Hang the Bastard – Hellfire Reign

According to the short biog on their label’s website, Hang the Bastard “sound like Eyehategod, Electric Wizard and Sabbath learning Slayer riffs whilst listening to Integrity and Ringworm“. Alas, I’ve never listened to Electric Wizard, never heard of Ringworm, am only passingly familiar with Eyehategod and Integrity, and don’t care for Slayer – although I […]

Candy Hearts – Ripped Up Jeans & Silly Dreams

Check out that arts-and-crafts-style cover art to the right. Reminds me of Fuzzy Felt. Remember Fuzzy Felt? Man, that shit was awesome. New York’s Candy Hearts are relatively new faces on the scene but they’ve already gotten quite a bit of attention thanks to the release of their debut album, Ripped Up Jeans & Silly […]

Friday Flash Fiction – 13 Datums Dancing

Hey, it’s a while since I posted one of these, right? Not since April ’09. Damn, how has it been so long. So I was invited to submit a piece of flash fiction for a Christmas-themed issue of a dark fiction e-zine. The only real requirement was that it have a “ghostly” theme and the […]

Castevet – The Echo & the Light

My last review before Christmas, and happily it’s of one of my favourite records of 2010. I’ll have the usual year’s best round-up at some point, but for now why not treat yourself to a copy of Castevet’s The Echo & the Light as a stocking filler? So, Castevet burst into the consciousness of the […]

The Great Explainer – The Way Things Swell (10″ EP)

The furrow ploughed by Gainesville’s Hot Water Music was wide and deep, and in their footsteps have followed a panoply of young bands inspired by the urgency and passion of their melodic post-hardcore. It seems obvious that The Great Explainer are among this host, counting Chuck Ragan and company among their influences, and with their debut […]

Go Rydell – The Golden Age

It feels a little odd to be reviewing this record during the coldest few days Britain’s experienced this year (at least, I don’t remember January being this bad), with its summery youth crew vibe, warm and nostalgic cover art, and the fact that Go Rydell are lucky enough to hail from Orlando, Florida, but on […]

Museum Mouth – Tears in my Beer

Ah, sweet nostalgia, stock in trade of many a band. North Carolina’s Museum Mouth are a three-piece outfit coupling low-key personal lyrics with fuzzed-out lo-fi indie/punk rock. The lyrics are a real strong point although when read they don’t stand out; it’s in their musical context that they work. A poetry of the little things, small […]

Interzone magazine #231

Apparently I’ve never written about Interzone here on Nostalgia For Infinity, which honestly surprises me a bit as it’s the magazine I’ve been subscribed to longest (about six years now, since Andy Cox took over as editor). It’s the only SF magazine I read regularly, thanks to a mix of factors: its persistently cool design […]

Jackals – self-titled (7″ EP)

According to the short blurb I have here, Jackals play powerviolence. And before I go any further, let’s acknowledge that subgenres of a subgenre like powerviolence aren’t categories or pigeonholes so much as they are useful descriptors, a short-hand to try and trace the influences and heritage of sound that leads to any given band, […]

Let’s Talk Daggers – Blankets

Eastbourne is a bit of a punchline of a town, a place mostly remarked upon as a retirement destination or the butt of cruel jokes about council housing tenants. The thing about quiet little out-of-the-way towns that aren’t known for producing much of interest, is that every so often they do produce something really interesting. […]