Earl Grey – The Times You Cross My Mind

Looking at the cover of Earl Grey‘s latest release, one might wonder if such a band name holds much meaning other than a penchant for hot beverages. All jokes aside, Monchengladbach, Germany’s very own Earl Grey are a band who have surely been treading the hard-worn path to success. Two EP’s down, the band followed these releases with 8000km’s worth of European touring and a slew of success on their home-turf’s DIY punk rock scene. With latest release The Times You Cross My Mind being mastered by Seb Barlow (Neck Deep, As It Is, WSTR), the band look to garner further acclaim within the wider musical community.

The EP opens with 1 minute 37 seconds of adulterated melodic hardcore joy. Nothing bursts out of the speakers, the track revolving around a series of muscular, soaring guitar parts which back vocalist Malte Unnasch’s Comeback Kid-like vocal approach. Never Sleep connects seamlessly with the opener with chugging fury and features gang vocals aplenty. The band don’t particularly take an original approach here, treading the same lines as band’s like The Story So Far, but it’s the sheer force of delivery both from Unnasch and the rest of the band that make them such an irresistible prospect.

The production locks everything in tightly with snappy drums underpinning both the rhythmic and melodic elements well. These elements shine bright on the faster tracks such as Hollow which begins with classic hardcore vehemence before shifting into half-time grooves with minimum effort. Even on the slower moments such as the stomping Snake Hips the band still don’t let up despite offering some beautiful guitar lines ala early Alexisonfire, giving the EP a little room to breathe before kicking into the next belter.

The third EP for the German crew is easily a defining moment in their short career. It pulses with vibrancy and despite this essentially being a modern hardcore record, the songs on offer are just so darn catchy that there is a good chance of seeing them supporting some of the scene leaders in the coming year. Although The Times You Cross My Mind will be many listeners first time hearing Earl Grey,  the band are unquestionably worth every second of your time.

The Times You Cross My Mind is released on the 16th July.

Faultlines Release New Single and Video

UK Melodic Hardcore band Faultlines released their newest single Breathe on the 9th June, this release was accompanied by a video. This new single and video not only allows the band to showcase their updated lineup but also show off the potential this band has moving into the future. Breathe houses this very anthemic composition that shows off the band’s new members but also shows this bright future Faultlines has. Check out the video and single for Breathe below.

You can purchase the new single HERE.

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Interview: Casey, Slam Dunk South 29/5/17

Following their hugely exciting Slam Dunk set (see the review here), we caught up with Tom Weaver, frontman of one of the most promising upcoming British bands out there right now – Casey.

How’s your weekend been so far?
Tom: It’s been really good actually. I managed to catch a couple of bands today which was cool, I was doing merch all day yesterday and at Midlands.

Have you got any good stories from the weekend so far?
Tom: Yesterday, I’d just finished watching The Bronx and I was walking down to Shikari and a guy grabbed me and told me “ska music is exclusively for paedophiles and magicians” and that was it. He just wandered off.

What would you put in a Casey cocktail? (It doesn’t have to be alcoholic)
Tom: Yeah I’ll take you up on that. No alcohol and no caffeine so… I have to be honest, it would probably just be tropical Sunny D.

What’s been your highlight of 2017 so far?
Tom: There have been a few really. Impericon festival in Leipzig is at the top – that was the biggest show we’ve ever played by a considerable margin. That was our first experience of a real festival too, plus meeting the guys in Thy Art Is Murder was cool too. I’ve been a fan of them for a long time so meeting them finally was greit, and on top of that them being so incredibly humble and really nice people was a huge thing. Other than that I think getting feedback on the record has been good, hearing different people’s interpretations on it and everything.

Who would you like to support or support you in the near future?
Tom: There are a load of bands we’ve said we’d love to play with like LydiaPianos Become The TeethTouche Amore…  In terms of smaller bands to support us, we love Movements so if we could sort something with them that would be great. Our friends in Holding Absence obviously, we’ve been trying to sort something out with them for a while so hopefully that will come soon. This year has really opened us up to touring with bands outside our genre and style so that’s always an option again. We all caught Citizen this weekend and thought they’d be awesome to play with so…

How do you feel Casey has changed since we saw you at Butserfest last year?
Tom: Nothing’s really changed, exactly. When we’re on the stage it’s very self-enclosed so the way we performed at Impericon for 8,000 people and the way we performed to a couple of hundred in the rain at Butserfest. Obviously we’ve seen an incremental increase in fan interaction since back then, and today was a perfect example of that. I think that was the first time I’ve ever been able to fully step away from the mic and hear the crowd back which was insane. Other than that, it’s just the gradual spread of fans week on week. We’ll have a look and see a few more in Australia and a few in America picking up on us so the organic increase of the fanbase is cool, but nothing has changed as a band exactly.

Which direction do you see your music going next?
Tom: We’ve never sat down and had a conversation about how we want to sound. Everything we’ve written up to now has been a product of improvisation really so we’ll go to a practice room and see. Sometimes someone has come up with something and say “I wrote this at home, I think it sounds cool”, sometimes someone plays something and we’ll say “keep playing that, I’ll just try this” and it builds. Whether it becomes an interlude in the live set or if it becomes a complete song we don’t know until we’ve built it. We’ve never decided we want to be a post-hardcore band or a post-rock band or a we want to write eleven really atmospheric songs, we just write how we feel. We’ve been messing with some pieces that might become a record but in three or four months’ time we might decide we’re not really fans of that anymore and do something else. What we’ve been doing is more of the same in a way, but more mature. A lot more thought is going into the layering and how we can fill a room with it because of the different shows we’re starting to play now. There are points in big shows like Impericon where about a minute of the set was lost in translation because of the acoustics of the bigger rooms.

 

Thanks to Tom for chatting to us! Casey are a band increasing in size and following rapidly so get on with immersing yourself in their recordings and live shows now to follow their monumental rise that’s just around the corner…

Create To Inspire – Sickness [REVIEW]

Bringing you some strong blends of melodic hardcore and post hardcore to your ears, Essex based Create To Inspire are set in their ways to drop their debut album ‘Sickness’ next week. With the eyes set on them in new formatted territory, the band are here to pull out all the stops and possibly give you something you’ve been waiting to hear.

The record opens up quite strongly with the first bunch of tracks. ‘Agony’ really helps you get into the mindset that the band are in with the rhythm helping to elevate the lead sections where needed to help show off more of the bands style. The clean intro to this track is a perfect way to get you slowly into what they have coming with the band hitting many decent points where they can. The vocals hit the genre very well, both screams and cleans, but with the former they can feel a bit piercing and straining at points which whilst it helps add to the overall emotion, it will take a couple of listens to fully get into. ‘Recluse’ takes the bull by the horns again with a grasp of the heavier side of alternative rock seeping through the bands bloodstream and breathing a new breath into the record. Moving into the third track ‘Regret’, the band push a lot more of the darker side of the melodies on the lead guitar side, which is one of the best features over the entire record. The song seems to channel a more post hardcore punch in it with the clean vocals flowing over the choruses really elegantly and  gives you a feeling of what a UK version of Being As An Ocean would be like in a formation.

The aforementioned influence carries on through the record and they hit that superbly with the next two tracks like ‘Loss’ and ‘Sinking’ and whilst it gives off that kind of vibe, the band still maintain their own originality which is rare for a band in this genre and the vocals start to make a lot more sense as the record progresses. Sadly, as the record moves closer to the end, the element of keeping hooked into what is being laid in front of you starts to lose its grip with songs like ‘Cope’ being great to listen to in the background, but nothing to truly spend your time focusing on. The final moments of the record start to pick up a little bit more with the song ‘Blue’ giving off another accomplishment with the bands instrumentation and structure as well as its clean vocals, but the screams once again feel that much more tiring and can put a dampener on the whole affair for new time listeners. Closing the record with ‘Adjust’, the melodic and post hardcore elements give the record that final burst into the stratosphere with a beautiful blend of cleans guitar hooks and punchy distortion only being more raised due to the drum pattern being flowing through the band from start to finish and ends the record on a more than positive note.

The band’s first full length is a surefire way of hitting the right notes for their Day 1’s that have been with them through thick and thin. Now that the band are pushing more boundaries within themselves, they’ve released something that might feel a bit generic, but immediately sets a benchmark for the group to start preparing to jump over. If you enjoy your melodic and post hardcore, this album which be a must listen for you!

[6/10]

Counterparts announce UK/EU tour with Polar and Napoleon

Canadian melodic-hardcore band Counterparts are excited to announce, they will be returning to the UK and Europe this winter for a headline tour. Supports come from Polar and Napoleon. You can view the dates and listen to the headliner below!

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