Staff Picks: Laura ‘Riot Goth’ Johnson

I’ve survived another year! In the process I’ve gained a few pounds and new friends, lost my voice after screeching along at numerous gigs and a shedload of money by spending way more than I should on fantastic records and merch.

It may be a sombre subject, but I didn’t feel I could reflect on the year without commenting on how I’ve been inspired by the strength of the victims who have stood up against their abusers within the music industry, and elsewhere, throughout this year, and many more prior. It is heartbreaking that we cannot go a day on Twitter without another instance surfacing, but I am glad that the true extent of the problem is finally beginning to be seen and challenged.

That being said, I refuse to let those awful humans detract from what has been an otherwise great year for new music. Check out what caused my ears to prick and heart to swell, Grinch-like, below.


Alex Lahey – ‘I Love You Like A Brother’

Beth Ditto – ‘Fake Sugar’

Bully – ‘Losing’

Diet Cig – ‘I Swear I’m Good At This’

Downtown Boys – ‘Cost Of Living’

Idles – ‘Brutalism’

Japandroids – ‘Near To The Wild Heart Of Life’

Kamikaze Girls – ‘Seafoam’

Sacred Paws – ‘Strike A Match’

Weaves – ‘Wide Open’

Worriers – ‘Survival Pop’


Beach Slang – The Exchange, Bristol – January 20

Petrol Girls – Le Pub, Newport – March 16

Idles – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – April 5

Meat Wave – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – April 24 (pictured at the top of the page)

Japandroids – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London – May 6

Kamikaze Girls (supporting Gnarwolves) – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – May 17

HCBP (debut headline show) – The Moon, Cardiff – June 1

Sad13 – The Big Top, Cardiff – June 25

Ho99o9 (ArcTanGent Set) – Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin – August 18

HCBP (ArcTanGent Set) – Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin – August 19

Asphalt (Japan) – Le Public Space, Newport – August 28

Dead Arms/Twisted Ankle/ Eva Bartok/ Salt Bath – The Moon, Cardiff – September 15

Sacred Paws – Transport Club, Cardiff – September 22

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Bournemouth International Centre – September 24

Baby In Vain – The Moon, Cardiff – October 13

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – O2 Academy Bristol – December 1

Marilyn Manson – Newport Centre, Newport (Wales) – December 8

DIY Cardiff’s Third Birthday feat Apologies, I Have None/Kamikaze Girls/The Doublecross/Masts/Esuna- Cathays Community Centre, Cardiff – December 16


Yes Lad

Elephant Stone

Evil Triplet

Mr Irish Bastard

Bum Freak In Egypt

Exactly Violent Style

Rat In  A Bucket

Spunk Volcano and the Eruptors

Hello Moth

The Buttery Trio



Cocaine Piss

Mexican Chili Funeral Party

Drug Honky

Prosthetic Cunt

Corpsefucking Art


Henry Metal

Soul Enema

Terror Pigeon

Glory Hole Guillotine

Spiritual Bat

Teen Mortgage

Dildo’s Panda Fight

Bed Wettin Bad Boys


Torso Murder

Septic Flesh

Pile Of Priests

Cyanide Sundae

Infected Syren



Foetal Juice




SONG: First Aid Kit – You Are The Problem Here

TV: Big Mouth

PODCAST: My Brother, My Brother And Me – I don’t listen to nearly enough podcasts so feel free to send me recommendations!

MERCH: Kamikaze Girls’ ‘Nervous Millennials’ t-shirt and ‘I’m not your fucking sweetheart mate’ tote bag.

FOOD: Red’s Devil Wing BBQ Sauce

DRINK: Almond Butter Crunch Shake from Anna Loka in Cardiff

COMEBACK: Me: “Dad, when you die if we cremate you we can put your ashes into a vinyl record of your favourite song if you want? A band called Idles did it recently!”

Dad: “Are you joking? I don’t want to be going around in circles forever!”

**You can find Laura on Twitter and Instagram

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This Week’s New Releases: Marilyn Manson, Kele Okereke And Weaves

The craziness continues with another week chock-full of new releases. Marilyn Manson has put out the follow up to 2015’s ‘The Pale Emperor’, Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has offered up a new solo LP and Weaves’ sophomore album has finally arrived.

If they’re not for you, head below to take a look at what else this week has to offer.

Alex Lahey – ‘I Love You Like A Brother’ (Dead Oceans)

Andrew Hung – ‘Realisationship’ (Lex Records)

August Burns Red – ‘Phantom Anthem’ (Fearless Records)

The Black Dahlia Murder – ‘Nightbringers’ (Metal Blade Records)

Blis. – ‘No One Loves You’ (Sargent House)

Blue Hawaii – ‘Tenderness’ (Arbutus Records)

Citizen – ‘As You Please’ (Run For Cover)

Cults – ‘Offering’ (Sinderlyn)

Daphni – ‘Joli Mai’ (Jiaolong)

The Darkness – ‘Pinewood Smile’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Giggs – ‘Wamp 2 Dem’ Mixtape

Kele Okereke – ‘Fatherland’ (BMG)

Kelela – ‘Take Me Apart’ (Warp)

Liam Gallagher – ‘As You Were’ (Warner Bros.)

Marilyn Manson – ‘Heaven Upside Down’ (Loma Vista Recordings/Caroline International)

Mister Heavenly – ‘Boxing The Moonlight’ (Polyvinyl Records/Ada)

Rationale – ‘Rationale’ (Warner Bros)

The Replacements – ‘For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986’ (Rhino)

Romes – ‘Romes’ (Five Seven Music)

Shigeto – ‘The New Monday’ (Ghostly International)

Weaves – ‘Wide Open’ (Memphis Industries)

Whitney Rose – ‘Rule 62’ (Six Shooter Records)

Wolf Parade – ‘Cry Cry Cry’ (Sub Pop)

Yumi Zouma – ‘Willowbank’ (Cascine)

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Staff Picks: Laura ‘Riot Goth’ Johnson

You know the drill, another year has passed, new records have come out, some I’ve liked, some not so much. Below is a list of those that struck a chord with me in 2016. I also ventured out to some gigs so decided to share the best of that bunch too, along with all the shameless selfies I took with bands this year, and some other bits and bobs.


‘Paradise’ – White Lung

‘Shape Shift With Me’ – Against Me!

‘A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings’ – Beach Slang

‘Afraid Of Heights’ – Billy Talent

‘Painkillers’ – Brian Fallon

‘The Bride’ – Bat For Lashes

‘Hit Reset’ – The Julie Ruin

‘Skeleton Tree’ – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

‘The Big Fit’ – Skating Polly

‘Lost Time’ – Tacocat

‘Weaves’ – Weaves


Funeral For A Friend (farewell show performing ‘Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation’ in its entirety) – University Y Plas, Cardiff – April 6

Brian Fallon & the Crowes – O2 Academy Bristol – April 10

Tacocat – Moon Club, Cardiff – May 5

Iggy Pop – Royal Albert Hall, London – May 13

White Lung – Start The Bus, Bristol – May 25

Heck @ Camden Rocks – Underworld, London – June 4 (pictured below)

Skating Polly – Moon Club, Cardiff – June 15

L7 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London – September 13

Weaves (supporting Dilly Dally) – The Globe, Cardiff – September 20

The Julie Ruin – KOKO, London – December 2


The String Cheese Incident
Holocausto Cannibal
Basement Torture Killings
Scum Pulse
Premature Birth
Destiny Potato
Make Me A Donut
Penguin Prison
Dog Chocolate
Anal Floss Is Boss
Bad II Dreems
Palace Of Worms
Cancerous Womb
Girth Control
Cry Wank
Girls Pissing On Girls Pissing
Rectal Smegma
Infant Death
Grilled Human Brain
Oozing Wound
Marianne Toilet & The Runs
Breast Massage
Mountain Of Wizard
Fat Stupid Ugly People
Faces Of The Bog
Witch Vomit


Alex Rosamilia – The Gaslight Anthem/Brian Fallon & The Crowes

Ben Kowalewicz – Billy Talent

Chris Farren

Demob Happy


Jasmyn Burke – Weaves

Kenny Mellman – The Julie Ruin

Mish Way-Barber – White Lung

Skating Polly


FESTIVAL: ArcTanGent – Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin – August 18-20

VIDEO: Heck – Good As Dead

FILM: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

TV: Atlanta

BOOK: Tranny – Laura Jane Grace & Dan Ozzi

FOOD: Frank’s RedHot Original Sauce

DRINK: Black coffee

MERCH: Tacocat T-shirt (pictured below)

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This Week’s New Releases: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jake Bugg and Laura Mvula


There are plenty of new releases to choose from this week. You’ve got the Red Hot Chili Peppers releasing their eleventh album, Jake Bugg putting out his third and Laura Mvula her second. If none of that tickles your fancy, you’ve also got Margaret Glaspy offering up her debut LP and Gojira following up 2012’s ‘L’enfant Sauvage’, plus loads more which you can check out below.

Case/Lang/Veirs – ‘Case/Lang/Veirs’ (CLV/Anti-)

Gojira – ‘Magma’ (Roadrunner UK)

Jake Bugg – ‘On My One’ (Virgin)

Laura Mvula – ‘ The Dreaming Room’ (RCA)

Let’s Eat Grandma – ‘I, Gemini’ (Transgressive)

Margaret Glaspy – ‘Emotions and Math’ (ATO)

PAWS – ‘No Grace’ (FatCat)

Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘The Getaway’ (Warner Bros)

Swans – ‘The Glowing Man’ (Mute)

Weaves – ‘Weaves’ (Memphis Industries)

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