Blood Youth Join Castlefest 2019

Lutons ever growing Castlefest have made a brand new announcement, with Blood Youth, Black Coast and more joining Shvpes and Conjurer who’ve already been announced.

Here are the bands from this announcement.

Bailer,Banton, Black Coast, Blood Youth, Eliza And The Bear, Sarpa Salpa, Seán McGowan, Seasons, wars.

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Castefest will take place on September 27th – 29th at the UK Centre For Carnival Acts, Luton.

Ice Nine Kills Part Ways With Justin Morrow, Joins Motionless In White

Ice Nine Kills have announced in a short statement that they have parted ways with their Bassist Justin Marrow.

It explains that the departure was a mutual decision and he has joined Motionless In White on a full-time basis.

Morrow has been filling in on Bass over the last six months for them, since the departure of Ghost in May.

Below is Ice Nine Kills full statement.

“Over the last 6 months our bass player, Justin Morrow, has been filling in for Motionless In White. After much consideration, we have mutually decided to part ways and Justin will be moving forward as the bass player for Motionless in White. We are excited for Justin and wish him nothing but the best!

Meanwhile, we are pleased to announce that filling Justin’s shoes will be ex-Venetia Fair member pianist/vocalist, Joe Occhiuti, who co-wrote some of ‘The Silver Scream’ and who has been a part of the extended INK family for many years. Joe brings with him an extensive multi instrument musical background and will not only be taking over bass duties, but will be contributing keys and back-up vocals, breathing even more insanity into the INK live show.”

All Time Low’s “Little Break” Is Over, New Record Is Incoming

It’s incoming. All Time Low’s frontman Alex Gaskarth has confirmed that the work on the follow up to 2017’s ‘Last Young Renegade’ has begun.

Speaking with The Music Podcast about Simple Creatures with Mark Hoppus, Gaskarth has shared that in 2020 a new All Time Low record would be out.

“We had a long record cycle with Last Young Renegade and we kind of felt like we circled the world twice on that music and it just felt like, maybe, the right time to take a little break from being on the road with All Time Low,” Alex shared.

“We just felt like maybe we’d pummelled people over the head with it too much! It was the right moment to take a step back and re-evaluate what the next iteration of All Time Low would be and so we’ve started digging into demos and new music is taking shape.

“I just spent a few weeks in Nashville at Rian’s [Dawson, drummer] studio, starting to form ideas. It’s nice, we have an amazing head start on the whole thing and there’s already pictures forming which is a nice way to approach it.”

Could we see a new track played at Slam Dunk Festival this year? It’d be a long shot but I think we can all hope so!

Slam Dunk Festival is All Time Low’s only scheduled performance for 2019.

Modern Error Announces Tour With Lotus Eater

So, two great upcoming bands for the price of one as Modern Error and Lotus Eater have announced a tour together!

If you’re unfamiliar, here’s Lotus Eater

And here’s Modern Error.

The dates? I got you covered. Here are the full dates of the tour.

June 2019

1st – Camden Rocks, London (Modern Error Only)

2nd – Camden Rocks, London (Lotus Eater Only)

2nd – Anvil, Bournemouth

3rd – Exchange, Bristol

4th – Underground, Stoke

5th – Record Junkee, Sheffield

6th – Level III, Swindon

8th – Shed, Leicester

9th – Elsewhere, Margate

 

Blink-182 Have Recorded More Than 40 Track For Their Upcoming Record

More confirmation on Blink-182’s upcoming record. It’s going so well in fact, that they’ve recorded over 40 songs already (and counting).

In an interview, Drummer Travis Barker has said:

“We have over 40 songs recorded – and we’ve never actually recorded that many songs for an album before. But it’s a matter of – I don’t know, our expectations are crazy. And you know, only 10-12 will be on the album. But we’ve got to have those 10-12 that are bangers.”

“And I think we’re in a place where we don’t really want to repeat ourselves. We’ve done this for so long, we just want the absolute best.”

Check out the clip below.

Knocked Loose Announces One-Off Slam Dunk Festival Side Show

One more warm-up show for Slam Dunk Festival is Knocked Loose.

They’ll be appearing at the festival in May but the day before everything kicks off, they’ll be playing London’s O2 Academy in Islington on May 24th 2019.

Grandson Announces UK Shows

The controversial and socially aware artist known as Grandson has announced two Slam Dunk Festival warm-up shows ahead of his scheduled appearances in May

Here are where he’s playing.

May 2019

22nd – The Underworld, London

23rd – Cathouse, Glasgow

Music Video Roundup 22/04/19

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 Breather, an up and coming British group with a powerful track in the form of, ‘The Blue’.

The second entry is another fantastic video. It features footage taken from his recent tour in support of his debut solo record, ‘Post Traumatic’ and the clips are from the New York and Montreal shows of Mike Shinoda’s tour, check out I.O.U. below.

 

It’s safe to say State Champs newest record, ‘Living Proof’ was one of Pop-Punks best records in 2018 and one of their best tracks off the record, ‘Criminal’ has a music video! The basic plot? It’s about a desperate search for an iPod. Trust me.

Recently, the fantastic Welsh up and comers Holding Absence finally released their long-awaited debut record but just before, they dropped a new video which introduces some colour into their monochrome aesthetic they’re known for.

Vocalist Lucas Woodland had the following to say about the song and their previous singles.

“We’re so proud and excited to show everybody ‘Monochrome’, the song shows our band sonically and visually in a new light and opens a lot of doors for us. We feel like this track, alongside the prior 3 singles released are a great insight as to what our album has to offer and what fans can expect.”

Another band who’s just released some new material are the British melodic hardcore newcomers Modern Error. Their last cut before the release of their debut EP, ‘Lost In The Noise’ is called ‘Self Synthetic’ which keeps up their blue aesthetic.

Time to get a little cinematic. It’s from those wolf masked crazies in Man With A Mission and this video packs a punch. Literally.

Moving into 2019, The Xcerts are going into it off a stellar 2018 for the band who’ve just kept that momentum going from every single track off their latest record.  With a new EP on the horizon for the band, 2019 will be a make or break year for them. With that in mind, they have a new video for ‘You Mean Everything’ and on this video, vocalist Murray Macleod has said:

“We are really psyched to share with you the video for ‘You Mean Everything’. It was put together by our close friend Thomas Brooker who has spent the past year and a half with us on the road during the entire ‘Hold On To Your Heart’ campaign. I guess it’s kind of a romantic rock and roll, family home video, we hope you dig it as much as we do.”

Moving on with this list, we’re going across the pond to the Boston based hardcore band, Defeater. They’re gearing up for the release of their fifth record, but recently dropped a stream of the lead single, ‘Mothers’ Son’. It features plenty of footage working on the record in the studio and is quite a visual spectacle.

 

Following the announcement of their EP, ‘Ensom’ and the reaction to their debut single off it, Parting Gift have another surprise for us which just intensifies just what we’re gearing up for with this band.

 

And we have a huge, dark and intense last video for everyone. It’s Underoath and they have a video for a track off their 2018 record, ‘Erase Me’. Aaron Gillespie has said: “Spencer [Chamberlain] and I were chained to a pole for three hours with a stranger, who was the actress. Making this video was a really interesting process, because the song deals with a lot of deep issues and struggles. But it was so late when we were filming that we were just hysterical. The video seems so serious due to the lyrical content, but it was a night.”

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.

Chinese Goths Rally Around Woman Forced To Remove “Distressing” Make-Up On Subway

A woman was asked to leave a Chinese subway train and was forced to remove her “distressing” dark make-up but did the internet sit back and relax? Of course not! Social Media rallied behind her by people posting selfies of themselves in full make-up and “gothic lolita” outfits.

The Guardian reported that an unnamed woman in the Guangzhou, whom was riding a subway train was approached by a security guard who “called her manager, and said that her make up was ‘problematic and really horrible’.

She was then told that she has to remove her make-up if she wanted to continue riding the subway.

Later, in a post via the website Weibo, the woman wrote:

“As a Chinese citizen, I’m hoping to use this relatively public platform to challenge the authorities: What laws grant you the right to stop me and waste my time?

“If you are able to cite one, I am willing to pay for a banner to hang at the subway station, which reads, ‘People wearing gothic lolita clothing are not allowed to ride subway.’”

In response to this, the over 5,000 users on Weibo posted pictures of themselves in full goth makeup with the hashtag ‘#ASelfieForTheGuangzhouMetro’. The Guangzhou subway has since apologized and a staff member has been suspended.

I think this is a problem that will never go away and judging someone on their looks is just offensive, god forbid if someone was asked to cover up because they have a deformity, it would be unacceptable. But this is the world in 2019 and being tormented for how someone looks is something the gothic and rock world is something we’re all too familiar with, especially the most notable case being the murder of Sophie Lancaster in 2007.

Andy Black Announces UK Tour

Following the announcement of his upcoming second solo record, ‘The Ghost Of Ohio’, which is to be released in April, Andy Black has now announced a UK Headline tour which will see him play six shows across the UK.

Here is where he’s playing.

July 2019

5th – London Electric Ballroom

6th – Bristol Anson Rooms

7th – Glasgow Garage

9th – Manchester Academy 2

10th – Brighton Concorde 2

11th – Birmingham O2 Institute

Andy Black’s upcoming record, ‘The Ghost Of Ohio’ is set to be released on April 12th 2019 via Lava Records.