Albums/EPs

ALBUM: Rolo Tomassi – Hysterics

Release Date: September 22nd, 2008
Label: Hassle Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/rolotomassi

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The label and term of an ‘original’ band is one that passed around far too loosely nowadays. It seems a band just has to do something slightly different to the norm and suddenly they’ve become musical some form of musical pioneers. Then, when a band like Rolo Tomassi come about onto the scene, you know that it’s time to erase everything you said about every other allegedly ‘original’ band you labeled so in the past. With their debut full-length ‘Hysterics’, you’ve got to be somewhat invincible if you aren’t blown away by the technical and unusual musical nature of the material this young band have created, whether it’s your cup of tea or not.

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SINGLE: Rise Against – Ready To Fall

Release Date: September 18th, 2006
Label: Geffen
Website: www.riseagainst.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/riseagainst

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‘Ready To Fall’ is a new effort from rockers Rise Against, and they’re tackling social and environmental issues that effect us all. Now, this may already come across as boring, but this track is actually an absolute stormer and one that should be heard.

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ALBUM: Revolution Mother – Rollin With Tha Mutha

Release Date: July 7th, 2009
Label: Ferret Music
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/revolutionmother

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“I’m an old school motherfucker” proclaims the first line of ‘MOFO’ the second song from the second album from Long Beach punk metallers Revolution Mother, and that as a whole seems to be an accurate summary of this band’s general sound and ideology. Even in the early moments of this fast moving sophomore record, you can taste the cigarette smoke and the guitars are so scuzzy you might need to wash your ears after listening. And that’s perfectly alright, if you like that kind of thing, for an extended period of time.

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ALBUM: Reuben – In Nothing We Trust

Release Date: June 25th, 2007
Label: Hideous Records
Website: www.wordsfromreuben.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/wordsfromreuben

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‘In Nothing We Trust’ sees the return of British alternative rock underdogs Reuben, with this being their third full-length album since they formed their current line-up in 2001. The album is the second release from the band’s new independently run label Hideous Records.The album shoots out different ideas from everywhere like a barrage attack, with a great variety of techniques rolling off their sleeves. A fair bit of the material on this album seems to be talking about topics revolving around society, history, and things much less personal to frontman Jamie Lenman than their previous work.

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ALBUM: Placebo – Battle For The Sun

Release Date: June 8th, 2009
Label: PIAS
Website: www.placeboworld.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/placebo

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Alt-rock mainstays Placebo return with album number six, ‘Battle For The Sun’. The new record is the first to feature new drummer Steve Forrest. This is also the first to have been formulated, so say the band at least, while sober. And at times the clarity in thinking can be seen especially when compared to it’s moody predecessor, ‘Meds’.

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SINGLE: Placebo – For What It’s Worth

Release Date: June 1st, 2009
Label: Dreambrothers Records
Rating: 9/10

Website: www.placeboworld.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/placebo

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Placebo‘s single release history is an impressive one. To reel off but a few; ‘Every Me Every You’, ‘Infra-Red’, ‘Pure Morning’, ’36 Degrees’ and many more – but none have featured the complexity in instrumentation that ‘For What It’s Worth’ holds.

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EP: Pinups And Pullouts – Chapters

Release Date: August 1st, 2008
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/pinupsandpullouts

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If Bring Me The Horizon and the earlier work of Avenged Sevenfold had a one night stand and dumped the baby somewhere, then Manchester’s Pinups And Pullouts is the abandoned offspring, and it’s birth cry comes in the form of the new EP release ‘Chapters’. Three honed tracks compose what is an early display of what unheard small local talent isn’t going noticed in today’s music scene.

Opener ‘Take In Sand… Breathe Out Glass’ is the first push into the short mosh offering of ‘Chapters’, delivering everything you’d want from a half-decent metal song. Frontman Callum Galbraith doesn’t just stick to the monotone vocal work, incororating a range of high belting screams to lower growls making sure that variation isn’t something the band lack, and anger isn’t a one level approach. The lyrical content is a piece of evidence that not every metal song has nothing but negative messages, such with a line like “Tonight, we will live again”.

Bursting into an opening of chainsaw guitar work and blasting drum beats, ‘The Condemned’ ensures that the band aren’t letting down with the record for a moment yet, and that the party has only just started. Unlike a lot of upcoming metal bands on the underground scene nowadays, Pinups And Pullouts aren’t afraid to insert melodic sections in their music aswell as the heavy, with gang shouts here and there not going amiss either. Another moment of positivity sticks out in this track too, with the spoken lyrics “There was a time, when you said you’d give up the world for me / I know times change, but I still would”.

‘I Sleep With A Pillow Under My Gun’ closes the short ride that ‘Chapters’ brings with great justice. The song slowly works its way without blasting through things too quickly, sifting it into the listener’s ears like a cake was being made to utmost perfection. Parts of the track seem to outweigh the skill you’d expect from a band of this calibur, but still Pinups And Pullouts achieve such a feat, and do so with finese and prowess unlike most. The outro section is that of epic proportions, and brings the record to an honourable end.

They may not be in Kerrang! magazine every other week, and they might not be tomorrow’s rock poster-boys, but Pinups And Pullouts are ones to keep an eye out for, because with a release like ‘Chapters’ it’s no impossibility that all of the above could happen within the next year or two.

Written by Zach Redrup

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SINGLE: Pendulum – Showdown

Release Date: January 5th, 2009
Label: Warner Bros.
Website: www.pendulum.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/pendulum

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One listen to ‘Showdown’ and another to anything from the band’s debut album ‘Hold Your Colour’ shows how much the band have changed, and in time leant more towards a more mainstream approach over the past few years. This move has clearly worked in their favour, catapulting the genre-twisting ‘pioneers’ into growing musical successes.

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SINGLE: Paramore – The Only Exception

Release Date: April 19th, 2010
Label: Fueled By Ramen
Website: www.paramore.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/paramore

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Third full-length album ‘Brand New Eyes’ has managed to sky-rocket Tennesse teen rockers Paramore into realms both the fans and bands alike never thought possible. With successful single followed by successful single, ‘The Only Exception’ has the potential to keep the winning formula going for Hayley Williams and the boys.

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ALBUM: Paramore – Brand New Eyes

Release Date: September 21st, 2009
Label: Fueled By Ramen
Website: www.paramore.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/paramore

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Pop-punkers Paramore have truly outdone themselves on album number three. The aptly titled ‘Brand New Eyes’ focuses on the band overcoming the struggles that caused them to cancel a European tour – broken down friendships and the inability to confront eachother appears to be the root of it all. The follow-up to 2007’s platinum album, ‘RIOT!’, is one of the most honest and heartfelt records I’ve heard in a while. Hayley Williams and co. have given an insight into what life was like for them.

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