ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Dumb Blood’ by VANT 

The indie frontman has been an interesting case study recently, mostly because nearly all of them can be deposited into one of two camps – the wannabe edgy ‘icon’ (Matty Healy) and the arrogant, dickhead rockstar whose personality is outright ignored by legions of followers (pretty much everyone else). It’s strange that for a movement … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Dumb Blood’ by VANT 

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘The Long Road Home’ by Danny Worsnop 

As most people who’ve been following the Asking Alexandria / Danny Worsnop debacle will be able to attest, it would be a miracle if the whole thing wasn’t meticulously planned from the off. For anyone who’s unaware, here’s a potted history of the whole ordeal – Worsnop leaves the band in early 2015 to focus … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘The Long Road Home’ by Danny Worsnop 

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

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Human’ by Rag’n’Bone Man

As strange as it is to admit, the UK charts are actually fairly interesting right now. For the most part, the onslaught of one-off novelties and talent show chaff has been consigned to the history books, replaced by genuinely talented acts making headway naturally. And still riding high in the Top 10 at the time … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Human’ by Rag’n’Bone Man

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Dream Underground’ by Piano Wire

Chances are you haven’t thought about The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster in some time, and no one would really blame you. They were very much a band out of the musical loop in the early-to-mid-2000s peak, peddling an indie-psychobilly mashup while rock’s top players stuck to big, quintessentially British post-hardcore. It’s also unlikely that Piano … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Dream Underground’ by Piano Wire

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

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Galactic Empire’ by Galactic Empire

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past two or three years, you’ll undoubtedly know about the resurgence in popularity of Star Wars thanks to the new films to continue the story, and if the quality and (more importantly) box office success of both The Force Awakens and Rogue One are anything to … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Galactic Empire’ by Galactic Empire

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