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

EP REVIEW: ‘The Highs Are Getting Lower’ by Bright Green

Man Overboard may be on hiatus right now, but frontman Zac Eisenstein still needs to get all those emotions out somehow. His new side project Bright Green consists of him and an acoustic guitar, and it seems like something he could easily flit to in breaks from his main outlet. EP The Highs Are Getting … More EP REVIEW: ‘The Highs Are Getting Lower’ by Bright Green

EP REVIEW: ‘Armure.’ by Fort Hope

Fort Hope deserve everything they’ve gotten up to this point. Since rising from the ashes of My Passion (another band who deserved much more attention than they got), the band have since weathered lineup changes and the waning popularity of Britrock by continuing their admirably prolific string of singles and EPs. And to commemorate their … More EP REVIEW: ‘Armure.’ by Fort Hope