Harrogate natives Blood Youth have released a third track from their upcoming album Beyond Repair which is due out on Rude Records on 7th April. The song, placed as track five of ten on the album, is titled I Remember and it is (rather unsurprisingly) absolutely fierce.
Vocalist Kaya Tarsus says: “When I wrote the lyrics for I remember, I was thinking about what it would be like to have a conversation with my younger self and what we would say to each other. I used to get very frustrated and I would blame myself for being unprepared for what life was throwing at me, it took a while for me to realise that in reality we all just go with the flow. Life is something you have to figure out on your own. Musically, A lot of our hardcore influences come out in this track, probably one of the heaviest riffs we have written, so we’re all really looking forward to playing it live!”
He continues on about the album: “These songs are about how we deal with anger in the modern age. When I was writing the lyrics I became fascinated with heartbreak and how everybody deals with this trauma in their own way. Many tend to numb the pain in an attempt to forget, instead of facing it head on, this is something I am guilty of myself. We were aiming to create something very aggressive but very real. With Beyond Repair, I believe we have achieved just that.”
The band are also playing some release shows around the country:
08 Apr – The Garage Attic, Glasgow (w/ Loathe)
09 Apr – The Key Club, Leeds (w/ Loathe + Holding Absence)
10 Apr – Boston Music Room, London (w/ Loathe + Holding Absence)
Frontman Alex Mountford said: “Its a really critical self evaluation. Covering the shortfalls and negative aspects of my personality. But hopefully people can find common ground with it, maybe question their shortfalls too. Sometimes there comes a point when you have to say I’ve had enough.”
Hear the song below:
The band are also on tour later on in the year:
Sat 29th April – Live At Leeds, Leeds
Sun 30th April – Handmade, Leicester
Fri 2nd June – Rock am Ring, Germany
Sun 4th June – Rock im Park, Germany
Fri 9th June – Download, France
Sun 11th June – Download, Donington
Sat 17th June – Nova Rock, Austria
Sat 29th July – Fat Lip, Bristol
Sun 30th July – Kendal Calling, Kendal
Australia’s With Confidence have announced more dates for their return to the UK in May. Since finshing their February/March European tour on Saturday, the band have announced that they will be playing dates around the UK when they return in May for Slam Dunk Festival.
Joining them will be US band Set It Off, who have also been confirmed for the Bank Holiday trio of day festivals.
See the dates below:
With Confidence UK Tour dates:
23-May-17 Bristol Marble Factory (w/ Set It Off) – TICKETS
24-May-17 Manchester Sound Control (w/ Set IT Off) – TICKETS
25-May-17 Glasgow G2 (w/ Set It Off) – TICKETS
27-May-17 Slam Dunk Midlands – TICKETS
28-May-17 Slam Dunk North – TICKETS
29-May-17 Slam Dunk South – SOLD OUT
31-May-17 London O2 Academy Islington (w/ Set It Off) – TICKETS
Northlane have released a new single, titled Citizen. The track follows January’s single Intuition and comes after being teased using a Facebook chatbot calling itself “Citizen”. The bot released photos and some of the concept of the song before the track itself came to light last night.
Guitarist Josh Smith said: “Citizen is a song that was written about the first world police state and our willingness to live under the watch of those in power, for their means, while those who blow the lid on it suffer. Writing this one was quite a mission – it took a lot of work but we are proud of it and beyond excited to share it with you all.”
Northlane will also be on tour in Europe as of June:
Friday 9th June – Download Festival, UK
Sunday 11th June – Download Festival, France
Monday 12th June – La Chabada, France
Friday 16th June – Graspop, Belgium
Sunday 18th June – Hellfest, France
Monday 19th June – Pont Rouge, Switzerland
Tuesday 20th June – Colos Saal, Germany
Wednesday 21st June – Tower, Germany
Friday 23rd June – Jera On Air, Netherlands
Saturday 24th June – With Full Force, Germany
Sunday 25th June – Randal Club, Slovakia
Monday 26th June – Zaklete Rewiry, Poland
Tuesday 27th June – U Bazyla, Poland
Thursday 29th June – Garage, Germany
Friday 30th June – Kellerklub, Germany
Saturday 1st July – Vainstream Rockfest, Germany
Sunday 2nd July – Dissonance Festival, Italy
Monday 3rd July – Conrad Sohm, Austria
Tuesday 4th July – Airport Germany
Wednesday 5th July – Rock For People, Czech Republic
Friday 7th July – Resurrection, Spain
Opening track Gunn opens with some promise with a chunky riff and solid vocals over the top, but the vocals start to be the characteristic letdown when the song gets going. The voice seems to be too clean for the bluesy hard rock vibes underpinning it. The song is growing more and more repetitive then BOOM! Out of nowhere, a Hammett-esque solo just starts raging with copious amounts of wah use and it steps the otherwise fairly average hard rock up a level. The title track is slightly different however, which seems to hold some hardcore influences as the verse switches between two chords with heavily played drums and bass. This suits Something Mechanical better but again, the vocals seem incredibly out of sorts with the rest of the band.
Third track Needful Things is the highlight of the EP without a doubt though. The song shows restraint on the part of all of the members of the band with the lower tempo and building styling turning from a quiet piece to a colossal, pulsating beast that leaves the headphones of the listener suddenly. Next comes In Shadows,
Final track Pretty Misery is a good yet incredibly generic hard rock song. Opening with piano and vocals before the rest of the band kick in is a nice touch that brings some ambition to the EP and backing vocals are used throughout to soften the dominance of the lead vocal which is another good decision. The instruments are all well-played, and the recurring guitar riff suits the song well despite the guitar tone being poor.
Overall, Less Than Human is a supremely average EP. The The vocals across the board leave something to be desired and seem quite half-hearted at times, not to mention fairly poorly mixed. The lyrics are stereotypical and seem to be an attempt at a new Three Days Grace album, which sadly hasn’t worked out. Something Mechanical show good promise still on this EP, but they need to find their own identity and focus more on songwriting before they progress any further.
Can’t Swim have returned following their debut EP last year to release their first full-length Fail You Again. The album is the first release to feature new drummer Andrea Morgan taking Danny Rico’s place as he shifts to guitar. It takes a stylistic stance between indie, emo, pop punk and grunge with tendencies of all four throughout. With some tracks holding pace and power and others slow and steady, the album demonstrates just how good Can’t Swim really are.
Fail You Again opens with an aggressive, fast-paced piece called What’s Your Big Idea. The song is one of the heaviest on the album as it pulsates through the verses and breaks into massive choruses asking “what you running from?”. The outro is one of the hardest-hitting pieces on the album, verging on hardcore levels of sludginess. A good start to the album.
Directly contrasting this is second track We Won’t Sleep, where the album has its first moments of true brilliance. The song opens on a softer, more indie-centred sound that the band execute well. The chorus choir vocal works fantastically, yet Chris LoPorto’s distinctive voice keeps the song sounding like the same band the Can’t Swim the fanbase are used to. The song’s style is different, but they have their own songwriting techniques and personal styles that keep it very recognisable.
The top song is $50,000,000, which has serious grunge flair. The pace is slow allowing a hard, packed out sound to hit that causes this song to be one of the heaviest on the album. The after the quieter bridge there is a pause for Chris to have a quick shout before a giant guitar-led fill comes in, absolutely battering the listener with the rough tones of the instruments.
Closing track All The Moves We Make Are In The Dark sums up the different styles Can’t Swim incorporate on Fail You Again with the alt-rock verses, grunge/emo choruses and a breakdown of a more melodic hardcore sound that they execute immaculately. A fitting end to a fantastic album that’s as diverse as it is classy.
Overall, an album that demonstrates a fantastic development from Can’t Swim‘s first release in last year’s Death Deserves A Name EP. With the whole album falling into the same pioneering area between emo and pop punk as Moose Blood and Boston Manor, Fail You Again is a potentially genre-defining release that sets Can’t Swim apart from the rest. The album will set the band up fully for the US tour with Four Year Strong this month and the April Real Friends UK tour, but most of all the whole album is a lie – they haven’t failed us before and they most certainly don’t fail us now!
South Yorkshire alt-pop outfit Alvarez Kings have given some details of their upcoming debut album.
The collection will be titled Somewhere Between and will be released on 14th April via Sire/Warner Bros.
Guitarist Sean Parkin said “In terms of influences, there’s all kinds of stuff in there. We’re all rock
guys, but we also love dance music. There are orchestral elements and this big synth sound we’re obsessed with. It’s everything that we are.”
Back in November, the band released the track Cold Conscience which has now been placed on the album’s tracklist. Hear that below:
Alvarez Kings also have some live appearances coming up:
3rd March – Sheffield, UK @ Outlines Festival
21st April – Munich, Germany @ Orangehouse
22nd April – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
23rd April – Berlin, Germany @ Comet Club
25th April – Koln, Germany @ Artheater
28th April – Wein, Austria @ Chelsea
9/10/11th June – Garryhinch Woods @ Bare In The Woods
22nd July – Sheffield, UK @ Tramlines Festival Devonshire Green Stage