Band Interview: Tim Vantol

We caught up with Tim Vantol from the Netherlands on his UK last month with Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue. We spoke about what it’s like playing in front of different audiences, whether it be with the full band, solo, standing, seated or at mixed-billed festivals.  How was Hit the Deck last month? Yeah it was really […]

Live Review: Dot to Dot Festival (Nottingham, 24/05/15)

This year’s Dot to Dot Festival took place across May bank holiday weekend, in Nottingham, Manchester and Bristol. It’s always been a more indie/indie-pop oriented festival, but this year they peppered in some wonderful surprises including The Hotelier and Single Mothers. We were lucky enough to head down to the Nottingham date. Rather than Slam […]

Live Review: Bayside & Creeper (Nottingham, 21/05/15)

Last Thursday marked the return of Bayside to Nottingham. Last time they were here was last April when they supported Alkaline Trio, but this time they managed to get a huge turnout on the top of the bill. Subbing were Southampton punks Creeper, who managed to put on an impressive show. Kicking things off with “We Had […]

Band Interview: The Xcerts

Following the release of their amazing There is Only You last year, we caught up with The Xcerts at Hit the Deck in Nottingham a couple of weeks back. How was Hit the Deck for you? Murray Macleod (vocals/guitar): Yeah it was cool. Typically hectic, it’s been about a year since we’ve played festivals, so […]

Band Interview: You Blew It!

We spoke to You Blew It! back at Nottingham’s Hit the Deck. We talked about the emo revival scene, their touring plans and, most importantly, their thoughts on Fast & Furious 7. You mentioned it in your set, but what did you really think of Fast & Furious 7? Andy Anaya (guitar): Okay [laughs]. It was […]

The Tory government, poverty and the DIY scene

Today has been awful. Waking up to the news that the Tories have a majority will never be easy. In a few weeks time we’ll probably be wishing we were back with the also awful Lib Dem/Tory coalition. Last year we ran a food drive at our show in Nottingham, where we raised over a […]

Band Interview: The Smith Street Band

We caught up with Wil Wagner of Australia’s The Smith Street Band in Leicester, before their show with Gnarwolves and Drug Church. We spoke to them about their hectic touring schedule, their new album and politics in Australia. So how’s this tour going? Yeah, it’s been awesome. We’ve just done six shows around the UK […]

Live Review: Hit the Deck 2015 (Nottingham)

One of Nottingham’s busiest festivals, Hit the Deck, kicked off on Sunday at Rock City. From the start it was clear to see that there were a lot of changes this year; the road wasn’t closed nor dotted with busy food or merch stalls, The Forum was no longer used as a venue, and, worst […]

Live Review: The Skints (Birmingham, 18/04/15)

By the time The Skints took the stage on Saturday night, Birmingham’s Institute was absolutely packed full and almost overflowing. The far too small Library room quickly became a sweatbox – even before the band had started playing, with the bars becoming overcrowded and annoyingly understaffed. Eventually The Skints took to the stage and were […]