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Album: Gnarwolves – Gnarwolves

August 20th, 2014

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Gnarwolves
Gnarwolves
Big Scary Monsters/Tangled Talk
15 September 2014

by Alex Andrews

Take a good look at the artwork for Gnarwolves’ first full-length record (click the Read More tag below, yeah?). If you’ve seen a worse album cover this year then please let me know. A mountain of skateboards, a garish shade of green and a font that could’ve been lifted from a Goosebumps novel; it’s pretty much exactly what your parents picture when they think of punk. But as bad as it may be, it’s a fitting representation of the Gnarwolves circus, which has probably rolled into your town at some point over the past of couple of years.

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Album: Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again

July 15th, 2014

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Joyce Manor
Never Hungover Again
Epitaph Records
21 July 2014

by Alex Andrews

Joyce Manor’s last EP Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired was a curious record. Although nine songs long, it lasted just 13 minutes and felt more like a collection of B-sides than a follow-up to their shit-hot debut. But what was most intriguing was that it allowed the band to explore new territories, like 90s skate punk and wistful indie pop, while developing their identity.

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Album: The Menzingers – Rented World

April 24th, 2014

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The Menzingers
Rented World
Epitaph Records
22 April 2014

by Alex Andrews

It might seem unfair, but a new album is always going to be judged by the one that preceded it. So, let’s get this out of the way as quickly as possible; Rented World is not as good as On The Impossible Past. In fact, it doesn’t really come close. If you’re looking for another record charged with the kind of electricity that hums between the sweat-covered walls and low ceilings of beery basement venues or more songs that chronicle the mundanity and nostalgia of small town adolescence, you need to accept the fact that The Menzingers have moved on.

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Album: Bear Trade – Blood And Sand

April 7th, 2014

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Bear Trade
Blood And Sand
Everything Sucks
05 May 2014

by Alex Andrews

Here’s a controversial opinion: punk rock did not reach its pinnacle in New York, London or Washington DC, but in the north of England at some point in the 90s. I’m talking about bands like Broccoli, Chopper, Hooton 3 Car and most notably, Leatherface, the latter who blended the harshly-accented dialect of their native Sunderland, with rich melodies and the kind of burly, bar stool poetry that Hot Water Music’s Chuck Ragan has based his whole career upon.

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Live: Touché Amoré @ London Underworld – 12 December 2013

January 25th, 2014

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It was a Deathwish, Inc double-header the other week when Touché Amoré and Self Defense Family came to town. Well, it was a triple-header if you count Touché Amoré-side project Dad Punchers, who opened the show. Luckily our man Alex Andrews is in to this stuff, so for him it was like getting an extra slice of fried bread with a fry-up.

6 things we learnt watching Touché Amoré in Camden:

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EP: Self Defense Family / Goodtime Boys – Split EP

November 19th, 2013

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Self Defense Family / Goodtime Boys
Split EP
Palm Reader Records
11 November 2013

by Alex Andrews

Self Defense Family are a strange one. They’ve changed their name so many times you can never be sure what they’re actually called; they’re wildly prolific yet they’ve only managed three albums in 10 years; and despite the fact that they practically live on social media, their inane chatter and lack of a proper website means that Wikipedia remains the best way of keeping track of their discography.

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EP: Departures / Moose Blood – Split EP

October 25th, 2013

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Departures / Moose Blood
Split EP
Fist in the Air / No Sleep Records
11 November 2013

by Alex Andrews

You can’t blame for Departures for their sincerity; hardcore has always taken itself far too seriously and the Glaswegians’ particular brand has been inherited from a time when the genre was becoming increasingly self-aware and beginning to develop poetic pretensions. While this kind of music can feel desperate, primal and life-affirming, Departures fall into the trap of sounding meticulously-studied and a little too slick.

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Album: Touché Amoré – Is Survived By

September 12th, 2013

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Touché Amoré
Is Survived By
Deathwish Inc
23 September 2013

by Alex Andrews

It’s been over two years since Touché Amoré released Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me; two years is a long time for a band that spends most of their life in the back of a van, sustaining themselves with part-time jobs and sporadically-released seven-inches. In that time, we’ve seen some of Touché Amoré’s brother and sister bands explore headier, more melodic directions (Title Fight), continue in much of the same fashion (Defeater), or gone on hiatus (Tigers Jaw).

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Live: Texas Is The Reason @ London Electric Ballroom – 04 August 2013

August 6th, 2013

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Texas Is The Reason played their final ever show at the Electric Ballroom here in London on Sunday. For those in attendance, it was a pretty emotional night. Alex Andrews was there to see one of emo’s (in the traditional sense of the word) cornerstone acts say goodbye for the last time.

6 things we learned watching Texas Is the Reason in London…

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