SINGLE REVIEW: ‘Bang, Bang, Bang’: is, unsurprisingly, a Banger!

A short, sweet and snappy single heralds the Isle Of Wight native’s breaking through into 2020; and, to the surprise of no one, it’s a banger! After a incredible 2019 — involving a BBC Radio One Maida Vale session, playing Shepherd’s Bush Empire supporting The Regrettes and playing Glastonbury — Lauran Hibberd is back to Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: Somebody’s Child is back with his fifth single, ‘Love That Sound’, and quite frankly, we do too!

‘a buoyantly bright banger that simply demands a smile.’ Some of you may remember Somebody’s Child from our 10/10 review of his last single, Jungle. Or, hopefully, you’ve taken our words to heart and fallen in love with his music yourself. Either way, his new offering is superb. Love That Sound is, in essence, incredibly Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Bombay Bicycle Club – Everything Else Has Gone Wrong, LP: A rest is as good as a change as indie perennials make triumphant comeback

You can’t just disappear like that without there being a tale that needs to be told. Here it is. Setting a template which might just have been the inspiration for a similar act of perverse self-implosion by fellow Londoners The Maccabees a year or so later, the component parts of Bombay Bicycle Club reconvened in Continue Reading

EP REVIEW: Wave Chase depict the innocent fun of youth on indie banger fuelled EP Tell Me What To Know

“Wave Chase’s Tell Me What To Know is quite literally ‘all killer, no filler’.” Back in 2004 we were blessed with one of the most important indie pop albums in past few decades, that band was The Killers and the album was Hot Fuss. Hot Fuss transcended society, it didn’t matter who you were the Continue Reading

THE UNSUNG HEROS: Underscore Part 3’s top 5 EP’s of the year.

The EP is often the starting place, the first place you hear more than a single from a new band and it’s the time you start to think “damn, I might have actually found my new favourite band”. Despite this, and despite the fact EP’s are often released by bands who don’t yet have enough Continue Reading

FINAL SCORE: Best Albums of the Year 2019. Countdown: 10 to 1.

10.  Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – End of Suffering Frank Carter’s punk-rock-renegade outfit hopefully isn’t new to any readers. The ex-Gallows front-man has been producing phenomenally well-crafted music for years, and the Rattlesnakes’ third studio album is no different. Full of punk-rock aggression, though tamed slightly, mellowed out by success and the birth of Continue Reading

FINAL SCORE: Best Albums of the Year 2019. Countdown: 20 to 11.

20.  Bellevue Days – It Can’t Possibly Go Wrong Ever What is there to be said about Bellevue Days’ debut album other than ‘woah’. Each and every song on the album is dangerously good, and none more so than opener Gentle Flower. The three lead singers featured over the extent of the album give it Continue Reading

FINAL SCORE: Best Albums of the Year 2019. Countdown: 30 to 21

30.  Pet Deaths – to the top of the hill and roll… to the top of the hill and roll… is no brutal assault. Each track slowly unfurls, often from tentative beginnings, perhaps with softly picked acoustic guitar or a gentle piano motif. Gradually, the duo introduce unassuming drones and vocal harmonies which usher Liam Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: Abandon Ship! – Say the Word. Basingstoke fourpiece lay down a pristine first instalment on their forthcoming E.P.

A timely return from Abandon Ship! who are back to warm the winter nights with Say the Word, the opening gambit in an E.P. release which is due to gradually unfurl over the next few months. The E.P is a glittering self-production, sprinkled with some extra mastering magic by The 1975 collaborator Robin Schmidt. If Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Bellevue Days, “It Can’t Possibly Go Wrong Ever” — judging by this stunner of an album, we’re inclined to believe you!

Croydon 4-piece Bellevue Days boast an impressively stacked support résumé of As It Is, mewithoutYou, Twin Atlantic and Mallory Knox among others (as well as press support from Kerrang! and Rock Sound) producing what we could broadly term as hard hitting, menacingly brilliant pop punk. They fuse punk-infused screams with abrasive yet powerful harmonies, over Continue Reading