Album Review: Propagandhi – Victory Lap

Propagandhi are a Canadian punk rock band founded in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba in 1986 by Chris Hannah (vocals, guitar) and Jord Samolesky (drums) with their current lineup being completed by Todd Kowalski (bass, vocals) and Sulynn Hago (guitar). Whilst the band’s earlier work depicted a more traditional skate punk rock style, Propagandhi have moved […]

Live Review: Slam Dunk Festival – Midlands (Birmingham, 27/05/17)

This was our first time attending Slam Dunk since it moved from Wolverhampton to Birmingham’s NEC. On the way in, logistically, it was striking how much added security was around in the wake of the Manchester attack. Understandable, but some things like a separate queue for those who already had their wristbands would have been […]

Album Review: AFI – AFI (The Blood Album)

AFI are an alternative rock band originally from Ukiah, California, formed in 1991. Their current lineup since 1998 consists of Davey Havok (vocals), Jade Puget (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Hunter Burgan (bass, backing vocals) and Adam Carson (drums, backing vocals). The band has dabbled with many genres, most notably ranging from hardcore punk, horror punk, emo and […]

Album Review: The Menzingers – After the Party

“Oh yeah, oh yeah, everything is terrible.” That’s how the new Menzingers record, After the Party, starts (and I’m sure countless other reviews). We’re immediately hit by the intro of “Tellin’ Lies”, which has a heavy dose of Jeff Rosenstock influence. The track shows the band at their tightest and their knack for consistently writing great […]

Single Review: Los Campesinos! – 5 Flucloxaillin

On the 16th of January, UK indie heroes Los Campesinos! released the second single, “5 Flucloxaillin”, from their up-coming full length album, Sick Scenes. Because Sick Scenes isn’t due out until the 24th of February, all I’ve had to go on since their last record, No Blues, is the two singles thus far released for the […]

Live Review: Sorority Noise (Nottingham, 09/10/16)

Sorority Noise took to the stage at a packed out Bodega and immediately launched into a set which saw the band showcase their past two records Joy, Departed and Forgettable.  The band have gone from strength to strength lately, yet it was still rather surprising to see just how full the venue was and that the majority of […]

Album Review: Billy Talent – Afraid of Heights

Billy Talent are an iconic punk rock band from Toronto, Canada consisting of members Benjamin Kowalewicz (vocals), Ian D’Sa (guitar), Jon Gallant (bass) and Aaron Solowoniuk (drums). After several years of groundbreaking success since their first self titled release Billy Talent, they follow up with their fifth studio album Afraid of Heights. With the band […]

Live Review: Pinegrove + support (Nottingham, 03/10/16)

At the beginning of this year, American indie rock band Pinegrove released Cardinal. It was put out on Run For Cover records after the band signed to them in late 2015. The snowballing support for Pinegrove hasn’t just seen them gain thousands of Facebook likes, but has translated into almost tangible energy at live shows. […]

Atterkop

Album Review: Atterkop – Liber Abaci

Liber Abaci, the new album from Bristol based anarcho-punk outfit: Atterkop. This album is a bit of an anomaly. There is so much ambition, so many ideas crammed in; it’s hard to get your head around. You can tell by listening a lot of heart and elbow-grease has gone into creating this impressive blend of […]

Wake & Break

Album Review: Captain Accident – Wake & Break

Wake and Break is the 3rd album from Captain Accident. Quietly confident with playful flair; this feels like a real step forward in terms of songwriting and production. Given the exceptional quality of this Cardiff based band’s preceding releases, this is high praise indeed. Instrumentation-wise, there is bright, uncluttered mix of clean sharp sounds. Muted […]