As The Key Club opened their doors on a brisk Tuesday in March, the turn out looked underwhelming but as time passed before the first band was due to take the stage the room began to fill out.
First up on the bill are local West Yorkshire lads Isolate who hit the stage with some force with their anthemic backing tracks slowly easing the crowd into their set. As they took to the stage I couldn’t help but wonder if they can truly fill the sound out without a bass player but they quickly proved me wrong. Their two guitarists both fashioning 8 string guitars showed they don’t need a bass to blow the crowd away. The whole band were extremely energetic throughout the whole performance, frontman Jamie even jumped into the crowd for a period of time to ensure everyone was awake. A friend of the band even took the mic and belted out a verse.
Next up we have York based Invisions who had almost as much merch worn by the crowd as headliners Our Hollow, Our Home. Easing into this powerful set with a smooth hip-hopesque track didn’t show us what we were about to be hit with. Providing a set full of intricate guitars and heavy riffs, these guys were out to prove a point. From the first song the spin kicks were flying in the crowd from their dedicated fans. Vocalist Ben showed throughout the set how insanely good his vocal range is by flicking between smooth vocals, high pitched screams and deathcore growls with ease. The crowd were clearly as impressed with Invisions as we were as they sang along to almost every single song including the new track Parasite which was dropped around a week before the show.
Finishing off this powerful line up we have the always great Our Hollow, Our Home bringing their tour to The Key Club was a great choice after the carnage last year. The band kicking off their set with one of their most well known tracks Loneshark, the crowd loving it from the get go. By the time the band had taken the stage The Key Club was packed with everyone waiting patiently (or impatiently for some). Our Hollow, Our Home proved throughout their set why the traction they’re building up is deserved with their huge riffs echoing throughout the venue. The great contrast in smooth vocals and deathcore growls adding something special to their sound. The set never seemed to let up and the crowd didn’t either, with mosh pits and spin kicks flying throughout.
Gearing up for their North American tour with Less Than Jake, Four Year Strong have dropped a new video for latest track Nice To Know.
“Making this video was a lot of fun. From the very first phone call we had with director Cory Santilli we knew we were in good hands. We wanted the video to be weird and uncomfortable, to paint the song a different color than you might have pictured when you first heard it. Cory gave us this idea and we loved it. Being on the shoot and dressing up in weird costumes has always been an FYS favorite (and least favorite) pastime.” – Alan Day, guitarist
You can catch the group at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival on the following dates:
Saturday 26th May – Leeds City Centre Sunday 27th May – Hatfield Park Monday 28th May – NEC Birmingham
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.
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
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
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: