Octaves – Greener Pastures (album)

I’ve got to confess that with a name like Octaves I was expecting something a lot mellower, or at least a bunch of punchy pop-punk tunes, with lots of octave chords, mostly written about how girls suck and girlfriends leaving you sucks and possibly also jobs suck. I should’ve guessed from the cover art, though, […]

Man The Change – Weather the Storm (album)

I first heard about Brooklyn’s Man The Change via a PunkNews announcement about the band organising a Kickstarter project. If they got enough sponsors before March 13th they were going to use this to bankroll the pressing of the record on vinyl and send it out to their sponsors – along side other cool items. […]

The Haunted Continents – Loudest Year Ever (album)

One of my favourite things about reviewing American bands is that I get to look up where they’re from, and that fills out a tiny bit more of my knowledge about a geographically immense country which I’ve only visited a tiny part of. The Haunted Continents, for example, are from Connecticut, which I thought was […]

Yngve & The Innocent – Draw a Line (single)

Yngve & The Innocent (can I pluralise that? Are the rest of the band Innocents? Answers on a postcard) have been busy. Towards the end of 2010 they released the Nothing Was Delivered EP – reviewed here – and now we have this double single. Nominally the single is ‘Draw A Line’, but I think […]

Ghost Heart – The Tunnel (album)

The old adage about writing about music being akin to dancing about architecture is a difficult one to argue against, at least in part because music is an art form which depends so much upon the emotional response of the listener. This in itself depends greatly upon a range of factors such as the mood […]

Direct Hit! & Tit Patrol – split 7″

You may recall Milwaukee’s Direct Hit! from this review of their split with Mixtapes. You may also recall that they played rock-out cock-out anthemic melodic punk of the inherently catchy variety. Tit Patrol are a band I’ve not written about before; they hail from Delaware and occupy territory that’s not a million miles away from […]

Tigon / Canyons / Foreign Theatres – Can’t Have Nothin’ Nice split 12″

As a concept, Can’t Have Nothin’ Nice is pretty damn cool. It’s a three-way collaboration between three bands – Missouri’s Canyons and Foreign Theatres, San Francisco’s Tigon – and three labels, The Ghost is Clear, Melotov and Mayfly. As a record, it’s a bit uneven; there are clear strengths and weaknesses. This might well be […]

Trojan Horse – self-titled

Hey, remember when bands weren’t afraid to be English? And not everything was a 2nd, 3rd or further-generation copy of something American? Although inflammatory statements like that are grossly inaccurate – if you can’t find such music you’re not trying hard enough – there are two reasons I elected to go ahead and write it. […]

Kerouac / The Long Haul – split EP

You’ll have encountered Tangled Talk records before: I’ve reviewed Eastbourne’s Let’s Talk Daggers and Anglesey’s Bastions here on NFI, and fellow Brighton residents may have noticed that they’re an independent label walking on the heavy side of hardcore and riffage based here in the best south coast city (SxC HxC represent and all that, but seriously, […]

The Taxpayers – To Risk So Much for One Damn Meal (album)

During my research into this record – a fun process that usually involves browsing the execrable MySpace far more than I’d like – I discovered that the Taxpayers credit a whopping ten people on this record. This goes some way toward explaining just how they’ve managed to produce such a varied record whilst retaining a […]