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Tricot Sign To Big Scary Monsters And Announce New Album ‘3’

Tricot 3Japanese alternative-rock band Tricot have signed to Big Scary Monsters Records and have announced that they will release their new album, 3 ,on the 19th May 2017. Tricot will also appear at ArcTanGent Festival 2017 and will be announcing further UK live dates over the coming months, and to celebrate the news the band are streaming a new track, DeDeDe, in full.

You can stream the track DeDeDe here

The album is now available to pre-order here

False Advertising Release Video For ‘Not My Fault’

False Adverstising have revealed the video for their new single, Not My Fault, that is due to be released on the 31st March 2017. Following a triumphant week at SXSW Festival in Texas the band are now looking ahead to a run of festival appearances over the coming months. The track is the first in a run of standalone releases that the band plan to drop throughout the first half of this year, building on their caustic, fuzz-drenched approach to alternative rock carrying echoes of underground ’90s champions Cave In, Hundred Reasons, Idlewild and Garbage.
 
The video for Not My Fault, and the False Advertising‘s festival dates, can be viewed below
 

Palisades To Play ‘A Voice For The Innocent’ Benfit Show

Palisades STOn Sunday, April 2 Palisades will headline a special benefit concert at William Patterson University. The event is a fundraiser for the non-profit organization, A Voice For The Innocent, which is a community of support for victims of rape and sexual abuse, admission is free but donations to the organization are highly encouraged. The New Jersey rockers have also released a new music video for the track Let Down,

Details of the A Voice For The Innocent concert can be found here

Palisades self titled LP can be purchased here and the new video can be viewed below Read More…

Hearts Like Lions Release Video For ‘It’s Not Gonna Be This Way’

Hearts Like LIons IINSALong Beach, California alt-rockers, Hearts Like Lions, have premiered their new music video for It’s Not Gonna Be This Way, the track comes from their debut full length, If I Never Speak Again, out now on Tooth And Nail Records. Hearts Like Lions have a knack for capturing the often intense challenges of growing up in massively anthemic emo tinged alt rock songs, all without taking themselves too seriously. This careful balance is on full display with the band’s Stranger Things themed music video for It’s Not Gonna Be This Way.

You can order If I Never Speak Again on physical formats here and digitally via iTunes

You can view the video for It’s Not Gonna Be This Way, and the Spring tour dates, below Read More…

Super American Release Video For ‘Congratulations’

Super American DisposableSuper American have released a video for their latest single, Congratulations, that is taken from their upcoming album Disposable, which will be released April 7th on CD and Digital formats via Take This To Heart Records. Anyone who is into early to mid 90’s alt rock with a modern twist should really give this band a spin.

Disposable can be pre-ordered via Take This To Heart Records here

You can view the video for Congratulations below Read More…

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Heart Attack Man

The Manson Family

You Did This Records / Triple Crown Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Ohio’s Heart Attack Man originally started as a solo recording project for singer and guitarist Eric Egan back in 2013, since then they have gained a further member, drummer Adam Paduch, released two EPs’, their self titled debut and 2015’s critically acclaimed Acid Rain EP, and now they have released their debut full length, the ominously titled album The Manson Family. The album was released via a partnership between You Did This Records and Triple Crown Records yesterday, the 3rd March 2017, on CD, swamp green vinyl and digital formats.

The Manson Family is an album of restrained downbeat power pop, it varies between hooky fuzz laden riffs that sit alongside introspective touches, often in the same song. It’s not until you’re well and truly into the album that they kick into gear and up the ante with the wonderful Blood Orange Sun. This track was streamed ahead of the album’s release, and you can see why this was the track they chose, although it’s thunder is stolen by the wonderful Surrounded By Morons, for me this is easily the album’s finest moment, it’s a fuzzy dark sarcastic rant against modern society that is a perfect cathartic soundtrack for those that dwell in an urban sprawl.

Heart Attack Man are the first signing of the union between two fiercely independent record labels, and it must be said that their debut full length hits the spot nicely. The Manson Family was recorded with Ian Farmer, of Modern Baseball fame, his influence on the production is certainly present, but his style doesn’t overly insinuate itself into the album, as Heart Attack Man definitely have their own character. The Manson Family is a potent mix of melody and enormous hooks, when this is combined with the rage and grace that is present in their compositions it makes this an album, that like it’s namesake, is best not ignored, but, unlike it’s namesake, this is something that you’d actually want to appear in your house.

The Manson Family can be pre-ordered via Triple Crown Records here

Nineteen Fifty Eight To Release ‘Dark Blue’ EP

1958 Dark BlueSwansea based alternative rock band Nineteen Fifty Eight have announced they have signed to Transcend Music and will release their new EP, Dark Blue, on the 19th March 2017. The band have released an exclusive previews of new tracks from the EP via their Facebook page today, Wednesday 1st March 2017. The Dark Blue EP will be available physically via Transcend Music and is available for pre-order digitally via iTunes and Amazon. The band will also be playing Swansea Sin City on the 17th March with more tour dates to be confirmed.

Nineteen Fifty Eight‘s Facebook page can be found here

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Mohawk Radio 'Shoot From The Hip' EP Launch

The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK

February 10th 2017
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Tonight The Deaf Institute is hosting is the launch for Mohawk Radio‘s latest EP, Shoot From The Hip, the band have toured relentlessly and built up an impressive following, this has resulted in tonight’s show being completely sold out, an even more impressive feat when you consider that Mohawk Radio have done everything on their own terms. The crowd for tonight’s sold out show is certainly an eclectic one, boasting an intriguing mix of everything from indie kids to old rockers, this diversity is reflected in the quartet of bands that are on display tonight, a line up that makes tonight as much a showcase for the thriving musical environment in the North West of the UK as it is an event to celebrate the release of Mohawk Radio‘s latest EP.

Mohawk Radio DI Katie MacTonight’s journey to catch Mohawk Radio at the Deaf Institute didn’t start well, gridlock near the venue means that I’m running late, when we finally reach the venue the combination of new Converse and a wet pavement leads to further drama, but ripped jeans are in fashion and a few more scars aren’t going to make much difference at my age. I dust myself down and finally limp into the venue to catch the tail end of the opening set by Katie Mac. From the brief snatch I manage to catch it’s clear she possess a soulful voice, one that is backed up by a quartet that channels the more introspective side of indie. As their final number builds to an impressive crescendo I find myself wishing we’d managed to get here earlier .

Mohawk Radio DI Ideal ForgeryIdeal Forgery are next on the bill, they have an eclectic line up that includes violin and cello alongside the usual suspects of guitar and drums, after a mournful start they kick into some spirited indie rock that embraces the more melodic side of the folk punk scene, along with a hint of emo. For me the violin and cello brought an orchestral dimension to their sound, and it’s this that really separates them from the pack, Ideal Forgery are yet another local discovery that I can’t help but feel will be headed for bigger things, as there is no one else that sounds quite like them. The other factor that struck me about them is that their vocalist, Zak Heaney, peppers the gaps between songs with the word fuck as much as anyone I’ve ever seen. 

Mohawk Radio DI Jess KempJess Kemp is tonight’s final support, she delivers accomplished indie fuelled power pop that is mixed with a dash of rock, as their cover of Fleetwood Mac is testimony to, but don’t let that put you off, she twists the old rock classic to her own purposes to give it a fresh lease of life. There is something about Jess Kemp that for some reason reminds me of the energy of bands such as The Muffs and Against Me!, albeit on one of their quieter days. Maybe this is beacuse Jess Kemp possesses a vocal delivery that contains the kind of emotive melodic growl that few possess and for me her set is further evidence of the North Wests healthy and burgeoning DIY scene.

Mohawk Radio DI 1The Deaf Institute is packed to capacity for tonight’s Mohawk Radio show, this is even more impressive when you consider this is a totally DIY affair, artists with a label backing frequently play this venue to smaller crowds, and its to their credit that they’ve achieved this on their own terms. Three quarters of Mohawk Radio take to the stage and kick things off before vocalist Mia Page joins them onstage and their set starts in earnest. Mohawk Radio deliver the kind of hard edged alt rock that, as good as they are on record, really is at it best when experienced live. Mohawk Radio channel the best of rock, and they are a rock band at their heart, but they channel this with a harder edged sensibility more akin to alt rock and grunge that gives them the kind of cross genre appeal that most bands would kill for.

Mohawk Radio DI 2Mia Page has a striking vocal delivery, when you couple this with a razor sharp band you inevitably have a winning formula. On Your Knees, the lead track from their latest EP, sounds even better live, Mia Page works the stage like she’s playing to an arena crowd, whilst the band provide a rock solid backing. Their set varies between their upbeat heavier numbers and the softer side of their material, whilst the studio versions of these tracks didn’t appeal to me as much, live they are transformed into crowd pleasing foot stompers. The whole set is delivered with a joyful zeal, and there’s something about this band that makes you feel they are destined for bigger venues and crowds.

Mohawk Radio DI 3Mohawk Radio were incredible tonight, the level of showmanship on display is normally reserved for bigger venues and established acts, as a result their impressive set passed by in a blur. I’ll be honest, as much as I liked the Shoot From The Hip EP I wasn’t expecting to enjoy tonight as much as I did, the unrestrained hedonism of their rock influences, combined with their alternative roots, makes for an irresistible combination, and I feel privileged to have caught Mohawk Radio at this sold out intimate show. It’s not often you see a band with this kind of stage presence in a venue of this size, and on the basis of tonight’s show I’d recommend that you to tune into Mohawk Radio as soon as you get the chance.

Mohawk Radio DI 4Katie Mac‘s Facebook page is here

Ideal Forgery‘s Facebook page can be found here and their website is located here 

Jess Kemp‘s Facebook page is located here

The Punk Site review of Mohawk Radio‘s Shoot From The Hip EP is here

Mohawk Radio‘s website, where you can order the Shoot From The Hip EP, is located 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

Leav/e/arth Announce Pre-Orders For ‘A Perfect Disarray’ LP

Leave Earth APDLeav/e/arth is a five piece alt rock outfit from Cleveland, Ohio, They are hitting the ground running with their debut full-length album, A Perfect Disarray, which will be available April 7th, 2017 via InVogue Records. Pre-orders are now live on the InVogue Records web store, along with a brand new track off the album. The band has big plans for the remainder of 2017, including opening for Pop Evil on Valentines Day, so keep your eyes open for Leav/e/arth.

A Perfect Disarray can be pre-ordered digitally and on CD here

The video for Memory, the second single taken from the album, can be viewed below Read More…

Sublime With Rome Announce August 2017 UK Headline Dates

Sublime With Rome Summer 17Californian alt-dub icons Sublime With Rome are extremely pleased to announce their first UK headline dates since 2010, the trio will be heading to the UK this August with their unique blend of reggae, alternative rock, hip hop and dub playing exclusive headline tour dates in Manchester, London and Bristol, tickets went on sale today, Thursday 9th February 2017.

Sublime With Rome will also appear at Boomtown Fair 2017 on Sunday 13th August, where they close the festival as headliners of the Town Centre stage.

The tour dates can be viewed below and tickets can be ordered here Read More…

Mohwak Radio Shoot From The Hip

Mohawk Radio

Shoot From The Hip

Self Released
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Manchester UK’s Mohawk Radio have spent the last four years developing an impressive following, they’ve built up from cult status and have steadily grown their fanbase, as a result they have now played sell out shows across their native Manchester, and far beyond, including concerts in New Orleans, Los Angeles and Bermuda. Now Mohawk Radio have announced that they will be releasing the Shoot From The Hip EP on the 9th February, this release follows on from the acclaimed debut, 2014’s Halfway To Heaven EP. You can order Shoot From The Hip direct from the band, and there are also early bird CD and ticket packages available for their upcoming tour dates.

The Shoot From The Hip EP kicks off with the anthemic On Your Knees, this is an rousing slice of alt rock featuring some accomplished soaring vocals, that are backed up by the kind of hook laden guitar riff that demonstrates why they deserve such a loyal following. Eyes Wide Shut takes things in a slightly more ominous direction, before Shoot From The Hip takes the pace down with mellower duo of tracks, Ready To Love and Even, that almost hark back to the days of the power ballad, almost, before Deserve closes out the EP, this is an accomplished rocker that acts a an appropriate finale. Whilst I prefer the opening heavier duo of tracks, this is a seriously accomplished alt rock release from a band that are still doing everything on their own terms

This is alt rock, but it’s a strand that that is heavily infused with the hedonism of straight up rock, but whilst it embraces the spirit of that genre, they steer clear of the worst excesses and overblown histrionics that creep into many rock bands recordings. They channel the alt side of rock to create an EP that, if there’s any justice, should tip Mohawk Radio over the edge into mainstream success. This is a polished five track EP of rock and alt rock that has retained enough of an edge to appeal to their fanbase, whilst at the same time possessing enough mainstream appeal to push them onto greater success, not an easy balancing act to pull off, but one Mohawk Radio have managed with ease

Mohawk Radio‘s website, where you can order the Shoot From The Hip EP, is located here

Super American Stream ‘Sloppy Jazz’ From ‘Disposable’ LP

Super American DisposableTake This To Heart Records have signed Buffalo NY band Super American, they are now premiering the music video for their first single, Sloppy Jazz. The song comes from their upcoming album, Disposable, which will be released April 7th on CD/Digital. Anyone who is into early-mid 90’s alt rock with a modern twist should really give this band a spin.

Disposable can be pre-ordered from Take This To Heart Records here

You can watch the video for Sloppy Jazz below Read More…

Hearts Like Lions Premiere New Song ‘Pretty Little Phase’

Hearts Like LIons IINSALong Beach, California alt-rockers, Hearts Like Lions, have premiered, Pretty Little Phase, an infectious new track from their upcoming debut full length, If I Never Speak Again, that is due out on February 17th via Tooth & Nail Records. Digital and physical pre-orders for If I Never Speak Again are available now, you can also catch Hearts Like Lions on tour this month with The Ongoing Concept and Capstan, with more show announcements to come. 

If I Never Speak Again can be pre-ordered via Tooth And Nail Records here

You can view the video for Pretty Little Phase, and bands tour dates, below Read More…

Freeze The Atlantic To Release ‘ The People Are Revolting’ LP

Freeze The Atlantic TPARAlcopop! Records are today pleased to announce details of The People Are Revolting, the third album from UK alt-rock band, Freeze The Atlantic, which is set for release on 14th April 2017. Drawing influence, as ever, from the likes of melodic rock icons Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Far and Rival Schools, there’s also a double helping of heavy, bringing a ballsier dose of Smashing Pumpkins, Helmet and Pearl Jam to proceedings. The band will also be hitting the road in April on a run of headline tour dates in support of the record.

You can stream the title track from the album here and view the tour dates below Read More…

Mohawk Radio To Release ‘Shoot From The Hip’ EP

Mohwak Radio Shoot From The HipMohawk Radio is what the world has been waiting for, in four meteoric years, the acclaimed alt-rockers have bloomed from cult heroes to hot tip contenders. There have been incendiary sell-out shows across their native home of Manchester, UK, triumphs on stage in locations as far flung as Los Angeles, New Orleans and Bermuda and victory in 2015’s hotly contested Rock The House competition. Now Mohawk Radio have announced that they will be releasing the Shoot From The Hip EP on the 9th February, You can order the CD direct from the band, and there are early bird CD and ticket packages available for their upcoming tour dates.

Mohawk Radio‘s website, where you can order the Shoot From The Hip EP, is located here

David R. Black Release Video For ‘Brutus’

david-r-blackManchester, UK alt rock trio David R. Black have released a video for Brutus, the track will appear on the their, as yet untitled, fourth album that will follow on from 2011’s Secret City. David R. Black are currently putting the finishing touches to the rest of their new album and will be on tour in the new year.

David R. Black‘s Facebook page can be found here

You can view the video for Brutus below Read More…

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Late Night Flights

Jousthouse

Self Released
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Minneapolis rockers Late Night Fights are a trio featuring Ryan ‘Guanz’ Guanzon, guitar and vocals, Shane ‘Train’ Peckham, bass, and Daniel ‘Sledgehammer’ Johnson, obviously the drummer, who self released their debut album, JoustHouse, earlier this month. This is a band that unashamedly draws heavily on it’s influences, these range from grunge and alternative to alt rock and post hardcore, which if nothing else guarantees that this will be a discordant and distorted debut. Jousthouse, delivers angst and melody that is more than a touch reminiscent of the Seattle grunge era, but it is delivered with a contemporary feel that keeps Late Night Flights from sounding like a complete anachronism.

Jousthouse kicks straight in with Nothing To Lose, this is a Queens Of The Stone Age influenced slice of alt rock that delivers a serious punch, it follows this up with three more heavy duty slabs of grunge infused guitar heavy rock, it’s not until you get to The Only One that they start to move away from the past, and stamp their own identity onto the album. The Only One heralded a change of direction, and after this the album moves into a somewhat a more melodic frame of mind with Ode To Owed, which acts a breakwater before the full tilt alt rock kicks back in for one last time with Break The Chains. This track signified the last rallying call as the album eases into a mellower, at least by Late Night Flights standards, end to the album that demonstrates they are by no means a one trick pony with a distortion pedal.

Jousthouse is an album that owes a hefty debt to nineties alt rock, it’s distorted riffs and gruff vocals vary across the album from the fist pumping and anthemic, to the dark and disaffected, at times the album veers so heavily into the territory of what came before it that it almost takes you back two decades. This is clearly an album that wears it’s influences on it’s sleeves, so much so that it verges on becoming somewhat derivative of the bands that inspired them, in particular Queens Of The Stone Age’s influence isn’t so much worn on the sleeve as tattooed into a sleeve. They manage to stay a step away from being a band that’s living in the past, but being only a step removed does mean that Late Night Flights stands in the shadow of grunge and alt rock, but if that’s an era that you treasure, then you may just have found your new favourite band.

Jousthouse can be pre-ordered via iTunes here and Amazon here

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Con Etiquette

Resulting In...

Self Released
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Con Etiquette is a post rock band hailing from Connecticut, the band formed in fairly unique circumstances following a tattoo session by drummer Michael Mandanici on frontman Antonino Lappostato. The duo formed the fledgling version of Con Etiquette and began revisiting some of the tracks from the vocalists solo EP, Profound. Vin Testani and Brian Gamse completed the line up and new material was penned, which has led to the release of their debut album, Resulting In…

It seems there has to be a post everything scene, where thing are a little darker and spikier than the original scene that spawned it, welcome to the post rock world of Con Etiquette. All of the tracks on Resulting In… seem to ebb and flow, building up into rockier sections and then fading back down to quieter slower elements, but never quite hitting the joyous highs that rock can sometimes hit. Whilst most of the tracks are fine I’ve noticed that ther’is an element that’s creeping into a fair few albums I’ve heard this year. There seems to be a trend of including musical interludes that are completely at odds with the rest of the material on the album, Resulting In… is no exception, if anyone can explain the popularity of these tracks, that I’m convinced will almost always be ignored or skipped, let me know.

This is neither punk or rock, it straddles the two genres in a unique manner, the feel and attitude of the album borrows heavily from their spiky cousins, but the delivery is taken straight from their hairy brethren, making this a odd hybrid. It’s an album that lies at the darker end of alt rock, but is somehow feels like everything is being restrained, when you get the sense that what it really wants to do is let loose. For me Resulting In… never quite seems to reach it’s potential, it leaves you wanting just a few more tracks so it can hit the high point you know is in there somewhere.

Resulting In… can be ordered here

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Korean Fire Drill

More Badass Than Half Ass

Self Released
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Rating: 1.5/5

 
 

 

 

This is Korean Fire Drill‘s sophomore album, More Badass Than Half Ass follows on from their debut release, Halfass Is Badass, just from the album titles it would seem that this is a band that appears to have found a formula that works for them, and it’s one that they’re going to stick with. More Badass Than Half Ass is at first glance a hefty twenty six song album, however once you’ve whittled down the numerous skits that populate almost half of this release, what you have is fourteen tracks, four of which are covers or remakes, of hard edged rock and alt rock that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

More Badass Than Half Ass opens with a rocky ode to Kanye West and before long you hit a patch of covers, ranging from straight up rock, Heart‘s Barracuda, through rocked up hip hop and a band that were obviously an inspiration to Korean Fire Drill, The Bloodhound Gang. This is an album that varies between straight up rock and alt rock, as technically proficient as Korean Fire Drill are the album feels unadventurous, I can’t help feeling that live, and with a fair few beers inside you, these would be a great party band, but that party vibe just doesn’t seem to transfer onto a studio recording.

With a band that’s intentionally playing things for laughs it’s hard for the joke not to start wearing a bit thin, and I found this was the case with More Badass Than Half Ass. The intermittent skits become an irritation after your first listen and will inevitably be deleted or skipped, there are covers and remakes from the likes of Gorillaz, Dr Dre, and The Bloodhound Gang but these seem to be fairly straight forward versions, just with guitars replacing the original instruments of the songs in question. In short this is a fairly uninspiring rock album that’s covering ground that was well covered by others in the mists of time, if you’re a fan of Faith No More, Alien Ant Farm or Ugly Kid Joe, and are stuck in a time warp, then you’ll probably enjoy this, for me it’s more half ass than badass.

Korean Fire Drill‘s Facebook page can be found here

Late Night Fights Release Video For ‘Nothing To Lose

late-night-flights-jousthouseMinneapolis Rock trio Late Night Fights has released the Official Music Video for Nothing to Lose, the lead track off their debut album, Jousthouse. The band is currently shooting another video for their single, Saving Face, and working on their next EP, which they will be recording with Dan Korneff and James Harley at Sonic Debris Studios in New York next month.

Jousthouse can be pre-ordered via iTunes here and Amazon here

The video for Nothing To Lose can be viewed below Read More…

The Black Clouds Release ‘Photograph’ From Forthcoming LP

black-cloud-after-allJersey Rockers The Black Clouds will be releasing their third full length album, After All, on the 6th January 2017. The album is produced by the legendary Jack Endino, and also features a guest appearance by Mark Arm of Mudhoney
 
The Black Clouds have now released Photograph, the lead single from the album, for streaming, the track carries an authentic feel that pays homage to the 90s alt rock greats, but still carries its own uniqueness.
 
You can stream Photograph here
 
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The World Over

Mountains

Self Released
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Los Angeles based alternative rock band The World Over have released their latest EP, Mountains. The World Over is led by Tiaday Ball, for trivia fans she’s the granddaughter of the guitar string creator Ernie Ball, who along with Ryan Knecht, Guitar, and Donovan Allen, bass, make up the current line up of The World Over, for this release Melvin Murray of Abandon All Ships stepped into breach to play drums on the Mountains EP.

Mountains is an impressive self released EP of alt rock, it must be said the initial impression of the first track, Traitor, concerned me. It started with a worryingly polished and commercial introduction, but I’m glad to report this is short lived as the track kicks in at the around the one minute mark. Following this is Liberosis, this is a much darker sounding affair, with a much heavier guitar and drumbeat compared to the initial number. The Mountains EP alternates across it’s five tracks between a softer more commercial sound and the slightly darker heavier and ultimately more satisfying style, for me it is those tracks, Liberosis and Invisible, that work best and it’s also these that suit Tiaday Ball’s vocals, which it must be said are stunning, she is able to equally deliver both melody and a hair raising alt rock howl.

The World Over has mainlined the sound that bands like Skunk Anansie pioneered, and they’ve taken it a step further, on the Mountains EP they’ve incorporated some of the heavier end of alt rock into their sound, alongside the post hardcore influences from their debut EP, Rampart District. The production is a little too slick for my tastes, I always feel a band benefits from a few rough edges but this aside I don’t really have any complaints and you can see The World Over going onto much bigger things on the basis of this EP.

The Mountains EP can be streamed and purchased here

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I'm Glad It's You

The Things I Never Say

6131 Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

The Things I Never Say is the debut album from California’s I’m Glad It’s You, and it’s due for release today, November 4th, via 6131 Records. This is an intimate and expressive release, whilst this is their debut full length it is is not their first release, they released the Daydreams EP at the tail end of last year that gave a taste of what was to come on The Things I Never Say.

I’m Glad It’s You kick off The Things I Never Say with their trademark blend of indie, punk, emo and alt rock with The Things We Lose, which a frantic discordant number with a slightly jangly indie feel to the guitar, the album maintains this approach across the ten cuts contained on The Things I Never Say, but whilst the musical style remains a constant across the album the writing style and tempo varies across each track, which stops this from becoming repetitive or formulaic. As you’d expect with any album that has an emo element incorporated into it’s DNA this is a distinctly heartfelt and personal album, the tracks veer between downbeat numbers and those that seem to be possessed by a curious mania, but all the while seeming to be haunted by their own personal demons.

The album keeps it’s pace up with a fuzzy alt rock style that is topped off with yearning lovelorn vocals, for me The Things I Never Say owes a great debt to nineties alternative and indie, in particular to the likes of Dinosaur Jnr, as well as the obvious and much commented on parallels between I’m Glad It’s You and Joyce Manor. I can’t shake the feeling that The Things I Never Say is just missing that final key ingredient that would make it sparkle, as finer album as it is at the end of the final track I’m left with a feeling that that it didn’t quite fulfil it’s potential, but maybe that’s just me. This is a fine album, especially if you’re tastes are towards to emo side of the punk world, if that is the case then you’ll probably want to give this album a listen and keep an eye on this band.

The Things I Never Say can be ordered via 6131 Records here

Inire Premiere ‘Crash’ From Forthcoming ‘Cauchemar’ Album

inire-cauchemarCanada’s heavy hitting northern riffing groove demons INIRE have released a stream of the second single, Crash, off their upcoming album, Cauchemar, that’s due out on November 18th. The hard knocking 13 track album was produced by drummer Chris Bonavia and continues the band’s reputation of delivering energetic anthems. In additional news, INIRE have been given the nod and will be local opening support for Sebastian Bach‘s tour stop in Ottawa on November 24th at Barrymore’s

You can order Cauchemar here and stream Crash here

Jupiter Hollow Offer Free Download Of ‘Ascending’

jupiter-hollow-odysseyJupiter Hollow are offering fans a free download of their track Ascending off their upcoming debut EP Odyssey, the EP will be distributed by Milagro Records and will be released on January 13 2017.  The record will feature five tracks to introduce their experimental progressive songwriting, plus it will act as a prelude to their planned full length, AHDOMN. Jupiter Hollow’s alt rock sound is usually referred to as spacey and experimental and reminds listeners of bands like Tool, A Perfect Circle, Tesseract and The Contortionists.

The free download of Ascending can be obtained here

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Celeb Car Crash

People Are The Best Show

1981 Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Celeb Car Crash are an Italian rock band that have now been with us for almost four years, they formed from the ashes of numerous Italian bands including KlogrLena’s Baedream, Violet Gibson, Waiting for Titor, Convergence, Octave and Opposite Sides. They released their debut album, Ambush!, only a few months after their formation and since that time they have released a number of EP’s and singles and toured Europe relentlessly, now they bring us their sophomore album, People Are The Best Show.

Let Me In, the first single from People Are The Best Show, opens the album in fine style, this is a serious high impact alt rock number that sounds like the best song Velvet Revolver never wrote. The eleven tracks that follow on from the impressive lead single all plough various furrows of the nineties alt rock and grunge scene, but it’s all done so well that I find myself not caring that People Are The Best Show is an unashamedly retro album. I can only think that the final track Nearly In Bloom is a tongue in cheek reference to the Nirvana song of the same name, and I can’t think of a better metaphor for this band. Had Celeb Car Crash been around a quarter of a century ago then they could have been one of the biggest bands on the planet, as it is they deserve to be better known across Europe, and beyond, as this is a fine album, albeit one that has one foot firmly planted in the past.

Like their fellow countrymen Guida this is a slab of rock music that harks back to previous decade, whilst Guida head back further in time for inspiration Celeb Car Crash are informed by the rock and grunge bands of the 1990’s and 2000’s. You can hear the influence of the likes of Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden in their sound, there’s nothing wrong with being retro if it’s done well, and believe me People Are The Best Show is done very well, if you have any love for any of the aforementioned bands that have influenced Celeb Car Crash then you’ll adore this album.

The Celeb Car Crash website, with links to purchase or stream the album, is here

Red Fang Release ‘Only Ghosts’ Album

red-fang-ogPortland, Oregon heavy rock giants Red Fang release their new album, Only Ghosts, today via Relapse Records. Red Fang are currently touring Europe, following a UK run which saw packed out shows up and down the country, the band have also revealed a 16-bit video game, Fangtris, this is a twist on the classic Tetris game, inviting players to stack the band’s gear on stage before the show starts. Only Ghosts was recorded earlier this year at Ross Robinson’s Venice, California studio, the band said of the experience;

“Working with Ross and Joe on this record was a huge leap forward for us. The process was very challenging and rewarding, and I think we’re a better band for it. This album expresses exactly where we’re at. We’re super proud of it!”

Only Ghosts can be streamed here and ordered here, Fangtris can be played here

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Red Fang / Torche / God Damn

Academy 2, Manchester, UK

30th September 2016
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

When I last visited the Manchester Academy, in the Summer of this year, the venue resembled a building site, renovation work was being undertaken which meant the venue looked closed, this severely affected the numbers who turned up to the concert that was on that night, in addition to this the main bar and the smoking area were closed, and as good as the bands were that night these kind of things inevitably impact on your experience. Any concerns I had this would still be the case as dispelled as the complex of four venues that nestle within Manchester University, from the barn like Academy One to the intimate Academy 3, all seem to be back up and running, and the Academy once more looks like its open for business. Although getting into the Academy 2 involved being herded up and down different staircases for no apparent reason I manage to arrive in the venue moments before opening act, God Damn, kick tonight’s show into gear.

God Damn take the stage and one immediate difference is apparent as the duo that comprise God Damn have been augmented by a third member, who initially plays keyboards, I found that this addition added another dimension to the pummelling instrumental they commenced their set with. God Damn are making an almost cataclysmic noise tonight, to my ears they sound like a more intense and heavier prospect than they did on their recently released studio album, Everything Ever, this is in no way a criticism of the band, it’s just a fact. As I wrote the notes for the review the reverberations from the bass drum were doing strange things to my internal organs. As good as their latest album is, the studio seems to have shaved the raw edges off their sound, live these are well and truly evident and God Damn have let loose tonight

God Damn proudly hail from the Black Country, this part of the UK has produced almost all of the UK’s heaviest bands and tonight they do their forefathers proud, whilst they are by no means a metal band God Damn‘s sound lies somewhere between fellow black country legends Black Sabbath, and the legendary West Midlands grindcore crew Napam Death. Whilst they are not as doom laden as the former, or as dementedly frantic as the latter, they make an intense and impressive noise that to my mind is one that is all their own. They announced tonight that their former guitar tech is now a fully fledged member of the band, the expanded line up gives their vocalist free reign to engage with the audience when their latest recruit takes over on guitar duties. Their set is sadly short, and they end their half hour slot with an avalanche of drums accompanied by a wall of feedback that The Stooges would have been proud off. God Damn provided the perfect start to tonight’s triple threat, their sonic assault and the quality of material from their two albums, Vultures and Everything Ever, indicates that I doubt they’ll be playing the opening slot the next time they tour.

Torche are next up, this is a band I haven’t previously encountered so I’m in unknown territory, their heavy discordant opening number, that features a haunting twin vocal attack, reminds me of nothing less than a very heavy and distorted Jane’s Addiction, after this promising opening they kick up a gear with an ominous bass rumble and treble laced guitar that has echoes of early Dead Kennedys, only much much heavier. Torche are another band whose sound can’t be pigeonholed, they vary their sound constantly, from full on alt rock to pounding hypnotic numbers that seems to have elments of Hawkwind, when they were in their prime, incorporated into their sound. They end their set with a prolonged heavy chunk of sludgy stoner rock that is the perfect end to their genre defying set, over the course of their all too brief appearance tonight Torche have incorporated about three decades worth of influence into their set, and this makes for a glorious hybrid of much of the best of alternative music, but with a seriously heavy and distorted undertone that I find very impressive. From the first two acts it’s abundantly clear that this is not your standard rock show, each band is bringing something different to this eclectic, yet unifyingly heavy line up

There’s no doubt who most of the crowd are here to see, Red Fang have packed out the Academy 2, they open their set sounding like the MC5 on steroids and from this point on they play a pummelling set of alt rock that constantly switches style, this is achieved not just through their music, they alternate the vocal duties, from a dark metal growl to a fine rock n roll vocal, depending on the nature of the song. The new material on display from their forthcoming album, Only Ghosts, fits in perfectly alongside their back catalogue and to my ears Red Fang sound like the past, present and future of rock ‘n roll simultaneously. Their energetic set has the sweaty Mancunian crowd enthralled, they are the only band tonight who get a truly energetic response, including some sporadic crowd surfing, from those down the front, and the feeling seems to be mutual as Red Fang clearly love what they do as they enjoy some effortless interaction with the audience, without resorting to rock ‘n roll clichés. Tonight’s show featured three very different approaches to rock, each unique and each equally compelling. The venue, as usual for the Academy 2, had excellent sound and light, the security was friendly and unobtrusive and the floor, as has always been the case at this venue, was reassuringly adhesive from the accumulated beer that’s been spilt on it over the decades.

I have one major problem with tonight’s show and it’s nothing to do with the bands, it was the number of people filming the show on their tablets and phones, by all means take a picture and then put your damn phone away, live in the moment and actually watch the show, if you want to watch a concert through a phone screen you can do that at home, just enjoy the concert as your memories will last longer and be more interesting than your shaky footage with poor audio. Aside from that complaint, that certainly isn’t unique to this concert, all of tonight’s bands were superb and demonstrated different facets of how rock music has melded with different genre’s to produce unique hybrids.

Pet Clinic Debut ‘Sick Witch’ Music Video

pet-clinic-promo-sept-16In the blue collar hallows of Pittsburgh a rock n’ roll monster has been born. Pet Clinic form experimental waves of sound from a Leslie cabinet and stereo guitar amps backed by a solid rhythm section. Formed by David Bubenheim, John Henderson, Ian Edwards, Kenneth Nelson and Mike Arendt, Pet Clinic authors a powerful portrait of what an experimental rock band can do.

Pet Clinic‘s music and merch can be purchased here

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Down In The Dark

Safe To Say

Down In The Dark

Side One Dummy Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Down In The Dark is Safe To Say‘s sophomore album, their debut With Everything In Between was released in 2013, and this new album has taken a radically different direction. Their first album was more of a pop punk affair, louder and brasher, this release is more subdued and subtle, it’s almost as if Safe To Say have matured somewhat. However, we all know that growing up isn’t always a good thing in music, we’ve all encountered bands who we wish had stayed in perpetual adolescence as sometimes the very thing that attracted you to a band is lost in maturity. So what direction have Canada’s Safe To Say taken?

Opening number Only Rain hints at a darker and more thoughtful approach than their boisterous debut, this is confirmed by the track From The Top, it has a steady dark fuzzed up riff in between it’s quieter interludes. The whole album boasts a darker tone from their previous efforts, aside from brief throwaway tracks Doves and Crows this is remarkably consistent album. Down In The Dark showcases a darker and more brooding style that has retained some of the energy they previously displayed on their recordings, but it has been channelled and held in check to be released at the critical moments of the song. Yes this a more mature album but in this case it isn’t necessarily a bad thing and I’ve found myself warming to their new approach as I worked my way through the album.

Down In The Dark isn’t as immediate as their early material, it’s more thoughtful and it is a natural progression from the debut album. I can see this being an album that grows on me over time but the nature of writing a review means that you’re dependant on your initial impression. For me this has lost some of the spark that was on display on With Everything In Between and replaced it with a darker brooding style. Whilst growing up isn’t necessarily a bad thing, too much of it is never a good thing, I hope that Safe To Say can retain a chunk of their youthful exuberance as they don’t want to grow up too much.

 Down In The Dark can be ordered for download from Safe To Say here

You can order CD, vinyl and bundles from Side One Dummy Records here

Buildings Volunteer Split

Buildings / Volunteer

Split

Triple Eye Industries
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Minneapolis’ Buildings and Milwaukee’s Volunteer have both been hard at work in their respective cities, each crafting their own distinct brand of dissonance over the course of the last few years. This release brings the two geographically disparate bands together for hell raising six track EP, each band has contributed three tracks to this Split EP that was released at the tail end of last month via Triple Eye Industries.

First up on this EP are Buildings, this is their first release since last years Life Doesn’t Matter EP and their contribution to this release continues in their fine tradition of genre defying brutal noise. Opening track Something Better is a brief slice of discordant alt rock, it’s a fine warning shot that just makes this Split hit the ground running with it’s brutal pounding beat and abrasive guitar riffs, the next two tracks are almost the equal of it and the first three rounds of this EP have all hit the mark. Buildings could fall under almost banner you try to describe them with, punk, noise rock, post hardcore and alt rock would all be appropriate, but somehow fall short of capturing their essence.

The second half of this Split opens in an even more aggressive fashion, Volunteer make an intense and heavy assault on the senses, if Buildings were the opening burst of shock and awe then Volunteer are the tank that crashes into your living room. They are angry, loud and heavy, very heavy. The guitars are pulverising distorted numbers that don’t relent until the final cymbal has faded away the end of the final track. This is their first release since 2014’s Goner EP and it sounds like they’ve been building their rage over the last two years, and have unleashed it all in the twelve minutes that their three songs occupy on this Split.

Both bands compliment each other perfectly and you couldn’t ask for a more perfectly dysfunctional match up. Unlike many of the Split EP’s I’ve encountered where the bands are at odds with each other, this is one where the bands compliment each others natural aggression and noisy style perfectly. If you’re a fan of either band, or just of noisy brutal alternative music, then this is a release that belongs in your collection, whilst I have a slight preference for Buildings contribution it is exactly that, slight, and this EP showcases two bands that I look forward to hearing a lot more of.

You can order a copy of the Buildings / Volunteer Split EP here