Music journalist and writer for Leeds Music Scene.
Hello, I'm Lauren, I love music more than most things in this existence, I write lots, I drink a fair bit, I read not as much as I should do and I sleep even less than that.
Live @ Leeds Festival 2006 on Saturday, 26th August 2006
Live @ Leeds Festival 2006 on Friday, 25th August 2006
Live @ Across The Tracks Festival 2006 on Friday, 28th July 2006
Live @ Cockpit on Tuesday, 11th July 2006
Empty Threats and Recurring Themes
Broken Boy Soldiers
Give Me A Wall
Live @ Joseph's Well on Saturday, 1st April 2006
We Are Not The Same
Live @ Bar 1-20 (Huddersfield) on Saturday, 25th February 2006
The First Word Is The Hardest
The scheme brewing in the collective mind of ˇForward, Russia!, Leeds' pioneers of screeching, mercurial noise, is a simple one. It goes like this...
Lauren Strain caught up with Ali Whitton at Manchester's Dry Bar to look back on a busy 2005 for the songwriter, which included an appearance at Leeds Festival and saw the release of his "Kisses" and "Curses" EPs.
Live @ Faversham on Saturday, 10th December 2005
Live @ Music Box (Manchester) on Thursday, 3rd November 2005
Live @ Faversham on Saturday, 5th November 2005
"I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor", Arctic Monkeys' second single and first full-scale release, has shifted a rattling avalanche of around 33,000 copies thus far whilst simultaneously thrusting a very sharp, very painful spear labelled "Reality Check" up the rear end of the boring, apathetic public.
Live @ HiFi Club on Friday, 14th October 2005
Shorthand For Love
Zeros & Ones / What Jim Hears
Live @ The Vine on Thursday, 1st September 2005
Live @ Leeds Festival 2005 on Sunday, 28th August 2005
Live @ Leeds Festival 2005 on Saturday, 27th August 2005
Live @ Leeds Festival 2005 on Friday, 26th August 2005
Live @ Escobar (Wakefield) on Monday, 22nd August 2005
Live @ Mixing Tin on Friday, 5th August 2005
Live @ HiFi Club on Friday, 5th August 2005
Live @ Escobar (Wakefield) on Monday, 1st August 2005
Put You in Your Place
Live @ Cockpit on Thursday, 30th June 2005
Live @ Faversham on Thursday, 9th June 2005
Live @ Primrose on Saturday, 7th May 2005
Together We Are Strangers
Send in the Cavalry
Live @ Joseph's Well on Saturday, 22nd January 2005
Show Me What Love Is
What Are You Listening to?
Trouble With Girls
Live @ The Vine on Thursday, 11th November 2004
Cold Man's Nightmare
Live @ Cockpit on Saturday, 23rd October 2004
Upon entering Jesse Malin's dressing room at Sheffield's Club Zero we encounter not only the man himself but also a bowl of jelly babies. This can only be a good thing...
Ringing in My Ear
Ten Songs in the Key of Betrayal
I Didn't See My Reflection For The Entire Month Of March
All These Things That I've Done
Live @ Cockpit on Saturday, 14th August 2004
Clean And Neat
Asking For Trouble...
The Dogs EP
I Love You 'Cause I Have To