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From Tuesday 06 December 2022

Other Half – ‘Soft Action’

The dreaded sophomore slump is a real thing. Will a band’s follow-up album hit as heavy as their debut release? Will they be able to build on the foundations of songs that made their name? For Norwich natives Other Half, the answer is a resounding yes. ‘Soft Action’ not

Friday 23 September 2022

Kid Kapichi – ‘Here’s What You Could’ve Won’

Sometimes, writing close to a delivery deadline is a dangerous game. As an example, this review has almost certainly breached the guided deadline for submission, and I’ll have to pull strings to get it published in time – this says more about me than anything else. But for a

Tuesday 23 August 2022

The Losing Score – ‘Learn To Let This Go’

Closing their 2020 EP, ‘Closed For Season’, with the line, “That was the most honest response I’ve ever had towards death”, you could be forgiven for thinking The Losing Score take themselves too seriously. But keen listeners know that couldn’t be farther from the truth, with light-hearted levity being

Wednesday 13 July 2022

Viagra Boys – ‘Cave World’

Post-punk is in a good place, thriving you could say, and no band is as distinctive within the genre as Sweden’s Viagra Boys. Following on from 2021’s critically acclaimed ‘Welfare Jazz’, Sebastian Murphy and the Boys are back with another helping of visceral absurdity in the form of ‘Cave

Wednesday 20 April 2022

Spanish Love Songs – ‘Brave Faces Etc’

When Spanish Love Songs released their 2020 album, ‘Brave Faces Everyone’, we started our review with the line “Look, we get it. The world has gone to shit.” Little did we know, just a few weeks later, it was going to get worse. With live music put on hold

Friday 01 April 2022

PUP – ‘The Unraveling of PUPTHEBAND’

The next release after a successful album can be a tricky one. After two successful albums, it’s even more difficult. For PUP, after releasing three almost flawless albums, they’ve left themselves an absolute mountain to climb to reach the Everest of heights they’ve set their standards at. Fortunately, they’re

Monday 13 December 2021

Kid Dad – ‘Bloom’

We’re currently in a musical period where bands tend to reinvent themselves into a more brash, heavier, thrash embracing version of their previous selves. Germany’s Kid Dad, however, appear to have taken a different approach; releasing on a more stripped and nuanced sound for their latest EP, ‘Bloom’, the

Tuesday 31 August 2021

Children Collide – ‘Time Itself’

After a near decade-long hiatus, Aussie three piece Children Collide are back to release new LP ‘Time Itself’. After such a long time away from the scene, it can be difficult to reclaim your place in an industry that’s everchanging. Is the sound that made your name still relevant

Monday 23 August 2021

Strange Bones – ‘England Screams’

Music is almost always an extension of personality. Bouncing, cheery pop punk, or angsty lo-fi sad boi acoustic vibes; it’s a mirror of feelings, not only for the bands but for the listener themselves. Not all of us can be poets, so we rely on the words and thoughts

Friday 06 August 2021

Foxing – ‘Draw Down The Moon’

Here’s the trick to conquering the music industry – reinvention. The reason the likes of Bowie, Dylan and Madonna are so revered is because they’re able to reinvent themselves multiple times to become relevant again. Like a snake shedding its skin, it’s the change in either image or sound