Author Archives: andrewcream

Looking back on: Howards Alias

Back in the late 90s/early 00s, it felt like the UK punk scene was booming. There were strong scenes in many towns across the country, lots of bands on the gigging circuit and many small DIY labels were releasing lots … Continue reading

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Annabel – Having It All

From the off this is exactly the kind of record I love. It’s emo with one of those singers that can sing, but chooses not to at the heavy bits. Having It All starts off with ‘Another Day, Another Vitamin’, … Continue reading

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Rocky Votolato & Chuck Ragan – Kindred Spirit

Up first on this split record is Rocky Votolato. It’s standard country singer stuff here. Misery, travelling, broken relationships, travelling, things falling apart and travelling. It’s absolutely bang on the trend of the last few years of punk-type people doing … Continue reading

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Temple – Kill/Let Die

Sometimes you hear an album that lifts you up in your musical horizons to a place you’d never before considered. Sometimes you hear a band that makes the whole thing we do on our weekends and holidays, where we travel … Continue reading

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Break Anchor – Van Down By The River

As soon as this record’s first track kicked in I was a little disappointed – the first couple of bars sound like a Jawbreaker or Jets to Brazil intro, but the rest of ‘First World Problems’ is a punk by … Continue reading

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Alcopop Records – The Wit and Wisdom of Nigel Farage 7”

So, I’m reviewing a blank record. Yup, this record is blank. Well, at least the A-side is, anyway. It’s an homage to the Stiff Records “The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan” release of the 80s which was also blank. … Continue reading

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Timeshares – Already Dead

The concept of an album being ‘a grower’ is an odd one. You could argue that if a record doesn’t grab you on first listen, then it’s not worth sticking with. But then some of my favourite albums have been … Continue reading

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Brawlers – Romantic Errors of Our Youth

When I was sent Brawlers’ debut album to review, I didn’t think I’d ever listened to their music. That’s until I heard ‘Windowmisser’, and I realised I’ve heard them played on BBC Radio 1 multiple times. They made a good … Continue reading

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I fucking love Record Store Day

I figured I’d start this article/rant/whatever with a bold statement. I really do fucking love Record Store Day and I’m sick of seeing a constant stream of negative articles about it. So much so, that it inspired me to write … Continue reading

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Imperial Leisure – Lifestyle Brand

Before I get started on this review, I have to make the disclaimer that I’ve never really listened to ska before. Imperial Leisure are a little out of my comfort zone, and before today if I saw their music on … Continue reading

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