James Maddern

In The Spotlight: Fresh

This is a new section on Musicology by James called In The Spotlight, aimed at exposure for new and smaller bands of any description and the first band into The Spotlight is UK punk band Fresh.

Basic Info

Kathryn, 19 (guitar & vocals), James 23, (guitar), Daniel, 29 (drums), George, 32 (bass and vocals)

Kathryn:I can’t remember where the name “Fresh” comes from. We’ve stuck with it because it’s an obvious kind of band name, so it stays with you. Plus, it’s fun to say “hey, we’re fresh” on stage. We all live in London, but only I’m from there. James is from Kent, Dan is from Essex and George is originally from near Bristol. We’re inspired by feminism and friendship so that’s also hopefully what people think of when they listen to [our songs] and see us. I want people to think of us as an inclusive band that write honest songs which are fun to sing along to.

The Past

Kathryn: “I played bass in a band with James that didn’t work out, so we started Fresh up as a two-piece. We had another bassist and drummer before Dan and George but both of them couldn’t tour for various reasons. I met Dan and George at a Power Lunches show. They play in a band call Sad Blood and we were supporting them. I thought they were amazing. We planned a Sad Blood and Fresh weekender for January and, because our bassist and drummer at the time couldn’t travel, Dan and George offered to do double duty and learn the songs for the three shows. 

That weekend was so amazing and we all clicked so well that they joined the band! It was a no-brainer. They’re perfect for Fresh as musicians and they’re the kind of people that you can spend long amounts of time with and not hate, which is important.

Besides that weekender, we just finished four dates in the south west with a really great band called Murderhouse. They’re the only two “tours” we’ve done (if you can call them that) but we often drive to nearby cities like Brighton and Southampton for standalone shows.


The Present

Kathryn: The most pressing thing for Fresh right now is to get writing and recording. Our last release was an EP in November so it’s probably about time.

The Future

We have a couple of tours tentatively planned later this summer that’ll be fun if they work out. Other than writing a really good release, we want to do longer shows and branch out a bit. We’ve never played up north, and we’ve never left the UK. I’d love to go to Ireland, and eventually I’d also be well up for Europe. In the grand scope of my life, I’d like to play music and not have to hold down a job. I’m not the “job” type. I can confidently speak for all of us and say that we just want good times and good shows from this band. There’s nothing funner than playing a good set with bands you like. That’s what it’s all about.

Huge thanks to Kathryn and the others in Fresh for this interview, and High Tides Photography for the pics.

To check out the band’s music go to their Bandcamp, and to follow their progress go to their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter (@freshpunks) or follow them on Instagram (@freshpunks)

To check out High Tides’ photos, go to the Facebook page.

If you and/or your band would be interested in going In The Spotlight, fire us over an email to Editor Lauren at and go from there


Pierce The Veil – Misadventures

The long awaited follow-up to 2012’s Collide With The Sky is here in the form of Misadventures and this time Pierce The Veil are back with a vengance and a list of points to prove.

The first taste of the album released back in summer last year was The Divine Zero, which PTV dropped with no real announcement or teasing at all as they went off on their headlining Warped Tour for the whole of the journey. This track got a good reception in general and people had huge faith in the new efforts in the band for what was to come. The song has turned out to be the most Collide-esque track on the whole record and would have fit immaculately into its tracklist with its fierce breakdown and huge amount of screamed vocals and it makes for a fantastic track in general.

The record as a whole features fewer screams than anticipated by many fans, but shows off Vic’s vocal range and Tony’s guitar solos to make up for it. Many of the lines throughout the tracks are backed up with a lead guitar harmony instead of the more common method of backing vocals adopted by most bands, most notably on Floral and Fading. 

Elsewhere in the album, there are fewer breakdowns which leads to a few more emotive tracks (moved from the likes of Hell Above and King for a Day from the previous release to Song For Isabelle and Floral & Fading on this), though there is a pretty heavy track in Phantom Power and Ludicrous Speed and a screamed breakdown in Sambuka, plus the odd moment here and there which together almost make up for the sparser dusting of heaviness throughout the other tracks.

In terms of the drumming, Mike has kept up the tradition of sharp, technical drumming on a huge kit which brings an extra depth to all of the tracks as he crafts the perfect mood with cymbals and kicks in the heavier and angrier parts and toms in the more melodic, vocal numbers like Song For Isabelle; his ability to create a tenderness through hitting things is rare amongst the drumming community nowadays.

Standout tracks are The Divine Zero for being the most PTV-esque track on the record, Phantom Power and Ludicrous Speed for the fun of it and Sambuka for the breakdown which is technical guitar-wise and a great mosh point of the record.

Overall, Misadventures seems a bit safe for the band; there are few brutal moments but the sheer emotion of most of the tracks makes up for it with ease. Considering Tony’s accident during the writing/recording process just before Warped Tour last year, the record has come out immaculately and it will be interesting to see how it fares in the charts!

ISSUES Have Another New Song

The third (and presumably final) track to be released before ISSUES‘ Headspace is released next Friday is here, by the name of Blue Wall, and you can listen to it below!

The track follows the mood set by the first two songs, though is easily the heaviest of the three while it takes on the rap-metal style raps and heavy instrumentals with Michael’s screams over the top.

This record will be huge. Check it out next Friday (May 20th).

Pierce The Veil Have A New Teaser

Pierce the Veil have released a 4:29 long track which houses a clip from each of the songs on their new record Misadventures.

This is the first of this kind to have been released by the band and it has been met with great excitement as the fans get just enough to be even more excited for the release.

Listen to the teaser below and find Misadventures in stores from Friday.

Blaak Heat Premier A New Track

French/American-hybrid psychadelics Blaak Heat have released a new track.

The track is called Black Hawk and comes from their forthcoming third album Shifting Mirrors which hits stores next Friday (May 13th).

You can listen to the track here.

The band are also playing a few dates over the next few months so go check out the dates at and enjoy (they’re fantastic!).

Creeper Just Announced A Single Show

Southampton punks Creeper have just announced a one-off show next Friday in The Underground, Aberdeen to mark Friday 13th while on their day off on the Andy Black Homecoming Tour that hits Glasgow the day previously.

The show will have support from best mates Grader, as well as Campfires and Hayworth so should make for a fantastic sight.

Tickets are only £5 so they’ll go pretty quickly, snap them up while they’re still there here!

The band also hit Reading & LeedsSlam Dunk2000TreesTruckfest, Butserfest and will be on tour with Andy Black 10th-20th May so be sure to check them out whenever you can (you won’t regret it)

(Photo credits to Jay Wennington)

ABERDEEN, see you next Friday, along with @GRADERHC @campfiresband

Tix- £5 on sale NOW

— C R E E P E R (@creepercultuk) May 5, 2016

Chelsea Grin Have An Announcement

Utah deathcore legends Chelsea Grin have released their new song Clickbait today, following their performance at this week’s Impericon Festival run.

The song comes with the even bigger announcement that their 4th album Self Inflicted will hit stores on July 1st, the first of their records to be released on Rise Records and they have promised that it will be their “most extreme” record to date.

The band also take on the Vans Warped Tour this summer through the US on the Monster Energy South stage so go check them out if you’re over there!

A New Dead! Video Is Here

To add to the rapidly growing number of videos released today, Dead! have just decided to get in on the action too. You’re So Cheap is their new single, having been premiered on Sunday 24th April’s BBC Radio 1 Rock Show by resident DJ, Daniel P Carter.

The video was shot by Jennifer Dreier, Emma Jemson, George Mills and the band and edited solely by the band, which illustrates the song immaculately and sets a whole new mood within the context of it.

View it below:

The band are also playing The Great EscapeSlam Dunk (on Kerrang! Fresh Blood stage)Download (4th Stage on Saturday 11th June) and Reading & Leeds (The Pit Stage, Sat/Sun) festivals, so check them out this summer!

Hands Like Houses Have A New Video

Aussie rockers Hands Like Houses have released the next video in their catalogue, for Degrees Of Separation from their new record Dissonants.

The song was written by Versa‘s Blake Harnage (who also acts as an engineer on the whole record) and PVRIS‘ Lynn Gunn, which reflects in the electronic-influenced pop-rock sound which is very much reminiscent of a PVRIS song, only with vocals from Trenton.

All in all, the video is pretty imaginative and one of the best they have come out with so give it a watch!

Dissonants was released worldwide on February 26th 2016 through Rise Records.

The New coldrain Video Has Hit The Internet

Nagoya metalcore moguls coldrain have released a new video for The Story, track 6/11 on 2015 album Vena.

The video comes ahead of their appearances on their headline EU/UK tour starting Monday (9th May) joined by Wage WarCounting Days and The Charm Fury (in NL only), following it up with all 3 days of Slam Dunk Festival. See the full list below, as well as the Slam Dunk poster:

May 09 – Backstage By The Mill – Paris, FR
May 10 – Komplex Club – Zurich, CH
May 12 – Trix – Antwerp, BE
May 13 – Headcrash – Hamburg, DE
May 14 – Columbia Theater – Berlin, DE
May 15 – Luxo – Koln, DE
May 16 – Strom – Munich, DE
May 17 – Zeche – Essen, DE
May 19 – Gebr De Nobel – Lieden, NL (with TCF not Counting Days)
May 20 – Thekla – Bristol, UK
May 21 – Borderline – London, UK
May 22 – Sound Control – Manchester, UK
May 23 – King Tut’s – Glasgow, UK
May 24 – Rock City Basement – Nottingham, UK
May 26 – Engine Rooms – Southampton, UK
May 27 – Sub 89 – Reading, UK (without Counting Days)