Control of the Going

Control of the Going

When a member of Inspiral Carpets calls you “cool as f**k”, you know you’re onto a winner. Control of the Going began in Manchester in July 2015 to become one “of the best new bands in town”. So far, they have featured as the Real Radio XS “Future Classic” band for July 2015, and have…

Rival Bones

Rival Bones

A rock power duo, formed in Liverpool in 2014, Rival Bones make a torrent of rock noise which puts them in the same sonic leagues as DZ Deathrays and Royal Blood. Currently making the stages of the UK small festival circuit creak under the sheer weight of their desert rock inspired riffs, the band has…

Pat McManus

The Pat McManus Band are a rock/blues trio hailing from Ireland, headed up by former Mama’s Boys and Celtus guitarist, violinist and singer song writer Pat McManus. The ‘PMB’ line up is completed by former ‘More Power To Your Elbow’ powerful drummer Paul Faloon and rhythmic and solid former country music and session bass player…

Canis Lupus

Canis Lupus

Canis Lupus are legendary in goth rock circles. Hailing from the still-beating heart of beautiful gloomy music itself – Gothenburg – Canis Lupus have recently been resurrected by guitarist Christer after finding that the modern world still thirsted for the band’s music, initially created in the early 2000s, and laid to rest in 2006. The…

Athena's Word

Athena’s Word

Melodic hardcore from the Netherlands, Athena’s Word marry the brutality of unrelenting hardcore with surprisingly tender melodies – always delivered with ferocious tenacity. Savage vocal delivery, slamming riffs and shout-along choruses make the band’s debut EP Lasting Legacy a truly promising release. Check them out! Lasting Legacy by Athena's Word

Herscher

Herscher

Earth-shaking, tooth-loosening, neighbour-offending doom from the dark heart of France. Herscher is a three piece doom band who sound more like three noble heavy metal armies laying siege to each other than three men on stage. Through a mix of alternately aggressive and plaintive vocal lines, layers of mountainous distortion, and tempos slow enough to…

Jack Hinks

Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, The Jack Hinks Band fuses the heart of Jack’s solo material, with the teeth of a six piece band. Combining violins, piano, drums, bass, guitar and a wall of vocals The Jack Hinks Band create an eclectic mix of sounds and genres that will refuse to leave your head for days.…

Minus Pilots

With only one electric bass and a volume controller each, a scattering of analogue delay/looping pedals and a broken four-track cassette tape recorder, Minus Pilots weave together sparse textures, crumbling atmospheres and fractured drones with currents of gentle crackle. Their music has been published by Champion Version, Dronarivm, Eat, Sleep, Repeat, Fake Jazz, Futurerecordings, Panic…

Thomas Stone

Thomas Stone

Thomas creates his immersive music using contrabassoon, samplers, loop pedals and activated percussion. Audiences are taken on a Journey through dissonant rumblings undercut by cyclic rhythms breaking to moments of fragile beauty. Blurring the boundaries between electronic and acoustic sound production the compositions explore themes of ritual and presence. Transference by Thomas Stone

The Rooz

The Rooz

The Rooz are a sickeningly talented band, especially when you factor in how young they are. Mixing loud, old fashioned rock n roll guitar playing with pop hooks and catchy songwriting, the band have made a proper good job of 2014, culminating in the band staging a spectacular closing set at the 2014 Music For…

Soul Aside

Soul Aside

Soul Aside is a rock band formed in 2010 and based in Barcelona. Influenced by many musical styles and bands such as A Perfect Circle, Porcupine Tree, Oceansize or Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Rós and Deftones, the band has developed its own sound around rich and personal compositions.

Deaf Bridges

Deaf Bridges

Deaf Bridges’ own brand of noise, danger pop, is just as exciting and new as it sounds. Hailing from Nottingham, the band do away with anything even resembling pretentiousness and simply make amazing tunes with mind-bending lyrics and titles. You do have to love a band who make references to Krakens and Hulk Hogan on the…

Marc Constantine

Marc Constantine

Marc Constantine has a sound entirely of his own; ambient, acoustic chillout, all done through acoustic mics and electric guitars. Listening to his music really is a sweet experience, thoroughly relaxing yet stirring: Marc’s songcraft and expert delivery makes sure his songs are always calm, but never boring. Check his music out, have a green…

These Wicked Rivers

These Wicked Rivers

Derby’s These Wicked Rivers bring old-style blues rock into the modern day, marrying old-school blues technical skill with the live intensity of an LA strip rock band. Get a copy of the band’s The Enemy EP if you’re a Bonamassa or Black Stone Cherry fan. These lads have talent, and soul, in spades.

Hot Under Collar

Hot Under Collar’s crazy sound can only be described (by us) as supersexyurban-funkcrush. We made that word up. Based in London, Hot Under Collar consists of four friends who came together to create a new sound consisting of the best elements of rock, funk, R&B and hip-hop. As a four piece, it’s tempting to believe that…

Matt Saunders

A graduate of the Academy of Contemporary Music, Matt is an accomplished musician with over 10 years experience both as a live player and as a studio musician. He is a specialist in Funk, R&B, indie and all round rock and roll. His influences are wide and varied: Clapton, Jamiroquai, John Mayer, Jocelyn Brown, Stevie…

Alunah

Alunah

The West Midlands’ premier Doom unit, with a host of influences which defy those who would characterise them as ‘just’ a metal band, Alunah’s powerful vocals and atmospheric feel has led to their upcoming third album being released on our favourite independent, Napalm Records.

The Sun Explodes

Actually listening to The Sun Explodes is far more worthwhile, satisfying and simple than trying to describe their genre with words. So we won’t bother. The lads’ debut album, Emergence, is one of those albums packed dense with ideas which makes for compelling re-listening; get it, and spend the next three days ignoring everyone and listening…

Stämpf

Stämpf

Swiss Rock and its very finest. Stämpf’s influences come from all over the place; you can hear crushingly heavy riffs in the vein of Volbeat, wah riffs inspired by Velvet Revolver era Slash, and even a little bit of first wave pop punk in the uplifting feel of the band’s songs. This four-piece are a proud rock band, just…

ROAM

ROAM deliver anthemic, scream-the-chorus pop-punk. From the sunny shores of Eastbourne, ROAM’s catchy, pit-filling music has earned them critical acclaim, immense popularity, and a support slot on skatecore heavyweights Sum 41’s recent UK tour. ROAM’s album Backbone is chock full of fantastic party tunes with aggressive, angry production – get it, take an hour off, drink…

Leaf Hound

One of Britain’s longest-serving classic rock bands, Leaf Hound laid the blueprint for stoner rock. Not afraid to loudly proclaim their love of mind-adulterants, Leaf Hound have been cited as influences by both Wolfmother and Tame Impala. Since their 1971 debut Growers of Mushroom, one of the most collectible 70’s rock LPs in existence, the band…

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Womps

Where once there was a solo artist, now there is a full band. Womps used to be the sole voice of Scottish wunderkind Ewan Grant – now it’s all about the visual viscera and aural onslaught of three lads going mental onstage. More versatile that a traditional grunge band, Womps’ influences are a who’s who of…

Ire Wolves

Ire Wolves’ music is, to put it bluntly, heavy. Heavier than osmium, or the dirty kebab drunken you ate last Friday night. These Minnesotan lads like it one way: slow, angry, powerful and pure. Don’t be fooled into thinking that their slower tempos make for simpler music, however – there’s both enough technical proficiency in…

Phaeleh

Phaelah

Phaeleh, aka Matt Preston, has been releasing genre-spanning music since 2008. Tipping his musical hat to house, electronica, dubstep, and ambient, but never being over-faithful to any set genre of electronic music, Phaeleh’s releases have put him to the forefront of Bristol’s electronic music scene: one of the most hallowed and culturally relevant in the entire…

Max Raptor

Burton on Trent’s Max Raptor have been creating a stir in the underground rock circuit thanks to three factors: punishingly catching songs, one of the strongest live sets any of us at Vein-Tap.com HQ have ever seen, and the uncanny ability to get an entire crowd on side though sheer enthusiasm and the love of…

Toffee Music

Toffee Music were formed early in 2012 by Mike Lydiat and Dave Markam. Mike and Dave are both retired Primary school Head teachers who now perform Music Hall, Vaudeville and Standards of Yesteryear to raise money for Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.  They play in pubs, schools, street markets, private parties – anywhere that…

Neko

NEKO, a trio from the UK south coast, bring together big riffs, dance grooves and prog rock echoing the likes of QOTSA, Dinosaur Pile Up and Muse. Formed by Tom Brennan (guitar and vocals), Luke Knight (bass and vocals), and David Cassell (drums) while attending high school in Worthing, the band (which was originally called…

Vinyl Cäsino

If you’re a funk band with an umlaut in your band name, you’re clearly our kind of people. Leeds-based, trans-European funk rock act Vinyl Cäsino has been described as a mix of Led Zeppelin and James Brown. Guitarist Harry uses a Skinny Little Switch Plus with a Hayden Mofo 30, and enjoys extra moist marble cake.