Nobody wanted to leave

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This review was first published on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section. Two recent acoustic performances by Scottish post-punk band The Twilight Sad at St James Cavalier, Valletta, did a lot to restore my faith in local demand for what I like to call non-popcorn music events. The band, which won the award for […]

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The kids are all right

Clandestines. Photo by Matt Tomich.

An edited version of this review was published on The Sunday Times of Malta. It has been a long time coming, since their debut gig back in 2011 alongside The Areola Treat and Skimmed, to be exact. But when indie-punk outfit Clandestines released the first single, accompanied by video, off their debut album Saturday as […]

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Clandestines are back

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With a bang. And some lipstick. And one hell of a video for the first pumping track off the new album, Saturday as Usual. The video is pure fun, in typical Clandestines spirit. It is a hilarious send up of the usual teenage angst videos, with all the usual clichés of the misunderstood teenager, and […]

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The clandestine (ahem) gig

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“Guerrilla gig: A type of concert performed in a non-traditional setting or arranged in an unusual fashion. Associated with punk rock, indie rock and noise rock bands.” Wikipedia This kind of event is definitely thin on the ground in Malta. It used to be the norm in the good, old days of Tigne back in […]

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Sick Fest – the top local musicians at 1 venue

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It’s been a summer of non-stop, mostly awesome gigs and seems like it’s going to be an autumn of equally great music festivals. A couple of weeks ago we had the announcement of Nil By Mouth’s official line-up. Now, we have a confirmation of the line-up for Sick Fest, which is set to bring together […]

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Of Skimmed, Clandestines & much Shh’ing

So there was no Gideon and there was no Shark, but the usual suspects were ready to party and party they did. Yesterday’s Hairyamp gig proved that, while we do love it when foreign acts visit our shores, they are no longer a necessary ingredient. The right local bands deliver just as well, thank you […]

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So tonight we rock V-Gen…

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Kids, here’s the deal – 3 for the price of 1. I’m talking about tonight’s gig (yay Hairyamp), in case you didn’t notice. If you didn’t notice…seriously?? Where were you the past 3 or 4 posts, you slackers? So –  V-Gen is the word, moshing (& surfing) is the game. We got: Clandestines – if […]

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Clandestines & Hey Sus! EP launch

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Hey Sus! & Clandestines are launching their split EP, Summer Camp for Pale Young Boys, this evening! Check out the interview – and get a taster of Clandestines’s music – on The Times of Malta online here. In the meantime, given it’s not everyday that a bunch of teens and tweens decide to launch an EP […]

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Clandestines

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They’re probably the youngest band currently doing the gig circuit in Malta. And yet, to hear their sound you wouldn’t think it. Meet Clandestines, a self-described noise pop band made up of Dan Abdilla on guitar and vocals, Neil Stafrace on bass and vocals and Sam Xiberras on drums. Don’t let the tender years fool […]

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