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From Friday 31 May 2024

HRTLSS – ‘BLOOD MOON’

Vowels aren’t cool. At one time you could replace them with a ‘V’ and be down with the kids, but even that’s become passé. Now you have to drop any sounds you can make with your tongue and capitalise what’s left. Now you have to be block

Thursday 30 May 2024

Eat Your Own Head – ‘The Trawler’

There’s a good reason why fishermen wear bright yellow waders. Equally, there’s a reason most bands do not. Eat Your Own Head are not most bands. For their new, ‘The Trawler’, the four-piece pulled on their bright rubber breeches and snapped a photograph that perfectly sums up

Thursday 02 May 2024

Fast Blood – ‘SUNNY BLUNTS’

Surrounded by algorithms, screens and endless stimulation, it’s hard not to feel disconnected. That’s a strange thing. The world is at your fingertips, and yet reality is not. You can be assaulted by endless sights and sounds, but they’re all strangely abstract. It’s the same with music.

Tuesday 30 April 2024

The Plot In You – ‘VOL.2’

Just like whiskey, pickles and smelly cheese, heavy bands often ‘mellow with age’. In 2021, The Plot In You released their second album ‘Swan Songs’. It seemed they’d done just that, leaving behind the aggression of their early music in favour of more expansive or intimate soundscapes.

Friday 05 April 2024

Dead Pony – ‘IGNORE THIS’

Getting noticed isn’t easy. If your music speaks for itself but if no one hears it, what do you do? Scottish alt-rockers Dead Pony had this exact problem. After releasing a series of EPs, they felt they were getting nowhere, that their career had stalled and making

Thursday 28 March 2024

Fortune Teller – ‘PREMONITIONS’

You can’t seriously call your band Fortune Teller and title your first EP ‘Premonitions’ without expecting an avalanche of clairvoyance jokes, can you? Luckily, you don’t have to reach for a crystal ball to see big things in this pop-punk band’s future. They aren’t relying on prophecy, they’re

Sunday 24 March 2024

USA Nails – ‘FEEL WORSE’

Every day your newsfeeds are full of Tech-bros telling you A.I. music is the future, but they’re wrong. Music doesn’t have a simple recipe. You can’t tweak the ingredients to make it tastier. It’s not supposed to be easily digestible. It’s not supposed to be bland. It’s

Saturday 17 February 2024

Cherym – ‘TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT’

Cherym felt like outsiders; like they didn’t belong. As a non-binary trio, they felt excluded from the music scene, yet they had a way in. Armed with infectious songs and a handful of EPs and singles, this little band from Londonderry proved they were not to be underestimated.

Thursday 25 January 2024

Dream State – ‘Still Dreaming’

To quote Quentin Tarantino; “you had my curiosity… but now you have my attention.” Dream State rose quickly, establishing themselves with a series of well-regarded EPs and an album. Just as quickly, they fell apart. For guitarist Aled Evans, the dream became a nightmare. With his

Monday 22 January 2024

Hearts & Hand Grenades – ‘WHERE I BEGIN’

Everyone likes a bit of contrast. Think about it; chalk and cheese, sweet and sour, and of course, Hearts & Hand Grenades. It’s a name that promises both love and explosive power. Listening to their music, it’s a good fit. They define themselves as a “hard-rock”