If Download festival is to survive the retirement of its core headliners, rock and metal fans urgently need to broaden their horizons.
Rich Hobson writes about the loss of a hero.
By Kathryn Black After five years of blood tests and failed prescriptions, I finally received a diagnosis. In a blur of medical terminology – antibodies, toxicity, hyperthyroidism – I found out that I have Graves’ Disease. Graves’ is an illness that causes the immune system to attack the thyroid (the gland that controls brain function, digestive system, bone maintenance and […]
Maggie Dickman talks activism, memes, and humble beginnings with the New Paltz duo
By Rich Hobson Subgenres can be ridiculous. From ‘goblin metal’ (which surprisingly wasn’t made up by the NME) to ‘sadcore’, rock bands are increasingly trying their hand at self-identification. But then, who can blame them? With over five decades of releases, innovations and experimentation, no genre is quite so complex or bloated with sub-genres as rock and metal. In its perpetual […]
Kika Chatterjee talks to Microwave frontman Nate Hardy about the band’s unlikely journey from church to the Warped Tour
Passing out of the 18-30 demographic doesn’t have to mean losing touch.
By Rob Barbour Imagine a band with the dynamics and passion of Devil and God…-era Brand New, the heartfelt sincerity of Manchester Orchestra, and the melodic sensibility of Death Cab For Cutie. Now throw in a disregard for genre conventions that’s become Say Anything’s stock-in-trade. Is that something you might be interested in? Meet Backwards Dancer. The quartet hail from […]
On the eve of its release, Mastodon tell us why Emperor of Sand necessitated their return to the concept album.
Ahead of the release of a new album this week, we spoke to SoNo frontman Cam Boucher about the impact of friendship on their music.
“If the metal genre is usually a horror movie, Devil is Fine is its Oscar-bait counterpart.”
As Creeper prepare to release their début album, Will Gould talks to us about rebuilding the artist-audience barrier.
Suicide Silence refuse to be, y’know, silenced.
A career in music is an uncertain venture – and that’s okay.
Talking heartbreak, punk rock and normality with one of Australia’s most exciting new talents.
“That was the first night I remember counting the non-white people at a show. The number fit on one hand.”