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Articles by Alex Andrews

Live: Title Fight + Dead End Path @ London King’s College – 15 May 2013

May 17th, 2013

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If there is one shared passion of the collected Thrash Hits writers (other than smugly mouthing-off about bands on the internet), then it’s football. So when the London leg of Title Fight’s UK tour clashed with the Europa League Final this week, we were worried we wouldn’t be able to find anyone able to review it…so we guess it’s a good job that Alex Andrews is a Spurs man…

6 things we learned watching Title Fight in London…

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Album: Sharks – Selfhood

April 30th, 2013

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Sharks
Selfhood
Rise Records
29 April 2013

by Alex Andrews

Something that doesn’t add up about Sharks is how publications like this very website – usually concerned with the heavier end of the musical spectrum – have come to write about them. Support slots with Gallows, Fucked Up and erm, Lostprophets have seen the band cast by certain sections of the media as the fresh-faced saviours of punk’s true spirit, while they’ve gone on peddling something closer to the radio-ready mod revival spearheaded by bands like the Ordinary Boys (remember them?) at the turn of the millennium.

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Album: Basement – Colourmeinkindness

October 16th, 2012

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Basement
Colourmeinkindness
Run For Cover Records
23 October 2012

by Alex Andrews

It sounds like a cliché, but bands like Basement don’t come around too often. In their short life span, the five kids from Ipswich toured three continents, recorded two albums and managed to sell out  their last ever show – happening at the Camden Underworld next month – in less than 10 minutes. Beyond the hype, though, was a band capable of charming even the most jaded with their heavy-hearted take on melodic hardcore that channelled all the bookish innocence of a distant emo scene.

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Album: Propagandhi – Failed States

August 31st, 2012

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Propagandhi
Failed States
Epitaph Records
3 September 2012

by Alex Andrews

The story goes that Propagandhi formed after Chris Hannah and Jord Samolesky pinned-up a poster in a Winnipeg record store advertising a “progressive thrash band looking for bass player.” It wasn’t until their third bassist that the band released its debut album, but the resulting snotty, skate punk must have confused the band as much the rest of us.

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Album: Joyce Manor – Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired

April 17th, 2012

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Joyce Manor
Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired
Big Scary Monsters
07 May 2012

by Alex Andrews

There is a reason why debut albums are often held with such affection. They arrive without pressure, without expectation and in the best cases, without unnecessary amounts of polish. Such an example was Joyce Manor’s eponymous album. Not since Against Me! had a young band sounded so fresh or so tunefully intense, and as parallels exist between the early trajectories of both bands, it’s with good reason that the promise of a follow-up has caused waves of excitement to ripple throughout the underground.

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Album: Our Time Down Here – Midnight Mass

March 5th, 2012

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Our Time Down Here
Midnight Mass
Take Flight Records
05 March 2012

by Alex Andrews

It’s been nearly a decade since the heydays of London’s Household Name Records, and though a question mark may loom over the label’s legacy, it’s certainly been a long time since the UK has held its native punk bands with the same affinity as their stateside cousins. Though Our Time Down Here bear little resemblance to the likes of Capdown, Lightyear or Five Knuckle, they’re as easily accessible, as staunchly independent and they appear to be waving the same ragged flag for British punk rock.

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EP: Veils – Clarity

January 19th, 2012

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Veils
Clarity
Tangled Talk Records
30 January 2012

by Alex Andrews

From the front cover of Clarity, a deer stares out of a black and white photograph, amidst a desolate, snow covered landscape. It’s a mood that’s mirrored by the eerie guitar that ushers in the EP’s opener and one that hangs in the air, right up until a trail of ringing feedback marks the end of ‘Surrender (Clarity)’.

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Album: Sick Of It All – Nonstop

November 28th, 2011

Sick Of It All
Nonstop
Century Media
31 October 2011

by Alex Andrews

This is a strange one. To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Sick Of It All have decided to compile 20 career-spanning “hits” together on one disk. Only the New York hardcore veterans have gone back and re-recorded them all with the benefits of modern technology and a Danish metal producer behind the helm. Stranger still is that the band’s 1997 classic ‘Good Looking Out’ fails to make the cut whilst ‘Step Down’ – quite clearly the band’s finest moment, as anyone who remembers the P-Rock TV channel will testify – suffers from the same fate.

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Album: Whitemare – Snider

November 4th, 2011

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Whitemare
Snider
BlackDream Records
11 November 2011

by Alex Andrews

When exactly did hardcore develop swagger? It wasn’t too long ago that the genre was crawling with mild-mannered vegans too scared to drink beer, but much like The Bronx, Brighton’s Whitemare are a band who clearly know their way around a guitar lick and presumably a bottle of Jack Daniel’s as well. They’re a far more ferocious beast than their Californian counterparts, though; all snapping, snarling and buoyed up on bravado.

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