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Fragile verses, impassioned choruses, heartfelt lyricism: sounds like =EmO= to me. Take away the maleness of it all and you are left with =FemO=. Yes, Gemma Hayes is doing all that reasonably-emotional-while-rocking-hard music all on her own. With her band, of course. It’s really quite whistle-a»
I dare you not to hum this tune. Oh, but you will fail to rise to my challenge. Oh, how you will fail. Yeah, it's that rubbishable pop-punk that you will hate yourself for loving every time but maybe it isn’t that wrong. Yeah, just tell yourself that for a couple of...days, maybe. You will succumb. Music »
It is the day of The Mardi Gras and I am sitting in a slightly damp field in Essex. This is the site of Thurrock Music Festival - lovingly known as TMF2002. There aren’t any bands that have hit the ‘mainstream’ here bar a»
What the hell? A Tina-Turner-a-like fronting a garage rock band? It’s not quite as bad as it sounds…promise. Garage rock often retains an air of pretence as you can’t help but wonder just how underground this sound actually is. Something that puts your mind at ease, as far as the level of contrivance goe»
TMF - formerly known as Thurrock Music Festival - is set to rock the county often called Essex, this coming Saturday, July 6th. This year’s festival is at the Orsett Showground, off the A13 near Grays, Essex. Gates open at 11.30am with the first band on at 12 noon. There will be 4 live stages»
Those lovely boys - Liam, Keith and Maxim - are back and they seem to be milking it slightly. With a cow-infested video lathered with hanging lady bits and scary men you can’t go wrong….surely! It sounds like the old stuff: a bit gnarly, heavy shit, slightly outrageous for your granny etc. They've don»
Some have said that I am testament to the fact that beautiful things come from Geography. Further evidence is supplied in the music of Maher Shalal Hash Baz. Those of you who appreciate the relative lo-fi aspect of White Stripes in this age of over-production en masse may just find a little solac»
When Louise Post and Nina Gordon met, they had a dream that they could make a female Supergroup. They would call her Veruca Salt, after Roald Dahl’s character in that book of his. They would play a fragile grunge which rocked enough to let them play the songs that they so wanted to play - the son»
Featuring ex-members of Machine Head, Soulfly and Ozzy Osbourne (I hope they mean the band, not the jumped-up prick), a listen to Medication should head in the direction of some quality heavy metal mayhem, but it isn’t. It’s total rubbish. With such a high profile line-up surely they could have signed t»
So it’s an Irish quartet singing about getting drunk on a record produced by Gordon Raphael of The Strokes fame. Sounds good to me so far. ‘Loaded’ sounds like a lo-fi, country & western tinged ode to being drunk and somewhat shambolic…that’s exactly what it is! It’s simple in nature and simple here»
Fact 1: I like nu-metal.
Fact 2: I like Deftones.
Fact 3: Deftones = nu-metal.
Fact 4: I dislike Linkin Park.
Fact 5: Linkin Park = nu-metal. That’s right I’m a Deftones fan and I can calmly acknowledge their existence in the nu-metal sub-genre. I »
Mudhoney are to return with their eight full-length album, 'Since We've Become Translucent' on August 19th through Sub Pop. It is, alas, the first Mudhoney record to be performed without Matt Lukin on bass as he has now retired from the forefront of the scene. Former Bloodloss and Lubricated G»
Death In Vegas release a 4-track double 12" single on July 22nd through Concrete Records. 'Leather Girls' will also appear on the forthcoming 'Scorpio Rising' album due for release in September.
Track listing for the double vinyl 12" is as follows:
Oh, I do sincerely hope that White Man Kamikaze are as good as the reports and this demo suggest. With personnel seemingly ever-changing when it comes to the bassist and their histories appearing cloudy to say the least, WMK are a band which intrigue and captivate with aplomb. It is possible for a »
With the FIFA World Cup upon us, a large portion of the planet will be watching a bit more football than usual. I’ll be watching matches in support of the mighty England. Already the team is going in to the finals with only three first choice midfielders and everyone’s getting injured…with the same inju»
It’s a buzz night in Manchester tonight: The Roadhouse is crammed – it’s buzzing. Tonight some of the hottest bands around are going to be playing. Manchester Music has supported them all over the years and this gig is the cul»
Oh how easy would it be for me to say “Hundred Reasons are the best British live rock band around at the moment and they crap all over all that American soft rock and nu-metal toss.”? Far too easy. It’s probably not even that accurate either. With ‘Ideas Above Our Station’ they have produced a m»
The Deconstruction 2002 Tour have announced a Scottish leg of the formerly London-only one-day punk & skate festival for June 4th at the Glasgow SECC. The line-up will be the same as in London, the day before, with loads of crazy stuff going on next door! Hall 4 - The Bands Lostpr»
Hertfordshire-based nu-metallers Violent Delight have signed a worldwide record deal with the AOL-Time Warner group. Since embarking upon their nationwide tour with 'A' and Rival Schools earlier this year, Violent Delight's profile has risen considerably. This has led to their majo»
Ah, it was another chilly night in February when I found myself in the backstage area of the York Fibbers, in front of the stage. I had just shuffled over from Mínus to have a chat and a giggle with UK heavy metallers Matter. I begin the interview with long-haired vocalist of slightly sore throat, Do»
With the forthcoming exam season not far in your diaries you need to start worrying. You spend too much time on this and other similar websites. You're going to fail at least one, if not all of your exams. What you want to do, is be remembered for it. In no particular order... 1)»
Atari Doll have produced a finely polished and mildly assorted 4-track demo CD. It is probably unheard of to stumble upon a band demo that is truly different – a collection that really is something new. Instead you would expect to hear a mixture of many different music tastes and maybe, if y»