Reviews from Monday 22 January 2018

LIVE: Paramore @ The o2 Arena, London

The o2 has never been so colourful. Whether it’s the sea of multi-coloured hair, the visually extravagant light show, Hayley Williams’ encapsulating lyrics or the pre show bar 2 for 1 cocktails, nothing about Paramore’s return to London is dull. Last year saw the band return with a re-imagined aesthetic

Friday 19 January 2018

Tonight Alive – ‘Underworld’

Following a short diversion from their signature pop-punk sound with 2016’s ‘Limitless’, Tonight Alive have made a swift U-turn and created an album that serves as a solid reminder of why we loved them so much in the first place. Tonight Alive has powered through the

Sunday 07 January 2018

Greyhaven – ‘Breathe’

Formed in 2015 and hailing from London, Greyhaven have been on a hot streak recently, releasing two very well received EPs on the way to this third collection. Having released ‘State of Mind’ last year, ‘Breathe’ marks the quintet’s

Friday 05 January 2018

LIVE: Apologies I Have None/Kamikaze Girls/Last Hounds/Super Lemon Days @ The Asylum, Birmingham

It’s a bitter Friday night in Birmingham, but thankfully we have two of the finest ‘always on tour’ punk bands to untap our emotions, in a season where it’s frowned upon to be unhappy.  The truth is, it’s always okay to not be okay, and given that Apologies, I

LIVE: ROAM / WSTR / Stand Atlantic @ The Key Club, Leeds

It may be freezing outside but in the basement of a Yorkshire shopping centre there’s a party ready to warm the cockles of your heart. Bring your dancing shoes because we’ve got an evening in store that’s dripping in pop punk positivity, with three emerging stars of

Tuesday 02 January 2018

LIVE: Good Charlotte / Against The Current / Milk Teeth / Nothing, Nowhere @ Brixton Academy

Opener nothing, nowhere are playing their first UK shows on this run, and the awkwardly early set time doesn’t do them any favours. Playing from 5.30, they are exceptional, but sadly there is only about a quarter of Brixton there to enjoy it. The only possible criticism for the anonymous

Friday 22 December 2017

LIVE: Oathbreaker / Syndrome / Coilguns @ Scala, London

If there is a rule that support bands should “behave themselves” at other bands’ shows then no one told openers Coilguns, as it takes literally seconds from starting their set for vocalist Louis Jucker to hurl himself on top of the unsuspecting, yet receptive, audience. The steadily-growing Scala crowd

Thursday 21 December 2017

LIVE: Stone Sour / The Pretty Reckless @ Brixton Academy, London

As far as 21st century metal icons go, there’s not many bigger than Corey Taylor. He’s gained worldwide success in his batshit insane Slipknot outfit, and now his more personal, melodic, but no less in-your-face, project Stone Sour is reaping critical acclaim and fandom. A sold out Brixton Academy

Wednesday 20 December 2017

LIVE: Press to MECO @ The Key Club, Leeds

Having set an initial date of November 17 for the release of their second album ‘Here’s To The Fatigue’, this run of shows should’ve been an opportunity for Press To MECO to promote and celebrate their new record. The band however have been forced to move the release date,

Sunday 17 December 2017

LIVE: Creeper @ The Albert Hall, Manchester

Creeper is a cult. Creeper is a tribe. Creeper is an emotion. Creeper is the feeling of belonging. In what has seemed like an incredibly short space of time, the ‘Callous Heart’ that adorns the back of each member’s jacket has become a symbol of hope.

Friday 15 December 2017

LIVE: Northlane / ERRA @ Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

In Australia, the first day of December signals the beginning of summer. Lovely warm weather and regular trips to the beach. So it’s a surprise to see Aussie-natives Northlane here in the UK, where we’re more used to darkness setting in early and plummeting temperatures. The band are no strangers

Wednesday 13 December 2017

LIVE: Stick To Your Guns / Being As An Ocean @ O2 Academy, Islington

Following the release of the bands sixth album ‘True View’ back in October of this year, American hardcore heroes Stick to Your Guns have reached new heights with their blend of emotional lyrics and super charged riffs, making them amongst the best on the current hardcore scene. This tour

Thursday 07 December 2017

LIVE: PVRIS @ O2 Academy, Birmingham

Receiving widespread appreciation for your debut album must be a fantastic feeling. That is, until you have to try and follow it with a second album. The superb ‘White Noise’ gave PVRIS a perfect start to their alternative-pop journey and after setting such a high bar, follow-up

Wednesday 06 December 2017

Calligram – ‘Askesis’

In late 2016, London-based noise-mongers Calligram unleashed their debut EP, ‘Demimonde’, on the UK hardcore scene. An assault of punishing D-beat and charred, blackened riffing, it was a terrifying and glorious introduction for the band, and one that threw down the gauntlet pretty hard. Like, too hard.

LIVE: Every Time I Die / Comeback Kid / Knocked Loose / Higher Power @ KOKO, London

Just in time for the inevitable ‘gig of the year’ debate, comes this absolutely insane show headed by Buffalo hardcore heavyweights Every Time I Die. If you’ve been to an Every Time I Die show before you’ll know just how crazy things can get and this time around they’ve

Friday 01 December 2017

LIVE: Single Mothers / Cassels – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

“What do you get if you cross a dog with a telephone? A golden retriever! Wait, damn, that’s not right,” Single Mothers front man Drew Thomson laments. “We’ll try this a few more times throughout the night and eventually we’ll get it right,” he triumphantly adds.

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Deaf Havana – ‘All These Countless Nights (Reworked)’

‘All These Countless Nights’ was released in January 2017, hitting the UK album charts at number five, and the independent album charts at number one. When Deaf Havana announced that they would be releasing a new, re-worked version of this album their fans couldn’t wait to hear what they’d

LIVE: Royal Blood / At The Drive-In / Black Honey @ First Direct Arena, Leeds

Tonight’s headliners, Brighton rock duo Royal Blood, are something of a success story. They only formed in 2013 and yet here they are, a mere four years later, selling out multiple shows at some of the largest venues in the UK. They’ve done it the right way, starting at

Friday 24 November 2017

Track & Field – ‘Natural Light’

Leeds has always been a hotbed of talent, and has always been great at producing bands that do things their own way with little regard for what’s ‘expected’ of them. The members of Track & Field have been active within that scene for years in bands like The Plight

Thursday 23 November 2017

Chris J Connolly – ‘Moving Maps’

Of all the scenes and sub-genres that fill up the wider alternative music movement, the field of solo artist is particularly crowded. Not only do you have established solo acts, you also have to compete with a multitude of musicians who release music away from their main

Want more reviews? Browse our huge archive