Introducing: SHADED

Surrey punk sensations SHADED are everything you could wish for from feel-good pop-punk. The quartet fuses catchy guitar riffs and singalong vocal melodies with driving drums and poppy vibes on their impressive debut EP The Better Man In Me, which is due for release next Friday (1 September). Vocalist Matt East, slightly self-detrimentally, describes the…

Introducing: Serenity Came Calling

Brutal metal riffs and poetic vocals may not be the most obvious things to place side by side one another, but that’s exactly what Scottish five-piece Serenity Came Calling are aiming for. We spoke to guitarist and clean vocalist Ross Dickson off the back of recent single Tenebris, and he summed up the band’s sound…

Introducing: Walkway

They make music to swig beers to. They play riffs to headbang with. Their tunes make you want to drive over the speed limit with your windows down and the volume up to 11. Not that we’re advocating doing that, exactly. We’re talking about Walkway, who can only be summed up as the epitome of…

Introducing: AT THE SUN

My first introduction to London rockers AT THE SUN was their self-description of ‘no bullshit, no gimmicks, just straight up rock & roll,’ which instantly had my interest peaked. The five-piece, who describe their music as ‘eargasmic,’ have honed a big, exciting blues and hard-rock fuelled sound that evokes thoughts of classic rock bands of…

Introducing: VALUES

British metal music is in a hell of a good place right now, and you can add to the ever-evolving mix the brutally heavy sound of Leeds rockers VALUES. These guys fuse huge riffs and screamed vocals with some insane drum action and random moments of lovely melody, in a way few others can. Born…

Introducing: EAT DIRT

EAT DIRT are angry. They want to eat dirt they’re so angry. Or, do they want US to eat dirt? Either way, they want to get their anger across in a fast, sharp statement. The band formed towards the end of last year, in the wake of the spiralling storm of political idiocy and rising…

Introducing: Neon Dolls

If you were asked to describe why you love rock music, what would you say? My hunch is that Leeds rockers Neon Dolls’ depiction of themselves as “loud guitars, distorted bass and thunderous drums and an awesome singer” would be bang on the money. The five-piece have honed an infectious sound that draws on the…

Introducing: Cuecliché

Just under a year ago Terry Rytz, deep into a nine-year hiatus from music, went along to see Blink-182 perform an acoustic show at The Rose Theatre in Kingston. The show was so good that it inspired him to get back onto the music wagon and a month or so later his new punk rock…

Introducing: Timmas and a European tour with a difference

Lots of bands go out on European tours, but you don’t hear of too many that travel Europe for two months busking. But that’s exactly what Leicester duo Timmas will be doing when they embark on their European journey next month. Timmas is made up of Tom Carnell (drums and vocals) and Tim Baker (guitars…

Introducing: Next To None

American rockers Next To None not only sound like Slipknot 2.0, they also carry the added intrigue of having former Dream Theatre and Avenged Sevenfold drummer Mike Portnoy’s extremely talented son Max sitting on their own drums. The quartet from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, have honed an incredible sound that combines Slipknot-esque DJ sounds with Max’s…

Introducing: We Fall Slowly

We’ve spoken to bands from all across Europe in recent months, but today we introduce our first Dutch band in the form of We Fall Slowly. The five-piece of Boye Emmaneel (vocals), Gerwin (guitar and backing vocals), Maarten (guitars), Jan (drums) and Anton (bass) hail from Emmen, in the north-east of The Netherlands, and have honed…

Introducing: Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics

It’s often said that a change does you the world of good and Aaron Buchanan is testament to that old adage. The singer is taking it to the next level having formed Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics last year and launched a superb debut album last month. The London five-piece, completed by Laurie Buchanan…