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The Frank And Walters @ Olympia, Dublin

by James McCartney

The glass is always half full rather than half empty as far as The Frank And Walters are concerned. Their optimism and self belief were…



Idlewild @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


I feel something of an imposter tonight at the Empire. I may own two Idlewild albums but I certainly don’t live and breathe them like...

Menlo Park @ Shoreditch Town Hall, London


This was not a normal gig. Upon gaining free entry to Shoreditch Town Hall, Menlo Park audience members proceeded through a dimly-lit passageway illuminated by...

Menlo Park – Menlo Park


Philadelphian Chris Taylor, for reasons we do not know, descended on London, stumbled over buskers in Tottenham Court Road station and random other London locations,...

Etienne de Crecy – Tempovision


Having released only a smattering of records under his own name and worked under pseudonyms (Minos and Motorbass), one could be forgiven for thinking that...

Llama Farmers – El Toppo


Before you yell “Another guitar band!” at me, allow me to let you know why Llama Farmers are worth listening to. Single Snow White should...

Coldplay @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


“Just play Yellow and then feck off!” heckled an obviously bored member of Coldplay’s audience at the ‘Bush Empire last night. Harsh, but was it...

The Frank And Walters @ Mean Fiddler, London


Supported by up-and-coming Irish band The Marbles, Cork’s finest took to the stage amid the customary football chant of “We are we are we are...

The Nectarine No 9 @ Water Rats, London


Transelement are a youthful fullsome threesome from Lancashire, full of angst and with some great pieces of music with which to let the angst flood...

Soulwax + Brassy @ Charlotte, Leicester


I went to the gig after listening to the Soulwax album once and being relatively impressed. This was first time I’d attended a gig at...

Indigo Girls – Retrospective


‘Tis the season for compilations, tra la la la la, tra la la la… yes indeed, Whitney, Blur, The Beatles and even those arch-feminist guitarists,...

Radiohead @ Punchestown Racecourse, Dublin


I left Punchestown feeling distinctly downbeat and subdued long before the final encore. My expectations of Radiohead’s last show in Dublin had been high… a...

Madonna – Music


The thing is, see, we’re biased. There is really nothing that Madonna has recorded that has not been worth storing in the “best songs” compartment...

Maxim – Hell’s Kitchen


Prior to the debut single Carmen Queasy, which gatecrashed the UK Top 40 with Skin from Skunk Anansie providing vocal prowess, the last you are...

Whistler – Faith In The Morning


Whistler have so far released only one other album, entitled Whistler. Faith In The Morning follows similar themes of instrumetation, with EMF refugee Ian Dench...

Radiohead – Kid A


An interesting musical study would be to compare the directions of Parlophone bands Radiohead and Blur. The latter’s last album, 13, was so obscure that...

The Frank And Walters – Glass


The Frank And Walters. Remember them? If so, you may remember that they were supported live by Suede and Radiohead and, as recently as a...

Radiohead + Sigur Rós @ Goffert Park, Nijmegen


When I heard that Radiohead had announced a European tour, I bought tickets straight away over the internet and then the day after they announced...

Whistler @ Union Chapel, London


Following an excellent acoustic set by two softly-spoken Irish chaps which included a cover of A-Ha‘s Manhattan Skyline, Whistler took to the stage of the...

Bond @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Something new, something different, not run-of-the-mill, an interesting direction. These are perhaps the words that ran through the minds of some the top brass of...

Cinerama – Disco Volante


Every ’80s student bedsit stereotype loved The Wedding Present, and this is former frontman David Gedge’s new band. If there was a fault with the...