The Struts Announce A Release Date For Their Newest Single

The Struts have announced that their newest single Body Talks will be released June 15th via Interscope/Polydor Records. This track will follow their recently released single One Night Only and will be taken from the band’s upcoming second album continuing what last years debut Everybody Wants left off.

This news comes after the fact that the band completed a sold out four night residency at The Roxy in LA last week. The band were joined by guests on stage throughout their set including; Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses), Tommy Lee (Motely Crue), Jade Thirlwall (Little Mix) and singer songwriters Barns Courtney and Butch Walker. Tom Morello from Prophets Of Rage also came to see the band live in the audience at the venue.

The band have also played with such iconic groups as; The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Killers and Motely Crue and will be supporting Foo Fighters on their upcoming US tour.

The band will also be playing at this years Download Festival and 2 headlining shows at Manchester and London. Check tour dates out below:

June 9th – Donington Park, Download Festival
June 19th – London, KOKO
June 20th – Manchester, Gorilla

The Sourheads – Care Plan For The Soul – REVIEW

The 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s are all famous decades of music. Modern music will always be indebted to these eras for influencing one obsessed musician and who in-turn influences another, and so on until that knock-on sequence shapes the artists we love today. These periods were star-studded and defined by the likes of Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Guns N’ Roses and Queens of the Stone Age. These are all of course heavy influences of Wakefield’s rejuvenated Rock N’ Rollers The Sourheads.

People well-versed with these eras may be able to pluck out these various influences on their debut album Care Plan For The Soul better than me. There’s a kinda ‘sleazy rock’ swagger-vibe to the vocals, a pelting punkiness to the verses, a fuzziness to the guitar which sounds straight out of the history books. There’s a fair bit going on but if I were to categorise this sound, I’d go for ‘Dad Rock’. It sounds like your old man has got the old band back together and they’re rehearsing in the garage.

Here’s the thing, The Sourheads: tambourines, whiskey singing, wah-wah pedals and the incessant amount of rock beat on this album are heralding and emblematic of another era altogether. It’s 2017 for crying out loud – very nearly 2018.

Nothing on this album attempts to bring some modern spark or injection to these older styles – that’s my biggest gripe. If you’d have taken this style and somehow fused it with something new, updated it in line with the digital market you’re catering to – yeah, I can get behind that. But you haven’t. You could have released this decades ago and nobody would have batted an eyelid (bar the obvious leap in technology). Nothing from opening track Demon made me want to listen to the following eight painfully long tracks – that’s an egregious, technical shortcoming in my view.

Anyway, I did persevere and so the album drones on, frustratingly, like an argument in an empty room, all this indeterminate rage really going nowhere from vocalist Jake Coxon. I’m not even going to try and separate the tracks because there’s very little making them distinguishable besides a sloppy off-beat in Secret Cigarette and a 12/8 time signature in Mad Dog – which also proffers an uncomfortable crescendo to the album. If I had to stretch myself to pick a favourite it would probably be Don’t Get Caught (I Am The Lotus) – like, it’s alright.

If you still love rocking out to music from 30 years ago: great, each to their own, this album is probably for you. I’m not saying there isn’t a niche for this: Christmas is coming up, maybe get it for your Dad’s glovebox collection. But if you like to keep on top of modern music, The Sourheads should be reserved for a Battle of the Bands tournament: [2/10]

 

Care Plan For The Soul is out now here.

Find them on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

 

BABYMETAL to support Guns n’ Roses

They treated us to their support announcement for The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and now BABYMETAL have revealed they are supporting rock legends Guns n’ Roses on their Japan tour.

This fantastic line-up will hit four cities in Japan in January 2017.

SU-METAL said:”I am really happy that we’ve been confirmed as support on the upcoming Guns N’ Roses tour. And it’s happening in Japan!!  We’re going to create a live performance that shows how wonderful Japan is together with everyone in the audience on that tour.”

These Japanese dates are an extension of Guns N’ Roses current Not In This Lifetime… tour which features original members Slash and Duff McKagan with singer Axl Rose for the first time since 1993.

The sold out Red Hot Chili Peppers UK tour kicks off next Monday at London’s O2 Arena. Check out all the dates below.

Monday 5 December           London The O2
Tuesday 6 December          London The O2
Thursday 8 December        Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Saturday 10 December       Birmingham Genting Arena
Sunday 11 December         Birmingham Genting Arena
Wednesday 14 December    Manchester Arena
Thursday 15 December        Manchester Arena
Sunday 18 December           London The O2