“Pop” Alternative: In Defense Of The Genre

Last year Bring Me The Horizon dropped not just a brilliant new single, but arguably one of the most important songs of 2018 for the alternative scene. With it’s huge riffs and catchy hooks, Mantra sets the tone of things to come, solidifying the sound the band has been polishing over the past few albums, but the track has become both a hot topic and an easy target for keyboard warriors of late, with old men yelling at clouds saying “They’re pop. They sold out. They don’t belong. ” Well to you good sir, madam, or non-binary person, I say, “Sit down, shut up, and remember where you came from.”

Read More

Stopping To Smell The Roses (originally written 22nd Jan 2016)

I could write you a thousand words about how this week was harder than most. I could tell you all the negative thoughts currently flowing through my mind. I could tell you that more than once this week I’ve thought about giving up, and I could tell you I lied when I said I’m fine. Or I could tell you about the drive home from this day, when home was no more than 100 metres away, I saw an old man stop and smell the flowers of a near by tree, and inside that moment, something stirred deep within me…

Read More

An Ordinary Miracle (originally written 6th July 2015)

… One time, this Rambo-level punctuality lead me to meet one of the most interesting human beings I have ever had the pleasure of coming across. It’s also probably good to mention here that I hate Apple computers. This point seems superfluous, but I promise it’s important to note…

Read More

[WP] “You know what” the old man bellowed...

“You know what”, the old man bellowed, as he put aside his half-eaten sandwich. “I read ‘The Obituaries’ every morning. And I can’t help but notice all the folk in their twenties, thirties and forties. These people are missing out on the better half of a lifetime.”

Read More

Love As A Possesion (originally written 12th March 2015)

“Do you believe possessive love can work?” She once asked me, and for the longest time, I didn’t understand the question. But then I realised that’s because there is nothing to understand. I don’t believe you can define love outside of the bounds that you personally understand and experience it. So when I tried to define what possessive love meant, I found myself falling short. How do you define any kind of love?

Read More