By Rich Hobson Picture by Stephen Curry Coventry may not be the spiritual capital of the UK, but it does have its own ghostly connections (most famously as The Specials’ titular ‘Ghost Town’). Although less bleak than depicted in that late-70s portrait, Coventry is still an inauspicious place for an up-and-coming metal band to kick off a mini UK tour. […]
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.
Thom Weeks talks DIY, public perception and their brilliant new record, Outsiders
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
Ben Walsh talks adaptation and new horizons with Ryan De Freitas ahead of the release of Tigers Jaw’s fifth album
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 […]
Kristy Diaz meets “the anti-White Stripes”, and learns why everyone should do what they want.
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 […]
Speaking to Kristy Diaz, Carly Comando dresses down the scene she’s part of.
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.”