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INTERVIEW: Boston Manor

In 2021, Boston Manor’s story is not a unique one: band plans album release. Band releases album. Global pandemic acts as giant spanner in band’s album promotion plans. By now, it really is a tale as old as time, and 15 months after Covid-19 first hit our →

Young Culture – ‘Godspeed’

Even in the context of the longest year in history, it feels like barely five minutes have passed since we first heard the debut album from Young Culture – in fact, it’s been nearly ten months, though in release terms that’s still a pretty swift turnaround for follow up →

Wednesday 28 July 2021

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! – ‘Gone Are The Good Days’

After a five-year blitz which brought three studio albums, Paris-based post-hardcore band Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! have taken their time with album number four. ‘Gone Are The Good Days’ has been a long, drawn-out process that has had all the members toying with what they wanted to create. Pumping out →

Tuesday 27 July 2021

Creeper – ‘American Noir’

Robbed of exorcising the demons of the exhausting creative process that yielded critically-acclaimed album ‘Sex, Death and the Infinite Void’ in a celebratory live setting, Creeper do what only Creeper can do – launch an incredibly bold and daring EP. Billed by lead singer William Gould as the “epilogue” →

Saturday 24 July 2021

Win a pair of tickets to see Dead Romantic’s first ever London show

Rock newcomers Dead Romantic are playing their first ever London show ahead of the release of their debut album ‘Voices’, out 3rd September and we have 3 pairs of tickets to give away for their Black Heart show on Wednesday 4th August. To enter the competition please RT this →

Friday 23 July 2021

Descendents – ‘9th & Walnut’

If you were to create a Mount Rushmore of 80s hardcore punk legends – beings who changed the shape of the genre and influenced the following generations – you’d likely include Henry Rollins, Keith Morris, Brett Gurewitz and Bill Stevenson (if you don’t know any of those names, immediately →

Thursday 22 July 2021

Punktastic Picks: Volume 3

After a brief hiatus, like a band who broke up in 2019 only to make an immediate post-lockdown comeback, Punktastic Picks is making its overenthusiastic return to your screens and devices. Hooray! For those who missed our previous editions, (Volume One and Volume Two are still available for →

Wednesday 21 July 2021

GUEST PLAYLIST: Holding Absence

Since joining Holding Absence in 2018, Scott Carey has played an integral part in pushing the band forwards, even more so with the band’s new album ‘The Greatest Mistake of My Life’. We sat down with him at the Download Festival Pilot and got him thinking about some of →

Tuesday 20 July 2021


Starting a band as fifteen-year-old music fans is commonplace. Seeing that band succeed, be respected by older peers, sign to a well known label and have over 40 million streams in the six years since its formation? Less common. But for California natives Destroy Boys, that’s exactly what has →

Monday 19 July 2021

Alexis Marshall – ‘House of Lull. House of When’

“You make a record with a box of 10 or 12 crayons, and then you get the one with 80 crayons and you think you’ve moved ahead, but you’re still just making a record with paper and crayons. I want the broken crayons. I wanna melt ‘em together. I →

Friday 16 July 2021

Times Of Grace – ‘Songs Of Loss And Separation’

If you’re a fan of modern metal, you’ve likely heard of Killswitch Engage and are completely aware of their masterful take on metalcore, pioneering the genre and leading the way for a lot of today’s scene. What you may not have heard of is Times Of Grace, a →

Wednesday 14 July 2021

Yonaka – ‘Seize The Power’

Brighton four-piece Yonaka haven’t really stopped since releasing debut album ‘Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow’ back in 2019. Throughout the enforced break to touring, they’ve been busy writing a lot of new material and played both the May and December stay-at-home Five4FiveFest days in support of the Music Venue Trust’s →

LIVE: Holding Absence @ Portland House, Cardiff

It starts with a crackle. The kind you hear when you first gently place the needle down on a record, waiting for the music to kick in. Shots of Cardiff’s Portland House come into view, and already the scene is perfectly set for what has always felt →

Monday 12 July 2021

Lower Automation – ‘Lower Automation’

Let’s start by talking about the delightful board game ‘Mouse Trap’. If you’ve never played, the game hinges on a super-complicated machine, the aforementioned mouse trap; you turn a crank, which knocks a ball, that sends a diver into a tub, and finally a little cage lowers onto the →

Sunday 11 July 2021

The Maine – ‘XOXO: From Love & Anxiety in Real Time’

The Maine have been tapping into our deepest, darkest, and most vulnerable thoughts since we were teenagers. Fans have grown with them from their purest pop punk days when the band themselves were still kids, to the wholesome and caring men that they are today, and all →

Thursday 08 July 2021

Brookehorse – ‘My Downfall Is My Own Design’

Birmingham: a creative hub for alternative talent that spans decade upon decade. From the godfathers of heavy metal, Black Sabbath, to tech-wizards Oceans Ate Alaska, the second city has been consistently churning out top-tier music for decades, and if post-hardcore newcomers Brookehorse are anything to go by, it’s →

Justin Courtney Pierre – ‘The Price Of Salt’

It’s been a heartbeat since Motion City Soundtrack front man Justin Courtney Pierre treated us to the consistent and digestible EP that was ‘An Anthropologist On Mars’. Now, just four months later, he’s back with ‘The Price Of Salt’. The EPs announcement was complemented by an essay →

Wednesday 07 July 2021

LIVE: Download Festival Pilot 2021 – Sunday

It’s been a long, long time since Punktastic have been able to cover live music as we’ve always known it, and to be able to dive back in at the one and only Download Festival is more than we could ever have hoped for. The crowd was smaller, as →

Tuesday 06 July 2021

Self Care Club Presents: Collab Playlist – July ’21

Can we take a second to appreciate how fantastic the Download Pilot was? Full of love, care, and some fucking great bands, it’s a real statement of how powerful our scene is. Gigs are now on the horizon, and with the success of the pilot, it surely can’t be →

Thursday 01 July 2021

LIVE: Download Festival Pilot 2021 – Saturday

It’s been a long, long time since Punktastic have been able to cover live music as we’ve always known it, and to be able to dive back in at the one and only Download Festival is more than we could ever have hoped for. The crowd was smaller, as →

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