alanaEP review

Alana Bondi  –  Four Walls  (German Shepherd)

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Out 16th August 2016

Moody, ethereal debut EP from Manchester femme fatale


Video, we know, killed the Radio Star, and downloads killed the CD, but the combination of a simple, effective and downright captivating video and the convenience of a quick download, brought this to my attention.

Another German Shepherd release from one of the younger female artistes on the label.

I know nothing about Alana. Apart from the fact she plays all the instruments on the songs on her debut EP.  I don’t need to know anything about her because it’s all there in the Four Walls video.  She completely inhabits the song.  She has amazing lips and eyes you could drown in … and a sneer and a stare that say “I’m gonna hold you under til you do drown you sexist twat”.

Even since Kate Bush and Bjork there have always been arty women in music categorized as ‘kooky’ mad-girl-locked-in-an-attic types. Rose Carlotti said to me once, “Woman in music seem to have to be cast as a Witch or a Whore..” It takes talent and skill to be neither (or both) and carve out an artistic niche without falling into am-dram affectation or pretentiousness.  Alana, based on this crafted, stunning, sensual and beautiful EP falls into neither trap and is exceptional.

The usual, yet unnecessary, comparisons in a For Fans Of, style?  PJ Harvey meets Lorde, in Manchester…  just watch the video.  I guarantee that as soon as its finished you’ll want to watch it again.   The Don’t Look Now vibe is in the music as well as being signposted by the raincoat hood.  Sweet dreams.

Video was directed and produced by Tony Boffey. Another name to look out for…

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All words by Ged Babey










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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


  1. Alana’s music is brilliant but this review is sexist bullahit at beat. Why haven’t you mentioned her music at any point? You haven’t even attempted to treat her as an artist. This isn’t a review, this is shit.

    • Thanks ‘S’. I did concentrate on the video admittedly – but the whole point of the RC quote was about Sexism and stereotyping women in Rock Criticism and how great female artistes work stands in its own right. A male reviewer mentioning a womans eyes and lips is not sexism. If it was a male artist with similar features in a cool video I’d’ve mentioned it in the same way. With a video that good is there really any need to describe the music in detail? The combination of lyrics, vocal, instrumentation, performance, imagery and editing combine to make it brilliant. I even take the piss out of any perceived sexism on my part by describing Alana’s intensity in the video for fucks sake… I don’t mind criticism, but this is a ‘shit’ comment.


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