It's only been just over a month since San Diego's Schizophonics brought their pummeling sound over to the UK for a brief headline run, but as we approach the holiday season, they've decided to gift us a speedy return. With one of the year's most invigorating albums of year, 'Land of the Living', tucked firmly under their belts, it's a very welcome return.
For any punk rock kids growing up during The Movielife’s initial fracturing and dissolution, the thought of seeing them live felt like a pipe dream; the idea of catching them in a venue as intimate as Manchester’s Academy 3 would have seemed absolutely ludicrous. What can we say? 2017 has been a funny old year.
For the longest time, Long Island's The Movielife seemed dead and buried. So it came as some relief when, in 2014, the band finally announced a series of reunion shows. Never ones to rest on their laurels, 2017 has seen the band take their second bite of the cherry one step further by unleashing a fantastic third full length.
Wallflower are a unique British concept. They delve face first into a genre which is consistently mined by their American counterparts, but rarely touched (successfully anyway) by their fellow Brits. It doesn't come as a shock, therefore, that they've been handpicked to support The Movielife for the duration of their UK jaunt.
Detroit has a rich musical history and it's refreshing to see that not only is one of the old greats continuing to pour out solid musical talent, but that it's also as innovative as Protomartyr's fourth album 'Relatives in Descent'. Difficult to categorise, the band owe as much to 70's British post punk and The Fall as they do to their hometown.
Milburn have always been the relative underdogs. Even while riding high on the crest of a wave in the 00’s, there was always the sense that their searing anthems deserved more. It seems that there was only space for one megastar Sheffield quartet and, bewilderingly, that boat passed them by.