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…

New Band of the Week: The Cartographer

Our New Band of the Week feature has been away for a little while, so to mark its return with a bang it’s time for something awesomely heavy in the form of Derby quintet The Cartographer. The band fuses huge riffs, djent, screamed vocals and wild driving drums to form their brutal metal sound, which…

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…

New Band of the Week: Donnie Willow

The first time I checked out Glasgow’s Donnie Willow I was instantly hooked by their fusion of hooky guitar riffs and vocals, and alt-rock meets hardcore sound. Then, having found them on Facebook, I became obsessed with one of their fans’ comments, which claimed that their new EP Exhibition is “like listening to Elton John…

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…

New Band of the Week: From Idols To Ashes

A few weeks ago we met Bristol post-hardcore rockers From Idols To Ashes at a Last Hounds gig in Camden, and ever since I’ve been eagerly awaiting bringing them to you as our New Band of the Week. Now finally that time is nigh, so get ready for something extremely exciting and very heavy to…

Introducing: Lead Shot Hazard

In the nine months I’ve been running this blog I’ve sadly neglected the wonders of ska, but all that is set to end by introducing you to the wonderfully named Lead Shot Hazard. The London six-piece – made up of Dave Collis (vocals / bass), Tom Crabb (vocals / guitar), Zandro Morreale (drums / vocals), Eve…

Introducing: White Noise Radio

Having listened to White Noise Radio for little more than a minute I knew we were onto something special. The Bristolian quartet have honed a particularly Incubus-like sound with deceptively heavy riffs and vocals fused with interesting melodies, driving basslines and wild drums that I can’t help but keep listening to. White Noise Radio have…