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Be sure of one thing: Coldrain are going to blow up, and very soon. They’ve already conquered their native Japan, so it’s only a matter of time before they take over the UK with their incredibly catchy mixture of metal riffs and infectious choruses. Vocalist Masato, bassist RxYxO (Ryo), drummer Katsuma, and guitarists Y.K.C (Yokochi) and […]

Red Bull Studios Download 2014: They Say Fall

We’re taking a look at a band doing well in this year’s Red Bull Studios Download Festival opportunity and asking them why you should be paying attention to them… this week, we give They Say Fall a chance to get the word out What is the history of They Say Fall in as few words […]


Forget the entire concept of the introvert emo musician stereotype: Nai Harvest are a band who want to have a go. At their EP release show in Brighton, Ben and Lew shared their (strong) opinions with Punktastic on why they’ll never be a fad band, why CDs are pointless, why singing about love might not […]


Birmingham’s finest metalcore upstarts, Cytota, consist of five members: vocalist Joby Fitzgerald, drummer Harry Jennings (son of Raw Power’s Craig Jennings),  guitarists Youssef Ashraf and Ryan Hamilton, and bassist Oliver Pike. Although they technically formed in 2009, the band were still at school, and so haven’t been able to throw themselves into it fully until […]

Red Bull Studios band profile: Breathe In The Silence

Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a look at some of the bands flying high in the annual Red Bull Studios Download Festival Breathe In The Silence were #1 in the chart at the end of last night – and we sent a few questions over to Conor Evans from […]


New Politics have supported all the big names. We’re talking Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Panic! At The Disco, 30 Seconds To Mars, even P!nk (probably the first and last time she gets a mention on Punktastic). But we didn’t know a lot about New Politics themselves, apart from the fact that they are two-thirds Danish […]

Interview: 5 Seconds Of Summer [March 2014]

Just in case you didn’t know: 5 Seconds Of Summer are going to be absolutely massive. It might be easy to dismiss them as the next One Direction, but they’ve been working with the likes of John Feldmann, Good Charlotte, All Time Low and Mike Duce of Lower Than Atlantis, and they’re coming up with […]

INTERVIEW: Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) [March 2014]

Pete Wentz at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (more photos) We had a quick catch up Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz towards the end of their European tour, ahead of their show in Dublin, Ireland. You’re coming to the end of your European tour at the moment… how’s it all been? Oh man, it’s been really fun […]


Taking Back Sunday formed in 1999 in the outskirts of New York, but if you’re already reading Punktastic, then you really don’t need us to introduce the alt-rock (just don’t call them emo!) icons Adam Lazzara, John Nolan, Eddie Reyes, Shaun Cooper and Mark O’Connell. The original ‘Tell All Your Friends’ line up were recently […]

INTERVIEW: We Are The In Crowd [March 2014]

We Are The In Crowd have just released their second album, ‘Weird Kids’, and it’s bloody brilliant. A couple of weeks back, we went down to Koko to have a chat with guitarist/vocalist Jordan Eckes about the album, how much they love the UK and how the tour went for them. HOW HAVE THE CROWDS […]