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ALBUM: Thousand Below – The Love You Let Too Close

Release Date: October 6th 2017
Label: Rise Records
Website: www.thousandbelow.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thousandbelow
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thousandbelow

Rating:

As debut albums go, Thousand Below‘s really packs a punch. What is most impressive about this record is that it fits in with the ever-growing, popular genre that is post-hardcore, yet it still feels fresh, enticing, and fun. For a band that only formed a year ago, to create an album like ‘The Love You Let Too Close’ is really quite brilliant.

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ALBUM: Jamie Lenman – Devolver

Release Date: October 27th 2017
Label: Big Scary Monsters
Website: www.jamielenman.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jamielenman
Twitter: www.twitter.com/jamielenman

Rating:

To put it bluntly, and to cut to the chase straight out of the gate, there are seldom singer/songwriters and artists out there who can with ease, finesse, and great aplomb pull out pretty much any genre, sound, or style quite like Jamie Lenman.

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LIVE: Seether @ O2 Ritz, Manchester (16/10/2017)

Date: October 16th 2017
Venue: O2 Ritz, Manchester
Support: Sons Of Texas / LTNT
Website: www.seether.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seether
Twitter: www.twitter.com/seetherofficial

Rating:

Though not an overly dominant presence in the world of rock in recent years, at least not in comparison to their breakthrough years back in 2004 and 2005 with their hits ‘Broken’ and ‘Remedy’ respectively, South Africa’s Seether have been consistently producing and putting out catchy, hard-hitting, and formidable alt rock/post-grunge work throughout their now seven album long career.

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LIVE: Reel Big Fish @ O2 Kentish Town Forum, London (16/10/2017)

Date: October 16th 2017
Venue: O2 Kentish Town Forum, London
Support: Sweet Little Machine / Mad Caddies / Anti-Flag
Website: www.reel-big-fish.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/reelbigfish
Twitter: www.twitter.com/reelbigfish

Rating:

Let’s face it, when you think of ska-punk, you think of Reel Big Fish. The California heavyweights and ‘Sell Out’ hitmakers have now been around for over two decades, which is mind-boggling really. This year, they’re headlining the Fireball: Fuelling The Fire Tour, and, tonight at the O2 Kentish Town Forum, you can practically taste the cinnamon whiskey in the air.

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LIVE: Placebo @ Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (14/10/2017)

Date: October 14th 2017
Venue: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Support: Husky Loops
Website: www.placeboworld.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/officialplacebo
Twitter: www.twitter.com/placeboworld

Rating:

Not many bands get to the grand old age of twenty and still manage to sell out shows all around the world, so with Placebo being in the middle of that exact kind of tour, tonight should be considered a celebration.

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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

Rating:

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

Rating:

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

Rating:

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

Rating:

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_

Rating:

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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