New Band of the Week: Dayshifter

Newcastle’s Dayshifter offer up that most intriguing of combinations, a seriously heavy, dark melodic hardcore sound accompanied by passionate, heartfelt vocals. In fact, we were first introduced to the band with the appealing analogy “if Architects and Counterparts had a baby, Dayshifter would be wearing the nappies.” The quartet of Nathan Dillon (vocals), Tom Simpson (lead guitar),…

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New Music Friday Round-Up: 21 September

Another week is almost done and dusted, and what better way to celebrate than with a batch of brand spanking new music. This week we’ve got a debut album filled with post-hardcore goodness, some new scouse piano-infused metal, French pop-punk, ukulele-led rock, extreme metal from Sweden and more. Eclectic much? So pop the headphones in,…

Introducing: Shading

Italian prog metallers Shading are proof that anyone who puts their mind to it can transform themselves into a rockstar. The band first formed ten years ago, with all five of them – then 13 or 14 years old – totally incapable of playing an instrument, yet they’ve evolved into masters of the art of prog…

Introducing: Death of Youth

South-east London newcomers Death of Youth provide a nostalgic nod to emo and post-hardcore of the not too distant past, with their self-confessed “sad and shouty” approach. The band started out as a solo project of frontman Rob Horrocks, who set out with the intention of playing music a la Touche Amore, Departures and La…

Introducing: The Haunting

New York-based The Haunting‘s dedication to doing things their own way is embodied by their intriguing fusion of post-hardcore meets trap rock meets dubstep meets pop. The quartet of Tom Opiela (vocals), Craig Belesi Jr. (guitar), Colin Scarpino (bass) and John Von Braunsburg (drums) are keen to impress their individuality at every opportunity. As Tom explains:…

Introducing: Set Before Us

Stockholm outfit Set Before Us have honed a diverse sound that fuses full-on hardcore metal with delicious melody. Their sound may not have pleased some of the more “hardcore core” lovers out there – whose main beef seemed to be the band’s clothes – but their debut album smashed 100,000 streams on Spotify within two weeks,…

New Band of the Week: Forgotten Sons

A couple of weeks ago we brought you a taste of the exciting indie rock with a Scottish twang sound of Scottish quartet Forgotten Sons. The four-piece of Birdy Burgess (vocals), Sandy Middleton (guitar), John Valentine (bass) and John Gair (drums) are about as Scottish as it gets, given they hail from the UK’s most northernly destination, the…

New Music Friday Round-Up: 14th September

Happy Friday people, and welcome along to another edition of the latest and greatest new music. Today we bring you some Scottish post-hardcore, chaotic metal, fun pop-punk, a bit of a breather with some Canadian pop-rock and a fix of new hip-hop infused metal. Tenements – What Hasn’t Killed You Is Only Getting Stronger (EP)…

Introducing: Midnight Embargo

A chance discovery of a man selling a second-hand Korg synthesiser on a street corner has inspired the synthy rock sound of East London newcomers Midnight Embargo. Indeed, as frontman Rob MacPherson reflects: “God knows what this EP would have sounded like that guy had been selling a ukulele instead?” The trio first began with…

Introducing: Wave Break

Boston rockers Wave Break are aptly named, given the metaphorical theme of overcoming adversity – also known as a ‘wave break’ – dominates their lyrics. The quartet, founded by lead vocalist Kelly Barber last year, fuse elements of post-hardcore with pop rock and emo rock alongside lyrics that focus on standing up to societal and…

Introducing: Rozu

Living in a world of readily available music across a multitude of digital platforms it goes without saying that it can be difficult to stand out. Denver, Colorado rockers Rozu – the Japanese word for ‘rose’ – believe that standing out is reliant on the mantra of ‘content is king’ and have honed an exciting…

Introducing: Darker Days

You’ll likely have heard of the city of Salem in Massachusetts, and it’s probably not because it’s one of America’s most significant seaports or being the birthplace of the US National Guard. Oh no, you’re much likely to recognise the name for the country’s most deadly witchhunt, in which at least 20 people were executed,…