When you think of Nashville, Tennessee you don't usually think of twinkly emo anthems, yet Free Throw are redefining what you might expect from their hometown. After releasing a pair of albums and two extended plays they've put themselves firmly on the alternative rock map with soaring slices of forward-thinking indie punk.
Having battered their way through five albums in just nine years, it's clear that the frantic urgency present on every Cloud Nothing release at least partially seeps into other aspects of the band's lives. This week sees them make an all-too-rare trip to the UK to delve into their increasingly stunning back catalogue.
The chaotic world of emo and pop-punk is fit to bursting with power chord choruses and explosive melodies, so much so that we sometimes run the risk of things becoming, dare I say..., samey. Just Friends, named after a jazz track that they used to jam together are hitting the UK to blow genres out of the water.
Previous installments of Off The Record festival have taken the groundbreaking step of avoiding announcing the lineup until twenty-four hours before the event itself. This year, they've stuck with the innovative and eclectic curators, but unleashed their well-selected acts with plenty of time for people to acquaint themselves.
It's two years since Black Foxxes unleashed their debut album, 'I'm Not Well' and the record has only improved with age. Now the Exeter trio are back on the road with a sophomore release under their belt and a growing arsenal of eclectic rock offerings which paint soundscapes from a huge palette of influences.
The Beths hail from Auckland and the North Island's idyllic landscapes and sunshine smile are both present and correct on the band's debut album 'Future Me Hates Me', but there's a darker sense of self-deprecation sitting just below the surface and it's this which leads to much of Stokes' lyricism veering towards black humour territory.