Not be mixed up with the meddlesome Bring Me the Horizon, Road to Horizon are a five-piece hardcore band hailing from the windy moors of Yorkshire. In their short of time of airplay they have managed to conjure up a slot of on BBC Leeds Introducing and caught the attention of Kerrang’s Fresh Blood, not to mention sharing the stage with Funeral for a Friend and The Defiled in previous years. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include the bands infamous cover of Rita Ora’s Closer.
So many tracks have got the Noise Cannon team buzzing this week, read on to find out which ones and why…
Britain is great for a few things: tea, roast dinners, and small festivals to name a few. Southsea Fest is the finale of the season, but now we’ve reached the end we can talk about the best one! Based along one road in Portsmouth it hosted an impressive array of bands, and these were our favourites…
THE LOFT VENUE
Joythief offered their UK powerviolence to the heavy sounds happening in The Loft. Their Chainsaw Squid-esque short blasts of fuckery were well executed and a great load of PV fun. Later in The Loft we had Northern hard-hitting hardcore from Iced Out. They wore their stoner influences on their sleeve (and the guitarist’s Sleep shirt) with their slow chuggy riffs given a hard punk edge. Employed To Serve also delivered a gnarly grind mixed with math set. They felt like Dillinger mixed with iwresledabearonce and Napalm Death. They showed the most energy we saw in The Loft, as singer Justine Jones explored the crowd whilst guitarist Sammy Urwin surfed it. They also have the tunes to carry themselves, as their latest EP Change Nothing, Regret Everything is just as unrelenting as their live set.
It’s surprising that Doe aren’t a bigger deal in the UK rock scene right now. Their clean light-hearted punk has catchy and infectious songwriting that far surpasses their pop punk competition. Their set was equally appealing, although it did feel like they should be doing something much bigger.
F A L L S
In a very similar vein, it’s surprising that F A L L S aren’t one of the most hyped bands of the UK punk/rock scene right now. Their sound is comparable to Baby Godzilla and headliners Pulled Apart By Horses, but their songwriting is incomparable. Delivering tunes mostly from their latest EP, including the phenomenal hip shaker ‘Hammers?’ and new track ‘If You Can’t Love Yourself How The Hell Can You Love Someone Else?’ (nice job on the Rupaul quote) went down a storm. F A L L S climbed everything in sight, ran into everyone within reach, mic grabbed and basically made sure everyone in the room was involved and having a good time. There is truly no justice in the UK music scene if these guys don’t blow up soon.
KINGS THEATRE VENUE
With their psychedelia, Kassassin Street shook the Kings Theatre in the early afternoon. Frontman Rowan Bastable’s groovy-moves got the crowd dancing, and their stage presence felt way beyond their years. Delivering laid-back, heartfelt and impeccable songwriting, Ed Harcourt was the perfect antedote to the hustle of the day.
Headlining the Kings Theatre, his flawless use of loop pedals created a sonic wonderland for his dark stories, and his piano ballads were beautiful (and at times pretty crazy). Harcourt even came down to serenade the crowd, but couldn’t quite get back up again… When you’re that dapper, there’s never a need to climb.
There was a real buzz before DZ Deathrays, as they’ve gone from touring the toilet venues of the UK to being one of the most anticipated bands on this line up. Their Aussie brand of (mostly) two-man fuzz rock filled the The Wedgewood Rooms, their shouty hooks rattled Southsea, and their huge arsenal of riffs could keep Portsmouth moving all night. Frontman Shane Parsons leaned over his guitar with the silhouette of Kurt Cobain whilst firing these riffs with sniper precision. While the setlist would have been great with the inclusion of some older stuff like ‘Rad Solar’ and ‘Gebbie Street’, with new album Black Rat out it’s not surprising… and DZ still delivered the goods tonight. It feels they’ve officially jumped out of the toilet scene and into the big ol’ sea.
Words by Jack King
Photography by Jodie-mae Finch
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