Reviews from Thursday 22 September 2016

LIVE: Butersfest 2016 @ Butser Hill

Butserfest picked the wettest day of the year, unluckily sandwiched between two sunny days to have this year’s festival, with everyone turning up to Butser Hill already soaked from the journey from their car to the entrance. But powering through and not letting it dampen spirits, below are the

Wednesday 21 September 2016

Guttermouth – ‘Got It Made’

Almost thirty years in the game and Guttermouth still know how to pack a punch in under 15 minutes. Fronted by founding member Mark Adkins, the band haven’t missed a step in producing high velocity and utterly infectious tunes with their new EP ‘Got It Made’; the Californian punk

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra – ‘Broken Lines’

If you’ll allow us to put on our cynical hat for just a moment, it would be very easy to look upon Giraffe Tongue Orchestra as Ben Weinman’s retirement plan. Though the alt-metal supergroup’s very existence has been rumoured for many years, it’s hard to see it as simple

Tuesday 20 September 2016

God Damn – Everything Ever

Since the release of their first album, God Damn have put out a split 10” with Nottingham mates Heck, appeared at Reading and Leeds festivals and supported the mighty Foo Fighters. Thom and Ash haven’t done too bad for a couple of lads from the Black Country. Coming in the

LIVE: Fort Fest 2016

During the summer months there are few better ways to spend a weekend than at one the UK’s many music festivals and with the likes of Slam Dunk, ArcTanGent and 2000 Trees on our doorsteps, the UK arguably has some of the best around. Perfecting the festival

Monday 19 September 2016

Solids – ‘Else’

Montreal band Solids’ latest record, ‘Else’ is an exploration of lo-fi grunge and moody, low, guitar rock. Immediately, the snare sound pops out of the mix driving the record throughout, creating a feeling of being in a room with the band. This feeling is reflective of the record as

Casey – ‘Love Is Not Enough’

Casey have, in recent months, whipped up a frenzy with their emotive, powerful tracks. Successful tours and EP releases have seen them hailed as the next big thing within the UK music scene, a title that hasn’t been thrown at them without good reason. Their self-released EP ‘Fade’ garnered

LIVE: Heck / Black Peaks / Bad Sign / This Be The Verse @ Boston Music Room, Tufnell Park

What’s better than witnessing the chaos of a Black Peaks and Heck co headline gig? Seeing it unfold two nights in a row is what. The first time I saw a Heck gig was back in 2014 when they went under a different name, a baby version of a

Sunday 18 September 2016

Nots – ‘Cosmetic’

Memphis four-piece punk rock band Nots have been somewhat under the radar over in Europe, however, making big noise overseas playing the SXSW festival as well as touring America; currently signed to Goner Records in North America and Heavenly in Europe. Full of unpredictable guitars, celestial synths, and punctuated vocals that swirl around

Beach Slang – ‘A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings’

Responsibility is something that creeps up on all of us. Most of us spend the first dozen or so years of our existence free of the sometimes crushing weight life can heap upon our shoulders. It’s only as we start approaching adulthood that the reality of the world and

In Requiem – ‘In Requiem’

With the UK alternative scene currently in very good health, it’s conceivable that you may have missed out on In Requiem when they formed in 2014, such is the wealth of talent currently around. If so then this re-release of their debut EP will serve as the perfect introduction

Saturday 17 September 2016

Scream Out Loud – ‘Scream Out Loud’

Scream Out Loud’s self-titled second album is their first release in four years and it finds them at a point where despite showing promise they are yet to make a real breakthrough. A pop-punk band on the surface, Scream Out Loud draw on some varied influences with flashes of

Pastel – ‘Eyelids’

San Francisco four-piece Pastel have impressed with their self-released debut EP ‘Eyelids’. By blurring individual musical components they’ve created a nebulous shoegaze dream pop sound that washes over you like waves of euphoric nostalgia. It’s the perfect counterpart to a glowing evening – layers of mellow riffs soaked with

Friday 16 September 2016

LIVE: Pinegrove @ The Lexington, London

The chemistry between the six current members of Pinegrove is immediate, as they take to the stage at a sold out Lexington in north London. Knowing glances and subtle smiles are the physical embodiment of the collective’s musical synergy, one that allows for precision and poise but also generates

LIVE: PUP / Solids / Shit Present @ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

It’s coming towards the end of PUP’s set at the Brudenell and another stage-diver careens headlong into the venue’s floor. Frontman Steven Babcock’s seen this all before, so he pulls no punches. “Hey guys,” he says in between songs, “you’re really into crowd-surfing, but you fucking suck at it.

Knocked Loose – ‘Laugh Tracks’

Kentucky’s own Knocked Loose are perhaps the most hyped new band in hardcore, it’s easy to see why after the quality of their first EP and subsequent split release with Damaged Goods. Finally, the debut album ‘Laugh Tracks’ is here and its sole purpose is to take your head

Thursday 15 September 2016

Taking Back Sunday – ‘Tidal Wave’

When Taking Back Sunday stormed back onto the scene with their ‘Tidal Wave’ title track, it hinted at an exciting reawakening. For the first time in their history they even acquired, although reservedly, notions of “punx”. Its short and sharp ferocity equally suited to Against Me!’s new album, notably

Tuesday 13 September 2016

The Brave – ‘Epoch’

“An epoch is a defining moment or event in time that leaves a memorable mark in history, and for us that is exactly what this album is,” explains The Brave’s vocalist Nathan Toussaint. “It’s a significant thing that has taken us from just being a local band having a

Against Me! – ‘Shape Shift With Me’

“I wanna be more real than all the others,” scowls Laura Jane Grace on ‘Delicate, Petite & Other Things I’ll Never Be’, “I wanna be so real, you can see the difference!”. If there ever was a person who had a claim in punk rock on being

Touche Amore – ‘Stage Four’

Without reservation, ‘Displacement’ lays ‘Stage Four’’s cards out on the table. “You died at 69, with a body full of cancer,” Touche Amore’s Jeremy Bolm reveals, going on to simultaneously celebrate and commiserate the passing of his mother; the catalyst behind their fourth full-length release. The theme runs throughout

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