’68 – ‘In Humor And Sadness’

From his time fronting Norma Jean to ten years as vocalist of The Chariot, Josh Scogin’s career has, until recently, trodden a fairly similar path. With his latest endeavour ’68, Scogin has largely stepped away from what he knows. Superfluous elements such as multiple band members, expensive production, and even full track names are gone, […]

Creeper – ‘Creeper’

Holy crap, this is great. Like some kind of three-chord dairy, the UK is churning out quality punk rock at the moment and the latest vat of melodic butter to roll off the production line comes courtesy of Southampton’s Creeper. The band themselves make a fair deal of their pedigree, being formed as they are […]

Basement – ‘Further Sky’

Basement have never been a band to do things by halves. From announcing a hiatus at almost exactly the same time as sophomore album ‘Colourmeinkindness’ was released, to returning earlier this year with nothing but a simple “Hi” on Twitter, it’s easier to always expect the unexpected. This was much the case again when out […]

LIVE: Citizen, Diamond Youth, Headroom @ The Borderline

Citizen have seen their fanbase soar over the past year or so and it’s generally agreed that it’s down to the incredible set of songs found on their debut album ‘Youth’, released last year on the consistently brilliant Run For Cover records. It’s taken them to a lot of new places touring-wise, but crossing the […]

Dikembe – ‘Mediumship’

Having played my You Blew It! / Dikembe split cassette to the tape’s literal death, “It’s been a long time coming” is a fitting opening line Dikembe’s new LP ‘Mediumship’. ‘Mediumship’ was released on Tiny Engines, who also released the band’s first LP, Broad Shoulders, the ‘Chicago Bowls’ EP and their split with Jazz June, […]

Four Year Strong – ‘Go Down in History’ EP

After a harsh and wholly unnecessary backlash from some fans on Four Year Strong’s last major release ‘In Some Way, Shape or Form’, the pop-punk/hardcore maestros rightly decided to reassess their own music, stance, situation and plans. At the time such animosity was unexpected from such a slight change in style from the album; it […]

LIVE : Black Shapes, Grayscale, OHHMS, Grin & Bear It @ Our Black Heart, Camden

Grin and Bear It opened proceedings, playing hardcore-tinged punk rock to an enthusiastic smattering of people at the Black Heart. A week earlier I witnessed The Bronx tear up Hackney and I was hoping for something as sharp and head-splitting. Grin and Bear It complied, with some excellent drumming complementing the solid guitar work. Definitely […]

The Dead Rabbitts – ‘Shapeshifter’

The Dead Rabbitt’s latest release manages to simultaneously be both bland and entertaining – but for all the wrong reasons. Despite some killer riffs and great, engaging instrumentation, ‘Shapeshifter’ is blighted by awful vocals, hilariously terrible lyrics and repetitive, clichéd themes. ‘Shapeshifter’ as a whole has three lyrical topics: love, hate and sanity being pressed […]

Sirens – ‘Resistant To Change | Destined To Fail’

With typical metalcore firmly at its heart, ‘Resistant To Change | Destined To Fail’ – the new record by Birmingham based Sirens – injects heaps of originality through its reluctance to settle on a single style. Although the striking drum patterns and brutal riffs dominate throughout, the thirty minute EP/mini-album retains a celestial melodic atmosphere […]

Joyce Manor – ‘Never Hungover Again’

Joyce Manor have always managed to be concise and concentrated; their 2011 self-titled record showing exactly that. The main reason for the Californian punk band’s high regard is their ability to deliver punk songs which combine striking melodies with sweet choruses and raw emotion. ‘Never Hungover Again’ is a continuation of all this, refusing to […]

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