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Backstage with SWEET TEEF

Its Friday the 6th of March and I’ve left my home in East London, to jump on the train hurling towards Devon to see the notorious Joe Talbot, the front man of IDLES perform a DJ set at Exeter’s most renowned venue The Phoenix. On arrival it seems to appear that Joe Talbot has cancelled the gig due to an unforeseen illness. But hold it right there, he has blessed us with Exeters best up-and-coming bands. And boy did I have a night of discovery ahead of me… It's here we met SWEET TEEF, the self proclaimed “chaotic and cathartic grunge punk [band], sprinkled with absolute filth” in there home town ready to show the people of Exeter what they’re made of. After their fast paced, punchy and ‘in-your-face’ set, I approached the lads and I was invited to join them back stage to take part in their band tradition that they religiously undertake after every live performance, and here’s what they had to say… Harley: bass/Vocals - Carlito: Guitar/Lead Vocals - Cameron: Drums


JME is the newest act to be added to the already star studded line up at Love Saves The day Festival this summer and Boy you Better Know it. He will be headlining the crack magazine stage and he will NOT be alone. JME sets to showcase Grime MC FM but we will have to wait to see who he brings along as it is yet to be announced. Grime MC FM includes members such as P Money, President T, Giggs, Wiley, Big Zuu, Giggs, Merky ACE & SKEPTA. There is however one thing that IS confirmed. JME will be sharing the Crack Magazine stage with the likes of D Double E, Greentea Peng, Br3nya, Kilo Jugg, and many more… Love Saves The Day Festival has also gifted us with a star studded line up that includes, Krept & Konan, Sky FX, DJ EZ, Gorgon City, Kano, Little Simz, Ghetts, and MUCH, MUCH MORE! GET TICKETS HERE NOW!

PrettyMalina presents SLEAZE @ The Dublin Castle

It’s a wet and shitty Thursday but I’m off to catch a show at Camden’s Dublin Castle, and I couldn’t be more stoked. The line-up consists of local cool-cats Blue Tongue Rabbit, Manchester 4-piece SCUTTLERS and the filthy day-time nappers, SLEAZE! The event is promoted by Prettymalina who have hosted some seriously impressive gigs at Dublin Castle recently. I arrive in time to catch an unorthodox but enticing opener. Cosmic synth forms a bedrock for some rousing spoken word, whipping up intrigue amongst the steadily growing audience. They wrap up after one track and leave the stage only for the keyboardist (Caleb) to return shortly after as lead vocals/keys for Blue Tongue Rabbit, who launch straight into their set. At times dread-inducing, and other times edging on euphoric, the 4 piece utilise slick, deep hitting basslines with an airy guitar noise to offer a retrospective sound. This is wrapped in the atmospheric synths and the occasional looped scream which pierc

DIIV LIVE @ Manchester Academy

Following an extended hiatus, Diiv have returned on a world tour following the release of their recent album, ‘ Deceiver ’. The Brooklyn four piece headed by Zachary Cole Smith remained true to their shoegaze aesthetic for the most part. However, the grunge influences of their new record incorporate an interesting, if not nostalgic, dimension to the live show. Even 30 minutes before Diiv came on stage, Manchester Academy 2 was a tightly packed with eager fans. The dress code was uniform; black boots, black trousers and ‘insert indie rock band name here’ black t shirt. Their walk out music was simply the monotonous, deafening drone of feedback from the guitar. However, despite their best efforts to seemingly deter the crowd from gathering, there was a simmering anticipation within the dimly lit room. They emerged nonchalantly, and with a simply ‘thank you for coming, we’re Diiv’, they plunge straight into tracks from their new album. The gentle melodies of the openers ‘Horseh