Janowski – Loose Change

For a music scene that’s spawned some notable bands in recent years, in particular Gallows and Lower Than Atlantis, Watford has always struggled with venues to call home and that’s definitely impacted on new bands coming through. Since local heroes Captain Everything stood down there has also been a real lack of punk-rock talent to […]

LIVE: Seahaven / Nai Harvest @ Birthdays, London [18/04/14]

Released last month, Seahaven’s ‘Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only’ more than lives up to its title. Moving in another direction entirely to their previous offerings, ‘Reverie…’ sees the band’s gentle quirks layered with a heap of echoing landscapes that could just as easily soundtrack a relaxing day on the beach as a melancholic night […]

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die

You know you’ve reached ‘that’ stage in life when a Sunday afternoon matinee show sounds like a brilliant idea. Have a spot of lunch, watch some of the football, casually stroll down to the pub to watch some emo-rock, then get home in time for the 6 o’clock news. I don’t watch the 6 o’clock […]

FACT – ‘Witness’

Japans hardcore/metal outfit FACT have steadily been building a repertoire of material over the last 5 years. The adage of Brit Adam Graham in 2012 helped push their sound further, with the band becoming a triple guitar attack, with Adam also joining lead vocalist Hiro on singing duties. Now a 6 piece, and on their […]

Rust Belt Lights – Religion & My Ex

Buffalo, NY’s Rust Belt Lights released their second full length release, ‘Religion & My Ex’ through Adeline records (their first release with the label) earlier this month. The album see’s it UK release through the awesome Disconnect Disconnect Records. The album opens with ‘Wasted Wishing’, which is best described as typical punk rock. Strong, punchy […]

Banner Pilot – Souvenir

Banner Pilot are back with their fourth studio album, ‘Souvenir’, and with distinctive vocals, a consistent up-beat tempo, and a heavy nod to late 90’s punk-rock, it’s a very welcome return. ‘Modern Shakes’ is a strong opening track and one that quickly sees the band settle back into their groove – solid verses backed with […]

Villains – ‘Villains’

During his recent controversial Brit award speech, Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys fame mumbled a few almost incomprehensible lines about rock music and its adherence to the rules of the cyclical nature of the universe. If you try and look far, far, far past his collection of pretentious bullshit statements and try to ignore his […]

Somos – ‘Temple Of Plenty’

Hailing from Boston, Somos (roughly translated as ‘We Are’ from Spanish) are a four piece that are striving to make ambitious, melodic rock with punk and indie undertones. ‘Temple of Plenty’, their 9 track debut album (originally cast to be a 7 track EP), sees them recruit Jesse Cannon (Man Overboard, The Menzingers) on production. […]

Playlounge – ‘Pilot’

With the clocks now firmly forward and the longer days bringing with them a smattering of sunshine, the wait for the summer is almost over. With ‘Pilot’, Playlounge may have crafted its soundtrack. Drenched in distortion, opener ‘I Am A Lion’ lays all cards on the table, a thunderous kick-start that instantly dispels any concern […]

Punk Goes… 90′s vol. 2

Fearless Records have released countless Punk Goes…compilations. From Punk Goes Crunk, to Punk Goes Pop, to Punk Goes 90′s vol 1, Punktastic hasn’t always been a fan of these compilations, challenging their originality and whether they can be deemed “punk covers” at all. Unfortunately this release of 12 songs featuring metal and emo stalwarts such […]

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