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.
Canada’s Sleepless certainly didn’t give me much information to go off in terms of the background of the band. It is safe to say that I still don’t know too much about them now. What I do know is that their blend of progressive, hard rock is a strong sound for a band in their infancy. Mixing between soft and gruff powerful vocals, intricate guitar and bass work it is a sound that is not new but is being done well.
Opening track 'So Low, Solo' demonstrates brilliant vocal harmonies, twiddly emo vibe guitars and an outro reminiscent of ‘In Keeping Secrets…’ era Coheed and Cambria. 'If I Were to Say' is an example of a grittier sound, the song still holds that progressive vibe (albeit the shortest track on the EP) but it it develops from the softer tones of the opening track.
By the third track they have developed and brought together the sounds of the twiddly and intricate musicianship of the opener and heavier style of the following track to create what could be said is the definitive Sleepless sound. 'Faces In Clouds' and 'Heavy Eyes' both follow this style and there is not much else to say about them. 'Anchored' their closing track, provides a great finish with the accompaniment of strings and a familiar choral style ending.
As I have already pointed out this is a band in their infancy, and as I don’t know much of their background I can only presume things. If this is the members first band then for a début you couldn’t have a better starting point; they have a brilliantly produced selection of songs here. Their musicianship and song writing cannot be faulted, neither can their creativity. They are a group who with time, will get better and better, you cannot go wrong with a début this strong.
'Unsteady Hands' by Sleepless is available now on Bandcamp.
Words by Robert Maddison (@bertmaddison)