Category Archives: In Retrospect

Essential albums that any sane person should listen to at least once.

Heard It Yet?: Truckers of Husk – Physical Education EP

Truckers of Husk - Physical Education EPArtist: Truckers of Husk
EP: Physical Education EP
Label: My Kung Fu Records
Released: 2008

Clocking in at a tantalisingly teasing seventeen minutes short, Truckers of Husk’s debut EP has, for me, cemented them as one of the most promising and downright enjoyable bands to come out of the UK in a while. After blowing me away opening for Future of the Left at the Monto Water Rats, making fellow support act Fighting With Wire sound as dull as family walks, I had to find out more about this band, and as it stands this is all there is to find. But what a find. Continue reading Heard It Yet?: Truckers of Husk – Physical Education EP

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Heard It Yet?: Bossk – 1 and 2

Artist: Bossk
Album: 1/2
Label: Qnotq/Eyesofsound
Released: 2006/2007

This is a rather delayed entry to the Heard It Yet catalogue, considering that it was only recently that I was fully introduced to Kent based post rockers Bossk. But now, after becoming so thoroughly enamoured with their two brief releases, I’ve been shocked and devastated at the news that they have decided to call it a day with irreparable member disputes to blame. Whatever the issues surrounding the band, there is no doubt that in their brief tenure they put out two brilliant EP’s which I’m going to shortly cover here, just to give you the opportunity to hear what was one of the UK’s most promising bands, easily rivalling the likes of Russian Circles and Pelican when it came to writing heavy, primarily instrumental rock. Think of it as a sort of tribute to what could have been. Continue reading Heard It Yet?: Bossk – 1 and 2

Heard It Yet?: Battles – Mirrored

Mirrored

Artist: Battles
Album: Mirrored
Label: Warp Records
Released: 2007

Battles have always been a band that has intrigued me. Having been introduced to them with their collection of EP’s (Tras, B EP and EP C) I found their song writing to be very powerful, and yet couldn’t help but feel that I was listening to a band who hadn’t quite reached their potential. But it looks like all that has changed with debut full length, Mirrored. Continue reading Heard It Yet?: Battles – Mirrored

Heard It Yet?: Reuben – In Nothing We Trust

Reuben

Artist: Reuben
Album: In Nothing We Trust
Label: Hideous Records
Released: 2007

The first time I heard Reuben I decided there and then that I hated everything and anything about them. ‘Nobody Loves You Like I Do‘, my introduction to the trio from Aldershot, was one of the worst songs I’d ever heard – dull, insipid and with lyrics that almost caused me to crap out of my mouth in a Cartman-esque fashion.

But things have changed, and last year Reuben released an album deserving of all the attention it got, finally allowing them to leave their much publicised full time jubs down the local chippy. ‘In Continue reading Heard It Yet?: Reuben – In Nothing We Trust

Heard It Yet?: Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R

Rated R

Artist: Queens of the Stone Age
Album: R
Label: Polydor
Released: 2000

Ok, I’ve got to be honest with you. I’m fairly sure that anyone who really gives a hoot about music is going to have at least heard of the mighty Queens of the Stone Age, and chances are if you’ve heard of them, then you’ve heard this album. But, after a torrent of rainy days and miserable grey skies, May Day has seen the sun decide to come out and that’s why this Heard It Yet is going to be on one of my all time favourite summer records. Continue reading Heard It Yet?: Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R

Heard it Yet?: Future of the Left – Curses

Curses

Artist: Future of the Left
Album: Curses
Label: Too Pure
Released: 2007

Perhaps one of the few decent things to come out of Wales, Mclusky were a noisy bunch of loudmouth bastards who probably didn’t know how to play their instruments and were absolutely completely full of themselves. It’s just as well then that they were fucking awesome, and came to their demise criminally early.

Since then things have been pretty quiet, and it came as quite a surprise to me that the remaining Mclusky boys, Andrew Falkous and Jack Eggleston had combined forces with ex-Jarcrew member Kelson Mathias and released Future of the Left’s debut album sneakily late last year. Continue reading Heard it Yet?: Future of the Left – Curses