Combined by an admiration for early 2000’s emo bands, Brighton’s As It Is are the latest emerging pop-punk band to be making waves in the UK. Next week sees the release of the bands second EP, 'This Mind Of Mine' which sees them grow as a cohesive unit to produce four songs of honest pop-punk. Having received an overwhelming response from a
Kickstarter campaign and with vocalist Patty Walters’ dedicated YouTube following, As It Is
are a band on the rise. We caught up with Ben to find out more.
After receiving a five star review last month, next Monday sees the UK release of Twin Forks' self-titled debut album. However we're giving away three copies of the album. Find out how you can win one of thee copies here.
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.
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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.
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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.
St. Alban’s quintet Floods have been popping up at gigs and festivals over the last few years, becoming well-known for their fast and electric live shows. Signed to Small Town Records, they’ve been creating their self-titled album for the last three years. A pretty damn long time, but it’s been worth it.
They launch into ‘Black Waves’, a track that is more familiar with their hardcore fans. Burning with power, the low, guttural screams slide smoothly over the well-oiled clean cut vocals; it’s a trait that most may be sick of because so many bands use the same technique, but Floods use it to great effective. The roars combined with the smooth make for a stellar opening track.
Tracks such as ‘Hotel Coopar’ and ‘Jamie Tatlow’ are blistering tracks. Crushing speed and aggression together, their shredding riffs are lightning quick and are full of energy. Demonic, pulsating drumming throbs during ‘Hallowed Words’, a song driven with brutal emotion.
Lead single ‘98’ packs a punch; with a strong and melodic bassline, Floods really know what they’re doing. Furious screams layer upon gritty riffs, creating a well-oiled and working machine that seems to be bouncing off the walls. Their energy levels are through the roof and are in danger of causing explosions.
Closing off with ‘Moving On’, Floods have released an incredibly strong album. Not many bands would be able to do that, but the hype surrounding this St. Alban’s quintet is thoroughly deserved. With electricity running through their veins, they’re a spark ready to ignite.
'Floods' by Floods is available now on Small Town Records.
Words by Jessica Tagliani (@JessTagliani)