Live Review: Stand Atlantic @ The Key Club, Leeds

Date: 29/03/19

Support:  In Her Own Words, Shaded.

Stand Atlantic are on a trajectory to make them the most exciting prospect in Australia’s music scene since Tonight Alive burst onto the scene just over a decade ago. With one EP and now one record under their belts, things have changed a lot since they first entered the UK scene which was just over a year ago! Having already won crowds over and over again performing with the likes of Roam and at the 2018 Slam Dunk Festival, Stand Atlantic has won over so many fans whereas it stands, over half of their tour of the UK is now officially SOLD OUT. Returning to a place, just over the road from where they triumphed on the Rocksound Introducing Stage, can they deliver on their opening night? I’m hoping so.

Opening the show are Shaded, whom with Stand Atlantic I’m seeing for the third time each for tonights show. And open they did beautifully. They’ve been going around the touring circuit for a while now and just getting better every time I see them. Tracks such as ‘Tell Me’ to the more punchier ‘A Familiar Love will help transcend them to their own headline tours of this capacity within time, and hopefully, it’ll only be a matter of time as well. I do think the presence of everyone being there so early helped their case here, because of the crowd response where with this edge, it helped them deliver a solid set.

Up next, In Her Own Words debut UK show. And wow, you don’t get many reactions such as that. From the start of their set, they provide a performance that’s both punchy and energetic where the crowd embrace them straight from the beginning. And for a band that’s come across the shores for the first time, it’s a sight that’s never seen enough. ‘Serotonin’ and ‘Strangers’ were the standouts on the night because I don’t think the crowd had seen anything such as this before where most would come across as lacklustre, but that will never be In Her Own Words and if they’re to come back, (which they should consider doing soon) this crowd better be ready.

Well, Stand Atlantic. I’ve waited nearly a year to see them again and what a tremendous occasion it should be on their opening night of their debut UK headlining tour. And wow, what a way to start it as well! It fully SOLD OUT as well may I add (as has approximately 3/4 of their UK tour at the time of writing) and fully deservingly because these sets, these near perfect sets, are ones you don’t see very often.

Bustling with tremendous energy into tracks from their debut record, ‘Skinny Dipping’, Bullfrog’ and ‘Speak Slow’ were just the taste of what they could do. In fact, I think it was during Speak Slow that the stagedivers actually broke part of Bonnie’s mic stand, in which the band’s photographer had to lend his hands to hold it up until the song was complete. From there, their vocalist did take a few steps back just from the fear of fans hurting themselves by crashing into the stand again. You do have to realise that there were numerous people crashing on their heavier and jumpier tracks, and they did have their wellbeing taken into consideration.

Moving on, what was produced by the band was an energetic, lovely and heartbreaking set nobody could have expected from these up and comers. But careful how you look at those words as when this headlining run finishes and upon their return, they shall not be newcomers anymore, they’ll return with their legion of followers where before long they’ll emulate State Champs, Set It Off and more on the scene in what will be Sold Out  shows at (hopefully) at larger capacity venues.

Highlights from their set do have to be their title track of the record, ‘Skinny Dipping’ as it’s both a beautiful track and a showcase of just what Stand Atlantic are capable of on stage to the point of which is asking, what’s next for the band because they’ll break the barrier of what they’ve reached again, with the entirety of ‘Skinny Dipping’. ‘Burn In The Afterthought’ is another which comes to mind again because of the way they’re able to perform it. It’s outside of their usual edgy Pop-Punk repertoire but still, they’ve proven they’re a band who don’t need to settle for the basics of what the genre expects of them and here, whatever they do produce after ‘Skinny Dipping’, it’ll be a continuing mastery of the genre-bending they’ve already beautifully produced. The only track I do wish was played is ‘Clay’, which on the record, Hannah Greenwood of Creeper does provide the guest vocals for, but that’s because I’m being a tiny bit biased as it is a personal favourite track of mine. Who knows? It could appear on their next tour? If you’re wondering if they played anything off their Sidewinder EP, it was everything except Mess I Made. But it’s almost as if they didn’t need to play it tonight as they gave everything to the fans tonight where their raw energy and passion is true. Plus it’s always fun to see them play Chemicals live, just to get into the moshpit itself!

Lastly, I do have to say Stand Atlantic are certainly on a trajectory to play much larger venues after this tour and all I can say that they produced one of the best sets I’ve had the pleasure to watch in recent memory. And, if you’re off to a show on their current UK tour or any in the future, expect things to get mental quickly because if you’re standing still, you’ll get crushed!

Rating: 9/10

Music Video Roundup 29/03/19

It’s 4PM on a Friday! This means it’s time for the music video roundup. If you’re new to either the blog or these music video roundup posts, this is how it works. Every week, I watch some of the best recently released music videos and compile them into a list for everyone’s viewing pleasure. They’re span across all the different genres, so expect something different for most of the tracks. First up are Hopeless Records new emo-rapper Dying In Designer. Apparently, he’s reminiscent of Blink-182 crossed with nothing, nowhere. I’ll leave that for you to decide.

 

Late last year, Steve Aoki had a track released with Blink-182 (we’re getting those band mentions in this week aren’t we?) and he teased everyone that a video was coming but ultimately, that came to nothing. But now, the video has surfaced! You’re welcome world!

 

The Pop-Punkers Seaway are just on the rise at the moment, and have a compilation record of sorts full of b-sides and other tracks out soon but, recently they released a huge new track titled as ‘Pleasures’. It’s one you’ll certainly remember and hopefully, that’ll be because of the video as well.

 

Moving to New Jersey next, the Post-Hardcore up and comers Vanish have recently released their debut record, ‘Familiar Faces’ earlier this month but they had one final cut from the record ‘Under Water // On Fire’ before everything got released.

 

Coming straight back to the UK for this next choice, Lincoln metallers Borders have their second taste for their debut record, ‘Purify’ which is a track about corruption. Let’s dive into ‘War’.

 

We had one I Prevail video last week, but they’re getting the word out for their new record, ‘Trauma’ through their haunting music videos. This time, it’s for the track ‘Paranoid’ which has a surgery theme and WARNING…. it’s not for the squeamish.

 

This next band are known for their intense music. That’s not a great clue but I’ll just tell you. Having just recently released, ‘Uterine Industrialisation’ Venom Prison has just recently debuted a brand new video for ‘Asura’s Realm’, their second cut from their latest record. The visuals though? It’s in their style.

Recently Grayscaled released a new music video for their track ‘If I Ever See You Again’, but they also revealed that their drummer, Nick Veno left the band. They should’ve waited until April Fools Day with this one because actually, it was just a massive joke by the band! It’s an intriguing set up though and makes for one hell of a video as Veno fights his way back into the band.

 

For the penultimate video, we’re going for a live video. Architects performed at Germany’s Sporthalle last month and before they go across the pond to take Holy Hell to new heights, I suppose they wanted to reflect in the form of a live version of ‘Royal Beggars’. Check it out below.

 

Lastly, we’ve got a band I personally chose to close out the list. Now, this band is possibly British heavy hitting at their finest. “Harsh Truth’ is all about the difficult but necessary talking point of suicide for Employed To Serve which is directly from the band’s upcoming third record, ‘Eternal Forward Motion’.

On the track, vocalist Justine Jones has said: Lyrically, ‘Harsh Truth’ is an anthem for the ill represented masses who are struggling behind the veil of positive social media posts. The world is a better place with you in it, so please seek help as it’s always there.”

 

And that’s it for another week of music video roundup. Don’t forget to check back next week at 4PM sharp for another countdown of ten of the best recent music videos to feast your eyes upon. There’s also new posts every day on the Almost anything Media so be sure to check out anything that might catch your eye.

Rammstein Announce Self-Titled Record, Release First Video

They’re coming back!

The German giants Rammstein have announced their new record, their long-awaited seventh released titled as Ramstein which will be released on May 17th via UME / Spinefarm.

With this announcement, they’ve also dropped the video for their first single, ‘Deutschland’.

Check it out below.

 

The release does come with controversy among Jewish leaders in Germany, who believed the clip trivialised The Holocaust.

Following the release of the record, the band will be touring throughout the UK and the EU where they will be playing Stadium MK, Milton Keynes on July 6th 2019.

Former Woe, Is Me Vocalist Michael Bohn Addresses Reunion Rumors

The Instagram account of the former band Woe, Is Me has been revived as of late with Tyler Carter posting an image of their debut record, ‘Number[s]’.

This sent the fanbase into a frenzy, with speculation rife which included a reunion tour when the record turning 10 next year.

 

Michael Bohn however, who handled vocal duties alongside Carter, addressed the rumours and refuted them on Twitter, stating “he couldn’t be paid to do a reunion”.

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“Wanna clear something up real quick. I understand that the album “Number[s]” really meant a lot to so many people. Hell, it meant a lot to me as well. I appreciate the love that people have shared from that album and I’m honored to have been a part of it. However, I will not be doing any sort of reunion at all! I’m not gonna get people’s hopes up and fill them with misleading info! You couldn’t pay me to do a Woe, Is Me reunion and that’s that!”

 

As It Is, Yonaka And More Announced For 2000 Trees Festival

This festival is going to be huge for 2019 and one you’ll surely not want to miss as 2000 Trees have added an additional 23 bands to their 2019 lineup.

Joining the already announced You Me At Six, Frank Turner, Every Time I Die and While She Sleeps are:

As It Is
YONAKA
The Skints
Cancer Bats
A
Pulled Apart By Horses
Culture Abuse
The Dangerous Summer
Vukovi
Dune Rats
The Bottom Line
DE STAAT
Show Me The Body
cleopatrick
Free Throw
Le Butcherettes
Wallflower
Modern Error
Slow Crush
Dangerface
False Heads
The Wood Burning Savages
Slingshot Dakota

2000 Trees Festival takes place at Upcote Farm, Gloucestershire on July 11th to 13th 2019.

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Sad Summer Festival and Set It Off Remove L.I.F.T From TouringFollowing Misconduct Allegations

Following the allegations of misconduct against L.I.F.T, Sad Summer Fest and Set It Off have removed the band from their upcoming touring lineups.

O the announcement, Sad Summer Festival have said:

In light of developing allegations, L.I.F.T will no longer be appearing on Sad Summer Fest 2019.

We are looking forward to bringing the positive vibes and making the first year of Sad Summer Fest one to remember!

Set It Off later posted the following statement as well.

“After the allegations and stories were brought to our attention by our fans, we have made the decision to remove L.I.F.T. from our upcoming headline tour.

Having a safe and fun environment at all of our shows is a top priority for us and something we take seriously.

We believe that it is important for every voice to be heard and we support that notion wholeheartedly.

We promise we will always listen.”

 

Responding to the allegations against the band, L.I.F.T have also made a statement on Twitter, which you can read in full below.

“In the last few days we’ve been made aware of situations where people felt that we have been inappropriate at a show. When we first heard about it we were shocked to find out that anyone had left our interactions feeling uncomfortable. To those who have walked away from meeting us feeling disrespected or unsafe in any way, please know that would never be out intention and that we’re genuinely sorry. We want you to know that we are listening, and we want to do everything in our power to help make our shows a safe space for everyone, especially women.

This is all new for us, meeting fans, signings, and while it’s a dream come true we also raise that our inexperience lead to trying to take photos and sign for people without any order. Moving forward, we will take extra precautions needed to make sure everyone is comfortable and safe.

We really hope this helps put some of you at ease, and again, we are incredibly sorry to anyone who has been made uncomfortable. Thank you to our fan base for being there for us – just know we would never do anything to jeopardise this family, it is everything to us.”

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Mallory Knox Have Completed Their Next Record

The last few years have been up and down for Mallory Knox. It was around this time last year, Mikey Chapman stepped down from the band, where they’ve been quiet as of late.

Although, some guessed that they’d been utilising that time away to put together their upcoming fourth record which would be a follow up to their 2017 effort, ‘Wired’ which has now been completed.

Sam Douglas, the now vocalist and bassist for the band has confirmed via Twitter that the record has been recorded and mastered, hopefully, the first single will be on the way soon.

Machine Head Announce ‘Burn My Eyes’ 25th Anniversary UK Tour

After some months in which saw two members step down, Machine Head are gearing up for a 25th Anniversary of their record ‘Burn My Eyes’,

This is following their confirmation of a tour across North America in which they’ll be bringing the tour to the UK where they’ll be performing two sets.

One set will be under the current line-up with two TBC replacements for drummer Dave McClain and guitarist Phil Demmel performing modern cuts of their tracks.

The second set will see them performing the 1994 record, ‘Burn My Eyes’ in full with Chris Kontos and Logan Mader returning to the lineup.

Here are the dates.

November 2019

2nd – London O2 Brixton Academy
4th – Manchester O2 Victoria Warehouse
5th – Glasgow, O2 Academy

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Allusinlove Announces Debut Record

One name change and hiatus later, Allusdrugs did return toward the end of 2018 under the new name, Allusinlove and now, they’re ready to unleash their debut record.

It’s going to be called ‘It’s OK To Talk’ which is set to be released on June 7th 2019 via Good Soldier Songs.

Check out the cover art, track listing and pre-order details below.

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01.) Full Circle
02.) All My Love
03.) Lucky You
04.) Sunset Yellow
05.) All Good People
06.) Bad Girls
07.) Lover I Need A Friend
08.) I’m Your Man
09.) Happy Eyes
10.) It’s OK To Talk
11.) The Deepest

Live Review: Holding Absence @ The Key Club, Leeds

Date: 23/03/19

Support:  The Lunar Process, The Nightmares, Luke Rainsford

It has certainly been a long long wait for Holding Absence to bring out their debut record but it’s absolutely moving, haunting and powerful to cement them as ones to watch in 2019 as they consolidate their place as one of the UK’s finest musical heavy exports. With that debut record released into the world, the Welsh up and comers (signed to the phenomenal Sharptone Records) make their way up and down the country on what could be their most important tour ever. Tonight they hit up Leeds and from what I’ve seen in recent memory, it’s a place which could make or break some bands.

The Lunar Process opened things for the night but honestly, it did take a while for people to come in because I think final soundchecks may have been slightly delayed. nevertheless, this was a band who immediately ripped into the audience with sheer force and never slowed down for anything when they played. To see that they’re just opening for Holding Absence is a shame because this is a band I want to hear more of and their stage presence and their performance encapsulates them years ahead of their time and I wouldn’t be surprised if big things would come their way soon. Additionally, I had no knowledge this band would be playing on the night either but I’m so happy to see Holding Absence reaching out to bands of this calibre because it was a welcomed surprise.

Now, The Nightmares seemed as if all they had going for them was the atmosphere of their performance. There were some good reactions to a few of their tracks but I do have to question why they played straight after a heavy hitting set from The Lunar Process. This doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy what they performed, rather I thought it was a welcomed change from the usual hardcore band supports I’ve seen of late and its this diversity which should be becoming to shows on all tours. Namely, their gothic nature is something which has been missed from shows I’ve been to and would love to see more of in the future where they can only excel.

Next to take up the reigns was Luke Rainsford. The wait to see this lad again, this time with a full band was truly worth it. There was some anticipation from the crowd for his set and his reception was quite shocking even to him, as I had a quick chat with the musician after the show. Here though, there is more diversity because Luke Rainsford is quite unlike any of the shows on the rest of the tour bill. This is probably the best thing about Luke because he’s not conforming to any norms or expectations that he has to be heavy but his songs cut deeper than most and thinking quickly to ‘Frame’ and ‘Home Safe’ these are some of the best examples of his work. What he delivered though was a full energetic set with some assistance from the audience, just made them love his music even more. Luke Rainsford is a one of a kind artist in the scene right now and performances such as this just drive us in more to hear his voice.

Before I say anything about Holding Absence, I do have to say I’ve only ever caught a glimpse of them live before their Leeds date and to say they were enjoyable would just be an insult. Their debut self-titled record is one which is tipped to be a favourite of 2019 but when seen live, their tracks just emphasise who they truly are. Up and comers? Yes. Ones to watch?  Absolutely. But if asked that their record would do great things for them, I’d have to answer unquestionably. This is because they’re a band who come up possibly once in a decade, possibly similar to their Welsh counterparts Dream State who are fighting to be heard and it’s this record which will make or break them.

From start to finish, their set was a heart-pounding, heavy hitting and mesmerising performance, the best I’ve seen of 2019 and to cap off what is a potential best show for myself as well. From ‘Perish’ to ‘Monochrome’ to their closing track Penance, they might have well have announced they’re going to stay for a while and don’t expect anything less than the best from us because it’s very rare you see and hear about these shows because I found when I first started listening to Holding Absence and I still hear them as one of the most inspiring bands because of the way they conduct themselves, I’ve never seen such an in sync group of people whom just acts as if they’re moving as one when on stage.

With their trademark track of Monochrome, this is one of the most pulsating trademarks of their body of work and Lucas Woodman (Vocals) is mesmerising to see as he commands the crowd with his lyrics. One thing is for certain though, and that’s their reign on the scene is going to come, hopefully soon.

I do have to be truthful for this part and say there was a bit of disappointment where there were some technical difficulties in the Keyboards which meant (as far as I can tell) from a setlist perspective that Marigold had to be cut from the set where the wondering fans just wanted them to continue with it all. It is a disappointment to see an error such as this cast a shadow over a perfect set but straight after, the band kept calm and carried on with ‘Like A Shadow’, much to the audience’s approval. For their set to end as it did, I’m sure it’ll be rectified in the near future for when they return, they’ll be back in full force with their Yorkshire leigon waiting for them to return.

Rating: 7/10