The Taxpayers – To Risk So Much for One Damn Meal (album)

During my research into this record – a fun process that usually involves browsing the execrable MySpace far more than I’d like – I discovered that the Taxpayers credit a whopping ten people on this record. This goes some way toward explaining just how they’ve managed to produce such a varied record whilst retaining a […]

Next Biggest Thing music club: Why Why Peaches – Holes

I’ve got a longstanding policy of not posting press releases or otherwise doing any kind of PR on this blog: I review stuff or otherwise indulge in creative or critical writing. That’s what I do. However, I’m going to make an exception for Next Biggest Thing. I’ve a few reasons for this. Because it’s a […]

The End of America – Steep Bay (album)

There are times when cultural differences, no matter how small and minor, seem signficant. It’s my conclusion that Steep Bay by The End of America suffers from these – from my perspective, at least. But Steep Bay is an album that remembers the expansive landscapes of North America rather than the cramped rural countryside of […]

Diamonds – An Introduction (EP)

Diamonds (“The Band”) are a four-piece outfit from the Black Country, composed of members of regional mainstays like Mothertrucker, The Shoguns Decapitator, The Hubble Constant and Fawks. I’ve heard of Mothertrucker but not the other outfits, but then it’s a long time since I lived in the North or went to Birmingham, so that doesn’t […]

Pilotlight – South (digital single)

‘South’ is the first single from Pilotlight’s debut album, The Post War Musical. I’ve not heard the album but according to the press release accompanying this digital single it’s built around a solid theme. Bear with me, for no readily apparent reason I can’t copy and paste text straight out of it… The Post War […]

Annabel – Here We Are Tomorrow (EP)

When Here We Are Tomorrow first came to me for review I had a strong sensation that I’d heard Annabel before. Although I think this wasn’t the case, and I was actually suffering from a bit of ‘music geek’s name confusion’ and thinking of Annalise, alongside recognising their name from their record labels websites, I […]

Cynics – Stones I’ve Thrown 7″

Cynics is Giles Bidder, a musician based in London, who plays “heartfelt acoustic punk”. You want reference points? I’ll give you reference points: Cynics are part of the current, wonderful wave of British punk rock that has also given us Apologies, I Have None, Serf Combat, Calvinball, Bangers and Bastard Rats among others. Acoustic outfits […]

Aged Yummy – Hoi Polloi (single)

A few years back, 2008 or 2009 or so, I saw Aged Yummy at Hector’s House in Brighton, on the basis that one of the band’s members used to be mates with / play in a band with my own band’s then-bassist. At least, this is how I remember the story. My subsequent research (googling) […]

Campaign – Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! (EP)

When I last reviewed Atlanta’s Campaign – all the way back in the heady days of last June, a time I’m sure we all remember fondly through the haze of distance and nostalgia – I noted that the five-piece were clearly intent on reliving the legacy of Gainesville heroes Hot Water Music and the other […]

Captain, We’re Sinking – With Joe Riley (EP)

It’s impossible to mention either Captain, We’re Sinking and the Menzingers (reviewed here) in the same sentence without acknowledging the tight relationship between the two bands. They not only share a hometown – Scranton, Pennsylvania – they also share a genuine bro-bond through the former’s Bobby Barnett and the latter’s Greg Barnett. Scranton isn’t a […]