Album Review: The Hotelier – Goodness

The Hotelier are an indie rock band from Massachusetts. Well established within both the emo revival movement and the DIY punk scene, they have a reputation for extremely powerful live performances, being ambitiously creative and for the raw honest quality of their lyrics and music. Goodness is The Hotelier’s third recognised album and marks a […]

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EP Review: Geistfight – Ruin or Worse

It’s easy to look at ska-punk, particularly skacore as a dead genre, with its peak in the early 00’s and many of the more recent successes have split up in the last couple of years (Anti-Vigilante, Random Hand and Beat the Red Light amongst others). If this EP proves anything it’s that interesting releases can still […]

Album Review: Yr Poetry – Rocket Season

Yr Poetry’s new mini-album, Rocket Season, is an explosive follow up to 2014’s No Tribes EP, and is easily the best DIY UK release this year. Yr Poetry is a conglomeration of Yr Friends and Fridge Poetry, Johnny Foreigner side-projects belonging to Alexei and Junior respectively. In their interview and stream on Goldflake Tapes, the band stated that the […]

Album Review: Marvelous Mark – Crushin’

There’s a fine line between homage and throwback. Much like punk rock, power pop is a genre that’s as indebted to the past as it is to progression. For every torchbearer there are countless stagnant piss pools, each mere steps away from becoming the next dad band. Without so much as a squeak of integrity, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]