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EP: Departures / Moose Blood – Split EP

October 25th, 2013

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Departures / Moose Blood
Split EP
Fist in the Air / No Sleep Records
11 November 2013

by Alex Andrews

You can’t blame for Departures for their sincerity; hardcore has always taken itself far too seriously and the Glaswegians’ particular brand has been inherited from a time when the genre was becoming increasingly self-aware and beginning to develop poetic pretensions. While this kind of music can feel desperate, primal and life-affirming, Departures fall into the trap of sounding meticulously-studied and a little too slick.

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Album: Broadway Calls – Comfort/Distraction

February 21st, 2013

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Broadway Calls
Comfort/Distraction
No Sleep Records
05 February 2013

by Gavin Lloyd

As Broadway Calls release their third full length, they do so into a climate where pop punk is very big business. While some of the genre’s watered-down bands fill arenas the world over, a new wave of pop punk in the guise of hardcore bands is reconnecting with the genre’s DIY roots, while perhaps taking themselves that bit too seriously. This leaves many veteran fans of the genre in a frustrating middle ground.

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