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Album: Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again

July 15th, 2014

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Joyce Manor
Never Hungover Again
Epitaph Records
21 July 2014

by Alex Andrews

Joyce Manor’s last EP Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired was a curious record. Although nine songs long, it lasted just 13 minutes and felt more like a collection of B-sides than a follow-up to their shit-hot debut. But what was most intriguing was that it allowed the band to explore new territories, like 90s skate punk and wistful indie pop, while developing their identity.

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Album: The Menzingers – Rented World

April 24th, 2014

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The Menzingers
Rented World
Epitaph Records
22 April 2014

by Alex Andrews

It might seem unfair, but a new album is always going to be judged by the one that preceded it. So, let’s get this out of the way as quickly as possible; Rented World is not as good as On The Impossible Past. In fact, it doesn’t really come close. If you’re looking for another record charged with the kind of electricity that hums between the sweat-covered walls and low ceilings of beery basement venues or more songs that chronicle the mundanity and nostalgia of small town adolescence, you need to accept the fact that The Menzingers have moved on.

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Interview: Jason Butler of letlive. talks about The Blackest Beautiful

June 4th, 2013

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letlive. popped up at the tail end of 2010 with their third album, Fake History. It blew the socks off a lot of people. We interviewed Jason a couple of years ago via email and he sent us back some of the most hilariously ridiculous answers we’d ever seen. This time, there was no hiding behind a keyboard for him. Last night, the internet was awash with the slightly unwieldy hashtag #theblackestbeautiful. There were enigmatic photos posted from the likes of Every Time I Die and Pierce The Veil as well as friends, family and influential industry folk. letlive. have begun the marketing campaign for their new album in earnest and there is almost no doubt that The Blackest Beautiful is going to be the album everyone’s going to be talking about for the next couple of months so we sat the wily frontman down to talk about the new album.

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Album: Retox – YPLL

May 15th, 2013

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Retox
YPLL
Epitaph Records
27 May 2013

by Ollie Connors

Fresh from a rarer-than-rocking-horse-shit set of shows with former outfit The Locust, vocalist Justin Pearson gets back on the Retox wagon, with second full-length YPLL following on from their 2011 effort, Ugly Animals. The quartet have the same vein of frenetic energy as The Locust running through their music, but this is a far more concentrated, honed and incendiary approach to punk rock than Pearson’s be-costumed experi-mentalists could ever muster.

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Album: Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind

October 3rd, 2012

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Converge
All We Love We Leave Behind
Epitaph/Deathwish, Inc.
08 October 2012

by Dan Pelic

Despite existing as a band for nearly 25 years, Converge rarely – if ever – disappoint. They’ve managed to become increasingly relevant; whereas most bands fade further into obscurity with age, maybe breaking up once, twice, or seven times, only to reunite and play whichever back album marked their careers.

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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: Every Time I Die – Ex Lives

March 5th, 2012

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Every Time I Die
Ex Lives
Epitaph Records
05 March 2012

by Raziq Rauf

It’s a tough question, isn’t it? “Who’s your favourite band?” It’s tough because you listen to a different band depending on how you’re feeling. Well, I’ve listened to this album over 100 times. That’s not some throwaway, hyperbolic platitude you’re reading. I’ve listened to this album over a hundred times. I feel confident in saying that Every Time I Die are one of my favourite bands. But why?

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Album: The Menzingers – On the Impossible Past

January 26th, 2012

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The Menzingers
On The Impossible Past
Epitaph
20 February 2012

by Tomas Doyle

The appeal of honest, sweat-drenched punk rock is decades old, but its power never seems to diminish and the reaction it can illicit in your heart and head when done correctly is second to none. With their third full-length, On The Impossible Past, The Mezingers have tapped into this spirit with a display of effortlessly emotive songwriting flecked with nostalgic Americana, all held together with an understated but ever present sense of melody, dynamics and candid self-reflection.

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Interview: Jason Butler from letlive. talks about anything but what we ask him

April 27th, 2011

You do the Guardian crossword every day to further your vocabulary and worldliness and for what? So that some punk called Jason Butler can rip the piss out of your over-elaborate lexis? Yeah, apparently so. It’s ok though, because he sings in letlive. – one of the most exciting bands to have emerged of late. We’ll let him off as long as teaches us how to backflip…

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Why did you decide to stylise the band name so? Lowercase name and fullstop at the end. It is a curious act for a band to pointedly punctuate their name after all.
Already I can sense contemporary character in your formal speech by observing the presentation of the first question. For this I would like to say ‘thank you’. I’ve already digressed, and it’s only question one. Perhaps my parents should have considered that mystery medication the pharmaceutical companies tried to suggest. You know, the one that has proven only to further actuate the initial issue of attention deficit it was prescribed to remedy in the first place. I believe it was called Methylphenidate. More affectionately known as Ritalin.

…almost forgot about the topic. Which was…

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Album: letlive. – Fake History

April 6th, 2011

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letlive.
Fake History
Epitaph
11 April 2011

by Tomas Doyle

letlive. come to us heavy with the weight of hype – the new cool kids band of choice, their recent forays to the UK have been met with clamarous reception from those eager to see what all the fuss is about. Their third album, Fake History, is then an important record  for a band who seemingly stand on the cusp of being one of the great success stories of 2011 and beyond. Can it truly live up to the expectations that already surround it?

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