Twothirtytwo – ‘The Hope We Had’

There’s a fine line between genres these days. The likes of The Gaslight Anthem have been instrumental in recent years in pulling what is in essence Americana into the punk-rock scene, leading to a wealth of bands channelling Bruce Springsteen’s style with a concoction of outside influences. On first listen, ‘The Hope We Had’ shares […]

LIVE: Riot Fest Friday: Chicken Strips, Orange Mohawks, Ripped Ponchos

For three years now, I have been attending Riot Fest Chicago at the end of summer prior to my favorite time of year in the Midwest: the fall. What used to be a seasonal punk festival in multiple Chicago venues has turned into an outdoor ceremony that spans across many musical spectrums. What is it […]

Atlas / In Arms – Split EP

Leeds hardcore outfit Atlas have recently teamed up with Sheffield lot In Arms for a 4 track split. The result? More melodic hardcore than you could wish for in one EP. Both bands bring their own unique style to the table in a record that’s completely filled to the brim with the emotion and atmospheric […]

 Moose Blood – ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind From Time To Time’

The world needs Moose Blood. After falling head over heels for the band ever since hearing the lyrics slip from the tracks that feature on last years EP­ ‘Moving Home’ their grungey, punk inspired love songs have had us hook, line and sinker. Having spent the summer over in the US recording their debut with […]

The Color Morale – ‘Hold On Pain Ends’

Newly signed by Fearless Records, The Color Morale have just released their fourth album ‘Hold On The Pain Ends’, and it’s really bloody catchy. The five-piece, who hail from Rockford, Illinois, deal in chugging riffs and big choruses, and it’s pretty indisputable that they’ve made an album that is full of disgustingly infectious songs. The […]

Plaids – ‘Plaids’

The affectionately-coined #UKSWELL scene of furious-yet-feely post-hardcore might well have found its fitting conclusion a few years back, but its effects on the genre’s UK output are definitely still lurking. Clearly influenced by both the aforementioned countrymen and the 80s pioneers of the sound, Plaids nevertheless fuse their frenzied post-hardcore throwbacks with a sense of […]

LIVE: Gnarwolves / Woahnows / Creeper @ The Black Heart, Camden

Gnarwolves celebrated the release of their debut self-titled album by throwing a last minute launch party at the tiny Black Heart in Camden. Punktastic were genuinely fortunate enough to win a spot at the free show as one of the lucky crowd picked from the band’s mailing list. Trust us on that one. This isn’t […]

Ming City Rockers – ‘Ming City Rockers’

There are few bands that manage to channel the heyday of punk infused gutsy rock and roll quite like Ming City Rockers do on their debut full-length. Led by the likes of The Hives, or early material from The Strokes, the four-piece from Immingham – nicknamed Ming and notorious as the home of Ian Huntley […]

Still Bust – ’77 For You (57 For Me)’

Still Bust may not have built up the largest of back catalogues during their career but ’77 For You (57 For Me)’ immediately makes a very persuasive argument for the benefit of quality over quantity as ‘It’s Your Fault (And You’re Stupid Kind Regards Barbaros Icoglu)’ gleefully throws itself from your speakers in a riot […]

Hostage Calm – ‘Die On Stage’

In the past few years Run For Cover Records has gone from strength to strength by releasing solid albums time and time again, and the latest offering from Hostage Calm is no exception. The album is the follow up to 2012′s fantastic ‘Please Remain Calm’, which is a tough act to follow, so expectations for […]

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