Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

I'm just finishing Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari and oh Lordy the whole world is different now. I had a little bit of respite in the middle as I lost it down the back of my bed and was able to stop thinking about how crap humans are, but I found the bugger, and I'm right back in it.

Sapiens follows the journey of mankind from the prehistoric age up to modern day and looks at why we do things like make art or believe in things that don't exist. It lays out ideas we take for granted and traces their origins. I really love this book. Long live Nihilism! And caring in the community etc...

Wolf In White Van by John Darnielle

The best novel I've read in years is Wolf In White Van by John Darnielle. It's about a teenager recovering after an accident with a shotgun. While bedridden he sets up a mail order fantasy game called Trace Italian. The aim of the game is to navigate through a post-apocalyptic American landscape towards a fortress. It is so beautifully put together. His grasp of language just blew me away. His new book Universal Harvester is at the top of my list.

Hello America by J G Ballard

I'm on about page 20 of Hello America by J G Ballard, and I'm finding immediate parallels with the general feelings of paranoia we have at the moment. Although it's a sci-fi book, I guess it's a little bit about what was happening at the time it was written too. I feel pretty reassured by that. Maybe things don't get better or worse, they just get louder and quieter. Although, I am only 20 pages in so that might be complete bullshit. Gotta love subjectivity. Will keep you posted on this one.

The band's self-titled album is out on September 1st via Moshi Moshi. Check out their forthocoming live dates, and video for 'Lines and Shadows', below.

August Dates

19 - All You Read Is Love, Leytonstone
25-27 - Ramsgate Waves Fest, Ramsgate
31 – Wiltshire, End of The Road Festival