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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.
It’s Tuesday night in Manchester; a day slap bang in the middle of the working week when everyone would generally be at home waiting for another dreaded work day. However, according to one band this is irrelevant, and they firmly believe that every night should be wild and filled with shenanigans. Since this band is the greatest rock ‘n roll band on the planet of the last ten years, it is probably best to take their word for it.
Being an unusually suited choice of opening band, Northern Irish noise rockers Axis Of are thick sounding and very engaging to watch. Leading the assault is a loud throbbing bassline that coils around the mind like an anaconda, with shifts from melody to throaty yells riding along the Helmet like rhythms. For an opening band, Axis Of certainly pack a punch and keeps everyone on their toes for the night ahead. (3.5/5)
Strolling onto the stage with their snotty Canadian mannerisms, Single Mothers play their style of ballsy rock ‘n roll hardcore punk to a full packed room. It takes a while to get one’s head round about what this band wants to be, and as soon as it clicks you realise that there’s more to them than meets the eyes and ears. They have plenty of fire in them to carry their performance at full speed ahead and by the end of their set you nod your head in agreement at the laid back tenacity of the band. (3.5/5)
As the lights go down, the crowd becomes restless for a while, until they become reassured by the very presence of The Bronx who push the pedal and swing a wrecking ball of a performance to fantastic results. Every song the band plays gets a thrilling reaction from the crowd; the likes of ‘Shitty Future’, ‘Under the Rabbit’, ‘Knifeman’ and ‘False Alarm’ see a consistent and chaotic pattern of bodies lapping over the stage, throats being pushed to their limit in yells, and a friction of pushing and shoving that causes a feverous heat to rise only getting the attendees more rowdy by the minute.
Sure the words yelled by Matt Caughthran are indecipherable but since this is The Bronx, a band who has the complete wizardry and energy to harness such noise, it doesn’t matter. After a 3 minute breather in the form of ‘White Guilt’, the fire returns right where it should be lit. The charisma and charming personality of Caughthran allows the band to pick their audience piece by piece, until they turn into jelly. This reaches the stratosphere as soon as Caughthran gets into the crowd and creates a furious buzz during fan favourite ‘They Will Kill Us All (Without Mercy)’, which leaves a scorched trail as he shifts around the room.
Tonight’s positive response and energy is given one last push during the two hit combo of ‘Heart Attack American’ and ‘History’s Stranglers’, the effects of which are being felt by the security behind the barrier. Ladies and gentlemen, I stand by and reiterate my previous point, The Bronx are the greatest rock n roll band to grace this earth and they are an untouchable live force. Don’t miss them! (4.5/5)