“We want to make big records!” New album 'Handwritten' is exactly that and looks set to make New Jersey's soul punk rockers one of the biggest bands on the planet. Avoiding trends and gimmicks, they've done it on their own terms, powered by their passion, blood, sweat and tears. We caught up with them for an exclusive interview ahead of the most important album of their lives.


Elsewhere this issue, former THE KING BLUES frontman Itch Fox explains why the band has split and he, “needed to fuck up”, we meet your new favourite band – Scottish post-hardcore heroes YASHIN, THE OFFSPRING's Dexter and Noodles look back at their twenty years and look forward with new album 'Days Go By' and we get beard-stroking with Georgia metallers BARONESS. We also take a closer look at the hottest festival of the summer, July's GUILFEST 2012, featuring Big Cheese and Vive Le Rock stages, talk to hardcore brawlers FEED THE RHINO as they fire up second album 'The Burning Sons', find out how Californian rockers LIT are set to reclaim their place in the sun and check in with the likes of VERSE, MIXTAPES, BUSTER SHUFFLE and JAPANDROIDS.

Also, we head into GALLOWS' Watford studio for a chat with the London/Canadian wrecking crew about their upcoming monster of a self-titled record, THE BOUNCING SOULS' Greg Attonito tells us about his childhood years, we talk instruments with FUTURE OF THE LEFT, tip our caps to MIKE PATTON and METAL BLADE RECORDS owner Brian Slagel and find out TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET's Ray Carlisle's favourite records. 

There's also live reviews of the festivals DOWNLOAD, SLAM DUNK and CRASH DOUBT, as well as album reviews of new releases from LINKIN PARK, FUTURES, THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, DON BROCO, GOJIRA, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, CANTERBURY and loads more! 

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