February 12th, 2009 14:43 EST
SOP's Battle of the Bands Featuring The Tupolev Ghost
"If the Tupolev Ghost fulfills the promise they currently hold, you could be looking at the leaders of the next wave of hardcore punk."
God Is In The TV
"Fantastically taut and tense post-hardcore - a melting pot of top notch classic influences."
"Post-hardcore so spiky it should come swaddled in cotton wool."
The Tupolev Ghost are a band without ego or gimmicks, relying instead on their aggressive melodies, potent live shows and powerful discordance to do the talking for them. They have already garnered huge critical acclaim; with important fans at Kerrang!, NME and Rock Sound already lending their support so early in the band`s career.
After self-releasing their first demo, Disjuncture put out The Alpha EP that sold out of its limited print-up in mere weeks. Discovered by tastemakers Big Scary Monsters, the band have signed with the label that brought you Meet Me In St.Louis, Blakfish, This Town Needs Guns and Get Cape, Wear Cape Fly to put out a mini-album in April of their best material yet.
With tours planned with the likes of Pulled Apart By Horses and We Vs. Shark, The Tupolev Ghost look capable of starting something truly special in 2009.
"Gallows found the limelight and a loyal following invoking the spirit of Black Flag and Minor Threat with a modern twist. On tonight`s showing, there`s no reason The Tupolev Ghost can`t do the same with what came next."
"The Tupolev Ghost are, collectively, a prodigious talent. The four-piece don`t need to rely on the bands of yore to drive their music forward but, like Fugazi before them, the songs twist and turn in erratic fashion, and yet somehow manage to leave an imprint in your mind. Demos often restrain and hinder a band`s sound; The Tupolev Ghost break out of these restraints and leave them a mangled wreck. Their tightly wound riffing and projected screams should propel them into the big leagues."
Drowned In Sound
"One of the most exciting new bands to come from the dark depths of Cambridge, The Tupolev Ghost are like nothing you`ve heard before. Not ploughing the same, safe furrows as all those other hyped NME-branded bands, these guys are truly original."
The Line Of Best Fit
"That off-kilter mathy flow will almost certainly attract Fugazi comparisons, with a sound that harks back to the fractured later end of late eighties US underground rock - though they slot more accurately into that loose-knit UK sound shaped by the likes of Public Relations Exercise, Moleck, and Meet Me In St. Louis. UK independent rock could pretty soon have some new darlings to fawn over."
"Sounding like throwbacks to classic era Dischord and Touch `n` Go, like some kind of fistfight between Shellac and Fugazi. Potent, volcanic and charged with a sinew snapping electrical atmosphere."