BASTILLE to bring ‘Reorchestrated’ tour to Bristol Colston Hall – 13th April 2018

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BASTILLE have announced what promises to be a stunning ‘Reorchestrated’ tour in April 2018. The tour will see the band performing in intimate venues and concert halls with a string and brass section, and choir showcasing reworkings of the highly acclaimed No. 1 albums “Wild World” and “Bad Blood”.
The tour was inspired by the intimate Union Chapel show in May of this year for the Streets of London charity where Bastille’s performance featured all new arrangements of their songs, a powerful departure from their “Wild World” arena shows.

They will be bringing the Reorchestrated tour to Bristol Colston Hall on Friday 13th April 2018.

Tickets for the Reorchestrated tour go on sale Friday 15th Dec at http://bastillebastille.com

April 2018
Tues, Apr 10th – Manchester, O2 Apollo, UK
Wed, Apr 11th – Edinburgh, Usher Hall, UK
Fri, Apr 13th – Bristol, Colston Hall, UK
Sat, Apr 14th – Sheffield, City Hall, UK
Mon, Apr 16th – London, Royal Albert Hall, UK

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DON BROCO to headline Bristol O2 Academy on 9th February 2018

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Fresh from selling out the 10,000 capacity Alexandra Palace in London, Don Broco have announced a massive UK tour in support of their new album, ‘Technology’, out 2nd February via Sharptone Records. They will be headlining Bristol O2 Academy on 9th February 2018.

Don Broco have revealed the brand new video for their latest single ‘T-Shirt Song’, which was hailed as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1 upon its release last month.

The video captures their explosive sold-out headline show at Alexandra Palace on November 11th, featuring a crowd of 10,000 fans going absolutely crazy for the most exciting and ambitious rock act in Britain today.

Don Broco have just played two nights at the 25,000 capacity SSA Arena in Tokyo supporting Japanese superstars MAN WITH A MISSION and are delighted to announce that MAN WITH A MISSION will be joining them as the main support act on their UK headline tour running through February 2018.
RELEASE BRAND NEW VIDEO
‘T-SHIRT SONG’
WATCH HERE

TECHNOLOGY 
THE BRAND NEW ALBUM
RELEASED FEBRUARY 2ND VIA SHARPTONE RECORDS
PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM NOW VIA WWW.DONBROCO.COM

SINGLE REVIEW: WILL VARLEY: ‘STATUES’

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Will Varley has recently released ‘Statues’, the latest track to arrive from his forthcoming 5th studio album ‘Spirit Of Minnie’, released February 9, 2018 through Xtra Mile Recordings.

Soft and delicate, ‘Statues’ begins slow and light with guitar, combining sweet melody with emotive lyrics- in true Will Varley nature.

The track explores the theme of time, with lyrics “maybe time is a statue, not a river” that resonates with the listener and provokes a strong sense of nostalgia. As the track builds, the instrumentation blossoms with the fuller sound of the chorus, perfectly timed to bring you out of that nostalgia and turn this track into a reflective lullaby. A track bound to have every member of the crowds swaying along to its gentle charm.

If this track and previously released ‘All Those Stars’ are anything to go by, then this album (unlike previous albums) boasts a fuller sound that has proven, in these tracks, to really compliment his stunning rough-edged vocals and affirming song-writing.

Check it out here!

And you can pre-order Spirit of Minnie’

Will Varley will also be embarking on a UK headline tour, check out dates and get your tickets below!

UK HEADLINE TOUR
30 January BIRMINGHAM 02 Institute 3 https://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/will-varley/
31 January NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms http://www.alttickets.com/will-varley-tickets
1 February LEEDS Brudenell Social Club http://bit.ly/2hWNJMP
2 February EDINBURGH La Belle Angele https://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/271071
3 February MANCHESTER Club Academy http://bit.ly/2AvciYJ
6 February SOUTHAMPTON 1865 http://bit.ly/2heqay1
7 February CARDIFF The Globe https://clwb.net/events/event/will-varley-2/
8 February BRISTOL Trinity Centre http://bit.ly/2hfCD4y
9 February LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire http://bit.ly/2mKb5JY

Live Review : Rhys Lewis : debut UK tour finale : OSLO Hackney

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OK, full disclosure. My plus one for this gig in the biggest Rhys Lewis fan in the world. As in they once shared a Tube ride home together over a year ago and and Rhys recognised him as “Tube guy!” at the gig fan. Said mate convinced me to buy Bushstock tickets purely because Rhys was playing, so my first impression was him in a West London pub. Now, backed by keys, bass and drums and playing the fantastic OSLO in Hackney to end his first UK tour, he’s supreme.

Huge credit should go to his support Eleanor Nelly too – her songwriting is incredibly accomplished for someone so young, and the sweet charm she brings to the stage makes her instantly likeable. Well worth a listen.

Anyone that takes labels seriously would probably describe Rhys as ‘contemporary pop-tinged soul’ and in fairness, that’s not bad. His music is definitely radio friendly, but has more roots and blues in it than airplay favourites Sam Smith and Rag’n’Bone Man. The opening track ‘I Know The Feeling’ was a toe in the water; it sounds very ‘him’ without being overly flashy, which let the set build throughout the show.

‘Wish I Was Sober’ is upbeat and danceable, with a more pop sound than most of his tracks. The confessional self-deprecation in “I just assumed that you could read my mind / God I am amazed the rest of the bar didn’t prove me right” laid over beguiling beats keeps enough bite in the song to get you hooked. It does that weird CHVRCHES-style trick of putting sad lyrics over happy songs – you could play this at a party with friends and get halfway through singing along before you turn to each other and realise it’s not a drinks anthem and should we dance or cry?

‘Be Your Man’ is a slow burning soulful piano track that sounds like Elton John and Lenny Kravitz got together around the Steinway one day. The melody moves around slowly, drags you further in and emphasises the occasional soaring vocals to show off Rhys’ range. He didn’t have the full band backing him for this – I get why, but the interplay between the band was lost when it was just Rhys and keys. The distinctive full sound and clever arrangements really rely on all of them being up there

There’s a very vintage Delta blues feel to ‘Waking Up Without You’, created mostly by the staccato guitar patterns and brash riff. The intro sounds like smoke, Chevrolets and bbq sauce; the buildup to the bar fight in any Deep South dirt road farm town. It all changes in the verse as Rhys’ vocal comes in softer than expected and the guitar fades into something slinky and rhythm-led. It’s the kind of song that could be transformed with a live horn section dropping bits in here and there, but manages to sound contemporary and fits with the rest of the set

Rhys’ lyrics tend to serve the rhythm of his music before they tell a story, like Michael Jackson or HAIM. He uses his voice like another source of percussion, but gets into more emotional classic singer-songwriter feeling in ‘Living In The City’, which he introduces as a song about the weird, complicated relationship with this place. “I’m just trying to find me some kind of life I’ve dreamed about / And we’re all tired and lonely, hoping to figure this all out”. It’s a good go at lyrics that try to speak to his crowds – the mostly young audience at Hackney know what he felt. I found it strange hearing soul that captured what we’re all publicly talking about rather than trying to express personal emotion, but sometimes, like my friend told me, we need to “shut up and enjoy the music.”

 

-Joe Morel

EP REVIEW : HUNG UP ON EVERYTHING : TUSKENS

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When it comes to Bristol based five-piece Tuskens I feel like I’m a little late off the starting blocks. I mean this in terms of the fact that I’ve been aware of them for a while but have yet neglected to give them any attention until now. Following the release of new EP, ‘Hung Up On Everything’, I’m kicking myself for this lack of attention, as it seems to have spoken to that inner emo kid in me. Here’s what I made of ‘Hung Up On Everything’…

Yes okay, it’s a pop-punk band doing a pop-punk EP – BUT I feel like it’s more gritty than that – dipping into a heavier realm and leaning into the emo scene. That’s why it feels familiar, it’s a glorious throwback to my teenage years where I spent my life reading Kerrang and trying to convince my mum to let me dye my hair black (she wouldn’t let me). Being true to the pop-punk genre though, it’s musically upbeat and bouncy in waves of energy.

Stand out tracks for me include EP opener- ‘Bokeh.’ This track dripping with everything pop-punk, but it’s carrying that grit too – a little reminiscent of what the likes of Boston Manor are doing at the moment. The track varies in its urgency, pulling back to quieter moments before layering up the sound to pack quite a punch. The vocals are passionate but also feel a little bit reserved coming off a little bit too clean in places. ‘Night Glow’ begins powerfully with beautiful yet raw guitars leading you into the track. The vocals, again, pay homage to their pop-punk influences and now feel like they have a bit more emotion behind them. This track is bouncy and melodically it’s very catchy – you can’t help but move along to it. The power increases through the track, acting as a showcase for what Tuskens are all about. I feel like this is a staple track for them that would appeal to a wider audience. And who doesn’t love a bit of gang-vocals to wrap it up nicely? ‘Seismic,’ follows, and it’s immediately got you hooked. It displays raw passion and emotion behind the track, allowing the vocals to take the lead. The pace alters, keeping you engaged and hinting at the power that this track would hold live.

Overall I really enjoyed this EP and I’m certainly going to try to catch these guys live in the future!

 

 

 

 

 

Live Review : JAWS w/ Nelson Can + Trash : The Fleece, Bristol

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Indie shoegaze outfit JAWS returned to Bristol to put on an atmospheric set, with Danish band Nelson Can and Chesterfield outfit Trash bringing up the support.

First up was Trash, a young collective from Chesterfield. Trash came bearing quite a similar sound to JAWS, but perhaps showed more of a sign of their infancy in comparison to the night’s headliners. It was clear to see their was potential in the band, but I couldn’t help but feel that maybe they haven’t refined their live sound yet. The live vocals were very dry in comparison to their sound on record, which seemed to strip quite an identity from their set.

Next was Danes Nelson Can. Instrumentally, the band was set-up with no guitarist, relying on a groove and heavy bass effects to set the tone of their songs. In comparisons to the likes of Slaves and Royal Blood, Nelson Can produce a way more groove based instrumental, in comparison to the former 2 mentioned who rely more on riffs. This allowed vocalist Selina to work in some pop-esque vocals. Overall an impressive sound and energy from the 3 piece.

Headliners JAWS came bringing a giant light up logo and well choreographed lighting to boot. It was clear from the get-go that they are a band heavily focused around creating an ambience and a show to leave an impression. JAWS are perhaps well known for their reverby atmospheric vocals, but live they were surprisingly dry; this led to a different sound that very much complimented their musicianship, whilst also opening up dynamics leading to a sound that could only be described as “big”. JAWS are most certainly a band that are worth catching live; their live show makes this band 10x more exciting, and it feels like this is the proper way their music is meant to be indulged.

 

Words + Photos : Nick Tucker

Live Review : Elessar w/ Icarus Dive + New Horizons : Surya, London : 06/12/17

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There is an overwhelming and happy feeling when you have the chance to take photos of band that you know really well. I remember a year ago, in December, I was at the same venue (Surya in London) to see the same band from the crowd. One year later I am one of their friends and I’m taking photos at their show. It is so weird how things can change in just one year. One of the best parts is that I’m with two of my friends too to enjoy the night.

Once I walk inside, I have a quick chat with the guys in “Elessar” and then I walk downstairs to the main room. Everyone is still pretty busy with sound check and making sure that everything runs smoothly.

After a little while, the first band is on. “Icarus Dive” is a Progressive Alt Rock / Metal band from Guilford, Surrey. Each member contributes to give to their music a blend of melancholic and quirky guitar playing, often breaking by their signature mind-melting riffs. Their performance is led by a captivating energy that also gave them the opportunity to play shows all over the South of England, so far. I’m really impressed by their performance and I can see that the audience agrees with me.

Their set is quite long and about 15 minutes later the second band owns the stage. “New Horizons” is an alternative rock band from Glasgow, Scotland and their frontwoman, Emma, is full of energy and jumps around the whole stage. They formed about two years ago and their first single “Justice” talks about how mental health can affect anyone at any time. They played shows all around Scotland and this is the first time for them in London and I can say that the crowd give them a very good welcome. Through their songs and speech there is always one sentence that keeps coming back: “always remember and be true to yourself”. A very powerful one.

Now it is finally time for “Elessar”, an Alternative Rock band from Gloucester. As we all know I’m quite a big fan of these guys and I do really think that their music is amazing. They manage to close the night in a brilliant way even if, in my opinion, the performance is quite short compared to the other bands that played before in the night. Their set list is a mix of old and new songs, between “Arrogance” and “Half Love” (their latest single). They have new music coming out next year and it is lovely to see how far they’ve come.

It was one of the best nights in a while.

 

Words + Photos : Selena Ferro