There’s a lot of 20 year anniversaries approaching for classic and “classic” albums from the much maligned nu-metal genre in the next year or so. 'Infest', 'Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water', 'Toxicity', 'Hybrid Theory' and 'Iowa' are but a few that will be reaching that landmark. An album that managed to shake off the nu-metal label and become an all-time great in alternative and heavy music is 'White Pony' by Deftones. 'White Pony’s use of trip-hop, hip-hop and experimental rock, alongside some incredibly atmospheric imagery helped shape an entire generation of heavy music and remains an absolute powerhouse to this day.
The fact that producer Shooter Jennings – son of country music legend Waylon Jennings - gets as much, if not more, attention than Jake Smith for his involvement in The White Buffalo’s sixth full length album, 'On the Widow’s Walk', is a real shame. The album, while not perfect, is an enjoyable slice of Americana that deserves repeated listens and features a couple of tracks that will become live staples.
Packed full of hooks, singalongs and one of the best pop-punk tracks you’ll hear for a long time, Hot Mulligan's latest release 'you’ll be fine' is a great record and is absolutely perfect for the coming summer months.
It’s hard to believe the career trajectory Four Year Strong would have in the years following the iconic releases of 'Rise or Die Trying' and 'Enemy of the World', but the lacklustre response to 'In Some Way, Shape, or Form', and the all but ignored self-titled album in 2015, sees the pop-punk veterans looking to re-state their claim on what many thought should be their undisputed crown with sixth studio album, 'Brain Pain'.
“On any given day I’m a 6 of 10...” The opening line of the new Spanish Love Songs album 'Brave Faces Everyone' sets the listener up for the following ten tracks of earnest, anthemic punk rock, that sees the band building on the incredible 'Schmaltz' to give us an early album of the year contender.
Danny and Kieran from Phoxjaw joined us at 2000Trees after their excellent set on the Neu Stage earlier that day. We talked about festivals, the Bristol music scene, their latest EP A Playground For Sad Adults and their plans for the rest of the year.
Patrick and Corey from the mighty Drug Church sat down with us shortly before their set at 2000trees. We spoke about camping, Blue Oyster Cult, Echo & the Bunnymen, metal, punk and hardcore, as well as the importance of not taking yourself too seriously.
Chris and Danny from Can’t Swim were kind enough to sit down with us for a quick chat before their set at 2000trees. We spoke about the success of This Too Won’t Pass, being comfortable as a band and, obviously, CKY and Korn.
Forming for a project at ArcTanGent in 2018, the members of Pijn & Conjurer have unleashed one of the best surprise releases of the year. Described by ArcTanGent organiser, James Scarlett, as “like Baroness playing Pink Floyd,” 'Curse These Metal Hands' combines driving riffs and gang vocals with moments of crushing power and peaceful reflection.
It's been a whirlwind journey for UK metallers Conjurer, who have been non-stop since the release of their debut album 'Mire'. From countless festival appearances to their debut US tour, awards nominations and endless praise of their first full-length, the band have been going from strength to strength - and this is just the beginning. We recently caught up with bassist Conor Marshall, who was kind enough to sit down with us at 2000trees, to talk about their success so far, their project with label mates Pijn and more.