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Album: Wet Nuns – Wet Nuns

October 11th, 2013

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Wet Nuns
Wet Nuns
Throng Of Nobs
07 October 2013

by David Keevill

So, Wet Nuns have announced that they’re splitting up. As they gleefully posted on their Facebook page, “our four year long joke isn’t very funny anymore. We’re sick of the sight of each other and the band is imminently to cease to exist.” Fair enough. For a band who’ve spent nearly half of a decade arsing around, this hardly seems like an incongruous end. Rest in peace, Wet Nuns. Remain in obscuria.

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Album: Earthtone9 – IV

April 17th, 2013

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Earthtone9
IV
Self-released
8 April 2013

by Rob McAuslan

Ask a random selection of UK metal fans aged mid-20s and up which band they thought should have been massive at the turn of the century, and there’s a fair chance that Earthtone9 will be the answer you get. The Nottingham six-piece had a blend of accessible melody, progressive tendencies and sheet-metal fury that was rare at the time, and still proves hard to find now. Splitting in 2002, the band announced in 2010 that they’d be reforming to play a few shows…and then we even got a new EP a few months later…and now 11 years almost to the day since the release of their last EP, (finally!) a new Earthtone9 album has arrived.

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Sunday Slaylist: Gone but not forgotten (2012 edition)

December 9th, 2012

Gone But Not Forgotten 2012 Thrash Hits

With the year beginning to draw to a close, and with only a bare handful os Sundays left for 2012 Slaylists, this week we’re turning out attention to those we’ve lost in 2012. We’re talking about the bands that have either broken up or gone on hiatus, as well as the more serious subject of musicians who sadly died at some point over the last 12 months.

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Live & Photos: Hundred Reasons, Hell Is For Heroes + Cable @ Manchester Academy – 23 November 2012

December 5th, 2012

That promo photo above is the only shot of Hundred Reasons in this review of their celebratory tour with Hell Is For Heroes and Cable as they wouldn’t let us publish any of them playing live. Nevertheless, Ruth Booth pulled on her old Criminal Damage flares and reviewed 2012’s biggest British alt-rock anniversary get-together.

Six things we learned when Hundred Reasons, Hell Is For Heroes and Cable came to Manchester:

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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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Live: Finch @ London Scala – 13 May 2008

May 23rd, 2008

Californian post-hardcore heavyweights Finch hit the capital for their first London headline show since announcing their reformation in the summer of 2007. Mike Haydock was there to give you the lowdown on Thrash Hits .com.

It’s tough to have compassion when bands split up and then get back together. It’s tough to forgive. Especially when you’ve had a childhood tarnished by Ginger from The Wildhearts, who used to announce on a weekly basis that his band were splitting up, only for them to ‘mysteriously’ get back together again when their so-called “final ever gig” sold out.

When Finch split back in 2006, it seemed like a sick joke, especially since Say Hello To Sunshine had just updated their emo-heavy sound into something bolder, more complicated, and genre-busting. And to make matters worse, it was dubbed a “hiatus”, meaning that fans had to sit tight and wait, perhaps for nothing.

But wait they did, and in their legions – the Scala is rammed tonight. There’s isn’t a spare spot anywhere, even on the upstairs balconies, and for the first time in a long time, the pit lives up to its name, youngsters seizing the day in case it never comes again, hurling themselves forward and into each other in a frenzy of excitement.

It’s not unfair to presume before the gig that Finch will have jettisoned their earlier material, yet equal weight is given to each of their two albums, and even the rarely-played crowd favourite ‘Letters To You’ bounces out of the speakers. It’s a wise move, a conciliatory gesture from the Californians, and it sends the crowd into raptures, girls turning to each other, squealing with excitement, and joining together to sing.

Nate Barcalow of Finch the band singing live onstage

It’s more than a gesture, though: this is a celebration. The band are enjoying playing these songs, and Nate Barcalow (pictured, above) spends a large amount of time smiling – when he isn’t curled up on the floor of the stage screaming his lungs out.

Cuts off Say Hello To Sunshine are typically powerful and uncompromising, especially ‘Insomniatic Meat’, and the new material seems to be building on that template. But it’s the finale – ‘What It Is To Burn’ – that truly seals the deal, propelling the sweaty onlookers to ecstasy by answering all their prayers.

Finch are well and truly back, reinvigorated by the break. They took a risk back there, but it’s paid off – word has spread about them, and they’re adored. If they can keep up this newfound momentum, they’ll be unstoppable.

5/6

Setlist:

‘New Beginnings
‘Worms Of The Earth’
‘Letters To You’
‘Post Script’
‘Ink’
‘Without You Here’
‘Daylight’ (new song)
‘Dreams Of Psilocybin’
New Song (new song)
‘Insomniatic Meat’
‘Three Simple Words’
‘Revelation Song’
‘Untitled’
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‘Stay With Me’
‘What It Is To Burn’

Live photo courtesy of Ashley Goris.

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