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Brave Vultures Announce New EP

Upcoming emo rockers Brave Vultures have announced their debut EP I’m Not Coming Back If You’re Not Here. The EP will be released on 16th September and the lead single With Me is available to stream and download now.

Vocalist and guitarist Dom Littler gave an insight as to what can be expected from the EP, saying: “My lyrics are about my struggles with anxiety, love and relationships, a best friend recovering from a drug addiction and coming out of rehabilitation a better person.”

“Being in our mid-twenties, we are all being pressured into getting real jobs and growing up. Brave Vultures is our escape from the world, and we won’t be hanging up our gigging hats for some wanker in an office any time soon. It takes a lot of bravery to laugh off financial security and join a band. You have to be brave if you want to follow your dreams.”

Brave Vultures will be announcing UK and European tour dates very soon. Stream and download With Me now here. (Official video coming soon.)

I’m Not Coming Back If You’re Not Here track listing:

1. This Is Where I Wanna Be

2. Safe Ground

3. If You Run

4. With Me

5. Don’t Let Me Down

Top 10 Punk Bands of all Time

This year sees 40 years since the fantastic Punk movement hit Britain. There have been many, many punk bands putting their stamp on the spikey-haired, aggressive genre.Who stood the test of time? Who were one-hit wonders? This is a list of who we think are the best 10 Punk bands of all time.

  1. Green Day

Green Day formed 30 years ago in 1986 making this year their 30th birthday. Happy Birthday guys! Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt have made Green Day a household name over the years. They have created an unmistakeable pop-punk sound that really hit its peak in the early 00s with albums Warning and American Idiot. However, make no mistake, this band had already released hit after hit before the 00s including Welcome to Paradise, Good Riddance (Time of your life) and the fantastically timeless Basket Case. Green Day have been nominated for 19 Grammys of which they won five, they have also racked up six American Music Awards and seven Billboard Music Awards.

  1. Minor Threat

1980 saw the start of many nostalgic trends that are still loved today and with them came Minor Threat. Unfortunately, the band split after only three years however achieved a lot in a little time. Their song Straight Edge was responsible for the ‘straight edge movement’. The track became a base for the movement and Minor Threat preached their own ‘straight edge’ ideals. These guys were part of the band cult that paved the way for modern day hard-core punk and their music still has a place in today’s punk music scene. They have one studio album, two compilation albums and three EPs in total.

  1. Dead Kennedys

Dead Kennedys formed way back in 1978 and released four albums over the course of eight years before disbanding. They are known for their epic riffs and passionate musical ability. To our luck, Dead Kennedys got back together in 2001. However, after disputes with the other members, vocalist Jello Biafra is not in the new line-up. The band saw two new vocalists come and go until Ron Greer joined the band in 2008 and is now still going strong. Dead Kennedys are keeping punks roots alive with their raw and authentic sound.

  1. The Exploited

Edinburgh’s answer to punk The Exploited are the legends behind the album Punk’s Not Dead. The band have maintained a cult following made up of mainly working class hard-core punk fans. The Exploited have gone through many line-up changes, however, vocalist Wattie Buchan has remained since they first formed in 1979. The technical music ability that comes from this band is undeniable and the fact that they have been together for all this time is testament to that. The Exploited have moved between music sounds and genres over the years but have always held onto the core punk elements.

 

  1. Sham 69

Come on! Come on! Hurry up Harry come on.
If you haven’t heard of this band, go and raid your parents record collection now. Although not as heavy as the previous bands, Sham 69 are certainly one of punks most successful bands. They formed in Hersham, Surrey in 1976 and released three albums which all reached the top 30 of the UK music chart. Sham 69 broke up in 1979 due to vocalist Jimmy Pursey going on to persue a solo career. Pursey and guitarist David Parsons reformed the band to a welcoming audience in 1987. Sham 69 are another victim of several line-up changes, nevertheless, they are still presently together and performing live shows.

  1. The Clash

Another band that formed in 1976, The Clash joined the original group of British Punk legends. You will have undoubtedly heard their biggest hit London Calling from their third album of the same name. London Calling (Album) gained the band success in the US and has been declared the ‘best album of the 80s’ by Rolling Stone magazine. The Clash gave punk fans a decade of solid and (literally) hair raising knockout tracks. Should I Stay or Should I Go, Rock the Casbah and I Fought the Law to name a few. Their music will forever encapsulate British 80s punk music.

  1. Ramones

New York’s offering to the punk scene were the Ramones – and what an offering they were. A typical case of a band before their time, Ramones achieved limited success in the late 70s. However are now recognised as a huge name in punk. Since forming in 1974 the band performed lives shows constantly for 22 years. They played a farewell concert in 1996 and disbanded with 2,263 concerts under their belts. Sadly, there is no chance for a reformation as all four original members have now died. 2011 saw the Ramones achieve the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys.

  1. Blondie

Call Me, Heart of Glass and Atomic – is anymore needed to be said? Blondie have flawlessly added a mix of disco, pop and reggae to a predominantly punk base. This distinctive concoction that plays with the punk genre has firmly placed these guys in the top three. Blondie split in 1982 and re-formed in 1997 going on the achieve even more top 10 hits in the UK. They have sold 40 million records worldwide and are still touring and performing today. A truly eternal band.

  1. Buzzcocks

Buzz – ‘an atmosphere of excitement and activity’
Cock – ‘Generic term of endearment in Manchester – mate or dear’
The Buzzcocks need no introduction after forming in Manchester in 1976. They have shaped the Manchester music scene, if not, the entire northern music scene. There are nine studio albums available for the Buzzcocks to this day.

  1. Sex Pistols

Of course our number one is the Sex Pistols, who else would it be? The band formed in London in 1975 making them the oldest punk band on the list. Although the band only lasted two and a half years and released only two studio albums, they are the most influential punk band of our time. With many saying they were the reason for the punk movement in the United Kingdom. The Sex Pistols reunited on several occasions over the decades, however, have not been active since 2008.

Beach Slang Announce New Album

After the success of their debut album The Thing We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us, Beach Slang have announced the release of their follow up album. A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings will be out on 23rd September.

Front man Jame Alex said: “A lot of the songs [on Loud Bash] are the stories of the kids who got turned on to Beach Slang by the first album.

“They’re autobiographical, too, but kind of at a remove—I’m not that young kid anymore, but I used to be.  You know how it is; rock and roll is a new crop of 15-year-olds picking up guitars every year and having at it.  There was something really cool about documenting someone elses life, but seeing myself in it.  I suppose that’s why we connect.  We’re all kind of one big gang.”

See the full track listing for A Loud Bash of Teenage  Feelings below and listen to the first single Punks in a Disco Bar here.
Pre-order the album here.

Full Tracklisting for A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings:
Future Mixtape For The Art Kids
Atom Bomb
Spin The Dial
Art Damage
Hot Tramps
Punks In A Disco Bar
Wasted Daze Of Youth
Young Hearts
The Perfect High
Warpaint

Hermitude Unveil Two New Songs

Australian production pair Hermitude have unveiled two new songs to coincide with their upcoming string of festival appearances. Vibration and Gimme are both outtakes from their critically acclaimed 5th studio album, Dark Night Sweet Light. 

Both tracks have a fusion of hip-hop beats, free-flowing jazz melodies and astral synths. The video for Vibration includes footage of the duo’s recent show at London’s Heaven, following their stint across the states. They were the main support for Keys N Krates on the US tour. The video shows how the duo are infectously energetic during live shows.

Check out all Hermitude’s live dates below.
Order Dark Night Sweet Light here.
Watch the video for Vibrations below and listen to Gimme here.

LIVE DATES
20th August – Pukkelpop
19th August – Lowlands Festival
26th August – Reading Festival
27th August – Leeds Festival
28th August – The Sound You Need

Trade Wind Announce European Tour Dates

Post-hardcore incarnation Trade Wind are set to release their debut album You Make Everything Disappear in the UK on 7th October. The release date coincides with their European tour with Sights & Sounds to promote the album. The tour includes a date at the Camden Assembly in London on 13th October.

Front man Jesse Barnett said: “The album is a story of everything a person can feel when they lose something they love with all of their heart. When you get caught in that trap between 2 things that make you happy and they both demand so much from you. Sometimes you have to walk away. Even if it kills you.”

You can see the track listing for You Make Everything Disappear and watch the lead track I Hope I Don’t Wake Up below.

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‘You Make Everything Disappear’ Track Listing:
1. I Hope I Don’t Wake Up
2. Lowest Form
3. Tatiana (I Miss You So Much)
4. Radio Songs
5. Grey Light
6. Rare
7. Untitled
8. Je t’aimerais Toujours

The 69 Eyes Announce UK Tour

The 69 Eyes have announced new tour dates for this November which include five different cities across the UK. That’s not all, three of these UK dates will have appearances from legendary rockers, The Mission. 

Vocalist Jyrki 69 said: “I remember first time seeing the Wasteland video on Sky Channel. It hit me hard, I even got the issue of SMASH Hits with Wayne on the cover! God’s Own Medicine is still one of my favorite albums and without a doubt The 69 Eyes wouldn’t sound like we do without The Mission. Can’t wait to get back to play in the UK!”

Wait, that’s still not all! The band have also just released their video for Miss Pastis. It is a song about French alcohol and women. Standard. The track is from their latest offering Universal Monsters. 

Jykri 69 continued: “It’s a great driving rocker of a song which has already made people move in our live set. I got the idea for the lyrics in Marseille, France where pastis is cheap and girls are pretty. I shot the video in the gardens of Palace of Versailles – I wanted to make it look like a crazy, little art film influenced by as much Jacques Tati as Federico Fellini and classic French films.”

See the video for Miss Pastis below as well as tour dates and ticket purchase links.

3-Nov  UK – Leeds: Academy (+ MISSION)
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/the-mission-tickets/230503
4-Nov   UK – London: Forum (+ MISSION)
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/gdp0411
5-Nov   UK – Nottingham: Rescue Rooms 
http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk/69-eyes-tickets
6-Nov   UK – Birmingham: Institute (+ MISSION)
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/the-mission-tickets/230583
7-Nov   UK – Manchester: Academy 3          
http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk/69-eyes-tickets                  

Meshiaak Release Details for Debut Album

Metal ‘super-group’ Meshiaak have released the details for their debut album Alliance of Thieves. Fans will be able to purchase the album from 19th August. However you can listen to track, Chronicles of The Dead from the upcoming album now.

Guitarist and vocalist Danny Camilleri said: “I’m all about being able to feel music, not just listen to it. That’s what has been so cool about this whole thing—the fact that I can feel something in each song really just blows me away and leaves me with a sense of satisfaction unlike I’ve had in any of my previous work.

“All of the music and songs on this album basically span the last three years of my life. Some of them demonstrate a little more in depth than others. It really is a very personal album for me and somewhat therapeutic. To say that music has saved my life is a total understatement. I wore my heart on my sleeve in some of these tracks and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Writing and tracking this album really gave me strength and purpose at the times I needed it most.”

You can listen to Chronicles of The Dead here and watch the video for track, Drowning, Fading, Falling below. Also see the track listing for Alliance of Thieves below.

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1.       Chronicles of the Dead

2.       It Burns at Both Ends

3.       I Am Among You

4.       Drowning, Fading, Falling

5.       At the Edge of the World

6.       Last Breath Taken

7.       Maniacal

8.       Alliance of Thieves

9.       Death of an Anthem

 

Descendents Stream New Track

Descendents are sharing Without Love, a track from their new album Hypercaffium Spazzinate. The album will be released on 29th July and is the bands first new album since 2004.

Productions on Hypercaffium Spazzinate began after Descendents extended hiatus ended when they played live in 2010. Although the band are still good friends, they all live apart, therefore the tracks were sent back and forth over three years. This meant that the record was not rushed, allowing for some of their bet work yet.

Fans can listen to Without Love and check out Descendents festival appearances below. You can also pre-order Hypercaffium Spazzinate here.

Natives Release New Video

Natives have released the video for their new single Stop The Rain. The single will be released on 29th July and has been described as “a slice of euphoric pop” by the Independent.

The video premiered yesterday and has already clocked up over 30,000 views. It was filmed in Morocco where the tribal pop quartet recently visited. The bands experience in Morocco was massively influence on their forthcoming second album.

Guitarist Jack Fairbrother said: There’s a lot of negativity and xenophobia in the world at the moment so it feels like the perfect time to share a positive story about mixing with other cultures.”

Natives are sharing a positive message with Stop The Rain through new pop sensibility. It is the second offering from their upcoming 20-track concept album. The record will be accompanied by a novel to further the story around which the album has been constructed.

 

 

The Picturebooks Sign With Another Century

Primal blue rock duo The Picturebooks have been extremely lately having signed with US based rock label, Another Century. The Picturebooks will be heading out on A Raw Youth European tour with Le Butcherettes in September.

The tour is not one to be missed as the band have excellent touring experience. They have played alongside Eagles of Death Metal, Kadavar, The Answer, and more, as well as performed at Riot Fest. 

As well as all this, The Picturebooks have released a new video for The Rabbit and the Wolf. The song was featured in Imaginary Horse which was directed by Claus Grabke.

The Picturebooks said: “Nothing in the video for ‘The Rabbit and the Wolf’ is staged. We just filmed what happened on tour or when hanging around with our friends, riding choppers, skating etc. Some of it was filmed in Europe and some was filmed in the US. The lyrics in the song kinda describe us and the way we feel when being on tour, so it seemed appropriate to use mostly tour-footage for the video.  Most of the smaller locations in this video are what really made this band. People believed in us and gave us the chance to play, even before we were signed. We kept coming back till the place was finally packed. We owe these people a lot!”

Keep your eyes peeled for the band’s Another Century debut. See tour dates and watch the video for The Rabbit and the Wolf  below.

A Raw Youth” European Tour:
w/ Le Butcherettes
09/22 – Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia
09/23 – Cologne, Germany – Artheater
09/25 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Loppen
09/27 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Merleyn
09/28 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg Theater
09/29 – Courtrai, Belgium – De Kreun
09/30 – Paris, France – Le Backstage By The Mill
10/01 – Stuttgart, Germany – Kellerclub
10/03 – Prague, Czech – Lucerna Music Bar
10/04 – Munich, Germany – Kranhalle
10/05 – Vienna, Austria – B72
10/07 – Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo
10/08 – Milan, Italy – Tunnel
10/10 – Valencia, Spain – Loco Club
10/11 – Madrid, Spain – El Sol
10/12 – Barcelona, Spain – Sidecar
10/14 – London, UK – The Black Heart
10/15 – Coventry, UK – Kasbah (club night)
10/16 – Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
10/17 – Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
10/19 – Dublin, Ireland – The Workman’s Club
10/20 – Belfast, UK – Black Box
10/21 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
10/22 – Manchester, UK – Night & Day