On the 30th anniversary of its release, Matthew Wand revisits Alice in Chains' debut album, Facelift, telling the story of how it came into being. In August 1990, Alice in Chains, Seattle's first successful sons released their debut album Facelift to critical and commercial success. The Oxford dictionary defines grunge as "US slang; a general term of … [Read more...] about Alice In Chains: Facelift – Setting The Tone For Grunge.
Matthew Wand delves back into the ’80s to revisit the soundtrack of cult movie classic, The Lost Boys with the vinyl reissue released this month. Officially, I hate the 80’s. I know, it's a bold statement. The excess, the indulgence, the fashion, the haircuts, for the most part, the cinema, and especially mainstream music. Music that was overproduced, compressed, shotgun … [Read more...] about ‘The Lost Boys’ Bite Back: Vinyl OST Reissued
Skunk Anansie were a band raised out of the London music scene who truly grabbed the brass ring of British Rock with their debut album: Paranoid & Sunburnt. In the mid ’90s there were a great mix of rock bands from all over the world coming to the attention of the media and music fans alike. Although the female-fronted bands had become a popular format, when Skunk … [Read more...] about Skunk Anansie: Paranoid & Sunburnt – Classic Albums
We continue a look back at some of our favourite gigs as lockdown persists, trying to hold on to that precious atmosphere of hearing live music until we can get back to it ourselves. This week, Matthew Wand takes us back to 8th March 1997 where Aussie rockers Silverchair blew the crowd away at Nottingham's Rock City. In 1997 Silverchair released the sophomore album … [Read more...] about Retro Gigs: Silverchair – Rock City Nottingham 1997
With much of the world still on lockdown and gigs still being cancelled left, right and centre, we thought we'd look back on some of our writer's favourite concerts, keeping your taste for live music alive. First up is Royal Blood at Sheffield's The Leadmill in 2014, attended by Vinyl Chapters writer Matt Wand. It’s cold and windy in the centre of Sheffield tonight. The … [Read more...] about Retro Gigs: Royal Blood – The Leadmill 2014
This month we look at the commercially and critically acclaimed Astro Creep: 2000 Songs of Love, Destruction And Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head by White Zombie. The juggernaut of an LP turns 25 years old but ultimately proved to be the last for the industrial groove metal ‘B’ movie monsters. Formed in New York in 1985, White Zombie were originally a Noise … [Read more...] about White Zombie: Astro Creep: 2000 Songs – Classic Albums