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She Makes War Announce December UK Tour

She Makes War Dec 17 TourShe Makes War have announced three very special shows in December, that will be the only UK headline gigs of 2017. These will be intimate affairs with a solo performance plus a full band set that will be previewing songs from She Makes War‘s forthcoming album that is due out next spring. A signed ltd edition art print of the tour poster, that features artwork by Phie Hackett, is now available for pre-order here

She Makes War‘s website is here and her Bandcamp is here

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Regarde Release Video For ‘Patterns’

Regarde PatternsItaly’s Regarde deliver a solid blend a indie, emo and post hardcore on their new full length, Leavers, that is due for release on the 6th October. The album is now available for pre-order on milky vinyl and a bundle that includes a ltd edition hand signed analogic photo. Ahead of the LP’s release Regarde have revealed a video for the track Patterns that is taken from the new album.

Leavers can be pre-ordered via Wiretap Records here

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Culture Abuse Aug UK Tour

Tigers Jaw / Culture Abuse / Muskets

Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK

23rd August 2017
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Tigers Jaw DI Mic Shot Aug 17It’s back to the Deaf Institute for tonight’s show, a venue that sits in the redeveloped area that surrounds the University area of the city centre, an early arrival is required ahead of the gig as The Punk Site intends to catch a few words with Culture Abuse ahead of their Manchester debut supporting Tigers Jaw. This is a tour that has seen Culture Abuse on the road for the last few months across the USA and Europe, and it follows on from their impressive debut album, Peach, that was released last year and led to their signing to the legendary punk imprint, Epitaph Records. After a brief interview with Culture Abuse, which will appear on The Punk Site shortly, it’s onto tonight’s opening act Muskets, and it’s time the ascend the Deaf Institute stairs. 

Tigers Jaw DI - Muskets Aug 17First up at tonight’s sold out show is Muskets, a band borne of Brighton’s ever growing music scene, they connected with like minded peers who held a shared DIY ethos and influence of grunge, punk and emo sounds, the Brighton based quartet open with a hammering introduction that builds into an impressive driving blast of grunge influenced punk. I’ve not encountered Muskets live before but this won’t be the last, their intense bass heavy slacker punk marks the perfect opening to tonight’s bill, and their set is an unrelenting barrage that combines of punk, grunge and post hardcore that sets the stall out nicely for Culture Abuse to bring their West Coast punk to Manchester. 

Tigers Jaw DI - Culture Abuse Aug 17Prior to their set Culture Abuse file out through the crowd to the smoking area, and return shortly afterwards in a suspicious haze and make their way onstage, the start of their set is delayed only by a malfunctioning bass amp before they launch into Chinatown, that precedes Culture Abuse diving headlong into a full tilt set of their own unique laid back intensity to a by now packed Deaf Institute. Live Culture Abuse are stripped of any polish the studio imposed and they are a hypnotic high speed dose of heady punk rock, it’s interrupted by a broken hi hat that results in a rambling and unselfconscious interaction with the crowd with a frank admission that they’re “stoned as fuck” something I picked up might be the case in the earlier interview. 

Tigers Jaw DI - Culture Abuse 2 Aug 17Their summer feel good single So Busted makes an appearance and hints at what may be to come on their Epitaph Records debut, but it’s when Dream On, one of the highlights from their debut album, is played that the crowd explode into life, a call for light illuminates the venue, a rare thing in the Deaf Institute, they announce “we’ve got two more as we smoked a joint before” and they kick back in with a stunning Turn It Off, and I’m wondering how a band this baked can play a set this intense and, equipment failures aside, relentless. They make a further rambling declaration of their love for the venue, touring and what they do, that was enforced by a broken string, before ending an all too brief set, with another of their debut album’s highlights, Jealous. I’m left hoping Culture Abuse return to our city for a longer less problem strewn set, as there is no one else out there even remotely like Culture Abuse. As they leave the stage the bass hits the floor and the mic lead is thrown into the roof, where it stays, and they exit in a squall of feedback. 

Tigers Jaw DI Aug 17Tigers Jaw are pretty much an unknown quantity to me, and they have tough act ahead of them following Muskets, and especially the excellent dose of channelled chaos that was Culture Abuse‘s all too brief set. Unlike the bands that preceded them Tigers Jaw offer a more restrained and melodic alternative to the other band’s on this tour, and tonight is one of the occasions when the support act has well and truly stolen the limelight. As much as Tigers Jaw deliver a coherent set of energetic indie rock I can’t help but miss the hazy chaos that was Culture Abuse, but the reception they receive from am enthusiastic throng at the front indicates they have own solid following who know every word of their songs and who are crammed into the Deaf Instutute, but for me tonight belonged to Culture Abuse.

Tigers Jaw DI - Culture Abuse 3 Aug 17The Tigers Jaw website can be found here

The new album by Tigers Jaw, Spin, can be ordered here

Culture Abuse‘s Bandcamp is here and their website is here

The Punk Site review of Culture Abuse‘s debut album, Peach, can be read here

Muskets Facebook page is here and their Bandcamp 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

 

 
Bad Mechanics Precious

Bad Mechanics

Precious Moments In The USA

Stonewalled Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Bad Mechanics, who have proclaimed themselves to be ‘America’s baddest band’, will release their debut album Precious Moments in the USA on September 15th 2017 via Stonewalled Records. The album was recorded over the politically tumultuous events of the last year, and sees Bad Mechanics expanding on their humorous style of Devo inspired new wave and punk, while throwing in elements of industrial, indie, pop punk, rock and techno into the mix, resulting in eleven tracks that pretty much defy description, but I’ll give it my best shot.

The lead single, You Drink Lacroix, opens Precious Moments In The USA with a oddball mix of techno, new wave and punk rock that is strangely infectious, Social Obligation brings a heavier punk influence that is followed by an oddball call to arms to Vote Jofrey. Must Be The City continues the distinctly quirky mix of influences and Daddy’s Pastures brings a curious dark synth led element before we get a return to the new wave with USA Food, which would sound perfectly at home on the Team America soundtrack. Pink Foliage sounds like a dark industrial landscape on acid, this is followed DiCaprio Ate A Baby that recalls the strangeness of Dead Milkmen in a dark mood. The pounding industrial beat of Women At The Arcade is followed by the synth pop of Zinester Girl, and finally Morning In America brings things to a close with a damming indictment of the dark side of the American dream.

Precious Moments In The USA is a unique album, there’s a heavy influence of Devo in the sound, but despite the humorous approach there are salient points and political satire that sit happily amidst the eccentric soundtrack. I honestly don’t know what to make of Precious Moments In The USA, other than to say this is easily the most unique album I’ve heard so far this year and that there is no one else doing anything even remotely similar to Bad Mechanics, and I mean that in a good way. Precious Moments In The USA is a uniquely satirical soundtrack that has more hits than misses embedded in it’s eclectic grooves, and whilst I doubt anyone will love everything on here I think that this is something that you need to hear.

Precious Moments In The USA can be pre-ordered on CD, vinyl and digital formats here

Delinquents ALN

Delinquents

About Last Night

Violated Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Dundee’s Delinquents are a band that are making waves and building a reputation for themselves far beyond their local scene, they have been industriously playing intimate shows on their home turf to raise donations for local foodbanks, as well as touring across their native Scotland and making a triumphant debut appearance at this years Rebellion Festival, making Delinquents a band that are making friends both on and off stage wherever they go. The band name may conjure up the spirit of 1977, but if you were expecting an album of retro punk rock then you’re going to be surprised, as there’s so much more to Delinquents than being just another punk band.

Punk is of course part of the Delinquents DNA, the tracks Acne, Waste Of Time and Valentines Day are slices of punk perfection, and Next Generation is a classic fuck you punk anthem, and from those four tracks you might think that you know what the Delinquents are all about, but those four tracks are spread across a release that is one of the most diverse and original albums I’ve heard this year. Ctrl.Alt.Defeat simultaneously manages to invoke punk rock, post punk and the more abrasive side of indie, whilst Not Your Problem and Something To Prove are intense blasts of old school hardcore. Keep On Choking brings another dimension to the album, as this track recalls the likes of The Chameleons and The Smiths, and you might think The Fuck You Song would be a straight up slice of punk rock, well it isn’t, it’s is a folk punk number that reminds me of a less subtle reimagining of Green Day’s Good Riddance, and the chugging riff of Never Gonna Fit In is a raw discordant slice of pop punk.

Delinquents have delivered an album that doesn’t fit the punk rock template, or any template for that matter, they embrace influences from beyond the usual punk arena, and the result is a truly original album that offers something unique. Trying to define an album such as About Last Night is impossible, every single track veers off on it’s own tangent, embracing punk, hardcore, folk punk, indie, pop punk and post punk along the way, making About Last Night just about the only album I’ve ever reviewed that manages to embrace pretty much everything that has been spawned by punk. Whilst the disparate set of influences on display might sound like a recipe for disaster it isn’t, Delinquents have managed to condense the sprawling array of styles into a cohesive, original and impressive album. If you can’t wait for the 29th September then you can whet your appetite by downloading the tracks Ctrl.Alt.Defeat and Never Gonna Fit In as name your price downloads via the Delinquents Bandcamp here.

About Last Night will be released via Violated Records and Bandcamp on the 29th September

She Makes War Announce European Tour

She Makes War Euro Tour Aug 17She Makes War is the solo project of multi instrumentalist and visual artist Laura Kidd, after a lengthy break from touring She Makes War are returning to live shows, initially with an appearance at Moose Fest in London, UK which is followed by twelve European shows across Switzerland, Germany and Belgium, with UK dates set to follow. 

The She Makes War website can be found here

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Dead Leaves Vultures

Dead Leaves

Vultures

Take This To Heart Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

The trio that makes up Dead Leaves openly acknowledge their debt to the Cleveland punk scene that both spawned and supported two of the members, Elliot Blair and Alex Tucker, previous outfit, Call It Fiction. As Dead Leaves were formed after they met their third member, Gene Bernardo, when they played a show at his house, then it’s clear that their roots are well and truly embedded in their local punk scene. Vultures follows on from Dead Leaves self titled debut EP and is released today on all formats via Take This To Heart Records.

Death And Taxes starts Vultures out in a mellow manner that kicks up a gear at the midway point, although the album maintains a restrained punk vibe that falls somewhere between folk punk and punk rock. The enchanting Sunrise carries the feel of fifties rock ‘n roll ballad whilst Hopeless Dweller brings the tempo down with an impassioned number, and at the halfway point Vultures kicks into life with a Bloodshot. The flip side of Vultures repeats the pattern of the first handful of tracks, including the stunning track Die Young, that build up the tempo and incorporate elements of punk rock, rock ‘n roll, indie and folk punk to impressive effect.

Vultures is an album that focuses on the exploitation of powerlessness and vulnerability, making the album’s title a poignant one, and the style of this debut full length suits the nature of the material perfectly. Vultures contains all the elements that were present on their impressive debut EP, but everything has more depth making Vultures an impressive step forward for the band, albeit one that has had a long incubation period since the bands debut EP was released back in 2014. In Vultures the Dead Leaves have delivered an album that shows that the long wait, and the painstaking writing process that was involved in the creation of their debut full length, was worth the wait.

Vultures can be ordered on CD, vinyl and digital formats via Take This To Heart Records here

Perennial TSOAL

Perennial

The Symmetry Of Autumn Leaves

Howling Frequency Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Perennial are a Connecticut trio that has risen from the ashes of the now defunct outfits Lion Cub and Aeroplane, 1929, and now the three piece have released their debut album, The Symmetry Of Autumn Leaves, but you need to leave any preconceptions that the album’s title may conjure up at the door. The Symmetry Of Autumn Leaves might sound like an album title that the likes of Muse would employ, but this is no self indulgent progressive rock album, Perennial have delivered an eclectic, unpredictable and above all experimental album that is built around a core of distorted discordant punk rock.

The album’s title track opens with a squall of jazz sax before launching into short sharp blast of hardcore infused punk, The Symmetry Of Autumn Leaves is not a predictable album, elements of punk, hardcore and indie, and even jazz, blues and psyche, are blended together in a bewildering twelve track release that defies description. For me tracks such as Hippolyta!, that brings a brash frantic garage rock infused thrash to the album, and the brief intense referential number Dissolver are the standout moments, but anyone who listens to this will find there own personal highs… and lows.

This is by no means an easy listen, an album that melds as many influences and styles is going to include moments that aren’t to everyone’s tastes, but that’s the price that you pay for producing something that is original and experimental, and as far as I’m concerned it’s a price that’s worth paying. There are moments, in particular the more avant garde instrumental elements, that had me skipping and editing some of the tracks, but that’s a small sacrifice to make. Pernennial have taken punks chaotic spirit and blended it with pretty much everything else to create an album that is unlike anything else I’ve encountered in 2017.

The Symmetry Of Autumn Leaves can be streamed and purchased here

Kevin Nichols IDWDBIWD

Kevin Nichols

I Don't Wanna Die But I Wanna Die

Open Door Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Orange County’s Kevin Nichols began his self produced songwriting career at the tender age of thirteen, now eight years later he has honed his sound and he released his latest full length, I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die, via Open Door Records just shy of a month ago. I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die consolidates Kevin Nichols growing reputation as a prolific purveyor of left field hooks that are submerged in a world of fuzz ridden guitars, with the whole package underpinned by a driving rhythm section and a dark disturbing undertone.

Killing Insects, the lead single from the album, starts things off with a sinister fuzzy feel, and this mood that permeates the entirety of the album. I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die is not an album that has stand out moments or bright upbeat singles that you’d pick for a playlist, this is an album that comes across as a carefully constructed full length, and one that is meant to be heard as an album rather than on shuffle. The dark twisted indie undercurrent and the blasts of distorted post grunge guitar blend together perfectly with Kevin Nichols own unique style to create and a disquieting and unsettling soundtrack.

Kevin Nichols latest release possess elements from the likes of The Jesus And Mary Chain and Grandaddy, but accompanying the dark indie feel is the intense guitar attack of Mudhoney and the whole package has a dark undercurrent running through it making this a unique package. At times I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die is a difficult listen, but it’s one that worthy of your time, and after an hour in the company of this album you can’t help but find yourself falling for it’s dark charms.

You can purchase I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die via Bandcamp here

The ltd edition cassette of I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die can be ordered via Open Door Records here

Peaness To Release ‘Ugly Veg’ Single On August 4th

Peaness UVFresh from slots at 2000 Trees, Truck and Indie Tracks festivals, Chester based three piece indie band Peaness are pleased to reveal a wonderfully fun DIY claymation video for their new single, Ugly Veg. which is released on the 4th August 2017 with a special single release party at Manchester’s Soup Kitchen on the same night.

Unique Ugly Veg Bundles can be pre-ordered here

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Young Planetary IATNAYTS

Young Planetary

I Am The Night And You're The Sunrise

Hidden Home Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Hidden Home Records is an Idaho based grass roots label with a growing reputation for signing idiosyncratic bands, and it’s an imprint that seems to be on a mission to develop a roster that covers everything from folk punk to hardcore, now Young Planetary have been added to the label’s eclectic roster. The lengthy and ominously titled I Am The Night And You’re The Sunrise is the latest release from the Idaho based post hardcore quintet, and their latest EP follows on from their 2016 debut full length, Wilt.

Undone opens I Am The Night And You’re The Sunrise in brutal style, encapsulating an approach to post hardcore that goes full circle back to hardcore via punk and grunge influences, Spiderwebs brings the pace down and brings their crushing turn it up to eleven approach to something that in another life could have been an indie or shoegaze number. Daybreak returns to the pulverising approach of the opening track, but it keeps a subtle undertone running along with the distorted riffing and screaming backing vocals but Young Planetary have kept the best for last, Teeth Fall Out boats a hook laden riff before it breaks down into almost haunting vocals and complex beats before the track kicks back in to close the EP in stormy and triumphant style.

Young Planetary are another string to the incredibly diverse bow that Hidden Home Records has armed themselves with, as the title suggests this is a dark and intense affair where everything is louder than everything else, which at times means that some of the complexities of the songs are almost lost in the heavily distorted delivery, almost.  I Am The Night And You’re The Sunrise picks things up exactly where Wilt left off, making this a logical if not somewhat unsurprising release, but if you have a taste for Young Planetary‘s previous releases, or you have a fondness for the more twisted side of post hardcore then I Am The Night And You’re The Sunrise is an EP that should already be on your playlist.

You can pre-order I Am The Night And You’re The Sunrise via Hidden Home Records here

Cold Reading Release New Single ‘Books & Comfort’

Cold Reading BACThe Swiss emo powerhouse Cold Reading have released their anthemic new single, Books & Comfort, that is taken from the band’s forthcoming EP, Sojourner, that will be released on September 22nd on KROD Records. The quartet presents a shape shifting sound through their dynamic arrangements as delicate vocals intertwine with powerful guitars and driving drums that showcases a band with a passion for profound lyrics and an earnest yet unpredictable blend of timbres.
 
Books & Comfort can be streamed via Spotify here and Soundcloud here
 
The video for Books & Comfort can be viewed below

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Slaughter Beach, Dog

Motorcycle.jpg

Lame-O Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Slaughter Beach, Dog was created by Jake Ewald, one half of the songwriters in Modern Baseball, as a writing tool. He scripted the stories of make believe characters living in the titular town of Slaughter Beach to break through writers block and experiment outside of the personal storytelling style he’d developed with Modern Baseball. Since his debut under this moniker, Welcome, was released in the fall of 2016 Modern Baseball have announced a hiatus and Slaughter Beach, Dog has now become the main outlet for Jake Ewald‘s songwriting.

Your Cat gently eases you into the EP with guitar lines that have the feel of a George Harrison solo track, but there the comparisons end as the idiosyncratic approach of Slaughter Beach, Dog dominates to bring a fine introduction to their sophomore release. From here on in we’re into the more mellow side of Jake Ewald with the almost comatose Glowing, before the narrative style of 104 Degrees brings the pace up slightly with a track that reminds me of a laid back Jonathan Richman. The final track, Building The Ark, brings things back down again to compete a laid back quartet of tracks that have a more cohesive feel than Jake Ewald‘s initial release as Slaughter Beach, Dog.

Motorcycle.jpg makes a fine companion to Slaughter Beach, Dog‘s debut, Welcome, and will be a release that will welcomed by the fans of that first EP and those who need their Modern Baseball fix whilst that outfit is on hiatus. Motorcycle.jpg represents a positive move forward from their initial EP, in particular Your Cat and 104 Degrees have more appeal than the tracks on Welcome, and to me it seems that Jake Ewald is gaining confidence with his solo venture. The Motorcycle.jpg EP indicates that the citizens of Slaughter Beach, that only exist in Jake Ewald‘s subconscious, can look forward to some interesting times ahead.

Motorcycle.jpg can be pre-ordered via Lame-O Records here

Best Ex ICS

Best Ex

Ice Cream Anti Social

Alcopop! Records
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 
Best Ex, formerly known as Candy Hearts, have signed to Alcopop! Records and their first release for the label is the wonderfully titled Ice Cream Anti Social EP, that is due for release on the on 14th July 2017. This six track EP is the first to be released under the band’s new moniker and sees the band heading into a new indie fuelled poppier direction, Ice Cream Anti Social is a glistening artistic re-imagination for the band, one that sees the band take the heartfelt lyricism and hooks from their previous punkier releases as Candy Hearts and bring them into their new looser and poppier direction.
 
Girlfriend opens things with a distinctly electro pop influenced opener, despite the change in style I can hear how this song would have sounded if it had been recorded in their previous incarnation, the whole EP has a poppy indie sheen that’s underpinned by an electro pop feel and the guitars are now very much playing second fiddle to the indie sheen and ethereal vocals. Whilst I preferred the more punky style of Candy Hearts the songwriting that characterised their previous releases is still very much alive, it’s just realised in a much more summery and poppy manner.
 
This is a summery blast of electronic indie pop, for me I personally preferred the sweet pop punk delivery of the previous albums, but if you were a fan of Candy Hearts then the melodies and shining vocals that were their trademark are still present and just as likely to melt your heart. It’s a brave move for a band to make such a dramatic shift in style, and after hearing the new direction the band has taken you can understand why they changed their name rather than continue as Candy Hearts. This new direction won’t be for everyone, but for those who enjoy a slice of summery indie pop then Ice Cream Anti Social may be just what you’re looking for.
 
Ice Cream Anti Social can be pre-ordered via Alcopop! Records here and via Bandcamp here
 
Bellevue Days Rosehill

Bellevue Days

Rosehill

Kobalt Music
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Croydon based alt rock quartet, Bellevue Days, have today released their new EP, Rosehill, via Kobalt Music, the EP is the follow up to their critically acclaimed Sad Boy EP that was released just over twelve months ago. In the Rosehill EP Bellevue Days have released a record built from the defining moments in their young lives, their latest release is simultaneously a nostalgic backwards glance, and a wry sideways look at the departure of youth and the ever increasing complexities of modern adult life.

Black Sheep Baby opens with the melancholy tones of a dark lullaby before the drum beat kicks in on the atmospheric opener, Jack And I lulls you into a false sense of security that it’s a continuation of the attitude of the initial track, that is until you get hit with an almighty guitar riff that spikes the track with a hit a adrenaline. Secret Love marks the half way point with the feel of the more introspective moments from The Libertines, before Bellevue Days deliver the stunning Faith, for me this is easily the highpoint of the EP where the quartet strike a perfect balance between the delicate and the brutal, and then finally Dead Summer eases you out of Rosehill.

There are distinct elements from the post punk and post hardcore genre’s on Rosehill, along with a hefty influence from the darker and moodier sides of indie and alt rock that informs a troubled and sometimes intense EP. Despite their tender years the Rosehill EP displays a level of maturity in their songwriting that marks this out as their finest release to date. Bellevue Days seem set to build on their fanbase, as along with this impressive EP they have a number of high profile festival appearances over the summer, followed by tours with Patrons and Young Hearts, and if you get the chance I’d catch them live, or at least investigate this EP.

The Rosehill EP is now available via iTunes here

Crazyhead Announce Reunion Tour Dates

Crazyhead Leeds 2017Late 80s Urban Bastard Blues legends Crazyhead have agreed that 25 years is far too long to leave their legacy of late 80s rock monsterism to gather dust. With the new Ed Sheeran generation blissfully unaware of the power of Crazyhead’s blistering live experience, the time is ripe for a rock and growl rebirth. The reunion tour starts out with a hometown appearance in Leicester before taking in Nottingham, Derby and a long awaited return to the North with an apperance in Leeds, and with the tour punctuated by an appearance at the Indie Daze 4 festival in London they are primed, ripped and ready to rock once more.

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Hundredth

Rare

Hopeless Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Hundredth released their third album, Rare, earlier this month, it follows on from their sophomore album, Free, but on this release Hundredth have shifted away from their hardcore roots and into radically different territory. After the release of their last album Hundredth felt like they’d taken hardcore as far as it could go and they were left with a stark choice, either reinvent themselves and take the risk of heading out into uncharted territory, or call it quits and end the band, thankfully they picked the former option. They haven’t abandoned the heavy side of their nature, but they have incorporated shoegaze, post punk and even dream pop into their sound to create something unexpected and new.

Vertigo and Neurotic kick things off with an energetic and atmospheric wall of sound that makes you think you’ve got a handle on their new direction, when along comes White Squall, a track that channels Mancunian post punk and indie influences such as The Chameleons and The Stone Roses. The breakdowns and channelled rage are now a thing of the past, instead they have adopted the lush soundscapes of indie and shoegaze, but for all the changes they have made a punk attitude still underpins the album and there are still moments for their old school fans. Disarray in particular brings a heavier punk element back into the mix and shows that they haven’t forgotten their roots, but for the most part this is an adrenalized interpretation of the aforementioned influences and bands.

Many punk bands over the years have adapted, mutated or just downright changed their sound to embrace new influences and ideas, personally I always like to hear a band experimenting with new ideas, their are noble exceptions to this rule who have a sound of their own, but let’s face it, they are few and far between. There will be those who will feel that Hundredth have turned their back on their roots, but I can imagine that a greater number will be coming into the fold as a result of this album. Hundredth have proved that change isn’t always a bad thing and have produced an impressive and brave album that makes me hope that they keep changing

Rare can be ordered here via Hopeless Records here 

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Turtlenecked

Vulture

Good Cheer Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Turtlenecked is the work of 20 year old Elliot Harrison, the latest album, Vulture, was recorded in Smith’s living room, having graduated from making his previous recordings in his bedroom, and it was released yesterday, the 16th June 2017, via Good Cheer Records. Vulture is an idiosyncratic album that represents an ambitious and compassionate work of post punk baroque and roll that will build on Turtlenecked‘s reputation for being a singular recording artist.

Opening track Boys Club kicks things off with an off key pop intro that sits between disco and classical before the track kicks in with an impassioned attack on toxic masculinity. From here on in Vulture is an unpredictable beast of an album that veers between moments of falsetto pop and muscular punk rage that combines with a manic indie energy and angular post punk rhythm, along with a distinctly pop sensibility, to create a wildly original slab of art punk that confounds any expectations you may have had. Any album that is the work of one person can veer into the self indulgent, the near seven minute long track Tummy proves this with it’s epic groove oriented serial killer perspective, but overall Turtlenecked avoids slipping into the trap of being self indulgent.

If ever there you were looking for something to illustrate the importance of not judging by appearances, Turtlenecked‘s latest release would be a good candidate, beneath the somewhat underwhelming album cover lies a varied and original album that channels influences that vary from The Sparks through to The Dresden Dolls, The Smiths and Wire. I can confidently state I won’t hear anything else even remotely like Vulture this year, and to be honest that probably goes for every other year as well as this is an idiosyncratic and original blend of indie cool and angular post punk

Vulture is now available on extremely limited edition vinyl and download formats via Good Cheer Records.

You can order and stream Vulture via Turtlenecked‘s Bandcamp here

Pine Pillow Talk

Pine

Pillow Talk

No Sleep Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Canada’s Pine are the newest signing to No Sleep Records, and it seems the band have wasted no time in brining out their first release for the label, the Pillow Talk EP. The EP is now available on vinyl, on a limited edition pink with green swirl variant, as well as being available digitally. Pine offer a unique mix of post punk intensity that is blended with influences ranging from emo to shoegaze that brings a unique combination that’s as refreshing and cathartic as it is nostalgic.

Dolya opens with a mellow emotive slice of post punk influenced shoegaze, ethereal vocals combine with a gorgeous dream like melody to create a blissed out introduction to Pine that just washes over you. Viable ups the ante, but despite the more strident beat it maintains the dream like quality of the opening number with it’s delicate multi layered vocals, whereas (Un)rest delivers the kind of song you get the feeling the Pillow Talk EP has been building up to, a perfect dreamscape that has a subtle intensity that blends perfectly into the penultimate track, Jilt. Blue Jacket closes the EP with a truly epic and mellow finale that brings the Pillow Talk EP to a subtle crescendo.

If your tastes are towards snarling punk rock then the Pillow Talk EP won’t be for you, but for me this is an EP for those mellow moments after a late night that has unexpectedly become a very early morning, it’s subtle intensity is strangely beguiling and the vocal delivery from Darlene Deschamps is one that is hypnotic and entrancing, and it is backed up by a lush soundscape. There are post punk influences aplenty on the intriguing EP, but it avoids recreating the past and instead they mark out their own territory with an original and blissed out EP, and this is a release that come the right moment will be one that you’ll be glad that you own.

The Pillow Talk EP can be ordered on vinyl from No Sleep Records here and digitally via Bandcamp here

Randy’s Got A Playdough Face Release Name Your Price LP

Randy's Got A Playdough Face MFUTBSSRandy’s Got A Playdough Face have released a new name your price LP, My Father Used To Build Sand Sculptures, which is available via Bandcamp and on ltd edition cassette via Family Vacation Records. The projects 2015 debut EP, Fairy, received acclaim among niche indie and alt rock crowds upon its release, and earned them a cult following that has been waiting on new music for over two years. My Father Used to Build Sand Sculptures is reminiscent of early 2000s indie rock with influences drawing from Death Cab For Cutie, Wilco, and R.E.M. 

My Father Used To Build Sand Sculptures is available via Bandcamp here

Playing To Vapors Reveal ‘Switchblade’ Video

Playing To Vapors STMDOhio based quintet Playing To Vapors will be releasing their debut LP, Shred The Master Design, on the 16th June, ahead of the album’s release the band have released a music video for the first single, Switchblade. The video captures the raw frenetic energy of the track, using stimulating visual effects that make you wanna dance… and maybe check the contrast on your laptop.

Shred The Master Design can be pre-ordered here

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Silk Of Stars Enemies of Art

Just Everywhere

Silk Of Stars

Ramber Records
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

Just Everywhere is the work of just one man, Paul Baird, and Silk Of Stars is his debut release under the name, the album was released via Ramber Records earlier this month and is now available on limited edition cassette, although you’ll be lucky if there are any left by the time you read this, and digital formats. Silk Of Stars is an incredibly diverse collection of experimental shoegaze and indie with dreamy middles, corrupted dream pop and ambient moments that sit alongside noisy peaks and heavily distorted guitar riffs to create an album that defies description.

Silk Of Stars is an unpredictable fifteen track opus, it opens with a noisy distorted feedback laced track, This Is What We Do With The Horses, that recalls Psychocandy era Jesus And Mary Chain, but from here on in it’s a rollercoaster that veers between atmospheric shoegaze influenced indie, poignant piano led instrumentals and melancholy moments before it kicks back into a moment of scuzzy distorted rock ‘n roll with If You Do This, You Will Be Dead To Me, and then we’re off again into an unpredictable patchwork of styles and influences that defies categorisation.

Just Everywhere have released an album that contains a diverse and almost haphazard mix of styles, there will be no surprises that I prefer the noisier moments on the album, the two aforementioned tracks and the wonderfully titled You Will Live On A Beach And Smoke Pot are the stand out moments for me, but when you consider that Silk Of Stars is now available for streaming, or for purchase for the price of half a pint, you really have nothing to lose by giving Just Everywhere a spin. Whilst I doubt there’s anyone who will love all of Silk Of Stars I’m confident that there will be something on this unique album for pretty much everyone.

Silk Of Stars can be purchased and streamed via Bandcamp here

Vukovi Confirm Headline UK Tour And Festival Appearances

Vukovi May Tour + FestivalsFollowing the release of their stunning breakthrough self titled debut album and a packed out headline tour across the UK, Vukovi are now heading out on another UK headline tour with dates beginning tomorrow, May 24th, which will be followed by a series of summer festival appearances, including Reading, Leeds, 2000 Trees and the Y Not Festivals.

The Punk Site review of Vukovi‘s debut album can be read here and a live review is here

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Born Without Bones Young At The Bend

Born Without Bones

Young At The Bend

Devil You Know Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Massachusetts trio Born Without Bones released their third full length to date, Young At The Bend, a few days ago via Devil You Know Records. Their latest album has a much more personal and heartfelt approach than their previous releases, and lyrically this seems to be a much darker album as Young At The Bend was informed by a personal loss that vocalist and guitarist Scott Ayotte suffered shortly before the recording of the album. This event has fuelled the songwriting and makes Young At The Bend feel like a personal act of catharthis.

Musically Born Without Bones have always had their roots in DIY punk scene, but they’ve adopted other influences over the years, in particular the hooks of 90s alternative rock and the blue collar soul of heartland rock are present in the mix along with a distinctly pop sensibility. After a brief initial blast of white noise Young At The Bend starts in earnest with the charged opener, Takes Time, and across the whole of Young At The Bend the album remains a cathartic heartfelt blast the veers through gentler indie and emo elements that are delivered with a punk attitude, and the whole package is carried on a back bone of 90’s alt rock, this combination certainly makes Young At The Bend an unpredictable listen if nothing else.

The only time I felt That Born Without Bones truly bared their fangs on Young At The Bend was on I Am A Ruin, a track that takes the lead from the punk roots, but for the most part this is an album that has a distinct sheen of polished 90’s alternative rock influences. Born Without Bones have delivered a deeply personal album that exposes the emotional scars of personal loss, but it does this without being maudlin or self indulgent, the end product is a emotionally charged and diverse album that has managed to channel personal loss into the creation of a something positive.

Young At The Bend can be purchased on coloured vinyl and download formats here

Brick + Mortar Release ‘Dropped Again’ EP

Brick And Mortar Dropped AgainNew Jersey’s Brick + Mortar have released their new EP, Dropped Again, and it is now available on iTunes and SpotifyDropped Again is a re-release of the band’s 2015 EP Dropped, including two new tracks and a remix of the track Move To The Ocean. The band is also premiering the final new song from the record, Great Escape.

You can purchase Dropped Again via iTunes here and stream the EP via Spotify here

The Great Escape can be streamed here

Brick And Mortar Dropped Again

Brick + Mortar

Dropped Again

Self Released
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Proletariat Jimmys May 17

Proletariat (UK) / Arcades / Shadow Palace

Jimmy's, Manchester, UK

5th May 2017
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Always The Same EP can be streamed via Spotify here

Arcades Facebook presence is located here

Shadow Palace‘s Facebook page can be found here

Jimmy’s website can be found here

This Feeling‘s website is here

Photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here,

You can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images

We Are Scientists To Live Stream Intimate Acoustic Show

We Are Scientists Acoustic StreamThe Bushmills Irish Whiskey Tour continues this week, showcasing established bands and rising talent in a series of gigs in iconic independent music venues. We Are Scientists have revealed they will be live streaming a special invite only 60 capacity acoustic show at Strong Rooms live on the Bushmills UK Facebook page at 1.30pm GMT on Tuesday 9th May, ahead of a special sold out greatest hits set at Bush Hall, London later that night. The Bushmills Tour is part of the #AnswerTheCall campaign that aims to showcase creators, artists, entrepreneurs from the music industry and beyond to showcase their talents.

You will be able to stream the intimate acoustic show at 1.30pm on the 9th May here

The Creature Comfort Announce Live Showcase Of New Material

Creature Comfort Gullivers 3rd JuneManchester’s longest-standing outsider psych-rock band The Creature Comfort are set to unveil the new songs that will follow their debut album on Saturday June 3rd at Gullivers in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The Creature Comfort will emerge from their recording studio in deepest Wales for a live unveiling of the new songs that will form the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2013 debut album, their last appearance at this venue was a raucous and sold-out affair so expect more of the same, special guest support is provided by The Goa Express and Dreamherbs.

The Creature Comfort have released a free download of their classic single Sauce here

Tickets for the  show at Gullivers can be purchased here

Peaness - Are You Sure

Peaness

Are You Sure?

Alcopop Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Peaness are following up their recent succession of left-field, anthemic singles with this latest bundle of joy, Are You Sure? is a solid collection of lo-fi, infectious, sugar coated indie pop from the up and coming Cheshire trio. Their new EP Are You Sure? was released yesterday, the 5th May 2017, via Alcopop! Records on a ‘Mellow Yellow’ vinyl, that is limited to just 500 copies, that is packaged with their 2015 debut EP, No Fun, and an additional bonus track.

The Are You Sure? EP is a timely release as spring is upon us and this is a distinctly summery blast of indie pop, from the uptempo opening track, Oh George, to the oddly titled closing track, Ugly Veg, this is an EP that is the perfect soundtrack to lost afternoons. The superb Seafoam Islands, for me the stand out track from the EP, brings a slightly more downbeat element to the EP and carries a very slight post punk influence, but for the main part this is summery indie pop that is delivered exactly as it oughta be, the tracks Same Place and Skin Surfing carry the hallmarks of the best of the indie scene and the whole EP is delivered in a stripped down style that is strangely hypnotic.

Their name might be a somewhat childish play on words but Are You Sure? is an accomplished five track EP that recalls the heyday of the UK indie scene, the Chester based trio have produced an EP of jangly guitar anthems that are accompanied by lush vocal harmonies. Peaness will be playing a host of festivals over the summer months, including Handmade Festival, FestEvol Gardens and Truck Festival and I can’t think of a better band to be the soundtrack to the inevitably hazy afternoons that the festival season generates.

The Peaness Facebook page is here and Alcopop! Records website is here

Regarde Release ‘Last Summer’ Single

Regarde LS SingleItaly’s Regarde have signed to Wiretap Records and the band have now released a brand new music video for their new single, Last Summer, that is taken from their forthcoming debut album, that is due out this Fall via Wiretap Records (USA) V4V Records (Italy) and Epidemic Records (Italy).

Last Summer is available via iTunes here and Spotify here

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