The Los Angeles based groove rockers Here Lies Man have announced a European tour for 2018. The tour is in support of their latest EP, Animal Noises, which was released in November 2017 through RidingEasy Records. Hear the title track to that EP below.
Kill the silence
Our first band of the night, coming out of Leeds, post-hardcore band, Kill The Silence. Opening straight away with some heavy catchy riffs, helping keep things intriguing from the offset. These guys clearly have a lot of energy to give, interacting with the crowd and giving us plenty of reasons to interact back. And in a genre saturated with rather similar sounding music, they manage to theirs feel like it stands out with solid song structures and strong vocal work, their particular sound was rather refreshing to the ears. There was great musicianship from four band members, even with a new to the band bassist and certain instrument malfunctions about halfway through, Kill The Silence performed an incredibly tight set, this combined with the rather welcoming atmosphere the audience was giving off made for a solid baseline for them to rest easy on. 7/10.
Next up in our lineup from the night is Veridian, a six-piece rock formation from Reading, only formed in 2016 and only a year it seems like they are making great progress in their scene, and it is easy to see why. Giving off similar vibes to bands like Young Guns/ Mallory Knox. Their chilled back, high energy style of music helps it feel very accessible to all audiences, their overall sound felt unique for the genre, with each individual band member instrumental parts standing out, solid vocals, unique guitar tones, and intricate drum work. Their overall energy from the set was fantastic, they know exactly what to to do to get the audience interested, giving us plenty of reasons interacted, and along with a packed out house made for a great atmosphere. 8/10.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
The last band of the night, our headliners, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, on their 10th-anniversary tour of “don’t you fake it” which they played all the way through during their set. The incredibly intimate venue mixed with a sold-out show made for an incredibly fun and intense atmosphere throughout. My first impression of Red Jumpsuit is that their unique style of highly energetic pop punk/ pop rock seems to be a great crowd pleaser and along with great crowd interaction from the band members, and in turn which got a wonderful crowd reaction from everyone and made for a really engaging environment.
And this mixed with their great musicianship and a strong dialed in sound, which utilizing solid song structures, gripping guitar work and strong vocals just made for an honestly just great overall performance. 9/10
The Used have announced they will be touring the EU/UK in February 2018. The tour is in support of the band’s seventh album, The Canyon, which was released 27 October 2017 on Hopeless Records.
Following on from the success of their newly released album False Idol, Illinois’ finest Veil Of Maya have announced a co-headline UK tour with Dance Gavin Dance.
Taking place in March 2018, dates are as follows:
03.03 Birmingham, The Asylum
04.03 Bristol, The Marble Factory
05.03 Newcastle, Riverside
06.03 Glasgow, Garage
07.03 Manchester, Academy 2
08.03 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
09.03 London, O2 Academy Islington
Tickets go on sale from Friday 24th November at 10AM GMT and can be purchased HERE.
“We are so excited to come back to the UK with our good friends in Dance Gavin Dance! We will be performing music from our new album “False Idol”, as well as our favourites from previous albums. Grab some tickets and come join us for this great pairing of bands!” – Guitarist Marc Okubo
German rockers Downfall of Gaia will head out to Europe in February 2018 for another run in support of their latest album Atrophy! Direct support will be Metal Blade’s latest signing Hamferð from the Faroe Islands who will release their Metal Blade debut Támsins likam on January 12th 2018!
02/02/18 DE – Stuttgart – Club Zentral
03/02/18 DE – Marburg – KFZ
04/02/18 DE – Berlin – Cassiopeia
05/02/18 DE – Hamburg – Hafenklang
06/02/18 DE – Dresden – Eventwerk
07/02/18 PL – Krakau – Club Zaczek
08/02/18 AT – Wien – Viper Room
09/02/18 HU – Budapest – Kvlt
10/02/18 SI – Ljubljana – Orto Bar
11/02/18 IT – Rimini – Wave Club
12/02/18 DE – München – Backstage
16/02/18 DE – Neunkirchen – Stummsche Reithalle
18/02/18 DE – Münster – Café Sputnik
More dates will be added soon!
At the Rescue Rooms, Nottingham date of their ongoing tour of the UK, we caught up with rock icon Frank Iero to talk about everything from food and touring to mental health.
What’s the rationale behind the tour supports? It’s a very diverse lineup…
For me, I’ve been doing this a long time. If I can’t tour around with bands I like then I don’t want to do it. I get to hand-pick who comes out with me and throughout the years I’ve got to meet some really cool people. I wanted to do a tour that would be my last one for a little while and these are my friends that are free and up for touring now.
What would you say is the best aspect of touring?
It’s definitely not the travel; the travel is what gets really hard. Getting to play these songs for different audiences is great – you get such a different reaction every night. Especially going overseas to Europe or the UK in that the cities aren’t far away from each other but the reaction is so different. Realising that and being able to duck and weave with that kind of thing to be like “this really works here, this doesn’t work here” helps you look really professional and get good at performing every night.
Would you say the worst aspect of touring is the travel?
Definitely, it’s hard! The fifth week of tour is where things get really hard, especially when you’re overseas. That’s when people start to crack get really homesick and get angry like “I can’t believe there’s no chips left!” People just explode. The fifth week is especially hard when there’s a sixth week happening though because by week five everyone goes crazy but if you have another week after this one it seems like it’s endless. We’re all really twitchy by the end of the fifth week. I’ve been doing this a long time and it’s always the way [laughs]. By the way, this is the fifth week…
Why do such an extensive UK run as opposed to playing the cities like everyone else?
I know I’m going to take a break after this year and I just wanted to do as much as I could. Nobody else does that, I don’t think. People have been coming up to us saying “why are you here? Nobody comes here,” and we just reply “because nobody comes here.” It’s fun! I just want to go out on a bang.
What’s the difference tour-wise between Frank Iero and the Patience, My Chemical Romance and Leathermouth?
Everything. It’s like asking what’s the difference between being a fireman, making doughnuts and being a shark… Literally the only thing the same is that there are shows involved.
What do you eat on tour?
[laughs] we’ve been using chopsticks a lot. Nando’s and peanut butter jelly… That’s been the staple stuff. Pizza Express just came out with vegan pizza too which is dope. Quavers is the other food group too.
Who’s the favourite band you’ve ever shared a tour bill with?
[sighs] all the bands I’m with right now…? Honestly that’s like picking your favourite kid, I’ve got a lot of friends. I’ve done tours in the past where I thought “oh this person sucks” and I just didn’t tour with them again. I think you can tell from my track record the people I like though.
Is there anyone you want to tour with in the near future?
[long pause, friend Cara Shaw suggests The Breeders] The Breeders, oh man… They would be amazing. How did I not think of them?
You’ve spoken a lot about working with Steve Albini on the new EP but can you sum it up in five words?
Unlike any other experience ever.
How did the cover art with [Radio 1 DJ] Daniel P Carter come about?
Dan and I have known each other a long time and he ended up doing the cover art for the split seven inch we did with Lonely the Brave a couple of years ago then we discussed working on the cover art for Parachutes but when the full scope of what that record was about it made sense for both of us to go in a different direction. I’d seen the first painting [the vampire that was to become the cover] and loved it enough to say “we should definitely do this one”.
You’ve spoken before about issues with anxiety – could you give us any advice for how to manage it at shows or on tour, from your experience?
I have to say – it’s rough. Sometimes you just go through a period where you don’t know what will set it off but your brain is so powerful it throws everything off kilter. I have a prescription I take for moments like that, when I don’t know when it’ll happen. The most important thing is to recognise you’re having an episode and the world isn’t falling apart around you. You need to settle down, breathe deep and compose yourself a bit. It’s almost like you’re having a nightmare and you have to remind yourself that you’re dreaming. It still sucks, but you’ll get through it. Surrounding yourself with people you love and feel comfortable with also helps.
What’s been your career highlight?
I have an answer for this because I was asked this the other day. It has to be getting to write a song with my kids [Best Friends Forever, from the new Frank Iero and the Patience EP] and record it with a childhood hero [producer Steve Albini]. That was a very full-circle moment. It’s almost like I planned it out… I didn’t but anyway [laughs].
Have you got any advice for young musicians?
It’s not a miracle thing that just happens. You’ve got to want it, and you’ve got to work really fucking hard. Ultimately it’s down to the saying ‘nobody cares, work harder’ [laughs]. Do it because you have to, not because you think you’ll get something out of it. You’ll be miserable for a long, long time. If you do it for the right reasons you’ll spend years and years trying.
Is taking time off what’s next for you?
Yes, totally. We end literally the 30th December and nothing else is booked. Back to the US after this to do three shows with The Descendents, one with Every Time I Die then three with Thursday and PUP then we’re done for a while.
Huge thanks to Frank for taking the time out to talk to us, it was a hugely surreal experience and he’s a hugely inspiring character!
Hear the new version of BFF below, or the original featuring his daughters in 2014 here:
Prey Drive have announced that they will be heading out on tour throughout September.
Check out the dates below
1st – Verve Bar, Leeds (UK)
7th – The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich (UK)
8th – Café De Speeltuin, Breda (NL)
9th – JH Zigzag, Merksplas (BE)
10th – Innocent, Hengelo (NL)
11th – Volt, Sittard (NL)
13th – Kulturfabrik Löseke, Hildesheim (DE)
14th – Treffpunkt 13drei, Emsdetten (DE)
15th – Rare Guitar, Munster (DE)
16th – Rock Café, Leuven (BE)
Check out the video for More Than Magic below
As Lions, one of the biggest new names in hard rock are back with their newest single; Selfish Age, the title track of their debut album which was released earlier this year. The video is a tour documentary which contains footage from various shows such as Rock On The Range, Nova Rock and Graspop. Check out Selfish Age below:
This single drop comes just before they set to embark on a USA and Canadian tour with Nothing More during September and October. They will then head back to the UK for a headline stint with Greyhaven as support in November, but that is not all, they have opened a competition from which nine bands will be picked to open their UK shows. Titled the Nine Lives Competition, the winning bands will experience support such as having a single and video being featured on the Louder Noise Youtube channel, being added to the Eleven Seven Spotify playlist and being given full social media support in conjunction with the tour. If wishing to enter, the band should live and play locally to ONE of the venues listed below. They should email links to their latest music and videos, a brief band bio and their social media links to: email@example.com.
Tour dates for UK are as follows:
Bristol’s pop-punk outfit HIGHLIVES have recently released their newest single Nothing Left, their previous EP titled Misguided garnered them huge attention and resulted in them sharing stages with bands like Neck Deep and As It Is.
“The track explores how a negative mind-set can push someone away in a romantic relationship whilst reflecting on the feelings that come with the absence of a loved one.” – HIGHLIVES
Check out the lyric video for Nothing Left below:
Catch the band at the following dates:
Wednesday 20th – Exchange, Bristol (w/ Milestones & Gospel Youth)
Saturday 30th – Deadbolt Festival, Manchester
Thursday 9th – The Ballroom, Canterbury
Friday 10th – Harvey’s, Luton
Saturday 11th – The Attic, Torquay
Sunday 12th – Crofter’s Rights, Bristol