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 […]

Haze – ‘Clouds Surround and Breathe’

How you feel about Haze’s ‘Clouds Surround and Breathe’ is greatly dependent on how you feel about instrumentals and extended guitar solos – are they amazing or self-indulgent? Don’t be fooled by the nine tracks listed on this album, as many of them push the ten minute mark, challenging even the most diligent of attention […]

LIVE: blink-182 @ O2 Academy, Brixton

Dick jokes. Love them or hate them, when they are uttered by middle aged men about to jump into a rendition of the swear-filled ‘Family Reunion’, something doesn’t quite sit right. See, the thing is that blink-182 are no longer the band they used to be. Although age undoubtedly plays its part in this, it’s […]

Twin Atlantic – ‘Great Divide’

“Music is my therapy, I can listen to it all night long” sings Sam McTrusty just moments into the long awaited second album from Twin Atlantic. It’s with this line that the front man, whose distinctive Glaswegian vocals are still at the forefront, sums up everything that has made his band so successful over the […]

LIVE: WonkFest

Alex Wonk Unit outside The Grosvenor Pub | Photo Credit: Mark Richards WonkFest was a resounding success. The organisation that went into it can only be described as pain-staking, backed up by an all-round effort from the bands, the bar staff, the film crew and the sound technician. Not only did the whole event run smoothly, […]

LIVE: Lower Than Atlantis, Decade @ Dingwalls, London

Last week saw an utterly fantastic line up hit Dingwalls in Camden: Lower Than Atlantis, Decade and Yearbook (who we sadly missed, but by all accounts, they went down a storm). Not only are all three great bands, but they’re all great British bands, and it’s something we should all be proud of. Watford’s Lower […]

Living Room – ‘Moonchaser’

‘Moonchaser’ is the debut album from Brooklyn’s Living Room and it’s pretty damn good. You’ve got melodic emo-rock with big vocal melodies, a huge turn of pace, and some really exciting breakdowns. After a brief and underwhelming introduction the band quickly kick into life. ‘Casual Science’ is a three minute jam which really sets the […]

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