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Rise Against EU Tour 17

Rise Against / Sleeping With Sirens / PEARS

Apollo, Manchester, UK

2nd November 2016
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Rise Against Venue Nov 17Chicago’s Rise Against hit Manchester tonight on the second date of their current UK tour in support of their new album, Wolves, alongside the melodic hardcore legends is a diverse duo of support acts in the shape of Sleeping With Sirens and hardcore upstarts PEARS. The queue for Rise Against’s return to Manchester snakes round both sides of Manchester’s historic Apollo venue and I start to get worried that we’re not going to catch the opening set by PEARS, and as that’s one of the main reasons I’m here tonight this is a worrying state of affairs. 

Pears1(Best)We thankfully make it into the Apollo in the nick of time for PEARS, they immediately kick into a furious set of hardcore and you can see why they have developed a well deserved reputation for an impressive live show. PEARS deliver an intense  barrage that befits their growing status, and as far as I’m concerned they are one of the best live hardcore acts out there at the moment. When I last caught PEARS, at this years Rebellion Festival, they were impressive, but tonight they sound sharper and more focused and there’s a reason they captured the attention of so many since their formation. PEARS have opened tonight’s show with a short sharp set that’s sets the bar so high that I almost feel sorry for the band that has to follow them, almost.
 
Pears2PEARS‘ frontman, Zach Quinn, is inevitably bare chested by the end of the set and he cuts a perpetually manic and uninhibited figure during a set that spans their short but prolific career, including material from their freshly released split album with Direct Hit. It’s an intense and all too short twenty five minute set from the New Orleans quartet, aside from the brief easy listening intermissions that punctuate their set this has been an opening salvo that was delivered at full tilt throughout. Despite the early start to their set they play to steadily filling and appreciative crowd at the Manchester Apollo, and you get the impression that PEARS have made more than a few friends tonight.
 
Sleeping with Sirens (1)Next up is Sleeping With Sirens who are touring in support of their new album, Gossip, and were something of an unknown quantity to me prior to tonight. They play a set of slick post hardcore influenced alt rock that is delivered in an accomplished and crowd pleasing style, but for me their inclusion on this tour seems to be at odds with the two other bands on the bill and for me they came across as a slightly disappointing filling in an otherwise amazing sandwich, however the enthusiastic reaction from a sizable section of the crowd, and the borderline hysteria I encountered whilst queuing to get into the venue, suggests that I am in the minority on this one.
 
RA1(Colour)There’s a lengthy changeover before Rise Against take the stage, which gives the opportunity for a varied selection of punk tunes old and new, including everything from The Clash to Me First And The Gimme Gimme’s, to warm the crowd up for tonight’s headliners. The house lights eventually drop and the four minute warning sounds revealing two huge video screens displaying cartoon apocalyptic imagery that sets the tone for tonight’s show. The atmosphere builds until the screen then focuses in on it’s last remaining target, Manchester UK, and we’re off into a set that spans Rise Against‘s almost two decade long career.
 
RA3(HiCont)Rise Against have come a long way since their days with Fat Wreck Chords, major record deals have taken them into bigger concert halls and bought elaborate stage sets and immense lighting rigs, but the core of the band and their ideals remain the same, and before the first number is out they have the crowd in the palm of the hands. New material from their latest full length, Wolves, is dropped into the set and blends in perfectly. Dancing For Rain is appropriately dedicated to Manchester and the set is theatrically punctuated by short dark animated films that depict a dystopian future, the second of these is followed by a triumphant Collapse (Post-Amerika) that’s accompanied by images of resistance and police brutality.
 
RA4It’s been too long since Rise Against hit the UK and the crowds affection for them hasn’t dimmed in the years have that passed. An acoustic Swing Life Away gets a note perfect chorus from the Manchester crowd, a further heartfelt acoustic number, People Live Here, is dedicated to those who have the courage to fight for peace in the face of aggression. Hero Of War see’s the reappearance of the full band for the finale of the song, and for the remainder of the set Rise Against return to full flow. Tonight’s set has covered the majority of Rise Against’s back catalogue and they close with Satellite from their 2011 album, Endgame.
 
RA5Prior to their return we get the final instalment of the dystopian animations, that true to the bands self depicts the downtrodden rising up as wolves against those who have created a living hell, and they retake the stage to deliver a suitably defiant encore to close what has been an impressive return to our shores. Tonight’s show was marked by stunning sets that bookended either end of the evening, Pears and Rise Against were both flawless tonight, with the latter’s also having a dramatic visual appeal. But whilst both bands have very different styles they were both equally impressive and share the same vision, and that’s pretty much punk rock in a nutshell, it isn’t our differences that matter, it’s the common bonds that bind us together.
 
Rise Against Pears Nov 17Rise Against‘s website is here and Wolves can be ordered here
 
Sleeping With Sirens website can be found here
 
PEARS website is here
 
Human Movement can be ordered via Fat Wreck Chords here
 
Live photography by Steven Alexis
 
You can click on any of Steven’s photos to view a slide show of the images
 
 

Counterpoint To Release New EP ‘If Not Now, When?’

Counterpoint INNWManchester based alt rockers Counterpoint are turning heads and pricking ears with their colossal, and not to mention infectious, sound that calls to mind everyone from Letlive, Papa Roach, Deftones and While She Sleeps. Counterpoint are set to drop their debut EP, If Not Now, When?, on Friday 9th February 2018 and ahead of the EP’s release the band have also unveiled a new track from the EP, Honestly?

Counterpoint‘s Facebook page can be found here

Honestly? can be streamed here

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Ghost Atlas

All Is In Sync And There's Nothing Left To Sing About

Self Release
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Ghost Atlas is the solo project of Jesse Cash, best known for his role in the Sumarian Records metal band ERRA, with Ghost Atlas he explores the melodic alt rock side to his writing, Jesse Cash began releasing music under the Ghost Atlas moniker in 2014 with the Gold Soul Coma EP and he followed this up with the 2015’s Immortal Youth EP. Being the sole member of Ghost Atlas the project is a very much a personal reflection of Cash’s emotions, life experience and work, All Is In Sync And There’s Nothing Left To Sing About is Ghost Atlas‘s debut full length and it is set to be released independently on November 17th.

All Is In Sync And There’s Nothing Left To Sing About offers a distinct contrast to the full on metalcore grunt of ERRA, this is an album of alt rock that embraces a much more melodic approach than his primary outfit. Having said that, with the exception of Night Drive, Scout’s Honour, the mellowest moment on this release, and the title track this is an album of slick driven emotional and passionate alt rock that will appeal greatly to fans of the likes of the Deftones and Circa Survive. All Is In Sync And There’s Nothing Left To Sing About is an album that will appeal to his core following, but his latest release should also broaden his appeal beyond the confines of his metalcore roots.

Make no mistake there are still elements of the progressive metal of ERRA present in Ghost Atlas, and it would seem that whilst you can take the man of the metal band but you can’t completely take the metal band out of the man, but it all seems more channelled and focussed than his work with ERRA. With this self funded and self released album Jesse Cash has released a distinctly more restrained album than you would expect to hear if you are aware of his pedigree, and it’s a credit to him that he’s willing to branch out in a different direction and create his own personal vision and style on a album that is a move away from his established style.

All Is In Sync And There’s Nothing Left To Sing About can be pre-ordered here

Claytoride Release New EP ‘Worth Leaving’

Claytoride WLAscending Alternative Rock crew Claytoride have unveiled their stunning new EP, Worth Leaving, which is out now via Sliptrick Records and Red Eyes Dischi. After spending seven years honing their skills and cutting their teeth in their homeland, the Italian born, but now Cardiff based, band are a potent alt rock outfit who have racked up comparisons to Biffy Clyro, Placebo and the Foo Fighters. Claytoride unleash a fusion of engaging alternative rock cuts stocked with forceful razor-sharp hooks that render them an instantly catchy listen. Claytoride‘s website can be found here and their Facebook page is here

Worth Leaving can be streamed via Spotify here

Beyond Recall Release New Single And Video ‘Wonder’

Beyond Recall WonderOver the past three years Beyond Recall have amassed an army of followers and a stellar reputation for delivering earnest, emotional alternative rock with a broad crossover appeal. The threesome are now set to climb again with the release of their new single and video, Wonder, that combined with a full live schedule will see Beyond Recall soar to new heights in 2018.

Wonder can be streamed via Spotify and Apple Music and downloaded via iTunes here

You can view the video for Wonder below Read More…

The Young Hearts Release ‘Medicine’ Video Ahead Of UK Tour

Young Hearts HIJTCanterbury emo influenced alt-rockers The Young Hearts have released their new music video, Medicine, today. The track is inspired by growing up and losing touch and is taken from the bands new EP, Honestly, I’m Just Thinking, which is out now through Primordial Records. The Young Hearts take to the road across the South of England next week, including a hometown show at The Ballroom in Canterbury. You can purchase Honestly, I’m Just Thinking via Primordial Records here, and digitally via iTunes here and Spotify here

The video for Medicine, and The Young Hearts tour dates, can be viewed below

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Latewaves

Partied Out

Panic State Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

New Jersey’s Latewaves signed with Panic State Records earlier this year, and they released the band’s debut EP, Partied Out, back in September. The band draw off influences from the quirky minor and 7th chords that were the hallmark of nineties alt rock, this is combined with the angst and aggression of the early 2000’s post hardcore and emo scenes, whilst Latewaves might have found their sound in the echoes of the past, they bring a distinctly modern twist to the soundtrack that influenced their sound.

If It’s Over kicks things off with an anthemic opener that carries a killer hook, and to confirm that this wasn’t a one off Jezebel and Bailin’ Out follow it up and brings a poppier, but no less bouncy, element to the EP. There’s a distinct change of pace at the midway point as Year Ago Today (Peanut Butter Coffee) brings a distinctly melancholy element into the mix before Partied Out builds itself back up with It’ll Be Fine and Face Down, which round out an impressive six track EP from this New Jersey Trio.

Whilst we were late to party on this one, it’s a case of better late than never as this is an EP that’s anything but Partied Out. The EP never quite manages to hit the heights of the impressive opening track, but that’s more of a reflection on just how good a song If It’s Over is rather than casting any negative light on the rest of the EP. The Partied Out EP is a solid six track debut from Latewaves, and it’s one that indicates that there is a bright future for this New Jersey trio.

Partied Out can be ordered via Panic State Records here

You can download Partied Out via iTunes here and stream the EP via Spotify here 

The Young Hearts Release ‘Bloom’ Lyric Video

Young Hearts HIJTThe Young Hearts from Kent, UK have shared the new lyric video for Bloom, a track taken from the bands new EP, Honestly, I’m Just Thinking. The new EP features four tracks of powerful emo influenced alt rock, which has been highly praised by the music press and is out now via Primordial Records.

Honestly, I’m Just Thinking is available on vinyl here and via Spotify here and iTunes here

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Peur Release ‘An Exercise In Abstinence’ Video

Peur Oct 17Manchester-based alt rock trio Peur have unveiled their new single, An Exercise In Abstinence. The track hits your senses with a sound that fuses the edgy dexterity of Nine Inch Nails with the hook-laden know how of Biffy Clyro. An Exercise In Abstinence is a dynamic slab of captivating alt rock laced with alluring phrasing that is destined to ignite. Peur will also be hitting the road in the UK throughout October.

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Phoenix Calling Release ‘Our Lost Hearts’ Single

Phoenix Calling Nov 17 TourTwo years on from their highly acclaimed debut album, rising alt-rockers Phoenix Calling are back with their sophomore record, Our Lost Hearts, that is due for release on 17th November 2017, in light of the announcement the band have revealed the video for their new single, Time Runs Out. Phoenix Rising have returned with a more mature and eclectic sound, Our Lost Hearts is 11 tracks of huge melodies and wall of sound guitars that range from feel good and energetic, to emotive and anthemic. Our Lost Hearts is more of a collective effort than its predecessor, Forget Your Ghosts,
 
You can view the video for Time Runs Out, and Phoenix Calling’s tour dates, below

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Circa Survive

The Amulet

Hopeless Records
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

From the release of their 2005 debut, Juturna, to their 2010 major label release, Blue Sky Noise, to today with their latest release, The Amulet Circa Survive has made a career of turning all of the things that make them difficult to categorize into their greatest strengths. Circa Survive continues this legacy, but on The Amulet this is filtered through the unique lens of their punk and alternative roots and drawing on the raw power of post-hardcore to create a modern hybrid of styles. After thirteen years together Circa Survive have released another album that see’s them move forward, but crucially this has been achieved this whilst remaining true to their roots.

Lustration offers a melodic introduction to The Amulet that steadily builds up in intensity, whilst Never Tell A Soul and Stay bring an upbeat element to Circa Survive‘s latest release. Premonition Of The Hex, Tunnel Vision, The Hex, At Night It Gets Worse and the album’s title track offer a more atmospheric alternative to the driven alt rock that lies at the band’s core, and the album’s penultimate track, Flesh And Bone, brings the pace of the album right down. But for me it’s when they return to a more strident breed of alt rock, one that carries a distinctly more discordant style, where Circa Survive shine brightest, and as a result the track Rites Of Investiture is my personal highlights from The Amulet.

The Amulet is a flawlessly produced slab of melodic alt rock that has touches from the bands roots in it’s DNA, whilst their particular brand of slick and atmospheric alt rock isn’t exactly to my tastes there is no denying that Circa Survive have delivered a radio friendly and polished ten track album. Circa Survive are a band that continue to evolve and The Amulet represents a transition point in Circa Survive‘s history, and I can’t help feeling that it’s one that is likely to gain them a new generation of fans.

The Amulet can be pre-ordered here and details of a Record Store Day exclusive vinyl release can be found here

The Young Hearts Release ‘Honestly, I’m Just Thinking’ EP

Young Hearts HIJTAlt-rockers The Young Hearts from Kent, UK have released their new EP, Honestly, I’m Just Thinking, today through Primordial Records. The band will be on tour in the UK in support of the EP throughout October and November and are appearing at Manchester’s Deadbolt Festival later today.
 
Honestly, I’m Just Thinking is now available on vinyl here, via Spotify here and via iTunes here
 
You can view The Young Hearts UK tour dates below

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Tigercub

Evolve Or Die

Alcopop! Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Brighton trio Tigercub will release their new EP, Evolve or Die, on the 29th September via Alcopop! Records, and the EP will be available on limited edition red vinyl and through all good digital platforms. The EP is the first new material from Tigercub since the release their debut album, Abstract Figures In The Dark, and the evocative title of Evolve or Die is a mantra for a band who are constantly transitioning into something entirely different, and who want their fans to expect the unexpected on each and every release.

The Divided States Of Us starts with a almost haunting introduction that kicks into an intense drum beat, this track embraces the nature of the Chemical Brothers but delivers the intense dance beats through conventional instruments, and it’s clear that Tigercub have evolved since I saw them live just a few brief months ago. Into the Ashes brings a dark element of alt rock into the EP that recalls the desert rock of Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age, It’s Only Love continues this influence but takes the pace right down and brings the EP’s most blissed out moment. Evolve Or Die Closes with Faking Laughter, a melancholy slice of hazy indie rock that contains a treble laced guitar riff that haunts the track.

Evolve Or Die is an EP from a band who refuse to stay still long enough to be pigeonholed, this EP embraces dance, alternative, alt rock and indie and their influences and style shift effortlessly on each track. With the Evolve Or Die EP it’s clear that Tigercub are going to keep us guessing as to what direction their next release will take, and as I noted when I caught them live earlier this year at Manchester’s Sound Control, even when you think you’ve got a handle on Tigercub another card is dealt from the bottom of the pack to keep you off balance.

Evolve Or Die can be pre-ordered via Alcopop! Records here

Young Hearts HIJT

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

You can view the video for Rat In My House, and The By Gods tour dates, below Read More…

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

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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