Mosh pits and mayhem

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This review was first published on the Sunday Times of Malta. All photography is by Gianluca Trapani. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea… it’s more like a shot of tequila, in fact. But those who insist that punk is dead would certainly have had to rethink their thoughts had they been present at […]

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Album review: Skimmed’s Summer Lovers

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It is no secret that Skimmed are one of my favourite Maltese outfits. When they first appeared on the scene, their sound was extremely promising, if raw. Six years down the line, with every live performance, the band – in particular vocalist Alexandra Aquilina’s voice and presence – has grown from strength to strength, presenting […]

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Review: Kantilena

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  This review originally appeared on The Sunday Times. There’s something about the Maltese language – and by this I mean the more poetic version of the language before words like kompjuter and wijkend infiltrated daily use – that almost begs for it to be set to the plaintive chords of the violin. Which is […]

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Review: Nil By Mouth Sessions II

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The second edition of the Nil By Mouth Sessions saw a packed house at V-Gen in Paceville, and no wonder, given that this year’s line-up was nothing short of impressive. The two-day-long festival, organised by Hairyamp, opened on October 5 with a spirited performance by the local The Violent Violets. Interesting sound with quite a […]

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Album review: Harum Scarum, Joe Gideon & The Shark

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It is very rare that the lyrics in an album gain as much importance as the music itself. Harum Scarum is one such album. If it weren’t for the fact that siblings Joe Gideon (bass, guitar and vocals) and The Shark (who also goes by the name of Viva and who can rock the drums […]

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CD review: Esben and The Witch, Violet Cries

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This review was published on The Sunday Times. Fairly or unfairly, goth is considered something of a pariah in the more – how can I put this delicately? – refined music circles. There are, of course,  the more ‘socially acceptable’ brands within the genre. Bands like Siouxie & The Banshees, The Cure and now, Esben […]

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Folk on the water

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The Xemxija coastline recently came alive to the sound of Maltese trio Stalko’s music in a quirky performance by the edge of the sea. This review appeared on the Sunday Times. The evening kicked off with a set by Martin Mc Neil & The Dissidents. I will not be giving away too much about these […]

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Sunglasses at an indie night

Photography by Gail Banavage

A review of the Kinemastik International Film Festival opening concert, featuring Dolls For Idols, Capitol K and Dark Horses. An edited version appeared on The Sunday Times. Image is really everything nowadays, huh? Which probably explains why British neo-rock outfit Dark Horses took to the stage with some half a dozen hired groupies in tow, […]

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Brikkuni summer concert review

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  An edited version of this review was published on The Sunday Times. If there’s one summer event that is guaranteed to gather the alternative/indie crowd, then that’s the annual summer concert given by Maltese folk group Brikkuni. Only, maybe against likely odds, these musicians have managed to strike a chord also with the mainstream […]

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Gemma Ray mesmerises

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The lady means business and you can see that by the way she has managed to turn a rather hefty knife into a guitar accessory. We better applaud, I thought to myself. This is one woman you don’t want to piss off. But in the end the applause came fast and loud – as did the […]

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