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.
On The Fifty are a band from Brooklyn, New York. Tim Dolan, Tom Dambro, John Kantar & Anthony Imperato are 4 friends who spent their winter break recording this record and recognizing a dream of theirs. To have one of their biggest influences produce their record, Anthony Raneri of the Queens band, Bayside.
The record itself is very obvious when it comes to Raneri’s involvement, and stating an influence as Bayside is a little risky. Obvious comparisons tend to ruin bands’ sounds as you can then only visualize and compare. On The Fiftydo manage to stand out as a band themselves, but the whole Raneri blurb is a little overdone.
'Fast Hands, Bad Timing' is more than an EP at 20 minutes long and 5 tracks. The production quality alone is fantastic, but the writing also is something to be acclaimed. Tracks like 'Things Get Wet In The Ocean' and 'Blue Roses' showcase both the bands ability to remain true to their roots, and to write a catchy as hell song. With crooning vocals ala The Smoking Popes, and punk riffs akin to those of Alkaline Trio, this is a must listen for any fan of a generation of punk these bands belong to. Not something I think will be breathtaking on first listen, but it’s definitely a record that grows with you in time. If you want a remembrance of Bayside, this record is entirely for you. I can appreciate it’s done astoundingly well, but it just doesn’t strike me as anything special.
'Fast Hands, Bad Timing' by On The Fifty is available now.
Words by Rosie Kerr