Review from the Archive: Safe Haven Soundtrack

One can most certainly expect a film that is adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel to be rife with romantic gestures and starry-eyed lovers. However, the soundtrack to the most recent film, Safe Haven, is a beautiful departure from the repetitive, stale storylines that are so prevalent in modern romantic films. The soothing and melodic…

Review from the Archive: Papa Roach – The Connection

Whilst Papa Roach haven’t exactly gone anywhere over the last few years, they’ve certainly been off the radar. However, we can thank their need to re-establish that bond with their faithful fans, as well as their effort to assert themselves in a fresh light, with bringing us The Connection, a thoughtful offering from the California…

Review from the Archive: The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten

The Gaslight Anthem certainly has a lot to live up to. The undeniable success of their 2010 release American Slang, as well as Brian Fallon’s solo effort Elsie with Ian Perkins has raised the bar to unbelievable heights. But rest assured, the New Jersey foursome have succeeded, over and over again with their new album…

Review from the Archive: KaiL Baxley – Heatstroke/ The Wind and the War

Difficult to initially categorise, KaiL Baxley’s double EP can only be described as a range of charming, laid-back and fresh acoustic tunes. His unique voice sends a haunting chill that spreads throughout the tracks to become strangely anthemic. The opening song, ‘Don’t Matter to Me’, is a rhythmic, bluesy introduction that sets the bar for…

Review From the Archive: John Wheeler – Un-American Gothic

This album is the first full-length solo effort from Hayseed Dixie frontman John Wheeler – and it certainly manages to keep up with the legacy of offbeat, folky tunes. Written whilst on tour with the band in 2011, Wheeler travelled to every show in solitude on his motorbike, making for a soulful and varied album….