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 […]

Live Review: Birdskulls + support (Brighton, 10/10/15)

Despite being a relatively new venue, Bleach in Brighton has already hosted a relentless stream of worthy shows gigs. On October the tenth, Munez, The New Tusk, Rough Hands, Abattoir Blues and Birdskulls crammed themselves and their fans in for the Birdskulls Trickle EP release show. Munez (Myoonz? Moonz? Munneez?) sparked the gig; a band I’d […]

Split Review: Don’t Ask! Records Four-Way Split

The 7” split recently released on Don’t Ask! Records features one song from each of four well established DIY punk bands commande le viagra. The split is also available digitally through Don’t Ask! Records’ Bandcamp. The first track, “We Seem Okay” is provided by Cheltenham’s Austeros. Austeros, much like bands such as The Kimberley Steaks and T-Shirt Weather have […]

Album Review: Lydia – Run Wild

Lydia are best-known for their 2008 cult classic Illuminate, an incredible album which weaves pop, emo and ambience to create the perfect winter sound. After an EP, a brief split, and a new record, the band returned with a brand new sound on the vastly underrated Devil [2013]. On Devil, the band moved towards a […]

EP Review: It Looks Sad. – Kaiju

Hailing from Charlotte NC, It Looks Sad. are an intriguing new take on indie-post-punk. With a strong summertime feel; this North Carolina four piece are following close in the footsteps of surfer blood and to a lesser extent; Foals, whilst adding an edgy almost melancholy angst to the mix. Kaiju was released digitally on Tiny Engines on 26th June. […]

Live Review: Arctangent Festival 2015

Now in its third year, the wonderfully niche ArcTanGent Festival returned to Fernhill Farm, just outside of Bristol, to provide three days of the finest math-rock, post-rock, noise-rock and everything in between. Created by the people behind the award-winning 2000trees and having been short listed for Best New Festival and Best Small Festival it promised […]

EP Review: Princess Reason – Your Divorce

In moments of boredom I often wonder what music would work really well in a cute indie film. You know the type. The ones that have an overly ambiguous conclusion in which you never know if the sad people get through their problems okay. The answer, to my ridiculous daydream scenario, is the band Princess […]