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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.
After a short break to recharge their batteries, Manchester alt rockers Nine Black Alps return in 2012 to present their latest fourth full length effort entitled ‘Sirens’. In regards to the title, you’d expect this record to be a luring and seductive 40 minute session but the real truth of the matter is that you shouldn’t judge the record on its title and expect anything outstanding.
‘Sirens’ has some of the qualities needed to make it a good formula of indie rock. From the slow trudging ‘Penny Cinderella’ to the fast hectic antics found on ‘Living in a Dream’, the songs to have the ability to satisfy one’s hunger for a rock ‘n roll jam recital. The slower numbers such as ‘Phosphorence’ and ‘Another World’ have a real calming dream like atmosphere. Furthermore, the pop structure surrounding the band’s choruses are good enough to catch your ears hook, line and sinker.
However, although such abilities have their merit, the only reaction to this record as a whole is one of both boredom and impatience. ‘Sirens’ really doesn’t grab you by the neck and shake you around enough to make you think that the attention it is demanding is actually worth giving. The only people that would no doubt indulge in such a record would be the band’s eager and fanatic hardcore fans.
To sum up, this new effort from Nine Black Alps has some charming qualities but it’s structure as a whole only produces facial expressions that are full of loathing at how daunting and tedious this record can be. It feels as though this record was a discarded recluse from the 90s Britpop era. All in all, in contrast to the other brilliant releases that have come out this year, this isn’t one of them.
'Sirens' by Nine Black Alps is released 8th October though Brew Records.
Words by Aaron Lohan (@ooran_loohan)