Chris Cape releases ‘Lawnmower’ music video

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Chris Cape has release the music video for his single Lawnmower, the title track from his current EP. The singer released the experimental Lawnmower EP among other projects and will be continue to perform and release regularly in London (UK) throughout 2017.

Cape will be at The George Tavern in East London this evening (29th March) for a free launch night at 9.30pm with support bands from 8pm.  Chris recently spoke to us last month when he premiered Give Me Love, I Won’t Bring Trouble and you can catch that interview here

Torcoda Fray release ‘Lions at the Gate’

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Torcoda Fray have released a new track titled Lions at the Gate. The song will be part of their new EP Ace which is released on Wednesday 26th April. To coincide with the release, the band are set to be playing their first gig at The Joiners, Southampton, the very same day and will be selling the EP’s at £3 each. You can pre-order a copy of Ace by sending a message on their Facebook page. Torcoda Fray released a teaser of the song earlier this evening on Facebook and already it has had a fair few views! Check out the band’s new song below!

The track starts with some awesome drumming by Ben Smith which sets the scene for some great instrumentals from guitarist Matt Geer and bassist Callum Waldron. It took just under 30 second before Tom Farmer’s vocals kicked in but it was worth the wait and his worry free voice really compliments the song. Farmer showed that he could also put some powerful vocals in with the chorus kicking in around one minute. Overall the song is a great debut for any band and one thing for sure is that Torcoda Fray have a very bright future ahead of themselves.

Video Interview: Eva Plays Dead at Southampton’s Talking Heads

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Eva Plays Dead recently just finished their UK tour alongside Devilskin and Sumo Cyco at Southampton’s Talking Heads. On the night Eva Plays Dead were awesome, the lead singer Tiggy Dee,was great and had a ferocious voice! She had a great stage presence and everyone just really engaged with the band. The bass player Zach Shannon and guitarist Matt Gascoyne were also really engaging and drummer Seb Boyse just added to this. Although Tiggy had concussion from a gig at Chester earlier in the tour, the singer braced through it brilliantly. They sung Get Back which was dedicate to someone in the crowd that was about his ex wife. Along that, they played their new single Spin which is officially released on March 31st. You can check out an interview with the band before their gig, below!

 

Video Interview: Devilskin at Southampton’s Talking Heads

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Devilskin’s Nic Martin (left) and Paul Martin (right)

New Zealand legends Devilskin recently toured the UK alongside Eva Plays dead and Sumo Cyco as they finished up at Southampton’s Talking Heads on Saturday (25th March). To celebrate the tour, Devilskin’s second studio album Be Like The River, was officially released in the UK on March 17th and the band unveiled a new video shot in front of 10,000 fans for the single Voices which you can check out below!

History recently repeated itself for Devilskin as their new album Be Like The River entered their domestic album chart at #1 on week of release. Just 18 months ago their debut album We Rise spent 3 weeks in the pole position. This is unprecedented in rock music in New Zealand and is a testament to the excellence of Devilskin’s brilliant second studio album Be Like The River. 
Be Like The River was recorded at Modern World Studios, Tetbury in the United Kingdom after Devilskin’s European Tour in 2016.  After the success of We Rise the band maintained their strong working relationships, continuing the very successful and creative association with Producer Clint Murphy. Murphy produced and mixed the album, working alongside Ryan Smith from Sterling Sound New York who mastered both albums.
Devilskin have established themselves as a household name in their native New Zealand. Formed in Hamilton in 2010 this four piece rock band are bonded by blood. Paul (bass) and Nic (drums) are father and son, Jennie (vocals) is Nics’ Aunt and Paul’s sister in law, Nail (guitar) is Paul’s evil twin.
The band have already earned a formidable reputation by earnestly demonstrating commitment to unpretentious musical values: writing songs that have depth and passion, and a relentless touring schedule. Their tactical instrumental attack is balanced by the seductive Jennie Skulander and her incredible voice that sweeps from whisper to roar, rips with power, drips with melody and captivates with sincerity.
We managed to catch up with bass player Paul Martin who is also known as the Axeman from arguably, New Zealand’s most popular radio show, the Axe Attack. Paul’s son and drummer Nic Martin also joined before their set at Southampton’s Talking Heads.

Interview: Introducing FIVES

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FIVES was formed in Baltimore, MD by lead vocalist Marc Cashin and keyboardist Matthew White and went through several line-up changes before finally coming together with current members Nate Lanzino, Billy Toti, and Max Rosenstein in 2015. The band’s sound is a combination of acoustic based rock and indie pop.

In June 2013, FIVES released its first independent EP, titled A Brief History. The album was recorded mostly live at Grammy award winning Bias Studios in Springfield, VA. In the spring of 2015 FIVES performed a standing room only showcase in Austin Texas during the SXSW Film & Music Festival. In addition, FIVES has opened for national touring acts such as O-Town and The Vespers.

FIVES latest EP called Heart & Thunder was released back in August 2016 but you can check out their latest single Lovers in Lullaby below!

We caught up with vocalist Marc Cashin, Matt White on keyboards and guitarist Nate Lanzino as they talk about their latest EP and more!

 How has the release of Heart & Thunder gone down with fans so far?
Matt: The release has been terrific so far. We have gotten and overwhelming amount of good feedback from fans and reviews from critics. I don’t think we expected such a response to some songs that started as an experiment in the studio a year ago. The Heart & Thunder video has been on TV a lot, and we get all kinds of people sending us pictures of the video on their screen – that’s pretty amazing.

Tell us a little bit about the EP.
Nate: We are really happy with the Heart & Thunder EP. It took us almost a year to write and record. Everyone really put their energy into making something that sounds completely different than the band’s previous music. I joined the group at the very beginning of the process and added my style to the stuff that Marc and Matt doing.

Marc: Yea, we didn’t necessarily go into the writing process with a plan – we just all got together in the studio and let things evolve organically. The songs usually start with a simple riff from either myself or Matt – and then they take on a life of their own. This album is fun. Its full of songs about relationships and love and has a distinctly more pop vibe than what we have done in the past.

What is your favourite song from the release?
Marc: Thats a tough question – a bit like choosing your favorite child. But we end all of our live sets with ‘You Go On”. It is just one of those songs that makes you feel good.

What is the music scene like in Baltimore, do you take any inspiration from All Time Low?
Matt: I think the music scene in Baltimore is getting a resurgence of sorts. There are lots of great venues for live music, and it seems like more and more are popping up every month. There are a number of genres that are doing well in Bmore right now – a lot of guys that we know or have jammed with with are really starting to come up. So it feels great to be part of that community.

Marc: I don’t know that our music takes inspiration from All Time Low. But their new stuff is really good – Dirty Laundry! It’s inspiring to know that a local band can achieve that kind of success.

Will there be new music out this year?
Nate: Definitely! We just finished a new single called “I Gave Myself a Day (To Think About You)” – it’s a really beautiful song about a relationship that just isn’t working out. We started writing it while in New York for a show – we had the the first verse and some melodic ideas really quickly, but the rest of the song didn’t come as easily.

Marc: We are going out on the road a lot this year, so getting in the studio as much as we’d like is tough – but our goal is to release another EP in the Fall. So stay tuned!!

If you could work with any artist on a new song, who would it be and why?
Marc: I think Chris Martin is excellent. I would love the opportunity write with him. His lyric style is similar to mine, personal and kind of poetic.

Japan’s TRICOT Sign To Big Scary Monsters + Announce New Album ‘3’

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Japanese alternative-rock band Tricot are pleased to announce they havesigned to Big Scary Monsters Records and will release their new album 3 on 19th May 2017. The album is available to preorder now from www.bsmrocks.com

Tricot will appear at ArcTanGent Festival 2017 and will be announcing further UK live dates over the coming months, and to celebrate the news the band are streaming album track DeDeDe in full today:

Formed in the historical and culturally rich city of Kyoto, Japan in 2010, the three-piece have gained a steadily-growing following with their high-energy live shows throughout Asia, Europe and North America over the past few years, recently supporting The Pixies in the UK. In March 2016 their third tour of Europe took in 21 shows across 12 countries on a schedule jammed with sold-out dates.

Singing in their native Japanese and utilising unpredictable song transitions, melodic post-rock-inspired sounds and jazz-influenced instrumental breaks, they’re an enticing prospect for avant-garde music fans and are renowned for their vibrant and intense live performances.

They’ve drawn on a wide variety of rock scenes, from slow-burning American post-rock to bustling Fukuoka’s frantic indie-rock, to create guitar-centric songs that constantly pivot in new directions, and their first two full-length albums, 2013’s T H E and 2015’s A N D, crashed into their home nation’s music charts.

With their current line-up featuring founding members Ikkyu Nakajima (vocals / guitar), Motoko “Motifour” Kida (guitar / backing vocals), and Hiromi “Hirohiro” Sagane (bass / backing vocals), Tricot’s unusual and distinctive sound harmonizes pop sensibilities and emotional vocals with complex rhythms and time-signatures that fans of Battles, Speedy Ortiz and Don Caballero should fall instantly in love with.

3 is released 19th May 2017 via Big Scary Monsters

UNEVEN STRUCTURE Announce European Tour with Twelve Foot Ninja

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UNEVEN STRUCTURE have just been announced as special guests for Twelve Foot Ninja’s upcoming “Outlier” European Tour. The French progressive metal sextet will present their new album La Partition which is scheduled to be released on April 21 2017 internationally.

Tour Dates with Twelve Foot Ninja

Monday 10 April – Rebellion, Manchester UK
Tuesday 11 April – Audio, Glasgow UK
Wednesday 12 April – Think Tank, Newcastle UK
Thursday 13 April – The Flapper, Birmingham UK *SOLD OUT*
Friday 14 April – Rock City Basement, Nottingham UK
Saturday 15 April – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes UK
Monday 17 April – The Underworld – London UK
Wednesday 19 April – Patronaat – Haarlem The Netherlands
Thursday 20 April – Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg Germany
Saturday 22 April – The Tube – Dusseldorf Germany *SOLD OUT*
Sunday 23 April – Badehaus – Berlin Germany
Monday 24 April – Futurum – Prague, Czech Republic
Tuesday 25 April – Beatpool – Dresden Germany
Wednesday 26 April – Z7 – Pratteln Switzerland
Friday 28 April – Sala Boveda – Barcelona Spain
Saturday 29 April – Sala Chango – Madrid Spain
Sunday 30 April – Stage Live – Blibado Spain
Wednesday 3 May – PADIGLIONE 14 – Turin Italy *EXTRA DATE ADDED*
Thursday 4 May – Traffic Live Club – Rome Italy
Friday 5 May – Cycle Club – Florence Italy
Saturday 6 May – Legend Club – Milan Italy
Monday8 May – Backstage – Munich Germany
Tuesday 9 May – Schlachthof – Wiesbaden Germany
Wednesday 10 May – Logo – Hamburg Germany
Thursday 11 May – Zakk – Dusseldorf Germany *EXTRA DATE ADDED*

 

EP Review: William Control – The Black EP

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Electronic, Goth, Rock, now there’s an intriguing mouthful of styles, textures and tastes – by Guy Shankand. However the reality is WILLIAM CONTROL have a released a record which barely brushes the eyeliner of Goth and only lightly pierces Rock‘s spurned ear. Opener ‘Analog Flesh In A Digital World’ is somewhat closer to the Poppy Dancey Rave assimilating dirge normally heard through a cider sipping, teenage hoodie’s I-phone on a park bench somewhere in the home counties. Second track ‘All I Need’ awakens a few heartbreaking emotions but misses the opportunity to be an all new Electro anthem. ‘Knife Play’ is tip top bipty bop electronic fusion of Depeche Mode looking disapprovingly down on The White Lies, plus it has the line “Falling in love with a slave”…wow. The slow burning ‘Velvet Rose’ is the standout of the four tracks on offer. A rich, piano laden dark ballad that evokes visions of jet black hair, mascara emotion hiding behind cheap shades and an armful of meaningful tattoos resting on a solitary gravestone. William Control are slightly guilty of trying to be being all things to all men, pushing and promoting Rock/Goth themes that are conspicuous by their absence. This is Electronic music that the younger Rock generation may just fall in love with, whilst those of a certain age won’t get past the first few notes before zoning out, unless they start at track four, which is simplistically stunning.

RAG’N’BONE MAN releases new single ‘Skin’ & tours the UK next month

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Rag’n’Bone Man, AKA Rory Graham, releases his new single Skin, out now on Best Laid Plans / Columbia Records. Taken from his debut album Human which was released on February 10 to mass critical acclaim, the album was immediately certified gold and swiftly certified platinum just 3 weeks later having spent 2 consecutive weeks at the number 1 spot in the UK charts.

Watch the accompanying video for Skin HERE.

The phenomenal success of Human has resonated around the globe on an equally outstanding scale, with the album surpassing an amazing 1 million sales worldwide and hitting the number 1 spot on iTunes in over 30 countries. A hugely successful recent trip to the US saw Rory make his second US TV performance (following a recent appearance on The Jimmy Fallon Show) on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and play a sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Rory also made his SXSW debut last week where he played a plethora of packed shows across Austin, Texas.

Having won two BRIT Awards – making Rory the first BRITs Critics’ Choice Award winner to win Best British Breakthrough Act in the same year – Rory is now back on the road performing and doing what he loves best. Currently on tour playing sold out shows across Europe, Rory arrives back in the UK fromApril 18 onwards where he will play a series of further sold out dates, including two nights at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. His summer festival schedule is also booking up fast where he’ll perform at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival, Wildlife, Parklife, Live At Leeds, Isle Of Wight, TRNSMT, Bestival, plus many more.

Following appearances on Later with Jools Holland (where he featured on two separate shows) and The Graham Norton Show, Rory will perform his new single Skin on Comic Relief tonight on BBC 1.

The debut album Human from Rag’n’Bone Man has now sold an incredible 360K copies in the UK alone.

 

He heads out on tour next month, visiting cities across the UK. Dates below:

18-Apr-17 Bristol O2 Academy
19-Apr-17 London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
20-Apr-17 London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
22-Apr-17 Manchester O2 Ritz
23-Apr-17 Glasgow O2 ABC
24-Apr-17 Birmingham O2 Institute

Interview: Order of Voices talk latest music

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Prog rock quintet ORDER OF VOICES are proud to announce the release of their new album
Constancy. Having in the past been called Britain’s answer to Tool and Alice in Chains,
ORDER OF VOICES like to think they offer something new to the genre.
The new album builds on the strengths of the highly acclaimed debut album and pushes things further – it’s a more mature piece of work, and as a band ORDER OF VOICES have really focused in on the songwriting, capping it off with great individual performances to bring the songs on the album to life. The band recently just released a music video for Long For Air which you can check out below!

 

We managed to catch up with the band as they talk about their latest single and more!

How has the release of Long For Air gone so far?

So far so good, the reaction has been great to both the song and video, it’s a nice window into the approach we took for the album ‘Constancy’ out now!

 Can you tell us a bit about the single?
It was written in the studio as an extra bonus track for the album and as it evolved we decided we really liked it.  We decided we should put it on the album as a full track rather than just a bonus.  The song takes in the human condition and having to deal with hardship and plotting a course through the worst of it.

What was the funniest moment while recording it?

Long for Air had a working title that literally stopped me breathing on numerous occasions I laughed so hard.

Will you be releasing an EP or album at all this year?

Long for Air is the lead single from our new album ‘Constancy’ out now on all digital platforms.

Have you got any gigs lined up in the next few months?
We’re currently working on UK and European dates to support the album – watch this space!

 What has been your proudest moment to date?

Being asked to headline European dates to support our debut album and garnering some amazing reviews!

What does it mean to you when you see fans listen to your music?

It means a great deal, the support we have validates what we do – we love our music but it wouldn’t mean much if no one else did!

 Who has the best fashion sense in the band?

We’re all exceptionally stylish but Ash has the best slippers.

 What do you get up to in your spare time?

Writing the next album of course!

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