Introducing: Pryti

Ever wondered what Lana Del Rey fused with the Deftones would sound like? Well you’re in luck, because Birmingham-hailing solo artist Pryti attests to be exactly that with her brand of dark, melancholic rock. Pryti’s sound has been honed from a wide range of influences from Deftones and Linkin Park through to Sarah McLachlan, Ani DiFranco…

Introducing: Weirds launch debut album Swarmculture

The band name may give it away, but Leeds rockers Weirds are not normal. The four-piece, who define their sound as “sludgey, amphibious rock” are a thrilling combination of big rocking riffs and almost mystical, but totally cool psychedelia. The quartet of Aidan Razzall (vocals and keys), David Nash (drums), Zachary Thomas (guitar) and Matthew…

Introducing: Rougenoire

We’ve met a fair few bands from Italy in the last few months, but none (be it Italian or not, for that matter) are quite like Milanese rockers Rougenoire. The five-piece have honed an awesome classic rock sound with their own unique spin thanks to Francesca ‘Black Mamba’ Gheza’s commanding, appealingly accented vocals. The title…

Album Review: Order Of Voices – Constancy

It seems this is a week for writing about bands making long overdue albums, as following in the footsteps of Texan legends At The Drive In are Sheffield rockers Order Of Voices with their superb second album Constancy. Seven years on from their self-titled debut album the five-piece are back with a bang, but it’s…

Album Review: At The Drive In – in•ter a•li•a

They may not be a new band as such, but after 16 years away the re-emergence of Texas’ At The Drive In almost feels like discovering a new band. Having been away for so long, there’s more than likely rock lovers out there who aren’t aware of how great this band was back in their…

Introducing: Analog Bombs

As a brass player myself we’ve had a sad lack of ska music thus far on this site, so it gives me great pleasure to introduce Bradford-based Analog Bombs. The six-piece aren’t quite your standard ska rockers, fusing indie rock with their eclectic trombone and organ sound. It’s hugely enjoyable, easy to listen to and infectiously catchy…

Album Review: Halflives – Empty Rooms

Italian pop rockers Halflives‘ debut album Empty Rooms is an impressive effort filled with catchy tunes that make it a must listen for fans of the likes of Paramore. With upbeat melodies and Linda Battilani’s powerful vocals, this album is energetic and fresh. This album is full of gems, with debut single Mayday and follow up single…

Introducing: Space Church

We hear about some weird and wacky stuff from bands sometimes, but when it comes to random musical influences they don’t come much wackier than those of awesome new rock power trio Space Church. Fresh from supporting IDLES in Guildford earlier this month, we spoke to the band – Phil, Pat and Dan – that describes…

Introducing: The Beautiful Monument

Our focus has been well and truly on female-fronted rock bands in the last week, following Wednesday night’s antics at Camden Underworld. And it just so happens we’ve found another great one, this time all the way from Australia, The Beautiful Monument. The quartet are making huge waves in their homeland since forming in early…

Album Review: Blood Youth – Beyond Repair

We’ve got an early challenger for best British album of the year from Harrogate heavyweights Blood Youth, who release the huge Beyond Repair next Friday (7 April). The band’s debut album sees the trio make a solid statement of intent to their being the next big thing in British metal. However, it could all have been very different…

Introducing: ANEWRAGE

It seems the Italian music scene is alive and kicking right now, with a host of great new rock bands popping up. This week we discovered the superb, expressive music of Milanese rockers ANEWRAGE, who’ve been busy honing their awesome sound since they began playing music together 11 years ago, when they were just 14. We spoke to…

Album Review: Sumo Cyco – Opus Mar

Canadian rockers Sumo Cyco are back with a bang with second album Opus Mar, which will be released on Friday (31 March). The quartet of enigmatic front-woman Skye Sweetnam, better known by the moniker Sever, lead guitarist Matt ‘MD13’ Drake, bassist Ken ‘Thor’ Corke and touring drummer Matt Trozzi have offered up a delicious second offering…