Chaos 8 Issue ‘Cause And Effect’ Album On Ltd Vinyl Run

chaos-8-cause-and-effectChaos 8 released their critically acclaimed sophomore full length, Cause And Effect, last year, the album has now been released on a ltd red vinyl run of 300 and it can be purchased direct from Chaos 8 at their shows and via their Facebook page, the album is also available digitally via iTunes and Spotify. Chaos 8 are also set to headline an Indigo Bravo PromotionsPunk Sunday’ at the Stalybridge Tavern in Manchester on the 11th February, have been announced as the main support for The Skids at Newcastle Academy on the 16th June and are confirmed to appear at this years Rebellion Festival.

The Punk Site review of Cause & Effect is here and Chaos 8‘s Facebook page is here

You can purchase Cause and Effect from iTunes here and via Spotify here

The Amber Bugs Release New Single ‘David Dimbleby’

Amber Bugs DDThe Amber Bugs are a noisy, London based trio that have just unleashed their latest single, David Dimbleby. Having played together in other bands for close to a decade in 2015 Ben Kelly, Jon Pritchard and Teresa Kelly formed The Amber Bugs in a dirty London railway arch. Their songs aren’t quite sung, they are ripped from a throat that can’t get them out any other way, instruments are hit hard and their stories are told with honesty and passion.

You can stream David Dimbleby via Soundcloud here 

David Dimbleby can also be streamed via Spotify here, Apple Music here and Deezer here

‘The Unholy Messtival II: A Messnado’ Confirms 2018 Line Up

Unholy Messtival 18The Unholy Messtival has returned after it’s 2017 debut, this time it promises to be weirder, rawer, unholier and messier! The festival features the likes of The Crash Mats, The Fuckwits, The Kingcrows Pizzatramp, The Papashangos, Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons, Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions and many more. The Unholy Messtival will take place between the 6th and 8th July 2018 at The Victoria Bikers Pub in Leicester, UK. 

Tickets for The Unholy Messtival II: A Messnado can be purchased for the early bird price of £25 here until the end of January.

The Facebook page for The Unholy Messtival II: A Messnado can be found here

Undercover Festival To Return To Margate Dreamland In April

Undercover Festival Jan 18The Undercover Festival is returning in April to the unique setting of Margate Dreamland, a venue and experience that defies all conventions and festival templates. The Undercover Festival boasts an impressive line up, including Eddie And The Hot Rods, Sham 69, Chelsea, Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons, Kirk Brandon and Menace, but it also offers retro rides and amusements that can all be experienced in an indoor environment safe from the unpredictable UK climate. The Undercover Festival is one that prides itself on taking an independent grassroots approach, and is always determined to be different from mainstream events.

The Undercover Festival‘s website can be found here

Grow Rich Release ‘Cash To Kyodo’ Single

Grow Rich CTKJakarta’s Grow Rich, the solo project of Abdur Rahim Latada aka Oyi, have released their new single, Cash To Kyodo. The release is produced with a DIY ethos as Oyi has handled all aspects of the project, from producing and financing to playing all instruments on the single. Cash To Kyodo is a personal number that focuses on the issues around dealing with chronic mental illness in a loved one, and it’s delivered in a burst of emotional punk rock that is blended with 90’s alternative that resembles a cross between Sonic Youth, Ramones and The Melvins.
Cash To Kyodo is now available via Bandcamp here and the video can be viewed below

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Yur Mum Confirm UK Tour Dates Including ‘Mamapalooza’ Tour

Yur Mum logo blackYur Mum are a dirty DIY rock band from London that deliver their own brand of ‘rage rock’ that’s a blend of anything that’s loud, noisy and comes from the heart. The band have confirmed their final dates of 2017, along with a series of dates that run through to the summer of 2018, including the Mamapalooza tour. Along with Yur Mum the Mamapalooza tour will feature the likes of Heavy Drapes, The Blue Carpet Band, Army of Skanks, dragSTER, The Healthy Junkies, The PapaShangos, The Black Bullets and a cast of many more.

You can stream Yur Mum‘s live EP via Souncloud here and their website is here

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Twin Jackal Release ‘Cruel’ Video

Twin Jackal CruelTwin Jackal are on the move with the release of their hard hitting and core shaking new video, Cruel, a track taken from their forthcoming debut EP, Optimo Animo. The new single is a forceful contemporary track that carries the anger of hardcore, the fuzz of stoner rock and the true emotion of indie rock, that is delivered with math rock rhythms, unpredictable guitars and soulful vocals that are all sewn together into a fierce wall of sound.

Twin Jackal‘s website can be found here

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Creeper Release Chrsitmas EP

Creeper Xmas 17After playing the biggest headline show of their career at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Creeper have released their brand new Christmas EP. Previewed by their take on The Pogues’ festive favourite, Fairytale of New York, the EP features two other new recordings. There’s the band’s own Xmas song Same Time Next Year?, as well as a stripped-back version of Blue Christmas, the enduring seasonal standard made famous by Elvis Presley.

You can stream Same Time Next Year here and Blue Christmas here

The Christmas EP can be streamed via Spotify here and purchased via iTunes here

Fathoms Unleash ‘Slip Away’ Video From ‘Counter Culture’ LP

Fathoms CCBorn in 2010, Brighton hard-hitters Fathoms have comprehensively toured throughout the UK and Europe, as well as undertaking successful tours in the USA, China, South Korea and Japan. Now UK bruisers Fathoms continue their resurgence with the release of a new video single, Slip Away, a track lifted from their ferocious sophomore album, Counter Culture.

Counter Culture can be streamed and purchased via Fathoms website here

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At The Drive In - Diamante

At The Drive In


Rise Records

Rating: 4/5




It’s been a successful year for At The Drive In, following their recent reformation they launched themselves into 2017, a year which saw them complete a successful world tour in the wake of the release of in • ter a • li • a, their critically acclaimed new album that marked their first new material in almost two decades. At The Drive In are now seeing out a memorable 2017 in style with the release of a brand new EP, Diamanté, that will be released on ten inch vinyl via Rise Records for the Record Store Day Black Friday event that takes place today, Friday November 24th.

Amid Ethics kicks things off with dark distortion heavy riff, and it opens the latest release from At The Drive In in fine discordant style, Despondent At High Noon continues the dark and more experimental style that pervades the Diamanté EP, and ensures that the EP offers something different, yet at the same time remaining reassuringly familiar, from At The Drive In. To underscore this feeling the final track, Point Of Demarkation, is a much more atmospheric number that carries a slower grinding menace than the tracks that preceded it, meaning that Diamanté is a release that ensures At The Drive In are finishing 2017 in style, before they kick off 2018 with a UK Spring tour.

If you actually want to get something worthwhile from Black Friday, rather than the usual array of discounted and outdated stock that is labelled as a bargain, then this should be an essential purchase for fans both old and new of At The Drive In, as Diamanté is the perfect companion release to their impressive full length, in • ter a • li • a, that was released earlier this year. Diamanté will only be available via your local independent record store on Record Store Day‘s Black Friday event that takes place today, Friday November 24th.

You can locate your local participating record store here

SPUN Release Debut Single ‘Black Eye’ Via InStereo Records

SPUN Black EyeFrom the swampy territory of the Thames estuary, down in deepest, darkest Southend comes ferociously loud trio SPUN. Taking influence from 90’s alternative and punk through to post hardcore and nu metal, the band have crafted a raw and intense sound that takes no prisoners. Spewed out over their fuzz ridden, sonic assaults are unflinching lyrics covering everything from benefit fraud to flesh eating aliens and pub fights. Proudly DIY, SPUN produce their all their own music, artwork, videos and even guitar pedals, and at 1 minute 42 seconds SPUN‘s blistering first single Black Eye gives a peak into their noise filled world and the single can now be streamed and purchased via the InStereo Records Bandcamp here

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Mid Reflection OC

Mid Reflection


Self Released

Rating: 2.5/5



Mid Reflection will announce their arrival on the UK alternative scene with their debut EP, Outcast, that is due to be released on Friday 24th November. Mid Reflection are a London based quartet who have embraced disparate elements of punk, rap, indie, rock and ska and brought them together to produce a unique hybrid, one that fuses the delivery of rap and grime and combines it with the darker elements of indie and punk, and it’s also a release that reflects their influences, that span from Linkin Park and Sublime to Gorillaz and House of Pain.
The EP’s title track comes across as a laid back Rage Against The Machine, albeit in a parallel world where that band emerged from the estates of London, this is followed by Illusions that displays a more upbeat feel and positively bursts into life on the chorus. Legalise It is my personal highlight from the Outcast EP, as it boasts an abrasive punk riff that is overlaid with an intense grime delivery. The final track, Foes, brings things to a close with a more laid back delivery and a melodic touch that is married to the kind of autobiographical lyrical style that Eminem displayed on his earlier material.
Lyrically Mid Reflection are a band that reflect real life struggles, their lyrical content covers subjects such as bullying, depression and betrayed friendship, that their vocalist, 2T’z, has battled with throughout his life. Whilst the end result isn’t exactly to my taste, this is a modern hybrid of styles with a delivery that has the authentic feel of a band that were born into the modern day urban sprawl of the UK’s capital. The Outcast EP is a release that will appeal to fans of the likes of Sleaford Mods and The Streets and demonstrates the continued blurring of styles that keeps that keeps the UK’s music scene vibrant and original.
Mid Reflection‘s website can be found here

tHrOnE Release New Single And Video ‘Burn, Baby’

tHrOnE bbAfter an extended hiatus tHrOnE are back with a new single, burn,baby, their latest release is a taste of what fans can expect from the band’s forthcoming album that is due out in 2018, tHrOnE feel this is their strongest effort yet, and are excited to see where the future can take them. Although tHrOnE have played alongside many pop punk acts, the band have a heavier rock tone that is accompanied by a pop sensibility.

Burn, Baby can be streamed and downloaded here

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Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17

Nadine Shah / Life

Band On The Wall, Manchester, UK

16th October 2017

Rating: 5/5



Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17 2The Band On The Wall is one of Manchester’s longest running venues, the building has undergone extensive refurbishment in recent years and as it’s set to expand further it thankfully looks like a live venue that is here to stay. Tonight the Band On The Wall is playing host to Nadine Shah who is touring in support of her stunning new album, Holiday Destination, which for me is easily her finest full length to date, and one that marks a distinct change in style from her 2015 album, Fast Food. Nadine Shah has bought up and coming Hull quartet Life along as support on her UK tour, who are touring in support of their impressive debut album, Popular Music, that was released earlier this year.
Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17 3 LifeLife nonchalantly take the stage before launching into their set, one that is heavily inspired by the post punk bands of the late seventies and early eighties such as The Fall and The Au Pairs , but it’s not one that’s embedded in the past as it also carries elements from the heavier end of indie, such as early Maximo Park and The Vines, as well as their own unique sound and style and as their frontman Mez is a permanently hyperactive presence, both on and off the stage, the result is that they are a mesmerising live act. The sound in the refurbished Band On The Wall is absolutely spot on and their album’s hyperactive and eccentric title track makes me decide to pick up a copy of their album after the show. Their appearance on Nadine Shah‘s tour makes for a perfect introduction to a band I haven’t previously encountered, they declare their band name is taken from the phrase ‘choose life’, and on the basis of tonight’s performance I’d recommend you do just that.
Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17 4Nadine Shah is unique, for me no one is doing anything remotely close to her material, and even when you think you’ve pigeonholed her she will shift, a tactic that has seen her deliver three radically different albums that are unified by her haunting vocals and personal song writing, a combination that has seen the Band On The Wall sold out well in advance of tonight’s show. Nadine Shah‘s latest album displayed more of a post punk attitude than her two previous albums, Love Your Dum And Mad and Fast Food, something that reflects the stark political subject matter of much of her new album and as her band is now augmented by a sax player this only adds to the post punk direction that her new material carries. Her five piece band add muscle to her material live and frees Nadine Shah up to strut the stage, the first tour I’ve attended when she’s not been playing guitar and this seems to add a degree of freedom to her performance as she seems more expressive and animated than the previous tours I’ve caught.
Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17 5The title track from Holiday Destination seizes the audience and the muscular dark post punk of her set is only punctuated by her observations and interactions with the crowd, which are delivered in her broad Tyneside accent. Whilst there are some comparisons to elements of late era Siouxsie And The Banshees and Public Image Ltd one her new album, Nadine Shah is very much her own person. The haunting Yes Men, one of highlights from her new album, is preceeded by a political statement of intent, that is delivered in her own down to earth manner. The nature of the venue means that at capacity its hard to actually get a decent view of the stage, but despite this minor inconvinience I’ve never heard Nadine Shah sound better than she has tonight. She deviates away from the Holiday Destination to include material from her first two albums, which have also benefited from having her expanded backing band behind her, as her earlier material sounds more muscular than when I’ve encountered her previously, and tonight Nadine Shah seems more self assured and confident than ever and delivers a spellbinding set.
Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17 6Nadine Shah gives a heartfelt and venomous few words against the far right and declares herself a proud second generation immigrant, prior to delivering a Full blooded rendition of the barbed single Out The Way. She closes the night with superb three song encore that includes Runaway, the song that introduced me to Nadine Shah, and she reiterates her ambition for her new album to humanise the dehumanised and support those who need it most, and finally Mother Fighter brings a faultless set to an end. What direction she’ll head off in on her next album is anyone’s guess, but wherever she goes I’ll be following as tonight has proved that there really is no one quite like Nadine Shah, she has outgrown each venue I’ve seen her play in, and judging by tonight’s show and the crowd reaction this is something that will remain true for the foreseeable future. Nadine Shah is one of the most original and politically focused acts in the UK at the moment, and if you are going to see one act that is an exception to the punk shows that we all know and love then you really should catch Nadine Shah live.
Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17 7Nadine Shah‘s website can be found here
The Punk Site review of Holiday Destination can be read here
Life‘s website is located here
Band On The Wall‘s website is here
Live 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

corporationpop Release Debut Single ‘Vintage Lingerie’

Corporation Pop Oct 17corporationpop is the new venture by acclaimed poet Elise Hadgraft, sick of being artistically ripped off and relegated to the role of ‘feminist poet girlfriend’ she started up a new project armed only with Yamaha synths and Korg Volca beats. With corporationpop Elise has taken a unique direction with a distinctly DIY attitude, and the first track, Vintage Lingerie, is the genesis of a project that will be taken on the road to support the resurgence of female fronted music. corporationpop‘s Facebook page can be found here

You can stream Vintage Lingerie here

Tropidelic To Release ‘Heavy Is The Head’ Via Law Records

Tropidelic HITHTropidelic may be far from any tropical islands but that doesn’t stop them from dishing out a unique mix of reggae, hip-hop, funk, ska and alternative influences for audiences across the country, including appearing on the Warped Tour. The band has now signed with Law Records for their forthcoming release, Heavy is The Head, which will be released on November 10th. 

Heavy Is the Head can be pre-ordered here

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False Advertising Release New Single And Video ‘Hey You’

False Advertising HYManchester-based trio, False Advertising, have revealed another 100% DIY video for their latest single, Hey You, that can be streamed and purchased here. You can catch the band live on the I Would Be So Much Happier… UK Tour with headline dates running throughout October and November 2017, where their new EP, I Would Be So Much Happier If I Just Stopped Caring, will be available exclusively on limited edition cassette ahead of the digital release on 27th October. The EP is a collection of the standalone releases which the band have so far dropped throughout 2017 and builds on their caustic, fuzz-drenched approach to alternative rock.

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By Gods Move On

The By Gods

Move On

Self Released

Rating: 4.5/5



Nashville’s The By Gods were born from a potent blend of musings on small town religion, depression, terrorist attacks, celebrity deaths, global politics and the social media reaction to all those events, Move On is the sound of a band trying to come to terms with their own ever-changing and strange reality, the album was written during the last presedential election which acted as a backdrop for Move On. The disturbing political events of last year that inform the album are paired with an impressive hybrid soundtrack that encompasses grunge, alt rock and the noisier side of the indie spectrum, with a faint touch of The Velvet Underground in the album’s low key finale.
The post grunge influences are evident from the first chords of the album’ title track, the rumbling bass line gives way to a crunching overdriven guitar riff, every track on Move On recalls the sonic assault that characterised the best bands from the grunge and alternative scenes of the late eighties and early nineties. The By Gods are a band whose influences are worn proudly on their sleeves, the haunting elements that characterised some of the Pixies finest recordings are present along with dissonance and energy of Nirvana and the hooks of the Foo Fighters early recordings, but whilst the album’s inspiration is obvious The By Gods have taken this soundtrack and produced something that is very much their own.
It could be argued that Move On is something of a throwback, but when an album is this accomplished I don’t care in the slightest, I haven’t encountered a band that delivers this kind of energising high energy slacker soundtrack in a long long time. With their third album The By Gods have undoubtedly produced their finest release to date, with Move On they seem to have perfected the sound that they have been developing over their first two albums. Dark and tumultuous political times are often said to inspire some of the best music, The By Gods are living proof of this as Move On is an album that sits amongst the best releases I’ve heard this year.
Move On is set for release on the 20th October and can be pre-ordered here
Muskets Chew



No Sleep Records

Rating: 4/5




Muskets found their birth in Brighton, UK where they quickly engaged in the city’s always growing music scene and connected with like minded peers who held a shared DIY ethos and influence of grunge, punk and emo sounds, Muskets will release their debut LP Chew via No Sleep Records on October 20th 2017. Their unique blend of grunge tinged hardcore made a distinct impression on me when I caught them live supporting Culture Abuse and Tiger’s Jaw earlier this year, and I’ve been looking forward to seeing whether Muskets can harness the spirit of their impressive ‘slacker punk’ in the studio.

Pond Drop eases you gently into the album before the drums and overdrive kick in, and from this point there’s no looking back. There’s a hefty debt to grunge in the band’s sound, but this is no pale shadow of that scene, Muskets are a band that have developed their own fuzzy and intense hybrid of punk rock and grunge. Whilst there isn’t any filler on Chew, the tracks Chewing Gum and You’re So Cool, both of which were released as singles, stand out as a intense blasts of punk rock amongst the album’s hazier grunge heavy tracks. The end result is that Chew is an impressive debut album by a band who are very much doing things on their own terms.

Chew is an album that blends punk, grunge and alternative to impressive effect, bands such as Fugazi and early recordings by the likes of Pixies, Nirvana and At The Drive In can clearly be heard in the album’s DNA. Chew proves that Muskets are a band that deliver both live and in the studio and their debut full length is a serious statement of intent from this Brighton quartet. Chew is an album that will appeal to those with a love of the bands that informed their sound, and for those of us who just like a good blast of adrenaline fuelled fucked up noise.

Chew can be pre-ordered here via No Sleep Records on physical formats here and digitally via Bandcamp here

Muskets Facebook page can be found here

Jetty Bones OW

Jetty Bones

Old Women

Take This To Heart Records

Rating: 2.5/5




Ohio’s Jetty Bones is the result of the musical endeavours of Kelc Galluzzo, who utilizes a core group of friends that help bring the project to life on stage. Whilst Jetty Bones is technically a solo project, it’s one that carries a full band mentality that means this project is anything but the efforts of one person. The Old Women EP is the story of progress, growth, and the development of human connection, something that is often overlooked in today’s society. In a world so focused on outward appearances, Old Women takes you on a journey through one girl’s mental and emotional attempts to attach to something in a more genuine way.

The opening track Clear Honey boasts a driving riff that is highlighted by the clear and strident vocals, that can carry an aggressive growl or be sweet as the song’s title, Innocent Party changes the pace of the EP with an acoustic led number that brings the pace down. No Lover swiftly returns to the EP’s strengths of blending indie and some alternative touches that mean that the Jetty Bones carry more muscle than many of their contemporaries, whilst the final two tracks, Morning Clothes and Strokes, ease you out of the EP with two tracks that contain Jetty Bones signature soaring vocals and delicate musicianship.

The songs on the Old Women EP boast a distinct indie vibe, but they also carry some of the strength of alt rock that backs up some heartfelt lyrics. Whilst Jetty Bones mellower moments aren’t quite to my taste the tracks Clear Honey and No Lover stand out on the Old Women EP, and if you’re a fan of the other bands on their recent US tour, The Wonder Years, The Obsessives and Laura Stevenson, then you need to investigate Jetty Bones, and if you were on that tour I’d imagine you’re already converted to their cause.

The Old Women EP was released on the 6th October and is now available to order via Take This To Heart Records here

Jetty Bones Facebook page can be found here

Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons Announce UK Tour And New LP

Pussyvar ANP Tour Oct 17Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons have announced that their third album, Ain’t No Pussy, is now available for pre-order on vinyl and CD, and the first 50 vinyl orders will receive a free fully signed poster. The band are also heading out on a UK tour that will coincide with the release of the CD, a digital release will follow and the vinyl will be available in December.

You can pre-order Ain’t No Pussy on CD and vinyl here

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Decent Criminal Bloom

Decent Criminal


Dodgeball Records

Rating: 4/5



California’s Decent Criminal have signed with the newly founded Dodgeball Records and are set to release Bloom, the band’s label debut that will be released October 13th. Decent Criminal blend elements of 90’s alternative, garage rock, surf punk, power-pop and good old fashioned punk rock to deliver catchy, upbeat songs that collide with abrasive and often melancholy undertones, the end result is an album that is a more than worthy successor to their 2016 self titled debut album.
Cold leads you into the album with a vibrant slab of power pop before Bloom heads into the laid back strains of Still, the acoustic strains of Tender make you think that Decent Criminal are in danger of flatlining, that is until the guitars kick in for an overdriven and anthemic lovelorn chorus. Melt kicks back into the full tilt powerpop before the album’s most heartfelt number, Expectations, marks the halfway point of Bloom. Both Void and Iron are stripped down slice of heady garage rock, Neurotic delivers a gloriously deranged glam punk stomp before Waver returns to the garage infused power pop, finally Bloom ends in style, with the hedonostic lead single, Deviant.
The ten monosyllabically titled tracks that make up Bloom is an unexpected package of wistful songs whose  tones are carried along in a strangely upbeat style given the melancholy feel of the album. Decent Criminal‘s sophomore album contains many elements that remind me of some of my favourite bands both past and present, including These Animal Men and Culture Abuse, and the soaring guitars and treble led solo’s that permeate the album mix with hooks and melodies to create an irresistible and heady combination. Bloom indicates that Decent Criminal are another impressive addition to the ever growing and impressive roster that Dodgeball Records has amassed in it’s short lifespan.
Decent Criminal will release Bloom on October 13th 2017 via Dodgeball Records.
Bloom can be pre-ordered here

Rain To Release ‘Abstract Vision’ EP Via Venn Records

Rain AVVenn Records has been at the forefront of modern punk, hardcore, emo and everything in between in the UK since its inception five years ago, their newest signing, Rain, have spent the past year and a half writing and recording a follow up record to the debut release, Symphony Pains. Rain are now set to release their new EP, Abstract Vision, on November 24th via Venn Records, and they will be on tour with New Moon at the end of October
You can pre-order Abstract Vision on red and black vinyl from Venn Records here
You can view the video for Petrichor, and Venn‘s your dates, below

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Circa Survive

The Amulet

Hopeless Records

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

Tigercub Release ‘Evolve Or Die’ EP

Tigercub EODBrighton trio Tigercub have released their latest EP, Evolve or Die, today via Alcopop! Records. Tigercub will be heading out on a UK headline tour in support of Evolve Or Die throughout October 2017, and they have announced their first dates of 2018 at The Scala in London and a hometown show at The Concorde 2 in Brighton.
Evolve or Die can be purchased and streamed here
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TV Smith Dulcimer Flyer Sept 17

TV Smith / Harvey's Rabbit

Dulcimer, Manchester, UK

15th September 2017

Rating: 5/5



TV Smith Dulcimer Sept 17 6I’ve caught TV Smith many times over the years, notably at the Rebellion Festival where he is an annual fixture playing multiple sets, but it’s been a while since he appeared on my home turf, so when tonight’s show at the Dulcimer in the South of the city was announced our attendance was a given as TV Smith is one of the originals from the first wave of punk, and ever since he launched onto the scene with The Adverts back in 1976 he has ploughed a unique path. TV Smith arrives late to the show but still kindly spares 15 minutes to talk to The Punk Site and we discuss punk, touring and what the future holds for TV Smith, the interview will appear on The Punk Site shortly. Tonight’s show is in the intimate setting of upstairs at Dulcimer which is absolutely packed out for tonight’s show.
TV Smith Dulcimer Sept 17 Blazing SnowmenThroughout tonight’s show I bump into faces old and new, it’s always heartening that when I attend small provincial shows I always encounter people who I’ve met at festivals and shows over the years, showing that there is a dedication to the punk scene that goes beyond a superficial commitment, but onto tonight’s show. The Blazing Snowmen were a late addition to the bill, they are a trio that recall laidback strains of county and possess the spirit of The Pogues more melancholy compositions which is offset by a peculiarly Mancunian disposition. The double bass, and who doesn’t love a double bass, adds weight to their laid back style, this might be an unexpected addition to the bill but it’s one that’s strangely welcome. 
TV Smith Dulcimer Sept 17 Harveys RabbitHarvey’s Rabbit are second on the bill and they bring a different element to tonight’s show, their discordant and stripped down post punk set of indie influenced punk is something that recalls The Fall and The Chameleons, but it retains a distinctly unique perspective. Eighties indie influences clash with abrasive punk rock style that makes puts me in mind of the transatlantic cousins of the likes of The Thermals, driving punk is melded with an indie sensibility to create an impressive soundtrack, and the perfect act to precede the appearance of TV Smith. The Dulcimer seems ill equipped for tonight’s show, the tiny venue could have been filled twice over for tonight’s show by TV Smith, but for the cramped and intimate setting only adds to the atmosphere for tonight’s show.
TV Smith Dulcimer Sept 17 1Tonight’s stripped down acoustic show starts with an unreleased song that will presumably appear on his new album, and is preceded by a heartfelt “what the fuck is going in the world” that indicates that TV Smith has lost none of his anger towards the state of global politics, and this makes his new album something to look forward to in 2018. TV Smith remains an iconic figure in the punk world, just look at those reference his work as being influential, everyone from Henry Rollins to German stadium punks Die Toten Hosen, with whom he has co-written tracks on their albums, cite him as an influence, and you can see why, even in his stripped down acoustic sets the anger at the powers that be looms large, and this is no champagne socialism as you sense that the ire at social injustice is bone deep in TV Smith.
TV Smith Dulcimer Sept 17 2His set veers between his solo work and the classic The Adverts songs, but the line between these is indivisible as the social satire and fury is a trademark that had been an ever present for over forty years, and shows no sign of diminishing anytime soon. There’s something about TV Smith, whilst many of his contemporaries are playing money spinning reunion tours, that often fall somewhat flat, he is delivering earnest, heartfelt sets that are the bedrock of punk attitude. If you haven’t encountered TV Smith live then you should as the iconic singer is still playing 130 plus shows each year and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Tonight’s show at Dulcimer is as good a set as I’ve seen by him over the years, it spans the adverts early punk recordings, through his various incarnations over the years in a decades spanning set that defies the passing of the years.
TV Smith Dulcimer Sept 17 3The Lion And The Lamb, from 1992’s March Of The Giants, provides a more reflective moment in the set, and as ever he stamps out his own percussive beat to his songs on the stage. If you want to see the spirit of 76 it won’t be at an elaborately packaged reunion tour, it will be TV Smith playing to packed intimate venues on his own terms. New material is peppered throughout the set and unlike many of his peers this is equally well received as the material from the dawn of punk, and think seriously, how many bands can you say that about, the number is likely to be low or zero and that is what is magical about TV Smith, his solo material has lost none of the impact of his classic punk material, and that is a truly rare thing in an age of reunion tours and manufactured outrage
TV Smith Dulcimer Sept 17 4Of course The Adverts best known songs encourage a raucous singalong, but the songs from his forthcoming album indicate that the flame burns as strongly as it did over 40 years ago. My personal favourite One Day My String Will Snap is aired towards the end of this set, alongside new material and the inevitable encores from The Adverts back catalogue, that whilst are welcome they are not essential to his set and I doubt many of the artists from the first wave of punk can claim that. The density of the crowd at the Dulcimer means that TV Smith cannot leave the stage and has no option but to give in to their demands for a further encore, and we get Tomahawk Cruise and a spirited The Good Times Are Back before Runaway Train Driver ensures tonight’s show goes on way beyond curfew and is brought to a triumphant  finale to end a perfect set by one of punks true originals.
TV Smith Dulcimer Sept 17 5TV Smith‘s website can be found here and his online store is here 
TV Smith‘s Bandcamp can be found here
You can order the Harvey’s Rabbit back catalogue via Rotator Records here and Harvey’s Rabbit can be found on Facebook here
Dulcimer‘s website is here
Live 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
Tigercub EOD


Evolve Or Die

Alcopop! Records

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

Deadbolt Festival Hits Manchester This Weekend

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Further details of the Deadbolt Festival can be found here

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Tigercub Reveal New Single ‘Into The Ashes’

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Evolve Or Die can be pre-ordered via Alcopop! Records here
The video for Into The Ashes, and Tigercub‘s tour dates, can be viewed below

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Girobabies Reissue First Two Albums

Girobabies SNW BSABefore the Girobabies released their 2015 album, Who Took Utopia?, there was this… for the first time the Social Not Working and Bus Stop Apocalypse albums have been mashed together onto one CD with additional bonus tracks. This is the first time either of these releases have been available as a physical purchase for at least 5 years.

You can pre order the Social Not Working and Bus Stop Apocalypse CD here

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Washer Release New Album ‘All Aboard’

Washer All AboardAll Aboard is Washer‘s sophomore album, it is built on a blend of aggressive pop music, off-kilter structures, earnest lyrics, and minimalist garage rock. They’ve described their sound as “trying to do a lot with a little,” contorting simple pop formulas into fuzzy punk hits. Built around themes of personal doubt, self-reflection, and being stuck in place, All Aboard is a dark record, but Washer continue to fight toward brighter days. With a never ending onslaught of ramshackle hooks, sing-a-long anthems, and unexpected shifts, Washer have made an album where every moment counts and every song is a single.

All Aboard is now available via Exploding In Sound Records here