Have Mercy / Somos – ‘Split’

Back in July 2014, when reviewing the Annabel and Dowsing split, we questioned whether we’d hit a tipping point with the so-called ‘emo revival’. It felt as if bands and labels were rushing to put out another vinyl regardless of the content or the strength of the music. With this in mind, and for the […]

Lay It On The Line – ‘A Prelude To The Process’ EP

Its been a tough a couple of years for London hardcore band Lay It On The Line, with the band essentially splitting into two as they were readying a full length record. However vocalist Mike and drummer Mark carried on regardless, and along with having a new line up, the band has a new lease […]

Colleen Green – ‘I Want To Grow Up’

‘I Want To Grow Up’ is very much a solo release by Colleen Green, and one that keeps the LA based songwriter centre stage, but it also marks a shift in production values away from the DIY approach of earlier releases as Green is joined for the first time by a full backing band. Title […]

Fat Mike & Friends – ‘Home Street Home’ OST

What if the award-winning, hilariously lewd musical ‘Avenue Q’ had been written by NOFX? Probably not a question that’s ever been asked by anyone, but one that’s nonetheless been answered by the forthcoming production ‘Home Street Home’. The result of a collaboration between NOFX’s Fat Mike, Jeff Marx (a lyricist and composer who worked on the aforementioned […]

Torche – ‘Restarter’

Forging an original sound in this day and age is probably the toughest obstacle that musicians face. Some are quiet happy to re-hash tried and tested methods to fit in with whatever is current, where as others keep doing what they are doing instead of pushing new territory. Florida natives Torche fall into neither of […]

LIVE: Mariachi El Bronx @ Brooklyn Bowl, London

Most punk fans would be lying if they said they’d rather see Mariachi El Bronx then The Bronx, but when the day of the gig happens to fall on Valentine’s Day, who on Earth wouldn’t want to hear some swinging mariachi tunes from Los Angeles’ finest? If there is anyone who is going to make […]

LIVE: As Lions, Monument, Stellify, Brutai @ Camden Barfly

Camden Barfly is absolutely rammed with anticipation for the birth of a band who have promise to be the next big metal band to come out of this fine country. As Austin Dickinson states numerous times throughout As Lions’ debut set, tonight is about ‘British Metal’. Opening proceedings are South East London’s Brutai. Incorporating a […]

Oceans Ate Alaska – ‘Lost Isles’

Metalcore five-piece Oceans Ate Alaska have done incredibly well in the last few months. Late 2014 saw them sign a record deal with the prestigious Fearless Records, whilst landing tours alongside metalcore heavy weights, such as The Color Morale and The Word Alive – and they’re not quite allowed to rest on their laurels. Not […]

LIVE: Marmozets / Thought Forms @ Electric Ballroom, London

It’s of little surprise that the Electric Ballroom in Camden is at breaking point tonight for the youthfully Northern five-piece Marmozets. Having blown almost everyone away with their debut full-length, ‘The Weird and Wonderful…’ last year, and having honed their live skills with a whole host of dates across the globe, tonight adds another cherry […]

Big Fin – ‘Ebb & Flow’

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a rock musician in possession of a great singing voice, must be in want of an acoustic solo career. Whether it’s the toll of touring, the psychic drain of creativity-by-committee or good old fashioned ‘maturity’, the acoustic rebirth is a phenomenon which seems to have gained particular momentum over the last ten […]

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