Introducing: Free Galaxy

When a new band describe their sound as “explosive, loud and raw” you can be forgiven for getting a little prematurely excited. But in the case of Kenilworth’s Free Galaxy it’s warranted, as they more than back up their words with their engaging rock sound. The quartet of Ciaran O’Sullivan, Luke Osmond, Harry Rogers and…

New Band of the Week: Carrier

There’s an element of diversity in the sound of hardcore Plymouth newcomers Carrier that even the most open-minded metal fan would be surprised by. Their hard-hitting metalcore is offset by moments of melody, alongside an underlying shared love of country music. The quartet of Kris Adams (vocals), Marvon Jordaan (guitar), Olly Lyle (bass), Thomas “Totti” Bromley (drums…

Gig Review: Cypher16, Defences, Jack The Envious & Parabyss at O2 Academy Islington

On Friday night we headed down to the O2 Academy in Islington to see two of our favourite new bands Defences and Jack The Envious support the mighty Cypher16 alongside the exciting new heavy-hitting Parabyss. I arrived fresh from work with Parabyss already half-way through their set, and it’s safe to say that what I heard…

Introducing: Vrillon

Grunge is usually filled with angst. But what happens when you’re just a bit too knackered to be pissed off all the time? Enter, Vrillon. This Bath-based four-piece are taking the essence of grunge and merging it will chilled-out yet psyched-out grooves. The band comprises of vocalist/bassist Will Hegarty, lead guitarist/vocalist Charlie Quarren-Evans, guitarist Henry…

Introducing: Forbidden Seasons

We’ve found a whole host of exciting new Italian bands over the last year, but by far the heaviest yet is Turin-based Forbidden Seasons. The quintet of not very Italian sounding Mark Seasons (vocals), Symon Ray (lead guitar), Danny Ghale (rhythm guitar), Paul J. Price (bass) and the much more Italian sounding Federico Spagnoli (drums) grew up together…

Introducing: Tidalwave

Dean Schweitzer is living what is probably the dream for many people – combining his love of travelling the world with his love for making music with his ever-evolving personal project Tidalwave. Inspired to get into music at the age of 14 when he first heard Nirvana, Dean decided he “wanted to become Kurt Cobain…

Album Review: Weekend Recovery – Weekend Recovery

Back in November we brought you the raw punk rock sound of Kent’s Weekend Recovery as our New Band of the Week and promised you their debut album would be out in February. And, true to our word, it is, and we’ve had a sneaky preview listen to the quartet’s first full-length effort. The band…

Introducing: The Rocket Dolls

We’re particularly excited about introducing to this band, as it’s one we’ve been wanting to write about since first discovering them play a particularly engaging gig a few months ago. We saw Brighton rock trio The Rocket Dolls supporting Lightscape and Maven in Camden back in November, and were blown away by their hard-hitting, energetic…

Gig Review: Divide, All Ears Avow, Kill The Ideal & One Last Thrill at 229 The Venue

Last night we were treated to a feast of exciting new British rock from Glasgow’s Divide, ably supported by All Ears Avow, Kill The Idea and One Last Thrill at 229 The Venue in Central London. Wiltshire / London-based quartet One Last Thrill got the night off to an aptly thrilling start with their big hard…

MusicPlanetLive pledges £1 million to support new UK bands

Here at GigRadar we’re all about promoting new bands and new music, and encouraging people to support ‘grassroots’ music. We’ve interviewed so many bands over the last 18 months or so bemoaning how hard it is to make a living in music, and we’re always looking for ways to help them. So it was music…

New Band of the Week: Screech Bats

This week we’re tackling an issue that shouldn’t be a problem in modern music and society, but unfortunately still is. When we’re looking to define bands gender should not come into it. I mean, you wouldn’t dream of describing Foo Fighters, Black Sabbath and Guns’n’Roses or even Ash or The White Stripes as ‘all-male bands’…

EP Review: Calling Apollo – The Great Depression: Act II

If you’re on the lookout for a band to inspire the next generation of Welsh rock then Calling Apollo could well be it. The post-hardcore act have been busy crafting the latest evolution of their engaging aggressive yet melodic sound since we first introduced you to them just over a year ago. And the result of the…