Reviews

UNDER REVIEW: Any Given Day – Overpower

ARTIST: ANY GIVEN DAY TITLE: OVERPOWER LABEL: ARISING EMPIRE RECORDS RATING: 5/10 WORDS: SARAH SHODIPE For a band on their third full-length release, you’d hope Any Given Day would have found some sort of sound to set them apart...

UNDER REVIEW: Buckcherry – Warpaint

ARTIST: BUCKCHERRY TITLE: WARPAINT LABEL: CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS RATING:  7/10 WORDS: CORAL DANIELS It has been 20 years since Buckcherry released their self-titled debut, so with that in mind, and front man Josh Todd’s chatter about modernising their sound,...

UNDER REVIEW: Just Friends – Nothing But Love

ARTIST: JUST FRIENDS TITLE: NOTHING BUT LOVE LABEL: PURE NOISE RECORDS RATING:  9/10 WORDS: CHRIS PRENATT Ok let's address something that no one wants to ever discuss: emo and pop-punk are very generic genres. Everyone wants to sound like...

UNDER REVIEW: Frame Of Mind – Irieshun

ARTIST: FRAME OF MIND TITLE: IRIESHUN LABEL: QUALITY CONTROL HQ RECORDS RATING:  7/10 WORDS: AMY ALBINSON British Hardcore is alive and thriving in the form of London four-piece Frame of Mind. Their debut record, released through UK hardcore label...

UNDER REVIEW: The Bouncing Souls – Crucial Moments

ARTIST: THE BOUNCING SOULS TITLE: CRUCIAL MOMENTS LABEL: RISE RECORDS RATING:  8/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON It’s hard to believe that The Bouncing Souls have been going for thirty years. Anyone who’s caught a glimpse of their live show will...

UNDER REVIEW: Holding Absence – Holding Absence

ARTIST: HOLDING ABSENCE TITLE: HOLDING ABSENCE LABEL: SHARPTONE RECORDS RATING:  8/10 WORDS: JACK MOBLEY A debut album can be daunting for any band especially when there is excitement around said release. Many questions can arise that the band have...

UNDER REVIEW: Youth Fountain – Letters To Our Former Selves

ARTIST: YOUTH FOUNTAIN TITLE: LETTERS TO OUR FORMER SELVES LABEL: PURE NOISE RECORDS RATING:  7/10 WORDS: SOPHIA WATSON Having signed to Pure Noise Records just last year, Canadian pop punk duo Youth Fountain are set to release their debut...

UNDER REVIEW: BUS – Never Decide

ARTIST: BUS TITLE: NEVER DECIDE LABEL: RIDINGEASY RECORDS RATING:  7/10 WORDS: SOPHIA WATSON Formed in 2011 Greek rockers BUS have released their second album 'Never Decide'. Having released material frequently, this album looks to be the record to establish...

UNDER REVIEW: Weezer – The Black Album

ARTIST: WEEZER TITLE: THE BLACK ALBUM LABEL: ATLANTIC RECORDS RATING:  7/10 WORDS: JOE ARNOLD Throughout their 25-year career, Weezer has often failed to please their fans. The abrasive 'Pinkerton' was initially reviled as a follow up to their debut,...

UNDER REVIEW: Masked Intruder – III

ARTIST: MASKED INTRUDER TITLE: III LABEL: PURE NOISE RECORDS RATING:  7/10 WORDS: JACK MOBLEY Masked Intruder are back with their third full-length album aptly named 'III' and if you are expecting an expansive, deep or layered record then maybe...

UNDER REVIEW: Nude Shoes – Suburban Ceremonies

ARTIST: NUDE SHOES TITLE: SUBURBAN CEREMONIES LABEL: KNOWHOPERECORDS RATING:  9/10  WORDS: CHRIS PRENATT Asbury Park, N.J., has been a breeding ground of incredible talent. Over the years the area has given the world amazing artists such as Bruce Springsteen,...

UNDER REVIEW: Laika – Going Nowhere

ARTIST: LAIKA TITLE: GOING NOWHERE LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING:  8/10  WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Defining themselves as 'alt-rock with emotional problems' is certainly one new way to avoid the term emo, but Bournemouth four-piece Laika have no need to dance around...

UNDER REVIEW: The Riven – The Riven

ARTIST: THE RIVEN TITLE: THE RIVEN LABEL: THE SIGN RECORDS RATING: 8/10  WORDS: SOPHIA WATSON It’s been said that rock and roll is dead. That the end of the 1970s brought on the death rattle and that MTV destroyed...

UNDER REVIEW: Backyard Babies – Silver & Gold

ARTIST: BACKYARD BABIES TITLE: HOMEWRECKERS: SWEET APATHY LABEL: CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS RATING: 7/10  WORDS: JO COSGROVE   Currently based in the heart of Sweden, punk rock outfit Backyard Babies are looking to celebrate this year with the release of new...

UNDER REVIEW: A Crash Republic – Homewreckers: Sweet Apathy

ARTIST: A CRASH REPUBLIC TITLE: HOMEWRECKERS: SWEET APATHY LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 8/10  WORDS: KEVIN FLINN Many bands create a narrative within their music. Telling stories that can be contained to a song, an album, or even over the course...

UNDER REVIEW: Drenge – Strange Creatures

ARTIST: DRENGE TITLE: STRANGE CREATURES LABEL: INFECTIOUS MUSIC RATING: 8/10  WORDS: JO COSGROVE Describing their sound as “grunge-inspired blues-pop”, Sheffield’s Drenge are aiming to strike third time lucky with their latest record ‘Strange Creatures’. Preparing to begin a UK...

UNDER REVIEW: The Sunday Sadness – The Sunday Sadness

ARTIST: THE SUNDAY SADNESS TITLE: THE SUNDAY SADNESS LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 7/10  WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Self declared ‘dark pop’ newcomers The Sunday Sadness have brought their quirky new wave emo sound over from the shores of Bordeaux, France in...

UNDER REVIEW: Millencolin – SOS

ARTIST: MILLENCOLIN TITLE: SOS LABEL: EPITAPH RATING: 8/10  WORDS: CORAL DANIELS S.O.S may well be the universal symbol for help, but Millencolin are in no need of rescue; they’re still killing it, even after all this time. A true...

UNDER REVIEW: Northshore – For What It’s Worth

ARTIST: NORTHSHORE TITLE: FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 7/10  WORDS: JO COSGROVE Still finding their feet as a new band, forming in 2017, Northshore are joining the growing population of bands who are taking over the United...

UNDER REVIEW: Downfall Of Gaia – Ethic Of Radical Finitude

ARTIST: DOWNFALL OF GAIA TITLE: ETHIC OF RADICAL FINITUDE LABEL: METAL BLADE RECORDS RATING: 7/10  WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON One of the immediate elements that stands out on Downfall Of Gaia’s fifth studio album ‘Ethic Of Radical Finitude’ is the...