Reviews from Wednesday 02 December 2020

Can’t Swim – ‘Someone Who Isn’t Me’

Can’t Swim are easily one of the most interesting bands in the industry right now. While you may know them best for their pop-punk influenced records, this five-piece are far from being confined to one genre, and every new venture they embark on, they do so with

Deafheaven ‘10 Years Gone’

The music industry is in a tough place at the moment, and bands have been forced to try new and innovative things to get around not being able to tour. Lots of artists have turned to online streams as a way of performing for fans,

Tuesday 01 December 2020

LIVE: Architects @ Royal Albert Hall, London

As the need for streamed gigs continues, bands are upping their game and putting together increasingly more professional and impressive productions to share with their fans through a screen. Architects have done just that and the result will blow your mind to smithereens. Taking

grandson – ‘Death of an Optimist’

If you’ve been paying any attention to grandson over the past two and a half years, you’ll be well aware that he’s not here to make friends. He’s here to make a difference and doesn’t care who he upsets on the way to his goal. With a

Monday 30 November 2020

Plini – ‘Impulse Voices’

The word “virtuoso” doesn’t get thrown around much these days, but a musician you can definitively apply that tag to is Plini. The Australian songwriter has been blowing minds since 2012, first writing music under the pseudonym Halcyon before opting to use his own name a few years

Thursday 26 November 2020

Seahaven – ‘Halo of Hurt’

Since going M.I.A. in 2016, it would be easy to write off Seahaven as finished – a band only to be remembered for a distinct time and place. Alongside names such as Citizen, Turnover, Title Fight, and swathes of others, Seahaven were part of the emo/pop-punk revival of the

Palm Reader – ‘Sleepless’

Having spent years building a cult-like following with sonically punishing material and visually staggering live performances, Palm Reader have established themselves as a band worth paying attention to. Growing from humble house show roots to festival favourites, their cult began to grow after the success of their critically

Sunday 22 November 2020

I Am The Avalanche – ‘Dive’

“Shall we drink to better days?” I Am The Avalanche’s Vinnie Caruana asks moments into the Brooklyn band’s latest record ‘Dive’. And, come to think of it, the way 2020 has gone, we might as well do just that. Stalwarts of the post-hardcore scene, I Am

Wednesday 18 November 2020

Killer Be Killed – ‘Reluctant Hero’

Supergroups can be a tricky thing to get right on record. Will star names blend on a full length LP, or should it have just remained a studio jam session? Luckily for them (and for us), this is a problem that Killer Be Killed have never had

Tuesday 17 November 2020

Bad Nerves – ‘Bad Nerves’

Swaggering like the Rolling Stones, imbuing the effortless cool of the Strokes, and thrashing through three chords with the panache of the Ramones – it’s about time the world was introduced to Bad Nerves. The East London five-piece’s debut self-titled record captures the chaos of their

Saturday 14 November 2020

Redwood – ‘Beside A Shallow Sun’

Amidst the turmoil that is 2020, Redwood are here to provide some audio comfort. Since 2016, the Hertfordshire quintet have created luscious soundscapes, treading the fine line between emo and post-rock. It’s no surprise, then, that a comparison to St. Louis group Foxing has often been made. 2018’s ‘Lay

Thursday 12 November 2020

Newmeds – ‘Nothing Is Heavier Than The Mind’

If you’re angry, disaffected and frustrated, then you’re not the only one. Hardcore punk upstarts Newmeds have been stewing on these emotions in the depths of Hull, but they’re ready to break out – and they might just be your new favourite band. After teasing a handful of standalone

Saturday 07 November 2020

Bitch Falcon – ‘Staring At Clocks’

There are few places where the music scene is thriving as well as in Ireland. With the likes of Fontaines D.C. and The Murder Capital leading the way, a new generation of bands are pushing the limits of genres. One band that’s especially smashing through such boundaries is Dublin

Friday 06 November 2020

Like Moths To Flames – ‘No Eternity In Gold’

Like Moths To Flames are really turning up the heat on their new record ‘No Eternity In Gold’. With four LPs, four EPs, countless touring cycles and a decade of sculpting under their belts, the Ohio-based quartet are presenting a version of themselves that we haven’t seen before.

Friday 30 October 2020

Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou – ‘May Our Chambers Be Full’

What do you get if you cross a haunting singer/songwriter with a noisy doom metal band? With ‘May Our Chambers Be Full’ we’re about to find out, and let us assure you this is no joke. Emma Ruth Rundle has teamed up with Thou for a collaborative album that

Mr Bungle – ‘The Raging Wrath of The Easter Bunny Demo’

Old bands seem to always be reforming and coming back these days. It was still a surprise, though, to hear that Mr Bungle were getting back together, 20 years since their last record – the Mike Patton-fronted experimental metal group released three excellent genre-bending albums in the

Black Foxxes – ‘Black Foxxes’

If there’s ever going to be an album that’s the musical equivalent of stripping off and running into the ocean, Black Foxxes’ third and self-titled record is it. Made up of nine phenomenal tracks, this record sees front man and only remaining founding member Mark Holley laid

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Happy. – ‘Imposter Syndrome’

It’s been two years since their debut album ‘Cult Classic’, and Happy. are finally back with another installment in the shape of a second LP called ‘Imposter Syndrome’. Their ethos of perpetuating positivity and an eagerness to change the conversation surrounding mental health is reason enough to

The OBGMs – ‘The Ends’

Hailing from Toronto, The OBGMs are a punk rock trio marching to the beat of their own drum. A lot has changed in the past couple of years for vocalist and guitarist Densil McFarlane, drummer Colanthony Humphrey and bassist Joe Brosnan, and second album ‘The Ends’, shows a renewed,

Tuesday 27 October 2020

Fear No Empire – ‘Fear No Empire’

Probably the last thing anyone expected from 2020 was for the worlds of political protest music and Zebrahead to collide – but it’s been a funny old year and, well, here we are. Bringing in Dan Palmer’s Death By Stereo bandmate and drummer Mike Cambra, half of the notoriously

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