Menace Beach claim that "the best albums spend the first 30 seconds repeating the album title over and over again". That may or may not be true, but the opening half-minute of 'Black Rainbow Sound' certainly lays out the foundations of what's to come on the Leeds band's determined third album. The sound in question is made up of motorik beats, distorted guitars, electro-clash synths and the complementary interplay between vocalists Ryan Needham and...Read more
Bridging the gap between punk and indie-pop, Muncie Girls straddle the same fine line as bands such as Diet Cig, Trust Fund and The Spook School, creating effervescent indie-pop that harbours DIY ideals and a punk attitude. 'Fixed Ideals' explores sexism, relationships (romantic or otherwise), and mental health. And while such topics might well feel well-trodden in recent years, Lande Hekt treats them with both humour, energy and eloquence. Opening...Read more
The fun punks' second album is an instant classic, one that people will turn to in times of need for years to come There are, improbably, a couple of nods to ’80s romantic drama Dirty Dancing on Bristol punks Idles' instant classic second album 'Joy As An Act Of Resistance'. On the deceptively brooding 'Love Song', which pairs howling guitar lines (that could have been lifted from the start of a horror movie) with compassionate lyrics about...Read more
The start of something beautiful... The Pineapple Thief have been one of the most consistent British acts of this new progressive rock wave, although I think their output can better be described as alternative rock with prog/art rock influences. The group always drew comparisons to Porcupine Tree and especially now that they co-opted Gavin Harrison, it's even easier to spot the similarities. Nevertheless, the famous "drum machine" who leveled up...Read more
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