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Those Who Knew

New Perspective

Self Released
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Those Who Knew formed two short years ago, since that time they have been industriously playing the local circuits and building up an ever growing fanbase, now the Nottingham based alternative quintet are looking to spread their wings beyond their local scene as they are set to self release their debut four track EP, New Perspective, on Friday 28th April. Prior to the EP’s launch the lead single from EP, Losing Touch, has already racked up airplay on BBC Radio as well as becoming a fan favourite at their live shows.

Losing Touch kicks things off with a slice of new wave inspired power pop that breaks down into a satisfying post hardcore inspired finale, Shadow In The Sea builds on impression of the initial track, carrying the sensibility of new wave and power pop but blending this with contemporary influences to create a dark and emotional hybrid that works on every level. Seventeen brings the pace up with a track that channels the darker side of alternative and indie and Nothing Left To Lose brings the EP to an impressive and impassioned close with a number that leaves you wanting to hear more from Those Who Knew.

Those Who Knew have released an impressive debut EP that manages to embrace numerous influences, the energy of new wave and power pop combined with the intensity of post hardcore and emo, that’s all topped off with a shining veneer of alt rock. This is an energetic and melodic debut that walks the line between the underground and commercial side of alt rock perfectly, melodic and poppy enough for the mainstream, yet they’ve kept enough of an edge to keep their fanbase and the DIY scene interested, not an easy trick to pull off on your debut but maybe there’s a reason for their chosen moniker.

New Perspective can be pre-ordered via all the main digital streaming services and retailers

Those Who Knew‘s website can be found here

Janitors HUM

The Janitors

Horn Ur Marken

Cardinal Fuzz
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Cardinal Fuzz have unleashed yet another release from the strange and fuzzy place in which this label exists, this time they have brought us Sweden’s The Janitors who are self styled purveyors of ‘Stökpsych’ a scuzzy barbed wall of fuzz that channels the dark recesses from the worlds of garage and psyche. The Janitors latest full length, Horn Ur Marken, follows on the their last release, Evil Doings Of An Evil Kind, that was released two long years ago. Horn Ur Marken is now available from Cardinal Fuzz on black vinyl, that is presented in a full colour fluorescent UV sleeve, and CD.

Horn Ur Marken kicks in as it means to go on with a seriously dark slab of fuzz in the shape of the opening track, Trojan Horse, where treble laced guitar sits atop a wall of dark fuzz and a pounding relentless drum beat, this is followed by the slow grind of the album’s epic title track, the intensity builds up across this ten minute opus until it ends it a squall of feedback that fades into the mind warping dark groove of Neon Times. The relentless dark twisted tones continue with the almost hypnotic beat of Blizzard and the sinister vibes of Into The Woods and Fear Of All before the tripped out finale, Alarmatica, brings Horn Ur Marken to an end.

The Janitors have delivered a dark slice of psyche from the dark heart of Scandinavia, Horn Ur Marken is an album with immense walls of fuzz that are coupled with a consistently sinister undercurrent. If you are a fan of the darker side of psyche and garage then The Janitors are a band that should definitely be on your radar. Their unique blend of influences, that are shaped by the current state of world affairs, is one that is idiosyncratic and whilst it follows in the tradition of fellow Swedish purveyors of fuzz such as The Nomads, The Hellacopters and The Hives, Horn Ur Marken takes things into a darker place and you can’t help but feel that in Cardinal Fuzz they have found their spiritual home.

Horn Ur Marken can be ordered from Cardinal Fuzz here

Other Stars TDWM

The Other Stars

The Day We Met

Take This To Heart Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

The Other Stars new, and possibly their last, album is entitled The Day We Met, fittingly enough the day that some people get to hear this stellar band may be the last. If you already miss bands like Piebald and Modern Baseball this album is going to fill your void, but sadly you may already start missing The Other Stars. The Day We Met is due out on April 28th on CD and digital formats via Take This To Heart Records and 10% of every purchase will go to support The Organization For The Pursuit of Happiness.

Everyone I Know starts The Day We Met in a melancholy fashion that’s reminiscent of an angry R.E.M. before Future Distant History dispels any notion that this is going to be a downbeat affair with an energetic heartfelt blast of emotive pop punk. Fragile! builds on the feeling that I got that The Other Stars are bowing out on a high note, as this track continues the infectious and impassioned feel that the album. The Day We Met veers across styles on it’s eight tracks, varying between the anthemic, Flood and Castle Hill, the full tilt pop punkers, Mr. Boston, and the mellow title track and the closing number Wasted, that both suit the feeling that this is an epitaph for a band whose time was coming.

The Day We Met is a step forward from their last release, We Were Kids, but sadly it’s a last step as The Other Stars are no more. A large part of the reason The Other Stars are no longer able to continue as a band was due to mental health issues that Connor Bird has been struggling with for a long time, it takes a lot of courage to go public about such a personal subject and if the band doesn’t resurface in the future, then the fact that he’s started a non-profit organization, The Organization For The Pursuit of Happiness, to help people struggling with mental health disorders is a fitting memorial to a band that shone brightly but all too briefly.

You can pre-order The Day We Met here and stream the album here

You can read more about The Organization For The Pursuit of Happiness here

Northbound Flaws

Northbound

The Flaws In Everything

Animal Style Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

From their humble beginnings as an acoustic solo project back in 2012 Northbound have steadily evolved into a fully fleshed-out band. Jonathon Fraser remains at the creative heart of Northbound, his songwriting sits at the core of the band and his style seems at home here, whether he’s armed with nothing but an acoustic guitar and his voice, or with the full band fleshing out his songs with some muscle. Northbound have now bought us their latest EP, The Flaws In Everything, that was released on the 21st April 2017 via Animal Style Records, and it is now available on two different vinyl variants, white and blue and black and blue, as well as on CD and digital formats.

The Flaws In Everything introduces itself with the strong pop punk opening of Fade To Black, the classic pop punk combination of harmonised vocals and strong catchy guitar hooks is well in evidence, on the basis of this you might think you know what you’re in for, but you’d be wrong, Suitor Type still contains the pop punk element, but this time it’s darker with a touch of post hardcore. The opening duo of tracks is then followed by the crunching distorted riff of Well Water, a song that drifts into alt-rock territory, The Flaws In Everything continues to keep you guessing as Lonely Squid boasts a stripped down acoustic quality until finally Tell Me Something Good, with it’s impassioned chorus, brings things to a reflective thoughtful close.

The Flaws In Everything is a varied genre spanning EP that hits the spot nicely, for me Fade To Black and Well Water are the two stand out tracks, both bring a distorted energy to the EP, but that’s not to put down the remainder of this release, but with such a varied blend of styles on display you’re going to gravitate to the ones that appeal to your sensibilities, in my case it’s the noisier contingent of tracks. Whether every track on this EP will be to your taste is debatable, but I can guarantee there’s a good chance that you’ll find something to your taste on The Flaws In Everything.

The Flaws In Everything can be pre-ordered on physical formats here and digitally here

Guerilla Ghost Release Video For ‘Undeserving Of A Proper Title’

Guerilla Ghost Suicide NotesGuerilla Ghost is the brainchild of Martin Defatte (Volunteer, Tron Jovi) and Chuck Jones (The Beholder, Import/Exporter, the Milwaukee punk, rap and hardcore hybrid have now revealed the video for Undeserving Of A Proper Title, the track is taken from their newly released album Suicide Notes Of The 21st Century.

You can stream and order Suicide Notes Of The 21st Century here

You can view the video for Undeserving Of A Proper Title below Read More…

Belmont Release New Single ‘Water Weight’

Belmont WWChicago pop punks Belmont have debuted a new single titled Water Weight, the track was recorded and mixed by Seth Henderson at ABG Studios and was produced by Dave Knox of Real Friends. Water Weight is now available via iTunes, Spotify and Amazon and Belmont will be touring the US this spring with Hot Mulligan.

You can stream Water Weight here

You can view Belmont‘s tour dates below Read More…

Blessed Release Full Stream Of ‘II’ EP

Blessed IIVancouver’s Blessed will release their spectacular new EP, II, next Friday, April 28th via Kingfisher Bluez (Canada) and Cointoss Records (US) but the wait is over as the band are streaming the EP it in its entirety.

II can be pre-ordered here (Canada) and here (North America)

You can stream II in full via Soundcloud here

Blessed‘s extensive North American tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

Hello Casanova Release Free Single ‘I Don’t Want To Talk’

Hello Casanova IDWTTAfter the success of their debut release, I’ll Be Waiting, Hello Casanova have worked tirelessly to craft a dynamic, energetic and passionate five track EP, the forthcoming I Am… EP blends together the stylings of pop and punk rock and showcases why they are fast becoming one of the most talked about bands in Ireland. Ahead of the release Hello Casanova have issued the first single from the EP, I Don’t Want To Talk, as a free download.

You can download I Don’t Want To Talk for free here

The video for I Don’t Want To Talk can be viewed below Read More…

Incendiary Release Stream Of ‘Fact Or Fiction’

Incendiary 1000 Mile StareNew York’s metallic hardcore torchbearers, Incendiary, have released a stream of the explosive track Fact Or Fiction from their upcoming full length, Thousand Mile Stare, that is due out on May 5th from Closed Casket Activities. Incendiary will be performing at this year’s Groezrock Festival in Belgium, Sound And Fury Festival in Los Angeles, and Bloodaxe Festival in Japan, as well as the band’s Brooklyn record release show.

Thousand Mile Stare is available for pre-order here (CD and vinyl) and here (download)

You can stream Fact Or Fiction here and view Incendiary‘s tour dates below Read More…

The Winter Passing Release ‘Double Exposure’ EP

PrintIrish indie punk quartet, The Winter Passing, have released their brand new EP, Double Exposure, via 6131 Records in North America and Big Scary Monsters Records in Europe. To celebrate the release the band have now released a brand new music video for the track Significance

Double Exposure can be ordered here (North America) and here (Europe)

You can view the video for Significance, and The Winter Passing‘s UK tour dates, below Read More…

Hollerado Born Yesterday

Hollerado

Born Yesterday

Royal Mountain Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Toronto’s most energetic indie rockers, Hollerado, have released their new full length, Born Yesterday, today, the 21st April 2017,on Royal Mountain Records. The latest release continues a prolific pattern of releases that started with a series of demos and progressed to their debut album Record In A Bag in 2009, and continued with their 2013 sophomore release, White Paint, and the ambitious 111 Songs project in 2015, where Hollerado wrote custom songs for specific fans. It was this exhaustive and continuous songwriting project that built the working framework for the release of Born Yesterday.

Born Yesterday starts with the high energy power pop of the title track, and you couldn’t really ask for a finer start to an album than this fuzzy hook filled opener, the album takes a downturn with the slower yearning number, Don’t Shake, and continues to veer wildly between styles, from the glam rock influenced tracks Brick Wall and I Got You, the sparse pop of Grief Money and Rollerskater, shining upbeat tracks such as Sorry You’re Alright  and If It Is Love, and of course further helpings of power pop in the shape of Eloise and Better Than the Cure. All the while Born Yesterday boasts an infectious guitar hook littered style with perfect vocal harmonies

To me Hollerado resemble a union between the stripped down power pop of The Thermals and the melodies and harmonies of Weezer, whilst Born Yesterday never quite hits the heights it promised on the first few tracks, especially the stunning title track, this is an original and varied album that would be well worth investigating for fans of the aforementioned bands and the likes of Silver Sun and Japandroids. Hollerado have released a catchy and eclectic mix that encompasses just about everything from the indie scene of the last thirty or so years, Born Yesterday is clearly a misleading album title as to produce an album this varied and consistent indicates they certainly weren’t.

Born Yesterday can be ordered digitally via iTunes and on physical formats here

One Man Boycott Release ‘Stockholm Swing’ Video Single

One Man Boycott SSSouth West pop punkers One Man Boycott are back from the brink after health problems and the abrupt departure of their drummer derailed them, the band have now released their explosive new video single, Stockholm Swing. The track is taken from the band’s debut album, Counting The Seconds, that is available via digital retailers and on CD, One Man Boycott also have tour dates lined up for this Spring and a brand new EP waiting in the wings for the summer.

You can order physical copies of Counting The Seconds here

You can view the video for Stockholm Swing below Read More…

Those Who Knew: Track By Track Of ‘New Perspective’ EP

Those Who Knew NPThose Who Knew formed two short years ago, since that time they have been industriously playing the local circuits and building up an ever growing fanbase, now the Nottingham based alternative quintet are looking to spread their wings beyond their local scene as they are set to self release their debut EP, New Perspective, on Friday 28th April. Prior to the EP’s launch the lead single from EP, Losing Touch, has already racked up airplay on BBC Radio as well as becoming a fan favourite at their live shows. New Perspective can be pre-ordered via all the main digital streaming services and retailers. Those Who Knew have now provided The Punk Site with an exclusive track by track breakdown of their new EP

Those Who Knew‘s website can be found here and the track by track breakdown is below Read More…

Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes Confirmed For Rebellion

Rebellion 2017 AprilReturning to Rebellion Festival for the first time since 2010 when Gallows whipped up one of the biggest circle pits to ever grace the Empress Ballroom, former frontman Frank Carter returns in 2017 with his new band The Rattlesnakes. Their appearance comes hot on the heels of new album, Modern Ruin, that was released to critical acclaim and with high voltage gigs earlier this year, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes’ appearance is one not to miss at Rebellion this year. Day tickets are now available at £60 per day and there is also the opportunity to buy weekend tickets in instalments with a deposit.

You can purchase tickets, and get details of the line up, for the Rebellion Festival here
 

WACO Release Video For ‘Mother Mercy’

Waco DeathlessLondon based cosmic punks WACO have announced their return with their forthcoming new EP, Deathless, that is set for release through Gallows‘ label Venn Records on the 2nd June 2017. The quartet, that originally hail from the weirder nooks of the UK, came together through their animalistic compulsion to make noise and their shared goal to brainwash the masses with their relentless optimism. WACO will also hit the road in May alongside fellow punks Brawlers and Bad Sign for a short run of UK dates.

The video for Mother Mercy, and WACO‘s tour dates, can be viewed below Read More…

Peaness Release Video For ‘Same Place’

Peaness - Are You SureIndie trio Peaness have released a video for their latest single, Same Place, the video comes alongside news of a special London show with Happy Accidents on 7th May at Thousand Island, for which tickets will be priced at £4 for one week only. Pre-orders are also now live for their forthcoming EP, Are You Sure?, that is set for release on 5th May via Alcopop! Records, including a limited edition Mellow Yellow 12″ vinyl.

Are You Sure? can be pre-ordered via Alcopop! Records here

The video for Same Place, and Peaness‘s tour dates, can be viewed below Read More…

The Duke Spirit To Release ‘Serenade’ EP For Record Store Day

duke-spirit-serenadeThis Saturday is Record Store Day‘s 10th birthday and The Duke Spirit have announced they will be issuing an exclusive release of the Serenade EP on 180gsm Pink Robot Vinyl and at 6pm they will also be playing a live set at London’s Flashback Records.

The Duke Spirit‘s website, where you can purchase their latest album Kin, can be found here

The Punk Site review of Kin can be read here

You can read more about Record Store Day here

Proletariat Release Debut Single ‘Mr. Brown’

Proletariat Mr BrownManchester’s Proletariat have released their debut single, Mr. Brown, and the track is now available via Spotify, the band have also released a video for the single. The track is taken from the forthcoming Always The Same EP that will be released on May 5th on Spotify and iTunes, and will feature four tracks.

The Proletariat‘s Facebook presence can be found here

The video For Mr. Brown can be viewed below Read More…

Sylvia Releases Self Titled Spoken Word EP

Sylvia EPSylvia is the work of Manchester’s self appointed punk rock poet, Elise Hadgraft, with a minimalist musical backing provided by Dorian Cox. Sylvia released their self titled four track spoken word EP on the 14th April 2017 via the Dutch imprint Smikkelbaard Records, a fiercely independent label whose stated purpose is to “amaze and surprise you with every release”. The Sylvia EP is now available for streaming and download for less than the price of a pint via the Smikkelbaard Records Bandcamp.

The Sylvia EP can be streamed and purchased here

Soldiers Of A Wrong War Countdowns

Soldiers Of A Wrong War

Countdowns

Self Released
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Italian alternative quartet Soldiers Of A Wrong War released their second studio album, Countdowns, on April the 18th, the album follows on from their 2011 debut full length, Lights And Karma, and Countdowns is now available digitally from most major digital retailers, and also on a limited edition signed digipack CD. As with their previous releases Countdowns is self released and self financed, something that demonstrates the level of commitment to their music, and after listening to Countdowns you can see exactly why they have such a sense of self belief as this is a very impressive sophomore album.

Deep Impact is the first track on Countdowns and it does exactly what it says on the sleeve, an immense relentless crunching guitar riff that marks a promising start to the album, tracks such as Hit Me and We Will Never Fall channel Green Day‘s later releases and bring a more urgent tone to the album. Through This Wall maintains the pounding assault until Clocks marks the midway point with a the album’s mellowest moment, before Broken Bones kick starts things back into life. Countdowns continues to plough an anthemic and driving feel, from the atmospheric In Our Skin Again to the lead single from the album, Yeah! A track that is another example of what Soldiers Of A Wrong War do best, as it provides a hit of infectious adrenaline fuelled rock ‘n roll, before the closing duo of Milestone and Out Of Time bring the album to a triumphant conclusion.

Countdowns is the first time I’ve encountered Soldiers Of A Wrong War, like their fellow countrymen Guida, they deliver a European spin on alternative rock that brings something new to the table, whilst there is a clear influence from established acts, including later Green Day and early Oasis, they bring their own character to an album of dynamic and anthemic punk and indie influenced alternative rock that I can only imagine will sound even better live. I can only hope they will be making their way over to the UK in the coming months, on the basis of Countdowns this is a band that deserve to be recognised outside of the native Italy.

Countdowns can be ordered digitally and on signed CD here

Soldiers Of A Wrong War‘s website is here and their Facebook presence is here

Tricot Release Stream Of ‘Melon Soda’

Tricot 3Japanese alternative rock band tricot have released a stream of their new single, Melon Soda, that is taken from their third album, 3, that is set for release on 17th May on Topshelf Records in the US, Big Scary Monsters in the UK and Bakuretsu in Japan. Tricot will also be appearing at the ArcTanGent Festival in Bristol on 17th – 19th August with further UK tour dates to follow.

You can stream Melon Soda here

3 can be pre-ordered via Big Scary Monsters Records here

Cope Release Full Stream Of Self Titled Debut EP

Cope EPCOPE are a duo that are inspired by Local H, Shellac, Brand New, Refused and Death From Above 1979. The band will release their self titled debut EP on the 21st April, it will be available on vinyl, cassette and digital formats via Norwegian Blue Records. Cope have also announced a Canadian tour that starts on April 22nd in Lethbridge, Alberta.

The self titled EP can be streamed via New Noise Magazine here

Cope‘s debut EP can be pre-ordered here and their tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

Western Settings Announce North American Tour

Western Settings Pouzza TourWestern Settings are a melodic punk band from San Diego who have four releases under their belt, the band will now embark on a US tour this May, including an appearance at Pouzza Fest in Montreal, Canada. The band will be supporting their latest EP, titled Old Pain, which is available for purchase and streaming and their full length Yes It Is has been repressed on coloured vinyl

Old Pain can be streamed and purchased here and Yes It Is can be purchased on vinyl here

Western Settings tour dates can be found on Facebook Event page here

The Obsessives Release Video For ‘You’re My God’

obsessives-artworkThe Obsessives have released the new video for the track You’re My God, the song is taken from the band’s self titled sophomore album and is out now physically and digitally via Lame-O Records in the US, Dog Knights Productions in the UK and Europe, and Cooking Vinyl in Australia. The Obsessives US tour with Sorority Noise begins on April 21st in Richmond, VA.

Pre-orders for The Obsessives are available here (USA), here (EU) and here (Au)

You can view the video for You’re My God, and The Obsessives tour dates, below Read More…

The Phoenix Within To Release Debut Album ‘Whispers’

the phoenix within whispersThe Phoenix Within is the project of Omar Feliciano, primarily they are acoustic based and draw from a wide range of influences, from Jimmy Eat World to Ace Enders through to Dashboard Confessional. Know Hope Records have announced that Whispers, the latest album from The Phoenix Within, will be released on May 19th, Whispers is the bands third album and it follows on from their self-titled full length in 2013, and Natalie Rose in 2015. Pre-orders will launch soon and Whispers will be available in all digital stores as well as via Know Hope Records.

You can view the video for the track Sharks below Read More…

The Afghan Whigs Release Stream Of New Song ‘Arabian Heights’

Afghan Whigs In SpadesArabian Heights is the driving new track from The Afghan Whigs forthcoming album, In Spades, that is due out on May 5th worldwide from Sub Pop. The song exudes the gutbucket exoticism of Houses Of The Holy and Physical Graffiti writ large, driven by drummer Patrick Keeler‘s bravura and tribal cadences. The Afghan Whigs will also be heading to the UK for live shows in May 2017.

You can stream Arabian Heights here and pre-order In Spades here

You can The Afghan Whigs view tour dates below Read More…

InTechnicolour To Release New Single ‘Doomer’

InTechnicolour DoomerInTechnicolour have announced that they will  release their new single, Doomer, on the 28th April via Small Pond Recordings. In addition to releasing their new single the Brighton based stoner rock quintet will be hitting the road in May 2017 on a run of UK dates with The Physics House Band in support of the new release.

InTechnicolour‘s Facebook presence can be found here

You can stream Doomer via Soundcloud here and via Spotify here

State Champs Release Acoustic Version Of ‘Secrets’

State Champs ATWAB DeluxePop rock superstars State Champs have shared a new track, an acoustic version of their smash single, Secrets, today. Secrets is taken from the band’s latest album, Around The World And Back, which will see a deluxe DVD edition released on May 5th 2017 on Pure Noise Records, the deluxe version of the album will include six additional tracks, including the newly released Slow Burn and another brand new song.

The deluxe DVD edition of Around The World And Back can be pre-ordered here

You can stream the acoustic version of Secrets here

The Other Stars Release Full Stream Of ‘The Day We Met’

Other Stars TDWMThe Other Stars new, and possibly their last, album is entitled The Day We Met, fittingly enough the day that some people get to hear this stellar band may be the last. If you already miss bands like Piebald and Modern Baseball this album is going to fill your void, but sadly you may already start missing The Other Stars. The Day We Met is out on April 28th on CD and digital formats via Take This To Heart Records, 10% of every purchase will go to support The Organization For The Pursuit of Happiness.

You can pre-order The Day We Met here and stream the album here

Caracara Release Debut Single ‘Revelatory’

Caracara RevelatoryPhiladelphia’s Caracara have just released their debut single, Revelatory, and it is now available for streaming and purchase. Caracara began as a collaboration between Carlos Pacheco Perez and Sean Gill of Square Peg Round Hole, and William Lindsay and George Legatos who had recently closed up shop as WC Lindsay, the idea was to make dynamic music that whispers as much as it screams. Revelatory is the first release from the band, and a full album will follow later this year

Revelatory can be streamed and purchased via Bandcamp here

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Pulled Apart By Horses / Tigercub

Sound Control, Manchester, UK

6th April 2017
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Pulled Apart By Horses Sound Control Tigercub 1Welcome to musical menagerie that sees Pulled Apart By Horses and Tigercub visit Manchester’s Sound Control, as is the increasingly common and very annoying policy of many venues, the bands start ridiculously early, especially for those of us who reside in the suburbs, to make way for a club night, so we’ve missed Thee MVPs by the time we finally get into the venue. This is annoying as I always try to catch every band and was looking forward to seeing them, hopefully I’ll catch them on their next visit to the city. On the plus side at least we arrived in time for Tigercub, as with the last gig I attended at Sound Control bass heavy hip hop precedes the arrival of the bands.

Pulled Apart By Horses Sound Control Tigercub 2Tigercub make an unassuming entrance and launch into a haunting introduction, before their bass heavy aural assault laced with reverb drenched guitar hooks kicks in. Tigercub are underpinned by a remorseless rhythm section that is complimented with some twisted guitar riffs, all of which is overlaid with a vocal drawl that is delivered with a laid back style that belies the energy of their material. Tigercub straddle genres, they possess the bass heavy drive of grunge that is mixed with indie, punk and garage, and a dash of pretty much everything else is thrown into the mix, to create a cocktail that’s hard to describe, but if you think of a J. Mascis fronted Nirvana channelling early Muse and you’re about half way there.

Pulled Apart By Horses Sound Control Tigercub 3Tigercub deliver a grinding heavy mix of alternative styles that defies categorisation, even when you think you’ve got a handle on them another card is dealt from the bottom of the pack to keep you off balance. I had no idea what to expect from a band called Tigercub, but it wasn’t the heady pounding mix that is delivered by this Brighton Trio, what I do know is that they have a captivating and original sound that I hope to experience again. What was a sparsely populated Sound Control at the start of the night has filled up nicely during the course of Tigercub‘s support slot, ready for Pulled Apart By Horses headlining set in support of the excellent new album, The Haze, that was released last month via Caroline International

Pulled Apart By Horses Sound Control 1After a lengthy set up and an eclectic, to say the least, DJ set, Pulled Apart By Horses take to the stage to an absolutely packed Sound Control, from the first number they kick straight into overdrive with their high octane garage infused rock, and its clear from the off that they already have an established, and very vocal fan base, in Manchester. As the second song kicks in an enthusiastic and sweaty mosh pit has already formed and as good as I thought the The Haze album was, what has becomes immediately clear is that Pulled Apart By Horses are a band whose natural home is on stage, as the energy levels have already been raised to critical levels.

Pulled Apart By Horses Sound Control 3Pulled Apart By Horses set encompasses their four albums, throughout they maintain their high energy levels for a set of genre spanning rock that really has to be experienced live, their onstage intensity is matched by the crowds reaction, one that is as enthusiastic as I’ve seen at a midweek gig in Manchester. The set played tonight is one that’s as relentless as I’ve heard, there is no slow number to pause for breath or to slip to the bar, every song they deliver is as good as the last, and if you want to see the spirit of rock ‘n roll embodied in a band then go and see Pulled Apart By Horses, as their brand of garage fuelled rock ‘n roll is as good as anyone I’ve seen, thankfully there are no metal or rock clichés or excesses as this is stripped down rock ‘n roll at its finest.

Pulled Apart By Horses Sound Control 2My previous exposure to Pulled Apart By Horses was reviewing The Haze and I thought that was a damn fine album, but as good as that album was live they are a totally different prospect, and as energetic as the band were it must be said that just as much credit must go the audience who have given it everything tonight, from circle pits and demented mosh pits to a steady wave of crowdsurfing throughout the set. Pulled Apart By Horses would seem to be an odd choice of name, but after seeing them live it’s one that makes perfect sense, after seeing the commitment of the crowd and the band tonight I can only imagine that’s exactly what they feel like after a show like this.

Pulled Apart By Horses Sound Control 4Pulled Apart By Horses include an intense cover of The Beatles classic Helter-Skelter in the set, that is delivered with the spirit of the original, and its a compliment to them to say that this is easily the best cover I’ve heard of this classic number, and believe me I’ve heard a few. It was impressive that the pit was that frantic and frenzied as I’ve seen in a while, as an added bonus it kept people filming the show to an minimum, and I can’t think of a better way of keeping this annoying trend out of live shows. The night ended with the vocalist and guitarist Tom Hudson surfing across the crowd, it seems that the last hour has flown by in a loud, sweaty, energetic blur and if tonight wasn’t rock ‘n roll then I don’t know what is.

Pulled Apart By Horses Sound Control 5Pulled Apart By Horses website is here

The Punk Site Review of The Haze can be read here

Tigercub‘s web presence can be found here

Thee MVPs Facebook page is here and their Bandcamp is here

Photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here,

You can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images