I walk down to see the first act of my day, “Deadset Dream” at Belushi’s. This is my first time in this venue and it is quite cosy and small. These guys are an Alt/Rock band from Sheffield, the lead singer, Shiney Lingwood, has a brilliant voice and a captivating energy while on stage. They have a growing reputation for their addictive hooks and energetic live shows, which has attracted the attention for national media and promoters across the UK. They already supported big names in the industry and I’m sure the future holds amazing projects for them.
After their set, I move over to the Electric Ballroom to see “Sleep Token”. Another new venue for me and despite the small external look, inside the venue is quite big. Sleep Token are a masked, anonymous collective of musicians. Fragments of beauty, horror, anguish, pain, happiness, joy, anger, disgust and fear are the elements that mix together create the expansive and emotional texture of their music. The masks, darkness and game of lights allowed the audience to get transported in another dimension.
Back to Belushi’s to see a band of ‘old faces’, “Better Than Never”. It has been almost a year since last time I saw them live and they never fail to impress me and even if the venue is small, lead singer James and bassist Jake find a way to perform off stage in front of the crowd. In a year they grown a lot as band and they opened for big artists.
Heading down to the bigger venue of the day, KOKO. The excitement is growing bigger and bigger and it is nice to see the familiar faces of “The Lafontaines” playing on stage. Coming all the way from Scotland, they brought they energy and mind-blowing music to everyone in the room. The audience is loving them, and everyone is ready to party.
As soon as they finished, I walk all the way back to the Dublin Castle. Second time around for me in this venue and it’s always good to be here. It’s nice to discover more new music and this case “Cavans” which is an Alternative band. Even if its’ not my “go to” kind of music, they are brilliant and really talented.
Next I head to Gabeto. A lot of new venues for me today and this one has a nice location, right in the stables market. Another small one but with a different layout: the room is long and narrow. More new music too for me, this is the time of “The Fallen State” a Hard/Rock band. They put together their love for powerful, anthemic and beautiful rock to ‘give birth’ to magical music. Unfortunately, I only have about 10 min to enjoy their set, but I’m making the most of it. I’m blown away by the talent and charisma these guys have on stage. The future can only be bright for them.
Back to KOKO to finally see “Mallory Knox”, a Rock band from Cambridge. There are a lot of rumours about how they will perform, after vocalist’s Mikey Chapman departure early this year. I’m honestly proud of their decision to keep going to make music and they are proving to be stronger than ever with a mind blowing live performance that amaze everyone.
One big band after another, “Twin Atlantic” are now making the stage their own. They are another great Rock band from Scotland. Still buzzing from the last band, I have a high dose of adrenaline running though my veins. Lead singer Sam McTrusty surely knows how to own a show and he is a stage animal. It is also nice to hear some songs from “GLA” their latest album.
Tired, I decide to go and see one more band “The Bottom Line”. I had the pleasure of seeing them opening for Simple Plan couple of years ago. They are a Pop/Punk – Pop/Rock band from London. They’ve been working hard over the past couple of years and made themselves a regular on the Teddy Rocks Festival, raising money for a noble cause like cancer. Their set is at The Black Heart, a familiar venue that I haven’t visited in a while. It is an intimate show, but it is nice to see everyone enjoying it.
Following a speedy rise over the past twelve months, Danish trio NELSON CAN are rounding off their latest release campaign by revealing EP LIVE, a collection of live recordings of fan favourites set for release on 13th July via Alcopop! Records.
You can watch and share the video for lead track ‘Break Down Your Walls (Live at Pumpehuset, Copenhagen)’ here: https://youtu.be/H7mw–Ongec
The band will be appearing at a clutch of festivals in Denmark and the UK over the summer, including appearances at Roskilde, 2000 Trees, Latitude, Y Not Fest, Kendall Calling and Standon Calling.
EP LIVE is released 13th July 2018 via Alcopop! Records
EP LIVE tracklisting:
1. Miracle (Live at Pumpehuset, Copenhagen)
2. Break Down Your Walls (Live at Pumpehuset, Copenhagen)
3. Go Low (Live at Pumpehuset, Copenhagen)
4. Move Forward (Live at Pumpehuset, Copenhagen)
Taking their name from a post-soviet satire by Ukrainian author Andrey Kurkov, London avant-garde alternative rock band Death & The Penguin are pleased to reveal they will release their debut album, Anomie, on 27th July 2018.
The band are streaming new single ‘Colour In Me’ in full – listen and share here: https://soundcloud.com/datpmusic/05-colour-in-me/
To celebrate the release, the band are hosting a special pre-release party at The Old Blue Last in London on 18th July, where the band will be playing tracks from the record and fans will have a chance to pick up an advance copy of the album before anyone else.
This will be followed by a short run of August UK tour dates with Chicago math-punks Space Blood, and a performance at this year’s ArcTanGent Festival on 18th August, with further tour dates TBA.
Death and the Penguin live:
18.07.18 – London – The Old Blue Last (album pre-release party)
11.08.18 – Sheffield – The Audacious Art Experiment *
12.08.18 – Leeds – Santiago Bar *
13.08.18 – Colchester – Three Wise Monkeys *
15.08.18 – Brighton – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar *
18.08.18 – Bristol – ArcTanGent Festival
* w/ Space Blood
Following it’s premiere on Kerrang! Radio, alt-rockers MAYPINE are now streaming the second single from forthcoming EP here. Entitled ‘Weather’, vocalist Jase dedicates the track to his fiancee, explaining: “It’s essentially a song about letting your guard down and opening up to people. Specifically in this case, it refers to the person you love. Allowing that person to shoulder some of your burdens and take on some of the strain, so that it doesn’t overwhelm you. It’s not weak to accept help when you need it.” ‘Weather’s release follows that of the epic ‘Give’ here, both of which appear on their forthcoming EP ‘Bend/Break’ (pre-order here), set for self-release on 6thJuly.
MAYPINE’s Forthcoming Live Dates:
29th June – Atomic, Wrexham
30th June – Singleshot, Leeds
1st July – The Victoria, Birmingham
6th July – The Junction, Ashford
7th July – The Slaughtered Lamb, London
8th July – Bar 42, Worthing
13th July – Forum Basement @ The Sussex Arms, Tunbridge Wells
14th July – The Brass Monkey, Hastings
18th August – The Underground Theatre, Eastbourne
1st September – Burn it Down Festival, Torquay
Stream New Single ‘Weather’ Now: https://soundcloud.com/maypineuk/weather/s-8Npz2
BRAND NEW – ISSUE #22 FEATURING HOLDING ABSENCE – OUT NOW! CHECK IT OUT
Following on from releasing one of the most exciting ‘rock’ records of the last few years in ‘Melancholia Hymns’ (2017), ARCANE ROOTS return with a very special, brand new EP called ‘Landslide’, set for release with Easy Life Records on September 14th. The EP consists of 3 reworked and reimagined tracks taken from the bands ‘Melancholia Hymns’ album, stripped back, taken apart, smashed back together, melted down again and sown back up with love. The EP will be released on digital and super limited vinyl and CD, once they go, they are gone!
Pre-order ‘Landslide’ EP – HERE
‘Landslide’ EP track-listings:
1. Before Me (Over) feat Emily Denton
2. Matter (Revel)
4. Off The Floor (Fade)
Sat-Jun-23 – United Islands of Prague Festival, Czech Republic – Prague
Sun-Jul-8 – Metropolis Festival, Rotterdam – Netherlands
Wed-Jul-11 – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells (HEADLINE)
Thu-Jul-12 – 2000trees Festival, Cheltenham
Fri-Jul-13 – Sub 89 Festival, Reading
Fri-Jul-27 – ARTmania Festival, Sibiu – Romania
Sat-Jul-28 – Eier Mit Speck Festival, Viersen – Germany
Sat-Aug-4 – Open Air Granichen, Granichen – Switzerland
Sat-Aug-18 – ArcTanGent Festival, Bristol
Sat-Sep-8 – Rocked Up Hootenanny Festival, Corby
Sat-Sep-22 – Kadepop Festival, Groningen – Netherlands