LIVE REVIEW: Against The Current + The Faim at The Waterfront

American pop rock band Against the Current brought their European Tour to the Waterfront in Norwich with support from Australian band The Faim as they prepare to release their second full length album “Past Lives” which is due for release on September 28.


The Faim

All the way from Perth, Australia, The Faim kicked off the evening with a killer set. This young band have all of the ingredients to make it big with great stage presence, catchy hooks and great synergy between the band members who come firing on all cylinders from the get go.

They had the crowd instantly engaged, with drummer Sean Tighe being the big highlight from the set, who didn’t let sitting on his drum kit stop him from head banging, doing flicks and spins with his sticks.  Lead singer Josh Raven made the typical joke asking if he was saying Norwich right and said it’s a long way from Australia but the crowd made them feel right at home with the introduction.

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Vocalist Raven had the audience singing, and throwing their hands in the air throughout the set, new single ‘A Million Stars’ and their first single ‘Saints of the Sinners’ were the big highlight songs of the night with the latter being the one that stood out the most, filled with singalong choruses that got the crowd clapping in sync with the songs along with Raven’s soaring vocals that really connected and excited the quickly growing crowd.


When Raven said they’re playing their last song, one of the members of the crowd shouted “What?!?!” But they said they’ll be back very soon! They finished with lead single ‘Summer is a curse’ from their debut EP that left everyone on a high and ready for Against The Current.


Against The Current

Lead vocalist Chrissy Costanza came running on the stage full of energy, getting straight into ‘Strangers Again’ that got the crowd clapping and jumping along instantly with her charisma and excellent stage presence, Costanza’s powerful vocals had the crowd was invested from the off.

Costanza and co rocked the Waterfront with great melodies, memorable lyrics and a massive sound that made the crowd want to dance and sing along with older songs and new songs getting reactions from all over the venue as  she brought her impressive vocal range, banter, dance moves and crowd interaction.


After a couple songs in Constanza said it’s real hot in here, and said “it’s a pretty good Wednesday, it is Wednesday right?” That got reaction from the crowd including one member saying they’re skipping college to see the American trio which the trio clearly couldn’t condone but were appreciative all the same.

Throughout the set Chrissy interacted with the crowd and spoke about her love for the UK television show Skins which she had binged and shared that her favourite character was Effy who see thought was the coolest and a person she wanted to be but mentioned see wasn’t the great role model.


She also added that she was excited but nervous for their new album which wasn’t as easy to write then their debut album ‘In Our Bones’, before they played a yet to be released song ‘Coming Alive’ from their new album which was a slow paced song about being numb and not being the person you want to be.


The slower songs were the big highlights with absolute gems ‘One More Weekend’, ‘Chasing Ghosts’ and ‘Roses’ showing off the interplay between the drums and the melodic guitars, and Costanza’s high notes that clearly took centre stage. Costanza showed her great stage presence and genuinely giving her all to an excited crowd which after tonight, will definitely be desperate to get their hands on the new record.



New Noise 27/07: Pale Waves, Daughtry, Estrons and more!

Welcome to the #NewNoise feature where we take a look at the newest releases in the week from albums, EPs and singles.

New Albums

Halestorm have dropped their fourth studio album ‘Vicious’ which features released singles ‘Uncomfortable’ and ‘Black Vultures’. It is the follow up to 2015’s ‘Into the Wild Life’.

Canadian five-piece ‘Like Pacific’ have dropped their second studio album ‘In Spite of Me’ which is the follow up to their debut album ‘Distant Like You Asked’ released in 2016.

Four-piece No Better have dropped released their debut LP, ‘It Felt Like Glass’. The 11-track effort features four singles released this year including ‘Seconds Race’, ‘Still’, ‘My Love Says Always’ and ‘Poise & Light’.

Daughtry have released their fifth studio album ‘Cage To Rattle’ which is the follow up to 2013’s ‘Baptized’.

Australian Three-piece Phantastic Ferniture have released their self-titled album which features released singles ‘Bad Timing, Gap Year, and Fuckin ‘N’ Rollin’.

Singer-songwriter Gia Margaret has shared her debut album, ‘There’s Always Glimmer’.

New Singles

Idles have dropped a new single ‘Samaritans’ ahead of the release of new album ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’ on August 31

Slash have shared a new single featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators called ‘Driving Rain,’ a preview of their upcoming album ‘Living the Dream’ which is set to arrive on September 21.

Aussie band Hands Like Houses have released a new single ‘Overthinking’ which is the first taste of their  forthcoming fourth studio LP ‘Anon’ set to arrive on October 12.

Pale Waves announced their debut album ‘My Mind Makes Noise’ which is set to arrive on September 14 and have dropped a new singled called ‘Eighteen’ their fourth release of 2018 following ‘Noises’, ‘Kiss’, ‘All The Things I Never Said’ and ‘The Tide’.

Singer song-writer Oddnesse has released her second single of 2018 ‘It Runs Wild’ which follows the single ‘Trust’ released in April.

Welsh alt-rockers Estrons have released a new single ‘Cameras’ and have announced they’ll release their debut album ‘You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough’ which is set to arrive on October 05.

New Noise 20/07: Palaye Royale, Cassia, Meg Myers and more!


Welcome to the #NewNoise feature where we take a look at the newest releases in the week from albums, EPs and singles.

New Albums

System of A Down axeman Daron Malakian side project Scars On Broadway have dropped a new album called ‘Dictator’ which makes it a decade since their first self-title album was released.

Dead Lakes have dropped their debut EP, ‘Nothing Is Sacred’. The three track EP follows up their last single, ‘The Devil Has Blue Eyes’.

Brooklyn band Wild Pink have released their second album ‘Yolk in the Fur’ which is the follow up to their self-title debut album released last year.

Singer song-writer Meg Myers has released her second album ‘Take Me To The Disco’ which follows up from her debut album‘Sorry’ from 2015. 

Five-piece Trash Boat have dropped their second album ”Crown Shyness’. The follow up to their debut album ‘Nothing I Write You Can Change What You’ve Been Through’ which was released in 2016.

Ovlov have released their a new album called ‘Tru’ which is the follow up to their debut album am’, back in 2013.

New Singles


The Prodigy have dropped a new single ‘Need Some1’ and have announced a new album,‘No Tourists’. It marks their first full-length since 2015’s ‘The Day is My Enemy’.

Death Cab for Cutie have shared a new song, ‘I Dreamt We Spoke Again’ which is the opening track on their upcoming album, ‘Thank You for Today’, due out August 17. They previously shared the single ‘Gold Rush’ last month.

Three-piece Palaye Royale have released ‘You’ll Be Fine’ – the first single from their highly anticipated upcoming album ‘Boom Boom Room Side B’.

Yonaka have dropped a new single ‘All Fired Up’ and announced their new EP ‘Teach Me To Fight’ which is their second EP, following 2017’s ‘Heavy’ EP, which contained breakout single ‘Bubblegum’ and will be on 17th August.

Cassia have released a new single ‘Get Up Tight’ which follows from their first EP release early this year called Movers & Shapers

Four-piece Spring King have dropped a new single ‘The Hun’ which is their third release of 2018, following ‘Animal’ and ‘Us Vs Them’.












New Noise 06/07/18: Tom Grennan, The Night Cafe, Sunset Sons and more!

Welcome to the #NewNoise feature where we take a look at the newest releases in the week from albums, EPs and singles.

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Tom Grennan has dropped his debut album ‘Lighting Matches’ which follows his 2017 EP release ‘Release the Brakes’. The 16-track effort features already release songs such as ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking for’, ‘Royal Highness’, Barbed Wire’ and ‘Sober’

Asylums are back with their second studio album ‘Alien Human Emotions’ which is the follow up to their debut album ‘Killer Brain Waves’ they released in 2016.

Four-piece The Night Cafe have dropped a new EP called ‘Bunkbed’ which features two previous singles, ‘Turn’ and ‘Felicity’. v600_orchards_ep_front

Orchards have released their new EP ‘Losers/Lovers’! The eight-track effort features previously released singles ‘Peggy’, ‘Honey’ and ‘Darling’.

Brighton five-piece MAYPINE have dropped a new EP ‘Bend / Break‘. The four-track effort includes previously released single ‘Weather’.

New Singles

York 4-piece Hello Operator have dropped a new single ‘I Created a Monster’ which is their second single of 2018 that gives us a glimpse of what to expect from their eagerly awaited debut album.

Sunset Sons are back with another track called ‘Love Lights’ which gives us another teaser from their upcoming EP’ ‘River’, due for release on 27th July and it follows on from lead single ‘Running Man’.

Four-piece Chapter and Verse have dropped their first single of 2018 called ‘A Devil in Blue’

Stickup Kid have released a new single ‘You Were All Mine’ their first track to be released since their EP titled ‘Debris’ in 2016.

Real Friends have shared a new song, ‘Unconditional Love’. The latest track taken from their forthcoming third album ‘Composure’, the follow up to 2016’s ‘The Home Inside My Head’, which is due out on July 13.

Austalia’s Hellions have drooped a new single ‘Furrow’, the band’s second offering of new music since their 2016 debut LP, ‘Opera Oblivia’.



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Black Honey have announced their self-titled debut album!

Black Honey have finally announced details of their highly-anticipated debut album which is set to be released on September 21st!

As part of the announcement they dropped their second single of 2018 and opening track of their self-title effort ‘Only Hurt The Ones I Love’!

The band unveiled ‘Bad Friends’ earlier this year as their first single of 2018, and the four-piece get bigger and better with every release since bursting onto the scene in 2014 with their squalling guitars, vivid colours and cinematic vignettes, there’s no other British band out there quite like Black Honey!

The 12-track effort  is made up of entirely new music with nine brand new songs on offer, and features ‘Hello, Today’ (the track that saw the band become a household name at Radio 1), and the 2017 closer ‘Dig’! 

The band reach another milestone with the announcement of their self-titled debut LP and we are excited to listen to it!

‘Black Honey’ – Tracklisting

01 Only Hurt The Ones I Love
02 Midnight
03 Whatever Happened To You
04 Bad Friends
05 Blue Romance
06 Crowded City
07 Hello Today
08 Baby
09 Into The Nightmare
10 Dig
11 Just Calling
12 Wasting Time

They will be hitting the road from the 13th October for a headline tour with the finale taking place at London’s Electric Ballroom, and they’re playing loads of festivals over the summer too.

October UK headline tour:
13/10 Thekla – Bristol
14/10 Concorde 2 – Brighton
15/10 Academy 2 – Birmingham
16/10 Norwich Arts Centre – Norwich
18/10 Church – Leeds
19/10 Riverside – Newcastle
20/10 Stereo – Glasgow
21/10 Academy 2 – Manchester
23/10 Rescue Rooms – Nottingham
24/10 Electric Ballroom – London

Ipswich Music Day 2018 preview

The countdown is on for Ipswich Music Day as we bring you a list of  bands that will be hitting one of the many stages in Christchurch Park.

Now in its 28th year, Music Day is the largest free one-day music festival in the UK, and hosts six stages featuring a selection of the brightest local unsigned artists found in East Anglia – So here is a list of bands to check out!

Saving Scarlett

Where are they performing? Ed Sheeran/Suffolk New College Pond Stage

What time? 12.30pm

Saving Scarlett will  definitely be one of the early ones in the day to catch as the female fronted Alt/Melodic rock band from Suffolk will be gracing the Ed Sheeran/Suffolk New College Pond Stage!  With their debut album ‘Hourglass released last year they have plenty of material to get through for the crowd to kick-off the day!


Where are they performing? Ed Sheeran/Suffolk New College Pond Stage

What time? 6:30pm

Headlining the Ed Sheeran/Suffolk New College Pond Stage, a band you need to check out as they bring their Alternative Pop-Rock to close the festival, so if you like Knuckle Puck or Neck Deep you will want to catch these to finish your day!


Rad Pitt

Where are they performing? Ed Sheeran/Suffolk New College Pond Stage

What time? 1:15pm

One of Colchester’s most popular bands Rad Pitt will be one to check out who will bring their lively presence to Music Day with their fun blast of post-hardcore with some solid guitar work and riffs for an entertaining set!


History & Lore

Where are they performing? Ed Sheeran/Suffolk New College Pond Stage

What time? 5:30pm

Set to bring their upbeat vibe and ambient indie sound, History & Lore will be a band to check out late into the day with the Melodic-indie five-piece from Cambridge look to play tracks from their new EP ‘Lights’.

Strike the Sun

Where are they performing? University of Suffolk Bowl Stage

What time? 12pm

Another Female fronted band to check out is Strike The Sun who will kick-off the day at the University of Suffolk Bowl Stage as the alt-rock four-piece will be ones to check out for sure!

Radio Orwell

Where are they performing? Monument Stage

What time? 2pm

A name that has been around for awhile hitting many venues across East Anglia, this five-piece will put you in a chill mood, bringing their Jangly Indie Guitar Pop to the stage!


Where are they performing? Ed Sheeran/Suffolk New College Pond Stage

What time? 4.30pm

Hip hop fusion band Impilo will get you on your feet and dancing away as the four piece from Ipswich bring their upbeat and engaging sounds to the stage as lead singer Bhebhe will make sure to put on a show on the day


Music Day Play-list below

New Noise 15/06: State Champs, Boston Manor, Sam Fender and more!

Welcome to the #NewNoise feature where we take a look at the newest releases in the week from albums, EPs and singles.

New Albums

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have released their debut album ‘Hope Downs’. The 10-track-effort is their first full length LP following EPs, ‘Talk Tight’ and ‘The French Press’.

Check out last week’s #NewNoise here

Mayday Parade have dropped their sixth album ‘Sunnyland’ which is the follow up to 2015’s ‘Black Lines’.

American punk band State Champs have released their third full length studio album ‘Living Proof’. The 13-track effort is the follow up to 2015’s Around the World and Back’.

Mike Shinoda has released his solo album ‘Post Traumatic’ which is about the life and death of his Linkin Park bandmate Chester Bennington.

19-year-old musician King Princess has released her debut EP ‘Make My Bed’ which features recently released single ‘1950’.

New Singles


Young the Giant have dropped a new single ‘Simplify’ which is the band’s first release since ‘Home of the Strange’ in 2016.

Sam Fender has return with a new single ‘Leave Fast’ which is his second release of 2018 following single ‘Friday Fighting in ‘February’.

Five-piece Death Cab for Cutie have dropped a new single ‘Gold Rush’ which will feature on their forthcoming eight album ‘Thank You For Today’, set to be released on August 19.

Boston Manor have released a new single ‘Halo’ which will feature on their new album ‘Welcome To The Neighbourhood’ set to be released September 7th. It is the follow up to their 2016 album ‘Be Nothing’.

Island Club have drop a new single ‘Talk It Out’ which follows two other release in 2018 ‘Submarine’ and ‘Sober’

The Kooks have dropped another new single ‘Fractured and Dazed’ which will feature on their fifth studio album ‘Let’s Go Sunshine’ will be released on the 31st August 2018.

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Homegrown Festival 2018 Part 2

Here is part 2 of our experience of Homegrown festival at Suffolk Academy in Barrow! If you haven’t read it already, take a look at part 1 here!

Appearing on the main stage through Saturday was a varied selection of musical styles presented by established and up and coming bands. The partisan crowd, in some part made up of other participating bands were treated to a well put together programme from indie rock, through new prog, heavy rock and jazz funk.

The line up featured stand-out acts such as Blue Mean Eyes and an assured and professional performance from 15 year old Gabby Rivers and her band early in the running order as she stunned the crowd with her vocals and her wonderful cover of Florence + The Machine’s Dog Days Are Over.

Also appearing on the bill and deserving of special mention were Kyanos with their brand of bass heavy New Prog infused with 60’s psychedelia, while The Catch a young indie band who got people’s attention early on with a shout-out to drummer and vocalist! Another young band that deserve a special mention are Among the Citizens who are ones to watch who brought their dreamy and memorable synthesiser/guitar melodies to The Coastline Stage. 

The Hunter Club side stage featured up and coming acts throughout the day. Of special note were confident performances by Millie Kirkpatrick and 13 year old Noah Evans, both performing solo acoustic sets of largely original material to much applause. Ones to watch in the future, while another special shout-out to Phoebe Austin who we covered at Bury Fringe last month, and was again showing her talent playing originals and covers.

Tom Korni 

The one-man band was just mesmerising being able to portray a wide range of vocal colour and to carry off the feat of sounding like a three piece band. Using no loop effects but only an electric bass drum and cymbal/drum effects pedals, he provided a continuous rhythmic accompaniment to his vocals and dexterous guitar playing, and his set covering some of the most timeless pop classics, from The Beatles to David Bowie, via Oasis in a way we’ve never seen before, which had the whole crowd joining arms to dance and form a large circle during his set. A real crowd favourite and one to add to the watch list.

The day was topped off by high-energy heavy indie rock trio Fick as Fieves and closing act Stretch Soul Gang delivered a soul infused jazz funk set that had everybody up dancing the night away.

This small local festival played host to a wealth of local talent that deserves to be seen by a larger audience. The organisers have plans to grow the festival and it will be interesting to see how they achieve this need and still preserve the intimate relaxed setting and atmosphere of the event.

Will the organisers be able to afford acts such as Blue Mean Eyes or Gabby Rivers in the future? Let’s hope they can as this is a Jewel in the Crown for the region.














FESTIVAL REVIEW: Camden Rocks 2018 Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of our Camden Rocks review, as we previously mentioned in Part 1 (Which you can view here) due to the sheer size of the festival it would of been impossible to review it all, so we hand picked a select few bands we definitely wanted to check out  and we hope you enjoy our coverage from the day!



Eliza and the Bear

These guys put on a show for the moderately filled Koko as the London four-piece  hit the stage and straight away for me it shows they just love what they’re doing. I was very impressed with Eliza and The Bear, the interaction with the crowd was flawless and their music was executed to the highest degree with the perfect balance of being youthful, melodic all accompanied by fantastically catchy lyrics! One of our personal highlights was when they did an experimental riff of Queen’s ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ which is always awesome.



Next up was a long walk to the Fest for one of the big draws of the day for me in Rews, after they impressed with their new album, I was eager to see them perform their new material as the two-piece brought their lively set to the stage. The girls didn’t waste time to take a moment to thank the crowd for coming and the festival itself for having so many bands with women in them. Shauna Tohill (guitar and vocals) and Collette Williams have a fantastic chemistry, with Shauna making full use of the stage when she’s not singing, dancing and battering her guitar away as the packed out the room gave them a warm reception with plenty of fans taking videos and dancing away to the bluesy tones with an alternative rock vibe and the songs from Pyro translate extremely well to the live environment.



It was time to take on the long and narrow venue of The Underworld as 2000’s nostaglia hit me when InMe took centre stage demanding your attention from the off as the four-piece put on a cracking set for the crowd. From the off the band was visibly enjoying it as they were dripping with sweat early on, expressing their passion for their work. The songs were solid, the vocals were spot on and no matter the size of the stage the four piece used all of it to their advantage as they played a mix of new material and old classics.

Twin Atlantic

The Scots gave a performance that is truly electric and entertaining at the KOKO as the quartet were exuding with enthusiasm to give the crowd a show to never forget. Craig Kneale’s drumming overpowered the rough vocals of Lead singer Sam McTursty with almost every song. The Glaswegians were able to perform both hard rock and acoustic-style tracks well in the packed out venue as fans attempted to crowd surf and sing at the top of their lungs in what was a storming, high-energy set with highlights being their song ‘Ex El’  with its varying rhythms and verse progressions, while keeping the hit ‘Heart and Soul’ for the finale to what was a fantastic ovation from everyone that witnessed the tremendous set.

Check out when we caught Twin Atlantic perform their headline show in Norwich

New Noise 08/06: Idles, Deaf Havana, Dott and more!

Welcome to the #NewNoise feature where we take a look at the newest releases in the week from albums, EPs and singles.

New Albums

Get Up Kids return after seven years with their new EP ‘Kicker’ – Their last full album was 2011’s ‘There Are Rules’.

Galway based Dott have released their debut album ‘Heart Swell’. The 12-track effort is the follow up to 2016’s ‘Timid Moves’ EP.

Dave Matthews Band are  back with their new album ‘Come Tomorrow’.  The album marks the band’s ninth album overall, and their first release since 2012’s ‘Away from the World’.

San Francisco based Howlin Rain have dropped their fifth full-length album ‘The Alligator Bride’.  The seven track album is the follow up 2015’s ‘Mansion Songs’.


New Singles


Idles have dropped a new single ‘Danny Nedeklo’ which is their first single for their new album titled ‘Joy’ the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Brutalism’

Female fronted, four piece Bloxx have dropped a brand new track, ‘Second Opinion’. This track follows ‘Novocain’ which was released early this year.

Interpol have dropped a new track ‘The Rover’ which is their first single from their recently announced  sixth studio LP ‘Marauder’ set to be released August 24 – their first since 2014’s El Pintor’

You Me At Six are back and dropped new two singles ‘3AM’ and ‘Fast Forward’. They have released details for their new album which is called ‘VI’ set to be released on October 5.

Thrice have shared a brand new track, ‘The Grey’. This track follows the band’s two 2017 singles: “Sea Change” and “Red Telephone.” 

Deaf Havana have released a new single called ‘Sinner’, and it’s quite a bit different to what we’re used to, but it is their first bit of material of the year following 2017’s ‘All These Countless Nights.’ 

Ohio four-piece The Candescents have shared a new single ‘Boyfriend’. With a debut EP set to drop this summer.

Three-piece Sunset Sons have released their new single ‘Running Man’, which is their first new music since the release of their 2016 debut album ‘Very Rarely Say Die’.


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