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.
Joining a fine-vein of pun-based indie band names, including Joanna Gruesome, Joy Orbison, Rad Stewart and Jean Claude Jam Band, Canadians Oh No! Yoko here release ‘Sorrow’, their follow-up to 2011 mini-album 'PAU PAU' (an album that contained '90's Kids', possibly the best pop single nobody has heard). The record begins with an odd, atmospheric post-rock-esque track, more in the vein of countrymen Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but it’s not long before 'Mimi Ashi' announces itself with the quite wonderful lyric “Kill all your friends, they look just like their dogs”. A rambunctious, hooky rampage through two minutes of chaotic math-flavoured indie-pop, this ensures the record sets off in fine fettle.
An incredibly short release, clocking in at just under 10 minutes, these songs infallibly push themselves on your conscious, create as lasting an impression as possible and leave without so much as a prolonged farewell. You can easily appreciate why this release has come out on Alcopop! Records - its general feel is of their entire roster all playing at the same time, replacing the ramshackle English charm of those bands with a real sense of what makes a truly smashing pop-hook. This has less of a polished feel than 'PAU PAU'; this is the raw sound of a tight-as-a-gnat’s-sphincter math-pop band, and it’s glorious. An all-too-short release but an unbelievably promising one nonetheless, this needs to be in your ears if you ever wanted a version of Vampire Weekend who sound like they like to party.
'Sorrow' by Oh No! Yoko is out on 19th November on Alcopop! Records.
Words by Ollie Connors (@olliexcore)