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SINK SWIM – Heights EP

SINK SWIM – Heights EP

In the summer of 2012, Californian emo/alt-rock outfit Sink Swim issued their debut EP. While it didn’t really push their chosen genre’s boundaries, it featured a few really enjoyable songs. Although their follow-up release ‘Heights’ has their original sound at the centre, it does more than just pick up where they left off. With previous […]

BELMONT LIGHTS – Telegraphs EP

BELMONT LIGHTS – Telegraphs EP

‘Telegraphs’ is the debut EP by alternative pop/rock band Belmont Lights, although strictly speaking, it’s the band’s third record, as they’ve previously released two other EPs in 2010-11 under the name The Pennant.  Since “The Pennant” was unlikely to have been in homage to British TV director Pennant Roberts, Belmont Lights is a change for […]

SINK SWIM – Elements EP

SINK SWIM – Elements EP

‘Elements’ is the five song debut EP from LA based band Sink Swim.  Their solid mix of pop-punk, emo and alternative rock (with a stronger leaning towards the latter) already guarantees the band will have an audience, since the end result sounds a lot like other bands of a similar ilk. While almost instantly familiar, […]

THE GREAT VALLEY – Ruthless

THE GREAT VALLEY – Ruthless

The Great Valley was originally formed as an imaginary band by brothers Louis and Nick Matos when they were 11 and 13 years old.  They dreamed of playing music in front of real audiences and like other people with drive and self-belief, The Great Valley eventually became a reality.  ‘Ruthless’ is their debut full-length, although […]

RELIENT K – Is For Karaoke

RELIENT K – Is For Karaoke

What was the deal with everyone and their dog putting out covers records in the summer of 2011? Within the space of a few months there were a bunch of really high-profile covers albums released, and pop-punk/alt-rock band Relient K added themselves to the ever growing list with the release of their ‘Is For Karaoke’ […]

MARCEL LEGANE – Heart Life EP

MARCEL LEGANE – Heart Life EP

Marcel Legane’s second release has a striking clarity; his well-crafted songs are given a great boost by crisp production. The solid drum sound and sharp guitars lend themselves well to his brand of radio-friendly brand of emo influenced pop-rock. We’re not talking instant gratification though; Legane’s song writing style is one where those great moments […]

THE LASHES – Get It

THE LASHES – Get It

The Lashes’ debut EP, ‘The Stupid Stupid’, was issued on the almost legendary Lookout! Records label, once home to many top-notch punk bands. By The time of their full length release ‘Get It’, two years later, the band had been snapped up by Sony, obviously spotting potential in the Seattle sextet’s fusion of power pop, […]

30 SECONDS TO MARS – This Is War

30 SECONDS TO MARS – This Is War

I heard the second album by these guys back when it came out; despite lots of decent press, it didn’t impress me.  Their sound was solid enough, but none of the songs made any lasting impression.  I was told to forget about that, since this third outing for Jared Leto’s band was a vast improvement. […]

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