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From Tuesday 20 August 2019

The Menzingers say goodbye to the America they knew

It is not often you find a common ground between The Menzingers and German industrial metal pioneers Rammstein. However, the pair now echo the sentiments of struggling to love their homeland. The Pennsylvania punks often paint an idealistic portrait of the Americana they know, full of

Friday 16 August 2019

Off With Their Heads – ‘Be Good’

When there is chaos everywhere you look, whenever you read the news and all you see is tragedy and hate, when the cries to stop killing the planet are ignored and when there is a buffoon in charge on both sides of the Atlantic and all you

Wednesday 14 August 2019

LIVE: Dwarves @ Rebellion, Manchester

It’s almost half an hour after Dwarves have wrapped up another high octane, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it set and enigmatic frontman Blag Dahlia is wandering the streets of Manchester without a care in the world. “I like to walk,” he responds. He is still a good distance away from

Legends of the Pit: Martin Jackson

Thursday 11 July 2019

Bleached – ‘Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?’

Under the hot sticky skies of 1980s Los Angeles, as described in Brett Easton Ellis’ novel Less Than Zero, it paints a picture of the hedonistic lifestyles of young, rich college students. It is an environment of endless excesses but is ultimately a hugely vacuous and pointless

Sunday 07 July 2019

LIVE: Single Mothers @ The Key Club, Leeds

If there’s one pertinent question in punk at the moment it’s, ‘Why isn’t everybody listening to Single Mothers?’ The self-proclaimed ‘band that split up in 2009 and have been touring ever since’ are a unique bastion within a genre where originality can be found somewhat wanting at

Monday 01 July 2019

LIVE: Sum 41 @ O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

In the springtime of 2011, Valencia was the scene of the ironically titled ‘MTV Winter’. Under the hazy night sky, the square of the city’s famous Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències was packed with fans eagerly anticipating a bill of bands at the knife edge

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Petrol Girls – ‘Cut & Stitch’

In late-2018, Petrol Girls released new material for the first time in two years. The three-track ‘The Future Is Dark’ EP was a ferocious onslaught of pent-up anger. It was a raging 15 minutes which held one hand on your throat, clasped your eyes open and screamed

Friday 17 May 2019

LIVE: SOAK / Pillow Queens @ Band on the Wall, Manchester

When walking through the rain-sodden streets of Manchester on a supposed spring evening, it can be easy to see where the inspiration for an album entitled ‘Grim Town’ eminates from. Bridie Monds-Watson – aka SOAK – described the title of her 2019 album as being something

Friday 10 May 2019

Charly Bliss – ‘Young Enough’

“The best emotional releases are crying and dancing, so it makes sense to me to marry the two.” It only needs one sentence from Charly Bliss’ Eva Hendricks to eloquently sum up the band’s sophomore record ‘Young Enough’. To some it may be seem like a