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…

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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: 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…

Introducing: Gent

Having grown tired of the politics and disappointments that accompanied being in bands he was a part of, Norwich-based Gent – aka Andy Martin – has gone it alone with a DIY ethos to a rocky brand of music he has termed “punk n’roll.” Andy saw the move away from being in bands as an…

Introducing: Black Income

If big, loud guitar riffs are your thing then fresh out of Denmark we have something you’re going to absolutely love in the form of Black Income. The trio of lead guitarist and vocalist Henrik Thrane, bassist and backing vocalist Michael Gerfdorf and drummer Lars Olrik – what a name for a drummer! – have honed…

Introducing: Free Galaxy

When a new band describe their sound as “explosive, loud and raw” you can be forgiven for getting a little prematurely excited. But in the case of Kenilworth’s Free Galaxy it’s warranted, as they more than back up their words with their engaging rock sound. The quartet of Ciaran O’Sullivan, Luke Osmond, Harry Rogers and…

Introducing: Tidalwave

Dean Schweitzer is living what is probably the dream for many people – combining his love of travelling the world with his love for making music with his ever-evolving personal project Tidalwave. Inspired to get into music at the age of 14 when he first heard Nirvana, Dean decided he “wanted to become Kurt Cobain…

Introducing: The Rocket Dolls

We’re particularly excited about introducing to this band, as it’s one we’ve been wanting to write about since first discovering them play a particularly engaging gig a few months ago. We saw Brighton rock trio The Rocket Dolls supporting Lightscape and Maven in Camden back in November, and were blown away by their hard-hitting, energetic…

Introducing: Lost In Madrid

A little Google search on the Parisian neighbourhood of Pigalle led us to discover the area is not only the epicentre of the French capital’s nightlife and its music store central, but also home to its red light district. One of the coolest things emerging from this once extremely sleazy region of Paris is the…

Introducing: Pamela Hüte

Years on from spending days of her childhood staring at the bright blue cover of Weezer’s self-titled album daydreaming of a record deal of her own, French singer / songwriter Pamela Hüte is now living out that dream of being a rockstar. She’s gone it alone in a solo career and honed a fun brand of rock…

Gig Review: Dorja, Gelato & Duke Of Wolves

Transatlantic five-piece Dorja gathered in the same city for the final time this year to bring a successful 2017 to a fitting end in London on Tuesday evening. Joined by Gelato and Duke of Wolves, the rockers put on one hell of a show at The Black Heart in Camden – which is swiftly becoming…

Gig Review: The Dead XIII, City of Ashes, As Sirens Fall & PINUP

Four bands with contrasting variations of rock put on a great show at Lounge 666 in Archway, north London, as The Dead XIII headlined alongside City of Ashes, As Sirens Fall and PINUP on Wednesday (25 October). The evening began with new Kingston-upon-Thames trio PINUP, whose opening track Burn Your World Down included a big…