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GALLERY: Citizen, Drug Church, Viji @ Electric Ballroom, London

Amaranthe – ‘The Catalyst’

Amaranthe have levelled up on their new album ‘The Catalyst’ in more ways than one. Evidently buoyed by the success of their gaming anthem ‘PvP’, they’ve devoted themselves to making an album which absolutely sounds like the music to a combat scene in an MMORPG: fast-paced, energetic and makes →

Saturday 17 February 2024

Cherym – ‘TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT’

Cherym felt like outsiders; like they didn’t belong. As a non-binary trio, they felt excluded from the music scene, yet they had a way in. Armed with infectious songs and a handful of EPs and singles, this little band from Londonderry proved they were not to be underestimated. →

Friday 16 February 2024

LIVE: Periphery / Crooked Royals @ The Roundhouse, London

The crowd assembled for tonight’s sold-out show is already backed up to the Roundhouse’s iconic-yet-irritating pillars as opening act Crooked Royals walk onto the stage. They waste no time launching into technically impressive licks and riffs, bolstered by dual vocals and thundering drums. Hailing from New Zealand and signed to →

GALLERY: Periphery, Crooked Royals @ Roundhouse, London

Pet Needs – ‘Intermittent Fast Living’

“When everyone’s super, no one will be,” taunts villain Syndrome in the first Incredibles movie. Pet Needs have always been the band which absolutely prove this animated bad guy wrong. Their superpower comes from channelling their normality and repurposing the magic they experience in their everyday lives as insightful, →

Tuesday 13 February 2024

LIVE: Dave Hause @ Union Chapel, London

Union Chapel in London probably isn’t haunted. Probably. That hasn’t stopped sincere punk rock survivor Dave Hause  from including the historic venue in his ‘Haunted Churches’ tour of Europe, but what’s conjured in his set isn’t ghosts or ghouls. It’s the spectres of Hause’s own past brought into →

Laura Jane Grace – ‘Hole In My Head’

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Laura Jane Grace recounted a conversation she had with her daughter in 2018 ahead of undergoing life-altering surgery. The facial feminisation procedure, as part of the singer’s transition, would leave her with a scar on the back of her head. She told →

Friday 09 February 2024

Normandie – ‘Dopamine’

Normandie love a concept to draw their audience in, and their albums together. 2021’s ‘Dark & Beautiful Secrets’ was a musical exorcism surrounding the legacy of a religious upbringing, and their latest offering, ‘Dopamine’ takes on a vision of the chemical future. “The whole album is about the chase →

Thursday 08 February 2024

LIVE: Spanish Love Songs / Heart Attack Man @ Electric Ballroom, London

Spanish Love Songs are regular visitors to the UK, averaging at least a brief tour every year for the last six years (the grim years of the pandemic not included), but the potency of the Angelinos’ unflinchingly honest but also somehow uplifting sound is not diluted by their frequent →

GALLERY: Spanish Love Songs, Heart Attack Man, Suds @ New Century Hall, Manchester

Thursday 01 February 2024

Snayx – ‘Better Days’

Snayx are starting their 2024 with a bang. Or, more accurately, with the raucous, cynical mashup of Kid Kapichi and the Prodigy that we need right now. They’re leaving the haters in their lives in the dust and propelling themselves forward with a nitro boost of confident, vital beats. Title →

Wednesday 31 January 2024

LIVE: Samiam @ New Cross Inn, London

Steam billows from the door every time it opens as if South London’s historic, sticky-floored New Cross Inn is exhaling into the night. This show is cult underdogs Samiam’s only UK stop on their European tour, which by itself would already make this a particularly special sold out evening. →

GALLERY: Samiam, Sam Russo, Uzumaki @ New Cross Inn, London

Being As An Ocean – ‘Death Can Wait’

Just over four years after the release of ‘PROXY: An A.N.I.M.O Story’, much loved post-hardcore outfit Being As An Ocean are sharing their latest brand of socially conscious and soulful music in the form of ‘Death Can Wait’ – a ten track masterpiece. Kicking off with ‘Beautiful Agony’, vocalists Joel Quartuccio →

Tuesday 30 January 2024

LIVE: Bring Me The Horizon / Bad Omens / Cassyette @ The O2, London

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and we’re feeling fine. We’re packed into the O2 for the tail end of the Bring Me The Horizon’s UK tour, balancing oversized jackets and overpriced drinks with a sense of awe at the scale of BMTH’s show. A →

GALLERY: Bring Me The Horizon @ The O2 Arena

Thursday 25 January 2024

Dream State – ‘Still Dreaming’

To quote Quentin Tarantino; “you had my curiosity… but now you have my attention.” Dream State rose quickly, establishing themselves with a series of well-regarded EPs and an album. Just as quickly, they fell apart. For guitarist Aled Evans, the dream became a nightmare. With his →

Wednesday 24 January 2024

Alkaline Trio – ‘Blood Hair And Eyeballs’

Matt Skiba and Dan Adriano have a lot on their minds. Alkaline Trio’s macabre punk vision of the world, one that’s informed a sound beloved by the melancholy for over two decades, is now dangerously close to reflecting reality. “A lot of the stuff that was inspiring me on this record →

Tuesday 23 January 2024

Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes – ‘Dark Rainbow’

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes have turned a contemplative corner. If 2021’s ‘Sticky’ was the sound of daring someone to fight you down a back alleyway outside a bar, then ‘Dark Rainbow’, their newest album, is the soundtrack to several hours after that fight when everyone’s feeling a bit →

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