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.”

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 […]

Early & Often – Present No Fiction, Fear No Tense (EP)

Both shoehaze and post-rock can be funny things. At times they can strike you with tremendous force, with alternately minimalist or convoluted compositions somehow contriving to carry huge emotional impact. At other time you can listen to something and find it perfectly enjoyable but have effectively nothing interesting to say about it. So it is […]

Velvet Coast – The Letter from Private (EP)

Following on from last week’s review of Hound’s We Will Never Sleep EP, here’s the second offering from Seoul-based Realize Records: The Letter from Private by Velvet Coast. As with Hound I don’t really know anything about Velvet Coast themselves; for both bands I tried to google up a little information to try and provide more context, […]

Hound – We Will Never Sleep (EP)

I was contacted a few month’s ago by South Korean label Realize Records, who described themselves as covering punk, metal, rock, grunge, hardcore and more. If that sounds like a lot for one label to cover, it’s because the region doesn’t have the largest subcultural music scenes, so those bands that there are tend to […]

Broadcaster – Joyride (EP)

Apparently Long Island’s Broadcaster formed in 2010 as “a ‘less business, more fun’ side-project devoted to playing a handful of 90s covers at local shows”, but found themselves taking off from there thanks to a broadly positive reception. It’s not hard to see why; their mid-pace melodic songwriting, liberally peppered with fat and throaty bass, jangly […]

Half-Hearted Hero – Running Water (12″ EP)

New Bedford, Massachusset’s Half-Hearted Hero are described as influenced by A New Found Glory, Small Brown Bike, The Starting Line, NOFX, Living With Lions, Punchline and The Fullblast. Some of that I can see more than others; they’re somewhere between the bro-happy speed and whimsy of ANFG and the po-faced mid-pace melodic mastery of Small Brown Bike, […]

Event Horses – Dance With the Devil (EP)

Mmm, things are starting out pretty well here for Ballycastle’s Event Horses. Buckets of throaty vocals and fat, rocking riffs, all wrapped up in a thick and meaty sound. Plus the first thing you see when you pick up this record is some seriously slick artwork and design, with more character to it than a […]

Handguns – Don’t Bite Your Tongue (EP)

Everyone has at least a few bands that they just don’t get along with. For me, one such band is The Ataris – whether it’s fair or not I have a long-standing perception of the band as being far too wishy-washy for my tastes, and far too stuck in a rut of only writing songs about […]

Protected Left – Songs of the Doomed (EP)

Hailing from Michigan’s Grand Rapids and the fantastically named Kalamazoo, Protected Left play fast-paced melodic hardcore punk rock. They’re far from alone in this, but it’s hard to deny that they do it well. Take opener ‘Nightmare’, driven by an almost unrelenting punk drumbeat (you know, whacking the snares on the 2nd and 4th beat… you […]