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Could this be the Christmas Number One? Great new boyband from Teesside - Benefits A brand new boy band from Teesside are hoping for a...

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Album Review Southend Punk Volume One - Various Artists  (Angels in Exile Records) Released  4 Dec 2020 CD only One song each by 14 bands, all original compositions,...

That Hidden Promise: Who Knows Now? – album review

That Hidden Promise Who Knows Now? Self released The debut album from the mysterious Somerset based Blackpool...

Could this be the Christmas Number One? Great new boyband from Teesside – Benefits

Could this be the Christmas Number One? Great new boyband from Teesside - Benefits A...

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Albums Of The Year

Louder Than War: ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2020 – Top 50

Louder Than War Albums of The Year 2020 - Top 50 An unforgettable year, and some magnificent music. 30 odd LTW writers agree on these...

LTW Albums of the Year 2020: Numbers 51 – 250

LTW Albums of the Year 2020 - Numbers 51- 250 Each chosen by just one of our writers, the Top 50 have multiple nominations. These...

LATEST

That Hidden Promise: Who Knows Now? – album review

That Hidden Promise Who Knows Now? Self released The debut album from...

Could this be the Christmas Number One? Great new boyband from Teesside – Benefits

Could this be the Christmas Number One? Great new...

Southend Punk: Volume One: compilation album of ’77 to ’86 rarities reviewed

Album Review Southend Punk Volume One - Various Artists  (Angels...

Leslie Pereira & The Lazy Heroes – Good Karma – album review

Leslie Pereira & The Lazy Heroes - Good Karma Big...

Watch this: Norwegian rockers Leprous release new single recorded during the pandemic

Norwegian rockers Leprous have released new single Castaway Angels...

The Warner E. Hodges Band: Just Feels Right – album review

The Warner E. Hodges Band: Just Feels Right                         JCPL CD /...

Watch this! The Anchoress releases second single Unravel from her forthcoming album.

Unravel is the second song to be released from...

Various Artists: The Seventh Wave – album review

Various Artists - The Seventh Wave Big Stir CD/DL Out Now Seventh collection...

Protest at proposed huge PRS tariff for live stream events.

The Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) have written to PRS for Music, the UK performance rights organisation, to protest a proposed new tariff for livestreamed concerts, which the associations criticise as “unworkable” and punitive to artists.

ALBUM REVIEWS

That Hidden Promise: Who Knows Now? – album review

That Hidden Promise Who Knows Now? Self released The debut album from the mysterious Somerset based Blackpool...

Southend Punk: Volume One: compilation album of ’77 to ’86 rarities reviewed

Album Review Southend Punk Volume One - Various Artists  (Angels in Exile Records) Released  4 Dec...

Leslie Pereira & The Lazy Heroes – Good Karma – album review

Leslie Pereira & The Lazy Heroes - Good Karma Big Stir CD/DL Out now New 12 track album...

The Warner E. Hodges Band: Just Feels Right – album review

The Warner E. Hodges Band: Just Feels Right                         JCPL CD / LP / DL Out Now Warner E....

Various Artists: The Seventh Wave – album review

Various Artists - The Seventh Wave Big Stir CD/DL Out Now Seventh collection drawn from the Big Stir...

Not Quite So: 47 Minutes – album review

Not Quite So 47 Minutes Wormhole World CD|DL Out on 4th December - available here.   Not Quite So emerge...

Kelly Moran and Prurient: Chain Reaction At Dusk – album review.

Kelly Moran and Prurient Chain Reaction At Dusk Hospital Productions HOS668 EP/DL December 4th, 2020 A split EP between prepared-piano...

David Bowie: No Trendy Rechauffe (live Birmingham 95) – album review

David Bowie – No Trendy Rechauffe (live Birmingham 95)     Parlophone Records Vinyl/CD Out now and only...

FESTIVALS

Six Of The Best Sets At Loftas Fest 2020

From toe-tapping rock n’ roll to darkly ethereal modular synthpop - discover highlights from the vibrant Loftas Fest in Vilnius, Lithuania... It’s predominantly local acts...

11 Band Podcasts You Need to Hear

With the live music scene ground to a frustrating halt, bands and musicians are finding innovative ways to keep in touch with audiences. Like,...

Photo Reviews

Stereophonics: Manchester Arena – live photo review

Stereophonics Manchester Arena March 13th 2019 Louder Than War photographer Michael Bond, captured Stereophonics on the Manchester leg of their European tour, promoting their 11th studio album...

Nasty Cherry: Manchester Academy 3 – live review

Nasty Cherry | Noisy MancesterAcademy 29th February 2020 Cazz Blase and Melanie Smith witness Nasty Cherry’s turbocharged Manchester debut. A far cry from the howling wind and...

Book Reviews

What Would Gary Gygax Do? by Tim Cundle & Rachel Evans – Book Review

What Would Gary Gygax Do? by Tim Cundle & Rachel Evans (Earth Island) Nathan Brown reviews a compendium of 55 short stories for punks and...

Great Gig Memories: From Punks & Friends – book review

book review Great Gig Memories: From Punks & Friends compiled by Niall McGuirk & Michael Murphy (Hope Publications) (Paperback. 280 pages/no photos) Available from here This is a scrap-book-style,...

LIVE REVIEWS

The Cribs: The Cavern, Liverpool – live stream review

The Cribs The Cavern Club, Liverpool Saturday 21st November 2020 Andy Brown cracks open a celebratory cider and visits the Cavern Club from the comfort of his...

Ezra Furman: Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston – live review (streaming)

Ezra Furman Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston 1st November 2020 Ezra Furman finally takes her first steps back towards the ordinary life we all crave as she...

Six Of The Best Sets At Loftas Fest 2020

From toe-tapping rock n’ roll to darkly ethereal modular synthpop - discover highlights from the vibrant Loftas Fest in Vilnius, Lithuania... It’s predominantly local acts...

OtZvuki Mu- Live in St Petersburg – Review

In a continuing series, Louder than War explores the Russian live scene, which, despite COVID-19, is carrying on pretty much as normal...

Motorama: K-30, St. Petersburg – live review

Despite their Russian origin, Motorama are more likely to be seen live beyond the borders of their motherland. Since their second album, Calendar, was...

The Glen Matlock Band: + The Priscillas – Electric Ballroom, London

The music, good as it is, is almost irrelevant - this is about seeing a gig, trying to see a safe way forward and trying to find a new hope. It’s aspirational.

INTERVIEWS

Interview: The Pretty Things’ Wally Waller reflects on the reissue of their classic album Parachute

  The Pretty Things were one of those influential bands who never quite had the commercial success of their flower power contemporaries but who knew...

Mark Fernyhough: Automatic Paintings – single review + in conversation

Single review and interview by Susan Sloan Mark Fernyhough Automatic Paintings DL Out now! In the early 1900s Swedish artist Hilma af Klint began conducting séances in order...

Alex Maas (Black Angels): interview – “It’s about just letting go and allowing yourself to fall into love”

Alex Maas, singer of The Black Angels, readies the release of his debut solo album, Luca, a record that brims with the hope and...

Great Gig Memories: From Punks & Friends – book review

book review Great Gig Memories: From Punks & Friends compiled by Niall McGuirk & Michael Murphy (Hope Publications) (Paperback. 280 pages/no photos) Available from here This is a scrap-book-style,...

NEW ARTISTS

Could this be the Christmas Number One? Great new boyband from Teesside – Benefits

Could this be the Christmas Number One? Great new boyband from Teesside - Benefits A brand new boy band from Teesside are hoping for a...

Dexy: Drop Your Hand – single review

Dexy Drop Your Hand Out now! DL and Streaming Dexy, South London Singer-songwriter, follows up his 2017 debut album Tear It Down with single Drop Your Hand this week....

Not Quite So: 47 Minutes – album review

Not Quite So 47 Minutes Wormhole World CD|DL Out on 4th December - available here.   Not Quite So emerge with a collection of tragic-comic tales narrated over a rich...

Watch this! Left Field Messiah release new video + album news

Today, Left Field Messiah share Fuzz Machine, following up on their debut single A.M. Moonlight from September. Both tracks are singles off of their...

Film Reviews

The Painted Bird – film review

The Painted Bird (2020) Director: Václav Marhoul Cast: Petr Kotlár, Udo Kier, Harvey Keitel, Stellan Skarsgard Format: Blu-ray Release Date: 16th November 2020 Language: (Interslavic with English subtitles) Runtime: 169...

Mothra (Limited Edition Box Set) – film review

Mothra (Limited Edition Box Set) - film review Mothra (1961) Director: Ishirō Honda Cast: Frankie Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kyōko Kagawa Format: Blu-ray Release Date: 16th November 2020 Runtime: 191...

SINGLE REVIEWS

X Ray Cat Trio & Harriet Hyde: Bubblegum – EP review

X Ray Cat Trio & Harriet Hyde: Bubblegum (Buzzards Claw Records) Ltd 7" | DL Available mid December 2020 A Christmas gift from the X Ray Cat...

Mark Fernyhough: Automatic Paintings – single review + in conversation

Single review and interview by Susan Sloan Mark Fernyhough Automatic Paintings DL Out now! In the early 1900s Swedish artist Hilma af Klint began conducting séances in order...

Holy Drone: Fibres – single review

HOLY DRONE Fibres Out Now A shoegaze lullaby for a world that longs for heartening sounds. After the first lockdown, Holy Drone came together to make new...

Vulpynes: Us Against Them – EP review

Vulpynes "Us Against Them" (FOAD Musick) 12" EP | CD | DL Available now (DL only) Buy HERE Third EP from the Dublin based duo of Molly and...