Sammy Maine

we asked a smart person

Why Exactly Are We So Obsessed With Songs About Heartbreak?

We spoke to a bunch of experts about why we like to scream Cher's "Believe" in the aftermath of a break-up.
Sammy Maine
5.26.17
Op-Eds

Should We Care that Metal Pubs in the UK Are Dying Out?

Plastic skulls and smoke-stained velvet curtains feel kind of dated, but independent venues that cater to subcultures are worth saving.
Sammy Maine
4.5.17
Essays

How the ‘Skins’ Soundtrack Captured British Youth Culture in the 2000s

Ten years since its debut, the show's pairing of hedonism and catharsis with both new music and classics still stands.
Sammy Maine
1.25.17
club culture

I Went to a 7AM Coffee Rave in Bristol and It Was as Terrible as It Sounds

Espresso shots, Hawaiian shirts and existential dread at Bristol's sober school-run rave.
Sammy Maine
5.11.16
we saw this

I Went to a Spice Girls Club Night in Bristol to See What Girl Power Looks Like in 2016

In a brand new era of 'Feminism’ backdrops and Taylor Swift’s "squad", where does that leave the good ol’ British girl power of yesteryear? There was only one way to truly find out.
Sammy Maine
4.4.16
Op-Eds

Avril Lavigne Helped Me Embrace The Shit-Kicking Teenage Girl I Always Was

She may not have been 2002’s answer to Throbbing Gristle, but she filled a gap where teenage girls had yet to see themselves, and gave them a voice.
Sammy Maine
3.18.16
we saw this

I Went to a Justin Bieber Club Night to Find Out If Young Dudes Have Ruined Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber Appreciation club nights are touring the UK and selling out in six minutes. We went to one in Bristol to gauge this pissed up phenomena.
Sammy Maine
1.26.16
Longreads Or Whatever

I Worked at HMV During the Bad Years and It Totally Sucked

After seeing Empire Records as a kid, I chased my dream of working in a record store. That ambition landed me at HMV Bristol.
Sammy Maine
10.23.15