This year marks twenty years since 'A Triumph For Man', Mew's incredibly limited (roughly 2,000 copies were produced) debut album. They've marked the occasion by releasing 'Visuals' their seventh full-length and the album is testament to the fact that two decades hasn't dampened the inventiveness of Denmark's prime export.
It's hard to believe that 'Hats Off To The Buskers' is already ten years old. It could be because every track still sounds as relevant as the day it was committed to wax, or it could simply be the fact that The View have remained so prolific that the passage of time hasn't been as noticeable as with other, more sporadic, bands.
Ten years ago, The Cribs had a clutch of indie pop 'hits' not really heard outside of the alternative clubs housing the devoted every weekend. However, in May of 2007, they unleashed 'Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever', their first international major label release (although the band stayed true to their roots, sticking with Wichita in the UK).
Having already released one of the best debut albums of 2017 (and beyond) The Big Moon are continuing their relentless pre-album touring schedule with a slew of headline dates and a near-complete set of summer festivals. Tonight's show at The Deaf Institute sold out several weeks ago and the Friday night crowd are ready to go.
Last year marked a decade of Live At Leeds, a groundbreaking event which paved the way for a number of similar urban festivals which continue to go from strength to strength. As a result of last year's milestone, the organisers clearly decided that the only way was up, with this year's bill managing to be bigger and better than ever before.
Japandroids are, without a date, one of modern music's most underrated bands. They've accrued a devoted fanbase but, scandalously, the mainstream success that they thoroughly deserve continues to evade them. This week's tour, on the back of this year's 'Near to the Wild Heart of Life' will surely mark the turning point.