• Various Artists – Xtra Mile High Club Volume 5: Smokin’ (Signed Vs Unsigned)

    Aug 16, 14 • Features, Introducing, News, ReviewsNo Comments
    Various Artists – Xtra Mile High Club Volume 5: Smokin’ (Signed Vs Unsigned)

    What a generous lot Xtra Mile Recordings are. Here is a label that thrust the sorely missed Million Dead into our hearts and minds, as well as nurtured the talents of the mouth-kicking scallywags, Reuben. Well, they did to me. Smokin' is a compilation album, crammed with a hefty 42 bands - half signed to the label and half unsigned that have been hand-picked by the bands on Xtra Mile's roster. ...

  • Bare Bones – Cut Throat Living

    Aug 6, 14 • Features, Introducing, ReviewsNo Comments
    Bare Bones – Cut Throat Living

    I'd put money on Bare Bones enjoying the occasional drink or 17. Hailing from Sydney, this is a five-piece ultimate party train, hammering at your door, brandishing several kegs of beer, wondering why the fuck has someone not put Motley Crue on the stereo yet. What hits you about Cut Throat Living is how abrasive and breathless these six songs are...

  • Girl Band – De Bom Bom 7″

    Aug 5, 14 • Features, ReviewsNo Comments
    Girl Band – De Bom Bom 7″

    The opening guitar-scrape on De Bom Bom is a crackling, guttural distort and feels more in common with the industrial pound and stuttering electronica of Black Dice or the bonkers psychosis of The Assdroids. ...

  • ’68 – In Humor and Sadness

    ’68 – In Humor and Sadness

    There's a moment on In Humor and Sadness, the d├ębut album by '68; where you can hear an amp finally giving up the ghost and power down. It just snuffs right out near the end of 04. R, cutting out in a pop-of scrawling, mangled feedback, whilst vocalist and guitarist Josh Scogin manages to strangle one last cry from it during its death rattle. ...

  • Beige Eagle Boys – You’re Gonna Get Yours

    Jul 28, 14 • Features, Introducing, ReviewsNo Comments
    Beige Eagle Boys – You’re Gonna Get Yours

    Want to experience a descent into a maelstrom of howling, spitting pandemonium? Listen to Detroit's Beige Eagle Boys and their debut album, the brilliantly titled You're Gonna Get Yours and get ready to inhale their warped sense of disarray and fervent lunacy that's present over these 25 minutes of intoxicated bedlam...

  • Sonisphere 2014 – Sunday 6 July

    Sonisphere 2014 – Sunday 6 July

    After a surprisingly wonderful night's sleep (seven hours? Uninterrupted? I'll take that.) thanks to a combination of being a) very drunk the night before and b) ear plugs, Sunday treated us to Cadillac Three, who are much more soothing on the eardrums; letting those far too hungover to ease into the day's musical festivities...

  • Sonisphere 2014 – Saturday 5 July

    Sonisphere 2014 – Saturday 5 July

    We're late leaving the campsite and only briefly get a glimpse of Alestorm bringing pirate metal kicking and screaming - some dude is playing the keytar and it doesn't sound too horrible. We're only up early though to see one band: Babymetal. Judging by the crowd of people swarming to the Apollo stage, we aren't the only ones. ...

  • Sonisphere 2014 – Friday 4 July

    Sonisphere 2014 – Friday 4 July

    I am finally home from Sonisphere after spending what felt like an age in a car park queue topping up the tan on one of my arms. Things like hot running water and a cup of tea are taken for granted far too much when you've spent four days coating your body in dry shampoo, using baby wipes and eating bruised apples, washed down with warm Carlsberg...

  • Tilts – Cuatro Hombres

    Jun 29, 14 • Features, Introducing, ReviewsNo Comments
    Tilts – Cuatro Hombres

    Tilts (big pinball fans) have been kicking around for a few years, having funded their first album (Self-Titled) through a Kickstarter campaign; decided to repeat this success with their second effort, Cuatro Hombres (Four Men) achieving well over what they needed - by $2,500 - top work guys! Cuatro Hombres is 10 tracks of bursting, vibrant, raucous, beer-can-smashing rock 'n roll. ...

  • The Austerity Program – Beyond Calculation

    Jun 24, 14 • Features, Introducing, ReviewsNo Comments
    The Austerity Program – Beyond Calculation

    New York's The Austerity Program are the audio equivalent of Mr Wrench and Mr Numbers sent to 'take care of things'. Absolute evil if there ever was? Quite possibly. Beyond Calculation, the newest album from guitarist Justin Foley, bassist Thad Callabrese and a drum machine is a razor-sharp offering seething punk rock...