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STOMACH- Monument

Stomach are suitably named. From their fuzzy, rumbling riffs to lyrics like “I’m trying out all of your old hobbies, reaching for something to hold on to”, this is music that punches at your gut. Like Brand New turned all the way up to 11 or a Ken Andrews project determined to drill into the dirt rather than soar into […]

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THRICE return with ‘The Grey’

At the beginning of the year, Moderate Rock predicted that Thrice would return. Now, two years after ‘To Be Everywhere Is to be Nowhere’ put an end to their hiatus, the California quartet look to be firing into life. Play new single ‘The Grey’ below or over at the recently redesigned thrice.net, it’s an upbeat, chunky number that’s giving me […]

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#MODERATEROCKRECOMMENDS- May 2018

This month’s Spotify playlist was brought to you by burnt Earth hardcore, upbeat post-rock, ambient sounds (light and oh so dark), Lando Calrissian, and the guitarist from Limp Bizkit. I hope you find something you love. LIMBS- Father’s Son BURN EVERYTHING- Ghost of the Waves BAPTISTS- Beacon of Faith LIFELINK- Notebook VOULOIR- Abandoned GROUP OF MAN- Can’t Hack the Straight […]

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Listen to JENNY BESETZT

Jenny Besetzt have songs. Their last album, 2016’s ‘Tender Madness’, is a hazy melting pot of shoegaze, chunky grunge, and wiry post-punk but they aren’t nostalgia hacks and never hide behind drama or distortion, they craft tunes that follow you around and stay in your head. Bonus: They sound even better in the summer sun.

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ANTIGUO- Joy

Antiguo seem like nice guys. The Glasgow quartet’s first proper release might touch on loss, death, and decay but on the whole ‘Joy’ presents a warm and fuzzy version of post-hardcore. ‘Black Glitter’ has something of the Hot Water Music about it and frontman Bobby Simpson’s voice cracks at times but you’re much more likely to hear indie rock or […]

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SIGUR ROS- Route One

Two years ago the members of Sigur Ros hired a van and drove a 24-hour circuit of Iceland’s largest ring road, streaming the whole thing on YouTube while a pioneering piece of software used the component parts of one of their new songs to create a living, breathing, unique soundtrack. Now, if that sentence alone doesn’t pique your interest in […]

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#MODERATEROCKRECOMMENDS- April 2018

There was lots going on in April’s Spotify playlist– US hardcore, Canadian punk, Swedish screaming, and British bleeps and bloops. Every note floats my boat and it was all arranged to ebb and flow like a proper mixtape but does the wide variety seem a little schizophrenic? Does it limit the playlist’s appeal? Is all this only for me? Not […]

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CANCER BATS- The Spark That Moves

It seems increasingly unlikely that Cancer Bats will recapture the magic they snagged on ‘Hail Destroyer’. While they’ve not necessarily made a bad record since that landmark event and remain one of the most likeable bands in the business, the Toronto outfit have released a trio of increasingly ordinary albums to continually decreasing fanfare. ‘The Spark That Moves’, a surprise […]

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