Monday, 24 March 2014

Live Review: NATIVES - March 22nd 2014

The night is kicked off pretty promptly by Fans of Faye, a five-piece from Birmingham. Despite being a small, local band with under 1000 followers on Twitter, they sound polished - they don't miss a beat or hit a bad note. They definitely know what they're doing, and they're having fun doing it. Fans of Faye are one to watch.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Album Review: NATIVES - Indoor War

I don't know about you, but I love hearing an album that makes me want to dance. 'Indoor War' is one of those albums. I was dancing so hard, in fact, that I could barely write this review.

War Inside of Me is a great opener for the record, and really sets the scene for the story that the album tells (about a character called Alvima who, after suffering a huge loss, decides to live his life making decisions based upon logic and science rather than emotions). It's short, powerful, and serves as a good kick for the next tracks.

Monday, 10 March 2014

News: With One Last Breath announce headline UK tour

The Yorkshire metallers have toured with the likes of Motionless In White, Asking Alexandria and Of Mice And Men, as well as having played at Download Festival. Now it's time for the band to hit the road on their own headline tour.

The band will be playing:
May 3rd - Satan's Hollow - Manchester
May 5th - Joiners - Southampton
May 6th - Cockpit - Leeds
May 7th - Rock City Basement - Nottingham
May 8th - Barfly - London

With One Last Breath will release their debut album, 'The Fearless Ones', on April 14th via Small Town Records.

News: Architects stream live Brighton show tonight

To celebrate the release of 'Lost Forever, Lost Together', out today via Epitaph Records, Architects will be live streaming their intimate hometown gig at The Haunt in Brighton. This show is guaranteed to be one you won't want to miss.

The stream will kick off at 9pm GMT at lostforeverlosttogether.com. Other time zone information is listed on the site.

Friday, 7 March 2014

News: The Bunny The Bear premiere new music video

The video for First Met You, from the upcoming album 'Food Chain', shows a love story gone wrong. 'Food Chain' will be released on March 18th via Victory Records, and promises to be some of the duo's most dynamic music to date.

 

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

News: Brody Dalle releases video for 'Meet The Foetus/Oh The Joy'

Brody's back and she means business. She has released the video for Meet The Foetus/Oh The Joy, which features animation from Anthony Winn and a guitar duel between Shirley Manson and Brody herself. The track is taken from upcoming album 'Diploid Love', due for release on April 28th.



Brody Dalle will be playing a handful of European dates - you'll find info after the jump.

News: LostAlone announce new single, 'Scarlet Letter Rhymes'

Scarlet Letter Rhymes, from upcoming album 'Shapes of Screams', will be released on April 7th. The album, produced by Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Young Guns), will be released on the same date via Graphite Records.

Front man Steven Battelle explains, "I wrote Scarlet Letter Rhymes whilst submerged under water in a hotel swimming pool in Finland. I fleshed it out in a dream where I was the captain of a flying pirate ship caught in some turbulence and crashed into another time. When I awoke I found lying next me a book first published in 1850 called the Scarlet Letter. The video has absolutely nothing to do with any of this other than its chaotic interpretation of the riffonomics within."



The band will be performing a UK tour throughout April with support from Verses and The First, dates after the jump!

News: More bands added to Slam Dunk 2014 line up

Following the previous announcement that this year's festival will be headlined by platinum record sellers The All-American Rejects, there's been some juicy bands added to the line up.

Rock Sound cover stars, We Are The In Crowd, will be flying into the country exclusively for Slam Dunk, and they're set to be one of the favourites of the weekend.

Kings of ska, Less Than Jake, will join Goldfinger and Zebrahead. They previously headlined the festival alongside Reel Big Fish back in 2011, but will be making a special appearance this year.

US pop punk favourites Motion City Soundtrack and Hit The Lights will also be joining the line up after a year's absence.

State Champs will be making their UK festival debut at Slam Dunk, while Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! and A Loss For Words will be returning. UK group Marmozets will also be playing in support of their forthcoming debut album.

There's an updated line up poster after the jump!

Monday, 3 March 2014

News: More bands added to this year's Hit The Deck line up

Joining the likes of Brand New, Saves The Day, Kids In Glass Houses and many more, will be Kvelertak, Pulled Apart By Horses, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The Xcerts, Baby Godzilla, The Charm The Fury, Death Remains, The Gnarwhals (Bristol only), Lacey (Nottingham only) and Lyger.

Hit The Deck will take place in Bristol on April 19th (O2 Academy 1, O2 Academy 2, The Thekla, The Fleece and The Exchange), and then in Nottingham on April 20th (Rock City, Rock City Basement, Rescue Rooms, Stealth and The Forum). 

Tickets are £27.50 or £32.50 with aftershow entry, and you can buy them here.

For your viewing pleasure, you can find the latest line up poster after the jump...

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

News: Architects release video for 'Broken Cross'

Architects have released the video for Broken Cross from their upcoming album 'Lost Forever, Lost Together'. The album will be out on March 10th through Epitaph.

The band will be heading out on a UK tour in March, including a London KOKO show on March 14th (which sold out 3 months prior), and a recently announced hometown show for their album release at The Haunt in Brighton (which sold out in 240 seconds!). The band have also announced that they will be playing at this years Reading and Leeds festivals. 


News: Slam Dunk Festival 2014 - first band announcement

The UK's biggest and best touring festival, Slam Dunk, is back for a 9th year! Once again, the festival will cover three days in three locations - Leeds University (Saturday 24th May), The Forum, Hertfordshire (Sunday 25th May), and Wolverhampton Civic (Monday 26th May).

This year's headliner will be The All American Rejects, who will be playing their only UK shows this year at Slam Dunk. The band are well known for their hit singles Swing Swing and Dirty Little Secret, and their four albums which have sold over 10 million copies worldwide. 

Festival organiser Ben Ray says: "I am happier than ever to finally announce the lineup for this year’s Slam Dunk Festival. With such big hit singles, The All American Rejects are a massive headliner for us. I wanted a band who haven’t just toured the UK earlier in the year, or doing other dates around the festival so they are perfect to make the festival unique!

It’s taken me a bit longer to book this year, but really appreciate everyone’s patience and the belief that we will deliver the best event of the summer! There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that the fans don’t see... bands are only allowed to play one, maybe two festivals in one country over the summer period, and with so many festivals fighting for bands, it’s gets difficult for all of us! It was so important to build on the massive success of last year’s events, I had a lot of sleepless nights! Midlands was especially a great last year as it was the first time we had done the 3rd day of the festival. Not only did it sell out but people were amazed to see the full festival site, including the roads closed off with stages in the middle of them in the city centre of Wolverhampton! Tickets go onsale at 9am Friday 14th Februaryso they are perfect for a Valentine’s gift to the one you love!”

Thursday, 6 February 2014

News: 'Punk Goes 90's Vol. 2' track list announced

Fearless Records will release the latest in the 'Punk Goes...' series on April 1st, and will feature some of today's best pop-rock and hardcore acts putting their own spin on our favourite 90's hits.

This edition of 'Punk Goes...' will feature some tracks we all know and love, such as Foo Fighter's Everlong (performed by The Color Morale) and Green Day's Good Riddance (Time of your Life) (performed by Ice Nine Kills), and then some interesting surprises, like Motionless in White's rendition of Du Hast by Rammstein, or Gangsta's Paradise with a Falling In Reverse twist.

You can get a preview of the album with Get Scared's cover of My Own Worst Enemy, originally released by Lit in 1999, here:


Full track list after the jump...
 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

News: Victory Records sign Meridian

Meridian, from Poughkeepsie, NY, are the latest addition to the Victory Records roster.

The band says: "We're very excited to join the Victory roster. We're honoured to share the same home as so many legendary bands. We are excited to get to work on our full length debut, which will be out later this year. We want to thank anyone who has come out to a show and supported us to get to this point. We couldn't have done it without you. We also want to thank anyone who took the time to read this and we look forward to seeing you at shows in the future!"

You can check out the announcement video here:

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

News: Comeback Kid premiere new song on Alternative Press

Alternative Press have got an exclusive stream of Should Know Better, the single from Comeback Kid's upcoming album, 'Die Knowing'. The album is due out on March 4th, and is set to be some of their most aggressive material to date.

You can hear Should Know Better here!

Friday, 31 January 2014

News: The Bunny The Bear announce the release of 'Food Chain'

The Bunny The Bear are back with their fourth album, 'Food Chain', which will be released via Victory Records on March 18th.

With their own unique sound, mixing dance beats with melodic choruses and ethereal overtures, 'Food Chain' is set to be their most mature album yet. There are various pre-order packages available through the Victory Merch website,  including an exclusive acoustic CD, limited to just 2000 physical copies.

Check out the official announcement video:


News: Breathe Carolina release details of upcoming album, 'Savages'

Breathe Carolina have released the track listing and cover art for their fourth studio album, 'Savages', due for release on April 15th via Fearless Records.

The new album takes listeners to a new level of their electro-rock, and features guest vocals from Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria), Tyler Carter (Issues), and pop artist Karmin.

Lead singer David Schmitt says: "We're excited to bring everyone this new chapter of Breathe Carolina. We've been exploring new territories and travelling deep within ourselves. This is the most real BC has ever been." 





Thursday, 30 January 2014

News: Bayside post first single from upcoming album 'Cult'

Bayside will be releasing 'Cult', their sixth studio album, on February 17th through Hopeless Records, but you can get a taste of what to expect with their new single, Time Has Come.

Time Has Come is everything you'd expect from Bayside, with a sing-along chorus and a good handful of hey's and ho's. The official music video will be released next month, and the lyric video is below:


Wednesday, 29 January 2014

News: Paramore release official video for 'Ain't It Fun'


Paramore are back with yet another fun-filled music video, this time with an aim: the most World Records set in a music video.

Not only did they achieve that record, but also several more, including "fastest time to unwrap a mummy", "most feathers caught in 30 seconds", and interestingly "fastest time to run backwards holding stuffed animals blindfolded for 30 feet". Riiight...

You can catch the new video here:

News: With One Last Breath debut album 'The Fearless Ones' out in April

With One Last Breath will release their first album, 'The Fearless Ones', on April 14th through Small Town Records. They announced the news with a lyric video of the title track, which can be found below.

Vocalist Sam Graves explains that the title track is not about fearing fate: “I've known people who have lost their life way too early. It's horrible, but also unavoidable. I wrote this song about feeling fearless.”

News: The 1975 to release new single, 'Settle Down'

The 1975 have announced that they will release Settle Down on February 24th via Dirty Hit / Polydor.

The band had incredible success last year with several huge hits and a #1 debut album, and it looks like that's going to continue well into 2014.


News: Darkness Divided sign to Victory Records

San Antonio's Darkness Divided are the latest addition to the Victory roster!

Vocalist Gerard Mora says, "We are incredibly stoked to be a part of the Victory Records Family!  We've always been fans of Victory's roster, and it's a blessing to be included with the many talented bands that Victory has worked with over the years.  We are currently writing our debut full length, and we have some really cool tour opportunities on the horizon.  We can't wait to show everyone what we've been writing and playing in a ton of new places very soon!"

 

News: Killwhitneydead album pre-order starts today

Rather than using crowd-funding websites like Kickstarter, the band is allowing fans to pre-order the new record, 'Suffer My Wrath', directly from them. The campaign will run until the end of March, and will include several campaign exclusives, such as the first ever vinyl edition of 2006's 'So Pretty So Plastic'.


Wednesday, 22 January 2014

News: NATIVES announce their debut album

NATIVES have done well, considering they're yet to release 'Indoor War', due out on March 17th via Transmission Records.

They credit producers John Feldmann (who has worked with the likes of The Used, Panic At The Disco and Good Charlotte) and Brandon Paddock for helping shape their sound, turning demos into polished songs. 

Jack Fairbrother, guitarist, says: “I think it’s fairly simple to write music which is instantly infectious, and I also think it’s equally simple to write music so personal that it reads like a diary and feels deeply profound. The challenge, I think, is to create music with layers, music which both sonically and lyrically is instantly accessible and infectious, yet has a depth and narrative which speaks to people in new ways with each listen. That was the aim with this album.”

The band will begin a UK tour in March, dates after the jump...

News: Comeback Kid release new album in March

We've all been on the edges of our seats waiting for a new record from Comeback Kid, and that time has finally come. Their sixth studio album, 'Die Knowing', will be released in-store and digitally on March 4th. 

Of the in-your-face forthcoming release, front man Andrew Neufield says: “The goal with 'Die Knowing' was to really capture the best parts of our live show and put those elements into the album. Lyrically, it’s a reminder to stay hungry while carving your own path, living life to its full potential. This will be the biggest and heaviest sounding Comeback Kid album to date.”

And you can get a taste of what's to come right here:


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

News: Ice Nine Kills release new album, 'The Predator Becomes The Prey'

Today marks the release of Ice Nine Kills' third full-length album, and their first with Outerloop Records, 'The Predator Becomes The Prey'. The album has already hit the US iTunes rock top ten.

Vocalist Spencer Charnas says: "I 100% feel this is our best album to date because we struck the perfect balance between diversity and cohesiveness. While no two songs really sound alike, the album feels very much like one piece of art. Lyrically, the record is definitely angry, but it exudes a positive energy at the same time. Aggressive music can in fact be therapeutic as long as you use it as an outlet for your demons, not as a blue print for your actions." 

You can check out the official video for The Coffin Is Moving here: 

 

Friday, 17 January 2014

MPM Meets...Blessthefall

Blessthefall have had a bit of a lineup change since they first started making music, just over ten years ago. Their latest album, 'Hollow Bodies', came out in August, before the band took off on a UK tour. And that's where we come in, to catch up with frontman Beau Bokan...


Thursday, 16 January 2014

News: Flaming Arts Agency and & Rockstar present free-entry UK tour

Yes, I'm serious. A whole tour, free entry. So for exactly zero pennies you can see Nightshade, Cyclamen, Sworn Amongst and Honour Is Dead. Can't say that's a bad deal, can you?

And if that's not enough, there'll be a raffle each night to win a case of Rockstar Energy Drink, plus a tonne of other goodies, and CDs and T-shirts from the touring bands. 

Full tour dates after the jump...


Wednesday, 15 January 2014

News: Architects to release new album, 'Lost Forever, Lost Together' in March

It certainly looks like 2014 is going to go well for Architects, who will be releasing their next album through Epitaph Records on March 10th. 

They launched their new single, Naysayer, on Radio 1 on Monday night, only for #R1Architects and #Naysayer to end up trending worldwide.





Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year!

We'll (hopefully) have tonnes of awesome features and reviews up in 2014, let's all have a good one!