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

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Together We Are Stronger’ by Counterfeit

For those not in the know, the seemingly overnight inclusion of Counterfeit amongst UK rock’s hype train must be slightly perplexing. After all, this is a band who, up to now, only have a handful of tracks to their name, and yet are being unrelentingly fawned over by the rock press, even on that meagre … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Together We Are Stronger’ by Counterfeit

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘You’re Not As _____ As You Think’ by Sorority Noise

The albatross hanging around Sorority Noise’s neck that they’re amongst the most emo of emo’s new-school has been a difficult one to ignore. As much as 2015’s Joy, Departed managed to resonate, it was last year’s It Kindly Stopped For Me EP that really dug its claws in, largely acoustic as to not overshadow frontman … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘You’re Not As _____ As You Think’ by Sorority Noise

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Heartworms’ by The Shins

The Shins should never have been as much of a cult act as they are. Sure, James Mercer’s revolving-door indie-pop project has always been quirky to some extent, but there’s at least something of an accessibility there. Yet the closest they’ve ever come to widespread success was with the very minor hits Phantom Limb in … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Heartworms’ by The Shins

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘The Haze’ by Pulled Apart By Horses

Believe it or not, but there was a time when Pulled Apart By Horses were considered a truly exciting new band. It was for good reason too, mainly because the monopolisation of the indie-garage-grunge style was yet to really take hold, and because their 2010 debut album was a genuinely strong album of scrappy rock … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘The Haze’ by Pulled Apart By Horses

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Different Creatures’ by Circa Waves

Circa Waves are what many would describe as the perfect summer festival band. Placed next to their peers, they aren’t as snobby as Catfish And The Bottlemen or completely out of touch with reality as The 1975; they’re just four lads from Liverpool strapping on their guitars and pumping out some lightweight, breezy indie. Hell, … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Different Creatures’ by Circa Waves

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Fail You Again’ by Can’t Swim

The thing that makes any good band great is believability; if they can sell what’s being said effectively, there’s a higher chance they’ll be remembered in the long run. It’s the primary factor that’s kept New Jersey’s Can’t Swim as a consistent entity on a number of radars, as well as last year’s debut EP … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Fail You Again’ by Can’t Swim

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Look At Yourself’ by Emmure

Emmure should’ve called it a day a long, long time ago. For one, they tie with Attila for some of the most braindead deathcore knuckle-dragging going, but they may even exceed that band in terms of sheer idiocy with the aborted foetus that was 2014’s Eternal Enemies, an utterly worthless album glorifying gun violence and … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Look At Yourself’ by Emmure