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Quietus, The

Launched in 2008, The Quietus is a British online rock music and pop culture magazine, focusing on arts news, reviews, and features. The site is an editorially independent publication led by John Doran and a group of freelance journalists and critics.

Joy Division: The Joy Division Industry

Comment by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, April 2008

More offcuts from the Factory ...

Spiritualized: Songs In A&E

Review by Luke Turner, Quietus, The, May 2008

SPIRITUALIZED reached their commercial zenith a decade ago, when a nation wearying of Britpop and knocked sideways by the insane reaction to the death of ...

CSS: Donkey

Review by John Doran, Quietus, The, June 2008

TO CELEBRATE 20 years producing left field heavy rock music, Sub Pop this month release bookended albums of a sort. ...

Donna Summer: Crayons

Review by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, June 2008

DONNA SUMMER'S FIRST ALBUM of new material for seventeen years doesn't so much announce that she's still got it as knock the door down, stride ...

Kanye West: Sensitive Soul

Report by John Doran, Quietus, The, June 2008

Quietus Editor John Doran gets drunk, falls over, destroys phone, makes noise like "broken panther" and has Proustian recall of two run ins with rap ...

Penguin Cafe Orchestra: Catalogue Reissues

Review by David Stubbs, Quietus, The, July 2008

PENGUIN CAFE ORCHESTRA, a large, shifting coalition of classical and acoustic musicians led by the late Simon Jeffes, are often regarded with either confusion or ...

Suicide: Live 1977 - 1978 Box Set

Review by Luke Turner, Quietus, The, August 2008

IT'S RARE to find live albums from canonical acts that don’t come swathed in mythology or creaking under the weight of their own self importance. ...

Slipknot's All Hope Is Gone Not Just A Clever Name…

Review by John Doran, Quietus, The, August 2008

John Doran slowly peels back the masks of so-called extreme metal behemoths Slipknot and looks at the jaundiced and withered flesh underneath. It isn't, he ...

The KLF: Getting Arrested With Bill & Jimmy

Retrospective by David Stubbs, Quietus, The, August 2008

SO, IT'S LIKE THIS. It's February 1991. A couple of years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, which supposedly heralded the End of History, ...

Bloc Party: Intimacy

Review by Luke Turner, Quietus, The, August 2008

BLOC PARTY have always made themselves a frustratingly difficult band to like. Alright, so if you're a 17 year old kid from Haywards Heath with ...

Bill Drummond: Recorded Music Has Run Its Course

Interview by John Doran, Quietus, The, August 2008

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Cliff Richard: Why Cliff Richard Is The Epitome And Saviour Of Rock & Roll

Comment by John Doran, Quietus, The, September 2008

Forget Liam Gallagher, Richard Ashcroft or Paul Weller — Sir Cliff is the best rock star we have, says John 'We Don't Talk Any More' ...

Seasick Steve: I Started Out With Nothing And I Still Got Most Of It Left


Review by Mick Middles, Quietus, The, October 2008

ORGANIC TO the foot of every blue soaked note. Here we meet the real deal. 40 years in a hobo hell (well, mostly) this 60-something ...

Lydia Lunch: My Life As A Work In Progress

Interview by Alex Ogg, Quietus, The, October 2008

Alex Ogg sets the tape running and stands back in awed silence as New York no wave shit-kicker Lydia Lunch reflects on life as a ...

Grace Jones: Hurricane

Review by Luke Turner, Quietus, The, November 2008

IN THE YEARS SINCE Grace Jones' last foray into recorded music, female artistes have increasingly been forced into major label-defined sonic and aesthetic roles, be ...

Beyoncé: I Am… Sasha Fierce (Music World/Columbia)

Review by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, November 2008

BEYONCÉ'S third album doesn't start well. Or end well. Or do much well in between. ...

Lily Allen: It's Not Me, It's You (Regal Recordings)

Review by Alex Ogg, Quietus, The, January 2009

LILY COPS A LOT OF STICK, doesn't she? A lot of people really don't like her. Especially rock hacks, I gather. ...

Candi Staton: We Want Candi

Profile and Interview by John Doran, Quietus, The, February 2009

CANDI STATON is, to put it simply, one of the most consistently underrated female vocalists ever. This is not to say that she hasn't had ...

Judas Priest: Pastor of Puppets: Rob Halford

Retrospective and Interview by John Doran, Quietus, The, February 2009

YOU ONLY HAVE TO open a style mag, left-field music publication or a broadsheet at the moment to see that heavy metal is enjoying one ...

Pete Doherty: Peter Doherty: Grace/Wastelands (EMI)

Review by Luke Turner, Quietus, The, March 2009

IN A PARALLEL UNIVERSE, someone has taken Pete Doherty's cultural obsessions and musical touchpoints and made beguiling music that explores Englishness in a subtle, intelligent ...

Sunn O))): Doom With A View: Sunn O))) Discuss Monoliths And Dimensions

Interview by Luke Turner, Quietus, The, May 2009

THE QUIETUS has already stopped taking bets on our album of 2009. It's hard to imagine any other group coming up with a record as ...

Jarvis Cocker Interview: Talking Further Complications 


Interview by Luke Turner, Quietus, The, May 2009

Luke Turner talks to Jarvis Cocker about Albini, the male psyche, Sunn O))), living in the moment, and how it feels to be accused of ...

Bill Laswell: Bass. How Low Can You Go?

Interview by John Doran, Quietus, The, July 2009

Prior to his appearance at Montreux Jazz Festival, John Doran caught up with Bill Laswell in New York and uncovered some surprising information about Def ...

Joy Division: The Right Way To Remember Joy Division

Essay by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, July 2009

As Unknown Pleasures reaches its 30th anniversary, Jude Rogers looks behind the commercialisation and Paul Morley's jowls at Joy Division's eternal truth ...

Elbow, U2: U2: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, August 2009

U2 Live Under A Slate Grey Claw. Chris Roberts reports from Wembley ...

Jello Biafra Of The Dead Kennedys Interview

Interview by Alex Ogg, Quietus, The, August 2009

Biafra's back — and this time he's packing a "real" band. The former Dead Kennedys frontman is re-energised by fronting a new group, The Guantanamo ...

A-ha: Synths For The Boys: A-Ha: The O2, London

Live Review by Joel McIver, Quietus, The, December 2009

Laugh all you like. "Norway, douze points", declares Joel McIver ...

Rammstein: Industrial Immolation Live In Manchester

Live Review by John Robb, Quietus, The, February 2010

Flamethrowers, exploding babies and a sonic apocalypse: John Robb proclaims Rammstein's current tour the greatest show you will see this year. ...

Gil Scott-Heron: I'm New Here

Review by Mick Middles, Quietus, The, February 2010

IN PRE Bill Hicks days, Scott-Heron's wit and fearless polemic powered his poetic leanings. He seemed alone, in every sense, for thinking of comparable artists ...

Field Music: Measure

Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, February 2010

THE BROTHERS BREWIS are natural Situationists, far too clever to take life overly seriously. This is no doubt what made Field Music's first two albums ...

Aidonia, Movado: This Month In... Dancehall: Why Only Jamaicans Should Use Autotune 


Overview by Neil Kulkarni, Quietus, The, March 2010

Neil Kulkarni delivers a swingeing blow to the whingers. Imagine a glitter and blood encrusted Doc Marten stamping on the face of autotune for all ...

Judas Priest: British Steel, Stronger Than Ever:

Interview by Joel McIver, Quietus, The, March 2010

Joel McIver talks to Judas Priest about drugs and alcohol, the domination of heavy metal, and their classic album British Steel ...

Shakespears Sister: Songs From The Red Room

Review by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, March 2010

WHY IS POP history always rewritten blandly, its quirkier corners streamlined into slick, glossy smoothness? ...

Black Box Recorder: Uncovering the Ballardian Universe of Black Box Recorder 


Retrospective by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, June 2010

Danger, death and British humour: it's all in a day's work for Black Box Recorder, says Jude Rogers, as she sifts through their back catalogue ...

Envy, Kelis: Givin' It To The Homegirl: The Trouble With Kelis 


Comment by Neil Kulkarni, Quietus, The, June 2010

With Neil Kulkarni finding something rotten in the state of girl-pop, he turns up his nose at Kelis' curdled Milkshake and explains why Brit Envy ...

Katie Price: Ten Songs: She's A Model — Katie 'Jordan' Price On Kraftwerk & Slayer 


Interview by Joel McIver, Quietus, The, July 2010

Joel McIver takes his trusty crate of vinyl to an interview with model, author, TV star and now chanteuse Katie Price, AKA Jordan ...

Field Music, Flaming Lips, LCD Soundsystem, M.I.A., Pavement, Robyn, The Stooges, Paul Weller, The xx: A Trip To Oya In Oslo Via Pavement, Munch & MIA 


Report by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, August 2010

IF YOU GO for a cigarette on the fourth floor balcony of the hotel, you see cruise-ships and boats flanking a floating stage, upon which ...

Janelle Monáe: A New Pioneer Of Afrofuturism

Comment by John Calvert, Quietus, The, September 2010

Against a pop climate beset by fraudulent marketing plans on two shiny legs, John Calvert argues that Janelle Monáe brandishes the acetylene torch for radical ...

The Klaxons: Klaxons: Surfing The Void (Polydor)

Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, September 2010

WE AREN'T going to bore you with revelations that Myths Of The Near Future wasn't rave. There was such a thing as a nu rave ...

The Libertines: Confessions Of A Blagger: Carl Barat's Threepenny Memoir Reviewed

Book Review by Ben Myers, Quietus, The, October 2010

Carl Barat's new tome doesn't shrink away from embracing ugly self-truth — and according to Ben Myers, is subsequently far worthier of praise than the ...

Swans: 
My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky

Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, October 2010

SWANS WILL ALWAYS be a draw for life's spiritual derelicts, a certain constituency in peaceful agreement that the world is cruel, human nature is animal, ...

Bryan Ferry: Olympian Heights

Interview by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, November 2010

The legendary Bryan Ferry has just released Olympia, his best album in two decades, and continues the Roxy Music revival tour in the new year. ...

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All: Odd Future: Youth and Young Manhood

Guide by John Calvert, Quietus, The, March 2011

After Tyler The Creator signed to XL recently, John Calvert decided to sift through hundreds and hundreds of tracks to bring you the best — ...

Tyler, The Creator: Goblin (XL)

Review by John Doran, Quietus, The, May 2011

OUR FRIEND and writer for The Stool Pigeon and this organ Kev Kharas recently went to interview Tyler The Creator. The mewling twit (Mr Creator ...

Damon Albarn: Dr Dee live, Manchester International Festival

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Quietus, The, July 2011

Stephen Dalton at the Manchester International Festival finds Damon "the Martin Amis of Britpop" Albarn's musical about the life of Dr John Dee to be ...

Pulp: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Quietus, The, July 2011

Neil Kulkarni breaks his no-festival rule and braves the corporate overkill of Wireless to see his Pulp. His verdict? They "now stand mighty amidst the ...

TV On The Radio As Soundtrack To Bush & Obama's America 


Essay by John Calvert, Quietus, The, August 2011

Don't Let The Devil In: John Calvert takes a look at the work of TV On The Radio through the prism of a turbulent decade ...

Dolly Parton: The Liberty Belle: Dolly Parton Speaks

Interview by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, August 2011

Ever the showbiz professional, Dolly Parton leads Jude Rogers a merry dance during her allotted 20 minutes of chat about partners, Gaga, sexuality, The Lord ...

Peter Gabriel: An Invasion Of Privacy

Interview by John Doran, Quietus, The, September 2011

Peter Gabriel tells John Doran about reworking his back catalogue, almost playing in space, being mistaken for a terrorist and how life might be four ...

Lana Del Rey: Original Sin

Interview by John Calvert, Quietus, The, October 2011

Even though her song 'Video Games' emerged a couple of months back, Lana Del Rey has already experienced equal parts adulation and suspicion. Here, John ...

Noel Gallagher: High Flying Birds, Musical Kettles And Exploded Psych

Interview by John Doran, Quietus, The, October 2011

John Doran is caught napping by Noel Gallagher, who is finally getting to indulge his creative impulses with the High Flying Birds and Amorphous Androgynous! ...

A Tribe Called Quest: 20 Years On: A Tribe Called Quest's The Low End Theory Revisited

Retrospective by Angus Batey, Quietus, The, October 2011

20 years after it was released and a month before the UK premiere of the Tribe Called Quest documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life, Angus Batey ...

Kate Bush: A Demon In The Drift: Kate Bush Interviewed

Interview by John Doran, Quietus, The, November 2011

KANGCHENJUNGA was, for a long time, thought to be the highest mountain in the world. It wasn't until the Great Trigonometric Survey of 1849 that ...

R.E.M.: Michael Stipe's Last Stand — An R.E.M. Exit Interview

Interview by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, November 2011

Michael Stipe wants to retire. Trouble is, Jude Rogers won't let him until he's been suitably debriefed… ...

Kylie Minogue: The Abbey Road Sessions

Review by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, November 2011

IN 2006, while in recovery from cancer, Kylie Minogue talked to Another Magazine about her love of Grey Gardens.  ...

Amy Winehouse: Lioness – Hidden Treasures

Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, December 2011

LIONESS: Hidden Treasures is an appropriately muted set, with Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi producing an honourable and moving tribute to the Amy Winehouse. In ...

The Maccabees: Given To The Wild

Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, January 2012

EVER SINCE THE bottom fell out of reedy-post-punk mid-last decade, fundamentally lightweight indie acts have taken to making grand statements. The efforts of say, Foals, ...

The Jimmy Castor Bunch: Remembering The Everything Man: A Jimmy Castor Interview

Retrospective and Interview by Angus Batey, Quietus, The, January 2012

Angus Batey pays tribute to the late Jimmy Castor, and we publish an extract from an extensive interview the journalist conducted with Castor over a ...

Lana Del Rey: Born To Die

Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, January 2012

ALL THAT FUSS over one song? You'd think there'd been a murder at the White House. ...

Emeli Sandé: Her Version Of Events: Emeli Sandé Interviewed

Interview by John Doran, Quietus, The, February 2012

Emeli Sandé discusses human brains, Virginia Woolf and Cher Lloyd with John Doran ...

Adele: Why Adele Is The Pop Star We Need

Comment by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, February 2012

Adele is a one woman cash vache! Get off her back losers, says Jude Rogers ...

Damon Albarn, Blur, Bobby Womack: Damon Albarn: "I'm Sort Of English Melancholy"

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Quietus, The, March 2012

With an upcoming Blur show and a number of albums set for release in the coming months, Damon Albarn's 2012 looks set to be as ...

Denim, Felt, Go Kart Mozart: "I Want Lou Reed To Kick Me Down The Stairs" — Lawrence Interviewed

Interview by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, April 2012

Indie-pop outsider extraordinaire Lawrence — the Felt/Denim/Go-Kart-Mozart frontman who turned 51 last month — talks to Jude Rogers about sounding like Nicki Minaj and his ...

The Enemy:
 Streets In The Sky

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Quietus, The, May 2012

THE NEW Enemy album is finally here. There it sits, being shite, in the noonday sun, attracting flies. Cross over the road my friend, ask ...

Frank Ocean: The Future's Bright: Frank Ocean's Channel Orange Track-by-Track

Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, July 2012

John Calvert heads along to a London studio for a first listen to the forthcoming album (much anticipated round these parts) from Frank Ocean ...

Skrillex: 100% Shock & Awe: Skrillex Blasts Tiny Venue

Live Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, August 2012

THE SCENE IN the Shacklewell Arms is fairly typical of any gentrified boozer in the Hackney precinct, come Sunday night.  ...

Lady Gaga: This Megalith Reality: Lady Gaga Live

Live Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, September 2012

I KNOW IT'S COMING, but when it finally does it's different to how I expected. It's far worse. Less than real.  ...

Lana Del Rey: An American Nightmare: Lana Del Rey Live

Live Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, September 2012

I MET HER last year. She talked about loneliness and how she never had any time for religion, until she got into some trouble in ...

Rihanna: A Sorry State — Pop Marketing & Rihanna's Unapologetic

Comment by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, November 2012

Provocation for Profit? Assault as a Marketing Accessory? Why the Rihanna PR Machine show sad signs of our times ...

Royal Trux: Veterans Of Disorder: Royal Trux Interviewed

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, Quietus, The, November 2012

With their formative album Accelerator recently reissued, Neil Kulkarni asks Jennifer Herrema to look back over the noise-rock duo's career, taking in junkiedom, spectrum analysers ...

Kendrick Lamar: Bottled Lightning: Kendrick Lamar: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, January 2013

John Calvert heads to a cold Hammersmith to be blown away by Kendrick Lamar — "A private epiphany, the rest is history" ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Push The Sky Away

Review by Luke Turner, Quietus, The, February 2013

RECENT YEARS have seen messageboards, pop gossip sites and magazines alike indulging in the pursuit of Brighton-based Nick Cave spotting. Nick Cave spotted waving a ...

Can, Conny Plank, Kraftwerk, Neu!: Conny Plank: The Soundtrack Of Our Youth

Profile by David Stubbs, Quietus, The, February 2013

As Gronland release a four-disc box set of the music of Conny Plank, David Stubbs remembers the "midwife of Krautrock"... ...

David Bowie: The Next Day

Review by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, February 2013

Chris Roberts is inspired out of his clothes and on to the dancefloor by David Bowie's glorious return. ...

My Bloody Valentine: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, March 2013

Chris Roberts heads to MBV's final night of their UK tour and finds himself pondering linguistics and culture while stood in their volume wind-tunnel ...

These New Puritans: Field Of Reeds

Review by Luke Turner, Quietus, The, June 2013

FIELD OF REEDS. It's that title that holds the key to These New Puritans' third album. Fields are terra firma, wilderness tamed, human use of ...

Prince: 25 Years On: Lovesexy Revisited

Retrospective by David Bennun, Quietus, The, July 2013

NOW I THINK OF IT, I'm struck by how seldom I have gone out and bought an album on the day it was released. In ...

Wreath Lecture: Braying Crowds & The Accidental Death of Quiet Music

Comment by David Bennun, Quietus, The, December 2013

2013 was the year when crowds talking loudly at gigs became a universal aggravation, writes David Bennun. He asks why this is the case, and ...

Laibach: Spectre

Review by Roy Wilkinson, Quietus, The, February 2014

THE SLOVENIANS of Laibach are perhaps the pop equivalent of Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine – the 1830s design for a programmable computer that was a ...

Blur, Elastica, Oasis, Pulp, Suede: Modern Life Isn't Rubbish: The Trouble With Britpop Nostalgia

Comment by Luke Turner, Quietus, The, April 2014

The mainstream media are currently engaged in a collective misty-eyed throwback to the 'glory days' of the mid 90s. Luke Turner, who was a teenager ...

Satan's Scapegoat: The Daily Mail & Blaming Metal For Murder 


Comment by Joel McIver, Quietus, The, May 2014

The Daily Mail has once more blamed listening to heavy metal as in some way contributory to the tragic murder of Ann Maguire, and a recent teenage ...

Sleaford Mods: 
Divide And Exit

Review by Luke Turner, Quietus, The, May 2014

SLEAFORD MODS snap at you, lumber at you, insult you, your friends, probably some of your family too. They're a force of nature, of testosterone ...

Coldplay: Ghost Stories (Parlophone)

Review by Mr. Agreeable, Quietus, The, May 2014

TWO YEARS in the making, alternative rock band Coldplay's new album, essentially a concept piece about Chris Martin's break-up with Gwyneth Paltrow, has certainly garnered ...

Annette Peacock: She's The One: Annette Peacock Interviewed

Interview by John Doran, Quietus, The, June 2014

Annette Peacock is a stone cold original — an innovator, an outlier, authentically sui generis. John Doran talks to her about the timely reissue of ...

Black Sky Thinking: White Power And Black Pop: The Real Problem With 1Xtra's Power List 


Comment by Neil Kulkarni, Quietus, The, July 2014

Neil Kulkarni dissects the recent BBC 1Xtra Power List which featured three white acts in the top four... ...

U2: Songs Of Innocence: On U2, Tax & Hypocrisy 


Comment by John Doran, Quietus, The, September 2014

John Doran is singularly unimpressed by U2's invocation of William Blake's Songs Of Innocence. Shouldn't they stop cosying up to morally bankrupt corporations, banks, philosophers, ...

Idlewild: Everything Ever Written

Review by Mike Diver, Quietus, The, February 2015

IDLEWILD HAVE been a band for twenty years now, and doesn't it show. The blood-rush riots that passed as early gigs have slipped beneath tangible ...

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