Reviews

LIVE: Neck Deep @ O2 Academy, Glasgow (08/10/2017)

Date: October 8th 2017
Venue: O2 Academy, Glasgow
Support: Woes / Real Friends / As It Is
Website: www.neckdeepuk.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/neckdeepuk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/neckdeepuk

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2017 has been a big year for Neck Deep. After smashing through their summer stint at festivals like Slam Dunk Festival and Vans Warped Tour, before dropping their progressive third studio album, ‘The Peace And The Panic’. It’s understandable why there is a lot of hype for the band’s biggest UK tour to date to support the release.

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ALBUM: Citizen – As You Please

Release Date: October 6th 2017
Label: Run For Cover Records
Website: www.citizentheband.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/citizentheband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/citizenmi

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In what has only been a short career, Ohio’s Citizen have released two solid albums and acquired a big fan base in only a matter of years. It could be argued that bands such as themselves and Basement were once perhaps placed in a somewhat ’emo’ category à la Brand New. However, ‘As You Please’ sees the band move on from this idea. The record sees the band perfectly blend what was good from their previous records – 2013’s ‘Youth’ and 2015’s ‘Everybody Is Going To Heaven’ – with a touch of experimentation, to make what is their best album so far.

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ALBUM: Makeout – The Good Life

Release Date: September 29th 2017
Label: Rise Records
Website: www.makeoutofficial.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/makeoutofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/makeoutofficial

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Young pop-punk bands (with a stronger emphasis towards pop) have been cropping up more and more in recent years, with 5 Seconds Of Summer breaking out of Australia and subsequently taking over the globe after touring with One Direction, and As It Is steadily climbing the ladder.

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EP: The Wonder Years – Burst & Decay

Release Date: September 22nd 2017
Label: Hopeless Records
Website: www.thewonderyears.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thewonderyearsband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thewonderyears

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For anyone who is even remotely aware of The Wonder Years and the current pop-punk scene, it’s clear to see that the sextet have something slightly more about them than most other bands in the same arena; be it the connection with their fans, the relatability in Dan “Soupy” Campbell‘s lyrics, or the way that they make live shows feel so intimate regardless of the size of the stage that they’re on.

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ALBUM: World War Me – World War Me

Release Date: October 6th 2017
Label: SharpTone Records
Website: www.worldwarme.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/worldwarme
Twitter: www.twitter.com/worldwarme_

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Chicago pop-punks World War Me probably won’t be winning any awards for “best band name” any time soon. Oh, and their debut studio album is also self-titled, and there’s a song on there bearing the name too, just for good measure. Talk about the least SEO-friendly release ever, guys.

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EP: Beaumont – Honestly

Release Date: September 15th 2017
Label: Reclaim Music
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beaumontband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/beaumontband

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About a decade ago, the British alternative scene was full of young and exciting up-and-coming pop/emo-rock bands that were ready to take the world by storm. Around 2012, a select few that donned leather jackets went on to be a huge success in the mainstream media, but the rest faded away one by one until the likes of Kids In Glass Houses, Blitz Kids, and Futures were no more.

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LIVE: Stray From The Path @ Rebellion, Manchester (08/10/2017)

Date: October 8th 2017
Venue: Rebellion, Manchester
Support: Renounced / Capsize / Obey The Brave
Website: www.onlydeathisreal.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/strayfromthepath
Twitter: www.twitter.com/strayfromdapath

Rating:

Since they dropped their controversial video for their provoking track, ‘Goodnight Alt-Right’, which rubbed up a lot of people in the wrong way (just check the YouTube comments), it seems a lot of eyes have been set on Stray From The Path. Of course, anyone who has any partial knowledge of the band knows of their outspoken approach to politics and hot social topics, and they’ve brought their engaging ethos and mentality over to the UK.

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LIVE: Thy Art Is Murder @ Club Academy, Manchester (06/10/2017)

Date: October 6th 2017
Venue: Club Academy, Manchester
Support: Justice For The Damned / Oceano / After The Burial
Website: www.thyartismurder.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thyartismurder
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thyartismurder

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Any fans of Thy Art Is Murder and general followers of the deathcore community will undoubtedly be aware of the turbulence of their careers over the past couple of years following the release of their 2015 record, ‘Holy War’, specifically surrounding the exit and return of vocalist, CJ McMahon. Yet, here they are with a new record under their belt, ‘Dear Desolation’, and eyes set on world domination. Their current objective: a UK tour.

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ALBUM: The World Is A Beautiful Place & I’m No Longer Afraid To Die – Always Foreign

Release Date: September 29th 2017
Label: Epitaph Records
Website: www.theworldisabeautifulplace.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/twiabp
Twitter: www.twitter.com/twiabp

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Connecticut’s The World Is A Beautiful Place & I’m No Longer Afraid To Die are a band that are constantly changing and always evolving. The band have had an impressive number of people join and leave, and uphold the appearance of being a “collective” rather than a band. An expansive journey of creativity, some might say.

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LIVE: blessthefall @ Rebellion, Manchester (29/09/2017)

Date: September 29th 2017
Venue: Rebellion, Manchester
Support: Scream Blue Murder / Blood Youth
Website: www.blessthefallmusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/blessthefall
Twitter: www.twitter.com/blessthefall

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More than a decade deep into their career, Arizona metalcore collective blessthefall are yet to make an exploding impression on the UK to the extent that they hold back in the US. Across their five albums, they’ve for the most part stuck to their guns of what they know and are good since their inception and, though they may not be filling venues on UK shores to the size that they do back home, nothing quite beats that intimate club experience.

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