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With Spring fast approaching and festival season starting soon, March sees a whole load of noteworthy releases. We take a look at five of the must hear releases this month.
Having only just formed last summer, Leeds punks Brawlers have quickly made a name for themselves for their insane live show. Now the quartet have unleashed their utterly brilliant debut EP 'I Am A Worthless Piece of Shit', an infectious collection of fun punk rock numbers. We talked to vocalist Harry George Johns to find out why the longtime friends formed
Brawlers and what 'I Am Worthless...' is all about.
After delivering one of the early contenders for album of the year, we catch up Modern Baseball to discuss ‘You’re Gonna Miss It All’, their forthcoming debut UK tour and miming
at the World Series.
In the second part of our "Studio Report" feature with Colt 45, the Cumbria punks finish their debut LP producer Romesh Dodangoda by recording vocals and more guitars. Take a look.
In the first of our new fortnightly feature where we highlight some of the most promising
bands in the pop-punk world, we talk to New York's Firestarter.
In the latest instalment of our "Tour Tales" feature, we join Wakefield quartet Morain on their recent tour supporting Durham four-piece Alexander.
With lead vocalist Matt Pryor having recently completed a solo UK tour, we highlight two albums from The Get Up Kids for the latest edition of "Versus". Already Heard writer Tom
Knott explains why 'Something To Write Home About' is "pure gold". Whilst Senior Editor
Sean Reid shows us why 'Guilt Show' shouldn't be dismissed.
Live Review: Polar Bear Club, Into It. Over It., Cowards & Years - Moho Live, Manchester - 30/08/2012
A small and curious gathering moves towards the stage as soon as local band Years give what they have in their nimble performance. Their mix of ambient heart on sleeve pop rock has some bite to it but lacks anything unique and instead provides a set that is both daunting and unoriginal. Another problem is that there’s just a sheer lack of stage presence in their performance resulting in the smallest of warm applauses.
Livening up the proceedings is boisterous rock ‘n’ roll hardcore mob Cowards who utilise frantic guitars that are reminiscent of Every Time I Die and Glassjaw. They are a very entertaining band to watch and provide a few laughs in their in between song banter but there is really something lacking in their aura. The trouble with their sound is that it’s something that has been replicated by a lot of bands and has only ever been perfected by a minority who have become big players in the music business. Perhaps with an added spit shine mixed with the heat of a gritty fire poker could help to make them a static charged spectacle for all to see.
To the surprise of those who may have only heard of this project and to the expected anticipation of his die-hard fans, Into It. Over It. a.k.a. Evan Weiss plays a charming solo acoustic set that is brimming with honesty and wonderful harmonies. Whether it’s his very intriguing stories between songs or the calm captivating interpretation of his craft (songs which he recorded and multi-instrumentally played by himself), there is without a doubt a very sweet atmosphere and brilliant magic touch to a performance being watched by the polite and patient crowd who are simply caught in the moment.
This calm moment soon morphs into an electric buzz as tonight’s guests from the far west burst onto the stage with a gruff anthemic cry. Polar Bear Club are nothing but a phenomenal bounty of contrasting meaty guitar and adrenaline filled melodies which sink in deeper and deeper until a wondrous epidemic occurs as the audience become more involved in what they are witnessing before them. The mould of older songs such as ‘Eat Dinner, Bury the Dog, and Run’ and ‘Burned Out in a Jaw’ mould perfectly with the glorious jaw stomping flow of more recent material including ‘Pawner’ and ‘I’ll Never Leave New York’. The biggest reactions comes from fan favourites ‘Living Saints’ and ‘Most Miserable Life’ which wield a supernova of intimacy in this compact environment. By the end of it all, you can only be suffering from a perplexed and joyous craving for more from the New York punk crew. The only diagnosis for such symptoms can be concluded on an event which has been cemented in the great memories section of tonight’s attendees.