Best Of UK DIY

by Surface Noise Zine

Best Of UK DIY

Breakfast With Bears – Staycation EP (Self Released – February)A dark and slightly theatrical emo EP that shifts through the gears. Raw and emotional it very much is a nod to the likes of Sunny Day Real Estate and Cursive. Checkout: Canine


Lande Hekt – Going to Hell (Specialist Subject Records – February)The debut solo album from the lead singer of Muncie Girls that follows Hekt’s journey of coming out. A lo-fi pop record that manages to keep an authentic DIY punk feel throughout.Checkout: 80 Days of Rain


Into The Red – Wavelength EP (Self Released – April)Self-billed as a progressive-alternative space rock group, Into The Red give us hooks galore that are matched against heavier riffs. Lots of fun this one.Checkout: Take Me To The Water On The Moon

Fresh – The Summer I got Good at guitar EP (specialist Subject Records – April)This EP is everything that I’ve come to expect from Fresh, catchy hooks that accompany choruses that you can’t just want to sing your heart out to. This is Fresh at their best.Checkout: Girl Clout


Buds. – Full EP (Self Released – June)Fitting in somewhere on the Indie / Punk spectrum. Buds. EP Full, is filled with self-reflection, wit, energy, banging drums and choruses to sing-along to. After just one listen you’ll know half the words, its catchy as fuck.Checkout: Anything Good


Lakes – Start Again (Big Scary Monsters – July)Emo-glock rockers, Lakes return with their warm, intricate math-rock guitars, playful rhythm section and the twinkle from the glockenspiel. Not forgetting the hooks and choruses! When mixed with twin vocals it is a recipe for success. The album is fun, optimistic, interesting, and well balanced.Checkout: Start Again


Slash Fiction – Gender, Trauma & Friendship (Amateur Pop Inc. – July)This album is loaded with delights, gang vocals, heart on sleeve lyrics, slapping guitars and illuminating keys. At times it’s gritty, at times its delicate, sometimes both at once.Checkout: The Space Between


Clay Lake – Good Friends, Good Books & A Sleepy Conscience EP (Self Released – August)A really great example of Midwest Emo. More polished than their last EP there is a lot to admire in this release; clean hooks, yearning vocals and hefty bass lines. There is some noodling and twinkle but not too much. And every so often there is a surprise element that keeps it interesting.Checkout: Three Storey Terrace


I Feel Fine – The Cold In Every Shelter (Venn Records – September)Described at various points as emo, alt-rock, indie, math-rock and post-punk, I Feel Fine have combined elements from all of those to create a stunning debut album. Full of depth, it is intense and immersive, atmospheric, and emotionally charged, coupled with vulnerability and the gangiest of gang vocals.Checkout: Sailmaker

Sleep Outside – This Won’t Ever Last EP (Self Released – October)A really smart first offering, from the emo newcomers. There is plenty of variation and I’m interested to see which direction they will take in the future because it could go more poppy and be really exciting. Or they could crank through the gears and really up ante and head off in a more punk way.Checkout: Habit

Nothing At All – All Things Considered EP (Self Released – October)Leaning into both pop-punk and Midwest emo sensibilities, All Things Considered is a full bodied, foot stomping EP that fulfils all your pop-punk desires. It is also littered with slightly more delicate moments that elevate it further.Checkout: Collateral

Brutalligators – This House Is Too Big, This House Is Too Small (Beth Shalom Records – November)Falling somewhere between emo and punk there are aggressive vocals, warm fuzzy guitars, full on basslines, and a bit of twinkle. In between this though there are softer, more introspective moments that create balance. Checkout: Don’t Talk To Me

Delta Sleep – Spring Island (Sofa Boy Records – November)Math rock luminaries Delta Sleep produce some of their finest work to date. More considered and less raucous than some of their earliest work, there is not a moment not worth listening to here. The transitions are seamless.Checkout: The Softest Touch


Best Of UK DIY

by Surface Noise Zine

Best Of UK DIY

Breakfast With Bears – Staycation EP (Self Released – February)A dark and slightly theatrical emo EP that shifts through the gears. Raw and emotional it very much is a nod to the likes of Sunny Day Real Estate and Cursive. Checkout: Canine


Lande Hekt – Going to Hell (Specialist Subject Records – February)The debut solo album from the lead singer of Muncie Girls that follows Hekt’s journey of coming out. A lo-fi pop record that manages to keep an authentic DIY punk feel throughout.Checkout: 80 Days of Rain


Into The Red – Wavelength EP (Self Released – April)Self-billed as a progressive-alternative space rock group, Into The Red give us hooks galore that are matched against heavier riffs. Lots of fun this one.Checkout: Take Me To The Water On The Moon

Fresh – The Summer I got Good at guitar EP (specialist Subject Records – April)This EP is everything that I’ve come to expect from Fresh, catchy hooks that accompany choruses that you can’t just want to sing your heart out to. This is Fresh at their best.Checkout: Girl Clout


Buds. – Full EP (Self Released – June)Fitting in somewhere on the Indie / Punk spectrum. Buds. EP Full, is filled with self-reflection, wit, energy, banging drums and choruses to sing-along to. After just one listen you’ll know half the words, its catchy as fuck.Checkout: Anything Good


Lakes – Start Again (Big Scary Monsters – July)Emo-glock rockers, Lakes return with their warm, intricate math-rock guitars, playful rhythm section and the twinkle from the glockenspiel. Not forgetting the hooks and choruses! When mixed with twin vocals it is a recipe for success. The album is fun, optimistic, interesting, and well balanced.Checkout: Start Again


Slash Fiction – Gender, Trauma & Friendship (Amateur Pop Inc. – July)This album is loaded with delights, gang vocals, heart on sleeve lyrics, slapping guitars and illuminating keys. At times it’s gritty, at times its delicate, sometimes both at once.Checkout: The Space Between


Clay Lake – Good Friends, Good Books & A Sleepy Conscience EP (Self Released – August)A really great example of Midwest Emo. More polished than their last EP there is a lot to admire in this release; clean hooks, yearning vocals and hefty bass lines. There is some noodling and twinkle but not too much. And every so often there is a surprise element that keeps it interesting.Checkout: Three Storey Terrace


I Feel Fine – The Cold In Every Shelter (Venn Records – September)Described at various points as emo, alt-rock, indie, math-rock and post-punk, I Feel Fine have combined elements from all of those to create a stunning debut album. Full of depth, it is intense and immersive, atmospheric, and emotionally charged, coupled with vulnerability and the gangiest of gang vocals.Checkout: Sailmaker

Sleep Outside – This Won’t Ever Last EP (Self Released – October)A really smart first offering, from the emo newcomers. There is plenty of variation and I’m interested to see which direction they will take in the future because it could go more poppy and be really exciting. Or they could crank through the gears and really up ante and head off in a more punk way.Checkout: Habit

Nothing At All – All Things Considered EP (Self Released – October)Leaning into both pop-punk and Midwest emo sensibilities, All Things Considered is a full bodied, foot stomping EP that fulfils all your pop-punk desires. It is also littered with slightly more delicate moments that elevate it further.Checkout: Collateral

Brutalligators – This House Is Too Big, This House Is Too Small (Beth Shalom Records – November)Falling somewhere between emo and punk there are aggressive vocals, warm fuzzy guitars, full on basslines, and a bit of twinkle. In between this though there are softer, more introspective moments that create balance. Checkout: Don’t Talk To Me

Delta Sleep – Spring Island (Sofa Boy Records – November)Math rock luminaries Delta Sleep produce some of their finest work to date. More considered and less raucous than some of their earliest work, there is not a moment not worth listening to here. The transitions are seamless.Checkout: The Softest Touch