Sam Smith, Let the Bellyache Begin

By Steve Drayton (Qualified old fart) Art by Lauren Halls I know it’s traditional for an older gentleman to rail against the outpourings of the musical youth, and really, I am far enough away from its target audience that I shouldn’t really make complaint. It would be demeaning for a man of my advanced years. However,…

Module 4.2.1:What The F*ck Kind Of Place is This?

WOrds By Holly Thicknes Art by Holly TEMPLE My main coping mechanism when feeling depressed about how perverse politics in this country was, for a long time, sarcasm. The reaction was born during my time at university, when I took a module called Devolutionary British Fiction. We read George Orwell and Monica Ali; Martin Amis…

WE NEED YOU: The ‘unknown’ series

… Here’s something to perk you up as the icy winter approaches … Plathoes Cave is organising a series of articles surrounding the theme ‘UNKNOWN’. This is for you to interpret as you wish; it could be simply introducing our readers to anyone from an artist or poet to a filmmaker or comedian who is…

CLUB CULTURE: An Ode To the Sesh

Words by Jemima Skala Art by Amelia Dearing Nothing sums up escapism more than clubbing. To paraphrase Samantha Fu, it’s the drugs, dirty dancing, and pounding techno music that allow us to shed our troubles along with our beige work clothes and slip into something more comfortable for the weekend. Club culture and nightlife has…

Rainbow Capitalism

Words by Ellie Dawson Art by Zoe Zori Film by Mary earolan The process of commercialisation: a normal object becomes a symbol for a minority group, then gains attention from marketers. Marketers incorporate the symbol, along with other cultural capital, from the subculture into the mainstream. Take the safety pin: a household item mums used…

Let Go: My Sobriety

Words by Maya Wenzel Art By Logan Wenzel Part 1. This has nothing to do with me thinking I’m better than you. This has everything to do with me stopping myself from doing something I don’t want to do, something I can no longer handle. Like many people, I have had fun experiences with alcohol….

Understanding India: The Greatest Oxymoron

Words by Gabbie Lynch Art by Amelia Darling Photos by Gabbie Lynch Everything I was ever sure of back home in Australia was always wrong in India. Although I was never sure of much I was certain that cows belonged in grassy paddocks, a red light meant stop and managing a store was an adult…

The Deslondes – Hurry Home – Album Review

Words by James Shakeshaft Art courtesy of New West. I first came across this 5 piece after meeting Sam Doores whilst he was touring with Hurray for The Riff Raff in Manchester back in 2014. In that evening my musical horizons were broadened. After all, it’s not every day you see a cowboy slinking down…