Slaughter Beach, Dog With some musicians, the phrase ‘side project’ would strike fear into even their most ardent fans. The general consensus being that to step away from their main band is to indulge their most eye rollingly, pretentious whims. Occasionally though, a side project comes along that may just be a match for the band that spawned them. Slaughter Beach, Dog are the brain child of Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald.


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Modern Baseball It might be freezing outside Electric Ballroom on this cold February night, but the temperature is rising inside in anticipation for Modern Baseball. It’s hard to tell whether this audience, full of new-school emos and pop punk fans, have removed their uniform plaid shirts and tied them around their waists in order to cool down, or just for aesthetic purposes. Either way, it’s been a while since the band played on a UK stage, and their fans are understandably excited.


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Modern Baseball Modern Baseball’s first full headline UK tour has brought the tiny scenesters out for a sold out show at The Asylum tonight.  It is a three-band line up with proceedings starting early with Kingston-Upon-Thames lads Losing Sleep. Hailing from the current UK capital of the emo/punk/hardcore scene, thanks to local label/shop/promoters Banquet Records, creates high expectations with some heavy hitting influences. This is clear in their homage and parody to Saves the Day's Through Being Cool album artwork on their merch.


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Slam Dunk Festival Another year of Slam Dunk, another year of flitting between stages and attempting to avert the eyes from the tiny denim shorts and the flesh they are revealing in 80% of their wearers. Tattoos a plenty are on show. The boys are a mix of sleek quiffs, emo hair and long tresses, whilst the girls bring the colour to the hair from vintage rockabilly looks to straight up grunge, with a few corsets and heels for good measure.


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