With their excellent debut album Rescue, Samoans captivated us with a fresh combination of dreamy vocals, soothing guitar melodies and occasional bursts of raw energy. Just off the back of their recent headline UK tour, we caught up with drummer Chris Rouse to find out more about the band, and to find out – among other things – what happens when you get caught doing the no-trousers-boogie at one of their shows.
May 1st, 2015
Eschewing the diet of nothing bu tired, reskinned deathcore breakdowns that’s been the binge-diet of so much of the UK’s underscene, Sunderland five-piece Nexilva balance their death metal brawn with some old-skool Bleeding Through-esque ambient synths and guitar tricks. That makes them an interesting proposition for those who prefer a cerebral edge to their m0sh, and was more than enough reason for our man Josh Graham to call up their drummer Connor Jobes to get the skinny.
March 6th, 2015
Having just completed a wildly successful UK tour in support of rising stars Marmozets, as well previously bagging slots alongside Portishead and 65daysofstatic, Thought Forms’ mix of intense fuzziness, pedal-worshipping guitar histrionics and sparse, ethereal vocals is the sound of a band you didn’t know you needed to hear (unless you happen to be Prince Philip, as they found out…). We caught up with guitarist and co-vocalist Charlie Romijn to find out what drives their challenging sound.
February 24th, 2015
“Whether I feel like writing something that sounds like Taylor Swift or Dillinger Escape Plan and Meshuggah – that’s what comes out…we’ll find a way to make it work” – that’s how Press To MECO vocalist/guitarist Luke Caley. O-kaaay. Then again, given their extensive UK touring and the fact they bagged an opening slot on the Zippo Encore stage at last year’s Download Festival, it’s clear that PTM’s bizarre amalgam is resonating with plenty of the UK’s rock fans. We decided to get Caley on the phone to find out just what the hell they’re playing at.
March 12th, 2014
Thrash Hits verdict: It’s easy to become disenchanted with the UK rock scene. There are one too many Britrock bore-offs peddling a dull as fuck brand of watching-paint-dry-core right now. Luckily we also have bands like Welsh loons Falls to provide an antidote. Dealing in the same breed of erratic rock as the likes of Pulled Apart By Horses, while packing in big choruses and causing Baby Godzilla levels of bedlam when they play live, they’re certainly more exciting than anything you’ll hear on the likes of Cavalier Youth.
November 14th, 2012
Thrash Hits verdict: The best recommendations for music come from your friends, right? We got an email from Hugh from Astrohenge the other week, recommending Darkshaft to us. Being big fans of both the ‘henge records to date, we headed over to Darkshaft’s website and got an earful of calculated discordance We caught up with Michael Triponel, guitarist (and co-vocalist) of the duo, and we managed to do so without making even one lazy Flight Of The Conchords joke.
November 7th, 2012
Thrash Hits verdict: Being long-time fans of Hang The Bastard (we’ve still got a serious soft spot for their Raw Sorcery EP – yeah, we’re those pricks who say “we prefer the earlier stuff”), when we got an email from their former frontman, Chris Barling, about the new band he’s formed with various ex- and current members of Centurions Ghost and A Long Time Dead, yeah, our interest was piqued. It was doubly-piqued when we gave the band’s debut release – a self-titled EP – a spin. Cue us bundling up some Future Hits questions and firing them over to Chris to get the lowdown on MINE.
October 22nd, 2012
From: Union, NJ, USA
Lazy equation: A pissed off Tom Waits + Sleazy Rock N Roll + serious bitterness towards exs (+ Ugly Kid Joe) = Violently styled lyrics over steamy, down-tempo riffs.
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Thrash Hits Verdict: We’ve got one EP of all but four songs to go by, and they’re all winners. HOORAY! As dark and disturbing as the tunes can get, there is also a shameless, exaggerated air to the music and the band itself. I mean, the band’s press photo consists of five pale shirtless dudes slathered in baby oil. In this day and age new bands have to whore themselves out a bit for attention, though, right?
October 16th, 2012
Thrash Hits verdict: One of the best ways we’ve found to discover new music is to pay attention to what our favourite bands are listening to. Now whole everyone thinks that they’ve got a good handle on what good music is, we’ve found that the people who’s very existence is rooted in making tunes are by far the best source of recommendations – which is why when Turbowolf guitarist, Andy Ghosh, started talking about Big Naturals…well, we pricked up our ears. And then promptly filled them with their wall-of-sound approach to blending odd samples, post-rock song structures, and flat-out grubby guitar noises. Jesse Webb, the drumming/electronics half of the duo, was on hand to answer out questions.
October 3rd, 2012
Thrash Hits verdict: We first heard about American Standards thanks to a minor bit of Twitter buzz we caught wind of around the release of their Still Life EP earlier this year. It ticked a staggering number of our musical boxes, with us being able to hear shades of an impressive number of post-hardcore and screamo bands that characterised much of our listening habits throughout our pitiful, frustrated youth. We dropped an email to the band’s vocalist, Brandon Kellum, for the latest inductees to the (semi-) illustrious ranks of bands featured in our Future Hits column.