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The Cold Beat - dumbwaiter

posted September 23rd, 2009 · posted by tommy · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

The Cold Beat from Boston, Massachusetts bring an impressively powerful brand of songsmanship to the punk rock table. Serving up a mixture of chunky and delicate riffs which intervolve and intertwine, driving songs that sound like a wonderful mixture of Chillerton and Serf Combat with a scattering of pop hooks that never are in detriment to the record’s rock’n'roll integrity.

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Dear Landlord - Dream Homes

posted September 21st, 2009 · posted by tommy · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

By: Dear Landlord

On a greyhound bus, rolling on a dusty highway towards fest 7, I had little to distract myself from the trees and tarmac flying past me through the windows other than the humid, rusty tasting air. It was around then that I, In anticipation of the weekend ahead, listened to the official fest 7 comp for the first time, and amongst the familiar names (Paul Baribeau, Worn In Red, The Tim Version) one band I hadn’t previously heard caught my attention more than any other, the upbeat pop punk of ‘Dear Landlord’. I instantly declared myself a fan.

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Ghostlimb/ Fischer - Split 10"

posted September 11th, 2009 · posted by Mikey · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

The split 10 inch is an interesting format, not nearly as common as the split 12 inch LP and seven inch, but when used to document the right bands it can be better than either of those formats – not dragging or outstaying it’s welcome, but giving you enough music to really sink your teeth into. It’s especially enjoyable when both bands are as good as they are on this split.

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Only Thieves - Greetings from Levy park, T.L.H

posted September 11th, 2009 · posted by tommy · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

By: Only Thieves

This is a fun, if unessential EP. Each of the songs is interesting in it’s own way, the lyrics are a tad repetitive, but the pop hooks are razor sharp.

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Transit - Stay Home

posted September 9th, 2009 · posted by tommy · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

By: Transit

In the split seconds before I first hear a band, whilst my desired to press the ‘play’ button is being relayed through my synapses, but hasn’t yet been pressed, I often will draw up a subconsious criteria, boxes that, if ticked, will result in a positive review.

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Neil Sutherland and Friends - One Hundred Faces

posted September 7th, 2009 · posted by tommy · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

By: Neil Sutherland & Friends

‘one hundred faces’ is the second full band release from Neil Sutherland, and is part of a joint release, with the other CD ‘Two Whistles and a Hum’ that more closely resembles his first release, which was a split with PJ & Gaby.

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Eyedea & Abilities - By The Throat

posted September 4th, 2009 · posted by tommy · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

By: Eyedea & Abilities

In 2007 MC Eyedea formed a rock band, Carbon Carousel, and relased “The Some of All Things or: The Healing Power of Scab Picking”, an album I hoped would combine Eyedea’s trademark lightning fast trought provoking raps with a backing track that more closely resmbled the majority of my music collection. Though, in reality, Carbon Carousel turned out to be a rather dissapointing musical outing. However, come summer 2009 I got the guitar driven album i’d been waiting for.

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Gary Suicidal Kids Commando

posted August 30th, 2009 · posted by Chris Walktall · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

It’s always good to hear a band that doesn’t obviously fit into any one genre but dark metallic, French hardcore (possibly in that order) sums up Gary Suicidal Kids Commando as well as anything.

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Crazy Arm - Broken By The Wheel

posted August 18th, 2009 · posted by Chris Walktall · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

Because I’m a fool I totally failed to pick up Crazy Arm’s album Born To Ruin and have heard nothing of them until I got my sweaty hands on their single Broken By The Wheel. There’s no other way to say this, but this is very, very good!

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Witch Hunt - Burning Bridges to Nowhere

posted August 10th, 2009 · posted by Mikey · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

It is a rare thing for a band in 2009 to remain contemporary and interesting yet also have a clear influence from the past 20 to 30 years of punk but Philadelphia’s Witch Hunt are just such a band. They’ve played together for several years now, releasing both EPs and albums to much acclaim, but [...]

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