The Strange Times – I Love Cops (EP, 2014)

Strange Times feat

New York’s The Strange Times aren’t shy of sharing their mission statement. Their claimed intent is to “make the most relevant punk rock you’ve heard in decades.”

Acid Fast – Rabid Moon (album, 2014)

Acid Fast feat

Oakland’s Acid Fast recently released their first album, presumably to help me ring in the new year.

The Dauntless Elite – More Bloody Bad News

It’s a pleasure to be coming back to the Dauntless Elite after so long. They’re a band I’ve always thought of fondly, but leafing back through my record collection I realise I’ve not actually heard anything from them since 2004′s Security? Apparently I’ve not picked up any of their records since then. I also remember […]

A random assortment of NFI’s favourite records of 2011 (Pt. 3)

So in parts 1 and 2 I listed a bunch of stuff that I liked. In part 3 I will reveal my actual favourite record(s) of the year, and run through some of the other releases that almostmaybecoulda made it into the main attraction…

A random assortment of NFI’s favourite records of 2011 (Pt. 2)

In part 1 I wrote about a bunch of my favourite records from last year. Well, here are a bunch more. They are still not in any particular order and I wouldn’t rate the following above or below the ones you read about yesterday. I am only playing favourites in a very general sense. Tomorrow, […]

A random assortment of NFI’s favourite records of 2011 (Pt. 1)

Once again I won’t even try to pretend that this is an objective list of any kind. Hell, even out of the shit I like I would probably have written a different list towards the end of December, or if I’d left it another few weeks. Still, here’s a round-up of my favourite twenty records […]

Ed Wood – The Violent Years

The low-budget genre director Ed Wood is much-beloved of fans of so-bad-they’re-good films, particularly those involving cheap monsters and wonky flying saucers. The man was so widely recognised for his complete lack of filmmaking talent that he was posthumously awarded with a Golden Turkey Award for being the worst director ever. The only comparable artist […]

The Bombpops – Stole the TV

And here we are, the very last review of 2011. (I admit that to engineer this feat of scheduling I had to queue this to be posted four hours after this morning’s review of We’ll Go Machete, which I recommend you go read now if you’ve not yet done so.) It’s an emotional moment. By […]

We’ll Go Machete – Strong Drunk Hands

These days it’s so easy to describe music as post-hardcore that the term has almost lost meaning. Still, if to you post-hardcore still recalls Fugazi, Shellac, Drive Like Jehu, Quicksand or even more modern mathy outfits like These Arms Are Snakes and (my personal favourites) Future of the Left, it’s highly probable that you’ll derive a great deal […]

Sharks Come Cruisin – A Past We Forget That We Need Know

When I first read about and heard Rhode Island’s Sharks Come Cruisin I mentally slotted them into place alongside American punk bands who play a spin on Irish folk music, ala. the Dropkick Murphys or the Real Mackenzies. I am prepared to admit that this was stupid and wrong. Actually, Sharks Come Cruisin are more like… hmm. […]