Today we welcome Gavin Lloyd back for his column on pop-punk, nu-metal, metalcore, and anything other microgenre you were into as a teenager that you’re secretly not nearly as embarrassed about as you like to make out you are on social media.
December 11th, 2014
August 20th, 2014
Big Scary Monsters/Tangled Talk
15 September 2014
by Alex Andrews
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.
December 6th, 2013
When the Reading & Leeds Festival line-up was announced and Blink 182 were the first headliners to be unveiled, a lot of people were grateful that it was a rock-oriented band even if they are a reformed dinosaur rather than anything fresh. Tomas Doyle, however, didn’t take any positives from it at all and so he mounted his soapbox once again…
I fucking hate Blink 182. “Oh how can you hate Blink 182, Tom? They’re a really big and important band and that.” First things first, loads of stuff is big, that doesn’t make it important. Michael McIntyre is big but at an artistic level he is colossally unimportant and colossally unfunny – just like Blink 182.
April 8th, 2013
If we had to describe Tom Doyle, we probably would come up with a better description of him than “the fastest phone user in the world”. But he was quick enough to snag a ticket for Paramore’s super-exclusive sold-out-in-seconds micro-show at the Highbury Garage, where the band (who let’s be honest, normally play to thousands) showcased their 2013 material – and some old classics – to a crowd of less than 600 people.
Six Things we learned when we saw Paramore play the Highbury Garage:
April 3rd, 2013
08 April 2013
by Terry Bezer
Getting the basic facts out of the way, it’s been four years since the last album from Paramore. Four years that has also seen the departure of their key songwriting component, the Farro brothers, and four years in which Paramore have become by far and away the most plagiarized band within contemporary rock.
February 21st, 2013
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.
July 18th, 2012
Tangled Talk/Day By Day Records
16 July 2012
by Alex Andrews
Although Gnarwolves’ Fun Club tape has been doing the rounds for a few months now, the first introduction to the Brighton band for many will have been via the endearingly shoddy video for the excellent ‘History Is Bunk’. Presumably filmed on an iPhone and set in the confines of a living room, the video features all three members of the band (who don’t even have the decency to remove their hats) gurning into the camera, lip-synching the lyrics and swinging bottles of Stella in the air.
July 17th, 2012
Thrash Hits verdict: Gnarwolves are one of those bands we’ve been eyeing them up for a Future Hits for a while now – we kept getting tipped to them from trusted sources all over the place. We finally got to see them strut their stuff when we caught them opening the bill at Kerouac’s final show, and yep, our sources were bang on the money. If you’ve got even the slightest inkling for some new punk without an ounce of pretension, Gnarwolves are the band you’re looking for. To that end, we’ve got a review of the band’s CRU EP coming up later this week, but for the time being, here’s what we learned when we caught up with Max, their drummer.
March 16th, 2011
Forever The Sickest Kids
Forever The Sickest Kids
01 March 2011
by Ali Ryland
“Don’t ever stop it / You got it / Accelerate it I want it!” Not only could the most brainless of pop acts write better drivel than the lyricism on display on Forever The Sickest Kids latest record, but these unfortunate phrases are imbedded amongst the electro-pop monstrosity that is second single ‘Life of the Party’. You can only wonder what was going through the quintet’s heads when they made a track that could force 3OH!3 to spew with its overbearing synth-stink.