Alt rockers Air Drawn Dagger have just dropped their newest single Gods VS Peasants from their current EP Ours For The Taking, Theirs For The Breaking. Forming in 2014, Air Drawn Dagger have gained comparisons to bands like Paramore and Foo Fighters (big stuff!) and since their inception they’ve made one hell of a splash, gaining new fans everywhere. The single is available as a free download through Alya Records and the video can be checked out here:
Halfnoise otherwise known as Zac Farro has just released his newest music video Someday from The Velvet Face EP. As You’d expect from Farro, the video for the track is comprised solely of footage shot on a vintage camcorder with analog effects added in afterwards. It’s been a busy year for the multi-talented musician, after releasing his previous EP Sudden Feeling, he toured the US and UK, before releasing The Velvet Face. He then rejoined his old bandmates in Paramore for their recent release After Laughter and ongoing tour dates.
This is definitely the most important piece of music, to me personally, that I’ve ever written or worked on to-date with HALFNOISE. Not only was it special for me as an artist and writer but from my friends who played, collaborated, and shared with me in making something so special. – Zac Farro
The Velvet Face EP
1. Scooby’s In The Back
2. French Class
3. As U Wave
5. Velvet Face
Zac has also recently teamed up with Vienna-based analog camera company Lomography for a new series of photo features, along with a signed vinyl and camera giveaway.
Paramore have released their new track “Told you so” taken from their upcoming album “After Laughter” due for release on the 12th May.
- Hard Times
- Rose-Colored Boy
- Told You So
- Fake Happy
- Caught In The Middle
- Idle Worship
- No Friend
- Tell Me How
Check out the track below
The band will also be heading out on a sold out UK tour
15 JUN Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia
16 JUN Belfast, United Kingdom @ Waterfront
18 JUN Manchester, United Kingdom @ O2 Apollo
19 JUN London, United Kingdom @ Royal Albert Hall
21 JUN Bristol, United Kingdom @ Colston Hall
22 JUN Edinburgh, United Kingdom @ Usher Hall
Well renowned Tennessee band Paramore have been quiet since their 2013 Self-Titled record. However after recent posts about recording, Paramore have today announced a new album, dropped a new track and video, as well as announcing a string of UK tour dates for June this year.
Paramore‘s new record titled After Laughter promises to be a great releases and based off this brand new single Hard Times it seems that this new record will be as successful as their last. Alongside this new single Hard Times, the band have announced a short string of UK shows this June, the tickets for which will go on sale on the 28th of April.
15th June, Dublin, Olympia
15th June, Belfast, Waterfront
18th June, Manchester, O2 Apollo
19th June, London, Royal Albert Hall
21st June, Bristol, Colston Hall
22nd June, Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Pre-Order Paramore’s After Laughter HERE.
1. Hard Times
2. Rose-Colored Boy
3. Told You So
5. Fake Happy
9. Caught In The Middle
10. Idle Worship
11. No Friend
12. Tell Me How
We all have that one album that defined us; the one that shaped our tastes in music, our perspectives or that we simply have just really liked for a long time. Here is the list of albums chosen by Musicology staff; some of us had loads to say about these albums and some only a few words, but there is a huge variety in genres at play here that makes up the Musicology staff.
American Idiot – Green Day
Chosen by Fiona
Fiona says: American Idiot was the first rock album I ever bought, listened to and actually really liked. After I became a fan of Green Day it was my dream to see them play live, and finally, in 2013, I did. Before I saw Green Day live my favourite band were Muse, but Green Day put on a much better show, interact with their audience and generally just look like they’re having a great time. I saw the American Idiot Musical in late 2012 too and it was fantastic to hear some of my favourite songs in a real, gritty, story setting.
The Young & The Hopeless – Good Charlotte
Chosen by James M
James says: The Young & The Hopeless taught me that music can be rough and unpolished as well as brutally honest.
Dookie – Green Day
Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing – The Wonder Years
Chosen by Tom
Tom says: Dookie influenced me on a musical level, but Suburbia influenced me on a more personal level.
All Hope Is Gone – Slipknot
Chosen by Bradley
Bradley says: All Hope Is Gone was the first metal album I ever listened to. I heard Snuff and thought “what’s this?” and then got into heavier music from there on.
The Hope Division – Stick To Your Guns
Chosen by Josh
Josh says: The Hope Division is the first album that got me into the hardcore genre and helped me expand on those horizons.
The ’59 Sound – Gaslight Anthem
Chosen by Coops
Coops says: This record opened some many doors for me musically and turned me on to so many killer bands. They tell stories, write catchy tunes and they are such mellow dudes…
Riot! – Paramore
Chosen by Victoria and Jade
Victoria says: Paramore are my favourite band of all time, and Riot shaped me. It’s easily a staple in alternative music.
Jade says: Riot was the first rock album I ever listened to.
Common Courtesy – A Day To Remember
Chosen by Sam
Sam says: This album was my first encounter with A Day To Remember, and they are such a groundbreaking band with so much musical talent. This album helped me through my first major break up and introduced me to heavier music, teaching me how well emotion can be used in songs. Although I feel that Homesick is the best A Day To Remember album, it did not shape my musical influence like Common Courtesy did.
Sports – Modern Baseball
Chosen by James L
James says: The main reason for this choice is that Sports inspired me to listen to more of what I listen to now, and it also it is a massive reason I play my music the way I do. From the soft strumming and plucked patterns or the sometimes more aggressive style, but also from a lyrical sense and the way in which vocal patterns can affect a songs feel and emotional power.
The Poison – Bullet For My Valentine
Chosen by Lauren
Lauren says: The Poison came out while i was in my first year at college and really shaped my taste in music, and myself. My best friend bought tickets to the tour which also happened to be my first gig without my parents and in this genre, seeing the album played live made me fall deeper in love with it. Everything about it pretty much summed up being a teenager at the time. It’s still an album I can happily go to and listen to.
Lauren also recently took photos of Bullet For My Valentine in Manchester on their 10 year Poison tour!
In a cellar underneath one of Kingston’s alternative pubs isn’t where you would think to look for one of the most understated tours currently tearing through the UK. Since previously having been in Paramore, Josh Farro is someone you’ve likely seen playing festival main stages and arenas, this small and intimate show is somewhat a treat. Rounding off the line-up with Greywind and Natives, this is a show about small bands on the brink of big things.
Irish pop rockers Greywind opened the show with a vibrant performance showing off front woman Steph O’Sullivan’s impressive vocal ability. With their debut album out late January, this show is all hype to get their own album cycle started and have new content being aired to an audience. Playing tracks like Afterthoughts and Safe Haven, had heads nodding and it won’t be a surprise to see faces from this audience at their headline shows.
Natives took to the stage and had the crowd enraptured with their combination of groovy beats and synths. Their delicate sound, described as ‘Tribal Pop’ is a real departure from Greywind. Taking the sound in new directions, they dart through Stop The Rain and This Island. Their tracks are more of an experience than just music, with each song taking the listener on a journey of sound using a variety of instruments and vocals. With tracks bringing out a sing-a-long in the audience, it was clear that Natives were a drawing point of the show and have a fanbase all of their own.
Rounding of the night, Farro took to the stage led by former lead guitarist from Paramore, Josh Farro. Whilst it may be daunting to start from the bottom after having been in a well established band in the scene, there are no sign of nerves. Launching into a set full of tunes off of debut album Walkways, it’s nice to see all eyes on Farro tonight. Bouncing around the stage with head banging galore, this is a quiet show yet at the same time it’s full of energy. Color Rush had the audience singing along to the chorus’, whilst Islands became a much more personal affair, Farro‘s vocals and the soaring guitar work becoming a seamless mixture of emotions. As the show moved forward Farro‘s keyboard and bass players came to centre stage to create somewhat of a choir vibe with Josh. Bringing out an almost folk sound, the atmosphere became very merry and relaxed. Moving on through the set it’s apparent that Farro can hold a stage with his own merit, the songs might be a different sound but they certainly make for easy listening.
Just before they set to play their first UK tour date with Farro, New Forest quartet Natives have released a new single to get you to bounce with! Titled ‘Passion‘, this song is all sorts of flavourful and cultural with a very happy undertone all the way through and shows why they are touring with Farro of all people! Check out the track below.
The tour dates are as follows;
17/11 – Norwich, Waterfront Studio
18/11 – Leeds, Key Club
19/11 – Newcastle. Think Tank
20/11 – Glasgow, Cathouse
22/11 – Manchester, Sound Control
23/11 – Nottingham, Bodega
24/11 – Birmingham, Mama Roux’s
25/11 – Kingston, Fighting Cocks
26/11 – Bath, Moles
28/11 – Southampton, Joiners
29/11 – London, Borderline
Being an original member of Paramore, drummer Zac Farro with his project Halfnoise will be playing a UK show in conjunction with a 5-day music showcase happening in London. Playing on the day with him will be Charlotte Church’s Pop Dungeon as well as others. You can check out the poster as well as his single ‘Sudden Feeling‘ below.
Paramore are teasing more and more about their time in studio, this time looking like that vocals are completely done for a new record. Who knows when this will be released? We here hope soon, but you can check out the instagram post below!
Sheffield newcomers Alvarez Kings have announced that they will be doing a headlining tour around the UK starting this week. The band will be looking to perform songs set for release from their upcoming debut record due for release Spring 2017 via Warner Bros Records.
Alvarez Kings’ music has been described as being for fans of; The Script, Bastille and The Maccabees.
The band previously toured with Melanie Martinez and PVRIS in the UK/EU earlier this year and have been finishing their record over the summer with producer Carlos De La Garza (Young The Giant, Tegan And Sara and Paramore).
Headline UK tour dates are below:
Sat 1st October Leopard, Doncaster
Sun 2nd October Camden Assembly, London
Mon 3rd October The Oobleck, Birmingham
Tues 4th October Cluny 2, Newcastle
Wed 5th October King Tut’s, Glasgow
Thurs 6th October Sound Control, Manchester
Fri 7th October The Key Club, Leeds
Sat 8th October Bodega, Nottingham
Sun 9th October, Louisiana, Bristol
All of the bands recorded output thus far can be found on the groups Spotify page.