London-based punk rock quartet take their art seriously. We advise you to do the same.
A debut of cohesive, no-nonsense, and occasionally exciting stuff.
Hot Panda’s Chris Connelly discusses the band’s take on current affairs and early-morning pints at UK airports.
Lex Hives is a continuation of the Swedes’ disposal of the garage punk limitations they set themselves when they first started out, and a reminder that their word is still law.
The second album from the Portland doom pop quartet is more melodic and song-orientated than its predecessor, but all the more powerful for it.
The main feeling conveyed by this record is one of sheer, unbridled excitement of re-discovery – a renewed appreciation of the music you grew up with, an appreciation that is so much deeper now your hair starts growing in funny places and you don’t qualify for a student train ticket any longer. Essential, empowering, nostalgia-free escapism.
Mid-tempo psychedelia and heritage rock worship from California that, despite some genuinely interesting touches, fails to make a significant emotional impact.
After releasing three albums of fast, pessimistic hardcore, Ceremony have been turned on to the more nuanced post-punk of the early and mid-’80s – with impressive results.
While their taste in guitar-based indie rock a la The Weakerthans is impeccable, Trips and Falls’ own material could do with a little bit more bite and less niceties.
Half an hour’s worth of mostly upbeat, catchy, unpolished garage rock with only a handful of duds, made by The Masonics, veterans of the Medway sound. Tip: skip the slow tracks.
Five handsome Seattle boys help sad hipsters get over LCD Soundsystem’s demise with a record that should soundtrack every BBQ this summer. Matthias Scherer digs out his wayfarers and Disney beach towel.
Idle Labor works well as an escapist record. Not a full-blown removal from reality, granted – it’s more like smoking your first filterless roll-up after a week-long cold. The rush is short but sweet, and most importantly, familiar.
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