Reviews from Monday 23 January 2017

Who Loves You – ‘Green & Tangerine’

Noisy emo/rock duo Who Loves You are tackling difficult things with their debut EP ‘Green & Tangerine’ but, as disheartening as it is to hear them lamenting missed opportunities and navigating despondency, it’s not all bleak. Who Loves You gather strength over the eight tracks and anxious melancholy gives way to optimism.

Rick Rude – ‘Make Mine Tuesday’

Naming your band after a professional wrestler can easily be misleading. With sports entertainment being synonymous with heavy rock and metal, Rick Rude could be tarred with an ugly brush before even hearing them. Unless you are a fan of the sadly deceased superstar, have an open mind for

Sunday 22 January 2017

Ruetz – ‘Melanoma’

There’s a scene at the beginning of the (not exactly wonderful) movie ‘Prometheus’ that shows one of the Engineers sacrificing itself, breaking itself down at a molecular level in order to seed new life on a young planet. If you’ll allow this terrible excuse for an Alien prequel to

Saturday 21 January 2017

Anti-Flag – ‘Live Vol.1’

With demogorgon President Trump’s inauguration having just taken place, never has there been a more fitting time for Anti-Flag to raise their voice in form of a live album. Not only are their quick-fire paced songs filled with protest, they also encourage love and compassion for one and other,

Memories in Broken Glass – ‘Enigma Infinite’

A natural starting point for a band’s sound is the collective influences of its members, but to stand out there needs to be some individual character as well. Memories in Broken Glass have plenty of that, making ‘Enigma Infinite’ a natural synergy of various influences, rather than

Friday 20 January 2017

One OK Rock – ‘Ambitions’

‘Ambitions’ is a very fitting title for One OK Rock’s latest album, as they try to take their career to the next level. Already hugely popular in their native Japan and now signed to Fueled By Ramen Records, One OK Rock have once again opted for an

Iris Jupiter – ‘Iris Jupiter’

If a band can write a simplistic melody and make it stick, you know they are on to a good thing. Rather than just write one, Californian trio Iris Jupiter have written seven and put them together on their self-titled album. When you peel back the layers, you find

WSTR – ‘Red, Green or Inbetween’

Liverpudlian pop punk four piece WSTR get 2017 off to a great start with an early contender for one of the albums of the year and they’ve wasted no time at all in making a name for themselves. Debut album ‘Red, Green or Inbetween’  is

Thursday 19 January 2017

Palisades – ‘Palisades’

Generally speaking, it should take longer than a year to write, produce, and release a record. Like a fine wine, the process should never be rushed or the output suffers. Yet, 12 months and 5 days after ‘Mind Games’ hit the shelves, Palisades will drop their third,

As It Is – ‘okay.’

Even if you don’t actively listen to pop-punk quintet As It Is, it’s more than likely you’ll have heard their name crop up somewhere within the music scene. Since the release of 2015 debut ‘Never Happy, Ever After’ this Brighton via Minnesota band have grown stronger: headline UK tours,

No Sun – ‘If Only’

It’s come to the point again that when a band is given the shoegaze tag, it makes your skin crawl. Even the unassuming pioneers of the genre detested the term. More often than not, a large percentage of bands that have that tag bestowed upon them are nothing but

Wednesday 18 January 2017

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – ‘Modern Ruin’

The name Frank Carter comes with revered uncertainty. His musical back catalogue and onstage antics lean towards an angry and passionate performer. It is easy to forget about Pure Love, because what he is so often praised for are the bands where his intensity shines through. This album is

LIVE: Dangers / Rough Hands @ The Black Heart, London

For many people, 2016 wasn’t exactly a great year. We lost a lot of beloved celebrities, Donald Trump was elected into power and our nation’s vote for Brexit means that it will be harder for international bands to tour the UK.  The volume of decent music releases however did somewhat

Drab Majesty – ‘The Demonstration’

Picture the scene, if you will: a dark Los Angeles side street. A neon sign hangs above a door to beckon you into a club. Amidst piercing strobes and a wall of dry ice stands the androgynous Deb Demure; Part Aladdin Sane-era David Bowie, part Genesis P-orridge, and the creative

Tuesday 17 January 2017

AFI – ‘AFI (The Blood Album)’

It seems that whenever AFI make their return, they are met with the same comments. “I wish they still sounded like their old stuff,” or “I only like the first three albums,” are often spewed across the Internet with a refusal to let go of the past. It’s true

Monday 16 January 2017

LIVE: Yellowcard / Normandie / Kenneths @ Stylus, Leeds

Trying to wind down a career of almost twenty years isn’t easy. Playing music with the same dudes in sweaty basements, cramped vans and festival appearances for a timespan greater than the age of some audience members must take its toll. So, it’s with an air of grace that

Spill – ‘Top Ten’

Spill’s debut ‘Top Ten’ is a bouncing and optimistic antidote to these cold winter months and dismal times we find ourselves in. Ten tracks full of catchy choruses and riffs that will stick in your head for days, ‘Top Ten’ is a remarkably assured record from the four piece

Sunday 15 January 2017

Tequila Mockingbyrd – ‘Fight And Flight’

You have to tip your hat in admiration to the Tequila Mockingbyrd girls: firstly, for coming up with such a great name for a band and, secondly, for throwing in the substitute Y so they can be found easily on the internet. The Aussie trio also recently sold up everything

Beyond Recall – ‘Selfish Scars’

There are many reasons why musicians create music. Some are motivated by creating something unique and original, some have a political or social agenda they want to express, others may simply enjoy displaying their talents, and some just want to have a damn good time. Beyond Recall definitely fall

Friday 13 January 2017

Joan of Arc – ‘He’s Got The Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands’

One of Tim Kinsella’s off again/on again projects (including Cap’n Jazz and Owls, amongst others), Joan of Arc has always been more experimental than the other bands. They have evolved from their earliest days as a straightforward indie group with interesting song structures into one that features a more

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