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The Young Hearts

Honestly, I'm Just Thinking

Primordial Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

UK Alt-rockers The Young Hearts are set to release their new EP, Honestly, I’m Just Thinking, on September 29th via Primordial Records. The road to creating their new EP was not an easy one for the band, the EP contains songs that are informed by nostalgia, loss, pain and guilt, emotions that reflect the turmoil that delayed the release of the EP after it was recorded last Spring. The Honestly I’m Just Thinking EP follows on from the bands 2015 EP, Everything We Left Behind, and marks the first studio release from the Kent based quartet after a traumatic couple of years.

Bloom opens the EP with a delicate picked introduction before the rhythm section kicks into gear to deliver a rousing melodic slice of alt rock, one that if I didn’t know better I would guess was from the heartland of the USA. Medicine brings a more reflective feel to the EP before Smoke delivers the most radio friendly and anthemic moment of Honestly, I’m Just Thinking, although it’s the EP’s final moment that is the most haunting, October is a striking finale to the EP that brings everything that this release promised to deliver together for a striking finale.

The anthemic nature of the songs means that this is an EP that is recommended for fans of Brand New, Manchester Orchestra and Gaslight Anthem, the events in the personal lives, including personal loss and trauma, ring out amongst their compositions making this a deeply personal and heartfelt EP. For me Honestly, I’m Just Thinking has a slightly overproduced and precise feel that detracts from the EP’s livelier numbers, but everything just comes together and fits into place for the stunning October which I can guarantee is a track that will stick with you, and I have a feeling that the rest of the EP will be one that grows on me with repeat plays.

Honestly, I’m Just Thinking will be released on vinyl and digital formats on the 29th September through Primordial Records and the EP can now be pre-ordered here

Orchards Release ‘The Grey’ Video

Orchards Promo Sept 17Orchards have released the official music video for the track, The Grey, that will appear on the band’s debut EP, Idle, that is due out on December 8th 2017. Idle follows on from Orchards debut single, Vile Me, that was released last year and is available as a pay what you feel download via Bandcamp.

You can download Vile Me via Bandcamp here

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Zebedy STP

Zebedy

Set The Pace

Self Released
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

North Wales based angular alt rock quartet Zebedy have self released their new EP, Set The Pace, today, the 15th September 2017. Zebedy‘s roots go back almost a decade when an embryonic version of the band first emerged as a live jamming trio, over the years they have steadily refined their sound and incorporated new members and influences, all the while building their fanbase with a commitment to live shows. Their latest four track EP follows on from their sophomore album, 2013’s Marionette, and showcases their latest material that has shifted into a more slightly more aggressive style away from their straight up rock roots. 

The tile track possesses the energy and attack of Rage Against The Machine, but it is blended with a slicker rock approach that incorporates technical elements that are transplanted from the metal and rock influences. After the impressive blast of the opening track we get Of Revelations, this heads off into a more straightforward metal direction before the brief instrumental, In, bridges the gap to the EP’s closing number, Bloom, that blends the rage of the opening track with every other element in the band DNA, and as a result it veers wildly across the alt rock spectrum.

Zebedy incorporate the rage of metalcore and distil this with melodic influences from the parallel world’s of rock and metal, but they largely, but not completely, avoid the self indulgent excesses of those genres to keep the energy flowing throughout the Set The Pace EP. The title track is easily the outstanding track from this release, it set the bar high for the rest of the EP so it’s not really a surprise that the tracks that followed don’t quite hit the same heights, having said that if your tastes lie more toward rock than alt rock you won’t be disappointed by Set The Pace.

Set The Pace is now available via digital platforms including Zebedy‘s Bandcamp which can be found here

Orestea Release Video For ‘Welcome To Surviville’

Orestea ElementsHighly acclaimed alt rock crew Orestea return with their new album, Elements, that is due out on the 22nd September, and the band have now released the new video for Welcome To Surviville. Pulling from many areas of rock and alt-metal, stemming from Stone Sour, Coheed and Cambria, through to Don Broco and Paramore, Orestea are making all the right noises and are marching forward full steam ahead with a potent rhythm section, infectious and soaring vocals and imaginative guitar work.

You can pre-order Elements here and view the video for Welcome To Surviville below Read More…

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Puppet Kings VCAG

Puppet Kings

Very Cool And Groovy

Self Released
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Puppet Kings are the latest band to emerge from the UK coastal town of Brighton, and once more I find myself wondering is there anyone in Brighton who isn’t in a band. Puppet Kings have now been around for five years, touring relentlessly across the UK pausing only to release sporadic studio recordings, including their 2012 self titled debut full length. Their latest release, Very Cool And Groovy, follows on from their 2015 Timebomb EP and was preceded by the lead single, Rich And White, earlier this year.

Wanderlust is a fine if not somewhat familiar slab of heavyweight alt rock and the subsequent number Taurus carries the same mix of traditional rock that’s infused with a touch of energy from their alternative influences that is the sole defining line between something being traditional rock and alt rock, but it’s when you get to Rich And White that Puppet Kings get into their stride. The track opens with a sample from Donald Trump before launching into a satirical tirade against Trump and his ilk, this track carries more venom and attitude than those that preceded it and this lifts the EP, the closing track Other Side also possesses more energy and leaves me with the distinct impression that Very Cool And Groovy is an EP of two distinct halves.

Puppet Kings carry all of the the amped up rock credentials and influences that inform the Very Cool And Groovy EP , there are more traces from the traditional rock dinosaurs that lumbered across the 70’s and 80’s in their DNA than I usually care for, but when you realise they are capable of baring their fangs and snapping at events and individuals they find disagreeable then that’s something that makes you sit up and take notice, the mantra of my enemies enemy is my friend is one that seems apt for this Brighton trio’s latest release.

Very Cool And Groovy is now available on all major digital platforms and Puppet Kings website is here

All The Colours Release ‘Heartbreaker’ Video

All The Colours HBMelbourne alternative rock band All The Colours are back with their brand new one-off single, Heartbreaker, that is released ahead of their third album Vol. 3. Coming off the back of the Big Day Out tour and a recent support slot alongside Eagles Of Death Metal on their national tour, All The Colours had a low key 2016 whilst band member Josh Moriarty took some time off work on his other project Miami Horror, now they are back with their classic rock and roll sound with a bit of a tongue-in-cheek attitude as they inject the sound of the 90s into 70s psychedelia for 2017.

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Sea In The Sky Release ‘Everything All At Once’ Video

Sea In The Sky EAAOCalifornian alt rock quintet Sea In The Sky have announced that their debut full length, Everything All At Once, is set to be released on September 29th. The album showcases the band’s melodic, progressive guitar work with smooth, soaring vocals, which will quickly remind you of band’s like CHON, Dance Gavin Dance and Polyphia.

Everything All At Once can be pre-ordered here

You can stream the album’s title track here

Circa Survive Release Video For ‘The Amulet’

Circa Survive TACirca Survive have shared their brooding new music video for The Amulet, the title track from the band’s upcoming sixth full length that is due out September 22nd via Hopeless Records. The Amulet showcases Circa Survive‘s ability to balance impressively technical musicality with infectious melodies that wrap around the listener, throughout the song, pulsating bass lines and intricate guitars melt into cascading drums that build to an epic conclusion.

The Amulet LP can be pre-ordered here

You can view the video for The Amulet, and Circa Survive‘s tour dates, below Read More…

Puppet Kings Release ‘Otherside’ Video

Puppet Kings VCAGHard-hitting, groove filled three piece Puppet Kings matriculate from the vibrant cornucopia of Brighton’s ever-expanding music scene, the rock ‘n’ roll newcomers hurl out gigantic alt rock, soaked with adrenaline fuelled riffery and huge choruses. The band will unveil their new EP, Very Cool & Groovy, through all platforms on Friday 1st September, however, before the EP is released the trio have released the video for the track Otherside.

Very Cool & Groovy can be pre-ordered here

You can view the video for Otherside below Read More…

The Young Hearts Release ‘Smoke’ Video

Youn Hearts HIJTEmo influenced alt-rockers The Young Hearts have released the video for their new single, Smoke, that is taken from the bands new EP, Honestly, I’m Just Thinking, that will be released on September 29th through Primordial Records.
 
Honestly, I’m Just Thinking is available to pre-order digitally here and on vinyl here 
 
The video for Smoke, and The Young Hearts tour dates, can be viewed below

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Latewaves To Release Debut EP ‘Partied Out’

Latewaves PONew Jersey trio Latewaves have signed with Panic State Records who are set to release the band’s debut EP, Partied Out. The band draw off influences from the quirky minor and 7th chords of 90s alt rock and the angst and aggression of the early 2000’s post hardcore and emo scenes, Latewaves find their sound in the echoes of the past but bring a modern twist and the band have released a stream of the track Facedown ahead of the EP’s release.

Partied Out can be pre-ordered via Panic State Records here

You can stream Facedown here and view the bands tour dates below Read More…

Waste Release Lyric Video For New Single ‘Bullet’

Waste BulletStevenage, UK four piece Waste have released their new single, Bullet. today, the 31st July 2017 via Spotify, iTunes and Amazon Music. The single is the first new material from the quartet since the release of their 2016 debut self-titled EP.

The anger is palpable in every note of our heaviest and darkest track to date, we’re excited to introduce you to the darker side of the band. With lyrical content of an uneasy nature, the track talks about a guy struggling with the darker side of his mind and insecurities about his physical appearance. Hopefully it’s a good insight to anyone struggling with being a part of an anxious, troubled generation.

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Witterquick Release Video For ‘Lie To Me’

Witterquick FAIWitterquick continue their ascent with the release of their immersing new video single, Lie To Me, that is taken from their forthcoming EP, Fire And Ice, with UK tour dates to follow in support of the release. Over the last year Witterquick have emerged as one of the UK’s hottest new bands following the popular release of their singles, Soldiers, Rise, and Hiding Place, a sold out UK tour with fellow rockers Nothing But Thieves, and piquing with the release of their debut EP, Beneath the Spinning Lights.

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The By Gods To Release New Single ‘Rat In My House’

The By Gods RIMHNashville trio The By Gods have announced that their new album, Move On, is due for release on 20th October 2017, the trio are currently on a lengthy run of US tour dates, with a UK tour to follow. To celebrate the forthcoming release of their new album the band have revealed the video for Rat In My House, the first single to be taken from the new album that will be available via streaming platforms from 31st July 2017.

You can stream Rat In My House here

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Vault 51 Release ‘Wildfire’ Video

Vault 51 KidAlt rock quintet Vault 51 have released a music video for their new single, Wildfire, that is taken from the debut EP, Kid. The colourful aesthetic of the video for the band’s previous single, Magnolia, reoccurs along with trippy camera effects which represent time slipping by.

The Kid EP is now available via Apple Muisc here and Spotify here

The video for Wildfire can be viewed below Read More…

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The Young Hearts Sign To Primordial Records

Youn Hearts HIJTKent’s Emo influenced alt-rockers, The Young Hearts, have signed to Primordial Records and the band are to set to release their new EP, Honestly, I’m Just Thinking, on September 29th. The Young Hearts have now released Smoke, the lead single from Honestly, I’m Just Thinking, ahead of the EP’s release and the band will be on tour in the UK in August and October, along with an appearance at Manchester’s Deadbolt Festival in September.

You can stream Smoke, the lead single from the EP, here

You can view The Young Hearts UK tour dates below Read More…

Saint Apache WM

Saint Apache

Wolf Machine

Self Released
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Saint Apache are a high octane alt rock quartet that hail from the coastal town of Eastbourne, UK. Their sound is informed by an array of influences, ranging from the venom of Every Time I Die, to the drive of Buckcherry, and the political potency of Rage Against The Machine, that is all served up with a healthy dose of punk abrasiveness and a rock sensibility to creature a turbo charged hybrid. The south-coasters churn out compelling full tilt guitar riffs, distorted driving basslines, hard-hitting drums, and an aggressive gritty edge, served up with a super charged vocal delivery.

Saint Apache are the kind of hard hitting alt rock band that you rarely encounter anymore, from the opening You’re Not A Slave it’s clear that this is a dirty distorted and angry version of alt rock that carries the spirit and defiance of punk, but it’s all delivered in a heavier and hard hitting style that has rock’s self assured swagger in spades. Every single cut on the four track Wolf Machine EP is delivered at full tilt with a hard aggressive approach and energy, this is grass roots alt rock that is a world away from the corporate side of a genre that has been increasingly heading to radio friendly territory. 

Whilst Saint Apache are not radio friendly the EP does have clean versions of the tracks You’re Not A Slave and Wolf Machine included, these make minor edits to the more explicit elements of the songs but you can’t mask their fury and I can’t really blame them for wanting to stand a chance of being heard by a wider audience. Wolf Machine is an EP of alt rock delivered exactly as it oughta be, there are no introspective moments, this is a full throttle adrenaline charged assault that contains all the fury and defiance of Rage Against The Machine in their prime.

Saint Apache‘s Facebook page can be found here

Vault 51 Kid

Vault 51

Kid

Self Released
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 
Atlanta’s alternative rock quintet, Vault 51, were previously signed to Roadrunner Records but now the group has taken matters into their own hands with the release of their brand new six track EP, Kid, that is due to be released today, July 20th 2017. Over the years the band have faced many obstacles that would have forced many to disband and move on, instead Vault 51 chose to persevere and press on with what they set out to accomplish, with the Kid EP being the first step in achieving their goals.
 
Thirty Six builds up your expectations with a muted introduction that builds into some crunching atmospheric melodic alt rock, the massive hooks you’d expect are juxtaposed against a melodic undertone, and this marks an impressive beginning to the Kid EP. Sadly from this point Vault 51 slip into more familiar alt rock territory with We Don’t Care, Magnolia and Wildfire, until we get to Mourning View, a dark brooding number that stops the Kid EP becoming a repetitive and predictable exercise, and finally things are brought to a close with an anthemic radio friendly rocker in the shape of Sincerely Me.
 
The majority of the Kid EP doesn’t bring anything new to the table, for me it’s when they deviate from the alt rock standards that things become more interesting, the songs that offer a more atmospheric feel or play different styles off against each other are where Vault 51‘s strengths lie, and they seem to be under utilised on this EP. Vault 51 are a band who have ridden with the punches the music industry have dealt them, and they have come back all the stronger for it, but to truly deal a knockout punch they need to ensure they avoid being another predictable heavyweight that ends up claiming that they could have been a contender.
 
The Kid EP can be ordered via all major digital retailers including Spotify and Apple Music
 
Vault 51‘s website can be found here 
 

False Advertising Announce Extensive UK Tour

False Advertising IWBSMH Tour 17Manchester’s False Advertising, have announced the I Would Be So Much Happier… UK Tour with extensive headline dates running throughout September and October. The band have also revealed a new EP, I Would Be So Much Happier If I Just Stopped Caring, which will be available exclusively at their forthcoming live dates on ltd edition cassette. The new EP is a collection of the standalone releases from 2017 and includes the track It’s Been A While (So Sick), whose lyrics were contributed by anonymous young people as part of Three Minute Heroes project.
 
The Three Minute Heroes compilation can be downloaded for free here
 
You can view the video for Honest, and False Advertising‘s tour dates, below

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Scout Killers Release ‘Keep Telling Me Lies’ Video

Scout Killers UK Tour Aug 17Rising alt rockers Scout Killers have revealed the video for Keep Telling Me Lies and have announced a UK tour in support of their new EP, Deception. Scout Killers have been burrowing away for the past five years shaping and honing their hugely captivating sound resulting in the alluring flow and melodic brilliance of their new video single, Keep Telling Me Lies, that just underlines their emerging supremacy, and with UK shows now announced for this August Scout Killers are primed to rise this year.
 
You can order the Deception EP here
 
You can view the video for Keep Telling Me Lies, and Scout Killers UK tour dates, below

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Orestea Reveal Video For ‘Elements’

Orestea ElementsHighly regarded UK alt rockers Orestea have announced plans to release their new album, Elements, on 22nd September, after the gains of This Is An Overture the band decided to take some time out in order to create a new record that would be expansive, diverse and engulfing, but would still adhere to their trademark sound, and now Orestea have revealed a taster for the latest album with a new video for the album’s title track.

You can pre-order Elements from Orestea‘s website here

The video for the album’s title track can be viewed below Read More…

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Saint Apache Release Video For ‘ The Story Doesn’t End Here’

Saint Apache WMSaint Apache are a heavyweight alternative quartet that pull from an array of influences, ranging from the venom of Every Time I Die, to the attitude of Gallows, and the political potency of Rage Against The Machine. Saint Apache will release their new EP, Wolf Machine, on the 21st July and they have now unleashed the video for the track The Story Doesn’t End Here.

Saint Apache‘s Facebook page can be found here

You can view the video for The Story Doesn’t End Here below Read More…

Tranquility Release Video For ‘Rain In May’

Tranquility SPTranquility have released the new animated music video for Rain In May, the track is taken from their debut EP entitled Sonic Propensity. Their penchant for laid back 90’s alt rock mixed with modern day pop punk shines through on this stellar debut, and it will be released on July 14th on CD and digital formats via Take This To Heart Records.
 
Sonic Propensity can be ordered via Take This To Heart Records here
 
The video for Rain In May can be viewed below

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Bellevue Days Rosehill

Bellevue Days

Rosehill

Kobalt Music
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Croydon based alt rock quartet, Bellevue Days, have today released their new EP, Rosehill, via Kobalt Music, the EP is the follow up to their critically acclaimed Sad Boy EP that was released just over twelve months ago. In the Rosehill EP Bellevue Days have released a record built from the defining moments in their young lives, their latest release is simultaneously a nostalgic backwards glance, and a wry sideways look at the departure of youth and the ever increasing complexities of modern adult life.

Black Sheep Baby opens with the melancholy tones of a dark lullaby before the drum beat kicks in on the atmospheric opener, Jack And I lulls you into a false sense of security that it’s a continuation of the attitude of the initial track, that is until you get hit with an almighty guitar riff that spikes the track with a hit a adrenaline. Secret Love marks the half way point with the feel of the more introspective moments from The Libertines, before Bellevue Days deliver the stunning Faith, for me this is easily the highpoint of the EP where the quartet strike a perfect balance between the delicate and the brutal, and then finally Dead Summer eases you out of Rosehill.

There are distinct elements from the post punk and post hardcore genre’s on Rosehill, along with a hefty influence from the darker and moodier sides of indie and alt rock that informs a troubled and sometimes intense EP. Despite their tender years the Rosehill EP displays a level of maturity in their songwriting that marks this out as their finest release to date. Bellevue Days seem set to build on their fanbase, as along with this impressive EP they have a number of high profile festival appearances over the summer, followed by tours with Patrons and Young Hearts, and if you get the chance I’d catch them live, or at least investigate this EP.

The Rosehill EP is now available via iTunes here

Amplifier TWDF

Amplifier

Trippin' With Dr Faustus

Rockosmos
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

Amplifier have returned with their sixth album, Trippin’ With Dr Faustus, that is due for release via Rockosmos tomorrow, June 30th 2017. Amplifier‘s last release, Dystopia, came out three long years ago, since then the band have spent much of the last three years recording their latest opus in the studio in their native Manchester. What they promise on Trippin’ With Dr. Faustus is an exploration of Faustian coincidences of power, success, fame and money, one that blurs fact with fiction and reality with fantasy, this is not an album that is for the casual listener, it’s an eccentric exploration of a weighty concept.

Rainbow Machine kicks things off in suitably dramatic style for an album that’s exploring such complex subject matter, Trippin’ With Dr. Faustus has something of a prog feel to it, but with a more distorted edge and immediacy, the opening track then appropriately bleeds into the epic Freakzone. Trippin’ With Dr. Faustus is an album that veers between elements of alt rock, psychedelia, prog and rock in a somewhat self indulgent fashion, the years spent making this epic album have not been wasted, but it should be noted that this is not an album that will appeal to those who want an immediate adrenaline hit from their music.

Trippin’ With Dr Faustus is a diverse sonic landscape that reflects how the trends of greed, ego, dominance, fear and seduction have defined society, but apart from the somewhat extravagant premise of the album, and the suggestion of a suspicious hazy pact with the devil, this is an overblown album that is not without it’s charms. The hour long trip with Amplifier and Dr. Faustus is not something that will be for everyone, but for those who like a journey into the dark side of the psyche this is an album that is well worth an hour of your time.

Trippin’ With Dr Faustus will be available from the 30th June 2017 on double clear vinyl album, CD, on mediabook and jewelcase variants, and digital formats via Rockosmos. Trippin’ With Dr Faustus can pre-ordered on all formats via Bandcamp here

A Promise To Forget To Release Debut Album ‘Dying To Live’

A Promise To Forget DTLA Promise To Forget have announced that their debut album, Dying To Live, is now set to be self released on August 11th 2017 on CD and digital download. From start to finish Dying To Live is an album that is packed full of soaring atmospheric choruses from frontman Tim Castle, whose unique and powerful voice is a real jewel in the crown for A Promise To Forget. Lyrically Dying To Live is very personal release that relates to the battles that many young people have to fight today to keep pushing on through life.

You can view the video for the lead single, Sylvia, below Read More…

donnie Willow Tour June 17

Donnie Willow / Rory Indiana / Tirade

Alma Inn, Bolton, UK

17th June 2016
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 
Donnie Willow Alma Rory Indiana 2Bolton is one of many satellite towns that are scattered across the edges of Greater Manchester, despite being away from the bright lights of the city centre there is a no less a thriving music scene with the added bonus of many venues offering free shows from up and coming bands, and tonight is one of those nights where you can see two promising acts from the other side of the UK. Scotland’s Donnie Willow and Brighton’s Rory Indiana are coming towards the end of a brief UK tour showcasing their heavyweight alt rock sounds on a co-headlining tour, with Donnie Willow touring in support of the Exhibition EP that was released earlier this month.
 
Donnie Willow Alma Tirade 1The Alma Inn is a compact venue, to put it mildly, with the bands playing in a small space which is weirdly lower than the bar area offering some unique vantage points, weirdly for a warm summers evening the small outdoor stage isn’t utilised meaning we’re packed into the tiny room ensuring the bar staff are kept busy. Tirade are opening the evening, they are the local addition to tonight’s line up and they bring a touch of northern spirit to the evening. There is a sparse turnout early in the evening despite the offer of free music, presumably due to the temptation of beer gardens and barbecues, and this leads to a delayed start to tonight’s show and it’s late in the evening when Tirade finally take to the stage to play a brief muscular set of pop punk infused alt rock.
 
Donnie Willow Alma Tirade 2One thing that immediately strikes you is that this is a refreshingly loud venue compared to many I encounter where noise regulations mean you can hear everyone else’s conversation, that is not an issue tonight as any kind of vocal communication is impossible whilst the bands are playing. The upbeat feel of the songs is underpinned by pulverising bass lines and beats and the their songs veer between the heavier end of pop punk and head into hardcore intensity, all of which is underpinned by a solid spine of alt rock. Tonight’s set gives me the feeling that Tirade are a band to watch, and with a new EP in the works they are a band who have youth and talent on their side, and I have the distinct feeling that we’ll be hearing a lot more from them in the coming years.
 
Donnie Willow Alma Rory IndianaAs the sun goes down on Bolton the venue starts to become a little busier indicating my suspicions about the beer garden and barbecues were well founded and this brings the first of the co-headliners, Rory Indiana, who deliver a set of crunching straight up melodic alt rock. Rory Indiana bring a different element to the line up as they offer a more anthemic feel than Tirade‘s opening salvo and you feel that their brand of intense alt rock is one that deserves to be heard in grander venues, and to bigger crowds. New material is showcased, including the impressive Pink Cloud, and my personal highlight, the wonderfully titled Brexism, that indicates that the UK’s grass roots alt rock scene is thriving and their new single, Tough Love, brings things to a heartfelt and intense finale.
 
Donnie Willow 1As we approach the witching hour Donnie Willow take to the stage, the Glaswegian trio bring a more stripped down intense and raw approach than their co-headliners and as good as their recently releases Exhibition EP was they are a band that should be experienced live. Such is the depth of influences in their sound they are hard to pin down, punk attitudes, alt rock intensity, post hardcore breakdowns and even Beatlesque melodies are present in their set, although the latter of these elements is delivered in a way that is far removed from their origins, and are hammered home in a pulverising and intense set that, like every band on tonight’s bill, demonstrates the diversity of the bands in the UK’s music scene.
 
Donnie Willow 2For me Tirade edged it s my favourite act tonight, their mix of influences and youthful energy and enthusiasm provided something unique in tonight’s line up, but that’s no disrespect to the co-headliners who both provided full blooded sets of alt rock to a sparsely attended venue, and that to me is where the problem lies, if people don’t attend local shows, especially when free, then we are in danger of losing these kinds of venues. For me spaces like The Alma Inn need to be supported as they provide a valuable opportunity for bands to showcase their material and gain exposure, venues such as these are in many ways the backbone of the grass roots alternative music scenes, it’s up to us to use them or we face losing them, and when they’re gone it’s doubtful anything will replace them.
 
Donnie Willow Alma end shotDonnie Willow‘s website is here 
 
You can read The Punk Site review of Donnie Willow‘s Exhibition EP here
 
Rory Indiana‘s website can be found here
 
Tirade‘s Facebook page is here and their Bandcamp is here
 
Live photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here
 
You can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images
 
Alpha Male Tea Party Health

Alpha Male Tea Party

Health

Big Scary Monsters Records
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

Alpha Male Tea Party are a self confessed “fucking loud instrumental band” from Liverpool who have released their sophomore album, Health, today, the 23rd June 2017, via Big Scary Monsters Records. Their latest full length follows on from their 2014 debut album, Droids, and in the three years between their studio releases Alpha Male Tea Party have been steadily touring the UK and Europe, all the while steadily building an ever increasing following for the their unique sonic delivery.

Have You Ever Seen Milk? kicks things off with a surprisingly mellow start with complex structures and timing changes, but this really is the calm before Alpha Male Tea Party unleash a storm, and the storm duly arrives in the shape of the pulverising Ballerina. Health carries obvious influences from the likes of Everything Everything and Deftones, along with a distinct math rock influence, but with no vocals to interrupt, or be fitted into, the flow Alpha Male Tea Party can focus purely on the musical structure, and as complex as they can be, and it might sound weird for an instrumental math rock album, but this doesn’t come across as the self indulgent exercise that you would expect.

The lack of vocals will be offputting for some, but as they are an instrumental band this can’t really be used a criticism, although for me you do feel like there are stages when the vocals would naturally flow into a song, and their absence does leave you with the unsettling feeling that something is missing, but that’s more due to what I’m used to rather than any fault on the part of Alpha Male Tea Party. This won’t be everyone’s cup of tea by the very nature of the album, but if you want a unique approach to math rock that is delivered with the heaviness and attitude of alt rock then Alpha Male Tea Party do bring something unique to the genre.

Health can be ordered via Big Scary Monsters Records here

We Are The Catalyst Release ‘One More Day’ Video

We Are Catalyst ElevationWe Are The Catalyst released their sophomore album, Elevation, last September, the album marked a darker, heavier and more emotional direction while maintaining their trademark melodically modern sound. We Are The Catalyst just surpassed one million plays on Spotify, have a new album in the works and have released a brand new video single, One More Day.

Elevation can be ordered via We Are The Catalyst‘s webstore here

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Bellevue Days Release ‘Faith’ Video

Bellevue Days RosehillCroydon based alt rock quartet Bellevue Days have revealed the video for their new single, Faith, that is taken from their forthcoming EP, Rosehill. Faith marks the vocal debut of band member Dan Lukes, who takes over singing duties this time around from band mate Alan Smith, the band’s long term frontman whose vocals took the spotlight on all of Bellevue Days previous singles. The Rosehill EP is set to be released on the 4th July 2017,

Faith can now be streamed via Spotify here

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Maplerun Release ‘Keep On Staring’ Video

Maplerun PartykrasherGreek alt rockers Maplerun released their third album, Partykrasher, earlier this year and now they have released a new video single for the track, Keep On Staring. Maplerun are already firmly established in their homeland and Europe, but now the band have turned their attention to stretching their reach into the UK.
 
Partykrasher can be ordered and streamed via Bandcamp here
 
You can view the video for Keep On Staring below

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