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Nathan Hefferman

I take pictures and do video for bands and have a strange obsession with octopus.

LIVE REVIEW: Lower Than Atlantis – O2 Academy, Birmingham – 10.03.17

With a long queue awaiting to get into Birmingham’s O2 Academy to see Lower Than Atlantis, it was clear that a lot of people had been awaiting the return of the Watford based alternative rock band.

Opening the show were pop punkers Roam. Although being first on the bill, the band were here to make a long lasting impression and Alex (vocals) kept up a high energy fuelled set keeping the whole crowd on their toes, pushing to the front and singing along at the top of their voices. Deadweight saw the first of the many crowd surfers amongst the fans and they even started up a circle pit which worked weirdly well considering the vibes. Finishing on Hopeless Cause, Roam had put on a good show and had certainly warmed the audience up for the rest of the evening’s entertainment. [8/10]

Up next were Hands Like Houses. Whilst the Australian sextet brought a lot of energy, the crowd didn’t seem as responsive as they did for Roam despite a lot of excitement for them pre-tour. The majority of their set was from their latest release ‘Dissonants‘ and this was preformed with absolute precision; everything from the instrumentals to the flawless vocals resulted in the band giving a really positive performance. The audience seemed to perk up a little too late though as they only got really involved in the last song with a clap and a sing-a-long. [7/10]

Young Guns came on stage to a beautifully lit area with LED’s lighting up the amps and creating an exciting vibe around the place. The crowd were definitely excited to see them play as cheers erupted when they burst into their first song ‘Mad World‘. Halfway through the set the band started playing ‘You Are Not‘ and instantly the room was alight with torches and phone screens setting a mellow mood for the crowd and enticing a sing-a-long. They put on a good show, but seemed to lack the all important energy on stage and this reflected with the crowd. They also let the room into a little secret that they’ll be back in September for a headline tour. [7/10]

Finally, the band that everyone had been waiting for, Lower Than Atlantis. They burst onto stage full throttle with ‘Had Enough‘ and ‘Dumb‘. After the crowd finally calmed down, Mike handed the vocal duties over to the room for “Emily” and just stood there with the biggest grin on his face whilst we watched every single person singing his words back at him. Mike then went on to explain that the band had only slept for a matter of “6 hours over the past 48 hours” and was somewhat an apology for the lack of singing, however they didn’t let it affect the energy that they put across – you wouldn’t have known otherwise. The further along the set the more you could hear Mike‘s voice struggle, but when the band went off for a breather and came back on for the encore, phone lights again lit the venue and both the whole band and the whole crowd sang along and created a breathtaking atmosphere. Overall, Lower Than Atlantis put on a brilliant set despite Mike’s vocal struggles but with the crowd stepping in when needed, it was totally worth it. [8/10]

Green Day – Manchester Arena, Manchester – 06.02.17

With shows selling out in just under 3 minutes, their 12th studio album and a discography ranging back to 1986, it is safe to say that Green Day are the peak of punk rock music.

The release of Revolution Radio saw Green Day embarking on a 19 date European tour passing through 12 different countries, which stopped off in Manchester, England. Boasting a 29 song setlist of fan favourites and old time classics, the trio provided an electrifying 3 hour long set of crowd interaction and amazing stage production.

Our photographer, Nathan Heffernan, went down to the Manchester date of the tour to capture the event:

Do NOT use or distribute these pictures. Images belong to Musicology and Nathan Heffernan Photography.

Erik Chandler of Bowling For Soup talks about their newest album and more!

Bowling For Soup are one of the most iconic pop punk bands around. With 22 years under their belt and a huge discography, Musicology got the chance to find out the secrets on how they have managed to hold it together for so long and still write amazing music:

A massive thank you to Erik for taking the time to chat to us! Keep your eyes peeled for more exclusive content on Musicology.

LIVE REVIEW: Heck & Black Peaks, Wolverhampton Slade Rooms 13/09/16

A showcase of the best math rock and post hardcore bands hit the road on one of the craziest co-headlining tours to date. Heck and Black Peaks have exploded into their respective scenes with force, setting the bar high for other bands. Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms was one of the venues brave enough to endure the havoc filled 12 date tour, as 200 people cram into it’s enclosed walls.

Warming up the night for their final time of the tour, Bad Sign assert their stage dominance. Imagine Lower Than Atlantis with hints of hardcore and maths rock and you have a sound like no other. From the get go, guitarist Jonathan finds himself leaping from one side of the stage to the other as vocalist Joe has to compose himself to deliver the blinding lyrics to The Recidivist. Even drummer Kevin finds himself hitting the drums with such force a sand bag is needed to anchor down his bass drum from moving any further forward. Although it is clear that the majority of the crowd probably haven’t heard of bad sign before, the bobbing heads and slight movement amongst the crowd clearly shows their impressive performance have turned some heads and potential fans. [7/10]

Bad Sign - Nathan Heffernan Photography
Bad Sign – Nathan Heffernan Photography

It was a some what paradoxical that Matt announces his disgust in the barrier separating him from the crowd as it only takes a matter of seconds for him to launch his mic stand into the crowd, and for him to climb over the barrier. This is Heck. Opening with the first song off their album, Instructions, Good As Dead  opens the room into a whole new level of chaos as half of the crowd end up slipping on the floor during the mosh pit. The Slade Rooms was probably their most ‘boring’ room of the tour with not much apparatus for them to climb. But this doesn’t stop them taking matters into their own hands as Jonny wheels tables into the middle of the crowd to climb upon. Old fan favourite Powerboat Disaster gets the whole crowd singing in chorus, with nearly every member of the crowd trying to grab the mic off Matt. And if 45 minutes of climbing on merch tables, amps and peoples shoulders wasn’t enough, the room gets split directly down the centre for the biggest wall of death the Slade Rooms have probably experienced. Heck probably isn’t everyones cup of tea, but even if you don’t like the music, it goes without doubt their live performance is probably the strongest out of any band ever right now. [10/10]

Heck - Nathan Heffernan Photography
Heck – Nathan Heffernan Photography

A breather was needed for the room to gather themselves before tonights headliners Black Peaks took to the stage. They have certainly grown since the last time we saw them back in February this year; sporting supporting slots in Wembley Arena with the mighty Deftones and numerous festivals across the UK and Europe, the crowd size clearly shows their growth in just a few months. Opening the night with the powerful White Eyes, the four piece set the mood for as the crowd somehow find the energy to break out into more mosh pits. Drones highlights the sheer power in Will’s voice, maintaining ferocious screams for up to 20 seconds as he leans towards the crowd. Single Saviour further demonstrates how tight the band are live, performing face melting math rock riffs which change time signature every few seconds and still maintaining in time. Closing their set with fan favourite Glass Built Castles, the crowd draw every last ounce of energy to close the show on a high. We said it back in February, Black Peaks are “going to be huge” and we weren’t wrong, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. [9/10]

Black Peaks - Nathan Heffernan Photography
Black Peaks – Nathan Heffernan Photography

 

LIVE REVIEW: Basement – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

Close, confined and sweaty: a perfect setting for Ipswich alt-rock 5 piece Basement to provide their comeback in Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms. Following their 2 year long hiatus and the release of their album Promise Everything, the band took to the road on a full 14 date tour, including a headline slot at 2000 Trees Festival.

 

A respectable crowd welcomed The Sun Days to open the night. Travelling from Sweden, the indie pop band provided simple yet effective guitar sounds and riffs to spark some swaying in the crowd. Vocalist Lea also showed her remarkable talents, holding notes seamlessly to the chorus of Don’t Need To Be Them. The band as a whole was also tight, holding to the beat and showing creative improvisation between songs. However, it was clear that the crowd was unfamiliar with the band, which seemed to drag down the general atmosphere of the room. Yet by the end of the set, it was clear the band had swayed some new fans. [7/10]

The Sun Days-2

The grunge rock trio Dinosaur Pile-Up was up next and they didn’t hesitate on making their presence known. Guitarist Matt squeezes every ounce of tone out of his Gibson Explorer to open the set with Red and Purple. Pointing out band shirts in the crowd, it is clear the band had brought out a following of fans as Might As Wellgains a huge response with the crowd drowning out Matt on vocals. The gritty bass is ever dominant, heavily distorted and punching through the entire band’s sound to drive every song. Closing their powerful set with fan favourite 11:11, the crowd shows hesitant signs of opening up a small mosh pit which would of been the icing on the cake to an energy fuelled set. [8/10]

Dinosaur Pile-Up-2

The opening riff to Whole welcomes Basement to the stage as hands rise up to sing the lyrics back to the band. Pink backlights silhouette them presenting a gloomy aesthetic for the entire set. Transitioning into a newer song off their recent album, it is clear that Aqua Sun is a new fan favourite as Andrew (vocalist) is totally drowned out by the crowd. For a few moments the room get to catch their breath as Earl Grey gets the crowd swaying side to side before a mosh pit erupts as the song fully kicks in. Fisher outlines his upset in the “large gap between [us] and the stage” and that usually it “wouldn’t be there”. This didn’t stop the crowd one bit as Cricket Throw Their Voice seemed to get everyone and everybody surfing over the barriers. The band maintained a nice contrast between the fast and chilled back songs as Oversized and Pine calm the crowd down before Covet draws the set to an end. Yet again, Fisher is totally overwhelmed by the crowds sound during the opening lines whilst the remainder of the crowd finds themselves surfing to the front. Basement are back, and stronger than ever; just as well with a line up of shows over the next few months, including a slot at Reading & Leeds. [9/10]

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Luke Rainsford releases “A Song About Alcohol” – Exclusive Premiere

We love brand new music at Musicology, especially when it involves great local talent like Luke Rainsford. After the release of his debut EP I Am Pathetic (Four Songs About A Girl) back in 2015, the Midlands scene have only managed to get a glimpse at new material through his live shows, until now.

A Song About Alcohol is his first single off a huge 14 song acoustic full length which delves into Luke’s more personal song writing, outside of Layover and Fullshore. So without further ado here it is:

If you liked what you heard then you won’t have to wait long until the full album is out. I’m Nothing Like My Dad Turned Out To Be is on bandcamp this Sunday (19th June) for everyone to listen to. It will also be on iTunes and Spotify in the coming weeks. And if that isn’t enough, Luke will be heading out on a huge list of dates over coming months across the UK so be sure to head down to a show:

June 18th – The Artworks, London
June 25th – Charity House Show, Birmingham

Tour with Crime and Punishment 2011

July 14th – The Flapper, Birmingham
July 15th – The Cookie, Leicester
July 16th – Milos, Leeds
July 17th – Fuel, Cardiff

Tour with Crater Face

July 22nd – Rewind, Wrexham
July 23rd – The Church House, Sheffield
July 24th – Walkabout (Printworks), Manchester

July 29th – Undivided Festival, Northampton

August 9th – The Wagon and Horses, Birmingham w/Crywank and Crater Face

Get ready for Warped Tour (US) with this stage guide!

Warped Tour US is just around the corner and with just 11 days until it kicks off in Dallas, it would only be right to plan your day. So here is the stage splits with what dates your favourite bands will be at:

 

Warped 2016

If you haven’t brought your ticket for Warped yet, it isn’t too late either. Check out the dates below:

6/24 – DALLAS, TX
6/25 – SAN ANTONIO, TX
6/26 – HOUSTON, TX
6/27 – NEW ORLEANS, LA
6/29 – NASHVILLE, TN
6/30 – ATLANTA, GA
7/01 – ST. PETERSBURG, FL
7/02 – ORLANDO, FL
7/03 – WEST PALM BEACH, FL
7/05 – CHARLOTTE, NC
7/06 – VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
7/07 – SYRACUSE, NY
7/08 – CAMDEN, NJ
7/09 – WANTAGH, NY
7/10 – HARTFORD, CT
7/11 – SCRANTON, PA
7/13 – MANSFIELD, MA
7/14 – DARIEN CENTER, NY
7/15 – BURGETTSTOWN, PA
7/16 – COLUMBIA, MD
7/17 – HOLMDEL, NJ
7/19 – NOBLESVILLE, IN
7/20 – CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH
7/21 – CINCINNATI, OH
7/22 – AUBURN HILLS, MI
7/23 – TINLEY PARK, IL
7/24 – SHAKOPEE, MN
7/26 – MILWAUKEE, WI
7/27 – MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO
7/28 – BONNER SPRINGS, KS
7/30 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT
7/31 – DENVER, CO
8/01 – ALBUQUERQUE, NM
8/02 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ
8/05 – SAN DIEGO, CA
8/06 – MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
8/07 – POMONA, CA
8/09 – LAS VEGAS, NV
8/11 – NAMPA, ID
8/12 – AUBURN, WA
8/13 – PORTLAND, OR