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UNDER REVIEW: Sidelines – Year Asleep // Sour Dreams

ARTIST: SIDELINES TITLE: YEAR ASLEEP // SOUR DREAMS LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 9/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Not to be confused with their Australian counterparts, Sidelines are a five piece band hailing from London and have just put out their...

UNDER REVIEW: Los Retros – Retrospect

ARTIST: LOS RETROS TITLE: RETROSPECT LABEL: STONES THROW RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: JAMES HOLDER A musician’s path is rarely the most well-trodden or most straightforward but that’s all part of the magic. Take Oxnard, California native Mauri Tapia....

UNDER REVIEW: Bokassa – Crimson Riders

ARTIST: BOKASSA TITLE: CRIMSON RIDERS LABEL: MVKA RATING: 8/10 WORDS: COLIN CAPP Hailed by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich as his “new favourite band” and currently embarking on a tour in support of the metal giants; Bokassa have burst into...

UNDER REVIEW: twentythreenineteen – XXIIIXIX

ARTIST: TWENTYTHREENINETEEN TITLE: XXIIIXIX LABEL: KNOW HOPE RECORDS RATING: 7.5/10 WORDS: CHRIS PRENATT It’s pretty hard to classify what exactly twentythreenineteen are. Sure, on the surface it sounds like pure vanilla indie, but the quintet add in more...

UNDER REVIEW: Chon – Chon

ARTIST: CHON TITLE: CHON LABEL: SUMERIAN RECORDS RATING: 6/10 WORDS: OTTO BALFOUR Given the nuances of the Math-Rock genre are rooted in Jazz and Progressive Rock primarily, it is rare for a band to truly stand out amongst...

UNDER REVIEW: Lizzy Farrall – Barbados

ARTIST: LIZZY FARRALL TITLE: BARBADOS LABEL: PURE NOISE RECORDS RATING: 9/10 WORDS: CARA MULLEN Aptly titled ‘Barbados’, Lizzy Farrall’s sophomore EP is the pop/rock crossover soundtrack to your summer. A diary of emotive anthems, her inner thoughts are...

UNDER REVIEW: Heart Of A Coward – The Disconnect

ARTIST: HEART OF A COWARD TITLE: THE DISCONNECT LABEL: ARISING EMPIRE RECORDS RATING: 5/10 WORDS: OTTO BALFOUR Celebrating a decade as a band, Heart Of A Coward’s fourth studio album ‘The Disconnect’ is a mature offering from the...

UNDER REVIEW: The Bottom Line – No Vacation

ARTIST: THE BOTTOM LINE TITLE: NO VACATION LABEL: MARSHALL RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Contenders for your new favourite pop punk band, The Bottom Line may be from the south coast of England but you'd be forgiven...

UNDER REVIEW: Decent Criminal – Bliss

ARTIST: DECENT CRIMINAL TITLE: BLISS LABEL: WIRETAP RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Delivering us eleven tracks and thirty four minutes of jangly, relatable, catchy punk are Decent Criminal, a four piece from Long Beach, California. Initially started...

UNDER REVIEW: Warmrain – Back Above The Clouds

ARTIST: WARMRAIN TITLE: BACK ABOVE THE CLOUDS LABEL: RAIN RECORDINGS RATING: 6/10 WORDS: COLIN CAPP It is clear what Warmrain’s mission statement was with their long awaited debut album; to make a concept album which can be held...

UNDER REVIEW: Sonnet 13 – We’re Here!

ARTIST: SONNET 13 TITLE: WE'RE HERE! LABEL: LICKERISH RECORDS RATING: 6/10 WORDS: KARLEY MYALL Sonnet 13, an upcoming hardcore band from Manchester, have recently released their new album titled ‘We’re Here!’ This is an eleven-track record, filled with...

UNDER REVIEW: Lake Acacia – Broken Circuits

ARTIST: LAKE ACACIA TITLE: BROKEN CIRCUITS LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 8/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE The scene is abuzz with the chatter of a new and developing alt-rock outfit, known for their unique live performances and personalised renditions of rock...

UNDER REVIEW: Motionless In White – Disguise

ARTIST: MOTIONLESS IN WHITE TITLE: DISGUISE LABEL: ROADRUNNER RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: KARLEY MYALL Motionless in White have always been that band that are the epitomy of gothic culture. Since they first enchanted listeners back in 2005, they...

UNDER REVIEW: Dinosaur Pile-Up – Celebrity Mansions

ARTIST: DINOSAUR PILE-UP TITLE: CELEBRITY MANSIONS LABEL: PARLOPHONE RECORDS RATING: 10/10 WORDS: OTTO BALFOUR Dinosaur Pile Up’s fourth studio album 'Celebrity Mansions' is set to be a gamechanger for the band. Taking a plethora of influences, melding Hip-Hop...

UNDER REVIEW: Heavy Rapids – Cash In Hand

ARTIST: HEAVY RAPIDS TITLE: CASH IN HAND LABEL: SELF RELEASED RATING: 8/10 Glasgow based Heavy Rapids are a fresh, exciting an interesting up and coming rock n roll band worth paying attention to. Slotting vaguely into the...

UNDER REVIEW: Shooting Gale – Open My Eyes

ARTIST: SHOOTING GALE TITLE: OPEN MY EYES LABEL: GALE 4CE RATING: 8/10 ‘Open My Eyes’ is the new five track EP from Essex based pop-punk trio Shooting Gale. The band are unashamed in taking their influences from...

UNDER REVIEW: Perry Farrell – Kind Heaven

ARTIST: PERRY FARRELL TITLE: KIND HEAVEN LABEL: BMG RATING: 6.5/10 Perry Farrell is certainly a bit of a character and personality within the music scene. Known mostly as the frontman of Jane's Addiction, Farrell is also the...

UNDER REVIEW: allusinlove – It’s Okay To Talk

ARTIST: ALLUSINLOVE TITLE: IT'S OKAY TO TALK LABEL: GOOD SOLDIERS RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: JACK MOBLEY allusinlove are a unique proposition, even under their former alias, allusondrugs, the sound has been eclectic and above all, creatively weird. Under...

UNDER REVIEW: Pleiades – All At Your Mercy

ARTIST: PLEIADES TITLE: ALL AT YOUR MERCY LABEL: AWAL RATING: 8/10 WORDS: ADAM HOPKIN What makes art so universal is that that success, beauty and concepts each piece is measured by is completely subjective to the assessor. The...

UNDER REVIEW: Handsome Young Ladies – We Got It Covered

ARTIST: HANDSOME YOUNG LADIES TITLE: WE GOT IT COVERED LABEL: ALARM CLOCK REVOLUTION RATING: 7/10 WORDS: CARA MULLEN Hailing from Western New York, Handsome Young Ladies aren’t your average cover band. Their debut album, aptly titled ‘We Got...