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 […]

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. […]

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 […]