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Manchester Punk Festival Confrims Latest Additions For 2017

mpf-17-nov-16The Manchester Punk Festival is taking place again in 2017, between the 20th and 22nd April, across a number of venues in Manchester, UK’s City Centre, the festival has now added the energetic punk rock of Canada’s Brutal Youth, the politically charged punk rock of Essex’s The Filaments, the melodic hardcore of Liverpool punkers Chief, the acoustic pop punk of Onsind, the 80’s hardcore of Throwing Stuff and the anarchic folk punk of Matilda’s Scoundrels to the 2017 line up, as well as TosserladBobby Funk, Rash Decision, Iron Drugs, Grotbags, Dirty Twisters, Muskets, Lineout and One Hidden Frame being added to the already impressive bill.

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Manchester Punk Festival Volume Ten Released Via Bandcamp

mpf-oct-16The Manchester Punk Festival is taking place again in 2017, between 20th and 22nd April, across a number of venues in Manchester, UK’s City Centre. The first volume of the compilations that precede the festival, that will feature all of the bands that are appearing in 2017, has been released. The Manchester Punk Festival Volume Ten features Belvedere, The Living Daylights, Mighty Midgets,  Grand Collapse, Larrakia, Petrol Girls, Pizzatramp, Myelin, Vitriolic Response, Sweet Empire, The Domestics, Maid Of Ace, Faintest Idea, Honey Joy and Tim Loud. The previous nine volumes of the Manchester Punk Festival compilations, that covered the 2015 and 2016 line ups, are also still available as name your price downloads.

Tickets for the Manchester Punk Festival are on sale now for £30 and are available here

You can download Manchester Punk Festival Volume Ten as a name your price download here

Manchester Punk Festival Announces Latest Acts For 2017

mpf-oct-16The Manchester Punk Festival has announced the next wave of bands that will be descending on Manchester for MPF2017. Canadian skate punk legends Belvedere will be returning to the UK for their first show in over five years, German tech-punkers Money Left To Burn, Danish singer-songwriter Stoj Snak and German ska-core kings BrainDead have also been added to the party. Grand Collapse and Petrol Girls will both be playing to add some fire to the performances, along with bands including Faintest IdeaMaid Of Ace and a rare appearance from AOS3 to get you moving.

Early bird tickets sold out in 24 hours, general tickets are on sale now for £30 and are available here

Further announcements and offers for MPF17 can be viewed below

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Interview: Belvedere

BelvedereBelvedere were one of the biggest Canadian bands to come out of the 90’s skate punk scene. They toured extensively, not only across the country, but into far reaching international territories. They showed up on Warped Tour when it was largely based on Fat Wreck Chords and Epitaph skate punk bands, released four albums, built a strong following and then suddenly disappeared. After a quiet return to live shows a few years ago, including the large Groezrock festival in Belgium, the band is back with a new album and plenty of live dates to showcase their new songs and lineup. After a recent hometown show playing with Propagandhi, I had the opportunity to speak with Steve Rawles about their triumphant return to the stage and studio.

Read the interview here.

   
Belvedere

Belvedere

Steve Rawles

BirdAttack (US), Effervescence (FR), Funtime (BE), No Reason, and Lockjaw Records (UK).
By on April 23, 2016 at Calgary, Alberta

 

 

Belvedere were one of the biggest Canadian bands to come out of the 90’s skate punk scene. They toured extensively, not only across the country, but into far reaching international territories. They showed up on Warped Tour when it was largely based on Fat Wreck Chords and Epitaph skate punk bands, released four albums, built a strong following and then suddenly disappeared. After a quiet return to live shows a few years ago, including the large Groezrock festival in Belgium, the band is back with a new album and plenty of live dates to showcase their new songs and lineup. After a recent hometown show playing with Propagandhi, I had the opportunity to speak with Steve Rawles about their triumphant return to the stage and studio.

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Belvedere – Hairline

BelvedereCanadian skate punk legends Belvedere has premiered a new song from their first new album since breaking up in 2005.  The song is titled “Hairline” and will appear on the album The Revenge of The Fifth, which is due out May 5, 2016 via BirdAttack (US), Effervescence (FR), Funtime (BE) and Lockjaw Records (UK).  The album was recorded at Echo Base Studio in Calgary and was mixed and mastered at the Blasting Room in Colorado.  

Listen to the new song below.

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Belvedere Sets Date For New Full Length

BelvedereCanadian skate punk legends Belvedere has announced plans to release their first new album since breaking up in 2005.  The album will be titled The Revenge of The Fifth and will mark the band’s fifth studio album and is due out May 5, 2016 via BirdAttack (US), Effervescence (FR), Funtime (BE) and Lockjaw Records (UK).

The album was recorded at Echo Base Studio in Calgary and was mixed and mastered at the Blasting Room in Colorado.  Upcoming tour dates are below.

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Live Concert Review

BigWig, Death By Stereo, Belvedere, Tsunami Bomb, Misconduct

Live (May 18th, 2004)

Starlite Room - Edmonton, Alberta
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May 18th was a big day for the Edmonton music scene as one of the biggest names in the music industry was gracing the town. That’s right, Aerosmith was playing a rare show in E-town at Rexall Place. So many of the town’s regular concert goers were out rocking to the tunes of Steven Tyler and his pals, while a couple blocks away there were five up and coming punk rock bands rocking their hearts out to their dedicated fans at the Starlite Room; and what a show they put on.

Opening the night was Sweden’s Misconduct, and with the logo “Hardcore Lifestyle” printed below their banner, you knew you were in for a energetic treat. The band played a nice, short 25 to 30 minute set and didn’t miss a chance to get the crowd involved. Fredrik, the lead singer, constantly got the pit to put their hands in the air and shake their fists to the beat, he encouraged circle pits and dedicated songs out to the crowd and merch people. Their songs were full of angst and fighting back (take Shut The Fuck or Fight Back for example), but the best song of the night was Side By Side by far. Dedicated to the crowd, it got one of the best reactions and really capped off their show well. They also played a Gorilla Biscuit cover song, unfortunately, I forget what song they did.

Next came Kung Fu Records‘ artist Tsunami Bomb, and they really got the crowd excited. During their thirty minute set, they played songs like 20 Going On…Say It Like You Mean It and El Diablo, and with each one they wowed the crowd. Agent M’s vocals were strong and powerful, although a little overwhelmed by the instrumentals. This was a disappointment at times, but it really wasn’t that bad. Agent M, along with Matt and Mike, had a ton of energy on stage and gave it their all. They jumped around, did head bops and interacted with the crowd. Agent M would high fan anyone reaching from the crowd as the guitarist commented on the crowd, “Woah, this is great. There’s one guy here with a lighter and another girl somewhere on someone’s shoulder; this is the best crowd all tour!” (or something around those lines). Their set was amazing, but unfortunately only thirty minutes. Afterwards though, Agent M hung around the merch booth signing things and talking to fans; which made the night even more memorable for some fans.

Afterwards came Belevedere, they played loud, fast, and hard. But in the words of NOFX, “All the songs sounded the same and kind of sucked“. There was no punch or anything, really not a good set. Next came one of the crowd favorites, Death By Stereo. Opening the set with Let Down And Alone, the quintet blasted through a 45 minute set with songs like “Waster Words”,” I Wouldn’t Piss In Your Ear If Your Brain Was On Fire”, “Shh, It’ll Be Out Little Secrets”, “What I Can’t Hear, Touch, Smell Or See Can’t Hurt Me”, “These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things” and “You’re A Bullshit Salesman With A Mouthful Of Samples“. Lead singer Efrem Schulz climbed around the speakers with a bright orange mohawk (not done up) and flashing TVs behind him, screaming at the top of his lungs and putting everything he could into. The band worked together pulling little tricks here and there to make the show more enjoyable and even let people from the crowd sing along. Despite normal concert rules, Death By Stereo even did an encore for the crowd at their request; even when they weren’t the headliners! That’s not something you see often.

Finally the night’s headliners came on stage. BigWig started it off with a bang by lighting their cymbals on fire and launching into the songs. Having gotten back to their regular four piece set since the last time I saw them, I was wondering what to expect. Luckily, they did not disappoint at all. At times the vocals were a little incomprehensible amongst the instrumentals, but that seemed to have been happening a lot that night, so it wasn’t something I took notice off. They ripped through a 50 minute set with barely any breaks with songs like The Girl In The Green Jacket, FriendsSellout, and Blinded. They taught the crowd how to sing along with them for Friends and Tom even stepped aside for Sellout to let one enthusiastic fan sing it for him. The set was amazing and they ended dripping in sweat from head to toe. Unfortunately, the band was too tired for an encore, but instead left the stage by jumping off the front and talking to everyone in the pit.

Overall, the night was a success. It wasn’t one of by best concerts by far simply because there wasn;t a huge turn out. I guess its hard to compete against Aerosmith.

Belvedere - Fast Forward Eats The Tape

Belvedere

Fast Forward Eats The Tape

Union Label Group
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

For the past few years fast-paced punk rock has been stuffed on the shelf behind the gleaming shine of new age punk-pop. Belvedere is one of those bands who have found a crack in the back of the shelving and ran as far away as they could from the labels that come along with these genres and catagories and just do what they feel is right. And what they feel is right sure does agree with my tastes.

The album starts off on the wrong note for me, I must say this is my most flagrant dislike. The first word to the first song on this album is what most would call a ‘curse’ word (ooh, shudder at the thought) which personally I’m not a huge fan of. Swearing in music to me is like saying to everyone that you’ve run out of creativity. I was able to look past this, though, and focus on the meaning of the words and the music that accompanies them. I was impressed; the instrumental work on this album is well thought out and executed fluently. There is definately talent in this band, and they don’t hide it. What they bring is what they have, every ounce of creativity in their minds comes out through their instruments leaving the listener pleased and eager for more.

Vocals on this record are impressively real. I will guarentee they won’t be winning any ‘best voice’ competitions, but the voices are genuine, they speak so that you may hear the message and not focus on the melody as much. These are guys who didn’t go to vocal school, studying warm ups and such. These are guys who sing from the heart and speak from the mind, with pretty intelligent lyrics to back them up. My personal favourite is the song All About Perspective which speaks of the corrupting power of television. They sing “don’t change the channel, try to change your mind”. I agree of course, people need to spend more time away from the tv screen. But then again, here I sit at a computer where I spend most of my time while at home. One day I’ll learn, I’m sure of it.

The length of the songs is one thing that didn’t sit well with me. On average the songs come out to between two and three minutes, but each second is packed with as much action as they could legally get away with. With this much intensity packed into such small time, I can proudly say that Belvedere shows what Canada has to offer, and I hope you’re ready to open your ears.

Pulley & Belvedere Tour Alberta

PulleyPulley and the recently revived Belvedere are doing a “two’er” where they will be playing two shows together in Alberta this December.

The first show takes place on December 7th at Dickens Pub in Calgary and the second is the following night at the Pawnshop in Edmonton on December 8th.

 

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Italy’s ActionMen Covers Belveder

Italy’s ActionMen are streaming a cover of Belvedere‘s “Popular Inquiries Into Everyday Disasters” on their MySpace page.  The song comes off the recently released Belvedere tribute album from Bells On Records.

Calgary’s Belvedere called it a day in 2005 and have since gone on to form This Is A Standoff.