LIVE REVIEW: Foals, with support from Yak. “I have two words for you: Foals Forever”.

  Tonight’s support Yak specialise in excess. Their latest album Pursuit of Momentary Happiness is a study in kissing the edges, not just in its execution but in how it sparked to life from the perilous existence of frontman Oli Burslem during its conception. Ending up penniless, living out of the back of a Citroen estate Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The Black Keys ‘Lets Rock’; A Title as Bold and Brazen as the Album Itself

  “Lets Rock is the sound of The Black Keys at their best, creatively fulfilled with other projects whilst leaving their best for America’s much-loved duo.” When one of America’s most respected blues-rock bands announces after 5 years they’re releasing a new album it’s met with excitement and fear; it’s well documented that the pair Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: The Keep Cats ‘The Ledge’; The Cathartic Sound of Self-Destruction.

A handful of months ago The Keep Cats promised 3 singles in quick succession with producer Niko Battisini, a step into the unknown for them letting someone else into their world having previously worked in solitude. Singles All You Got Left and Basement Dreams were extremely well received with the latter receiving the rare 10/10 Continue Reading

INTERVIEW: Wasuremono; Take An Exclusive Step Into The Home Studio Of The Band.

Having just released their second album Are You Ok? in less than a full calendar year Wasuremono’s brainchild William Southward doesn’t seem stuck for ideas. Kindly William allowed us exclusive access to his shed to learn about how his ideas come together before later becoming the work of the Wasuremono. Hi, how are you? Or more Continue Reading

IN FOR QUESTIONING: Miss June; “Instead Of Trying To ‘Break The Glass Ceiling” [As Women] We Need To Construct Buildings Of Our Own.”

In For Questioning is the feature pointing readers in the direction of bands you may not have heard of yet, but in a year they’ll be playing all the right venues and on all the right tours and you’ll be left thinking “oh crap, I remember seeing that name on Underscore Part 3 but didn’t Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Hatchie ‘Keepsake’; A Stunning Debut That We Won’t Be Forgetting

  “It made sense to me to call the record that, at a time when I’m going to probably end up with a lot of keepsakes — and in a way, this whole album is almost like a keepsake in itself.” – Hatchie. If 2018’s Sugar & Spice distilled a hazy and swoony pop sound, Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: Temptress ‘Naked’; Sensual R&B From The South London Duo

Hailing from South London, Jess Belgrave and Vlad Woodham-Smith are the multi-talented duo Temptress, who have racked up a couple of million streams since 2016. Hurrying on the heels of previous offering Secret, their latest release Naked drops this week; a self-produced composition which melds Temptress’ trademark contemporary R&B grooves with brooding honeyed-vocals. Vlad picks Continue Reading

IN FOR QUESTIONING: GURU; Our Favourite Live Post Punk Jokers Told Us A Little About Themselves.

In the space of a fortnight 2 of Underscore Part 3’s writers managed to see GURU live. “Both live and on record the band infect you with their brazen… narcissistic post-punk” was the description of their Portsmouth Psych Fest performance. With shock we had found one of our new favourite bands so we had to Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Wasuremono ‘Are You Ok?’; A Musical Sugarcoating on Some of Life’s Most Difficult Challenges.

Having released their debut last year, which led to a Maida Vale session for BBC 6 Music Dj Steve Lamacq and then a tour supporting The Flaming Lips we were pleasantly shocked when murmurs of new releases started cropping up at the end of the last year. Soon we were graced with single Lonely Type Continue Reading

GIG REVIEW: Hey Colossus at Portsmouth The Loft.

With interest in their new album Four Bibles running high including a BBC 6 Music Session for Marc Riley just a week prior to this date yet again Southsea promoters Calamity Cratediggers and Honeymooner have brought the most exciting bands to the South West enticing London’s Hey Colossus to The Loft. The aptly dark, snug and Continue Reading