Ben Rackstraw

Ben has written 17 articles for Nouse

On the Up: Simian Mobile Disco

Most of us were screaming ‘Because We. Are. Your Friends’ at the top of our lungs in sweaty indie rooms across the land

Tuning – Brudnell Social Club Leeds – 12/10/07

On tour with the material from their third album Good Arrows, electronic-folksters Tunng will arrive at the fantastically intimate Brudenell Social Club on Thursday

Prinzhorn Dance School – You are the space invader

Despite the name, Prinzhorn Dance School seem to have discovered the virtues of simplicity. You’d think that music so spare…

The Thrills – The Midnight Choir

The Thrills have jumped the sunny Californian ship in favour of “the worst neighbourhood in all of Canada”. The reason being they wanted a more “intimate, reflective,” album this time

Beverley Knight – Queen of Starting Over

Beverley Knight! She’s always seemed a bit like a nice leather armchair to me, great quality but been around for…

Mark ronson ft. Amy Winehous – Valerie

Continuing his attempt at world domination that began with being a white man making a successful hip hop song (2003’s ‘Ooh Wee’) and now involves remixing Bob Dylan

On the up: One night only

There are moments in everybody’s life where the feeling of advancing age strikes suddenly. A crippling descent into a dark world of terror and mortality, it is most commonly triggered by the realization that somebody younger than you is excelling in a deeply enviable position, an 18-year-old player being picked to play football for England, for instance, or somebody sailing solo around the world

A good face for radio

Steve Lamacq’s Radio 1 show was essential listening for a generation of music fans. Ben Rackstraw chats to his childhood hero

On The Up: The Young Knives

As I speak to The Young Knives, the threesome behind last year’s indie-punk smash The Voices of Animals and Men, they are preparing for their last gig on British soil before heading across the Atlantic for a series of dates in America. “In theory,” says House of Lords, bassist and brother of lead singer Henry Dartnall, “but we’re having a bit of trouble with our American visas.”

Singles Reviews

This edition we review singles by Six Nation State, Bondo Do Role, Gisli, Deftones and Archie Bronson Outfit

The Sounds


Dying to say I told you so
Out: 21/03/07

Singles Reviews

Band: union of knives
Single: evil has never

Does the world need more indie bands trying to make dance music? “Genres are so irrelevant!” I hear you scream from your oh-so-cool discotheque. Well then, here’s some more indie with synths and a house beat