South By Southwest is a wonderful place where Foo Fighters play on the patio of a bar and Kvelertak play five shows in three days and we see them all by dumb luck. While the big picture says SXSW is about bands for radio, the underground says it’s all about metal. That’s why the pizza shop on 6th St is called Hoek’s Death Metal Pizza and has a dozen metal bands playing in its backyard every day. There are also some excellent bands flying over to Austin from the UK. Here’s a rundown of the seven that we could find.
The home-grown production line has been in overdrive of late in the rock world, and High Wycombe-based quintet, Young Guns, are proof that it’s showing no signs of fatigue.
Their four track debut EP, ‘Mirrors’, has been produced by former SikTh members Dan Weller and Justin Hill (Enter Shikari, Haunts, Gallows), and covers a host of subjects, from party-induced-excess and temptation, to adolescent aspirations and dependency, and all this in little more than 16 minutes. Read more on Last.fm
Young Guns on Thrash Hits
September 17th, 2012
In addition to those sweet as you like on-stage photos of Cancer Bats’ Main Stage triumph we showed you last weekend, our man Gobinder Jhitta took a shedload of photos at this year’s Leeds Festival. We basically gave him free rein to go shoot whatever and whoever he wanted, and he didn’t let us down – pretty much every band we ranted and/or raved about in our post-Reading & Leeds Festival podcast is featured in his gallery, which you can check out after the jump.
February 9th, 2012
03 February 2012
by David Keevill
Us writing types at Thrash Hits don’t always agree on musical tastes, and Young Guns are one of those bands that polarize opinion in the TH camp. Whereas I thought the 2010 debut release, All Our Kings Are Dead, was a giant, catchy and cohesive beast of steady mainstream rock, one of our omnipotent overlords/editors, Dame Hugh Platt, had the temerity to do some sort of “joke” review, which didn’t seem like much of a “joke” at all. Needless to say, while I thought the Young Gun’s sound was a little contrived but fun nonetheless, other parties flung shit at it like overzealous monkeys.
February 6th, 2010
It’d be all too easy to make a joke that this year’s Kerrang! Relentless Energy Tour is headlined by All Time Low. But then we got thinking: maybe the band picked that name as a pre-emptive defence mechanism? That way, if anyone mouthing off on the internet made a joke about them being rubbish, they could just laugh it off as people taking a cheap and easy shot.
Well, fuck that. Writing the above paragraph has been an All Time Low for me here at Thrash Hits. Oh, ho, ho. Stop me, my sides are splitting.
February 3rd, 2009
Type this band into Google and you’ll get a classic Western movie starring Jack Bauer. Luckily, listening to Young Guns won’t result in one of the worst days of your life. We talked to vocalist, Gustav about why.