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Hey, have you heard about…FLESH

Hey, have you heard about…FLESH

‘Snot Pop’ patrons FLESH

I’m not one for daft genre names, and I hate it when a band is labelled as “post-“ anything, but every now and then a new type comes along that is just about right. Joining the likes of ‘Fuck Rock’ and ‘Gash Pop’ (The mighty FALLS), let me introduce you to ‘Snot Pop’, and the pioneers of this genre – FLESH. Describing themselves as ‘sleaze snotpop str8 outta manc’, the…

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Talking record number two with Tall Ships

Talking record number two with Tall Ships


If this all fails and goes to shit, we’ll become Indie Disco DJs

If you’re an avid reader of Birthday Cake For Breakfast, you might’ve gathered by now that I’m a big fan of Tall Ships (and if you’re not an avid reader, here’s your chance to start!)

I first saw them support Maps and Atlasesa few years back at Night and Day Café in Manchester, and I was pretty much hooked from the get…

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Talking in the toilets with Pulled Apart By Horses

Talking in the toilets with Pulled Apart By Horses


It’s about half 8 in the evening on a Saturday in Southsea, and I’m upstairs in the toilets at the Southsea Social Club taking a photo of another man. An activity that would normally get my head battered in on any other night in Southsea, one would imagine. But the man I’m taking a photo of is none other than James Brown – Top lad, and one of the…

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Having a chat about Black Rat with DZ DEATHRAYS

Having a chat about Black Rat with DZ DEATHRAYS

DZ DEATHRAYS // Simon Ridley and Shane Parsons

A couple of months back, a petition was started to save Night and Day Café in Manchester – One of the many gig venues to come under close scrutiny recently for noise pollution. ‘Noisy neighbour’ complaints from the people who live next door to a live music venue. Right…

Thankfully, the Night and Day Café is still going strong and it was here that I…

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In the chair with WAX FUTURES to discuss ‘Laser Eye Surgery’

In the chair with WAX FUTURES to discuss ‘Laser Eye Surgery’

WAX FUTURES // Graham, Kieran, Simon

Ah Telford – The Birthplace of Industry. My hometown. I think Richie Woodhall was born there too…It’s also the home of the awesome post-hardcore trio Wax Futures! It always surprises me to hear there’s a music scene in Telford, even more so when one of the bands is actually good!

They’ve just released a new video for the track ‘Laser Eye Surgery’, taken from…

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An interview with Plymouth rad lads WOAHNOWS

An interview with Plymouth rad lads WOAHNOWS


Plymouth based three piece WOAHNOWS are full of announcements at the minute. Having whet the appetites of fans with the release of single ‘Life In Reverse’ at the start of Summer (on cassette tape no less,) they’ve just announced a run of free entry shows with Leeds based rad lads Brawlers who are on the verge of something special themselves! The dates will see them take in London,…

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ArcTanGent Festival 2014: A Review

ArcTanGent Festival 2014: A Review

ArcTanGent 2014// Birthday Cake For Breakfast

So, it’s been a week and to be honest – I was still struggling up until Wednesday. Hanging out in a field, eating pizza and drinking copious amounts of booze really takes it out of you. Festivals eh?
Thursday till the Sunday of last week I was at ArcTanGent – The baby sister of the grass roots awesome-fest that is 2000 Trees. ArcTanGent arrived on the…

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Axes return on horseback with new record ‘Glory’

Axes return on horseback with new record ‘Glory’

AXES // New record 'Glory' out November 2014

AXES // New record ‘Glory’ out November 2014

Axes are (horse)back in the saddle (whey!) The London based math quartet announced earlier this week details of a new record, along with the release of a brand new single AND music video (remember them?)
New record ‘Glory’ will be coming out this November through rad label Big Scary Monstersand follows on from their debut self-titled record released…

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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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