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Homesick is the second long-player from Sea Girls. Like many recent albums, it was shaped by the lock-down. Based in London, the band found themselves in their old hometowns thinking about mortality and re-living old memories. The song was written and recorded remotely, with tracks being transferred from the UK to America and back during […]

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When Beabadoobee released her Space Cadet EP in 2019, we hadn’t developed our sophisticated release alerting and scheduling reminder tool to ensure we didn’t miss follow-ups. This is why we have the delayed pleasure of finding Fake It Flowers has been released and is shimmering with the astronomical illuminations of a galaxy of great songs. […]

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From Berlin’s post-hardcore/alt-rock scene, Future Palace released their debut album, Escape, in 2020. Run is their second long-player and there definitely seems to be a theme emerging with these names. The two vocal aspects are well explored in the first track, ‘Paradise’. Warm melodic lead vocals that descend into a visceral scream just as easily […]

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Experts in the art of massive sound, Brigade’s new album, Dissonance, has all the hallmarks of a masterpiece; an album that is worth listening to in full. It’s thick and rich throughout, with sparkle at the edges and powerful melodic vocals, so let’s look at just some of the tracks on offer. In a break […]

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This long-player is a total find. Back in 2008, San Fran’s Elephone released Canister a ferociously playful and quirky album that should have been a global hit. You could sum it up as Modest Mouse crossed with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves… let’s give it a spin. The opener is […]

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This is one sweet attic find. The first and only album from Brighton punk song crafters, The Pirhanas. Jangling clean guitars, quick beats, tidy bass lines, and that saxophone thread are instantly recognisable and the vocal has a strong accented tinge that usually only works for bands from Scotland or London. You’d be forgiven for […]

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With a syrupy thickness to the sound and some angular full-fry vocals, It Got Colder is part punk, rock, noise, and grunge. Tough Cuffs provide a noisy-sounding album that’s actually quite melodic, conjuring Seattle rather than the band’s native Pittsburgh… although wait, Pittsburgh is a bit of everything right now so that’s an unfair statement. […]

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Formed in 2016, Catatoneya is a alternative rock band from Pittsburgh who offer a guitar-led intelligent sound with tightly co-ordinated rhythm. Their long-player, Solstice, was released in February. From the opening of ‘Lohn Jennon’ right through to ‘Brave At All’, there are some key elements to the sound. The drums are tight and dry, with […]

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You don’t get to spend two decades making face-smacking alt-rock and metal without oodles of talent. That is all! Ego Trip demonstrates this talent; not with weedling solos and constant virtuosity, but by laying down an utterly stomping fourteen tracks of angst-ridden brilliance. Now, for those who haven’t been paying attention since Infest, I would […]

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Freshly fluttering down, down, down onto the doormat in a flash of bright pink vinyl, Further Joy is the new long-player from The Regrettes. Thematically, this is a rather cleverly pop-esque presentation of a set of really quite angular songs. From the start, it’s pop beats and sweet keys that add sugary flavour, while the […]

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Never Let Me Go is a stunner from Placebo, and after things looked like stretching a full decade before we got another studio album, it’s a welcome arrival after eight and a half years. This is one of those albums that feels incredibly complete; it’s not just a series of songs – it’s a proper […]

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If I had ever written songs and albums like Feeder, which I most definitely haven’t, I would be pretty nervous in the build-up to a new release. It has fallen upon me, as I always knew it would, to reassure this band that their new long-player, Torpedo, is not a disappointment. It is, in fact, […]

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Tipped off to Phonotonal in our pre NYE call for new music, Wet Leg are Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers who met at Isle of Wight College. Their eponymous debut album arrives in April 2022 but we have a selection of four songs with which to form an impression of their thumping guitar music. The […]

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Released in April 2021, Party Socks is the second long-player from overtheweather, who got a nod from Old Neon in our end-of-year call out for new music. The album is a rich and warm rock record with emo threads reminiscent of The Early November. It all starts with ‘bönk’, a sub-three-minute stomper with great rhythmic […]

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Originally released in 2007, Belasco’s 61 LP only cropped up for us when we published an archive article about their previous album, Something Between Us. As we often do, we searched for the record to give it a spin in appreciation of the great review it got, which is when we found this follow-up release. […]

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CHVRCHΞS latest long player started during lockdown, but suffers not at all from distance-collaboration. In terms of composition, it’s undoubtedly the band you know and love, but there are some new ideas in the beats that keep things fresh. The opening triplet, which starts with ‘Asking For a Friend’, provides a segue between previous albums […]

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Not every record you spin is freshly pressed. Sometimes you find something in your attic that just isn’t available anywhere else. Even after a couple of decades, you just want to share it. Today, I’m sharing a record from the nineties from a band called Alias titled Goachead. So, who are Alias? They are a […]