Live review : : CHROMA, Casey & Black Peaks : Swansea Grand Theatre

Swansea Grand Theatre is a spectacle of beauty in the heart of the city centre. Tucked away on the top floor, Tuesday evening was one of the many instalments of Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend Fringe events hosted by Huw Stephens. 

Starting the night with CHROMA, the trio from South Wales are rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Despite the venue just starting to fill, their set proved that the band aren’t phased with an unbelievable rhythm section and Katie Hall’s lead vocals propelling with irrefutable grit. With tracks like Vampires in their catalogue, there is no doubt that their journey boasts limitless potential.

Next up was a half hour set from the hardcore outfit, Casey. Having recently returned from a headline European tour, seeing a performance as gripping and impassioned as this speaks volumes as to why they are one of the leading bands in the scene.


This was my first time seeing Black Peaks, where I have had nothing but adoration for them since their debut release Statues. The record has been heralded as nothing short of a masterpiece, where their progressive, alternative sound laced with math rock is dynamic and versatile. Beginning with their most recent release Can’t Sleep, from the outset the Brighton quartet proved that their material is only getting stronger.

Seeing BP in a crowd that perhaps wasn’t as raucous as a dedicated fan base highlighted their ability to captivate with their thrilling riffs and Will Gardner’s vocal aptitude to match. The compact setlist saw crowd favourites Crooks and Glass Built Castles dominate the room. Triumphant with every scream, Black Peaks shut down the Grand Theatre with a show that left the crowd needing more.

You can listen to the highlights here.



Words + photos : Ffion Abigail


BLACK HONEY Announce October UK headliner tour & New single ‘Bad Friends’



Following their recent return with magnificent new single ‘Bad Friends’, Black Honey – the UK’s most loved upcoming indie band – have announced a massive UK headline tour for the autumn that culminates with a huge show at London’s Electric Ballroom.

Black Honey are never happier than when they are on the road. Although most of the last 6 months they’ve been putting the finishing touches on their hotly awaited debut album, they’ve found time to warm up with a few regional UK dates recently to try some of the new material live. It was their first run of shows since they came off tour with Royal Blood at the end of 2017 – a tour that took them up a level, as they played to their biggest ever crowds in arena’s across the country.

UK festival dates:

30/06 Finsbury Park w/ QOTSA, London
12-14/07 2000 Trees, Cheltenham
12-14/07 Latitude Festival, Southwold
19-22/07 Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
20-22/07 Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
26-29/07 Kendal Calling, Kendal
04/08 – Bestival, Dorset
18/08 – RIZE Festival, Chelmsford
30/08-01/09 Electric Fields, Dumfries
31/08-02/09 Bingley Music Live, Bingley

October UK headline tour:
13/10 Thekla – Bristol

14/10 Concorde 2 – Brighton
15/10 Academy 2 – Birmingham
16/10 Norwich Arts Centre – Norwich
18/10 Church – Leeds
19/10 Riverside – Newcastle
20/10 Stereo – Glasgow
21/10 Academy 2 – Manchester
23/10 Rescue Rooms – Nottingham
24/10 Electric Ballroom – London

LUKE RAINSFORD Shares ‘Looking For Your Ghost’ Video


Wolverhampton-based songwriter, Luke Rainsford has today shared his new video for ‘Looking For Your Ghost’, whilst on the road this week with As It Is and Dream State, ahead of Slam Dunk Festival appearances this weekend.

‘Looking For Your Ghost’ is taken from his new EP, ‘I Just Don’t Deserve To Be Loved’, out now through Scylla Records.

Watch: Luke Rainsford – ‘Looking For Your Ghost’: 

Alongside the new video, Luke Rainsford will be appearing at this years 2000 Trees Festival in Cheltenham, UK. Luke joins the lineup alongside At The Drive-In, Twin Atlantic and Enter Shikari and many more.




7-piece garage-rock band West Thebarton have released their debut album, Different Beings Being Different, via Domestic La La today. It is available to stream/download, and to buy on limited vinyl. The band’s debut showcases frontman Reverend Ray’s gravelly and raw vocals, accompanied by thrashy guitars. Rev describes the new LP as “real Aussie straight-from-the-gut rock. I wanted the record to be fucking grandiose, but not try and be a pub rock cliche. 





This Summer, West Thebarton are heading over to the UK for the first time as a band. They’re playing Boardmasters Festival in Cornwall on Friday 8th August, and then head to Reading & Leeds Festival later that month. West Thebarton play the BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading on Saturday 25th August, and Leeds on Sunday 26th August.




You Know The Drill Are ‘Homesick’: New Video Single From Forthcoming Sophomore EP ‘Selfhood’


“It’s quite possibly our favourite video that we’ve ever put out as it matches the song in terms of honesty,” enthuses You Know The Drill frontman Benji Yapp of the band’s new video single ‘Homesick.’




The single is the second to be released from their forthcoming sophomore, with ‘Snake Eyes’ herehaving already racked up in excess of 20,000 views. EP ‘Selfhood’ will see release via Scylla Records on 22nd June.

You Know The Drill Release Sophomore EP ‘Selfhood’ Via Scylla Records On 22/06/18. Get It:


‘Homesick’ Single:
Watch The Video:


Youth Man Reveal ‘Five Songs’ EP Details + Stream New Single ‘Statuesque’



Birmingham punks YOUTH MAN are pleased to announce that they will be releasing their new EP Five Songs on 29th June 2018 via Alcopop! Records. The EP will be available on a limited edition run of 300 beautiful 12” yellow/orange marble vinyl and via all good digital service providers.
Bundles are available to preorder now from the Alcopop! Records store:
Alongside the news the duo have revealed another brand new cut from the record in the shape of ‘Statuesque’ which can be streamed and shared in full here:

Five Songs is released 29th June via Alcopop! Records

Five Songs tracklist:


Valley Girl


I Don’t Know




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Cabbage have shared the video to current single ‘Postmodernist Caligula’, available now on Infectious Music. Directed by Matt Jones, the video stars Gaz Stanley and Ray Boddington from cult Manchester buskers The Piccadilly Rats, who appeared in Cabbage’s video for previous single ‘Kevin’.

Say Cabbage: “We Cabbage here and now, deliver an accompanied visual piece to our bastardised ode to villains, Postmodernist Caligula. Many thanks to Matt Jones and Adam Riozzi who took our amateur video making pilgrims to a position that is wholly considered, professional. Finally there ain’t no show without the STARS and in our show we are proud to present the folk who came down to help us out and the finest double act Mancunia has seen, Gaz Stanley and Ray Boddington from The Piccadilly Rats. FISTS!”

Watch here