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THE CHEAP CASSETTES – ‘All Anxious, All the Time’ Album Review

THE CHEAP CASSETTES - 'All Anxious, All the Time' Album Review

THE CHEAP CASSETTES – All Anxious, All The Time Opening the twelve-track album with the eponymous, All Anxious, All The Time, The Cheap Cassettes lay down their marker with some early Elvis Costello feeling (circa Watching The Detectives) The pop-punk approach is very pleasing on the ear

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BLANK WHEN ZERO – ‘Taped!’ Album Review

BLANK WHEN ZERO - 'Taped!' Album Review

BLANK WHEN ZERO – Taped Self proclaimed Anti-Fascist, Animal Friendly, Gay Positive and Pro-Feminist, Germany’s Blank When Zero mean business. Their new album, Taped, was released at the back end of 2016 and it’s a corker. The first track, Vegetieren is a tour de force of hardcore

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DAN GOATHAM – ‘Lost Your Way’ EP Review

DAN GOATHAM - 'Lost Your Way' EP Review

DAN GOATHAM – Lost Your Way Dan Goatham is the lead singer and guitarist of the Spoilers – and he has released an EP that is available noe direct from the excellent Little Rocket Records. Lost Your Way is a stripped back version of tracks usually

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BRATAKUS – ‘Gigantopithecus’ EP Review

BRATAKUS - 'Gigantopithecus' EP Review

BRATAKUS – Gigantopithecus In a time where the now most powerful man in the world is talking about grabbing women by the pussy, it’s safe to say that misogynistic attitudes could potentially become commonplace unless people do something and speak up about it soon. Also with millions

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ACTION TIME VISION – ‘A Story of Independent UK Punk 1976-79’ There have been many punk compilations over the years, too often ‘cashing in’ on the whole ethos of what punk is all about. However, Action Time Vision is different and it gives a real insight into the

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SCARECROW – ‘Exterminators of the Year 4000’ Album Review

SCARECROW – 'Exterminators of the Year 4000' Album Review

SCARECROW – Exterminators of the Year 4000 An ominous and dark pulsating keyboard opens the new album from Finland’s Scarecrow before a bloodcurdling scream catapults the album into a ‘Rammstein on speed’ track. Scream Queen Death Hop is a superb, self-described, “horrorpunk” hardcore extravaganza full of muscle,

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BITTER GROUNDS – ‘Hollowlands’ Album Review

BITTER GROUNDS - 'Hollowlands' Album Review

BITTER GROUNDS – Hollowlands Bitter Grounds are from Utrecht, the Netherlands. Although they formed in 2015, the band consists of punk rock veterans, with a shared history dating back to the late 90s.  The eponymous opening track, Hollowlands is a grab you by the throat and lift

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GPL – ‘Anatomy of a Sailing Ship Album’ Review

GPL – 'Anatomy of a Sailing Ship Album' Review

GPL – Anatomy of a Sailing Ship GPL are a melodic punk rock band from Vigevano (Italy). They formed in 1999 and in 2003 their first DIY demo “Hope inside, ruins everywhere” was released. After many live shows the band released another EP in 2012 and, eventually

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BAD LUCK GAMBLERS – ‘Casino Maldito’ Album Review

BAD LUCK GAMBLERS – 'Casino Maldito' Album Review

BAD LUCK GAMBLERS – Casino Maldito Bad Luck Gamblers are a trio who formed in Sao Paulo, Brazil in late 2004. They play a mix of psychobilly, rockabilly, country and punk and create a noise full of energy. The songs focus on fast cars, wicked women, booze

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ANTI-FLAG – ‘Live Volume 1’ Album Review

ANTI-FLAG - 'Live Volume 1' Album Review

ANTI-FLAG – Live Volume 1 The USA has produced a number of groundbreaking punk bands whose legacy is well intact. From the Dead Kennedy’s to Black Flag to MDC to the Bad Brains. Pittsburgh’s Anti-Flag, in my opinion, are right up there with the best of them

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MISSILES OF OCTOBER – ‘Better Days’ Album Review

MISSILES OF OCTOBER - 'Better Days' Album Review

MISSILES OF OCTOBER – Better Days From the opening ominous bass notes of the album Better Days, Missiles of October set out their stall and demand that you lean in and engage. State of Crisis grows from that bass note to a rhythmic, driving punk song that

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FARSEEK – ‘Fear of Missing Out’ Album Review

FARSEEK - 'Fear of Missing Out' Album Review

FARSEEK – Fear Of Missing Out Farseek released their debut album, Fear of Missing Out, on December 16th. Farseek is a folky emo singer songwriter project from Columbus, Ohio. There is an alt-country sound to the band that reminded a little of John Langford and the Mekons.

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