With Confidence – Mama Roux’s, Birmingham – LIVE REVIEW

With Confidence are one of the sunniest bands alive from one of the hottest countries on earth so of course there was nowhere that they would rather be on a Wednesday night in September than Birmingham. The last time With Confidence toured the UK it was alongside Mayday Parade exactly a year ago so, after a gratifying welcome back to the stage at the beginning of the year to a run on the last ever Warped Tour it was about[…]

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SEPTEMBER EXPOSURE – Haggard Cat

If you’re thinking: “hey, I recognise those two from somewhere else” it’s because you probably do. Up until August of 2017 Matt and Tom were two fifths of Baby Godzilla – a band whose sound was only trumped in the insanity stakes by the fact that their name once landed them with a threatened law suit from the Japanese film and distribution company Toho. They promptly rebranded as HECK. Back in 2011 HECK’s bassist, Paul Shelley went to Copenhagen for[…]

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The Urban Voodoo Machine – Blackmarket VIP, Hastings – LIVE REVIEW

In the face of endlessly rising living costs and mouldy cupboards being advertised as ‘luxury accommodation’ Londoner’s are packing up the handful of possessions they had been able to afford with their meagre disposable income and branching out to places they previously only spent the weekend in. We know this because we did the same and, much like a high percentage of the other up-rooted Londoners, we ended up in Hastings, a town that has a secretly booming music scene[…]

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Homebound – Joiners, Southampton – LIVE REVIEW

We’ve come to a typically quiet time in the music calendar with festival season 2018 at an end and a string of incredible winter tours ahead but Farnham’s Homebound seized the opportunity and made August entirely their own. The quartet released their second EP More To Me Than Misery on August 17th via Rude Records and quickly took their new record on tour around the UK hitting up Southampton’s The Joiners (aka Britain’s best small venue) at the end of[…]

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Vukovi vs the afterLIVE Grab Bag

Vukovi were our standout band at 2000 Trees Festival 2017 and expectations for their set this year were high. They took those expectations and they battered them to within an inch of their life. From mosh pits to dedicated crowd surfers – they were having so much fun in the Cave pit that vocalist Janine Shilstone spent most of the set in there with them. Shortly after that exceptional set we caught up with Vukovi in the Press Tent…  

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afterLIVE LIVE, ARXX, The Don’t Knows, The Wingmen- The Palace, Hastings – LIVE REVIEW

There was only one way we could end a long, hot, summer, packed with amazing festivals and incredibly sweaty gigs. We had to throw our own show on the beach. Obviously. Hastings has proved to be one of music’s best kept secrets. Almost every pub and bar in the seaside town boasts an impressive schedule of live music largely from the overwhelming amount of talented musicians who call this place home. Both The Wingmen and The Don’t Knows have taken[…]

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AUGUST EXPOSURE – Holding Absence

Often there is a lot of industry discussion over the succession plan of rock music. Sometimes our community has lengthy discussions about who is the most promising name in our scene. Sometimes the answer isn’t up for debate. This is Holding Absence. The second annual Heavy Music Awards rolled into London town last week to honour and celebrate the year’s outstanding rock music achievements from Best Live Band to Best Producer and beyond. Amongst the celebrated were the likes of[…]

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Death and the Penguin – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton – LIVE REVIEW

Armed with Anomie, the beast of a debut album, London’s Death and the Penguin set off on a tour of the UK ending at Brighton’s Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar ahead of their perfectly matched appearance at ArcTanGent Festival this weekend.   Death and the Penguin have spent the past five years making fans in high places with their seamless blend of math rock, indie and hardcore. With two EPs already turning heads expectations were high for Death and the Penguins[…]

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Polish Club – Paper Dress Vintage, London – LIVE REVIEW

Formed in Sydney in 2015, Polish Club brought their Soul-Punk vibe to every corner of Australia, most recently as main support for Royal Blood’s Oz arena tour. Satisfied that they’d played every, single, Australian festival they turned their attention state-side in April and now they’re here in England to laugh at pubs called “The Cock Tavern” and to play not one, not two, but three London shows. We caught the first blistering, thankfully air conditioned, show of that hat trick[…]

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