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Live: Möngöl Hörde @ Newcastle O2 Academy 2 – 20 June 2014

July 2nd, 2014

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It’s Summer. It’s festival season. There’s sod all to do otherwise. What better reason to skip yet another night of the World Cup than Frank Turner’s Week Off – aka his other band Möngöl Hörde on tour with Palehorse and Oxygen Thief – what is essentially a Best Song Title contest masquerading as a bunch of UK dates? Take it away gents…

Six Things That Happened When We Went To See Möngöl Hörde in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne:

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Live: Funeral For A Friend @ London Underworld – 30 April 2014

May 7th, 2014

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You know what, Funeral For A Friend? If you’d waited until next year, you could’ve billed this tour where you’re playing Hours – your magnificent second album – in full as a tenth anniversary celebration of said album. But you didn’t. Oh, okay, we forgive you. But only because we like you so much. Let’s see what that Gavin Lloyd thought about your show at the Camden Underworld last week.

Six things we learned watching Funeral For A Friend in London…

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Live: Turbowolf @ London Barfly – 25 April 2014

May 1st, 2014

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They’ve been away beavering away on their second album – more on that in an interview coming very soon – so it should come as no surprise that Turbowolf had loads of new material to unleash on their recent UK tour. We sent along fanboy Hugh Platt to watch their sold-out London show and write an entirely biased account of how awesome it was.

Six things we learned while watching Turbowolf in London…

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Live: Roadburn Festival @ Tilburg 013 – 09-13 April 2014

April 29th, 2014

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Roadburn Festival describe themselves as “Europe’s leading underground festival for psychedelic, avant-garde, doom or any other variation of leftfield sonic pleasures that push the boundaries of music.” It’s that offering that brought Rob McAuslan over the sea and back to the festival for his third consecutive visit – this year featuring line-up choices and a day of curation from one Mikael Åkerfeldt.

Six Things We Learned At Roadburn 2014:

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Live: A Plastic Rose @ London Upstairs at The Garage – 16 April 2014

April 26th, 2014

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London is a cruel place for bands to gig. Audiences have seen it all before. They stand at the bar with their arms folded, demanding to be impressed. A Plastic Rose found that out the hard way when they came to North London, but as Gavin Lloyd observed, it didn’t dent their momentum at all.

Six things we learned while watching A Plastic Rose in London…

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Live: Of Mice & Men @ London KOKO – 18 April 2014

April 23rd, 2014

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Camden Town smells. In the sunshine, it often smells very bad indeed. On Bank Holiday Weekends, it often smells even worse than usual, thanks to all the spilled cider and puddles of drying vomit. smelled something when he caught Of Mice & Men’s headline show there just before Easter, but was it the smell of success, or just the pong of stale hype? 

Six things we learned while watching Of Mice & Men in London…

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Live: Stephen O’Malley @ London St John on Bethnal Green – 11 April 2014

April 15th, 2014

Even in a genre as pointed iconoclastic as heavy music can be, Stephen O’Malley does not make “easy” music. As one of the founders of doom-drone experimentalists Sunn O))), he pushes the boundaries of what constitutes music. With his solo stuff, well, let’s just say he drives through those boundaries with the care and consideration of Dick Dastardly trying to win the Wacky Races, only with “insane noises made with a guitar while remaining stoic and in the shadows” instead of “wild scheme to crash everyone else’s car” as his Unique Selling Point. 

Six things we learned while watching Stephen O’Malley in London…

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Live: Old Man Gloom @ London Scala – 03 April 2014

April 7th, 2014

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It’s taken them fifteen long, long years to get their act together, but Old Man Gloom are playing their first ever European shows – of which just a single one is taking place in the UK. We set Hugh Platt down to finally, finally get that taste of Old Man Gloom he’s been jonesing for ever since he heard Meditations in B as an ugly teenager.

Six things we learned while watching Old Man Gloom in London…

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Live: Mutoid Man @ Los Angeles The Echo – 19 March 2014

March 26th, 2014

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It’s nice seeing a band comprised of musicians that you have incredible respect for but it’s bittersweet when it’s a band that, for a variety of reasons, not many people will ever get the chance to see. This was the situation when Raz went down to see Mutoid Man, who have members of Converge and Cave In in their midst, supported by Black Mare in LA.

Six things we learned while watching Mutoid Man in LA…

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Live: Architects @ London KOKO – 14 March 2014

March 20th, 2014

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Over three long years ago, many predicted that Architects’ headline show at KOKO on the eve of the release of The Here and Now was the start of an album campaign that would catapult the band into mainstream greatness. That didn’t happen, and the band have spent several years working on rebuilding the momentum that got them to that point. Now they’re back at the venue where that journey began at – will history repeat itself? Gavin Lloyd was on hand to bear witness.

6 things we learnt watching Architects in London:

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