LIVE REVIEW: Boston Manor @ Level 3, Swindon – 24th May 2017

Following the release of their anticipated debut album Be Nothing at the end of 2016, the Blackpool quintet have been extremely busy touring with the likes of Moose Blood, Wallflower and Can’t Swim. Ahead of their appearance at Slam Dunk Festival later in May, Boston Manor announced a set of warm up style shows that … More LIVE REVIEW: Boston Manor @ Level 3, Swindon – 24th May 2017

LIVE REVIEW: While She Sleeps @ Arts Club, Liverpool – 3rd May 2017

There’s every reason for While She Sleeps to be on cloud nine at the minute. Not only are they almost midway through a tour on the cusp of completely selling out, but it arrives in the aftermath of their third album You Are We debuting in the Top 10 of the UK Album Chart. Just … More LIVE REVIEW: While She Sleeps @ Arts Club, Liverpool – 3rd May 2017

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

LIVE REVIEW: All Time Low @ Guild Of Students, Liverpool – 18th March 2017

This is a weird tour. For a start, it sees All Time Low taking a step down to smaller venues, particularly after their last two arena runs in the UK have been so successful. But it also marks the start of a transitional, experimental phase for them, one which, when Last Young Renegade is released … More LIVE REVIEW: All Time Low @ Guild Of Students, Liverpool – 18th March 2017

LIVE REVIEW: State Champs @ The Ritz, Manchester – 11th March 2017

It’s easy to see why this show is sold out. For one, you’ve got State Champs topping the bill, one of pop-punk’s hottest properties who’ve been on a consistent upswing for ages now, and finally giving their great sophomore album Around The World And Back a proper showing in the UK. Then there’s As It … More LIVE REVIEW: State Champs @ The Ritz, Manchester – 11th March 2017

LIVE REVIEW: Taking Back Sunday @ The Ritz, Manchester – 15th February 2017

While landmark album Tell All Your Friends should have propelled Taking Back Sunday to legendary status, intra-band disagreements of old and patchy releases of late seem to have stunted any chances of getting back to those early 2000s heights. Still, they are adored for both their untouchable days and strong, more recent collection of singles … More LIVE REVIEW: Taking Back Sunday @ The Ritz, Manchester – 15th February 2017

LIVE REVIEW: Two Door Cinema Club @ Guild Of Students, Liverpool – 2nd February 2017

The ‘difficult second album’ is a phenomenon all too familiar to both bands and fans, and it carries more weight than ever in this NME-driven flavour of the month-type musical landscape. More fickle music fans are usually quick to label Two Door Cinema Club as victims to this curse after second full-length Beacon didn’t quite … More LIVE REVIEW: Two Door Cinema Club @ Guild Of Students, Liverpool – 2nd February 2017

LIVE REVIEW: Yellowcard @ The Ritz, Manchester – 14th December 2016

When Yellowcard call it a day at the start of next year, it’ll be their 20th anniversary as a band. It makes the realisation of their breakup all the more bittersweet; after all this time, and after such a constant stream of releases, one of the paragons of early 2000s pop-punk will be no more. … More LIVE REVIEW: Yellowcard @ The Ritz, Manchester – 14th December 2016

LIVE REVIEW: Beartooth @ The Ritz, Manchester – 12th December 2016

Beartooth’s latest album Aggressive may have suffered from a case of Difficult Second Album Syndrome, but as ever, it remains difficult to fault its creators’ work ethic. Not only has the Ohio mob’s elevation to the rank of metalcore elite breathed some much-needed fresh air into the genre, but their effort is actually paying dividends. … More LIVE REVIEW: Beartooth @ The Ritz, Manchester – 12th December 2016

LIVE REVIEW: Will Varley @ Gorilla, Manchester – 9th November 2016

“Just so you know, you will never find an album of mine on Spotify,” Will Varley [8] preaches to the near-full Gorilla. You’ll never find a song of his on an advert too, and it’s something he’s clearly passionate about, having paused halfway through Advert Soundtracks to rant about bands selling their music to businesses they … More LIVE REVIEW: Will Varley @ Gorilla, Manchester – 9th November 2016