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Smokey Bastard - Proppin' Up The Floor

posted August 9th, 2009 · posted by Chris Walktall · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

I must first confess to being massively biased towards Smokey Bastard, as due to a bizarre set of circumstances I toured briefly with them recently and had a bloody awesome time. I think the first thing any of them said to me was “Hi, would you like some beer? We’ve got this huge keg and we’ve got to finish it tonight”, so good times were inevitable.

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Battle of Wolf 359 - The Death of Affect

posted August 3rd, 2009 · posted by Mikey · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

Having been brooding away in London and Ashford for the last couple of years and have now produced the eight tracks that make up ‘The Death of Affect’.

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In The Red - Volume 2

posted July 31st, 2009 · posted by Chris Walktall · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

My first impressions of this CD were that it was gonna be a Hot Water Music-sound-alike, with artwork that was just like Scott Sinclair’s work (who did all of Hot Water Music’s stuff) but tellingly, wasn’t quite as good as his post-cubist style; the blurb with the CD said that In The Red, ‘Would fit [...]

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The Leif Ericsson/Southport - Split 7"

posted July 31st, 2009 · posted by tommy · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

By: The Leif Ericsson/Southport

Southport and The Leif Ericsson have both been playing punk rock for atleast as long as I’ve been into the genre, and when i consider all the bands that have come and go in the as the years have gone by, it is encouraging to hear how vital they both manage to sound on this 7″.

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Folk The System - Folk The System

posted July 29th, 2009 · posted by tommy · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

By: Folk The System

I may as well divulge that Folk The System play poppy folk-punk in the vein of Ghost Mice and many of their Plan-It-X contemporaries, but I’d stop drastically short of proclaiming this a simple imitation, because this CD is much, much more.

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Torn Out - Demo

posted July 26th, 2009 · posted by tommy · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

By: Torn Out

Its the same old story, recorded in a living room for next to nothing, given away free, but where, in some cases, DIY culture has become a selling point, it is almost the very essence of this band, think a Sam Russo style sound and you wouldn’t be too far wrong.

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Squab - Self-Titled EP

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

By: Squab

I first discovered Squab, who are the acoustic incarnation of London based ’skunk rock’ pioneers ‘Claypigeon’, at a house show whilst they were on tour with Neil Sutherland. They’ve always struck me as an interesting proposition. Two guitars, two voices and the best beatboxer in the UK, playing music that lies somewhere between hip hop, ska and punk rock. Sounds novel, and on paper, shouldn’t work, right?

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Attica! Attica! - Dead Skin/Dried Blood

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

By: Attica! Attica!

Being the new project from Aaron Scott, former front man of De La Hoya and Marathon, ‘Attica! Attica!’ was a name that I had heard on numerous occasions, but hadn’t had the opportunity to check out for myself. Having gone through a period of being one of my favourite bands, I hoped this CD would sound similar to De La Hoya; however, my hopes missed the mark spectacularly.

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Bangers/Break The Habit - Split

posted July 6th, 2009 · posted by Fred Goodsell · marked as: CD reviews · Reviews

I have been waiting for this record for what feels like forever. For various reasons the release date was held back and back and then finally as if from nowhere in dropped this.
My feverous anticipation was brought about by one thing only, ‘Bangers’! This band stole my heart after hearing just one song, leaving me [...]

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Austin Lucas - Somebody Loves You

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

My first experience of Austin Lucas was in a crowded hotel room in Gainesville, Florida during the Fest, last October. I was blown away by his voice.

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