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June 1, 2020

Local music venues are the lifeblood of the music scene. It is a statement we are all aware of, but one that unfortunately is a common point of discussion between music fans, due to the increasing challenges for venues.

You hear it all the time, support your small cap venues and ensure bands have somewhere to begin their journey. The importance of this cannot be overstated and lo and behold it is true. At this time when a fan's ability to physical...

May 21, 2020

Hailing from the winding streets of inner Bristol, SANS are a technically interesting, if not face melting proposition. A band that are removed from mundane standard convention, the South West trio have spent the last several years melting flesh and short-wiring synapses with their sweat soaked mix of post-punk, noise, hardcore and just general aural relentlessness. It was something the group expressed turbulently with their 2019 debut Misophonic...

Friday last saw Non Canon – the solo project of Oxygen Thief’s Barry Dolan – release his highly anticipated and fantastic sequel album. Simply titled Non Canon II, the release witnessed Dolan document our increasingly turbulent culture with folk wit and rich, luscious instrumentalism. Whilst the record is a solo affair in name, Non Canon II is actually the product of collaboration and friendship, a release that saw a manner of musicians peppering...

May 14, 2020

Some hold him with tremendous regard, his label call him “Bristol’s Godfather of guitar and vocals”, but Barry Dolan – also known as Non Canon to many – just see’s himself as his humble, albeit busy self. Even just months after hanging up his electric guitar and taking a temporary step back from his metal project Oxygen Thief, Dolan is back with his second Non Canon release. The sophomore release can be a tricky incentive for some, but with...

May 5, 2020

Despite being less than three years old, the fast rising Bristolian metalcore outlet RXPTRS have swiftly become an immense presence in the heavy music scene.

Blending fist pumping youth with lacerating metalcore riffs and soaring falsettos that would leave one Myles Kennedy in awe, RXPTRS are refreshing take on the genre and have been scaling the rungs of the ladder at a furious pace, recently sharing stages with the likes of Holding Absence, Esca...

April 24, 2020

Those loyal to the contemporary Bristolian DIY scene may know the name of Downard well. In fact, those previously acquainted with the act will likely acknowledge their namesake with a secret, knowing grin. For those new to their name, Downard are a noise-rock two piece who’s members are in a long term relationship. So a bit like The White Stripes except for being nowhere near as tepid, a lot more exciting and completely nothing like them.

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April 22, 2020

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Those local to the Bristolian contemporary scene will likely acknowledge the name Downard with knowing, ever so slightly chipped-tooth grins. Composed of partners Andy Pickett (Drums, Vocals) and Kate Louise (Bass), the noise-rock duo have been honing their craft in the underbelly of the South West for almost a decade now, cracking venue foundations and grinding teeth aplenty in the process. With their long-awa...

April 17, 2020

The brilliantly bonkers, yet critically required South West trio Twisted Ankle have released today their latest single ‘Landlord Laughs’, the first track from their yet to be fully announced debut record.

A discordant ode to the seemingly perpetual housing crisis and the sliding decay of social order, ‘Landlord Laughs’ is the most recent weapon in Twisted Ankle’s arsenal of musical madness. Bookended by those weird and infuriating grunts Boris Joh...

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