EP Review: Drift Wood Miracle – Between Three and Four

Drift Wood Miracle are a 4 piece indie band from Durham, NC, USA consisting of Jack Chapman (guitar), Keir Schwarz (bass), Alex Phillips (drums/vocals) and Bryan Diver (vocals/guitar). Heavily influenced by bands such as Brand New, Miniature Tigers and The Dear Hunter, they have put together a new EP that is intended to evoke the […]

Album Review: Guerrilla Monsoon – Big City Plans

Guerrilla Monsoon are just like me. They are a group of guys from small towns in the Midlands; playing music because they are compelled to – no matter what anyone else may think. I know what it’s like to feel like an outsider, to feel trapped and isolated by small towns… and I know what […]

EP Review: Prolebait – Self-Titled

Sometimes your friends write an EP. Sometimes it’s really good. I think that highlights my bias with Prolebait – but, honestly, I’m so impressed with this EP. They are a four piece band from across the country, having come together in Nottingham and as such they are a really good example of a met-at-University band. […]

Album Review: Counterpunch – Bruises

Counterpunch are a punk rock band from Chicago, USA, signed to iconic record label Cyber Tracks which was famously founded by El Hefe (NOFX) and his wife Jen Abeyta. Forming in 2004, the line up currently consists of Eric Hausser, Jared Rohde, Jim Margle (We Are The Union) and Brian Phee (Break The Silence). Over […]

EP Review: Magnets and Ghosts – Be Born

Magnets and Ghosts are a two-piece alternative rock band from Atlanta, USA made up of Dean Roland (Collective Soul) and Ryan Potesta. They released their debut album, Mass, in 2011 which was well-received by critics. They now follow it up with their new eagerly awaited EP, Be Born. Influenced by many British indie bands such as Radiohead, Elbow […]

EP Review: Boston Manor – Driftwood

Boston Manor are a band from Blackpool that broadly straddle the pop punk and emo genres. They are currently signed to Failure by Design Records, previously having released an EP and split with Throwing Stuff. They have continued to build on the success of Here/Now with a new six track release titled Driftwood due for release mid-October. […]

Album Review: Pale Angels – Strange Powers (Arc Live Session)

First off – this new release by Pale Angels is a live recorded seven inch. So the production is defiantly lo-fi, and the reverb on the vocals sounds like they stuck the microphone down the toilet for laughs. But that dirty, home-recorded, four-tracky sound can be charming when done with intent. And on the whole […]

Album Review: Crows An Wra – Kalopsia

Cornwall punks Crows An Wra have released their first full length record Kalopsia. The band describes themselves as ‘Prog-Punk’, and from that genre combination alone, you can already begin to hear what the album sounds like. It has spacey effects and off beat dissonant riffs, blended expertly into mathematical time signatures. However, this album is so much more […]

Album Review: Plaids

Plaids are a four-piece punk band from Nottingham. The band are an important part of the DIY community, as well known for running the venue JT Soar as they are for the raw intensity of their music and electric live performances. We got the chance to review their first full length which will be released later this month with a European tour in […]

Ducking Punches – Dance Before You Sleep

Dance Before You Sleep is the new nine-track record by Norwich’s Ducking Punches. The band fall neatly into that category of uncategorisable punk music. It’s acousticy, folky, punky, yet it skirts the edges of the genres and sounds fresh. After supporting Frank Turner in Europe and playing Download festival, the band are certainly gaining momentum. […]