Citizen, Turnover and more announced for Slam Dunk

If you are looking forward to Slam Dunk Festival, this latest announcement will appeal to two sides of your musical personality. On the pop punk side you have Neck DeepSet It OffCitizen and Turnover and for your metalcore side of things you have Memphis May FireOceans Ate AlaskaIce Nine Kills and I Prevail who are making their UK debut at this festival.

You can check out the full lineup above with a video to Citizen below!

Run For Cover Records Make Entire Catalogue PWYW For Charity

Run For Cover Records, home to Pinegrove, Citizen and Turnover to name but a few has made its entire catalogue Pay-What-You-Want in support of Planned Parenthood. It’s an innovative idea for sure with proceeds going to support a great cause, all while fans can pick up music for a price of their choosing. For more details head over to the Run For Cover site, with the campaign ending this Sunday.

 

Live Review: Moose Blood, Turnover, Boston Manor & more, Cardiff 06/10/16

Moose Blood are seemingly unstoppable at the moment, and their sold out headline tour of the UK speaks volumes about their dedicated fanbase. The tour hit Cardiff this week for the band’s biggest headline show to date. With TurnoverBoston Manor and Luca Brasi supporting, the show was set to be monumental.

Luca Brasi opened the night, a punk band from Australia. The quartet provided a tight and energetic start to the evening, playing a set largely fueled by their recent album If This Is All We’re Going to Be. Their vocals were comfortably powerful, the music led by a rocking bass presence, with songs interspersed with jovial, almost indie guitar riffs. It’s an interesting stylistic blend from a promising band, a solid addition to the evening. [7/10]

Up next were Boston Manor, hitting this tour straight off the back of their debut album release. Material from Be Nothing filled most of their set list, and they kicked off with an electrifying performance of premiere single Laika. Vocalist Henry Cox’s impressive range was on full display here, throwing out some brief, ruthless screams between his staple raw vocal style. Reassuringly, both the band’s new and older material gained similarly positive responses. The whole band seemed charged with energy right through to their closing performance of Trapped NerveBoston Manor have an increasingly spectacular stage presence. [8/10]

Turnover are, perhaps, the odd ones out on this bill. The other bands performing each boast an inarguable energy on stage, and whilst Turnover create a powerful atmosphere, their performance is more reserved. Nevertheless, the lead support played to a comforting number of supporters in the crowd, and their musicianship was exquisite. They played Humblest Pleasures from their 2016 7″ release, and some of the more popular tracks from Peripheral Vision. The quality of their show was nothing short of stunning, hitting each note with practiced aplomb. Turnover closed their set with Dizzy On The Comedown, cementing their ethereal, spellbinding performance. [8/10]

Moose Blood took to the stage for the headline slot and launched straight into Pastel, the opening track of their recent debut album Blush. The band have been refining their live show for years now, and it pays off – these guys are tight. There’s just enough discrepancy between their live performance and their studio recordings to give their gigs a unique, personalized atmosphere. Second up is Honey, the lead single from Blush. It’s here that the band’s revamped attitude to song writing truly shows it’s success, with a packed out room of people screaming back the anthemic emo-pop Moose Blood have crafted.

As expected, Bukowski is one of the biggest hits of the night. Everyone knows the words, and every now and then frontman Eddy stands back with a look of incredularity as the whole room takes over his vocal duty. Some of the tracks off of Blush don’t garner quite the same response as the band’s older material, it seems that some people are still only familiar with the singles, but it’s by no means a disappointment for the boys. Moose Blood‘s excessively polite, humble attitude is still at the forefront of their show, but Eddy is starting to look more confident on stage these days, so it’s a more comfortable experience all round – no more waiting on awkward silences from the vocalist who has struggled with speaking between songs.

As the band move through their set with grins essentially carved onto their faces, they glance at each other every now and then and share moments of wonderment – they still can’t believe they’re here; the atmosphere is euphoric. Something that detracted somewhat from the performance was the prominence of the slower songs in the set list. Occasionally it felt like the slow songs stalled Moose Blood‘s building energy, but many of their fans can’t resist the ballads, and they’re not bothered in the slightest. Closing with Knuckles, it’s somewhat surprising that the band didn’t finish with one of their more rated songs, but it’s not a disappointing close by any means.

In all, each band contributed to a stellar concert, but Moose Blood rightfully stole the show. The atmosphere of positivity around the Kent-based band is infectious, they are undoubtedly one of the UK’s prodigy bands at the moment, and they’re not slowing down one bit. [8/10]

Balance and Composure – Light We Made

Pennsylvania Alternative crew Balance and Composure have been on the upward swing for sometime now. Their second album The Things We Think We’re Missing hit the top 60 in the Billboard charts, as well as debut Seperation being hailed as somewhat of a genre classic alongside Citizen’s Youth and Turnover’s Peripheral Vision. It’s clear now that Balance and Composure wanted to end up here, despite the recent mountains they had to climb to arrive. Their story started with the layered aggressive emo of their first LPslowly adding new textures and unique instrumental parts with sophomore effort The Things We Think… and now, stripping away the layers of hardcore in favor of shoegazey brilliance on latest release Light We Made. 

Midnight Zone is an uncharacteristic opener for the band, all whirring loops and smooth trip hop basslines. Jon Simmons’ vocals here are blissful, a definitive focal point for the album and one that helps steer it towards tranquil shores. Spinning is the first single from the record and continues the wash of sounds present on the opener, albeit picking up the pace slightly. It harnesses Basement vibes and crystal clear guitar tones, with the drums of Bailey Van Ellis pushed right up in the mix, providing spiky, rolling rhythms. Surprises come thick and fast on the band’s third record, with the dirty low end of For A Walk echoing Adore-era Smashing Pumpkins and Postcard, which upon early release, startled fans with its creative use of electronic drums. None of this though, manages to shake the consistency of the record and the dark, foggy feel that the band conjure up here.

The throwbacks to 80’s dream pop continues on the brilliant Echo & The Bunnymen esque riffs of Call It Losing Touch and even slight TTWTWM vibes with the urgency of Fame. Its clear that the recent, almost career-ending car accidents that the band experienced have taken a toll, the initial B & C sound remaining intact, yet embracing a gloom that is hard to ignore. Despite this, there is a coherency on Light We Made that echoes in the darker moments, showing a band undefeated by their near-death experience and brave enough to reinvent themselves in the face of it.

The final stretch of the record finds the band at it’s shimmering, ‘Cure meets Brand New’ best with Is It So Much To Adore. It’s a truly wonderful thing that under the deep, textured atmosphere of the album, the band can maintain pop hooks and also bring fresh sounds to table without compromising their vision. This is shown to no greater effect than on closer Loam. Much like the opening track, it ushers the band even further into uncharted territory, with effective use of auto-tune and subtle electronica, almost a hint at future direction.

Longtime fans may be surprised by such a heavy revision in sound here and even a little baffled by the reverb soaked melancholy where there was once roars of angst. Even so, with Light We Made, B & C showcase a more focused guise and with the strength of the material on offer, it’s a testament to their ability to endure and progress their craft. Light We Made is a bold, indelible statement from a band unwilling to be shaken by misfortune.