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Don Blake – Pocket Universe

Opening with the upbeat brain hater “Can’t turn it off”, Don Blake’s debut album Pocket Universe lets us know immediately what’s up. The theme of this record is recovery and self-betterment in the face of depression and the troubles that … Continue reading

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Blis. – Starting Fires In My Parents House

Citing American Football as an influence is pretty token for anyone starting an emo band, and I’m usually a bit suspicious. However, Georgia’s Blis. don’t sound very much like American Football. There’s a lot more to them, and I’d say … Continue reading

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Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man / Bootscraper – The Bear And The Tiger

When I get sent split EPs, I assume that the bands will be pretty similar sounding. This expectation was ignored by The Bear And The Tiger, which features Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man and Bootscraper. The tracks are all reworked … Continue reading

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TWIABP/Kittyhawk/Rozwell Kid/Two Knights – Sundae Bloody Sundae

Skeletal Lightning’s four-band split, Sundae Bloody Sundae, features songs from The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Rozwell Kid, Kittyhawk and Two Knights. First up is TWIABP. ‘Fat Heaven’ passes by fairly quickly. … Continue reading

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Oui Legionnaires – It’s Not What You Need, It’s What You’ve Got (so shut it.)

When a link to this latest EP arrived in my inbox I was really excited to see it was from Oui Legionnaires, a punky, emo-y “yelp-core” three-piece from the South West of England, a.k.a. my neck of the woods. It’s … Continue reading

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Harker – Gasping for Air

It’s clear from the opening three bars that this neat little two-track seven-incher from Brighton’s Harker takes a lot from that modern Americana guitar music aesthetic. Call it Gainesville sound, call it emo, you know where you are with this. … Continue reading

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JFK – You Deserve This

Now, when I was sent this EP to review, attached to the email was the comment “Not sure it will be your cup of tea, but will be interesting to see what you think of it”. This immediately concerned me, … Continue reading

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Darwin & The Dinosaur – A Thousand Ships

Last year I reviewed Darwin & The Dinosaur’s EP “Remus” and, whilst finding it promising, I was a bit underwhelmed. I stated then that I hoped their full-length album A Thousand Ships would change my mind. And they’ve only gone … Continue reading

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Mimas – Strong Ties

It’s been a long time coming, but Danish/Icelandic “death-indie” group Mimas have finally released their third album Strong Ties. It’s the closest thing to heavy that the band have released, and is pretty great. Mimas albums have usually contained two … Continue reading

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Somos / Sorority Noise – Split

This review may be a bit biased, as I currently love Somos. I’m fairly certain their debut album “Temple of Plenty” was my favourite album of 2014, so I was excited to see them release a couple more songs – … Continue reading

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