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Future Hits 153: Aeroplane Flies High

August 15th, 2013

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Aeroplane Flies High
From: Widnes, UK
Lazy equation: Grunge + Revival
URL: Facebook // Bandcamp // Twitter // Website

Thrash Hits verdict: With influences ranging all the way from stalwarts, Smashing Pumpkins and Alice In Chains to the female touch of Hole and Babes in Toyland to the noise rock of Metz and Part Chimp, it’s clear that Aeroplane Flies High enjoy music along the grunge spectrum. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. Having formed in 2009, the current line-up met at a Melvins gig and slowly but surely, they seem to be gathering pace. Translating their love for the American Big Fuzz guitar sound of the ’90s into big fat northwestern riffs and adding some smart lyrics, AFH could well be onto something.

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“Why I hate Kurt Cobain…”

July 31st, 2013

With the news that a 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana‘s In Utero is due on 23 September 2013, featuring over 70 “remastered, remixed, rare, unreleased, and live recordings”, we thought it was a good time to delve into the world of the grunge overlords and, in particular, Nirvana’s iconic frontman, Kurt Cobain. Despite still appearing on the t-shirts of many people who don’t actually own a Nirvana album, not everybody loves them.

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Cobain is not really that divisive a character, but who better to ask for an opinion on a rock star than Gavin “I ♥ Ronnie Radke” Lloyd? Nobody – once you read this, you will agree – but if you are a fan of Gavin’s last article, this one might surprise you somewhat…

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Live: Sound City Players @ London Kentish Town Forum – 19 February 2012

February 20th, 2013

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If it’s somehow passed you by, Sound City Players is the latest super-super-group led by Dave Grohl. Centred around the legendary Sound City Studio, the band brings together loads of the artists featured in the wonderful feature-length documentary written and directed by Grohl. That they are all playing live with a record for sale as well makes it a 360-degree experience. We saw the film, got the album and went to the gig. Here’s a review of the last bit.

Six things we learnt watching the Sound City Players in London

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Nirvana: music for 3-year-old kids

May 15th, 2012

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You can see from the picture that the mega-selling Seattle grungers appeal to OAPs, but Nirvana are also loved by infants as well. Check out this kid’s parents waking him up with ‘Breed’. His reaction is… impressive.

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Retrospective Review: Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

January 1st, 2012

When we asked our contributors to tell us their albums of the year, we also offered them the opportunity to retrospectively review any of their Top 10 list that we hadn’t reviewed already. Jon Kerr took us up on that offer.

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Foo Fighters
Wasting Light
RCA Records
11 April 2011

by Jon Kerr

Twenty years after Nevermind, Butch Vig finally produces a Foo Fighters album. In Dave Grohl’s garage. On tape. And Krist Novoselic plays bass on it. Whether you think the “Nevermind-effect” on the rock industry was a good or bad thing is one of the divisive questions for rock fans of a certain age, making this collaboration one that was destined to raise both ears and eyebrows.

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Interview: Paul Brannigan on his Dave Grohl biography, This Is A Call

October 4th, 2011

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Paul Brannigan has been writing about rock music for a while now. He was editor of Kerrang! in its most successful period. He released a collection of Lemmy’s great platitudes in 2009. Now he’s written Dave Grohl’s biography. We talked to him about it because it’s going to be the biggest music book of the last few years and Paul’s a dude.

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Smells Like Super Deluxe!

September 29th, 2011

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Being one of the most talked about songs, cover designs, hidden tracks and bridges in all of rock, Nirvana’s Nevermind is re-issued this week. The format to look out for is the Super Deluxe with the original Butch Vig mix of the entire album, the unheard ‘The Boombox rehearsals’ and much more. Jon Kerr answers the burning questions…

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