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.
April 9th, 2014
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.
March 31st, 2014
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.
March 12th, 2014
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.
February 24th, 2014
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.