Reviews from Wednesday 21 March 2018

Hot Mulligan – ‘Pilot’

Debut albums tend to dictate how we see bands for a long time after their release, even if the reality is slightly different. Sum 41 are still considered a pop punk band despite the fact that for every ‘Fat Lip’ there is a ‘We’re All To Blame’, for each

Sick Joy – ‘Amateurs’

Brighton-based Geordie three-piece Sick Joy’s latest EP ‘Amateurs’ packs a wallop. With a grunge based sound not heard properly since the ’90s, it’s a refreshing take on the genre. Channelling his inner Cobain, vocalist and guitarist Mykl Barton growls, shouts and purrs meaningful lyrics in a luscious tone. Add Danny

LIVE: Tonight Alive @ KOKO, London

With it being International Women’s Day, it only made sense that London’s KOKO saw a sold out crowd come together to celebrate one of the most powerful and inspirational women in the pop-punk scene.  Alongside her 3 bandmates, Jenna McDougall fiercely commanded the stage, combining an

The Last Gang – ‘Keep Them Counting’

The Last Gang take us on a journey through time with everything from late ’80s Hole-esque grunge to ’90s Distillers punk rock and even early-day Pretty Reckless. It’s not just that lead singer Brenna Red’s husky voice is a sultry amalgamation of Courtney Love, Brody Dalle and Taylor Momsen’s

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Endless Heights – ‘Vicious Pleasure’

Endless Heights’ full length debut ‘New Bloom’ infused punk with hardcore nuances and five years later, they return with a successor. Despite being fresh and younger, ‘Viscous Pleasure’ seems like the older, more mature sibling. Unlike many older siblings, however, the album is very likeable. Every song is structured to

LIVE: Holding Absence / Loathe / Modern Error @ The Bodega, Nottingham

If you asked us to design a perfect line up to showcase the exciting, emerging talent of today’s UK alternative scene, we probably would’ve given you tonight’s line up. We shone the spotlight on Loathe and Holding Absence in our Ones to Watch In 2018 shortlist at the start

Casey – Where I Go When I Am Sleeping

On ‘Making Weight’, the tender opener to ‘Where I Go When I Am Sleeping,’ vocalist Tom Weaver sets the scene of entropy that envelops the entire album, recounting how he was found on the bathroom floor by his mother, losing blood. And it only gets more visceral

Harker – ‘No Discordance’

Endearing, earnest songwriting can be hard to come by in mainstream rock music. For all the bells and whistles the heavyweights utilise in their production, there’s a hollowness to their material that can only be filled by genuinely emotive songcraft. Some of the best material can come from one

Friday 16 March 2018

LIVE: Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather @ KOKO, London

Brian Fallon has been cutting a new path since the hiatus of his beloved vehicle The Gaslight Anthem. If his former celebrated the ballsy blue-collar rock and roll Fallon grew up on in New Jersey, his recent delve into something more fragile and soulful has offered a more heartfelt

Black Foxxes – ‘Reiði’

It’s rare that rock bands make such a powerful first impression, but even before the release of their debut album ‘Reiði’, it’s safe to say Black Foxxes had made their mark on the British rock scene. Now, with ‘Reiði’ firmly in our hands, it’s easy to see

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Myles Kennedy – ‘Year of the Tiger’

Myles Kennedy has been taking on the world with his outstanding voice for a while, in particular his work with Alter Bridge and Slash has earned him the status of being one of the best rock singers of this era. ‘Year of the Tiger’ is Myles’ long awaited debut solo

Grimner – ‘Vanadrottning’

For what is undoubtedly quite a niche genre – they don’t exactly seem like musical styles you would naturally meld, to be fair – folk metal manages to maintain a dedicated fan base around the world, and has been steadily increasing in popularity in recent years. Essentially the musical

LIVE: Fizzy Blood / Forever Cult / Koyo @ Headrow House, Leeds

Headrow House is noisy, with music beating through every wall as you make your way to the venue. Tonight we’re warmed up with psychedelic progressive rock from Koyo. The audience are somewhat mesmerised by their performance with their long experimental pieces which are clearly very creatively written. It is

Titus Andronicus – ‘A Productive Cough’

Titus Andronicus are back with their latest, ‘A Productive Cough’, having made an obvious departure from the punk rock anthems of 2015’s ‘Most Lamentable Tragedy’ to take a more soulful approach for their second album on Merge Records. Fear not, it’s still the same worn voice of singer songwriter, Patrick

Pillow Queens – ‘State of The State’

On the surface it would seem that ‘State of The State’ offers the perfect soundtrack to a lazy summer. The poppy riffs and delightfully intertwined vocal harmonies conjure images of those sunny days spent out in countryside retreats. However, dig a little deeper and there is an

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Between The Buried And Me – ‘Automata I’

Between The Buried And Me started out as a tech metal band with prog-rock elements, but in the fifteen (!) years since their breakthrough album ‘The Silent Circus’ that balance has shifted and these days they have more in common with Rush and Dream Theatre than they do with

At Face Value – ‘Ivy & Echo’

Baltimore: home to The Ravens, the set of The Wire and… oh yeah, All Time Low. Filling the shoes of one of the biggest pop punk bands in the world is no easy matter, but city mates, At Face Value are determined to prove their feet are still growing.

Monday 12 March 2018

LIVE: Arcane Roots / Grumble Bee / The Hyena Kill @ The Leadmill, Sheffield

Despite possessing three superb musicians and a back catalogue filled with massive alt-rock anthems, Arcane Roots have somehow managed to stay frustrating below the radar. They have all the ingredients to be one the UK’s largest bands, but on previous tours, the venues and audience numbers haven’t been of

Dashboard Confessional – ‘Crooked Shadows’

Incredibly, it’s been almost a decade since Dashboard Confessional last released an album of new songs, and seventeen years since ‘The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most’ secured its rightful place in emo lore. Over the years, Dashboard Confessional has evolved from an acoustic side

Thursday 08 March 2018

Superchunk – ‘What a Time to Be Alive’

Nearly 30 years into their existence, Superchunk have returned with ‘What a Time to Be Alive’. The indie-punk band usually have something to say in their releases and this eleventh offering is a prime example of that. This is one of the quartet’s most energetic albums, and despite the typical

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