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LIVE: Pity Sex / The Death Of Pop / Radical Boy @ The Old Blue Last, London

There’s no escaping that nowadays more and more bands are trading in punk rock for a more fuzzy, indie rock sound. No that there’s anything inherently wrong with that, but there is always that danger of a scene diluting itself and it not becoming exciting anymore. Thankfully for Ann Arbor, MI quartet Pity Sex, they […]

LIVE: Alien Ant Farm / POD / Hoobastank @ KOKO, London

The air around London’s Koko was full of nostalgia for this showing of nu-metal titans from times gone by. For those who rode the nu-metal wave back in the early noughties, this trio were right up there, all boasting impressive stand out tracks that literally everybody knew, and were played around rock nights throughout the […]

LIVE: Frank Carter’s ‘Modern Ruin’ Exhibition / Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes @ Sang Bleu

Photo by Jenny McCord What do you do after being named the coolest person in the world by NME? If your artist, musician, tattooer and all-round punk icon Frank Carter you form a new band, expand your art career and launch it all in your place of work; the Sang Bleu Tattoo Studio in Dalston. […]

LIVE: Slaves @ The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne

Amidst the constant mumblings of distaste regarding their name, Slaves have stepped into the limelight these last five months or so. With a nomination into the BBC Music Sound of 2015 shortlist and a performance on Later with Jooles Holland, the duo really are proving that punk can be successful in today’s mainstream. On Monday […]

LIVE: American Football @ Electric Ballroom, London

This review is redundant. Allow me to explain why. Over their seven UK dates, including two at London’s Electric Ballroom, American Football will have been worshiped by a significant proportion of their adoring fans. Excuse the blasphemy; no other word seems to adequately represent the audience’s reaction to the Illinois emo pioneers. Devoted American Football […]

LIVE: Deez Nuts / Stick To Your Guns / Trash Talk / Being As An Ocean @ ULU Student Union

Being As An Ocean opened this mammoth four band musical morsel which had most hardcore fans salivating at the prospect of such a great lineup. Their post-hardcore rhythms were well received and crowd pleaser ‘Wrecking Ball’ would be a no brainer for the title of ‘proper good tune’. Lead singer Joel Quartuccio spent most of […]

LIVE: Twin Atlantic / Eliza and the Bear / Lonely the Brave @ Brixton Academy

When Twin Atlantic sold out the Roundhouse in London late last year, it was questionable as to how they’d ever top that performance. Then they announced a headline show at Brixton Academy and they’ve never looked more comfortable dominating one of the UK’s most respected venues. The emotional powerhouse that is Lonely The Brave stepped […]

LIVE: While She Sleeps / Cancer Bats / Hundreth / Oathbreaker @ The Forum, London

Concluding their joint headline tour at the Forum, Cancer Bats and While She Sleeps showed why exactly they’re on the cusp of becoming something huge. The opening act for the show, Oathbreaker were an interesting proposition. The band combined skyscraper riffs and heavy drumbeats with lead singer Caro Tanghe’s screams laying over the top to […]

LIVE: The Kimberly Steaks @ JT Soar, Nottingham

As a live band, Glasgow pop-punks The Kimberly Steaks’ live show isn’t quite as tight as Iain Duncan Smith’s grip on the JSA budget but it’s damn close. “Aye,” they probably say in Scotland, “these boys are gid”. Each set is broken up into several sections of non-stop, fist-pumping fun. Taking to the floor with […]

LIVE: Title Fight / Cold World @ The Dome, London

Having taken a three year gap, Title Fight’s return this year with the compelling and almost dream-like ‘Hyperview’ has rightly been seen as a progressive and mature move by the band. More than just a shift in gear with regard to their musical direction, it is almost a completely different vehicle the band are driving […]

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