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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.
There sure is no better time than fresher’s week to check out some of your favourite punk bands. Huddling from the over excited new students and spontaneous biting cold, a gathering ensues in the small venue now known as NQ Live (the initials of which are impossible to decipher).
First up on the stage are the gruff layered melodic punk stylings of Above Them who provide a set that is both tight and impressive to watch. With their chunky sounding guitars and pounding drums, they manage to pull off a powerful aura around them. The addition of new guitarist Adam Bilboa from Manchester punk band Leagues Apart, seems to have really strengthened their sound and performance equalling an endless list of possibilities for the band. All in all, by the end of their set they are given the warmest of applauses and have earned themselves some new fans. (3.5/5)
Speaking of warm reactions, indie folk punk pop band The Front Bottoms are greeted with the cheeriest welcome from their hardcore fans. Their seemingly dancey and catchy acoustic numbers spread a fever that causes endless sing alongs which have the ability to wrap around the unfamiliar, who swallow the enjoyable electric surge that is just too hard to ignore. The sparks of this performance cause a wildfire of smiles from the band to the audience. (4/5)
The anticipation for tonight’s main feature is a ridiculous sight to see amongst such eager fans. Having released one of the best records of 2012, The Menzingers from Scranton, Pennsylvania walk casually on to the stage and unfurl the goods that satisfy the ravenous appetite of the ears. The majority of their set consists of material from their latest ‘On the Impossible Past’, and there is no reason why they shouldn’t especially since the album is full of hits that sound too huge for the small sweaty environment they are played in. The likes of songs such as ‘Good Things’, ‘Gates’, and ‘The Obituaries’ are instantly snatched up by the tongues of their fans who can’t help but sing along. Older songs such as ‘I Was Born’ and ‘Sunday Morning’ add an extra special charm to this buzz filled atmosphere making you be in absolute awe and wonderment with this very special punk band. After a brief intermission, fan favourites ‘Rivalries’ and ‘A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology’ are played with the most amazing streak of unity and intimacy with all those present. By the end of it all, you wish that such a single moment could go on forever but all that you can do for now is cherish that memory and replay it in your mind until the next time The Menzingers come into your town. (4.5/5)
Words by Aaron Lohan (@ooran_loohan)