Take a good look at the artwork for Gnarwolves’ first full-length record (click the Read More tag below, yeah?). If you’ve seen a worse album cover this year then please let me know. A mountain of skateboards, a garish shade of green and a font that could’ve been lifted from a Goosebumps novel; it’s pretty much exactly what your parents picture when they think of punk. But as bad as it may be, it’s a fitting representation of the Gnarwolves circus, which has probably rolled into your town at some point over the past of couple of years.
The mighty Pink Mist collective are going to be selling their wares in real life at Boxpark, east London from 12pm Monday, 06 May 2013. Made up of excellent indie labels Holy Roar, Tangled Talk, Big Scary Monsters and Blood And Biscuits plus a live promoter, they’re gonna be selling records and having sweet instore sessions. Monday is May Day bank holiday, so you have no excuse if you’re even vaguely nearby.
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.
From: Hereford, UK Sounds Like: Instrumental, meandering heavy rock that aspires to a massive sound. Website:MySpace.com/GoTalons
Thrash Hits verdict: We first came across Talons in June 2009 when we took part in the Big Scary Monsters 5-a-side football tournament as part of the victorious Fear & Records team. We beat Talons along the way so decided to listen to their CD as consolation. We like it and now here they are with a record which is as ambitious as it is unorthodox. They have no singer?!? CRIPES! We caught up with bassist Chris Hicks to chat about stuff and things related to his band, Talons.
A lot of people are saying great things are going to come from The Tupolev Ghost. We had a chat with frontman James Parrish about the his hopes and dreams for the band as well as Swine Flu and Limp Bizkit.
Thrash Hits verdict: This band is a fantastic amalgamation of all your favourite post-rock and post-hardcore sounds from the 1990s and the turn of the century. They also DSTRY stages with their cracking live show. The Tupolev Ghost are a fascinating, honour-fuelled band that a lot of people are going to get to care about if they get the breaks they deserve.
See You In Another City EP
Big Scary Monsters
by Mischa Pearlman
See You In Another City, the latest release from Birmingham’s Blakfish, almost blasts you there in the second you press play – first song Preparing For Guests is prefaced with a throat slicing, vocal chord cutting, bloodcurdling scream, before the rest of the song kicks in.
It’s the first of five hard emotional punches that knock your heart and brain about with their deadly delivery.
Blending strains of post-hardcore with full-throttle rock and an underlying indie mentality, Blakfish offer up a delicious dish of brutal confessionalism that twists and turns with each intricate guitar note, guttural songs such as the brilliantly titiled ‘Jeremy Kyle Is A Marked Man’ and ‘My Stomach Feels Like My Throat’s Been Cut’, which reach deep down and eviscerate you as you listen, slicing through your guts to reveal your innermost self and leaving it strewn all over the ground.
Watch Blakfish performing ‘Captain Burns’ live
Yet beneath the visceral delivery, there’s a melodic beauty that pins this songs together – stitching you back together, as it were, at the same time as tearing you apart. It’s that symbiosis that makes this EP so vital, because it captures the rough and the smooth, the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly.
See You In Another City is all of those things. It sounds like the intensity of the songs could have easily killed the band, causing them to fall down and apart before finishing off and rounding it all up. Luckily it didn’t. It would be a shame to be without this record, this band.
See You In Another City by Blakfish is out now on Big Scary Monsters