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…

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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…

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…

New Band of the Week: Phoxjaw

If you’re on the lookout for the most exciting new band on the UK rock scene, then Bristol noise makers Phoxjaw are right up there. Guitarist Josh Gallop aptly describes the band’s sound as “Like being punched in the stomach and electrocuted but really enjoying it,” which pretty much tells you everything you need to…

New Band of the Week: Steal The City

Emerging Sheffield rockers Steal The City fuse infectious heavy rock with punk-infused influences in a sound that’s just been crowned with the release of their fantastic debut EP. The band began when guitarist Joe Hanson met vocalist and bassist Sam Bantock and took him to his first Download Festival in 2014. They were both inspired to…

New Band of the Week: VNDTA

Hertfordshire hardcore newcomers VNDTA are on a mission to bring a fresh, modern sound to the UK’s metal scene. Led by the impressive clean and screamed vocals of Megan Targett, the band have honed a raw, aggressive, powerful sound dominated by huge progressive riffs and booming low-tuned metal chords. And they’re out to set peoples’…

New Band of the Week: Dead At 27

As the name implies Cardiff newcomers Dead At 27 have taken plenty of inspiration from a certain legendary Seattle musician – to the extent they’ve written a song depicting the events of his suicide. And their raw rock sound is almost an ode to Kurt Cobain, with gruff vocals supported by intense, pounding drums and…

New Band of the Week: Black Palms

London rockers Black Palms are an intriguing proposition. The unique mix of Greek, Jamaican and Iraqi heritages have combined to create an intriguingly dynamic brand of dark rock that sounds about as far away from those influences as you could imagine. The soulful vocals of Briony Macanas are perfectly accompanied by a backdrop of dark, powerful guitars….

New Band of the Week: One Last Thrill

Wiltshire rockers One Last Thrill are putting a modern spin on classic hard rock, fusing huge hooky vocals with flying guitar solos for a sound that they describe to us as “catchy, progressive and honest.” We first saw the band supporting Divide in London last month, and were instantly captivated by their engaging rock sound….

New Band of the Week: TrueHeights

After a brief hiatus following their debut record, Leamington Spa rockers TrueHeights are back armed with new music that has the potential to propel them right to the top of the British rock scene. Bringing new meaning to brothers in arms – they’re formed of two sets of brothers and “two honorary brothers” – the…

New Band of the Week: Colt48

The standout characteristic when seeing Colt48 perform for the first time alongside City of Ashes last year was the powerful, hard-hitting riffs that drove their songs forward. So it’s pleasing to see that they’ve retained that trait in spades since reverting to a duo mid-2017. Having previously played as a trio under the name 48 Hours,…

New Band of the Week: Parabyss

We first discovered the power of Parabyss walking into a swiftly filling up O2 Academy Islington and encountering a wall of intense metal noise. Booming vocals were supported by an almighty barrage of two eight-string guitars as a hardy crew of lads moshed away for free t-shirts. The London-based quintet was initially started by vocalist…