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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Introducing: Go Gracious

Taking a break out of avoiding salvaging ships in the aftermath of a European wall being erected by Donald Trump in 2025, we being to your attention of musical duo Go Gracious. In their words, they are “the only 2-piece pop rock band that has an exclusive time-travelling, extra-terrestrial membership. We define ourselves as liars.”…

Introducing: Hail The Hatter

When you think about the Caribbean island of Trinidad hard-hitting, frenetic metal meets rock’n’roll is probably not the first thing that comes to mind, but Hail The Hatter are out to change all of that. With commanding vocals that evoke memories of rock greats like Ozzy Osbourne and Axl Rose, big chunky riffs and huge…

Introducing: Future Love

Northampton rockers Future Love may describe themselves as “weirdos from the Midlands” but they’re also an exciting new band that has jumped up the heaviness of their music with their latest music – which is always music to our ears. The quartet began with founding members and joint vocalists guitarist Andy and bassist Meg, who’ve…

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…

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: 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…

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…

Introducing: Greybeards

Swedish rockers Greybeards have honed a sound that takes you back to the good old days of rock’n’roll. Engaging vocals from frontman Olle Westlund are complemented by delicious guitar riffs in a rocky sound fuelled with positive vibes. The Gävle quartet began life when Olle and Simon Mojtahedi (bass) formed a cover band when they were 13. Guitarist Ingemar…