My pet: Cross Record

Emily Cross put out her third full-length under the Cross Record moniker back in August. Though the lead single ‘PYSOL My Castle’ was poppier than anything she’d done before, the self-titled album remained true to her experimental roots.

My pet: Claire Cronin

Not only did 2019 see Claire Cronin release her beautifully sinister record ‘Big Dread Moon’, it also saw the goth-folk musician rescue two schipperkes – Bunny and Mira. Below, Cronin writes about how they came into her life and how life has changed since her family grew by two: The Story of Bunny and Mira […]

My Pet: Lazy Day

For the fifth edition of ‘My Pet’, Tilly Scantlebury, the brain behind Lazy Day – one of the catchiest indie bands around – tells us about her loyal Labrador Stanley, and the instrumental role pets have played in her life: “My big brother was really into dogs as a kid, I think ‘dog’ was his […]

My Pet: Alessi’s Ark

For the fourth edition of ‘My Pet’, Alessi Laurent-Marke, the brain behind the ethereal Alessi’s Ark, tells us about her Labradors Saxon and Shadow. She wholesomely writes about their love for walnuts, digging and birthday cake below: “Pets have always played a hugely important role in my life. My Aunt has always had cats and […]

My pet: Wasuremono

For the third edition of ‘My Pet’, Wasuremono vocalist and guitarist, William Southward tells us about his former dog Olive. “Don’t Play With Ghosts (For Olive)”, from their debut album ‘Are You Ok?’, is a tribute to his old pal, where the Bradford-on-Avon based artist imagines passing on and joining her once again in the […]

My pet: Amber (Foundlings)

While their early singles might’ve shown Foundlings as purveyors of summery jangly pop, they proved themselves to be masters of many things on the following EP. That self-titled EP shifts style effortlessly, from the infectious guitar riffs of ‘Caught Up On You’ to the angular, post-punk of ‘Busan.’ This ability to genre-shift is testimony to […]

My pet: Annabel Allum

Welcome to ‘My pet’, a new Balloon Machine feature where artists and bands tell us all about their furry companions. I have a little Patterdale called Clover, so this feature unites my two true loves – sorry, not sorry. Launching this new feature is Annabel Allum, a songwriter from Guildford who fuses punk and folk. […]