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Why we need Rise Against now more than ever

August 20th, 2014

Rise Against have achieved both commercial and critical success. The former is the result of a well-formed career but to be as widely appreciated by the music press, a band needs to have some substance to their style and with the word ‘punk’ so easily used as a stick to beat some in the genre, David Keevill explains why Rise Against are flying the flag the highest at the moment.

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Over the last few weeks, pictures and videos of the devastating air attacks in Gaza have filled social media. Accompanying the outpouring of grief and sympathy for those unwitting civilians caught in the crossfire between Hamas and the Israeli military is (rightly) anger on behalf of those unable to defend themselves. As anybody with a first, second or third hand opinion wades in to shout ill-formed slurs at their chosen target, Twitter and Facebook – the 21st Century’s soapbox equivalents – have become a cacophony.

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Album: Bear Trade – Blood And Sand

April 7th, 2014

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Bear Trade
Blood And Sand
Everything Sucks
05 May 2014

by Alex Andrews

Here’s a controversial opinion: punk rock did not reach its pinnacle in New York, London or Washington DC, but in the north of England at some point in the 90s. I’m talking about bands like Broccoli, Chopper, Hooton 3 Car and most notably, Leatherface, the latter who blended the harshly-accented dialect of their native Sunderland, with rich melodies and the kind of burly, bar stool poetry that Hot Water Music’s Chuck Ragan has based his whole career upon.

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EP: Winnebago Deal – Bail Out

April 2nd, 2014

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Winnebago Deal
Bail Out
Dry Heave Records
19 April 2014

by Tomas Doyle

If you remember Winnebago Deal from the first time around (they formed in 1999, toured with everyone from Blood Brothers to Mondo Generator and had the spirit of punk rock etched into their veins while still picking up major plaudits) then chances are you won’t need telling how brilliant they were, and now continue to be. If, after a four year absence, this review merely serves to give you a heads up that the barnstorming duo are back then you are welcome. Enjoy – shit’s as good as it ever was.

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Album: The Swellers – The Light Under Closed Doors

November 20th, 2013

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The Swellers
The Light Under Closed Doors
No Sleep Records
29 October 2013

by Gavin Lloyd

I’ve recently been reading The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. It’s a great book about how psychologists test people to see if they’re, well, psychopaths. While it’s a great tool for finding psychopaths in your day-to-day life (I found three in my local Pret the other day), it also inspired me to want to create my own test to engage with peoples’ personalities and gauge their taste in punk music.

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Album: Sharks – Selfhood

April 30th, 2013

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Sharks
Selfhood
Rise Records
29 April 2013

by Alex Andrews

Something that doesn’t add up about Sharks is how publications like this very website – usually concerned with the heavier end of the musical spectrum – have come to write about them. Support slots with Gallows, Fucked Up and erm, Lostprophets have seen the band cast by certain sections of the media as the fresh-faced saviours of punk’s true spirit, while they’ve gone on peddling something closer to the radio-ready mod revival spearheaded by bands like the Ordinary Boys (remember them?) at the turn of the millennium.

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Live: Palm Reader, Floods + The Catharsis @ London Rattlesnake – 24 March 2013

March 28th, 2013

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There might not have been many people there (Sunday night gigs can GTFO) but Gavin Lloyd was at Palm Reader’s Islington show to catch all the carnage. Even if, err, the more unfortunate part of that carnage was caused by a support band playing their last ever show….

Six things we learnt watching Palm Reader play in London:

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Live: Cancer Bats, Turbowolf + Brutality Will Prevail @ London KOKO – 15 March 2013

March 18th, 2013

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If you don’t like  Cancer Bats, we’re not sure we can stay friends. If you also don’t like Turbowolf, well…let’d not even talk about that. If you don’t like Brutality Will Prevail…okay, we;ll let that one pass. Anyhow, all three of them packed out London’s KOKO on Friday night for Cancer Bats’ largest UK headline show to date. That’s why we’re going on about them in a spurious intro paragraph, obviously. We sent Gavin Lloyd along to see if the Bats were up to the challenge. (HINT: they were).

Six things we learnt watching Cancer Bats play their biggest UK headline show to date:

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Live: Fucked Up, Gallows, + Fanzui Xiangfa @ Hong Kong Hidden Agenda – 07 March 2013

March 13th, 2013

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So it’d be fair to say that Thrash Hits isn’t just a fairly UK-centric kind of website most of the time, but also a fairly London-centric UK-centric kind of website a damn near awful lot of the time. Huh. We figured we ought to do something about that. Which is why we called upon our man out in the far east, Tom Gibbons, to venture out to catch Fucked UpGallows, and Beijing-based Fanzui Xiangfa when they rolled into Hong Kong. Yes, Hong Kong in the People’s Republic of China.

Six things we learnt watching punk rock in Hong Kong:

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EP: The Arteries – Restless

March 7th, 2013

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The Arteries
Restless
Specialist Subject
18 March 2013

by Tom Doyle

Punk isn’t dead, but it is very self-conscious these days. Yet, if you are prepared to seek them out, there are plenty of bands doing it the right way: Write some songs. Get in the van. Play some shows  Get in the van again. Record some songs. Live your life. Write more songs. Make the songs mean something. Make them honest. Make them count.

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