently than you approach fiction?
Gnade: With fiction I have this big well of a story I draw from. A lot of it is planned out already--how my characters interact, where their lives go, their deaths, births, marriages, their struggles, their ambitions and their failures. I've got it all there in my head (and partially on paper) and when it's time to write a book I just pick up a section of it and tell that part of the story. It's planned out, yeah, but the story itself is always expanding--new characters come in, other fade away or are set aside for later. I write one book at a time but I have about eight outlined and ready to be filled in.
The "talking songs" are taken from the same universe but with them I just pick up one small idea and expand upon it--a single scene in a character's life or maybe a question I'm worrying myself over. Hopefully when put together one day they'll comprise a large and substantial body of work. I want it to be something vast and alive and hungry and immersive. Something like Proust meets Springsteen--one long connected saga of American life that will be a history of the time we lived and who we were and what we did here.
Kevin McCaughey (Ion Dissonance – vocals)
SPB: What song would you want played at your funeral? Kevin: The only song that comes to mind when asked this question is ''Highway to Hell'' from AC/DC. Simply put, I can only imagine how totally awkward it would be to have relatives and friends mourning my passage and hearing ''Highway to Hell'' blaring on the stereo. The situation itself screams my name. It's totally like me to try and lighten the mood with an inappropriate well placed joke.  

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Katatonia @ Shepherd's Bush Empire

Posted Oct. 28, 2016, 5:48 a.m. by Cheryl

Katatonia @ Shepherd's Bush Empire w/ VOLA, Agent Fresco Emotion is the name of the game tonight, with Sweden’s Katatonia bringing their resonant doom to the London masses not once, but ...

Paradise Lost @ KOKO

Posted Oct. 11, 2015, 5:26 a.m. by Cheryl

Paradise Lost w/Tribulation and Lucifer October 4th @ KOKO, London Hype surrounding a band is either indicative of said band being incredibly talented and worth your time, or, on the ...

Caïna @ The Unicorn

Posted Sept. 8, 2013, 3:25 p.m. by Cheryl

Caïna, Hordes, Barshasketh The Unicorn London, UK September 6 2013 We've been talking a lot about the rebirth of Caïna of late and we'll soon have a review of the new ...

Winterfylleth @ The Black Heart

Posted Jan. 29, 2013, 7:50 a.m. by Cheryl

The tiny Black Heart in Camden holds court to an evening of droned out sludge, traditional heavy doom, and more English black metal than you can shake a stick at ...

Cheryl's bio

"Without music, life would be a mistake."
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I also like coffee and film and cats. 

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