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From Thursday 23 November 2017

Chris J Connolly – ‘Moving Maps’

Of all the scenes and sub-genres that fill up the wider alternative music movement, the field of solo artist is particularly crowded. Not only do you have established solo acts, you also have to compete with a multitude of musicians who release music away from their main

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Rival Town – ‘Make It Work’

Rival Town – ‘Make It Work’ In a time where pretty much anyone with an internet connection can upload their music to the web, it would have been easy for Ontario 6-piece Rival Town to fade into the background. The band

Friday 06 October 2017

Plan Three – ‘Wish I Was Stormborne’

Plan Three initially formed back in 2000 but gaps of several years between releases, including a three year hiatus from 2011 to 2014, means that ‘Wish I Was Stormborne’ is only their second full album. Such a fragmented past means that Plan Three have not yet managed to build

Thursday 28 September 2017

The Wonder Years – ‘Burst And Decay’

To put it simply, The Wonder Years are one of the most highly regarded alternative bands around. And rightly so – their sound has evolved organically with each album, building on their previous work, but has also been shaped by personal changes, as well as fierce creativity

Monday 11 September 2017

Rosedale – ‘Again’

Although initially formed as a band, since the 2012 release of debut album ‘Real’ Rosedale has very much become a personal and individual outlet for the creativity of self-confessed workaholic Mike Liorti. It also helps that Mike’s vocals are made for pop punk. There’s a warmth and

Thursday 17 August 2017

Hinder – ‘The Reign’

In the sixteen years since they formed, Hinder have carved out a sizeable fan base for themselves and have regularly placed towards the top of the Billboard charts in America. Outside of the USA their impact is much less noticeable or impressive, and unless you have an

Tuesday 01 August 2017

Various Artists – ‘Punk Goes Pop Volume 7’

There are many mysteries in this world that will never be solved. Does the Loch Ness Monster exist? What is the meaning of life? Are Jaffa Cakes biscuits or not? And most importantly, who buys this shit? Fearless Records has been scraping the bottom of the cover

Monday 24 July 2017

VISTA – ‘Long Live’

Joined by guitarist Greg Almeida, VISTA is the newest musical project for front woman Hope Vista, following a previous solo career. That career spawned a track called ‘Dominance’ back in 2015 and it pops up again here, in reworked form, as ‘Dominance 2.0’. Aside from a more

Sunday 23 July 2017

Saint Apache – ‘Wolf Machine’

When a press release describes a band as “fiery noise beasts” you expect a procession of searing riffs that would melt your face off if you got too close. Maybe it’s a classic case of going a bit too far with the platitudes, but what Saint Apache

Tuesday 18 July 2017

Goldfinger – ‘The Knife’

Say the name Goldfinger to pop punk fans of a certain age and you’ll likely strike up a nostalgic conversation. Say Goldfinger to anyone else, and once you’ve established it’s not the James Bond film you’re talking about, you’ll probably get little more than a blank expression