Live Review: The Xcerts @ Georgian Theatre

The Georgian Theatre, Stockton-On-Tees, 25-02-18

Support: Airways, The Yada Yada Yadas

The Xcerts new record  (Hold On To Your Heart) was a pleasant surprise to the Pop-Rock scene. It wasn’t as heavy as their older music they’ve previously released and it’s a love song to bridge somewhere between that 70’s and 80’s nostalgia. Tonight, it was time to see what they were made of. They’re at The Georgian Theatre in Stockton-on-Tees and it’s the first time they’ve been up here since their less than stellar set when they opened for Mallory Knox in Middlesbrough, it’s safe to say that crowd just didn’t appreciate them back then. It was going to be especially tough on their lead vocalist Murray Macleod as well because of stomach problems in-between songs as well but that just shows how much this man loves the music as well as his fans.

To kick off was The Yada Yada Yadas. They fit in well with The Xcerts, probably because they sound quite similar to them but unlike the headliners, never hit that top gear. They’re a band from up here in the North East as well so you can give them this experience because they were actually decent where they did leave an impression on some people but would I recommend them? Yes.

On the other hand, Airways were better than most support groups. The atmosphere somewhat helped them build on their performance but they were lacking in those harder tracks to win more people over, which is a shame because they seemed better than they were. During the set though there were some slight technical difficulties which involved a faulty guitar cable which needed switching out cost the band about two minutes of their set. From here, it was a little harder for them to win more people over but by the end of their set, one or two people seemed coming around again.

Onto the headliners themselves, The Xcerts. They stormed in with a vengeance, racing through their material to applause from the audience. One thing I do have to say is that there were more people in attendance than I thought. I had a quick chat with their bassist after and he was pleasantly surprised as well. One thing you have to keep in mind is that bands sometimes play somewhere to thirty people one night and the next could be a sold-out show, you just never know what to expect these days. But it was a pretty mellow and solid set to say the least. There were more smooth jams off the new record to get everyone into the grove and older tracks such as ‘I Don’t Care’ helped win over the more rocky listeners in the audience tonight.

It wasn’t difficult to top their support slot for Mallory Knox in 2015 at The Empire in Middlesbrough. This is simply because I calmly say they’re 100% better now. It’s a more matured performance and they’re proving a set to the people who really want to listen to them. The band just feeds off each other’s energy in a way that just compliments them to bring the performance back to some great energy.

During their set, what surprised me the most was how beautiful some of these tracks are live. The grooves such as the title track for the record, ‘Hold On To Your Heart’ and another such as ‘Daydream’ are absolutely beautiful to witness in person. It’s fantastic to see these guys progress not only live but also musically with the record after their 2014 record, ‘There Is Only You’.

With their next steps though, it could be the ones which will truly make or break them. It’s clear from their performance that The Xcerts are a fantastic group but given everything in their performance; Emotion, Dedication and huge sounding Spirits, will it be enough for them to go big or go home?

Rating 6/10

 

The Yada Yada Yadas

 

Airways

 

The Xcerts

 

Music Video’s 02/03/18

It’s time for another round of music videos! If you’re new to the post, I pick ten that have been recently released for everyone eyes and ears to feast upon!

First up is the British extreme metal group Conjurer who has released a 360-degree video for Retch, which will feature on their upcoming record ‘Mire’.

 

This one is about a month old but it still packs a punch. This is off Crossfaith’s latest EP Wipeout and the brilliant title track off it.

 

Good Tiger have just recently dropped their newest record, ‘We Will All Be Gone’, and it’s been a very good listen and this is the video for Salt Of The Earth.

 

This track isn’t technically in the genre of rock but I’ll allow it for this one only. This is Lights with the next instalment in her record, ‘Skin & Earth’ and the video to accompany the track, ‘We Were Here.

 

Off the back of the self-titled record for Malevolence, a metal group from Sheffield, they dropped this video for Self Supremacy a few weeks ago.

 

Following its premiere over on Revolver Magazine’s website, the Canadian metalcore group Counterparts have released the video of their titular track ‘You’re Not You Anymore’ off their latest record.

 

These days, Germany isn’t short of its metal groups and the trio known as O’Mara is one of their best exports at the moment.  They’ve just debuted their latest video for the track, ‘Relapse’ which sees the band going through some psychosis within the halls of a school.

 

Now, I’ve loved this track since I first heard it over on Radio 1’s Rock Show a few weeks ago but now The Faim has released a stunning video to go with their huge track, ‘Saints of the Sinners’.

 

Anybody need some more Waterparks in their life? of course, you do! It’s got everything you want. Colour, the lads and some strange goings-on. This is the video for ‘Not warriors’ and ‘Crybaby’.

 

Lastly, ahead of their upcoming UK tour, Canadian Punk Rockers Sumo Cyco have dropped a track off their forthcoming EP. Details are a little sparse at the moment, but for now, here’s the video for ‘Undefeated’.

 

And that’s it for another round of music videos for one more week! Be sure to check out next week’s post for more music-filled madness!

Tyson Ritter (All American Rejects) Working On Solo Record

Now this is one record to get excited about!

Tyson Ritter of The All American Rejects has shared the news he is working on a solo record.

 

Tech Fest Announces More Bands

Returning again for 2018, Tech Fest has just confirmed bands that’ll be joining the line-up for this years.

Among the additions are Protest The Hero, Norma Jean, SikTh, Bleed From Within and more!

Here’s the full lineup.

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The festival takes places from July 5th 09th at Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire.

Tickets are available now from the official’s offical website.

Every Track On Twenty One Pilots Record ‘Blurryface’ Is Now RIAA Cerfified

Huge news for Twenty One Pilots as every track on their record Blurryface has now been officially certified by the RIAA.

It’s the first record in the digital age to reach the milestone.

The record itself is currently 3x Multi-platinum with 3 million sales but the individual tracks reach looks like this.

  1.  heavydirtysoul – Platinum
  2.  Stressed Out – 7x Multi-platinum
  3. Ride – 4x Multi-platinum
  4. Fairly Local – Platinum
  5. Tear In My Heart – 2x Multi-platinum
  6. Lane Boy – Platinum
  7. The Judge – Gold
  8. Doubt – Gold
  9. Polarize – Gold
  10. We Don’t Believe What’s On TV – Gold
  11. Message Man – Gold
  12. Hometown – Gold
  13. Not Today – Gold
  14. Goner – Gold

 

Waterparks Reschedule Show

Due to the weather conditions in the country at the moment, Waterparks have postponed their show at the Dublin Academy.

It was due to take place March 2nd (today) but has moved to Monday 5th.

 

 

 

Here are the dates for the tour.

March 2018

1st – Birmingham Institute

3rd – Leeds Stylus

4th – London Koko

5th – Dublin Academy

6th – Glasgow ABC

7th – Manchester Ritz

8th – Cardiff Y-Plas

9th – Southampton Engine Rooms

10th – Brighton Concorde II

 

Patent Pending and Dead! are the support for the tour.

 

New Found Glory Announce Show To Raise Money For Victims Of The Victims Of The MSD High School Shooting

These are legends right here.

 

New Found Glory have announced the details of a benefit show to help raise money for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

Joining them will be Chris Carrabba from Dashboard Confessional and Ryan Key of Yellowcard.

All profits of the show are going toward the Broward Education Foundation Stoneman Douglas Fund.

 

“The members of New Found Glory would like to start by saying this is a statement that we wish we never had to write in the first place. Our hearts are broken, and we cannot imagine the pain the victim’s families, friends, students, teachers, and anyone else impacted by the recent tragedy at MSD must be feeling. While we feel there are no words that we can say or do to fix this in any way, we wish to let you know that our hearts are heavy with the pain that this event has caused to so many.

We want to stress that the most important part of the grieving process is to focus on the healing of those affected by this senseless act. As some of you may or may not know, half of our band went to MSD so it is important to us that we do as much as we possibly can to help the school and families of the victims. They deserve our love, support, and help, and we will help in any way we can. We have decided that, in an effort to help raise funds for those impacted by the events at MSD and to honor the victims and heroes, NFG will be playing a benefit show at Pompano Beach Amphitheater on May 16th.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 5 at 10am ET. Also joining us will be Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional) and Ryan Key (formerly of Yellowcard). All proceeds from the show will be donated to the official Broward Education Foundation Stoneman Douglas Fund gofundme.com/stonemandouglasfund who provide relief to those affected by this tragedy.

In addition to the show, we are releasing a MSD inspired t-shirt, available on our web store (newfoundglorystuff.com), with all the profits also going towards the Broward Education Foundation Stoneman Douglas Fund.

We are, and always will be, proud to be part of the Coral Springs/Parkland community. We love you all, and together we will get through this, one day at a time. #parklandstrong”

The t-shirt the band have released looks like this:

 

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Creeper And Seaway Switched Clothes For One Show

This is amazing! You have to check out the pics Creeper and Seaway from the other day!

The two bands switched their wardrobe’s and it’s everything you’ve ever dreamed of!

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