Nick Mason

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Mental health and music

CW: Mental health, suicide The music industry is well known for its highs and lows. Despite this, so many people seem to flock to the business. I became acutely aware of the toll that music can take on mental health last summer, sat behind the bins of a pub in Leeds, having a full-on panic…

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Sex sells: the modern music video

Music videos are, at heart, a marketing exercise. Labels don’t throw thousands of pounds at a band to make art, they do it to promote the music and try to sell it. There are four historical ways to market any product: humour, showcasing, controversy and sex. This Is America is a great example of a…

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Sssnakebite: Shikari at the LCR

I remember the first time I saw Enter Shikari like it was yesterday. It was the first time I ever felt like I could actually be injured at a gig and I loved it, coming out dripping with sweat, bruised by a thousand person strong mosh pit and having only fallen on my face three…

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Gig fatigue: addressing the symptoms

By the time I walked out of You Me At Six at the LCR in December, I felt like I was gigged out. I had seen a band give a performance which was energetic, fun and, important, very good, but felt utterly bored with live music. No smiling, singing along or moshing. Gigs have lost…

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The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

The first of two instalments in The 1975’s Music for Cars double album has been lauded for weeks now, but that won’t stop us from adding our praise to the chorus. The band’s third full-length starts off in the same vein as their others, treating us with a third variant on their opening track, The…

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Most anticipated albums of 2019

The Dangerous Summer – TBA At the beginning of 2017, I resigned myself to the fact that one of my favourite bands of all time, The Dangerous Summer, were never coming back. Then they did. Last year saw them drop their self-titled fourth album, go on two world tours and record another album. Excited? An…

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