We went on the BBC Radio 1 Review Show for the sixth time earlier this month. Come and listen to what happened when our Deputy Editor, Hugh Platt, got Shrine their first ever play on national radio, and had to describe what listening to a rubbish Rita Ora song was like without resorting to a stream of expletives.
April 10th, 2014
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.
April 8th, 2014
April 7th, 2014
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…
April 7th, 2014
Blood And Sand
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.
April 6th, 2014
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.
April 5th, 2014
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’.
April 4th, 2014
Into the Maelstrom
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.
April 2nd, 2014
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.”