LIVE: Code Orange / Every Stranger Looks Like You / Soul Crusade @ The Old Blue Last, London

The world of heavy music is often a fickle place. Change can be frowned upon, scene points more important than the art being created, or who has the hardest breakdowns overshadowing technical prowess. Those successful enough to carve a name for themselves within the scene are then forgotten at the drop of a hat when […]

The Smith Street Band – Throw Me In The River

Wil Wagner’s music shares plenty of similarities with typical blog rock stalwarts like Los Campesinos!, but he’s somehow found a way to ditch the kitsch, to purge his forerunners of their gimmicks and fill the void with sweaty, grinning sincerity. Both sonically and lyrically, ‘Throw Me in the River’ feels bolder and wiser than something […]

LIVE: Mallory Knox / FrnkIero and the Cellabration / Moose Blood / Fort Hope @ Electric Ballroom, London

Four bands, three weeks and a whole bunch of new records to try and squeeze into half-hour sets. Mallory Knox have hit the road with two of the UK’s hottest new acts and an old emo heartthrob to bring one final night of musical excellence to Camden’s Electric Ballroom. Kicking the night off in a […]

The Lion And The Wolf – ‘Symptoms’

One of my most uncomfortable night’s sleep to date was spent on the floor of a dinghy student house in Southampton, lying on a sofa bed that had certainly seen better days. I was only there a matter of hours until my train back up to London and in that short space of time I […]

Devil Sold His Soul – ‘Belong ╪ Betray’

Upon the departure of Ed Gibbs and the ushering in of new frontman Paul Green, many mused how he would fill Gibbs’ shoes – they were, after all, pretty big. For Devil Sold His Soul, founded in 2004, have become a household name in the UK. Tours with bands such as Architects and slots at […]

LIVE: The Wilde / Cardinal @ Surya, London

It’s November, it’s cold and it’s wet. But a small band from Yorkshire have travelled eight-hours from Glasgow to play in London this evening, so it’d be a little cruel not to attend. Having just released their debut EP, The Wilde have hit the road for just over a week to deliver their catchy choruses […]

Kill It Kid – ‘You Owe Nothing’

Kill it Kid were widely tipped as a breakthrough band on their debut around five years ago. Now, on their third outing they’ve managed to shake off the old cliché of the ‘difficult second album’ but there’s still much scrutinizing and peering into the very soul of this grungy, Americana spewing British four-piece to be […]

Rancid – ‘…Honor Is All We Know’

Punk rock has been a staple of the music world for the best part of 40 years now, and it has seen a lot of changes in its time. Bands have come and gone, fashion became more important than passion, and ideals fell by the wayside in favour of fame and fortune. There is one […]

Bad Sign – ‘Destroy’

Having two releases within a year of each other can be a difficult achievement. Having two good releases within a year of each other is almost unheard of sometimes. However, Croydon trio Bad Sign have managed the latter with finesse. Headline tours and support slots with acts such as Devil Sold His Soul and Arcane […]

Front Porch Step – ‘Whole Again’

Jake McElfresh – Front Porch Step to you and I has been riding the crest of a wave since his debut record ‘Aware’ dropped late last year. It was a record that was so packed with emotion, it came to no surprise that his music absolutely exploded, resonating on some of the most personal of […]

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