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]

LIVE REVIEW: Kerrang! Awards Gig – Troxy 9/6/16

When Kerrang! announced A Day To Remember were filling the headline slot for their after awards show gig, you could practically hear everyone ask “is this real?!” With their lack of UK presence as of late, this was really an opportunity not to be missed. Their venue of choice, Troxy, was a great choice as well; the architecture and atmosphere of it just adding to the evening’s draw. However all did not go to plan, with the scheduled starting time of the show being 21:30 yet punters were not even let in until after that. Stage times were then delayed further until the room was filled, with Asking Alexandria eventually coming on close to 22:30, and A Day To Remember not being present until 23:45. Partly due to the time and partly to trains stopping at 23:30 for most punters, the room began to empty before the night was even halfway through. This being said, it wasn’t all bad; the bands put on a phenomenal show.

First up, Asking Alexandria let rip with first single from new album The Black in I Won’t Give In, and this was their chance to prove to a largely musician-based audience that the live show is every bit as good as its studio counterpart, and proved triumphant like never before. Stomping through tracks including To The Stage and The Death of Me, Denis proved he can perform just as well (if not better than) predecessor Danny Worsnop, as he leapt around and shrieked with an energy the latter could have only dreamed of with his lethargy onstage. Throwing out further classics Not The American Average and A Prophecy, the band had circle pits expanding to the walls and fans screaming along at the top of their lungs. What a sight.

As tension mounted in the room, A Day To Remember bounded out, launching straight into The Downfall Of Us All. This set proved to be a hectic affair with the hits flying out fast and hard; 2nd Sucks had waves rippling through the audience as they headbanged and jumped along. A slightly mellower moment in the setlist was provided by Have Faith In Me which prompted the biggest sing-a-long and was a real ‘grab your friend’ moment which was only continued as they blasted through both new songs Paranoia and Bad Vibrations, proving they’re anything over despite the slight hiatus. Everyone knew the words to the new tracks on their first British outing and both went down a storm. Finishing off the night with All I Want, the crowdsurfers came out in abundance after hiding away in the pit all night, which ended the show on as much of a high as the start; a live show that is every bit as thrilling as the albums.

(words by Jade Falconer)

Creeper Have Another Announcement

The Southampton punks have another announcement to make, and judging by Twitter, it’ll be here tomorrow…

Creeper have recently announced a US tour and played Slam Dunk and Camden Rocks festivals this week, so could it be more shows? New music? A last-minute Download appearance? A support slot with a giant band? Drop us a comment with your predictions!

In The Spotlight: Coffeeblends

Basic Info

Coffeeblends are a grunge/punk band from Burnham, Bucks.

Vaibhav Mishra, 19 (Vocals and Guitar), Lucas Juchacz, 19 (Bass) and Billy Young, 17 (Drums and Vocals)

Vaibhav: “In a nut shell, we all like coffee and we all like playing music, hence the name Coffeeblends. Having studied artists such as Title Fight, Basement, Moose Blood, Balance and Composure, we formulated our own individual sound with a blend of emotional lyrics and melodies with grungy, thick tones, and it works for us. We all live in a sleepy village called Burnham, near Slough and it’s a cool place to hang out, party and do gnarly skateboard tricks. The main reason we created this band was to express our most inner thoughts artistically and just have fun in general. We try to cover themes like anxiety, loneliness, heartbreak and friendship through our writing.

Billy: “As far as our hometown goes, I love Burnham, but the lack of resources and facilities to accommodate bands around this area has made it become rather expensive for us. Though the most local venues for smaller bands to play and get their name out are in Reading and with our studio in Maidenhead, they’re only a couple of stops on the train, but it all adds up. It’ll never stop us though, we may be losing money from this, but we’re genuinely doing this for the music, and to get our emotions across through our own artistic choices. I still feel the passion of wanting to get these songs out and share our music with the Pop-Punk/Emo scene is an incredibly motivating one.

The Past

Lucas: “We all went to the same primary school together. I knew Billy and Vaibhav but they didn’t meet until about 3 years ago. After primary school I lost touch with Billy and Vaibhav when we all moved to different schools but a few years later I started playing rugby and joined Slough rugby team. Billy also happened to be in the same team and we rekindled our friendship.

Vaibhav – “Billy and I met a few years ago and we have been in a number of musical projects since then. As our music tastes grew together we saw ourselves drifting towards grungier and emotional directions which then led to the birth of Coffeeblends. Having Lucas as a mutual friend was perfect to complete our line-up and we got together in the summer of 2015 to start writing material. As we are all either students or working full time it has been difficult to find opportunities for rehearsals so we have been taking our time with each step of this journey. Starting University last September proved challenging for myself but we tried our hardest to keep in touch and carry on doing what we loved, and I am immensely proud of what we have achieved so far in terms of writing and bonding. We released our debut single, When, Where? a couple of weeks ago and this has formed a foundation for our music and something to develop and grow on.

Billy: “It’s weird how small the world really is sometimes! I met Lucas after a rugby game when we played on opposites teams, after his team folded he joined Slough Rugby club, which helped us develop our friendship and rugby together, which was fantastic. Vaibhav and I met through an old band member when I was about 14, we spoke about me possibly joining his Pop-Punk project at the time and after my first band split up we essentially kept the same line up from my old band just with Vaibhav as the new vocalist and co-song writer with me. As Vaibhav and I got to know each other better through the band we connected really well outside the band too and established a great friendship based on our similar music tastes, clothing, preferences and most importantly, a love for terrible jokes. As Vaibhav mentioned it was always difficult rehearsing with uni, college and work which really did inspire me to keep writing and anticipating getting these songs down with the band, yet also I tried to start side projects and an acoustic solo EP, which by the end I just couldn’t see myself doing as I wanted all my focus to be on Coffeeblends and my boys Vibbs & Lucas.

The Present

Vaibhav: “We are currently working on our debut EP which we are anticipating to release late August/early September. I am studying Medicine at University and the workload and exams has meant we have had to take a break for a few weeks, however, we have fixed plans for the future.

Lucas: “I am looking forward to releasing the EP and currently I am working at Selco in Slough. This short break has given me more time to go to the gym to train and achieve my fitness goals with one of my best mates. I believe a healthy body is key for artistic focus and I have a big passion for the sport American Football which has helped develop my motivation.

Billy: “I am extremely excited to get the rest of the EP recorded after such a positive response to the release of our debut single, it’ll be a dream come true to completely channel my emotions into songs that all my friends, family and even complete strangers can listen to. I am currently finishing my last year at college where I study Creative Media as I aspire to be a music journalist and videographer. I’ve been asked for my services as a journalist from many different sick bands in the UK Pop Punk scene, who have been nothing but supportive of my work, which is amazing. I currently still play for Slough Rugby Club and I hope to remain there until I can no longer play either due to age or injury. Hopefully not the latter though!

The Future

Vaibhav: “After my exams, we will be playing a run of our first ever shows with a bunch of mates which I am incredibly excited about. The first being a hometown show in Reading at the Face Bar, on the 27th June, with indie know-it-alls, Scarecrow Boat. I am also thrilled about the release of our first ever EP. We have already started writing for future material and I am honestly amazed at how much we have grown lyrically over the last several months. This has been such an amazing experience so far and I want to thank everyone who has been so supportive and patient. More antics to follow…

Lucas: “I am so excited for our gig at the Face Bar in Reading because as Vaibhav said it’s our hometown gig, so a lot of our friends and family are going be there. For the future I think we can develop as a band and keep progressing as quickly as we have done so far. We aspire to be touring the UK in the coming months, so hopefully we can see you soon.

Billy: “We’ve tossed around a few more gig ideas with our mate’s bands. I would love for that to develop into something, although for now our focus remains on our debut show in Reading which all of the Coffee boys are stoked for. All of this is an amazing experience to share with two of my best friends. I just hope that the music continues to flow from Coffeeblends and we meet some awesome new people through this band and share even more cool experiences together.

For more info, like them on Facebook and visit their Bandcamp.

In The Spotlight: Halo Affect

Reading-based teen alt-rockers Halo Affect are next up In The Spotlight!

Basic Info

The band consists of Aimee, 17 (vocals and lead), Alice, 17 (rhythm guitar), Jo, 15 (bass) and Alex, 14 (drums)

Aimee: “The name is based on a psychological term “halo effect” which is someone’s overall impression of a person, product etc influences the feelings and thoughts someone has about that entity’s character or properties.

Alice: “When writing lyrics I take inspiration predominantly from Will Gould of Creeper and Robert Smith of The Cure. Will writes such beautiful lyrics so I often having Creeper playing in the background when writing. It’s the same with The Cure; Smith’s lyrics fit so well even without a rhyme scheme so I take a lot of inspiration from him. I’ve even referenced a song by The Cure in one track I recently wrote because I had it playing at the time.”

Aimee: “I’m more a punk fan, bands like Siouxsie & The Banshees and The Damned, who are probably my main influences. I listen to a lot of rock and roll-type stuff too like Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly, and a lot of my guitar parts guitar parts stemmed from these.

The Past

Alice: “I’ve known Aimee since we were about 13 but only recently joined the band in October where I met Alex and Jo for the first time. the band is through an organisation called Reading Rock Academy who help young people get into music.

Jo: “I’ve been in several bands before Halo Affect but none of them really worked out either because of contrasting styles of music or other disagreements. I was in a band with a close friend a year ago but when split we both moved onto different bands. Halo Affect, who at the time were known as The Ruins, were only Aimee and Alex so I joined when I heard they were in need of a bassist since Aimee was a mutual friend of members of my previous band. Our style of music is kind of grunge punk which was perfect and a nice break from pop-ier bands I’d been in before. We were having some trouble having only one guitarist though and after a few months Alice joined, which soon led to doing our first gig.”

Aimee: “I’ve been in the band since it started in 2010 and Alex joined a few years later, and together we’ve played a few gigs at the Jazz Cafe among other venues through the Rock Academy

Jo: “Their Pain and Victim of Myself are up on Soundcloud! We actually recorded them for the time being on Alice’s phone but they haven’t turned out too badly to be honest…

The Present

Alice: “Our immediate to-do list is to finish a few songs we’ve been working on for a while then maybe get in a studio and get something done in terms of a release.

Jo: “We’re all independently working on our own aspects and parts of the songs, and we are going to go through and alter at practices to make a tighter and more polished sound. Also some old songs we aren’t happy with are going through a ‘re-vamp’ process, like a song we wrote called August 28th that could do with a lot of work before the potential studio trip!

The Future

Alice: “July 17th is our next Rock Academy gig and we’re looking to get bookings to record a single or two after the gig. We’ve been in talks with a local video editor who’s shown interest in making a music video for us so once the recording has been done we should have that on the go too!

Jo: “We’re all doing either GCSE’s or A-levels and we all have exams at the moment so we are hoping to get in the studio in the summer as most of our songs are more than ready to get recorded.

Aimee: “We’d love to play a few more gigs in the near future and get a song (probably Their Pain) recorded in the near future.

Huge thanks to Alice, Aimee and Jo from the band for doing this! Hit them up on Facebook and Soundcloud because these guys could seriously be going places sometime soon so keep up…

 

If you and/or your band would be interested in going In The Spotlight, fire us over an email to Editor Lauren at lauren@musicology-online.co.uk and go from there

 

Creeper Just Announced A Single Show

Southampton punks Creeper have just announced a one-off show next Friday in The Underground, Aberdeen to mark Friday 13th while on their day off on the Andy Black Homecoming Tour that hits Glasgow the day previously.

The show will have support from best mates Grader, as well as Campfires and Hayworth so should make for a fantastic sight.

Tickets are only £5 so they’ll go pretty quickly, snap them up while they’re still there here!

The band also hit Reading & LeedsSlam Dunk2000TreesTruckfest, Butserfest and will be on tour with Andy Black 10th-20th May so be sure to check them out whenever you can (you won’t regret it)

(Photo credits to Jay Wennington)

ABERDEEN, see you next Friday, along with @GRADERHC @campfiresband

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— C R E E P E R (@creepercultuk) May 5, 2016

Kerrang! Award Nominees Announced

It’s that time again for the Kerrang! Awards and this year it’s pretty big: among the nominations are a couple of huge London Slipknot shows, the return of GNR, battle of 5 newcomer punk bands and a huge clash of British titans. The announcement comes today after the Nominees Party last night, with live performances from Creeper amongst others.

The ceremony takes place (followed by a show headlined by Asking Alexandria) on Thursday 9th June so keep that date clear, and will be presented by The Darkness‘ Justin Hawkins and Skindred‘s Benji Webbe.

Grab your tickets here and see the full list of nominees below, and as per usual you can have your say here!

BEST EVENT – Presented by Kerrang! TV

Guns N’ Roses – Las Vegas Reunion Shows

5 Seconds Of Summer – Sounds Live Feels Live tour

Slipknot – Alexandra Palace shows

You Me At Six – The Ghost Inside Benefit Show

Biffy Clyro – Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

 

BEST BRITISH NEWCOMER – Presented by Help Musicians

Counterfeit

Creeper

Milk Teeth

Muncie Girls

The Struts

BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWCOMER

Cane Hill

The Dirty Nil

Beach Slang

Beautiful Bodies

Biters

BEST TRACK – Presented by Kerrang! Radio

Moose Blood – Honey

Against The Current – Running With The Wild Things

Panic! At The Disco – Emperor’s New Clothes

Architects – A Match Made In Heaven

All Time Low – Missing You

 

BEST LIVE BAND – Presented by Red Stripe

Black Veil Brides

BABYMETAL

twenty one pilots

Nightwish

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

 

BEST ALBUM – Presented by Zippo

Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls

Neck Deep – Life’s Not Out To Get You

Asking Alexandria – The Black

No Devotion – Permanence

Baroness – Purple

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND

All Time Low

Metallica

PVRIS

A Day To Remember

Fall Out Boy

BEST BRITISH BAND

Bring Me The Horizon

Iron Maiden

Enter Shikari

Biffy Clyro

Asking Alexandria

BEST FANBASE

Gerard Way

Pierce The Veil

Black Veil Brides

Paramore

twenty one pilots

BEST FILM

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Deadpool

Minions

Ant-Man

Jurassic World

BEST TV SHOW

The Walking Dead

Daredevil

Jessica Jones

Making A Murderer

Adventure Time

BEST RADIO SHOW

Fresh Blood With Alex Baker – Kerrang! Radio

MOJO Rocks with Phil Alexander – Planet Rock

Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P Carter

Beats 1 with Zane Lowe

Nights With Alice Cooper – Planet Rock

BEST VIDEO GAME

Far Cry Primal

Fallout 4

Rise Of The Tomb Raider

Guitar Hero Live

Star Wars Battlefront

BEST COMIC BOOK

The Wicked + The Divine

2000 AD

Saga

Nimona

Descender

BEST FESTIVAL

Download

Slam Dunk

Reading & Leeds

Bloodstock

The Great Escape

BEST COMEDIAN

Matt Berry

Amy Schumer

Josie Long

Bill Bailey

Louis CK

TWEETER OF THE YEAR

Jono Yates (Away Days/Blitz Kids)

Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour)

Mark Hoppus (Blink-182/+44)

Becky Blomfield (Milk Teeth)

Hayley Williams (Paramore)