• Hawk Eyes – Everything Is Fine

    Feb 13, 15 • Features, Introducing, ReviewsNo Comments
    Hawk Eyes – Everything Is Fine

    Everything Is Fine. It's not though, is it? Hawk Eyes are far from smiles, rainbows and fuffy kittens on this, their third album. That's not to say this is all misery and sadness - there's no time to be miserable, not when all your feelings can be tightly compacted into seething malevolence, stretched over the 46 minute running time that this Leeds four-piece uncomfortably take you on. ...

  • Ash Is A Robot / Arms & The Man / Seasons Calling @ Club 85, Hitchin

    Ash Is A Robot / Arms & The Man / Seasons Calling @ Club 85, Hitchin

    Braving the Arctic conditions, I thought it would be a good idea to remove myself from the comfort and warmth of my abode and venture to Hitchin to see some rock action happen. Arriving late I miss nearly all of The Grass Is Hairy's set (sorry lads) - by accident. I do catch the last 10 seconds of their gruff, obstinate punk-core shouting as I make my way to the bar...

  • Black Years – Black Years II

    Black Years – Black Years II

    There's something incredibly engaging about Black Years, stretched over the three tracks on offer on this 7" EP - they're not afraid to mix up their sound, catering for all on this brief, yet memorable slab of punk rock wax...

  • USA Nails – Sonic Moist / What’s Wrong With Your Boy?

    Jan 19, 15 • Features, News, ReviewsNo Comments
    USA Nails – Sonic Moist / What’s Wrong With Your Boy?

    Only when you properly start to listen to the lyrics to Sonic Moist, the title track from USA Nails' debut album does the fear start to set in. Vocalist Steven Hodson sounds like he could climb out of the speakers any moment, invading your space with his perverse lyrical outpouring...

  • En Garde – Weekenders

    Jan 18, 15 • Features, Introducing, News, ReviewsNo Comments
    En Garde – Weekenders

    En Garde are a punk rock band channelling the exquisite berserk rage of Gallows, mixed with the hardcore fury of Blowgoat (RIP) and the scathing bile of Golden Tanks. The raw, untamed energy that pulsates from Weekenders is breathless and infectious in equal measure...

  • Ex Wives/MADEINCANADA – Split 10″

    Ex Wives/MADEINCANADA – Split 10″

    No stranger to these ears - Glasgow merchants of hate Ex Wives are back, frothing at the mouth like Cujo with a broken baseball bat buried in his head. Horror dressed up as music - that's MADEINCANADA. Hailing from Paris, this noise-rock trio are just as, if not nastier than Ex Wives. It's as if both bands are trying to be the out-do each other in being foul, depraved purveyors of gnawing, blood-spitting derision...

  • Hidden gems – 5 albums I’ve enjoyed this year that weren’t released in 2014

    Dec 24, 14 • Features, Introducing, News, ReviewsNo Comments
    Hidden gems – 5 albums I’ve enjoyed this year that weren’t released in 2014

    In a similar vein to last year's post, not everything I've heard and enjoyed has had the 2014 stamp burnt into it. Here's five albums that I've enjoyed this year, but weren't released this year. Got that? Good...

  • Guest post: Jack Murray’s Top 10 Albums of 2014

    Dec 22, 14 • Features, News, ReviewsNo Comments
    Guest post: Jack Murray’s Top 10 Albums of 2014

    Sometimes a great man comes along - a true inspiration to us all. He's suave, witty, intelligent, handsome and charming. Also, there's Jack Murray, who has selected his top 10 albums of 2014. Hey, he did it for 2012 and 2013, so there's no reason to deny him the chance of sharing his knowledge, wisdom and bark-related puns with the rest of the readers. Woof, etc...

  • Lizard Hips’ Top 10 Albums of 2014

    Dec 12, 14 • Features, News, ReviewsNo Comments
    Lizard Hips’ Top 10 Albums of 2014

    Let's face it, there's not going to be any more good albums released this year now. Well, that's the impression that I get. I'll stop with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones puns now and crack on. Below are my top 10 albums of 2014, plus a selection of "nearly made the cut, but are still really good albums that you should listen to." Enjoy...

  • USA Nails – Live At Smalltown America

    Dec 7, 14 • Features, News, Reviews, VideosNo Comments
    USA Nails – Live At Smalltown America

    "This is Twin Peaks" - God bless USA Nails. Did you know they have a live album available to stream from the Smalltown America website? You didn't? Well, you best get on it pronto and listen to it right now if you know what's good for you. Sometimes, I'd rather be a bird and sometimes I'd rather see it all. ...