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: Happy Diving – Electric Soul Unity

“Revivals” are far too common in music today. The currently in vogue, lo-fi indie aesthetic is often a way to hide behind uninspiring song writing, stale ideas and lazy production. However, every so often a band arrives on the music scene that, regardless of how derivative and trite their ideas are, their charm can eclipse…

Review: Narcs-A Thinking Animal

Politically conscious Leeds group Narcs provide an energetic take on the English indie scene with their debut album A Thinking Animal. Sporting a thick West Yorkshire accent, frontman Wilko delivers an aggressive performance throughout, backed by a near-constant cacophony of distorted instruments and thumping drums. The album opens with a rare moment of calm as…

Review: Night School-Blush

Headed by ex-Whirr singer, Lexy Morte, Night School offer a more upbeat take on the shoegaze sound of her previous band with their debut album, Blush. Clearly inspired by contemporary California dream-pop bands like Wavves and Best Coast, the group offer a wide variety of fuzz-soaked songs obviously aimed at a summer audience. The barely…