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Future Hits 178: The Males

July 21st, 2014

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The Males
From: London (via Dorset), UK
Lazy equation: Queens of the Stone Age if they’d spent their formative years around urban foxes rather than desert fauna
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp // Soundcloud

We’re a sucker for anything that even remotely sounds a bit like Josh Homme. The Males might crib heavily from the work of the Queens of the Stone Age frontman, but as far as influences go, he’s a good one to bounce off of: the band’s new EP has cheeky nods to both early and latter-period QOTSA, with just enough of a Brit-twist for it to really grab our attention.

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Future Hits 177: EXES + first listen to Reptilian

July 18th, 2014

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From: London, UK
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp

Our verdict: This is a rock band! Formed from the ashes of Tropics – a band we were quite partial to – they have become slightly odder in their melodies and there seem to be more melodies on what evidence we’ve heard so far, which we are very much down with. The great news is that there’s still a lot of rocking to be done by Exes and so they’ve let us put their new song, ‘Reptilian’ up on this site. That’s bloody good. Here’s a wee interview with Jodie Cox too. Read, listen, enjoy.

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Future Hits 176: Making Monsters

July 1st, 2014

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Making Monsters
From: Derry, Ireland
Lazy equation: Clean/guttural vocal switches with a non-nostalgic twist of 90s Brit-metal pacing.
URLs: Facebook // Website // Bandcamp

You know what cliche we really, really hate here at Thrash Hits? It’s when in an interview a band describes their new album as being “heavier, but more melodic”. Do you know what that really means? Nothing. It’s just bands flapping their gums because they can’t think of anything interesting to say to a journalist who can’t think of any interesting questions to ask. Northern Ireland’s Making Monsters, on the other hand, will never have to tip-toe around the issue of balancing these two often-conflicting concepts as they’ve already got it down tight. That’s why we caught up with bassist Joe Coyle for a little Future Hits interrogation.

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Future Hits 175: Harrowed

June 11th, 2014

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From: Kent, UK
Lazy equation: Trap Them if they were forced to hang out in crap British seaside towns.
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp // Blogspot

Harrowed recorded their debut full-length, Into Inferno, at Lightship95, the same studio where Bastions recorded their beyond-intense Island Living EP. That little speck of trivia was all it took to get our attention. The fact that they make caustic, waspish, and deeply malevolent sounding hardcore with just a smudge of blackened crust around the edges was more than enough to keep it.

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Future Hits 174: Milk Teeth

May 15th, 2014

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Milk Teeth
From: Bristol-via-Cheltenham/Dursley, UK
Lazy equation: (Pixies – the tedious infighting) x the darker side of Sub Pop Records
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp // Venn Records

Every stupid revival trend is chock-a-block with poor copycats of the classics. We’ve all been through enough thrash revivals to be well aware of that fact. Right now the grassroots of UK rock are producing a massive groundswell of grunge nostalgia, and thankfully in amongst all the lank-haired student bands who’ve only just discovered Bikini Kill and Melvins, there are a few shining examples of great bands in there too. Chief among those is Milk Teeth, who’s punky, male/female vocal split take on the genre is a damn sight more engaging than the legions of moody recently-dumped young men ripping off Mudhoney riffs.  We caught up with the whole bleeding lot of them for our latest Future Hits interview.

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Future Hits 173: Baby In Vain

May 8th, 2014

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Baby In Vain
From: Copenhagen, Denmark
Lazy equation: (Melvins – grunge) x (Scandinavia + post-punk)
URLs: Facebook // Website // Store

Despite the plethora of ways you can hear about new music, there’s something about getting a positive recommendation from a friend that makes us want to check out a band. Baby In Vain came to us that way, and the Danish trio’s grunge-meets-postpunk definitely ticked some of our favourite boxes. Lola Hammerich, Benedicte Pierleoni and Andrea Thuesen put their collective head together to tackle our Future Hits interrogation.

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Future Hits 172: Stereo Virgins

April 17th, 2014


Stereo Virgins
From: The Wirral/Liverpool, UK
Lazy equation: Fuzz tones + grunge spirit x PURE RIFFS
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp // BigCartel // DONATE

On 12 March 2014, Lyam Kirkham, drummer with Stereo Virgins, died from a brain tumour. This was mere days after the release of the band’s superb double-A side, 333/Blood & Fire. Prior to Lyam’s passing, we’d interviewed both himself and his bandmate, bass player Beck Alveston, for our Future Hits column. Out of respect for Lyam, we shelved the interview and asked our readers to donate to the fund set up to commemorate his life. Now, with the band’s blessing, we are going to publish the interview, and once again urge you all to buy some Stereo Virgins merch or donate to The Brain Tumour Charity. Since Lyam’s passing, Stereo Virgins have been donating all merchant sales of their merch to this charity. Please visit this link if you would like to buy their merchandise, or simply just donate an amount you can afford to this page, anything you can give big or small will be greatly appreciated. It’s through JustGiving so it is simple, fast and totally secure.

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Future Hits 171: Canaya

April 9th, 2014

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From: Leeds, UK
Lazy equation: Older Mastodon + the dirtier end of British metal x LEEDS
URLs: Facebook // Twitter // Bandcamp

Thrash Hits verdict: There’s no use denying it – Leeds is undoubtably one of the crucibles of new heavy music talent in the UK right now. Formed from the fresh guts of a half-dozen other bands, Canaya are another band with their roots in the city. They take the temperance of riffing you’ll find in older Mastodon and smash it together with a very British approach (i.e. not-swampy) to sludge. It’s chunky without being simple, and heavy without being dumb. That’s the best combination. We lined up their guitarist, Owen Wilson, to answer our questions.

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Future Hits 170: Shrine

March 31st, 2014

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From: Brighton, UK
Lazy equation: Oceansize + Mastodon
URLs: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Thrash Hits verdict: As with pretty much all new bands, they formed from the ashes of a couple of bands from within the same local scene and Shrine did just that. With drummer, Liam Kearley and bassist, Andrew Gosden putting the band together with Joe Gosney, guitarist and today’s interview subject, they started putting music together. When Will Gardner’s band, Lithurgy parted ways, he added vocals. The result is a proggy, math riff-oriented mix of rock and metal that knows how long to linger on the melodies and when to descend into darker, sludgier ways. They’re releasing a new EP on 07 April 2014 but we’re streaming it below. Listen to it.

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Future Hits 169: Falls

March 12th, 2014

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From: Flintshire, North Wales
Lazy equation: Pulled Apart By Horses x Baby Godzilla
URL: Website // Facebook // Twitter 

Thrash Hits verdict: It’s easy to become disenchanted with the UK rock scene. There are one too many Britrock bore-offs peddling a dull as fuck brand of watching-paint-dry-core right now. Luckily we also have bands like Welsh loons Falls to provide an antidote. Dealing in the same breed of erratic rock as the likes of Pulled Apart By Horses, while packing in big choruses and causing Baby Godzilla levels of bedlam when they play live, they’re certainly more exciting than anything you’ll hear on the likes of Cavalier Youth.

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