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Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs

Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs

Burger Records / Dine Alone Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Toronto’s Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs are delivering their latest blast of punk influenced power pop with their latest self titled album, a release that follows on from their 2014 debut full length, Gates Of Hell. Their latest release represents a step up in many ways, whether this is due to fact they are now reaching out far beyond their native Canadian borders, or the fact that this is the first time they’ve moved away from the DIY home recordings of their previous releases and into the studio, whatever the reason Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs have produced an ambitious sophomore album that maintains their commitment to remaining true to their roots.

The opening track Talk 2 Her is a slice of power pop that’s close to perfection and just hooks you straight into the album, this is followed by the heavier and distinctly meaner feel of Tough, that seems to hark back to the sound of Thin Lizzy, with all the hooks of that bands classic singles. Voicemail takes things off at another tangent and brings a high tempo new wave influenced number, before we return to another slab of exquisite power pop with Judy, the first half of this eclectic album closes out with Pressure, that brings an intense blast of punk rock into the mix. The second side of the album is mainly taken up with the themed trilogy of Ragnarok, Teenage Release and PhD, that manages to combine all the elements of the first side into an anthemic three partner, and this is topped off perfectly by the album’s closing track, You Don’t Have To Be Nice.

Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs is the sound of a band who clearly love music and are determined to produce music that is influenced by bands and the scenes they love, this self titled sophomore album manages to have snapshots of everyone from The Who to Ruts DC incorporated into their sound without ever sounding like they are derivative, instead Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs come across as a band that wear their influences proudly on their sleeves. This impressive sophomore release appears to have benefitted from the switch to a studio and it feels like a natural evolution from the previous DIY releases. Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs will be released in just a few short days on the 28th July via Burger Records and Dine Alone Records.

Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs self titled album can be pre-ordered digitally here and on physical formats here

The Violent Hearts Release Stream Of ‘Porcelain World’

Violent Hearts PW HOMFollowing the disbandment of Sharks, James Mattock, Carl Murrihy and former Computers band mate Aidan Sin began work on new music under the name of The Violent Hearts. The band’s brand new EP contains two new tracks, Porcelain World and Hex On Me, and has been released via Roosevelt Records. The EP represents a perfect mix of power-pop and post-punk infused with the spirit and romanticism of The Only Ones, Buzzcocks and The Chameleons.

The Violent Hearts EP is available for streaming and download via Roosevelt Records here

The Violent Hearts UK tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

Casual Friday Release ‘Weekend Forever’ As A Free Download

Casual Friday WF LPThe Southern Californian power pop influenced rockers Casual Friday have released their debut album, Weekend Forever, via a joint enterprise through the combined independent alliance of Open Door Records, Hidden Home Records, Celebrity Punk House and Counter Intuitive Records, and the album is now available as a free download via their Bandcamp.

Weekend Forever is also available on ltd edition seafoam vinyl via Open Door Records here

You can download Weekend Forever for FREE via Bandcamp here

Decent Criminal Sign To Dodgeball Records

Decent Criminal BloomCalifornia’s Decent Criminal have signed with Dodgeball Records, the newly founded label started by Showoff frontman Chris Messer, his wife Dani and Mike Felumlee of the Smoking Popes. Decent Criminal will release their debut album, Bloom, on October 13th, with pre-orders, including vinyl, launching on September 29th via Dodgeball Records.

You can stream Deviant, that is taken from their forthcoming album, here

Dodgeball Records Website is here

Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs Release ‘Ragnarok’ Video

Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs STSam Coffey And The Iron Lungs have shared a new song off their upcoming self titled LP, out July 29th via Burger Records and Dine Alone Records, the new track, Ragnarok, is part of a trilogy on the back half of the new record. According to Sam Coffey it’s about finding your true self and coming to understand your place in the world, which, given his previously disclosed passion for the fantasy is couched in the language and concepts of the genre.

You can pre-order Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs self titled LP here

You can stream Ragnarok here and view Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs tour dates below Read More…

Nicotine Pretty To Release Self Titled Free Single On 9th July

Nicotine Pretty NPNicotine Pretty are a punk laden power pop band from South Wales, their debut single, Who’s Gonna Save My Soul?, was released digitally in April 2017 via Glunk Records to critical acclaim. Now Nicotine Pretty are set to unleash their second release which, like the first, is recorded DIY by the band and is being released as a FREE download, the new self titled single will be released tomorrow, the 9th July 2017 and a three CD EP series is planned for later this year with a compilation vinyl release to follow. 

Nicotine Pretty‘s tour dates can be found here and their Bandcamp is here

You can view the video for Nicotine Pretty (from the 9th July) below Read More…

The Violent Hearts Release Stream Of ‘Hex On Me’

Violent Hearts PW HOMFollowing Sharks decision to call it a day James Mattock and Carl Murrihy, along with former Computers band mate Aidan Sin, began work on new music under the name of The Violent Hearts. The Birmingham, UK trio will release a brand new EP on the 28th July, that will feature the tracks Porcelain World and Hex On Me, that will be released via Roosevelt Records and features a perfect mix of power-pop and post-punk that is infused with the spirit and romanticism of The Only Ones, Buzzcocks and The Chameleons.

You can stream Hex On Me here and pre-order the EP here

Louise Distras Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Louise Distras June 17Louise Distras has announced that her second album will be a DIY project and she has set up a Kickstarter campaign to help make it a reality, this should come as no surprise as Louise has always been fiercely independent and committed to making music on her own terms. By pre-ordering her new album and supporting the Kickstarter campaign not only will you be contributing towards the making the album a reality, but you’ll also have access to exclusive items such as signed CDs and vinyl, AAA Gold Laminate Passes and even an acoustic gig in your living room. 

You can pledge to Louise DistrasKickstarter campaign here

Paul Johnson and The About Last Nights - Give Up The Ghost

Paul Johnson And The About Last Nights

Give Up The Ghost

Self Released
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Mississippi’s Paul Johnson And The About Last Nights have brought us an EP of full blooded power pop, with a distinct emphasis on power, they deliver high energy rock that channels everything from Cheap Trick to the Foo Fighters and The Gaslight Anthem, along with a few touches from the more melodic side of punk rock. Give Up The Ghost was self released last month and is the debut release from Paul Johnson And The About Last Nights, and if you like your power pop then this is a debut EP that really should be on your shopping list.

The EP opens with Underachiever, and the comparison to power pop greats of the past is immediately obvious, with massive guitar hooks that lodge themselves in your mind. Burn It Down, the lead single from the EP, channels a more blue collar quality with a revved up heartland rock feel, and the EP steps things up another level with American Story (Adrenaline), a track that carries the spirit of the original bands that pioneered power pop back in the mists of time. Hollywood hits a rockier note that has the fist pumping beat that all good rock ‘n roll carries and Give Up The Ghost closes, at least on the digital versions, with a raw cover of John Waite‘s Missing You that is shorn of the eighties overproduction of the original.

Give Up The Ghost is a solid five track EP that carries the spirit of power pop and rock, which has more than a nod to their eighties influences but it does this without feeling like an exercise in nostalgia, athough the John Waite cover does close things with waft of that hedonistic decade. In particular Burn It Down and American Story (Adrenaline) stand out on this EP, but whilst those are my two favourite moments from this debut EP there isn’t a bad track on this release. On the basis of Give Up The Ghost you get the feeling that Paul Johnson And The About Last Nights are only just starting to build their momentum.

Give Up The Ghost is available via all the main digital retailers

Paul Johnson And The About Last Nights website can be found here

She Makes War Release New Video For ‘I Want My Country Back’

She Makes War IWMCBLast week She Makes War released an uplifting and heartwarming slogan video for their new single, I Want My Country Back, now they have released a second video as She Makes War and a slew of excellent people voice their displeasure at the current world order as various musicians join the band, including Bristol’s hotly tipped post rock band, Thought Forms.

I Want My Country Back is available as a free download until the end of Thursday 8th June.

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She Makes War Release Free Single ‘I Want My Country Back’

She Makes War IWMCBWhen She Makes War recently invited people to send in videos of themselves holding up angry or compassionate slogans, she never expected such an incredible response. She Makes War were originally hoping to add a few clips to the footage from the official video shoot, but when they came flooding in it was clear they’d need their own video. She Makes War released the song because it’s important to share these sorts of messages in these uncertain times, we may feel unrepresented by the people in charge, but we can still care for one another and find strength in compassionate numbers. The track is available as a free download until the UK election date, June 8th 2017.

I Want My Country Back can be downloaded here and the video can be viewed below Read More…

Orange Bomb Release ‘Pop Heavy’ Album

Orange Bomb Pop HeavyOrange Bomb are a pop punk quartet from Surrey in the UK, the band have now released their third full length, Pop Heavy, and the new album is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer, as well as via Orange Bomb‘s Bandcamp where Pop Heavy is also available on a limited edition CD

You can stream the track Dear Julie via Soundcloud here

You can stream and download Pop Heavy via Bandcamp here

Vant DI April 17

The Bushmills Tour 2017: Vant / Weirds

The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK

27th April 2017
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Bushmills 1The Bushmills Tour is a series of four shows across the UK that features four different headliners in four different cities, the tour spans April and May with other cities being treated to The Magic Gang, We Are Scientists and The Wytches, but tonight Manchester is hosting a sold out headline set from Vant with support from Leeds quartet Weirds. It seems there’s no happy medium, either you’re late and you miss a band or the venue isn’t open when you arrive and you’re forced to have a pint in the sunshine on the eve of a bank holiday, tonight had the added bonus of being a Bushmills Whiskey sponsored tour with free samples whilst you’re waiting and on the way in we’re handed all manner of promotional material, and more whiskey, it’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it. 

Bushmills V1First up are Weirds, prior to their appearance of the first band, Weirds, we’re treated to a full tilt set of alt rock and grunge that sets the scene nicely with more free whiskey at the bar and I’m starting to get the feeling that tonight might get a bit messy. Weirds take the stage to a crescendo of drums and echoing strings that precede a strident drum beat kicks in along with a full tilt wall of distortion that smacks you right between the eyes, yet somehow  Weirds manage to maintain a vibe that is simultaneously spacey, intense and heavy. The Leeds quartet continue to plough the grunge and alternative furrow whilst maintaining a heady edge, to say I’m impressed with their hedonistic set would be an understatement.

Bushmills V2Weirds come across as an amped up adrenaline charged band that are informed by the alternative and grunge scenes of the late 80s and early 90s but bought bang up to date and their own heady influences thrown into the mix, this is only the first band, I’m five whiskies down and having a ball, how could I not with the hedonistic combination of Weirds and Whiskey on offer. The Weirds vocalist departs the stage taking in the whole venue to blur the line between band and audience, a second launch from the stage brings the keyboards tumbling into the crowd. The combination of driving bass lines, effects laden guitar, machine gun drumming and the generally hedonistic substance fuelled vibe of Weirds is something that hits the spot perfectly and they leave as they arrive, in an effects laden loop leaving chaos in their wake.

Bushmills V3There’s just about time for yet another free whiskey before it’s time for Vant, prior to their arrival an impressive array of effects pedals are set up on stage, enough to open a small guitar shop, and the venue for tonight’s sold out show is now packed from front to back and the bar is several deep with an uncharacteristically high demand for whiskey of an Irish persuasion. Vant open with a high tempo set of bare bones power pop influenced punk rock, from the off that’s its been clear that tonight was going to be a good night, after all free whiskey is very hard to argue with but when it’s coupled with two incredible live bands you really do have a recipe for a perfect storm.

Bushmills V4Vant play a high octane set that channels the best of the grunge but when this coupled with infectious adrenaline driven songs you have a winning combination, add to this they have a sizeable live following that have the dance floor reverberating to the rise and fall of the crowd and you have the infectious enthusiasm born of whiskey and two incredible bands, whilst I’m not normally a fan of corporate sponsorship of gigs I’ll make an exception in this case, because, well because it’s whiskey. A bouncer is berated for entering the enthusiatic pit “what the fuck ate you doing in there, it’s a fucking punk show” they also apologise for playing on the night of the Manchester football derby and promise to make it up to the crowd, to be honest I thought they already had as football is one thing, but nights like this only come round every so often and for me football pales in comparison to shows like this.

Bushmills V5The crowd are impressively exuberant, and the band play an incredible fifteen song set that captures the combined essence of punk, power pop and grunge that makes for an irresistible combination. This is easily the best crowd I’ve encountered at the Deaf Institute, from my position wedged in at the side of the stage I see my whiskey bouncing across the bar such is the enthusiasm of the crowd, thankfully I collect it in the nick of time. But Vant aren’t just a band that can pack a dance floor, they embrace the spirit of political defiance that is strongly associated with the best punk bands, there’s no theatrics, they just announce an encore from the stage and continue with their charged set, for me this is just as it should be. Vants set has passed by in a hectic blur and their final number is preceded by an endorsement for safe gigs for women, something The Punk Site wholeheartedly supports.

Bushmills V6I can’t choose between tonight’s two bands, both offered perfect sets that reflected very different facets of the music we love, nights like this remind you why you fell in love with the scene in the first place, combine this with free whiskey and crowd who reflect the enthusiasm of the music and you couldn’t ask for a better combination. The journey home is a happy blur and I’m just glad I take notes during the gig as my recollections are understandably hazy. My advice would be to go and watch Weirds and Vant, and maybe treat yourself to a whiskey, preferably all three together if you can, there’s not a single thing I’d change about tonight, the following morning however was a different story.

Bushmills V7Vant‘s website can be found here

Weirds Twitter account can be found 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

Louise Distras Fac 251 Apr 17

Louise Distras

FAC 251, Manchester, UK

22nd April 2017
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Tonight Louise Distras hits Manchester on her current headline tour, she is playing a venue that is arguably at the epicentre of some of the most influential bands Manchester has produced, tonights venue, Fac 251, occupies the building where Factory Records had their offices in the city centre, the building has now been redeveloped into a live venue and nightclub, so whilst The Hacienda and Factory Records are no more the spirit lives on, and who better to occupy a space that was central to Northern England’s punk and post punk scenes than Louise Distras, a singer who is arguably the current voice of Northern punk protest.

LD Fac HRHey Radio open the evening, they are a duo than are comprised of just two guitars and despite the lack of percussion they initially deliver a set of catchy pop punk that is not without its charms and they enjoy a banter with the sparse early evening crowd that’s arrived for their early opening slot. However, their decision to include a somewhat shambolic Busted cover in their set gives you an idea of where they lie on the scale between pop and punk. The fact their set descends into a sea of covers means that I end up heading out for the smoking area to seek shelter from the deluge of poppy cover versions.

LD Fac SCFThe next band up is So Called Friend who step things up with a fuzzy distorted original set that seems to embrace post hardcore and alt rock influences. Their sound is from the distinctly poppier end of that spectrum but that’s not to say they don’t add a bit of muscle to their songs when required. Despite the sparse crowd they play their set with an impressive level of energy and enthusiasm, So Called Friend play a short but satisfying set that started to bring the evening to life, the combination of a set of original material and their energy levels indicates we may be hearing a lot more this extremely talented and youthful trio.

LD Fac TLThe penultimate set prior to Louise Distras‘ headline slot is The Lymes, they bring a rockier element to the evening that is combined with a few knowing power pop influences, the fact that this is accompanied by some well crafted songwriting gives the impression that the evening is slowly building momentum towards Louise Distras headline set. The Lymes play an impressive set that, like fellow Mancunians Mohawk Radio and La Mode, channels the rockier side of the alt rock spectrum, but it’s all done with style and you can’t help but be impressed by their anthemic and accomplished set, and this is yetanother band to add to the ever growing list of up and coming Mancunian bands, and another band I’m hoping to hear a lot more of.

LD Fac 1Quite why Louise Distras isn’t playing the Manchester Punk Festival this weekend is a mystery to me, she’s one of the rising stars of the DIY punk scene and as she’s in the city playing her own headline show this would seem to be a formality, but as with many things in life some things will forever remain a mystery.  I’ve encountered Louise Distras numerous times, and to be honest it’s hard not to catch her live such is her work ethic, she’s already on her third tour of the year and she has extensive dates booked throughout the year including an impressive array of summer festival appearances.

LD Fac 2Technical problems with ticket sales and incredibly busy weekend on the Manchester gig circuit mean that there is a smaller crowd than Louise Distras would normally attract, but impressively this doesn’t affect her performance in the slightest, she’s as passionate and empowering as ever. Tonight is a first for me as she’s playing a solo electric set, the set comprises established favourites from her debut album, Dreams From the Factory Floor, as well as material from her forthcoming sophomore album, including her 2016 single Aileen and her forthcoming single Outside Of You, that is well on its way with it’s fundraising campaign to make her new album a reality, and on the basis of the material on display in her solo shows this indicates that this album will be something to treasure. The technical problems haven’t stopped at the ticket sales, Louise Distras has to borrow a guitar from The Lymes, indicating that there is already a sense of camaraderie between her and the impressive Mancunian outfit, due to issues with her own prized vintage Burns Cobra guitar.

LD Fac 3Despite everything she delivers her set with her customary passion and intensity, and as you would expect from someone as spirited and defiant as Louise Distras she triumphs over adversity and she delivers a passionate stripped down set. Her vocal delivery remains as heartfelt as always and she contains the fury of established punk songwriters such as Joe Strummer and TV Smith, and combines this with her own experiences and dynamics to create something that is truly special and unique in the UK music scene. On her current tour Louise Distras is premiering brand new material that hadn’t previously been played and is destined for her forthcoming sophomore album, her new material sounds as impressive as you’d expect from this prolific songwriter and it sounds like a step forward from her impressive debut album. Louise Distras can deliver songs with an emotional and fragile quality that can abruptly become a defiant roar of protest that only comes from self belief and personal conviction and experience. Some artists would have let tonight’s issues drag them down but instead Louise Distras engages the crowd and turns the evening into a triumphant intimate show that I feel privileged to have been present at.

Louise Distras Outside Of YouLouise Distras has channelled her anger, hopes and fears into hymns of love and fury for yet another let-down generation and will be releasing her new single, Outside Of You, via Street Revolution Records on the 26th May. In addition to this Louise Distras has another twenty songs ready to be recorded as soon as the album fundraiser reaches 100%. If you haven’t got involved yet you can help bring Louise Distras‘ new album to life by pledging today, and on the basis of the new material that was on display at FAC 251 tonight then I can’t think of wiser investment for a few of your hard earned pennies.

You can stream Outside Of You here and pre-order the single here

You can pledge for Louise Distras‘ new album via her website here 

The Lymes Facebook presence can be found here

You can stream The Lymes debut track, Here Again, via Soundcloud here

So Called Friend‘s Facebook page is located here

Hey Radio‘s Facebook page is here

Live photography by Michael Maffia

Casual Friday Release New Single And Video ‘Weekend Forever’

Casual Friday WFCalifornia based pop punks Casual Friday have released a brand new video for the song, Weekend Forever, that is taken from their forthcoming album of the same name, that will be coming out through Hidden Home Records, Open Door Records, and Celebrity Punkhouse later this year. Casual Friday have also announced they will playing The Fest 16 this October.

Weekend Forever can be downloaded and streamed via Bandcamp here

You can view the video for Weekend Forever below and get details The Fest 16 here Read More…

Louise Distras Releases Stream Of New Single ‘Outside Of You’

Louise Distras Outside Of YouLouise Distras has channelled her anger, hopes and fears into hymns of love and fury for yet another let-down generation with her new single, Outside Of You, that is set for release via Street Revolution Records on the 26th May, ahead of the singles release Outside Of You is now available for streaming. In addition to this Louise Distras has another twenty songs ready to be recorded as soon as the album fundraiser reaches 100%. If you haven’t got involved yet you can help bring Louise Distras‘ new album to life by pledging today.

You can stream Outside Of You here and pre-order the single here

You can pledge for Louise Distras‘ new LP here and her tour dates are below Read More…

Odd Robot Sign To Wiretap Records

Odd Robot Late Night PanicOdd Robot have signed to Wiretap Records, the Californian power pop punk outfit will be re-releasing their stellar debut album, A Late Night Panic, from earlier this year on a limited 12″ pressing on orange vinyl that will be available from the 26th May, the band have also released a brand new music video for their song Knife And A Cigarette.

You can pre-order A Late Night Panic here

You can view the video for Knife And A Cigarette below Read More…

Louise Distras To Release ‘Outside Of You’ Single On 26th May

Louise Distras Outside Of YouLouise Distras has channelled her anger, hopes and fears into hymns of love and fury for yet another let-down generation with her new single, Outside Of You, that is set for release via Street Revolution Records on the 26th May. In addition to this Louise Distras has another twenty songs ready to be recorded as soon as the album fundraiser reaches 100%. If you haven’t got involved yet you can help bring Louise Distras‘ new album to life by pledging today.

You can stream Outside Of You here and pre-order the single here

You can pledge for Louise Distras‘ new album here and her tour dates can be found below Read More…

Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs Release New Single ‘Judy’

Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs STToronto’s Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs have released a stream of, Judy, the lead single from their self titled Burger Records and Dine Alone Records debut album which is due for release on the 28th July. The band have also announced Canadian tour dates through May and June with The Flatliners and The Dirty Nil in addition to headline shows at the end of April

You can stream Judy via Soundcloud here

Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

Hollerado Born Yesterday

Hollerado

Born Yesterday

Royal Mountain Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Toronto’s most energetic indie rockers, Hollerado, have released their new full length, Born Yesterday, today, the 21st April 2017,on Royal Mountain Records. The latest release continues a prolific pattern of releases that started with a series of demos and progressed to their debut album Record In A Bag in 2009, and continued with their 2013 sophomore release, White Paint, and the ambitious 111 Songs project in 2015, where Hollerado wrote custom songs for specific fans. It was this exhaustive and continuous songwriting project that built the working framework for the release of Born Yesterday.

Born Yesterday starts with the high energy power pop of the title track, and you couldn’t really ask for a finer start to an album than this fuzzy hook filled opener, the album takes a downturn with the slower yearning number, Don’t Shake, and continues to veer wildly between styles, from the glam rock influenced tracks Brick Wall and I Got You, the sparse pop of Grief Money and Rollerskater, shining upbeat tracks such as Sorry You’re Alright  and If It Is Love, and of course further helpings of power pop in the shape of Eloise and Better Than the Cure. All the while Born Yesterday boasts an infectious guitar hook littered style with perfect vocal harmonies

To me Hollerado resemble a union between the stripped down power pop of The Thermals and the melodies and harmonies of Weezer, whilst Born Yesterday never quite hits the heights it promised on the first few tracks, especially the stunning title track, this is an original and varied album that would be well worth investigating for fans of the aforementioned bands and the likes of Silver Sun and Japandroids. Hollerado have released a catchy and eclectic mix that encompasses just about everything from the indie scene of the last thirty or so years, Born Yesterday is clearly a misleading album title as to produce an album this varied and consistent indicates they certainly weren’t.

Born Yesterday can be ordered digitally via iTunes and on physical formats here

The Beat Release Stream Of Long Lost Track

Paul Collins BeatLegendary power pop band The Beat will re-issue their two long lost EP’s on one handy album, this will be the first re-issue in over 30 years, the album will contain all the tracks from 1983’s To Beat Or Not To Beat and the follow-up EP, 1985’s Long Time Gone. The album will be released on vinyl, CD, cassette and digital formats on April 28th via Lolipop Records.

You can stream the track Always Got You On My Mind via Vive Le Rock Magazine here

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Gnash Rambler Release Self Titled Debut Album

PrintVancouver’s Gnash Rambler released their debut album on the 31st March. The self titled debut album contains their unique brand of hooky punk rock and metal tinged power pop. Gnash Rambler‘s debut album is available via Bandcamp and also from all the main digital streaming services and retailers. A review of the album will appear later today on The Punk Site.

Gnash Rambler‘s debut album can be pre-ordered here

You can stream the track Man Over that is taken from the album here

Gnash Rambler’s Debut Album To Be Released On Friday

PrintVancouver’s Gnash Rambler are releasing their debut album this Friday, the 31st March. The self titled debut album contains their unique brand of hooky punk rock and metal tinged power pop. Gnash Rambler‘s debut album will be available via Bandcamp and also from all the main digital streaming services and retailers.

Gnash Rambler‘s debut album can be pre-ordered here

You can stream the track Man Over that is taken from the album here

Jess Kemp Vondelpark Launch

Jess Kemp - Vondelpark Single Launch Party

Sacred Trinity Church, Salford, UK

10th March 2017
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Jess Kemp 10th March - David GormanI always feels a bit strange watching a gig in a church as these are not places I’ve made a habit of attending, but religion seems to be on the decline and they have to keep the lights on somehow, so the result is there’s a bar and a healthy turn out for the sold out concert to mark the release of Jess Kemp‘s Vondelpark single at this small historical church that lies on the boundary between Salford and Manchester. David Gorman opens proceedings with a delicate acoustic set, his fine picked guitar work is accompanied by a mournful cello, whilst this isn’t the hyperactive start I’m used to at concerts he manages to get some early evening audience participation, and his thought provoking alt folk marks the start to a genre spanning evening.

Jess Kemp 10th March - Sound Of ThievesJess Kemp introduces Sound Of Thieves who are a band that offer a distinct contrast to the opening act. They are a duo that offer a set of bass augmented technology, I’m unsure how these things work but live loops and some fine vocals that are accompanied by a dub heavy bass is something I haven’t encountered before. I have no idea where to start trying to describe this duo, the sound they make is one that’s unique and they are also unique amongst the live acts I’ve encountered. The combination of the technical alchemy, ethereal vocals and dub bass is unlike anything else out there, the best description I can come up with is dub infused gothic electronica.

Jess Kemp 10th March 1The Sacred Trinity Church has drawn a much bigger turn out than I suspect it’s regular Sunday gatherings attract, and the two foot thick stone walls ensure that the venue is approaching boiling point by the time Jess Kemp takes to the stage. Some mellow acoustic strains mark the start of her set, before the lights flare and the launch party for the Vondelpark single kicks off in earnest. Her emotional vocal growl adds a unique element to her material, and it’s just one of the components that makes the impressive, and deeply personal, material stand out in Manchester’s crowded indie scene.

Jess Kemp 10th March 2Throughout her set Jess Kemp blends power pop with other influences that are all delivered with a trademark style, and it’s style that marks Jess Kemp out as one of Manchester’s up and coming singer songwriters, and it’s one that has attracted an enthusiastic and vocal audience for tonight’s sold out show that celebrates the launch of the Vondelpark single. Her music is a soulful mix of rock, power pop and indie with touches of heartland rock, and even hints of country and rock ‘n roll are thrown into the mix, and the whole package is all delivered with her own personal and powerful touch.

Jess Kemp 10th March 3Of course new material is revealed tonight, including the anthemic No Shouting, that for me is the kind of song that Jess Kemp does best, a driving power pop number informed by personal experiences. Finally we get the moment that tonight has building up to as she gives the freshly released Vondelpark single it’s debut live airing. This is another upbeat indie fuelled floor filler, it’s a song that catalogues the bands joyous experiences in the fine city of Amsterdam, a city that has a reputation for making a positive impact on anyone who visits it, and on the basis of the new single it would appear that Jess Kemp is no exception to this tradition.

Jess Kemp 10th March 4The rowdy vocal crowd demand an encore and they are duly rewarded, in some ways the final song from tonight’s show is the antithesis of the previous track, whereas Vondelpark is a celebration of the positive impact of a city, the title track from her debut Camden EP is definitely not a love letter to that renound part of London, and it marks a fine end to what has been a triumphant showcase for Jess Kemp. Tonight has seen an eclectic mix of acts topped by an impressive headline set, on the basis of my experience this evening maybe I should go to church more often, providing its not too early on a Sunday, and there are bands and a bar.

Jess Kemp 10th March Sacred TrinityJess Kemp‘s Facebook page can be found here

The Camden EP and Vondelpark single are available via Spotify and iTunes

The Sound Of Thieves Facebook page is located here

David Gorman‘s Facebook presence can be found 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

Andy J Gallagher Boy Racer

Andy J. Gallagher

Boy Racer / I Don't Wanna Be Like You

JAC64 Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Following in the wake of the first single, Sheena’s Big Night Out, from the eagerly anticipated album, Ego, Andy J. Gallagher  has now released another double a-side single featuring the tracks Boy Racer and I Don’t Wanna Be Like You, the single has been released on JAC64 Records today, the 20th March 2017. Ego will be Andy J. Gallagher‘s sophomore album, it follows on from 2009’s Helicopter, Dolphin, Submarine, an album that is now available as a free download via Andy J. Gallagher‘s website.

Boy Racer occupies the a-side, it’s a track that channels the spirit of The Libertines with a spirited chunk of power pop fuelled indie rock, and it marks a damn fine start to the single, however for me the star of the show is the flip side. I Don’t Wanna Be Like You is a darker composition, that whilst still carrying Andy J. Gallagher‘s pop sensibility, has an element of menace and discord that possesses more of a punk rock spirit than the a-side, or the previous single.

Once more Andy J. Gallagher has teamed up with former member of The Damned and The Phantom Chords, and more recently solo artist, Roman Jugg, and their partnership is one that seems to almost effortlessly produce a heady mix of punk and power pop that maintains a sparkling pop sensibility. For me Boy Racer, and especially it’s flip side I Don’t Wanna Be Like You, is a step forward from the first impressive single, Sheena’s Big Night Out, from his forthcoming album, and it’s a one that makes Ego an even more eagerly anticipated release.

Helicopter, Dolphin, Submarine can be downloaded for free here

Boy Racer is available on limited edition CD here

Louise Distras Album Fundraiser Update

louise-distras-bowieLouise Distras‘ fan fundraiser for her new album has reached the halfway mark of it’s goal, she has now recorded two brand new tracks for her, as yet untitled, second album and her new songs will be shared with pledgers very soon. In addition to this Louise has another twenty brand new songs written, demo’d and ready to be recorded as soon as the fundraiser reaches 100%. If you haven’t got involved yet you can help bring Louise Distras‘ new album to life by pledging today.

You can pledge for Louise Distras‘ new album here and details of her spring tour can be found here

Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs To Release Self Titled LP

Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs STToday Toronto’s Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs have announced their signing to Burger Records and Dine Alone Records for the release of their forthcoming self titled LP with the album’s first single, Talk 2 Her. The song is a fitting introduction to the band’s unbridled power pop, bringing considerable bombast and a mountain of hooks with a song that Coffey describes as being about the importance of communication and emotional honesty. Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs will be released on Burger Records and Dine Alone Records on July 28th.  

You can stream Talk 2 Her via the AV Club here

Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

Empty Lungs Dont Get It

Empty Lungs

Don't Get It

Hidden Pony Records
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 

Empty Lungs released the Don’t Get It EP yesterday, the 10th of March 2017, via the Canadian imprint, Hidden Pony Records. Empty Lungs are a band that captures the angst and protest spirit of punk rock, and blend it with the hooks and melody born of the indie rock and powerpop of the nineties. They were originally formed in late 2011, since that time there has been a string of self released EP’s and singles, as well as tours across Europe and America, including playing THE FEST in Florida for the last three years, that’s deservedly earned them an international fanbase.

The opening title track smacks you squarely between the eyes with a heavyweight infectious hooky riff, and follows this up with a chorus that instantly embeds itself in your frontal lobes and refuses to be evicted, Losing It. Finding It picks up exactly where the opening number left off, it boasts a perfect pounding riff that is accompanied by urgent vocals. The closing track, Fragile, makes this a perfect trio of songs, it brings the tempo down very slightly, but it retains all the urgency and vibrancy that were the hallmarks of the first two tracks. To say this is an impressive EP would be an understatement, Don’t Get It is that rare beast of a perfect release, there is not a single thing about this EP that I would change.

Don’t Get It contains equal measures of the spirit of Husker Du, Ramones, The Wildhearts and Therapy?, it has the same kind of urgency, energy and melody, but whilst you can hear the influences, Empty Lungs have very much stamped their own personality onto this release. The insistent infectious title track is the best new song I’ve heard this year, a track that’s been playing on repeat since I first heard it, you can see exactly why the Canadian based Hidden Pony Records made them their first European signing. Empty Lungs are a fine addition to Belfast’s proud musical heritage, and are a band that you need to introduce yourself to as Don’t Get It is a perfect three track EP.

Don’t Get It was released on the 10th March on vinyl and download and is available via the usual retailers

The Hidden Pony Records website can be found here

Empty Lungs Facebook page can be found here

Paul Collins’ Beat To Reissue Two Long Lost EP’s

Paul Collins BeatLegendary power pop band The Beat will re-issue their two long lost EP’s on one handy album, this will be the first re-issue in over 30 years, the album will contain all the tracks from 1983’s To Beat Or Not To Beat and the follow-up EP, 1985’s Long Time Gone. The album will be released on vinyl, CD, cassette and digital formats on April 28th via Lolipop Records.

You can stream the track All Over The World via Blurt Magazine here

The Lolipop Records website is here and Paul Collin‘s solo tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

Punk Site Exclusive: Free Download From Gnash Rambler

PrintAll great bands have a great name and Vancouver’s Gnash Rambler are no exception, their name is a combination of that of a classic car and vocalist Nick Venditti’s habit of gnashing his teeth, this unique moniker, along with their brand of hooky punk rock and metal tinged power pop produces a unique musical vision. The band’s debut album is due out on March 31st and they have teamed up with The Punk Site for an exclusive free download of their second single, Man Over. Gnash Rambler‘s debut album will be available via Bandcamp via all the main digital retailers and streaming services.

Gnash Rambler‘s debut album can be pre-ordered here

You can stream and download Man Over here

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Heart Attack Man

The Manson Family

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

 
 

 

 

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

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

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

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