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’.












Enter Shikari announce HUGE UK tour

Now this is how you tour the UK!

Enter Shikari have announced a massive UK tour which included 28 dates in smaller and intimate venues including The Welly in Hull and the Cheese & Grain in Frome kicking off in December and finishing up in February 2019.

This tour is the first for a while from Shikari that’s not only big venues in major cities across the UK with lead singer Rou Reynolds explaining “It’s also no secret that austerity and the looming potential disaster of Brexit have seen people having to be a lot more careful with how they spend their money. With things being what they are right now, it doesn’t seem fair for only those who can afford the travel to a major city for a night out (plus the inevitable other costs that go along with it) to be able to see a show. Playing 28 dates across the UK is our way of taking what we do back to as many people as possible, in the most intimate and direct way”

It’s a refreshing change of pace to see a big band such as Shikari take to the smaller venues and we definitely think other bands should look at following in their footsteps!

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’.



Listen to our New Noise Playlist! 












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.

Listen to our New Noise Playlist! 












FESTIVAL REVIEW: Homegrown Festival 2018 – Part 1

We here at This Is Noise are always on the lookout for the biggest and brightest talents across the regions to show off their music and talents, well Homegrown Festival last weekend boasted the best of what East Anglia has to offer and we were in attendance to check out the bands performing and see what the local talent has to offer.

Here is just part 1 of our highlights of the festival at Suffolk Academy in Barrow with us covering a range of bands and artists taking to the stage to show the crowd what they have to offer…


The event opened Friday with hightlights of the night coming from Tom Lumley and his band. Playing his brand of power Indie rock. The new single Sky High was aired in an accomplished and exciting performance by this tight four piece. This is a must-see band who will soon be headlining  at the Blue Moon, Cambridge on the 29th June. Tickets are selling fast.

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Influx of Insanity

Oli and Dom two young musicians form a power New Prog band and cite Periphery and Carnival as influences. Their sound is large and powerful for a two piece but the guitar sound is  subtly interwoven with jazz licks and grooves that remind you of Soft Machine. An EP is due out very soon. Ones to watch


Alter the Sky

A Cambridge 5 piece heavy rock band playing their own compositions. Helen Johnston’s powerful vocals, supported by driving power riffs and a solid drum line got the small crowd rocking. Another band to announce a new EP, their launch party is being held at the Blue Moon Cambridge on 16th June. The new single ‘Fortune Favours the Bold’ was given a thorough workout.

Friday night was finished off by Heathen. Their set comprising of original compositions and a selection of rock standard covers, kicked off with the Chilli Peppers Dani California. The crowd was up singing and dancing throughout their seamless set enhanced by a lighting rig normally only seen on larger festival stages.

Read part 2 of our Homegrown Festival review here












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’.


Listen to our New Noise Playlist! 












LIVE REVIEW: Twin Atlantic + The Pale White + Bellevue Days at The Waterfront

Acting as a way to keep playing shows in between festival appearances Twin Atlantic took to the stage at The Waterfront, bring up and coming bands The Pale White and Bellevue Days along for a hot and sweaty night.


Bellevue Days

The night started with Croydon locals Bellevue Days taking to the stage, the first impressions immediately were just the sheer emotion in each song from this band. Kicking the night off with each song slowly building to powerful crescendos that stick with you after.  It really makes you feel the power in each scream and riff emanating from the stage.

Not being afraid to let their personalities come through they happily thanked everyone for coming by early to catch them play mentioning ‘it’s a good turn out…for them’ to then going to ask if anyone else is from Croydon in the room to which their friend sorting merch cheered in the space of a silent room, much to the amusement of everyone else. As openers go, it was a solid effort from Bellevue Days, making a good account of themselves and i’m sure gained a few fans along the way.

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The Pale White

Next up were second support band, The Pale White. The Newcastle based lads didn’t waste time going into their set with a very focused approach, not saving any time for introductions and just diving into their set. For much of the set it didn’t feel like they really shared the enthusiasm from Bellevue Days to be playing that evening, focusing on the songs and even playing extended ends to a couple of tracks.

Check out our the last time we caught The Pale White here

Songs like ‘That Dress’ and ‘Reaction’ got the strongest reception in the room with the guitar still sounding spectacular on ‘That Dress’. A special shout out must go to drummer Jack Hope for just the sheer energy he had behind that kit. Every time you would look over to Hope he was a blur of hair and movement feeling every beat of the drum which he carries from show to show.

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Twin Atlantic

Finally it was time for Twin Atlantic, the Glaswegian’s soon picked the whole room up and it only took moments before lead singer Sam McTrusty had the crowd eating from the palm of his hand. From the opening song ‘Gold Elephant: Cherry Alligator’ he had the crowd jumping in time with each hit of the drum, injecting a level of energy the night had been lacking until now.

The crowd was fully up for this one though as people’s singing voices were soon filling the room to join in with the band especially for songs such as ‘The Chaser’ and ‘Free’ it was to the point it was even battling with McTrusty’s vocals coming through the speakers just for sheer volume. Moments like these are what live music is about, singing with strangers that all love the same thing and just having a grand old time.

Take a look at photos from Twin Atlantic playing at Camden Rocks

There were some teases of whats to come from the band as well with Sam McTrusty mentioning ‘after sitting in the studio for a little while he maybe should of done some exercise before jumping back on the touring bandwagon’. This was a show clearly designed to get them back in the rhythm of touring again with a few festival appearances in the pipe line for the Summer, I expect Twin Atlantic will be mentioned a lot more on this website with hopefully a new album to be released in the coming future.

Enter Shikari, The Islas and When Out Time Comes feature in this week’s Noisy Playlist

Got an absolute corker of a playlist to fill your bank holiday Monday with good tunes.

We have a bunch of new tracks that had been released this past Friday from Good Charlotte, Fangclub and our friends at The Islas.

We also feature Enter Shikari, The Xcerts and Jamie Lenman as it has been announced this past week that they will be playing stripped back sets at 2000 Trees, as well as featuring songs from Mallory Knox, Beans on Toast and Skinny Lister.

We are also featuring a track from the band When Our Time Comes which you definitely need to check out more of on Spotify when you have the chance.

Full playlist below: