Sleeping With Sirens – Live & Acoustic from NYC – Review

Lots has happened in the Sleeping With Sirens camp in the last few months. Just before announcing their place on the Slam Dunk 2018 line-up on Wednesday (15th November), out came a three-track Live and Acoustic from NYC EP at the end of October, which compliments September’s fifth studio full-length album release Gossip.

Is the EP any good? Sure, for the neutral listener it’s clear weather and for those more familiar with their style, it’s got many staples of what we’ve long come to expect from the Florida act’s acoustic side: fluid vocals propped up with solid guitar in great dovetail action, held together by unimposing percussive touches in the background. In fact, it gives some tracks from Gossip a second chance to shine having not received the reception that Sirens probably wanted from it’s fan base.

Live and Acoustic from NYC, consisting of stripped down versions of Legends, Gossip and One Man Army, certainly gives the band’s most recognisable asset – Kellin Quinn’s twisting vocals – licence to fly and therefore it does feel more authentic than their full band versions – but it does all just seem to be lacking the vigour that characterised Sirens at their inception and launched them into stardom.

Middle-track Gossip translates over the best, a bit more friction in the guitar work and just a bit more give on those vocals. Bookends Legends and One Man Army seem to blur together a little, both originally quite generic tracks in the first place and the acoustic renditions don’t do enough to shift that impression – but removing all the electronic debris from these tracks does make them more accessible. I’d have probably preferred an acoustic cameo of The Chase to feature from the 2017 record to inject a bit of life into this release though.

In it’s own right, it’s a decent listen but not one that lives long in the memory. When you compare it against the past acoustic releases – most notably 2012’s towering (mostly) acoustic EP If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack – it pales in comparison. Perhaps it’s an unfair comparison, it’s still not the standard that older fans are used to: [5/10].

Check out the before…

… and after.

Better Than Never

Live: Better Than Never – The Black Heart, Camden 14/8/17

Taking to the stage first was Midlands acoustic man Luke Rainsford who brought in a fair crowd considering he was first up and had come a long way. Opening with Home Safe, Luke played through material from both of his full length albums with aplomb as he always does, blowing away both fans and first timers alike with his honest lyrics and catchy hooks. Closing with his personal favourite track FrameLuke looked as though he was going to cry as he screamed out “I know that I’ll never learn” to an already emotional crowd as the cathartic close to a set that always seems to short from his restrictions – just about the only criticism that can be made about his live shows. [9/10]

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ICYMI took to the stage in the difficult situation of following Rainsford, but the energy and vocal ability of frontwoman Elin Allan stood them in good stead for the set to follow. Playing through their tracks proved to be fairly hit and miss up to their cover of NSYNC‘s Bye Bye Bye (yes, really) which turned the whole set around. The version featured heavy guitars and the attitude of Allan shining through to sweeten the crowd up before finishing with their single Get Out to finish off the set. The band have big things coming towards the end of this year, so keep an eye out – they’re one for the future. [7/10]

Better Than Never

As the only local band of the night, pop punkers All These Years took to the stage. It appeared throughout that the band weren’t particularly well known among the onlookers but pretty quickly gained some fans with their more punk-influenced tracks as they hopped about the stage being generally offensive in the best possible way. Playing through the material from both EPs and latest single What Was Left UnsaidAll These Years put life into what was previously a fairly still crowd, perfectly filling their role as a support for the show. [8/10]

Better Than Never

Coming off the back of their debut EP release a couple of weeks ago, touring newcomers Maypine were absolutely filled with confidence hitting the Camden attic’s stage. They played through the EP’s five tracks with a couple of additional originals, but the real gem in the set was their emo rendition of Fix You by Coldplay which they released back in July (if you’re curious, listen here). The set was filled with enthusiasm, talent and hope – qualities that can are lacking in a lot of new touring bands, which are virtually never captured in the same capacity as Maypine have them. [9/10]

Better Than Never

Finishing up the night came Better Than Never who, surprisingly, drew less of a crowd than Maypine though the remaining audience were the rowdiest of the night by some margin. Blasting through both EPs, frontman James Harris bounced around with no visible intention of slowing down as he hyped up the crowd. Later, some growls mid-song produced a few looks of confusion from those not fully aware of Forty Eight from the band’s latest collection Head Under Water as they expected more pop punk tracks, but that didn’t subtract from any enjoyment on anyone’s faces. Towards the end of the set, Luke Rainsford was floating around the front of the crowd making gestures before he (somewhat unsurprisingly) made another appearance to duet Panama with Harris. A good performance to round off the night. [8/10]

Better Than Never  

Stone Sour Reveal Live-In-Studio Music Video

With their sixth studio album Hydrograd set for release on June 30th, Stone Sour have just released a live-in-studio music video for Mercy, their fourth single from the anticipated album. The video was shot live at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, CA when they worked on the album with producer Jay Ruston.

The band have also announced a UK tour later this year with support coming from The Pretty Reckless:

Wed 29th Nov – BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena

Thu 30th Nov – LEEDS First Direct Arena

Fri 1st Dec – BRIGHTON Centre

Mon 4th Dec – LONDON O2 Brixton Academy

Tue 5th Dec – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena

Fri 8th Dec – GLASGOW SSE Hydro

Grab tickets from Livenation.

 

Hydrograd‘s tracklisting runs as follows:
 

1. YSIF

2. Taipei Person/Allah Tea

3. Knievel Has Landed

4. Hydrograd

5. Song #3

6. Fabuless

7. The Witness Trees

8. Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I)

9. Thanks God It’s Over

10. St. Marie

11. Mercy

12. Whiplash Pants

13. Friday Knights

14. Somebody Stole My Eyes

15. When The Fever Broke

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Counterparts Announce New Album

Melodic-hardcore band Counterparts have announced that their upcoming 3rd album titled You’re Not You Anymore will be released on 22nd September via Pure Noise Records. In anticipation of this the band have released a new single, check out Bouquet below:

“YNYA is the perfect blend of every record we’ve released prior. I feel like we did a great job at capturing the best parts of Counterparts. Not to sound like a broken record, but these are definitely the coolest songs we’ve ever written. I really do hope you enjoy it. If not, I’m sorry and I guess we’ll try harder next time.” – Brendan Murphy, vocals

You’re Not You Anymore Track List:

1. Walk Away Slowly

2. Bouquet

3.Arms Like Teeth

4. No Servant of Mine

5.  Haunt Me

6. Swim Beneath My Skin

7.Thieves

8. Rope

9. A Memory Misread

10. Fragile Limbs

11. You’re Not You Anymore

 

The band will return to the UK and Europe later this year with Napoleon and Polar in tow at the following dates:

11th November Patterns, Brighton, UK

12th November Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK

13th November Vintage Bar, Doncaster, UK

14th November Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK

15th November G2, Glasgow, UK

16th November Rebellion, Manchester, UK

17th November Think Tank, Newcastle, UK

18th November The Dome, London, UK

19th November Joiners, Southampton, UK

21st November Patronaat, Harlem, Holland

22nd November Lux, Hanover, Germany

23rd November Poglos, Warsaw, Poland

24th November Firlej, Wroclaw, Poland

25th Durer Kert, Budapest, Hungary

Obey The Brave Announce UK Shows

Obey The Brave will be headed back to the UK for a couple of intimate shows, having recently released their third full length album; Mad Season and music video for Drama. Check it out below:

“Sonically and visually, this new song and video mark a new turn in our career.  We stepped out of our comfort zone and drove ourselves to new limits, trying out different ideas while maintaining the heaviness and energy from our Young Blood days. As soon as I heard that riff, all I could hear in my head was Steve’s voice over and over again.  He and I have been writing and performing together in Despised Icon for 15 years.  That chemistry definitely shines on this single.” – Alex Erian, vocals

Grab a copy of Mad Season at ObeyTheBrave.com

MAD SEASON TRACKLIST:

1. On Thin Ice
2. Drama
3. On Our Own
4. Mad Season
5. 97 Again
6. Les Temps Sont Durs
7. Low Key
8. Feed The Fire
9. The Distance
10. Way It Goes
11. RIP
12. This Is It

Dates:

16.07 London, Boston Music Room
17.07 Bridgend, Hobo

Oceans Ate Alaska Release Video For ‘Escapist’

Midlands metalcore outfit Oceans Ate Alaska have announced the upcoming release of their next album Hikari, due out July 28th via Fearless Records. This will be the first release with Jake Noakes fulfilling vocal duties since his addition earlier this year. Hikari translates to ‘light’ in English, reflecting the band’s current mindset and highlighting major strides in the group’s sonic vocabulary. With a lyrical and musical theme rooted in Samurai mythology, the 11-track album blends traditional Japanese instruments with Oceans Ate Alaska‘s dynamic flare.

“We have a huge amount of respect for Japanese culture, especially their music, these unique and beautiful instruments have inspired us to create something brand new, and we are beyond proud of the end result!” – Chris Turner, drums

Pre-order Hikari from Fearless Records.

Check out Escapist below:

Catch the band on the following tours:

UK TECH FEST 2017 w/ NAPOLEON & CARCER CITY

Jun 15 – Plymouth, UK @ Underground
Jun 16 – Bridgend, UK @ Hobos
Jun 17 – Manchester, UK @ Satan’s Hollow
Jun 18 – Glasgow, UK @ Opium
Jun 19 – Newcastle, UK @ Jumpin Jacks
Jun 20 – Northampton, UK @ Roadmender
Jun 21- Southampton, UK @ The Joiners

Jun 24 – Ysselsteyn, Netherlands @ Jera On Air
Jun 30 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Baroeg
Jul 1 – Zug, Switzerland @ Industrie45
Jul 2 – Milano, Italy @ Dissonance Festival
Jul 3 – Lyon, France @ Warmaudio
Jul 7 – Newark, UK @ UK Tech-Fest
Aug 5 – Munich, Germany @ Backstage
Aug 12 – Jaromer, Czech Republic @ Brutal Assault Festival

w/ AUGUST BURNS RED

Aug 16 – Budapest, Hungary @ Dürer Kert
Aug 20 – Stuttgart, Germany @ Universum
Aug 22 – Dornbirn, Austria @ Conrad Sohm
Aug 23 – Aschaffenburg, DE @ Colos Saal
Aug 24 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melweg
Aug 27 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix Club
Aug 28 – Paris, France @ Petit Bain

Volumes Drop New Album And Video

LA rockers Volumes have recently released their album Different Albums, their debut on new label Fearless Records. This comes shortly before their North American tour supporting Born Of Osiris which begins on June 23rd. Different Animals track listing:

1. Waves Control
2. Finite
3. Feels Good
4. Disaster Vehicle
5. Pieces
6. | Interlude |
7. Hope
8. Tide’s Change
9. On Her Mind (feat. Pouya)
10. Heavy Silence
11. Pullin’ Shades
12. Left For Dead

Grab a copy of the album from Fearless Records.

Check out the video for Finite below:

CKY Reveal ‘Replaceable’

American rockers CKY have unveiled their latest single Replaceable from upcoming release The Phoenix out on June 16, 2017 via SPV / Longbranch. This marks the bands first release since 2009 and they have a packed summer of touring ahead of them, complete with a stint on Warped Tour.

“Replaceable is a rockin track. F*cking solid, I would  say it is generally about anyone that gets in your way, holds you back or slows your potential with their own blatant insecurity, fears or sickness. Individuals that you are ultimately and knowingly covering for as they selfishly sabotage you. And then realizing how much better you can be without any losers or life suckers as obstacles. Rock n roll power. Onward. Strength from within.”
” – 
Chad I Ginsburg (vocals/guitar).

Pick up a pre-order of The Phoenix here.

Check out the album artwork below: