Author: Natalie

Live: All Time Low @ Academy Bristol

A band who keep getting bigger, keep growing and maturing musically, a band at the top of their game and who have lasted over ten years is hard to come by these days.  With that in mind, it’s a good thing that All Time Low are in Bristol this evening, prepared to show the city that the hype they had received in 2007 is stronger and still worth believing in in 2017. Starting the evening, Waterparks ooze out enthusiasm like today’s the last day they’ll live. There’s a clear sense of freshness and excitement from them, as playing venues...

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Live: Mallory Knox @ Bristol Academy

Excitement looms over Bristol this evening. Mallory Knox received their second top 20 album last week, and tonight, they’re debuting some of their hotly discussed tracks for the first time on date number one of the Wired tour. To begin the evening, they’ve brought along Fatherson, a Scottish three-piece with an enveloping quaint folk-rock sound. Their sound is crisp, with a faultless performance that’s been perfected to a “T” and though filled with powerful melodies that are nicely boosted by singer, Ross Leighton’s voice. Following on, Lonely The Brave, deliver a particularly varied performance, keeping the audience on their...

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Live: Lower Than Atlantis @ Great Hall, Cardiff

Lower Than Atlantis’ UK headline tour is a big deal. A big deal to more than just the four-piece themselves, but to fans, to aspiring British musicians and to the rock music scene. They’re a tale of rags to riches and a prime example of how perseverance, determination, talent and creativity really does pay off. For tonight’s attendees in Cardiff’s Great Hall, it’s their chance to see what the past ten years as a band has amounted to. Arriving from down under, Hands Like Houses are the perfect warm up act to raise spirits. Their melodically led songs draw...

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Live: Billy Talent @ Tramshed, Cardiff.

It’s been almost four years since Billy Talent were last in the Welsh capital. It’s a narrowly sold out show. There’s no doubt that people still care about them, despite this absence. But this means the pressure is on to maintain and impress the fanbase that still exists, especially with a new album under their belts. Billy Talent have brought Say Yes along with them to open. Their sound isn’t particularly coherent, but being formed by past members of Alexisonfire, Jersey and Saint Alvia, this comes as no surprise. They’re pleasant enough, but lacking that special something. No clear...

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Live: Lonely The Brave @ The Marble Factory, Bristol.

It’s an early start for tonight’s show in Bristol. Spirits are high. There’s a contagious buzz infecting the room with anticipation and with the recent praise that Lonely The Brave have received from their newest album raise, it’s no surprise why. Each member of the crowd shares that genuine enthusiasm and it’s just one of the few factors that makes tonight’s set a special one. Supporting act, Tall Ships take to the stage. Their presence has a casual but driven manner that most fans only wish they could still see in their favourite band. This demeanour is just a...

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Live: Moose Blood @ Y Plas, Cardiff.

Live: Moose Blood @ Y Plas, Cardiff On tonight’s line up are four young, hotly discussed and justifiably hyped bands ready to wave the flag for the new generation of emo, each ready to provide something unique. Although Cardiff was the last show to sell out, from the offset, Moose Blood’s crowd for the evening emit an excitement and anticipation that’s shared among every single member of the audience; each ready to prove their worth to the fanbase, religiously screaming their heart’s out to the soundtrack of the best night of their lives. Luca Brasi start the show with...

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Festival: Butserfest 2016

Coming to it’s tenth year, Butserfest 2016, on 10th September 2016,  brings two phrases together that are rarely associated together – “no alcohol or drugs” and “a real good time.” They so successfully pull off the straight edge approach without any disputes or backlash from avid festival-goers because of their consistently strong line up. Mallory Knox proudly headline this year’s edition of the festival. With regular Radio One and TV airplay, conquering the UK and Europe, appearing at major festivals like the Vans Warped Tour and Reading and Leeds, and having played Butserfest twice before, it only made sense...

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Live: Nothing But Thieves @ Trinity Centre, Bristol.

 If Royal Blood and Muse had a baby, it would sound like Nothing But Thieves. Which is not meant to say that they’re directly generic but that they’re very talented. In fact, ridiculously so. The Trinity Centre in Bristol is sold out and full of eager, rowdy music fans, ready to see what the UK’s next big thing has to bring. Showing the crowd abrasive guitar riffs that immediately juxtapose with soft melodies are Black Foxxes. Think Manchester Orchestra meets Brand New. Lyrically complex, deep in emotion and a cynical ethos that is apparent in their demeanour. Though traditionally...

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Live: PVRIS @ Cardiff University

PVRIS (PARIS) live at the Great Hall, Cardiff University It would be completely incorrect to say that PVRIS are an overnight sensation.  Going from playing to a mere 200 people to a sold out 2000 capacity venue within a year seems like a fluke but this certainly isn’t the case for PVRIS. Tonight, the Boston three-piece are ready to prove to the people of Cardiff what a combination of hard work, talent and endless touring can do to a pleasantly humble group of Millennials. Introducing the evening are Alvarez Kings. They share similarities to PVRIS, which classes them as...

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Live: Simple Plan @ Bristol Academy

 When people think about the pioneers and major influencers of pop punk, they think Blink 182, New Found Glory, Good Charlotte and rightly so. But there is another inclusion and more often than not the Canadian 5 piece Simple Plan are missed off that list. They have been around for fifteen years and have released their fifth and most recent album this year.  Bristol welcomes opening band The Bottom Line with open arms. Though British, their nationality is entirely disguised through American-esque vocals and typical pop punk power chord progressions. Admittedly, they’re not ground-breaking but they’re pleasing many and...

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