20 1 / 2013

3ampress:

Volume 1 of our new travel journal, PAR AVION, is released…

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From a romantic encounter in Cuba to a night train heading from Berlin to Paris, and from buying alcohol (with difficulty) in India, to navigating the social etiquette of the Arabian Peninsula, the travel stories collected in the…

Very pleased to announce my first published short story as part of this compilation.

10 7 / 2012

The Hot Melts - Little One

05 7 / 2012

08 6 / 2012

8/10
Record Label: Epitaph
Motion City Soundtrack have never had any problems writing a pop song. Whether it be the towering vocal delivery of 2005 hit ‘Everything Is Alright’ or the bouncing pop punk and killer melody of 2010’s ‘A Life Less Ordinary’, they’re just one of those bands who straddle the line between rock, punk and pop with an effortlessness that many of their peers have been trying to emulate for years.
MCS fans will find plenty to enjoy here on Go and new converts should come thick and fast on the back of these well structured pop bangers. Front man Justin Pierre has openly admitted that the subject matter of this album is a lot more personal and serious than fans may be used to, probably most evident on the wistful ‘Timelines’, a hazy summer evening anthem charting the trials and tribulations of growing up. Best summarised by the line “Catholic school, my private hell, I stuttered till the age of 12, Discovered sex at 17 and soon thereafter self esteem”, this track feels set to become a fan favourite and live anthem. Late-album melancholic surprise ‘Happy Anniversary’ is reminiscent of Blink 182’s ‘Adam’s Song’ and makes for a nice change of pace.
For the most part it’s business as usual from MCS, but god-damn, this band know their business alright.

Top Tracks
Circuits and Wires
Timelines
Go is out in the UK on June 11th via Epitaph

8/10

Record Label: Epitaph

Motion City Soundtrack have never had any problems writing a pop song. Whether it be the towering vocal delivery of 2005 hit ‘Everything Is Alright’ or the bouncing pop punk and killer melody of 2010’s ‘A Life Less Ordinary’, they’re just one of those bands who straddle the line between rock, punk and pop with an effortlessness that many of their peers have been trying to emulate for years.

MCS fans will find plenty to enjoy here on Go and new converts should come thick and fast on the back of these well structured pop bangers. Front man Justin Pierre has openly admitted that the subject matter of this album is a lot more personal and serious than fans may be used to, probably most evident on the wistful ‘Timelines’, a hazy summer evening anthem charting the trials and tribulations of growing up. Best summarised by the line “Catholic school, my private hell, I stuttered till the age of 12, Discovered sex at 17 and soon thereafter self esteem”, this track feels set to become a fan favourite and live anthem. Late-album melancholic surprise ‘Happy Anniversary’ is reminiscent of Blink 182’s ‘Adam’s Song’ and makes for a nice change of pace.

For the most part it’s business as usual from MCS, but god-damn, this band know their business alright.

  • Top Tracks
  • Circuits and Wires
  • Timelines



Go is out in the UK on June 11th via Epitaph

07 6 / 2012

9/10
Record Label: Century Media
Everything about this latest release from Brighton’s favourite metal band screams ‘bold statement’. To those that decried their last effort, this is a monumental middle finger waved an inch from the face. To those that think they can do no wrong, this record stands on the shoulders of previous efforts and dazzles. The band have admitted they felt it was time to make a stand with this new release, widening their gaze to issues of global consciousness; indeed the depth and severity of the subject matter somehow seems to drive these songs forward like a sixteen-wheel truck with no brakes.
Considered opener ‘The Bitter End’ soon gives way to an onslaught of diverse and varied shades of contemporary metal that quite frankly shames almost all-comers with an underlying menace, dread and savage rage on ‘Alpha Omega’ that you suddenly realise is missing from a large percentage of new metal releases. This album feels organic, a manifestation of frustration and matured anger as opposed to the unconsidered lashing out of a teenage group of musicians. The production is clinical without being soulless, snapping and chugging in all the right places but also allowing for swimming, spacey soundscapes on ‘Truth, Be Told’.
This is a record that feels like a band approaching their zenith and defining their sound to within arm’s reach of perfection – with Daybreaker, Architects have shed their youths and grown into one of the most cutting edge and vital metal acts the UK has to offer.

Top Tracks
Alpha Omega
Even If You Win, You’re Still A Rat
Daybreaker is out May 28th via Century Media

9/10

Record Label: Century Media

Everything about this latest release from Brighton’s favourite metal band screams ‘bold statement’. To those that decried their last effort, this is a monumental middle finger waved an inch from the face. To those that think they can do no wrong, this record stands on the shoulders of previous efforts and dazzles. The band have admitted they felt it was time to make a stand with this new release, widening their gaze to issues of global consciousness; indeed the depth and severity of the subject matter somehow seems to drive these songs forward like a sixteen-wheel truck with no brakes.

Considered opener ‘The Bitter End’ soon gives way to an onslaught of diverse and varied shades of contemporary metal that quite frankly shames almost all-comers with an underlying menace, dread and savage rage on ‘Alpha Omega’ that you suddenly realise is missing from a large percentage of new metal releases. This album feels organic, a manifestation of frustration and matured anger as opposed to the unconsidered lashing out of a teenage group of musicians. The production is clinical without being soulless, snapping and chugging in all the right places but also allowing for swimming, spacey soundscapes on ‘Truth, Be Told’.

This is a record that feels like a band approaching their zenith and defining their sound to within arm’s reach of perfection – with Daybreaker, Architects have shed their youths and grown into one of the most cutting edge and vital metal acts the UK has to offer.

  • Top Tracks
  • Alpha Omega
  • Even If You Win, You’re Still A Rat



Daybreaker is out May 28th via Century Media

06 6 / 2012

9/10
Record Label: Rise
After eight years any band faces high fan expectation on the release of new material, none more so than Floridian cult favourites Hot Water Music. It’s relieving then that both new and old fans should find plenty to love about latest effort Exister. There’s a definite maturity and diversity to the flavours of punk being dished up on the album, probably best displayed on the marvelously juxtaposed opening duo of ‘Mainline’ and ‘Boy, You’re Gonna Hurt Someone’. There are some huge choruses nestled in this collection of authentic and earthy songs, no doubt helped by residue from front man Chuck Ragan’s solo material, meaning you’ll be humming tracks like ‘Drag My Body’ back after the first listen.
This album is definitely up there with some of HWM’s best records and feels like a breath of fresh air amidst this year’s releases.

Top Tracks
Mainline
Drag My Body
Exister is out on today via Rise Records

9/10

Record Label: Rise

After eight years any band faces high fan expectation on the release of new material, none more so than Floridian cult favourites Hot Water Music. It’s relieving then that both new and old fans should find plenty to love about latest effort Exister. There’s a definite maturity and diversity to the flavours of punk being dished up on the album, probably best displayed on the marvelously juxtaposed opening duo of ‘Mainline’ and ‘Boy, You’re Gonna Hurt Someone’. There are some huge choruses nestled in this collection of authentic and earthy songs, no doubt helped by residue from front man Chuck Ragan’s solo material, meaning you’ll be humming tracks like ‘Drag My Body’ back after the first listen.

This album is definitely up there with some of HWM’s best records and feels like a breath of fresh air amidst this year’s releases.

  • Top Tracks
  • Mainline
  • Drag My Body



Exister is out on today via Rise Records

05 6 / 2012

8/10
Record Label: Rise
Tim Landers of Boston indie rockers Transit and Brad Wiseman of Walnut Creek, CA pop punk outfit This Time Next Year join forces on their side project MISSER to follow up last years EP with a full length release. All that time in vans on tour together has spawned one of the most epic bromances of all time and ironically given birth to material that is commercially a lot stronger than anything they’ve released under their separate enterprises. There are similarities between early Brand New and Motion City Soundtrack records but the LP also showcases a considered approach to songwriting that drags these tracks out of the pop punk pack and into the realms of the mainstream.
College radio hits and feel-good beer-soaked sing-alongs abound on this record and you’ve got just enough time to learn all the words before their two sets at Slam Dunk Festival. Highly recommended listening.

Top Tracks
Weightless
I’m Really Starting To Hope The World Ends In 2012
Every Day I Tell Myself… is out on now via Rise Records

8/10

Record Label: Rise

Tim Landers of Boston indie rockers Transit and Brad Wiseman of Walnut Creek, CA pop punk outfit This Time Next Year join forces on their side project MISSER to follow up last years EP with a full length release. All that time in vans on tour together has spawned one of the most epic bromances of all time and ironically given birth to material that is commercially a lot stronger than anything they’ve released under their separate enterprises. There are similarities between early Brand New and Motion City Soundtrack records but the LP also showcases a considered approach to songwriting that drags these tracks out of the pop punk pack and into the realms of the mainstream.

College radio hits and feel-good beer-soaked sing-alongs abound on this record and you’ve got just enough time to learn all the words before their two sets at Slam Dunk Festival. Highly recommended listening.

  • Top Tracks
  • Weightless
  • I’m Really Starting To Hope The World Ends In 2012



Every Day I Tell Myself… is out on now via Rise Records

04 6 / 2012

7/10
Record Label: Hassle
As far as two-piece garage bands go, you could do a lot worse than DZ Deathrays. This debut full length release from the Aussie party kings should tick all the boxes for radio and press-hype pundits and goes some way towards translating the energy and chaos of their live show, but this is an album that needs sinking into with undivided attention.
Never quite hitting the turbo charged chaos of contemporaries like Pulled Apart By Horses, there’s more of an understated blues groove to their material that makes for a less exciting recorded experience. In a live setting these songs crackle with energy and swagger, but on this recording it’s down-tempo and intelligent tracks like ‘Play Until You’re Dead’ that come off best, showing that there’s more to this band than a fat riff.

Top Tracks
Play Until You’re Dead
Dumb It Down
Bloodstreams is out on 7th May via Hassle Records

7/10

Record Label: Hassle

As far as two-piece garage bands go, you could do a lot worse than DZ Deathrays. This debut full length release from the Aussie party kings should tick all the boxes for radio and press-hype pundits and goes some way towards translating the energy and chaos of their live show, but this is an album that needs sinking into with undivided attention.

Never quite hitting the turbo charged chaos of contemporaries like Pulled Apart By Horses, there’s more of an understated blues groove to their material that makes for a less exciting recorded experience. In a live setting these songs crackle with energy and swagger, but on this recording it’s down-tempo and intelligent tracks like ‘Play Until You’re Dead’ that come off best, showing that there’s more to this band than a fat riff.

  • Top Tracks
  • Play Until You’re Dead
  • Dumb It Down



Bloodstreams is out on 7th May via Hassle Records

03 6 / 2012

9/10
Record Label: Rise
New York’s newest hope have stepped up to the plate and hit it right out of the park with their debut full length release. Fans of contemporaries The Menzingers will be fawning over this release and rejoicing in the rebirth of that good-old-fashioned warm, rich-toned, intelligent guitar music. It’s the sort you can sink into whilst pouring over the sleeve notes, finding new intricacies in the lyrics that you thought you knew back to front. There’s an indefinable magic at work in these songs that drags you in and threatens to keep you forever, with echoes of Brand New, Jimmy Eat World, Thursday, Weezer and even Danzig all at play.
Twelve Years is an almost perfect marriage of musicianship, punk poetry and real heart and soul that we can’t recommend enough; if Daytrader carry on like this the sky’s the limit, these songs are good enough to live in.

Top Tracks
Firebreather
Struggle With Me
Twelve Years is out on 7th May via Rise Records

9/10

Record Label: Rise

New York’s newest hope have stepped up to the plate and hit it right out of the park with their debut full length release. Fans of contemporaries The Menzingers will be fawning over this release and rejoicing in the rebirth of that good-old-fashioned warm, rich-toned, intelligent guitar music. It’s the sort you can sink into whilst pouring over the sleeve notes, finding new intricacies in the lyrics that you thought you knew back to front. There’s an indefinable magic at work in these songs that drags you in and threatens to keep you forever, with echoes of Brand New, Jimmy Eat World, Thursday, Weezer and even Danzig all at play.

Twelve Years is an almost perfect marriage of musicianship, punk poetry and real heart and soul that we can’t recommend enough; if Daytrader carry on like this the sky’s the limit, these songs are good enough to live in.

  • Top Tracks
  • Firebreather
  • Struggle With Me



Twelve Years is out on 7th May via Rise Records

02 6 / 2012

9/10
Record Label: Epitaph
10 albums, 21 years and several line-up changes later, Pennywise return to their roots with latest offering All Or Nothing. Fans of early 90’s American punk will nestle into these songs and never want to leave.
There’s enough of the best of contemporaries like Bad Religion, The Offspring and NOFX to draw in new fans and the songwriting is still of a very high standard; ‘Stand Strong’ in particular is an early stand out track. There’s a healthy mix of all the punk-rock subgenres on this record with hints of Anti-Flag and Weezer peeking through on ‘Let Us Hear Your Voice’ and Pennywise manage to regain their political bite and venom without sounding like a broken record.
In a world of auto-tune and backing tracks, it is refreshing to hear a record with such minimal production, relying solely on beefy warm tones, musicianship and songwriting to carry the material. This is top class four-to-the-floor stomp with a message, and long may it continue.
Top Tracks

Stand Strong
Let Us Hear Your Voice



All Or Nothing is out now via Epitaph

9/10

Record Label: Epitaph

10 albums, 21 years and several line-up changes later, Pennywise return to their roots with latest offering All Or Nothing. Fans of early 90’s American punk will nestle into these songs and never want to leave.

There’s enough of the best of contemporaries like Bad Religion, The Offspring and NOFX to draw in new fans and the songwriting is still of a very high standard; ‘Stand Strong’ in particular is an early stand out track. There’s a healthy mix of all the punk-rock subgenres on this record with hints of Anti-Flag and Weezer peeking through on ‘Let Us Hear Your Voice’ and Pennywise manage to regain their political bite and venom without sounding like a broken record.

In a world of auto-tune and backing tracks, it is refreshing to hear a record with such minimal production, relying solely on beefy warm tones, musicianship and songwriting to carry the material. This is top class four-to-the-floor stomp with a message, and long may it continue.

Top Tracks

  • Stand Strong
  • Let Us Hear Your Voice




All Or Nothing is out now via Epitaph