Reviews from Tuesday 24 May 2016

Cute Cute Death – ‘Vessels’

There was a time when finding new music involved thumbing through items in a record shop and taking a chance on an unheard band. If that was still the case, ‘Vessels’ may well be overlooked, the garish cover art and questionable band name not giving the best first impression.

Falls – ‘One Hundred Percent Strong’

Songs exist that dwarf this entire EP. Clocking in at just 12 minutes, four tracks are all Falls need to convince you of their brilliance. Describing themselves as “Fuck Rock/Gash Pop/Sasscore”, the North Wales band have a modest discography of just one EP and a handful of singles. With that

Real Friends – ‘The Home Inside My Head’

Following the release of their excellent EP ‘Put Yourself Back Together’, Real Friends found  themselves thrust into the spotlight and seemed to be on the verge of becoming everyone’s favourite band. Expectations were therefore set fairly high for their début album ‘Maybe This Place Is The Same

Monday 23 May 2016

Beaumont – ‘Nothing’

To have a startlingly strong and well-crafted EP when you’re barely out of the starting blocks is an incredible feat, but it’s something that this Birmingham quintet has achieved with ease and finesse. Their debut EP ‘Nothing’ is something to really sing about. Opening with ‘Cheapside’, they dive head-first into

Youth Code – ‘Commitment To Complications’

Youth Code are an important band. In a time of stale punk rock and countless 90s revivalists, its about time someone came along and shook things up a bit. Coming from hardcore and punk stock, the L.A. duo of Sara Taylor and Ryan George are one of very few

LIVE: The Coathangers / Night Shades @ Moth Club, London

One of the best things to happen in 2016, is that after being a band for nearly 10 years, The Coathangers are getting a lot more attention. Maybe they just weren’t on our radar, but now, we can’t get enough of this raucous trio from Atlanta, GA. After hearing

Issues – ‘Headspace’

Since their first EP in 2012, Issues have endeavoured to do something different. Whether it’s mixing poppy, R&B vocals with downtuned, heavy guitars, or keeping our nu-metal memories alive with scratching samples and screamed vocals, the band have tried a variety of methods to make themselves stand out. Putting

Friday 20 May 2016

Helen Love – ‘Smash Hits’

Helen Love have existed for almost twenty-five years, releasing twenty-one singles, three EPs and seven albums during that time. Yet you are forgiven if you’ve yet to hear of the Welsh oddities. For much of that time, the now three-piece have existed predominately in the underground, rarely making live

Tiger Army – ‘V’

It may have taken them the best part of nine years, but the legendary Tiger Army are finally back. Their last album, ‘IV: Music From Regions Beyond’, saw them move further away from their psychobilly roots and expand the more melodic elements of the bands arsenal. They had an

Thursday 19 May 2016

The Hotelier – ‘Goodness’

When Massachusetts’ outfit The Hotel Year morphed into The Hotelier with their seminal 2014 release, ‘Home Like Noplace Is There’, it marked a reawakening. Alongside a handful of contemporaries, their full-length brought with it a reinvention of their indie-punk or emo label. The Hotelier were offering experimentation without losing

Lonely the Brave – ‘Things Will Matter’

Cambridgeshire quintet Lonely the Brave have never been ones to shy away from soaring melodies and huge vocal hooks, which they’ve consistently demonstrated time and again in their previous releases ‘Backroads’ and ‘The Day’s War’. Since their inception, this band have set pulses and hearts racing and continues to

LIVE: Milk Teeth / Black Foxxes / Eat Me @ Barfly, Camden

An evening with Stroud’s finest punk rock pals is always going to be something to look forward to, so heading down to Camden’s Barfly on a sunny, gorgeous Thursday with the capital looking its finest, there’s an awful lot of excitement from those inside the venue and

Wednesday 18 May 2016

The Stone Foxes – ‘Twelve Spells’

San Francisco’s The Stone Foxes play the kind of fuzzed-up, retro garage rock that’s been keeping Jack White in fancy hats and anti-smile serum for the last fifteen years. In other words, they sound pretty much exactly the way you’d expect a band called ‘The Stone Foxes’ to sound.

LIVE: Vinnie Caruana / Murray Macleod @ Boston Music Room, London

Murray Macleod – the Cobain-haired, girlfriend-threateningly handsome frontman of The Xcerts – can sing. Like, really sing. That he’s in possession of a strong and distinctive voice isn’t in question this evening. The question instead is “What time is Vinnie Caruana on?” and for many, the answer appears to be “In

WRONG – ‘Wrong’

In this day and age, there are so many sub-genres of rock and metal. Probably more than you are able to count in your lifetime. There’s nothing wrong with bands fusing different influences together to create something different, and for the most part it’s a good thing. Sometimes you

Tuesday 17 May 2016

Making Monsters – ‘Bad Blood’

Since their inception in 2011, Derry-based quartet Making Monsters have constantly kicked up a ruckus. After the release of their debut EP ‘Attention’, they went on to tour with the likes of Silverstein, Skindred and, more recently, Fightstar. Title track ‘Bad Blood’ is simply monolithic. Throat-grabbing riffs and raw, visceral

LIVE: Into It. Over It. @ Servant Jazz Quarter, London

Evan Weiss, the driving force behind Chicago’s punctuation heavy Into it. Over It., is tired. It’s no surprise considering his recent touring schedule, one which has taken him and his band half way around the globe since leaving their home comforts two months prior. As he excitedly announces his

Cardinal Bay – ‘Answers’

Bridgewater quintet Cardinal Bay have been hell bent on impressing with their live shows over the last year or so. Notching up appearances at Teddy Rocks Festivals, and sharing the stage alongside the likes of Funeral For a Friend, Amaryllis, Chasing Cadence, Lost Atlanta, and Breathe In the Silence

Monday 16 May 2016

Speaking in Italics – ‘Painted Sky’

Finding the ‘right’ sound is often a long and arduous process but when it happens, it can transform a band’s songwriting entirely. Instrumentally, Speaking in Italics saunter through this five-track EP with the kind of confidence and quality that would suggest they’ve found their intended destination. ‘Painted

Nothing – ‘Tired Of Tomorrow’

To say that Nothing have a bleak story to tell would be understatement. Their 2014 debut, ‘Guilty Of Everything’, was a redemptive album that focused largely on vocalist Domenic Palermo’s incarceration for aggravated assault some years earlier. It received universal acclaim, topping several “Album Of The Year” list’s around

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