The Last Mile and ‘Respect The Frequency’ (29/10/21)

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The Last Mile – Montreal, Québec, Canada It’s been a long road full of diversion but The Last Mile and Respect The Frequency are soon to arrive via Rad Girlfriend Records of Ohio in the US. The Montreal, Québec based band that initially started as a solo project and then morphed into a…

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Hoi-Poi and ‘Uncle Boonmee’

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Hoi-Poi – Thessaloniki, Greece Hoi-Poi and ‘Uncle Boonmee’. The former wrote the latter during a time where the band were separated physically but in simultaneous and mutual isolation. Greece, the US, Denmark, Hoi-Poi shared in the confines of the greater sequestered new normalcy that much of the earth’s bipedal majority faced. The…

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United Defiance and ‘Change The Frequency’

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United Defiance – East Bay, California, USA Ah yes, United Defiance and Change The Frequency. A band from the East Bay Area of California that in more ways than one, epitomise the existence of a DIY Punk band. United Defiance, a band that through multiple formats, personnel changes, loss, uncertainty…

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snake eyes and ‘the lovehate mixtape (side a)’ and more!

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snake eyes – Brighton, England, United Kingdom snake eyes and the lovehate mixtape (side a) almost, very nearly, persuaded me to type this whole review in lower case. However, because I’m obviously a huge and obsequious stickler for the rules of grammar, I won’t. I joke. I may know some…

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  • Auld Blue Eyes – Cork, Ireland Born from a history traversing comparatively more frantic, violent soundscapes, we have Auld Blue Eyes and The Early Years. A project owned, operated, fronted and arranged by one Ian O’Callaghan of Cork, Ireland, with the help of some fellow noise-makers, aims to take the comparative intensity of a musical past and contort it into something on par with said intensity but fuelled by an uplifting, shifting spirit. Heavily influenced by Post-Rock and charged with an energetic and at times spasmodic Post-Hardcore, Auld Blue Eyes bursts past a cycling exuberance in the intro to ‘The…

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  • Nc17 – Richmond, Virginia, USA Introducing Nc17, where do I start? Well, the reason why such an introduction is necessary now is that the above image is the cover of their forthcoming debut EP, Nasty Habits, set for release on the 21st of this month. Secondly, now is opportune, relevant and really quite simply uncontestably necessary in this here 2022 because of the ironic health that much of the music scene is in, despite it all. Thirdly, it’s that despite the sheer wealth of sonic variety in the Punk music scene, sometimes, kicking it old school and toasting the past…

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  • Celebration Summer – Suburbs, Washington DC, USA And today, enter Celebration Summer and Against The Gun. The ever-seminal influence of the Washington DC Punk and Hardcore scene and those who champion, propagate and proliferate the fruits of its progression elsewhere can be grouped together under the uncontestable term “ubiquitous”. It is truly hard to knock such a statement, no matter how needlessly verbose it is in this case. The legacy of the likes of Dischord Records and indeed DC Punk, Hardcore and Post-Hardcore, in general, has shaped modern music irrevocably and from trace amounts to full-frontal emulation and adoration. Whilst…

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