The Reviews for 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

Monday 01 February 2016

Like Torches – ‘Shelter’

Like Torches know how to target their desired market with their punchy pop-rock music. In 2012, the Swedish quartet spent a month in Hollywood with Yellowcard’s Ryan Mendez and Ryan Key, working on their debut 2013 release ‘Keep Your Head Up’. That album gave them the chance to tour

LIVE: Milk Teeth @ 2 Pigs, Cheltenham

The album launch show is a strange beast; so often no more an opportunity for music industry types to be seen at that night’s hot ticket event, only unfolding their arms to tweet about watching a hype band in a tiny venue. In a world in which

Saturday 30 January 2016

The Black Queen – ‘Fever Daydream’

There was probably a time, many years ago, that your average fan of rock music would scoff at the idea of someone in a metal or punk band making electronic music on the side. It’s an argument that you see sometimes from the narrow-minded, who believe that just because

Friday 29 January 2016

Bury Tomorrow – ‘Earthbound’

Bury Tomorrow have been stuck in a cycle of consistently touring their last album ‘Runes’. Whilst a good album, their live sets have become a bit predictable. What isn’t predictable is how big their new album will make them. ‘Earthbound’ is set to make them one of the

LIVE: ALIEN ANT FARM / INME / THE DIRTY YOUTH @ KOKO, LONDON

It’s a double-edged sword when you sell-out a tour where you’re playing a 15 year-old album in full, especially when you’ve just released your first album in nine years. The future for Alien Ant Farm hangs precariously over the depths that have devoured most bands of their