LIVE REVIEW: We Are The Ocean @ Sound Control, Manchester – 23rd March 2017

There’s a sombre air around Manchester’s Sound Control tonight. In a couple of hours, long-time stalwarts of British rock music We Are The Ocean will be playing their second-to-last-ever headline show. They’re the latest in a long line of casualties in the scene (The Blackout, Blitz Kids, Kids In Glass Houses, need we go on?) … More LIVE REVIEW: We Are The Ocean @ Sound Control, Manchester – 23rd March 2017

EP REVIEW: ‘Our Future’s Not Dead’ by Brightlight City

Five piece rockers Brightlight City are set to release their newest EP on the 7th April 2017 following their standalone single Thieves and preceding EP Adventures, delivered in 2015. The latest record Our Future’s Not Dead, consists of four brand new tracks, including first single Past / Future. With only a short running time of … More EP REVIEW: ‘Our Future’s Not Dead’ by Brightlight City

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Bloodlust’ by Body Count

It’s frankly shocking that, in 2017, there’s still such an archaic culture of racism that, sadly, doesn’t seem to be getting any less prevalent. It’s particularly in America too, with far too many reports of police violence against people of colour, and in the country’s currently warped political situation, the unavoidable racial divides are hard … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Bloodlust’ by Body Count

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Lower The Bar’ by Steel Panther

By all rights, Steel Panther shouldn’t have lasted as long as they have. While their 2009 debut Feel The Steel was inundated with acclaim for being a seamless parody of a band like Mötley Crüe, amplifying the most profane and chauvinistic impulses of hair-metal, it can feel like much of their career has been driven … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Lower The Bar’ by Steel Panther

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Whiplash Splash’ by The Dollyrots

Chronicling The Dollyrots’ career thus far isn’t a particularly arduous task, but it isn’t exactly interesting either. They got their big break signing to Joan Jett’s label Blackheart Records, became mixed in the same circle as Bowling For Soup and have pretty much stayed there ever since. And seeing as they’ve never had that one … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Whiplash Splash’ by The Dollyrots

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Our Undivided Attention’ by Benchmarks

It seems as though emo artists themselves are finally starting to realise that there’s only a finite number of ideas in their genre. Whatever definition of emo you’re using, chances are that its already been combined with some other disparate element, and so the best option to take now to stand out is just to … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Our Undivided Attention’ by Benchmarks