Amsterdam’s name conjours up myriad connotations, but clattering lo-fi indie rock doesn’t rank particularly highly on the list. Canshaker Pi, as the Netherland’s forefront musical hope, are here to change all of that. Fresh from touring with Pavement’s Scott Kannberg, the band are back in the UK to end a gloriously successful 2017.
It's tempting to describe The Cribs activity as 'relentless' in 2017; an album, several tours, a 7" treasure hunt and a host of outstanding singles. That being said, such a flurry is not out of the ordinary for the Wakefield trio who have now spent well over a decade in the midst of a blistering garage punk hurricane.
From the pummelling opening of ‘What’s Your Big Idea?’ Can’t Swim cut themselves open and pour their all into their debut album ‘Fail You Again’. The opening track itself is a perfectly crafted balance between retro inspiration and forward-thinking modern rock and the band manage to sustain the magic for the duration of their first full length.
Massachusetts’ The Hotelier started life as The Hotel Year but, far from a name change at all halting their drive into the mainstream spotlight, it conveniently coincided with ‘Home, Like Noplace Is There’ which just so happens to be one of the best albums of the past decade.
Frank Carter has already lived multiple rock n' roll lives. From his punk formations in Galllows, through to his pummeling work with The Rattlesnakes, via his time as Pure Love. Despite rattling through incarnations at a staggering rate, his output has never dropped below a solid 10/10 and his live performances are quite literally life-altering.