The Reviews for Tuesday 09 February 2016

Giants / Create To Inspire / Kid Brother / Darko @ 02 Islington Academy, London

It’s Tuesday night in Islington, London and set right in the middle of a small shopping centre is the venue that will be playing host to the second date of a co-headline tour between two Essex based outfits, Giants and Create To Inspire. Both bands have recently signed with

Patent Pending – ‘Riot Hearts Rebellion’

‘Riot Hearts Rebellion’ is both the fourth album from alleged pop-punk band Patent Pending, and a microcosm of everything wrong with alternative music in 2016. The record is a cynical mish-mash of the barest of punk rock morés and the kind of mainstream pop influences that have sent Fall

Monday 08 February 2016

LIVE: Minus The Bear / Aero Flynn @ The Electric Ballroom, London

It’s hard to believe, but 10 years actually is a long time. With more anniversaries and reunions happening, a decade ago feels like it was just yesterday. Some albums from that time are just distant memories, and some feel dated. For Minus The Bear, and their 2005 album ‘Menos

LIVE: Coheed & Cambria / glassjaw / Crooks @ Kentish Town Forum, London

“When Claudio told us Glassjaw were being talked about, we just said ‘fuck yes. Do that’.” Coheed & Cambria drummer Josh Eppard mirrors the reaction of fans of both as the short UK tour was announced, sitting backstage at the Kentish Town Forum, ending a conversation soundtracked by

Catch Fire – ‘The Distance I Am From You’

Pop-punk has long been considered a predominantly American genre since its rise to prominence with bands like Blink-182, Simple Plan, and New Found Glory in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. However, the past couple of years has seen a rise in popular British acts like Neck Deep and

Sunday 07 February 2016

SWMRS – ‘Drive North’

Californian four-piece SWMRS have come a long way since their Emily’s Army days, a venture that saw them don matching outfits for a somewhat kitsch appearance at Reading and Leeds Festival a few years back. ‘Drive North’, their debut full-length in their latest incarnation, is a new beast. The

Friday 05 February 2016

Lacey – ‘I Don’t Owe the World a Thing’

With soaring choruses and a sound to rival some of the chart’s most popular bands, Lacey are a surprise addition to a bouncy pop punk tour with Bowling for Soup. There’s nothing cheery about this release, however, as ‘I Don’t Owe The World A Thing’ is an EP that’s

Thursday 04 February 2016

FARRO – ‘Walkways’

One day in the future we’ll look back and remember Paramore as the band that (almost) everyone left; a shame really as they’ve made some cracking songs. Reassuringly, all was not lost when the Farro brothers left in the midst of a controversy that centred around Hayley Williams. Now

Wednesday 03 February 2016

Tuff Love – ‘Resort’

Tuff Love’s ‘Resort’ is a collection that shows progression, depth and longevity. Compiling Tuff Love’s three EPs (‘Junk’, ‘Dross’ and ‘Dregs’), ‘Resort’ is a perfect starting point for those who have somehow missed the Glaswegian duo as they’ve slowly but steadily been building up a head of steam over

Tuesday 02 February 2016

Pretend Happy – ‘Tired Eyes’

Pretend Happy’s ‘Tired Eyes’ is an accomplished, assured debut from a young UK band. These three guys from the small town of Barnstaple in the South West have produced a record they should be extremely proud of and one that puts them right up there with bands like Moose