Breaking-Through Music From a Freelance Music Journalist

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Four Year Strong & Set Your Goals @ The Sugarmill, Stoke.

Two of America’s latest power-popcore exports take to the Sugarmill’s stage as they take a night off from their tour with New Found Glory to please the few hundred pop rock fans this city has left.

First up are Set Your Goals who’s performance is nothing short of electric with their divine ability to ignite their music with pace and audience participation. Songs like Mutiny and Echoes engage vocalists, Matt and Jordan, in a Q&A battle hitting the ears with an active engagement of positivity and how we, as a collective, can make positive strides in this world.

Set Your Goals approach to punk rock is a slight disadvantage to them as their no holds barred approach on occasions made them lapse, missing lyrics and slight musical mistakes disjointed their performance, but took nothing away from the fun.

This is Four Year Strong’s first tour in the UK and they made sure they kicked the party into gear as they bust onto the stage with The Takeover –give the audience caution that “this is your last warning, we’re going straight on till morning”. Again this band is dual fronted, the coherence of gang vocals and pacey rhythms cranks up the velocity engaging all the audience.

They close the show with their single “Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die” to which a storm brews not only in the crowd but also up on stage. They take their performance to town, the music literally sparks the hearts in these kids, “We could barely light a match, but together we can burn this place down. When we team up. We always seem to bring this place to the ground”. These bands are about unity and having fun, which can be seen on everyone’s face.

Thursday, 19 June 2008


Art rockers; Secondsmile release their second album "Years" on the 7th July. The lads have just finishing with the almighty and under sound favourites Rival Schools! You can download the single "Years" track free of charge here.
The band go out on tour supporting their new album in July.
Dates are as follows;

2nd London The Metro
4th Bridport Electric Palace
5th Guilfest Guildford
10th Reading Face Bar
11th Leciester The Charlote
12th Wakefield Escobar
14th Glasgow Stereo
15th Newcastle The End
16th Birmingham Yardbird
17th Mansfield Town Mill
23rd Southampton Lennons

Tell Me a Story - Secondsmile

Big Scary Monsters Records

Friday, 11 April 2008

Reggie & the Full Effect

It's been announced that Reggie & the Full Effects new album will be available as of June 13th. The album's entitled Last Stop: Crappy Town, and will be released on Vagrant Records.

Reggie & the Full Effect - Congratulations Smack and Katie

Their has been speculation surrounding the future of Reggie & the Full Effect as James Dewees posted a blog on the bands myspace page stating; "Sorry kids the joke is over, paying other peoples bills for so long that now I have to pay my own". This latest news should rest the fans fears leaving them with the anticipation of the new album.


Glassjaw are set to headline Cardiff's Great Uni Hall on May 9th as a warm up to their Give It A Name festival appearance. Lead singer, Daryl Palumbo suffers from Crohn's Disease and has stopped him making the trip across the atlantic on several occasions. The band were able to perform twice last year as the band were recording their new album in the UK.  

Glassjaw - Cosmopolitan Blood Loss

Tickets for the show are available now, here

Thursday, 3 April 2008

New Chiodos Video

Chiodos have released a new video for their latest single, Lexington. 

Lexington comes from the bands latest album, Bone Palace Ballet. The band are playing this years Give It a Name festival;

10 London Earls Court
11 Sheffield The Arena

Chiodos Myspace