When I first heard of Real Friends I was fresh to pop punk. I liked All Time Low, As It Is, Green Day and My Chemical Romance. I found their first two albums to be too brash and bordering on unlistenable. By the time Composure dropped I’d been to Slam Dunk Festival and, though I still believe their first two records to be poor, that third album really made me fall for them. ‘Stand Steady; is still their best song.
Hawthorne Heights have never really slowed since their inception. Their eighth full length, The Rain Just Follows Me, shows that the band still have a lot to say.
In an attempt to bring you the fastest written review in history, fuelled by gig adrenaline and a singular Carlsberg, here is the lowdown on Silverstein’s Out Of This World, episode 2.
Silverstein have brought the live experience to your living room with their three-part concert series Out Of This World. However, the band are completely aware that it’s not the same, so they’ve spiced it up a little.
There’s no doubt Cheap Meat can write fun, catchy songs you’d expect from the likes of Weezer and Bowling For Soup. Their new record, aptly titled People Are The Worst, exemplifies this brilliantly.
If All Time Low’s Nothing Personal got criticism for being too pop and not punk enough, All Distortions Are Intentional should definitely get the same treatment.
In their first 5 years as a band, Creeper crafted the perfect path, releasing an EP each year for three years, touring relentlessly and then putting out their debut album Eternity In Your Arms. It felt like they were never far away from our speakers and stages and that enabled them to grow hugely in that time. Oh yeah, and the outstanding goth-punk-opera rock songs helped a bit too. Then on 1st November 2018 they played their final show of the tour and announced the end. Then there followed a year of radio silence. Anyone familiar with David Bowie would recognize this as the shedding of a skin, the entry to the cocoon, and, exactly one year after that fateful show, they reappeared with a single and shortly followed it up with the announcement of Sex, Death & The Infinite Void. Now, following a lengthy delay due to COVID-19, the release of one of the most hotly anticipated albums in recent years in upon us.
Cope released their debut album The Shock Doctrine on 22nd of May. A hardcore assault designed to scream (literally) about the world's ills, Cope intend to draw attention to the crumbling state of the modern world. Fitting, really, given recent events.
Palaye Royale made a name for themselves with debut full length Boom Boom Room (Side A) which, despite being underwhelming in my opinion, had its moments. Boom Boom Room (Side B) legitimately felt like it was indeed a B-side album, yet seemed to fare well with fans. Two years on, they return with The Bastards, their third outing, which has been promoted for a long while with a slew of singles.
It would be dishonest to say I've been a fan of Coast To Coast, but I have been aware of the band for some time. Having turned down the chance to review their 2018 EP 'The World Doesn't Work', I hadn't given them much of a thought until new EP 'Sovereign' landed in my inbox.
While I appreciate the sentiment in 'This Land Is Your Landfill', the new full length from The Homeless Gospel Choir, there's very little musical value in these thirty four minutes.
The phoenix rising from the ashes of Heck, Haggard Cat appeared on the scene two years ago with their debut record Challenger. Although having left the crazed hardcore behind, their energy levels have not dipped; Haggard Cat are purveyors of high octane rock n’ roll and their new album Common Sense Holiday is 45 minutes of raucous fun.
After twenty years you'd expect the fusion of pop punk and post-hardcore that is Silverstein's trademark to have grown tired. That's not the case, though. In fact, it's quite the opposite.
Punk supergroup, Bandaid Brigade release their debut album “I’m Separate” on the 21st January. The architects are members of Pears, Street Dogs and The Gamits collectively, Zach Quinn vocals, Brian Wahstrom, keys and vocals, Paul Rucket drums and guitarist Chris Fogal. The album was recorded in Denver and co-produced by Fogal himself.
Political rabble rousers Stray From The Path return with their 9th album Internal Atomics. The hardcore four-piece from Long Island have come along way since their beginnings at the turn of the millennium, and this latest release sees them hit new heights.