BIG DIPPER.

6 05 2021

Here’s something for you to get wonderfully lost in- the new project by Alec Hatcher; Big Dipper.

If you’ve ever heard anything Alec’s done before, you’ll know exactly what to expect and you’ll know just how great it will sound. But, if you’re new to his genius then I’ll let you in on a little secret- you’re going to fall in love with his Big Dipper project.

This is a real raw and gritty record. It’s Bluesy, it’s Punk, it’s out of this world. It’s like The Cramps meets Muddy Waters and collides with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. It’s a work of art, and for me- it’s just one of the finest records I’ve heard so far. The record opens with Biscuits and Gravy which you just know would sound perfect in a dive bar in the middle of nowhere. It’s a song for the outlaws and rebels. The whole record is for us degenerates who don’t quite click with what’s around them. It’s just a perfect record, and I implore you to get obsessed with it.

The six songs on this record were clearly made to be witnessed live. They are brand new songs, and were only recorded between January and February this year. The songs are brand new, but you totally feel like you’ve gone way back in time listening to this record. There’s something really nostalgic about this record. It takes you way back, and I think if you don’t become obsessed with it, then you’re not listening to it properly.

If you’re in London next month, then get yourself to the Shacklewell Arms on the 15th June (the show on the 19th is sold out) and witness Big Dipper and Hemi Hemingway LIVE. If that isn’t a dream lineup, and the ideal first gig to attend since all this shit started, then I really don’t know what is! If I still lived in London, I’d be at that show just having the best time of my life. I’ll be there in spirit. But for now, we’ve got the record to treasure and adore.

Every single song on this record is just divine. I love Alec’s storytelling and his way to tap into this rogue way of living, and just describing it all in the most poetic way possible. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if he wrote a book or several in the future. Can you imagine how dark, witty and insane it would be? It’d be a modern classic (no pressure Alec, you don’t have to do this ha!)

If the inner sadist in you wants to have your heart broken, then play I’m Bad. It’s heartbreaking but so beautiful. It’s the song that every and anyone can relate to. It will truly leave you feeling like your heart has been ripped out, and it definitely shows us how great Alec is vocally too. It’s such a beautiful song, and I reckon this live will be stunning. I feel it will leave everyone floored. It is such a gut-wrenching song, and you just can’t get enough of it. There’s something about this song that will just stick with you. Maybe it will leave you unsettled at first, but after the second listen you’ll realise that it is a masterpiece.

I could write thousands of words about why this record is divine, but it’s obvious right from the start that this is one of those records that will just stick with you. It’s so cool and just a joy to listen to. You feel invincible listening to this record, and it really hits you on My Friend Dip. That song will make you feel ten feet tall. Again, this is another song that will just sound grand live. These songs are made to be heard live, but until we live in a world where we can all scream these songs back at Alec in dive bars- just play the record religiously.

This record could be the soundtrack to a Western film from years gone by, or it could be the soundtrack to your life. It is simply, one of the best records you will hear all year.





MAD DADDY: Mad Daddy.

28 04 2021

Well, it’s finally here (it’s been here since Friday just gone but I’ve been lazy, sorry) The full length debut record by the finest noise you’ll hear from the Isle Of Man!

Mad Daddy make a hell of a lot of noise, and if you’re a bit sensitive to noise then you should probably pass this one. Or, stop being silly and get into it! They won’t hurt you. I’m not just saying this because they are from where I grew up, but honestly, Mad Daddy make the kind of music that would make The Cramps proud. There’s the creepy sound, the snarls, the effortlessly cool and slick sound that just makes you wish you could make noise like this.

I’ve been listening to the record non-stop since I was sent a copy, and I can’t get enough of it. You just want to live in the world that they’ve created on this record. These 10 songs were made for you to blast out super loud and just have a great time. Like the great MC5 said, “Kick out the jams motherfuckers!” No truer word was spoken. Words to live by. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. Mad Daddy sure do kick ’em out. They boot them into the deep unknown. Nothing has been the same since. It’s a real Bluesy Punk number this record, and it’s one to really enjoy. For me, I feel like I’m listening to all the old bands I love on one record. You can really hear the influences here but there’s also something else going on that you can’t help but be in awe of.

The songs on this record have this brilliant rugged sound, and the production is nothing short of perfect- but not in a way that makes you feel like you’re listening to something too perfect. You can hear everything going on on this record, and that adds to that lo-fi sound that so many of us love. Nothing beats hearing something like this, and when you’ve got songs like Give It To Me, which is the perfect way to open a record. It’s 2 minutes and 55 seconds of your face getting beautifully smashed in. The whole record is just a masterpiece!

Ride With Me makes you wish you could take a road trip into the unknown. Now, you probably wouldn’t do this on the Isle of Man because the roads are TERRIBLE! But you know, you could hit the road anywhere with this blasting out and it’d just be beautiful. It’s fast and a proper gnarly Punk anthem. The harmonica makes it on this one; it adds this bite to it that you cannot get enough of. Basically, this is a killer record and you just cannot get enough of it.

Picking a favourite song off this record is impossible, but I can say that right now I’m a bit obsessed with Ain’t Gonna Stop and Let’s Get Messed Up. This whole record is just a joy to listen to. Do I associate this record with a band from the Isle of Man? Heck no! But it sure makes me proud to be from there. This is what we have there, and it is so good to hear music like this coming from such a small place. Mad Daddy could easily be one of those bands that future bands cite as an influence, and that is something to be proud of. I just want to do nothing and play this record loud. But, I’m at work and on my lunch break so I can’t really do that. But hey, if you can slack off- do it. Play this record whilst you’re at it!

There’s so much to love about this record, and you know with songs like Real Bad Day, you kind of feel that you’ve got a band that just get it, you know? The drums on this are my favourite. The drums are really out there on this record, and you can just hear the passion for music on this record from the whole band. If you’re looking for something to just burst your eardrums in the best way, to hear drums that sound like a riot in your ears and songs that will stick in your brain forever- then the Mad Daddy record is for you.

Biased opinion aside, this is just a magnetic record. You don’t want to leave it alone. Ever. You want to keep on playing it. Why sleep when you can listen to this record? Buy it. Play it loud. And when we can all travel again, go see the band play on the Isle of Man!





BAD HOO: Splat EP.

8 04 2021

I’ve written about Bad Hoo loads, and in my biased opinion I can safely say that they are a great band. If they were shit, I wouldn’t write about them. I’ve stupidly only just realized they put a record out on everyone’s favourite Garage Rock/DIY label; Kafadan Kontak Records. Turkeys finest. Anything that has been released by this label is just simply, perfect and Bad Hoo are another band that can add their music to the list.

What do I love about Bad Hoo? Well, they are loud and they play as if their lives depend on it. There’s this beautiful hunger in their sound that just makes you want to either start your own band or throw things around and just scream the words along with them. They give you this heart-bursting feeling of freedom. I fucking (sorry mum) love this band a hell of a lot. They know it too (I hope!) I just love their sound so, so much and this new EP is a strong example of why they are just brilliant.

Five songs to blow your mind, and then some. It’s just such a great EP that leaves you wanting more and more. Bad Hoo have released exceptional music, and the Splat EP fits right up there. If I could drive (and it’s probably good that I don’t) I would most certainly go on long drives blasting out some Bad Hoo and having no clue where I am driving too and not knowing how to get home. It’s fine to get lost once in a while though. Anyway, this EP is all kinds of magical and if you’ve never listened to Bad Hoo before then make this your first time. Then keep on going. You won’t be able to stop. This record is just perfect- everything about it just makes everything alright you know? It’s one of those records that makes you feel good.

I love how Bad Hoo always make you feel as if you’ve somehow sneaked into their studio or rehearsal space when you listen to them. You can really hear that raw DIY sound coming through. That rugged sound is just heavenly. There’s nothing worse than hearing something that’s been overproduced and has no bite to it. Bad Hoo have plenty of bite, and that’s what keeps you listening to them. They’re the kind of band you see play a dingy bar, and by the end of the first song you’re covered in your own drink and someone else’s drink. Bitter Greens has this wonderful feeling of despair to it, and with some it may come across as desperate or just awful; but Bad Hoo do it in a way that feels a bit comical but entirely relatable. I just really love them, and the way Bitter Greens goes smack into Wooden Nickel is so good!

Splat EP is the kind of record that you want to hang in a museum and tell everyone why this is a masterpiece. I mean, I do feel that way about a lot of records and about most of Bad Hoo’s records too. I just love the sheer loudness and all over the place feel to this record. It’s like a drunken rant, and for me that’s the perfect sound. With every listen to the Splat EP, I’m just reminded of why I bloody love this band, and I hope that if anyone reads this that they go out of their way to listen to Bad Hoo too.

This record is just peak Bad Hoo, and even though I’d happily want another 20 songs added to the record, the handful they have given us on the Splat EP is just remarkable. They are effortlessly cool and such a joy to listen to. If you’re looking for a band to make you feel something other than constant dread- Bad Hoo are THE band for you. Buy this record and play it loud. Buy all of their records!





MATT ELLIS: Full Moon Fever.

3 04 2021

One of my favourite Punk bands is Flesh Rag, and Matt Ellis from the band have recently put out a solo record. Even if you’re not familiar with his band, you’re going to go wild over this insanely brilliant record. If you’re in search of something to play loud or to just get your frustrations out to- then Matt has got you covered.

Full Moon Fever is an effortlessly cool record, and I’m not just saying this because I love everything Flesh Rag/Matt does. It’s just such a great Punk record- it’s got that fast-paced Ramones style, the songs don’t even hit the 2-minute mark and they are made to be screamed at the top of your lungs. These songs are anthems and will leave you even more desperate to go to a show.

There’s the to the point PigHead which is of course about the police and how terrible they can be. You’ve got the chant of Death Rattle; you’ve got Die Tonight which reminds me a tiny bit of Misfits. Life On Hold is for those of us who have no clue what’s going on or what we should be doing. These 16 songs are just so great, and it’s not the type of record you play once then forget about it. It’s by far a record that you become obsessed with.

Monkey Brain sums up what it’s like to be trapped in your own head in a proper raw way. There’s this wicked snarl to Matt’s voice on a lot of the songs, and you really hear it on Monkey Brain and DMT Is Good For Me. The songs on this record are for those of us who are just tired of the world right now, tired of being made to feel trapped and Matt just makes you feel a little less alone- someone else gets it.

For me this record is just a taste of how fantastic Matt is as a musician. All of these songs were written and recorded by Matt, and you really can hear that DIY feel in the songs. It is a batch of songs to just play hella loud and annoy your neighbours with. Or maybe they’ll enjoy it. Hopefully they’ll enjoy it- it’d be a crime if they didn’t. Of course, my only issue with the record is that I want more songs, but what Matt has created on Full Moon Fever is just a real gnarly Punk record to get lost in. You know when you have an idea in your head of what the perfect record sounds like, or when you find yourself in search of something different, and something to just shake you up? Matt’s record hits all of that, and then some. It’s just a joy to listen to.

There’s no denying how remarkable this record is, and it’s such an easy listen. Every song will hit you in the face and you’ll feel like you’ve been reborn or whatever was fucking you up before, has now disappeared and means nothing.

Full Moon Fever is out right now!





SKEGSS: Rehearsal.

26 03 2021

Nearly 3 years on from their last record, Skegss are back with a new record that completely justifies why they are one of the most exciting bands around. Rehearsal is a record to do a load of nothing to, and to just have a good time. Play the record in your room as loud as you want, or head out on a long walk blasting this out as loud as you can. Head to the beach and let the waves crash around you; soak up this beautiful record in all ways possible.

Skegss know how to make music that just hits you in the soul; instantly making you feel much better and less worried/stressed out. It’s like they take it all on, and let it all out for you. 5 singles have been released so far from the record, and don’t let that trick you into thinking you’ve heard everything the band has to offer on this record. So far from it. The singles released so far are obviously brilliant, but the record is made up of songs to just really take in and play every single day. Is this record better than their debut, My Own Mess? That’s like asking someone to choose who their favourite kid is or whatever- there’s no comparison here.

I really love that Skegss have such a powerful way of being open with their lyrics. There is this beautiful fragility to Fantasising and it just makes you feel like someone has scooped out all of your thoughts and described them in a more articulate and less scary way. I just love the way Ben has this sleepy tone to his voice, and it kind of feels like a lullaby. It makes you really feel every single word he’s singing and I really can’t get enough of Running From Nothing- it’s such an easy song to relate to. It’s one of those songs that you listen to, and think “oh fuck!” and it just blows you away. They’ve been around for a while now, but they have this sound that makes you feel like you’re listening to them for the first time with every single time. You just can’t get enough of their slick sound.

For me Skegss are like the friend that calms you down when everything is a bit too much. Their sound is utterly soothing; and they’ve really gone above and beyond with this record. These 13 songs deserve all your love, devotion and attention. You just can’t get bored of songs like Sip Of Wine, Picturesque Moment and Valhalla. You just can’t get tired of a record like this, of a band like this. The 3 of them are brilliant musicians, and you can really hear the bond between them all- especially on this record. There’s a tighter sound here, and it’s a real pleasure to listen to.

As someone who’s been a fan of them for a few years, to hear how they’ve developed their sound but always had a strong Punk backbone to their music; you can’t help but feel really proud of them. There’s moments on the record which make me think of In Utero by Nirvana- Curse My Happiness being the main song to liken it to. There’s something so pure about the band, and you just cannot help but become obsessed with them. Wake Up is a song to really listen to when you can feel the world taking its toll on you. It’s like the song is reassuring you that maybe, it’ll be alright. We don’t know when, but it will be. Hopefully.

When you listen to Rehearsal you just know that this record was made to be played live, to be played at 4am when your mind won’t settle- it’ll be your best pal. It’ll be your crutch. It’ll be your world. Skegss are such an exciting band, and Rehearsal is just a taste of how great they are. Grab a beer, and get lost in this delight of a record.





BLOWERS: Blowers LP.

3 03 2021

Need an obnoxious Punk record? Blowers have got you covered. Covered in all bodily fluids and whatever else they want to throw your way. Do they make you feel like you’re listening to the Dead Boys for the first time? Yes. It’s rowdy, raw and filthy. Everything a great record should be.

The 15 songs on this record were made to make you feel uneasy and ready to throw punches at anyone who looks at you the wrong way (I mean I’d never ever do this, but you get what I mean.) These songs are beautifully aggressive and loud. 15 songs just isn’t enough, but as far as debut record go- this one is exquisite. It makes you want to go to a Punk show and just let loose. It makes you forget everything, and all you can do is soak up the music. Only a couple of songs hit the 3 minute mark, and honestly if the songs lasted longer it would take away that magic and attitude that Blowers possess. You won’t hear anything else like it; they’ve got this attitude that makes you partly scared of them but partly in awe of this beautiful noise.

Blowers may be around for decades or they may be around for 5 more months and sack it all off- irrespective of what they may do, you simply cannot overlook how incredible this record. All of the band have been in other bands, but there is something about Blowers that is next level. It’s louder. it’s faster and gnarly as hell- it isn’t for those wanting soppy love songs or whatever. It is for those who want it louder and maybe a bit crude. It’s all I could want from a Punk record. They again, are a band who you just know would be amazing live. So I guess I have to live in some kind of hope that they may come to the UK one day, and i get to experience this band in the best way possible- live and loud.

It’s fairly easy to become fed up and jaded about the world and all around you, so if you’re looking for a band to unleash those furies for you- then Blowers have got you covered. Songs like Hate That Shit, Hitman and Chainsaw justify all this, and more. This isn’t a record you play in the background whilst you get on with your day. Hell no. This is a record you play hella loud and let it take over your bones. It’ll be why your neighbours get pissed off at you at 3am. It is such a great record that you can’t help but obsesses over. One listen isn’t enough- the more you listen, the more you can hear influences from their previous bands and also a taste of bands like Black Flag, Dead Boys, The Stooges. That feeling of being fed-up and having fuck all to do; Blowers really do express this in such a great way.

To attempt to pick a favourite song on this record is impossible. You’ve got the vicious sounds of Can’t Get Started, then you’ve got the powerful sounds of Ripped and you’ve then got the intense sounds of Blow. This record has ZERO bad songs. ZERO fillers. Every song owns it’s spot in the record and just makes you want to stomp around like a toddler and do whatever the hell you want.

We all have those records that just make the day easier to get through because you’re hearing the song(s) that expose how frustrated you may be feeling or how you’ve got this rage at the world- Blowers make it alright to have these emotions, and let it all out for you.

The only way to play this record is loud. Like, stupidly LOUD. Scream along and let it all out.





FORTEZZA: Windmill.

7 02 2021

Do you ever listen to something, and you think “how did I go so long without this?!” I have. Many times. One band I can put there is Fortezza and they are about to release their new record next month.

Windmill will just blow you away; this record has 14 songs to just melt your brain and take you on some wild trip. You know how you get those records that just hit you right in the gut immediately? That’s exactly what Fortezza have done on this record. Is it one of the best records we will hear all year? Absolutely. For me, it is everything I could want from a hard-hitting Garage Rock record. There are some strong Psych sounds on this record too, and when that kicks in you feel like you are heading right into Fortezza’s world with no sign of ever leaving. Why would you want to? A Horse, A Horseman is one of the most intense moments on the record. The vocals are INSANE! The whole song feels like you have stepped into a David Lynch film. You feel on edge but it doesn’t phase you. This is such an incredible song and I’ll probably call it as my favourite. I mean, I will change my mind the more times I play the record but for now, this is the one I keep going back to.

The sheer heaviness of this record is so intense and such a joy to listen to. If this record will be your first time listening to the band, then you are definitely in for a wild ride. The more I play the record, the more I long for shows. Can you imagine this record being played live? You’d want them to end on A Horse, A Horseman and they would play it louder than anyone could handle. We’d leave the venue deaf and changed. Beautiful! This whole record is a work of art, and you can’t help but really fall in love with it. Every single song is made to be played sky high. Every single song sounds so perfect. What I love about Fortezza is that there is no one at all you can liken them to. The closest I can give you is maybe the Pixies (Green Tea has something about it that reminds me of Fugazi and Pixies, which is always a great thing.) But hey, we don’t need comparisons at all! Fortezza have such a song sound, and it is that sound that makes it pretty hard to believe that this is only their second full length record.

Windmill is such an exciting record, and they sure make a hell of a lot of noise for three people. It is such a riot of a record, and every single song feels like it could be an anthem. Whether it’s in a massive arena or a basement bar- these songs are made to be heard loudly, and sung back to them even louder. They are the kind of band that make you want to have a sore throat the next day from screaming along to the songs. This is such a ferocious record, and if you don’t believe me- play title song Windmill as loud as you can. Let that fury from the song rattle in your chest. Let it make you feel like you’ve GOT to scream the words back and smash things in your bedroom. Let it allow you to unleash all your frustrations; it is one of those songs that just moves you in ways you cannot describe.

Fortezza are the type of band that will make you fall even more in love with music again. The first listen will get you in the gut, and when you keep on listening to it- you will feel like this record has possibly become part of you. 14 songs that will utterly blow your mind. It’s the exact kind of record you hope a kid hears, and it inspires them to start their own band. There is something so powerful about this band and their sound. No Play is a straight up Punk anthem, and it makes you just want to trash your room and other peoples. Maybe don’t do that, but you know what I mean. It’s such a passionate record and I wish there were 14 more songs on the record.

Some bands instantly leave a lasting impression on you when you listen to them, and I can safely say that Fortezza are one of those bands. Their new record comes out next month (5th March) and I urge you to get yourself a copy, and fall in love with this masterpiece of a noise-fest.





LEGAL NOISE: Tough As Nails.

4 02 2021

Here’s another accidental find for you- Legal Noise. They released their new EP, Tough As Nails yesterday. It consists of four songs to smash your skull, destroy your hearing and move your soul. The songs are rowdy, exceptional and of course, beautifully obnoxious. A real gnarly Punk record to blast out super loud.

Lazy comparisons will be to the likes of The Chats or Skegss; but Legal Noise are their own kind of noise. Much like The Chats and Skegss. All three bands are incredible, and I absolutely adore them. Basically, Australis sure knows how to give us some great Punk bands. These are the kind of songs you play when you feel like you’re a bit of a slacker or a burden (Disgrace being the EP opener that really hits you) but you make peace with it, and you stop caring what anyone thinks of you. Easier said than done but trust me, you’ll feel much better when you get to this stage.

Goon Man is one of their heaviest songs to date. The guitar on this is insane- it reminds me of Birmingham’s finest, Table Scraps. That sheer loudness and the way it makes you feel like something has got right inside your skull with zero chance of an apology happening. Why get mad about it? This is the most glorious sound. Goon Man doesn’t sound like a song from now- there is something about it that could happily have been released in maybe the early 90s when Grunge was kicking off. Legal Noise sure know how to make music to wonderfully fuck with your brain and make you feel alive. I’ll say it again, they are another band that make you wish you could go to a live show. This EP live would sound ridiculous. It’d be an utter rampage, and you’d want to be in that moment constantly.

I really love the raw sound on this EP, and for me it does remind me a little bit of very early Silverchair (Frogstomp record for sure) and that loudness is just divine. Aside from being everything I could want from a record; they are astounding musicians. The drums are intense and you can truly hear how remarkable they are as musicians on Double Trouble. I love the lo-fi feel to this record, and how you are made to feel like you are watching them play these songs in a garage or what have you. They give you this insight into their world and sound on this EP, and they do it in a way that just leaves you utterly speechless. I think this is one of the most exciting EPs I’ve heard in a long time.

Legal Noise have been around since 2019 (I think) and this EP is definitely a testament to how great they are. I’ve only just got hip to them, but I reckon it’ll be one of my finest finds of the year (bold, I know) and I really cannot wait to hear more from them. They are such a joy to listen to, and they just make you want to forget the world and go into your own universe. Their songs are made to be blasted out as loud as possible. Once you’ve checked out the Tough As Nails EP, make sure you go back and listen to the rest of their hits.

Nightmare is a great song, and as you keep on listening to what they’ve released prior to Tough As Nails, you will hear a band that are on their own journey to discovering their sound. They are such a great band and I really cannot wait to hear more from them. Tough As Nails may only have four songs on, but these four songs will straight up blow your mind.





DADDIES.

23 01 2021

Here’s another accidental find- Daddies. Straight out of New Jersey, this band are ridiculously good. Is it a crime to be this good? Daddies have just released their new EP (titled EP II) and let me tell you, it’s Garage Rock heaven. Five excellent songs to get you through the day, or maybe just through life. They make the kind of songs you learn the words to, and scream in unison in the comfort of your own home (because right now, that’s all you can do.)

They remind me a little of bands like Küken and Flesh Rag, both of which I absolutely adore to pieces. Daddies are brilliant musicians, and that really shines on this EP. I mean, it did on the first one but you know when you hear a new band and you can hear the growth in the sound? That’s what you get from EP II by Daddies. It is such a great record, and in times of uncertainty, it’s really comforting to hear something like this. You can just have it playing loudly, and you zone out. Or take a walk whilst listening to it. Again, they are another band who you just wish you could see live. I reckon a Daddies show would be completely off the wall and memorable. They just have such a tight sound, and reminds you exactly why you love music.

Daddies bio reads, “Catchy hooks, sexy rhythms, and lyrics you can’t help but get down with” which is extremely accurate. That sentence sums them up to a tee, and if that doesn’t sell you on them, then I have no idea what will. That raw and filthy Garage Rock sound is so powerful on this record, and it is the band at their absolute best. Of course, it’s a bit shit that this is only five songs long, but if like me you’ve instantly become obsessed with it- then you’ll just keep it on repeat. You want to stay in the world they create with their sound, and to probably join the band. They just make really great music to get down with. Daddies make it easy for you to become a fan of theirs; there is just so much to love about their sound. The song Dream sounds like it could be in some bizarre Thriller film as it comes to an end. There’s something really eerie about it, and it is such a huge sounding song. It’d sound perfect at the end of a film where everything comes together, and it then takes a twist and messes with your head.

Their debut EP came out in 2019, and much like EP II, the songs were made to be heard live. You can’t help but long to be covered in beer that has been thrown around by an overexcited crowd and throwing their bodies into each other, as you sing along to these anthems. I think I’m making it worse for myself by listening to bands like this, because I want to go to a show SO badly. But, I’m not the only one of course, and that makes it easier.

If you’re looking for a band to play loud to piss off your annoying neighbours, or a band to keep you sane whilst everything seems to be going to shit or if you just want something that makes you feel GOOD; then Daddies are the band for YOU. They are a joy to listen to. Two EPs aren’t enough and you will want more. I know I do, but I cannot wait to hear what’s next from them. Both EPs have differences and similarities, and it is safe to say both are incredible.

Daddies are your new favourite band. You’re welcome.





SYLVAIN SYLVAIN: A tribute to a New York Doll.

15 01 2021
Sylvain Sylvain of New York Dolls starts GoFundMe as he battles cancer -  Noise11.com

When writing about influential bands, it is so easy to reel off our typical Punk heroes such as Ramones, Dead Boys etc. But before they cast themselves beautifully upon the world, we had the New York Dolls. For me, they were the ultimate band. Not just Punk, not just a typical Rock ‘n’ Roll band. Nothing typical or conventional at all. They were the coolest of the cool. Outsiders who didn’t care that they were being gawped at. They were unapologetically themselves and made music for a generation that would continue to speak to other generations to come. Every single member of the Dolls had something about them that just lured you in, and that was that. Nothing was the same since.

Losing Sylvain Sylvain today is a painful reminder that our heroes don’t live forever. Well, physically they don’t. But they do in other ways. New York Dolls have always been hugely underrated, and I don’t think people realise just how influential their style was and always will be. Sylvain and Johnny were two of the most hypnotising guitarists ever. There will never ever be anyone else like them, and I will always cite them as the greatest. Both had this magnetic style, and this attitude that just made you wish you were as cool as them. Let’s be honest though, no one in the world could ever be as cool as the Dolls.

New York Dolls were one of the first bands I remember my mum playing to me when I was a tot. That debut record is EASILY one of the greatest of all time. The greatest debut record ever, and if a record doesn’t make me feel like that one does- then my attention span goes down the shitter. It was ahead of its time. It was the future; and it always will be. Nothing in this world can touch it. It was pure Rock ‘n’ Roll but with something else that only the Dolls had. A huge part of that was Sylvain’s energy and just the way he would play. My god it was fascinating. There was something about hearing him play that was so comforting. Johnny would have you on edge, but Sylvain would kind of bring you back down but still throw you off into another world. Everything about the Dolls was just so effortlessly slick and a masterpiece every single time.

Subway Train is my favourite song by the Dolls- I love the sorrow in the song, I love the honesty and the lyrics are just so gorgeous. They just hit you right in the soul, and for me, just sums up the genius of the band. Sylvain’s solo work and other projects are equally as vital as his time with the Dolls. Everything he did just showed us how remarkable he was. From interviews I’ve watched, you can just see that he was the sweetest guy ever, and lived for music. From watching videos of him playing the shit out of the guitar whilst wearing high heeled shoes, you can just see the passion in him for music. Although the New York Dolls were no more after 2011, knowing that we won’t see Sylvain anymore just really hurts. He had his Rampage of Songs page on Facebook where he would share the music he loved. It was such a beautiful way to see our hero interact with fans of all ages, and share all kinds of tunes. He loved music, and in return we just adored him.

Whatever I write about Sylvain will not do him justice. It won’t sum up just how remarkable he was, it won’t bring him back. The art he gave us will live forever; that’s the beauty of music. It will outlive us all, and in 20, 30 years’ time- maybe some kid will hear Lonely Planet Boy or Trash for the first time, and create their own noise. Maybe they’ll study Sylvain’s way of playing, his lyrics, his vocals and will just be utterly inspired to make something of their own. If we hold onto that, then maybe the loss won’t hurt as much in time. For now, it will hurt. I’m absolutely gutted, and feel so heartbroken about this. New York Dolls were one of the first bands I remember hearing. They were a band I could speak to my mum, my uncle, my girlfriend about for hours on end- because they love them just as much. Music goes beyond being just music. It is something that becomes your world.

Safe trip Sylvain, and thank you x