Chaos 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 Promotions ‘Punk 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 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
The 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
The 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
Yur 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.
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Twin 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
You can view the video for Cruel below Read More…
After 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.
Born 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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By AJ Phink
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
From 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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By AJ Phink
After 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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Band On The Wall, Manchester, UK16th October 2017
By AJ Phink
corporationpop 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 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
The video’s for Dollar Saved and Hey Now, and Tropidelic‘s tour dates, can be viewed below Read More…
Manchester-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.
You can view the video for Hey You, and False Advertising‘s tour dates, below Read More…
Move OnSelf Released
By AJ Phink
ChewNo Sleep Records
By AJ Phink
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.
Muskets Facebook page can be found here
Old WomenTake This To Heart Records
By AJ Phink
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 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
Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons tour dates can be viewed below Read More…
By AJ Phink
The AmuletHopeless Records
By AJ Phink
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.
Dulcimer, Manchester, UK15th September 2017
By AJ Phink
Evolve Or DieAlcopop! Records
By AJ Phink
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
The Deadbolt Festival hits Manchester, UK this weekend, the UK’s number one alternative festival takes place across some of the city’s finest venues, including Gorilla, The Bread Shed, Factory, Underdog and Zombie Shack, the festival features over fifty bands across three stages and takes place this weekend, 30th September to 1st October. The Deadbolt Festival boasts an impressive line up that includes some of the UK’s best alternative band’s, including WSTR, Kamikaze Girls, Martyr Defiled, Shields, Junior and Carbine.
Further details of the Deadbolt Festival can be found here
Before 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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All 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