Courage My Love on tour

Courage My Love are currently on tour around the UK. Their next date is tomorrow at Camden Rocks festival.

 

Check out the full tour below

June 3  Camden Rocks Festival, London, UK

June 4 Rebellion, Manchester, UK

June 5 Le Belle Angele, Edinburgh, UK

June 6 Santiagos, Leeds, UK

June 7 The Met, Peterborough, UK

June 8 The Harp, Folkstone, UK

Halflives – Empty Rooms – REVIEW

Italian based quintet Halflives are soon to be heading out on the road with Courage My Love on their EU/UK Tour. However, more recently the band dropped their debut full length Empty Rooms, and album which not only is the result of 18 months work but also shows their already increasing fan base, due to the fact that Empty Rooms found its birth from Crowd Funding. The album which was released on the 14th of April promises to be a big step forward for the band, however let’s breakdown Halflives debut full length Empty Rooms.

Opening up this 8 track debut is Lone Wolf, which moves in gently with a mix of well toned guitars and accompanying drums. Soon though Halflives’ Linda Battilani comes in with full force bringing the attention to her and her vocals, for the most part in this track she feels to dominate the track but also allows the rest of the band to showcase their ability and the well orchestrated instrumentation the band has pieced together. Overall Lone Wolf opens this debut well, with a well constructed tone and at times interesting instrumentation it shows the potential this album has and sets a good precedent for what else lies on this album.

Coming next are the tracks Mayday and Burn the two main singles from this release. Mayday features first and with it’s almost Against The Current sound it is a track which truly shows why there was a lot of excitement surrounding this record, from the extremely well constructed vocal melodies to the well presented instrumentation that carries the track along at a brisk pace. Following on is Burn, which plays a little more on Linda Battilani’s vocals and gives you the sense that it could be a cut from a summer blockbuster. Burn also happens to be the strongest cut off of this album with the very minimal instrumentation, which at first can seem like an issue does in fact add to the overall feel of the song. Alongside this Burn feels almost anthemic in its structure.

Following on is a trio of tracks the first which is Echo, a track which yet again shows the potential this band has, with this very palatable sound. Highlives also drags this anthem sounding construction from Burn in to Echo allowing for a clear indication in their capability of writing tracks which are consistent and cohesive. Next in this trio of tracks is The Sickness, which is the first time that Halflives drop the ball as it is in this moment that the tracks instrumental composition starts to get repetitive and the overall execution of the track feels lack luster. However, that isn’t to say that the dynamic shifts aren’t interesting as the occasional shift does add something to the track.

Half Alive is the final track in this trio and after what is a somewhat dull moment on the album, Halflives manage to get the ball rolling with a track which comes with it’s own instinctive bop and a great cohesive merging of electronic instrumentation and a full band sound. Half Alive also comes with a catchy chorus similarly to many tracks on this debut record, alongside a great use of dynamic changes which bring a new element and layer to the instrumentation which is present on this track.

Acting as the title track to this debut full length Empty Room follows as the album starts to come to its close. It is in this track where the thematic structure of the album truly comes in to play and allows for the vocals to carry a lot of weight and make an impact through the lyricism and vocal presentation that effortlessly mixes with the instrumentation. However, similarly to how it had on The Sickness it is in this that the tracks length still feels a little labouring for what is actually in this track, even despite the massive impact the lyricism makes.

Ending this debut record is Collide. Collide is the most interesting track on this release simply because of the high usage of electronic instrumentation, however when the band do finally mix in the electronic instrumentation with their well orchestrated guitars and drums the track comes together for a well rounded ending that brings this debut album to a close well. Alongside this it seems that in this track Halflives are yet again making an impact with the lyricism that is present in the track and allows for a haunting feeling long after the album has finished.

Overall, through Empty Rooms Halflives have created an album which wonderfully showcases their abilities and their potential to go on further with this sound that they and many other bands are using today. With the occasional anthemy sounding cut off of this album and their well orchestrated instrumentation there are many positives on this record. However, when the tracks do feel labouring to get through, which does happen once or twice on this record it does drag away from what could have been an excellent album. [6.5/10]

Halflives announce debut album ‘Empty Rooms’

Italian group Halflives have announced the release date of their debut album, Empty Rooms, which will be 14th April. Halflives have managed to crowd fund the cost of the album and actually smashed their target. Well done guys!

In support of their album, Halflives will tour Europe with Courage My Love, who they have previously collaborated with on a cover of All The Things She Said. UK dates below:

Halflives UK Tour May / June 2017 w/ Courage My Love

May 31st – Southampton – Talking Heads (tickets)
June 1st – Bristol – The Exchange (tickets)
June 2nd – Bridgwater – Cobblestones (tickets)
June 3rd – London – Camden Rocks Festival (tickets)
June 4th – Manchester – Rebellion (tickets)

InVogue Records – Happy Holidays, I Miss You [REVIEW]

Break out the stockings, get those presents under your tree and get the tissues as well because a few tears might need to be shed. InVogue Records are bringing something full of emotion for your holidays with an album featuring many of your favourite post hardcore/melodic hardcore acts to give you a nice dose of an emotional and angry december celebration!

Kicking off the record was In Her Own Words, starting things off a very pop punk atmosphere. The blend of happy guitar chords blended with piano and the jingle of bells is almost somewhat of a cheery experience until the lyrical content steers that away a bit with the chorus going ‘Don’t come home for Christmas / You’re the last thing I wanna see underneath the tree’, showing some sort of disdain towards a different party. Following that is Chase Huglin who brings the tone down a bit with a more softer and slower track. The acoustic guitar somewhat rings true and gives the whole soft a solid set pace to keep structure for alongside Chase’s voice hitting its powerful peak during the choruses.

Next up comes the spoken word soliloquy from Hotel Books who provides probably the first tearjerker of the record with a strong speech over ‘Silent Night’ which is played very elegantly on the piano. Speaking some home truths people might have about Christmas as well as his personal life about himself and his music seeping through and leaving you with one final shaky breath. This leaves you time for JT Woodruff to, step by step, bring you back into the fold. Whilst the tone is still somewhat dark, talking about his mothers passing and how he just wants his Christmas to be back with his family once more. The emotional turmoil definitely carries through from song to song and it surely gives that gripping factor for people to relate and hold on to, as some of us do take our Christmas’s for granted whilst others suffer with lost loved ones and lack of funds.

Up comes Woven In Hiatus, throwing a xylophone sound as part of the main lead melody whilst the acoustic guitar is the structural integrity of the song. The soft and delicate way the vocals are laid into the track are added nicely with a bit of reverb, making the words sound more poignant than others. Mark Rose is the only artist that most people will probably be going into blind, but this track probably sounds most like the christmas tracks you heard when you were younger. The swing beat, the somewhat jaunty vocal pattern mixed with the chord progression and it has a way from bringing the record through a different, nostalgic feeling that you might not have been expecting from this compilation.

Saying this song is the heaviest song on the record is a bit of a weird statement. Whilst Convictions are mostly known for bringing the aggression, this track definitely brings more of a melodic side, being reminiscent of Silent Planet in its instrumentation and the cleans feeling more raw than anything coming on this track. It’s the shining star on the top of this albums winter branches. Mirror Eyes provide you with the longest album title as well as the first female vocals on the record. The alternative rock band bring something on the same vein of Tonight Alive’s newer material and gives the record that much needed bounce again that wasn’t felt since the first track played. The guitar melodies work really nicely whilst you have the drums not overcooking it and making the whole track sound very well rounded.

Bringing the boogie to the holiday dancefloor is Punchline with such a dance-fuelled alternative pop rock jam that feels that wouldn’t just be for christmas (even though December is in the title). A definite mood-brightener if you had to pick that for any track, but to bring you down to the more existential feeling for any track is September Stories and their bare-bones feature. With it providing something strong as well as something simple, the penultimate track is such an enjoyable ‘slow-dance’ track, leading you into the Wham! cover that Courage My Love have provided is a well-placed set up. CML have given the song that alternative rock swagger that will give you a feel of what direction they might be going for the new record, with a more electronic/synth laden 3 minutes, it was a sure-fire way to end the album on a track most people would know.

This record is a definite purchase for many different reasons. If you like the artists, you should pick this up. If you want to hear something new and exciting from the mentioned artists, then its a must listen. With the BandCamp fees through till new years going towards http://www.jaycwsfund.org, its another reason to pick up this festival feeling fest!

InVogue Records announce Christmas album

It’s time to get ready for a very emotional christmas! InVogue Records are bringing some of your favourite artists into a Christmas compilation, featuring such acts as PunchlineHotel BooksChase Huglin and September Stories. The album will be released on November 25th via a free/pay-what-you-want BandCamp, with the proceeds (up to new years day) going to http://www.jaycwsfund.org in honour of In Her Own Words vocalists’ brother. There are also 100 CD’s you can purchase HERE.You can check out the artwork and tracklist below!

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1. In Her Own Words – Yule Shoot your eye out
2. Chase Huglin – Christmas Eve / Pierceton Queen
3. Hotel Books – Christmas Eve Until I Leave
4. JT Woodruff – Down Patton Hill (Christmas ’85)
5. Woven In Hiatus – Joy
6. Mark Rose – It Won’t Be Long Now
7. Convictions – Memories In The Attic
8. Mirror Eyes – Of All The Charlie Browns In The World, I’m The Charlie Browniest
9. Punchline – I Always See You In December
10. September Stories – Christmas ’12
11. Courage My Love – Last Christmas