ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Exit Brain Left’ by Steven Battelle

Depending on what side of the fence you were on, LostAlone were either a band way ahead of their time, or far too silly and overblown to really get anywhere. Either way, a breakup was inevitable, especially at a time when British rock’s calling card was largely faceless, down-to-earth alt-rock, the complete opposite of LostAlone. … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Exit Brain Left’ by Steven Battelle

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Zero Worship’ by Young Legionnaire 

If any album was likely to bear the preconceptions of “difficult second album”, it would be this one. When Young Legionnaire properly arrived in 2010, the meeting of minds between former The Automatic and yourcodenameis:milo member Paul Mullen and Bloc Party bassist Gordon Moakes, expectations were rightly sky-high, and their 2011 debut Crisis Works actually … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Zero Worship’ by Young Legionnaire 

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Nothing Gives’ by Slowcoaches 

The tag of ‘slack-metal’ that’s often attributed to Slowcoaches is a rather misleading one. While inevitably designed to be tongue-in-cheek, a reference to their formerly loose instrumental presence, their progressive tightening over time has seen them emerge in the current wave of more detailed UK punk that’s been blossoming uncontrollably over the last twelve months. … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Nothing Gives’ by Slowcoaches 

EP REVIEW: ‘Empire Records’ by Sløtface

If all publicity is indeed good publicity, then Norway’s Sløtface have already gotten to a flying head start after causing a minor stir earlier this year thanks to a Facebook censorship issue, forcing them to switch from their original moniker of Slutface to their current name. Though given what they actually sound like, they’d be … More EP REVIEW: ‘Empire Records’ by Sløtface

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘The Boy Who Died Wolf’ by Highly Suspect 

Though it may be counterintuitive to their own purpose, award shows don’t often tend to be the greatest paragon of quality. As much as people tend to lean on them as a validation of their own opinion of what’s good, it’s really just another celebration of what’s popular and how it can be more popular. … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘The Boy Who Died Wolf’ by Highly Suspect 

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Surveillance’ by Vanishing Life

That Walter Schreifels is an important figure in alternative music simply isn’t up for debate. In his three decades in the industry, his career path has taken him through hardcore with Gorilla Biscuits and Youth Of Today, punk with CIV, emo and post-hardcore with Rival Schools and Quicksand and even a solo album in 2010. … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Surveillance’ by Vanishing Life

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘More Badass Than Half Ass’ by Korean Fire Drill

There’s a reason that the existence of comedy bands is usually kept to a minimum. It’s because, compared to their more serious, grounded counterparts, the success these bands receive (if any) orbits around one song and never changes course. Take The Bloodhound Gang for example – for as much of a cult following that band … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘More Badass Than Half Ass’ by Korean Fire Drill