Reviews from Thursday 23 March 2017

LIVE: Monster Truck / The Picturebooks @ Electric Ballroom, London

Canadian heavy hitters Monster Truck return to London’s Electric Ballroom for an intimate yet explosive headline show. 2016 was a pretty big year for these guys, which saw not only the release of the bands second album, the acclaimed ‘Sittin’ Heavy’ but also an appearance on the main stage

LIVE: Cold Cave / Drab Majesty @ O2 Academy, Islington

Whether he would admit it or not, Wesley Eisold has become an icon within underground music. The influence of his music, be that with American Nightmare, Some Girls, or even his written work, has inspired countless artists. It is, however, with Cold Cave where Eisold looks and feels most

LIVE: Blood Incantation @ Nambucca, London

While watching Blood Incantation, you can’t help but question if this band is even human. Everything about them feels as though they are from another world. Given their cosmic aesthetic, the Colorado death metal band probably wouldn’t have it any other way. On the back of

Pallbearer – ‘Heartless’

Little Rock, Arkansas-based doom wizards Pallbearer caused quite a stir back in 2014 with the release of their second full length, ‘Foundation Of Burden’. Their blend of heavy doom riffing and gentler, more airy prog elements captured the attention of both critics and fans alike, and left both camps

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Vukovi – ‘Vukovi’

Scotland’s greatest exports are arguably oil and whisky, but if this album from Vukovi is anything to go by then the Troon quartet could join the list. Key to this impending world domination is their sound: simply put this is a band that are like nothing else out there.

The Dollyrots – ‘Whiplash Splash’

Being funded entirely through a Pledge campaign, The Dollyrots’ ‘Whiplash Splash’ celebrates community and a love for music. Not content with sending pledgers vinyls, guitars and one-of-a-kind polaroids, The Dollyrots have allowed pledgers access to the album a month early. Focusing on your fans when promoting an

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Mayday Parade – ‘A Lesson In Romantics’ 10th Anniversary Edition

Another album has turned ten years old and another unnecessary anniversary version has been released. Sometimes the past is best left in the past, and Mayday Parade’s ‘A Lesson In Romantics’ is a perfect example for the argument. A scene kid’s dream in 2007, the album sounds just as

Monday 20 March 2017

LIVE: Fatherson / Trueheights @ The Zephyr Lounge, Leamington Spa

Indie/alternative three-piece Fatherson deservedly appeared on many ‘Best of 2016’ lists with their fantastic album Open Book. To keep the momentum going into 2017, the band have been touring mainland Europe in support of the record and this show at The Zephyr lounge is the first show of this headline tour

LIVE: Lower Than Atlantis / Young Guns @ The LCR, Norwich

Lower Than Atlantis are currently one of the biggest bands on the UK alternative scene. With the recent release of their fifth album ‘Safe in Sound’ they have slowly drifted from one area of the rock spectrum to another. They first burst onto the scene as a rough around

Parachute For Gordo – ‘Possibility Of Not’

Many will identify post-rock as being contemplative, maybe a touch melancholy. It’s music for careful introspection behind rain-lashed windows. Based on their third full length, ‘Possibility Of Not’, Aldershot based trio Parachute For Gordo can’t help but disagree, for theirs is a sunshine spin on the genre, their noodling

Friday 17 March 2017

Elasea – ‘Lesson Learnt’

After a promising start with their debut EP ‘Where I Belong’ in 2015, Reading-based Elasea are back with another batch of hard-hitting alternative tracks. The first record showed promise but its nomadic wandering through various styles lacked a clear identity; ‘Lesson Learnt’ is an appropriate name for

She Must Burn – Grimoire

Putting out music that challenges the listener is always a risk. The chance of success is more likely to be dwarfed by the near certainty of some kind of failure. When She Must Burn released their self titled EP a while back they gambled on people liking their mix

Counterfeit – ‘Together We Are Stronger’

London punk rockers Counterfeit explode into existence with the release of  their debut record ‘Together We Are Stronger’. We might only be mid-way through March but there’s already been a sleuth of debut releases of exemplary quality and this album is no different. Opening track ‘Washed Out’ kicks the album

Wednesday 15 March 2017

LIVE: Decade / Big Spring / Wallflower @ Boston Music Room, London

Is there anything more satisfying than a tour line-up that’s made up of exciting, fresh British bands? The correct answer is no, which is why Decade’s headline tour in support of their latest album ‘Pleasantries’ has been eagerly anticipated by many. If you’re looking for a British version of Brand

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Planning For Burial – ‘Below The House’

There is nothing about the music of Planning For Burial that could be deemed conventional; at least not in terms of style. For Thom Wasluck there are no boundaries or genre confines to adhere to with his art, owing him the freedom to create a sound unlike any other.

LIVE: Sum 41 @ O2 Academy, Brixton

No, you haven’t read that wrong! You could absolutely be forgiven for thinking that we’ve gone back in time some 15 years or so. Sum 41 were at the forefront of pop punk culture in the early 2000’s alongside bands like The Offspring and Blink 182, back when MTV

LIVE: Modern Baseball @ O2 Kentish Town Forum, London

The nerdy Run For Cover heartthrobs have a loving relationship with the UK.  Every time they come over it seems that more and more fans from all kinds of backgrounds come to shows and end up thriving off their unique energy. Since 2015 however, they’ve forced themselves to mature

Friday 10 March 2017

Greg Graffin – ‘Millport’

Once in a while an artist comes along who seems to nail whatever they try their hand at. Greg Graffin is one such man. The Bad Religion front man takes some time away from the punk stalwarts to express his inner country side once more. Unlike the sombre tones of his

Taco Hell – ‘Retainer’

Nottingham emo punks Taco Hell inject a healthy dose of gutsy pop punk nostalgia mixed with self-depreciation on their stunning second EP ‘Retainer.’ Before we go a bit more in depth with this review, this band should be praised on their impeccable pun-based name alone. Sure, it might not

Foresterr – ‘The Town Dies Screaming’

Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath meets Sonic Youth at their most atonal; John Spencer Blues Explosion on steroids; the illegitimate offspring of The Birthday Party and Swans. These are big names to throw around, and heavy too, but all are apt descriptions for Foresterr’s war torn sound.

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