Review: Hiva Oa – mk2 (part 1)

From the very start of the churning, simplistic synth loop of ‘A Great Height’, Hiva Oa’s influences are quite clear. Though on this track the vocal element of this Irish duo’s music takes a turn vaguely in the direction Tool’s Maynard Keenan, what is most readily detectable throughout new EP mk 2 (part 1) is…

Review: Battle Lines – Primal

After a year of personal struggle, self-exploration and perseverance, Battle Lines return to the music scene with their brand new album, Primal. A glorious concoction of dark pop, ‘90s sentiment and poignant lyrics, it is both an auditory and artistic delight. Comprised of ten beguiling tracks – all diverse in style and sound – the…

Review: Touche Amore – Stage Four

  Californian five piece Touché Amoré return with a fourth offering, aptly named Stage Four. Having established themselves as one of the most prominent post-hardcore bands of the past decade, the group have been consistently experimenting with lengthier songs with a more progressive approach than the typical 2 minutes-and-out approach that has been pervasive within…

Review: Sargent – Sargent

September 2016 is set to see the release of the debut album from Sargent. The eponymously named album is a mesmerizing eight track album by singer and songwriter, Gretchen Lieberum. She has collaborated with Jake Blanton to create musical genius, captivating listeners with unique sounds, hypnotic vocals and emotionally fuelled lyrics. Prior to the Lieberum…

Review: Seth Lakeman – Ballads of the Broken Few

Ballads of the Broken Few is the latest of eight studio albums released by folk singer-songwriter and Mercury Music Prize nominee Seth Lakeman. In keeping with the majesty and intensity of his previous releases, Lakeman’s new album was recorded live in the hall of a Jacobean manor house, the perfect atmosphere to capture the harmonies…

Feature: The wonderful world of festival volunteering

In these times of financial uncertainty, it is becoming more and more difficult for avid music fans to experience live performances; entrance fees for gigs are increasing at an exorbitant rate, whilst a weekend ticket for a music festival often cost hundreds of pounds. It’s not surprising, therefore, that many festival visitors are opting to…