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From Friday 06 September 2019

Cassels – ‘The Perfect Ending’

The world is fucked.  Every time you turn on the news, there are reports of the human race finding a new way to destroy the very place they call home. The Amazon rainforest is on fire, the ice caps are rapidly disappearing, tourists are shooting animals

LIVE: Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers / Frank Iero and the Future Violents @ Academy 2, Manchester

It’s battle of the longest band names in punk this evening, as Laura Jane Grace and Frank Iero bring their latest solo ventures to Manchester. It’s a powerhouse of a co-headline show with the pair both releasing impressive records in the past 18 months. The

Thursday 05 September 2019

LIVE: The Spook School / Leggy @ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Tonight, The Spook School are going to space. They are set to leave this suffocating world and begin a new life on the moon. They’re armed with a mission to become the first band to play a Fleetwood Mac cover while traversing the desolate lunar landscape.

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