Sam Duckworth – ‘Amazing Grace’

You probably already know Sam Duckworth. The brains behind Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. is back with ‘Amazing Grace’, his awesome new record released under his own name. Recruiting over 40 musicians (including Gomez, Yourcodenameis:milo, Kate Nash to name a few) to help him, Duckworth has created a wonderful record rich with incredible lyrics and […]

Senses Fail – ‘Pull The Thorns From Your Heart’

What would happen if Buddhist teachings were merged with a cacophony of noise and aggression? Well ‘Pull The Thorns From Your Heart’, Senses Fail’s sixth studio release is here to delve into this surreal question. Vocalist Buddy Nielsen’s devout dedication to studies of Buddhist teachings have allowed him to find peace within himself after years […]

Mutoid Man – ‘Bleeder’

The term “supergroup” is something that can get banded around half-heartedly in this day and age, just because a band is made up of members of other bands. When superlatives like that are used, it also means that the bands work doesn’t always get to shine as a separate entity to its creators day jobs […]

LIVE: Temples Festival @ Motion, Bristol

When festival season arrives, the calendar of events becomes more jam-packed with a wide array of festivals taking place both home and abroad to cater for almost every musical taste. Now in it’s second year, Temples Festival in Bristol played host to what was undoubtedly one of the most impressive, diverse, and monolithic line-ups in […]

We Are The Union – ‘Keep It Down’

After returning from a short hiatus inspired by singer Reed Wolcott’s move to California, We Are The Union are back with their six-track EP called ‘Keep It Down’. With this offering the band has carried on down the path they were on, creating catchy pop-punk songs to be enjoyed by groups of friends at summer […]

Refused – ‘Freedom’

Refused are fucking dead. Or at least, so we thought when the band unveiled those words at the head of an open letter to mark their demise in 1998. It was the end of the band and the start of a cult. The Swedish forerunners would go on to gain unprecedented popularity and importance in […]

LIVE: 5 Seconds of Summer @ Wembley Arena

When I was asked to review 5 Seconds of Summer at Wembley it took a few days (and a lot of persuasion) to convince the editor of Punktastic to let me go. I myself have always been a bit of a sucker for a good pop-rock song, but the band have struggled to make any […]

Pet Symmetry – ‘Pets Hounds’

Pet Symmetry love a pun. If you thought their name was great, you’ll dig their new record on a purely wordplay basis alone. ‘Pets Hounds’ is the debut record from the latest project from the ubiquitous Evan Weiss featuring members of Dowsing and Kittyhawk. Opener ‘My Exhausted Month (Of May)‘ greets you with the familiar […]

LIVE: A Loss For Words / Roam / Wind In Sails @ The Underworld, London

When you look back through the annals of punk rock, often the bands that received the least amount of commercial success gained much more adoration for their credibility. One of the more recent bands to face this hurdle was A Loss For Words, who for 15 years have travelled the world over with their honest, […]

LIVE: Rolo Tomassi / Employed To Serve @ The Waiting Room, London

2015 marks Rolo Tomassi’s 10th (yes, tenth!) year of existence and to celebrate their decade of destruction, the release week of fourth album “Grievances” has been marked by four tiny shows across London, encompassing venues in Camden, Peckham, Dalston and tonight’s destination, Stoke Newington. As soon as we enter The Waiting Room, located below the […]

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