Posts BySam Brookes, Author at Rockhaq
Time and Music are both funny things. Before I got into my first band at the age of 11 (Busted, if you must know) I would always get a strong feeling of irritation and discomfort when my mum listened to the radio. I can’t explain my discomfort in words, (maybe it was a sense of taste as my parents listened to a lot of ‘chill out’ music. Cringe), however I do have a strong memory of Madonna’s La Isla Bonita playing in my mum’s car as we pulled out of Asda’s carpark and just feeling annoyed by it. Fast forward twenty years and I listen to Madonna while I wash up.
It’s hard not to be a little jealous of Donald Glover, A.K.A. Childish Gambino. The Atlanta born rap artist, actor, writer and former YouTube star has experienced a meteoric rise to fame in an incredibly short amount of time.
The musical landscape is currently dominated by bands going on hiatus. Whilst often defined as “indefinite” or “going away for a long time”, it’s not uncommon to see the band promptly reform 18 months later. In the case of some reunited bands their return often dulls the edge of their previous work, and their new material isn’t quite up to standard, because the momentum they’d built up before their break has fizzled out. In rare cases however, a reunion is met with universal joy (as opposed to the scorn that less well-loved bands receive) and their new releases become hotly anticipated. Basement is an example of one such band.
Well this came out of left field didn’t it? Formed from the pedigree of other hardcore and rock bands such as Trapped Under Ice, Diamond Youth and Angel Du$t, Turnstile released two decent if uninspiring EP’s: Step 2 Rhythm and Pressure to Succeed. With the release of their first full length LP, Turnstile have created something truly unique. Taking the 90’s hardcore sound from their former albums and pushing it into the background in favour of the groove influences, Turnstile have created an album that has simultaneously established them as the leaders of their genre, whilst transforming themselves into something that is so much more than just another hardcore band.
Before the release of Neck Deep’s Life’s Not Out to Get You, I had written them off as an irrelevant rip off of their American counterparts. Upon the release of LNOTGY I was completely caught off guard. Moving away from what can only be described as “Neck Deep’s sound”, every song is like a love letter to the genre they represent, but with enough innovation to make each track feel unique whilst warm and familiar.
I hate reality TV; let’s get that out of the way now. This will be my most biased article on Rockhaq because this was always going to be an attack. The thing I hate the most about these shows isn’t how it gives people a free ride or how it’s killing the brain cells of about six million people weekly or that it all lines Simon Cowell’s pockets. It’s how they take a musician, an artist and turn them into some cult of personality freak show that the red banner papers can’t get enough of.
New Jersey pop punkers Man Overboard have been on the rise for about two years now but it took their stint on the Rock Sound Impericon Tour in April and the release of their self-titled in September to really launch their name in the UK.
The first single from the upcoming self-titled album from Watford hardcore heavy weights is definitely a game changer. After the shock departure of lead singer Frank Carter who was widely considered to be the heart and soul of Gallows, fans were left surprised when the typically faceless band said “We are continuing without him.”
This is proper Enter Shikari! Back when I was 15, Enter Shikari were the very definition of emo culture. Blending screamed vocals, heavy distorted riffs, simplistic (if a little poor) drumming and synths, Enter Shikari literally blew the music scene apart.
The King Blues were a six piece punk outfit who blended elements of rap, folk, punk and ska to create some of the most inspiring music I’ve ever heard. I hope to get their new and final album and when I do I can go into the frankly disappointing, hypocritical reasons the band broke up but for now I’ll refrain.