Legss’ new EP delights with a cutting collection of songs

The recent musical release by Legss is part EP, part spoken word, and is a delightfully wordy, acerbic and original collection of songs. Whilst vocally owing a debt to post-punk bands that preceded them, Doomswayers avant-garde tendencies (and perhaps post-poet tendencies) distinguish it from competing bands with similar sounds. A four-piece band, they don’t carry…

Guardian Labs: how do we know what is sponsored in the media?

By Hannah Green Paid content is nothing new. But when ‘Guardian Labs’ appear in a format virtually indistinguishable from a regular article, just how in keeping is it with the newspaper’s self-avowed devotion to fair, open reporting? Is ‘ethical’ advertising possible at all? Since you’re here … … we have a small favour to ask….

Gorillaz maintain their relevancy with new album release

By Charlie Coyle Gorillaz – Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez, is a welcome return to form for the virtual phenomenon, complete with star-studded features and plenty of fresh and fun songs. After their two most recent attempts, Gorillaz needed to release a complete and focussed album in order to maintain their relevancy. Humanz, although…

A Bloody Fight: Why fighting against menstruation stigma is still important

By Isobel Warner NOTE: This article discusses the dangerous effects of menstruation stigma and the very real problems of period poverty. We recognise that these problems do not solely affect cis-gendered women, as not all menstruators are women. The research and statistics used in this article are wrongly gendered; however, we have stated who was…

Stories from the Lockdown | Chapter 2: Up at Dawn

By Harry Stocker A muted, bluish haze had begun to spill into my bedroom, so I knew it was about time I was up. Outside, iridescent clouds painted the sky an unbroken colour of silver, faintly lit by a sun which had not yet found the time to dawn. I rubbed my eyes, stood, and…

Weathering With You: Blending romance and environmentalism

One of 2019’s trending anime films, Weathering With You (from the creators of Your Name) was unique in its depiction of environmentalism and blended this theme with blossoming romance. In particular, the film highlights that individuals do have the power to stop climate change and make a significant difference in the environment. The film makes…

Students, universities and unions have failed to engage in social activism

By Sacha Perera Students are the voice of the future, but in these troubling times, one thing is now clear: a lack of engagement with(in) our communities and parent institutions has led us to negate our responsibilities as the next generation of guardians.  Youth culture has always been connected to activism, social change and progressive…

Who is winning the COVID-19 vaccine race?

This week, stock markets soared, oil prices jumped, and hope reverberated across the world as pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their experimental COVID-19 vaccine has been found to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 infection in participants with no evidence of previous exposure to the virus. Pfizer and BioNTech are the…

Sleep Has His House: What do our dreams mean?

We are in a mental health crisis in the UK. Loneliness can easily root itself in our minds and grow into something ugly. Anna Kavan’s memoir, Sleep Has His House, reminds us of the importance of looking after our minds, as the main character slips into a terrifying descent to a mind unrecognisable as their…

Pinterest: Social media without the social

So many of us use social media on a daily basis and have different opinions when it comes to how it affects us. What can be agreed upon unanimously is the potential detrimental effects of social media surrounding mental health, social comparison and self-presentation. Former Facebook President, Sean Parker, described the platform as a “social validation feedback…