Review: Cusses – Here Comes the Rat EP

Despite the obvious and unfortunate gender imbalance throughout the world of rock’n’roll, hard rocking has never really been exclusively a male pursuit to those willing to look beyond the mainstream, and with bands like Marmozets and Rolo Tomassi leading female-fronted heaviness into a new era of popularity, now is the perfect time for bands like…

Review: Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands – The Absolute Elsewhere

Truly multicultural music can be hard to find and perhaps even harder to create in a genuine and worthwhile way. However, when you have had experience in Mariachi, Gamelan, Chinese, Samba and Ugandan musical ensembles (to name a few), and have travelled the world accumilating an appreciation for a myriad of international heritages, as Crystal…

Review: Fight Like Apes – Fight Like Apes

Dubliners Fight Like Apes are set to release their third, self-titled album later this month – a record filled with contemporary, synth-filled pop songs. Mary-Kate ‘MayKay’ Geraghty’s vocals play over the top of these modern sounds, with the record compromising of big, unabashed belters. Indeed, the band have been blessed in a frontwoman who can…

Review: Sick of Sarah – Anthem

Although ‘never trust a book by its cover’ is most often a mantra to live by, Sick for Sarah are a band whose image correlates so exactly with their music you’d be forgiven for casting off this saying with regard to this US band. Consisting of four angry female punk rockers, Sick of Sarah’s sound…

Review: Defy All Reason – The Road Ahead

At the heart of all subdivisions of the hard rock genre, there is a core of excitement, fun and danger. All the biggest names to come from anywhere in the rock’n’roll landscape, including those of the blues-infused Southern USA school to which Defy All Reason belong, have displayed at least some degree of swagger, fighting…