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New Song, New Vid…The Joy Formidable

artist: The Joy Formidable | genre: alt-rock | label: Canvasback

Today’s post is short, sweet and simply this…I freaking love this band.  – Drago

upcoming shows

Oct 01 King Tuts Wah Wah Hut Glasgow, United Kingdom
Oct 02 The Tunnels Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Oct 04 Manchester Academy Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 05 O2 Academy 2 Newcastle Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Oct 06 Cockpit, Leeds Leeds, United Kingdom
Oct 07 Sugarmill Stoke On Trent, United Kingdom
Oct 08 Millennium Music Hall Cardiff, United Kingdom
Oct 10 O2 Academy2 Oxford Oxford, United Kingdom
Colorado dancehall Denver featured artists P-Nuckle punk reggae Revolution Sound Lab

Stand Up for P-Nuckle

artist: P-Nuckle | genre: reggae, punk | label: Revolution Sound Lab

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Down Step
Love To Love Her
No Justice

The storied connection between reggae and punk goes back many, many moons.  Clubs who were brave enough to cater to punk and hardcore bands used to play reggae in between sets so as to settle the crowd down before the next band hit the stage.  It worked.  I, myself, remember many a night spent in the hallowed halls of the old 930 Club in downtown Washington.  Dag Nasty, Government Issue and the like ripped the roof of the joint back in the day.  The pits were massive and the air electric from the very first power chord to the last cymbal crash.  It was mayhem and it was awesome.  Then, before the band could even unplug their guitars the reggae vibrations would descend upon the crowd from the rafters above, or so it seemed, like a tepid tropical breeze and, almost instantly, order was restored.  While punk and reggae coexisted at the same show, it was the godfathers of the DC hardcore scene that actually married the two genres in the same set.  If it please the court, I enter exhibit A…Bad Brains.  HR, Dr. No, Darryl Jennifer and Earl Hudson proved that a band’s sound was defined by, well, the band and not some corporate A&R cat looking to cash in on the next big thing.  It is because of those reggae/punk experiences from back in the day that I developed a deep seeded appreciation and respect for both genres.

Flash forward to today and we find a global indie music seen abounding in talented reggae and punk bands.  Nothing startling there.   However, it’s a very rare occasion indeed to find a band ambitious/courageous enough these days to attempt to merge the (2) long acquainted musical styles…let alone one that can pull it off.  That, my friends, is what makes Colorado’s P-Nuckle so intriguing.  They blend the smoothness of roots reggae, the riddim of dancehall and the energy of emo-punk in such a way that the transitions are virtually seamless.  The tracks just fit.  Granted their style is not as hardcore in either direction as Bad Brains was but then again, whose is?!  Their most recently release, Stand Up, certainly captures the essence of the band’s sound however, after seeing some video clips of the boys in action, for one to truly experience all that is P-Nuckle their live show is a must.  These cats are the complete package.

– Drago

alt-rock alternative Attention Thieves Eden Music England featured artists new release Reading reviews rock United Kingdom

Hey, who stole my attention?

Attention Thieves
Attention Thieves: Ryan, Hag, Alex, Sim
artist: Attention Thieves
genre: Brit Alt-Rock
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Broken Promise
From My Reach
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For me, when I think of quintessential Brit Alt-Rock over the last few years bands like Kaiser Chiefs, The Enemy, and Hard-Fi come immediately to my mind as some of my favourites. I have a new band to add to that list. Attention Thieves, from Reading, England, launch their brand new single “Broken Promise” today. And this track delivers everything I love about British alternative rock. It’s post punk, post hardcore, with melodies your gonna find yourself singing along to at the top of your lungs in the privacy of your own car.
Also check out their 2009 four track EP Fear To Lose. The third track off the EP, “From My Reach”, should give you reason enough to get the rest of the album for yourself.

– DMitch

Upcoming Shows (view all)
Sep 10 2010 7:00P Audiotube launch night @ The Loft UNITED KINGDOM
Oct 02 2010 1:00P Big Finger Festival Grendon, Northamaptonshire, UK
Oct 03 2010 1:30P Big Finger Festival Grendon, Northamaptonshire, UK
Nov 07 2010 5:00A Moster Fest @ FaceBar Reading, Berkshire, UK