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Emo punks Cursive have passed the time since their inception writing about the difficulties of settling down and keeping the love you've found. Tim Kasher has effectively made it his life's work to expose, via shouting, the stresses of domestic living, and has also made some great, weird concept albums about relat...view item »

Delta Sleep
Ghost City

If a math-rock band comes from the UK they should be maths-rock, right? Brighton’s Delta Sleep cram their indie, punk and electronic leanings into the math-rock sub-genre. They have been wowing fans with their intense and proficient live shows over the last ten years. Ghost City is their first long-player for three years. ...view item »

We Were Promised Jetpacks
The More I Sleep The Less I Dream

Fifteen years after they formed, these Scottish rockers are still grumbling about The Lack Of Jetpackery. The More I Sleep The Less I Dream, their fourth LP but first for Big Scary Monsters (Blakfish, Minus The Bear), finds We Were Promised Jetpacks tur...view item »

Jamie Lenman
Long Gone / Irrelevant

Former Reuben scream-man Jamie Lenman drops a new single on them there Big ol’ Scary Monsters. ‘Long Gone’ is … well, us now letting you know that Lenman is a friend of Frank Turner sums that one up quite nicel...view item »


I see what they are doing here. Looks like Orchards are one of those clever, clever pop bands like Everything Everything, Foals or Dutch Uncles injecting complexity and math rock into stadium leaning indie tunes.  The Brighton quartet are aiming for the stars here and this ...view item »

Jamie Lenman

Jamie Lenman has gone for a more focused approach on his second long-player, Devolver. His debut, Muscle Memory, was a sprawling double which mixed thrash metal with country. Here, with the help of Prodigy and Idles producer, Space, he has created...view item »

Quiet Slang
Everything Matters But No One Is Listening

If you used slang on the beach would it be loud? Beach Slang certainly think so because their new album, Everything Matters But No One Is Listening, comes courtesy of Quiet Slang. This is the Beach Slang you know and love, but a little more stripped down, opting for cellos and pia...view item »

Beach Slang
Broken Thrills

Beach Slang have never released anything in Europe until now. Broken Thrills brings together their first two EPs, which were released stateside last year, as one album. This will appeal to fans of The Gaslight Anthem as Beach Slang bring a similar level of streetwise rock to the party. ...view item »

yndi halda
A Sun Coloured Shaker

Lower case post-rockers yndi halda were one of the original scene-brokers back in its heyday, but they made a surprise return with Under Summer a couple years back. Their new EP promises more serenity, and a patch update to their instrumental sound -- vocal harmonies filter in this time, the songs ta...view item »

Recreational Hate

Nearly 15 years in the game for Lemuria now, and on fourth LP Recreational Hate the band wed the maturity of their years to the spunky charm that has long been their biggest asset. The grunge-pop stylings of Get Better are still intact, as demonstrated by songs like ‘Sliver of Change’, though the pr...view item »

Tiny Moving Parts

Tiny Moving Parts specialise in a sort of post-hardcore pop-punk, with tight instrumentation, barked vocals and slamming choruses. It’s eerily like listening to Blink 182, Sum 41 and all those other early 2000s bands - only in 2017! Even the song titles - ‘Applause’, ‘Smo...view item »


Japanese band Tricot set up their own record label, Bakuretsu, alongside the band and after 12 releases have signed with Big Scary Monsters. Mixing the complex time signature changes and layering of bands such as Battles and Don Caballero with the catchy harmonies of J-pop and beyond. Think of a...view item »

Slaughter Beach, Dog

Slaughter Beach, Dog (yep, that comma is integral to the band’s name) is Jake Ewald’s band, formed as an alternative outlet to his other group Modern Baseball. The new ventur...view item »

Quiet Slang
We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags

Overwrought pop-punk noise-warning achievers Beach Slang here retool themselves as "Quiet Slang" for a record of solo versions from frontman Jame Alex. Sorta like a garage rock band but with instruments for chamber music, these renditions have cello and piano and none of that pesky distortion that usually...view item »


Cassels are here, and they are doing that life in a small English town antagonism thing via the medium of chunky-chuggy fast rock-metal. The lyrics are verbose and sarcastic but very firmly down to earth, which I guess earns them their crucially valued authenticity. ...view item »

Kamikaze Girls

Straight outta the Leeds DIY scene burst the duo of Kamikaze Girls. Their debut album, Seafoam concerns itself with mental health issues and is full of personal and candid anecdotes. They explore a gamut of influences spanning shoegaze, punk / Riot Grrl and fuzz pop along the way. A couragous, positive and imp...view item »

Single Mothers
Our Pleasure

These are shouty. They make incendiary punk rock with snarly vocals spat out over the top. The singer sounds like Craig Finn's snottier nephew as the barrage of words cascades over some quite tuneful guitar rock. Bet they are a blast live but until they come to your town it could be a good idea to shout along to the vinyl.  ...view item »


Gnarwolves make a triumphant return after three years of touring their debut album. Outsiders keeps Gnarwolves at the forefront of British alternative punk music, with as much effort put into melodic choruses as the heavy guitar crunch. Outsiders is released by Big Scary Monsters in CD and viny...view item »


Self professed queer punk duo PWR BTTM are nothing if not empowering. Just be your damn self is basically tattooed across the front of this. Their second full length release, and Pageant is filled to the brim of self love and righteous joy. Real self celebratory party punk. It’s bloody great. And so are you....view item »

Meat Wave
The Incessant

Meat Wave are a Chicago punk crew, and this third album of theirs is partly the result of the end of a serious long-term relationship. The Incessant is a means of processing difficult times into something creative and valuable: hard-edged and shouty but with a complexly human emotional core. The Incessant is ou...view item »

Beach Slang
The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

First full-length album from Beach Slang, building off the success of a bunch of singles. Summer-tinged punk-pop indie-rock is the name of the game, the overlaid and oversaturated photography on the sleeve maybe giving a clue to the bright blastedness of the music. The Things We Do To Find People Like Us is on Big Scary...view item »

Modern Baseball / Thin Lips / The Superweaks

Now this is pretty damn sweet isn’t it. All three bands finished and released a full length in 2016 - so, fair enough, they jump on a bus together and tour support each other. Now for the final farewell they put together this little love gem. A spanking new and unreleased track from each band. Those indie pop-punk lovelies....view item »

Beach Slang
A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings

The latest in a long line of 'beach' bands, Beach Slang are doing for today's teenagers perhaps what the Beach Boys did for those coming of age in the 1960s. They are altogether a brasher proposition however with buzzsaw guitars, shouty emo-influenced vocals and thumping drums. In fact, the title A Loud Bash...view item »

Walter Schreifels
An Open Letter To The Scene

Walter Schreifels has plied his trade in hardcore / post-hardcore bands like Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksands and Rival Schools. But get this: he also plays song-based melodic stuff on his own! An Open Letter To The Scene was his solo debut, released in 2010 but long since ...view item »

Algernon Cadwallader
Parrot Flies

For those too young to remember when emo wasn’t a pejorative term — OK, it was always a dirty word — consider Algernon Cadwallader as an ambassador to the genre’s under-loved second wave. But while debut LP Some Kind of Cadwallader and the Fun EP garnered nods to ’90s genre...view item »

La Dispute
Tiny Dots

Heart 'n' sleeve wearers La Dispute are beloved enough that there's a DVD detailing their rise to emo stardom, and now there's a soundtrack of the same name: 'Tiny Dots' has six tracks from the score to offer, plus recordings of a live, very sophisticated sit-down show, because post-hxc needs to be formalised, obviously....view item »

yndi halda
Under Summer

It’s been eight years since yndi halda released Enjoy Eternal Bliss. The Brighton-based post rock, neo-classical five piece have a new album, Under Summer, which has the exuberant highs, the beautifully serene passages, craft and heartache that will be familiar to fans but this time they’ve added to...view item »

Ten Stories

Album number five from mewithoutYou, first released in 2012 and now reissued on the Big Scary Monsters label. The album’s songs follow a narrative taken from a book about a 19th century circus train crash, hence Ten Stories. All told with a strong indie-rock heft, and also featuring some guest vocals from ...view item »

Sleep Kit

Dutch / German alt-rock crew Sleep Kit are one part wirey-European-approach to guitars and rock rhythm, and one part heavy Americans. II is a varied record, presenting most of the different possibilities achievable within their framework. Oh and by the way, the best track title here is the Peter Gabriel...view item »

Dust and Disquiet

Caspian have always been all about the texture, and their new record Dust And Disquiet is no exception. Swooping post-rock structures are filled in by rich (and crucially, non standard-issue post-rock) sounds. Produced by former Isis (the band) member Matt Bayles, this is released by Bi...view item »

The New 1920
Torpedo Libido

The New 1920 have a 7" out called Torpedo Libido which is another name for a big wanger in my book. This is a bit like The Wombats but with the Arctic Monkeys rhythm section and Green Day doing the chorus. It's catchy you know....view item »

Sam Isaac

Sam Isaac: 'Sideways' (Big Scary Monsters) Posh, singer-songwriter pop with a slick production that mixes, cello, violin and piano with a traditional line-up pop combos use. This is like an early Coldplay demo before the big posh production job (reckons him up here), I've just invented a new genre 'Indie-Emo'. Only for the tired and emoti...view item »


Math punk. Is that a thing? Apparently so, it's just like math rock but punkier. This lightning-paced riff-loaded offering from London-based Axes (a four-piece hailing from Scotland, Denmark, Iran and... Essex) is fast, frantic and very fun. The sleeve features the band members on horse back. I hope the noisy music didn't scare the poor things t...view item »

New Topographics

Talons return this week with 'New Topographics', an album which sees the band move from the alt-folk prettiness of previous releases into epic instrumental territory. The press release says "the band have incorporated a stronger neo-classical influence, as well as employing a much more rhythmic and expansive sound, heightening their emphasis on ...view item »

Minus The Bear
Lost Loves

'Lost Love' follows up Minus The Bear's fifth record, 'Infinity Overhead', celebrating the band with a collection of recordings culled from the last decade or so. The math, prog and all things complex outfit consider these songs more than merely rarities or b-sides, though, having carried them in their heart for years but never found the proper ...view item »


One of punk music's finest orgcore and melodic hardcore acts, Gnarwolves come straight out of Brighton, making ferociously paced music that's as emotive as it is pummelling. The self-titled 'Gnarwolves' is their first full record after a flurry of EPs, and was produced by long-time collaborator Lewis John. It's a thrilling and immediate record o...view item »

Into It. Over It

Into It. Over It. have become a group that show us that the innermost workings of one mind can represent so many. All different. All the same. Intersections is colorful but not full of drivel or loquacious exposition. It isn't pretentious. It's just raw and fucking heartwarming. The record’s high peak, “Upstate Blues,” displays...view item »

Tall Ships
Tall Ships EP / There Is Nothing But Chemistry Here

Here's an LP which collects both of Tall Ships' first two EPs onto a single handy package, showing why everyone got so excited about them in the first place while simultaneously making this material widely available once again. It's a wickedly energetic indie pop concoction full of spidery twisting clean guitar melodies and mid-paced '90sish pow...view item »

La Dispute
The Rooms Of The House

Lingering somewhere between At The Drive-In and Touche Amore, this amazing piece of Post-Hardcore work makes it stand out, and a definite contender for album of year. Indie vocals mixed with hard hitting, well recorded instrumentals makes this album hard hitting on all leve...view item »

Joyce Manor
Of All Things I Will Soon Grow

Full of short, raw-sounding songs, Joyce Manor doesn't certainly disappoint with Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired. This record contrasts with their previous self-titled, which included more melodic sounds like Constant Headache, but with energetic songs such as the opener, These Kind of Ice Skates, to the sl...view item »

Kevin Devine

Kevin Devine's crowd-funding campaign was a harrowing success and produced 2 new studio albums, one of these is Bubblegum. The electric counter-part to sister album Bulldozer, Bubblegum is rollicking pop-punk played with the assistance of The Goddamned Band. Kevin Devine channels contemporaries Motion City Soundtrack and ...view item »

Kevin Devine

Perhaps low on funds, Kevin Devine funded his first in a series of new albums using a crowd funding campaign - long story short it was an immediate success and his admiring fans soon got the new album Bulldozer. Filled with Devine's own brand of pop-folk fusion Bulldozer is crammed with soft little ditties. Look out for the tracks Little Bulldoz...view item »


Operating in the EXACT mid point between Scouting for Girls and The Wombats, Tellison unleash their punk pop classic 'Collarbone' upon an unsuspecting world. This could get played on Edith Bowman if they play their cards right. The B side >>> oh fuck I can't get the record back in the sleeve. "Phil.....I can't get the record back in the...view item »

Kevin Devine
Brother's Blood

We always knew Kevin Devine's magnum opus was on the horizon, after several albums of glorious indie/folk tunes he got there with Brother's Blood. The rising and falling "Carnival", the bluesy "Another Bag of Bones" and the eponymously titled centre point "Brother's Blood" make up the high points in this incredible release. Go for it, get it....view item »

I Am Azerrad

Tubelord have a 7" out on Big Scary Monsters. It's emo tinged indie pop/rock with fey vocals, lots of quirky time changes and a light airy anthemic sound. One of them's called Rupert and one wears a muscle shirt but is skinny as a rake and has girly blonde hair like a surfer kid. They may actually all be called Rupert. They're from Kingston &a...view item »

Various Artists (Blakfish, Caesura, My First Tooth, Colour, The Defeat, Minotaur Explode)
The Six Machine

Got a various artists 6 tracker on Big Scary Monsters. 'The Six Machine' is a 10" featuring Blakfish, Caesura, My First Tooth, Colour, The Defeat, Minotaur Explode. Blakfish kick off somewhere inbetween math rock and pure metal. They sound well pissed off. Caesura bring things down a little into more straight up indie rock turf and My First To...view item »

Feed Me A Box of Words

Onto Tubelord. Great name for a band.... with their debut (I think?) single on Big Scary Monsters. From the second it starts the it's just bursting to get out of your speakers. I've not heard a more energetic enthusiastic sounding record for a while. It reminded me of when I first heard 'Caught By The Fuzz' by Supergrass. It's caught somewhere in b...view item »