Reviews from Saturday 28 March 2020

Telepathy – ‘Burn Embrace’

Instrumental music is a notoriously tricky beast to get right. Throw too much musicianship in there and it becomes impenetrable, not enough, and it’s not likely to be interesting enough to keep the listener’s attention. Make your songs too long and you may struggle to fill them with quality

Friday 27 March 2020

Brian Fallon – ‘Local Honey’

When the light dims on the life of a highly successful band, it can leave so many unanswered questions for everyone involved – something that Brian Fallon knows all too well. As The Gaslight Anthem entered a self-imposed “indefinite hiatus”, it has led the singer-songwriter on a journey of

Lizzy Farrall – ‘Bruise’

The idea of releasing your debut album in a world where you’re unable to tour in support of it must be daunting, yet that’s the situation Lizzy Farrall finds herself facing. Luckily for both Lizzy and her fans, ‘Bruise’ is a phenomenal collection of tracks that

Birthmarks – ‘…And Then the Rain Stopped’

There’s something to be said for a good genre fusion between rock and electronic, though neither side will be the first to admit it (until someone figures out how to create the perfect death metal-techno album, the eternal war between metalheads and ravers will continue). Some of

Thursday 26 March 2020

Cable Ties – ‘Far Enough’

With a punk aesthetic, a solid rhythm section, and a love of noise, Melbourne’s Cable Ties have an agenda, and they want you to listen. Releasing their self-titled debut in 2017, the three-piece have since been building their fanbase – now, having signed to Merge Records, they are unleashing

Bottom Bracket – ‘I Don’t Care Enough To Stay’

Tiny Moving Parts have been the most notable band responsible for a resurgence in Midwest emo – but there have been many acts, like Balance and Composure and The Hotellier, who have been working hard to keep the scene alive. And yet, to do so, it isn’t just about

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Tenside – ‘Glamour & Gloom’

If you were one of the lucky people that managed to see Killswitch Engage on their UK tour late last year, there’s a pretty high chance you saw a German metal four-piece open up the show and stir the crowd into a frenzy. That band was Tenside, who, after

LIVE: Employed to Serve / Palm Reader / Cruelty @ Camden Underworld, London

The last few minutes of Employed to Serve’s set are pure chaos. Their bass player has somehow lost his instrument, so instead of playing, he’s grabbing fans by the hand to pull them up on stage. The pit empties as more and more bodies pile onstage to join the

Monday 23 March 2020

Haggard Cat – ‘Common Sense Holiday’

Everything about Haggard Cat is outrageous. Their name, their history, their live show, and now their blistering second full-length album ‘Common Sense Holiday’. Evolving from their tumultuous previous band Heck (aka Baby Godzilla), the noisy duo have honed their mind-bending post-hardcore craft without negotiating away from their extreme level

Thursday 19 March 2020

Myrkur – ‘Folkesange’

In recent years, Denmark’s Amalie Bruun has cemented her reputation as one of the world’s leading black metal fusion artists. Along with other critically acclaimed acts such as Deafheaven and Zeal & Ardor, Bruun has pushed the boundaries of what black metal can be by fusing it with other

Tuesday 17 March 2020

LIVE: Gaffa Tape Sandy / Beach Riot / Gnarlah @ Komedia, Brighton

On a dreary Monday night, where the rain falls incessantly and everyone is rightly cautious about an impending pandemic, expectations are low at Brighton’s Komedia – a venue that’s usually used for comedy nights and unconventional club nights. They shouldn’t be. Adopted hometown heroes Gaffa Tape Sandy are top

The Slow Readers Club – ‘The Joy Of The Return’

‘The Joy Of The Return’ is the fourth studio album from Mancunian four-piece The Slow Readers Club, bringing a sound that was developed during back-of-van jams whilst touring extensively throughout 2019. It’s a familiar sound that’s frequently compared to that of Editors, Interpol, and a catalogue of successful indie

Monday 16 March 2020

False Heads – ‘It’s All There But You’re Dreaming’

It’s been a long time coming – but after four years of hard graft, plenty of gigs supporting huge names, and releasing two exceptional EPs, False Heads are finally dropping debut album ‘It’s All There But You’re Dreaming’. There are big expectations of the London three piece, and even

Friday 13 March 2020

Broken Witt Rebels – ‘OK Hotel’

Hailing from Birmingham, Broken Witt Rebels have independently travelled the world over the last few years unleashing their blend of stylish blues-infused rock music on anybody that would listen, making the industry take notice of their DIY spirit and huge potential in the process. Now the four-piece

Thursday 12 March 2020

Halflives – ‘Resilience’

From the moment the ‘Resilience’ EP kicks off with ‘Rockstar Everyday’, it’s easy to see how Halflives have picked up such a fierce online following in their four years as a band. Despite having only previously released an eight track EP back in 2017, this is a

Wednesday 11 March 2020

Code Orange – ‘Underneath’

It ain’t easy being Orange. The Pittsburgh group have been making waves for a while now, undergoing a rebranding and coming out with the classic ‘I Am King’ LP, but it was with 2017’s ‘Forever’ – widely lauded as a hallmark of heavy music that refused to

Circa Waves – ‘Sad Happy’

Circa Waves’ brand of riff-heavy indie rock has made them one of the standouts of the genre for some time now, yet they’re always pushing boundaries. The sartorial scousers made their full length debut about five years ago, and since then have continued to branch outwards. It’s

LIVE: The Maine @ O2 Forum, Kentish Town

It’s been a little under a year since The Maine were last at the O2 Forum Kentish Town kicking off their ‘You Are OK’ album cycle, and tonight we’re back in that very same venue to celebrate the closing night of the European tour. So much has

Tuesday 10 March 2020

Puta Volcano – ‘Amma’

Puta Volcano lit the touch paper back in 2011. Two hard-rocking albums later, they’re exploding out of Athens, Greece, and heading onto the world stage with their third album ‘Amma’, expanding their sound as they move to a bigger label. They’re keen to impress and, putting it bluntly, they

Orchards – ‘Lovecore’

Orchards debut album feels like it’s been a long time coming. The Brighton math-pop quartet have put out a number of singles and EPs since 2016, making a name for themselves with their fusion of complex mathy riffs and pop hooks – now, the album is

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