Live Review: Beach Slang + Petal (Nottingham, 22/01/16)

Petal took to the stage at a quiet Bodega and quickly started playing songs from her first album, Shame. Usually a full band affair with touring members including those from Tigers Jaw and Three Man Cannon, tonight saw just vocalist/guitarist Kiley playing the songs solo. She powered through songs such as “Tommy” with huge singalong […]

Fingerprints & Handwriting

Album Review: Edgarville – Fingerprints & Handwriting

Fingerprints & Handwriting is an incredibly strong and engaging debut album from two-piece band Edgarville from Blackburn. It’s almost hard to believe the album is built up mostly by two musicians; we’re almost only hearing vocals, acoustic guitar and drums, yet the perfected production of the album gives a full band feel. The album can […]

Live Review: Turnover + support (Nottingham, 16/01/16)

Every time a band like Turnover plays in at The Bodega in Nottingham it gets surprisingly busy, see: The Hotelier, etc, but this show was packed to the walls from the second doors opened. Local band Little Bribes kicked things off with their brand of alt pop-punk/emo and played a ridiculously confident set for a band […]

EP Review: Gnarwolves – Adolescence

Gnarwolves are a skate-punk trio from Brighton, England consisting of Thom Weeks (guitar/vocals), Charlie Piper (bass/vocals) and Max Weeks (drums). Swiftly following up from last year’s superb and well received, self-titled album, Gnarwolves go back to their hardcore roots with their latest 4 track E.P Adolescence, released through Pure Noise Records. The opening tracks “Waiting […]

EP Review: Dogleg – Dogleg

Dogleg play frenetic, angular indie punk with elements of post-hardcore, emo and pop; FFO: Knapsack, Japandroids & Bloc Party. Dogleg’s new self titled EP is an exciting testament to what a home recorded bedroom project can achieve, encompassing a wealth of diverse influences and sounds to make a raw but extremely accomplished feeling record. Michigan […]

Album Review: Pentimento – I, No Longer

Pentimento are a punk rock band from Buffalo, New York consisting of Jeramiah Pauly (vocals/guitar), Vincent Caito (bass), Lance Claypool (guitar) and Michael Hansen (drums). After several years since their first release, the NY quartet follow up with their highly anticipated second full album I, No Longer through Bad Timing Records. The album (especially the […]

Album Review: Random Hand – Hit Reset

After hitting the road and playing hard for 12 years, Random Hand just about reached the top of the UK ska-punk scene and decided that it’s also the time to go on a hiatus but not allowing themselves to just fade away the band decided to release their forth full-length at the same time of […]

Live Review: Mates of State (Leicester, 01/11/15)

Mates of State are an indie-pop duo from the US, and consist of husband and wife, Kori Gardner (vocals/keys) and Jason Hammel (vocals/drums). The band have a long and wide back catalogue, flitting between emo, indie and pure pop. They kicked things off at the Scholar Bar in Leicester with the dark and brooding “So Many Ways”, […]

Live Review: The Computers (Nottingham, 31/10/15)

Hello Bear kicked things off at Bodega to a room full of fog and spooky decorations… Their brand of poppy rock went over well with the crowd, and they put everyone in a good mood with their catchy choruses. Shortly after, The Computers took to the stage – and vocalist Screaming Al Kershaw was immediately […]