New Music: The Vinyl Reprise – Graffiti

The Vinyl Reprise are a four-piece indie rock band from Birmingham, UK. They started playing together in 2015 and have already established themselves in the Midland’s indie-rock scene. Their first EP, Graffiti, is available from May 26th.


You’ve already heard The Vinyl Reprised. Surely, your dad played them on a cassette tape when you were a kid while he showed you pictures of him in brown bell-bottoms, sporting a moustache.

Either that or they were in that 70s cop show where Kill Your Dreams was playing over a slow motion fight scene in a smoke filled room?

To put it shortly – they are deliciously 70s punk.

But there’s more to Graffiti than that. There’s layers of 90s grunge and an edge of something fresh that makes you sit up and listen.

Heavily inspired by the likes of Oasis, The Kinks, and The Clash, The Vinyl Reprisal have found their own britpop sound.

Graffiti is a 5 track EP, showcasing their slick instrumentals and dark, vocals. The vocals sound strained at times as the lead-singer struggles to maintain his Cobain-sque style.

The single Kill Your Dreams is the strongest track from the EP, with dark melodies, a catchy chorus, and interesting lyrics. Trash Talk is also a stand out song, fun, high energy, pure rock’n’roll.

Graffiti is a promising EP from a band who are already cementing their name into the UK’s live scene. Catch them at The Sunflower Lounge on May 26th to celebrate the EP’s release (available from their website from May 26th, and from itunes, Amazon, and Googleplay May 29th).

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Review: Paramore – After Laughter

Tennesse pop-punk alumni Paramore have released their first album since their self-titled album four years ago. The band has reunited with former drummer Zac Farro, who left the band in 2010.


After Laughter is a sizzling summer hit, with full-on vibrant beats and catchy refrains, juxtaposed with reflective and defeatist lyrics.

The album has a matured edge to both the lyrics and peppy rhythms. The thick 80s vibe is very in-vogue, but the essence that propelled this band to the top with Riot! can still found in the album’s roots.

Each song stands in its own right, but flow seamlessly together. Mid-way through the album, after a string of ballads, I found myself getting slightly bored of the slower melodies.

But these songs ground the colourful album, turning from being completely poppy to classically Paramore.

The highlight of After Laughter is definitely the pre-released single, Hard Times. A full-on mix of 80s pop and gospel, the track encapsulates every aspect of After laughter; lyrics conveying pain and defeat contrasted against lively instruments.

If After Laughter is anything to go on, Paramore is set to be dominating the pop-punk scene and mainstream charts yet again.

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NEW MUSIC: PRIESTS TO PILOTS – REMEMBER ME, WITH FAVOUR

Priests to Pilots are a 4 piece UK pop-punk band from London. The group has just released their debut EP, Remember me, with Favour, which is available on spotify, itunes, and soundcloud.


Remember Me feels very reminiscent of Blink 183, characterised by vocal guitar leads and simple drums timings. The start of Hopeless, the final track of the EP, could be mistake for Blink’s California.

Each of the four tracks are easy to relax into, and don’t feel like like they need the time and effort to ‘get into’ that sometimes comes with finding new bands. Maybe because Priests to Pilots sounds so early 20oos pop punk, they feel like your secondary school favs, than something modern.

Priests to Pilots instrumentals are solid and show a lot of potential, and although the vocals are technically sound, they could use a little more force and passion. At times, the vocals get lost under the guitar, which takes away from the EP production value.

But Remember me is an EP full of skill and capability. Priests to Pilots may need to work on finding a sound unique to them, but when they get there, they definitely have the talent to make it something really memorable.

NEW MUSIC: Feral Youth – Sugar

Feral Youth is a four piece alt rock band from Brighton, describing themselves  as ‘dreamy-grunge’. Their first EP Sugar, is release March the 28th and they gave In Punk We Trust a sneak preview.


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Feral Youth certainly live up to their name. Their first debut EP Sugar, is angry and lamenting in a dream-pop-meets-Nirvana kind of way.

Sugar is teenage angst as it should be. Angry rhythms and baselines meet deep, melancholic vocals to create something that wouldn’t feel out of place in those late, blurred hours of a house party but you could also yell along to it in your room.

The EP’s opening track Strangers is in intoxicately grunge, while Thirsty for More packs a heavier punch with biting guitar riffs and suspense building drum lines.

The EP is brought to a moody and howling close by Miles, a grief-stricken song railing against the separation of lovers.

The production on Sugar feels very high, but it still maintains it’s garage band charm. Overall, the instrumentals feel stronger than the vocals, but Sugar is a brutally strong start for this Brighton 4 piece.

Sugar will be out on March the 27th (I’ll be posting links on the IPWT twitter and insta, so you can’t miss it) and launched properly on April the 3rd with a party at The Joker Brighton – where entry is completely free.

Will you be heading out to The Joker on the 3rd? Comment below or tweet @poppunkmum

TOP 5 Queer Women to add to your Playlist

It’s LGBTQ+ history month here in the U.K, so for the whole month In Punk We Trust is going to be dedicated to amazing, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Pan, Nonbinary, Queer, and all other folks who fall under the gay or queer banner, who make music. To kick things off, here are 5 bands fronted by awesome queer women.

5) Christine and The Queens
Best know in the U.K for her song Tilted, Christine (her stage name) is a bundle of self-identified pansexual energy, whose art combines dance, spoken word, and synth pop. Most of her music is explicitly queer, discussing topics ranging from gender identity to her love for her wife Stella.

 

4) Blondie
Fronted by openly bisexual singer and actress, Debbie Harry, Blondie made a big splash in the 80s for combining new wave and punk. The band made it bigger after their album Parallel Lined exploded onto the scene, the most famous song of which is the now iconic Heart of Glass.

 

3) Gossip
Even if you think you don’t know gossip, if you’re from Britain you definitely do. They’re song Standing in the Way of Control was used in Skins promos. Front by self proclaimed “fat, feminist, lesbian”, Beth Ditto, Gossip (formerly The Gossip) are an indie rock band, with Tina Turner-esque vocals and a sound best described as…being used to sum up Skins.

 

2) Against Me!
Coming out as trans in 2012, front-women Laura Jane Grace has since been involved in several projects to promote awareness of trans issues, co-founded a charity to raise money for homeless LGBT youth, and made her own recorded label, including building a recording studio. All while still fronting the hugely successful hardcore band. Yeah, she’s pretty badass.

 

1) PVRIS
Will a day ever pass where I don’t talk about how much I Love Lynn Gunn? No. Identified as a lesbian, Gunn came out publicly in 2015, and told Newsbeat she felt it was important to be a gay role model “I never had someone to look up to and be like ‘oh that person is OK and they’re gay.’ If I can be that for someone then it’s why I’m open about it”.

Which queer female musician inspires you the most? Comment or tweet @poppunkmum

REVIEW: Amen 2 – Mikko Joensuu

Amen 2 is Mikko Joensuu second album in a planned trilogy exploring a very grandiose theme: There is no God.

Having grown up in a devoutly religious village in Finland, Amen 1 tackles Mikko’s sorrow and confusion at his current framework for reality dissolving.

Amen 2 is a decidedly more joyful album as Joensuu comes to terms with his atheism and begins to appreciate the beauty of the world around him without the need for a religious explanation.

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And what an ode to beauty this spectacular album is. Meandering through the long soulful opening tracks of Drop me Down, Dying Rain, Golden Age of Landlow, and I Gave you all, exuberant and elongated songs such as Sunshine, There Used to be Darkness, and What have I Done, then bring the album to a wonderful close.

Evoking visuals of walks through ethereal, frosty winter mornings, the tone of the earlier tracks is then transformed mid-album to conjure blooming, Spring vibes which bolsters the mood of new birth this album celebrates.

Mikko’s deep voice is reminiscent of the late-great Cohen, Nick Cave, and even has hints of Bon Iver and M83. The lyrics are moody and vivid, with refrains such as “There’s a hole where there used to be the sun// what have I done? What have I done?” and “There used to be a darkness in my soul// but it ain’t there no more” interlaced with pop-esque synthetic beats and stunning, winding crescendos.

“There used to be a darkness in my soul,  but it ain’t there no more”

If you’re looking for the best way to get your 2017 off to a good beginning, adding Amen 2 to your album collection is good place to start. As one of the best indie-folk albums to come out of 2016, Amen 2’s dramatic and joyous vibes are the perfect way to counteract January boredom.

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REVIEW: Low Teens – Every Time I Die

Boasting one of the most bizarre co-labs to ever happen in punk music, Every Time I Die‘s 9th studio album Low Teens is an incredible mix of thrashing guitar, heavy drums, and slick vocals that have defined the metalcore titans.

This is one of best albums I’ve listened to this year, and possibly my new favourite Every Time I Die album. Low Teens is an album bursting with humour, anger, and Every’s playful lyrics that have made this band so lovable.

By far, the best track is the much talked about It Remembers featuring Panic! At The Disco‘s Brendon Urie. Urie’s powerful vocals combined with lead vocalists Keith Buckley‘s in-your-face voice create an incredible mix of old school rock and modern metalcore. The video is a sexy, fever-dream featuring Urie, the desert, and a mysterious party full of beautiful strangers. Everything rock and roll.

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It Remembers is one of the most mellow tracks on an album that really packs a punch. The only criticism I have of this album is the same I have of all Every Time I Die’s albums; at times there’s no breaks between thrashing track after thrashing track. They can begin to blend into one long cacophony.

But then there’s songs like C++(Love will get you killed), I Didn’t Want to Join your Stupid Cult Anyway, Two Summers, and Fear of Trembling which show off the diverse talents of this band, blending their pulsing drum lines and soulful vocals.

Low Teens is a strong contender for best metalcore album of 2016, maybe one of the best rock albums of this year.

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