Albums/EPs

ALBUM: Waterparks – Entertainment

Release Date: January 26th 2018
Label: Easy Life Records/Equal Vision Records
Website: www.waterparksband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/waterparks
Twitter: www.twitter.com/waterparks

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Houston pop-rockers Waterparks crawled out of the woodwork at the tail end of 2016 after building a fanbase from their ‘Cluster’ EP earlier in the year, and then releasing their debut album, ‘Double Dare’. The record captured the sunnier side of pop-punk, and laced it with bouncy electronic elements, resulting in a record that’s relentlessly catchy.

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EP: The Neighbourhood – Hard

Release Date: September 22nd 2017
Label: Columbia Records
Website: www.thenbhd.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/theneighbourhood
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thenbhd

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After releasing their first EP ‘I’m Sorry…’ back in 2012, introducing the world to the iconic track ‘Sweater Weather’, California’s innovative dark pop group The Neighbourhood have taken the world by storm. Flash forward a few years, and the five-piece are now four EPs deep with their brand new addition, ‘Hard’. A well needed breath of fresh air, the 5-track effort remains comfortable in their noir, black and white aesthetic yet continues to put their sound forward.

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ALBUM: Brojob – Talk Shit Get Kissed

Release Date: January 1st 2018
Label: Hollowed Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/brojobofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/brojobofficial

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In 2018, deathcore feels a bit irrelevant, doesn’t it? All that talk of doom and gloom and corpses and carcasses… it just seems so passe. Well, those days are over. Enter Brojob, pioneers of “homoeroti-core”. It’s exactly how it sounds, so strap yourselves in, and, if you’re a dude who is in any way uncomfortable with your sexuality, prepare to feel awkward.

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ALBUM: Tiny Moving Parts – Swell

Release Date: January 26th 2018
Label: Big Scary Monsters/Triple Crown Records
Website: www.tinymovingparts.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tinymovingparts
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tinymovingparts

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Minnesota based emo trio Tiny Moving Parts‘ last album ‘Celebrate’ showed them hitting on all cylinders, with their emo, math rock tinged sound coming into full fruition across eleven emotionally wrenching songs. It was a step-up from 2014’s ‘Pleasant Living’, both musically and lyrically.

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ALBUM: Tonight Alive – Underworld

Release Date: January 12th 2018
Label: Hopeless Records/UNFD
Website: www.tonightalive.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tonightalive
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tonightalive

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It doesn’t seem so long ago that Tonight Alive entered the fray, dropping their debut record ‘What Are You So Scared Of?’ in 2011. Since then, the band have stapled themselves as one of the fore-fronting bands in pop-rock, and, after mixed reviews on their last album ‘Limitless’ in 2016, they’re back with ‘Underworld’, wishing to prove a point whilst showing that they’ve learnt some lessons at the same time.

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ALBUM: Asking Alexandria – Asking Alexandria

Release Date: December 15th 2017
Label: Sumerian Records
Website: www.askingalexandria.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/askingalexandria
Twitter: www.twitter.com/aaofficial

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Asking Alexandria‘s history has had more drama than the Christmas special of Eastenders. Hailing from North Yorkshire, they’ve undergone numerous line-up changes, and subsequent heavy media coverage speculating on in band feuds since forming back in 2008. They now have original vocalist Danny Worsnop back on board, and are boldly releasing a self-titled album nine years into their career – a move suggesting this is the work by which they would like to be defined.

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ALBUM: Frauds – With Morning Toast & Jam & Juice

Release Date: December 8th 2017
Label: Till Deaf Do Us Party Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fraudsfraudsfrauds
Twitter: www.twitter.com/fraudstweet

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Croydon based power rock duo Frauds have had a jam-packed year having embarked on numerous tours, and most recently sharing the stage with the mighty Jamie Lenman. Their debut album, ‘With Morning Toast & Jam & Juice’, is a riff-fuelled record that combines elements of punk rock and grunge. It’s filled with comedic observations, and it showcases just what Chris Francombe (vocalist/drummer) and Mike Alvarez (vocalist/guitarist) can do.

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EP: Parkside – Whenever You’re Ready

Release Date: December 8th 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/parksideon
Twitter: www.twitter.com/parksideon

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Ontario outfit Parkside have been demonstrating their feisty brand of emo tinged pop-punk since 2013. Their newest release, a six-track venture entitled ‘Whenever You’re Ready’, is an emotional account that anyone dealing with aspects of change in their life is sure to relate too.

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ALBUM: Glassjaw – Material Control

Release Date: December 1st 2017
Label: Century Media Records
Website: www.glassajaw.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/glassjaw
Twitter: None available

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An awful lot can happen in 15 years, but one thing many thought would never happen was the release of a third Glassjaw record. For the past decade and a half, the band have released a few EPs and the odd single here and there, but in that time there’d been little mention of a follow-up to 2002’s ‘Worship & Tribute’, and any expectations they’d set yielded no result.

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EP: Eat Your Heart Out – Mind Games

Release Date: December 1st 2017
Label: Fearless Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/eyhoband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/eyhoband

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Fresh off signing a deal with Fearless Records, Australian pop-rock natives Eat Your Heart Out have got their second EP of year good to go in ‘Mind Games’, which follows-up from their Ed Sheeran cover that featured on the label’s latest Punk Goes Pop instalment. Now with a stockpile of material to work with, and plenty of experience on the road supporting the likes of Knuckle Puck, Trophy Eyes, and Hands Like Houses, ‘Mind Games’ marks the start of the next stage.

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