False Flags – Hexmachine

Crawling from the smoking wreckage of several other bands (Red Stars Parade, Whores, Whores, Whores and Year of the Man) 4 individuals haul themselves up, patting out the last embers of stray fire and brushing off the coating of dust debris. False Flags have arrived and they hit hard.

AmpwreCked #2 – New Tracks For Your Ears

AmpWreCked returns. Want to know what’s on the unholy musical radar? Chastity, Chrome Over Brass, METZ, Muscle Beach, Indian Handcrafts, William Elliot Whitmore, The Hell, Let’s Talk Daggers, Heck and of course, Mr Velocity Hopkins. Enjoy….

Girl Band – Paul

Popular Irish beat combo* Girl Band have been busy it seems. You know the life of a band, bit of touring, bit of album recording, holding a giant Shania Twain poster – the usual. They’ve also made another video (directed and produced by Bob Gallagher, who made the video for their Blawan cover, check it out) and it’s super weird.

We Never Learned To Live – Silently, I Threw Them Skyward

Curling up into a ball and hoping it will all go away is the name of the game. Dour feeling-experimentalists We Never Learned To Live are that ever flickering, blue screen of death breakdown you were warned about but still you install the corruption without a thought, claiming “it won’t bother me, not one bit.” Yeah, good luck with that.

Refused – Freedom

You’ve got to admire the guts of these Swedes. Returning/reforming back in 2012 for some shows, which from all accounts from everyone who was lucky enough to see them have been “the best band I’ve ever seen.” Then the announcement of going into the studio to record some more songs.

Keep It Fast’s best songs of 2015…so far.

Greetings person or persons that stare at the screen. Welcome to Keep It Fast’s best songs of 2015…so far. Here’s 20 or so to kick you off, featuring: Torche! KEN Mode! Hawk Eyes! En Garde! METZ! No Spill Blood! We Never Learned To Live! Axis Of! Disasterpeace! And So I Watch You From Afar! Brawlers! Faith No More! Adventures! And more!

Cal Banda – Another Minute Made Fiasco

The only way to keep Cal Banda still would be to nail them to the floor. This Birmingham four piece have a collective attention span that can be measured in nano-seconds. Erratically charged, their debut EP, Another Minute Made Fiasco is four tracks of spasmodic fits and starts, rampant battle cries and shredding, nerve-racking disorder.

Ash Is A Robot / Arms & The Man / Seasons Calling @ Club 85, Hitchin

Braving the Arctic conditions, I thought it would be a good idea to remove myself from the comfort and warmth of my abode and venture to Hitchin to see some rock action happen. Arriving late I miss nearly all of The Grass Is Hairy’s set (sorry lads) – by accident. I do catch the last 10 seconds of their gruff, obstinate punk-core shouting as I make my way to the bar.

Black Years – Black Years II

There’s something incredibly engaging about Black Years, stretched over the three tracks on offer on this 7″ EP – they’re not afraid to mix up their sound, catering for all on this brief, yet memorable slab of punk rock wax.

En Garde – Weekenders

En Garde are a punk rock band channelling the exquisite berserk rage of Gallows, mixed with the hardcore fury of Blowgoat (RIP) and the scathing bile of Golden Tanks. The raw, untamed energy that pulsates from Weekenders is breathless and infectious in equal measure.