Review: Download Festival, 14th – 16th June 2019

Sean Hubbard/ June 20, 2019

Another drizzly Download Festival is now in the books but even the dismal weather and the mud couldn’t stop 90,000 metalheads from having a great time at Donington Park at the weekend. With headliners as varied as Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool’s first performance at Download in 12 years, there was something for everyone. Away from the main stage also

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EP Review: Exchecker – Exchecker

Ben Standring/ June 19, 2019

Cheshire-based hip-hop collective deliver an impenetrable statement of intent on their blossoming sophomore EP. Hip-hop has invariably been an illusive genre to conquer since the illustrious first golden age of the genre transformed music worldwide in the late 1980s. With its diversity, incalculable temperament and sweeping lyrical mindset, the brand has undergone more changes in its history than the presenters

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Album Review: Hot Chip – A Bath Full of Ecstasy

Alex Barston/ June 16, 2019

This Friday (21st June) sees the return of Hot Chip with their seventh studio album ‘A Bath Full of Ecstasy,’ their first since 2015. The London-based indie-tronica quintet famed for earlier songs such as ‘Over and Over’ and ‘Ready for the Floor,’ deliver an album celebrating joy and happiness while pursuing the melancholic approach of pain and toil which it

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Album Review: Charlie Cunningham – Permanent Way

Ben Standring/ June 13, 2019

The classically trained London singer-songwriter delivers a documentation of life’s uncertainties on his glowing sophomore record. The burgeoning mass of British singer-songwriters that have emerged in recent years has slowly moulded into a quagmire of similarity and simplicity, taking away some of the joy from acoustic guitar-based music due to its increasing predictability. However, when London-based Charlie Cunningham released his

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Single Review: Honey Gentry – Daydream Baby

Ben Standring/ June 12, 2019

Honey Gentry’s storm of ethereal, DIY enchantment provided poetic justice to those desiring artistic integrity when her debut EP Moonlight was released last year. Her passion for life’s non-tangible aspects alongside the adoption of the Honey Gentry alter ego have made the singer-songwriter an enticing prospect in a world dominated by predictable pop music. Despite a slight 6-month gap in

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Interview: Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari

Sean Hubbard/ June 9, 2019

Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds played a short acoustic set at Rough Trade on Sunday in support of his new book ‘Dear Future Historians,’ which is a collection of all the Shikari lyrics, including essays explaining them. This is the second edition of the book, and this time round includes the lyrics from the most recent Shikari album ‘The Spark.’

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The Futureheads @ Rescue Rooms 01/06/19

Owen White/ June 8, 2019

Mid-2000’s indie breakouts The Futureheads brought a tightly performed set of generally entertaining heady indie rock jams to Rescue Rooms this Saturday, albeit somewhat marred by muddy and bizarre mixing decisions. Crunch pop upstarts Fatherson and exciting post-punk newcomers The Rain Age (formally Shiftwork) supported. The Futureheads occupy a weird space in 2000’s indie-sphere. Never reaching the same heights of

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Review: Tom Morello, 3rd June 2019

Sean Hubbard/ June 8, 2019

The legendary Rage Against The Machine guitarist played a sold out sideshow at Rescue Rooms with his album’s The Atlas Underground band during a night off from his slot as main support for Muse and completely demonstrated why he is so iconic. Beginning his set by playing Battle, it was clear that this was no ordinary gig. His gargantuan 19

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Review: All Points East, 2nd June 2019

Ben Standring/ June 4, 2019

As the sun rose on a glistening June morning, festival goers scrambled to London for the final day of London’s newest high-profile large-scale music festival at Victoria Park. Having already experienced staggering sets from The Chemical Brothers, Christine & the Queens and Mumford and Sons plus a day of hard rock featuring Bring Me The Horizon and Architects and a

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Review: All Points East, 31st May 2019

Sean Hubbard/ June 3, 2019

The second weekend of All Points East kicked off on Friday 31st May with a day that can only be described as an absolute triumph for British heavy music. Everything from Lotus Eater opening the North stage, all the way up to Bring Me the Horizon’s two-hour headline set was an exhibition of the best that British metal has to

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