Post-covid.. we’re getting there. Live music is back in everyone’s lives and what a way to kick off mass gatherings than an absolute riot at the UK’s best rock/pop-punk festival, Slam Dunk. After changing locations a couple of times in the last decade, the festival now boasts 6 stages of good vibes and great bands …

THE WORLD is looking to re-open the doors of our favourite music venues and mass gatherings are on the horizon which means only one thing… LIVE MUSIC! With gigs returning, bands are eager to show all the music they’ve been crafting in lockdown. West Yorkshire four-piece The Brackets have released a juicy new track titled …

Here at Backseat Mafia we’d usually begin a single review by telling you what the band had done recently, but thanks to the ongoing global pandemic the answer to that is well, not a whole lot! However, with all the “spare” time everyone has on their hands right now the boys in The Brackets have …

In the absolute shit show that has been 2020, there’s some great news on the horizon for fans of the heavier side of music. Manchester based Midnight Drive are finally releasing their long awaited first EP Misery on the 9th October. Opener Faded has a cool electronic synth vibe with heavy undertones, vocalist George Holding gets the …

The Strokes are 22 years into their musical career as a band and with their 2020 release The New Abnormal, they’re showing no signs of slowing anytime soon. This is the New Yorker’s sixth studio album and it has all the elements of a typical Strokes offering. Opener The Adults are Talking has an infectious little riff throughout, which contrasts …

If you lasted the full weekend at Download Festival then full marks to you, this years washout of mud and rain was unbearable for most revellers and that’s before anyone even mentions the price of the food and drinks! Having watched Slipknot absolutely annihilate the main stage headline slot on the Saturday, it would be …

Donington Park has always been the spiritual home of rock music; first we had Monsters of Rock festival which ran from 1980 to 1996, then step forward Download Festival, the newer younger model of the festival which has been a constant since 2003 at the Moto GP Racecourse grounds. This year the line-up was extremely …

With the festival gates well and truly open this by time next week, here at Backseat Mafia we’re going to look into a few bands that you should absolutely check out if you’re not too hungover from the mass hysteria of Def Leppard…. sorry, ha! If you lived under a rock last year then you …

Frank Carter has dipped his toe in many musical genres, beginning his career in Gallows, moving onto Pure Love and now onto The Rattlesnakes. He’s never been one to shy away from his emotions, spilling stories from his life, his undying love for his daughter and his own mental health. He’s first and foremost an …

The sound of an air raid siren rings around Leeds O2 Academy as Jonny Hawkins, vocalist of lone support band Nothing More, is stood atop a ladder towering over the crowd. The American rockers launch straight into a blistering set of energy and big hitting songs to match. Christ Copyright is a crowd favourite but …