Thrash Hits verdict: It’s probably a bit of a misnomer to lumber Intervals with the unwieldy “supergroup” label. Sure, there are former members of The Haarp Machine and Skyharbour in it. Sure, everyone involved in the project is basically pretty damn brilliant at what they do. But “supergroup” is the ultimate millstone to hang around a band’s neck – it weighs them down before they’ve even gotten going. Let’s not lumber Intervals with it before their debut album drops. We caught up with band founder and overall lynchpin, guitarist Aaron Marshall, to go through our Future Hits interrogation before that dreadful day arrives.
February 7th, 2014
Thrash Hits verdict: Bad Grammar are exactly the kind of band we needed to scratch a particular itch we’ve been feeling for a while now. We’ve overplayed so many of our favourite grunge records in the last few months, but still haven’t become burnt out on those sounds, but at the same time every nu-grunge revivalist we’ve tried to listen to has just sounded like pale facsimiles of their influences. We needed someone to come along and give grunge enough of a twist that we wouldn’t want to smash their records and throw the pieces into the nearest gutter. Aloha, Bad Grammar.
January 23rd, 2014
Thrash Hits verdict: We first met This Year’s Ghost’s guitarist and lead songwriter, Paul McKenzie, in the pub. He had just tattoo’d a quite frankly obscene gesture onto one of our friends – his Day Job being a tattooist, that sort of thing comes with the trade – and he mentioned that he happened to be in a band. We dutifully went and checked them out, and yes sir, we were impressed. This Year’s Ghost have a fierce grunge heart, tempered with the progressive mindset of a young Biffy Clyro – making them one of 2014′s most interesting prospects. The band has just released their new Winter Earth EP, so we figured now was as good a time as ever to make McKenzie answer to our Future Hits interrogation.
January 10th, 2014
Thrash Hits verdict: When bands we love tour the world, we pay attention to who they have as support bands in other countries; it’s because of a support-slot with perennial Thrash Hits favourites Rolo Tomassi that we became first aware of Bateman. That they play a mangled mix of gruff hardcore and mathcore, and are giving away their excelled 2012 EP, Ultra Violence, for free, made them a shoe-in for a Future Hits interrogation.
January 2nd, 2014
Thrash Hits verdict: Manchester hasn’t exactly got a particularly notable pedigree when it comes to British metal – more often it’s been Birmingham and London that have spawned the UK’s biggest names in heavy music. In recent years though, Manchester has been seeing a powerful resurgence when it comes to underground sounds. As well as some of the best new indie labels (like Church of Fuck), and among the bands making waves there is Old Skin. Nameless, furious, and unrelenting, their debut EP MÆRE was one of 2013 under-appreciated gems.
December 17th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: As much as we’re down with DIY and despite the weight of tedious thinkpieces about the “death of record labels” clogging up certain corners of the internet, when you find a label that consistently puts out music you like, you learn to grab hold and not let go. We’re like that with Tangled Talk. While the label has had something of a quiet year, the new bands they’ve been working with in 2013 have been anything but quiet. Case in point: Stallone. We dropped a line to Alex from the band to give us the inside story.
November 29th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: Death metal bands with revolting names aren’t new. Death metal bands with silly, bodily-function-orientated song titles/lyrics aren’t new either. We see so many of them passing through our inbox on a dialy basis we’ve actually run out of convoluted metaphors to explain just how little a shit we give about them these days. Foetal Juice are different, however. Their latest EP is called Big Trouble in Little Vagina – a play on words of one of John Carpenter’s classic cinematic team-ups with Kurt Russell. That got our attention. We got the band’s drummer, Rob Harris, on the line to tell us why they chose to desecrate a great work by two of Thrash Hits’ cinematic idols in the name of filthy death metal.
October 29th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: Somewhere along the line, it got okay for metal to get thick. Bands spent more time writing songs about smashing beers and various back doors in. That’s all a bit uncouth. Sometimes you need to take a break from all that. Sometimes you need to listen to a band that’s spent more time reading Yeats and Eliot than they have reading the instructions to put together a beer-bong. That band is Gyre. We got one of the band’s guitarists, Ian McCartney, to tell us what’s what.
October 18th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: Sometimes a band comes along that is too good. A band so good that we get actively irritated that the rest of the world doesn’t love them like we do. Bands like Chambers fell into that category. Nice Hooves are a band in that category. We like them so much, when the BBC asked us to pick a song during their Review Show Download Festival special, they were the first band that sprung to mind. They’re part of the No Rest Until Ruin label gang, which makes them more DIY than every branch of B&Q put together, and you can download their entire debut for free. Seriously, the barriers stopping you from getting this band’s music into your ears are virtually nil. Get on it.
We dropped an email to Nice Hooves frontman, Dave Graw, and he sent us back the best Future Hits interview response we’ve had in months.
October 11th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: When it comes to bands like The Woken Trees, we’re willing to stretch the boundaries of the Thrash Hits remit as far as they will go. Sure, the Danish six-piece aren’t as “traditionally” heavy as most of the bands we cover here on the site, but there’s more internal darkness in the three songs you’ll hear over the course of our interview than you’ll hear on half the boring black metal coming out of Scandinavia in 2013.