Punktastic Introduce Axis Of

Originally from the North coast of Ireland, this week we’re introducing Belfast-based Axis Of.

They’re currently tearing it up around the UK with hardcore heavyweights The Bronx, and we spoke to Bassist/Vocalist Ewen Friers to get the low down on why you should be be listening to them.

Influenced by Converge, Propaghandi and At The Drive-In, Ewen says they play “a devastatingly heavy brand of pop music.” They’ve been playing music together in various bands since school, but 3 years ago they made the decision “to take things a bit more seriously and really make a go of it.” Axis Of started as a band who wanted to play “fast technical punk” like Propaghandi, but they found that it wasn’t quite them.

“We never really had the ability or stamina to pull it off, so we made an effort to carve out our own sound.” It’s a great sound too, approachable but brilliantly heavy.

Ewen enjoys the eclectic scene in Northern Ireland. “It’s not that big a place, all the bands know each other so it’s not restricted to bands of a certain genre playing together.” On the other hand, it does make overseas touring expensive. But nothing that a little hard work can’t cure…

“It can be tough as it’s always going to be more expensive for Irish bands to tour mainland UK and Europe, but if you keep plugging away then eventually you’ll get the support – be it from a fanbase or management of some sort. Plus, there’s a lot of charm in being Irish.”

They’re just about to release their debut album, ‘Finding St. Kilda’ and we’ve got it streaming below for you so go ahead and have a listen.



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