The Offcuts vs. WW2 vs. Dinosaurs

In late 2009, one of my favourite hardcore punk outfits in Brighton called it a day: the Offcuts. In the interest of full disclosure I should probably mention that I’ve been friends with the band for years and have lived with most of them at various addresses! Essentially, the band ended when Alex (bass) decided […]

Band Aid: Apocalypse Hoboken

It’s a while since I wrote one of these posts and I’ve been meaning to plug Apocalypse Hoboken for a while anyway, so why not? Apocalypse Hoboken were an idiosyncratic punk rock band hailing from Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 1987 by a group of highschool friends and beginning seriously in ’89, they spent a decade […]

Band Aid: The Gaslight Anthem

here’s a lot you can say about the Gaslight Anthem, but pretty much everything you will or won’t love about this band is going to be a personal response. This is as it should be: the Gaslight Anthem are an intensely personal band, their songs a musical love affair with life. Hell, there’s not much […]

Band Aid: The World/Inferno Friendship Society

I’ve been proselytising about this band for years now, and yet it seems so hard to make people listen. Come on, people: this is the only street-romantic punk rock squatter/anarcho cabaret orchestra/band in the world. What does that ridiculous string of daft labels mean? Well, it means that the World/Inferno perform songs about being poor, […]

Band Aid: Financial Panther

Spend long enough nosing around online punk/hardcore communities – quite often punkers congregate around torrent sites, where it’s easiest to obtain rare, deleted old records – and you’ll be quickly made aware of just how many obscure bands there are out there. More often than not they produce one or two records and then split […]

Band Aid: The Sainte Catherines

I’ve been harping on about Montreal, Quebec’s the Sainte Catherines to anyone who’ll listen for about four years now, ever since they blew me away at a tiny gig at the Brighton Hobgoblin with J Church – who I found disappointingly underwhelming, and more’s the pity punk rock legend and J Church voxman Lance Hahn […]