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Senses Fail

Calling All Cars (Vagrant)

Yawn. A poor man�s Green Day, too soft for the heavy metal crowd, too upbeat to be emo. Senses Fail have fired and missed at every target audience with this monstrosity of a record that deserves to be burned more violently than a Jade Goody effigy. It�s about as unique as a wet weekend in […]



The Gossip

Standing in the Way of Control (Back Yard)

These crazy Yanks – coming over here, stealing our women and our number one spots in our well respected cool lists… All the recent �media� fluff surrounding The Gossip can�t take away from the awesome dancefloor credentials of this tune; demented vocals; a blood broiling, infectious bass loop and crashing drums; all perfect for some […]



My Alamo

994 (Seventh Star)

Oh Lord, do we really need another Welsh rock band with strangely convincing American accents? Judging by the look of the art work, (which is laden with rough typography and ghostly butterflies) this single probably consists of yet another bunch of whiney emo kids drowning their sorrows and lining their eyes with smoky kohl. But […]



Starky

Is This How It Ends / Hey Bang Bang (Loog)

Do Australia�s customs people have a strict style control over the bands the country exports? In recent years few bands have emerged from down under flaunting anything other than this brand of incredibly dull �new car smell� rock. (The exceptions being maybe The Sleepy Jackson, The Grates and The Vines; but The Grates� singer terrifies […]



The Pack

Vans (Columbia)

Wow, this was not what I was expecting I thought to myself. Then I realised I hadn�t actually put the promo CD of this on and was listening to Edinburgh hip-hop act 3Style from last year�s T-Break sampler which was still in the machine. True story. Vans, the debut single from hip-hop�s next big thing […]



The Kills

No Wow (Domino)

Did anyone ever like this band? Yet another lumpen wad of wooooooo scary-scary swampy blues. Surely it’s time for this bandwagon to roll out of town. Dross.



Mono Taxi

Kind Of Better (Play It Again)

Mono Taxi‘s debut single A Kind Of Better initially sounds slapdash and lazy. It’s identekit woozy indie-pop. However, the more exposure you have to it the more it gets under your skin. If gallic’s your thing check this out. If not, do so anyway it’ll make you feel summery this dreary autum. Altogether now: Expensive […]