Raised Fist – ‘From The North’

More often than not, the bands that maintain the most credibility are the ones that fly below the mainstream radar. This has always been the case for Swedish hardcore band Raised Fist, but not because they didn’t “get a break”, but because they have always chosen to eschew this world in favour of creating their […]

LIVE: J Mascis / Luluc @ The Haunt, Brighton

Dinosaur Jr. have been a staple of the indie, rock, and alternative scenes now since the late eighties, and many of today’s bands will still cite them as an influence. Their often shy and introverted front man J Mascis has been heralded by publications and fans alike as one of the greatest guitarists in the […]

LIVE: Fall Out Boy @ Islington Assembly Hall, London [14/01/15]

I just witnessed Patrick Stump faux-rapping. Those are the thoughts commanding my mind as I leave through the understated Islington Assembly Hall foyer following tonight’s ridiculously intimate Fall Out Boy album launch show. No, Stump isn’t channelling his inner hip-hop persona – one which I assume he does unleash at parties – he is delivering […]

Turnstile – ‘Nonstop Feeling’

Hardcore is very much an all-encompassing genre with many subsections and crossovers, and there will always be debate as to what hardcore really is. Some will argue it’s a certain sound, and some will say it’s the feeling and the ethic that an individual possesses. Take for example the metallic crunch of Chicago’s Harms Way, […]

This Legend – ‘It’s In The Streets’

For all its well-intentioned energy ‘Its In The Streets’ probably didn’t benefit from being released towards the end of 2014, at a time when the thoughts of many were turning towards ‘Best of the Year’ lists. However with Longineu Parsons and Ben Harper, both formerly of Yellowcard, in the ranks alongside the less familiar but […]

Angels & Airwaves – The Dream Walker

Seven years and five albums in – Angels & Airwaves are still going strong. In fact with ‘The Dream Walker’ the band might have just released their best album yet. We start off with a look at lead single ‘The Wolfpack’ there’s something about it, the production and overall sound finally looks to be what […]

LIVE: Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour (New Found Glory / The Story So Far / etc.) @ Forum, London

The 28th November marks the first night of the ‘Pop Punk’s Not Dead’ tour stint in London. With all the talk of rock music being dead, this sub-genre has proved that it isn’t dead at all. Opening proceedings were the excellent Dublin 4 Piece, Only Rivals. Arriving on stage to the sound of Stone Cold […]

Meat Wave – ‘Brother’

The name of this band might make you cringe, but Chicago’s Meat Wave plays a kind of music that’s gross in a different way. It’s rough lo-fi punk, almost edging into that raw garage territory, that’s frantic and fun and a sound perfect for Chicago. Though Meat Wave’s new EP, ‘Brother’ is only seven songs […]

LIVE: The Xcerts / Kagoule @ Boston Music Rooms, London

Rescheduled from mid-November due to their European Tour with fellow Scots Twin Atlantic, The Xcerts are preparing to showcase material from the third, and critically acclaimed full-length, ‘There Is Only You’. The album, in frontman Murray Macleod’s point of view, is their pop-opus – removed from the more experimental sound that dominated their previous ‘Scatterbrain’ […]

LIVE: Gnarwolves / Prawn @ Underworld, London

2014 has been one hell of a year for Brighton based punk trio Gnarwolves. Not simply content with releasing their well-received debut full-length proper, the band also enjoyed a mammoth slot on the main stage at Reading and Leeds Festival as well as finishing the year with their biggest tour to date. Gnarwolves may not […]

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