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Future Hits 171: Canaya

April 9th, 2014

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Canaya
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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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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Album: Bear Trade – Blood And Sand

April 7th, 2014

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Bear Trade
Blood And Sand
Everything Sucks
05 May 2014

by Alex Andrews

Here’s a controversial opinion: punk rock did not reach its pinnacle in New York, London or Washington DC, but in the north of England at some point in the 90s. I’m talking about bands like Broccoli, Chopper, Hooton 3 Car and most notably, Leatherface, the latter who blended the harshly-accented dialect of their native Sunderland, with rich melodies and the kind of burly, bar stool poetry that Hot Water Music’s Chuck Ragan has based his whole career upon.

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Sunday Slaylist: Beyond The Redshift 2014

April 6th, 2014

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This week’s our Sunday Slaylist is taking a look at Beyond The Redshift, a one-day extravaganza of post-rock and post-metal, taking place at three venues across North London on 10 May 2014. The Forum, The Dome, and the Boston Music Rooms will play host to a variety of acts handpicked by the festival’s headline act and curators, those peerless Swedes Cult of Luna.

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Photos: Therapy? @ Manchester O2 Academy 2 – 03 April 2014

April 5th, 2014

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Has it really been twenty years since the release of Troublegum? The Mercury Prize-nominated Therapy? album that went on to help define their entire career? Yes, yes it has. That’s why they’ve released a deluxe boxset re-release of the album, and are currently on tour across the UK playing that album in full. We sent our man Gary Wolstenholme over to the Manchester to dodge wave after wave of crowdsurfers that piled over the barrier at the O2 Academy 2 when the band played ‘Screamager’.

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Album: Bigelf – Into the Maelstrom

April 4th, 2014

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Bigelf
Into the Maelstrom
InsideOut Music
03 March 2014

by Karma Bertelsen

Get ready for an astronomic intergalactic rock saga set in outer space fused with elements of 80s blues and prog-rock: after a long wait of almost six years, Into the Maelstrom is the belated fourth studio album by the ever-changing Bigelf project of eccentric frontman Damon Fox.

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Interview: Matt Stevens talks Lucid and the internet

April 2nd, 2014

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Matt Stevens is a nice guy. Over our two-and-a-half hour stint in a pub just off Denmark Street, he uses a variant of the phrase, “Good on them,” about seven times, regularly wishing well of people he might fundamentally disagree with. Even talking about Scientology – which we agree is “ridiculously bonkers” – after three pints of paint stripper-like lager, Stevens isn’t prepared to stick the boot in: “It’s obviously not real but if it makes people happy, then that’s good.”

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EP: Winnebago Deal – Bail Out

April 2nd, 2014

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Winnebago Deal
Bail Out
Dry Heave Records
19 April 2014

by Tomas Doyle

If you remember Winnebago Deal from the first time around (they formed in 1999, toured with everyone from Blood Brothers to Mondo Generator and had the spirit of punk rock etched into their veins while still picking up major plaudits) then chances are you won’t need telling how brilliant they were, and now continue to be. If, after a four year absence, this review merely serves to give you a heads up that the barnstorming duo are back then you are welcome. Enjoy – shit’s as good as it ever was.

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