Album Review: Band Of Skulls – By Default

This article was originally published on The National Student on 25th May 2016

★★★★☆

The biggest departure for Band of Skulls on their fourth album By Default may in fact be the album artwork.

Their first three albums all fit the same visual themes, with kaleidoscopic, multi-coloured Rorschach tests belying the reliable, riff-laden songs beneath, which only built in scale with each album. Here, we’re instead presented with a near-empty concert hall, except for a lone guitarist and the band’s kit. Not as eye-catching an image, but there’s a palpable sense of empty space in the frame, full of opportunities just waiting to be further explored. It’s a perfect metaphor for an album which strips back the band’s instruments, relying entirely on lead guitar, bass, drums, and vocals, yet never feels detached from previous work. It’s a fresh start from where more is possible, especially when the band plays around with empty spaces in their sound.

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Feature: How Many Unnecessarily Gendered Items Are There In Sainsbury’s?

This Article was co-written by Alice Hearing and originally published to Wessex Scene on 5th May 2016

On an overcast Monday afternoon, two Wessex Scene writers went shopping, on the lookout for some products on sale that might anger your resident feminist. From ‘pretty pink’ Pritt sticks to ‘Man Cave’ face wash, we did find some of what we were looking for. Continue reading

Film Review: Alice Through The Looking Glass

This article was originally published to The National Student on 11th May 2016

★★☆☆☆

How do you make a sequel to one of the most successful, critically savaged films of the century?

2010’s Alice In Wonderland was a green screen, Tim Burton-fever nightmare, with few characters who actually resembled real people, personality or appearance-wise.

This sequel, more than half a decade later, obviously seeks to capitalise on the more than Billion-dollar grossing success of the original, and without Tim Burton behind the camera (he’s serving as a producer; the guy behind-the behind-the-camera guy), you’d hope it could indeed be an improvement. Continue reading