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Screaming Females

All At Once

Don Giovanni Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Throughout their lifetime as a band the Screaming Females have always moved against the prevailing winds, now with six albums under their belt and more than a decade of touring, they have always remained deeply individual and stuck to their DIY roots. Each new album from the Screaming Females has been a reaction to the last, a chance for the band to challenge and reinvent itself and its audience by switching course and subverting expectations. All At Once, Screaming Females seventh full length, will be released via Don Giovanni Records on the 23rd February 2018 on CD and double vinyl, and a limited edition triple vinyl, LP that captures the band at its most ambitious and expansive.

From the extended build up of Glass Houses that signifies the start of All At Once you can’t help but feel that Screaming Females have brought us something very special with this extended opus, Black Moon confirms this with a pounding anthem that kicks things off in earnest. I’ll Make You Sorry keeps the momentum going with a driven break up song, Dirt brings the pace down and eases a more sinister element into the album and Screaming Females continues to pick up and discard influences and styles almost at will, from the alt rock of Agnes Martin, to the stark indie of Deeply and onto the angular post punk rhythms of Soft Domination and End Of My Bloodline.

All At Once is marked by the album’s centrepiece, Chamber For Sleep parts one and two, a two part view of the afterlife that is linked via a sound collage of improvisational techniques the band have developed over ten years on the road, this may sound self indulgent but it doesn’t come across that way and the experimental part one blends perfectly into the strident and focused second chapter of the song. The final five tracks return to Screaming Females picking and discarding styles, from the psychedelic influences of Bird In Paradise, the straight up punk rock of Fantasy Lens, the alt rock influenced My Body, the gentle almost nursery rhyme like Drop By Drop and the guitar torturing finale of Step Outside.

Releasing a double album can often be a self indulgent exercise, many times you end up wishing that the band had cut away the chaff and released a single volume instead, but that is certainyl not the case with Screaming Females latest release, All At Once is an expansive album that cuts a broad swathe across alternative culture and that seems to adopt and discard influences at will. At times this is part Patti Smith and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, at others it embraces punk and post punk, and there is an ever present feel of the less commercial side of grunge and alt rock, all of this combines to create an expansive, challenging, experimental and near perfect album that would appear to be either their White Album or Black Album, depending on your perspective.

All At Once can be pre-ordered on CD and vinyl formats via Don Giovanni Records here

Screaming Females website can be found here

Dearist To Release ‘Sonder’ Album Via Spartan Records

Dearist SonderWolverhampton, UK alt-rock band Dearist have announced that they have signed to Seattle, US independent record label Spartan Records, and the band are now set to release their second album, Sonder, on the 27th April 2018 on vinyl and digital formats. Dearist have also released a stream of their new single, Drowning, ahead of the release of their sophomore album.

Sonder is now available for pre-order here

Drowning can be streamed here

TrueHeights Release ‘Catalyst’ Video And Announce UK Tour

TrueHeights DWFAcclaimed young alt-rockers TrueHeights have released the video for their new single, Catalyst, that is taken from their forthcoming EP, Days We Found, which is due out on the 6th April 2018 via We Are Triumphant. The hard-hitting, youthful and anthemic six-piece are here to announce 2018 as their own.

TrueHeights official website can be found here

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Winchester Release Debut LP ‘Life Begings At These Dead Ends’

Winchester LBATDEBands do not get fresher than Winchester, a brand new alt rock trio who have released their stunning debut LP, Life Begins At These Dead Ends, today, the 9th February 2018. Influenced by the likes of Fightstar, Funeral For A Friend, Deftones and Biffy Clyro the eclectic alt-rockers tastefully mix elements of technical rock and metal, metalcore and alt rock. 

Life Begins At These Dead Ends can be streamed and purchased here

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Elessar Release ‘In All Honesty’ Video From Forthcoming EP

Elessar ITAWAFormed in 2016, Elessar have already amassed a reputation for delivering energetic and passionate live performances, now the South West emo alt-rockers will return to the fold with the release of their new EP, Is This All We Are, on Friday 27th April. Ahead of the EP’s release Elessar have released a new track from their forthcoming EP, In All Honesty.

Elessar‘s Facebook page can be found here

You can stream Is This All We Are here

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RXPTRS Announce New Single ‘Bound’ And UK Tour

RXPTRS Jan 18Bristol, UK based five piece, RXPTRS, are poised to be one of the bands to break this year, serving up a sound that combines both ferocious grit and melody, and takes from both hardcore punk and theatrical rock, RXPTRS cite everyone from Every Time I Die, Beartooth and My Chemical Romance as influences, and with a fiercely creative heart at their core, the group pushes boundaries and treks beyond the limits of genre. The band are set to to release their new single, Bound, on the 23rd February and have announced a series of UK tour dates in support of the release.

You can view RXPTRS UK tour dates below

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Phoenix Calling Release ‘Lose This’ Video

Phoenix Calling Our Lost HeartsAlt-rockers Phoenix Calling have released the video for their latest single, Lose This, that is taken from their recently released sophomore album, Our Lost Hearts. Their latest full length is eleven tracks of huge melodies and wall of sound guitars that range from feel good and energetic, to emotive and anthemic. Our Lost Hearts is more of a collective effort than its predecessor, Forget Your Ghosts, as each member brings their own styles and influences to the table.

Our Lost Hearts can be purchased via Phoenix Calling‘s website here

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Counterpoint Reveal ‘Leave It All Behind’ Video

Counterpoint INNWHard hitting UK alt rockers, Counterpoint, have been making waves on the scene with their immense, and not to mention infectious, sound that calls to mind everyone from Letlive, Papa Roach, Deftones and While She Sleeps. Counterpoint will release their debut EP, If Not Now, When?, on Friday 9th February, and the rising riff masters have just dropped the brand new video for the track, Leave It All Behind.

Counterpoint‘s Facebook page can be found here

You can view the video for Leave It All Behind below Read More…

Veins Announce New Single ‘Blood On My Hands’

Veins Promo Jan 18UK alt-rockers Veins released their debut single Ambi in 2017 to positive reviews and as a result the single received airplay across the UK, Europe and the USA, the band are now set to rise with the release of their engulfing new single, Blood On My Hands, which will arrive on the 23rd February. Described by XS Noize as “inventive, brooding and atmospheric”, Veins combine gritty bass, hypnotic drums and layered guitars to create atmospheric alt-rock that sits somewhere between the XX and Deftones.

Veins website can be found here

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Winchester Release ‘Diamond’ Single From Forthcoming Album

Winchester LBATDEBands do not get fresher than Winchester, a brand new alt-rock trio who have released their second single Diamond ahead of the release of their stunning debut LP, Life Begins At These Dead Ends. Although young, Winchester are a band with a promising array of sounds, the eclectic alt-rockers utilise powerful riffs, versatile rhythms and emotional lyrics and carry influences from the likes of Fightstar, Funeral for a Friend, Deftones and Biffy Clyro,

You can stream Diamond here

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TrueHeights Release ‘Exit Route’ From Forthcoming EP

TrueHeights ERAcclaimed young alt-rockers TrueHeights are back with a bang, announcing their new EP, Days We Found, and their signing to We Are Triumphant Records. The band have confirmed that the Days We Found EP will be released on April 6th 2018, to celebrate the news of the impending release the band have revealed the new video for the lead single, Exit Route.

TrueHeights website can be found here

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Greyhaven To Release ‘Breathe’ EP

Greyhaven BreatheRising Brit alt-rock quintet Greyhaven are swiftly gaining strong recognition for their intoxicating sound which delivers stout riffery, magnetic hooks and high-octane live performances. The Londoners have already notched up warm comparisons to everyone from 30 Seconds To Mars and Don Broco to Alexisonfire. Greyhaven are now set to release their captivating new EP, Breathe, tomorrow, the 12th January 2018, via Outsider Records.

The Breathe EP will be available via all digital retailers from the 12th January

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Saint Apache Release Video For ‘Wolf Machine’

Saint Apache WMBrit heavy alt-rockers Saint Apache continue their assault on the UK with the release of their new single, Wolf Machine. Drawing inspiration from an array of areas, but fundamentally reared on the grit of Every Time I Die, the attitude of Gallows and the political potency of Rage Against The Machine, Saint Apache spit out edgy magnetic rhythms, monolithic guitar riffs, and buoyant energy that will leave you dead on your feet.

The Punk Site review of the Wolf Machine EP can be read here

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Fathoms Announce Farewell UK Tour Dates

Fathoms Farewell Tour Feb 18Brighton bruisers Fathoms have comprehensively toured throughout the UK and Europe, as well as undertaking successful tours in the USA, China, South Korea and Japan. The UK heavyweights bid farewell, and honour their successes in a final send-off tour for their already hearty fanbase. The band have released the following statement 

When we started this band at the end of 2010 we never imagined that our music would make it out of Brighton, UK let alone take us all around the world. Our lives have been hugely impacted by the time we’ve spent making music and touring, and by the people we have met along the way. It’s been an amazing experience, but we feel like now is the time to close this chapter of our lives and move on. There’s no issues behind the scenes and we’re all still best friends and will continue to be long after the band is over.

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Garden Release ‘City People Are Weird’ EP

Garden CPAWNorthampton based alternative quartet Garden have just released their debut EP, City People Are Weird, and the EP is now available for streaming and download via iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify, the City People Are Weird EP is also available to stream via Souncloud here

Garden‘s Facebook page can be found here

City People Are Weird can be downloaded via iTunes here and Spotify here

Sister Shotgun Reveal ‘Silhouettes’ Video

Sister Shotgun Dec18Sister Shotgun are a hard hitting modern alt rock quintet from the West Midlands in the UK, their previous singles, For The Love Of Hate and No Hope, featured engaging anthemic hooks that were matched with hard-hitting melodic guitar riffs. Sister Shotgun have now revealed their explosive new single, Silhouettes, that is accompanied by a haunting and captivating video.

Sister Shotgun‘s Facebook page can be found here

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Claytoride Release ‘Extincted’ Video From ‘Worth Leaving’ EP

Claytoride WLAlternative Rock unit Claytoride continue their climb with the release of their new video single, Extincted. Originally hailing from Italy, Claytoride spent over seven years cutting their teeth and bedding in their sound before heading to Cardiff to make a new life. Expressing an amalgamation of appealing alternative rock cuts loaded with powerful razor-sharp hooks that render them an instantly catchy listen, this is a band that you need to hear. With glowing comparisons to Biffy Clyro, Placebo and the Foo Fighters, Claytoride are set to rise further with the release of their new video, Extincted, that is lifted from their current EP, Worth Leaving.

Worth Leaving can be streamed via Spotify here and the Extincted video can be viewed below Read More…

Rise Against EU Tour 17

Rise Against / Sleeping With Sirens / PEARS

Apollo, Manchester, UK

2nd November 2016
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Rise Against Venue Nov 17Chicago’s Rise Against hit Manchester tonight on the second date of their current UK tour in support of their new album, Wolves, alongside the melodic hardcore legends is a diverse duo of support acts in the shape of Sleeping With Sirens and hardcore upstarts PEARS. The queue for Rise Against’s return to Manchester snakes round both sides of Manchester’s historic Apollo venue and I start to get worried that we’re not going to catch the opening set by PEARS, and as that’s one of the main reasons I’m here tonight this is a worrying state of affairs. 

Pears1(Best)We thankfully make it into the Apollo in the nick of time for PEARS, they immediately kick into a furious set of hardcore and you can see why they have developed a well deserved reputation for an impressive live show. PEARS deliver an intense  barrage that befits their growing status, and as far as I’m concerned they are one of the best live hardcore acts out there at the moment. When I last caught PEARS, at this years Rebellion Festival, they were impressive, but tonight they sound sharper and more focused and there’s a reason they captured the attention of so many since their formation. PEARS have opened tonight’s show with a short sharp set that’s sets the bar so high that I almost feel sorry for the band that has to follow them, almost.
 
Pears2PEARS‘ frontman, Zach Quinn, is inevitably bare chested by the end of the set and he cuts a perpetually manic and uninhibited figure during a set that spans their short but prolific career, including material from their freshly released split album with Direct Hit. It’s an intense and all too short twenty five minute set from the New Orleans quartet, aside from the brief easy listening intermissions that punctuate their set this has been an opening salvo that was delivered at full tilt throughout. Despite the early start to their set they play to steadily filling and appreciative crowd at the Manchester Apollo, and you get the impression that PEARS have made more than a few friends tonight.
 
Sleeping with Sirens (1)Next up is Sleeping With Sirens who are touring in support of their new album, Gossip, and were something of an unknown quantity to me prior to tonight. They play a set of slick post hardcore influenced alt rock that is delivered in an accomplished and crowd pleasing style, but for me their inclusion on this tour seems to be at odds with the two other bands on the bill and for me they came across as a slightly disappointing filling in an otherwise amazing sandwich, however the enthusiastic reaction from a sizable section of the crowd, and the borderline hysteria I encountered whilst queuing to get into the venue, suggests that I am in the minority on this one.
 
RA1(Colour)There’s a lengthy changeover before Rise Against take the stage, which gives the opportunity for a varied selection of punk tunes old and new, including everything from The Clash to Me First And The Gimme Gimme’s, to warm the crowd up for tonight’s headliners. The house lights eventually drop and the four minute warning sounds revealing two huge video screens displaying cartoon apocalyptic imagery that sets the tone for tonight’s show. The atmosphere builds until the screen then focuses in on it’s last remaining target, Manchester UK, and we’re off into a set that spans Rise Against‘s almost two decade long career.
 
RA3(HiCont)Rise Against have come a long way since their days with Fat Wreck Chords, major record deals have taken them into bigger concert halls and bought elaborate stage sets and immense lighting rigs, but the core of the band and their ideals remain the same, and before the first number is out they have the crowd in the palm of the hands. New material from their latest full length, Wolves, is dropped into the set and blends in perfectly. Dancing For Rain is appropriately dedicated to Manchester and the set is theatrically punctuated by short dark animated films that depict a dystopian future, the second of these is followed by a triumphant Collapse (Post-Amerika) that’s accompanied by images of resistance and police brutality.
 
RA4It’s been too long since Rise Against hit the UK and the crowds affection for them hasn’t dimmed in the years have that passed. An acoustic Swing Life Away gets a note perfect chorus from the Manchester crowd, a further heartfelt acoustic number, People Live Here, is dedicated to those who have the courage to fight for peace in the face of aggression. Hero Of War see’s the reappearance of the full band for the finale of the song, and for the remainder of the set Rise Against return to full flow. Tonight’s set has covered the majority of Rise Against’s back catalogue and they close with Satellite from their 2011 album, Endgame.
 
RA5Prior to their return we get the final instalment of the dystopian animations, that true to the bands self depicts the downtrodden rising up as wolves against those who have created a living hell, and they retake the stage to deliver a suitably defiant encore to close what has been an impressive return to our shores. Tonight’s show was marked by stunning sets that bookended either end of the evening, Pears and Rise Against were both flawless tonight, with the latter’s also having a dramatic visual appeal. But whilst both bands have very different styles they were both equally impressive and share the same vision, and that’s pretty much punk rock in a nutshell, it isn’t our differences that matter, it’s the common bonds that bind us together.
 
Rise Against Pears Nov 17Rise Against‘s website is here and Wolves can be ordered here
 
Sleeping With Sirens website can be found here
 
PEARS website is here
 
Human Movement can be ordered via Fat Wreck Chords here
 
Live photography by Steven Alexis
 
You can click on any of Steven’s photos to view a slide show of the images
 
 

Counterpoint To Release New EP ‘If Not Now, When?’

Counterpoint INNWManchester based alt rockers Counterpoint are turning heads and pricking ears with their colossal, and not to mention infectious, sound that calls to mind everyone from Letlive, Papa Roach, Deftones and While She Sleeps. Counterpoint are set to drop their debut EP, If Not Now, When?, on Friday 9th February 2018 and ahead of the EP’s release the band have also unveiled a new track from the EP, Honestly?

Counterpoint‘s Facebook page can be found here

Honestly? can be streamed here

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Ghost Atlas

All Is In Sync And There's Nothing Left To Sing About

Self Release
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Ghost Atlas is the solo project of Jesse Cash, best known for his role in the Sumarian Records metal band ERRA, with Ghost Atlas he explores the melodic alt rock side to his writing, Jesse Cash began releasing music under the Ghost Atlas moniker in 2014 with the Gold Soul Coma EP and he followed this up with the 2015’s Immortal Youth EP. Being the sole member of Ghost Atlas the project is a very much a personal reflection of Cash’s emotions, life experience and work, All Is In Sync And There’s Nothing Left To Sing About is Ghost Atlas‘s debut full length and it is set to be released independently on November 17th.

All Is In Sync And There’s Nothing Left To Sing About offers a distinct contrast to the full on metalcore grunt of ERRA, this is an album of alt rock that embraces a much more melodic approach than his primary outfit. Having said that, with the exception of Night Drive, Scout’s Honour, the mellowest moment on this release, and the title track this is an album of slick driven emotional and passionate alt rock that will appeal greatly to fans of the likes of the Deftones and Circa Survive. All Is In Sync And There’s Nothing Left To Sing About is an album that will appeal to his core following, but his latest release should also broaden his appeal beyond the confines of his metalcore roots.

Make no mistake there are still elements of the progressive metal of ERRA present in Ghost Atlas, and it would seem that whilst you can take the man of the metal band but you can’t completely take the metal band out of the man, but it all seems more channelled and focussed than his work with ERRA. With this self funded and self released album Jesse Cash has released a distinctly more restrained album than you would expect to hear if you are aware of his pedigree, and it’s a credit to him that he’s willing to branch out in a different direction and create his own personal vision and style on a album that is a move away from his established style.

All Is In Sync And There’s Nothing Left To Sing About can be pre-ordered here

Claytoride Release New EP ‘Worth Leaving’

Claytoride WLAscending Alternative Rock crew Claytoride have unveiled their stunning new EP, Worth Leaving, which is out now via Sliptrick Records and Red Eyes Dischi. After spending seven years honing their skills and cutting their teeth in their homeland, the Italian born, but now Cardiff based, band are a potent alt rock outfit who have racked up comparisons to Biffy Clyro, Placebo and the Foo Fighters. Claytoride unleash a fusion of engaging alternative rock cuts stocked with forceful razor-sharp hooks that render them an instantly catchy listen. Claytoride‘s website can be found here and their Facebook page is here

Worth Leaving can be streamed via Spotify here

Beyond Recall Release New Single And Video ‘Wonder’

Beyond Recall WonderOver the past three years Beyond Recall have amassed an army of followers and a stellar reputation for delivering earnest, emotional alternative rock with a broad crossover appeal. The threesome are now set to climb again with the release of their new single and video, Wonder, that combined with a full live schedule will see Beyond Recall soar to new heights in 2018.

Wonder can be streamed via Spotify and Apple Music and downloaded via iTunes here

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The Young Hearts Release ‘Medicine’ Video Ahead Of UK Tour

Young Hearts HIJTCanterbury emo influenced alt-rockers The Young Hearts have released their new music video, Medicine, today. The track is inspired by growing up and losing touch and is taken from the bands new EP, Honestly, I’m Just Thinking, which is out now through Primordial Records. The Young Hearts take to the road across the South of England next week, including a hometown show at The Ballroom in Canterbury. You can purchase Honestly, I’m Just Thinking via Primordial Records here, and digitally via iTunes here and Spotify here

The video for Medicine, and The Young Hearts tour dates, can be viewed below

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Latewaves

Partied Out

Panic State Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

New Jersey’s Latewaves signed with Panic State Records earlier this year, and they released the band’s debut EP, Partied Out, back in September. The band draw off influences from the quirky minor and 7th chords that were the hallmark of nineties alt rock, this is combined with the angst and aggression of the early 2000’s post hardcore and emo scenes, whilst Latewaves might have found their sound in the echoes of the past, they bring a distinctly modern twist to the soundtrack that influenced their sound.

If It’s Over kicks things off with an anthemic opener that carries a killer hook, and to confirm that this wasn’t a one off Jezebel and Bailin’ Out follow it up and brings a poppier, but no less bouncy, element to the EP. There’s a distinct change of pace at the midway point as Year Ago Today (Peanut Butter Coffee) brings a distinctly melancholy element into the mix before Partied Out builds itself back up with It’ll Be Fine and Face Down, which round out an impressive six track EP from this New Jersey Trio.

Whilst we were late to party on this one, it’s a case of better late than never as this is an EP that’s anything but Partied Out. The EP never quite manages to hit the heights of the impressive opening track, but that’s more of a reflection on just how good a song If It’s Over is rather than casting any negative light on the rest of the EP. The Partied Out EP is a solid six track debut from Latewaves, and it’s one that indicates that there is a bright future for this New Jersey trio.

Partied Out can be ordered via Panic State Records here

You can download Partied Out via iTunes here and stream the EP via Spotify here 

The Young Hearts Release ‘Bloom’ Lyric Video

Young Hearts HIJTThe Young Hearts from Kent, UK have shared the new lyric video for Bloom, a track taken from the bands new EP, Honestly, I’m Just Thinking. The new EP features four tracks of powerful emo influenced alt rock, which has been highly praised by the music press and is out now via Primordial Records.

Honestly, I’m Just Thinking is available on vinyl here and via Spotify here and iTunes here

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Peur Release ‘An Exercise In Abstinence’ Video

Peur Oct 17Manchester-based alt rock trio Peur have unveiled their new single, An Exercise In Abstinence. The track hits your senses with a sound that fuses the edgy dexterity of Nine Inch Nails with the hook-laden know how of Biffy Clyro. An Exercise In Abstinence is a dynamic slab of captivating alt rock laced with alluring phrasing that is destined to ignite. Peur will also be hitting the road in the UK throughout October.

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Phoenix Calling Release ‘Our Lost Hearts’ Single

Phoenix Calling Nov 17 TourTwo years on from their highly acclaimed debut album, rising alt-rockers Phoenix Calling are back with their sophomore record, Our Lost Hearts, that is due for release on 17th November 2017, in light of the announcement the band have revealed the video for their new single, Time Runs Out. Phoenix Rising have returned with a more mature and eclectic sound, Our Lost Hearts is 11 tracks of huge melodies and wall of sound guitars that range from feel good and energetic, to emotive and anthemic. Our Lost Hearts is more of a collective effort than its predecessor, Forget Your Ghosts,
 
You can view the video for Time Runs Out, and Phoenix Calling’s tour dates, below

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Circa Survive

The Amulet

Hopeless Records
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

From the release of their 2005 debut, Juturna, to their 2010 major label release, Blue Sky Noise, to today with their latest release, The Amulet Circa Survive has made a career of turning all of the things that make them difficult to categorize into their greatest strengths. Circa Survive continues this legacy, but on The Amulet this is filtered through the unique lens of their punk and alternative roots and drawing on the raw power of post-hardcore to create a modern hybrid of styles. After thirteen years together Circa Survive have released another album that see’s them move forward, but crucially this has been achieved this whilst remaining true to their roots.

Lustration offers a melodic introduction to The Amulet that steadily builds up in intensity, whilst Never Tell A Soul and Stay bring an upbeat element to Circa Survive‘s latest release. Premonition Of The Hex, Tunnel Vision, The Hex, At Night It Gets Worse and the album’s title track offer a more atmospheric alternative to the driven alt rock that lies at the band’s core, and the album’s penultimate track, Flesh And Bone, brings the pace of the album right down. But for me it’s when they return to a more strident breed of alt rock, one that carries a distinctly more discordant style, where Circa Survive shine brightest, and as a result the track Rites Of Investiture is my personal highlights from The Amulet.

The Amulet is a flawlessly produced slab of melodic alt rock that has touches from the bands roots in it’s DNA, whilst their particular brand of slick and atmospheric alt rock isn’t exactly to my tastes there is no denying that Circa Survive have delivered a radio friendly and polished ten track album. Circa Survive are a band that continue to evolve and The Amulet represents a transition point in Circa Survive‘s history, and I can’t help feeling that it’s one that is likely to gain them a new generation of fans.

The Amulet can be pre-ordered here and details of a Record Store Day exclusive vinyl release can be found here

The Young Hearts Release ‘Honestly, I’m Just Thinking’ EP

Young Hearts HIJTAlt-rockers The Young Hearts from Kent, UK have released their new EP, Honestly, I’m Just Thinking, today through Primordial Records. The band will be on tour in the UK in support of the EP throughout October and November and are appearing at Manchester’s Deadbolt Festival later today.
 
Honestly, I’m Just Thinking is now available on vinyl here, via Spotify here and via iTunes here
 
You can view The Young Hearts UK tour dates below

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Tigercub

Evolve Or Die

Alcopop! Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Brighton trio Tigercub will release their new EP, Evolve or Die, on the 29th September via Alcopop! Records, and the EP will be available on limited edition red vinyl and through all good digital platforms. The EP is the first new material from Tigercub since the release their debut album, Abstract Figures In The Dark, and the evocative title of Evolve or Die is a mantra for a band who are constantly transitioning into something entirely different, and who want their fans to expect the unexpected on each and every release.

The Divided States Of Us starts with a almost haunting introduction that kicks into an intense drum beat, this track embraces the nature of the Chemical Brothers but delivers the intense dance beats through conventional instruments, and it’s clear that Tigercub have evolved since I saw them live just a few brief months ago. Into the Ashes brings a dark element of alt rock into the EP that recalls the desert rock of Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age, It’s Only Love continues this influence but takes the pace right down and brings the EP’s most blissed out moment. Evolve Or Die Closes with Faking Laughter, a melancholy slice of hazy indie rock that contains a treble laced guitar riff that haunts the track.

Evolve Or Die is an EP from a band who refuse to stay still long enough to be pigeonholed, this EP embraces dance, alternative, alt rock and indie and their influences and style shift effortlessly on each track. With the Evolve Or Die EP it’s clear that Tigercub are going to keep us guessing as to what direction their next release will take, and as I noted when I caught them live earlier this year at Manchester’s Sound Control, even when you think you’ve got a handle on Tigercub another card is dealt from the bottom of the pack to keep you off balance.

Evolve Or Die can be pre-ordered via Alcopop! Records here

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The Young Hearts

Honestly, I'm Just Thinking

Primordial Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

UK Alt-rockers The Young Hearts are set to release their new EP, Honestly, I’m Just Thinking, on September 29th via Primordial Records. The road to creating their new EP was not an easy one for the band, the EP contains songs that are informed by nostalgia, loss, pain and guilt, emotions that reflect the turmoil that delayed the release of the EP after it was recorded last Spring. The Honestly I’m Just Thinking EP follows on from the bands 2015 EP, Everything We Left Behind, and marks the first studio release from the Kent based quartet after a traumatic couple of years.

Bloom opens the EP with a delicate picked introduction before the rhythm section kicks into gear to deliver a rousing melodic slice of alt rock, one that if I didn’t know better I would guess was from the heartland of the USA. Medicine brings a more reflective feel to the EP before Smoke delivers the most radio friendly and anthemic moment of Honestly, I’m Just Thinking, although it’s the EP’s final moment that is the most haunting, October is a striking finale to the EP that brings everything that this release promised to deliver together for a striking finale.

The anthemic nature of the songs means that this is an EP that is recommended for fans of Brand New, Manchester Orchestra and Gaslight Anthem, the events in the personal lives, including personal loss and trauma, ring out amongst their compositions making this a deeply personal and heartfelt EP. For me Honestly, I’m Just Thinking has a slightly overproduced and precise feel that detracts from the EP’s livelier numbers, but everything just comes together and fits into place for the stunning October which I can guarantee is a track that will stick with you, and I have a feeling that the rest of the EP will be one that grows on me with repeat plays.

Honestly, I’m Just Thinking will be released on vinyl and digital formats on the 29th September through Primordial Records and the EP can now be pre-ordered here