Advice for Surviving Lockdown from Someone Who’s Overcome Severe Depression

#MentallySound: tips for managing coronavirus panic and isolation, from someone’s who’s survived their own mental hell

Written by Sarah Williams. Gratuitous cat photos by Cold Front Photography

As stricter rules have been imposed by government in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, my anxious friends and I have joked that ‘normies’ will suddenly know what it’s like to feel mad all the time.

Anxiety: sweats, shakes, racing thoughts, imagining impending catastrophe. Depression: solitude, sadness and worthlessness. We’re being told that if we don’t wash out hands well enough, it might kill our Nan. We’re scared to leave the house. There’s an omnipresent, invisible threat, lurking around waiting to take us out. Coronavirus panic has an awful lot in common with good ol’ run-of-the-mill depression. Continue reading “Advice for Surviving Lockdown from Someone Who’s Overcome Severe Depression”

Interview: Knife Club reveal their identity with video & album launch [Exclusive]

DIY punk rock’s most mysterious band, Knife Club, reveal their identities, tell us all their secrets and launch their new video and album!

Interview by Sarah Williams.

Knife Club are the most mysterious punk band of 2020 – teasing live shows and recordings without ever revealing who they really are. If you’ve missed the hype, we posted an article speculating about their identity (sorry folks: we were in on the joke the whole time).

Today you can finally learn the identity of the band! Our interview below sheds light on the whole affair. To celebrate, they’re launching pre-orders of their first full-length album We Are Knife Club available from TNSrecords.

Watch this video right to the end, and read the interview below to find out exactly who Knife Club are and what they’re all about!

You can finally tell the world who you are! Introduce yourselves for us.

We are…! Continue reading “Interview: Knife Club reveal their identity with video & album launch [Exclusive]”

Punk Rock Tour Tales #5: Pat from The Decline

Pat from Australia’s best skate-punk exports The Decline shares his memories of gigging, in jokes, and on-the-road antics.

Punk Rock Tour Tales is a new Shout Louder feature, where we interview bands about their tour stories. Read them all here.

The Decline are a high-energy straight up skate-punk band from Perth, Australia. Unfortunately, their UK/Euro tour has been scrapped to due to whole pandemic malarkey, but we still had a chat with them about their past touring experiences.

They’ve recently released a rad album: Flash Gordon Ramsay Street on Pee Records (with international collab from Bird Attack, Disconnect Disconnect, Bells On, Cargo and Oxford Records). It fits right in the vein of Frenzal Rhomb, NoFX and Lagwagon. Questions were answered by guitarist / vocalist Pat, who first up said that they ‘love touring, drinking beers and playing legend of Zelda’.

Of the touring you’ve done, what’s been your favourite so far?

It’s very hard to say! Maybe Punk Rock Holiday in Slovenia? Maybe South America with Much The Same and The Fullblast. Maybe Australia or Mexico with A Wilhelm Scream. It’s usually the people you’re touring with or the people you meet who make it the best, rather than the actual place… maybe the USA with MakeWar. Continue reading “Punk Rock Tour Tales #5: Pat from The Decline”

Knife Club: The Power of Hype Marketing

We explore the intentions and hype of punk rock’s new, secret band Knife Club.

Written by Sarah Williams.

It’s likely that by now you’ll have heard of Knife Club. Their distinctive switchblade graphics and their provocative ‘#WhoAreKnifeClub?’ hashtag have been spread across social media since August 2019.

They have been announced to play enviable slots on big name festivals like Manchester Punk Fest and Rebellion, plus a smattering of club gigs, beginning with a spot high up the bill at April’s edition of Garlic Bread Club at Manchester’s Retro Bar

How is it possible for a band to exist, get bookings, tease an album recording and create so much controversy… without anyone knowing who they are? Continue reading “Knife Club: The Power of Hype Marketing”

Casual Nausea: DIY or Die [Interview]

We interviewed Ipswichs friendliest punks Casual Nausea about all things do-it-yourself, their progression over years of recordings and… poo. Lots of poo.

Interview by Sarah Williams. Cover photo by Sara-Louise Bowrey.

Scrappy, shouty and faster-than-fuck, Casual Nausea are long-standing TNSrecords favourites from Ipswich, Suffolk. Earlier in 2019 they released a stunning album Demons, which was a huge step forward for the band both in songwriting and production quality.

Known for their DIY-or-Die approach and their sunny attitudes, we were keen to talk to Casual Nausea about their album, their ethos and their Suffolk roots. Answers are from Zoe Barrow and Shawn Fendley, Casual Nausea’s impossible-not-to-love vocalist and drummer.

Welcome to Shout Louder! You helped us out when we were first getting started with the website, so I’ve been super keen to talk to you about the new album Demons.

Casual Nausea has been a band for a long time – could you give us a brief band history lesson?

We formed in 2012 as a bit of a laugh and something to do. We had all been friends for years, and most of us had at some point been in bands with each other before. We never really thought it was going to go anywhere but were all up for giving it a go.

Our first gig was at the Grinning Rat in Ipswich on Friday the 17th of August 2012. Since then we’ve played all over the country, have done two tours in mainland Europe. Played Rebellion, Boomtown, Manchester Punk Fest and loads of other amazing festivals, but have mostly spent a lot of time in cars with each other discussing poo. Continue reading “Casual Nausea: DIY or Die [Interview]”

Laughing In The Face Of: Getting Faster All The Time [Interview]

We talk to Laughing In The Face Of, one of the fastest, hardest-shredding bands in the UK, about how they’ve gotten faster as they’ve grown older, the challenges of self-recording and the joys of the punk rock scene.

Interview by Sarah Williams.

Birmingham’s fastest skate-punks Laughing In The Face Of have teased us with two video singles so far this year. They’ve posted plenty about the recording and mixing of their new record, which will be their first since 2013’s The Governor.

As a long-established band on Shout Louder’s sister project Lockjaw Records, we wanted to give them some much deserved hype, and find out what they’ve been doing with the last 6 years. We interviewed Steve Lowry (vocals, guitar) and Jimmy Carroll (bass) to learn more.

Rumour has it that you’ve got a brand new album on the way! How long’s that been in the works?

Steve: That rumour might be true. Both writing and recording were a long process. With writing, we just did what we could without forcing it into a time frame. We wanted to make the best out of it. No filler, every song well-thought out, nothing we would feel even remotely disheartened by at the end. I mean, we all wanted to get it done, but realistically it was never gonna be a quick job. Continue reading “Laughing In The Face Of: Getting Faster All The Time [Interview]”

Disgraceland: The slow-and-steady DIY punk approach [Interview]

We speak to heavy rock ‘n’ roll punks Disgraceland about their influences, their recent releases and their patient approach to the DIY punk rock race.

Interview by Sarah Williams.

Disgraceland are a relatively new heavy punk ‘n’ roll band from Plymouth, ideal for fans of The Stooges, Dead Kennedys, Reverend Horton Heat or The Jim Jones Revue. Since their inception in 2018, they’ve released two EPs had have picked up some exciting live dates in the South of England.

Featuring Shout Louder’s very own Ollie Stygall on guitar, we had an in depth chat with him about the band’s inception, direction and slow-and-steady-wins-the-race approach.

You’re a new band, but by no means new to the world of punk rock. What projects have you been involved with in the past?

We’ve all been around the block several times over and have clocked up a lot of miles in different bands.

Foz (drums) and I spent 14 years in a band called Grifter who were classed by people as stoner rock, although I hate that term and just thought of us as a rock and roll band. We did OK, put out a couple of albums on an American label, released stuff on a few other labels, did some touring, went to Europe, etc. Foz has also spent time many years ago in a death metal band, a psychobilly band called The Lost Souls and various punk bands: Mr. Pound, Swak Tang, The Obnoxious UK to name a few. Continue reading “Disgraceland: The slow-and-steady DIY punk approach [Interview]”