Live Review | Gnarwolves @ Fleece, Bristol

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Gnarwolves are always on tour. And that’s a good thing. With no disrespect to their excellent trio of EPs and debut long-player, it’s the band’s relentless touring that has brought them to where they stand at the end of 2014. Where they stand is main stage at Reading Festival, support slots with Blink 182 and a largely sold out UK and European tour of the biggest venues they’ve headlined. For this extensive UK/EU run, the band have brought along one of Topshelf Records’ standout acts, Prawn. Fresh from releasing their second full-length Kingfisher in August, this current tour is their second run in Europe, after a 2012 tour with Ape Up! to showcase their then-new EP Ships. In those two… Read More →

Live Review | Joyce Manor @ The Exchange, Bristol

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A lot of people have been waiting a long time for Joyce Manor’s return to these shores. The last time the Californians were here in 2012, their second full length Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired had just taken off, having been released in the UK by Big Scary Monsters. Since then, the band have signed to Epitaph and released their lauded third Never Hungover Again. Their show at Bristol’s Exchange came at the tail end of their EU/UK tour with Cheap Girls and Great Cynics to promote the album. The first two bands created a minor stir, but in a tour that promoted Michigan’s Cheap Girls as a major support, and almost co-headliner, their set fell a… Read More →

Album Review | Axes – ‘Glory’

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since Axes burst on the scene as the newest members of the Big Scary Monsters alumni. Label: Big Scary Monsters Release: 3rd November 2014 FFO: This Town Needs Guns, Tangled Hair, Foo Fighters (read on…) Glory is, in theory, regarded as Axes’ debut LP. Not that you’d know it from the supreme confidence that flows through each of its ten tracks, though. Opener ‘The One’ is blisteringly huge, with an outro that signals a move away from the twiddly and towards the chunky; sounding like the bloody Foo Fighters. Album number two (or one, I still haven’t figured this out) proves a much more calculated effort from Axes. Where their self-titled mini-album sometimes let… Read More →

MM Recommends | Gnarwolves & Prawn in Bristol

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Gnarwolves‘ biggest UK tour to date is coming in December, and they’re bringing along some special American friends. Tuesday 2nd December 2014, The Fleece, Bristol – £8 adv Gnarwolves have successfully built on the reputation their flawless three EPs gave them in 2014 with a blistering debut full-length. Gnarwolves is being given its first UK run this December, and the Cornwall via Brighton punks are bringing along some special guests in the form of Topshelf Records stars Prawn. Prawn are currently touring their second full-length record Kingfisher, and are embarking on their second European tour after a 2012 run with Ape Up!.Gnarwolves and Prawn play The Fleece in Bristol on Tuesday 2nd December. Entry is £8 in advance. Keep an eye out for our review following the show…. Read More →

MM Recommends | Joyce Manor, Cheap Girls, Great Cynics in Bristol

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Joyce Manor‘s upcoming UK tour for third album Never Hungover Again is heading to Bristol.. Monday 17th November 2014, The Exchange, Bristol – £10 adv You’ve really been sleeping on something special if you haven’t given the last four months of your 2014 to Never Hungover Again. Joyce Manor’s third full-length is typically fleeting, clocking in at under 20 minutes as usual, but packs in the best pop-punk hits of the year into its slight running length. Tour Dates 11th November – Leeds @ Key Club 12th November – Glasgow @ 13th Note 13th November – Manchester @ Star & Garter 14th November – London @ The Dome 15th November – Southampton @ The Joiners 16th November – Kingston @ Fighting Cocks 17th November – Bristol… Read More →

Live Review | The Antlers @ Trinity, Bristol

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Familiars is taken to impossible heights in the live arena. Brooklyn’s The Antlers are a wildly different outfit to that which released Hospice in 2009, widely regarded as one of the most affecting albums of the decade. It’s been followed by 2011’s sombre but hopeful Burst Apart, the ethereal between-album EP Undersea and latest cut, Familiars. The setlist chosen for the current tour, promoting the latter release, is almost entirely made up of tracks from said album, showing a supreme confidence in the band’s most recent work, especially with such an esteemed list of older tracks to choose from. Sadly, there are still those who will yell “play something from Hospice!” two songs into the set, and the sighs meeting… Read More →

Album Review | Playlounge – ‘Pilot’

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Everyone’s been waiting a long time for this one. London/Brighton duo Playlounge have certainly justified the interest that’s swamped the release of this, their debut full-length, four years into their career. 12″ EP Thrash Magic, along with all manner of 7″s, splits and singles, showcased hard-hitting emo pop songs under a blanket of dizzying fuzz. This is largely accurate of Pilot, too. With minimal listener attention, Playlounge present nine feedback drenched cuts, blending into each other with no discernible start and end. When you really focus, though, every ounce of meaning, experience and emotion that’s formed these tracks becomes strikingly apparent. Like many a debut album, Pilot mixes old and new on an almost 50/50 scale, and although none of… Read More →

Live | Johnny Foreigner @ Joiners, Southampton – 21.03.14

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“We’re still the next Bloc Party, right…?” It’s been a long, long time since Johnny Foreigner‘s debut album Waited Up ‘Til It Was Light greeted us, along with labels of the Birmingham-based then-three-piece being the next blah blah whatever, and it’s before rolling out one of its hits tonight that frontman Alexei Berrow refers to it as the part of the set where “we feel like we should play an old one to please you all”. It seems like the band view it as the ‘necessary evil’ part of  a Johnny Foreigner setlist in 2014, but it proves not all that necessary at all. Songs from the band’s recently released fourth album You Can Do Better make up every highlight of tonight’s show, and… Read More →

Interview | Manchester Orchestra

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“We realised this was the time for us to make our big, raw, heavy rock record.” Life since the turn of the decade has been nothing if not turbulent for Andy Hull’s Manchester Orchestra. The departure of drummer Jeremiah Edmond before 2011’s Simple Math, which was then followed by that of bassist Jonathan Corley last year, left the Atlanta outfit at a crossroads when ideas and a timeframe for a fourth record started being sculpted, especially as the band found themselves without a record label to release the end product. Simple Math was huge, varied and textured. It was labelled a concept album by many, and definitely had the scale and ambition to justify such a tag. Every possible door… Read More →

Live | Nordic Giants @ The Winchester, Bournemouth – 12.10.13

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“This is music that needs to be heard live” is probably the biggest musical cliché going. As over-used as the phrase is, it’s unavoidable after witnessing a Nordic Giants show. The Brighton two-piece’s growing reputation has largely been built on their live show, and this latest UK run is promoting the band’s two new EPs, Build Seas and Dismantle Suns. On record, Nordic Giants are intense and uplifting; a cocktail of wild post-rock soundscapes and vocal samples, and all these elements are taken to completely different places when played out live. A screen adorned the back of the stage, where short films were played out, hand-picked to accompany each song of the set. The shorts ranged from a family scuba diving trip turned… Read More →