Reviews from Friday 15 January 2021

You Me At Six – ‘SUCKAPUNCH’

We may only be two weeks into 2021, but the race for album of the year has begun and never was there such a strong contender as You Me At Six’s seventh studio album, ‘SUCKAPUNCH’. Don’t be put off by the name. ‘SUCKAPUNCH’ may not sound

Thursday 14 January 2021

Frank Iero and The Future Violents – ‘Heaven Is A Place, This Is A Place’

Billed as the epilogue to 2019’s ‘Barriers’, Frank Iero and the Future Violents’ new EP, ‘Heaven Is A Place, This Is A Place’, is a tale of two halves. Side A brings with it the ferocious chaos that permeated through the group’s full-length record, while Side B

Friday 08 January 2021

Viagra Boys – ‘Welfare Jazz’

Eight days into 2021 and it’s still as bleak and chaotic as 2021. Some things never change. But out of the bleakness comes something new and refreshing. Something so distracting, it’s difficult not to become fully invested in it. Enter Viagra Boys. The Stockholm band have a always been a

Friday 01 January 2020

The Dirty Nil – ‘Fuck Art’

It’s a blessing that The Dirty Nil didn’t choose to release ‘Fuck Art’ a day earlier. If they had, they’d have been single handedly responsible for ruining countless Top 20 lists, because it’s almost impossible to imagine there are many rock fans who wouldn’t love this record. No matter

Thursday 17 December 2020

Stuck Out – ‘Lie Through Your Teeth’

There’s a seemingly neverending stream of bands coming out of Australia right now. Not content with dominating metalcore, recent years have also seen a surge in pop punk bands emerging from the land down under – between With Confidence, Stand Atlantic, The Faim, Eat Your Heart Out and newcomers

Wednesday 16 December 2020

Cancer Bats – ‘You’ll Never Break Us: Separation Sessions Vol. 1’

If you’ve ever wondered what your favourite hardcore songs would sound like if they were the soundtrack to a film inspired by the works of Cormac McCarthy, then wonder no longer – Cancer Bats have emerged from lockdown with a stripped-back reimagining of some of their absolute

Friday 11 December 2020

Less Than Jake – ‘Silver Linings’

Having kept the ska-punk flag flying for the best part of 30 years, Less Than Jake have carved out a career as being a live standout for festivals all over the place – and in a year that has been filled with doom and gloom, the Gainesville brass-filled collective

Thursday 10 December 2020

Dave Jakes – ‘Dave Jakes’

As the year finally begins to draw to a conclusion and new releases begin to slow, there are still some gems to be found and to hear the return of a voice we’ve long missed seems a more than fitting way to bring a long and testing year to

Respire – ‘Black Line’

Releasing an album in December isn’t usually advisable – most publications find themselves distracted by their end of year lists from mid-November onwards, and anything that comes after that tends to get left in a sort of limbo before the new year begins. One album that deserves to rise

Wednesday 02 December 2020

Can’t Swim – ‘Someone Who Isn’t Me’

Can’t Swim are easily one of the most interesting bands in the industry right now. While you may know them best for their pop-punk influenced records, this five-piece are far from being confined to one genre, and every new venture they embark on, they do so with

Deafheaven – ‘10 Years Gone’

The music industry is in a tough place at the moment, and bands have been forced to try new and innovative things to get around not being able to tour. Lots of artists have turned to online streams as a way of performing for fans,

Tuesday 01 December 2020

LIVE: Architects @ Royal Albert Hall, London

As the need for streamed gigs continues, bands are upping their game and putting together increasingly more professional and impressive productions to share with their fans through a screen. Architects have done just that and the result will blow your mind to smithereens. Taking

grandson – ‘Death of an Optimist’

If you’ve been paying any attention to grandson over the past two and a half years, you’ll be well aware that he’s not here to make friends. He’s here to make a difference and doesn’t care who he upsets on the way to his goal. With a

Monday 30 November 2020

Plini – ‘Impulse Voices’

The word “virtuoso” doesn’t get thrown around much these days, but a musician you can definitively apply that tag to is Plini. The Australian songwriter has been blowing minds since 2012, first writing music under the pseudonym Halcyon before opting to use his own name a few years

Thursday 26 November 2020

Seahaven – ‘Halo of Hurt’

Since going M.I.A. in 2016, it would be easy to write off Seahaven as finished – a band only to be remembered for a distinct time and place. Alongside names such as Citizen, Turnover, Title Fight, and swathes of others, Seahaven were part of the emo/pop-punk revival of the

Palm Reader – ‘Sleepless’

Having spent years building a cult-like following with sonically punishing material and visually staggering live performances, Palm Reader have established themselves as a band worth paying attention to. Growing from humble house show roots to festival favourites, their cult began to grow after the success of their critically

Sunday 22 November 2020

I Am The Avalanche – ‘Dive’

“Shall we drink to better days?” I Am The Avalanche’s Vinnie Caruana asks moments into the Brooklyn band’s latest record ‘Dive’. And, come to think of it, the way 2020 has gone, we might as well do just that. Stalwarts of the post-hardcore scene, I Am

Wednesday 18 November 2020

Killer Be Killed – ‘Reluctant Hero’

Supergroups can be a tricky thing to get right on record. Will star names blend on a full length LP, or should it have just remained a studio jam session? Luckily for them (and for us), this is a problem that Killer Be Killed have never had

Tuesday 17 November 2020

Bad Nerves – ‘Bad Nerves’

Swaggering like the Rolling Stones, imbuing the effortless cool of the Strokes, and thrashing through three chords with the panache of the Ramones – it’s about time the world was introduced to Bad Nerves. The East London five-piece’s debut self-titled record captures the chaos of their

Saturday 14 November 2020

Redwood – ‘Beside A Shallow Sun’

Amidst the turmoil that is 2020, Redwood are here to provide some audio comfort. Since 2016, the Hertfordshire quintet have created luscious soundscapes, treading the fine line between emo and post-rock. It’s no surprise, then, that a comparison to St. Louis group Foxing has often been made. 2018’s ‘Lay

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