The Best Ways To Support Independent Records Labels (From The Labels Themselves)

Sarah speaks to the owners of small, independent record labels, to understand the best way people can support them and to demystify some preconceptions about small music businesses.

Written by Sarah Williams.

We’re currently running a competition to support small record labels, where you can win a massive bundle of vinyl, CDs and other goodies. Head to our Instagram to enter.

The role of the record label has changed in recent years. Small, independent DIY labels are popping up all the time, but they don’t have the capital to fund recordings or the clout to market bands to a mainstream audience, as a label would have done traditionally.

Instead, many of the record labels we love are started at kitchen tables by keen music lovers,often to help their friends or to release their own band’s music. Nowadays, record labels are a helping hand, a word of advice, financial support and a labour of love.

Outside of Shout Louder, I’m part of a team that keep the cogs turning at Lockjaw Records. Although we’re relatively well established, we’re not doing anything for profit. The reward for our hard work is seeing our bands reach new listeners and play bigger stages. Many label proprietors are passionate punk rockers, who simply want to keep the scene alive.

I spoke to some of the small labels I respect the most, to understand how best to support them. Continue reading “The Best Ways To Support Independent Records Labels (From The Labels Themselves)”

Album Review: Coral Springs – Always Lost, Never Found

Dutch pop-punks Coral Springs channel skate-punk talent to deliver a skilled and varied debut album.

Review by Alan Corcoran

There’s a moment at 1 minute 46 seconds into Taking A Fall, the second song of Coral Springs‘ Always Lost, Never Found, that made me realise that this album is a keeper. It is a brief, catchy breakdown that bounces along and radiates a feeling of pure joy. It’s not slow, or even particularly heavy, but goddamn does it elevate a good song into a great one. It’s the type of artistic genre-melding movement that New Found Glory produced in Not Without A Fight, but it’s applied with a more deft touch.

Coral Springs, despite their name, influences and general aesthetic, do not hail from So Cal, but rather the West Coast of the Netherlands. Cartological pedants amongst you might point out that most of the coastline in the Netherlands is technically west coast – that it doesn’t even have an East Coast – but that’s beside the point.

Before you have a chance to draw breath after that breakdown, Voices crashes in with an opening riff that I don’t want to compare to blink-182 after guitar lessons from some euro skate-punkers, but… Continue reading “Album Review: Coral Springs – Always Lost, Never Found”

The Human Project Tour Diary: Driving 24 Hours For A 40 Minute Set

Why drive all day to play one set? The Human Project make a trip full of in-jokes and good times go quickly, en route to Coral Springs’ album launch in Leiden, Netherlands.

Article by Sarah Williams. Gig photos by Mia Weerdesteijn.

05:15 and I’ve accidentally set my alarm for 5pm, so Luke Yates, guitarist in The Human Project has to knock on my door to wake me up. I have one job (to get out of bed on time), and I’ve failed it.

It’s an early start, as are many of these trips. Loading merchandise into the back of a van at 5am, after staying in Luke’s spare room in Leeds the night before, I start considering why we bother. As a teenager, I imagined going on tour would involve a big Nightliner – a tour lorry with bunks beds, big screen TVs and a bar. As an adult I look forward to jumping in the back of a Mercedes Vito to travel in boredom for 10 hours, just to watch a band play for 30 minutes.

There’s an acceptance to it. It’s not glamorous, but it is fun. Luke jumps in the drivers seat of the van and we taxi round Leeds in the pre-dawn darkness to collect the rest of the band.

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7 Punk Rock Bands To Stalk In 2019

Our recommendations for ones-to-watch this year – these bands are set to explode.

Written by Sarah Williams. Cover photo by Cold Front Photography.

Now that we’ve completed our round-up of 2018 (check out our top albums, EPs, festivals and live bands) it’s time to look ahead of the future.

The DIY punk scene is thriving in Europe currently; it’s feels like we’re on riding the crest of a wave that’s growing into a tsunami. Online connections are enabling us to share recommendations and enthusiasm across continents, so word is spread quickly about exciting new acts.

It’s easy to find new music nowadays, however I’ve believe there are two methods that stand out above the others: watching support acts at gigs and listening to recommendations from your friends. In 2019, I implore you to get out and see as many new bands as possible. To get you started, here are Shout Louder’s top recommendations:

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Wolfrik

Canadian thrashers Wolfrik are unlike any other band I’ve heard… although it’s safe to say they’re fans of Alexisonfire, A Wilhelm Scream, Protest The Hero and Belvedere. I’ve been keen to get their EP Skeleton City into the ears of anyone I can find and, so far, everyone’s been bowled over by their awesome sound.

Fortunately Skeleton City also found its way to the ears of the Manchester Punk Festival promoters, who pretty much instantly added them to the bill. If Wolfrik are as good live as they are on record then they’re going to tear the faces off the whole UK punk scene when they arrive in England in April. Erring on the metal / rock end of the punk scale, they combine a variety of genres, but it’s all fast, raucous fun with a healthy dose of experimentation. Continue reading “7 Punk Rock Bands To Stalk In 2019”

Album Review: Fastfade – Happy If You Aren’t

London skate-punks Fastfade have produced a straight-up classic. FFO: Early blink-182 / Green Day / Frenzal Rhomb

Review by Alan O’Corcorain.

Clocking in at 13 songs in 34 minutes, Fastfade have made a breathless, exuberant punk album for disaffected youth and nostalgic punk rockers everywhere.

Listing Blink-182 as an influence can sometimes be a red flag. For a band that are often viewed as three jackasses who struck it lucky, they are actually really fucking good songwriters, you guys! Not sure if you’ve listened to Enema Of The State lately, but it’s got some songs, people.

Usually the Blink-influenced band are three snotty teenagers in their parents’ shed throwing shitty chords at the wall and hoping they stick. Now, Fastfade are self described as three lads playing snotty punk music that they wrote as teenagers in their parents garage, I’ll grant you that…but here’s the thing. They’re all that, but they’re actually pretty damn good to boot.

Fastfade is a pretty amazing name for a punk band on the edges of 90s skate punk. Both familiar and fresh, somehow. It’s a perfectly distilled name for a young punk band.  They know what they want to sound like. You know what they are going to sound like. And you’re excited for it. Continue reading “Album Review: Fastfade – Happy If You Aren’t”

Exclusive: Fastfade Premiere ‘Walkie Talkie’ Video & Announce Debut Album

Enfield’s scrappiest skate-punks get wet and wild in their new music video.

Fastfade are hard not to love. Taking influence from Frenzal Rhomb, MxPx, early Greenday and decent-era Blink 182, these three young Londoners are the edgy, exciting injection of energy that the UK skate-punk scene needs.

Walkie Talkie is the first single from their debut album Happy If You Aren’t, which will be released through Umlaut Records on Friday 14th December. They’re celebrating the release with a launch party supporting No Fun At All at London’s New Cross Inn on December 19th.

“Walkie Talkie is one of our slower but more hard hitting songs, proving that we don’t only play at 260bpm and sing about getting dumped or something,” said Fastfade about the single. “With this song we tried to show off a little bit of everything that we could do and to make something so catchy it sticks in your head and pisses you off a little.” Continue reading “Exclusive: Fastfade Premiere ‘Walkie Talkie’ Video & Announce Debut Album”

Track-by-Track: Captain Trips – Stand By

Rich Mayor, frontman of Portsmouth skate-punks Captain Trips, gives a detailed insight into the their EP ‘Stand By’.

Captain Trips released their new EP Stand By via Umlaut Records on October 5 2018. We’re in love with it and we think you will be too, so we asked singer and guitarist Rich Mayor to give us a detailed breakdown of the inspiration for each song.

We started writing some of these songs months and years ago, a process not so unusual in Captain Trips. All of our songs come from jamming together, so it can take a while for us to come up with them sometimes. That’s not supposed to sound like an arduous process; it’s a very enjoyable experience and how we’ve come up with our, ahem, ‘sound’.

I remember our writing process for one of the tracks on the first EP. We decided it needed to go off into a different direction (I think it even went kind of ska at one point), but after about four weeks of adding sections, we chopped it all and kept the song as it was before all those tangents.

Anyway, we gone done a new record, called Stand By. It has songs on it to listen to with your ears. Here’s what they’re about.

Bottom Of The River

Right, Bottom of the River. The Stephen King keenos among you will know that Captain Trips is the name of the man-made virus in his book The Stand, and the Stephen King appreciation club keeps on rolling here. Bottom of the River is about his rite of passage novel/movie Stand By Me. It harks back to simpler times, something we reminisce about often, since we’re all in that weird generation of going from ‘completely f*ck all internet’ to ‘everything the world has ever known in your pocket’. You know, back when you couldn’t scam your way through the pub quiz for that sweet, sweet bottle of blue Aftershock.

The name of the movie is also quite blatantly the title of the new EP, save for a couple of letters. More about that later.

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