The Ergon Carousel – Dead Banks (album)

When faced with grind as ridiculously fast as this, the reviewer has a few options open to him or her. The first is to plump for abstract or ridiculous analogies and hyperbole: Paint-blisteringly fast, The Ergon Carousel are punching you in the face ten thousand times a minute with their unstoppably intense hyperspeed velocity noisecore. GRRind! […]

Hold Tight – Can’t Take This Away (album)

It’s safe to say that Hold Tight! are deeply embedded in the contemporary US punk rock aesthetic, from trivial markers like the exclamation mark in their name (seriously, those have been a thing for a while now) through the endearingly sloppy qualities of the vocals all the way to the way the band string together their […]

Slabdragger – Regress (album)

Slabdragger play music that belongs firmly in the “as fuck” category. You know: loud as fuck. Heavy as fuck. Sludge as fuck. Stoner as fuck. In fact, I’m kinda bummed that I’m not writing this review whilst baked out of my mind, but in fairness taht cluoc krow tuo yldab rof uoy ,eht redaer. So yeah, […]

Antillectual – Start From Scratch (album)

Dutch outfit Antillectual recently lost their bassist, Tim van Tol, so I’d guess that Start from Scratch is the last record on which he’ll play. It’s a shame but the band have been around since 2000 and changes to line-up are hardly going to stop them at this point. The band hail from the Netherlands – Nijmegen / […]

Diamonds – Crystal Ravens (mini-album)

It’s only a few months since Diamonds last graced Nostalgia For Infinity; you may recall this review of the An Introduction EP. Crystal Ravens is their first official release and is also the debut release for label Allegiance Records. I’ll refresh your memory: Diamonds play a distinct and distinctly oddball style of music that draws on disco-punk, powerviolence […]

Monument – Goes Canoeing (album)

It strikes me as a little weird that so many offshoots of punk and hardcore music – the diverse subgenres that sprouted in the creative and open environment of 80s and 90s independent music – come back to root in pop-punk. Equally it’s not weird at all; it takes a hard-edged person to dislike the […]

Shuteye Unison – Our Future Selves

Is it a cliché to compare a band playing texturally dense indie rock with rich power-pop melodies to Broken Social Scene, or is that just a side effect of the sound being so dominated by a band of significant stature? Well, the comparison certainly stands, as do comparisons to more straightforward and hooky shoegaze-lite indie rockers like […]

By Surprise – Mountain Smashers

There’s something enduringly whimsical about Mountain Smashers, the first album from New Jersey quartet By Surprise. Possibly it’s the recurrent references to Douglas Adam, something which as an Englishman I’m most likely genetically predisposed to find endearing. Or perhaps it’s the laid-back literary air of the album; as well as Doug Adams there are overt […]

One Win Choice – Conveyor

A five-piece hailing from Philadelphia, One Win Choice won’t be winning prizes for breaking new ground. You’ve heard this before if you’ve listened to Strike Anywhere, Comeback Kid, Rise Against, Boysetsfire, and so on. Think throaty tough-edged melodic hardcore with a socio-political bent to the lyrics and you’re pretty much there. But the really pressing […]

The Static Age – In the City of Wandering Lights

It’s been about a year since I last had a listen to the swirling new wave-ish sounds of Vermont’s The Static Age – I reviewed their EP i/o here – and at the time I wasn’t wholly convinced. Although the band had a knack for lush, dreamy pop melodies I found that for the most […]