Crystal Castles announce UK headline tour!

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Fresh from sets at Reading and Leeds Festivals this weekend and the release of their new album Amnesty (I), Crystal Castles have announced a set of UK headline tour dates for November.

Kicking off in Glasgow on 7th November and playing London’s Electric Ballroom on the 15th, the string of shows will mark the band’s first UK tour of Amnesty (I) with front woman Edith Frances. The dates will follow an extensive run of US and European tour dates throughout September and October. See full UK tour dates below.

Tour dates
07-Nov           The Garage, Glasgow – tickets HERE
08-Nov           O2 Ritz, Manchester – tickets HERE
09-Nov           Riverside, Newcastle – tickets HERE
10-Nov           Leadmill, Sheffield – tickets HERE
12-Nov           Motion, Bristol – tickets HERE
13-Nov           Lemon Grove, Exeter
15-Nov           Electric Ballroom, London – tickets HERE
17-Nov           Concrete II, Brighton – tickets HERE

7 Horse’s Phil Leavitt set for live talk on Elevate the Conversation with Dr. 420

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Join 7Horse’s Phil Leavitt this Thursday at 9pm pst live on Elevate the Conversation with Dr. 420 where he will be discussing and elevating the conversation about music, art and the benefits of medical cannabis use for countless medical ailments.

See the show here.

With the new album Livin’ In a Bitch of a World there’s an unquestionable sense that 7Horse has come into their own. It features thrilling tales of grifters, gun owners and drug runners, as powerful as any in hardboiled fiction, and punctuated perfectly by doomy drumming, vicious strumming and lacerating slide-guitar playing.

Upcoming dates-

 

Oct. 1    TenSixtyFive Music Festival       Mobile, AL

Oct. 5    The Saint                                             Asbury Park, NJ

Oct. 6    The Knitting Factory                     Brooklyn, NY

Oct. 7    Milkboy                                               Philadelphia, PA

DOPE Announce UK Exclusive Show With Classic Lineup

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US based alt-metallers Dope, are pleased to announce that they will hit London for their first ever UK headline performance in support of their new album, Blood Money, which is set to be released on October 28th 2016.

The band will make a UK exclusive appearance at the O2 Academy Islington on Monday 7th November as part of their ‘Die Mother F**ker Die’ reunion tour, featuring the classic line-up of Edsel Dope, Acey Slade, Virus and Racci Shay.
This will be the first time that this classic line-up have shared the stage together in more than 12 years, and is the very first time that this line-up has ever played the UK.

Dope were last seen in the UK with Coal Chamber in the Summer of 2015.

Tickets on general sale Friday 2nd September9am

Dope was founded by songwriter and lead singer Edsel Dope in 1997.
To date, the band has released five full-length studio albums and sold more than a million records around the world. Their most recent studio album, ‘No Regrets’, was released on March 10, 2009.

Dope has built a rabid, cult following throughout the years, having toured alongside of Slipknot, Coal Chamber, Mudvayne, Fear Factory, Soil, Static X, Mushroomhead, Ministry and many more.

Chapter And Verse Premiere Bloody New Video ‘The New Breed’

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Hot off the back of the release of their critically acclaimed debut EP The Wolves Back Home, Chapter And Verse have released the bloody new video for The New Breed.

The explosive, melodic style of the East London quartet shine brightly throughout, with the immaculate video production from Lewis Cater (Moose Blood, Nothing But Thieves, Lonely The Brave) only enhancing the overall effect.

The visuals see the band hooked up to wires and tubes, thrashing through the new single in a clinical environment before being engulfed by black blood as Josh Carter’s serrated vocal implores “we’ve gotta have faith in the new breed” – no trouble there based on this performance.

Watch and share the video for The New Breed below.

Speaking on the release of their new EP, front man Josh Carter said: ‘When we started doing this we didn’t know if anyone was even going to like it, let alone love it.

‘People have had really different takes on it as well.

‘It’s so cool how one song can evoke so many different feelings in people.

‘It sounds obvious but you don’t think about that kind of thing until you hear it from the listeners.’

Chapter And Verse might seem like fresh faces to the scene but with their critically acclaimed debut EP the quartet were received like veterans of the UK scene. With a raw, energetic twist on the alt-rock genre, Chapter and Verse released their debut single ‘Shelf Life’ in March 2016 and sold out their first ever show in less than a few weeks. Now, with a relentless tour ethic, the quartet are quickly becoming one of the bands to watch this year.

Formed in early 2015, the quartet came together with an immensely diverse taste but a unified vision of creating honest, passionate and hard-hitting tunes. The result is a cocktail of noisy alt-rock that has been likened to the sound of Circa Survive, Crooks and Saosin.

The Wolves Back Home is out now through all usual digital retailers.

Chapter And Verse Live Dates:

17th September – The Bullingdon, Oxford w/ Vera Grace
24th October – The Borderline, London w/ Freeze the Atlantic

Francie Moon releases ‘Walked Away’

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Garage-rocker Francie Moon  has released a new single from her self titled EP that is due to be released on 23rd September. The three-track Francie Moon EP  features Walked Away and you can listen to that track below!

Each of the three tracks on the EP were recorded live on a tape machine before Moon moved for a spell down to Georgia, which lends the overall sound a feel you might hear on a Third Man Records release. Before she returned to the NJ area in early 2016, engineers Richie Semartin and Jon Irizarry worked up the tracks with Moon deciding to record more guitar and solos, backing vocals and little extra bits and pieces. The EP, which teases a larger collection of songs to be released next year, features Semartin (drums) and Adam Pumilia (bass).

Moon’s gritty, garage-blues sound is a direct reflection of her life. In her own words, ‘I set up my life around music to make it work, no matter what.

‘I handpainted 500 covers of my vinyl EP and made and cut every cover.

‘I made hundreds of shirts and sold them on tour and I sold at least a couple thousand CD’s by hand to each person who bought one and gave away hundreds more.

‘I sold my handmade earrings on my merch table.

‘I sold a DVD player one time on my merch table.

‘I bought a van a week before a tour so we’d have something to drive.

‘I’ve come home with $500 and I’ve come home with $50.

‘I’ve walked 2 miles to a show with all my equipment from a train station in San Diego and another time in Boston, ride shared a 15-hour overnight drive from Hollywood to Denver, CO and crossed the desert 5 times in a month just to make it to some shows.’

As always, Moon will be picking up plenty of shows as she continues her travels. Be on the lookout for more, including several single drops, in advance of the release of Francie Moon’s self-titled EP on September 23rd, 2016.

Francie Moon Tour Dates:

1/9- Thursdays at the Amp – Wantage, NJ

Interview: Release discuss new track ‘The Inevitable’

Release are an alternative rock band from Stoke, with similar backing music instrumental vibes to bands such as The Cure and Nirvana but with very spoken singing like vocals similar to bands such as Blur.

The lads have recently released their new single ‘The Inevitable’ which I absolutely love, featuring some stunning, strong husky vocals, and punchy guitar and drum riffs. You can check out the song below:

I was lucky to have seen the boys perform at Shed Heaven Festival in June at The Shed, Leicester. Release are kinda band where smaller stage space is not a limitation to them. They make the most of the venue including standing amongst the audience. They bring very energetic, high spirited, atmospheric performances that are very contagious and in which I completely admire. They certainly finish their sets on a high.

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I managed to catch up with lead singer Caleb to discuss the release of new track and much more!

Is this track different to any other of your music?

The new track is different to our other tracks. Although we make each and every song we write different from the other if we can help it. I’d say it’s a track you could point in the same direction as ‘Back to The Old Routine’ – A track from our previous EP, that shows our anthemic and emotional elements to our tunes, using melodic melodies and where i actually decide to sing now and again and try to give off an emotional feel to my voice.

What music inspires the band?

Mate, if all the boys were with me now and we sat down and told ya what music inspires us, then you’d be kippin’ an hour in haha. But that’s a good question as apposed to what influences us. I’d say what inspired me to initially want to pick up and instrument and get involved in music, would be the genres of punk/grunge etc, having loved the attitude and still do that came with the music.

I’m a passionate geezer and me and the lads all have strong beliefs and want them to be heard. So when I was a kid and listened to bands like The Sex Pistols, Rage Against The Machine, Nirvana and New Model Army, I just thought it looked mint being on stage and expressing yourself how you like. Which is what music is all about. It’s an art, int it?

When i got older and started to listen and read the lyrics from bands I mentioned, I realised that music is such a powerful way of passing your beliefs and messsage across to your audience and that made me want a piece of the action. The thought of my lyrics and your band affecting someone in a positive way is a great thought.
Have you played any more gigs/festivals since I saw you last perform at Shed Heaven Festival in June?

Yeah we have, we’ve played a gig in Manchester at Night and Day Cafe for Scruff of The Neck label, was blown away by that gig. We’ve played Alsager Music Festival which was far from tepid haha, it’s where I’ve grown up too, so it’s always great to gig at the festival and long may it continue. Liverpool too was bangin’ at The Zanzibar and we played a couple more too. We’ve got a tour coming up next week too including a hometown show that i can’t wait for, as we haven’t played a proper local gig all summer.

What is it about performing, that you enjoy?

Where do a start aha. I suppose the best thing is having the freedom of expression. Especially cause i haven’t got anything to play apart from the ode vocal chords and a bit of synth now and again. I love getting lost in the music and literally being myself on stage and i think that’s the same for anyone. It’s my release (pardon the pun) and i reckon its the rest of the bands too. We all love doing what were doing and long may it continue.

Where would you like to see yourselves in 5 years time?

In five years, the dream would be to be as far on into our journey as possible. Signed with some luck and hard work eh that’d be bang on. I hope to be able to be in the band full time, as its my dream job and has been since i decided i wanna eat, drink etc. So with hard work and determination from all of the laddos we can make it happen. I’d love that more than anything.
What would you say to your fans that go to your gigs and listen to your music?

I say to the people listening and watching our music thank you so so much. It means the fucking world to have someone appreciate your music because it’s so personal to you and so much graft and effort goes into it. Seeing that it makes even one person happy because of us or leaving a gig with a smile and ripped shirt and drippin in sweat, it’s phenomenal and makes it worth the while. Like i say, thank you and big up every single being thats bought a ticket, watched us and not even knew who we were, listened to any of our recordings/interviews etc. It goes a long way!
Have you got any gigs coming up soon?

Think i covered the tour coming up soon briefly. We’re playing in Cardiff, Bristol, Cheltenham, THE MIGHTY POTTERIES, Manchester and London, tickets available for all of those shows. Then after that we’ve got a couple of other oustide of Stoke gigs yet to be announced and then we’ll be back in Stoke again for a headline at The Exchange on the 29th Of October which will be razz because we’ve got BEZ (Happy Mondays) DJ set after the show at the same venue (included in the ticket price of £6) which I cannot wait for haha. Hope to see ya there and thanks for listening Isabelle, appreciate your time!

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You can check out RELEASE social media links below:

Official Website
Facebook 
Soundcloud
Twitter

Album Review: The Spitfires – A Thousand Times

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The Spitfires are wasting absolutely no time in getting new music out there. The dust had barely settled on their 2015 debut effort when before we know it, there is another record coming already. That they are able to write music so quickly is testament to the ambition and determination that The Spitfires have. When you consider they have also toured a great and there is nothing but respect to be had for this band. With that being said, work ethic is one thing and good music is another. So, with that being said, does this album contain the songs to match the determination?

You bet is does. This album is a mission statement from a band who have seemingly no peers from a sonic stand point and that is shown straight away on the opening track, A Thousand Times. The song comes out with an incredibly uplifting alt rock styled intro but with a britpop styled tint on it but what really catches the listener and separates them from a lot of other music is the vocals and classical songwriting style (he cites both Paul Weller and The Jam as big influences) of frontman Billy Sullivan who really makes this band stand out with his interesting vocal melodies and emotional delivery.

Second track Last Goodbye follows on with a lot of the similarities to the opening track before we get to a standout track in the form of On My Mind, which sees the band embrace a more 80’s poppy sound as it seems to build up before coming in properly after the first chorus. The guitar is great fun here and Sullivan’s vocals are as interesting as ever on this track where we see the band bring even more elements into their own sound. I Don’t Even Know Myself gets equal praise for bringing different elements into their sounds also with a more rock with synths style made apparent in this song. The instrumentation for this track is exceptional also, especially the string work and the keys.

When I pick up an album to review, especially of a band I did not have much prior knowledge of, I don’t know what to expect at all and with this one, I did not expect to hear one of the best songs written all year but that is exactly what we have here when Return To Me comes out the speakers as track number 9. This song is a masterpiece, 6 minutes of sheer songwriting genius. From the bass driven intro, to the encapsulating chorus and the brilliantly pleasant verse sound, everything about this track is unbelievable. The song reaches it’s pinnacle when incredibly well written string section leads into a guitar solo that Slash would be proud of, a genuine moment of magic and a musical highlight of the year.

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It would be impossible to top that brilliant track but they put up a good effort on final track A Better Life. With a slower intro, the vocals are put on point and they definitely deliver. With strange guitar effects and an interesting chorus that feels like a build up and when the song kicks in it ensures that the listener is not going to forget about The Spitfires any time soon.

All in all, this album live in a world of its own. There are so many different influences that you could pick up on by listening through this record but what stands out even more than that is the songwriting and vocal delivery of Billy Sullivan. This man has the ability in him to take this band very far and with songs such as Return To Me it is only a matter of time before they get the recognition they deserve.

9/10 – Brilliant and standout songwriting

Highlight – Return To Me

Lastoneout Announce Their New Mini Album ‘This Was Never My Story, It’s Yours’

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South West based ‘Polite-Post-Hardcore’ quartet, Lastoneout are back with their new mini album, ‘This Was Never My Story, It’s Yours’, featuring 7 tracks capable of filling the huge hole left in the UK scene by Funeral For A Friend’s departure earlier this year.

Speaking on the record, guitarist Liam West said: ‘When we decided to start writing and recording for this mini album, we knew we wanted to push ourselves further than we had before.

‘We spent months agonizing over each individual part of each song, while leaving enough open to let things naturally happen in the studio.

‘We are incredibly proud of what has come out of it.’

You can listen to Box of Match (It Only Takes One) below from the upcoming EP.

This Was Never My Story, It’s Yours was recorded, produced and mastered by Ross Rothero Bourge at Cube Recording in Truro.

We all remember that one thing that we discovered in our mid-teens which would define who we would be until at least our early twenties. For some that was sport, others it was art, but for the Plymouth-based quartet, Lastoneout it was music, more specifically… ‘Emo’. Although at the time you would never admit to it, Emo music was the biggest thing in the mid 00’s, and for the members of Lastoneout, it soundtracked their day to day lives.

The mid 00’s Emo persuasion is clear to hear in Lastoneout’s new mini album, This Was Never My Story, It’s Yours. Bands like Funeral For A Friend, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy and Story Of The Year can be heard, seeping through as influences throughout the 7 tracks. ‘This Was Never My Story, It’s Yours’, is much more than a heartfelt tribute to that scene though – It’s Lastoneout’s attempt at keeping the genre alive, and demonstrates the desire and drive to recreate the energy and passion of those who came before them, and inspire the next generation.

Having already made considerable noise across the south-west, the band have already built a name for themselves as ones to watch. With a live show that captures the energy and passion of an early 00’s underground show but with all the precision and power of the modern alternative music scene, the band are always sure to put on an exciting show, no matter where they play.

The new mini album This Was Never My Story, It’s Yours will be released on the 4th November through all usual digital retailers and is available to pre-order.

Lonely The Brave announce autumn headline tour

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Following the release of their critically acclaimed sophomore release Things Will Matter in May, Lonely The Brave have announced a UK headline tour for autumn, including Camden’s Electric Ballroom, their biggest London headline show to date. The band, who have previously supported the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Deftones, also recently dropped their Dust & Bones EP. You can check Place Isn’t Lost, which has been getting massive Radio 1 support below.

The tour will also stop off at The Haunt in Brighton on the 3rd of October.

UK Tour just announced:
*with special guests Tall Ships

03.10.16         The Haunt                  Brighton*
04.10.16         Chinnerys                  Southend*
06.10.16         Electric Ballroom       London*
07.10.16         Marble Factory          Bristol*
10.10.16         Rescue Rooms            Nottingham*
11.10.16         King Tuts                   Glasgow*
14.10.16         O2 Academy 2           Leicester*
15.10.16         The Key Club             Leeds*
18.10.16         O2 Academy 2           Oxford*
19.10.16         Welly                          Hull*
21.10.16         O2 Academy 2           Birmingham*
22.10.16         SWN Festival              Cardiff

Joyce Manor release Fake I.D. video from new album

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Acclaimed Californian band Joyce Manor – Barry Johnson (vocals and guitar), Chase Knobbe (guitar), Jeff Enzor (drums), and Matt Ebert (bass) – have announced the release of their anticipated new album entitled Cody which arrives in stores this October 7th, care of Epitaph. It is the follow-up to the band’s 2014’s critically-lauded record Never Hungover Again.

While the band’s Epitaph debut Never Hungover Again was recorded in a mere ten days, Cody is the result of two months in the studio with renowned producer Rob Schnapf, credited on classics by Elliot Smith, Guided By Voices, Saves The Day and Rancid among others.

As the band’s guitarist and singer Barry Johnson explains: ‘It was the first time we really used the studio to our advantage.

‘I felt like I could get a better grasp on what we could do.

‘We always recorded like a punk band—go in and lay ‘em down! Just get good takes! And this time we tried a lot more.’

You can listen to Fake I.D. from the upcoming album below.

The result is a record that dares to be humble, intimate and unapologetically human. Cody is the album where the band moves past simple pop and punk. It’s a moment for clarity and creative renewal. Without losing any of the emotional power fans love, the band is defiantly looking towards the future.

Pre-orders for Cody are available now!

CODY TRACKLISTING

1. Fake I.D.
2. Eighteen
3. Angel In The Snow
4. Do You Really Want To Not Get Better?
5. Last You Heard Of Me
6. Make Me Dumb
7. Over Before It Began
8. Reversing Machine
9. Stairs
10. This Song Is A Mess But So Am I