POHL – ‘POHL II’

POHL II, is, as the name suggests, the second release from Bristol based POHL, and follows on from 2012’s ‘POHLSMOKER’. It is their first EP since they expanded to a trio towards the end of last year. It kicks off with ‘Cute Guy Alert’ which is the shortest and most straightforward song here. This song […]

Midday Committee – ‘Girls In Open C’

It’s the time of year where new album releases are vetted depending on whether they’re summer soundtracks or not. Fortunately for those seeking long drive anthems and albums of a more sunny nature, ‘Girls in Open C’ ticks all the boxes of a summer classic, keeping things up-tempo and not too deep, with plenty of […]

LIVE: Canterbury / Blitz Kids / Big Sixes @ Dingwalls, London [09/04/14]

Marking the end of their short stint around the UK, melody driven rockers Canterbury are about to grace the stage in front of a sell-out audience at Camden’s Dingwalls. With the release of their third full-length garnering critical acclaim, those patiently waiting in the snaking queue across the docks are seemingly buzzing with excitement. Although […]

LostAlone – ‘Shapes Of Screams’

LostAlone’s third studio album, ‘Shapes of Screams’, is an odd creation. The first few moments of it hint at a pretty standard rock affair before it explodes into a theatrical mishmash of bells and choirs, and soaring solos and pounding riffs. All things taken separately, there is nothing wrong with these elements, but put together, […]

Pup – ‘Pup’

Two years of relentless touring with the likes of Billy Talent, Titus Andronicus, and Fucked Up has seen Toronto, ON quartet, PUP win many fans and earn plenty of critical acclaim. Stereogum named them one of their “40 Bands of 2013”, and Grid T.O. described them as “one of Toronto’s best live bands”. The latter […]

The Menzingers – ‘Rented World’

The Menzingers have a lot to live up to with ‘Rented World’. Their last full length, ‘On The Impossible Past’, was a firm favourite in 2012 (and many of the Punktastic team’s favourite album of the year) and their live shows are consistently top notch. Some people don’t get it – and that’s okay, sort […]

Seahaven – ‘Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only’

Seahaven’s new album, ‘Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only’ takes the band into an awesome new direction. It’s rare to find bands that evolve so much from one album to another, but even rarer to find those that do it so well. The whole album feels more honest and mature than Seahaven’s previous work. Now […]

Chiodos – ‘Devil’

Chiodos are certain to garner a lot of attention with ‘DEVIL’. It is the band’s fourth album and the first to feature founding member Craig Owens on vocals since his well-documented return to the band in 2012, after he was briefly replaced by Brandon Bolmer for ‘Illuminaudio’ in 2010. ‘DEVIL’ hits its stride with ‘Ole […]

Nightmares For A Week/Banquets – Split

Split EP’s are considered by some to be throwaway collections of songs that don’t fit together – more of a functional way to release and distribute tracks. Luckily, Banquets and Nightmares For A Week have bypassed these tropes, and this is a split which is definitely worth a purchase. Nightmares For A Week have an indie-tinged […]

Itch – ‘The Deep End’

Here at Punktastic, it’d be hard to say that we’re a stranger to Red Bull Records artist Itch. Controversy surrounding his former band The King Blues spewed up through the forums a few times “back in the day” – go search for it if you’re that bothered – and there’s always that cameo in the […]

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