Frightened Rabbit Try a New Type of Panic

[First published at Noisey, March 2016] Frightened Rabbit, left to right: Scott Hutchison, Simon Liddell, Billy Kennedy, Andy Monaghan, Grant Hutchison / Photos by Cheney Orr “It should really be called Woke Up Happy,” suggests Frightened Rabbit guitarist Andy Monaghan of the band’s emotionally fraught new LP. A wry giggle passes round the room. With a deadpan monotone concealing his perverse glee, lead singer Scott Hutchison … Continue reading Frightened Rabbit Try a New Type of Panic

Randy Credico and the fight against private prisons

[First published at Huck, 28th September 2015] As an activist, comedian and general nuisance to authority, Randy Credico built up enough love in New York City to run for governor. Now he’s targeting mass incarceration. And the city comptroller should be afraid. Aside from a few dozen city employees sitting quietly at metal tables on quick lunch breaks and the hum of distant traffic from … Continue reading Randy Credico and the fight against private prisons

The Shape of Punk To Come? On Reforming Bands & Politics

[First published at The Quietus, 18 June 2015] Denis Lyxzen had a lot of reasons to be bullish in last month’s interview with Rolling Stone. He was gearing up for the release of Refused’s first LP since 1998’s seminal polemic The Shape of Punk To Come and he was coming off a string of tour dates that had seen his band play venues fifty times … Continue reading The Shape of Punk To Come? On Reforming Bands & Politics

Portland’s hip hop scene is coming through the fire

Portland Oregon’s hip hop scene had been fighting for its life long before it became international news a couple of years back. The city’s police had maintained an excessive presence at shows for years, the liquor control commission had been accused of trying to “thwart black-owned clubs or clubs that played hip hop and catered to the Black community,” and locals both new and old … Continue reading Portland’s hip hop scene is coming through the fire

Beirut’s female photographers capture a scarred past and an embattled present

[First published at Huck Magazine 27 May 2015] In the fifth and final instalment of Oodee’s POV Female series, released this week, the Lebanese capital Beirut is brought into focus by five of the city’s foremost female photographers.The projects run the gamut from transgressive reclamations of public space to disturbing snapshots of an urban area in the immediate aftermath of a devastating war. Each series … Continue reading Beirut’s female photographers capture a scarred past and an embattled present

Long-Distance Love: The American Fans Falling for England’s Underdogs

 [First published at Paste Magazine, 19 May 2015]   Surrounded by the silence of the city’s hangover, nestled between the dive bars and classic cinemas of Portland Oregon’s Hawthorne Boulevard, the 4-4-2 Soccer Bar is the only place within walking distance that’s open right now. It’s 7am on a Saturday and the bar is packed, standing room only, all five of its TVs lit up. … Continue reading Long-Distance Love: The American Fans Falling for England’s Underdogs

Sing For Silenced Voices: Eurovision & The Armenian Genocide

[First published at The Quietus, 15 May, 2015] On the eve of invading Poland on August 22 1939, Adolf Hitler – seeking to justify the efficiency and value of genocide – asked his commanders rhetorically: “after all, who today still speaks of the annihilation of the Armenians?” His argument, the argument that propped up the Final Solution and the Third Reich as a whole, was … Continue reading Sing For Silenced Voices: Eurovision & The Armenian Genocide

Brit Road Anthem: The UK Loves Country Music Now

[First Published at VICE, March 17, 2015] Photos by the author In the middle of East London’s o2 arena, for one weekend only, you can buy your choice of just about anything with a Confederate flag on it—shirts, bedspreads, key rings. There’s a pop-up store called Navahopi selling Native American arts and crafts, next to which stands a sprawling table stacked up with nothing but … Continue reading Brit Road Anthem: The UK Loves Country Music Now

The Rise and Fall of Fulham FC, and Why It’s OK

[First published at Paste Magazine, November 4, 2011] Football clubs are atavistic. We all swear blind that we deserve better, but, in the end, our teams revert to type. Players, managers, and chairmen come and go, but there’s a thread through a club’s history that can’t easily be cut. When Fulham fired Felix Magath last month after a disastrous seven months that saw the club … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of Fulham FC, and Why It’s OK

Doing The Time Warp Again… And Again

[First Published in The Portland Mercury, July 31 2013] Over 35 Years Later, Rocky Horror Fans Fight to Keep Their Obsession Alive IT’S AFTER DARK on May 11 in Vancouver, Washington, and 158 people are crammed into the single-screen Kiggins Theatre on Main Street. Men in fishnets are talking to women in gold top hats, lipstick is everywhere, and most people are partially nude. At this point in the … Continue reading Doing The Time Warp Again… And Again