Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes & The Mysterines @ The Roundhouse, London
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by Abbi Draper-Scott
27m ago
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LIVE: Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes @ The Roundhouse
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by Katherine Allvey
27m ago
It’s the last date of The Rattlesnakes’ tour, a hotly-demanded bonus night which sold out as quickly as the first did several months ago. However, since tickets were snapped up, the enigmatic Frank Carter and co have taken a new direction with latest release ‘Dark Rainbow’, prioritising piano laden emotional exploration ahead of the swaggering, twitching bangers that we’re used to hearing. As the seconds tick closer to stage time, it feels more and more like this change will be embraced by the Rattlesnakes (as the band’s fandom term themselves). Most of them have stuck with the band since Cart ..read more
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LIVE: Chuck Ragan @ The 100 Club, London
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by Katherine Allvey
27m ago
It could be a coincidence that there’s a storm raging outside London’s 100 Club, but it’s equally as likely that Chuck Ragan’s gravelly roar has commanded the heavens to open. The Hot Water Music frontman turned professional punk rock grizzly bear sold out the historic basement venue incredibly quickly, drawing plaid-clad Londoners underground for an evening of atmospheric, upcycled acoustic punk. With the blood red walls of the cramped space plastered with framed photos of past glories, Ragan’s in good company… and that’s not including his stadium-filling bestie who dropped in as a bonus supp ..read more
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Chuck Ragan, Hannah Rose Platt @ Deaf Institute, Manchester
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by Sabrina Ramdoyal
27m ago
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Citizen, Drug Church, Viji @ Electric Ballroom, London
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by Jez Pennington
6d ago
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Cherym – ‘TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT’
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by Ian Kenworthy
1w ago
Cherym felt like outsiders; like they didn’t belong. As a non-binary trio, they felt excluded from the music scene, yet they had a way in. Armed with infectious songs and a handful of EPs and singles, this little band from Londonderry proved they were not to be underestimated. Backed by Alcopop! Records, their 2021 EP ‘Hey Tori’ sent them on a journey leading here, to debut album ‘Take It Or Leave It’. Maybe you’re on outsider too. Maybe you’re missing Milk Teeth and need a band to fill that grunge-meets-pop-punk void. Maybe you like music with attitude. If that’s ticked all your boxes, t ..read more
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LIVE: Periphery / Crooked Royals @ The Roundhouse, London
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by Ellie Odurny
1w ago
The crowd assembled for tonight’s sold-out show is already backed up to the Roundhouse’s iconic-yet-irritating pillars as opening act Crooked Royals walk onto the stage. They waste no time launching into technically impressive licks and riffs, bolstered by dual vocals and thundering drums. Hailing from New Zealand and signed to headliners Periphery’s own label, 3DOT Recordings, it’s Crooked Royals’ first European tour and there’s a sense that the gathered London masses might not be quite as familiar with the band as their native fans, with gently bobbing heads more visible than visceral pits d ..read more
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Pet Needs – ‘Intermittent Fast Living’
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by Katherine Allvey
1w ago
“When everyone’s super, no one will be,” taunts villain Syndrome in the first Incredibles movie. Pet Needs have always been the band which absolutely prove this animated bad guy wrong. Their superpower comes from channelling their normality and repurposing the magic they experience in their everyday lives as insightful, honest rock. It’s a talent they share with many of the Xtra Mile family, and this particular band’s albums make you realise that you really were super all along. ‘Intermittent Fast Living’ is a continuation of that philosophy and sound, but since Pet Needs have ‘hit the big tim ..read more
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LIVE: Dave Hause @ Union Chapel, London
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by Katherine Allvey
1w ago
Union Chapel in London probably isn’t haunted. Probably. That hasn’t stopped sincere punk rock survivor Dave Hause  from including the historic venue in his ‘Haunted Churches’ tour of Europe, but what’s conjured in his set isn’t ghosts or ghouls. It’s the spectres of Hause’s own past brought into the light.  It’s clear from the moment that the dapper singer bounds onstage, his shirt unbuttoned to reveal his full chest tattoo and his laughter lines hidden behind Clark Kent glasses, that Hause has made peace with most of the pain which permeates his music. His time as the frontman of t ..read more
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Laura Jane Grace – ‘Hole In My Head’
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by Tom Walsh
1w ago
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Laura Jane Grace recounted a conversation she had with her daughter in 2018 ahead of undergoing life-altering surgery. The facial feminisation procedure, as part of the singer’s transition, would leave her with a scar on the back of her head. She told the magazine that her daughter’s reaction was “So you want a hole in your head?” to which Grace simply replied “I guess I do”. That conversation has lingered with Grace for years and provides the inspiration for her third solo record (2018’s ‘Born To Rot’ was under the guise of her ‘Devouring Mothers’ pro ..read more
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