Mike Wardlaw

Mike Wardlaw

Line Editor (Toronto, ON, Canada)
- Mike is a PureGrain vet back for round two, always searching for new ways to write about the music he loves. A musician, punk rock fan, and selective sports-guru, he’s on the lookout for music that pushes boundaries, challenges assumptions, and generally just causes mass hysteria.
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7 / 10

Big Awesome push a tight melodic sound that’s smooth around the edges and finely polished. It’s a refreshing sound in today’s punk scene, harking bac…
By on Aug 09, 2012

7.5 / 10

Searing guitars burst this one open before vocals enter as a steadying backbone for the next eleven minutes of sublime pop-punk bombast. State Lines…
By on Jul 20, 2012

6.5 / 10

A new release from Atlanta’s Campaign - at two tracks the 7" is short even by their standards - and it’s another solid addition to a strong catalogue…
By on May 03, 2012

8 / 10

These shambolic Brand New acolytes, known formally as State Lines, deliver a new song off of their upcoming self-titled 7inch and it’s a knockout. It…
By on May 02, 2012

8 / 10

With a line like, "It’s my life, so you should bounce and never call again," it’s obvious The Story So Far doesn't like to mince words. They’re blunt…
By on Mar 03, 2012

7 / 10

Punk rock is a loose term, and has been for a long time, so it’s nice to see bands drop all the ideological positioning, hipster-chic, punk-in vogue…
By on Mar 02, 2012

8 / 10

Streamlining Title Fight’s early releases, The Last Thing You Forget brings together three separate EP’s to celebrate the humble beginnings of these…
By on Feb 04, 2012

8 / 10

“To tell fire is to question, to bring fuel to the fires started by kids no longer blinded by spectacle glare. So go tell fire.” Verbatim from WU LYF…
By on Jan 15, 2012

6.5 / 10

Kicking in like Bright Eyes on steroids, Pittsburgh’s Run, Forever make their mark instantly. The three piece is candid and honest, and even though t…
By on Dec 24, 2011

7 / 10

In four songs, the most jarring moment comes when vocals – gasp! – grace the second track. And grace isn’t really the correct word, because it’s not…
By on Dec 01, 2011

6 / 10

One of Britain’s most peculiar mainstream exports – adored at home, but almost unknown in North America - The Horrors bring their third album Skying
By on Nov 02, 2011

7.5 / 10

Jose Canseco jokes are too easy – the 'shooting fish in a barrel' of sports comedy – but over the years he’s essentially been reduced to a pariah, an…
By on Oct 25, 2011

7 / 10

Yeah, it’s almost two years old, but it’s also criminally unknown, so I thought it was worth putting up, ok? It’s not Wilhelm’s greatest work – I’m s…
By on Oct 20, 2011

7 / 10

For a sophomore album, it doesn’t deviate from their first record. But we’re trying to ignore that point. And for a sophomore album, it doesn’t step…
By on Aug 30, 2011

7 / 10

As Deftones pushed past their self-titled release – arguably their last great record – there has always been a notable shift in their sound. A moody…
By on Aug 09, 2011

6.5 / 10

Practically without guitars, without their typical pop-rock approach, and with a finished sound that is almost closer to Gibbard’s Postal Service sou…
By on Aug 04, 2011

7.5 / 10

In lead up to a new album, M83 has released a track titled "Midnight City". Sticking to the formula of shoe gaze and dream pop, Anthony Gonzalez lets…
By on Aug 04, 2011

7.5 / 10

The cover songs alone make this release: four flawless renditions original enough to justify redoing, but faithful enough to pay homage. And then the…
By on Jul 20, 2011

7 / 10

An unknown band and an unknown sound, and even at the first chord you aren't expecting much. But then in comes the jumpy rhythm to propel this pop ge…
By on Jun 18, 2011

8.5 / 10

And without a doubt, this is Balance's best material to date. It's mature, calculated and unapologetically direct.
By on Jun 14, 2011

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