The John Robb playlist is a weekly collection of songs and bands that have entred my world. Inevitably there will be new bands – lots of them but also old stuff from bands I’ve seen live, interviewed or just got obsessed as I fell down another musical rabbit hole!

1. Warduna – saw them play a stunning show tonight

2. Shortparis  – greatt new Russian band, we need to get them here to play

3. Ginltshake – more Russian brilliance – one of the best band scenes in the world

4. Bauhaus – 40 years since Bela and it still sounds groundbreaking – dark dub genius

5. Witch Fever – post riot grrrl thrills from Manchester

6. Membranes – it’s my list so my band gets in somewhere!

7. Queen Zee – in post IDLES UK anything can happen – another ground breaking new band

8. The Stranglers – interviewed JJ Burnel this about their March 2019 tour and upcoming new album.

9. Pigs x 7 – another breakthrough band – wonk genius

10. Evil Blizzard – their new album is one of this year’s highlights

11. The Lovely Eggs – proof that DIY and great songs works

12. Lucidvox – even more Russian brilliance

13. LIINES – post-punk sharp and angular from new Manchester band

14. Fontaines DC – 3 years ago we nearly released their debut single – now they are the hottest young band in the UK

15. Siouxsie and The Banshees – 40 years since this stark and game changing work was released

16. Therapy? – yet another fine album from the band with intensely loyal fans

17. Super Besse – Byelorussian brilliance – they love Joy Division in all the best ways

18. Repetitor – Serbian post-hardcore thrills

19. The Good The Bad and The Queen – Damon Albarn and Simmo from the Clash deal dark folk post-Brexit commentary

20. Killing Joke – they just finished a tour that has everyone buzzing…

21. The Soft Moon – US post Goth darkwave thrill

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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