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Nimmo announce headline tour

Electro-pop quintet Nimmo have announced they will embarking on a headline tour this October. The band have had a successful run of festivals appearances this summer.

Nimmo have also recently released their single My Only Friend which has been descibed as their infectious track yet.

The band said: “this is a track about stepping out of a dark and static situation into something exciting and fresh. We were inspired by the massively conflicting emotions of when you’re aware love is rarely permanent. So when moving forward, although it’s exhilarating, it still holds a bittersweet sense of futility”.

You can watch the video for My Only Friend below and also see all the dates for the upcoming tour.

13-Oct-16 Birmingham Hare & Hounds
14-Oct-16 Manchester Soup Kitchen
15-Oct-16 Brighton Green Door Store
18-Oct-16 Glasgow The Rum Shack
19-Oct-16 Leeds Headrow House
20-Oct-16 London XOYO

 

Towers unleash new video

Alt rockers Towers have unveiled the video for their debut single Titan. The single which was taken from the bands upcoming self-titled debut EP.

The video predominantly shows Towers in the recording studio which clearly highlights the passion that each member has.

Vocalist/guitarist Mark said “Titan lyrically is all about starting a band, and the excitement we felt when Towers was growing into something more than an idea in a room. We felt that seeing as this is the start of a new chapter for us as musicians. Filming the recording process for the music video perfectly ties into the concept of what Titan is all about. We want titan to inspire people to pursue their ideas and create something of their own.”

The forthcoming EP will be released on 30th September. You can see the brand new video below.

Pianio Wire stream new music

Piano Wire have released a new double A side single. It includes two post-punk offerings which are available to stream now. The tracks Get A Life and All Roads Lead To God are the first definitive statements from the band.

Lyricist Sym said: “the spirited All Roads Lead To God is a hymn to the beautiful, the damned and the ostrich-leathered dandies, building a beautifully fragile world around their devotion to music and pleasure.  If you never spend time in those places, you’re missing out on something.

Get a Life is getting dark. We pictured Dorian Gray getting whipped whilst handcuffed to the ceiling by his lover before going out to save the universe. Oscar Wilde was not an advocate of living life in the slow lane.”

Piano Wire will be playing a live date at Birthdays in London on 3rd October.

You can stream the release here also check out the bands Facebook and website.

This Wild Life share new song

This Wild Life have released a new song Hit The Reset ahead of their album release on 9th September. Upcoming album Low Tides has a big act to follow after the band’s debut Clouded. This debut album charted as number one ‘Top New Artist’ and number one ‘Top Alternative New Artist’.

This Wild Life will heading out on a UK headline tour on the 10th November just after Low Tides releases. Suppport will come from Have Mercy, Movements, and Many Rooms.

You can see the UK tour dates below and purchase tickets at the band’s website.
You can listen to Hit The Reset here.

THIS WILD LIFE UK TOUR DATES
10/11 London, UK – St Pancras Old Church
11/11 London, UK – Boston Music Room
12/11 Southampton, UK – The Joiners
13/11 Bristol, UK – The Exchange
15/11 Birmingham, UK – Asylum
16/11 Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
17/11 Newcastle, UK – Think Tank
18/11 Manchester, UK – Sound Control
19/11 Leeds, UK – The Key Club

Almah announce new album ‘E.V.O’

Brazzilian metallers Almah have announced the details for their new upcoming album E.V.O. The album will be released on 23rd September. The band are fronted by ex Angra vocalist Edu Falaschi and E.V.O has a direct connection with Angra’s album Rebirth. 

E.V.O is a concept album based on the evolution of people’s mind and soul during the so-called ‘age of aquarius’. It will be Almah’s fifth studio album.

The vocal’s in the album will remain as powerful as ever however have a higher pitch than any of Almah’s previous records. The compositions will range from contemporary rock to modern power to progressive metal.

You can see the artwork and track-listing for the album below.

Almah EVO

1 – Age of Aquarius (7:13)
2 – Speranza (4:55)
3 – The Brotherhood (4:41)
4 – Innocence (4:35)
5 – Higher (5:09)
6 – Infatuated (4:05)
7 – Pleased To Meet You (4:24)
8 – Final Warning (4:13)
9 – Indigo (3:46)
10 – Corporate War (4:19)
11 – Capital Punishment (4:00)

Benjamin Francis Leftwich upcoming tour

Benjamin Francis Leftwich will be heading out on a headline tour across the UK this September. The tour comes after the release of his new album After The Rain which will be released 19th August. Leftwich took a five year break after his last album Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm. 

Leftwich said of the upcoming album: “If one person emails me and says ‘This is the most moving song I’ve ever heard and it really helped me’ – if it gets one person like that, I’d be really happy.”

The lead single from the album Tilikum is the opening track on After The Rain. You can watch the video for the single below.

All of Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s live tour dates are listed below.
Tickets are available now, here.

21-Sep-16     Norwich                Arts Centre
22-Sep-16     London                Islington Assembly Hall
23-Sep-16     Cardiff                 The Gate
24-Sep-16     Bristol                 The Fleece
26-Sep-16     Nottingham          Rescue Rooms
27-Sep-16     Manchester          Academy 3
28-Sep-16     Leeds                  Stylus
30-Sep-16     Glasgow               Oran Mor
01-Oct-16      Aberdeen             Café Drummond

The Sesh – Static [EP]

The Sesh’s latest EP Static gives us a glimpse into what this alt rock five-piece band have to offer. The five tracks take you on a journey of the message that they want to get across and show moments of real promise along the way. This EP is good beginning for the band in marking their way in the competitive rock world.

The intro track to Static gives the album a promising start. It shows slick guitar riffs from the outset and a heavy edge on top of a more classical rock feel. There are teasers of the vocals to come from Kieran Donald and, although he his tone does not create a spine tingling anticipation, he does entice the listener somewhat. A solid start for the band from Dundee.

The second track Ascension can only be described as a song with potential that just is not met. As a listener you can sense where the track is wanting to go and you are willing it to get there. Unfortunately, it does not. The track does have a slight saviour in form of its breakdown. The drums and guitar work particularly well together in this section to create a really nice sound. Other than that, the lack of chemistry between the members and their instruments in this track is disappointing to say the least. Donald’s vocals leave a lot to be desired, making you almost wish the song would just be over.

Third track, Shizoswitch starts off a million times better than its predecessor with a good guitar riff that hooks you in. Shizswitch experiments more with different layers building up the piece. This gives for an overall better sound setting up a nice base for the vocals – which have significantly improved by this point. There is another pretty epic breakdown in this song allowing for listeners to experience what The Sesh are really capable of again. Declan Brown’s drumming is the most stand out element on this track, being the only instrument to give it depth and diversity.

This well-established drumming is continued through to the fourth offering, Infamous. This song is a bit of a mixed bag because it is a solid piece and works very well at points, however gets lost at other points. Yet again, it includes a fantastic break-down – the best of the entire EP in fact. The break-down has a mouth-watering guitar solo full of skill. Infamous is a track of two halves with the second half being by far, the best.

Static is wrapped up with the final track, Sky Giant. Sky Giant has a slow and gloomy start with a melancholy guitar riff that has a slight wild west undertone. This kicks into a heavy more positive sound met with dark vocals. It is hard to decide whether Donald’s vocals really work for this song, there are moments where it’s dejected tone fits well with the theme of the song, however, it is at risk of falling out of tune on more than one occasion. His singing style does not have the melodic side to them that would have turned this song into a great one.

Static shows that The Sesh could be masters of the break-down if they continue to work hard with their music. The instrumental parts of these track were definitely the highlight of the whole EP. The band have a lot of improving to do before their next release if they want to grow into a serious competitor in the rock genre. The EP has an obvious sound that the guys are going for and they successfully make this clear. As long as they stick to this established sound and work on progressing and growing it, they are sure to create very good work in the future.

[5/10]

Check out Infamous below and listen to the entire Static EP here.

Finding Kate – If I Fall

If Paramore, Avril Lavigne and Evanescence had a musical love child, Finding Kate would be the product. This is a band who’s lead singer Kate Pavli has abundantly powerful vocals accompanied by a very talented set of musicians to form the band. The songs on If I Fall are deep, emotional and allow you to seamlessly submerge yourself into them.

Drowning is an excellent opening track for the album. The almost disjointed drumming enhances the feeling of uncomfortableness. However, this is a good thing as this is what the song is all about. When a person comes into your life and changes everything, not necessarily for the better. Kate’s rich vocals instantly bewitch you into loving this song. The guitar works beautifully with the rest of the sound to add an eerie sense to the track. This song really makes the listener feel the desperate need for the release of insanity that the band is portraying.

The fourth track Don’t Let Go has the vocals accompanied by piano and guitar working beautifully in sync. It is a very emotional song that deals with the sensitive subject of mental illness in a fantastic way. It offers the feelings of depression from the view of the friends and family around the person suffering. “Hello, hello my friend, how long, how long will you be fighting these demons you see? Don’t lie, don’t lie, we’ll fight a war for you.” Really hard hitting lyrics like this are continued throughout the entire song making one that really hits you. This is one for anyone who has been through something similar to empathise with and relate to.

Title track If You Fall feels different from the other songs that have been offered so far on the album. It has a very good guitar intro met with equally as charismatic drumming toward the end. This guitar chord formation and strong drum beat is the main stick-out feature in this song, allowing for the vocals and bass to work around a great structure. This is a piece that builds and builds to its climax perfectly, keeping you subconsciously hooked throughout.

The album finishes with Gone which is a song about losing someone, a relatable feeling for anyone. The composition is on point with this final offering and gives If I Fall a complete ending. It ties up any loose ends and feels like the record has come full circle from Drowning. The bridge, in particular, in this song is brilliant. It starts off with simple guitar strumming, joined by quiet drumming that gets louder and louder. It features echoed vocals ‘now that you’re gone’ that sound lost in the wind but get stronger just like the drumming. The song keeps growing from this point right up until the end, meaning the album ends on an incredible high.

If I Fall shows an array of talent from Finding Kate and there is not one bad song on this album. Every track contributes to the journey of the record and every track is successful on its own. The only criticism of this album is that there could have been more diversity. A band that are clearly capable of experimenting with different depths, should have done this. It is good that they have found the sound and genre that belongs to them. However, testing out new ways of depicting this sounds would have turned If I Fall from a good album into a great one.

[8/10]

Megaflora announce mini album and release single

London band Megaflora will be releasing a new mini album Redwoods on 28th October. Redwoods will confront issues such as anxiety and societal and environmental pressures. The band have shared their new single We’re Not Here today.

Vocalist/guitarist Max Kinmans said:“I think social media is great in general but I worry. As someone whose first thought is to avoid a lot of real life social situations, that it makes me disengage from events even more, reliving them afterwards more than living them at the time.”

Megaflora have played live with artists such as Sheer Mag and Personal Best. They will be bringing their punk fuelled indie pop sound to shows across the country. These dates are expected to be around the release of Redwoods. Fans should keep an eye out for the announcements of these dates.

You can check out the video for We’re Not Here below and pre order Redwoods here.

 

Natives announce one off London show

Natives have announced they will be playing a special on off show at Cargo, Shoreditch in London. The show is on 17th August ahead of their support tour with MOTHXR. The show will give fans the first taste of new music from Natives upcoming second album.

Support for the show will come from Mono Club, Mowbeck and Lola Cove. This announcment comes after the recent release of Don’t Stop The Rain, the lead single from the upcoming album.

Fans can watch the video for Don’t Stop The Rain below.
Tickets for the show at Cargo can be purchased here.
A
ll tour dates are also listed below.

APPEARING AS SPECIAL HEADLINE GUESTS

Aug 17            London – Cargo (in association with Radio X & 1883)

UK tour dates supporting MOTHXR

Sep 03            Manchester – Sound Control
Sep 04            Leeds – Brudenell Games Room
Sep 05            Glasgow – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Sep 06            Nottingham – The Bodega
Sep 07            Bristol – Exchange
Sep 08            London – Dingwalls
Sep 09            Southampton – Joiners
Sep 10            Brighton – The Green Door Store