Reviews from Thursday 19 September 2019

Selfish Things – ‘Logos’

‘Logos’ has been a long time coming for Selfish Things. Having spent the last eleven months dropping tracks that would eventually make it onto the LP, their debut album has been eagerly anticipated for months following the announcement. Now, it’s finally here – and it’s a thing

Cult Of Luna – ‘A Dawn To Fear’

For those of you who are already fans of post-metal, Cult Of Luna need no introduction. The Swedish sextet have been making their sprawling noise since the late 90s and are yet to release an album that isn’t innovative and challenging in its own way. Their impact and influence

LIVE: Reading Festival 2019 – Saturday

While ‘British Festival Season’ often conjures thoughts of muddy fields, populated almost solely with last-minute welly purchases, this year’s Reading Festival brought only sunshine and across the whole weekend. Pulling from all of Punktastic’s very favourite genres, it’s one of our most anticipated times of

Wednesday 18 September 2019

blink-182 – ‘Nine’

There was almighty curiosity when Matt Skiba became blink-182’s long-term replacement for Tom DeLonge in the spring of 2015. The decision looked to be a masterstroke. The handful of early shows saw a band rediscovering its mojo, as baseball-capped, basketball shirt-donning Skiba brought the energy and fun

Monday 16 September 2019

Sleep On It – ‘Pride & Disaster’

There aren’t too many bands creating proper, straight up pop punk these days – and even fewer who are doing it well. Enter Chicago four piece Sleep On It, who on debut ‘Overexposed’ captured the heart of all that has made this genre so well-loved over the last decade

Korn – ‘The Nothing’

If you’re a fan of metal, there’s a pretty high probability that you don’t need an introduction to Korn. With their infectious low tuned grooves, the occasional bagpipe solo and the painfully honest vocals of Jonathan Davies, they’ve been providing a voice for a generation as they

LIVE: Reading Festival 2019 – Friday

While ‘British Festival Season’ often conjures thoughts of muddy fields, populated almost solely with last-minute welly purchases, this year’s Reading Festival brought only sunshine and across the whole weekend. Pulling from all of Punktastic’s very favourite genres, it’s one of our most anticipated times of

Friday 13 September 2019

grandson – ‘a modern tragedy: volume 3’

The third in grandson’s series of modern tragedies has arrived, and while it is undoubtedly less angry than the previous two volumes, grandson still has a lot to say. This time, the EP pulls in a theme of resignation, with opening track ‘Rock Bottom’ depicting

LIVE: Off With Their Heads @ Rebellion, Manchester

Off With Their Heads aren’t an uplifting band. They are not the kind of band you’re going to invite to play at your wedding. A lot of their songs can be exceptionally hard listens as vocalist Ryan Young lays out all the cards of his crippling anxiety,

Microwave – ‘Death Is A Warm Blanket’

Progression of sound is a tricky thing. Take Linkin Park, for example – back in the early 2000s, Hybrid Theory and Meteora were genre-defining. By the time they had dropped their fourth album, though, they had developed and evolved their sound to an almost unrecognisable point, much to the

Tiger Army – ‘Retrofuture’

Nick 13 paints a picture of America we all like to imagine. An expansive country of top-down Cadillacs, motels with flashing neon signs, and promises of ‘HBO TV’. Milkshakes in late-night diners, steak dinners, and women in polka dot dresses and Bettie Page hair. It seems

Thursday 12 September 2019

LIVE: Belfast Vital 2019 @ Boucher Fields

Belfast Vital, Tennents Vital, Vital Festival. Call it what you will, but this 17 year old Northern Irish festival – when it’s not suffering from an unfortunate hiatus or year long break – always delivers a surprisingly strong lineup. This year, the show returned to its roots

Being As An Ocean – ‘PROXY – An A.N.I.M.O. Story’

We are all important. We all matter. That’s a very bold way to open a review of a post-hardcore record, sure, but it isn’t said enough. Our collective culture is suffering damage, with more and more battles with personal pain and mental health being lost than ever

The Faim – ‘State Of Mind’

When The Faim first appeared on UK shores a year and a half ago, they had just two songs to their name – Panic! At The Disco-esque anthem ‘Saints Of The Sinners’, and poppy hit ‘Midland Line’. It didn’t stop the Australians making a considerable impact as they spent

Wednesday 11 September 2019

LIVE: The Faim / Woes / Charming Liars @ Arts Club, Liverpool

Sitting in the city’s bustling and trendy Ropewalks district, Liverpool’s Arts Club takes residence in an unassuming old building a stones throw from copious bars and beer gardens (not that we’ve quite got the weather for using outdoor spaces today). Tonight, we’re in the venue’s Loft room, an intimate

Chelsea Wolfe – ‘Birth Of Violence’

Chelsea Wolfe is a musician who knows her strengths. That’s not to say that her work is repetitive – far from it. The Californian Queen of Dirges has a penchant for weaving her signature reverberating style through multiple genres, ranging from simple acoustic folk, to full-on doom

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Tiny Moving Parts – ‘breathe’

The days of vision-inhibiting fringes, studded belts and high angled selfies may be in the past, but the love for emo music still lingers today. Just the first few notes of one of your favourite emo jams is powerful enough to cause the butterflies in your stomach

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

Sleeping With Sirens – ‘How It Feels To Be Lost’

Sleeping with Sirens had been teasing a heavier sound on social media for a while prior to the release of lead single ‘Leave It All Behind’. Little did we know what a true return to form it would be, especially in today’s musical climate where albums no

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