ALBUM REVIEW: ‘The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us’ by Beach Slang

Unashamedly emotional rock is always a good thing in the alternative genre’s book. There’s nothing better than feeling a sense of partnership with a record with emotions at its core mirroring yours. And on the scale of emotion, it looks like Philadelphia quartet Beach Slang are definitely in need of a hug and a hot … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us’ by Beach Slang

EP REVIEW: ‘Dead Bodies In The Lake’ by Ho99o9

Clearly the warped minds of New Jersey’s Ho99o9 are fertile breeding grounds for a whole manner of new sounds, given this is their second release in a matter of months. Dead Bodies In The Lake sees the gruesome twosome pick up where they left off, namely with more exercises in mercilessly beating music to within … More EP REVIEW: ‘Dead Bodies In The Lake’ by Ho99o9

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Battles’ by Beautiful Bodies

Beautiful Bodies mightn’t be the name on everyone’s lips right now, but that shouldn’t be the case for much longer, partly because of the sound they’ve crafted for themselves. With PVRIS having single-handedly made synth-driven pop-rock the sound of 2015, it was always going to be likely that there would be a slew of bands … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Battles’ by Beautiful Bodies

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Colour Blind’ by Seaway

Bouncy, chirpy guitars, frequent tempo changes and “everything is cool, man” being sung loudly in an American drawl. Yep, Seaway’s new album is definitely pop punk, as opener Slam not so covertly hints. Having been backbenchers of the genre for a while now, sophomore full-length Colour Blind seems set to propel them well and truly … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Colour Blind’ by Seaway

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Hate Me’ by Escape The Fate

Whatever you think of Escape The Fate, their resilience is admirable. Mid-2000s screamo is nowhere near as popular now as it was in…well, the mid-2000s, and despite an admittedly diminishing fanbase, they’ve continued to plough on regardless. But any props you can give them are instantly vaporised with fifth album Hate Me, as it becomes … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Hate Me’ by Escape The Fate

LIVE REVIEW: Fightstar @ The Ritz, Manchester – 24th October 2015

It makes sense that Manchester’s Ritz, the lavish former dancehall of choice in the ’30s and ’40s, should play host to Fightstar, a band with unashamedly grand ambitions and both the scope and talent to pull them off. Tonight sees the band midway through a tour promoting their new album Behind The Devil’s Back, their … More LIVE REVIEW: Fightstar @ The Ritz, Manchester – 24th October 2015

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’ by 5 Seconds Of Summer

There is no one in rock music more polarising than 5 Seconds Of Summer. Either you’re a diehard fan of their cheeky, cheerful pop rock, or run to turn the radio off whenever you hear the first note of She Looks So Perfect. The four-piece’s reputation may have been tainted in a lot of people’s … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’ by 5 Seconds Of Summer

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Brutopia’ by The Hell

The Hell are a lot cleverer than you might think. While the majority of the hardcore scene takes itself far too seriously, Watford’s masked wrecking crew have used their existence to shuffle the deck a bit. Their first two albums, 2013’s You’re Listening To The Hell and last year’s improved Groovehammer both took wide-aiming swipes … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Brutopia’ by The Hell