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Goldinger – The Knife: Album Review

“The album is so infectious that there are several tracks that could stand out as anthems, there are plenty of sing-along segments in songs such as ‘Beacon’ and moments that make you want to dance around in the up tempo, brass heavy ‘Who’s Laughing Now’. Comparing this release to previous albums, it’s more memorable than 2008’s ‘Hello Destiny’ was, though musically next to nothing has changed. This is Goldfinger doing what they do best; writing chirpy hooks designed for an enjoyable live atmosphere, where you either lose your voice or end up with sore feet at the end of a show from dancing so much.”

For fans of: Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Zebrahead, Big D and the Kids Table

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

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88 Fingers Louie – Thank You For Being A Friend: Album Review

“The album is a pretty formulaic combination of skate punk and melodic epi-fat punk that would be perfect for a skating game soundtrack. It’s a solid release and a fantastic return from 88 Fingers Louie who have unleashed some proper up-tempo hits to create real live energy.”

For fans of: Flying Frogs, Millencolin

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

The Burnt Tapes – Alterations: EP Review

“‘Alterations’ is a moody EP, not quite what I expect from punk, it’s closer to melodic hardcore based on the atmosphere. It’s good, but at only thirteen minutes long, you barely have time to really take it in before it’s over. Several listens is a must to really give it the chance it deserves. I feel that this The Burnt Tapes have a lot more to get off their chest.”

For fans of: Anti-Flag, The Drunken Ramblings, RxR, Tragical History Tour, Billy Liar

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Authority Zero – Broadcasting To The Nations : Album Review

“Authority Zero I feel are certainly underated in the world of melodic skate punk and ska-punk, they are almost unknowns when compared to the likes of The Offspring or Sublime yet they produce an album with good enough qualities to be on par with any decent album by those bands and others of their calibre. ‘Broadcasting To The Nations’ is a solid release and should hit all the right spots for fans of that Epi/Fat style of melodic skate punk.”

For fans of The Offpring, Rise Against, NOFX, Sublime

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Dugstock 2017

Easter weekend kicked off with a punk extravaganza at the New Cross Inn. A two-day event hosted by Umlaut Records, showcasing some of the UK’s brightest emerging artists, a few well-known names and introducing us to a couple bands from across the continent. This was always going to be a fun fueled couple of days in south London.

My afterthoughts are that overall this was a great couple of days for Umlaut to show off their roster and play a show with some mates, bringing the DIY punk scene together. Most of this bill I wasn’t familiar with, a few hooking names grabbed my interest prior to the event. But, every act impressed me in some respect, nobody put on a bad show and everyone was entertaining. It was a ‘Matesfest’ atmosphere as all the bands seemed to know each other in some way. The running theme of skate punk, but the variety of styles were in to keep things fresh and not entirely the same for 20 acts.

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Black Volvo – Bad Driving: Album Review

“In true hardcore punk nature, a lot of these songs are short lived, 17 songs in 35 minutes, most of the tracks are either shorter than two minutes or don’t last a great deal longer than that mark. Black Volvo continue to blow us all away with their fat riffs and all round catchy anthems. From listening to this album, you can tell their live shows are just as energetic, fun and full of fans singing along to these easy to pick up songs. These songs are designed for a wild atmosphere and chaotic shows.”

For fans of: Dead Kennedys, Revenge of the Psychotronic Man, The Unseen

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Energy – Apparition Sound

The tone of the album emits the same horror/gothic punk vibe that suits AFI and Creeper, I’d even say that the opening tracks would fit right in on an early 2000s AFI album like ‘Sing The Sorrow’. I’d have loved more of the darker, heavier tones that Energy released here. But, I can’t deny that the catchy atmosphere they unleash with the rest of the album is probably the more hooking factor of ‘Apparition Sound’, the pop-punk vibes really drag you in. The main downer is that the album is over so quickly, even for eight tracks, it feels like the album just flies by before you can really get into it.

For fans of: Creeper, AFI, +44

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Darko – Bonsai Mammoth: Album Review

This album has caught me by surprise, purely by how impressive it is for a debut. The production isn’t overly done and it just adds to the raw atmosphere that Darko unleashes, it speaks to the DIY nature of punk-rock and the gritty bars they have played over the years. ‘Bonsai Mammoth’ is an essential listen for skate fans in 2017.

For fans of: A Wilhelm Scream, Strike Anywhere, Strung Out

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Splitters – Last Time I Swear

“”Last Time I Swear” unveils everything I expect from a melodic punk album, and Splitters have come out of nowhere to show potential that they can contend with some of the bigger names in the genre. This is the sort of band I expect to see feeling at home in the Fat Wreck Chords family and I have no doubt that this is just a taster of what Splitters can produce.”

For The Fans Of: Anti-Flag, Against Me, The Flatliners, The Lawrence Arms

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

 

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