New Music Friday Round-Up: 15 June

Our latest installment of the week’s latest new music brings you some hard-hitting new British metal, a heavy new track from a New Zealand / Aussie metal band, some new music from our favourite new solo artist, a bit of indie rock and a bit more metal. Enjoy… Cut Short – Impersonal (EP) Get your…

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Introducing: Just Like Fruit

Every Monday morning my office receives a basket colourfully filled with a mass of all kinds of tasty fruit, from strawberries, oranges and grapes through to plums and lychees. Embodying that eclectic mix in a musical sense is Brighton blues-infused alt-rockers Just Like Fruit. The quintet of Dion Mason-Poole (vocals), Taran Pring (lead guitar), Kieran Matthews (rhythm guitar), Ryan Melbourne-Hurley…

Introducing: Tim Brooks

London solo artist Tim Brooks is far from your bog standard singer-songwriter, bringing a heavy focus on lyrics and wordplay alongside a much rockier approach than you might expect. Having started out on the more typical acoustic route he’s gradually evolved towards a sound that merges the boundaries of folk, rock and pop-punk that. As…

Gig Review: Camden Rocks Festival – Part 2

Following on from the afternoon session of Camden Rocks Festival, which we covered here, the evening saw things get a whole lot heavier and sweatier as the day-long celebration of emerging British rock, metal and punk continued. Having seen At The Sun bring a rocking end to the afternoon, I moved back up to Dingwalls…

Gig Review: Camden Rocks Festival – Part 1

Thousands of people flocked to the north London borough of Camden for a feast of the finest emerging British rock, metal and punk talent at the annual Camden Rocks Festival on Saturday (2 June). The action kicked off at 12pm with music running into the early hours of Sunday morning at various afterparties, as rock…

New Band of the Week: Liquid State

Bristol’s Liquid State are a band worth getting excited about, combining big dirty riffs, gritty basslines and pounding drum grooves with soaring, powerful vocals in their loud, unapologetically heavy brand of rock. Having won a Battle of the Bands competition in their hometown last year, they’ve since been hard at work on their debut EP, from…

Single Review: wars – Little Death

This has been a long time coming but the wait for new music from Rugby’s finest wars has been more than worth it. The metal quintet, our New Band of the Week last July, have today released new single Little Death, their first new material since debut album We Are Islands, After All. And it’s awesome….

Introducing: In The Cards

Rock newcomers In The Cards have come a long way from their days as school friends in the Midlands town of Stoke-on-Trent. Their delicious combination of soaring melodies, energetic choruses and moments of heaviness is now just weeks away from being unleashed upon the ears of the world with their debut EP. The quartet of Amy…

New Band of the Week: Vs

If you’ve long been yearning for a throwback to the good old days of 90s grunge then you’re in for one hell of a treat with Leeds newcomers Vs. The quintet of Shortie Himself (vocals and guitars), Sparks (guitars and part-time rapper, apparently), Ruke (guitars and backing vocals), Bear (bass) and Jungle Dave (drums), who I’m…

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…

Introducing: The Wild Strays

Deep within the heart of the Black Country something feral and wild has taken shape, evolved, harnessed the power of rock and readied itself to be unleashed upon the world next month. Stafford quartet The Wild Strays were conceived this time last year from the ashes of a previous project of vocalist and guitarist KT…

New Band of the Week: The Breaks

We’ve heard some interesting reasons for people kicking off their music careers, but the strangest yet has to be Alastair Shaw telling us he joined a band because his ex-girlfriend visited a psychic, who then predicted he’d be successful in music. Alistair is the guitarist in emerging Burnley formed, Manchester-based indie rockers The Breaks, and…