Reviews from Wednesday 26 October 2016

LIVE: Of Mice & Men @ O2 Forum, Kentish Town

Fresh of the back of their fourth studio release ‘Cold World’ the follow up to 2014’s epic ‘Restoring Force’ Orange County rockers Of Mice & Men roll through London on their now ill-fated UK tour. Of course that tour has now been postponed mid-way through due to singer Austin

The Lion and the Wolf – ‘The Cardiac Hotel’

The Lion and the Wolf, aka Thomas George, is Thomas’ brainchild and was the reason he quit full-time work in early 2014. It may have been a risky move, but it’s one that has paid off so well – Thomas has performed at prestigious festivals such as Isle of

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Of Mice & Men – ‘Cold World’

Of Mice & Men have made a huge impression since their inception in 2009. Their personable, emotional lyrics combined with meaty riffs and thunderous drum work have created some incredible albums, in particular their debut self-titled. However, despite the strength and loyalty of their fan base, not all their albums

LIVE: Pity Sex / Eugene Quell @ The Oslo, London

Another weekday, another night where six decent gigs all happen to clash with each other. In Pity Sex’s defence they had a decent run playing The Great Escape festival in Brighton, and a stint at Kingston’s Banquet Records in 2015. The departure of Britty Drake earlier this year was heart-breaking

RavenEye – ‘Nova’

It’s finally here! An album that has been highly anticipated since last year’s critically acclaimed EP ‘Breaking Out’. These boys have been smashing it overseas with Zodiac, using the excitement of their impending debut album to fuel their lengthy tour of Europe. ‘Wanna Feel You’ kicks the album off powerfully with its bluesy

Monday 24 October 2016

FOES – ‘The Summit Lies Skyward’

Recently, Liverpudlian quartet FOES have been creating a brand new, exciting type of atmospheric rock. Their EPs ‘Ophir’ and ‘Antecedence’ were released to critical acclaim and allowed the group a place on some incredible tours, both headlining and sharing the stage along the likes of Bad Sign, Dead Letter Circus

Super Unison – ‘Auto’

After releasing a crushing debut EP in 2015, Oakland’s Super Unison deliver more than just standard post-hardcore with full-length ‘Auto’. This recent addition to Deathwish Inc.’s impossibly perfect collection of talented artists effortlessly blurs the lines of all things “post.” The album’s socio-political themes and perfectly planned guitar work shift and evolve, tunneling through

Sunday 23 October 2016

Trade Wind – ‘You Make Everything Disappear’

Sometimes the idea of a “super-group” is better than the final product. Sadly, that rings true for Trade Wind, whose debut album, ‘You Make Everything Disappear’ is a lacklustre effort that’s deprived of any real passion despite the subject matter. Featuring Jesse Barnett (Stick To Your Guns) and Tom

LIVE: Wovenhand / Emma Ruth Rundle @ The Dome, London

Californian label, Sargent House has been responsible for a lot of things over the last few years, but mainly, for discovering and pushing some of the most innovative and talented artists. More often than not, the bands on the label will tour together, and when they come to town,

Saturday 22 October 2016

Jimmy Eat World – ‘Integrity Blues’

Why do we still care about Jimmy Eat World? Throw their name out in a conversation and you’ll be met with an equal amount of “Oh, Clarity was their best album” and “I’ve never really liked them”, a choice between disinterest and an album that came out 1999. If

Friday 21 October 2016

Dead To Me – ‘I Wanna Die In Los Angeles’

Who isn’t a sucker for great, bouncy, melodic music that has an edge? And even more so when the lyrics to those happy sounding songs hide darkness and pain? That’s the magic of Dead To Me and it’s on display in this, the band’s first new release in five

Totorro – ‘Come To Mexico’

Two years after their exceptional debut LP ‘Home Alone’, Totorro return with ‘Come To Mexico’ and, man, what an absolute joy it is to have them back. ‘Come To Mexico’ launches Totorro to the forefront of the ever-growing math-rock scene, and the four-piece from Rennes prove that having fun

Thursday 20 October 2016

Breathe In The Silence – ‘Hold My Heart’

Bridgend in South Wales is home to some of the UK’s most prolific alternative bands, such as Funeral For A Friend, Hondo Mclean and Bullet For My Valentine. Now it’s home to one more, Breathe In The Silence. September saw the release of the Welsh quintet’s debut EP ‘Hold

LIVE: Trap Them / Okkultokrati / Venom Prison / Employed To Serve @ Boston Music Room, London

Sometimes gigs on a Monday night can end up being involuntarily intimate. Especially when it’s been pissing down with rain for the past few hours, fighting the rush hour traffic to get to a gig is not often the top of people’s ‘to do’ lists. Tonight however is the

This Be The Verse – ‘Self Titled’

Combining a complex brand of math core inspired riffing with an interstellar style of electronics makes this album feel totally unique. Sure other bands have tried, some with great success – Rolo Tomassi and The Dillinger Escape Plan, for example – but neither really do what This Be The

Wednesday 19 October 2016

Planes Mistaken For Stars – ‘Prey’

For 10 years Planes Mistaken For Stars were one of the most inventive, and important bands in alternative music. Despite never quite managing to reach the dizzying heights of some of their contemporaries, they were a phenomenon to those in the know. After starting life as an emotionally charged

LIVE: Less Than Jake / The Skints / Maricahi El Bronx @ O2 Academy, Brixton

You know what they say about Thursdays being the new Fridays? Well Less Than Jake and Fireball are about to team up and show us exactly why that’s the case. We headed down to Brixton Academy to check out the inaugural Fuelling the Fire Tour and here’s how it

LIVE: Youth Code / Shallow Sanction @ Electrowerkz, London

Over the course of the last four years, Youth Code have grown from a cut and paste EBM project to a full on industrial force. Since forming, the Los Angeles-based duo of Sara Taylor and Ryan George have honed their craft, gained the respect of the pioneers of the

American Football – ‘American Football’

It takes a very special band to release one album that has the ability to inspire an entire generation. American Football’s beloved album did just that. For 17 years it has been the soundtrack to relationships, romance, break ups, and heartache for many. Even the iconic artwork of a

Tuesday 18 October 2016

LIVE: Self Defense Family / Creative Adult / Cassels @ Moth Club, London

Self Defense Family are interesting band. Their relentless, often overwhelming back catalogue of releases and countless line up variations have earned them a cult like status. With a sound that veers from punk to alternative rock, ran through a “revolution summer” post-hardcore filter, fronted by the ever-vocal Patrick Kindlon,

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