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David Roback: elusive and enigmatic high priest of the Paisley Underground

David Roback: elusive and enigmatic high priest of the Paisley Underground

From The Rain Parade and Rainy Day to Opal and Mazzy Star – an appreciation of one man’s influence ...
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Second sight: Emma Anderson writes about Lush’s early years with 4AD

Second sight: Emma Anderson writes about Lush’s early years with 4AD

The guitarist/singer/songwriter explains how they joined the 4AD family, despite some opposition ...
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Remembering Andrew Weatherall: generous genius and guardian angel

Remembering Andrew Weatherall: generous genius and guardian angel

How the legendary DJ and producer soundtracked my life – and ended up becoming a big part of the Sonic Cathedral story ...
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The hills are alive: how MOLLY made music out of mountains

The hills are alive: how MOLLY made music out of mountains

By sprinkling Alpine fairy dust all over their debut album, the Austrian duo were following in a long line of explorers ...
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Still crazy for you: the inside story of Slowdive’s Pygmalion

Still crazy for you: the inside story of Slowdive’s Pygmalion

As it turns 25, in an exclusive interview, the band look back at the making of their difficult third album, which is now finally acknowledged as a classic ...
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Sight lines: Pale Saints frontman Ian Masters reminisces with Ride’s Steve Queralt

Sight lines: Pale Saints frontman Ian Masters reminisces with Ride’s Steve Queralt

Super-fan Steve Queralt of Ride quizzes the Pale Saints’ elusive frontman Ian Masters about 4AD, bass guitars and lots more ...
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Lifting off the ground: 30 years after their debut EP, Andy Bell recalls Ride’s take-off

Lifting off the ground: 30 years after their debut EP, Andy Bell recalls Ride’s take-off

The guitarist looks back at their formative year – 1989 – which began with their first proper gig and ended with them heading for the charts ...
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Exit Innerland: Mark Peters on the conflict between local pride and national identity

Exit Innerland: Mark Peters on the conflict between local pride and national identity

The former Engineers man on why he decided to shift the map references of his debut solo album ...
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In a different place: navigating the highs and lows of the last 15 years with Maps

In a different place: navigating the highs and lows of the last 15 years with Maps

In 2004, when Sonic Cathedral opened its doors, James Chapman was still holed up in his bedroom in Northampton writing songs. He’d been a keen musician since he was a kid, but when he liberated ...
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The Sonic Cathedral must be built: how it all began on October 23, 2004

The Sonic Cathedral must be built: how it all began on October 23, 2004

The first ever Sonic Cathedral took place on October 23, 2004. The original poster and weirdly stretched font was by Jimmy Young, essentially a stained glass window made up of various shoegaze classics to really ...
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Sonic Cathedral Singles Club: awaiting our destiny on Discogs death row

Sonic Cathedral Singles Club: awaiting our destiny on Discogs death row

Why on earth have we decided to release 11 7” singles in as many months? ...
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The shoegaze Woodstock revisited: photos and memories of Slough Music Festival ’91

The shoegaze Woodstock revisited: photos and memories of Slough Music Festival ’91

July 27, 2018 marks the 27th anniversary of the 1991 Slough Music Festival, a one-day bash in the town’s Upton Court Park that (almost) made a mockery of Sir John Betjeman’s poem. “Come friendly bombs ...
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Stars that last a lifetime long: Kingsize and the sinking of The Boo Radleys

Stars that last a lifetime long: Kingsize and the sinking of The Boo Radleys

The other week I went to see former Boo Radleys guitarist and songwriter Martin Carr play at the Borderline in London. It was an incredible show for many reasons, but it was criminally under-attended and ...
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The Early Years in Cambridge

So far gone: Stewart Nash on the early years of The Early Years

This week sees The Early Years take to the stage supporting Ride at ULU in London. It’s the perfect bill. Two of my favourite bands playing on the same stage at one of my favourite ...
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Benjamin Curtis: pulling the shadows over the moonlight

Benjamin Curtis: pulling the shadows over the moonlight

The School Of Seven Bells and Secret Machines man was an incredible musician and a genuinely good soul ...
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Remembering Nick Talbot and the genius of Gravenhurst

Remembering Nick Talbot and the genius of Gravenhurst

Three years after his death, Nick Talbot is missed more than ever ...
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Front sleeve

All you ever wanted to ask about Mojave 3’s classic debut Ask Me Tomorrow

Ask Me Tomorrow is essentially Slowdive unplugged; a special record, with a hushed grandeur all of its own ...
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