Friday, August 03, 2018

Yorkshire pride

It's been a while since the last episode of Sounding Bored aired, and even longer since one dedicated to a music city. So Episode 31, focusing on Leeds, is a very welcome treat - and even more so as it sees the return of my fellow co-founder Niall Kennedy. Now resident in Yorkshire and a regular visitor to the city's various venues, he's well placed to talk about its musical past and present, including goth's heyday in the 1980s, the brilliance and influence of Gang Of Four and the NME's ill-advised celebration of a mid-noughties scene on the strength of the existence of Kaiser Chiefs, Pigeon Detectives and The Music.

That discussion is bookended by Niall and host Rob's reflections on the nominations for this year's Mercury Music Prize (big up Nadine Shah!) and on the best albums of 2018 so far (with Microshift by Leeds' own Hookworms rightly lauded despite its baffling omission from the Mercury list), and by the pair's verdicts on Sink Ya Teeth's eponymous debut LP.

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