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Review: Fangclub – True Love EP

Irish three-piece Fangclub have been making waves in the underground alternative scene over the last few years. Now, after gaining plenty of praise for their emphatic self-titled debut album last year, the trio return with their new EP ‘True Love’ – a release worthy of even more acclaim than its predecessor.

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Review: Youth Man – Five Songs EP

Watch Youth Man’s ‘Live At the Lounge’ session and you’ll see a band putting every ounce of energy they have into their performance. The result is eight minutes of blood-rushing adrenaline, bringing back memories of old At the Drive-In gigs, where the outside world was shut off and you were

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Review: Maypine – Bend/Break EP

Having removed their early pop-punk EP from all platforms, theoretically, ‘Bend/Break’ is now the debut EP from Brighton quintet Maypine. It signals a more personal, less genre-specific songwriting approach. As such, their “keeping your head above water in the battle against adversity” ethic and lyrical approach has slipped deep into

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Review: You Know the Drill – Selfhood EP

There’s no denying that the UK pop-punk scene is in a slump. Most of the bands that sparked the scene have moved on to bigger and, frankly, better things. Examples include Boston Manor, a band that have seamlessly developed from regional accented pop-punk to champions of alt-rock, and Trash Boat,

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Review: Luke Rainsford – I Just Don’t Deserve To Be Loved EP

With a title like ‘I Just Don’t Deserve To Be Loved’, there’s a fairly certain expectation of what to expect from Luke Rainsford‘s newest EP. Indeed, he’s been leading the charge of the UK’s ever-growing crop of acoustic pop-punk and emo artists, particularly with the acclaim garnered from the deeply

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Pretty Pistol EP

Review: Pretty Pistol – Welcome to The Dead Club EP

Don’t blink. This is fast and furious stuff from South London quartet Pretty Pistol on their latest EP of hard-hitting garage punk. The gloriously named Laura Le Rox takes centre stage with a visceral vocal display, as they crash frenetically through the four tracks on offer in a riot-filled, but variety-lacking

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Review: TRC – Lifestyle EP

You may remember TRC back when they were a seven-piece band experimenting with combining hardcore with grime and hip-hop. Now, the Londoners are down to four and have planted their feet firmly in the field of full-on hardcore but without losing any of their punch or originality. ‘Lifestyle’, is something

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Review: One Flew West – Trial and Error EP

There’s been a shift in pop-punk over the last few years. The genre, once dominated with tales of young love and the occasional poop joke, has found itself trying to be taken seriously. The influence of emo music has seen songwriters get introspective for the most part, and whether you

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Review: Lizzy Farrall – All I Said Was Never Heard EP

When Lizzy Farrall signed with favoured pop-punk/hardcore label, Pure Noise Records, last spring there was very little known about her. Nevertheless, the Chester-based singer-songwriter looks to change that in 2018 with the release of her debut EP, ‘All I Said Was Never Heard’. Over the course of its five songs,

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Review: Lightblue – Paradise Lost EP

Emerging South West pop-punk quintet Lightblue have hit their local scene hard. Touring extensively and playing with a host of names in the UK pop-punk scene, they know the grind of getting where you want to be. They are set to establish themselves further with debut EP, ‘Paradise Lost’. This

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Review: Safeguard – I’m a Stranger to Myself EP

The meteoric rise of the UK pop-punk scene has been impressive. Since Neck Deep were snapped up, all eyes turned to our nation to produce more talent. Bands such as ROAM, Trash Boat and As It Is have all come up through the scene in the last couple of years,

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Review: Lightscape – Circles EP

Norwich’s alternative rockers Lightscape are yet another British band looking for a little space on the ever more crowded alternative scene. On the basis of ‘Circles’, they have plenty in their favour, but will it be enough to propel them to the arenas they aspire to? The EP starts as

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Review: sittingthesummerout – Brick and Mortar EP

You can always rely on Europe to bring it with the loud/quiet post-hardcore – but it’s always exciting when a band manages to put a unique spin on things. Milan’s sittingthesummerout have done just that on the moody and atmospheric ‘Brick and Mortar’, which owes as much to the likes

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Review: Core of iO – Part II: Europa EP

Progressive metal is in a strange place in 2017. The so-called “djent” movement of the early 2010s has definitely left its mark on the genre, with this specific style continuing but becoming somewhat stale. Poynings’ Core of iO don’t particularly push the tech-metal envelope on their new EP ‘Part II:

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Review: RAIN – Abstract Vision EP

In recent years, the “shoegaze” subgenre has been having a renaissance, with bands such as Nothing and Suburban Living leading the charge. Defined by the characteristics of its performers, shoegaze originally spawned in the late 80s as an almost incomprehensible mix of distorted guitars, reverb and cavernous vocals. Its revival

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Review: At The Drive-In – Diamante EP

Post-hardcore legends At The Drive-In have had a busy year. Between touring all over the place, playing a host of dates across the globe (including several dates supporting Royal Blood in the UK) and the release of their long-awaited fourth studio album, ‘in•ter a•li•a’, ATDI haven’t exactly been resting on

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Review: In Flames – Down, Wicked & No Good EP

It’s no secret that In Flames aren’t what they used to be. Unsurprisingly for a band who were once among the most prominent faces in Gothenburg metal, their shift over the years to a far more melodic, borderline emo guise has not sat well with a lot of the fanbase.

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Review: Milk Teeth – Go Away EP

Arriving four months removed from the release of ‘Be Nice’, Milk Teeth have returned with a sequel – ‘Go Away’. Once again, the quartet have produced a short, snappy but infectious EP. Opener ‘I Stabbed You First’ jumps straight in with Becky Blomfield’s self-analytical lyrics combining with a simple but

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Review: Hang Tight – Grind EP

Had New Jersey surf-punks Hang Tight released new EP ‘Grind’ just a few months earlier it would have undoubtedly been one of the EPs of the summer. As it is it serves as a much neededed throwback to brighter, warmer times as we drift through Autumn. Evolving from the generic

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Review: Witterquick – Fire and Ice EP

Since the release of last year’s debut EP, ‘Beneath the Spinning Lights’, upcoming alt-rockers Witterquick have been attracting a fair bit of attention for their melodic heartfelt brand of radio-friendly alternative rock. The praise is certainly justified, their sincerity and passion coming across in the slickly executed tunes, but with

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Review: Tigercub – Evolve or Die EP

Tigercub have been busy touring since the release of their excellent debut, ‘Abstract Figures in the Dark’, last November, but have somehow also managed to record and put out another release in less than a year, ‘Evolve or Die’. While this four-song EP never quite reaches the intense heights of

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Review: 7 Minutes In Heaven – Symmetry EP

Chicago has a long rich and decorated musical history, especially in the rock and punk sphere. Having been through the ups and downs of being a DIY band for close to five years, 7 Minutes In Heaven look to step things up with their Rude Records debut – ‘Symmetry’. Labelled

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Review: Zebedy – Set the Pace EP

Taking inspiration from a plethora of big name bands, Welsh angular rock four-piece Zebedy are set to impress with their latest EP, ‘Set The Pace’. Formed in 2008, and with two albums and an EP under their belt, they are by no mean newcomers. With new EP ‘Set The Pace’

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