Album Review: Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?

Much like their first album, except with half the charm and twice as boring.

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Sophomore slump – a phrase which refers to an instance in which a second effort fails to live up to the first.

British rock band Royal Blood very recently released their second album ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ on June 16th (via Warner Bros), following on from their incredibly successful debut, the self-titled ‘Royal Blood’, which was released in 2014. The band are known for their quasi-unique drum and (heavily distorted) electric bass sound and after already releasing one album full of that , a lot of people began to wonder if it would sound a little tired and a bit overdone on their second album. And well, it did. Continue reading “Album Review: Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?”

Album Review: Incubus – 8

Not gr8.

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On April 21st 2017, American rock band Incubus released their eighth studio album, appropriately titled ‘8’ (via Island). The album comes off the back of their somewhat forgettable ‘Trust Fall (Side A)’ EP and is the first full-length studio album since 2011’s ‘If Not Now, When?’. Continue reading “Album Review: Incubus – 8”

Album Review: RJFaux – V E R S E D

Eighties music done right in 2017.

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RJFaux recently dropped his debut album ‘V E R S E D’ on the online streaming platform and new music haven, Bandcamp. RJFaux‘s music is described by the artist himself as “80’s inspired electronic music”, and boy; does it live up to that description.

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A Look Back At: Angels & Airwaves – I-Empire

Blink 18who?

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This November, it’ll be 10 years since Angels & Airwaves released their sophomore album, ‘I-Empire’.  Continue reading “A Look Back At: Angels & Airwaves – I-Empire”

Gig Review: Royal Republic, Manchester Academy

A rousing set from the 21st Century Gentlemen

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Swedish rock quartet Royal Republic returned to Manchester Academy on Friday (31st March) to play a second date on their highly successful ‘Weekend Man’ tour, brought on by popular demand. Along with them came British rock band Tax The Heat, who’re due to release their upcoming album ‘Fed To The Lions’ via Nuclear Blast next Saturday, April 8th. Continue reading “Gig Review: Royal Republic, Manchester Academy”

Opinion Blog: Support Support

You’re paying to see MULTIPLE bands, but only showing up for one. Why?

cropped-soundwash-logo-right-colour.jpgWhenever I buy tickets to see a band live I’m always eager to see who they’ve chosen as their support act. Some personal highlights for me include The Adam BrownCut Ribbons, Brand New and Tax The Heat. However, often I find that my enthusiasm isn’t shared by a large portion of the audience. Continue reading “Opinion Blog: Support Support”