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It’s All Happening!

It’s All HAppenIng! July 2009

Ciao, Three is the magic number apparently, and hopefully some of that enchantment has rubbed off on our third issue of It’s All Happening. In no particular order we cover Fight Like Apes, Dinosaur Pile Up, Kid Harpoon, Regina Spektor, Enter Shikari, Soft Toy Emergency, Slow Club, Little Comets, Small White Light, The Momeraths, Kasabian and Florence Machine, as well as flipping to the other side of the industry to chat to Brew Records, Tip Top Records, and travelling south to Brighton to The Great Escape. Same old, but feedback and help is greatly appreciated. Any demos, gigs and the like that you think are worth checking out, we want to know! Contact us at Also, join our facebook group - it’s currently mainly friends Dan has bribed, and we’ve never been blessed with the kind of popularity that makes you prom king or queen... We’ll see you again at the end of the summer, once we’ve got our rocks off at all the festival fun. Enjoy reading, listening, and dancing, Cesca and Dan xx

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Smallwhitelight are a Brighton four piece who burst on to the scene in 2007 and then disappeared into the dark for two years. But now they are back and preparing to release an album. 'Disco Love' and 'Blitzkreig' are wondrous examples of the melodic indie pop that smallwhitelight have to offer.

New single from The Momeraths caught our eye because of its funky title, Milipede Stomps. Further investigation revealed that not only are they pretty inventive in the realms of nomenclature (Crayon Colours and Dolly Mixtures, for example) but they can also write some well charged capricious pop. Named after some fuzzy little creatures from Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland, their sound is certainly that of a mad party. With tea. And hats. Their tangy tunes have a pretty witty twist, with a big polka dot on top.

A long term lover of Kid Harpoon IAH firmly believes that he deserves recognition for his impassioned talent and innovative music. Unfortunately widespread appreciation often means diluting the concentrated genius we have come to expect. Stealing Cars is much more mainstream that previous offerings, and just doesn’t offer the same depth of quirkiness. It can’t be because the topic is not one Tom has experience of – as anyone who has listened to Kid Harpoon knows, the lyrics are homegrown, and as anyone who knows Tom’s home area of Medway knows, it’s a bit pikey. This is not to say that Stealing Cars is a rapid departure. The same flexing rhythms of guitar cradle the summery soft vocals and the animated melodies continue to be beguiling. However, it just lacks the impact of his other material – the pounding end of Riverside still releases more endorphins than any drug. Definitely a nod towards the charts (there’s even a La Roux et al esque 80s style synths crescendo), hopefully Stealing Cars will drive people straight into Kid Harpoon’s back catalogue, where there is a wealth of good music to find and good times to have.

Little Comets – This One’s For Dancing Exactly that. Ignore the rebel in you and follow all the rules.

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Why is there the impression that real art has to be sombre, full of sad emotions, unrequited love and yearnings for a lost life. Happy is cliché, and miserable is raw and real. Shoe gazing has been on the return, making miserable inroads into our playlists, but as with all trends there is a bit of a backlash, and against this melancholy some outrageously joyous bands are emerging. One band we’ve been drawn to is Soft Toy Emergency, (Jen on vocals, George plays Bass, Luciano on synths, Andy on guitar and Will bashing out the drums) all infused with disco beats, and positively fizzing with arms in the air bravado and good nights out, they just seem to having such a blast. Luckily their music is good enough to ensure that so do the rest of us. We catch up with the band to talk fun times. IAH: Is the decision to make such danceable music a conscious one? STE: When we started the band, just over a year ago, it was definitely a conscious decision. We used to play at house parties in Liverpool and it seemed appropriate to play music that people could 'dance' to. However, our approach to writing has been everevolving. These days we're

focusing on writing songs that we really enjoy, the danceable factors just come along with that somewhat unintentionally now.

to have fun to?

STE: Yes and no... Some music is created purely for fun, but music covers all aspects of emotions and feelings. With regard to IAH: There is the conour own music - we would stant perception that say 'yes' it is made to have pop is not real music, fun to. We like the idea and only introspective that on a first listen someand somewhat morbid one can enjoy what they music is authentic. Do hear and look deeper into you think music is made it if they wish.

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Running with believers, no time for fever, and I haven’t got time for you either

IAH: Is your sound something to do with Liverpool... the city has such a buzz, and is renowned for some great music and pretty top bands... STE: Yeah, I think it is but maybe not in the traditional sense. Liverpool has such a huge association with guitar bands which is totally understandable. However, the part Liverpool has played in dance culture is almost equally as important. Legendary night's like Cream have paved the way for established nights in Liverpool like Chibuku. The night has brought a wealth of live dance acts to the city and I think this side of Liverpool has been a major

influence for us. IAH: I always end up smiling and dancing when I listen to Soft Toy Emergency, and the music evokes really optimistic feelings. Am I being too naive... is there a darker side to the music? STE: There is a darker side to everything. Writing positive/upbeat music is sometimes an escape from somewhat 'darker' feelings etc. We don't write specifically-dark music, but some of our songs have a 'darker-depth' both musically and lyrically. There is a great aggressive power that comes with a lot of electro and it's a sound we've always incorporated in our writing. Sometimes you just want a

song to say 'fuck you' - but with a bit more ambiguity. IAH: Which song do you have the most fun to when it's playing? STE: Of ours, I think 'Circles' is my favourite. It's just so heart-racingly fast so whenever we play it live it just sends our adrenalin levels through the roof! For in a club it has to be Justice 'D.A.N.C.E'. The music just sounds massive through a club PA. I think the vocals are really unique in terms of the way they have been recorded/produced and the lyrics are simple which I think makes for the perfect club tune. IAH: We’re off for a dance...

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To my horror, A former lover told me you've always had a swallow tattoo

Now you tell me it's a sign of devotion: but devotion to who? the energy that Maximo Park once had. The constantly evolving and changing voice challenges the idea that the familiar feel that permeates the album has to mean domestic and boring. Mid way though Negative Landscape offer their minimalist synths on the repetitive and hypnotic Ten. Whilst not my cup of decaff redbush tea, it does show that Tip Toe have more than one string to their bow and are evolving and innovating rather than sticking to one sound. The earthy prosaic charm of ‘Operation Daybreak’ by A the Tip Toe Records wonderfully named Just Compilation Album Toe’s books. Handshakes (We’re British) Released: May 28 IAH have been fans song, lends an intimacy to the of The Old Romantic Killer album, but the vocals are not It’s hard to review a Band for a while now, and ‘The strong, the female voice label compilation. Think of all devil and me’ is a brilliant seeming slightly strained the blood sweat and tears example of their dark and above the sometimes ska-y than goes into producing a dramatic folky sound. They’re instrumentals. song, then multiply this over finding their way onto more The closing chords of tens of different bands. I feel playlists by the day, and will Wolverine and the Beasts by pretty guilty that we can only hopefully soon be revelling in Crayon would not sound out of offer a whistle stop tour, as some success. place on Sgt Pepper, but the with such low press numbers There’s an element of cries of ‘keep your head still’ it will be pretty tough for you summer on this record. Bear evoke Electric Soft Parade. to get your hand son Top Driver’s swooshing cries in A Out of the afternoon’s ‘This Toe’s complilation, but I take Thousand Samurais is pure Ship Is Going Under’ is a raspy comfort in the fact that I’ve sunshine serotonin, albeit of a raw piece of indie with a sing thoroughly enjoyed that tour. chilled nature, and the along chorus that sounds like a Pertinent lyrics unite potentially familiar ‘Finger’ by band yearning for some many of the songs on here, Fists has a clash of sounds excitement and release. startling in their simplicity but that unite to create a cocktail Dom Dean says that acute relevance. The majority of Frank Turner blended with the bands signed to the label of the bands are Leeds based, Justice, great for summer reflect his varying and eclectic with London, Nottingham and evenings. music taste. Based on this Cardiff representatives also The guys at Tip Toe compilation, I fancy a raid popping up. A mixture of old seem to have a knack for (er) bands such as Just picking out bands that overlay through his record collection. Handshakes (We’re British) their simple beat with layers of Constantly invigorating in an and King Alexander as well as vocals and capricious effortless fashion, the tracks some so hot off the press melodies that at once feel part on this latest compilation they’re smoking bands, of your soul yet startle your should give Tip Toe the shove founder Dom Dean has ears in their brilliance. to stride confidently into the succeeded in creating a Swimming’s ‘Catch the spotlight. coherent album that Currents’ rushes at a frantic showcases the talent on Tip speed that is reminiscent of

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You’re lucky with this review. Never let it be said that we don’t give you anything. Here you learn not about one new fruity band, but four. In anticipation of the The Great Escape in Brighton last month, I thought I’d check out a few of the bands via the musical wonderland that is the internet. I ended up pretty excited about going to see the sixties style band The Apples, who fit more into the Britpop era than 2009, but still could be worth checking out. However, actually we were headed for Apples, at Arc on the Thurs night. Never fear though, as is sometimes the case when I cock up, and even if not, is at least an infinitely more positive outlook to have,

everything turned out alright in the end, and I have discovered more than one new band. Incidentally, if you Wikipedia ‘apples band’ it also informs you that the article is not about the Scottish indie dance band or the Isreali funk band of the same name. Who knew the humble apple would be the source of so many band names. So, Apples. No The. Not Scottish or Isreali, but from Hereford, and therefore perhaps can claim more rights to the fruit than their name competitors. Bobbing onto the scene early this year (I stole that pun from their myspace. I confess), Apples encapsulate everything excellent about the eighties, great hair, sherbert dappled melodies, rose tinted optimism, and a lust for panda

pop. Huw Stevens said the band also produce their own apple juice – if you’re reading guys, a sample would be fab? New single Reason 45 combines feather light melodies and a pounding saxophone in a Rumble Strips esque fashion to ensure that the band have your attention from the very start, and Norman’s quiff and quirky dancing ensure the attention remains. Synthetic in the best possible way, the hooks and choruses are carefully crafted to perfection, creating glorious grooves to while away the evenings to. Oh yeah, and they play the telephone.

Regina Spektor Laughing With

comment on the simultaneous independence and With a name as ethereal as Spektor this dependence the lady has the ability to seep into your soul and human race has with incite emotion. God. Lacking the Regina Spektor seems to me to be one cascading intensity of of those people who can see a dash of colour other tracks from ‘Far’ or a blade of grass and go into raving this is a disarming song, daedal in what it says rhapsodies or deep depressions, the smallest rather than being intricately congested. of everyday situations speaking spiralling The whole song is of an all gothic narratives and being draped in swathes encompassing mood, speaking of God and of vocal velvet. humanity, being plaintive and elegiac, whilst life ‘Laughing With’ explicitly joins those affirming, this spectral song has within it the existentialist dots and is a bewitching musical roots of future happiness.

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Jump. In. The. Pool. label label label label label label label label label label label label label

B R E W Curiosity killed the cat, but makes for good journalism, so IAH! Caught up with Leeds based Brew Records to enquire about what it actually involves running a label. "Both of us had wanted to do the whole label thing for a while but uni and lack of money had prevented either of us from giving it a go. Then once we had both finished uni and entered the real world starting a label seemed like the best way of keeping life interesting. So here we are now." Two years on from when Brew launched in June 2007, Simon, co-founder of Brew, makes it sound so easy. A love of live music and helping out new bands was what really drove the creation for Brew records, "We wanted to put on gigs as well so we're promotors as well as a label. I guess the drive comes from wanting to give a good platform for our favourite bands to work from. Whether it be supporting a big touring band in Leeds or getting them some great press or radio

She’s so high.

play." In the current economy, money seems to be the driver behind everything. But for Simon and Thomas they just want to help with the release of great music. Whereas some labels have altered bands to make them more 'commercially viable', Brew try not to have too much of an influence. "It goes about as far as us suggesting we do a single or an ep and an album. I don't think we'd dare attempt to tell one of our bands what or how they should be writing. I guess if Kong turned up and had gone all jazz funk we might have a few words but really they can do what they like and we'll release it". So if the label has little influence on the actual output of a band, why do we even need labels at all, especially now we are in the 'myspace age' where bands can freely promote themselves.. "Bands can promote themselves to an extent but I don't think you're going to see the death of labels anytime soon. There's

room for labels and for bands that just want to do it themselves. We release records, book tours, put on gigs, do all the press for our bands. Everything is pretty much done in house so very DIY." Even though Simon is pretty laid back about running a label, he assures us that is not the case: "It's a bit of an obsession really. There's always something to do or some worry to keep me awake at night." It does, however, pay off. There are many moments to be savoured, such as "seeing our bands play Leeds and Reading or support the Bronx or do sessions for radio 1 or get an awesome review in the NME. Just things we didn't think would happen to a little label 2 years ago." And why the name? "Brew is a reference to beer. Double Dutch is usually on the riders at our gigs." There's the solution for when the stress of running a label gets a little too much then.

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Did you have a Great Escape? We catch up with Fight Like Apes, after their blinding set at The Great Escape in Brighton, and congratulate them on their position in our top five new favourite bands. Describe your sound. We were christened ‘karate rock’ by bloggers a couple of years ago and we're going to stick to that. We're abrasive like sandpaper set on fire and a bit like a cement mixer stuck on fast with a girl inside who can't get out. Not that she wants to... Why are you in a band? That’s a little more difficult to answer. All of us just sort of fell into this. We started making music together 2 years ago and haven’t stopped. I guess it’s a result of boredom coupled with a lack of good things happening in Dublin back then, and we also had no money because we were students so couldn't do fun things. A band seems like the right thing to have done. What are your day jobs? None of us have day jobs. We do music full time. I get bored when I’m at home for anything longer than 3 days. Then I wish I had a job that I could just pick up at any time. I don’t think such a job exists though... If you could play a festival in any city in the world where would it be? I now love Rotterdam. We fell in love with it when we were there recently. It’s a gorgeous place, and they sell all sorts of interesting things. Also, the weather was perfect and the food was nice. It has massive open areas too which mean a city festival would really work there. Think The Great Escape, without queues, and mostly outside. Which bands are always on your playlists? On my iPod I generally listen to albums as they go.. Right now, a lot of Wolf Parade, Rilo Kiley, and Korn (they're amazing). And anything else you want to say really, I’m sure we’ll be able to write about it! Brighton is a beautiful place. Delicious food and its got two of my favourite things. The Soul Food restaurant that Gordon Ramsey helped in Kitchen Nightmares, and Sugarrush.

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Be my spiderwoman.

Raw and brutal, Dinosaur Pile Up are grabbing attention across the country, they’re rough and ready anthems a formidable barrage of intense riffs and big energy. Singer and guitarist Matt Bigland from Dinosaur Pile Up takes time out from their crunching whirlpool to answer our questions. Describe your sound. I'd say somewhere between "AWESOME" and "FREAKING RADICAL". The prior description being more aimed towards the riffs and the volume, and the later being aimed toward the general dorky yet kicking part of the band. Why are you in a band? Because I never wanted to be in anything else really... I would have loved to be that kick-ass athletic stud that so many dudes at school were... "Hunky" and involved in all the macho / ace stuff, but I was blessed with a physique slightly more on the goofy-bendy side and i can't run for shit. I also considered myself to have an alternative brain, and enjoyed art unlike most of my peers. Luckily I heard some F***ing wicked records as a teenager, got a guitar off my mum, and started playing drums when I should have been doing homework. Very quickly I didn't give a f*** about being as cool as the jocks because I knew that one day I was gonna piss all over them and make them wish they'd picked up a guitar instead of a sport. Reading that back - that last one is a freaking wicked reason. What are your day jobs? Well, right now driving our asses oFf in the van playing shows is our day job. Which is what we've all been working towards as individuals for so long. It's only been like this a couple of months though. So we really appreciate it, it's amazing for us. Before I was working in a kitchen of a cafe making 300 sandwiches a day. Steve was selling home insurance in an office that he'd been at for about 5 years, and Tom was working in a bank counting other peoples money. We all thought it sucked pretty hard. If you could play a festival in any city in the world where would it be? Ooooh... There's so many places!! Barcelona?? I've never been!! Or... Somewhere in the US. I'd love to go to America with the band... Or Canada - I FREAKING LOVE CANADA!!... Or ... Saturn. Got to aim high... Which bands are always on your playlists? Right now Future of The Left. We cannot stop LISTENING TO THEM!! They kick ass, and are one of the few bands that can play guitar well and write bad ass riffs. They're are f***ing angry live too - have you seen them??? SHIT!!!

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LIVE LIVE LIVE LIVE LIVE LIVE The Isle of Wight Festival, along with Download, is often seen as the start to the festival season. This 500 odd mile round trip from Leeds was well worth it for the array of musical variety on show. From Prodigy to Neil Young, Basement Jaxx to The Pigeon Detectives and Pendulum to White Lies: everyone was on form. Not only this, the whole three days just seemed to work perfectly with the sun shining, despite drab forecasts, and it being well organised with there being few queues, adequate security and plenty of bars. If this is how the festival season started, lets hope that it continues with such success. Slow Club seemed to have evaded many of the ‘hot tips for 2009’ lists, but now- midway through the year- they have really started to pick up the attention they deserve. This two-piece band that hail from Sheffield played five times at Glastonbury. Impressive, huh? Their joyful Folk Pop makes them unique in today’s music scene. During live performances they genuinely seem to have a lot of fun: these two enjoy playing music, and I think you’ll enjoy listening. Their set at Live At Leeds earlier this year was rapturously received. Catch them at V, Latitude and Secret Garden Party.

David Wells The Monday night audience at the Louisiana in Bristol is a bit sparse for London three piece, The Bishops. Despite this they blast through a 45-minute set of material from both their albums including recent singles “If You Leave Today” and “City Lights.” All the way through a rather drunk punter has been shouting for “The only place I can look is down,“ but, ironically, he was downstairs in the bar when it was played. Despite some less than enthusiastic reviews of their new album The Bishops are well worth catching live. The rest of the bill is made up of local acts, Pete Stilwell formerly of Bristol band The Francos and Santa Dog. The latter are a female fronted outfit a little like the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, or even Sleeper. Singer Rowena Dugdale is prone to yelping during songs and they seem to push the sound system to the max, but the songs are enjoyable and in Rob Williams they have an excellent guitarist. I’ll be your spiderman.

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I was just happy, my manic and I. He couldn't see me, the sun was in his eyes

Kasabian West Ryder you up, their addictive foundations hypnotising.

An explosion of confidence, Sergio, Tom, Chris and Ian swagger (I'm sorry– you try reviewing Kasabian without saying 'swagger'. It's impossible) back with their third album to truly crystallise their position as one of the best bands to have ever graced the stage. Not that they doubted their right to elbow room on this podium for one millisecond , and not that we would have dared suggest to them otherwise. New single Fire is the most ludicrously adrenalin rushed, head swirling arms waving feet stomper of a tune to have caressed my

ears. Like many of Kasabian’s tracks, a slow incandescantly powerful beat lulls you in to a rhythmic lullaby before bam (or oooh...ahhh) hits you full force speed of light impact that could knock you flying were you not buoyed up by the new found self assuredness that intravenously flows from Sergio’s vocals.

WRPLA is an experimental album, tracks such as Thick as Thieves, Take Aim and Secret Alphabets bring in subtle tissue like instruments that you wouldn't necessarily associate with the large sounds of Kasabian, with a power that you ot definitely would.

This album has been truly hyped up: as much by the Leicestermen themselves than anyone, and I wasn't left disappointed. The overwhelming force of debut ‘Kasabian’ means that we expect great things of Kasabian, but the band have lived up to the With the potential to incite pressure and delivered. religious fervour through its Anyone who has witnessed build up Fast Fuse has the a crowd go wild in equal kind of power that until measures to LSF, Empire, now was confined to the and Fire will surely not likes of wizards. Layers that disagree that Kasabian are step by step simultaneously one of the bands of the knock you out and bolster decade. It’s All HAppenIng! July 2009

and birds were

was in his eyes

and birds were singing to calm us down. And birds were singing to calm us down.

Florence & The Machine Lungs July 6th

Despite the adrenalin rush inducing effect of the songs and euphoria that seems to accompany them, many are not of positive subject matter, ‘Hurricane Drunk’ evoking the power of heartbreak and the captivating ‘My Boy Builds Coffins’, about, A twenty first century peeling from a slumber to well...Florence’s desire to Midsummer Night’s Dream, reveal a chaos of diamond use the power of the all magic and mystery, the lights, all reflections and metaphor rather than debut album from Florence & glimmers and a rainbow of explicitly relay her life on The Machine’s debut ‘Lungs ‘ colours washing through one record means the subject is a colossally invigorating another. Rather than simply matter is hazy. phantasmagoria of sparkles observing this watercolour and dreams, delivered in a landscape, Florence’s Part of the allure of the perfectly sinister manner. customary energy drops you album is that it seems into this whirlwind of a song, infused with Florence’s powering on with relentless The oneiric quality is not at personality, and let’s face it, all feminine and fragile, but a pace. she’s a very alluring girl. The strong force that absorbs whole record is an your whole soul. Opener Much of the album does feel exploration into the hidden ‘Dog Days’ confidently sets like a race, but not in an corners of the mind and the pace for the album, exhausting fashion – more aspects of lives that do not stomping through emotional that it evokes an urgency to bubble up in everyday work turbulence to a mighty finish, want to soak up life giving but are actually the most and the twinkling piano oxygen, racing through and stimulating of all. Orchestral throughout creates a fall discovering the wonder of the splendour combined with sense of fairydom which the world, overturning stones such unbridled effulgence, cutting lyrics serve to sever. and glimpsing through and a dollop of Cyndi leaves, synapses connecting Lauper’s ‘You Got The Love’ Recent single ‘Rabbit Heart’ together and the electrical makes for a very intriguing impulse brimming with new starts with the twinkling debut album indeed. find awe. melodies, evoking eyes

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I'm not helping, I'm not telling, I'm not solving, I'm not saying you're pretending

Is Music Art? There’s no denying that music, painting, dance, theatre, sculpture et al are all part of the same family, but music seems to be the black sheep, the bastard relation. By music I think I mean ‘popular’ rock, indie, R&B etc. Most people would state that Mozart’s finest works are art, but claiming that Lady Gaga is an artist would perhaps meet with a more contentious response. As a mode of creative expression, an exhibition of emotions and mode of connection between the expresser and expressed to, music fits the bill in the way all other art does. Music is probably accessed by more people than any other art, and this in itself may lead people to question its credentials as a bona fide art form. Art is still considered the preserve of the elite, as something only those with time or money to spare can indulge in – how can you enjoy art if you are down a mine or up a chimney. This argument rests

on two unfounded but often presumed ideas. Firstly that art is an addition to gritty real life, and secondly that art is there to be enjoyed and is a happy experience. We tend to use the terms music artist to prefer to plastic production line singers, those that rather than effervescing bundles of creativity like Blake, Johnson, Hughes et al, are actually the most creatively nullified people in the business. Just like people question whether modern art or pop art or Emin is real art, so the experience of most people of music on a frequent basis is popular music, easy to listen, lowest common denominator, which somehow serves to suggest that there is no talent. It’s like an inverse of the advertising slogan ‘X million people can’t be wrong.’ When it comes to music it seems that if lots of people like something it can’t be good. The Top 40 is just as much, if not more so, targeted to appeal to our visual senses

rather than hearing, with its glossy images, beautiful singers and technologically enhanced videos. Our artistic appreciation is perhaps geared to be channelled through our eyes, and in this sense music has never had so much in common with the rest of the art world. A simple game of word association can show the different connotations associated with music. Say art, you say maybe ‘gallery’, or ‘world’ – world, existence, elemental, all encompassing, a necessity. Say music and the next word to roll off the tongue is ‘business’, something slightly steel, dirty, a ruthless veneer rather than genuine love. Music is arguably a less solid, more transient piece of art, certainly more so than visual or physical pieces, and thus surely its emotional resonances are higher as they are always evolving.

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This ain’t no Roxy music.

A song changes every time a band plays it, every time that an audience reacts differently or responds in an alternative manner. In this sense it is that transient unidentifiable connection between the musician and the listener that is the really creative process. A painting is situated in a gallery, a play in a theatre, a dance in a studio, and thus the artist has a very clear idea of the area in which the art will be consumed and understood, therefore more control over their product. However with music the variables are vast. Once the piece of music is packaged and made available for other people there are countless ways in

which these people will react and interact. Does a musician therefore have less ownership, as without a designated space they cannot demand full attention? Music is perhaps more truly for the people than any other art form. A musician has to compete with the irritating DJ interrupting, the traffic noise as someone walks with their mp3, the scraping of plates as the song is played in a cafe, the mix button, the skip button. And the music world is potentially more fickle – whilst it is easier to gain recognition, that fashion and gratitude can be quickly lost, falling from grace faster than one can say New Musical Express.

What is the definition of art? Is it juxtaposed with science? Or is it a form of expression, an outflow of emotion that can’t be stopped. Maybe it’s both, for so many music is essential, not an appendage to life, but fundamental to its continuation as well as decoration for the experience. Perhaps for those reading this it doesn’t even matter – music is not just art; it’s the whole world.

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Get Happening As much as we would love to, time and money prevents from getting to every gig in the world, so please do send your gig reviews!

Look here! We do have a distinct lack of advertisers in this issue. I actually work in retail analysis and the main focus of my job is how to make your customers spend more. I can therefore tell you that by using the formula x/y (company profit)*number of customers + advertising in IAH = more customers and money. Go on, try it!

Paint A Vulgar Picture: Fiction inspired by The Smiths, edited by Paul Wild is a genius idea. How many stories have fans created in their heads about a charming man or wanted to know all about Jeane, or wondered the background of the hooligan’s life that has made him at once sweet and tender. If you wish to combine your love of literature and music and have a story inspired by a song title, email it over to us.

Thankyou to... Leo Swadling for the front cover artwork, and Antonia Baker for the back cover artwork. Cheers to Soft Toy Emergency, Dinosaur Pile Up, and Fight Like Apes for answering all our questions, and thanks to their press people for sorting that out! Also, Brew records and Tip Toe records, David Wells and MailboxesEtc.

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