The Obsessives

The Obsessives

Lame-O Records

Rating: 3/5




The Obsessives latest self titled album is released today, the 17th March 2017, and it follows on from their debut full length, 2015’s Heck No, Nancy. The Obsessives sophomore album will be released via Lame-O Records in the US, Dog Knights Productions in the UK and Europe and Cooking Vinyl in Australia. The Obsessives will also be undertaking an extensive North American tour this spring with Modern Baseball, Kevin Devine And His Goddamn Band and Sorority Noise

The Obsessives self titled sophomore album starts with a mournful country influenced introduction, this is short lived as it swiftly segues into the noisier discordant indie number, You’re My God. There’s an obvious Pixies reference with the track Surfer Rosa, and it must be said that there is a fair influence from that quartet on this release, this is exemplified by songs such as Violent, that are reminiscent of their bass led unconventional style. The album continues to veer unpredictably between styles, but all the while it embraces a solid core of influences from the more idiosyncratic elements of the indie scene.

For me The Obsessives self titled album is one that treads a path through territory that has already been covered by numerous well known trailblazers, there are obvious influences from acts such as Violent Femmes and Dinosaur Jnr, as well as the aforementioned Pixies, on this release. But, and this is an important but, having said that, if your tastes lean towards the unconventional and noisier side of the indie scene, or if you have a love for modern emo influenced bands such as Modern Baseball and Sorority Noise, then The Obsessives latest album, and their forthcoming tour, really should be on your radar.

The Obsessives self titled album can be streamed and purchased here

The vinyl issue of The Obsessives sophomore album, including coloured vinyl variants, can be purchased here

The Obsessives tour dates can be found here and their Facebook page is here

The Obsessives Release Full Stream Of Sophomore Album

obsessives-artworkThe Obsessives are now streaming their self titled sophomore album in full, The Obsessives will be released on the 17th March via Lame-O Records in the US, Dog Knights Productions in the UK and Europe, and Cooking Vinyl in Australia. The band has also recently announced their new tour with Sorority Noise, including dates with Sinai Vessel, Forth Wanderers,  Matt Kerekes and Shannen Moser.

Pre-orders for The Obsessives are available here (USA), here (EU) and here (Au)

You can stream The Obsessives, and view the tour dates, here

The Obsessives Stream ‘It’s Not Fair’ From Self Titled Album

obsessives-artworkThe Obsessives have released a new song from their forthcoming album.  The single is titled It’s Not Fair and it comes off of the band’s sophomore self titled album, which will be released March 17th via Lame-O Records in the US, Dog Knights Productions in the UK and Europe, and Cooking Vinyl in Australia. 

You can stream the track It’s Not Fair via Gold Flake Paint here

You can pre-order The Obsessives self titled album here (USA), here (EUR) and here (AUS)

The Obsessives Release Video For ‘Surfer Rosa’

obsessives-artworkThe Obsessives have released the new music video for their single Surfer Rosa, the single comes off of the band’s sophomore self titled album, which will be released March 17th via Lame-O Records in the US, Dog Knights Productions in the UK and Europe, and Cooking Vinyl in Australia. The Obsessives will be touring this spring with Modern Baseball, Kevin Devine and Sorority Noise

You can pre-order The Obsessives self titled album here (USA), here (EUR) and here (AUS)

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Billy Bragg And Joe Henry Announce Collaboration

Joe HenryUK folk favourite Billy Bragg and American artist Joe Henry have announced that they will be releasing a new collaborative album.  The disc is titled Shine A Light – Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad and is set to drop on Cooking Vinyl September 23, 2016.  The project is a collection of railway-themed classic songs recorded in the course of a 65 hour journey across the US on the Texas Eagle railroad service.  Bragg comments:

“Railroad songs provided the bedrock of American popular music, from Jimmie Rodgers, the Singing Brakeman, to Lead Belly, whose repertoire provided several of the songs for this project. In this country, Lonnie Donegan’s 1956 hit ‘Rock Island Line’ sparked the skiffle craze, inspiring a generation of British teens to pick up guitars and form the groups that invaded American in the 60s, from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin. 

Growing up in the UK, I’d always been aware of this tradition but when I travelled to the US, I was surprised to find how few people look to the railroad as a means of transport. With this project, we wanted to explore the transformative power that the coming of the railroad had on the lives of ordinary people by taking these songs back to the places that inspired their creation. Travelling on the train and recording the songs as we went allowed us to both visit places that were important 125 years ago when the lines were laid, but to also explore the viability of the railroad as a means of transport in the 21st century.”

Joe’s comments can be found below along with tour dates.

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Tours: Reverend & The Makers / The Libertines

Reverent & The MakersIndie-rock act Reverend & The Makers has has announced that they will be heading on tour with The Libertines.  The band continues to support their fifth studio full length, Mirrors, was released back in 2015 via Cooking Vinyl.

Tour dates are below.

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Video: The Fratellis – Imposters (Little By Little)

FratellisThe Fratellis have premiered a new music video.  The video features the track “Imposters (Little By Little)” and comes from their latest album, Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied, released last August on Cooking Vinyl.  The album follows their 2006 debut album.

Listen to the new tune below.

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Reverend & The Makers – Making’ Babies

Reverent & The MakersIndie-rock act Reverend & The Makers has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Makin’ Babies” from their fifth studio full length, Mirrors, due out October 9, 2015 via Cooking Vinyl.

Watch the new video below.

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The Fratellis – Baby Don’t You Lie To Me!

FratellisThe Fratellis have premiered a new single.  The tracj is titled “Baby Don’t You Lie To Me!” and taken from their upcoming new album, Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied, out August 21, 2015 on Cooking Vinyl.  The album will follow their 2006 debut album.

Listen to the new tune below.

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Billy Bragg 30th Anniversary Re-Release of Debut Album

Billy BraggUK folk punk pioneer Billy Bragg will be re-releasing a 30th anniversary edition of his debut album, Life’s A Riot With Spy Vs Spy.

The special edition will be re-mastered and include a solo live performance of the album which was recorded at a London Union Chapel show in June of this year. It will be available from Oct 29th on 180g vinyl, CD and digitally. Bragg and Cooking Vinyl have also launched  ‘Get Behind Billy Bragg, an online commentary series from the man himself about his career which will be released in the lead up to the album release.

You can pre-order the special edition of Life’s A Riot With Spy Vs Spy here.


Billy Bragg - Tooth & Nail

Billy Bragg

Tooth & Nail

Cooking Vinyl

Rating: 3.5/5




Billy Bragg is like a fine wine, enriching his composition and complexity with each passing year.  A man who could comfortably call it quits on the laurels of a career that has already influenced so many, the British folk veteran continues to strap on his guitar and spread his insight.  His latest offering, Tooth & Nail comes five years after the ambitious Mr. Love & Justice, and sees Bragg return to his more intimate roots. 

Those expecting a product meeting the grandeur of Mr. Love & Justice might come across initially disappointed, but should find early forgiveness upon hearing the time and care that Bragg irrefutably wields.  Working with a minimalist’s mindset, Bragg deploys his instruments sparingly, achieving a more meaningful connection when calling on his backing band or piano keys.  Aided by a single tambourine and gently strummed guitar, opener “January Song” exemplifies the strength of Bragg’s words.  “I’m so tightly wound in tension, I feel just like a guitar string, waiting to reveal emotions, touch me and you’ll hear me sing” croons Bragg poetically, his slow instrumental growth careful to not overshadow his eloquence.  A track later on “No One Knows Anything Anymore” he sneaks in a catchy tune with the aid of more distinct guitar and those unmistakably emotive piano strokes.  Contemplating the answers to the universe, Bragg explores the Large Hadron Collider’s search for the “God” particle and imagines a world in which “no one knows nothing anymore.” 

Bragg’s dry humour surfaces throughout the disc, most overt in the witty “Handyman Blues.”  Accepting his ineptitude with a hammer and grace with a guitar, this tangy piece plays like an apology for not being handy around the house, looking to his identity as a songwriter and slyly suggesting that he can “find a way to make my poetry to make a roof over our head.” 

A mid-album series of ballads run at one of Bragg’s most dawdling tempos, and taken together might seem a tad underwhelming.  A few like “I Ain’t Got No Home” burn slow, filling the gaps between more lively songs like “Do Unto Others,” but others like “Swallow My Pride” serve their purpose well.  Tooth & Nail holds some of Bragg’s most personal cuts, and to that end it’s hard to accuse even the weaker songs of being filler.  More likely, Bragg has chosen his songs to compliment each other.  So when the album’s sole stadium rock song and toe tapping standout “There Will Be A Reckoning” emerges from the midnight oil, all is forgiven and Bragg’s roadmap couldn’t be more the work of a master.

A few years back, countryman and popular folk-rock soloist Frank Turner commented in an interview about having Billy Bragg as an opener for a festival that Turner was headlining.  While the interviewer implied that Turner had surpassed Bragg, Turner’s humble response praised Bragg as a living legend, and that he was honoured that Bragg would do such a personal favour.  Tooth & Nail showcases every reason for Turner’s gratitude.  Fast approaching sixty, Billy Bragg remains a goal for songwriters following in his footsteps, remaining much more than a legacy act.