In celebration of their brilliant fifth LP, ‘Die Knowing’, the AH team have decided to place Comeback Kid under the “Versus” microscope. AH writer Mikey Brown explains why their latest album is the band’s best. Meanwhile Chris Mackie from Norwich hardcore boys Free Will, has elected himself to explain why second album, 'Die Knowing' is the bands best work.
Last month the long awaited debut full-length from Cornwall hardcore quartet Vales
was finally released. Thankfully 'Wilt And Rise' was certainly worth the wait as its an accomplished record that backs up the bands potential from their earlier releases.
We recently grabbed a quick word with guitarist Ben Sullivan to find out why the record
took so long to see the light of day. Sullivan also discussed the natural evolution of 'Wilt And Rise', working with producer Alex Estrada in LA, and more.
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.
Having never heard of these guys, I decided to do some research about them before listening to the album. With the genre described as ‘Punk/Ska’, I got the album on straight away and gave it a good listen.
The first thing I thought was that there really isn’t much of a ska vibe to the music - sure, there’s a trumpet - but I wasn’t hearing the ‘ska’. I’m not saying I was disappointed, because they genuinely are a really great band, I was just hearing something different to what I was expecting. Although it is pretty evident of the ska influence, I would class them more of a heavier pop-punk band, but pulling it off more effectively than the hordes of bands trying to break through in the genre.
The album starts off with ‘Dust On The Hourglass’, a song with pop-punk at its core, hints of Four Year Strong and A Day to Remember, but without the screaming. A great song; you will definitely find yourself singing along. The trumpets come in and you can hear the ska influence, but you’ll find yourself wondering whether it’s still an element strong enough to call it ska, although it definitely gives the music a great edge. Chanted vocal breaks - you can’t go wrong when it’s done right - and this song has it down.
The end of 'Dust On The Hourglass' has an audio clip, almost an introduction to the next track, which I can’t help but think would work great as an introduction to the album, with ‘I Want You To Hit Me As Hard As You Can 1’ as the opening track; it has the definite ska vibe to it. These are evidently talented musicians – the drummer’s prowess is at the forefront throughout most of the music – and with the guitar work and singing all working great together, it’s no wonder this album has been on repeat, these guys have something good, and they’re doing everything right.
'Live Like Mitch' is a great track too, with ska shining through. Whoever this ‘Mitch’ guy is, he sounds like a cool dude. As the album continues the ska influence is more and more evident. As in all ska music, you can’t help but enjoy listening to it, it sounds too happy. I would love to see this band live; I have no doubt they’d be bloody good.
'Hellbound And Helpless'- a track with a chorus that will have you singing along to, an anthem that would be a great crowd pleaser. It’s also another track that shows the true potential of the drummer, still hearing that break through to the forefront of the tracks. It’s refreshing to be impressed by a member of a band who doesn’t shove their talent in your face. If this band weren’t so great I’d definitely wonder why he wasn’t doing something else to show off his skills. You could say the same for the guitarist too.
'If I Can't Smoke Or Swear, I'm Fucked' has a blistering guitar solo that blows my ears away every time I hear it. I’m a guitarist myself, so whenever I listen to music guitarists’ styles and techniques are what I listen for, and from the start it was pretty evident this guy could play some great riffs, but this solo… just WOW. It seems a little self indulgent, but in respect to the track - the fast paced essence of it- the solo fits perfectly and doesn’t take anything away from the song at all, quite the opposite in fact.
'Dead End' is another track with a great hook, catchy chorus style outtro, written to get the chorus sang back to them. Mission accomplished. And once again, in 'Do What You Love…'. These guys can write great hooks.
Straight into the next track, ‘…And Fuck The Rest’, an intro to 'Delta. Oscar. Whiskey. November.', are heavily ska sounding. I take back my first assumptions - They’ve got the ska, they’ve got the pop-punk, and they’ve fused them together perfectly.
And finally onto the last track of this album, ‘The Ghost That Haunted Me’. I am honestly sad there are no more songs. It’s a short track in respect to the others, but a great way to end the album.
To summarise, my first apprehensions of the lack of ska influence were quickly quashed. The fusion of harder pop-punk and ska works really well, and has a refreshing approach to an over-crowded scene. I’ll be sure to keep an eye on these guys, and will definitely look out for dates of them touring here.
'You Can't Hide The Sun' by We Are The Union is out now on Paper And Plastick.
Words by Callum McPhee.