Reviews from Tuesday 28 June 2016

With Confidence – ‘Better Weather’

For over 20 years Hopeless Records have been churning out pop punk band after pop punk band, designed to be poster boys and girls of the alternative scene. Some have gone on to achieve great things – establishing themselves and the label. However, many have taken a transparent nosedive.

Monday 27 June 2016

False Advertising – ‘Brainless’

False Advertising are one of those bands you wished you had caught when they first started out. Listening to ‘Brainless’ today though, and last year’s self-titled debut LP, there’s no part of me that isn’t happy to have them in my life. This is a thoroughly satisfying blast of

Happy Accidents – ‘You Might Be Right’

‘You Might Be Right’, the debut album by London trio Happy Accidents, is filled with contradiction. Their inherently pained lyrics sit above effortlessly mesmerising pop-hooks. There’s an entrenched melancholy hidden beneath the upbeat frivolity that’ll cement the album as both an insatiable soundtrack to the summer months and a

Friday 24 June 2016

Direct Hit – ‘Wasted Mind’

In its twelve tracks, ‘Wasted Mind’ – the third full-length by Milwaukee’s Direct Hit! and their first on Fat Wreck Chords – provides a tale of consistent drug use. A concept album about narcotics following the exploits of a series under the influence outcasts, the music follows suit. Neither

LIVE: Beach Slang / Weaves / Muncie Girls @ The Forum, Tunbridge Wells

For a brief moment a few months ago, it seemed Beach Slang were no more. After an incident in Salt Lake City, front man James Alex seemingly called time on the Philadelphian bands existence, thus sending their fans into a state of shock. Thankfully this was a mere momentary

Thursday 23 June 2016

My Jerusalem – ‘A Little Death’

From the brooding opener ‘Young Leather’, ‘A Little Death’ – the third full-length by Texas based My Jerusalem – presents itself as fundamentally unclassifiable. The first album since transitioning from an artistic collective to a firmly cemented band, the record travels from ‘Rabbit Rabbit’’s commercial hooks to the driving

LIVE: No Joy / Entrance @ Moth Club, London

People have been trying to categorise No Joy since their formation. The fact that it is so difficult adds to their appeal, and following their stunning album, ‘More Faithful’, they have been heralded as the best “shoegaze” band of the last few years. That term doesn’t really fit the

Wednesday 22 June 2016

Pinkwash – ‘Collective Sigh’

For the members of Pinkwash, naming their debut record ‘Collective Sigh’ couldn’t be a more appropriate album title. It is a record born out of frustration and desperation, and is the aural equivalent of a deep intake of air, followed by a long and anguished exhale. Tackling subjects of

Night School – ‘Blush’

Every so often a very special album comes along. That is the best possible way to describe ‘Blush’, the debut album from Californian trio, Night School. After their well-received 2014 EP, ‘Heart Beat’, which is both raw and sweet in equal measure, and a split with their Graveface Records

River Becomes Ocean – ‘December’

Cosmopolitan, alternative, and accepting, Brighton’s a logical choice of place to be for anyone who wants to be creative away from the overwhelming busyness of London. River Becomes Ocean – still relatively new kids on the block –  are the latest export from the South Coast and new EP,

Odonis Odonis – ‘Post Plague’

‘Betrayal’, the penultimate track on Toronto based industrial-punks Odonis Odonis’ thirty-minute onslaught ‘Post Plague’, is like a jackhammer to the brain. With its heavy synth-led techno opening, it breaks briefly for an unsettling ethereal post-punk rest bite before relaunching into its unapologetic electro punches. It’s indicative of the remainder

LIVE: Bury Tomorrow / Every Time I Die / Landscapes @ Engine Rooms, Southampton

“It’s so fucking good to be home”. It’s been three years since Bury Tomorrow played a headline show in Southampton. This was a special night. A very busy room seemed to enjoy material from Landscapes new album ‘Modern Earth’, not quite as hard hitting as the other bands on the

Tuesday 21 June 2016

LIVE: Issues @ O2 Ritz, Manchester

A week after the release of their second full-length ‘Headspace’, Issues hit the UK for a headlining tour. The new record is high on energy and full of groove and the band waste no time getting stuck into it, opening with new track ‘Coma’. It’s an effective opener, its

LIVE: Hands Like Houses / I The Mighty @ The Bodega, Nottingham

Hands Like Houses have grown stronger with each new release and recent record ‘Dissonants’ is no exception. With an ever swelling fan-base it’s surprising to see the band crammed into the confined space of The Bodega, rather than one of Nottingham’s more suitably larger venues.

Monday 20 June 2016

Angel Du$t – ‘Rock The Fuck On Forever’

Lets get one thing straight from the start; ‘Rock The Fuck On Forever’ is probably the best album title of the year so far, right? Of course it means that Angel Du$t needed to make sure that their second album rocks harder than anything else right now. Thankfully, they

Witterquick – ‘Beneath the Spinning Lights’

Exeter-based alt-rock quintet Witterquick make an assured start with ‘Beneath the Spinning Lights’, a five-track collection of powerful choruses, catchy melodies and well crafted songs. For a debut EP it’s impressively refined, showcasing a sound that’s already accomplished enough to slot alongside similar alt-rock heavyweights Young Guns and Lower

Sunday 19 June 2016

LIVE: Meet Me In St Louis / TTNG / Vincent Vocoder Voice @ The Dome, London

Nine years since calling it a day, then Guildford based math-rock pioneers find themselves in-front of a larger crowd than ever before. Struggling to fill small venues at the time of their demise, the news of their return was met with pockets of pure jubilation. Their one-off reunion show

LIVE: Every Time I Die / Muck / Blood Youth @ Underworld, London

First on were baby-faced Yorkshire lads Blood Youth. Although they’ve already started making a few splashes here and there the room for their set was rather sparsely populated. Blood Youth are still a little rough around the edges, and some work needs to be done both on their recorded

Thursday 16 June 2016

Daydream Frenzy – ‘Ocean Air’

Daydream Frenzy’s new release ‘Ocean Air’ is short and sweet. Although the first two songs alone are good enough to pop on repeat for a few listens, there’s a potential here for the band to create something really great. With an understated charm and a clear knack for a

Waco – ‘Uprise’

Oddball four-piece Waco have been impressing those in and around the UK for a few years now with their inspired, if a little over-the-top brand of punk rock. ‘Uprise’, their second EP, sees them not just surpassing their previous efforts, but looking down on them from a great height and

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