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Album Review: Settle Your Scores – Retrofit

Album Review: Settle Your Scores – Retrofit

Cincinnati five-piece Settle Your Scores are going back to their roots on their latest record, Retrofit, by working with producer Nick Ingram - who also recorded their debut - to release a record brimming with classic pop-punk themes. A lot of this album actually...

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Lost Souls: A chat with Matt Flood from Caskets

Lost Souls: A chat with Matt Flood from Caskets

FEATURELost Souls: A chat with Matt Flood from CasketsWords: Renette van der merweFeatureAlbum ReviewFollowing months of anticipation, CASKETS’ debut finally arrives wrapped in black and gold - some of the prettiest cover art of late - but Lost Souls is about so much...

Album Review: Eastwood – It Never Gets Easy

Album Review: Eastwood – It Never Gets Easy

Here’s the beautiful thing about music; it never stops surprising you. Did we expect Knocked Loose’s guitarist, Cole Crutchfield to emerge with a side project that would see him step very much outside of hardcore? Nope. Did he knock it out of the park? He absolutely...

Album Review: Yours Truly – Self Care

Album Review: Yours Truly – Self Care

2020 hasn't been great; a statement we could probably all agree on. With everything going on, the need to buckle down and finally practice the ever-elusive self care we've been talking about for years, has never seemed more important. It's been equally as important to...

Album Review: Movements – No Good Left To Give

Album Review: Movements – No Good Left To Give

Every now and again a band comes along with such superior songwriting abilities that they’re able to use everything from melody, tempo and structure to convey emotion even before the lyrics are able to. Movements have always been one of those bands, proven so by their...

Album Review: Honey Joy – II

Album Review: Honey Joy – II

As with so many other intimate listening experiences, Honey Joy’s second album, II, was born from personal battles as singer, Meg Tinsley embarked on a mission of self love after a bad bout of mental health. The result by her estimation, is “an exploration of the...

EP Review: Maggie Cassidy – Life Is Beautiful

EP Review: Maggie Cassidy – Life Is Beautiful

When Maggie Cassidy announced news of their debut EP, with single 'S.A.D' being the only clue as to what it might sound like, we expected something along the lines of Panic! At The Disco’s ‘A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out’ mixed in with Lower Than Atlantis.  Although...

EP Review: Calva Louise – POPURRÍ

EP Review: Calva Louise – POPURRÍ

Calva Louise have been a force since their inception in 2016, blending punk, pop, indie and electronic elements to create brooding, swirling melodies as the perfect backdrop for Jess Allanic's smooth voice as she ducks between English and Spanish.  They write...

EP Review: Until We Get Caught – Surface

EP Review: Until We Get Caught – Surface

For a band who started out in pop punk, Until We Get Caught have made the shift to metalcore so comfortably that you wouldn’t think they existed in any other state before. And yet, it might be that very foundation that’s made their new EP, Surface, feel so...

Album Review: Safehold – Boyish

Album Review: Safehold – Boyish

The Soundcloud trend isn’t all that different from the goldrush of MySpace bands. Well, of course the sound has shifted from (metal/post/emo)core to sad rap, but at the heart of it, it’s emotional and vulnerable. They traded guitars for computer-made trap melodies,...

Album Review: Neck Deep – All Distortions Are Intentional

Album Review: Neck Deep – All Distortions Are Intentional

Neck Deep’s departure from pop punk has been a while coming; their 2017 album, The Peace and The Panic already letting off the gas a little, Ben Barlow slowing down on the rapidfire vocals and Dani Washington easing up on the breakneck drums to produce a record that...

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