The Smashing Pumpkins – Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.

As any fans of The Smashing Pumpkins who have been following them since their first album Gish will tell you, it’s been quite a ride. Back in the early 90s Billy Corgan had hair and their dreamy pop rock was a refreshing change from the noise bands coming out of the Seattle grunge scene. They also launched themselves with impressive videos for ‘Siva’ and ‘Rhinoceros’ which were so different you might be fooled into thinking they were two different bands. It was this that I, and many others, loved about them. They excelled at rocking out and doing the quite melodic stuff. The follow-up, Siamese Dream, was just as impressive and then, like Guns N’ Roses, they dropped a double album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, which was about two hours long and was an impressive collection of music. This was also when they added ‘The’ to the name Smashing Pumpkins.

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Sam Walker – The Brunswick, Hove – 1st November 2018

This is a concert I had been looking forward to for a while now. To start with, it features two local artists I’ve know for over ten years, Sam Walker and Shona Foster, who I’ve seen countless times in a variety of venues and a number of different line-ups. Also, it’s in one of my favourite venues, The Brunswick, where I’ve seen them both play before numerous times and always left having enjoyed the gig.

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Black Peaks – All That Divides

This is an album I’ve been looking forward to but with some trepidation. Their debut album, Statues, is one of my favourite albums of recent years and it’s always hard to follow up such a stellar debut. In keeping with the album title, All That Divides, on first listen my opinion was divided. Yes, it’s 100% a Black Peaks album but it seemed to not quite have the intensity I loved from the first record.

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