Brisbane’s Rockabilly Rave Up

With David Bowie’s Sound and Vision fading out, the lights dimmed as traditional FA Cup hymn Abide with Me played while tonight’s headliners cooly took to the stage to whoops and cheers from a crowd ready to burst with carefree abandon. Headlong in to a rock ‘n’ roll blitz, the band exploded, with ivory tinklier, Ray Jacildo, … Continue reading

My plastic rocker was much more plastic than anybody’s

In the aftermath of his latest release and the subsequent passing of David Bowie, one line remains in my head. “I know how much you loved him.” My sister rang in her early UK hours to see if I had heard of Bowie’s death, she didn’t want me to be alone. I hadn’t heard the … Continue reading

Lush Brutality

The artistic war and gravitational pull of Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy’s relationship has, for years, been pivotal to creating their unique brand of rock. Astbury, lyrics and manifesto, was brought up on Native American spirituality and today flexes Tibetian Buddhism as Duffy, increasingly articulate maturing muso guitarist, exudes tough, earthed and pragmatic Mancunian tendencies; … Continue reading