heard on the wire

All I need is a pint a day


It’s always nice when a band arrives to give this website an international flavour. Such is the anglo-centric nature of the rock ’n’ pop universe that any English-language music blog is likely to lean heavily towards music from the two homes of modern popular music, the USA and the UK.

This blog being somewhat inclined to pop music of the jangly guitar variety, Sweden is also well represented (Abba might even have been mentioned at one stage!), but I’ve also featured estimable contributions from Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Jamaica, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines and Spain.¹

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Blue the colour you can’t stand


Are we in the midst of a renaissance in French music? First two Grenoble bands, Decibelles then EinZweiDreiVier!, rocked this blog, now from the other side of the country come Trunks.

Describing their sound as pretty noise-rock and haïkus, Trunks are a five-piece from Rennes, if memory serves, the beautiful capital of Brittany.

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What use is a dream if not a blueprint for courageous action?

Sunrise Motel

This blog likes to take the occasional musical road trip across the great USA, clocking up the virtual miles in search of good and sometimes great music. Recently we’ve taken in: Elmhurst, Illinois; Brooklyn, New York; and Oakland and Los Angeles in California. Today we start our engine in Missoula, Montana, home of the Boys.

Missoula is, according to Weird Missoula, “a little town in the mountains that time forgot” on the western edge of the state. The same blog describes the Boys as garage rockers with a sense of humour and an antidote to “music nerds [who] have a tendency to take themselves WAY too seriously.” They put their first LP out last year and being the most generous of sorts, declined to charge for it. What have you got to lose?

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