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Introducing: Riffy two piece JOHN

Introducing: Riffy two piece JOHN

JOHN // Four arms, four legs, two heads, wood, metal and plastic.

I was at a party recently, and I was asked a question I get quite a lot “What bands are you into?” Without even thinking, I’d reeled off a list of contemporary two piece bands. Not a purposeful thing on my part (hey – I’m not against more members, honest) but two piece bands are huge business at the minute. We’ve seen big success…

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The Xcerts are back with new record ‘There Is Only You’

The Xcerts are back with new record ‘There Is Only You’

Murray, Jordan, Tom// The Xcerts

Four years might not seem a long time in the grand scheme of things, but for fans of The Xcerts it’s been hell. In 2010, the Scottish trio released their second full length ‘Scatterbrain’ – A wonderful record of cracking, infectious pop hits, spearheaded by the heart wrenching vocals of front man Murray Macleod. Released to critical acclaim, the record pricked up…

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ArcTanGent Festival 2014: A Preview

ArcTanGent Festival 2014: A Preview

ArcTanGent Festival 2014

August 29th-31st 2013 saw the first ever ArcTanGent festival take place. A sister festival to 2000 Trees, ArcTanGent seemed to focus a lot more on mathy bands and was a tremendous success. I had such a fun weekend last year; getting to see some fucking great bands and experience the joy of a grass roots festival. I was delighted to see ArcTanGent would be making a return…

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Baby Godzilla at 2000 Trees

Baby Godzilla at 2000 Trees

BABY GODZILLA // Johnny and Paul at 2000 Trees

It’s hard to put into words what it’s like to experience Baby Godzillalive. An utter assault on the senses, it’s just chaos from start to finish. Playing to a huge crowd on The Cave stage at 2000 Trees, it genuinely looked like a news report showing the aftermath of a riot. Some lad was standing on top of a big fuck off waste bin, spitting beer in…

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My new sounds:

Dad Rocks! An interview with Snævar Njáll Albertsson at 2000 Trees

Dad Rocks! An interview with Snævar Njáll Albertsson at 2000 Trees

Dad Rocks! - Super cool geezer

Dad Rocks! – Super cool geezer

This past weekend, I decided to leave behind the rainy streets of Manchester to go and get pissed up on whiskey in a field and bust out flying head scissors with my pal in front of a crowd full of people in a big tent down in Cheltenham. But why Cheltenham? Could I not have achieved such athletic/stupid/drunken manoeuvres in a field much closer to home in…

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My new sounds:

Death From Above 1979 return with new track ‘Trainwreck 1979’

Death From Above 1979 return with new track ‘Trainwreck 1979′

New Single ‘Trainwreck 1979′ from Death From Above 1979

If you’re a fan of Canadian duo Death From Above 1979, at some point over the last 12 hours, I assume you shat yourself.

It’s been ten years since the release of their phenomenal debut full length ‘You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine’ and now they’re back, having debuted their new track ‘Trainwreck 1979’ on Zane Lowe’s radio 1 show last night. The…

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2000 Trees Festival

So festival season is pretty much upon us, and I will be dipping my toe in this time next week (or more likely diving in head first…) at 2000 Trees in Cheltenham.
After attending the first ever ArcTanGent last year, and having a tip-top bloody time, I thought I’d best get involved and see what the fuss was about its older brother, 2000 Trees.
Established in 2007, the folks behind 2000 Trees have…

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What Difference Does It Make?
#smiths

What Difference Does It Make?
#smiths

Introducing: Emilio Largo

Emilio Largo

Emilio Largo

Taking influence from the likes of The JCQ, Arcane Roots and The Mars Volta, Emilio Largo are a three headed prog/math rock hybrid hailing from the mean streets of Edinburgh. Not to be confused with the bad lad from Thunderball, In their own words? “Emilio Largo draw on math, progressive and alternative rock to create an inviting and inventive sound full of gritty riffs and…

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Brontide return with sophomore record ‘Artery’

Brontide return with sophomore record ‘Artery’

Brontide Handsome Bastards...

Brontide
Handsome Bastards…

I remember the first time I saw Brontide live like it was yesterday. On a balmy Summer’s day in 2011, I travelled to the lovely town of Sheffield for a pretty rad Tramlines Festival. Playing on the ‘New Bands’ stage alongside such daddies as Shapes and The Xcerts, Brontide played an absolutely blistering set. The whole jaw on the floor scenario come true, the tunes…

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Brothers

Brothers