Reviews from Friday 21 October 2016

Dead To Me – ‘I Wanna Die In Los Angeles’

Who isn’t a sucker for great, bouncy, melodic music that has an edge? And even more so when the lyrics to those happy sounding songs hide darkness and pain? That’s the magic of Dead To Me and it’s on display in this, the band’s first new release in five

Totorro – ‘Come To Mexico’

Two years after their exceptional debut LP ‘Home Alone’, Totorro return with ‘Come To Mexico’ and, man, what an absolute joy it is to have them back. ‘Come To Mexico’ launches Totorro to the forefront of the ever-growing math-rock scene, and the four-piece from Rennes prove that having fun

Thursday 20 October 2016

Breathe In The Silence – ‘Hold My Heart’

Bridgend in South Wales is home to some of the UK’s most prolific alternative bands, such as Funeral For A Friend, Hondo Mclean and Bullet For My Valentine. Now it’s home to one more, Breathe In The Silence. September saw the release of the Welsh quintet’s debut EP ‘Hold

LIVE: Trap Them / Okkultokrati / Venom Prison / Employed To Serve @ Boston Music Room, London

Sometimes gigs on a Monday night can end up being involuntarily intimate. Especially when it’s been pissing down with rain for the past few hours, fighting the rush hour traffic to get to a gig is not often the top of people’s ‘to do’ lists. Tonight however is the

This Be The Verse – ‘Self Titled’

Combining a complex brand of math core inspired riffing with an interstellar style of electronics makes this album feel totally unique. Sure other bands have tried, some with great success – Rolo Tomassi and The Dillinger Escape Plan, for example – but neither really do what This Be The

Wednesday 19 October 2016

Planes Mistaken For Stars – ‘Prey’

For 10 years Planes Mistaken For Stars were one of the most inventive, and important bands in alternative music. Despite never quite managing to reach the dizzying heights of some of their contemporaries, they were a phenomenon to those in the know. After starting life as an emotionally charged

LIVE: Less Than Jake / The Skints / Maricahi El Bronx @ O2 Academy, Brixton

You know what they say about Thursdays being the new Fridays? Well Less Than Jake and Fireball are about to team up and show us exactly why that’s the case. We headed down to Brixton Academy to check out the inaugural Fuelling the Fire Tour and here’s how it

LIVE: Youth Code / Shallow Sanction @ Electrowerkz, London

Over the course of the last four years, Youth Code have grown from a cut and paste EBM project to a full on industrial force. Since forming, the Los Angeles-based duo of Sara Taylor and Ryan George have honed their craft, gained the respect of the pioneers of the

American Football – ‘American Football’

It takes a very special band to release one album that has the ability to inspire an entire generation. American Football’s beloved album did just that. For 17 years it has been the soundtrack to relationships, romance, break ups, and heartache for many. Even the iconic artwork of a

Tuesday 18 October 2016

LIVE: Self Defense Family / Creative Adult / Cassels @ Moth Club, London

Self Defense Family are interesting band. Their relentless, often overwhelming back catalogue of releases and countless line up variations have earned them a cult like status. With a sound that veers from punk to alternative rock, ran through a “revolution summer” post-hardcore filter, fronted by the ever-vocal Patrick Kindlon,

Monday 17 October 2016

Chasing Cadence – ‘Destroy Something Beautiful’

Chasing Cadence have just released their sophomore EP, ‘Destroy Something Beautiful’, which has been making waves that are quickly propelling them to the forefront of the alternative music scene. Having sold out their EP release show as well as airtime on Daniel P. Carter’s Radio 1 Rock Show, the

Young Guns – ‘Echoes’

It feels like a lot of people have been putting the boot in on Young Guns recently. Certainly ‘Ones & Zeroes’ from last year was a misstep similar to some of the ones we have seen in American politics recently, and though latest album, ‘Echoes’, is better but not

The Devil Wears Prada – ‘Transit Blues’

It’s not too common for bands involved in the metal / hardcore music scenes to have such an extensive back catalogue that shows so much progression over time but The Devil Wears Prada have just unveiled studio album number six, ‘Transit Blues’. Having started out way back in 2005,

LIVE: Emarosa / Sykes / Grumble Bee @ O2 Institute, Birmingham

It’s been five years since Emarosa played a show in the UK and over that time a lot has changed. Only two members of the current line-up were present back then and the band’s sound has inevitably been through as big a shake-up as their personnel list.

Sunday 16 October 2016

LIVE: Lonely the Brave @ Electric Ballroom, London

When looking around the comfortably full Electric Ballroom for tonight’s show, it slowly becomes clear that Lonely the Brave aren’t a band who merely cater to one specific age range. Down the front, teens and young adults are on the barrier, desperately excited to see one of their

Saturday 15 October 2016

Sianvar – ‘Stay Lost’

If the genre of experimental post-hardcore was a solar system, then its sun would undoubtedly be Will Swan. Swan has been an influential figure in the genre, with several of his former band mates moving on to create successful bands of their own and his own Blue

Friday 14 October 2016

NOFX – ‘First Ditch Effort’

It’s taken Fat Mike thirty years to get to this point. “I don’t know who this person is, but I’ve seen this face before, a face I don’t want to face,” he mumbles “I don’t think I like me anymore”. As he reels off the reasons he

Thursday 13 October 2016

Newmoon – ‘Space’

The recent resurgence of shoegaze bands, and those who trying to emulate the youthful exuberance of the “The scene that celebrates itself” has, like anything, come with both negatives and positives. The downside is that the term has once again been applied to any band listens to ‘Loveless’ once,

Wednesday 12 October 2016

Dance Gavin Dance – ‘Mothership’

Since Dance Gavin Dance’s early days, the sounds of Jonny Craig hitting unheard of notes in contrast with this meaty barking from Jon Mess became a sound everyone has craved. So throughout the various line-up changes, the introduction of Tilian Pearson as a permanent vocalist was met with

Tuesday 11 October 2016

The Dillinger Escape Plan – ‘Dissociation’

Being together for nearly 20 years is a long time for any band, especially when you have the workhorse mentality of The Dillinger Escape Plan. Each record they release is a lesson in reinvention, not just for the band, but also for heavy music as a whole. With ‘Dissociation’,

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