Label Spotlight: Big Scary Monsters

Big Scary Monsters is an East London based independent record label specialising in no genre in particular. It was formed soon after the millennium and in the last decade has put out music by Tall Ships, Caspian, Matt Pryor, DZ Deathrays, Gnarwolves, Pulled Apart By Horses, Kevin Devine, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., Woahnows, This […]

Label Spotlight: Art is Hard Records

Art is Hard Records is a small DIY label founded in 2010 in Exeter, but is now based in both London and Bristol. Run by only two people, Art Is Hard has put out releases for many bands now dominating the scene; Joanna Gruesome, Playlounge, Best Friends, The Black Tambourines, Nai Harvest, King Of Cats and Diet […]

A short Seeing Your Scene guide to Halloween

It’s that time of year again to listen to the Misfits and carve weird punk related things into your pumpkins. What else can you do to make it more exciting? Well, for starters, make sure you listen to Good Mourning by Alkaline Trio. Between Matt Skiba’s scratchy vocals, and the eerie lyrics – specifically “This Could be […]

Run Wild: Lydia on change, songwriting, and the past

Arizona’s Lydia are used to change. They started out as a rocky emo band with their debut, This December; It’s One More and I’m Free which set them up perfectly for the follow-up: the cult classic, swelling winter record, Illuminate. In 2010, backing vocalist and keyboardist Mindy White, who now fronts States, decided to leave […]

Label Spotlight: Sub Pop Records

Sub Pop is a much loved record label founded in 1988 by Bruce Pavitt who then later formed Sub Pop Records LLC with Jonathon Poneman in Seattle, Washington. The label were key players in the Seattle grunge scene movement in the late 80’s and early 90’s and an early home for many iconic and pioneering […]

Label Spotlight: Local Colour Records

Local Colour Records are a DIY label from the South of England putting out emo/punk bands, but mainly “any bands [they] like and think are cool.” The label is run by twin brothers Alex and Charlie Flowers who grew up and live in a tiny town, suffering the struggles a lot of us face: a […]

DIY Music Isn’t Glamorous, But it Is Damn Good

Ska-punk legends Jaya the Cat once sang “don’t wanna make this life seem glamorous ‘cos it’s not, working shit jobs just to play rock.” Now you may think that is the kind of nihilistic sentiment you would expect from this crusty outfit, but do they have a point? What exactly has your favourite DIY band […]

Preview: 2000 Trees Festival

With 2000 Trees festival looming ever closer, aside from stocking up on sun cream and saving up our money for as many Pieminister’s as feasibly possible, we’ve been indulging our eardrums in some of the bands we’re really excited to hear. If you haven’t got a ticket yet then make sure you do. 2000 Trees […]