Rope Spasm hail from Perth in Scotland and make filthy, old-school hardcore punk. Formed from the ashes of Drug Couple and Torturo Nervosa, they unleashed their debut EP (ironically titled ‘EP 2’) in December of last year and it’s a rather tasty slab of noise. Check it out in the stream below:
Rope Spasm’s ‘EP 2’ is available as a pay-what-you-want download (if you like it you should at least consider giving the guys a quid, don’t be a dick) or a limited edition CD for only £2. That’s a bargain for such a great little debut.
2 parts Cardiff, 1 part Frimley; Samoans are an alt-rock band in the Biffy Clyro/Reuben vain ie they make a lot of racket and are bloody catchy about it. They have recently been joined by the mighty Chris Rouse on drums who a few of you will recognise from Hold Your Horse Is.
Samoans have just dropped a stunning debut EP called Elevated Reflections after a string of splits, singles and demos (some of which are still available from the band’s Big Cartel). We especially like the fact it has a hidden track; we thought hidden tracks had become a thing of the past! It’s available digitally, on CD or as a special CD/T-shirt combo from their BandCamp and I can’t recommend it enough:
Samoans haven’t got any shows planned at the moment. Fingers crossed they have a tour lined up in support of the new EP.
Radio Alcatraz is a new post-hardcore band based in London and Brighton respectively. They’ve just dropped a fantastic record called Populous: In the Belly of the Beast which you can grab from Banquet Records for just £6.
Fans of At the Drive-In should feel right at home with these guys. Big riffs, plenty of complexity, melodious vocals and yelling are all on show here. Some of you might even recognise their vocalist Simon Griffiths from previous Visible Noise alumni Days of Worth.
Check out the debut single Running Through the Stitch below. You can even grab it for nothing at the band’s BandCamp page:
Gnarwolves are a straight forward punk band, but don’t let that put you off. These boys make some of the most exciting, beer-fuelled punk you’ve heard in ages. Based in Brighton but originating from Cornwall, these boys really know how to make a party anthem.
The band has a ‘pay-what-you-want’ EP called Fun Club (and trust me, the name more than lives up to its’ reputation) which you can grab from the band’s Band Camp now. Any money you throw at it goes towards the band’s next release as well.
The band are touring the UK through April and May so check them out if you can. It’s bound to be a laugh:
14/04/2012 – White Rabbit, Plymouth
15/04/2012 – Olives, Norwich
16/04/2012 – Jagged Rock Lounge, Wolverhampton
17/04/2012 – Cavern, Exeter
18/04/2012 – King Alfred Pub, Southampton
20/04/2012 – Cellar 35, Aberdeen
23/04/2012 – Green Door Store, Brighton
02/05/2012 – Hydrant, Brighton
07/05/2012 – Green Door Store, Brighton
08/05/2012 – Old Blue Last, London
10/05/2012 – The Hydrant, Brighton (Great Escape)
14/05/2012 – Green Door Store, Brighton
18/05/2012 – Hydrant, Brighton