Jim Kirkwood has been writing Electronic Music since the late 1980's when he stepped back from fronting a black metal band to explore a solo career in instrumental music. He has his own unique style of Gothic EM which moves easily between huge symphonic slabs of music, dark ambience and sequencer driven soundscapes. The music itself, inspired by Gothic and Symphonic Rock and Berlin School Electronica, is quite often a CD in length, moves and shifts in tempo and mood, sometimes dark and sombre, sometimes ethereal and melodic, yet the whole gels perfectly into a single experience that grips the imagination and brings you into a world of dark and exciting beauty.
Pennsylvanian punks the Menzingers deepen their ruminations of the self with After the ParPennsylvanian punks the Menzingers deepen their ruminations of the self with After the Party, their big-hearted fifth LP and third release for Epitaph. Nostalgic leanings are nothing new to the Menzingers, who have been growing ever more introspective with each release, but as the Scranton natives age into their thirties, they've struck a resilient tone that plays well against their grandiose guitar rock.
The July 2010 issue of Fan the Fire Magazine featuring an interview with Pony Pony Run Run, features on Best Coast and Isle Of White Festival, Mystery Jets, Bombay Bicycle Club, Kele, M.I.A. and O. Children album reviews, 22 Bullets, Thor, Cowboys & Aliens, Pirates 4 and Gulliver’s Travels previews, featurette on 3-D, Toy Story 3, Heartbreaker, Splice, Shrek Forever After and The Collector reviews, art by eBoy, Lydia Nichols, Nicolas Bouvier and Toby Burrows, and style by Eric Ray Davidson, Kathryna Hancock and Antonella Arismendi, plus much more.