Going Underground :: Leagues Apart

“What happened to the scene? We lost it in the pages of the NME!”

Ian thought he’d banished me from this domain for good, but he was wrong. With Mr. Critchley in Spain, I’ve stepped in to let you know about another amazing UK punk band. They’re a band I’ve seen many times, and they to never fail to impress. Manchester’s least famous (but most loved) sons, Leagues Apart.


It’s hard to believe that these guys only started playing shows this time last year (almost), but with a year of experience under their collective belts they’ve gone from strength to strength. Their brand of fast paced, grufty punk is just what you need on a night out; there’s no way you won’t want to drink a beer once you’ve listened to these guys play. Jawbreaker, The Lawrence Arms, Dillinger Four and other bands of that ilk have obviously been a big influence on the band’s sound, but it’s far from derivative.

Their debut album To Anywhere was released earlier this year to rave reviews, and rightly so! It’s one of my favorite albums of 2010, that’s for sure. The guys are currently on tour in the UK with The Menzingers and were bound to impress any first timers in Manchester on Monday night. They’ve got two more dates on that tour before The Menzingers ship out, but it definitely won’t be your last chance to see them, that’s for sure:

  • 19th Nov. – The Portland, Cambridge w/The Menzingers
  • 20th Nov. – The Old Blue Last, London w/The Menzingers

Of course, if you’re from Manchester you’re probably quite familiar with these four already. I don’t really know if they need my promotion, because at least one of them seems to be at every gig ever. They must be raking it in! If they’re not playing they’ll be helping form human pyramids, crowd surfing or pinning someone to the ceiling. It’s always a party when these guys are about. If you haven’t managed to catch them this time around, keep a look out. Leagues Apart is a band you don’t want to miss.




Check out their official website
Listen to them on MySpace
Download To Anywhere on iTunes

Promo :: Crazy Arm & Apologies, I Have None UK Tour

“There’s nothing left for us in the city, I’ll take my chances on the road”

Crazy Arm are easily the best band to come out of the UK in many years. Their debut album Born To Ruin – or “Born To Run” as many dipshit record store workers have labeled it (it isn’t a Bruce Springsteen covers album!) – has been hailed by many of the well known faces of the punk rock world as being the best album of the year/decade/century.

Guys like Tom Gabel of Against Me! – “I can’t stop listening to Crazy Arm. Their album, Born to Ruin, is the best I’ve heard in a while.”

Also on the tour are the band Apologies, I Have None. I recently (about ten minutes before writing this) wrote an article on the band, you can read that here.


  • 9th Cavern, Exeter (TBC)
  • 10th Unit, Southampton
  • 11th The Croft, Bristol
  • 12th Hobos, Bridgend (+ The Living Daylights + Solutions + more)
  • 13th TBC
  • 14th Scruffy Murphy’s, Birmingham
  • 15th The Wildman, Norwich
  • 16th Santiagos, Leeds
  • 17th Everything Sucks, Cafe El Paso, London
  • 18th White Rabbit, Plymouth (+ Head Of Programmes)



Crazy Arm’s new single ‘Ambertown’/’Sweet Storm’ is released on 13th December (digitally on Xtra Mile Recordings; vinyl on Gunner Records).