Video Interview: Farro at Southampton’s Joiners

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Farro recently played at Southampton’s Joiners alongside Greywind and Natives on Monday (28th November). As a founding member of Paramore, Josh Farro had a lot to say and the singer who is currently doing his own solo project, really was one of the nicest guys we had a pleasure of interviewing. Farro talked about the highlight of the tour, his brother Zac, Paramore, funniest moment on tour and more! You can check out the full interview below.

ROYAL REPUBLIC RETURN TO THE UK IN MARCH 2017

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Royal Republic will return to British shores in Spring 2017!

Fresh from a sold out tour of Germany, these irrepressible party starters from Sweden have lined up headline shows in GlasgowManchester & London, with tickets going on sale starting at 10am on FridayDecember 2nd and available from www.livenation.co.uk

‘The Sold-Out UK shows in October were amazing, and has left us with the opportunity to come back in spring! We will seize this opportunity and could not be more stoked!’

 Dates as follows:-

30 March 2017 – GLASGOW, The Garage

31 March 2017 – MANCHESTER, Academy 2

01 April 2017 – LONDON, Electric Ballroom

As well as opening the newly-crowned ‘Lemmy Stage’ at this year’s Download FestivalRoyal Republic recently completed a sold out headline run in the UK as part of their ‘Weekend Man’ tour, with three venues being upgraded due to huge demand; this tour was in support of the Republic-ans latest studio album, ‘Weekend Man’, released in February 2016 via Spinefarm Records, the start of a new relationship with the label.

GREYWIND ANNOUNCE FIRST EVER LONDON HEADLINE SHOW FOR JANUARY 27TH 201

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Following their spine-tingling performances in support of FARRO this month, Greywind can now reveal plans to play a very special and first ever headline show, at London St. Pancras Old Church, on January 27th 2017.

This show will be even more special, as it falls on the release date of their debut album, Afterthoughts – come celebrate it’s long awaited arrival with the band themselves!

Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10am.

The album, Afterthoughts was recorded with producer Jason Perry in Texas and is available to pre-order from the following retailers:

Lower Than Atlantis reveals ‘Had Enough’

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Lower Than Atlantis have revealed a new song Had Enough. The song has been dubbed as the Hottest Record in The World on BBC Radio One’s Annie Mac show. Had Enough is from the band’s upcoming album Safe in Sound which is due out on 3rd February 2017 via Easy Life Records. Check out the video below!

Lower Than Atlantis recently announced their biggest tour to date that includes O2 Academy Brixton next year. The tour starts in March 2017 and will be in support of their new album, out next year.

The list of tour dates and venues can be found below.

March

09 – NORWICH UEA
10 – BIRMINGHAM Academy
11 – MANCHESTER Academy
13 – LEEDS Academy
14 – NEWCASTLE Academy
15 – GLASGOW ABC
17 – LONDON Brixton Academy
18 – CARDIFF Great Hall

Interview: WSTR’s Kieren Alder talks new album

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Liverpool pop punk outfit WSTR are set to release their debut album Red, Green or Inbetween on 20th January via No Sleep Records. After the success of their debut EP – SKRWD, the band have gone from strength to strength and achieved many accolades that most acts don’t achieve off the back of only one EP. 2016 saw WSTR travel the UK and Europe with international touring bands such as Neck Deep, A Wilhelm Scream, Moose Blood & Creeper, and were welcomed onto established festival slots, at Slam Dunk Festival, 2000 Trees, Hevy Fest and Butserfest. Lead singer Sammy Clifford provides a truly authentic pop punk voice and the lads really come into their own in the new album.

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Completed by guitarists Danny Swift and Kieren Alder and bassist Alex Tobijanski, the quartet grew up on the ‘original’ mainstream pop punk bands, like Blink 182, New Found Glory and Sum 41, and they make no bones about being the product of their influences.

You can check out Footprints from their upcoming album Red, Green or Inbetween below!

We managed to catch up with guitarist Kieren Alder as talked about the upcoming album, latest tour, proudest moment and more!

So how pumped are you guys for Red, Green or Inbetween?

We can’t wait to release it! We’re extremely proud of what we’ve created and have been sitting on it for a while so we’re eager for everyone to hear it in full.

Tell us a little bit about the album and what is your favourite song from the release?

It’s still WSTR, just the songs are a lot more thought out and structured better I think. Most of ‘SKRWD’ was written in a practice room whereas with ‘Red, Green or Inbetween’, we took our ideas and built the songs around them on the computer so every little detail was put under the microscope writing the record. I think my favourite song is Eastbound & Down.

So how has the release of Footprints gone?

It’s gone down great! We released it just before we went out on our headline run and kids are already shouting all the words back at us so we’re stoked!

So how did the The Inbetween tour go?

Better than we expected! We played a lot of cities we’d never been to before so to have a turnout like we did every night was reassuring to us for sure. We had a lot of fun and can’t wait to get back out with Seaway in January.

You guys will be heading on tour again in January/February, what venue are you most looking forward to?

It’s gotta be the Underworld in London. We’ve only played it once before when we weren’t really too well known, before we’d released our EP actually, so I’m looking forward to going back to such a well known venue and seeing how things have progressed!

What has been your proudest moment so far?

For me personally it’s gotta be either playing the Guildhall in Southampton or the O2 Academy in Liverpool. The first show I ever went to was at the Guildhall like 8 years ago or something, and now we’ve played a sold out show there so that’s pretty surreal to me. And Liverpool because I promised myself when I moved to uni there, way before WSTR was a thing, that one day I’d play the main stage at the O2 Academy, and now we have!

What has been your funniest moment on tour?

The Neck Deep tour we were on back in April was pretty rowdy throughout. We all shared the same bus so every single day was a party. There’s too many moments to pinpoint that I’m sure some people know about already so just that tour in general I guess.

So you recently opened up a merch store in America, how surprised were you that the demand was there?

Yeah it’s crazy seeing people from the other side of the world connecting with our music, and so much so that they’ll order merch from our UK site and pay the extra to have it shipped to America. We felt it was about time the US had their own WSTR store so hopefully that makes things a bit easier and cheaper for them!

So in your music video Lonely Smiles, you asked fans to send in some videos, how much does these fans mean to you guys?

I know it sounds dead cliche and everyone says this but they say it for a reason, without them we wouldn’t be able to do half the things we manage to do, so they literally mean everything. We feel we have a great connection with our fans online too, we love chatting to anyone who’s willing to give us the time of day and it really doesn’t go unnoticed so thank you

You can pre-order Red, Green and Inbetween via iTunes now!

Live Review: Farro at Southampton’s Joiners

 

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Members from Greywind, Natives and Farro go on stage (photo by Ben Smith)

 

With some atmosphere gathering, the night kicked off with a lovely acoustic show by Irish brother and sister act Greywind. Steph and Paul O’Sullivan put on a magical show to open the night up. Steph’s beautiful yet strong vocals really shined through a tiny Joiners venue as Paul’s guitar playing was spot on as always. Greywind played songs such as Circle and Afterthoughts from their debut album, titled Afterthoughts, which is out in January. It was amazing to be right up close to them both as the supporting guitarist added some strong vocals. The duo ended with Forest Ablaze which was a perfect end to the first opening act. This brother and sister act have an incredibly bright future ahead so keep your eyes peeled for more from the two.

 

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Greywind’s Steph O’Sullivan (Photo by Ben Smith)

 

New Forest band Natives kicked off their set in a very positive manner with an incredibly catchy first song. Their second song Pray was just as catchy and you could really feel the drumming pump through your body. The drummer, Andy White, showed a very unique style and played while standing up.  Lead singer Jim Thomas’ voice really shined through and complemented the colourful lights. They then played their new single Passion that really got everyone moving to the beat.  Some of the songs they played was from their upcoming second album and managed to get the crowd clapping away. Thomas really engaged with the crowd and it was like every song had it’s own different connection. He also started to play the drums alongside White during the chorus. They finished with a song called Stop The Rain which was about the power of music, and it was certainly a great way to end a perfect set. The guitarist, Jack Fairbrother, played on a musical pad that sounded just great and added a very unique feel to the evening.

 

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Natives’ lead singer Jim Thomas (photo by Ben Smith)

 

 

Farro then took the stage and the lighting was fantastic with projected stars to begin with and simply his logo to follow. Josh started off with his well known song On The Wire to get the crowd going from the word go. The four piece support also created an awesome sound in such a small venue. The brilliantly catchy Color Rush then followed and the genre was completely different to Paramore as like it was all set. It was really feel good music and having heard a little snippet in rehearsals I didn’t expect any less. It was refreshing to see Farro engaging with fans in this intimate setting as he is most use to playing arena tours and festivals. It was the penultimate gig to their tour and despite a few technical issues, Farro remained professional as ever.  Josh and the band played a new song and really got the crowd clapping. Farro then played a slow song titled Island that got a lot of people swaying and really was a sweet song. It did get more heavier as the song went on however and it provided some awesome riffs from the supporting guitarist. Twins Jay and Rod joined Josh for an even slower acoustic song titled Home which started with an almost acapella sound with Farro’s voice chipping in for the verse. It was another sweet song and almost describes Josh’s new genre in a single song with a very mellow vibe but you could tell this song meant a lot to the singer. They also covered Fleet Foxes’ White Winter Hymnal in another great acoustic style cover with a tangerine and pure vocals. He sung a song about his brother Zac, about parting ways and wanting to be super close and having to grow up. He gave everything to this song and the lyrics were as powerful as the actual song with ‘I don’t wanna lose you’ referring to his brother. It was probably his heaviest song on the set, and you could tell he put 100% into every last bit of it. Josh then played Say The Word which was about letting down somebody. Farro then covered Coldplay’s Charlie Brown which was a massive hit with all the crowd. The singer then added another new song and offered fans a free T-shirt for a winner of a dance off which was great fun. His penultimate song saw members from Greywind and Natives joining Josh on stage. Finally Farro sung his album title song Walkways to finish off a night of very high standard and enjoyable music.

 

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Josh Farro (Photo by Ben Smith)

 

Check out galleries from each band on the night with photos taken from Original Rock’s very own Ben Smith below.

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Greek prog/tech metal band Tardive Dyskinesia unveil hilarious new video

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Greek prog/tech metal band Tardive Dyskinesia have unveiled the new video to ‘Savior Complex’ from their acclaimed new LP, Harmonic Confusion (released September 09).

Watch the adventurous new video below!

Prog and technical metal combine in an enthralling and unique manner with Tardive Dyskinesia’s new album, perfectly capturing the band’s unique position on the threshold of West and East, old and new. For fans of Meshuggah, The Ocean and Intronaut, Harmonic Confusion is variously aggressive, atmospheric, groovy, melodic, technical and minimal. Receiving praise from Prog, Metal Hammer, Metal Injection and more the Greeks are on a fast rise.

Having returned from a smashing set at this year’s UK Tech-Metal Fest, the band have previously played alongside giants Mastodon, Meshuggah, as well as playing Europe’s premier prog-metal festival, Euroblast. Boasting fans in Jocham Jacobs (ex Textures) Kelly Shaefer (Atheist) and George Kollias (Nile), the new album looks set to cement Tardive Dyskinesia’s status as one of Greece’s leading underground lights.

Sussex Trio IN DYNAMICS Reveal Beautiful Live Session Video For ‘Another Minute’

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Ahead of their UK support tour with Sumerian Records’ alt-rock band New Volume this week, Sussex trio In Dynamics have revealed a stunning live session video for their album track Another Minute.

Watch and share the video below!

The band’s debut album Everything I See was released earlier in 2016 and is available to purchase physically or digitally from all good retailers and streaming platforms.

Recorded and filmed at Lapwing Studios with producer Jack Bennett (aka Grumble Bee) and director Tom Ransom, the gorgeous new video is the perfect showcase for their water-tight live sound.

Commenting on the visuals, the band said: ‘The idea behind the shoot was to make something that blended the line between a music video and a live session.

We’ve done live sessions in the past, so this time we wanted to make something that had the visual, cinematic feel of a music video, and combine it with the excitement that we try and bring to the song when playing live.

‘We were lucky enough to have the extremely talented Tom Ransom work with us on the shoot.

‘He has worked with us on music videos in the past, so it was awesome to see what he did with this track.

‘We also had the multi-talented gentleman Jack Bennett (Grumble Bee) record and mix the audio at Lapwing Studios. Massive thanks to those guys; we’re so excited for everyone to check it out!’

Everything I See is the band’s first full length effort and the follow up to their two critically acclaimed EPs, 2013’s Circle and their 2014 release Questions, which placed them firmly on the starting blocks and won them praise from the likes of Kerrang!, Rock Sound, DIY, Big Cheese, Team Rock, Amazing Radio, The Radio 1 Rock Show and more.

The band have played shows alongside the likes of Arcane Roots, The Subways, Feed The Rhino, Sonic Boom Six and Blitz Kids.

Winter 2016 UK Tour Dates w/ New Volume:

30.11.16 – London – Boston Music Room
01.12.16 – Sheffield – Mulberry Underground
02.12.16 – Bolton – The Alma Inn
03.12.16 – Chester – The Live Rooms
04.12.16 – Southampton – The Alexandra

London based punk outfit COPE release debut music video

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London based punk rock outfit COPE are pleased to reveal their debut music video for single release ‘Seasons Ending’. The single is taken from the band’s debut EP Challenge Oppression // Pursue Equality which was released earlier this month.

As heard on Alex Baker’s Kerrang Radio Fresh Blood Show and BBC Radio Devon via their BBC Introducing Show, due to the band having roots in Devon, COPE’s debut material is something to be proud of. Check out the video below!

COPE take influence from a vast array of music and, like most musicians, they don’t like to indulge in just one niche genre, they’re open-minded and when writing this release they actively sought a variety of different aspects. You can expect riffage galore, with a load of catchy hooks and thought-provoking lyrics thrown in to give them their fresh and exciting edge.

‘Climate change is the biggest challenge humans face right now.

‘We have a duty to look after the Earth, this is our way of speaking up’ – Adam BatesCOPE vocalist.