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1958 Dark Blue

Nineteen Fifty Eight

Dark Blue

Transcend Music
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Nineteen Fifty Eight have been steadily building a loyal following since they formed back in 2013, both through their live shows and their two self released EP’s, 2013’s Rapture and 2015’s When Will I Get To You. Although they remain fiercely loyal to the South Wales music scene that spawned them, the Swansea based alternative rock band will hopefully be looking to move beyond the confines of their local scene, as they have released their impressive new EP, Dark Blue, today, the 19th May 2017, via Transcend Music.

The title track starts with a laid back alt rock feel before it eases into dark bass led power pop, this is a style that is revisted on the penultimate track, God Forbid. The atmospheric and powerful track, Under My Skin, weaves a hypnotic spell whereas Optimistic brings their darker side to the fore, the fuzz and pace are both upped, and when this is married to an addictive guitar riff you have a winning combination. Temporary Feelings almost brings Dark Blue to a dead stop before it builds to an anthemic finale, and the EP ends in memorable fashion with the rocky closer Watch Me Burn.

Dark Blue should appeal to fans of bands such as The Duke Spirit, Brand New and Editors, both the past and present of this kind of melodic alt rock are absorbed to create an impressive EP, one that it must be said has a distinctly radio friendly quality about it, but it’s all done without any apparent sacrifices being made to achieve this. Dark Blue is an EP that embraces influences from the world’s of indie and rock to create an anthemic and impressive six track EP that should see them reaching a wider audience.

The Dark Blue EP can be purchased on CD here and downloaded via iTunes here

Nineteen Fifty Eight‘s website can be found here

Silverstein To Release ‘Dead Reflection’ LP On July 14th

Silverstein DRCanada’s post-hardcore heavyweights, Silverstein, have announced their biting new full length, Dead Reflection, that is due out on July 14th via Rise Records. Dead Reflection is Silverstein‘s eighth full length, a feat reached by very few bands, especially within the heavy music world where youthful fire and aggression is often finite. Silverstein, however, have always been an outlier, and Dead Reflection proves that the band still has plenty of fight left. To celebrate the announcement the band has premiered the first new track from the album, Retrograde

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All Get Out Announce US Tour

All get Out Summer Tour 17All Get Out have just announced a tour this summer, including dates with Taking Back Sunday and Every Time I Die, All Get Out are touring in support of their 2016 release Nobody Likes A Quitter.

Tickets for All Get Out‘s headline tour dates are available here

The Punk Site review of Nobody Likes A Quitter can be read here

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Kevin Devine And The Goddamn Band Announce Tour

Kevin Devine May 17 TourKevin Devine And The Goddamn Band have just announced a tour this August with The Dig on their way to Lollapalooza, he is also currently on a solo headlining tour with Adult Mom and Chris Farren. Kevin Devine is touring in support of his ninth studio album Instigator, which was released in October 2016.

The Punk Site review of Instigator can be found here

Instigator can be ordered via Procrastinate! Music Traitors here

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Waiting For Titor Release Stream Of ‘Halo’ From Forthcoming EP

Waiting For Titor HP1Anglo-Italian Alternative quartet Waiting For Titor, that features members from Manchester in the UK and Faenza in Italy, continue their climb with the release of their latest video single, Halo, that is taken from the band’s debut EP, Halo Part 1, that is due to be released on Friday 2nd June via Diva Records.

The Halo Part 1 EP can be pre-ordered here

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WACO Release Stream Of ‘Coolangatta’ From Deathless EP

Waco DeathlessCosmic punks WACO have released a stream of the new track, Coolangatta, ahead of the release of their forthcoming new EP, Deathless, that is set for release through Gallows‘ label Venn Records on 2nd June 2017. The track is a summery slab of stomping punk rock shot through with a horn section and dripping in the kind of rose-tinted, working class Northern sentiments that have been picked out as a trademark of the WACO sound, Coolangatta is a fist-in-the-air statement that comes just in time for the sunshine season.

You can stream Coolangatta here

Brick And Mortar Dropped Again

Brick + Mortar

Dropped Again

Self Released
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

In celebration of acquiring ownership of the masters, Brick + Mortar will be self releasing a fully re-mastered version of their Dropped EP, that was originally released back in 2015, tomorrow, May 19th 2017. The release has been retitled Dropped Again and has been fleshed out to full album length with the addition of two new singles, One Little Pill and Great Escape, and a remix of the song Move To The Ocean. In addition to the release of Dropped Again the band have a current Pledge Music campaign for the debut full length, Dead Moon.

Opening number Train is a gentle introduction with it’s staccato hand clap rhythms and across the whole of Dropped Again Brick + Mortar veer across influences, incorporating electronic elements and skittering beats. For the most part this is a shining upbeat affair but Move To The Ocean and Dark Skies takes the album in a darker direction whilst Brighter Than The Sun brings a strident guitar led element to bear. The new additions to Dropped Again indicate the band have moved forward in the last few years with both One Little Pill and Great Escape bringing a more rounded keyboard led style that hints at what to expect from the band on their forthcoming album, Dead Moon. The final track is the Bauer Remix of Move To The Ocean, I always feel a remix is something of an throwaway option for filling out expanded releases that rarely improve on the original, and this one hasn’t changed my mind on this.

Having not heard the original Dropped EP it’s difficult to assess the impact of the re-mastering process but it does sound like it’s been given a bit of spit and polish. Dropped Again is an album that takes it’s cues from the idiosyncratic side of the Indie and electronic scenes, Brick + Mortar deliver a somewhat unique mix of drum ‘n bass, electronica and indie influences that have a slight punk influence. This isn’t a release that will be to everyone’s tastes but what Dropped Again does showcase is the New Jersey duo’s fluid influences that have led to them sharing stages with a varied array of bands, and as a result they have garnered a widespread and diverse fanbase that reflects the range of influences contained on their recordings.

Brick + Mortar‘s website where you can order the EP and stream One Little Pill is here

You can pre-order Brick + Mortar‘s new album, Dead Moon, via Pledge Music here

Cock Sparrer To Release ‘Forever’ LP

Adobe Photoshop PDFCock Sparrer are widely considered to be one of the most influential Street Punk bands in history and 2017 sees them celebrate their 45th Anniversary. With a ten year gap between Cock Sparrer‘s last album, Here We Stand, and the present day, 2017 sees the release of their new full length album, Forever. The album was recorded over a four month period between the end of 2016 and February 2017, Forever is a collection of songs written in what only can be described as “the Cock Sparrer way”, anthemic, filled with hooks and with lyrics relating to real life.

Forever can be ordered via Pirate Press Records and Randale Records here

At The Wayside Announce Pre-Orders For Forthcoming LP

At The Wayside TBATFIndie Vision Music have announced pre-orders for the latest full length from At The Wayside. Pre-orders are now available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and Bandcamp for The Breakdown And The Fall. Pre-orders via iTunes and Bandcamp will include an instant download of the tracks My Way To You and How We Live.

You can stream How We Live here and My Way To You here

You can pre-order The Breakdown And The Fall via Bandcamp here

INVSN Release Stream Of ‘This Constant War’

INVSN the beautiful storiesINVSN released their latest single, This Constant War, last week, the track is taken from their latest album, The Beautiful Stories, that is set to drop on June 9th via Dine Alone Records. The song is one of resistance, to put an end to the belittling of music, the arts and culture in the political climate we are in today.

You can pre-order The Beautiful Stories via Dine Alone Records here

You can stream INVSN‘s latest single This Constant War here

Energy Announce UK Tour

Energy UK Tour 2017Following a huge UK tour earlier this year supporting goth-punks Creeper alongside Puppy and Milk Teeth, Boston’s Energy are extremely pleased to announce they will return to the UK this summer for a run of headline tour dates. Tickets go on sale 9am Friday 19th May 2017 and the band will be supported by Southampton punks Miss Vincent on all dates, to celebrate the announcement the band have revealed the video for their new single, A Prayer For Rain.

You can download and stream Energy‘s latest album, Apparition Sound, here

You can view the video for A Prayer For Rain, and Energy‘s UK tour dates, below Read More…

Bullet Height To Release ‘No Atonement’ Album This Friday

Bullet Height Promo May 17UK duo Bullet Height will release their explosive debut album No Atonement on 19th May 2017 via Superball Music. The album features the band’s previous two singles, Bastion and Hold Together, and is comprised of ten tracks of dark, primal conviction, pulped with the avant-garde, fusing industrialised electronica, heavy guitars and heartbreakingly sweet melodies.

No Atonement is now available for pre-order on CD and Petrol Green vinyl.

No Atonement can be pre-ordered here

Tricot To Release ‘3’ Album On The 19th May

Tricot 3Japanese alternative-rock band Tricot signed to Big Scary Monsters Records earlier this year and they will release their new album, 3 ,on the 19th May 2017. Tricot will also appear at ArcTanGent Festival 2017 and the band have confirmed that they will be announcing further UK live dates over the coming months.

You can stream the tracks DeDeDe here and Melon Soda here

The album can be pre-ordered here

Nineteen Fifty Eight To Release ‘Dark Blue’ EP on 19th May

1958 Dark BlueSwansea based alternative rock band Nineteen Fifty Eight are set to reveal their latest release, the Dark Blue EP, via Transcend Music on the 19th May 2017. The band are also taking to the road throughout the UK this month, the band will be touring with As December Falls in support of the new EP.

The Dark Blue EP can be pre-ordered via iTunes here

You can view the video for Under My Skin, and Nineteen Fifty Eight‘s UK tour dates, below Read More…

Wo Fat Announce US Tour

Wo Fat MCWo Fat have announced that they will be embarking on a tour of the Eastern United States this June with fellow Texas rockers, The Well, the tour will consist of eight dates and will culminate with the band’s appearance at Maryland Doomfest. All dates are in support of their latest album, Midnight Cometh, which was released in 2016. 

You can purchase and stream Midnight Cometh here

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Ghouls Release Video For ‘Facebook Friend’

Ghouls RunLondon-based punk rock quintet, Ghouls, are striding into 2017 with their new album, Run, which is out now through 1471 Records. Fresh off the back of their release day mini marathon through Central London, which saw them performing acoustically all over the city, the band have shared the new video for album track, Facebook Friend, and the details of their album launch party. The release show for Run will take place at The Fighting Cocks, Kingston on the 23rd June and tickets can be purchased here

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Get Fucked 2017

Get Fucked Festival

The Peer Hat, Manchester, UK

29th April 2017
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 

Get Fucked is an all day, and well into the following morning, event bought to us by Atomic Catfight and Abattoir Blues Records, a combination that promises a full day of primitive rock & roll that features nine acts from the primal swamp of the UK’s underground blues, garage and punk scenes that appropriately is taking place in the basement venue that is The Peer Hat, that is located on the edges of Manchester’s fashionable Northern Quarter. The bands appearing at the inaugural Get Fucked festival are diverse to say the least, but all with one common goal, to deliver dirty distorted rock ‘n roll that is in no way designed to save anyone’s soul.

Get Fucked has put together a line up of punked up blues, garage, psych and punk rock that is irresistible to those of us that grew up on a diet of punks adrenaline fuelled charge, the hallucinatory elements of the garage revival scene and whatever other strange creatures emerged from the underground and promised the illicit pleasures that the original hell bound spirit of rock ‘n roll offered. Tonight’s line up includes The Hipshakes, Uncle Jane, Tensheds, The 99 Degree, The Maitlands, The Jungfraus, GUTS, Death Vignettes, Hopper Propelled Electric and music provided by the esteemed Wet Dreams DJ’s.

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Get Fucked has nine bands playing each getting a half hour slot, the perfect way to organise a festival with no pretensions, just nine slots of punked up garage, psyche and blues with DJ sets playing the best tunes from the last six decades of rock ‘n roll’s dark underbelly. First up are The Hipshakes and after a brief tune up they launch into their opening slot of adrenaline fuelled garage. The energy levels are already off the chart on their first number, and then stay there. They deliver raw distorted garage that is born of the MC5 and The Stooges with a raw amphetamine fused punk edge that on occasion borders on hardcore intensity, The Hipshakes show exactly how to start a festival.

20170503_212521After a another short DJ set from Wet Dreams, that includes the legendary purveyors of fucked up rock n roll, The Cramps, The Maitlands take to the stage, they bring a cross between raw punked up rock ‘n roll and 60s beat that is tinged with the spirit of 77. The Maitlands have brought their sparkling self penned fucked up pop songs to Get Fucked and they build on the foundations laid by The Hipshakes by maintaining the adrenaline charged rush and combining this with a distinctly Mancunian sensibility, and already at this early stage of the day I can’t help thinking that the inaugural Get Fucked Festival is shaping up to be something very special.

20170505_230630The intriguingly named Uncle Jane are next, and they deliver a set of fucked up rock ‘n roll than channels The Sonics, The Mummies and the bands that populated the legendary Pebbles albums. This a rawer more primitive sound than the previous bands, and they are a welcome addition to Get Fucked and capture the spirit of the evening perfectly with bass heavy set that’s laced with lysergic guitar riffs. Tensheds follow and take Get Fucked down a different path with their intense drum and keyboard combination, but despite the lack of any stringed instruments they continue to channel the spirit of Get Fucked in a manner that makes me think of the Dresden Dolls having a head on collision with Nick Cave and Tom Waits.

GIG-110Next up is the bastard blues of GUTS, a band that I made a promise to that I would catch them again when I briefly saw them supporting The Bellrays last year, it might take me a while but I keep my promises. GUTS play a set that is the epitome of what Abattoir Blues Records are about, the heart and soul of blues with the attitude and spirit of punk rock, to me they sound even rawer than when I first encountered them. They cross the experimental side of Captain Beefheart with the grunt of blues, and the cocktail is completed by a punk attitude and delivery that makes their dark intense serial killer blues the perfect soundtrack to the midway point of Get Fucked.

20170503_222428Hopper Propelled Electric deliver a charged alt rock set that recalls Queens Of The Stone Age, in their substance fuelled prime, combined with the primal hedonistic spirit of rock ‘n roll. Their charged set brings yet another facet to tonight’s event and as with every other act tonight you can’t help but be impressed with the DIY spirit that is ever present today. Tonight has been a credit to Manchester’s alternative music scene, the bands playing Get Fucked avoid the clichéd Mancunian references and they all choose their own influences, despite all the bands playing tonight having their own sound and style there is a common unifying theme of the hedonistic qualities of rock ‘n roll.

20170503_221812The 99 Degree bring a set of fucked up spaghetti western influenced garage and this is the last set they’ll play before the release of their eagerly awaited Boot Hill Surf Club EP. Ominous echo heavy tones precede The 99 Degree launching a energetic set that channels the spirit of the old West combined with the reverb and echo heavy trashy garage that makes them one of Manchester’s most idiosyncratic bands. No one else does anything even remotely close to what The 99 Degree are doing, they deliver a mutant hybrid of everything that’s worth a damn in rock ‘n roll, and for me they are the closest thing you’ll get to the untamed spirit of the garage punk origins of The Cramps.

20170503_213200The penultimate act is Death Vignettes who have reformed for a one off performance for the inaugral Get Fucked, they channel everything that Abattoir Blues Records are about, dirty nasty punked up blues played exactly as it oughta be. Death Vignettes make as much noise as it’s possible to extract from one guitar and drums, and they produce a sound that makes other two pieces outfits, such as The White Stripes, sound like an unplugged performance. Death Vignettes come across as nothing less than the personification of the primal howl that signified the birth of rock ‘n roll.

20170503_213542The final act is The Jungfraus, their set is largely culled from the impressive KRAAK album that is now available as a pay what you want download. They bring a heady element to the final set of Get Fucked, they channel sixties garage, psyche, alt rock and alternative influence to create an impressive mind altering combination that makes for a fitting finale to the live acts that have graced the first Get Fucked festival. Tonight has been perfect, everything from the venue, the friendly and good natured crowd, along with every single band that played tonight and with the faultless DJ set from Wet Dreams that was the perfect accompaniment to the tonight’s nine triumphant live sets.

20170503_211307There is a sequel to Get Fucked planned and I can’t wait for this to happen, as tonight has been a perfect combination of the music and attitudes that informed and shaped punk rock. For me today has possessed more attitude and rebellion than the established punk festivals, it channels the roots and captures the attitude of what made us fall in love with music in the first place. If you didn’t attend this then you should make a point of being at the next Get Fucked if you can as this will probably be amongst my favourite shows of the year. We came, we saw, we got fucked, and I can’t wait for the next time

20170503_213308The Abattoir Blues Records website can be found here

The Atomic Catfight Facebook page is here

Death Vignettes Facebook page is here and their Soundcloud is here

GUTS Facebook presence is here and their Soundcloud is here

The Hipshakes Bandcamp is here and their Facebook presence is here

Hopper Propelled Electric can be found on Facebook here and their Bandcamp is here

The Jungfraus Facebook page is here and their Bandcamp is here

The Maitlands Facebook presence is here and their Soundcloud is here

Tensheds website can be found here

Uncle Jane‘s Facebook page is here and their Soundcloud is here

The 99 Degree‘s Facebook page is here and their Bandcamp is here

Live photography by Michael Maffia, you can click on any of Mike’s photos to view a slide show of the images

Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Added To ‘It’s Not Dead 2’

It's Not Dead 2017Me First And The Gimme Gimmes have been added to the already stacked lineup for It’s Not Dead 2, one of the America’s largest punk rock festivals. It’s Not Dead is returning to Southern California’s Glen Helen Amphitheater on August 26th after a two-year break. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes join previously announced co-headliners Rancid and Dropkick Murphys, plus A Wilhelm Scream, Buzzcocks, Channel 3, The Casualties, Down By Law, The Exploited, The Flatliners, GBH, Good Riddance, Guttermouth, The Interrupters, Kevin Seconds, Mad Caddies, Off!, Runaway Kids, The Selecter, The Toasters, Wraths, U.S. Bombs, Voodoo Glow Skulls and many more

Tickets for It’s Not Dead 2 can be purchased here

Sweet Spirit Release Video For ‘The Power’

Sweet Spirit The PowerSweet Spirit have released a video for their latest single, The Power, the video was directed by Ed Dougherty and it brings a splash of colour and excitement into a dreary, black-and-white world. The Power is the opening track on the bands latest album, St. Mojo, that is now available on CD, vinyl and digital formats via Nine Miles Records.

You can stream and purchase The Power, and Sweet Spirit‘s latest album, St. Mojohere

The video for The Power can be viewed below Read More…

Demob Happy Release Video For New Single ‘Dead Dreamers’

Demob Happy DDCurrently touring the UK with The Cribs and Gang Of Youths, Brighton’s Demob Happy have revealed a new music video for the track Dead Dreamers, their new single that is out now via Atlantic Records imprint Taste And Tone. You can still catch the band live with The Cribs at London’s The Forum on May 18th and with Gang Of Youths later this month.

Dead Dreamers can be streamed via Spotify here

You can view the video for Dead Dreamers, and Demob Happy‘s tour dates, below Read More…

Pallas Release Stream Of ‘Cast A Lion, Cured A Crow’

Pallas STAtlanta’s Pallas will release their self-titled debut album on May 26th via Drop Medium Records and they’ve now released a stream of the track Cast A Lion, Cured A Crow. The young Atlanta post-punk quartet have created a unique and challenging mini-album that shows the band’s strength in manipulated repetition, art-rock expanse, and abrasive rhythmic shifts.

You can pre-order the self titled debut album here

 Cast A Lion, Cured A Crow can be streamed here

Gun Shy The Long Dance

Gun Shy

The Long Dance

Wrong Way Round Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Southampton’s Gun Shy are an odd, to put it mildly, crew who claim to have been “forged in the depths of the outermost reaches of existence” but they now seem to have settled on earth as their latest release, The Long Dance, follows on from the 2016 release of their debut five track offering, First Transmission, that was released via Failure By Design Records. The Long Dance is now available to order on cassette, via Wrong Way Round Records, and digital formats, from the usual array of digital retailers and streaming services.

Refine Like Silver kicks things off with ominous guitar and spoken vocals that recalls an imminent confrontation until it does exactly that and the track breaks out into an impressively heady noise rock wall of sound, Test You Like Gold continues in this style, and indicates an ongoing obsession with precious metals, before Whilst You Execute takes things into a full blooded hardcore thrash. The EP continues to veer across styles and genres with complete abandon, spoken and mellow spacey interludes are punctuated with abrasive and suspiciously hazy moments leaving you never quite knowing where The Long Dance is going to take you, and the final track, Waiting For, takes things into interstellar overdrive and leaves you wondering what you just heard.

Gun Shy boast a heady blend of styles and influences, everything from post-punk, doom and post rock to indie, alternative and noise rock, with a detour taking in garage and psych, are blended together on The Long Dance to create something that is not altogether of this earth. To say this is a unique and unusual release would be an understatement, for those who like their soundtrack to be unpredictable and original, especially fans of the likes of Butthole Surfers and Baked, then I’d recommend joining in with The Long Dance.

You can order the limited edition cassette of The Long Dance from Wrong Way Round Records here

Orange Bomb Release ‘Pop Heavy’ Album

Orange Bomb Pop HeavyOrange Bomb are a pop punk quartet from Surrey in the UK, the band have now released their third full length, Pop Heavy, and the new album is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer, as well as via Orange Bomb‘s Bandcamp where Pop Heavy is also available on a limited edition CD

You can stream the track Dear Julie via Soundcloud here

You can stream and download Pop Heavy via Bandcamp here

Maypine Release Video For ‘A Little Sooner’ From Forthcoming EP

maypine ITBOMMMerging highly infectious refrains and upbeat punk rock rhythms, ascending UK pop punkers Maypine will set loose their eagerly awaited new EP, In The Back Of My Mind, on Friday 4th August through Disconnect Disconnect Records. In the run up to the EP’s release the lively quintet have now released a video for the track A Little Sooner.

Maypine‘s Facebook page is here and their Twitter account is here

You can view the video for A Little Sooner, and Maypine‘s tour dates, below Read More…

Silent Rival Release ‘The Kindness Of Strangers’ LP

Silent Rival TKOSLA’s Silent Rival have released their debut album, The Kindness Of Strangers, today. Examining the past and using it as a starting point for new beginnings is a common theme throughout The Kindness Of Strangers, musically the album focuses on reinvention, and it puts a modern twist on glam, synth-pop and classic alternative rock.

The Kindness Of Strangers is available via Spotify here and iTunes here

You can view the video for the lead single Die A Little, and Silent Rival‘s US tour dates, below Read More…

Nineteen Fifty Eight Reveal New Video And Confirm UK Tour

1958 Dark BlueSwansea based alternative rock band Nineteen Fifty Eight have revealed the video for Under My Skin, the second single from their forthcoming new EP, Dark Blue, that is set for release on 19th May 2017 via Transcend Music. The band will also take to the road, throughout the UK, with As December Falls in support of the EP.

The Dark Blue EP can be pre-ordered via iTunes here

You can view the video for Under My Skin, and Nineteen Fifty Eight‘s UK tour dates, below Read More…

Blood Youth

Blood Youth

Beyond Repair

Rude Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Since their inception in 2014 Blood Youth have been channelling their fears, frustrations and fury into their music through a relentless touring schedule and the release of two critically acclaimed EP’s, 2015’s Inside My Head and 2016’s Closure, and Blood Youth have now released their debut full-length, Beyond Repair, that sees the Yorkshire based hardcore trio expanding their arsenal across a full album. Beyond Repair was released last month via Rude Records and  is now available on CD and a ‘clear with black smoke’ vinyl, as well as being available for download and streaming from the usual suspects.

From the opening chords of Making Waves you think you know what you’re in for, the brutal riff and barked vocals indicate that this is prime hardcore punk, but on the chorus a more melodic approach is seamlessly integrated, and this brings another element into proceedings and stops Beyond Repair from being just another short sharp shock from the hardcore stable. Blood Youth have delivered an album that contains all the aggression that you’d expect from hardcore, but it incorporates other styles that stop Beyond Repair being another remorseless album and it’s this that raises Blood Youth above many of their contemporaries.

Beyond Repair blends pure hardcore fury with melodic hardcore, and in places the breakdown’s bring a touch of the heavier end of alt rock into play, but all the while maintaining the aggressive delivery you’d expect. Blood Youth‘s debut full length is an impressive and furious ten tracks that maintains the approach of the first wave of crossover bands by channelling other influences into their sound to deliver an album that has a truly cross genre appeal. Since Blood Youth were formed from the ashes of Climates they’ve been steadily building an impressive reputation and Beyond Repair can only build on this, the future of the hardcore scene in the peoples republic of Yorkshire would seem to be in good hands.

You can order physical formats of Beyond Repair via Rude Records here

Proletariat Jimmys May 17

Proletariat (UK) / Arcades / Shadow Palace

Jimmy's, Manchester, UK

5th May 2017
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 1This Feeling is developing a well earned reputation for running some of the UK’s best rock ‘n roll nights and promoting the best upcoming bands, and tonight the party has come to one of Manchester’s latest venues. Jimmy’s is tucked away on the edge of the Northern Quarter and tonight promises to be something special as Manchester’s Proletariat are launching their debut EP, Always The Same, with a sold out show at this intimate venue with support from Shadow Palace and Arcades. An eclectic mix of tunes precedes the first act, everything from ’77 punkers to psych and proto punk classics is played in the steadily filling basement of Jimmy’s to warm the crowd up nicely.

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 2 Shadow PalaceFirst up are local act Shadow Palace, they channel a distinctly mancunian take on a garage and indie influenced set that eases us into the evening, this is a band that couldn’t have come from any other city, their mancunian swagger is an ever present in their hedonistic mix of influences. Elements of their set hint at a darker element in their DNA before they end their brief opening set with an upbeat indie fuelled number that is followed by their new single, Speak My Mind, that returns to their psyche influences and boasts an anthemic chorus. By the end of their set Jimmy’s is approaching capacity, the temperature is rising and it’s a struggle to get to the bar.

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 3 ArcadesBy the end of shadow Palace‘s set whatever I’m drinking is being sweated straight back out again, Leicester’s Arcades are up next and are making their debut appearances in Manchester, their home turf is another part of the UK that seems to have a production line for talented young bands. Arcades sound like their origins lie somewhere between early Rolling Stones and Smashing Pumpkins and this impressive quintet deliver an impeccable set that straddles every genre since the mid sixties and its delivered with confidence and an effortless swagger and indie bounce, coupled with a touch of rock n roll excess, and I’m left wanting to hear more by Arcades, hopefully it won’t be too long before they return.

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 4Jimmy’s continues to fill up, word has clearly spread about Manchester’s Proletariat in their brief existence, as Jimmy’s is packed to capacity tonight and Proletariat kick things up a gear with their mancunian influenced punk rock. From the first chords you can see why the venue is stuffed to the gills, as good as they were a few months ago when I first encountered them they now seem sharper and more focused than the fledgling show I caught them at. There’s an obvious comparison to The Fall in the vocal delivery, but that doesn’t mean to say they are in anyway a copy of that esteemed band, but they are coming at things from a similar direction with the dirty garage riffs effortlessly combined with a punk attitude.

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 5The twisted riffs and the mancunian bark of the vocals are backed by a pounding razor sharp rhythm section that keeps the set hammering along at full tilt. Two new songs are debuted tonight that indicates that despite their debut release coming out today they aren’t going to rest on their laurels, the first, Kiss Of Death, sounds heavier and carries more menace than their early material whilst Nervous Energy edges towards a twisted incarnation of alt rock. Delirium from their early days sounds reborn and by popular demand they revisit The Stooges classic I Wanna Be You Dog, whilst often covered this was as good a version as you’re likely to hear outside of an Iggy Pop show.

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 7The Proletariat‘s set is sadly cut short due to time limits, upon getting the indication that they have one song left they ease into their version of Bang Bang before they finish in style as they segue the twisted version of the sixties classic into Mr Brown, the lead single from their new EP, which brings things to a suitably frantic end. On the strength of tonight’s show Manchester’s Proletariat are heading places, as judging by the crowds reaction, and the strength of the new material on display, Manchester may have just have found its very own saviours for the next generation of punk rock.

Proleriat Jimmys May 17 6Proletariat‘s Facebook page can be found here

The Always The Same EP can be streamed via Spotify here

Arcades Facebook presence is located here

Shadow Palace‘s Facebook page can be found here

Jimmy’s website can be found here

This Feeling‘s website 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

The Cult Of Dom Keller To Release Live LP Via Cardinal Fuzz

Cult Of Dom Keller PIOFTaking their cues from the likes of Spacemen 3 and The Jesus And Mary Chain, for the last decade DIY sonic alchemists The Cult of Dom Keller have been creating “The sounds between the sounds between the sounds in our heads” from the confines of their East Midlands bunker. After three LPs that have built on The Cult of Dom Keller‘s reputation as sonic alchemists the band are releasing their first live LP, Paradiso Is On Fire, on double vinyl. The band are captured live as they toured their latest LP, Goodbye To The Light, in Antwerp and Amsterdam, the album captures the raw blown out power and the tangible energy of the group’s infamous live shows as you listen in to the band laying waste to tracks from all of their albums.

You can pre-order Paradiso Is On Fire on CD and Vinyl here

Vant DI April 17

The Bushmills Tour 2017: Vant / Weirds

The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK

27th April 2017
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Bushmills 1The Bushmills Tour is a series of four shows across the UK that features four different headliners in four different cities, the tour spans April and May with other cities being treated to The Magic Gang, We Are Scientists and The Wytches, but tonight Manchester is hosting a sold out headline set from Vant with support from Leeds quartet Weirds. It seems there’s no happy medium, either you’re late and you miss a band or the venue isn’t open when you arrive and you’re forced to have a pint in the sunshine on the eve of a bank holiday, tonight had the added bonus of being a Bushmills Whiskey sponsored tour with free samples whilst you’re waiting and on the way in we’re handed all manner of promotional material, and more whiskey, it’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it. 

Bushmills V1First up are Weirds, prior to their appearance of the first band, Weirds, we’re treated to a full tilt set of alt rock and grunge that sets the scene nicely with more free whiskey at the bar and I’m starting to get the feeling that tonight might get a bit messy. Weirds take the stage to a crescendo of drums and echoing strings that precede a strident drum beat kicks in along with a full tilt wall of distortion that smacks you right between the eyes, yet somehow  Weirds manage to maintain a vibe that is simultaneously spacey, intense and heavy. The Leeds quartet continue to plough the grunge and alternative furrow whilst maintaining a heady edge, to say I’m impressed with their hedonistic set would be an understatement.

Bushmills V2Weirds come across as an amped up adrenaline charged band that are informed by the alternative and grunge scenes of the late 80s and early 90s but bought bang up to date and their own heady influences thrown into the mix, this is only the first band, I’m five whiskies down and having a ball, how could I not with the hedonistic combination of Weirds and Whiskey on offer. The Weirds vocalist departs the stage taking in the whole venue to blur the line between band and audience, a second launch from the stage brings the keyboards tumbling into the crowd. The combination of driving bass lines, effects laden guitar, machine gun drumming and the generally hedonistic substance fuelled vibe of Weirds is something that hits the spot perfectly and they leave as they arrive, in an effects laden loop leaving chaos in their wake.

Bushmills V3There’s just about time for yet another free whiskey before it’s time for Vant, prior to their arrival an impressive array of effects pedals are set up on stage, enough to open a small guitar shop, and the venue for tonight’s sold out show is now packed from front to back and the bar is several deep with an uncharacteristically high demand for whiskey of an Irish persuasion. Vant open with a high tempo set of bare bones power pop influenced punk rock, from the off that’s its been clear that tonight was going to be a good night, after all free whiskey is very hard to argue with but when it’s coupled with two incredible live bands you really do have a recipe for a perfect storm.

Bushmills V4Vant play a high octane set that channels the best of the grunge but when this coupled with infectious adrenaline driven songs you have a winning combination, add to this they have a sizeable live following that have the dance floor reverberating to the rise and fall of the crowd and you have the infectious enthusiasm born of whiskey and two incredible bands, whilst I’m not normally a fan of corporate sponsorship of gigs I’ll make an exception in this case, because, well because it’s whiskey. A bouncer is berated for entering the enthusiatic pit “what the fuck ate you doing in there, it’s a fucking punk show” they also apologise for playing on the night of the Manchester football derby and promise to make it up to the crowd, to be honest I thought they already had as football is one thing, but nights like this only come round every so often and for me football pales in comparison to shows like this.

Bushmills V5The crowd are impressively exuberant, and the band play an incredible fifteen song set that captures the combined essence of punk, power pop and grunge that makes for an irresistible combination. This is easily the best crowd I’ve encountered at the Deaf Institute, from my position wedged in at the side of the stage I see my whiskey bouncing across the bar such is the enthusiasm of the crowd, thankfully I collect it in the nick of time. But Vant aren’t just a band that can pack a dance floor, they embrace the spirit of political defiance that is strongly associated with the best punk bands, there’s no theatrics, they just announce an encore from the stage and continue with their charged set, for me this is just as it should be. Vants set has passed by in a hectic blur and their final number is preceded by an endorsement for safe gigs for women, something The Punk Site wholeheartedly supports.

Bushmills V6I can’t choose between tonight’s two bands, both offered perfect sets that reflected very different facets of the music we love, nights like this remind you why you fell in love with the scene in the first place, combine this with free whiskey and crowd who reflect the enthusiasm of the music and you couldn’t ask for a better combination. The journey home is a happy blur and I’m just glad I take notes during the gig as my recollections are understandably hazy. My advice would be to go and watch Weirds and Vant, and maybe treat yourself to a whiskey, preferably all three together if you can, there’s not a single thing I’d change about tonight, the following morning however was a different story.

Bushmills V7Vant‘s website can be found here

Weirds Twitter account can be found 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

Love Zombies Pledge Music Campaign For ‘No Slow Songs’

Love Zombies NSSThe Love Zombies will be back in the UK this June to play Camden Rocks and Download Festival, whilst they are in the UK they will be recording a live studio album and they are inviting fans to to be part of it. The album will be recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and a few of their closest fans can be in the studio audience and be on the record for a once in a lifetime opportunity. On June 2nd the Love Zombies will go into Abbey Road Studios and it is also be the day their debut album, Passionfruit, is released worldwide. If you can’t make it to Abbey Road Studios you can pledge for the download or vinyl of the new album

You can you can read more about the campaign, and pledge for No Slow Songs, here