New Town Kings – ‘Pull Up & Rewind’

With this boiling summer that the UK’s been having so far, there’s absolutely nothing better than chilling in a field at a music festival with an ice-cold cider / beer / some form of alcoholic beverage. And with that, you’ll always need some decent music to really get into the summer vibe. This is where […]

Little Big League / Ovlov – ‘Split’

Little Big League and Ovlov find themselves in good company as label buddies that have a similar sound, and that helps make this split a delightful listen. The two songs Little Big League bring out are bright with fantastic guitar riffs paired with the singer’s combined feminine and aggressive vocal approach. Michelle Zauner sings every […]

O Captain – ‘Ghetto Hikes’

Every now and again, an EP bursts fully-formed from your speakers and grabs your attention without hesitation or delay. There’s plenty of room in this world for ‘growers’ or works which you ‘need to live with for a bit’, and it’s this variety which prevents the world from stagnating into a congealed lake of aural […]

Andrew Cream / Don Blake – ‘Split’

When most punks think of acoustic music from the UK, it’s probably a given that Frank Turner is the first artist to come to mind. The genre has definitely gotten much more recognition in recent years, with musicians like Turner and Sam Russo in the UK and Dave Hause in the US, among many others. […]

Whipped – ‘Future No Brainers’

The Midwest produces a lot of things. Corn, tornadoes, soybeans, punk bands… Chicago’s Whipped are another product of the area, and they really pick up the pace in their EP ‘Future No Brainers’. They play the kind of catchy punk that’s so visible these days, but with differences that make them stand out — especially […]

Guerrilla Monsoon / Gameday Regulars – ‘Split EP’

It’s immediately obvious from the opening track of New York punk-rockers Gameday Regulars and Birmingham’s (UK) Guerrilla Monsoon that you’ve entered a world of unfaltering melodic punk. In essence, these 11ish minutes are the epitome of pop-punk – fast paced drums and gritty vocals up against insatiably catchy melodies and upbeat rhythms – yet “pop-punk” […]

Greenhorn – ‘I Want More’

Greenhorn is the studio side project from Roger Lima of Less Than Jake fame and this ‘I Want More’ EP sees him act as song writer, performer, and producer all in one go. He’s joined by friend Jen Vito here too, balancing out the vocals and giving the EP a fresh touch. However, and this […]

You Blew It! – ‘You Blue It!’

Weezer’s debut album is iconic, and that it’s affectionately dubbed ‘The Blue Album’ speaks volumes. It’s an influential alt-rock record centred around loneliness but all the while being fun and accessible, with  some brilliant melodic guitar work. It doesn’t really need much more of an introduction. Twenty years on, every song on the record has been covered, with not […]

Annabel / Dowsing – ‘Split EP’

Count Your Lucky Stars have been responsible for some of my favourite releases of the last few years, none more so than Annabel’s ‘Youth In Youth’. Their 2012 album was layered in huge melodies, patient build ups, and some really life affirming breakdowns. Add this to Dowsing’s slightly awkward but enjoyable emo-rock and you should […]

Rapids – ‘Traction’

In the last decade we’ve seen the likes of Alkaline Trio, Fall Out Boy, and Rise Against fly the flag proudly for the city of Chicago, but there’s a vibrant underground scene bubbling up right now and Rapids are the latest to impress. This four track EP features former members of the bands Slapstick, Dead […]

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