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Fights And Fires To Release ‘Live Life Like A Tourist’ LP

Fights And Fires LLLATWorcester based punk-rock quartet, Fights And Fires, are heading in to the Summer with a new album, Live Life Like A Tourist, set for release on July 14th through Lockjaw Records. The new album features eight tracks of melodic hardcore infused punk-rock, inspired by the members of the band finding happiness in their personal lives, rekindling a love for life and a passion for their music. As such, an underlying message of positivity runs throughout all eight tracks on the record.

You can stream the track Blanquettes Avenue here

Live Life Like A Tourist can be pre-ordered on vinyl here

The Burnt Tapes Reveal Video For New Single ‘Oh Marie’

Burnt Tapes AlterationsLondon via Athens punk rock band The Burnt Tapes are delighted to reveal details of their forthcoming EP, Alterations. Following on from their two previous releases, Wasted History in 2014 and Besides in 2016, the band will release their new EP through Lockjaw Records, Umlaut Records and Cannonball Records on Friday 2nd June. To celebrate the news the group are streaming a music video for new single, Oh Marie, a gritty track which channels the more melancholy edges of the band’s gruff-punk influenced sound. 

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Video: Anchord – Plight Runaway

Lockjaw RecordsMelodic post-hardcore band Anchord has a new album up for release in the coming weeks.  The disc is titled As A Real Return, and is set to drop on March 10, 2017 via Lockjaw Records.

Pre-order and stream the disc here.

Watch the video for “Plight Runaway” below.

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Anchord Streams New Album In Full

Lockjaw RecordsMelodic post-hardcore band Anchord has a new album up for release in the coming weeks.  The disc is titled As A Real Return, and is set to drop on February 20, 2017 via Lockjaw Records.

Pre-order and stream the disc here.

Darko Bonsai Mammoth

Darko

Bonsai Mammoth

Bird Attack Records
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Guildford, UK based melodic hardcore quintet Darko have unleashed their latest release, Bonsai Mammoth, via Bird Attack Records (US),Lockjaw Records (UK), Torch of Hope Records (JP) and Giljotina Records (SI). Despite Darko‘s longevity this is their debut full length and it follows on from the steady stream of EP’s and singles that have littered their history. The album was released yesterday, the 3rd February 2017, and is now available to purchase on vinyl and CD, and Bonsai Mammoth can also be streamed and ordered digitally.

Bonsai Mammoth starts with some light, almost jazz, chords, this worrying start is thankfully short lived, at the 25 second mark the album jump starts with the frantic hardcore infused skate punk of the opening track, Life Forms. Bonsai Mammoth continues in this vein, with the exception of the brief mellow strains of The Chernobyl Effect, a track that acts as a brief mid point intermission to the relentless punk assault. The pace and intensity contained on Bonsai Mammoth is unrelenting, but the style in which it is delivered remains varied, encompassing hardcore, melodic hardcore and skate punk, along with a few technical math rock flourishes that add a technical element to their delivery.

This is the sound of a band that is experiencing something of a renaissance in their sound, Darko have been with us for a while now, their debut EP was released back in 2010, and Bonsai Mammoth sounds tighter and more focused and intense than anything Darko have previously released. This is a somewhat relentless release, with the sole exception of the brief instrumental that acts as a mid distance marker, that is a full on hardcore assault from start to end, one that sits at the extreme end of the melodic hardcore spectrum. As Darko approach the milestone of a decade together Bonsai Mammoth is an indicator that this is a band that clearly has a lot more to offer.

Darko‘s Facebook presence can be found here, their Bandcamp is here and their website is here

Bonsai Mammoth can be streamed and purchased via Bird Attack Records here

Darko Release ‘Bonsai Mammoth’ Album

Darko Bonsai MammothDarko have officially released their new album, Bonsai Mammoth, on all formats through Bird Attack Records (US), Lockjaw Records (UK) and Torch Of Hope (JP). Darko will play a special one off European release show on February 18th at Desi, Nuremberg before returning to the UK for a series of tour dates that precede an appearance at EXIT Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia in the summer.

Bonsai Mammoth can be streamed and ordered here (UK) and here (US) and the ltd edition cassette can be purchased here

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Darko Announce Tour Dates And Stream of New Song

Darko Bonsai MammothDarko have announced the first batch of 2017 tour dates in support of the new album, Bonsai Mammoth, which will be released on on February 3rd via Bird Attack Records (US), Lockjaw Records (UK) and Torch Of Hope (JP). The tour dates include a hometown release show in Guildford, a European release show and an appearance at EXIT Festival in Serbia.

You can stream the new track Set In Our Ways here,

Bonsai Mammoth can be pre-ordered here (US) and here (UK)

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Darko Release Music Video For Their New Single, “Hiraeth”

Darko Bonsai MammothDarko have shared their new single, Hiraeth, and it’s accompanying video, the track is taken from the new album, Bonsai Mammoth, which will be released on all formats on February 3, 2017 through Bird Attack Records (US), Lockjaw Records (UK) and Torch Of Hope (JP). With musical salutes to riff-thrashers like Protest The Hero, straight-up skate punk legends Strung Out and the melodic hardcore of Comeback Kid, Bonsai Mammoth delivers wholeheartedly and shows a real progression to the band’s sound, a continuation of a journey this band of DIY brothers are only just beginning.

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Video: Darko – Hiraeth

darkoUK technical punk act Darko has released a new music video for the song “Hiraeth.”  The song is lidted from their upcoming new album, Bonsai Mammoth, which is due out on February 3, 2017 via Bird Attack/Lockjaw Records.  The album follows their recent EP, Sea Of Trees.  

Watch the video below.

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Despite Everything Announces New EP

despite-everythingLockjaw Records has announced that the label will be releasing a new EP from Athens Despite Everything.
 The EP will be titled Trails and contains 5 tracks.  

Pre-orders are live.  

The band will be playing the album release show on December 2, 2016.

 

Video: The Wonder Beers – Geezers

The Wonder BeersBritish punk act The Wonder Beers has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Geezers” from their  new album of the same name, which dropped earlier this month via Lockjaw Records.

Watch the video below.

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Video: Darko – In The Company Of Wolves

DarkoUK technical punk act Darko has released a new music video for the song “In The Company Of Wolves.”   The new single is exclusively available on the 2016 Lockjaw Records charity compilation, No Guts, No Glory, and follows their recent EP, Sea Of Trees.

Watch the video below and was produced and edited by Daly George.

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Lockjaw Records Releasing Crohn’s and Colitis Benefit Compilation

Lockjaw RecordsLockjaw Records are releasing a compilation album in support of Crohn’s and Colitis entitled No Guts No Glory. Featuring songs from 26 bands, the compilation’s aim is to raise awareness as well as contributing funds to Crohn’s and Colitis UK. The record will be a ‘pay what you want deal’ with all profits going to the charity and can be ordered now. Lockjaw Records explain:

“Musicians are particularly susceptible, so we suspected that a lot of people in the music scene might not be aware of what exactly the disease is and what the symptoms are. So to save someone out there pain, silence and the embarrassment, we wanted to spread some awareness, whilst sharing some good tunes!”

The full tracklisting can be seen below.

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Video: The Fair Do’s – Hostile Company

Fair doLancashire, UK technical punk outfit FAIR DO’S has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Hostile Company,” which serves as a previously unreleased track.   The band released their debut EP, Trying Times, back in 2014.

Watch the video 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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Video: Almeida – Payday

AlmeidaUK punk-thrashers Almeida have premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Payday,” which comes from the album, Social Media Circus, which dropped last year via Lockjaw  Records.

Watch it below.

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Video: Drones – From Birth To Grave

DronesUK punk outfit Drones has premiered a music video.  The video features the song “From Birth To Grave” from their recent7″, available now via Lockjaw Records.

Watch the video below.

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Drones – From Birth To Grave

DronesUK punk outfit Drones has premiered a new song from their upcoming 7″ vinyl.  The tune is titled “From Birth To Grave” and will be made available as part of the 7″ on October 30, 2015 via Lockjaw Records.

Listen to the new song here courtesy Punktastic.

Drones Announce New EP

DronesUK punk act Drones has announced a new EP.  The 7″ will be titled From Birth To Grave and is set to drop on October 30, 2015 via Lockjaw Records.  The album follows their 2013 EP, Free Market Kid.

Pre-orders are live.

Almeida Stream New EP

AlmeidaUK punk-thrashers Almeida are streaming their brand new EP.  The disc is titled Social Media Circus and dropped last week via Lockjaw  Records EP “Social Media Circus” in its entirety.

Take it for a spin here.

Lockjaw Records Releases Free 2015 Label Compilation

Lockjaw RecordsThe good folks at Lockjaw Records have released a new compilation with of 20 bands from the label’s catalogue. The comp is available for pay-what-you-want download on Bandcamp.

Download the fast-paced, 21-song disc here.

Darko

Darko

Sea Of Trees

Lockjaw Records
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The technical wizards in Darko are at it again, delivering their fourth(ish) EP, Sea Of Trees, to their slowly amassing body of work.  Why the UK technical punk act avoids the full length format in favour of shorter, self contained bursts of calamity we may never know, but the presentation hardly seems to affect what awaits fans inside.  This time around, the band has opted to merge their metal-tinged riffs even closer to the realm of hardcore than in past outings, and while the change admittedly takes an adjustment period, there’s no question that Darko remains committed to pushing their limits.

Marking the biggest leap forward with Darko’s sound, the Sea Of Trees’ harder edge should translate into instant appeal with the Bridge Nine Records crowd.  Vocalist Dan Smith pushes himself harder and faster than ever before, belting with an unparalleled fury leading up to throat-ruining vocal climax of “Hanging Of A Memory” and “Seaward.”  Riffs crunch harshly and chug caustically amidst the blistering technical dynamism that originally put Darko on the map.  It’s uncharted territory for the band and comes and goes in short bursts much like primary influence Propagandhi.  As previously mentioned, the addition might take existing fans some time to warm up to (it’s a little less melodic than past works), but Darko treads new ground tactfully, exhibiting ingenuity alongside more well established hallmarks.  

In particular, “Time Pieces & Lock Shaped Hearts” safely bridges the stylistic gap with one of their most iconic executions to date.  Harnessing speedy Heartsounds-style riff sequences and snapping 90’s punk drumming, guitarists Rob Piper and Chris Brown let their fingers fly for one of Sea Of Trees’ sharpest and most technical performances.  The A Wilhelm Scream parallels remain as strong as ever as Darko roars onwards, never hesitating to stop on a dime, switch direction to some crazy new tangent and back again (i.e. “Atlas To Atlantis”).  As always, even with so many concurrent vectors of sound, Darko manages to tie the chaos together with unrivaled expertise.

Sea Of Trees is a gutsy step forward for Darko.  The disc blurs competing genres more than ever, with buzzing vocals that more often trade crispness for primal intensity, and features striking guitar work that rips fiercely like a buzzsaw through bone with a surgeon’s precision.  Why Darko has yet to amalgamate their ambitions into a single defining full-length remains a mystery; in the mean time, ready yourself for yet another rock solid chapter in their ongoing anthology of killer EPs.

 

Video: Darko – Atlas To Atlantis

DarkoUK technical punks Darko have premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Atlas To Atlantis” which is set to apepar on their five song EP, Sea Of Trees, which is due out September 8, 2014.

Watch the full video for the track below.

The EP will be available on limited numbers of colour 12″ Vinyl and CD and will be released by Lockjaw Records(UK), Bird Attack Records(US), No Reason Records(It) and Giljotina(Slovenia).

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Darko – Atlas To Atlantis

DarkoUK technical punks Darko are streaming a brand new song.  The track is titled “Atlas To Atlantis” and is set to apepar on their five song EP, Sea Of Trees, which is due out September 8, 2014.

Listen to the song here courtesy the good folks at DyingScene.

The EP will be available on limited numbers of colour 12″ Vinyl and CD and will be released by Lockjaw Records(UK), Bird Attack Records(US), No Reason Records(It) and Giljotina(Slovenia).

Darko Launch Pre-Orders For Sea Of Trees

DarkoUK technical punks Darko have launched pre-orders for their next EP.  The five song EP will be titled Sea Of Trees and is due out September 8, 2014.

The EP will be available on limited numbers of colour 12″ Vinyl and CD and will be released by Lockjaw Records(UK), Bird Attack Records(US), No Reason Records(It) and Giljotina(Slovenia).

Darko Detail Next EP

DarkoUK technical punks Darko have announced release details for their next EP along with album art.  The EP will be titled Sea Of Trees and is due out August 9, 2014.

The EP will be available on limited numbers of colour 12″ Vinyl and CD and will be released by Lockjaw Records(UK), Bird Attack Records(US), No Reason Records(It) and Giljotina(Slovenia).

Darko Post Video Teaser Video

DarkoUK technical punks Darko has announced that their latest EP is tracked.  The band is offering a sneak peak into the recording studio for via a teaser video which can be viewed here.  

The EP is due out July 2014 on Lockjaw Records.

Darko – Seaward

DarkoUK technical punks Darko are giving away a brand new track.  The track is titled “Seaward” and is set to appear on an upcoming EP due out July 2014 on Lockjaw Records..  George Daly of Drones recorded the track with the band.

Listen and download the song here.  Watch a studio performance of the band playing the track below.

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Egos At The Door Studio Session

Lockjaw RecordsBlackburn-based metalcore quartet Egos At The Door is offering a look inside the studio for the track “Polar Perspectives II” while recording their brand new EP.  The EP will be released by Lockjaw Records later this year.  The band comments:

“We tour, play, record and write as often as humanly possible… We are a part of a music scene that relies on each and every participant more than any other scene. This is how we like it and we are grateful for every small bit of help we get. Come to shows, say hi, drink with us and hopefully enjoy some of our music.”

Watch the session below.

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Tours: Darko

Darko - Never Coming Home/Chewbacca Defense 7Technical melodic punks Darko have announced new tour dates spanning 6 new countries.  The band continues to support their newest EP, From Trust To Conformity, released September 2012 through Lockjaw Records.  

Tour dates are below.

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Lyric Video: Trails – Desert Sun

Lockjaw RecordsTrails has debuted a new lyric video.  The video features the song “Desert Sun” which is a b-side from the EP Signs, available now via Lockjaw Records.

Watch the video below.

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