EP REVIEW: ‘I’m Not Giving Up, I’m Just Starting Over’ by High Tides

The new EP from Nottingham band High Tides is about the situations where “sometimes you would rather pass on something than get hurt through trying”, according to vocalist Christian Lichfield. The music found on I’m Not Giving Up, I’m Just Starting Over then, is suitably tinged with yearning and and a pervasive sense of sadness, … More EP REVIEW: ‘I’m Not Giving Up, I’m Just Starting Over’ by High Tides

EP REVIEW: ‘The Length Of A Smile’ by Coast To Coast

It’s easy to look at Coast To Coast with an initial sense of disinterest. After all, being a regional-accented pop-punk band shaded of emo is hardly a standout feat, and with an association to Boston Manor already established, it would be easy to tar this Birmingham mob with the copycat brush and be done. Except … More EP REVIEW: ‘The Length Of A Smile’ by Coast To Coast

EP REVIEW: ‘Don’t Get It’ by Empty Lungs 

Empty Lungs’ work ethic speaks for itself. After all, this is a band who’ve not only trodden down the same route of poverty and lineup instability as many who’ve come before them, but also homelessness and the isolation from the rest of Europe’s DIY scene that comes from being an underground band from Ireland. Still, … More EP REVIEW: ‘Don’t Get It’ by Empty Lungs 

EP REVIEW: ‘In Sickness & Health’ by Acres

There’s a point to boiling things down to the absolute basics, especially in a genre like emotional hardcore. As a genre characterised by what’s being said and the intensity which which it’s being said, the inclusion of superfluous bells and whistles can often seem pointless if everything else isn’t up to scratch. On the other … More EP REVIEW: ‘In Sickness & Health’ by Acres

EP REVIEW: ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’ by Homebound

Pop-punk isn’t a zero-sum game; bands can get noticed even if what they’re doing isn’t earth-shatteringly original. Just look at Neck Deep, whose sound essentially boils down to one part New Found Glory, one part The Story So Far, and yet have become the most successful example of the genre the UK has ever produced. … More EP REVIEW: ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’ by Homebound

EP REVIEW: ‘Sound The Alarm’ by Less Than Jake

There are some bands that you just know with absolute certainty what you’re going to get from them every time. Even following any sort of change or reshuffle, if their signature sound has served them well in the past, you can bet your bottom dollar that they’ll carry on. In other words, to the one … More EP REVIEW: ‘Sound The Alarm’ by Less Than Jake

EP REVIEW: ‘Selfish Scars’ by Beyond Recall

There’s quite a lot to be initially apprehensive about when approaching Beyond Recall. Apart from their early single Up, Up! which was a genuine banger, their biggest break came from a largely clunky cover of Flo Rida’s Low which was premiered by frequently reprehensible YouTuber BryanStars. Not the best start then, and a forgettable debut … More EP REVIEW: ‘Selfish Scars’ by Beyond Recall

EP REVIEW: ‘Indigo Bones’ by Indigo Bones

Why? Why, with the virtually limitless musical and creative boundaries that mean almost anything is possible, do bands still feel it’s necessary to strip-mine the past without ever straying from those oh-so-restrictive boundaries? It’s something to ponder when listening to Indigo Bones, the Hull trio whose self-titled debut EP is yet another release that’s trapped … More EP REVIEW: ‘Indigo Bones’ by Indigo Bones

EP REVIEW: ‘Storm Harbour’ by Storm Harbour

Remember back in, like, 2014 when there would be new pop-punk bands springing up all over the place, just hoping for even a fraction of the success that Neck Deep had, only to find themselves ploughing through their local scenes and nothing more? It’s a phenomenon that’s calmed down since, but even at the very … More EP REVIEW: ‘Storm Harbour’ by Storm Harbour

EP REVIEW: ‘II’ by Hunter Kill Hunter

Hunter Kill Hunter bear all the classically instilled characteristics of a new, unsigned band – big ideas, a stellar work ethic and a cherry-picked list of influences to yield the best results. It’s a time-honoured game plan that’s seen many rise through the ranks to the level of genuine superstardom. However, Hunter Kill Hunter don’t … More EP REVIEW: ‘II’ by Hunter Kill Hunter