Not that there’s any pressure on Cartel or anything, but they do have this rep as one of the Best Freakin’ Bands Of All Time in the pop-rock world. Definitely not the most recognised, nor the most toured, but they have an ability to churn out fantastic tracks, one after the other, on every single release they put out. So it’s enough to leave anyone hesitant to know that the recipe for hopeful success has been changed this time around. With the departure of bassist Jeff Lett, the parting of ways with Wind Up Records and the decision to release ‘In Stereo’ purely in digital form, apprehensiveness is excusable. Read more…


After mixed reviews circulating 2010’s ‘Hold Me Down’, it was debatable that Surrey natives You Me At Six had lost that special spark that had enticed and enthralled so many with their debut ‘Take Off Your Colours’; that, despite not being terrible, the band had hit a brick wall with their second studio album. Fast-forward to February 2011 and, more specifically, the band’s collaboration with rapper Chiddy on Rescue Me. This did nothing for morale amongst fans, sparking fears that You Me At Six were leaving their punk rock roots behind in favour of something a little more mainstream; a little less heavy. Fear no more, because the boys are back with new album ‘Sinners Never Sleep’ – and it’s a crackerread more



Let me share something with you. It’s hard to write a review about a young pop-punk band fronted by, or at least containing, a woman, without using the dreaded P-word. Go on, try it. I dare ya. That’s no discredit to We Are The In Crowd, mind, it’s just a challenge to make a judgment without thinking of that band. In fact, if there ever was to be a band of this niche that would re-draw the standards of comparison, this Poughkeepsie five-piece might just be the ones to do it. Read more…


There are few words that come to mind after listening to ex-Fall Out Boy vocalist Patrick Stump’s new single This City with Lupe Fiascoread more

In addition to our review you can check out the video for This City at Stumph’s Vevo account.

His debut solo-album ‘Soul Punk’ will be released on October 18th. A number of presale packages are available now through his webstore.


After 2009’s Hot MessCobra Starship received deeply divided opinions on the direction of their music – the general feeling was that people either loved it or they hated it. Many abandoned the band, accusing them of selling out. The quintet is back, two years later, bearing new album ‘Night Shades’ read more



Following the success of their first three singles the Midlands quartet Octane Ok have just released a five-track EP entitled ‘So Alive’. Our review is up now and the EP is available on itunes now for the bargain price of £3.95

Having successfully  sold out their debut headlining tour back in February the band are due to head out once again through late October and early November.  Tickets for their upcoming tour are available now from the usual outlets – be sure to snap them up as it is likely to be yet another sell out tour for Octane Ok.

25.10 – Moho, Manchester
26.10 – Masque, Liverpool
28.10 – Academy2, Sheffield
29.10 – Academy2, Newcastle
30.10 – ABC2, Glasgow
01.11 – Academy2, Birmingham
02.11 – B2, Norwich
03.11 – Academy2, Islington
04.11 – The Croft, Bristol
05.11 – Clwd Ifor Bach, Cardiff
06.11 – Joiners, Southampton