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Loud Times: The Metal Bands Who Made 2019 A Year To Savour

This year was an enormous one for heavy metal. From fresh-faced upstarts making names for themselves to classic heroes making long-awaited comebacks, it has been a jam-packed 12 months for fans of all things face-melting. So, who better to review the state of the metal nation than the artists themselves?

Written by: Matt Mills | Date: Thursday, 12 December 2019

Flying Colors

Kings of Chemistry: Flying Colors On Taking Flight With 'Third Degree'

Our most fruitful and enduring relationships are impervious to time, space and distance. Boasting an almost mystic and magical quality, they possess an inherent, indestructible and long-lasting camaraderie that allow such powerful bonds to be rekindled without missing a beat. Five years since melodic prog rock supergroup Flying Colors released their sophomore outing ‘Second Nature’, this year’s ‘Third Degree’ found the quintet effortlessly slipping back into their chemistry-laden groove as if they’d never been away.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Bishop Briggs

'I Wanted This Album To Be The Thing That Wipes The Tears Away': Bishop Briggs Talks 'Champion'

Bishop Briggs wrote her second album ‘Champion’ when she was feeling defeated. Repeating the empowering words of the album’s eponymous lead track like a mantra, to regain self-worth after a painful breakup, she created her emotional fight music. 

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Friday, 06 December 2019

Gerry Cinnamon

Keep It Honest: How Gerry Cinnamon Became A Cult Hero

Photo: Luke Joyce Gerry Cinnamon. Know the name?

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Thursday, 05 December 2019

Exploring Birdsong

Hope Is 'The Thing With Feathers': Introducing The Revitalising Prog-Pop of Exploring Birdsong

Prog rock is not a cool genre. It hasn’t been for a very, very long time. Ask the Average Joe on the street what they think of when they think ‘prog rock’, and they’ll almost certainly bring up something silly from the 1970s: Geddy Lee dancing while wearing a cape, a 20-minute Rick Wakeman keyboard solo, or Peter Gabriel singing in his most fabulous fluorescent makeup.

Written by: Matt Mills | Date: Wednesday, 04 December 2019

Cattle Decapitation

Now What? Everybody's Dead!: Cattle Decapitation Talk Revisiting Armageddon on 'Death Atlas'

On August 7, 2015, San Diego’s gory death metal favourites Cattle Decapitation released their sixth album, ‘The Anthropocene Extinction’. With a title that alluded to the Earth’s sixth mass extinction—the ongoing destruction wreaked by humanity’s manipulation of the environment—it was very much a disc fascinated with the end of the world.

Written by: Matt Mills | Date: Wednesday, 27 November 2019

San Cisco

'We Just Love It': San Cisco Get Under The Skin Of Their New Music

Photo: Pooneh Ghana The October return of San Cisco was a suitably smooth affair. The Australian indie-pop band’s comeback single, Skin, strolled into our lives with a hook that wouldn’t quit and the sort of sunny disposition that has long characterised their output. But lurking at the margins were open wounds, broken promises and the remnants of a busted relationship. That unrefined darkness was new.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Judah and the Lion

Sonic Alchemists: How Judah & The Lion Turned Suffering Towards Salvation

You haven’t truly lived until you’ve heard someone rapping over the bluegrass strains of a banjo.  Or until you’ve experienced the sound of a band who smash together folk, hip hop, EDM, and punk beneath stirring lyrics that make you feel 10 feet tall. Luckily, Judah & the Lion are the wildly talented and eclectic US trio who do all the above and much more.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Monday, 25 November 2019

Band of Skulls

All This or Bust: Band of Skulls Reflect on 'Baby Darling Doll Face Honey'

To outsiders, it often seems that any fresh faced group who ‘suddenly’ arrive on the scene with a bang, and subsequently reap the rewards their newfound status commands, have had it easy and somehow fluked their way out of obscurity. But before hit singles and worldwide tours, there often lies a story of hard graft, setbacks and intense frustration, making that eventual breakthrough taste even sweeter.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Friday, 22 November 2019

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

What Comes Naturally: Pigs x7 Talk Following Up 'King Of Cowards'

Newcastle, a city perched on the Tyne river in the north east of England, is a relatively small place. A 10 minute taxi journey is all it takes to get from one end of the centre to the other, and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs vocalist Matt Baty and guitarist Adam Ian Sykes credit those intimate surroundings with helping to usher along the assembly of the uncompromising band, who take an alternative, almost noise-rock, approach to metal.

Written by: Laura Johnson | Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019

Earth Moves

The Magic and the Mundane: Earth Moves Discuss the Enigmatic 'Human Intricacy'

Photo: Leo Solti “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is a phrase so old and frequently utilised that it’s basically become a cliché. However, for Earth Moves, its repeated usage doesn’t make it any less true. On their second album, ‘Human Intricacy’, the noisy wrecking crew create music that’s intentionally ambiguous, designed to draw wildly different reactions from different people.

Written by: Matt Mills | Date: Wednesday, 13 November 2019

False Advertising

Exorcise Your Demons: False Advertising On The Communal Spirit Behind The Abrasive 'Brainfreeze'

Something that binds together those clustered on stage and those massed in front is the fact that music is an outlet: a mechanism to help us face or forget our problems. “It’s the equivalent of a punchbag,” is how False Advertising’s Jen Hingley puts it.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Friday, 08 November 2019

Avril Lavigne

Tomboy To Tear Jerker: Growing Up With Avril Lavigne

Growing up is a process that everyone must endure, whether we like it or not. Some of us change radically, while others change in more subtle ways. Over 17 years since her debut release Avril Lavigne is back, and the one-time pop-punk icon has completed the latest in a long series of stylistic shifts with her new album, 'Head Above Water'.

Written by: Helen Payne | Date: Thursday, 07 November 2019

Green Day

Not Quite Hella Mega: How 'Warning:' Quietly Set The Table For Green Day's Blockbuster Era

When the Hella Mega tour rolls into stadiums next summer, Green Day will be right at home. From its name on down the trek—which will find the pop-punk veterans joined by emo survivors Fall Out Boy and alt-rock provocateurs Weezer—is poised to embrace spectacle at each turn, wringing every available drop of goofy grandeur from the headliners’ latter day sense of pomp and circumstance.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Tuesday, 05 November 2019

Alphabeat

Past Meets Present: Inside The Glorious Return of Alphabeat

Just over a decade ago, Alphabeat’s trend-defying brand of classic pop lit up the indie world like an explosion of neon rainbows across a dreary winter sky.  And now, history looks set to repeat itself. After a five year hiatus that followed a painful decline in their fortunes, ‘Don’t Know What’s Cool Anymore’ is a luminous comeback record overflowing with the purest gloss you’ll hear this side of the ‘80s. As well as hooks. Lots and lots of sparkling hooks.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Thursday, 31 October 2019

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

That's The Deal: The Emotional Pact Nick Cave Makes With His Audience

Photo: Matthew Thorne Glastonbury, 2013. Nick Cave feels compelled to meet his public.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Daughters

The Long Road: Daughters Unravel The History Of Their Intense Live Shows

Photo: A.F. Cortes “I don’t normally do anything on Halloween. I don’t get dressed up or anything like that. I have kids, so I try to take them out, but it doesn’t mean a whole lot to me. It’s just a day.”

Written by: Matt Mills | Date: Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Palm Reader

Going Overboard: Palm Reader On Following Up 'Braille' and Their Split Covers EP With Conjurer

At the end of this year Palm Reader will wind up the touring cycle for their 2018 album ‘Braille’. The hardcore band plan to celebrate by playing the record in its entirety during a hometown show at Nottingham’s Rough Trade in December, also known as “the place that welcomed us with open arms when we started to write it” according to drummer Dan Olds. 

Written by: Laura Johnson | Date: Friday, 25 October 2019

Common Holly

'It Feels Very Fierce To Me And Very Open': Common Holly Talks 'When I Say To You Black Lightning'

Photo: Alex Apostolidis The soothing tones of Common Holly’s instrumentals dance innocently alongside the singer’s unfailingly pretty vocals. The accomplished, creative Montreal native Brigitte Naggar trades in thought-provoking music for anxious lovers.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Cultdreams

They Never Rest: Cultdreams Talk 10 Years Together

“Neither of us are the same people, are we?” Cultdreams vocalist and guitarist Lucinda Livingstone says to drummer Conor Dawson. “Both of our lives have changed so drastically from what they were. When we met I was 17, and then when we started a band together we were 18 or 19. Think how much you change from being a teenager to then being...I don’t know if I would call either of us an adult, but when you think about it, it’s mad.”

Written by: Laura Johnson | Date: Wednesday, 16 October 2019

 
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