LIVE REVIEW: BOWLING FOR SOUP @ O2 ACADEMY BIRMINGHAM – 13.02.18

Texan punk-rockers Bowling For Soup take a trip around the UK for their ‘Get Happy’ tour, playing their coveted ‘Drunk Enough To Dance’ album in its entirety. The O2 Academy in Birmingham was bursting at the seams with fans, getting the chance to embrace a night of nostalgia with classic Bowling For Soup tracks alongside the band’s witty American humour. Continue reading “LIVE REVIEW: BOWLING FOR SOUP @ O2 ACADEMY BIRMINGHAM – 13.02.18”

ALBUM REVIEW: THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN – DISSOCIATION

10 stars

1997 to 2016. 5 albums and 4 EPs of some of the rawest, most innovative and shock-and-awe-inducing compositions readily available.  At the beginning of August, we were all collectively handed the shit-sandwich of bad news that this is the beginning of the end of The Dillinger Escape Plan. Sad times are on the horizon, but with it comes the swan-song album, the finalé of their avant-garde, jazz infusion math. Continue reading “ALBUM REVIEW: THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN – DISSOCIATION”

REVIEW: EVERY TIME I DIE – ‘LOW TEENS’

Speeding towards their 20th anniversary with only 2 years to go and still pushing the pedal down hard, Every Time I Die presents us with Low Teens, album number 8. 8 bloody albums that embody the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, Low Teens dishes up another helping of that humble ETID pie that fans have come to love. The true kings of … Continue reading REVIEW: EVERY TIME I DIE – ‘LOW TEENS’

REVIEW: SUMERIAN ALLIANCE TOUR @ 02 ISLINGTON ACADEMY LONDON – 15.09.16

With queues round the corner and a black sea of miscellaneous band-related t shirts, the atmosphere for tonight’s show was a community experience that was displayed throughout the crowd, from long before the beginnings of the show right into the final seconds. The clientele that is pulled to a Sumerian Alliance show is one dotted with occasional arrogance, slight knobbery and ignorance towards personal space, … Continue reading REVIEW: SUMERIAN ALLIANCE TOUR @ 02 ISLINGTON ACADEMY LONDON – 15.09.16

REVIEW: TAKING BACK SUNDAY – ‘TIDAL WAVE’

10 stars

Tidal Wave is the eagerly anticipated seventh album from Long Island rock band Taking Back Sunday. Yes, you read that right, SEVENTH. Most bands that have been around as long as Taking Back Sunday (a pretty staggering 17 years) have faded away and either made a less than impressive comeback or simply stayed gone. But not Taking Back Sunday. Not only have they remained successful throughout their careers, they have thrived. After reuniting with their original line up back in 2010, this is the first time the band have released three consecutive albums with the same line up, and they just keep getting better. If you’re hoping to read even one bad word about this album, look away now, I have got nothing.

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ALBUM REVIEW: THIS WILD LIFE – ‘ LOW TIDES’

7 stars

I’m going to keep this review short and sweet because there’s not too much to say about this album. Not that that’s a bad thing. It’s a natural progression/evolution from their previous album ‘Clouded’, more instrumental parts and backing vocals added. The production on ‘Low Tides’ is absolutely incredible – it was done by two producers Aaron Marsh and Jason Suwito.

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LIVE REVIEW: BETTER THAN NEVER @ O2 ACADEMY OXFORD – 13.08.16

Local shows have always been something I love being a part of. Tonight was one of those occasions where I have the honour of catching some rad bands along with seeing one of my main local bands perform their first headline show at the O2.   First to grace the stage were hard rock four piece, Silk Road. It’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: BETTER THAN NEVER @ O2 ACADEMY OXFORD – 13.08.16