Introducing: Wave Break

Boston rockers Wave Break are aptly named, given the metaphorical theme of overcoming adversity – also known as a ‘wave break’ – dominates their lyrics. The quartet, founded by lead vocalist Kelly Barber last year, fuse elements of post-hardcore with pop rock and emo rock alongside lyrics that focus on standing up to societal and…

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Introducing: Darker Days

You’ll likely have heard of the city of Salem in Massachusetts, and it’s probably not because it’s one of America’s most significant seaports or being the birthplace of the US National Guard. Oh no, you’re much likely to recognise the name for the country’s most deadly witchhunt, in which at least 20 people were executed,…

End of an era: Vans Warped Tour announces 2018 will be its last cross-country tour

The words ‘Vans Warped Tour’ will be forever sacred to emo, punk and rock fans of a certain age. Some of the most popular bands of our generation and formative bands of my love for all things punk, rock and metal have emerged through the US-wide event since its inception in 1995. From the likes…

Introducing: Øff Guard

Pop punk quintet Øff Guard peaked our interest when they described their intriguingly catchy sound as “intricate emo rock’n’roll.” These may not be the most natural musical genre bedfellows, but the Long Island, New York-based band really make it their own as evidenced by last month’s launch of their debut EP. The five-piece of Matt…

Introducing: Russian Girlfriends

No we haven’t turned into one of those conspicuous Russian websites that promises you a wife that looks like Anna Kournikova (deletes Internet history), we’re actually introducing you to American punk rockers Russian Girlfriends. Despite not actually having Russian girflriends – no, none of them, boring! – the New Mexico five-piece have honed a style…

Introducing: The Fill Ins

Having made the most of your long Bank Holiday Weekend, I’m pretty sure you’ll be in need of some good old fast-paced punk meets rock’n ‘roll to get your brain back in gear. Luckily for you, we have the perfect tonic in North Carolina-based quartet The Fill Ins. You can’t help but rock along to…

Introducing: Bad Mary

New York has a fair claim to being the home of punk, with the likes of Ramones, Blondie and Lou Reed pioneering the genre from the famous east-coast city. Now picking up the mantle are Long Island rockers Bad Mary, who harness that 70s vibe with a modern twist in their energetic, fast-paced punk. Bad Mary began…