USA Nails – Shame Spiral

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Band: USA NailsAlbum: Shame SpiralLabel: Bigoût Records / Hominid SoundsRelease date: 16 JuneSounds like: A kitchen full of rats. R2 D2 flipping you off. A vinyl cassette covered in piss.  Immersing themselves almost completely in a different spectrum of reality, USA Nails (the family fun time band from London – as they like to call themselves) seem content to continue morphing …

Idles – Brutalism

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Band: Idles Album: Brutalism Label: Balley Records Release date: March Sounds like: Getting a medal. Rachel Khoo. Vomiting on art. Loss.   “GET ON YER BIKE SHE SAID! LET THEM EAT CAKE SHE SAID!” Subtlety doesn’t really exist to a band like Idles. Brutalism, their debut album, opens the door before you’ve had time to answer, staggers into your house, …

Ampwrecked 12: New Music For Your Ears

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Mutoid Man – Melt Your Mind (Sargent House) It’s Mutoid Man! Twirling a guitar around your head, air-drumming until your wrists fall off; it’s all part of the experience spliced together by Koller, Brodsky and of course, the master that is Nick Cageao. Melt Your Mind is just over 2 minutes of speed-thrash-excellence, that’s hella melodic in places (seriously, a lot …

Ampwrecked 11: New Bands For Your Ears

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 Mastodon – Show Yourself (Reprise) I don’t know about you, but I love that Brann Dailor is slowly becoming the frontman of Mastodon. Okay, so he’s not really, but ever since he started singing from Crack The Skye onwards, I’ve found their stuff utterly terrific. Remission/Leviathan purists are going to HATE this then, but fuck ’em, because Show Yourself, is …

Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

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Band: JapandroidsAlbum: Near To The Wild Heart Of LifeLabel: Anti-Release date: 27 JanuarySounds like: Young hearts sparking fire on the edge of Gastown.  “But I got no plans at all, except a drink as soon as possible.” Five years since Celebration Rock and there’s murmurings in the Japandroids camp. If you think about it though, this is a band that …

Guest Post: Jack Murray’s Top 10 albums of 2016

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Always on a quest to find out if they’re “doing the hits” or playing “This is a Call” or wondering when Jimmy Corkill and the Go-Go Sex Dolls are touring – Jack Murray chainsaws his way through the opposition (he had to split) to deliver his top 10 albums of 2016. You can find out what he had to say …

Lizard Hips’ Top 10 Albums of 2016

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I’m sure in many, many, MANY years, 2016 will be studied as the “what the fuck happened in THAT year?” as a history module. 2017 has got to be better, right? Thankfully, there was some good music this year, amongst all the badness (Ken McCray dying was a total bummer and you know, the other stuff) so, what better way than …

WHORES. – Gold

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Band: WHORES.Album: GoldLabel: eOneRelease date: Out nowSounds like: Blood pouring from the sky. A badly planned knife fight. Cars crashing over and over. “No you can’t come inside / We built these walls so we could hide.” You’re not ready for this. In fact, you were never ready at all. This is beyond your comprehension. WHORES. (as they like to stylise …

Holy Gold – Feral Children

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Band: Holy+GoldEP: Feral ChildrenLabel: NoneRelease date: 25 November (free download via bandcamp)Sounds like: post-hardcore bat-bird action.  The alumni that make up Atlanta’s Holy+Gold burst forth from the metalcore bubble, with members of Norma Jean, The Glass Ocean and professional crowd-surfers, The Chariot in tow. It’s a surprise then, to hear that Holy+Gold carry very little over musically from these projects, …

Truckfighters – V

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Band: TruckfightersAlbum: VLabel: Fuzzorama Records/Century MediaRelease date: 30 SeptemberSounds like: Atomic desert cruising into a storm. Crushing everything in their path with waves upon waves of punishing fuzz, Sweden’s Truckfighters burst back onto the scene with their fifth album, cunningly titled V. Now onto their 8th drummer, El Danno, (proper Spinal Tap shit going on here) – they’ve suffered some drastic …