Royal Blood – ‘Royal Blood’

Unless you’ve been living under a soundproofed rock for the past year or so, you’ll have been hard pushed to avoid the bluesy, riff-riddled rock of Brighton duo Royal Blood. Debut track ‘Out Of The Black’ was a Radio 1 staple from the get-go and follow-up single ‘Little Monster’ – an album highlight – was everywhere over […]

Lonely The Brave – ‘The Day’s War’

Cambridge’s Lonely The Brave set hearts and pulses racing when they released their breathtaking EP ‘Backroads’ last year, and have gained so much from it over the last twelve months or so. The quartet have graced stages at Download, Glastonbury, and Reading and Leeds with their presence; they’ve opened for Deftones; and they’ve shared a […]

LIVE: Reading Festival (Introduction)

Reading Festival has marked the end of our festival season for many years, 2014 proving to be no exception. Welcoming approximately 90000 people through its gate, on top of the 80000 who venture to Leeds, it has quite rightly been dubbed the quintessential British festival. As we are driving to Reading on the Thursday, one […]

LIVE: Authority Zero, Counterpunch @ New Cross Inn, London

As I write this I am weary yet happy after a fantastic array of punk goodness supplied by 5 great bands last night at the New Cross Inn. We kicked off with Red Rag Front who surprised me by no longer being an acoustic duo! They have now morphed into a catchy four-piece who provided […]

LIVE: Deafheaven, Chelsea Wolfe @ The Garage, London

After the news that ATP’s Jabberwocky fest had fallen through at the 11th hour, a lot of fans were left wondering if the bands from the stellar line up would play replacement shows. In the days after, shows were announced by Pissed Jeans, Iceage, Neutral Milk Hotel, and The Van Pelt (eventually), so those that […]

LIVE: Finch @ The Underworld, London

For many fans Finch peaked over a decade ago now, their seminal album ‘What It Is To Burn’ still cited as a favourite. 2005’s ‘Say Hello To Sunshine’ was far less accessible though and the momentum slowed, leading to the band announcing their hiatus in 2006. Yet time is a great healer and there’s definitely […]

LIVE: NOFX, Goober Patrol @ O2 Academy, Oxford

It has been a long time since Oxford has had a punk band of this magnitude come through its University lined streets. Not since the much missed days of The Zodiac have fans had something to shout about, and its not very often you get to see NOFX in such an intimate setting on these […]

The One Hundred – Subculture EP

Next week sees the release of The One Hundred’s new EP ‘Subculture’, and there’s no doubt they’re going to make waves with it. But first, a bit of background: if you’ve never heard of The One Hundred before, they’re a four-piece from London who mishmash several genres – including rock, hip hop and electronica – […]

Lock & Key – ‘The Divide’

Records come about as the result of all manner of situations, but ‘The Divide’ is born from circumstances more challenging than most, resulting from front man Rich Lardner enduring and recovering from a life threatening illness. Because of this it is understandably an intensely personal record, but one that engages the listener immediately and continues […]

The Gaslight Anthem – ‘Get Hurt’

New Jersey’s The Gaslight Anthem came roaring onto the scene in 2007 with the release of their debut album ‘Sink Or Swim’. Fast forward seven years later, and they’re still stealing hearts with their alternative (and wonderfully slick) brand of punk rock. Along with the release of their latest album ‘Get Hurt’, this quartet is […]

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