EP REVIEW : SELF HELP : WOES

 

239556.jpg‘Self Help’ is the new EP from Scottish Pop Punk Band Woes, and continues to demonstrate the strength of UK Pop Punk. The EP was released on the 4th of May, and is their first EP since the 2016 self-titled EP. This EP hopes to build on the incredible touring experience they’ve had in recent years with bands such as Neck Deep, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes and Seaway.

The first song, “High On You” is a dynamic start to the EP with it starting quieter before bursting into the renowned blast beat which is iconic to the genre. The song itself has a strong tempo, and is bouncy throughout. It is also layered with instruments nicely, staying melodic which, to me, is key for good pop punk.

Following “High On You” is the track “Real World” which keeps up the bouncy feel. Along with the bounciness, one thing that hit me is the depth of the vocals, which have been produced so well helping to give the track lots of energy that coincide beautifully with the drums and the rhythm guitar. This helps make up for the lack of riffs within this song, which you can hear distinctively in the opening track.

“Losing Time” was the first single off of the new EP and contains all the components of a good Pop Punk song: A good melody, cutting riffs, and energetic drums. The way in which the song cuts between timescales makes the track interesting to listen to and makes it a feel good listen.

“Over It” is a slightly heavier track which reminds me slightly of some of Neck Deep’s second album, in contrast to most of their stuff sounding more like early Neck Deep. You can hear obvious influence from touring with them in the last year, which on the whole may help build them as musicians and as well as building a strong fan base.

Finally, we have “HLB 2”. This track starts with keys, which is something you never hear from Pop Punk, its slower and more melodic but still holds the power to make you want to bounce through the chorus, and I feel like this is the catchiest chorus of them all! This track is the one which separates Woes from a lot of other generic Pop Punk bands, having more of a distinctive sound which I haven’t really heard from many other bands.

On the whole, Self Help is a good, energy fuelled listen which if they can replicate live will be emphatic to watch. They have had a good few years, signing to UNFD alongside bands like Architects, Whiles She Sleeps and Dream State, as well as having strong tours under their belts, they have the perfect building block.

 

– Words : Alfie Butcher

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SEA GIRLS ANNOUNCE NEW TRACK, ‘TOO MUCH FUN’

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Sea Girls are excited to unveil their huge new single, Too Much Fun. One of the most enthralling young indie guitar bands to have emerged in recent times, the new track received its first play last night by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. It is lifted from an upcoming EP ‘Adored’, due for release on 5th June.

Renowned for their frantic and frenetic sold-out live shows, Sea Girls will be bringing their festival-ready anthems to The Great Escape next weekend, playing the Clash stage at The Arch on Thursday 17th May.

Primed for breakthrough in 2018, the band will release their third EP on the 1st anniversary of their debut release, ‘Call Me Out’, and indeed their first headline show, with three brand new tracks added to their already powerhouse back catalogue. Produced by Larry Hibbitt, this new collection of songs could and should see the band rise well above the chasing pack during their busy festival season.

The EP will also be available to pre-order as a special packaged 7″ vinyl, featuring recent single ‘Eat Me Whole’ which is currently gathering momentum and repeat spins across Radio 1 and Radio X.

 


LIVE DATES:

FESTIVALS

17th May                      The Great Escape, Brighton

26th May                      BBC Biggest Weekend, Swansea

27th May                      Neighbourhood Weekender

3rd June                        Wychwood Festival

1st July                         Texfest, Leicestershire

8th July                         Barn On The Farm, Gloucestershire

15th July                       Citadel Festival, London

20 – 22nd July               Truck Festival, Oxfordshire

4th August                    Belladrum Festival, Scotland

5th August                   110 Above Festival, Atherstone

25th August                  Reading Festival Festival Republic Stage

26th August                  Leeds Festival Festival Republic Stage

2nd September             Bingley Festival

 

 

UK HEADLINE TOUR:

4th October                  Bodega Social Club, Nottingham

5th October                  King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

11th October                Mama Roux’s, Birmingham

12th October                The Leadmill, Sheffield

13th October                Think Tank?, Newcastle

18th October                Scala, London

19th October                The Haunt, Brighton

20th October                Joiners Arms, Southampton

21st October                Thekla, Bristol

23rd October                The Workman’s Club, Dublin

24th October                Limelight 2, Belfast

+ further dates to be added.

All gigs are 14+ except Scala 16+ and Dublin / Belfast which are 18+

 

 

 

Luke Rainsford Announces Slam Dunk Festival Appearances & As It Is Tour Dates

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This May will see Wolverhampton-based songwriter, Luke Rainsford take to the road for seven of the biggest shows he’s played to date. Luke will team up with As It Is for a run of intimate and stripped back performances before heading North to start a weekend of shows at the Slam Dunk Festivals.

21 MAY – Norwich, Arts Centre w/ As It Is
22 MAY – Sheffield, The Plug w/ As It Is
24 MAY – Bristol, The Lantern w/ As It Is
25 MAY – London, St Pancras Old Church w/ As It Is *SOLD OUT*
26 MAY – Leeds, Slam Dunk Festival
27 MAY – Hatfield, Slam Dunk Festival
28 May – Birmingham, Slam Dunk Festival

 

Currently touring in support of ‘I Just Don’t Deserve To Be Loved’, which was released in early April through Scylla Records – An EP inspired by the passing of Luke’s mother. Rainford’s music also carries a strong message towards positive mental health attitudes, anti-prejudice and sexual equality.

 

“I Just Don’t Deserve To Be Loved’ – Out Now Through Scylla Records
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2raZtPq
Vinyl: http://bit.ly/2I6RDRs

 

 

 

FRANK TURNER REVEALS NEW TRACK ‘LITTLE CHANGES’

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Frank Turner is sharing ‘Little Changes’, the latest new track lifted from his forthcoming album Be More Kind, due out through Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor on 4th May 2018. The new track arrives close on the tail of Turner’s recently announced Be More Kind 2019 tour, a string of arena dates which will include London’s Alexandra Palace on 3rd February 2019.
CHECK OUT LITTLE CHANGES HERE

One of Turner’s personal favourites from Be More Kind, the nucleus of ‘Little Changes’ was formed in part by his own experience of the positive impact of cognitive behavioural therapy. Speaking about the track, Frank says; “It started out as a simple folk song about relationships, in particular drawing on my experiences with CBT therapy in the last couple of years – the idea of trying to make small, practical adjustments to your life, which can add up to something significant. Over time, the music grew in a really interesting, early 80s pop direction, and the metaphor of the lyric grew into something more expansive.”
BE MORE KIND 2019 – WORLD TOUR
JANUARY
22nd Birmingham Arena
25th Manchester Victoria Warehouse
27th Leeds          First Direct Arena
29th Glasgow      02 Academy
FEBRUARY
1st  Bournemouth Windsor Hall
2nd Cardiff           Motorpoint Arena
3rd London           Alexandra PalaceREMAINING UK & IRELAND 2018 DATES
MAY
1st        Southampton     Guildhall 01/05/2018 SOLD OUT
2nd        Southend Cliffs  Pavilion 02/05/2018
4th        Leicester             O2 Academy 04/05/2018 SOLD OUT
5th       Oxford             O2 Academy 05/05/2018 SOLD OUT
8th        Hull                    City Hall
9th        Norwich             UEA

WILL VARLEY – Announces a brand new UK tour for Autumn 2018

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WILL VARLEY is very pleased to announce he will be touring the UK again this autumn, with the majority of the shows taking place in seated theatres and venues. 

Varley celebrated the release of his 5th studio album, “Spirit of Minnie”, with a packed out show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in February. He then spent the first part of this year playing his new album live around the world, touring extensively in the US, appearing at SXSW festival in Texas and selling out venues across the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy.

Described recently by Donovan as “The next generation” and counting the likes of Billy Bragg, Tim Minchin and Frank Turner amongst his fans, it seems the rambling songwriter who cut his teeth haunting the open mics of south London is finally getting the attention he deserves. Don’t miss him across the UK this autumn.

 

Tickets on sale via https://www.tix.to/WillVarleyUKTour

LIVE DATES 2018: 

10th Oct- NORWICH, EPIC STUDIOS

11th Oct- CAMBRIDGE, JUNCTION 2

12th Oct- DERBY, THE VENUE

13th Oct- PLYMOUTH, RED HOUSE THEATRE

16st Oct- YORK, NCEM

17rd Oct- NEWCASTLE, CLUNY

18th Oct- MANCHESTER, THE RITZ

19th Oct- GLASGOW, STEREO

20th Oct- SHEFFIELD, THE LEADMILL

21st Oct- DEAL, THE ASTOR THEATRE

23rd Oct- BATH, KOMEDIA

24th Oct- BRIGHTON, THE HAUNT

25th Oct- PORTSMOUTH, WEDGEWOOD ROOMS

26th Oct- STROUD, BRUNEL GOODS SHED

27th Oct- PAVILION MID WALES, LLANDRINDOD WELLS

3rd Nov- LONDON, ROUND CHAPEL

 

KAGOULE Sign To Alcopop! Records For New Album ‘Strange Entertainment’

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Alcopop! Records are delighted to announce they have signed Nottingham trio Kagoule and will be releasing their new album Strange Entertainment later this year.

The band support Drenge on their upcoming run of headline shows this month (see below for full dates) and to celebrate the news of the signing are also streaming lead single ‘Bad Saliva’ in full today.

 

Listen and share: https://soundcloud.com/alcopop/kagoule-bad-saliva/

 

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Strange Entertainment tracklist:

1.       Egg Hunt
2.       Bad Saliva
3.       Too New Too Soon
4.       It’s Not My Day
5.       Superhuman
6.       Monsieur Automaton
7.       Magnified
8.       Balance
9.       Repent! Said The Insect Man
10.     Strange Was The Time

 

KAGOULE 2018 Tour Dates:

26.04.18 – London – Islington Assembly Hall *
27.04.18 – Bristol – The Lantern * (SOLD OUT)
29.04.18 – Liverpool – WRONG Festival
02.05.18 – Manchester – Gorilla * (SOLD OUT)
03.05.18 – Glasgow – The Art School *
04.05.18 – Newcastle – Riverside (Hit The North) *

* w/ Drenge