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.
The Retrospective Soundtrack Players is an eclectic mix of punk, rock and folk. An interesting and diverse mix, they’ve released a split “7 with Frank Turner and have toured the UK with The Walkmen, King Charles, Chris T-T and more. And this five-piece also like to create albums based on their favourite books and/or films. And this time, the book lucky enough to receive such treatment, is J.D. Salinger’s ‘The Catcher In the Rye’, published in 1951.
‘Comin’ Thro’ the Rye’ melds into ‘The Catcher In the Rye’, a heart-warming opening track. Twanging and folk-inspired riffs slide over smooth, comfortable vocals – gravelly yet deep, they’re soothing to listen to, and are evident during tracks such as ‘For D.B.’ and ‘The Wicker Bar’.
Tracks such as ‘Pencey Prep’ and ‘Woman Just Kill Me’ feature gentle acoustic-folk guitars. Harmonicas are to be found during ‘Where Do the Ducks Go At Winter?’ a sweet and slow enough track for people to relax and hum along to. A melodic rhythm section keeps the tracks strong and steady; strong drum work during ‘Smart Girls For Talking, Morons For Dancing’ builds a fantastic structure for the song.
During closing track ‘For Phoebe’, a harmonic bass and slick riffs round off ‘The Catcher In the Rye’ well. The Retrospective Soundtrack Players are energetic, but not in the sense that they’re straight up in your face. They keep up an unfaltering pace through the album, a steady pace that’s difficult to match.
'The Catcher In the Rye' by The Retrospective Soundtrack Players is available now on Xtra Mile Records.
Words by Jessica Tagliani (@JessTagliani)