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Beige Banquet 'Awake' 10” vinyl via Just Step Sideways Records (London) Cassette via Mangel Records (Berlin) Forming in 2020, which was probably, single-handedly, the shittest time to start...

Bertie Marshall announces forthcoming Exhibit album:

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Bertie Marshall announces forthcoming Exhibit album: Bertie Marshall AKA 'Berlin' was a founding member of the 'Bromley Contingent' an influential strain of the London punk...

40 years ago, this month, Duran Duran released “Girls On Film” the song and it’s appearance on MTV was a pop culture game changer

the 40 year anniversary of the confluence of these two major events, remember that they are not only shining examples of consummate musicianship, they are cultural pioneers worthy of respect.

Bob Vylan, Witch Fever : Manchester – live review

Tonight’s We Live Here To tour is the hottest ticket in the UK this week and features two outfits who are redefining what was there before into bold new shapes. 
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40 years ago, this month, Duran Duran released “Girls On Film” the song and it’s appearance on MTV was a pop culture game changer

the 40 year anniversary of the confluence of these two major events, remember that they are not only shining examples of consummate musicianship, they are cultural pioneers worthy of respect.

Bob Vylan, Witch Fever : Manchester – live review

Tonight’s We Live Here To tour is the hottest ticket in the UK this week and features two outfits who are redefining what was there before into bold new shapes. 

Beige Banquet: ‘AWAKE’ – Single Review

Beige Banquet 'Awake' 10” vinyl via Just Step Sideways Records (London) Cassette...

Iggy & The Stooges: Born In A Trailer – album review

Iggy & The Stooges - Born In A Trailer Cherry...

Standon Calling 2021 – festival review

Standon Calling Festival 23-25th July 2021 Keith Goldhanger reports from Standon...

Bertie Marshall announces forthcoming Exhibit album:

Bertie Marshall announces forthcoming Exhibit album: Bertie Marshall AKA 'Berlin'...

Inhaler : The John Robb interview

Fascinating interview with young band facing up to and soundtracking the post pandemic world with an album of anthemic post punk moods that go beyond the U2 connection

The Jesus Bolt: Flaming Car – single review & video premiere

single review & video premiere The Jesus Bolt: Flaming Car  DL...

Rainbreakers: 100 Club, London – live review

Rainbreakers live at the 100 Club, London reviewed by Nils van der Linden

BOI: Coron O Chwinc – album review

Welsh Alt-Rock band BOI have just released their debut album, Coron O Chwinc, via independent label Recordiau Crwn.

ALBUM REVIEWS

Iggy & The Stooges: Born In A Trailer – album review

Iggy & The Stooges - Born In A Trailer Cherry Red 4CD/DL Out now New boxset subtitled The...

BOI: Coron O Chwinc – album review

Welsh Alt-Rock band BOI have just released their debut album, Coron O Chwinc, via independent label Recordiau Crwn.

Anika: Change – album review

Anika delivers a second helping of experimental synth-pop. Andy Brown embraces Change and reviews the LP for Louder Than War.

The Bluetones: Expecting to Fly – Box Set review

The Bluetones: Expecting to Fly Demon Out Now LP The Bluetones have recently released their number one album,...

On Rotation: Our pick of July’s releases

Flying into the second half of 2021, here are some of our choice releases...

Sebastian Plano: Save Me Not – album review

Sebastian Plano’s latest album, Save Me Not, is a beautifully tantalising, utterly captivating masterpiece.

Leisure Sport: Title Card – EP Review

Leisure Sport: Title Card Self-Released Out Now DL/Stream Leisure Sport’s debut 5 track EP is an dazzling blend...

Synthetic Villains: Obstacle Navigation Album Review

Synthetic Villains Obstacle Navigation (Bandcamp) CD/DL/Streaming Released: August 2nd, 2021 7/10 Synth pop with rhythm for a...

FESTIVALS

Standon Calling 2021 – festival review

Standon Calling Festival 23-25th July 2021 Keith Goldhanger reports from Standon Calling where he got back into the swing of things again, catching not only some...

Spike Island, The Resurrection – live review

For some this was a chance to reminisce about that infamous day in May 1990. Some were not even born then. For all, this was a triumphant and joyous occasion.

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

Ever Fallen in Love: The Lost Buzzcocks Tapes by Pete Shelley with Louie Shelley – book review

Ever Fallen in Love: The Lost Buzzcocks Tapes Pete Shelley with Louie Shelley Octopus Books £20.00 UK / $24.99 US Available Now! With Ever Fallen in Love, Louie Shelley...

Strat!: The Charismatic Life and Times of Tony Stratton-Smith – book review

Strat! The Charismatic Life and Times of Tony Stratton-Smith by Chris Groom Wymer Publishing Out Now The biography by Chris Groom tells an in-depth story of a...

LIVE REVIEWS

Bob Vylan, Witch Fever : Manchester – live review

Tonight’s We Live Here To tour is the hottest ticket in the UK this week and features two outfits who are redefining what was there before into bold new shapes. 

Rainbreakers: 100 Club, London – live review

Rainbreakers live at the 100 Club, London reviewed by Nils van der Linden

Spike Island, The Resurrection – live review

For some this was a chance to reminisce about that infamous day in May 1990. Some were not even born then. For all, this was a triumphant and joyous occasion.

The Lovely Eggs: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds – live review

The Lovely Eggs | AK/DK | Thick Richard The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Saturday 24th July 2021 Andy Brown finally heads back to his spiritual home to...

Clean Cut Kid: Mr Wolf’s, Bristol – live review

Live music is back. For that reason alone, it sounds better than ever. Clean Cut Kid, supported by Pet Snake made us feel ultra-grateful.

Stepford Wives: The Castle Hotel, Manchester – live review

Stepford Wives / Woman You Stole / Pleasures / Harpens Kraft. The Castle Hotel: Manchester - Friday 24th July. Waaheeyy!! I'm at a live gig! My...

INTERVIEWS

Inhaler : The John Robb interview

Fascinating interview with young band facing up to and soundtracking the post pandemic world with an album of anthemic post punk moods that go beyond the U2 connection

In Conversation with Fenriz: “We’re “Alive” while a lot of others are “Rock And Roll Over”…”

Dan Volohov interviews the founding member of Darkthrone - Fenriz, about Eternal Hails..., writing process, esthetics, post-production and doom - for Louder Than War

bloody/bath interviewed: grief & loss & Unholy Cross

there's sadness in your lonely song:  bloody/bath interviewed  Barely a year old, with six tracks released to date on Spotify, Bandcamp and other digital platforms,...

Great Music Venues: Part II – Night N Day, Manchester – interview with Jay Taylor

I started a feature just before the Covid outbreak on great music venues which was put on the shelf for obvious reasons. With...

NEW ARTISTS

Beige Banquet: ‘AWAKE’ – Single Review

Beige Banquet 'Awake' 10” vinyl via Just Step Sideways Records (London) Cassette via Mangel Records (Berlin) Forming in 2020, which was probably, single-handedly, the shittest time to start...

The Jesus Bolt: Flaming Car – single review & video premiere

single review & video premiere The Jesus Bolt: Flaming Car  DL only Released today, 30 July 2021 The Jesus Bolt are Hazel Winter and Gerard Starkie who you...

BOI: Coron O Chwinc – album review

Welsh Alt-Rock band BOI have just released their debut album, Coron O Chwinc, via independent label Recordiau Crwn.

Leisure Sport: Title Card – EP Review

Leisure Sport: Title Card Self-Released Out Now DL/Stream Leisure Sport’s debut 5 track EP is an dazzling blend of 90’s indie guitar bands and power pop. A perfect...

Film Reviews

Punk Producer Mike Bennett Makes Musical Slasher Vegan Vampire film in California!

Manchester based punk producing legend Mike Bennett (The Fall, Fat White Family, Fuzzbox, Ian Brown, The Specials) has made a B movie in California...

Wild Search – film review

Wild Search (1989) Director: Ringo Lam Cast: Chow Yun-fat & Cherie Chung Format: Blu-ray Language: Cantonese (with optional English subtitles or dub) Runtime: 99 minutes Release date: 19 July 2021 What...

SINGLE REVIEWS

JENNY: Trajinero – single review and video premiere

JENNY: Trajinero – single review and video premiere Wanda Records/ Dirt Cult Records Out Now California based JENNY deliver another slice of classic West Coast power pop...

James Alexander Bright: Drink This Water – single review

James Alexander Bright: Drink This Water !K7 DL Released 14th July 2021     James Alexander Bright returns with a new single. Drink This Water, he implores. Sage advice. It’s...

Deathretro: Black Lights – single review

Deathretro: Black Lights (Cosmic Glue) DL/ Stream Out Now! BUY/ STREAM HERE   Dance-rock instigators Deathretro bring the noise with Black Lights, the second single from their much-anticipated debut album....

Autogramm: I Am A Situation – video premiere

Autogramm: I Am A Situation – video premiere Nevado Records Out Now With Autogramm’s second album, No Rules, already on the shelves, Louder Than War bring you...