Play of the day: chiming in from New South Wales

Debut album from 2 piece Australian post punk hardcore band Chimers. Sounding like Mission of Burma playing Cult songs but with lods of nods to soaring sounds of Husker Du or Lungfish this is a record well worth chasing down

Acoustic Melvins on the way

Lockdown sent everyone crazy. Electric gigs and performances dwindled as bands took to doing Lockdown sessions. The Melvins have never been a band to jump on any bandwagons over their 4 decade history and while their next record will be a stripped down version of the band it was done because it was time.

Play of the day – the dressing rooms are starting to unlock

Continuing on with the excellent series of benefits is the latest Locked in the dressing Room comps. As the light is starting to emerge on live music once again it will be more difficult to remember how many venues and staff were left with no income. For most reading this blog live music was a pulse we clung on to. We looked forward to the camaraderie of gigs, the explosion of sound and sight on stage as our world revolved so much around music. That came to a halt as we re-assesed and some tried to recreate that experience online. But it was difficult. Live In the Dressing Room was created to show support to venues by the musicians.

Play of the day it’s not just mush it’s a classic

What a game changer this album was. It took the punk rock bits many of us had grown up with, for some we had discovered us hardcore and the tunes that were going with that. We felt that music was changing trajectory, it didn't have to continue to be confrontational, it could be conversational. Leatherface were the band that made the next leap.

Play of the day – the man is (not) Ignorant

The sound here is as good as any recording I’ve heard Steve play on. The feeling bleeds through the speakers. It’s not something that would win a song contest and I’m sure Steve is fine with that. It’s him stripped bare and raw.

Play of the day – the boys are getting Oily

Take a journey through the darkness and intense world of oily boys. where each song merges into the other exploding through your speakers. It almost feels like they are trying to wake you from a comfort zone and unsettle through the noise.