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Photos: Neck Deep @ Brighton Conchorde 2 – 05 February 2015

February 9th, 2015

Neck Deep live by Mike Burnell Thrash Hits

Neck Deep are one of those bands who seem to have everything coming to an exciting head all at once. Despite spending much of 2014 on the road, they still managed to win a K! Award for Best Newcomer, and support Blink 182 at their Brixton Academy shows. Now every man and his hype-chasing dog are on their case. Well played, lads from Wrexham.

So natuarally, we made sure our man Mike Burnell was on hand to get lots of photos of them when the band turned up to play a show in Brighton last week. We don’t stop chasing those web clicks!

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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.

Rise Against 2014 band promo photo

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: Gnarwolves – Gnarwolves

August 20th, 2014

Gnarwolves 2014 promo photo Thrash Hits

Gnarwolves
Gnarwolves
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.

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Top 6: Songs by Amen (now they’re not playing any UK shows)

August 5th, 2014

Amen 2014 promo photo B Thrash Hits

The return of Amen was big news to anyone that was an oily, depressed teenager at the turn of the century. To anyone that had just started listening to Bill Hicks and was getting aimlessly angry at everything from politics to their cat, Casey Chaos was like a sweary Jesus.

However, Amen’s proposed UK comeback tour is now dead. First a whole brace of shows were postponed so the band could continue to work on their (long, long, long) delayed new album. The subsequent implosion of Alt-Fest – of which Amen’s booking for was what sparked this tour in the first place – saw the rest of the shows get pulled as well. With certain members of the Thrash Hits team sobbing angry, nostalgic tears as we email off our ticket refund requests, we got Amen superfan Daniel Cairns to run off a little list for us…

The Top 6 Amen songs we’re not going to see played live this month anymore

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Album: Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again

July 15th, 2014

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Joyce Manor
Never Hungover Again
Epitaph Records
21 July 2014

by Alex Andrews

Joyce Manor’s last EP Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired was a curious record. Although nine songs long, it lasted just 13 minutes and felt more like a collection of B-sides than a follow-up to their shit-hot debut. But what was most intriguing was that it allowed the band to explore new territories, like 90s skate punk and wistful indie pop, while developing their identity.

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Album: Trash Talk – No Peace

May 28th, 2014

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Trash Talk
No Peace
Odd Future Records
26 May 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to your local venue without a hundred scene kids set on beating the living hell out of you, or a frontman lobbing a bin at you, Trash Talk are back. There are very few that would argue against Trash Talk being a live band first and foremost, so does this mean No Peace provides anything for us to get excited about, other than as an excuse for Trash Talk to go out on the road and play those shows?

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Album: The Menzingers – Rented World

April 24th, 2014

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The Menzingers
Rented World
Epitaph Records
22 April 2014

by Alex Andrews

It might seem unfair, but a new album is always going to be judged by the one that preceded it. So, let’s get this out of the way as quickly as possible; Rented World is not as good as On The Impossible Past. In fact, it doesn’t really come close. If you’re looking for another record charged with the kind of electricity that hums between the sweat-covered walls and low ceilings of beery basement venues or more songs that chronicle the mundanity and nostalgia of small town adolescence, you need to accept the fact that The Menzingers have moved on.

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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: I Am The Avalanche – Wolverines

March 28th, 2014

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I Am The Avalanche
Wolverines
Rude Records
17 March 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

Vinnie Caruana has the sort of musical CV to put many of his peers to shame. Between emo cult icons The Movielife, hardcore side project Peace’d Out, his solo acoustic EP, and punk stalwarts I Am The Avalanche, he is one guy with a pretty impressive back catalogue of tunes. The release of a new I Am The Avalanche album in the form of Wolverines sees Caruana looking to strengthen his status as one of the best song writers in contemporary punk.

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