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Laurel Canyon – S/T


The grunge revival gets another reboot.

Emperor Zero – Nights Of The Hunter EP

Ramber Records/Sways

“Blossoming in adversity, beautiful melodies square off against the solemnity of the Old Testament, post-punk guitars soaring poetically from the noisy squalor”

Ballamona – Institutions EP

Ramber Records

“Manchester-based neo-industrial band take perverse pleasure in exploiting uneasy spaces”

Carlton Melton – Resemble Ensemble


“a statement quite unlike anything the Northern Californian woodsmen have done before”

The C.I.A. – Surgery Channel

In The Red

An electro-punk “drive-it-like-you-stole-it, sparking-on-the-rims vehicle for reckless fun”

Skull Practitioners – Negative Stars

In The Red

The Dream Syndicate’s Jason Victor gets hot and heavy alongside this set of general practitioners.

Gunslingers – Supreme Asphalt Doser

Cardinal Fuzz/Opaque Dynamo/Feeding Tube

“Not for the wary. Not really for the uninitiated. And certainly not for the fearful”

Neil Meehan’s Top 10 Albums Of 2022

Another write top ten.

Sub-Ed’s Albums & EPs Of The Year 2022

A top 100 from another vintage year.

Tasting Notes 2023

Our tips for the year to come.

Dry Cleaning – Stumpwork


“less than it parts nevertheless still had the stodge to satisfy”

First Glances – Mercury Machine

“a calculating machine capable of emotion if not empathy”

Osees – A Foul Form

Castle Face

A Foul Form embraces DIY hardcore and scuzzy anarcho-punk in the same, loving way that King Gizzard did with thrash on Infest The Rats’ Nest

oldboy – bloody


“with an ear for a hook straight from the abattoir, it takes an oldboy to show the young’uns how it’s really done.”

2022: Half-Term Report

Our picks for best of the year so far + playlist

Loner Deluxe – Hinterlands

Rusted Rail

“A really interesting album that fans of lo-fi alternative music will likely really enjoy.”

Dion Lunadon – Beyond Everything

In The Red

“Splitting the difference between catchy noise-pop and effervescent garage-punk”

Slow Dawn – Into The Machine Haus

Cardinal Fuzz/Centripetal Force

“what Slow Dawn do differently is to play all your favourites all at the same time”

GHXST – Admire


“People pay for this sort of dark delight, but don’t tell your mother.”

Ambassador Hazy – The Traveler

Cardinal Fuzz/Hazy House

“a kaleidoscopic odyssey on a shoestring”