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Christopher Owens

Radio presenter, writer, promoter, record store hanger on/employee. Wants to know why punk rock didn't take over the world.

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No Matter – Excess Baggage

Pop punk is a funny old genre. It’s been bastardised by so many awful bands that it’s easy to forget just how invigorating it was first time around. The best bands of the genre write (or wrote) songs that were…

July 29, 2019

The Outcasts

Interview: The Outcasts

With a career spanning over two decades and having played sold out shows all over the country and much further afield Robyn hasn’t let it go to his head (mostly)..he has retained his Kilrea/Belfast sense of humour and seems a…

December 14, 2016

Interview | Los Bloody Rackets

On the go since 2014, Belfast’s Los Bloody Rackets are garage rock in the purest sense: dirty, scuzzy and without pretention. I caught up with the band, expecting one word answers and was presented with a state of the union…

December 3, 2015

Interview: Baby Shakes

Formed in 2004, New York based punk/garage/pop outfit Baby Shakes will be gracing Belfast with their presence this Friday with a show at The Warzone Centre with Belfast punk/pop (not pop punk) stalwarts Protex and garage upstarts Los Bloody Rackets. I got…

August 25, 2015

No Matter – Drop the Act

  After a two year wait, we’ve another release from No Matter. ‘Postpone’ is a joyous and jaunty tune about grabbing the bull by the balls and making your mark. Adding Adam Sims (Dangerfields, Numskull) as a second guitarist has…

December 2, 2014

No Matter Need You

  Fat Wreck Chords needs little introduction to those with a fondness for bouncy pop punk. Run by Fat Mike from NOFX, their back catalogue contains the likes of Subhumans, Leftover Crack, Rancid, Sick Of It All, Descendents and Rise…

April 18, 2014

Laibach – Spectre

Uncertain times call for a soundtrack from the Slovenian marital industrial machine. Formed in 1980, Laibach intended their music to be a reflection of their environment (harsh industrial sounds) and, combined with their use of Gesamtkunstwerk aesthetics (often defined as art…

March 31, 2014

Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld – 18th March 2014

Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld Tuesday 18th March 2014 – Union Chapel, London London is a hateful city at the best of times, filled with cancelled services and losers who try and impress you with some piece of shit shirt…

March 26, 2014

The Damned – 14th March 2014

The Damned with support from The Outcasts & Suckin’ Diesel Féile an Earraigh Spring Festival, Belfast -Friday 14th March 2014 This writer hasn’t been on the grounds of (what used to be Beechmount Leisure Centre) for nearly twenty years. Strange…

March 19, 2014

5th Annual Cramps Tribute Night – 8th February 2014

Fifth Annual Cramps Tribute Night: The Sabrejets + The Groundlings + Los Reyez + Thee Flash Guns The Black Box, Belfast – Friday 8th February 2014 It’s hard to believe that Lux Interior, front man for legendary psychobilly garage punk…

February 11, 2014

Silent Front – Trust

Notorious Shellac front man/engineer/grump Steve Albini once said: “Don’t structure your life or your band around the attention of people you’ve never met. Let them come to you while you do something you love doing for its own sake.” England’s…

January 30, 2014

Dusthallowed – Our Hands Tremble

Goth just refuses to die. With the likes of Pinkish Black citing Joy Division as an influence and In Solitude channelling Bauhaus and Fields of the Nephilim on the recent ‘Sister’ LP, it’s clear that 80’s goth/post punk has burrowed…

January 16, 2014

Autechre – L Event

EP’s have it tough. Sandwiched in between the short, frivolous joys of the single and the intense, life-altering results of the album will always lead to exile in nowhereville. It’s a shame, as the best EP’s pack a wallop that wouldn’t…

November 22, 2013

Victim – In Your Grave

Belfast punks Victim were one of the first bands to play the legendary Harp Bar, supported Slaughter and the Dogs and gave The Smiths Mike Joyce. That must make them the most well connected 77 punk band from Northern Ireland. But…

October 8, 2013

Comply Or Die – Comply or Die

With the news that Belfast punk/metal stalwarts Comply or Die are issuing their first demo for public consumption, it’s an apt moment to revisit their debut LP. Released in 2009, it has been somewhat overshadowed by their subsequent releases and the…

October 4, 2013