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Review: Fat White Family: Serfs Up

After 3 years away from their last release (Breaking Into Aldi and various side projects including The Moonlandingz & Insecure Men) and many, many issues with drugs and alcohol. The (however many members) Fat White Family are back with their 3rd Album ‘Surfs Up!’ and it is a belter.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: FLOWVERS – Nosebleed

After 2 exceptional singles in ‘Fresh Air’ and ‘Long Way Home’, we have been waiting for another release from Portsmouth-quartet FLOWVERS, with it seeming an age ago since they announced they had hit the studio. After several months we finally have new single ‘Nosebleed’ and it was absolutely worth the wait. From the moment the […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Emerson Snowe – That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll EP (10th May)

Emerson Snowe is the solo project for Brisbane musician Jarrod Mahon, famous for being a member of Australian band The Creases. Over the past two years, Emerson Snowe has been releasing solo music and has been receiving praise from the likes of DIY magazine and So Young magazine for both his music and live performances […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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12 Bands You Need To See at The Great Escape 2019

The Great Escape might just be the best multi-venue festival in the world. With over 450 bands/artists playing the three days including TWO spotlight shows and an Alternative Escape to go with it. There is music from all corners of the world, showcasing a broad range of genres and styles. This is not an event you want to miss, and we have selected 12 acts that you should not miss once you are there!

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Emerging from the Dark Side with… Emerson Snowe

Brand new music is something that we get most excited about at Dark Side. We spend most of our time here trying to find the best in up and coming music and in this feature we show off one of our favourite new finds.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Indoor Pets + Gender Roles @ Scala, London (17/4/19)

After releasing a contender for album of the year already in 2019, Indoor Pets have been gaining popularity at an alarming rate. Their fans had turned out and were queuing to get in, with many wearing the classic big of Indoor Pets/Get Inuit merch, the ‘I’m wasting my life’ t-shirt.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Washed Out Festival: Top Five Performances of the Weekend

Festival season is starting to get closer and closer, but we found ourselves at another multi-venue festival. This time we were in Brighton for Washed Out Festival, their up and coming punk, emo and indie DIY music festival. We saw loads of bands over the two days but we have picked our top 5 performances of the weekend below, so check out who we picked and feel free to comment your favourites!

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Amyl and the Sniffers @ The Haunt, Brighton (7/4/19)

Australian bands have definitely started to make a name for themselves in the UK over the past few years. This is especially true in Brighton with Australia becoming a lead country partner with The Great Escape Festival and the likes of Dune Rats, Skegss and The Chats playing here on their tours. Amyl and the […]

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #44

This week on Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #44, we have some incredible new releases from the likes of Superego, Lauran Hibberd and Fat White Family’s new album Superego – Halo Honeyblood – She’s a Nightmare Lauran Hibberd – Hoochie Just Mustard – Frank Luxury Apartments – Energy Fat White Family – When I Leave – […]

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Author: Henry Wood (Flowvers)
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Live Review: Drenge + Support @ Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (3/4/19)

Unfortunately due to timing issues I was not able to Catch the support on the night. Just my luck that the one time I miss the support it is someone like the wonderful Valeras. Formerly known as Area 52, this five-piece are a band i have had my eye on for a while and although […]

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Emerging from the Dark Side with… Italia 90

Brand new music is something that we get most excited about at Dark Side. We spend most of our time here trying to find the best in up and coming music and in this feature we show off one of our favourite new finds.

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #43

With Fontaines D.C. releasing their debut album we had to have them topping Weekly Guide #43! Also included is new music from Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, VANT and Pip Blom Fontaines D.C. – Boys in the Better Land Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – Late Night City Pip Blom – Ruby Amyl and the Sniffers – Got You […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Orchards + Sœur @ Camden Assembly, London (3/4/19)

Math pop is not the most talked about music genres, but Orchards are becoming one of the most talked about up and coming bands, especially since the release of their Losers/Lovers EP in 2018.

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Author: George Smale
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Live Review: Abbatoir Blues + Supports @ Green Door Store (29/3/19)

The first time I ever saw Abattoir Blues play was upstairs at Brighton’s Hope and Ruin in 2013. This was the final show, their departure, they are done!

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Emerging from the Dark Side with… GURU

Brand new music is something that we get most excited about at Dark Side. We spend most of our time here trying to find the best in up and coming music and in this feature we show off one of our favourite new finds.

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Author: Joe Ford
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Live Review: Lady Bird + Supports @ The Forum, Tunbridge Wells (27/3/19)

We were lucky enough to catch Lady Bird playback in their home town at Tunbridge Wells Forum 2 weeks ago, on their completely sold out March/April tour.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Submariner @ Green Door Store (27/3/19)

Submariner have been on the music scene for a number of years now and have been making a name for themselves along the South Coast having played festivals such as Victorious, The Great Escape, and Common People Southampton.

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #42

Irish rockers Whenyoung are back with brand new single ‘Future’! They top Weekly Guide #42 are joined by new music from Porridge Radio, Hatchie and Porridge Radio Whenyoung – Future Famous – Jack’s House Porridge Radio – Give/Take Dumb – Club Nites Little Comets – American Tuna JAWS – Driving at Night Hatchie – Stay […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Sports Team + Walt Disco @ Joiners, Southampton (24/3/19)

Finding a front man/woman in a band that truly keeps your attention and makes you go wow is a rare find but Sports Team and Walt Disco have two of the strongest frontmen currently in the indie-music scene and their performance on stage only adds to their bands incredible sounds. This was the third time […]

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #41

Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #41 is topped by Emerson Snowe’s first release of 2019! Also joined by new songs from Life, Orchards and Cassia Emerson Snowe – Human Black Midi – Crows Perch Life – Moral Fibre Orchards – Mature Me Little Comets – Alive At All YONAKA – Lose Our Heads Cassia – Replica […]

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #40

Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #40 is topped by something we have been waiting a while for, a new single by Hotel Lux! It is joined by new singles from Sorry, Fat White Family and Honeyblood

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Author: Henry Groves
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Who Should You See? Washed Out Festival 2019

Washed Out Festival is less than a month away and we are so excited for our first time at the festival. Taking place in the city centre, it has grown from Brighton’s DIY music community and now shows off some of the best art/punk culture from Brighton as well as from further afield.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Sea Girls + APRE @ Wedgewood Rooms (7/3/19)

Sea Girls and APRE are two bands that I have wanted to see live for a while and the fact they were both playing the same show was quite unbelievable. You could tell APRE had fans at the show as the band had already filled way over half of Wedgewood Rooms by the time the […]

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #39

This week our top 10 picks include new songs from Lady Bird, Sophie and the Giants and Retro Video Club

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Emerging from the Dark Side with… Walt Disco

Brand new music is something that we get most excited about at Dark Side. We spend most of our time here trying to find the best in up and coming music and in this feature we show off one of our favourite new finds. Who are you? We are James, Dave, Finlay, Lewis and Calum, […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Feet @ Latest Music Bar, Brighton (28/2/19)

Feet have been a band around the scene for a couple of years now, but ever since the release of latest single ‘English Weather’ they have been getting the attention they deserve. With their debut album set to come out later this year, it was no surprise their set was full of songs that have […]

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Live Review: Another Sky + Leyendekker @ Komedia, Brighton (26/2/18)

Another Sky were joined by Leyendekker for their Brighton show and both delivered sets full of impressive and distinctive sounds and both came from very different areas of the indie genre.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Liily – I Can Fool Anybody In This Town (EP)

Getting praise from the likes of Radio 1’s Jack Saunders before even releasing an EP shows that Liily are definitely a band worth checking out. The EP begins with their debut single ‘Toro’, which is full of rock guitar riffs and roaring vocals. It is an intense, lively and determined start to an EP and […]

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #38

Have they released a contender for album of the year? We certainly think so! That is why Indoor Pets have topped Weekly Guide #38! They are joined by Little Comets, Sports Team + more amazing new releases

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Indoor Pets – Be Content

Getting the right balance of old EP tracks, new releases and unheard tunes is a tough ask for any band releasing a debut album. This becomes an incredibly difficult task when you have so many good releases as Indoor Pets have. Regardless of this, Indoor Pets have sparked an almost perfect balance to their 14 […]

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Review: Sleaford Mods – Eton Alive

Sleaford Mods are back with their 5th studio album ‘Eton Alive’.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Hippo Campus + Lauran Hibberd @ Concorde 2, Brighton (24/2/19)

Hippo Campus were back in the UK having not toured since early 2017. This time they were joined by Isle of Wight indie-rock artist Lauran Hibberd. This was their biggest UK tour to date and they were playing the final night at the Concorde 2 in Brighton.

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Emerging from the Dark Side with… FEET

Brand new music is something that we get most excited about at Dark Side. We spend most of our time here trying to find the best in up and coming music and in this feature we show off one of our favourite new finds.For this edition of ‘Emerging from the Dark Side’ we spoke to FEET’s bassist Oli Shasha who gives us a little insight into the band.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Arcade Hearts @ The Joiners, Southampton (23/2/19)

Having not released any new music since September 2018, Arcade Hearts were surprisingly starting a string of live dates. We saw them at a sold out Joiners in Southampton.

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #37

Some incredible new albums this week from the likes of Sundara Karma, The Japanese House and Self Esteem, so they are all included on Weekly Guide #37! It also includes songs from Submariner and Squid

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Emerging from the Dark Side with… Ugly

Brand new music is something that we get most excited about at Dark Side. We spend most of our time here trying to find the best in up and coming music and in this feature we show off one of our favourite new finds. For the first edition of Emerging from the Dark Side, we […]

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Live Review: The Paper Kites @ Dingwalls, Camden (19/2/19)

I have to throw this out there from the start, The Paper Kites are a band that I had absolutely no knowledge about before going to this show. I always like to try new music so when my girlfriend Beth asked me whether I wanted to along with her I, of course, said yes.

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Author: Henry Wood (Flowvers)
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Live Review: The Joy Formidable + Adwaith @ Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (18/2/19)

Monday the 18th of February saw alt rock, post-punk, shoegaze, (whatever box you want to put this band within) band The Joy Formidable return to the Wedgewood rooms for the first time in six years.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Ten Eighty Trees – Lip Service

Newcastle-based alternative-rock group Ten Eighty Trees are back with brand new single ‘Lip Service’, their first release of 2019.

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Review: SWMRS – Berkeley’s On Fire

Oakland-quartet SWMRS are back with their sophomore album ‘Berkeley’s on Fire’, three years after the release of their debut ‘Drive North’.

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Review: FUR – FUR (EP)

There is a sense of romance that comes with any FUR release. So it is almost fitting that the Brighton-quartet released their debut EP on Valentines day.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: The Vaccines + Supports @ G Live, Guildford (7/2/19)

The Vaccines need absolutely no introduction. Having formed in the early 2000s, they might be one of the most famous UK indie bands at the moment after their incredible debut album in 2011.  For their UK tour they had brought along 2 supports, Jesse Jo Stark, who we saw support Sunflower Bean, and Hatchie from […]

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #35

Finally, Working Men’s Club have finally released the physical copies and a B-side to Bad Blood. So we have decided to put Bad Blood at the top of Weekly Guide #35! It also includes FUR, Rex Orange County and Gloo

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Live Review: Valeras + The Keep Cats @ Latest Music Bar, Brighton (5/2/19)

Having supported the likes of YONAKA, King Nun and The Wombats, Valeras were finally out on their first UK headline tour. We caught them on the very first night at the Latest Music Bar in Brighton.

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #34

Being one of the most exciting bands at the moment, Fontaines D.C. have released new single ‘Big’ and announced their debut album! They top Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #34! Also included is Treeboy & Arc, Honeyblood + more

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Live Review: Dilly Dally + Hotel Lux @ Hope & Ruin, Brighton (31/1/19)

After the release of their sophomore album ‘Heaven’, Toronto rockers Dilly Dally were on their UK/European tour.

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Live Review: Jerry Williams + Support @ Camden Assembly (30/1/19)

Jerry Williams has certainly gained a lot of recognition recently, after being signed in both USA and Canada. She was now out on her UK headline tour, and playing the prestigious Camden Assembly.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #33

I don’t know how they manage it but Sports Team have released another absolute banger! They top Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #33 and are joined by Lauran Hibberd, JAWS and more

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Icebreaker Festival – Our Top 3 Performances

Another new year and another Icebreaker Festival on the Albert Road and Elm Grove of Southsea. One of the best festivals for unsigned music with over 150 bands playing, it is impossible to see everyone, but we managed to see over 10 bands on the Saturday and have picked our top three!

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Author: George Smale
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Review: Deco – ‘Don’t Waste Your Time’

January can be pretty bleak but Max and John, who make up the Midlands pop duo, Deco, are back with a new track to show us the worst month of the year is finally over! Their second single ‘Don’t Waste Your Time’ is taken from their new EP entitled ‘Upside Down’ due in March and […]

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