Welcome to Pornography For Cowards So here it is... PFC#6. The issue that almost
So what’s changed since Issue #5? I finished
never happened. I’d be lying if I said that
university, moved back to the Isle of Wight
I never considered simply not releasing
(where I’m still living), had a couple of jobs,
another issue of PFC but the ongoing interest
put a handful of shows on under the Small
and the activity on the page spurred me back
World! name, started a punk band called
into action. If you’re worried that PFC is going
Rilke and partied hard at the Ventnor Fringe
to become a web zine, fear not - I simply
Festival. That’s a very brief (and positive)
didn’t want to ask people to pay for a zine I’ve
run down of the last year - let’s not get too
been promising for about a year now. Issue
negative this early in the zine - but hey, this
#7 will be printed like Issues #4 and #5.
isn’t a diary.
Many thanks to Cal Hudson from Manbearpig
Once this issue hits the internet I’ll start
/ Curves and Nerves for the front cover
planning for Issue #7. We’ll be dropping the
illustration. If you haven’t guessed, the
album reviews section as, by the time an
character next to Pigsly is meant to be MC
issue goes to print, it’s often outdated and I’d
Ipod / Ian from Kill Your Own - we originally
rather dedicate more space to interviews and
planned this issue to be a split but it just
articles then my opinions on various releases.
didn’t work out. Life ei, the swine.
Until next time...
Public transport is far from glamourus but on the flip side, you'll never meet such a wide range of people travelling in a car. Here's some of the best, drawn up by Northern rock's very own oskar jeff.
When: 06 / 10 / 2010
When: 14 / 06 / 08
Where: Finsbury Park Tube
Where: London Tube System
Where: Bus, Isle of Wight
Singalongs are great, but they’re
Have you ever looked at something
To this day I still don’t know what
even better when the participants
and thought ‘there’s something not
the homeless guy on the Number 3
are all crammed onto the tube,
quite right here, but I don’t know
bus (post festival) was drinking but
singing Rage Against The Machine
what’? I don’t know how I didn’t
damn it was potent. I remember him
songs and buzzing from their
realise this gentleman had only half
telling us about the Island being
famous Finsbury Park show.
a face for four stops either...
controlled by aliens. Yeah...
Itâ€™d been a while since we last spoke to Jay Maas, guitarist of Defeater, so when we heard that theyâ€™d be playing the Fighting Cocks the night before graduation we decided to head down and see how everything was going.
‘Empty Days And Sleepless Nights’ see’s Defeater
Going back to talking about the Every Time I Die
expand on the story told in ‘Travels’ by telling the
tour, how was it touring with such a diverse line up?
other brothers tale. Where does this leave us for future Defeater material?
That tour was awesome. Everybody on the tour ended up being great and ETID’s live game is incredible. They
I’m not sure if we can tell everyone about all the details
are so solid. They trashed us... they just play awesome
yet but we definitely have the rest of the story planned
punk. Spycatcher was the odd duck on the bill - they’re
out. It will fill all of the current holes and gaps in the
so melodic but I think people just appreciate good
stories. Fans can be assured that it’ll be in the same
bands. We definitely appreciated them and I’m glad
vein as what we’ve always been doing.
they came along. We had a blast.
Would you consider a full acoustic album after
Talking about moving forward, has Mike leaveing
Make Do And Mend to play in Defeater full time made things easier?
We’ve considered all kinds of stuff - personally, I’ve got no idea. Derek is in the middle of recording his solo
It’s definitely made it easier. He was an original
album which is just him singing and playing acoustic
member of Defeater but around Lost Ground time he
- I’ve been recording some of it and it sounds great.
said ‘Hey, Make Do And Mend have asked if I’d like to
For Defeater? I don’t know, we haven’t got that far yet
play with them and I thought it’d be cool’... as a band
but I could see it happening.
we’ve always been very open, very flexible so we said “You know, you’re our friend and if that’s what you want
So what is Derek’s solo material (Alcoa) like?
to do man then go for it!”. So he wanted to try it on and they did it for a few years, had a great time but
It’s good! It’s slow and raw.
I think - not to speak for him - it got to a point where both bands were legitimately picking up and he was
I’ve seen that you’ve had Ryan Mackfall on tour with
spending 11 months on the road and I think that it was
you for a while - what’s going on with the footage
a lot for anyone to take on. I think he realised that it was
from the Every Time I Die tour?
time to take it back down to one band because there’s other things in life you want to do. When you’re on the
It came out amazing but at the moment we’re just
road everyday you do miss out on whats going on at
putting our heads together, putting some drafts
home so I think it was that.
together to make it into some kind of cool documentary. We’re going to film more but we just want to make
When you were working on Lost Ground were you
sure that - whatever type of product we put out - it’s
writing new material or adapting material that never
of the upmost quality. That applies for video, merch,
made it onto Travels?
records... we take our time and make sure it’s right. Everything was 100% new for Lost Ground. We didn’t Would you ever consider making a twenty or thirty
have anything left over after travels so everything was
minute short based on your albums?
written for that record.
We’ve considered it before, but at the moment we’re
Last time we talked for PFC you mentioned that you
just playing with ideas and checking out the footage
drove eco vans which run on oil whilst on tour -
we’ve got and deciding what we want to do, and where
how are they holding up?
we want to go with it.
Oh, Andy’s green vans. They’re going better than ever.
to thing about how your studio style and recordings
He runs it with my best friend Anthony and, yeah,
and influencing this generation of rock fans?
they’re at full steam. It’s become their full time gig - I’m proud of them. It takes a lot of courage and ambition
That’s quite a flattering question. I’m proud of all the
to actually run your own company, especially one with
work I’ve done, and if it is then that’s about all I can
as many expenses and things to balance as there is
ask to leave behind. I turned 31 this year so I’ve been
with vehicles which always break down and require
working with music for a really long time now and it’s
maintenence. It seems like a lot of work but they’re
awesome to work with some younger bands who can
always forward thinking and working hard so, yeah, it’s
learn from my experiance and professional expertise
and make something cool. I’m not going to say I’m influencing things but... maybe there’s a bit going on.
Now, I know that you run a studio back home and,
If I am, I’m flattered.
with Jeremy from Touche Amore starting a label recently, I was wondering if you’ve been tempted
You recorded Have Hearts last show. Can we talk
to take the same route and start releasing your own
recordings? That was great. That, as well as Defeater’s records, I had considered that around the end of last year but I
ended up being one of Bridge Nine’s best selling
wouldn’t want to do it unless I could see myself freeing
releases and it’s pretty cool to know that, in a small way,
up some more time. This year is a little crazy - we’ve
I helped acheive that.
had a lot of touring and there’s still plenty left, my wife and I bought a new house, got married and I built a
Talking about Have Heart, is there any band you’ve
new studio so it’s been a super packed year already. I
seen that you think could fill the whole that they’ve
thought that with record sales dwindling we could try a
profit share deal and give bands who want to release digitally good recordings and finding a way to make
I don’t know. There are a lot of good bands out there.
that work for everybody. It’s definitely something I’m
I kind of feel that every era gets it’s own thing but you
interested in but at the same time, it’s a lot of work and
should never go looking for the next, say, Have Heart.
I wouldn’t want to start involving myself with people
I would never say Have Heart was the next American
who would be depending on me if I couldn’t comit to
Nightmare but American Nightmare defined one era
it for real.
and then Have Heart came along and defined the next so things are constantly evolving and, with that, you’re
You mentioned that you’ve built your studio into
going to get different flavours and different textures
your house - is it something you’d make into a full
which will resonate with the kids during that period of
time position if Defeater slowed down?
It’s currently just as full time as Defeater for me. From
Changing the topic a little, how is Maximum Rock N
the moment I get home to the moment I leave for tour
Roll percieved in America? Is it still seen as legit in
I’m working with an artist, or a band, producing records
punk circles or not so?
and it’s awesome. It’s a great life. I love being able to do what I want all the time for a living.
I’m not sure. I used to read it a lot when I was growing up but now, most of us, just end up on message boards
You’ve recorded material for Make Do And Mend,
but I reckon they still resonate with a core group of kids
Have Heart, Title Fight, Defeater... Do you ever stop
which is awesome if it keeps punk rock alive and going.
MC LARS Are there any series of novels you’d consider
How do you feel about the upcoming adaptation of
Kerouac’s On The Road?
I think the Harry Potter series is pretty classic at this
I’m stoked to see it!
point... everyone can identify with the unlikely hero
important and influential, I’m glad they are preserving
destined for greatness. You can learn a lot from J.K.
and spreading their stories.
The beat poets were very
Rowling about life and growing up in these books! Leading on from that, do you feel that casting What’s your views on comic books / graphic
known actors who have their own baggage in the
novels? Legitimate works of literacy or simple
form of previous roles / private-life-gone-public
stories best left for kids?
often gets in way of the characters portrayal?
I think graphic novels are just as relevant. We live in
I think because literature is not incredibly popular
a digital society where images are everywhere, and if
with mass audiences, you have to have someone
they are in our books, they are still books and are still
recognizable play the characters.
legitimate works of literacy. Art Spiegelman’s “Maus”
Hollywood is, I think it’s a marketing thing that is
series is a good example of this.
necessary to bring the books alive. Sometimes they
It’s just the way
do a great job, sometimes not. In your opinion, what has been the best movie to book adaptation?
After ten years of rapping and touring so heavily, do you ever feel like slowing down a little?
Movie to book? I thought the novelization of “Home Alone” when I was in 2nd grade was dope, it was
I’m working on other projects, such as an almanac and
actually the first full book I read at 8 years old.
a kids’ TV show. I am diversifying but don’t ever want to stop rapping.
Have you managed to catch The Raven (a detective/ thriller involving Edgar Allen Poe which came out
If you did make a gigantic robot with the intention
earlier this year) yet?
of killing, which other robots would go into it, transformer style?
I did! I thought the concept was great and I loved the backstory, but I felt like it became too bloody / science
It would be part Optimus Prime, part WALL-E and all
fiction / horror style. It was trying to be Saw, but would
have been doper as a historical detective narrative.
So Dan, can you give us a quick run down of your
Why do you think that so many solo artists are
musical history pre-ducking punches?
returning to the full band sound lately?
I played in a string of shoddy pop punk bands, that just
It sounds better. I think there is a lot to be said for a
used to rip off The Ataris and a ska/punk band called
really sparse solo song or aggressive solo set but that
Brassphemy for years. Now I play in Broken Window
added diversity with other musicians really does work,
Effect and Whiskers (far less embarassing, well BWE
especially on record.
is anyway.) So you’ve based material on Bukowski and John What led to you releasing through lockjaw records?
Fante - which other authors would you like to dedicate EPs to?
The guys at Lockjaw are incredible people: Honest, heartfelt and totally DIY. Plus, I love all the bands on the
Too many! Ginsberg, Burroughs, Kafka, Chbosky,
label, they’re good friends and are all really important
Carver, Kaufman, loads more too!
to the punk scene in more ways than one. In ‘A Night In The Cells’ you touch on a few ideas that seem extra poignant in light of the Ian Tomlinson trial. Do you feel like there’s any hope for our country when police can kill a man and walk away punishment free? Yeah I guess there are, I think that’s why I felt a lot of connectivity to that case and when the injustice of that verdict came through I was horrified. ‘A Night In The Cells’ is a true story, it was something that happened to me and that never got taken to court. It doesn’t bode well for our future if the ‘justice’ system manages to acquit murderers just because they are in positions of power.
CURVES n' nerves So, what led to the break up of Manbearpig? Simply put, our beloved bassist Brown Lurrrs is moving to Hong Kong in August thus scuppering our plans of selling out and becoming huge. It would be easy enough to find another bass player and carry on, but MBP has always just been about us three boys being dysfunctional and drunk together and it would feel too strange without one of us. Plus to this day I’ve never met anyone else who abuses his bass quite as well as Louie does. It’s a shame, and I wish we had wrote and recorded a few more songs in our time but we still did way more than I ever thought we would. MBP is special one and I’ll miss it an awful lot How biographical was your material? Some of the Manbearpig material describes some fairly skins-esque material so do you tend to play up experiences for the music or do you actually live in a Norwich version of Skins? No one I know has ever died in a pool, but a lot of the lyrics do come from personal experience mixed up with film
After the break up of Norwhich’s favourite emo band Manberpig, Cal Hudson decided to start writing acoustic tunes under the name Curves And Nerves. Here’s our interview with him.
& music references, especially with the later songs.
still managed to mess it up live an awful lot..
The characters that crop up are all amalgamations of people I know, all be it slightly jazzed up versions. A
Why should we listen to Curves and Nerves?
fair few songs concern best friend/beloved producer Louis Robinson who had a pretty dodgy year a while
I’m not entirely sure you should, but if you do happen
back and made me cry on the back of a bus. He’s
to have a penchant for basic guitar playing and semi-
alright now but he was so shit for a long, long time and
intelligent lyrics about Cal Hudson’s many insecurities
made for delicious lyrical content. To say thank you his
then it might be worth a pop.
name is now branded into my skin for life. So how did the Curves and Nerves / Ducking Do you want to reach out to a different audience
Punches / Bad Ideas / Rob Lynch euro tour come
with Curves and Nerves?
about? I can see the connection between the first three but isn’t Rob a little indie?
Not at all, but having said that we’ve never really known who our audience actually consists of anyway.
Me, Dan (Ducking Punches) Rob & Sam (Bad Ideas)
I’m very proud to say that the people who listen to us
are all good buddies anyway so regardless of the
seem to actually really like us rather than just a load
music, we all still wanted to go on a little holiday. I
of trendy elitists jumping on a bandwagon. Yeah, the
guess it could be seen as quite a weird bill but as I was
emo/hardcore revival kids seem to dig us to a certain
saying earlier I don’t think that is a bad thing in any way.
extent, but after creeping on people’s Last FM pages,
Where I’ll just meander through a whole song without
MBP crops up in between indie bands, hip-hop, shitty
a hook, Rob knows how to pen a big fucking chorus.
nu-metal and loads more besides. I like that. All music
That doesn’t mean we’re not inspired by the same
is good music. I can’t stand people who exclusively
things and hopefully the good folk on the continent will
listen to hardcore, or think that all hip-hop is stupid etc
appreciate it in equal measures. I know I will.
How does the writing process differ between the
2012 seems to be the year of the reunion - if you
could reunite one uk punk band, who’d it be?
I do find myself taking a lot longer writing for Curves,
Does it have to be a UK band? Everyone knows
simply because I can’t hide behind distortion and have
American bands are miles better. If it does have to
to try and interest people with just my whiney little voice
be though I’ll go for Seafood because they at least
and an acoustic guitar. MBP was and always will be a
sounded American. But if I’m cheating I’ll go for the
very simple affair. 4 chords, some dodgy palm muting,
best band to ever exist; Lifter Puller. Both are suitably
root note basslines and 4/4 drumming. Somehow we
obscure, I think you’ll agree.
The Winter Passing hail from Ireland and play
but seemed to really enjoy the night. The next morning
emo tinged pop punk. They wrote this diary for
we cooked breakfast and met up with everyone before
AlreadyHeard.Com whilst touring with Forrest
leaving for Cork. It was my first time being in Cork City
earlier this year and kindly gave us permission to
since I went on a school tour there in primary school!
reprint it here.
Itâ€™s a nice place, Neil took an hour driving around the city looking for a place to park.
UK Tour Day One: Cork, Ireland We played a venue called Fred Zepplins, it was a really So we met up with the lads in Forrest when they got
cool little room above a pub on Parliament St in Cork.
off the ferry in Dublin. We got a bus back to Roscrea
The show went well, A bunch of people came out.
to hang out, we ended up going to a party and then to
Forrest completely blew me away, Iâ€™m grateful to be
a club. None of the lads have been to Ireland before
hanging out and watching them play every night for
the next 10 days. Time Spent played a set too, it went
Day #3 & #4: Glasgow, Scotland & Leeds, England
well. Boy versus Romeo opened and really impressed me, they remind me of The Story So Far which isn’t a
We had a 6 hour drive from the ferry port in Wales to
bad thing at all.
Glasgow, because it was our first time in the van, the journey seemed to fly by. We pulled up at the venue
We drove back to my house in Roscrea later that night,
around 6 and met Keir, the dude who was putting us
some of the guys went to Neil’s house. We leave for
on. The venue had a vegan and veg restaurant above
Dublin in a little while to play Thomas House tonight,
it. Kearney from Forrest was excited to eat there
it’s our release show. We’re going to show the Forrest
because it was the first time could actually eat a good
lads the touristy things in Dublin this afternoon and
then Nandos. The show itself was great, a band called Scores. Day #2: Dublin, Ireland
opened the show and did a Jimmy Eat World cover! Everyone we met was really nice and very helpful with
Everyone woke up yesterday morning feeling so fresh
everything. Struggletown Records had a distro set up
after a good nights sleep, we had breakfast and all
at the show, we could be working with them sometime
met up and my house to get all our shit together before
in the future.
leaving for Dublin. Some of us got the bus and the rest travelled in Chelle’s car. The Forrest lads got to hang
We left Glasgow around 12 that night and pulled into
for a bit and see some of the touristy things in Dublin
a service station somewhere along the motorway, 9 of
before we had to go to the venue.
us had to sleep in the van. Jordon from Forrest and I crashed on top of some gear in the back of the van,
The show was awesome, all our friends came out, I
apparently I woke up screaming from a nightmare
played 3 sets, people bought merch and some people
during the night, I can’t really remember it but the lads
sang along which was delish. When we were loading
say I did!!
out of the venue, there was a junkie on the street looking for a phone to ring someone off. In Ireland there
We woke up all tired and feeling shit the next morning
is a network service called Meteor and they have free
and drove to Leeds To hang out for the day. We checked
calls to everyone on that network. The junkie walked
into the etap hotel and went for food in Nandos, then
over to us and asked Ryan from Forrest if he had “free
we went for some drinks and Col got a free shot for
085?”, Ryan replied “what the fuck is that?” .. It was
his birthday off the bar staff in wetherspoons. We’re
quite funny at the time, the junkie tried to rob some
leaving for Norwich in a bit, we play King’s Pub tonight
drink from the bar upstairs in Thomas House before
with High Hopes. Looking forward to hanging and
walking off into the rain!
drinking vitamin water on the way down the country.
We all crashed on the floor in Time Spent’s rehearsal
Day #5 & #6: Norwich, England & London, England
space as it was really close to the ferry port. We had to load all our gear into two taxis at 6am this morning
We woke up in Leeds on Thursday and went for subway
which was a nightmare while John and Col flew to
before leaving the hotel. It tools us about 5 hours to
Manchester to collect our van. I’m writing this post from
get to Norwich, the weather was really nice. We loaded
the ferry, we’ve got free wifi, I’ve just finished a delish
all the gear in to the venue and met a bunch of nice
breakfast. Going for a nap before our 6 hour drive to
people. Then we went for a walk around Norwich and
chilled in a park and had a number.
The show was cool, Forrest soundchecked everlong which was nice and they brought a cake on stage for Col’s birthday. Best lads. After the show we left to drive to London to stay with our friend Jack Taylor. One of the beat guys I know. The next day we hung out in Kingston all day, in my opinion it’s the coolest part of London I’ve been to. The show itself was great also, a bunch of Friends I’ve met on the Internet came out to watch us and it was a really fun show, Gnarwolves and Bangers both blew me away. We got pizza and went back to jacks to hang out with everyone. Us Forrest and Gnarwolves all stayed at jacks, we had a laugh. There was bodies everywhere. After getting showers in a swimming pool in Kingston, we got breakfast and left for Ipswich. We’re here now having tea in a cafe by the marina. Stoked for the show tonight, I don’t want tour to end. I’m in my element. Day #7: Ipswich, England We got to Ipswich quite early yesterday so we had the day to hang out and check out the town. Col, Jordan and I went to Portman Road to check out the stadium. I got a my first burrito of tour also. We spent the rest of the day at the venue hanging. Afterwards we came to stay with our friend Jake at his house just outside Ipswich. He was too good to us. He’s got a pet budgie too named Bert. Col loved him. Tour is almost over, we’re leaving for Wales in a few minutes. I’m having the time of my life. Day #7 & #8: Swansea, Wales We left Ipswich around midday on Sunday to head back to Wales. Everyone got a nice sleep at Jakes house and had the best showers of the whole tour. We had scones and tea for breakfast, they were great. It dawned on me when we were leaving Ipswich that I hadn’t taken near enough photos on my camera from tour so I made it my business to take as much as possible for the remaining days. We arrived in Swansea around half 7, I was really looking forward to
getting to Wales as the lads had talked shit about
We drove through a mountain range in Wales on our
it for the entire tour and I knew I’d love it. We got
way to Holyhead, had a little accident where the van
some food in Weatherspoons and met some of the
hit a wall (minor job, everyone was fine) and then we
lads friends who came to hang, all great people.
missed our ferry but luckily jumped on the next one going to Dublin. I’m home now and it feels weird,
They took us to a spot they call “the tower” which is
I’m glad to be chilling on my bed and tipping to the
a huge apartment block that goes up 30 floors with
kitchen for tea whenever I feel like it but all I wanna do
a restaurant on top, you can pretty much see the
is get back out on the road and tour again and in more
entire city from up there and the sea on the other
places. Thanks to everyone who helped make this
side, it blew me away. We went to stay in Jack, Ollie
happen, it means the world to us and Forrest.
and Kierans house afterwards, we hung out, drank tea and playing xbox, everyone had fun. The next
Shout out’s to John Helen, Iano, Sean, Keir, Lacey, Joe
morning we woke up and went for breakfast with
Hart, Yeoj, Dan, Jack, Jake, Toby, Big Jack, Kieran,
forrest and their gang at a diner called uplands, it
Ollie, Beth, the rest of the Wales crew, Gnarwolves,
was delish. We then walked about Swansea for the
Bangers, Pipedream and every person/band I left
day, ate ice cream from Joes before heading to the
out. In other news we’re going back into the shed to
venue to set up.
write some new songs, we’re putting a tape out soon through View From The Attic Records.
The last show was in a venue called Mozarts in Swansea. It was a house that was made into a venue, it looked incredible and the bar staff gave both Bands a free pint when we were loading in, always a plus. The show for me, was my favorite of the entire tour, all our new friends came out along with a whole other bunch of people packed into this tiny venue, Pipedream opened the show and impressed me so much, FFO: Jawbreaker. We ended up being pretty drunk by the time we played, I couldn’t stop smiling for the whole set. Forrest set in particular completely blew me away, they were so tight. The show was a perfect way to cap off one of the best experiences I’ve ever had as a person and as a band. Afterwards we went to a party with a bunch of people in Neath, South Wales at Jordon’s girlfriends house. She’s got a jacuzzi in the back yard, a few of us jumped in. We were up super early this morning to drive to the ferry port, leaving the lads was pretty hard, I think Kate actually cried. I knew we’d get on with Forrest but I didn’t think we’d literally become best friends with them.
Before I joined AlreadyHeard I was invited to take part in a feature about the popularity of cassette’s as a format. Since it turned out so well we’ve decided to reprint it here. In recent years there has been a downturn music
cassette releases, a format that, for some, has long
consumers purchasing physical releases, with many
been forgotten about since it’s decline in the early
choosing digital downloads as an alternative. In the
1990’s. In 2012 several labels are regularly producing
year 2012, this is a common, well-known fact. Year in,
compact cassette releases, with the likes of Doghouse
year out stories appear announcing the decrease in
Records, Lost Tape Collective, Pinky Swear Records
CD sales and online sales increasing.
and amongst others being part of the cassette revival.
However despite this favouritism towards digital
To begin with, why do you think labels, especially
downloads, there are some consumers who still prefer
independents, have started producing cassette
to purchase. In recent years, one physical format has
continued to increase in sales and that is the vinyl format. In 2011 there was a fourteen percent increase
David Conway (Doghouse Records): For me it just
in vinyl sales.
took me back to a far more innocent time in my life as a music lover. Cassettes were the first format I
Nevertheless for independent labels, the production
bought. I remember very vividly buying Stone Temple
cost to produce vinyl releases can be costly, and in the
Pilots, White Zombie, Morbid Angel, Danzig and Alice
current hard economic times, it can more than often be
In Chains tapes at the mall; going home and putting
challenging for small labels to produce such releases
them in my Sony boombox and just reading the j-card
and to please music fans.
foldouts over and over again. That format and the way it plays really pushes you to sit and listen to the entire
But there are some labels who are finding away
body of work. It’s sort of the exact opposite experience
around the demanding production cost and satisfying
to the iTunes/mp3 way of digesting music. This was
customer needs. They are doing this by producing
also pre-file sharing so you cherished a record when
you saved up and got it. You judged it as a full body of
collectable feel and/or look to it, along with a sensible
work and not just a file you can listen to for 30 seconds
price tag. This is where cassette tapes fall in nicely.
and make a decision about if it stays on your hard drive
You can have a lot of fun having them make, coming
up with colour ideas, artwork ideas, anything and do it
‘I think the cassette is relevant because a lot of the bands we love released their music on cassette in the late 80’s & early 90’s. That physical aspect is difficult to replicate with digital downloads.’ Justin Collier (Lost Tape Collective): I think everyday
with a very affordable budget.
that digital music comes more of the norm, there is a certain group of people who are romantics and want
Richard Heaven: I think it’s down to two things -
something physical to hold in their hand… even if they
one is cost, and the other is how we perceive music
are listening to the MP3’s, they still want the physical
nowadays. I think the ballpark figure for 100 cassettes
copy for their collection…. so whether its vinyl,
duplicated and printed on is around £110 which is
cassettes, flexies, etc - people like to collect stuff… at
considerably cheaper then vinyl and well below the
least some people.
often quoted minimum for CD printing/duplication. Also I feel that the industry as a whole has come to terms
I sound like a grumpy old man, but to me I really
with the idea that - as long as you include a download
love cassettes because of how clunky they are and
code - you can sell music in any format. Vinyl, cassette,
because trying to skip tracks almost gives you a
watch, stickers, frisbee… the possibilities are endless.
nervous breakdown. It allowed the artist to say “here
So if the music suits the format, why not work with
is my album as I intended it to be listened to, good
luck trying to fuck with that.” I started doing them for Doghouse and Working Group bands because it’s
Saying that, It does seem that some of the larger labels
just something different on the physical side. We’ve
are jumping on the bandwagon a little. Does Bridge
stopped making cds for most bands and I always
Nine really need to release their music on cassette as
like some physical format for our records, even for
well as vinyl and CD? Of course not - if you can afford
the smallest bands. This format is cost effective and
to press records on multiple colours as well as produce
always causes a double-take at the merch stand.
1000 CDs claiming a DIY format like cassettes could be considered simple posturing.
Steven Hill: Personally I think the cassette is relevant to our label because a lot of the bands we love released
Why do you think fans/consumers are buying
their music on cassette back in the late 80’s and early
cassette tapes, especially when digital downloads
90’s. That physical aspect is difficult to replicate with
is more common in this day and age?
digital downloads. David Conway: I think people are buying tapes for Lee Burgess: To begin with, we feel it’s always nice for
a few reasons. For me, I’m buying them because
bands to have a physical copy of their music to sell,
I do like a physical form of a record to have on my
whether it be at shows or online, for fans to pick up
shelf. Something to support the band and to also
and appreciate owning a physical copy over a file sat
just have visually in my home to enjoy. My usual way
somewhere on their hard drive. Sometimes, for people
with music is stealing the digital and buying the vinyl
to actually buy a physical copy, and it’s unfortunate
or cassette version of it. I probably shouldn’t say that
to put it this way, it has to have a unique, quirky,
being in the music business, but I support bands the
way I would love to see all fans support bands; go see
demand is for our bands. I like it being limited.
them play, buy a shirt, buy these fun boutique items and realistically it’s hard to convince me to buy an
Justin Collier: The minimum amount you have to order
iTunes album when those other things are better fan-
for cassette is far lower than vinyl so it becomes a lot
experiences for me. It’s all about respecting the fan
cheaper. If you want to do 50 copies, its easy to do for
and giving them a way to support your band that isn’t
cassette where as its impossible to do for vinyl.
insane. Telling them to buy mp3s’ is on the verge of Steven Hill: Purchasing tapes is much cheaper
than pressing vinyl, you can also take control over Steven Hill: I think fans and consumers like to collect
the length of the run more easily - you need to get at
things, pieces of a band’s history. Cassettes are nice
least 300 records pressed before it’s worthwhile
and cheap to buy, small and easy to store. I think the
price wise, tapes are so cheap that you could do
vast majority of them don’t get played much, compared
anywhere between 5 and 500 if the demand was there.
to vinyl/CD/Digital, but they look cool and limited
Most people do lower numbers and vary colours/
edition runs of anything are popular these days.
cover designs, for maximum attraction to fans and collectors.
‘How many bedroom labels can afford to drop £600 on pressing a record? Making 100 tapes and selling 80 of them is much better than pressing 300 records and having 220 under your bed.’ Lee Burgess: There are people out there, like
Lee Burgess: Massively so, especially for vinyl! We
ourselves, who try our best to buy a band’s music if we
haven’t actually put anything out on CD because I feel
dig them. We aren’t going to say that we don’t illegally
they’re rather worthless and not really fun to collect,
download music, because we do, and understand the
as they’re usually produced on a high mass scale
perks of that as well, but for an artist or label to put
(dependant on the artist of course) and you literally buy
out a cassette tape, in the region of £2-4 in limited
them to rip the tracks for mp3 format anyway. But that’s
numbers, with cool artwork and a DIY feel to it, along
irrelevant to the question.
with a free download accompanying it, it isn’t much to put out to purchase a physical copy and support
I’d say tapes cost about a third of what vinyl costs to
independent bands and labels in continuing their
get pressed. Plus with vinyl, the majority of the costs
journey for as long as possible.
are in the setup. So you have to get a few hundred made to kind of try and reduce the cost per unit to
For independent labels, is producing cassettes a
make it affordable for fans to buy.
cheaper alternative to vinyl and cd’s? In saying that, if you want to work with an artist, and David
in the nicest way of meaning it, you don’t think they
cheap. There are no additional costs like vinyl
could shift 300 7” records, cassette tape releases are
mastering, startup costs, etc etc and you can do pretty
a fabulous option to have as the cost per unit for 30 or
much whatever quantity you want at a little over a
for 100 is pretty similar, so small runs are possible and
dollar each. We are typically doing 200-300 cassettes
it’s fun to release.
for our releases and that seems to be about where the
Richard Heaven: My gut reaction is to say ‘yes’ to
more about collecting the color and the pressing
vinyl but that wouldn’t be completely honest. If you
information instead of the experience of listening to the
can manufacture 300 7”s for £600 then there is very
vinyl itself. The cassette, for me, is about listening to it…
little difference in price per unit but there lies the issue
since it’s kinda a shitty format sonically. I’m obsessed
- how many bedroom labels can afford to drop £600 on
pressing a record? Can the band even shift 300 units? Probably not on the scale we’re talking. So it may be
Steven Hill: I would say the value of the tape is being
about the same cost per unit to press vinyl but making
able to pass on the saving to the customer, with vinyl
100 tapes and selling 80 of them is much more sensible
costs being relatively high and volumes matching those
then pressing 300 record and being left with 220 under
costs, you need to be pushing people to commit to
your bed. I hope that makes sense.
buy at £5 a unit roughly - and you need to ensure high volumes of purchases in a shorter period of time to
Now for CDs - that’s a minefield. You could go all
break even. Tapes are more relaxed, because you don’t
ACDSleeve and make something awesome, spending
shell out a high amount to start with you can keep a
£3.50-4 per unit or you could just photocopy an insert
healthy stock and let people pay a low price for them,
and stick a CDr in a plastic sleeve which will cost just
a few pence. There’s too many variables. For the sake of argument, the Dashwood ‘Hurt/Heal’ EP we released
Lee Burgess: Definitely! Money is tight, especially in
cost about the same per unit as the Burn Daylight
independent music. A limited run of cassette tapes is
cassettes which came out the same time. If you want to
far more cost effective to work with, as it costs less to
make something worth having then I reckon the cost is
produce, and it’s an easy option to repress for a similar
about the same.
price if your first run sells out; in comparison to putting far more money into a larger pressing of vinyl and
Does production cost become a big factor when
risking the chance it might not sell well.
deciding to produce tapes compared to other formats?
Do you think there is a nostalgic factor behind the revival of the format?
David Conway: Yes, this sort of ties into the last question, but deciding to spend $300 on tapes is much
David Conway: Definitely. 10000%
easier on the business side than $5,000 to make a run of 12 inch records. We can then assess how the band
Justin Collie: Absolutely, it goes back to what I was
is growing from there and move into vinyl.
saying earlier about people being romantics. They just want something to hold in their hand
Justin Collier (Lost Tape Collective): I typically
release cassettes that we’re already released on another
Steven Hill: I would say nostalgia features highly in
format so I don’t have to pay to record the album, so the
the appeal of tapes/cassettes in recent times. I think
production costs are strictly for the cassette itself so the
fans of punk/hardcore etc are always looking back to
overhead isn’t nearly as high.
it’s heyday in the 80’s and trying to emulate that attitude. Another important factor is the DIY element, taking
For me, the sort of starter package now is digital +
the production into your own hands, again it relates to
cassette and then roll into vinyl when the band is of the
nostalgia - but it’s nice to be in charge of the production
right size. We still will do some 7inches and 12inches
process from start to finish.
for established bands, but the costs are high up front. I also think the whole vinyl thingis a bit bloated now. It’s
Lee Burgess: Yes, I feel the main nostalgic factor is
the collectability in combination with the support for the
the songs and then fall in love with the album when it
scene. Combine the two and it keeps fans happy and
shows up on their door steps a week later.
bands happy. Fans want to hear new music, bands want to produce new music. If a cheap, collectable
Steven Hill: I would say Vinyl and Cassette go hand
format can help combine the two then it’s brilliant.
in hand to an extent, although there are huge divides in collector opinion. I think the purists would always
Richard Heaven: Not really. I remember buying the
choose wax since the physical nature of the grooves
odd cassette from Woolworths as a young kid (I’m 21)
allows a hi fidelity sound, compared to laser etching
but I’ve got much warmer memories of buying vinyl
on CDs and especially magnetised tape on cassettes,
records from HMV whilst in college. I think it boils down
that said I know people who prefer cassettes
to cassettes - like DIY CDs - allowing small bands
aesthetically - However I would return to my original
to self release for their fans than any real nostalgic
point that as nostalgic, DIY based media Vinyl and
reasons. Plus it is a satisfying ‘fuck you’ to the major
Cassettes are essentially components of the same
labels and their soul sucking, mass produced jewel
aspect of the industry at this point, lower cost, easier
case CD releases when you buy a cassette which has
access products that collectors and fans can buy for
been produced at home and the profit goes straight
back to the band/indie label. Lee Burgess: There is definitely a positive correlation Has the increasing popularity of vinyl influenced
between the two, yes. I, along with I suspect most
the revival of the cassette in anyway?
people who read this, started collecting vinyl records before cassette tapes. Maybe due to the fact more
Justin Collier: It all feeds into peoples need or want
larger bands release their music through vinyl, CD
to have an actual physical product. Punk always goes
and digitally, and cassette tapes are seen or smaller
against, or at least differently than what is popular;
artists, I don’t know. But I think it would be cool to
people hear a song in H&M, “shazam it”, download it
see bigger bands putting music out on cassette
and dance to it at the club. Punk kids hear it in their
tape. It’s something I’d love to get involved with if
friends car, look it up online, order the cassette or LP,
the chance occurred. But back to the question; with
get the immediate digital download, fall in the with
vinyl increasing in popularity, with wacky colour ways,
Lee Burgess: It depends on the scene or band I think. Especially in hardcore there is. Look at Survival, they’ve sold out of 3 pressings over 5 colours and a US pressing in less than 6 months. That shit is mental! Richard Heaven: It’s entirely subjective. The fact that Gav from Dividers (who runs What We Should Be Doing. So much love for that label) always seems to sell out of releases show that there is a big enough interest in cassettes out there for it to be a valid format - but only if you produce it in sensible numbers. If he made 500 copies of the next Ten Speed Bicycle EP then no, there wouldn’t be enough interest. But 100 copies? Sure. limited artworks, cool packages etc, collectability
Do you think this interest will continue to grow?
became a big thing in the scene and it’s a new way for bands to make an extra sale and be able to stay on
David Conway: I think to a degree, but like I said, it’s a
the road and afford to record, and a new way to aid a
very awkward format, so it’s going to remain something
that appeals to a very select group of people.
Is there a big enough interest from fans in
Justin Collier: I don’t expect to start selling thousands
of cassettes (I’d be delusional if I did) but I do hope more punk kids get into buying physical music, supporting
David Conway: It’s not huge. It’s a very boutique
bands/labels and enjoying music somewhere other
item. We know we can sell 200 and enjoy doing that.
than their computer or iPod, but at the same time, if they
It’ll NEVER be a format that takes over in a big way.
don’t its fine. They can still enjoy the “free downloads” section on the Lost Tape webstore.
Justin Collier: “big enough” is a subjective term. Is it big enough for me to buy a house from running a
Steven Hill: I think we are at the upward slope, heading
primarily cassette based label? No, definitely not.
towards the peak of the DIY/Cassette and Vinyl trend
It is big enough for me to keep releasing cassettes
right now, I think vintage is in, and 90’s fashion and
because theres a small but steady amount of people
culture is being emulated, once we move on to the next
picking them up? Yes!
thing, we’ll look back to digital and CDs. But smaller labels like us will continue to produce physical formats
Steven Hill: Cassette interest can only be gauged
like Cassette and Vinyl, for as long as it is within our
on the relevance of the artist to the medium, I doubt if
means to do so. I think the demand will rise, and
Coldplay released their next album on tape, they would
plateau for a while, before declining again.
shift many copies, because their fanbase probably doesn’t have tape decks, or the interest in the medium.
Richard Heaven: Maybe. It seems to be ‘hip’ to love
A hardcore band however can sell out of a run of tapes
older formats at the moment, but I can see that dying a
on a tour without much problem. It’s horses for courses
little in a few years. DIY won’t let it die though.
JUST ADD MONSTERS Seek. Strike. Destroy
Given a name
punk for people
make human pyramids.
images of fluffy
Whiskers for an
songs clocking in at just over 12
minutes, this EP isn’t long enough
to become repetitive. Hightlights
endearing accent adds something
with a frenetic assault, straddling
to the plethora generic acoustic
elements of groove metal and DC
Bear Vs Gorilla and Apollo. The
acts out there. She sits somewhere
hardcore. It rushes by in sub-minute
tone doesn’t vary much throughout
between Ducking Punches and
bursts, only catching its breath at
the six tracks but if it isn’t broken,
Billy Bragg with her lyrics providing
the very last. Whiskers showcase
why fix it? This isn’t reinventing the
wheel but it’s a solid slab of fast
domestic violence (“Is it fear // or
choruses, tongue in cheek lyrics
punk, suitable for hardcore kids
is it love?”), working class life and
discussing facial hair, and a tight,
and punks alike. FFO Propaghandi,
illness. She provides a relentlessly
gritty performance – they might just
Lucky One Dies First and nipple
grimy picture of reality through the
be the most fun band I’ve heard all
medium of lovely punk/folk.
year. Joe Sullivan
Aaahh!! Real Records / Stephie Cospey
Aaahh!!! Real Records
LUCKY ONE DIES FIRST
Live Learn Crash Burn
outfit peddling music to accompany
a lazy day in the sun. Instead their
self-titled EP rattles your speakers
For a band with
on feeling lost. That’s not to diminish
a live show as
thing that you’ll
the other two tracks, which are also
hello good and well worth the half-
Tethers is that
Noyo are a band
To summise, punchy, raw, to the
onstage energy won’t transfer to
your attention. The EP grips you
point. Get it. Listen to it. Be thankfull
the studio. That isn’t a problem for
like a vice. It’s raw, stripped back,
bands like Noyo exist.
Portsmouth’s LODF as they race
punchy math rock, but with an
through 11 tracks in just under
accessible edge to it. At 3 tracks
long, it’s a bitesized outing from the
Work Place Jerk Face, Take Your
Portsmouth lads, but it’s perfectly
Pick and ‘Roid Rage. LODF are
formed and gorgeously packaged.
clearly a punk band, there are the
hour run time.
- Tim Callaghan-Martin.
although they seem
The trio bring their A-Game on this
perfectly natural and don’t detract
from the overall sound. Live Learn
guitars carve deep grooves atop
Crash Burn is a fantastic debut -
an energetic drumbeat, whilst the
here’s to album number two!
vocalists distinctive tones lament
Animal Defence Records
Animal Defence Records
DETACHED Clock And Compass
UPBEAR ALLSTARS Wake Up
‘ll get the cliched
pop punk sensibilities.
Wake Up offers
With eleven tracks clocking in at
of the way first:
just under forty minutes, Detached
only let the pace slow once with the
good ska which
more dub-based Ride It Out. Pretty
ska punk then
Shitty City could easily be a Pacer
anyone. It’s all
Finding Time isn’t likely to convert
song if they were into Streetlight
very polished and, although the
you. There, I’ve said it. If you do
Manifesto as much as they were
lack of grit might be an issue for
happen to enjoy the sound of brass
early Saves The Day whilst the intro
those who are more ska-punk than
and upbeat upstrokes then I’m
to Drunken Dramtics & Cult Classics
straight up ska, it’s good to see a
sure you’ll find at least something
sounds like Reel Big Fish in their
smaller band take this level of care
to fall in love with here. Detached
prime. It’s easy to throw all these
on production. Vocalist Christie
clearly wear their influences on their
comparisons around but it’s worth
Connolly will be compared to
sleeves, to the extent of covering
taking a second to appreciate how
SB6’s Laila K but that’s quite unfair
the intro of NOFX’s Drugs Are Good
far they’ve come since their last EP.
- Christie has a much smoother,
at the beginning of Double Vodka &
They’ve finally defined their sound
more straight up vocal style which
Regret. In a way this really sums up
and have shown no fear in taking
really suits the Allstars. This isn’t
the type of ska punk you’re getting
the best parts of other ska stalwarts
a bad album by any stretch of the
here - if you enjoy NOFX’s Ska
to make a damn fine album.
imagination but it could have been
stronger cut down.
tracks and early Less Than Jake then you’ll click with Detached’s
Disconnect Disconnect Records
RIVALRIES Out Of Town And Back Again
ALL ACTION HERO
Adventures Of Fi In Space
R i v a l r i e s
around the bush
- this is upbeat
E n d A n d ,
and I think that
perfectly sums up their approach
there’s very little which hasn’t been
comes bowling forth at a time
to pop punk. Drinking, hanging
done before. The musical leanings
when noise is having something of
out with friends and going to
a resurgence of late. The Brooklyn
shows all feature in the four tracks
crude, Blink182 humour on tracks
Boys have essentially merged two
offered here. It’s a surprisingly
like Lee’s Song and Danger Wank.
earlier EP’s with this release, yet
positive record and, whilst the more
I’ve Never Met You is probably the
to new listeners such as myself, it
introspective lyrics of bands like
strongest track on offer here with
feels fresh enough to retain interest.
The Wonder Years are currently
a stronger skater punk emphasis
It’s a great effort, and when they
very popular, it’s great to hear
then anything previous to it. Fans
are let off the leash, and just go for
something more traditional. This
of Bad Religion will love this. I can
broke, the results are magnificent.
isn’t a perfect record - there’s a
imagine this being fantastic live but
“So What Now” is furious and
couple of moments where it seems
on record they need something
growling, and packing enough
too sugary - but it is an enjoyable
a little more individual to make an
energy to go toe-to-toe with an
slab of summery pop punk.
entire warren of Energizer bunnies.
Household Name Records
Disconnect Disconnect Records
Disconnect Disconnect Records
SAINT MAX & THE FANATICS
New Homes / New Hopes It’s
to be said for
make a political
music that gets
album - it’s hard
right to the point
to make a good
and doesn’t dick
around and right
from the bat, Saint Max provides a
manage to make great political
looking past that obvious influence,
bombastic affair with retro-tinged
the biggest issue faced by ‘New
guitars and shimmering horns.
personal and never belittles the
Homes/New Hopes’ is that this
His Self-titled EP was recorded in
his Scottish hometown on vintage
little spark or personality. Lyrics
analogue equipment. It shows too,
are bland and insipid, and guitars
you can really feel the warmth in the
although their commentary on the
dissipate into choppy atmospherics
songs, partly from the melodies, but
political system, the prisons and
just as they threaten to spiral into an
just as much from Max’s wry and
immigration never becomes too
exciting rock ‘n roll kick. Overall it’s
homespun lyrics. It’s not exactly
formal and loses it’s human touch.
frustrating – Amateur Historians are
Pokemon City Limits and God
clearly talented. There are nuggets
pushing, but It’s not a bad thing to
Hates Facts are personal highlights
of good ideas littered throughout,
be revisiting old sounds, especially
although there isn’t a weak song on
but the band holds back every time
when done this well.
the album. Long live ONSIND!
you want them to jump forward and
Self Released / Tim CM
Plan-It-X Records / Discount Horse
shake you. Joe Sullivan
THE BONES Monkeys With Guns
THE RIVER CARD
HEAVY HANDS/BADLANDS Split
Five years after
give away with
their name they
H a r d c o r e
with their fifth
album, Monkeys With Guns. For
music is designed to mosh to and
anyone who’s unfamiliar with The
scene. I don’t know when Hardcore
get people moving and that’s about
Bones, they play Punk n Roll with a
it, the lyrics range from boring
fair size dollop of Motorhead thrown
decided to make all their lyrics
samey shit to just being downright
in for good measure. When they’re
about the truth/reality and people
stupid, nothing great and nothing
good, their very good - there’s a
not telling them/not acknowledging
exactly bad either. Badlands follow
hint of Against Me! in Wendy whilst
it but since The River Card haven’t
in a similar fashion, but just not
Burnout Boulevard’s intro wouldn’t
moved off the fucking subject for 7
playing quite as fast and missing
be out of place on any Off With
years I guess they must a lot of lying
out and putting in cowbell into
Their Heads album. At it’s worst,
& delusional people around there.
Hardcore. The vocals are harsh,
The Bones vocal style begins to
Musically it’s slightly more boring
and so are the songs, who knows
sound a little... farmer, although
than the lyrical subject, essentially
what they’re singing about, if you
this is still a rather enjoyable, if not
its music for people who don’t want
like heavy it’ll probably be up your
instantly memorable, album.
to move on with their stagnant lives.
People Like You Records
Self Released / Jon Andrews
Pinky Swear Records/Jon Andrews
GREYLINES Somewhere Behind
KEROUAC Heavy Hearted
LANDSCAPES Life Gone Wrong a
has left a large
this is my first
time listening to them) I was left
feeling pretty deflated. This is
they’d recorded in one place - really
standard fare ‘emotional hardcore’
2000’s – think Finch or Brand New – Greylines
incorporate catchy melodies with
searing guitars and a thumping rhythm section without descending
does their legacy justice. Stand out
into poppy hooks. The lyrics hit the
tracks include Pale and Lay Of The
yelped vocals, only straying from
usual touch points of relationships
Landfill from their debut album and
this for the occasional spoken word
& trauma, perhaps suffering at
I Owe Some People The World But
times from a level of opaqueness,
I Owe You Shit from their split with
line. Think Defeater, More Than Life
and the band are occasionally
The Long Haul although there really
or a more polished Modern Life Is
guilty of descending into over-
isn’t much filler here at all. The
War. Unfortunately those bands,
dramatics. They aren’t reinventing
remix and acoustic cover seem a
unlike Landscapes, also back it
the wheel, but with such a solid and
little out of place at the end of the
all up with intelligent, genuinely
well-rounded effort overall it’s hard
record but aside from really, I can’t
emotive lyrics. Unfortunately this is
to find too much fault. Joe Sullivan
fault their output. RIP.
incredibly cliched. (Jon Andrews)
Close To Home Records
Holy Roar Records
City Of Gold Records
THE DOMESTICS The G.D.P EP
DUCKING PUNCHES I Am Arturo Bandini
CLEAVERS Life Is Shit
The EP is
G.D.P a great
Life Is Shit is
D u c k i n g
on DaDa Tunes
straight forwards, fast punk rock.
Records. The four songs on offer
Records. Brian Johnsons Hat is
With the 6 tracks clocking in at
here have a folkier lean than a lot
reminiscent of Garrison, setting the
just under ten minutes, no single
of Dan’s earlier stuff but it still has
pace for the record. The Rain Will
track outstays it’s welcome. Culture
that punky edge that we’ve come
Never End is a tasty slab of garage
Marines is probably my favourite
to expect. Whist none of the songs
punk, although it is probably the
with it’s gang vocals and rant filled
are quite as catchy as the songs
least memorable of the three. The
verses whilst Idiot Jamboree is
featured on ...Chinaski, I Am Arturo
Posters Are Falling Off My Wall is
reminiscent of early Discharge,
Bandini does showcase a more
the most catchy of the new songs,
clocking in at only 32 seconds. The
developed Ducking Punches with
G.D.P EP merges the best aspects
a lot more going on musically than
challenge Bristol’s Caves. In many
of both traditional american and
any of Dan’s previous material.
ways this is reminiscent of early
english punk. It’s all more of the
I’m looking forwards to hearing
Iggy And The Stooges material,
same, but that isn’t a bad thing
the next album as there is a clear
when you’re The Domestics.
progression going on here.
catchy. Great stuff.
DaDa Tunes Records
they do best -
RUN WALK (Health)
DESOLATED Verse Of Judas
JAMES HUNT Mainland
Run, WALK! are
from their self-
no point crying
over it, it’s a
on full and
a c o u s t i c songs
with this gem of an album to ease
mission to punch God square in the
gruff vocals sung over the top.
the pain. (Health) is discordant and
face with Verse of Judas, but where
Nothing ground breaking here.
noisy, while still shining a light on
The Birth of Corruption and The
The gruff vocals can sound a little
the more indie influences that have
Sixth Day were rough and ready
forced at times which distracts from
ran through their too-short career.
slabs of violence this seems to fall
what could be very good songs.
Matt’s vocals are sharp and he uses
flat. Where and how this neutering
However, Hey Annie stands outs as
his bass brilliantly to create a strong
took place is hard to say; but the
a beautiful track about a couple’s
melody one minute and fractured
bands anger is rendered impotent.
last night together. Unfortunately
slabs of distortion the next; while
Paul doesn’t sound evil anymore,
the first track is the highlight and
he sounds like he needs to catch
the rest of this EP fails the grab
clashing cymbals and fills. (Health)
his breath and the slam parts are
me. This is just personal preference
peaks with Under a Rock, which
just mosh fodder now, thrown in
though so give this free download a
builds and falls beautifully, closing
willy-nilly. The only crushing thing
go if you’re looking for some simple
the bands greatest achievement
here is the disappointment.
songs of heartbreak and lost love.
with Holy style. Roar Records / Matthew Tilt
Holy Roar Records / Matthew Tilt
Self Released / Darren D
they’ve left us
Mainland is a
THE EJECTIONS Sick Of Being Critics
CITY DWELLER / PLAIDS
Its its gruff,
Punk, Rock, it’s
shorter than my attention
so I can make it through the entire thing easy as pie! If you like your punk fast, not particularly bothered that production may or may have happened during its inception and
fun. before the last note of City Dweller’s tunes half has had time to ring out with a courtesy of more refined, melodic approach, Three
based without losing any of the urgency. punx The vocal lines in particular are
City Dweller, great, at times resembling an (even and two pop-punk bangers from more) unhinged David Byrne. Nottingham’s finest, Plaids. City Plaids show a whole lot of promise, Dweller are the noisier of the two, perfectly marrying riotous popcoming on like a super sped- punk with indie sensibilities. Top
the songs being about political
up Archers of Loaf, drenched in stuff, again. screechy feedback and angular
leanings (maybe) and songs about
guitar lines. ‘Repeat After Me’ is a
drugs and stuff it’ll be right up your
catchy jaunt that channels both the
alley. It’s nothing to take seriously
rhythmic qualities of Fugazi along
and its upbeat enough to be able to
with the delightfully ramshackle
listen to happily without wondered
songwriting of bands like Pavement
what they’re trying to say, fantastic!
and Guided By Voices. Top Stuff. Plaids don’t fuck about with their side of the split. ‘Five’ kicks in even
Self Released / Jon Andrews
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