Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Sunday, 28 October 2012
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Keiran Hurley tells the autobiographical tale of him hitching a lift to the G8 summit in Italy. Asking questions about compassion, a desire for change and the power structures of the world, this funny and heartfelt piece has recieved glowing reviews for it's engaging but thoughtful approach.
Pie and Peas
We do not want you going hungry... so there will be a teatime serving of Pie and Peas available at Henry Boons.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Monday, 22 October 2012
Sunday, 21 October 2012
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Monday, 15 October 2012
For Issue 3.3, Rhubarb Bomb played Chess with guitarist and singer from The Spills, Chad. For every piece he lost, he had to answer a question. Sadly (for Chad) Rhubarb Bomb ended up taking ALL his pieces. So a couple of questions didn't make the issue. Here they are!
Sunday, 14 October 2012
"Lyrics" (see also: "Side Projects")
Saturday, 13 October 2012
Friday, 12 October 2012
Thursday, 11 October 2012
We are very pleased to welcome Johnny Foreigner’s tour buddies along to our supergig. Their brand of super fuzzy, super poppy punky indie was enough to charm JF, so why not us too? With such a cacophonous noise, its hard to believe there are only two of them. Is that true? I cant wait to find out!
The Spills opened up the Saturday of the first ever Long Division. This year they took The Vaselines support slot. However, no-one is certain for the heavily fought after slots at this festival, so consider this their audition. Aswell as releasing a split single with Runaround Kids at this show, the new issue of Rhubarb Bomb, available for the first time at this show, features an interview with
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Out Beyond the Blue (EP)
“You’ve got chimney pots on your patio
They don’t blow smoke, but they blow”
This is probably the second finest opening couplet* to any song I can recall. The song was Wake when you die.
So, let’s start with the domestic stuff.
Out Beyond The Blue is Michael Ainsley’s first release on Philophobia since his 2011 debut album Slipsmash.
The three track EP kicks off with Only Strike When You’re In The Zone. Opening with a distorted melodic, winding guitar line over insistent drums before announcing its presence with a joyous HEY! A statement of intent…. a wake up call. The track is driven by an infectious, bouncing melody leading up to a power chord chorus “only strike when your in the zone, close your eyes and you’re walking home”. On first listen this is the stand out track on the EP. But there is more to come.
The tempo slows down for the second track; Rainy Lonely Day is a quieter and more reflective number with a piano intro and stripped back instrumentation. It starts well with a plaintive vocal which if I am being honest deserves the stronger chorus enjoyed by the other two tracks. The song is not without its merits but is, to a degree, overshadowed by the two songs which bookend it.
The title track Out Beyond The Blue is a beautifully arranged and well realised song. Musically well crafted, well written and well.......... wonderful. It has great subtlety, both musically and lyrically. The verse is coloured with touches of violin and understated guitar before it bursts into the most glorious harmonies of a chanted chorus. A big beautiful sea of sound as the song kicks off its shoes to dance. This is the stand out track on the EP.
Michael Ainsley, musician and songwriter, has released an EP of real quality. I have gone about my daily chores, work and leisure for the past 10 days with Out Beyond The Blue as my soundtrack. Two points are worthy of note.
Out Beyond The Blue can be downloaded on a name your price basis. Buy it. It is joyous!
*The finest opening couplet I can recall to as song is:”It was the biggest cock you'd ever seen / But you've no idea where that cock had been”. (Packs of Three by Arab Strap) Let me know if a better one exists.