Single Review: Hollowstar – All I Gotta Say

Following the success of last year’s debut EP Cambridgeshire-based rockers Hollowstar are today back to delight their growing fan base with new single All I Gotta Say. Our New Band of the Week way back in last March, Hollowstar have honed a trademark sound that sees slow lullaby-like verses explode into full-on rock mode and…

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Introducing: Go Gracious

Taking a break out of avoiding salvaging ships in the aftermath of a European wall being erected by Donald Trump in 2025, we being to your attention of musical duo Go Gracious. In their words, they are “the only 2-piece pop rock band that has an exclusive time-travelling, extra-terrestrial membership. We define ourselves as liars.”…

Introducing: Playing With Punkarella

Scottish rockers Playing With Punkarella have had an eventful existence in terms of comings and goings, but seem to have settled into life as a rock duo. The current line-up of multi-instrumentalist Lee Blades and vocalist Kimberley Thomson cracked on with things as a duo a few years ago and have remained that way since,…

Single Review: Hey Gigantic – Colours

South London rockers Hey Gigantic are back with a ‘new old’ track that suggests exciting things are coming from the band through the remainder of 2018. Colours is the latest track taken from a session working with producer Neil Kennedy (Milk Teeth, Creeper), which also included energetic previous single Passenger. And it’s a song that’s…

Gig Review: Pulled Apart By Horses at Fluffer Pit Party, Hackney Arts Centre

Fluffer Pit Parties have earned a bit of a reputation for being nights of all-out, noise-laden carnage. Invisible walls are broken down as crowds watch their favourite bands from the front, side and rear. Traditional venues are foregone for something more underground. And musical acts tend to be the best selection of guitar-heavy acts on…

Gig Review: Cove, Parting Gift & Greyhaven at Thousand Island

Emerging metal juggernaut Cove signed off their UK tour with a bang as three exciting new British bands put on a great show of rock meets full-on brutal metal at Thousand Island, in Islington, London, last night. This was my first visit to the venue since it rebranded from being simply ‘upstairs at The Garage’ and…

Introducing: Oxbloods

Manchester rockers Oxbloods have honed an intriguing sound that balances heavy rockiness and soaring vocals with more melodic, almost pop-infused undertones. The band release their debut EP Collisions on Friday (20 April) and it’s an impressive introduction. Instrumentalists Matt Lunn and Chris Horrocks (guitars), Matty Ashton (bass) and Alex Binnington (drums) met either by being…

Introducing: Edenthorn impress with excellent second album Exist

Durham rockers Edenthorn‘s mission is simple yet effective. “Our main aim is to make sure that our listeners never get bored,” bassist and backing vocalist Faiba Gardner tells us, and they achieve it in style with second album Exist, which is self-released on Friday (20 April). As Faiba explains: “There is nothing worse than listening…

EP Review: SEASONS – Chapters

Bedfordshire’s finest SEASONS return with a brilliant new record that takes their fusion of delicious rocky riffs with approachable, catchy vocals to another level this Friday (20 April). One of our first New Bands of the Week way back in October 2016, the band’s third EP demonstrates their evolution both as band members and with…

EP Review: Pretty Pistol – Welcome To The Dead Club

The unmistakable raucous punk sound of south London’s Pretty Pistol returns with a second EP that sees the London band stamp their mark on the UK’s punk scene. Led by the trademark vocal attack of frontwoman Laura Le Rox alongside Billy Larsen (guitar), Rich Cooper (bass) and Emma Waller (drums), our New Band of the…

EP Review: Our Lives In Cinema – All Talk

London’s energetic punk / post-hardcore quartet Our Lives In Cinema have impressed once again with their second EP All Talk. The new EP sees the band find a happy medium between retaining their trademark fast-paced, energetic punk approach while toning down the franticness of their unique sound just a touch. All Talk kicks off with It’s…

Single Review: L Sicario – Away From The Numbers

The deliciously cool desert rock sound of London’s L Sicario is back with a couple of cracking new tracks that highlight the band’s ability to keep us guessing. Lead single Away From The Numbers sees guitarist Chris take on lead vocal duties, with regular lead vocalist Niko resuming the mantle on B-track Well Runs Dry…