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

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

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

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

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

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