Album Review: Whirr/Nothing Split

Whirr and Nothing have perhaps released one of the best split records of the year. Formed in 2010 by Nick Bassett (guitarist for Deafheaven and also part of Nothing), Whirr focus on the shoegaze fuzz set by giants like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive with a heavy heart. Their darker, more distorted vision of shoegaze sits […]

Album Review: Owls By Nature – The Forgotten And The Brave

Owls By Nature are a folk rock band from Edmonton, Canada consisting of Ian McIntosh (vocals, guitar), Cory D (banjo, keys, vocals), Doc De Groot (lead guitar, mandolin, vocals), Fred Brenton (drums) and Mike Nash (bass, vocals). Releasing their second album The Forgotten And The Brave through German label, Gunner Records (home to The Gaslight […]

Album Review: Triathalon – Lo-Tide

The newest addition to the Broken Circles Records family, Triathalon, have officially released their debut full-length Lo-Tide this week. Boasting a sound composed of experimental surf and mo-town rock, Lo-Tide is 29 minutes of lofty tunes that flow flawlessly from one song onto the next, creating a noise of “sketchiness.” “High Tide” fades delicately into the […]

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 […]