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December 2016

Celeb Car Crash – People Are The Best Show: Review

Everything about this album is reminiscent of alternative rock from the mid-90s to the mid-00s, especially with the various styles of rock music that fill the release. It’s an album that keeps you on your toes at first, but once you pick up on the influences it becomes a little predictable. You can appreciate the appeal to sound like some of the biggest bands of a generation, though, and this release is a good example of mimicking a popular sound to work in your favour. If you like any of the bands previously mentioned then ‘People Are The Best Show’ is for you.

For fans of: Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Alter Bridge

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here


Counterparts at The Camden Underworld, London: Live Review

It’s not every day that the Camden Underworld sells out, but the chance to catch American hardcore favourites Expire play their last ever gig in the United Kingdom was bound to pack the venue out. Not only that but a stellar lineup featuring one of the UK’s most promising hardcore acts in Renounced, Knocked Loose, who were playing London for the first time, Somerset melodic hardcore outfit, Landscapes and Canada’s hottest hardcore act Counterpartsto close the night off, there was high expectations for this night from the start.

This was a show that was up there as one of the best I’ve seen all year, each set grabbed my attention. Renouncedcontinue to impress with each show, Knocked Loose proved to be a force to be reckoned with, Landscapes unleashed a emotion like no other, Expire were mind blowing and it’s a massive shame this was the last time we’ll get to see them. Counterparts being on two 10/10 shows of the year is no coincidence, both times they were a real highlight. Next time they come back to the UK, be there.

Read the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Toy Mountains – I Swore I’d Never Speak of This Again: Review

‘I Swore I’d Never Speak of This Again’ is highly experimental in influences, yet it’s pulled off brilliantly. The heavy and soft dynamics flow in a manner that makes the lengthier tracks not overstay their welcome. Upon hearing this EP, I can definitely understand the hype surrounding the band, showing a level of maturity in songwriting unmatched by many of their peers.

For fans of: Ghost of a Thousand, Gallows, Hundred Reasons, early-Biffy Clyro

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Hastings Punkfest 2016

Hastings Punkfest returns for another year, an event that gets bigger and better each year in terms of bringing some of the best emerging punk acts in the United Kingdom down to the seaside town, as well as showing off some of the local talent.

Across two days we saw: Demon Smiles, The SLM, Vice Like Grip, Casual Nausea plus Spoilers, The Barracks, The Drunken Ramblings, Punka, Easydread, Carl Lewis: Track & Field and Butane Regulators.

In comparison to the festival last year, I don’t think the crowd was as big or responsive. But, it was just as enjoyable and each band put of great sets. It was another brilliant couple of days for discovery, putting new bands on people’s radars. Well done again to the people involved in making the event happen, and we hope you raised a decent amount to send to Sea Shepard. We look forward to next year.

Reviewed in two parts for Broken Arrow Magazine. Part one can be found here, part two here

Tirade – Tirade: Review

It’s clear that this EP is designed for radioplay, as each song pushes catchiness to the forefront. But the heavy hooks -work reminds me of Ash back in the early to mid-‘00s, with the ability to produce memorable hooks and still unleash hard-hitting riffage. I’d just like to see how heavy Tirade can push themselves without losing that infectious side to them. I feel that the Manchester-born band can go to even further extremes to really capitalise on their influences. Be catchier, be heavier — because at the moment, it’s really good, but could even be great.

For the fans of: Ash, Lower Than Atlantis, Don Broco

Find the full review at here

Architects at Brixton Academy, London: Live Review

This was the final night of an emotional European tour for Architects. A sold out O2 Brixton Academy which saw the likes of fellow brits Bury Tomorrow and California’s Stick To Your Guns also pay tribute to the guitarist. A theme ran throughout the night as the bands all shared like-minded views on politics and world affairs. Every band on the night had their say on wanting to change the world for the better.

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here



Knocked Loose – Laugh Tracks: Review

The larger chunk of music on “Laugh Tracks” thus serves one purpose; songs like this are designed for senseless aggression and nothing else. Then you come across a song like “My Heroes”, which is more of a headbanger, unleashing awesome grooves to nod along to. During this type of song, you actually pay attention to the different rhythms and quality of musicianship on show instead of focusing on how intensely heavy it is. I feel this is what sets Knocked Loose above their genre peers. The potential to push beatdown forward is certainly there.

For the fans of: Desolated, Nasty, Code Orange

Find the full review at here


Flying Frogs – Playing Again: Review

This is another one of those records that could be said to sound like a carbon copy of those who influenced Flying Frogs, as hints of Millencolin, Lagwagon and NOFX are incredibly strong, but the Spaniards nonetheless make this an enjoyable listen. “Playing Again” is more impressive than a bog standard release to listen to in the background. These are songs that keep your attention throughout and have you humming along to the “nanana” parts, among others. Based on such a thoroughly enjoyable listen, one then pictures how wild the live shows could be.

For the fans of: Lagwagon, Millencolin, No Use For A Name, NOFX

Read the full review at here

Bad Case of Big Mouth – Break It to Build It

“Build It to Break It”, much like New Reason’s “Air Gun” just takes me back to 2009. The peak of when the likes of A Day To Remember and Four Year Strong were growing internationally along with easycore. Everything from this release points to influence from those two bands and emulates them to the letter. They do a good job of doing that, but it doesn’t make them stand out against their peers. With this release, Bad Case are just another ADTR or Four Year Strong, just another Chunk! or New Reason. These are good songs but I find it really difficult to differentiate them from other bands like them.

For The Fans Of: Four Year Strong, A Day To Remember, New Reason, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!

Find the full review at here


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