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 →

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 →

Album Review | Posture & The Grizzly – ‘Busch Hymns’

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Do you like the taste of blood in your mouth? It may not always be your own, but that distinct metallic taste of blood in your mouth remains all the same. Now mix in a heavy hint of sweat, pizza and a fat dudes hair and you should start to get an idea of how Posture & The Grizzly’s sound would taste. This is music for small venues, D.I.Y ethos and fans that like their music raw.  There is no space in this sound for people stood with drink in hand, too cool to muster more than a nod to the music. Quite simply this is feel good, party punk (though they dub it ‘Thug Punk’!), and I promise you that while… Read More →

EP Review | Gnarwolves – ‘Funemployed’

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Although people have been pretending otherwise since it got re-relased, Gnarwolves’ debut, Fun Club, wasn’t really up to much. It was good and all, and the potential was there, but it’s obvious why it wasn’t until CRU came out that they turned in to one of the UK’s most loved punk bands pretty much overnight… A few reviewers have been determined to shove Gnarwolves in to the emo corner for whatever fuckin’ reason, but CRU was punk rock, pure and simple, the middle ground between RVIVR and Lifetime stylistically, with an attitude that swung closest to a younger Lawrence Arms. Thirteen minutes long and instantly replayable, you could listen to it five times in a row before you’d realised what… Read More →

Interview | Gnarwolves

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We spoke to the Brighton punkers right after they got thrown out of the Pavilion Tavern following their chaotic set at this year’s Great Escape about future releases and being the odd ones out on Big Scary Monsters… Where have you been so far this year? Where have we been?! Everywhere! We’ve done pretty much every town in the UK. We just did 15 days in the UK with The Story So Far, and a couple of months before that we did 24 shows around Europe, to Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and then another UK tour. What was the highlight of that whole run? Italy. Italy was fucking cool, it was so weird being there. As a kid you think… Read More →

Live Review | BSM vs Alcopop! @ The Great Escape 2013

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Every year, the takeover of the Pavilion Tavern by Big Scary Monsters and Alcopop! is one of the highlights of The Great Escape Festival. This year was no different, and featured a guest appearance by a mop and many a crowdsurfer… Before heading down to the ‘Pav Tav’ for the event which lasted a whopping 18 hours, from midday to 6am, we caught Manchester post-rock upstarts Embers blow the sizeable crowd at Audio’s collective hangover away with an astonishingly well received set. The band premiered many an unknown song alongside their two previously released cuts from their sessions in a church, new single ‘Part of The Echoes’ and set closer ‘Hollow Cage’. The power of the five-piece’s delivery and the conviction with… Read More →

MM Recommends | BSM vs Alcopop! @ The Great Escape

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The first of our previews of this year’s Great Escape sees the return of the annual takeover of the Pav Tav by the best two labels in the country. Big Scary Monsters and Alcopop! have really outdone themselves this year, with a party that runs for 18 hours…I’ll say that again..eighteen hours. It plays host to the likes of Bear Cavalry, Gnarwolves, Fight Like Apes and Johnny Foreigner, and runs ’till 6am. Playing BSM vs Alcopop!, and take a deep breath, are: JURASSIC POP (1.00-1.15pm) BERMUDA ERN (1.30-2.00pm) KATIE MALCO (2.15-2.45pm) DOCTRINES (3.00-3.30pm) AXES (3.45-4.15pm) ATTIKA STATE (4.30-5.15pm) BEAR CAVALRY (5.15-5.45pm) DELTA SLEEP (6.00-6.30pm) GUNNING FOR TAMAR (6.45-7.15pm) GNARWOLVES (7.30-8.00pm) MY FIRST TOOTH (8.15-8.45pm) FREEZE THE ATLANTIC (9.00-9.30pm) STAGECOACH (9.45-10.15pm) CRASH OF RHINOS (10.30-11.00pm) TELLISON (11.15-12.00am) FIGHT LIKE APES (12.15-1.00am) JOHNNY FOREIGNER (1.15-2.00am) THE SOCIAL CLUB (2-15.2.45am) HER… Read More →

Live | The Story So Far @ Old Blue Last, London – 30.04.13

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It’s hard to think that there’d be anyone who doesn’t really get the buzz around The Story So Far. As if their debut album wasn’t enough of an argument, just over a month ago their second effort ‘What You Don’t See’ was set free on the world, an undeniably huge sounding record that puts many other sophomore albums to shame. A month on from that and they’re arriving in London after a storming appearance at Groezrock, bringing good weather and ready for the first night of their UK stint. Joining them to open the show tonight, and the rest of the tour, are skate-punk pals Gnarwolves, who do their usual thing of sounding killer. Laying another new song into their… Read More →

News | 2000Trees festival announces extensive line-up

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Gloucester’s 2000trees festival has just unveiled its biggest ever line-up list with Stornoway, Funeral for a Friend, And So I Watch You From Afar, We Are The Ocean, InMe, Adebisi Shank and Stealing Sheep being among the 36 acts announced… 5,000 music fans will get the chance to discover the very best new and underground British bands on four stages, plus comedy, DJs, quality food and drink and much more, in a picturesque Cotswolds setting for this year’s 2000trees festival. And the home-grown weekend event has just announced it’s biggest wave of bands yet. Alongside Stornoway, Funeral for a Friend, And So I Watch You From Afar, We Are The Ocean, InMe, Adebisi Shank and Stealing Sheep the line-up will also include performances from… Read More →