Reviews from Friday 15 December 2017

LIVE: Northlane / ERRA @ Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

In Australia, the first day of December signals the beginning of summer. Lovely warm weather and regular trips to the beach. So it’s a surprise to see Aussie-natives Northlane here in the UK, where we’re more used to darkness setting in early and plummeting temperatures. The band are no strangers

Wednesday 13 December 2017

LIVE: Stick To Your Guns / Being As An Ocean @ O2 Academy, Islington

Following the release of the bands sixth album ‘True View’ back in October of this year, American hardcore heroes Stick to Your Guns have reached new heights with their blend of emotional lyrics and super charged riffs, making them amongst the best on the current hardcore scene. This tour

Thursday 07 December 2017

LIVE: PVRIS @ O2 Academy, Birmingham

Receiving widespread appreciation for your debut album must be a fantastic feeling. That is, until you have to try and follow it with a second album. The superb ‘White Noise’ gave PVRIS a perfect start to their alternative-pop journey and after setting such a high bar, follow-up

Wednesday 06 December 2017

Calligram – ‘Askesis’

In late 2016, London-based noise-mongers Calligram unleashed their debut EP, ‘Demimonde’, on the UK hardcore scene. An assault of punishing D-beat and charred, blackened riffing, it was a terrifying and glorious introduction for the band, and one that threw down the gauntlet pretty hard. Like, too hard.

LIVE: Every Time I Die / Comeback Kid / Knocked Loose / Higher Power @ KOKO, London

Just in time for the inevitable ‘gig of the year’ debate, comes this absolutely insane show headed by Buffalo hardcore heavyweights Every Time I Die. If you’ve been to an Every Time I Die show before you’ll know just how crazy things can get and this time around they’ve

Friday 01 December 2017

LIVE: Single Mothers / Cassels – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

“What do you get if you cross a dog with a telephone? A golden retriever! Wait, damn, that’s not right,” Single Mothers front man Drew Thomson laments. “We’ll try this a few more times throughout the night and eventually we’ll get it right,” he triumphantly adds.

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Deaf Havana – ‘All These Countless Nights (Reworked)’

‘All These Countless Nights’ was released in January 2017, hitting the UK album charts at number five, and the independent album charts at number one. When Deaf Havana announced that they would be releasing a new, re-worked version of this album their fans couldn’t wait to hear what they’d

LIVE: Royal Blood / At The Drive-In / Black Honey @ First Direct Arena, Leeds

Tonight’s headliners, Brighton rock duo Royal Blood, are something of a success story. They only formed in 2013 and yet here they are, a mere four years later, selling out multiple shows at some of the largest venues in the UK. They’ve done it the right way, starting at

Friday 24 November 2017

Track & Field – ‘Natural Light’

Leeds has always been a hotbed of talent, and has always been great at producing bands that do things their own way with little regard for what’s ‘expected’ of them. The members of Track & Field have been active within that scene for years in bands like The Plight

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

LIVE: Mount Eerie @ St John on Bethnal Green, London

On July 6 2016 prolific indie singer-songwriter Phil Elverum lost his wife, Geneviève Castrée, to a year-long battle with cancer. Roughly eight months later, Elverum released his eighth studio album ‘A Crow Looked At Me’, and decided to start playing shows again after a three-year hiatus. To call this album

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Julien Baker – ‘Turn Out the Lights’

She’s a star. A traveller, scorning recklessness, but living on the edge. She’s vulnerable, but trying to cover up her scars and she’s trying to place a barricade around her body. This is Julien Baker’s time to stretch out and show her true talents; it’s her time to mark

LIVE: Damnation Festival @ Leeds University Student’s Union

You can always tell when it’s Damnation weekend in Leeds because the streets are positively awash with battle jackets, camo trousers and band shirts with illegible logos. You’d be forgiven for assuming it was an event purely about ‘METAAALLLL’, but actually Damnation is a celebration of all facets of

Monday 20 November 2017

LIVE: Employed To Serve / Ithaca / Watchcries @ Sanctuary LIVE!, Basingstoke

Halloween might be a few days away, but the spooks and scares are out in force on the streets of Basingstoke (which to an extent, they are most nights). There might be lots of folks thronging to the Halloween parade dressed in all sorts of costumes, but

Thursday 16 November 2017

LIVE: Pears / Fair Do’s / Ariel Salad @ The Parish, Huddersfield

The Parish in Huddersfield is one of the UK music scene’s best kept secrets. Despite it being essentially a barn behind a pub, it regularly gets big name bands stopping off for one-offs, and has started to become a regular touring spot even though Leeds and Manchester are both

Wednesday 15 November 2017

The Used – ‘The Canyon’

Utah rockers The Used return with their much anticipated 7th Studio album and the wait was more than worth it. Opening with an incredibly powerful message, the album immediately evokes a wave of emotions and gives an added dimension to the acoustics of opening track ‘For you’. This doesn’t last

LIVE: The Flatliners @ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Rancid famously wrote “if I fall back down/you’re gonna help me back up again” in an ode to friendship and camaraderie that only messrs Armstrong and Fredriksen could pen. It’s the notion of grasping at that outstretched hand to haul you back to your feet and carry on as

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

Thursday 09 November 2017

Jamie Lenman – ‘Devolver’

Growing up is a difficult thing. We struggle to face the seemingly insurmountable challenges of adulthood, equipped with only a flimsy understanding of how an increasingly cruel world works, and a bone-deep yearning for an easier, more carefree time. Growing up as a musician is arguably a similar process

LIVE: Svalbard / The Tidal Sleep / Maths / Fall of Minerva / Earth Moves @ Birthdays

Tonight’s eclectic evening of bands, sponsored by Holy Roar Records and delivered through Justine Jones of Employed To Serve, whips up a tasty menu of acts that personify the hard work required to be successful in the scene. It is a an absolute tour-de-force, and showcases the very best

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