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Future Hits 182: PIST

August 29th, 2014

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PIST
From: Manchester, UK
Lazy equation: Alabama Thunderpussy if they drank too much.
URLs: Facebook // Website // Bandcamp

As if their name wasn’t enough of a clue, Manchester’s PIST like drinking. It’s pretty much their favourite thing in the world. To be honest, we’re a little bit worried they like it too much, after giant massive Southern Rock-tinged groove-metal riffs. We saw them play the Unicorn in Camden earlier this year, and and we mean that in a really-real way, not in a make-light-of-potential-alcohol-abuse-issues-for-a-pithy-introduction-to-a-Future-Hits-interview. We caught up with guitarist John Nicholson.

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Future Hits 181: Catapult The Dead

August 14th, 2014

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Catapult The Dead
From: Oakland, USA
Lazy equation: Mournful Congregation x early Cult of Luna + even more crushing despair
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp // BigCartel

Oakland’s Catapult The Dead do not take shortcuts. They make anti-Easy Listening music. Case in point being their debut release, All Is Sorrow: a single, 37-minute track that drives through six distinct and equally harrowing passages of punishing heaviness. It was written to be experienced in a single, uncompromising listening session, and boy, it was an intense 37 minutes. We got in touch with them to ask them to explain what we’d just experienced.

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Future Hits 180: Halshug

August 7th, 2014

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Halshug
From: Copenhagen, Denmark
Lazy equation: Doom (the band) if they were Danish and made a point of taking even less shit from idiots.
URLs: Facebook // Website // Bandcamp

If Greg Anderson – he of Goatsnake, Sunn O))), and co-founder of Southern Lord Records – listens to you EP and wants to sign you to his label, then our collective ears  here at Thrash Hits prick up and pay attention. That’s what happened earlier this year to Danish no-nonsense hardcore punks Halshug.  Just one spin of their Dödskontrol EP was enough to convince us to reach out to the trio to get a Future Hits interview sorted – this is brash, bold, and brutally effective stuff.

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Future Hits 179: Trudger

July 29th, 2014

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Trudger

From: Barnsley, UK
Lazy equation: (Neurosis if they had insomnia) x a willingness to put their foot on the accelerator every now and again
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp // Label
Trudger might not be a totally new name on the scene (their debut EP came out two years ago!), but with their debut album finally out in August, they’re very much fresh in our minds. Dormiveglia has highlighted just why Trudger are one of the most promising bands coming out of the North West blackened-crust/hardcore scene right now, which is why we caught up with guitarist Jack Kavanagh and vocalist Chris Parkinson to put them through our Future Hits paces.

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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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EXES
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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Harrowed
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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