Gray Young – Staysail

You remember those teeny, tiny little reviews you tend to find in big glossy music mags and dense zines? The 50-or-so word reviews that are all that can be crammed into the space available: dozens of records covered per page. An entire record compressed into less than a square inch. I’ve never really gotten on […]

Dads – Brush Your Teeth ;)

Some of you may already be familiar with both the band Dads and also the record Brush Your Teeth ;). If, like me, you’re a devotee of various music blogs that push obscure stuff I’d never have heard of outside without the aid of TOS-abusing blogspot and tumblr writers, you may be familiar with twinkly […]

Colonics – 1.0 (digital EP)

As long-term readers of NFI will know I’m all about full disclosure (I do try and stop short of TMI, of course). So upfront I’ll admit that being asked to review 1.0 involves a bit of a conflict of interest because Brighton’s Colonics are all good friends of mine. I’ve known all three of them […]

Cain Marko – At Sea

Huh. It turns out that Cain Marko is the real name of The X-Men’s Juggernaught. You know, the big dude who is pretty much unstoppable and was unconvincingly played by Vinnie Jones a few years back. It’s not exactly the reference I was expecting from the name of a band trading in big, buzzy anthemic […]

Mala In Se – self-titled

Although extrapolating from anecdotal, personally-experienced trends is pretty much a big no-no, I have to say that of all of the punk and hardcore records I’ve been sent for review so far this year, very few have been lyrically concerned with the world around them except as metaphor. They’ve mostly been introspective rather than outward-looking. […]

Cattle Drums – The Boy Kisser Sessions + 3

There are a couple of moments in Cattle Drums’ The Boy Kisser Sessions + 3 that punch me in the face and force me to pay attention. The problem – this isn’t really a problem – is that these moments are the band at their most conventional, and there’s a lot more to them than […]

Medicine8 – Mercury Injection b/w R.M.P.O (single)

UK-based Medicine8 are described as “a maverick alt acid house duo”; this leaves me in a bit of a tricky position. Let me lay my cards out. I know pretty much fuck-all about acid house and indeed house music in general; I know acid house had a big influence on the UK rave scene (my […]

NextBiggestThing – Francobollo & Bronze Medallists

Another few months pass, another few tracks come our way courtesy of Next Biggest Thing. I wrote a cursory review of Why Why Peaches‘ ‘Holes’ back in April, and now here’s a double whammy – May brought us Francobollo’s ‘Try?’ and June offers forth Bronze Medallists’ ‘Mathematics’. ‘Try?’ is a quirky track, throwing a fuzzy, stamping […]

United Sons of Toil – When The Revolution Comes, Everything Will Be Beautiful

Madison’s The United Sons of Toil contacted me with news of their latest record at what felt like a pivotal time in left politics in the US: the widespread strikes in the band’s home state of Wisconsin by public sector workers seeking to fight a bill that shamelessly stripped them of their livelihoods. To my […]

Run With The Hunted – self-titled (album)

Start as you mean to go on: on their eponymous first album, Run With The Hunted do just that. It also helps if a precedent has been set: you’ll have heard a lot of hardcore records do what ‘Introspective’, the first track, accomplishes here. Fading in with simple lead and some faintly glitchy effects alongside […]