EP REVIEW: ‘Hiraeth’ by Years Young

‘Hiraeth’ is a Welsh word with no direct English translation, but roughly meaning “a homesickness for a home you can never return to, or that never was”. There’s not as much of a looming shadow of melancholy over Lincolnshire newcomers’ Years Young’s debut EP, but they’ve still managed to run far enough with the emotional … More EP REVIEW: ‘Hiraeth’ by Years Young

LIVE REVIEW: Lower Than Atlantis @ The Ritz, Manchester – 15th December 2015

Lower Than Atlantis have quickly become one of those bands you just can’t escape since the release of their self-titled fourth album. After cementing that success with a deluxe reissue, their recent UK tour can’t be seen as anything other than a victory lap. Opening tonight’s Manchester show are Black Foxxes [7]. Their own brand … More LIVE REVIEW: Lower Than Atlantis @ The Ritz, Manchester – 15th December 2015

LIVE REVIEW: Don Broco @ The Ritz, Manchester – 11th December 2015

As massive as Don Broco have gotten (and are still getting), there’s something about them that still remains an enigma. There are actually no bands in recent memory who have toed the line between alternative and mainstream culture as well as them; there can’t be many, if any, other bands that have played Download, Reading … More LIVE REVIEW: Don Broco @ The Ritz, Manchester – 11th December 2015

LIVE REVIEW: Ho99o9 @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester – 9th December 2015

The grotty basement-come-dive bar of Manchester’s Soup Kitchen on the face of it looks like the ideal place for Ho99o9 to stop off at on their UK tour. It fits their ethos of rawness and DIY perfectly, and definitely seems like the ideal playground for them to exercise the much-touted unpredictability. Before that though, are … More LIVE REVIEW: Ho99o9 @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester – 9th December 2015

LIVE REVIEW: Mumford And Sons @ Echo Arena, Liverpool – 7th December 2015

Four banjo playing men with a name like an antiques dealer hardly sounds like a recipe for global success yet Mumford And Sons have broken the mould. Since bursting onto the scene in 2007, they have managed to bag numerous awards, tour the world several times over and headline some of the biggest festivals in … More LIVE REVIEW: Mumford And Sons @ Echo Arena, Liverpool – 7th December 2015

EP REVIEW: ‘All Out Of Love’ by Red House Glory

Being exceptionally prolific isn’t always a wise move. There’s always a danger of any act spreading their musical talents too thinly when putting out releases on a regular basis. It wouldn’t be totally unfair to expect the same from London’s Red House Glory on new EP All Out Of Love – its predecessor Heart Of … More EP REVIEW: ‘All Out Of Love’ by Red House Glory

EP REVIEW: ‘Opacities’ by SikTh

Outside of the realm of conventional metal pioneers live SikTh. Alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan, the Watford sextet essentially birthed tech-metal, djent and the rest of that scene before their implosion in 2008. With their out of the blue return at Download last year though, SikTh have re-established themselves back into the British metal world, … More EP REVIEW: ‘Opacities’ by SikTh

LIVE REVIEW: Nothing But Thieves @ Arts Club, Liverpool – 29th November 2015

It’s probably the windiest day of the year, but there’s a long line of people outside the East Village Arts Club. They’re all waiting to get away from the cold, but mainly to see Britain’s hottest new band, Nothing But Thieves. They’ve been unbelievably hyped this year, deservedly so, and so much so that this, … More LIVE REVIEW: Nothing But Thieves @ Arts Club, Liverpool – 29th November 2015