Giving you some punk to keep you warm this winter, London-based trio Slowcoaches have announced their biggest headline tour to date for October and November this year. View the dates below as well as a peek of what the band are like sonically.
Oct / Nov 2017 Headline Tour
18/10/2017 – UK, Liverpool – Studio 2
19/10/2017 – UK, Manchester – Soup Kitchen
20/10/2017 – UK, Sheffield – The Rocking Chair
21/10/2017 – UK, Leeds – Lending Room
23/10/2017 – UK, Newcastle – Think Tank Underground
24/10/2017 – UK, Glasgow – Broadcast
25/10/2017 – UK, Nottingham – Bodega
27/10/2017 – UK, Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach Downstairs
28/10/2017 – UK, Exeter – Cavern – Indie Club
30/10/2017 – UK, Bristol – The Louisiana
31/10/2017 – UK, Oxford – Cellar
01/11/2017 – UK, Brighton – The Joker
02/11/2017 – UK, London – Kamio
Wrexham pop-punkers Neck Deep are slowly becoming one of the most successful British bands in the history of their genre and now with a newly announced album, they’ll only further that claim. ‘The Peace And The Panic‘ is set for an August 18th release and they’ve already released two singles for it, which can be viewed below!
Opening up Reckless Intentions‘ Lights is Ghost Town which explodes with pop punk energy. Octave chords and a strong bassline make this track what it is, but the vocal style would have benefitted from taking a leaf from The Story So Far or Boston Manor and adding a load more grit into the vocals which would have fronted the energy of the band much better from the very start of the release. The more emo feel to the vocals leaves the punchy and fairly aggressive instrumentation to fall a bit flat, especially in the most whiny parts. Following this comes single Stitches which feels a lot more like an alt-rock song than the previous attempt on the release. The whiny lack of power in the forced-accent vocals actually works well here, and added harmonies through certain lines adds some depth that remains promising.
L I G H T S is the third track which is an instrumental. It is the best of the first half from its inherent control over the instrumentation which is honestly very good. This is let down a bit again in fourth track Outcast where the forced accent on the vocals is just not working out well, and the tuning has some issues too. Contrasting this fully is the final track Home which is an all-round brilliant song. Instrumentation and vocals gel incredibly well, and the opening demonstrates the true ability of frontman Matty Halliwell’s voice.
The overarching feeling across the tracks is a lack of inspiration really. The obvious exception is Home, where Reckless Intentions come into their own and this is the main area that has legs to go forward into the next release. Not a bad release, but 4 of 5 tracks are fairly generic and could do with something to set them apart whereas Home has a newfound power and emotion that is lacking elsewhere in the EP.
Ready to blast your faces off with some alternative rock/pop punk, All Time Low have unveiled another new track, ‘Nice2KnoU‘, from their forthcoming album ‘Last Young Renegade‘which is set for a June 2nd release date.
Who doesn’t love a good Rhodes piano sound? Vancouver, BC genre-averse rockers Within Rust threw every fancy composition that popped in their head to write a new suave indie pop track entitled “What You’re After”
Known for being lively and innovative, Long Island’s rambunctious quintet Patent Pending have something new to share with their loyal Second Family: a cover of Ricky Martin’s classic ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ which you can listen to below!
Following their recent UK tour supporting All Time Low and ahead of their appearances at the Slam Dunk festivals later this month, Houston’s Waterparks have announced their first full UK headline tour for September.
SEPTEMBER 21: BRISTOL FLEECE 22: NOTTINGHAM RESCUE ROOMS 23: NEWCASTLE O2 ACADEMY 2 24: GLASGOW KING TUTS 26: LEEDS KEY CLUB 27: MANCHESTER ACADEMY 3 28: LONDON UNDERWORLD 29: BIRMINGHAM O2 ACADEMY 2 30: BRIGHTON THE HAUNT
Giving you some unadulterated pop punk, NY trio The Nightmare Police have released ‘Medicine Cabinet‘ which is taken from their upcoming sophomore EP ‘Losing The Light‘, set to be released on June 9th. You can check it out here as well as their newly announced tour dates below!
5/26 – Mystic, CT @ The German Club
5/27 – Boston, MA @ TBA
5/28 – Mechanicville, NY @ Our Place
5/29 – Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City
5/31 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire
6/1 – Baltimore, MD @ The Sidebar
6/2 – Boonton, NJ @ BoonTunes
6/3 – Smithtown, NY @ Katie’s of Smithtown
For those who just can’t wait to get their hands on some fancy new covers from the lovable Patent Pending, the band’s vocalist Joe hse gone through their album track by track to show you why they picked each song they did! You can read all about it below and pick up the album on May 26th!
Wasted/Wake Me Up – originally by Tiesto / Avicii: After hearing the original version of Wasted by Tiesto I had it stuck in my head for weeks. The chorus is such a great sing along with an incredible melody. Wake Me Up has been one of my all time favourite songs since the day that I heard it. We thought it would be fun to mash up songs done by DJs. It was a weird idea when we first thought of it, but we love the result. The two songs just complement each other really well. It’s very common and very easy for people to overlook EDM music. We wanted to make these two songs rock so people who would much prefer rock to EDM could hear these tremendous melodies and catchy sing along parts it in a more familiar way.
Spice Up Your Life – originally by Spice Girls: As soon as we decided to do this project we knew wanted to do a Spice Girls song. We all grew up loving them. We actually had a copy of the movie in our old tour bus that we used to watch on repeat at one point. Other than our love for The Spice Girls we also wanted to do one of their songs because they truly represent girl power. In times like these where women are being treated terribly and there is turmoil both with our new government here in the USA and many other places around the world, I think we could all use a little more Girl Power. While listening to The Spice Girls catalogue to decide on a song to do we noticed that Spice Up Your Life is a really heavy song musically! Kind of reminded us of a My Chemical Romance vibe. It turns out that if you switch the synths for guitars and make the song a little angrier you get the gnarliest and probably heaviest Patent Pending recording of all time. This song was one of my favourite recording sessions of my entire life.
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – originally by The Four Seasons: This has always been one of my favourite songs! I grew up listening to The Four Seasons and I’m also a huge fan of the movie “10 Things I Hate About You,” along with the classic scene where Heath Ledger serenades Julia Styles! The original version of this song has a real punk rock spirit to it because the structure is bizarre and doesn’t make any sense – such a weird song in and of its self. Patent Pending has always been an oddball band and I think our version of this song really speaks to our overall character as musicians.
Never Gonna Give You Up – originally by Rick Astley: RICK ASTLEY! This is one of the first songs that I ever knew all of the words to. My parents were obsessed with it so it was just always on. Fast forward 15 years and you’ll know that it’s one of the songs that we would do for our “Same Song 100 Times In A Row Challenge” on long rides in our van to shows. We also used to prank phone call people and sing this song as a group when we were bored on the road. We must have heard and sang this song as a group over 1000 times at this point. This cover was inevitably going to happen at one point or another. Also, RICK ASTLEY! He’s amazing! My dream is to take our version and do a shot for shot remake of his original music video. If you haven’t seen it, I highly suggest you do. It’s the perfect microcosm of what 80’s pop music was all about.
Shout Out To My Ex – originally by Little Mix: Confession: Before we started this cover album project none of us had ever heard of the group Little Mix. Needless to say we have since heard of them, fallen in love and covered one of their hits for our album. We were having trouble with the last song selection when I was on the phone with our friends in the UK rock band “Boy Jumps Ship” talking about our upcoming tour. We started talking about the album and how we were having trouble picking a final song when all four of them shouted “SHOUT OUT TO MY EX” in unison. I had no idea what they were talking about. We listened to the song and by the end of the first chorus we were in love with it. The melodies are awesome and the attitude is reminiscent of early 2000’s pop-punk to me. They did something fun and ambitious and perfected the art of telling an ex to fuck-off. This song is a belter for sure.
Livin’ La Vida Loca – originally by Ricky Martin: This song is awesome. Plain and simple. It has always reminded me of a ska-punk song with less distortion. It just moves and the minor tone gives it a cool feel. We were excited to cover this song. Ricky Martin is a badass dude!
All Time Low – originally by Jon Bellion: Of all the songs we chose for this cover album, this one has to be the oddest choice. The original performer, Jon Bellion, is the only artist in the bunch that isn’t an internationally known act (yet) and it’s the only song that has yet to be a massive international hit by the original performer. This song is near and dear to my heart and a choice that I fought for due to a couple of different reasons. One: It’s an incredible song! I became obsessed with the original version the first time I heard it! It’s a fresh and innovative take on modern pop music and I was floored by the melodies and production choices. Two: He’s a hometown hero! He grew up and went to high school no more than 10 minutes away from our home base on Long Island, New York and it makes us so proud to see our hometown musicians innovating the way music is being made on a major label scale. Three: I got a chance to see him perform for the first time just as this project started to take shape for us and no joke, he’s one of the top 5 best performers I’ve ever seen in my life. This cover is definitely a tribute to Jon Bellion’s genius and inspiring musical abilities.
Mr Brightside – originally by The Killers: This song has always been a favourite of all of ours. The Killers are one of the last true rock bands out nowadays. No nonsense, just catchy and gritty indie-rock music. It’s almost impossible to hear the original version of this song and not have it stuck in your head for the rest of the day. We put a slightly heavier spin on it and it was a blast to record.
Shape Of You – originally by Ed Sheeran: Say what you will about Ed Sheeran, but I’ve been a huge fan of his music since 2011. We thought it would be cool to put a bit of a rock spin on this pop jam that is breaking records on radio and streaming sites every single day. Huge fan of his song writing process and the approach that he takes to touring and releasing music. This was a fun one to record for sure.
See You Again – originally by Miley Cyrus: MILEY CYRUS, DAMN IT! This song was our jam in our tour van back in 2007. It always sounded like a pop-punk song to us. Reminiscent of Good Charlotte circa the Good Morning Revival era, this song has always had a “Fuck Yeah” vibe to it.
With an EP title chosen to represent the new beginning for the quartet, Seasonal are here to show off more of their likeable qualities with a new behind the scenes read about their latest music video for ‘Certainty‘. You can read about everything below!
“We picked the track ‘Certainty’ as the debut video as it really sets the scene and introduces our sound on the record ‘Bloom’. It’s a dynamic track which we thought would work well with a mixture of performance and landscape shots feeding to the concept of distance and loneliness in the lyrics.
We wanted the shots in the woods to feature only Matt rather than the whole band, fairly static and just singing the lyrics straight into the camera, with the scenery out of focus between shots until the breakdown. We wanted the performance shots to be dark but energetic, and as it is our debut video, simply giving an introduction to the band and who we are. The concept for the woodland shots was to continue on the theme from the promotional shots of the band in the same location, through to the artwork for the record.
The outdoor shots were taken on this awesome road through the woodlands near Lightwater, Surrey. When the sunlight breaks through all of the redwoods it’s a really stunning spot. The performance shots were all filmed in a TV studio based in Witley, Surrey, that we managed to use for a day. It was absolutely freezing in there when shooting it!
The light boxes you see in the performance sections of the video were created by the multi-talented Matt, who doubles as a carpenter by day. We wanted something to frame the shots and these worked really well to throw out some warm light.
‘Certainty’ was directed by our buddy Jon Fraser. He’s actually a professional photographer by day, who showed interest in videoing and wanted to develop his skill set here. We were happy to let him flex his creativity as we knew whatever the outcome, it was going to look great, due to his experience in the industry. This really showed in just how beautiful all of the shots are and we are more than pleased with it.”