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Slam Dunk announce Enter Shikari as 2017 headliner

In an earlier-than-planned release, Slam Dunk have announced Enter Shikari will be headlining the 2017 festival.

The announcement comes following some teasing of a 10th anniversary celebration of the band’s debut full-length Take To The Skies just two months after the date itself passes.

See the poster below and go to slamdunkmusic.com as of tomorrow morning for more information.

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Vexxes Answer A-Z Interview

Vexxes are not choosing the so-called ‘safe route’, the trio are giving their all to avoid getting stuck in the “hell of a daily grind”:“There’s just nothing better than playing live!”Tom, vocalist of the alt-rock trio exclaims;“Between us, we’ve played everything from large venues and oncert halls, to squats and youth hostels around mainland Europe. The feeling you get when you see people singing your songs back to you is o amazing; it’s addictive.” Boasting a penchant for big,driving tunes, Vexxes recent release is debut EP Common Ground: a collection of mini-anthems, solid guitar licks locked in tight with driving rhythms to create a platform for Tom’s soaring vocal melodies. Here the band answer 26 revealing questions in the Inception Press A-Z interview…

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music: First Date by blink 182 – when my 14 year old self got hold of that record and I heard the middle section Travis wrote for that song… it blew my mind and I spent the next few years trying to play it!

Best Album Ever Written: This is a tough one for sure and definitely will cause some controversy. I got into music quite late and I didn’t inherit music tastes from my parents so ‘old school’ stuff is out… the first one that comes to mind is Songs for the Deaf by QOTSA. It’s an amazingly written concept album with such a wide variety of styles on it.

Craziest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band: Sam got full on stalked at Slam Dunk, which is weird considering we had literally played one gig in Leeds!

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs FeaturesEnemies is the one that speaks out most to me. It’s about the self-doubt you feel and we’ve all been in those situations where you don’t feel quite good enough and there’s a voice nagging you in your head. The bright side is that you learn to deal with adversity and over time, don’t let your doubts get the best of you.

Easiest Song You WroteEverything I’ve Ever Known evolved really smoothly from the first time Max laid down the main riff for us! It was known as “BEYF” (Yorkshire for beef) for ages because of that beefy lick.

Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played: Key Club with Fort Hope. It was our first hometown show, packed with friends of ours, and new fans. The guys in Fort Hope were really down to earth as well, hopefully we’ll play with them again!

Guest You’d Most Like To Feature On A Your RecordWill Gardner (Black Peaks) would be pretty insane, getting some of those clean/screams into our tracks would make them sound completely different.

Happiest Moment In You’ve Experienced In The Band: Our first tour was insane, and a really good bonding experience for us all. Our last show was opening for Fort Hope in Leeds, so the venue was pretty packed! It was a great way to round off our first tour, and made some new friends and fans along the way.

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members: Shree was on a TV show about virgins… Property Virgins but virgins none the less.

Jokes You Have In The Band: When we were filming the video for ‘Lead Us Home’, Sam kept cramping up from all the cycling he’d been doing. We turned around at one point and caught him stretching off, so that’s kinda stuck! He loves a stretch… “arrr my hammies”

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song: Loyalists. It’s a new one, but we go straight into a chorus with a killer riff so it’s a great intro for those that haven’t seen us before.

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show: The Czech border is pretty far… but Swansea to Workinton overnight was killer.

Most Inspiring Musician You’ve Ever Experienced: We played with a band last year, their singer was called Gary Potter, he was magical. In all seriousness though, perhaps Dave Grohl. His keynote speech at SXSW a couple of years back was right on the money. He just loves music!

New Band You’d Recommend: There are so many! Go Primitive, we’re touring with them in June and they’re RAD!

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal: We saw Mallory Knox kill it at Slam Dunk recently, that would be an awesome show.

Place You’d Most Like To Tour: Japan! One, it would be amazing to visit even for a little bit but the experiences you see other bands have over there is just immense.

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers: “support your local music scene maaan” – seriously!

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release: The songs are a ‘common ground’ of everyday issues people face.

See Us Live At:

21st June – London – Nambuca

22nd June – Brighton – Hope & Ruin

23rd June – Swindon – The Victoria

24th June – Leamington Spa – Zephyr Lounge

25th June – Leeds – The Packhorse

15th July – Leeds – The Wardrobe

The Old Days Of Music Were Better Than Those Current, do you agree: Not really, the amount of music you can access now is incredible – all different genres too. The rise of streaming I think has actually been beneficial in some ways for our scene as medium sized-large bands now heavily rely on touring to make money. That means live shows/festivals are really thriving, and there’s nothing better than a good live show!

Unusual Merchandise: We’re looking into getting figures of our ‘Baghead’ character from our EP cover and first video.

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs: It would be ace to hook up with an orchestra/jazz band for an alternative twist on some of tracks. It’s probably a bit too self-indulgent at this stage though, so maybe when we’re playing the Royal Albert Hall like BMTH [laughs]

What Bands Have You Seen Live and RegrettedRed Hot Chilli Peppers were extremely poor when I saw them years ago at Leeds Fest.

X-rays or any other treatments needed for band related injuries: Other than Sam’s cramp, we’ve been fairly lucky so far! *touches wood*

You could have written any song in history, which would you pick: It’s got to be Bohemian Rhapsody. A song EVERYBODY knows. P!ATD played it in full at Slam Dunk. Must be pretty great to have thousands of people singing every single word, and even having a stereo vocal mix for the middle section!

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band: We’re constantly busy with the band, and we hardly sleep for writing/rehearsing/touring/promoting/meeting new people so it’ll have to be a animal that requires little sleep. We also put on a BIG live show, so something large. It’s gonna have to be an Elephant, they’re massive, spectacular, and always on the go!

 

Follow the band on Twitter and like them on Facebook or visit their website for more info!

Watch the video for Everything I’ve Known below:

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OM&M Have A Rough Release Timetable

Orange County’s Of Mice & Men have been teasing their studio exploits for a long time now, and despite the supposed finishing of the fourth studio full-length to add to the collection at the end of May before their UK trip, they have given no indication of a release time. Until now, that is.

Frontman Austin Carlile posted a video from their trip to Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park this week, along with a caption that strongly implies to us (if not flatly informs us) that we will be hearing new music from the band before the end of the month when they depart on tour with Slipknot and Marilyn Manson.

 

The band recently played two intimate shows either side of Slam Dunk festival, and we were at the latter so check out our review of it here!

Yellowcard Have A New Record

Pop punk legends Yellowcard have announced they will be releasing the latest instalment to their catalogue this year.

The album will be self-titled and will be released 30th September.

The tracklist looks a little something like this:

1. Rest In Peace
2. What Appears
3. Got Yours
4. A Place We Set Afire
5. Leave A Light On
6. The Hurt Is Gone
7. Empty Street
8. I’m A Wrecking Ball
9. Savior’s Robes
10. Fields & Fences

And the artwork like this:

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The band performed at Slam Dunk festival this year and will be hitting the whole Warped Tour through the US this summer, so see the dates and full line-up below:

Warped 2016 Line-up

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Slam Dunk: The Review

Moving around the stage, Trash Boat may have looked a little tired, but move they certainly did! Playing Slam Dunk South very close to their hometown of St. Albans, this bombastic quintet gave the Key Club Stage the opening it deserved. Blasting through favourites from their Brainwork EP had an increasingly busy room pushing forward to the barrier to scream back every word. The true highlight came in the set close, however, as the band launched into the premiere single of their upcoming full length Nothing I Write You Can Change What You’ve Been Through. Leaning into the crowd, vocalist Tobi Duncan performed Strangers in style, though regrettably no cameo from The Wonder Years’ Dan Campbell today! [7/10]

Opening the Main Stage were Moose Blood, the latest band to start the explosive phase within this scene. They kick off the madness on the enormous stage with latest single Honey which only debuted on the radio a matter of weeks ago, and in no time at all crowdsurfing is a common occurrence. Their usual manner onstage of complete humility and shyness is apparent, and as per usual clash massively with their huge melodies and riffs including first song and fan favourite Bukowski which is met with mass hysteria among the crowd. A really easy watch and great singalong was had by all. [8/10]

WSTR played one of the earlier slots on the Impericon stage, but you wouldn’t have guessed that from the crowd they drew – this small room was packed all the way to the back. Having faced something of a meteoric rise through the ranks of pop punk over the last year, it’s incredible how refined WSTR’s live performance is. Ripping through the majority of their debut EP SKRWD as well as their well-practiced cover of Limp Bizkit’s Break Stuff, it’s a set that will be very familiar for fans of the band. Nevertheless, nobody seemed to be put out by this, with WSTR playing in a slightly heavier style than they began with; their set was excellent. [9/10]

For the first time in six months, Young Guns took to the stage in their typical bold style. They have never been one to shy away from the pressures of going big. They stormed out onto the stage and ripped through Daughter Of The Sea from their first EP [2009’s Mirrors], and played tracks from all eras of the band, showing just how far they’ve come in their seven year history. Mid-set, frontman Gustav Wood announced they’ve been “under the radar for a few months” and during that time they’ve written and recorded a whole new record which is due out this summer. The band then proceeded to play Bulletproof which is presumably on the new record, and it was massive. Expect even bigger things from this band this year because it will be huge. [8/10]

Before the band had started, you could see the room gradually being filled with more and more people until the room was almost full. Good Charlotte’s prodigies Waterparks were full of energy and their songs got a fairly good reception. The highlight of the set had to be the Witt’s joking with the audience between songs, and at one point he asked the crowd for someone who vapes to come up on stage with them to be their “human smoke machine” before blasting into Pink. The songs they played were “by the book”, radio-friendly pop punk that you could’ve heard hundreds of times before, but their performance and onstage persona made it a far more memorable set. [7/10] (Words by Will Turner)

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Florida pop punk legends Mayday Parade have had a far more hard-hitting sound since their 2015 album Black Lines than beforehand, with the band sounding a lot tighter after their album releases and subsequent tour. The new tracks including Keep In Mind… were incredibly punchy and incited bouncing, not only on the floor but with all four permanent members of the band; drummer Jake Bundrick was a notable absentee but his space was filled by Dylan Taylor, who more than made up for the loss. The band played through a set dominated by the classic albums and the new, with two thirds coming from Black Lines and A Lesson In Romantics, and not a single track was played from 2014 album Monsters In the Closet, not to much surprise from the audience. A fantastic set overall from a band on top form. [8.5/10]

As soon as Cane Hill started playing, they had the crowd entirely in their hands. A pit had opened up within the first song and the band played with pure fury, with riffs tearing the room apart that could have come straight out of Slipknot’s self-titled album all those years ago. The band encountered some sound issues, which made vocalist Elijah Witt too quiet to the point where he could barely be heard which is a shame; the rest of the band sounded tight for the whole show. Ending with crowd pleaser Time Bomb, they had the room bouncing and left everyone with very good impressions. One to watch in future, for sure. [9/10] (Words by Will Turner)

As It Is stood in front of a hyped up crowd on The Key Club Stage, having followed Trash Boat, ROAM and Hit the Lights, they kept the pop-punk vibe well and truly alive. The Brighton boys opened their set with Concrete and this introduced their renowned energy and passion from the word go. They followed this performance with Cheap Shots and Setbacks which, again, was full of liveliness that was only increased when Alex Costello of Roam joined them on stage for a chorus. Mid way through their set, they played one of their older songs, Horoscopes which went down excellently with hard-core fans at the front of the band who had clearly been waiting in anticipation for them to hit the stage. They finished off their performance with their first single release, Dial Tones. Throughout the set, both vocalists Patty and Ben, seemed to be singing with an edge and vigour that isn’t usually present in their none-festival performances. It was obvious that all the guys were giving this performance something a little bit extra and getting the crowd insanely pumped. [7/10]

We Came As Romans took some time to warm up on the Atlas Stage, but inevitably performed a stellar set once they found their stride. Lacking some of the technical stage wizardry they might expect on their own tours, the band’s dual vocalist system often left one of their talented singers to look a little lost on stage waiting for their part. As the set progressed, however, and the members became more kinetic, this issue disappeared. Playing a set dominated with tracks from their recent self-titled album to finish on the mighty The World I Used To Know, the band proved themselves worthy of their slot. [7/10]

Real Friends took the stage to a packed out, queued up Key Club Stage. Blasting through two old favourites, vocalist Dan Lambton paused to address the “elephant in the room”: His vocals are slightly off due to some throat issues he’s been working through all day. Despite this, the effort he puts in throughout the set is admirable, with the crowd doing the band proud in support. They continue with Floorboards, from the Everyone Who Dragged You Here EP. The band’s second album The Home Inside My Head had only released a few days prior to the show, and the songs played from this record didn’t gain quite the same response, like Mess, but it’s only a matter of time. They followed this with another song from the record, Scared to be Alone and the set ended somewhat surprisingly with their 2014 single Loose Ends. Although this choice was rather unexpected it did in fact tie up any ‘loose ends’ and the band seemed extremely comfortable performing this and happy with how their set had gone over all. They managed to give their fans what they wanted while maintaining the attention of those who would not have necessarily listened to the band beforehand. [7.5/10]

Many gathered to catch metalcore quintet Northlane tear Slam Dunk a new one, and they weren’t disappointed. The Australian group turned the university campus into a death match, with unrelenting crowd surfing and mosh pits being the order of the day. Opening number Dispossession turned the crowd on like a light switch, before their collaboration track with In Hearts Wake Hologram drove them even more insane. Since the release of Node, it seems Northlane have grown to extraordinary new heights, and with closing song Impluse, you can see that in abundance from the audience. [8/10]

Hellions jumped onto to the Slam Dunk line up only days before the festival due to the unfortunate news Beautiful Bodies had pulled out but the Aussie hardcore band didn’t disappoint. Their set, despite being performed to a small crowd, was lively with a 3-man pit during Creasy and general jumping about throughout. With their new album due out in July, they showcased the newly released song Quality Of Life while still playing older songs The Great Fabricator and Nottingham creating a mix of chaotic post-hardcore with a pinch of punk rock, a set with something for everyone. [7/10]

The words “symphonic” and “metalcore” don’t go together in many people’s minds, but it is an undoubtable connection to make once The Amity Affliction hit the stage, wherever they play. Opening their set with new track I Bring The Weather With Me is a bold move, especially as it was only released a couple of weeks back, but the crowd knew every single word and moved along accordingly which clearly thrilled the 5-piece on stage. The set was very much dominated with 2014 album Let The Ocean Take Me, which is seen by many to be one of the best melodic metalcore records ever, and of course set-favourite Open Letter featured, as well as non-album track Shine On to round off a triumphant trip across the world from their native Australia. [8/10]

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Once again, Mallory Knox proved why they are set to become of the biggest bands in the UK scene, drawing in a big crowd who feed off every huge anthem the Ely 5 piece.   Opening with the massive Shout At The Moon, there’s no messing around, even if it is a one off weekend for them, as they continue working on their eagerly waited follow up to 2014’s Asymmetry.   Old school anthems such as Beggars, Wake Up and the monumental Lighthouse prove how much Mallory have solidified themselves, and with this as of yet titled album getting closer and closer, you can’t help feel that upon its release, Mallory Knox will once again climb further and further up the ladder.

Boston Manor brought took to the Kerrang! Fresh Blood Stage to fly the flag for UK pop punk, blasting through a powerful set. The band’s live show is truly excellent, with Henry Cox’s vocals filling the room without missing a beat. Alongside playing material from their recent EP Saudade and previous release Driftwood, the band debuted a new song, teasing an album that will release later this year. Boston Manor had the crowd joyfully push-pitting and throwing themselves over the barrier – but what else would you expect? [8/10]

Inarguably one of the most anticipated acts of the day, Creeper took to the Kerrang! Fresh Blood Stage to perform a magnificent set full of their usual, much-loved theatrics. There are very few frontmen who can hold a crowd like Will Gould can, gesticulating and jumping through his sonorous vocals. The crowd extended back out of the doors to the stage, and it’s clear that Creeper will not be billing lower down for long. Playing a set-list that spanned their three releases, it was a credit to both band and fans that everything produced the same frenetic response. The band called for a crowd-surfing competition for the penultimate song Lie Awake which had the crowd relentlessly throwing themselves over the barrier. As Will Gould pointed out, there was a “tangible magic” in the air throughout the set. Creeper are a very special band that will be going a long way, with this show only lacking some of the dramatic stage-show that headline shows allow though not subtracting from the excitement whatsoever. [9.5/10]

Issues hit Slam Dunk fresh off their UK tour that saw them headline mid-size venues across the country with Astroid Boys and Hacktivist in tow, who both appeared at the festival with them. The band had no hesitation in playing material from their new record Headspace which had only just hit one week since the release the day before they hit the Atlas stage, and they opened their set with the thundering second single COMA. In a mix between old favourites and new stunners; The Realest, Never Lose Your Flames and Mad At Myself get huge singalong reactions, and slightly heavier numbers Love Sex Riot and Blue Wall have the crowd bouncing and moshing about before they close up with non-album single Hooligans to mark the dawning of their tine in the UK before they head off to Europe to continue the tour after a show in Southampton. Truly the ultimate blend of pop and metalcore to another level, triumphant in all respects as always. [9/10]

Issues

The crowd for Four Year Strong was mighty, seeming to stretch the walls of the Key Club Stage. Filling the room with some of their best upbeat and eclectic tracks, Four Year Strong have nailed their formula straddling the void between punk and hardcore.  Opening with We All Float Down Here from their recent self-titled album, the crowd were hit with a wall of musical excellence. The years of experience of the band radiated off the stage, with perfect stage chemistry between every member. Four Year Strong played flawlessly together throughout their entire set showing off their talent and making it hard to find words to describe how seamlessly they work together to create an accomplished sound that only comes with years of commitment and their set was jam packed with hit after hit to display this: What’s in the Box, Go Down in History and Maniac (R.O.D) to name but a few. The crowd were completely at ease knowing that they were in the hands of these proficient rock experts, allowing them to lose themselves in the live music and guaranteeing everyone an incredibly good time. [8.5/10]

The Story So Far have a mixed reputation for their live shows, but their headline set at the Key Club Stage blew all doubt away. Opening with the immense Heavy Gloom, the powerful drum intro built the atmosphere in the room to gargantuan levels. The Story So Far had their fans going crazy, and the barrier was a welcome safety measure (for band and crowd alike, some might say). Whilst Parker Cannon was almost uncharacteristically upbeat, the rest of the band were rather static and did not contribute much visually. Despite this, The Story So Far had fans raucous, though some of Parker’s Predator (film) references fell flat. The length of their headline set allowed the band to span their discography, with perhaps the best response coming from their debut album material. Like them or not, The Story So Far can play big, big shows now, and they are still rising. [8/10]

Of Mice & Men took to the stage at Slam Dunk for the first set of UK shows since last March’s headline run that resulted in their first live album/DVD Live At Brixton being released last Friday (27th May), much to the thrill of their fans this side of the Atlantic. They opened their set with a classical backing track to build tension before running up the stairs to the stage to crash through first song Bones Exposed. OM&M are a band that never ignore any of their eras, and their setlist and chat between songs proved their gratefulness that the crowd has stuck with them for so long. They repaid all those waiting with pit-inducing Public Service Announcement mid-set, and shooting back in time all the way to 2010’s self-titled record for fan favourite Second & Sebring. They finished off the day at the Atlas stage with the usual explosive rendition of The Depths which shows Austin’s complete control over his devoted audience, and finally a huge crowd singalong of You’re Not Alone to round off what had been an incredibly heavy and active day for all those waiting at the stage. [9/10]

Of Mice & Men

Brendon Urie and co rocked up on stage without twitching an eyebrow or breaking a sweat, and Panic! At The Disco kick off with their latest single Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time and just keep soaring onwards and upwards. Their high energy performance not only showcasing Brendon’s impressive vocal range but also the true showmanship he has learnt over the years; Nine In The AfternoonVictoriousReady To Go and spine tingling rendition of Queen’s famous Bohemian Rhapsody are all massive, and send the crowd into a frenzy. Despite playing a set consisting predominantly of new material from Death Of A BachelorPanic! still manage to draw in a massive crowd, testament to their tight musicianship and decade old legacy.  They ended the show on a high with a huge pyro show, showering the crowd in confetti during Emperor’s New Clothes. Many believe their glory days are over, they couldn’t be more wrong. [9/10]

The New coldrain Video Has Hit The Internet

Nagoya metalcore moguls coldrain have released a new video for The Story, track 6/11 on 2015 album Vena.

The video comes ahead of their appearances on their headline EU/UK tour starting Monday (9th May) joined by Wage WarCounting Days and The Charm Fury (in NL only), following it up with all 3 days of Slam Dunk Festival. See the full list below, as well as the Slam Dunk poster:

May 09 – Backstage By The Mill – Paris, FR
May 10 – Komplex Club – Zurich, CH
May 12 – Trix – Antwerp, BE
May 13 – Headcrash – Hamburg, DE
May 14 – Columbia Theater – Berlin, DE
May 15 – Luxo – Koln, DE
May 16 – Strom – Munich, DE
May 17 – Zeche – Essen, DE
May 19 – Gebr De Nobel – Lieden, NL (with TCF not Counting Days)
May 20 – Thekla – Bristol, UK
May 21 – Borderline – London, UK
May 22 – Sound Control – Manchester, UK
May 23 – King Tut’s – Glasgow, UK
May 24 – Rock City Basement – Nottingham, UK
May 26 – Engine Rooms – Southampton, UK
May 27 – Sub 89 – Reading, UK (without Counting Days)