LIVE: Merthyr Rock 2014

Last weekend, after some of the Punktastic team ventured to Hevy Festival, we hit Merthyr Rock hard. After a year off in 2013, the festival came back with a bang, bringing in Taking Back Sunday, The Blackout and more to really prove how great this festival is. Downsizing from three days in 2012 to just […]

LIVE: Hevy Fest 2014

Like most festivals, Kent’s Hevy Fest has faced its fair share of roller-coaster moments. From garnering acclaim from almost all in attendance in 2010 and 2011, their dual stage set up and over-ambitious line-up proved difficult to swallow in 2012, ultimately leading to a cancelled event in 2013. Not ones to back down, the festival […]

Prawn – ‘Kingfisher’

The emo revival that has happened over the course of the last few years has been a blessing and a curse in some ways. It is blessing to the new generation of kids discovering the scene, as they are presented with a modern take on one of the great musical movements of the late 90′s, […]

LIVE: DZ Deathrays, Bloody Knees @ The Shacklewell Arms, London

Certain bands are made for a certain type of venue, and when the stars align, these bands and these venues meet in riotous glory. Tonight, the stars are well placed to bring thrash-pop noise makers DZ Deathrays to the deliberately rickety Shacklewell Arms in London’s hipster central, Dalston. With Cambridge based grunge-punks Bloody Knees in […]

LIVE: Deaf Havana, Moose Blood @ The Quarterhouse, Folkestone

The Deaf Havana of old are long gone. It might come as no surprise to fans of the band, but tonight is testament to the timely end of the ‘Friends Like These’ and ‘Nicotine and Alcohol Saved My Life’ screamsters. Not even stripped down renditions of tracks prior to 2011’s ‘Fools and Worthless Liars’ find […]

Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) – You Will Eventually Be Forgotten

Empire! Empire! (I was a Lonely Estate) took a novel approach promoting their second full-length album, ‘You Will Eventually be Forgotten’. In the months before the album’s release, each track’s lyrics were posted on their Facebook page. As one of the flagship bands of the so-called emo “revival” (continuation), they garnered considerable attention. Firstly, before […]

DZ Deathrays – ‘Black Rat’

‘Black Rat’, the sophomore record by Brisbane based self-confessed house party aficionados DZ Deathrays, is like a journey through an adolescent’s fucked up headspace. Imagine an episode of Skins – the British TV show following a group of debauched teenagers through various exaggerated trials and tribulations of life – well, this album could soundtrack it […]

LIVE: A 28 Year Old Goes to Warped Tour

Going to Warped Tour at 28 is a weird experience, especially when the last time you’ve been was seven years prior. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Seven years is a long time for things to change. Even when I was going to Warped regularly, there was already a notable shift away from the […]

LIVE: Anberlin, Natives, Fort Hope @ Electric Ballroom, London

It’s time. It’s time to finally say goodbye to Anberlin. The band that grew up alongside us in the early noughties have decided that at the end of their current tour cycle, Anberlin will call it a day and we’ll all carry on remembering them as a band who never quite got what they truly […]

Calling All Cars – ‘Raise The People’

Aussie trio Calling All Cars are just shy of turning ten years old. Starting off in a small town in 2005, the group steadily worked their way through tours before landing a damn good slot supporting Green Day in New Zealand. Since then, they’ve released four studio albums, toured with AC/DC, Queens Of the Stone […]

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