Introducing: Lunafall

West Midlands band Lunafall have created a catchy guitar-driven sound that flirts with being poppy enough for the mainstream yet retains a heavier edge and guitar solos that will equally appeal to rock fans. The trio started out as Joel Darkes (vocals and guitar) and Dave Bright (vocals and bass) writing music together a few years…

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Introducing: Bitter Divide

Andover band Bitter Divide have been described by some as providing ‘the UK’s missing link between rock and metal,’ due to the band’s infectious rocky vocals amid a backdrop of metal riffs, solos and driving drums. No pressure there then. The quintet of Mojo (vocals), Si (lead guitar), Dave (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), Russ…

Introducing: The Gulps

Camden Town in north London is renowned for being a bit cool and trendy yet grungy and dirty at the same time, probably best epitomised by it having erected a statue of Amy Winehouse within its iconic busy market. And those characteristics are perfectly apt for describing emerging Camden-based band The Gulps. The quintet of Harry All…

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,…

Introducing: Opensight

Back in February we attended a pretty epic day long celebration of all things prog metal, and discovered an intriguing band called Opensight. The London-based quartet have crafted what they describe as ‘film music’ based on ‘spy themes.’ As frontman Ivan David Amaya explains: “People have used those words to describe us because of Opensight…

New Band of the Week: Junodef

Originally hailing from Sweden, the now London-based Junodef have honed an entrancing dark ‘post-death’ rock sound that serves up plenty of mystery and intrigue – and they’re a bit of a watershed moment for us as our first ever non-British New Band of the Week. Their intrigue isn’t limited to music either, with their mission…

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…

Introducing: The Dead Gentlemen

About the only thing you’re likely to know the town of Slough for is Ricky Gervais’ sitcom The Office, unless you work for a tech company that takes advantage of its relatively cheap business rental fees. But now there’s something far more interesting with the emergence of exciting new fuzz-rock quartet The Dead Gentlemen. Initially…

New Band of the Week: The Lids

One of my favourite memories from a year of studying in Leicester was regularly serving Kasabian frontman Serge Pizzorno while working in the city’s O’Neills bar – to the point where he used to tell me I was “his favourite barman” because I always served him quickly and without any fuss. Not only did this…

Introducing: Mountains To Move

Belgian punk rockers Mountains To Move are not a band that you’ll find taking themselves too seriously. Having started out as merely a fun drunken evening project, the Antwerp quartet have gradually focused more on their music although, as they tell us, not much more – which is evidenced by their self-description “Your girlfriend’s new…

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…