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James Maddern

FVK announce split

London/East Anglia goth heroes Fearless Vampire Killers have announced they are no more, following the exit of vocalist/guitarist Kier Kemp on Friday (1st July).

The announcement comes as a huge shock to fans, yet it may not be as bad as previously expected; the remaining members of the band have stated they will be staying together as a part of something, yet keeping it separate from their FVK chapter.

Read the official statement below:

“A difficult announcement. Last Friday, Kier announced that he was leaving FVK. This revelation was greeted with shock, disappointment, and heartbreak as we have given our lives to this band and the idea of giving up was completely alien to us. However, over the weekend we have struggled to find the answer to this unfortunate situation, and we have come to the conclusion that it would be wrong to continue this band without Kier by our side.

Please note that this decision was not an easy one for Kier to make, but the alternative would be him continuing something that he no longer passionately connects with – which is not good for him, you or us. He apologises for any upset this may cause and is available in all the usual places if anyone has any questions or would like to talk more about it.

FVK has always been more than just a name, and no one is disappearing – the remaining members of FVK will not abandon our musical union, but we will need time to rebuild and reflect. Music has always been our passion, and the idea of doing it without our friends seems absurd. We – Laurence, Luke, Shane and Drew – will certainly continue to make music together; though the specifics of this are uncertain. We would also like to wish our friend Kier the best of luck in his future endeavours.

The Obsidian Bond will actively remain a place for the open and creative minded, and you to maintain the community that acted as FVKs driving force for many years.

To our fans we apologise wholeheartedly, this is not the ending we chose, but our hands have been forced. All we can say is thank you for your support, and please remember our music lives on forever, and that the creative force behind FVK will return. Speak soon.

RIP FVK, you will be sorely missed by so many.

Live Review: Wolfmother & Electric Century 20/4/16

Time travel is possible. You don’t however need the DeLorean and Doc Brown, you don’t need the TARDIS and The Doctor. You only need a ticket – a ticket to see Wolfmother.

On the last UK show of their Gypsy Caravan tour, Andrew Stockdale, Ian Peres and Alex Carapetis turned back the clock to the 1970s. With the help of Electric Citizen from Cincinnati, Ohio, the Australian hard rock three-piece took the almost sold out crowd at Kentish Town’s O2 Forum on a wild ride back in time.

Although one might not expect it from a couple of bands influenced by rockstars of yore, but Electric Citizen set a precedent not often adhered to by bands and artists these days.
They hit the stage ON TIME.

After lead singer Laura Dolan gave a brief introduction to the audience, Electric Citizen’s infectious energy was immediate. Almost a force unto herself, Laura commanded the stage. There was more than a little Karen O in the way she carried herself. However, much like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead vocalist, Laura knew how to stay in sync with the rest of her rocking band.

Drummer Nate Wagner’s fills cycled with fury before building to hard and fast cymbal crashes. Keyboardist Katie McGurl’s switch to additional percussion (shakers and a tambourine) didn’t come across as an afterthought, because she whipped her hair around and headbanged like a badass. Ross Dolan’s guitar solos stood out, but never took away from Randy Proctor’s driving bass and the solid synth sounds Katie laid down.

Their set featured all three of the new tracks they’ve released from their forthcoming sophomore record, Higher Times. These were supplemented by tracks from debut album, Sateen. From the latter, Magnetic Man seemed to win over the crowd. By the time they reached strong closer, Evil, Ross’ triumphant fist to acknowledge the applause that showered them said it all.

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Wolfmother didn’t waste any time when they took the stage two minutes early, either. They accelerated into the title track from their latest album, Victorious. The guitar rang out and cheers erupted from the excited mass of fans. It becomes apparent fast that lead vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale is a man of few words. Without hesitation, the band rattle through the riff stutters of Cosmic Egg cut New Moon Rising before giving those gathered in the Forum exactly what they want.

The Wolf of their namesake towering on the backdrop behind the band, Woman unleashed the spectacular Seventies beast. Their most well known track saw Stockdale stand on the drum riser in classic fashion. Hearing the crowd sing back every word made it clear. This is something special.

Sometimes tracks from a recent new album won’t hit as hard with the audience as the fan favourites. Wolfmother disproved this as their set was peppered with songs from Victorious. Album opener The Love That You Give received a great reception, while Pretty Peggy gave way to a nice change of pace later on in their set. If there was one downside to the band’s performance, it’s that the middle of the set was just that. A lull. California Queen and White Feather aren’t bad songs, but the raucous response that Dimension brought on a few songs later did carry a sense of relief with it.

That said, when another hit like White Unicorn gets the ground shaking with its steady beat and cascade of a bridge that rolls into a chorus you can’t help but rock out to, it’s tough not to be won over by the wolves. Bold in his fuchsia jacket bassist Ian Peres’ switch from guitar to keys was seamless. Despite the bare bones stage setup, at times, the three pieces seemed like a larger band. Touring drummer Alex Carapetis and his vicious attacks on the skins helped this.

The band took a tiny break before they returned for a two-song encore. Residing at the end and centre of Wolfmother’s eponymous debut respectively, freedom touting Vagabond and the epic guitar taps of Joker And The Thief made for a fantastic finish. Some might complain that Wolfmother’s sound derives too much from their obvious sonic inspirations, but there’s no way to deny the energy and effort they put into their blistering live show. The smiles on the faces of the sweaty crowd as they left the venue spoke volumes. Thin Lizzy played over the speakers while everyone made their exit. The Boys Are Back In Town was originally released in 1976, so even the venue was in on the time travel trick.

Got your ticket?
Let’s go.

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Sum 41 release new track ‘Fake My Own Death’

The long-awaited return of Sum 41 has finally arrived, in the shape of a fantastic new track and its crazy accompanying video.

The track is called Fake My Own Death and plays quite strongly on their punk influences. It is taken from their upcoming comeback album 13 Voices.

Frontman Deryck Whibley recalls, “I had to learn how to do everything again-my motor skills, learning how to play guitar again… I couldn’t even walk at the time. It was really difficult, but at the same time if I didn’t have a record to make, I don’t think I would have recovered as quickly. Writing music gave me a purpose. I had to get better.”

Watch the internet/pop culture themed video below:

 

The album tracklist looks like this:

1. A Murder of Crows
2. Goddamn I’m Dead Again
3. Fake My Own Death
4. Breaking The Chain
5. There Will Be Blood
6. 13 Voices
7. War
8. God Save Us All (Death to POP)
9. The Fall And The Rise
10. Twisted By Design

A Story Told unveil ‘All of You’ music video

Alt-pop band A Story Told are an emotionally driven, irresistibly catchy 5-piece who have come back out with their debut full-length Keep Watch.

Their debut full-length is a 10-track effort that struts along the intersection of pop and rock with similarities to The Dangerous Summer and PVRIS. From the debut, the band have unveiled their latest music video release of All of You today. The track details personal strife within a relationship, the moment it goes toxic and when one person can’t give their whole heart then falls out of love. The band explains: “everyone wants to love and be loved and knowing you aren’t receiving 100% of that persona’s efforts takes a mental and physical toll on you.”

Listen to the track below:

The band are also going on a mini tour in July:

01/7/2016 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Black Forge Coffee House
02/7/2016 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Irving Theatre
03/7/2016 – Louisville, KY @ Spinelli’s Downtown
15/7/2016 – Burgettstown, PA @ Vans Warped Tour
29/7/2016 – Charleston, WV @ Live on the Levee

Incendia Showcase has been detailed

The Incendia Showcase is hitting Camden this summer, and with it brings four quality little bands. The bands have been carefully selected by Incendia PR to put on the best possible show. Find tickets here and RSVP on Facebook here.

The Bands

THE ALCHEMY
The Alchemy are a fresh new, 4 piece exponent of the new breed of English Rock bands that seamlessly blend the attitude of big guitars with big samples and synths. Find them on Facebook.

AGENT
Agent have headlined their own NZ tours and UK shows, have featured at UK rock festivals and their second album ‘Kingdom of Fear’ created a buzz in the prog-rock scene in the UK and Europe earning the band a 2014 UK progressive music award nomination. Find them on Facebook.

STEREO JUGGERNAUT
Mixing their blend of Alternative Rock with Hard-Dance hooks, Stereo Juggernaut are the freshest hybrid you’ll hear today. Crushing guitar work boasting classic lead-parts mixed with modern riffage. Intricate, lyrical, and primitive rhythms fused with pounding, melodic bass-lines and synths reminiscent of filthy underground raves. They incorporate audio textures from the future, whilst maintaining a genuine, old-school guitar driven sound. Find them on Facebook

BLACK ORCHID EMPIRE
“Black Orchid Empire have steamrollered their way into my life with a song that is so undeniable, it’s like I’m hearing Muse for the first time all over again” – Alex Baker, Kerrang! Radio
Find them on Facebook

Capsize debut ‘Tear Me Apart’

Capsize are making huge waves with their upcoming material, and the new track they have released is no different. Featuring Brendan Murphy from Counterparts, the energetic new track Tear Me Apart has been released alongside its video.

Vocalist Daniel Wand says: “This one goes out to anyone that has ever felt doubted or discouraged by their family or friends, while trying to pursue something that means everything to them. For this album, I wanted to write lyrics that I felt like I needed to hear, or would have liked to have heard at certain times in my life that I have only just recently worked through enough to put into words. The title represents what the album does for the band, and me personally. It’s a reintroduction of who we are as a band, in reference to the things that have led to this point in my life.”

The album is titled A Reintroduction: The Essence Of All That Surrounds Me and will be released on 22nd July via Rude Records. Preorders available here for vinyl and here for digital.

Emarosa have announced UK dates

Emarosa have announced a five date UK tour for September 2016. The tour in support of the band’s forthcoming Hopeless Records album, ‘131’, which will be released next Friday (July 8th) so preorder here.

Vocalist Bradley Walden said: “I’m so proud of this. It’s my favourite thing I’ve ever done. This is the record we wanted to make.”

The dates, which can be seen below, will go on sale this Friday, July 1.

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25 LONDON  Camden Borderline
26 CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach
27 MANCHESTER Sound Control
28 GLASGOW G2
29 BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute2

Emarosa also recently released a new track and music video for their song Miracle which can be watched below:

Chelsea Grin debut new song from upcoming album

Salt Lake City metal megaband Chelsea Grin have released new track Broken Bonds off forthcoming album Self Inflicted out 1st July via Rise Records.

The release is set to be incredibly heavy if the first few tracks are anything to go by, and the huge ideals put forward in them are going to set the scene alight.

Broken Bonds crushes with organic and almost uncomfortable intensity that is matched by the equally brutal visual.  See the video below below:

Lonely The Brave announce EP and UK headline tour

Following the release of their critically acclaimed sophomore release Things Will Matter in May, Lonely The Brave have announced the Dust & Bones EP.

It will be released on the 12th August via Hassle Records. Led by album highlight, the iconic track Dust & Bones, the EP also contains two new original songs in Place Isn’t Lost and Bottled Time and an added cover of legends Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb.

The band have previously supported the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Biffy Clyro and Deftones. They will also be playing at this year’s Latitude, Truck and 2000 Trees Festival as well as a newly announced run of headline shows with Tall Ships in support, dotted around their festival appearances.

See the title track below:

And here are all the tour dates:

08/07/16 – 2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham – United Kingdom
15/07/16 – Truck Festival, Oxford – United Kingdom
16/07/16 – Latitude Festival, Southwold – United Kingdom
31/07/16 – Y Not Festival, Derbyshire – United Kingdom
27/08/16 – Anchored To The Sound Festival, Plymouth – United Kingdom
03/09/16 – Fort Fest, Bedford – United Kingdom

New October UK tour dates * w/Tall Ships:
30/09/16 – Sheffield – The Plug* – BUY TICKETS
03/10/16 – Brighton – The Haunt* – BUY TICKETS
04/10/16 – Southend – Chinnerys* – BUY TICKETS
06/10/16 – London – Camden Electric Ballroom* – BUY TICKETS
07/10/16 – Bristol – Marble Factory* – BUY TICKETS
08/10/16 – Manchester – Neighbourhood Festival – BUY TICKETS
10/10/16 – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms* – BUY TICKETS
11/10/16 – Glasgow – King Tuts* – BUY TICKETS
14/10/16 – Leicester – 02 Academy* – BUY TICKETS
15/10/16 – Leeds – The Key Club* – BUY TICKETS
18/10/16 – Oxford – 02 Academy* – BUY TICKETS
19/10/16 – Hull – Welly* – BUY TICKETS
21/10/16 – Birmingham – 02 Academy* – BUY TICKETS
22/10/16 Cardiff – SWN Festival. The Tramshed – BUY TICKETS