Victoria & Jacob – With No Certainty 7″

It’s a few months now since I last wrote about London electro-pop duo Victoria & Jacob, and at long last their new single ‘With No Certainty’ has arrived. Almost: it’s out this weekend. I’ve been listening to it quite a bit over the last few months, and the pair’s dreamy melodic pop has dug its […]

Blacklisted – No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me

Deathwish isn’t a label I’ve really followed over the years, as in my head I had it pegged as a repository of boring macho metalcore. But while it probably has had such bands on its roster at some point, it has also played host to hardcore luminaries like Cursed, Breather Resist, Modern Life Is War, […]

Antares – L’esprit de l’escalier

Antares hail from Leeds/Barnsley, not far from where I grew up until the age of 11, unsullied by such things as hardcore and tech-metal and grindcore. Innocent, boring times. As far as I can tell this is the band’s first EP and it’s a bruiser: four slices of kickass loud, fast and technical music that […]

Rolo Tomassi / Throats – split 7″ single

It’ll be a bit of a Holy Roar-themed week as I’ve decided to review a few of their recent-ish releases – although this first one is a co-release with Hassle. I mentioned this 7″ in my 2009 Best of the Year round-up among the “hon. mention” EPs. It’s clearly not an EP, though, offering just […]

LR Rockets – Renee Loves Losers / OK Let’s Talk

London’s LR Rockets play new wave-inspired electro-indie in a style that’s pretty popular right now. As always this is a hit and miss situation; they have a lot of potential fans out there, but they’ll have to clamour to get themselves noticed amongst hordes of all-too-derivative bands. In fairness to this quintet, however, they’ve got […]

The Mae Shi – HLLLYH

I saw the Mae Shi for the first time just a few weeks ago at ATP: the Fans Strike Back. A review of that whole festival is forthcoming (um, eventually) but suffice to say that I didn’t have any expectations except that they put on a great live show. They did, it was fun, and […]

Album Review: Walk.DontWalk – A Horse To Be Reckoned With

Thanks to being grossly behind with my RSS feeds I failed to notice that my review of Brum outfit Walk.DontWalk‘s debut album, A Horse To Be Reckoned With, had gone live over at The Dreaded Press. On April 18th. I think that qualifies as a big fat fail. This seems as opportune a moment as […]

Music Reviews: The Measure [SA] – Songs About People… And Fruit ‘n Shit

  The Measure [SA] have been attracting a fair bit of attention in the world of punk rock of late, and deservedly so. While it’s a lazy comparison and one I probably wouldn’t be making if it weren’t for the frontwoman’s gender, when you first hear this band it’s almost inevitable that you’ll think of […]