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Echobelly are back on tour this October

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Echobelly are back out touring over the next month with a full band line-up, including their former bass player James Harris. They'll be playing a...

Win a pair of tickets to see The Skids in Manchester

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Win a pair of tickets to see The Skids in Manchester The Skids are on tour! Since reforming back in 2016 to mark the bands...

Haggard Cat: Dead Wax, Birmingham – live review

Haggard Cat Dead Wax, Birmingham Sept 16th 2021 Haggard Cat successfully break their second album lockdown curse...

Carcass: Torn Arteries – album review

Slightly less flesh ripping and offensive, maybe more thought provoking. Liverpool's extreme metal vegetarians are back with ten massive slabs of exquisite Dad rock and a trademark stunning album cover.
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From Arlo to Alice: LTW’s Ultimate Guide To The Mercurys

It’s back again. Love it or hate it, the Mercury Prize never fails to stimulate a bit of debate. I don’t know if lockdown...

Kevin Martin aka The Bug: interview

Kevin Martin aka The Bug is on the verge of releasing Fire: a new LP of heavy, speaker-shaking dub, dancehall and noise with an...

Jon Savage: England’s Dreaming. The Sex Pistols and Punk Rock – interview

The new edition of England’s Dreaming is out now via Faber & Faber and Rough Trade as part of the bundle including two other...

Albums of the year so far…

And so the summer solstice comes and goes and that time of the year arrives when we look back over some of the year's...

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Haggard Cat: Dead Wax, Birmingham – live review

Haggard Cat Dead Wax, Birmingham Sept 16th 2021 Haggard Cat successfully break...

Carcass: Torn Arteries – album review

Slightly less flesh ripping and offensive, maybe more thought provoking. Liverpool's extreme metal vegetarians are back with ten massive slabs of exquisite Dad rock and a trademark stunning album cover.

Echobelly are back on tour this October

Echobelly are back out touring over the next month...

WATCH THIS! dark Cohen/Cave/Scott Walker pop with from John Murry

John Murry is one of those best-kept secrets. His dark introspective music pulls you in like a spiders web of baroque intrigue and memory

The Haciendas : Other Side – single review

The Haciendas Other Side Limited CD / D|L and Streaming Buy Here The...

WATCH THIS : Stereotyped are a teenage band from Manchester who bring back the grunge

Stereotyped are fully formed and thrillingly teenage helter-skelter, noisenik, impassioned, detonatingly beautiful, thrillingly brilliant surfing on the angst and loud/quiet guitar thing... and they rule.

The Lathums: How Beautiful Life Can Be – album review + interview

The Lathums How Beautiful Life Can Be (Island) Out 24 September 2021 LP...

Win a pair of tickets to see The Skids in Manchester

Win a pair of tickets to see The Skids...

Enola Gay | Grandma’s House | Automotion: 100 Club London – live review

New band showcase events are appearing thick and fast...

Sonny Vincent: Snake Pit Therapy – album review

Sonny Vincent - Snake Pit Therapy Svart Records CD/LP Released 17 September...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Carcass: Torn Arteries – album review

Slightly less flesh ripping and offensive, maybe more thought provoking. Liverpool's extreme metal vegetarians are back with ten massive slabs of exquisite Dad rock and a trademark stunning album cover.

Sonny Vincent: Snake Pit Therapy – album review

Sonny Vincent - Snake Pit Therapy Svart Records CD/LP Released 17 September 2021 Brand new 15 track album...

Afternoon Bike Ride: Afternoon Bike Ride – album review

Afternoon Bike Ride: Afternoon Bike Ride (Friends of Friends Music) LP|DL Released 24th September 2021 Pre-order from Bandcamp   The...

The Chameleons: Elevated Living Live – album review

The Chameleons Elevated Living Live Cherry Red Records CDx2/DVD available here from 24th September 8/10 The greatest band to...

Sloks: A Knife In Your Hand – album review

Sloks: A Knife In Your Hand (Voodoo Rhythm Records) LP | CD | DL Out now   Italy's Sloks...

Carol Hodge: The Crippling Space Between – album review

Carol Hodge The Crippling Space Between Midnight Stamp Records CD/Vinyl bundles/DL available here from 24th September 8/10 Carol Hodge...

The Speed Of Sound: Museum Of Tomorrow – album review

Museum Of Tomorrow is the new 13-track album by long-running Manchester four-piece The Speed Of Sound, on the Big Stir label.

Various: Total Exotica – As Dug by Lux & Ivy – album review

Various: Total Exotica - As Dug by Lux & Ivy (Righteous / Cherry Red...

FESTIVALS

LOUD WOMEN FEST 5 – Festival Preview / Interview

LOUD WOMEN FEST 5: Preview/ Interview 18 Sept 2021 229, 229 Great Portland St, London W1W 5PN Music festivals are coming back after a long pandemic hiatus,...

Bearded Theory announce 2022 line up inc Placebo, Patti Smith and The Flaming Lips

Bearded Theory announce 2022 line up inc Placebo, Patti Smith and The Flaming Lips Bearded Theory is back!! After the Covid enforced postponement of both...

Photo Reviews

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls: O2 Apollo Manchester – live photo review

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls O2 Apollo Manchester August 21st 2021 Louder Than War photographer Michael Bond, captured Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls on the...

Stereophonics: Manchester Arena – live photo review

Stereophonics Manchester Arena March 13th 2019 Louder Than War photographer Michael Bond, captured Stereophonics on the Manchester leg of their European tour, promoting their 11th studio album...

Book Reviews

I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke – book review

I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke Now available in paperback (Picador, £9.99) This memoir is everything you would expect from a wordsmith and...

The TJM Story by Tony Davidson – book review

The TJM Story by Tony Davidson Self Published Available from HERE “And, to steal a phrase, suddenly there came a bang! You cannot return the bullet to...

LIVE REVIEWS

Haggard Cat: Dead Wax, Birmingham – live review

Haggard Cat Dead Wax, Birmingham Sept 16th 2021 Haggard Cat successfully break their second album lockdown curse with a rousing two word agenda. Cheer Up. Nottingham duo Haggard...

Enola Gay | Grandma’s House | Automotion: 100 Club London – live review

New band showcase events are appearing thick and fast at the moment. Keith Goldhanger reports on what he feels are three bands worthy of...

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: St George’s Hall Bradford – live review

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis St George’s Hall, Bradford Wednesday 15th September 2021 Andy Brown heads to St George’s Hall in Bradford to catch Nick Cave and...

Roisin Murphy: Manchester Academy – live review

Roisin Murphy Manchester Academy Sept 17th 2021 Roisin Murphy has been at the forefront of the club and dance music scene since the 1990s and last...

Sam Fender: O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester – live review

Sam Fender O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester September 16th 2021 The lights dim, figures walk across the stage. Sam Fender reaches for his mic stand centre stage as...

The Memory of Water: The Hampstead Theatre – review

The Memory of Water -Play Hamstead Theatre, London 9th Sept 2021 Phil Ross attends the press night for Shelagh Stephenson's play The Memory of Water at The...

INTERVIEWS

The Lathums: How Beautiful Life Can Be – album review + interview

The Lathums How Beautiful Life Can Be (Island) Out 24 September 2021 LP | CD | DL   Wigan's The Lathums finally get their debut album out there after putting...

Tony Davidson Interview – on Louder Than War Radio!

Legendary Manchester impresario Tony Davidson was guest the Louder Than War radio show this week to promote his book - The TJM Story - How To Make It Big In The Music Business.

Interview with Larkin Poe – the roots blues duo on their classical hook-up with Nu Deco Ensemble

To mark the release of Larkin Poe’s live album, Paint The Roses, a concert with hybrid orchestra Nu Deco Ensemble, Tim Cooper spoke to sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, and to Nu Deco’s conductor Jacomo Bairos, about keeping the blues alive in the 21st century.

From SST Records to the Wild West: An Interview with Joe Carducci

Joe Carducci, former SST Records co-owner, writes the American Wild West in a new collection of short stories. He talks to Audrey Golden.

NEW ARTISTS

WATCH THIS! dark Cohen/Cave/Scott Walker pop with from John Murry

John Murry is one of those best-kept secrets. His dark introspective music pulls you in like a spiders web of baroque intrigue and memory

WATCH THIS : Stereotyped are a teenage band from Manchester who bring back the grunge

Stereotyped are fully formed and thrillingly teenage helter-skelter, noisenik, impassioned, detonatingly beautiful, thrillingly brilliant surfing on the angst and loud/quiet guitar thing... and they rule.

Frances Gein: Mud – single review

Frances Gein: Mud (Self Released) DL and Streaming Out Now Frances Gein, the young Scottish alt-rock artist has just released her latest single, Mud on 17th September. Following on...

Afternoon Bike Ride: Afternoon Bike Ride – album review

Afternoon Bike Ride: Afternoon Bike Ride (Friends of Friends Music) LP|DL Released 24th September 2021 Pre-order from Bandcamp   The debut album from Montreal-based trio, Afternoon Bike Ride, is a...

Film Reviews

Duel To The Death – film review

Duel to the Death (1983) Director: Ching Siu-tung Cast: Norman Chui, Damian Lau, Flora Cheung Tin-Oi Format: Blu-ray Language: Cantonese (with subtitles/dubbed audio) Runtime: 86 minutes Release Date: 20th Sep...

Prophecy – film review

John Frankenheimer’s Prophecy, an environmental horror movie from 1979, is out on Blu-ray for the first time ever in the UK.

SINGLE REVIEWS

The Lodger: Bewildered – single review

Andy Brown reviews the brand-new single from Leeds indie-pop act, The Lodger. He shares his thoughts for Louder Than War.

Tapioca Tundra / Sounds Incarcerated split single: review

Tapioca Tundra / Sounds Incarcerated 7" Spilt single (Spinout Nuggets) Out now Spinout Nuggets release a great split single of jangle-pop from Tapioca Tundra and wistful psych from...

Watch This! DullHaus release Control – new single + video

DullHaus release a video for their cathartic new single, Control. Our Andy Brown is excited to introduce Louder Than War readers to the underground...

Talleen: Economics – single review and video premiere

Talleen: Economics – single review and video premiere Self-released Streaming Out Now Montreal’s new dark wave champions, Talleen, clearly have something to say with the release their new...