Oh Captive – ‘Two Mirrors’

It’s always a shame when a young band calls it a day when they’re only a couple of years into their career. Due to financial issues and time commitment, Oh Captive is one of the latest bands to unfortunately break up. But, whilst their career has been rather short lived, the alt-rockers, hailing from the […]

High Rise – ‘Tides Will Take You’

After going on indefinite hiatus in 2012 Londoners High Rise are back, and ‘Tides Will Take You’ gets off to an explosive start as the charging guitars and raw vocals of ‘Burdens’ come crashing forward. You can almost feel the weight behind the riffs, and it makes for an emphatic opening statement, leaving the listener […]

Maths – ‘The Fires Courting The Sea’

Screamo trio Maths have always followed the “blink and you’ll miss it” mantra. On their new ‘The Fires Courting The Sea’ EP – their first release proper since 2009’s ‘Descent’ – Maths cram more brilliance into these fleeting moments than ever before. Coming in at around the ten minute mark, the six tracks on offer […]

DIVIDES – ‘Anywhere & Nowhere’

The minute some reviewers see that a band has a female vocalist, they’re falling over themselves to clamour, “Paramore, Paramore, PARAMORE!” But while Paramore are indeed an excellent act, it’s disheartening to see bands pigeonholed so quickly. In step DIVIDES, a gritty rock quintet from Glasgow. Just a year and half old, and led by vocalist Tasha Cowie, these guys have […]

Touche Amore / Self Defense Family – ‘Self Love’ EP

Fifteen musicians coming together in one room can either end up being a self-indulgent mess of people struggling to be heard, or it can give way to a swell of creativity with mesmerising results. In the case of this collaborative effort by Touché Amore and Self Defense Family, it has thankfully ended up being the latter, and […]

Kind Of Like Spitting / Warren Franklin And The Founding Fathers – Split

Split releases are usually reserved for maybe four tracks, often to showcase a couple of bands and to leave you wanting more. On this record, however, we are treated to a total of thirteen tracks across two bands, and ‘It’s Always Nice To See You’ gives you a proper chance to digest both Kind Of Like […]

Man Overboard / Senses Fail – Split

The split release has been a time-honoured tradition in punk for years now, and it comes as a surprise that this is only Man Overboard’s second time embracing the format since releasing the split with Transit way back in 2009. What’s even more surprising is that for a band who has been around for the best […]

ZOAX – ‘Is Everybody Listening?’

ZOAX claim to be a rock band above all else, which is actually reassuring because it means that they haven’t confined themselves to a possibly narrowing genre such as metal-core, post-hardcore or (sigh) Djent. Another advantage of the London five-piece refusing to limit themselves to a particular style is that they’re finding themselves supporting some […]

Treasures – ‘Alive’

When young, up-and-coming bands release an EP, they tend to be rushed and not very memorable, no matter how talented said band are. These days, it seems that bands want to throw material out into the public, so they become a talking point for a month or two, before interest dies off. However, Treasures have […]

Faux – ‘Patterns’

Southampton has been good to us over the years, hasn’t it? The coastal city has, over recent years, produced the likes of Kerouac, Our Time Down Here, Burn The Fleet and many more, providing something for all sects of the rock-loving populace. However, the mere mention of the above may mislead you as to what […]

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