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 […]

LIVE: Reading Festival (Sunday)

Check out our photo galleries of the Saturday at Reading Festival. Part 1 | Part 2 Back to Saturday Bleary eyes and pounding heads from the night before, what better way to kick off Sunday’s proceedings than with a dose of pop punk all the way from Walnut Creek? Another surprise Main Stage opener (that […]

Astpai – ‘Burden Calls’

‘Burden Calls’, on a first listen, reflects so many punk and pop-punk bands in its sound. At points there’s more than a whiff of Kid Dynamite, someP ropagandhi and even Less Than Jake at their most straightforward. It’s understandable that these comparisons to other bands are arbitrary and may not be flattering to some, but […]

LIVE: Young Guns / Twin Wild @ Madame Jojo’s, London

Having taken to the Main Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival only a week prior to the Madame Jojo’s show, the intimate subterranean burlesque club in London’s notorious Soho district is a far cry from Young Guns’ usual surroundings. Acting as a homecoming, tonight is not just an intimate showcase – it’s both a thank […]

Violet – ‘The Love / The Lust’

Trends come and go on a regular basis in the music industry, and the marriage of clean vocals with abrasive screaming is nothing new. However, whereas previously the sung parts would often be handled in an emotionally honest and not always note perfect style, there seems to be a growing desire to go for RnB/pop […]

LIVE: Routemaster Bus and Fender Stratocaster 60th Anniversary Gig

Gosh, TFL. Trying to butter me up like this with the promise of a free bus ride, four bands and free food and drink – or should I not have mentioned that last one? Either way, as easy as it is to solely consider whether this display of freebies and well-decorated buses would make up […]

The American Scene – ‘Haze’

As any bands lifespan grows, so does their experience in both writing and playing music, as well as their desire to stay relevant. These are natural occurrences that cannot be helped, and on their current full length ‘Haze’, The American Scene have decided it was their time to grow. The band even used a strange marketing campaign […]

LIVE: Reading Festival (Saturday)

Check out our photo galleries of the Saturday at Reading Festival. Part 1 | Part 2 Back to Friday This is a moment we’d all been waiting for. From the moment that Gnarwolves got announced on the Reading Main Stage, the punk community had been up on their feet, applauding the fact that some skater […]

Black Tongue – ‘Born Hanged / Falsifier’

A combination of their two previous EP’s, Black Tongue’s ‘Born Hanged / Falsifier’ offers up one of the heaviest releases of the year. A tangle of breakdowns, chugging guitars and pig squealing, ‘Born Hanged / Falsifier’ is an aural assault, with relentless pace and aggressive misanthropic lyrics. Impressive from the off, the album piles on […]

LIVE: Lonely The Brave / I Am Giant @ Dingwalls, London

‘Life-affirming’. That’s the way Tom Beck - erstwhile proprietor of the late, under-rated Walnut Tree Records – described the song ‘Backroads’ by Cambridge (then-quartet) Lonely the Brave when it was included on WTR’s 2009 compilation ‘Punktastic Unscene 5′. It’s been a half a decade in the making but, fuelled primarily by that very song, the band’s début album ‘The Day’s War’ has sprinted […]

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