Snowing – I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted

I first heard of Snowing when my friend Jay mentioned them at the top of a list of noodly emo/punk-style outfits I should check out; this was back in 2009 when I’d started getting into outfits like Castevet and Grown Ups. Snowing sounded like major movers and shakers in the scene from what he was saying and I […]

The Gateway District – Perfect’s Gonna Fail (album)

Oh boy. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to write about a record because you could so easily sum up your thoughts in a single sentence. That sentence: if you like Dear Landlord, Off With Their Heads, Banner Pilot and The Soviettes then you will also like this. Dead simple huh? Gateway District features current or ex-members of […]

Warren Franklin – Your Heart Belongs to the Midwest

Although it’s not particularly evident from the songs present on Your Heart Belongs to the Midwest, Warren Franklin appears to be a man who virtually lives on the road. Every description I’ve seen of this solo musician describes him as someone happiest when playing in a club, bedroom, basement, or sleeping in the back of […]

The Wild – A Collection (album)

Cool kids, and uncool kids too, may be familiar with Atlanta’s The Wild. They’ve been kicking around for a few years now, touring pretty hard around the US in the process (“We are five friends having a great time playing music together… We all feel the best when we are traveling together and getting to […]

The Atolls – self-titled (EP)

Remember a few years back when two-piece rocks outfits were all the rage? Of course you do! We had Blood Red Shoes, No Age, P.S. I Love You, er… Tenacious D. And before that the White Stripes, the Black Keys, and Death From Above 1979 (who loved it so much they had to come back […]

The American Scene – By Way of Introduction (album)

Although I’m still a long way from really understanding the way that psychology and geography are often linked in terms of the creative output of certain areas of the US, I still like to think I have a decent ability to guess where US bands playing certain styles of music hail from. In the case […]

Direct Hit! – Domesplitter (album)

After my ambivalence toward the slick melodic sounds of Half-Hearted Hero, it’s refreshing to be able to write about something with which I can whole-heartedly engage. Ladies and gentlemen, Direct Hit! They’re a band I’ve written about a few times before, namely in the form of their splits with the adorable Mixtapes and the something-or-other […]

Knuckle Up! – Motivation From Misery (album)

First impressions aren’t always the best basis for judgement. Take the artwork to the right there. It’s going for a pretty stylised thing, and I’m not too sure what that thing actually is. Why not just use a photo? Why does it look like it’s from an amateurishly-inked comic, or possibly one of those bad […]

Heights – Dead End (album)

Heights come to us courtesy of the county of Hertfordshire, famous mostly for containing a variety of Home County-esque landmarks alongside an alarming quantity of my family. None of those, however, play their own brand of metal and hardcore with epic overtones, as a press release assures me Heights do. Look, let’s get one thing […]

Pips – Floppy God (album)

Leeds-based outfit Pips are a leftfield band; I’m not entirely sure how to describe them. Avant-garge? Autistic? In my notes I’ve written “cheeky chirpy weirdo thingrock”, which goes to show 1.) how useless my notes tend to be and 2.) that Pips are pretty good at dodging attempts to categorise them. I’ll make another attempt: […]