Luke Rainsford – I’m Nothing Like My Dad…

Birmingham native Luke Rainsford is infamous in the underground pop punk market for playing in or with practically every band around. A permanent member of Layover doing vocals and guitar in Fullshore, and having played drums for Coast To Coast, he has a wide variety of skills. He’s even played shows with Trash Boat‘s most recent support Weatherstate, so this lad gets around. On this record however, he throws away everything and everyone he holds dear to put out I’m Nothing Like My Dad Turned Out To Be, his debut solo release.
The record is a singer/songwriter project with elements of This Wild Life, the sense of humour of Lucy Spraggan and the self-deprecation of Charlie McDonnell, yet he manages to keep the style very much his own.
Vocally, Luke stays to his pop punk roots with an Anglicised accent verging on northern English that steers away from the generic American sickly-sweetness shown by so many artists in the modern market. The vocals are solid for most of the record with little pushing his range or going out of the comfort zone, yet somehow are fantastically effective and remain interesting for the whole album. The delivery draws clear and focused attention to the intelligently written lyrics, which leave a lasting impression.
In terms of lyrics then, the record is focused very much on Luke‘s teenage problems with women, a lack of confidence and alcohol. Luke is brutally honest with all three themes. With lines including “I treated her like shit, I’m not fucking proud of it” (Coffee) and “I guess that’s the end of being straight edge” (A Song About Alcohol), he definitely outlines the matters in a serious and almost concerning way, but can be hugely self-deprecating with his outlook too, as shown in I Am Pathetic with “I might not be poetic but oh god I am pathetic, I guess that’s close enough when it comes to writing lyrics” which always brings a smile. 
The standout track of the record is Lucid Dreams, which features Maddy Chaney, a friend of Luke’s. The guitar is very much a jazzy style and the vocal part could have been taken straight out of 60s swing album with its delicate yet confident sharps and flats scattered all over the place. Maddy’s voice brings fantastic warmth and adds to the feel as they sing about a long distance relationship. The song is reminiscent of the class of many of the acoustic artists in the chart these days, and shows just how far this young man can go.

Overall, a triumphant and catchy release that is deeper than it may appear at first listen. Luke is a man of many talents and he’ll be touring at some point near you for sure so check out the Facebook pages for his solo stuff here, Layover here and Fullshore here, and his solo project Bandcamp here to hear the record.

Luke Rainsford is also playing a mini tour with Craterface next weekend, see the poster below and check them out!

Luke Rainsford x Crater Face tour


The Kenneths launch new track ‘All Cried Out’

London punks The Kenneths have been on a steep increase in popularity after appearing at Warped UK last year including support slots for artists even as big as Anti-Flag and Less Than Jake, and this is reflected in new single All Cried Out.

The track was produced by Bill Stevenson (DescendantsBlack Flag), and marks a shift to a more produced sound than they’ve had in earlier releases.

Warped Tour guru Kevin Lyman said: “The Kenneths are a reincarnation of what got me into punk rock in the first place, I had to book them the first time I heard them.” High praise from the man who is at the top of the scene’s booking game today!

Hear the track below:

Fall Out Boy Release ‘Ghostbusters’ Single

The new remake of 80s cult film Ghostbusters has come with a full female cast to change it up a bit. Oh, and a title theme from Fall Out Boy.

The track is titled Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid) and it is loosely based on Ray Parker Jr‘s title track from the original, yet has a rather pop rock twist as you would expect from the band, not to mention a cameo from rapper Missy Elliot.

The new film, starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig will be released July 15th.

Listen to the track below:


Fall Out Boy will also coheadline Reading & Leeds Festival alongside Biffy Clyro (tickets here for Reading and Leeds here):

Reading Leeds Lineup



R&L: More Bands & Stage Splits Announced!

Reading & Leeds Festival organisers have today made a huge announcement of yet more bands, along with the crucial stage splits that can make or break a day’s experience.

The biggest names on the bill come in the form of bands like Good Charlotte, Tonight Alive and the return of Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon, this time with the backing of The Crowes.

While this morning hasn’t been without its issues (Reading website being completely factually incorrect before the fix was put in place), the lineup has been met with pretty great acclaim and the splits have been universally declared a good fit; acoustic rocker Frank Turner opening up Main Stage on the Friday at Reading, followed by pit-inducing Frank Carter, both of whom are bound to make a stunning opening to the weekend.

Despite early worries by many that the bill would be lacking depth and quality this year, even the smaller bands on smaller stages are great; the inclusion of Area 52 on the Festival Republic stage follows up from their BBC Introducing… stage appearance at the 2015 festival. Building on this is the huge return of Nothing But Thieves, last year opening during the Babymetal set to a half-empty NME tent, this year being half way up the Main Stage bill which really shows what a festival appearance and a Muse world arena tour can do for a small band.

Elsewhere in the festival, Tonight Alive (previously a band destined for the Pit) have been placed midway down the NME lineup after their huge reinvention as they shift into the Limitless era, and concept-album rockers Coheed & Cambria (somewhat surprisingly) making it to Main Stage.


The full list of new artists to hit the lineup:

Frank Turner
Good Charlotte
Coheed and Cambria
Tonight Alive
Spring King
Sunset Sons
Black Foxxes
The Temper Trap
Brian Fallon And The Crowes
Clean Cut Kid
Pulled Apart By Horses
Ezra Furman
The Magic Gang
The Hunna
The Sherlocks
Beach Baby
Isaac Gracie
Lewis Del Mar
The Beach
The Vryll Society
Area 52
Nothing More
Milk Teeth
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra
Heck (Baby Godzilla)
Beach Slang
Big Spring
Yung Lean
Hoodie Allen
Maverick Sabre
Metro Boomin
Little Simz
Bugzy Malone
Franko Fraize
Clara Amfo
Danny L Harle
Rag’n’Bone Man
Fred V & Grafix
Delta Heavy
The Japanese House
99 Souls
Lion Babe
Zac Samuel
Tkay Maidza
Low Steppa
James Organ