The Saddest Landscape – You Will Not Survive

Boston’s The Saddest Landscape are  a band with a bit of a pedigree; originally formed in 2002, they released splits with notable outfits like Funeral Diner and shared the stage with a number of contemporary emo and screamo outfits. They split for a couple of years in ’06 and ’07 before reuniting for a few […]

Bars of Gold – Of Gold!

The press release for Of Gold, the debut release from Michigan’s Bars of Gold, is almost overwhelming in its hyperbolic excitement. It’s a bit of a turn-off if I’m honest, but then I’ve always been a bit of a contrarian wanker when it comes to marketing. In fairness, though, this is the new project from […]

Prismo Perfect – Out of Nowhere

Noise-pop trio Prismo Perfect hail from Brest in France, and Out of Nowhere is their debut EP. Or was their debut EP, I should say, as it was actually self-released all the way back in 2009. But what the hell, this isn’t the first time NFI has reviewed something after the event. So, Prismo Perfect […]

Feldberg – I’m Not Thinking Of You

This will be an extremely short review as it’s of a digital single with no b-sides, clocking in at a meagre 2:22. It’s courtesy of Icelandic music/vocals duo Feldberg, aka. instrumental multi-tasker Einar Tönsberg and singer Rósa Ísfeld, and UK indie label Smalltown America. ‘I’m Not Thinking of You’ is a preciously delicate piece of […]

Sledgeback – Bite the Bullet

Bite the Bullet is the fourth full-length from Seattle’s Sledgeback, a band with a more interesting than usual backstory: frontman Gabor Szakácsi, ex-Hungary’s C.A.F.B. (Cops Are Fucking Bastards, an alternative to the more-familiar UK acronym A.C.A.B, which you can probably figure out) moved to the US sometime in 2004 not knowing a word of English […]

We Were Skeletons – self-titled

Pennsylvania three-piece We Were Skeletons play frenetic, hectic, desperate, flailing, violent hardcore screamo – or, to put it in the band’s own terms, “mid-tempo choderock”. You know it. Looking at the band’s online presence it’s pretty obvious they don’t take themselves too seriously… yet listening to their tunes it’s clear where the band have invested […]

Solar Bear – Captains of Industry (CD EP)

Walking in the deep, dissonant and devastating footsteps of hyperactive post-hardcore giants like Blood Brothers, These Arms Are Snakes, Palatka and Assfactor 4 is no mean feat, but with Captains of Industry Solar Bear have managed it with aplomb. Opening with a soft yet noisy, busy but muted, distant and tinny intro, the EP explodes […]

imadethismistake – Bow and Quiver

Straight up confession: I did not dig imadethismistake when I first heard them. On my first listens Bow and Quiver sounded like folky punk/alt-rock which lacked any of the ingredients necessary to hook me in. Fortunately, because I do this for fun and don’t have to churn through reviews after one or less listens, I persevered, […]

Candy Hearts – Ripped Up Jeans & Silly Dreams

Check out that arts-and-crafts-style cover art to the right. Reminds me of Fuzzy Felt. Remember Fuzzy Felt? Man, that shit was awesome. New York’s Candy Hearts are relatively new faces on the scene but they’ve already gotten quite a bit of attention thanks to the release of their debut album, Ripped Up Jeans & Silly […]

Castevet – The Echo & the Light

My last review before Christmas, and happily it’s of one of my favourite records of 2010. I’ll have the usual year’s best round-up at some point, but for now why not treat yourself to a copy of Castevet’s The Echo & the Light as a stocking filler? So, Castevet burst into the consciousness of the […]