Alison Ross

Clockwise Cat publisher and editor, Alison Ross, uses Zen-Surrealism as her guiding aesthetic. Alison has been a featured poet at Surreal Poetics. In addition, she has published reviews and editorials in various publications, including Fear of Monkeys and PopMatters. Links to her work (poetry, polemics and reviews) can be found at: www.symmetryofbirds.blogspot.com.
Pylon Become Pylon Reenactment Society for New LP

Pylon Become Pylon Reenactment Society for New LP

Conceived as a spiritual tangent of the decades-old underground post-punk icons Pylon, Pylon Reenactment Society craft a fresh, fierce, bright, and dynamic album.

Transcending to Badass: That’s How Female Rockers Roll

Transcending to Badass: That’s How Female Rockers Roll

The female musicians interviewed in Katherine Yeske Taylor’s She’s a Badass have persisted against all odds and infused rock with a feminist verve.

The Wondrous Weirdness of Deerhunter’s ‘Weird Era Cont.’

The Wondrous Weirdness of Deerhunter’s ‘Weird Era Cont.’

Deerhunter’s Weird Era Cont., the companion to Microcastle, lives in its shadow and yet eclipses it with a bizarre brilliance all its own.

Omni Wield Post-Punk Precision on ‘Souvenir’

Omni Wield Post-Punk Precision on ‘Souvenir’

Souvenir finds Omni continuing to carve out a distinct identity (with an exacto knife) and shining among the glut of post-punk revivalist bands.

Gothic Tribes: The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst Explores Pop Music’s Dark Artists

Gothic Tribes: The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst Explores Pop Music’s Dark Artists

Tolhurst’s goth music history intimately details the mercurial movement, interweaving personal memories and descriptions of the “architects of darkness”.

‘Between Two Worlds’ Traverses Class Issues with Privileged Ease

‘Between Two Worlds’ Traverses Class Issues with Privileged Ease

Between Two Worlds critiques third-party storytelling as working-class exploitation.

Protomartyr Showcase Subtle Expansion of Their Shadowy Sound

Protomartyr Showcase Subtle Expansion of Their Shadowy Sound

In Formal Growth in the Desert, Protomartyr have subtly evolved their sound into something not as claustrophobically volatile as previous efforts.

The Cure’s ‘Wild Mood Swings’ Indulges the Glories of Genre-Jumping

The Cure’s ‘Wild Mood Swings’ Indulges the Glories of Genre-Jumping

The Cure’s ebulliently eclectic masterpiece ‘Wild Mood Swings’ is misguidedly maligned. What is more tantalizing than music that exalts eclecticism to such stupefying heights?

Post-Punk Tree of Life: Twin Tribes and Black Swan Lane Sustain the Genre

Post-Punk Tree of Life: Twin Tribes and Black Swan Lane Sustain the Genre

Post-punk bands Twin Tribes and Black Swan Lane hail from the sunny climes of the southwestern and southeastern US, and yet sonically mirror the late ’70s/early ’80s post-punk from the rain-sodden UK.

Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen Martin Subverts Verse to Infect the Senses

Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen Martin Subverts Verse to Infect the Senses

Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen Martin’s words snake their way into one’s consciousness and viciously bite at the tragic absurdity of American racism.

The Cure’s Genre-Defining and Genre-Defying ‘Faith’ 40 Years On

The Cure’s Genre-Defining and Genre-Defying ‘Faith’ 40 Years On

The Cure’s Faith–released 40 years ago this April–comes from a haunted, solipsistic place and it seduces you into its tormented world.

Martyrs and Murderers and Post-Punk Dialogues Between Dublin and Detroit

Martyrs and Murderers and Post-Punk Dialogues Between Dublin and Detroit

Dublin's the Murder Capital and Detroit's Protomartyr both delve into murky existential lyrical terrain as riotous riffs reverberate and drums pound militantly, infusing the atmosphere with ominous sonic shadows.