Stand Up Arcade – A Guide To Starting Over

Workington band Stand Up Arcade are pretty new to the scene, but you’d never guess it from this release.

A Guide To Starting Over follows up from June 2015’s Sunsets & Silhouettes and is a solid 4 tracks of modern emo/pop punk mania. First track Nothing Says ‘I Trust You’ Like A Stakeout In My Car really sets the tone for the record, even before listening with the classic emo titling. The guitar work is solid and vocals are catchy with the stay if you want to, but I’m betting I’ll be better without you chorus is as good as any early 2000s pop punk track ever was. Second track Mindset is a quicker, more punchy track with harder hit drums and fragmented guitars that give a real sense of the broken and battered I won’t be stuck in here forever, I want my way out lyrics that play over the top. Third track Save Me would fit into an As It Is album immaculately and that’s testament to the frankly fantastic writing of this track, more so than any of the other 9 they have released; the tempo is slower, the drums are kick-heavy, the guitars and bass are energetic throughout including a well-put-together solo, and the vocals are controlled to begin with and then rip through the choruses with a grit through the highs. Final track Whatever Happened, Happened was the first single from the EP, and features another engaging opening and doesn’t let go once you’re hooked. Overlapping and layered vocals are the star of this track, with a dynamic guitar part keeping the pace up along with the cymbal-heavy drums to give a perfect close for the 4-track release.

Overall, this is a great work of pop punk class and there is no doubt the band could go far given the right exposure. The EP isn’t perfect, but it is a cracker for any fans of Real FriendsAs It Is or New Found Glory, as is their first release.

Stream and download the release for free here, and check out their Facebook page here.

SABATON Show First Taste Of New LP

Swedish metal legends SABATON announced details of their eighth instalment to their catalogue entitled The Last Stand last week which is due out on Nuclear Blast on August 19th worldwide (various preorders are available here and here).

In addition, they’ve just released the symphonic first single from the record, titled The Lost Batallion which you can hear below:

 

The band are touring extensively over the coming months, so here’s their full set of dates announced so far (more to come soon!):

SABATON live:
11.06.  S          Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
12.06.  F          Paris – Download Festival
29.06.  FIN       Hämeenlinna – Kantola Event Park (w/ IRON MAIDEN)
30.06.  E          Bilbao – Bilbao Arena Miribilla (w/ SCORPIONS)
02.07.  E          Córdoba – Plaza De Toros (w/ SCORPIONS)
03.07.  E          Madrid – Barclaycard Center (w/ SCORPIONS)
06.07.  SK        Zilina – Zilina Airport (w/ IRON MAIDEN)
08.07.  FIN       Kuusisaari – Jalometalli
10.07.  TR        Istanbul – Rock Off
24.07.  I           Rome – Sonisphere Italy (w/ IRON MAIDEN)
26.07.  AL        Mariehamn – Rockoff
03.08.  DK       Skandeborg – Smukfest
06.08.  CDN     Montreal – Heavy Montréal
18.08.  D         Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze
19.08.  D         Hamburg – Elb-Riot
20.08.  S          Falun – Sabaton Open Air
28.08.  PL        Straszecin – Czad Festival
29.08.  PL        Wroclaw – Rock For Freedom
31.08.  IL         Tel Aviv – Reading 3 (w/ DESERT)
25.09.  USA     San Bernardino, CA – Knotfest
02.10.  USA     Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival
The Last Tour – Europe 2017
w/ ACCEPT
07.01.  D         Oberhausen – König Pilsener Arena
08.01.  B          Antwerp – Lotto Arena
10.01.  IRL       Dublin – Vicar Street
11.01.  UK       Glasgow – o2 Academy
13.01.  UK       Manchester – o2 Apollo
14.01.  UK       London – o2 Brixton Academy
27.01.  A          Vienna – Gasometer NEW!
28.01.  D         Ludwigsburg – MHP Arena
29.01.  NL        Amsterdam – Heineken Music Hall
31.01.  D         Frankfurt – Jahrhunderthalle
01.02.  D         Saarbrücken – Saarlandhalle
03.02.  CH       Basel – St. Jakobshalle NEW!
04.02.  D         Bamberg – Brose Arena
05.02.  D         München – Zenith
04.03.  CZ        Prague – Tip Sport Arena NEW!
05.03.  H         Budapest – Barba Negra NEW!
15.03.  D         Berlin – Columbiahalle