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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.
From the viewpoints of the many, losing an iconic frontman such as Frank Carter could be seen as paralysing the foundations of a band like Gallows. However such a ludicrous statement is turned upside down by the extended middle finger and grab by the throat testament of Gallows’ third full length.
After finding their feet with new vocalist Wade MacNeil (Canadian punk veteran of Alexisonfire and Black Lungs fame) on the ‘Death Is Birth’ EP the band have now returned with their self-titled offering, a concrete 32 minute slab engraved with their most focused and most resilient battle hardened anthems.
Harpooning your ears with Stu’s thick coiling basslines, Wade’s guttery bile filled vocals, the fantastic dirty snake like riffery from Steph and Lags, and Lee’s steady trudging drum beats, ‘Gallows’ shoots an adrenaline bullet into all five senses causing the body to malfunction into an unwakeable seizure that’ll leave your lifeless corpse smiling.
Circle pit inducing songs like ‘Vapid Adolescent Blues’ will drive you cannibalistic till your limbs fall off, while the likes of songs such as ‘Austere’ are so infectious that they will cause your blood cells to go rabid and give you a sharp heart attack. Through all this vicious mayhem, the sudden quieter and eerie moments found on ‘Depravers’ and ‘Everybody Loves You (When You’re Dead)’ keep you on your tense toes until the teeth of the band’s gaping jaws latch on again.
Although the lyrics of this record aren’t ground breaking, they are short, simple and have enough of a fiery delivery to make you feel inspired to run towards the toughest of walls regardless of the pain and agony that such a seemingly foolish act may bring upon you because at the end of the day all that matters is that the primary goal can be achieved. The huge littering of gang vocals that envelope this record are pleasurably addictive from “A.C.A.B.!” on ‘Last June’ to “In us we trust!” on ‘Victim Culture’ to the never ending woahs found on ‘Outsider Art’.
What we have here is a note filled with the boldest of statements; in fact not a statement, but a warning. This third full length from Gallows shows a band who are not yet dead, in fact they are a band that have only just begun.
'Gallows' by Gallows is out now on Venn Records (UK)/Bridge Nine (US).
Words by Aaron Lohan (@ooran_looran)