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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.
Live Review & Photos: Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun, The Poeple, The Poet & Rob Lynch - London Barfly - 02/10/12
First on tonight at the intimate Barfly is London-based Rob Lynch, a stalwart of this scene. Playing solo with his acoustic guitar, Rob personifies everything that is fun about the acoustic-punk scene in London. Despite the fact the crowd are still filing in, Rob produces an engaging and personal set, including ‘Medicine,’ written about music’s cathartic effect on him as well as ‘Whiskey.’ Closing with ‘My Friends and I,’ and assisted by members of The People, The Poet, it proves a memorable opening set. (3/5)
Up next are The People, The Poet (formerly Tiger Please) with their grand, pop-influenced sound. They may not thank me for the comparison but the folky tinges in their music coupled with the fact they all wear waistcoats brings to mind Mumford and Sons. However there is an earnestness and freshness about The People The Poet that is very much different to the drudgery of Mumford and Sons, as tracks like ‘The Trip’ demonstrate. They also embrace a different method of song-writing as they explain throughout the set they asked fans to send them stories and themes about which to write new songs that will appear on their forthcoming album. One of these, ‘I Will Be,’ about how fatherhood changes a person, was particularly memorable tonight and really felt like the band was channelling the spirit of their fans in a very positive way. (3/5)
Headliners Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun are one of the most hard-working and under-appreciated bands in the UK right now. They are one of Xtra Mile’s best kept secret but tonight the Barfly is packed out to enjoy their high-energy folk-punk set. They certainly do not disappoint. From the morosely titled but jauntily arranged ‘A Song About Death,’ right through to the closing notes of the resonant ‘England’s Dead,’ the crowd is highly entertained by a truly jovial performance. Even in more introspective moments like ‘Wishing Well,’ the band manages to keep the crowd intrigued. All in all, this was a confident performance from a band that just keeps getting better and better. There was a special atmosphere in the Barfly tonight as it really felt like everyone who was here had a genuine interest in not just the headline act, but all the bands on the bill and the scene in general. With that kind of support, there is no doubt that these kind of shows will flourish. (4/5)