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The Deadnotes – ‘Courage’ (22Lives)

This album takes John B right back to the mid-2000s with emo/indie rock bands like Dashboard Confessional. While back then the market was flooded with bands in the genre, these days it seems that there are few doing it. Even less doing it in the same classic style as back then and even fewer still doing it well. Five years ago, JB might have said that it was too soon for a comeback of the genre, however these days he thinks it is a good time to reintroduce the style. Both for the new generation and to kick our generation right in the nostalgia. The real question is how does The Deadnotes fit into this reintroduction? As usual, you gotta wait till the last paragraph for our man's final verdict. First, let us talk about the music...

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Darkest Hour/Fallujah/Bloodlet/Une Misère/Lowest Creature – Manchester, Rebellion – 20 January 2020

Twenty-five years is a bloody long time for a band to be together but that's what Darkest Hour are celebrating in this latest tour, and with them they bring four other bands in support of this including a favourite of Jase Walker's, Fallujah. Manchester is one of two dates they're playing in the Über Kingdom as part of a European tour throughout multiple countries, as part of this review our man also got to have a sit down with Mike Schleibaum from Darkest Hour and a chat with him about how the tour's going, what sort of challenges a band goes through spanning 25 years, and any possible future plans.

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Pearl Handled Revolver – ‘Fantasy Reigns’ (Self-Released)

On their decade-long musical adventure to date, Bedford quartet have carved a path for many of the psychedelic blues revivalists who have followed in their footsteps, in the process creating for themselves a niche within the blues-stoner marketplace that veers very much towards the darker side of the tracks, yet at the same time has resulted in joyous musical celebrations which enthral and enrapture the audience. And it is a road along which they have walked another significant distance with this stunning fourth studio full-lengther.

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The Deadnotes – ‘Courage’ (22Lives)

This album takes John B right back to the mid-2000s with emo/indie rock bands like Dashboard Confessional. While back then the market was flooded with bands in the genre, these days it seems that there are few doing it. Even less doing it in the same classic style as back then and even fewer still doing it well. Five years ago, JB might have said that it was too soon for a comeback of the genre, however these days he thinks it is a good time to reintroduce the style. Both for the new generation and to kick our generation right in the nostalgia. The real question is how does The Deadnotes fit into this reintroduction? As usual, you gotta wait till the last paragraph for our man's final verdict. First, let us talk about the music...