personal pieces, op-eds and other long-form thoughts
Could Springsteen Break Down
Mental Health Stigma for Our Parents’ Generation?
How The Boss' autobiography tackles depression in a way that bridged a gap between my father and me.
It’s time to stop idolising the successful bachelor stereotype
Emotional and physical abuse is not negated
by good deeds or misguided 'feminism'.
Shut up, Nickelback are actually great
An impassioned defence of the most unfairly
maligned band in musical history.
Why Brian Molko Was the 90s’ Ultimate Queer Icon
As Placebo round up their world tour, we explore its frontman’s status as an LGBT icon
How Chester Bennington articulated my generation’s angst
With the Linkin Park frontman tragically taking his own life, he leaves behind a legacy
that helped millions come to terms with their emotional discrepancies
‘Hybrid Theory’: a celebration of Linkin Park’s iconic, life-changing debut album
Cardiff's Music Scene Has Reached Crisis Point
With the recent closure of two key venues and a proposed Wetherspoons hotel now looming, the Welsh capital’s Womanby Street cultural hub stands on a knife edge.
Why turning off my phone notifications was the best idea I’ve had in months
On Architects and How Hardcore Can Temper Grief
The band's first song after the death of co-founder Tom Searle,
“Doomsday” is an ode to the tangle of emotions when grieving.
Stop slamming fashion bloggers – they’re smarter than you think
The post-00s social media boom didn’t take long to become a career, with many keen-eyed young’uns spotting the trend. Enter the fashion blogger, and close behind them, the backlash.
BREAKING UP IS NEVER EASY, I KNOW: LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, REFUSED
AND THE MAGIC OF RETURNING HEROES
Great bands are rarely smooth-sailing packages - least of all LCD Soundsystem. That’s the magic of music.
FOALS WILL FINALLY CEMENT THEIR PLACE AT THE TOP AS THEY HEADLINE READING AND LEEDS
The most important British band in a generation have more than their fair share of naysayers.
It’s really not hard to avoid dressing as a Nazi, everyone
Another day, another idiot dressed up in the uniform of a group who murdered
millions in the greatest atrocity the world has ever seen. For the banter!