Album Review: Rise Against – The Ghost Note Symphony Vol 1

If you’re a sucker for acoustic versions of punk and alt-rock like we are, this album is going to take a special place in your heart.  Illinois punks Rise Against have released a hauntingly beautiful record with Ghost Note Symphonies Vol 1. Taken from the band’s back catalogue, the record features fan favorites that have a lot…

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Album review – P.D. Liddle ‘Casual Labour’

It’s one of this year’s best modern folk records.  ex-Dry the River member P.D. Liddle has released his beautiful modern folk album Casual Labour earlier this month. Composed in his spare time while studying law in a box room in Bristol with vocals recorded in the early hours of the morning, Liddle has delivered a record that…

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As It Is deliver genre-crossing concept album with ‘The Great Depression’

Tackling issues such as mental health and toxic masculinity, the Brighton pop-punk outfit are not holding back on this one.  If you think you’ll get your standard pop-punk record with The Great Depression, you are greatly mistaken. This third studio album from Brighton quartet As It Is takes their signature sound and delves into the realms of…

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Polish Club’s ‘Alright Already’ is rock ‘n’ roll goodness

This Friday, the Aussie duo is releasing their debut record in the UK this Friday and it’s a rock ‘n’ roll party.  It’s a well-known fact that the Australians know how to party – Polish Club have taken that love for having a good time and turned it into a record. Their debut record to…

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Lucero’s Among The Ghosts is a dark, emotional gem

After two decades, the Memphis-based band is at its most mature yet.  Co-produced and engineered by Grammy Award winner Matt Ross­Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Drive­by Truckers), Among The Ghosts was recorded in the band’s hometown of Memphis, TN at the historic Sam Phillips Recording Service. Kicking off the record with its title track is…

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Fine Creatures’ debut EP is everything you love about rock’n’roll

It’s dirty, it’s loud and it’s one of the best records of the year – prepare to be obsessed with Fine Creatures.  In his famous BRIT Awards speech, Arctic Monkeys frontman and songwriting legend Alex Turner once said “That rock ‘n’roll, eh? That rock’n’roll, it just won’t go away. It might hibernate from time to…

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Real Friends release infectious new record with ‘Composure’

If you like pop-punk taken to a new level, you’ll love this album.  Illinois pop-punk outfit Real Friends have released their new studio album Composure via Fearless Records last week. The follow up to previous albums Maybe This Place Is The Same and We’re Just Changing (2014), and The Home Inside My Head (2016), the band play at their strength…

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Fangclub impress with ‘True Love’ EP

The Dublin trio will blow you away with their new release, you have been warned.  Irish rock band Fangclub are releasing their highly personal new EP this Friday 29 June via Vertigo Records. The EP is a fiery collection of Fangclub’s unique brand of alternative rock. Speaking honestly about the music and its lyrical content, enigmatic…

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Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves & more cover Elton John

On Restoration, the songs of British music icon Elton John get a Nashville make-over.  Restoration, out now via Universal Music Nashville, is a celebration of the extraordinary songwriting partnership of Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin. It brings together big names in the country music scene including Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton and Dolly Parton as well as…

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State Champs’ Living Proof is a pop-punk masterpiece

New York five-piece State Champs are releasing their brand new studio album this week.  Formed in 2010 by vocalist Derek DiScanio and guitarist Tyler Szalkowski, the pair began laying the foundation of State Champs in garages and basements throughout their hometown. The band’s lineup would shift a bit, but DiScanio and Szalkowski were always at…

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