MUSIC: The Loyalties, Stratovarius, The Graveltones, The Temperance Movement, Heartless Bastards, Elle King, The Burning Of Rome, Vreid, Neaera, Shai Hulud, Compulsions, Tonight Alive, Fearless Vampire Killers, Combichrist, Mike Tramp, Divided We Fall, Bonded By Blood, Colors UK, Papa Shango CINEMA: The Silver Linings Playbook, Broken City, Female Trouble, Mario Bava, 5 Broken Cameras, Tabu, Elena LIVE: Tegan and Sara, The Soho Hobo, Liam O’Connor, Deftones, High On Fire, The Blackout, Your Demise, UK Subs, Black Light Burns, Louise Distras, Calexico, Vader Issue 13/2013 £ FREE SPECIALS: London Anime Con, Midem 2013 THE NEXT BIG THINGS By Cristina Massei For our first issue of 2013, we decided to do something different: we went out on the hunt for the next big thing, and we found quite a few candidates; may they all succeed. Contrarily to what the demise of HMV will have you thinking, music is in very good health, you just need to learn to get over your ADHD and pay attention; no, not to the miserable wannabes on Cowell’s reality shows, but to whatever venues are still standing, especially if you’re lucky enough to live in London. So off we went, not trying to pick something to force on you, but on a mission to discover what many have already come to appreciate on the live circuit but the majority are still unaware of. We found artists selling out the likes of the Borderline or The Lexington without once appearing on Kerrang or NME. We found rock, soul, blues, colours and vibes that O2 can’t buy. Then we looked into movies, again taking a break from the blockbusters to explore a prolific underground scene, films you won’t find advertised on the Tube with posters replaced two weeks later by a dating agency ad. We even expanded our musical knowledge geographically, thanks to MIDEM and our first Anime Convention in London – where else. I think we did a pretty good job. Sure, we had to cut off reviews of the Kerrang! Tour and such, but I’m sure you’ll find plenty of Black Veil Brides elsewhere if you really feel the need… Here are some artists we look forward to hear and see more about over 2013 and beyond; hopefully their work will find a place in your collection and in your heart. All we ask is that you listen, and watch, with open ears and eyes, and most of all an open mind. Sooner or later, at least some of these lot will take over the world and reach you anyway; but why wasting time on yet more untalented pretty boys and recycled old farts? Get in now. You will thank us later. PS… There’s another reason why we’re paying extra attention to less known bands on this issue: we want you to know that we listen to everything that comes to us. However, not everything is good enough. Remember to always send a link to your music; we don’t really care where you went to school and how amazing YOU think your music is, we just want to hear it and make up our mind. If we like it, we will review and contact you to let you know at some point (we all have day jobs folks!) or maybe even for a chat. If you don’t hear from us, either we didn’t get a chance YET or we didn’t like it. ‘Did you like my EP/Is it going to be reviewed’ emails will only increase our workload, piss us off and earn you a nice space in our spam folder. Just so you know. All the artists featured on this front page (The Graveltones, The Temperance Movement, Elle King and Voodoo Vegas) are to release their DEBUT album in 2013. You will find out more about them and other fresh talent inside our magazine... FREEDOM OF ART As the 2013 Oscar ceremony draws to an end, in between Ben Affleck’s stammering, Jennifer Lawrence’s tripping and Daniel Day-Lewis jokes, what will be truly remembered in time for his significance is Ang Lee’s victory in the Best Director category. Life of Pi is a magnificent movie, a work of art, the creation of a gifted mind that you may have not be able to witness, if it wasn’t for Taiwan, welcoming Lee’s family from mainland China in 1949. Hadn’t they abandoned their homeland following the Chinese Civil War, Lee’s talent may have never been discovered or even have a chance to develop, its legs cut short by censorship. Life of Pi enjoyed its biggest Box Office success in China, as the middle class enjoys new found financial comfort. However, what Chinese people saw was a tweaked version of the original – and I’d really like to watch it just to see what the hell there was to censor in there. Only 34 foreign films (thanks to the recent addition of 14 3D/Imax to the original 20) a year make it to the big screen in China, and they have to agree to being ‘adapted’ to the country’s medieval rules; Life of Pi was in fact the only one out of this year’s Oscars that made the cut. Today, Chinese people celebrate one of their descendants winning the highest recognition for his work, but they silently listen as he thanks Taiwan (I couldn’t have made it without you) knowing something is horribly wrong and there’s nothing they can do about it. On the other hand, in this issue we review a couple of classic Italian horrors finally released in their original cut, after getting the ‘commercial censorship’ treatment in the US. Yes, one of them was also banned at the time by the Fascist regime; something that we thought was in the past, only no one told the Chinese. Still, what is more disturbing is the idea that, even in a theoretically democratic world, artists have to sell their soul to the unmerciful censor known as Box Office. There are many forms of censorship, they’re everywhere and there’s no Taiwan and no escape; movie producers – just like record labels in the music business – often make more damage than any regime, in their quest to turn a work of ART into a commercially viable PRODUCT. At a lower end, but not a lower extent, all those judging a piece of art according to money made – or worst, giving exposure and positive critics according to money paid to them – are just as guilty. In 1975, Mario Bava walked out of his own film ‘Lisa and The Devil’ after being reluctantly convinced by producer Alfredo Leone to tweak it in order to turn it into a US blockbuster. He watched a unique piece of art being transformed into a bad clone of ‘The Exorcist’ and couldn’t handle it; ‘The House of Exorcism’, for which Bava wasn’t credited as director, was still a flop, this time not only with the Box Office but with any decent fan of the genre. We tend to feel sorry for those countries where freedom of expression is not granted, but trying to turn an artist into a cash cow by tweaking his work is the worst and most common form of censorship. If you don’t believe in an artist, don’t sign him; if you don’t appreciate his art, don’t give it exposure; if you ARE an artist, have some PRIDE and FAITH in your art and what it expresses. Walk off holding your freedom in your hand, even if that means you’ll have to keep your day job a bit longer, or even forever. To Ang Lee, we want to say a huge thank you for showing us that there’s no limit to what art can create; to his entire team, who believed in him with no reserve, Namaste.