Reviews

LIVE: Enter Shikari @ Victoria Warehouse, Manchester (21/11/2017)

Date: November 21st 2017
Venue: Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
Support: Astroid Boys / Lower Than Atlantis
Website: www.entershikari.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/entershikari
Twitter: www.twitter.com/entershikari

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From day one, St. Albans’ Enter Shikari have been more or less completely DIY, at least as much as is feasibly possible whilst also continuing to grow. With that in mind, tonight’s almost sold out show at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse could mark as the biggest show held there by a DIY act to date, bringing a full-scale production with them to celebrate and promote their latest full-length, ‘The Spark’.

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LIVE: Counterparts @ Tufnell Park Dome, London (18/11/2017)

Date: November 18th 2017
Venue: Tufnell Park Dome, London
Support: Napoleon / Polar
Website: www.counterpartshc.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/counterpartsband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/counterparts905

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The Dome in North London is a really charming little venue. At 500 capacity, it’s the bigger sibling of sister venue Boston Music Rooms next door, and manages to feel more spacious than the similar sized Camden Underworld whilst lacking none of the intimacy. Tonight, it’ll play home to Canadian hardcore five-piece Counterparts, who seem to have amassed quite a following this side of the pond, if the queue outside the door is anything to go by.

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LIVE: Don Broco @ Alexandra Palace, London (11/11/2017)

Date: November 11th 2017
Venue: Alexandra Palace, London
Support: Counterfeit / State Champs
Website: www.donbroco.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/donbroco
Twitter: www.twitter.com/donbroco

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Bedford’s Don Broco certainly aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but you have to give it to them, they’re having an absolute corker of a year from touring across North America, to popping up at Reading & Leeds Festival for a secret set. But, they’re not done with the UK just yet, with their sights set on a sold out show at London’s Alexandra Palace – the band’s biggest headline show to date.

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EP: Chapel – Sunday Brunch

Release Date: November 17th 2017
Label: Rise Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/chapelusa
Twitter: www.twitter.com/chapelusa

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Indie-pop duo Chapel, comprised of vocalist Carter Hardin (ex-Nightmares) and drummer Courtney Grinwis (ex-Favorite Weapon), unleashed their colourful infectious sound into the world with their debut single ‘Caught Up’ last October. Despite their poppier sound, the two-piece are beginning to make waves in the alternative rock scene.

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EP: Valliers – Lost In Familiarity

Release Date: November 17th 2017
Label: Dream Atlantic Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/valliersuk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/valliersuk

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Debut EPs like Valliers‘Lost In Familiarity’ are a rarity. Yet, this is as clear a reminder as you could wish for of just how good underground bands can be. The London four-piece are starting their music careers very strongly with this EP being a great marker to build off.

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ALBUM: Green Day – Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band

Release Date: November 17th 2017
Label: Reprise Records
Website: www.greenday.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/greenday
Twitter: www.twitter.com/greenday

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Green Day have well and truly earned their title as one of the founders of the pop-punk genre. Since their formation back in 1986, when Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt were just fourteen years old, they’ve gone on to become both arena and stadium veterans and have released twelve studio albums along the way.

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ALBUM: Phoenix Calling – Our Last Hearts

Release Date: November 17th 2017
Label: The Fort
Website: www.phoenixcalling.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/phoenixcalling
Twitter: www.twitter.com/phoenix_calling

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Two years following their highly acclaimed debut album, ‘Forget Your Ghosts’, Cambridge based alt rockers Phoenix Calling are back with their sophomore full-length effort, ‘Our Lost Hearts’. Since the release of their debut in 2015, the band have gathered serious media attention with their catchy sound and vocals.

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ALBUM: Speak The Truth… Even If Your Voice Shakes – Everyone You Love Will Slip Away From You

Release Date: November 17th 2017
Label: Bad Timing Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/speakthetruthca
Twitter: www.twitter.com/speakthetruthca

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California based super group Speak The Truth… Even If Your Voice Shakes was founded by Senses Fail vocalist Buddy Nielsen and ex-Finch members Alex Linares (guitar), Daniel Wonacroft (guitar), and Alex Pappas (drums) back in the spring of last year. The band offered a first taste of this new venture with the release of their debut single ‘Crash My Car’ in the Autumn. Now, almost a year on, Speak The Truth are back with their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Everyone You Love Will Slip Away From You’.

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ALBUM: Ghost Atlas – All Is In Sync And There Is Nothing Left To Sing About

Release Date: November 17th 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ghostatlasofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/jessethomascash

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Alabama metalcore outfit ERRA have been generating a lot of buzz for themselves over the years, touring with the likes of Northlane and August Burns Red, and releasing their critically acclaimed album ‘Dirt’ on Sumerian Records last year. All that’s not enough for singer and guitarist Jesse Cash, however, who has undertaken an ambitious solo side-project, Ghost Atlas. Having released two EPs under this alias, Cash is now back with his debut full-length, the impressively titled ‘All Is In Sync And There Is Nothing Left To Sing About’.

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LIVE: Employed To Serve @ Rebellion, Manchester (07/11/2017)

Date: November 7th 2017
Venue: Rebellion, Manchester
Support: Dead Retinas / Pijn
Website: www.employedtoserve.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/employedtoserve
Twitter: www.twitter.com/employedtoserve

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It seems like with the release of their sophomore record ‘The Warmth Of A Dying Sun’ in May, Woking collective Employed To Serve have been employed to claw their way from out of the underground, into the wider world of their more established contemporaries, and to trample all underfoot who get in their way. They begin their campaign of dominance with their first headline UK tour.

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