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RetroBlog: Refused – The Shape Of Punk To Come

Posted in Experimental Rock, Hardcore, Post-hardcore, Retroblog by newmusicexcess on June 1, 2010

The Shape Of Punk To Come

The Shape Of Punk To Come, by Swedish band Refused, completely passed me by when it was originally released , however I gave it a listen recently and was completely blown away by the unique sound. Check it out, still sounds as fresh today as it did in 1998.

Track listing:

  1. Worms of the Senses / Faculties of the Skull
  2. Liberation Frequency
  3. The Deadly Rhythm
  4. Summerholidays Vs. Punkroutine
  5. Bruitist Pome #5
  6. New Noise
  7. The Refused Party Program
  8. Protest Song ’68
  9. Refused Are Fucking Dead
  10. The Shape of Punk to Come
  11. Tannhäuser / Derivè
  12. The Apollo Programme Was a Hoax

Check it out at Spotify –

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  • Hardcore punk
  • Post-hardcore
  • Experimental rock


Similar artists:

  • The (International) Noise Conspiracy
  • Snapcase
  • Raised Fist
  • Gallows
  • Fugazi
  • The Bronx
  • The Ghost of a Thousand


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Alexisonfire/Billy Talent – 15th April Cunard Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Posted in Alternative Rock, Melodic Hardcore, Post-hardcore, Punk, Screamo by newmusicexcess on April 16, 2010

Bands = Awesome!! (Well if you managed to get into see Alexisonfire before they had finished)

Venue Management/Door Security = FAIL!

Ok. Here’s the deal. We arrived outside the venue around 7.15 pm, and Alexisonfire came on at 8.10 pm (from what I understand). By the time we worked out which of the 3 queues we were supposed to be in and then queued for what seemed to be an ‘age’, an hour must have passed, as I got in around 8.20 pm. The hold up seemed to be that security were doing quite time consuming (slow) pat-downs on everyone entering the venue.

However, because of the policy of separate pat-downs and bag searches for males and females and the fact that there seemed to be one female security person, it took my wife a further 20 minutes to get into the hall. Bear in mind that Alexisonfire finished up their set at around 9.00 pm. To top it all no attempt was made speed up the women’s queue despite the lack of any men’s queue at one point.

I really felt for one young woman who had just arrived as the ‘house lights’ went on. She asked me who the band was who had just finished as she had been queuing outside, and was close to tears when I told her that the band she had just missed was Alexisonfire. Not surprisingly she had specifically come to see them.

As I said before, both bands were awesome, and they are blameless in the matter. But, the venue management, get your act together!!! Please!!!

Anyway, rant over.  Well for the moment. Hey, I’m from the UK, what do you expect. But, I think it’s catching….

So for all the fans out there, here is a couple of videos by said bands.



Similar Artists

  • Alexisonfire: We Are The Ocean, Dance Gavin Dance, A Day to Remember, Emarosa, Underoath, The Ghost of a Thousand, Funeral For A Friend, Chiodos, Cancer Bats, Saosin.
  • Billy Talent: Pezz (Billy Talent’s original name), Rise Against, Sum 41, Anti-Flag.

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Brighton Rocks! Telegraphs, Architects, The Ghost Of A Thousand

Posted in Brighton by newmusicexcess on February 13, 2010

Brighton Pier

Yesterday afternoon I was getting all nostalgic catching up on some stuff by a few Brighton based bands, checking them out on Wikipedia, MySpace and YouTube. Basically seeing what they were up to.

When I was in the UK I used to spend a lot of time in Brighton as it’s a great place to catch both new and old bands at intimate venues like the Concorde 2 and The Engine Room, amongst others, plus it has some cool shops to check out at the weekends. Three of the ‘harder’ Brighton bands that seem to have attracted attention over the past few years are: Telegraphs, Architects and The Ghost Of A Thousand. Here’s a bit of information about them from Wikipedia:


Formed in 2006, Telegraphs is made up of members Darcy Harrison (vocals), Hattie Williams (bass/vocals), Sam Bacon (drums), Darren LeWarne (guitar) and Aung Yay (also known as Gary Yay) (guitar/backing vocals). They play alternative rock, emotionally-charged lyrically and accompanied by cutting angular guitars, riff based melodies and pounding, driven drum-rhythms, influenced by such bands as Biffy Clyro, Reuben, Oceansize and Idlewild.

Recommended listening – We Were Ghosts



Architects are an English metalcore band from Brighton, England, formed in 2004. The band went through several name changes before they decided upon Architects. Their first name was Inharmonic, which was swiftly changed to Counting the Days. After a couple of years this was in turn changed to Architects.

They are currently signed to Century Media Records worldwide and Distort Entertainment in Canada. The band have toured the UK and Europe with the likes of Bring Me the Horizon, SikTh and The Chariot. They have played at a number of independent UK festivals, as well as the Download Festival 2007 and 2009, and Sonisphere 2009. The band have completed a European tour and a Canadian tour, receiving great receptions from crowds in different countries and gradually spreading their fan base. They released their second album Ruin on June 26, 2007, and released a split EP with UK band Dead Swans in early 2008, following the release with a double headed tour of the UK.

Recommended listening – Hollow Crown


The Ghost Of A Thousand

The Ghost Of A Thousand is an English five-piece punk rock band from Brighton, UK.

After signing with Undergroove Records in 2007 the band toured extensively, playing alongside Zico Chain, Gallows, Alexisonfire, Saosin, Poison the Well, and Reuben. They have also had a presence on the festival circuit: playing the Lock Up Stage at the 2007 Reading and Leeds Festivals. In October 2008 bassist Gez Walton left the band, citing musical differences. The band’s previous bassist Gaz Spencer returned in his place.

In February 2009, it was announced that the band had signed with Epitaph Records to release their second album New Hopes, New Demonstrations.

Recommended listening – New Hopes, New Demonstrations

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Pianos Become The Teeth – Old Pride

Posted in Post-hardcore, Screamo by newmusicexcess on February 8, 2010


Track listing:

1. Filial
2. Quit Benefit
3. Sleepshaker
4. Prev
5. Pensive
6. Cripples Can’t Shiver
7. Jess and Charlie
8. Young Fire

While listing to the new Pianos Become The Teeth album, Old Pride, I got the impression that this is what Explosions In The Sky would sound like if they went Screamo. This album is intense! However, at the same time there is a dynamic to the album, it’s not all just flat-out exhilaration, there are also areas of restraint, which allows an ebb and flow to the album. I particularly liked the free-time feel to the songs. Exciting stuff!

Check Old Pride out on Amazon


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We Are The Ocean – Cutting Our Teeth

Posted in Post-hardcore by newmusicexcess on February 5, 2010

We Are The Ocean - Cutting Our Teeth Track listing

1. Look Alive
2. Our Days Are Numbered
3. All of This Has to End
4. Confessions
5. These Days, I Have Nothing
6. Don’t Take Chances
7. (I’ll Grab You By The) Neck of the Woods
8. Are You Proud of Me Now?
9. I Used to Be So Much More
10. This Is Called My Home




Cutting Our Teeth is We are The Ocean’s post-hardcore serving of melodic arrangements, soaring/shouting vocals and riff heavy guitar. If you like Alexisonfire, Emarosa or A Day To Remember then We Are The Ocean might strike a chord with you. If you find yourself in the UK in Feb 2010 you can check them out on the Lostprophets tour. I think that 2010 could be an interesting year for the UK scene.

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