Grayscale Part Ways With Nick Veno

Grayscale have just announced a change in their lineup, with Drummer Nick Veno quitting but will finish their tour with the band.

Grayscale posted to Twitter to share the details of what is happening.

“There have been some changes behind the scenes in our band. Due to some creative differences, this is the new Grayscale. The current tour we’re on will continue as planned, with Nick finishing out the remaining shows with us. More details to come on Monday.”

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Nick Veno has also shared a statement via Twitter saying:

“I’ll keep this as brief as I can. I am no longer in Grayscale. “Creative differences” is one way to put it, but after being in a band with those guys for years, I have come to learn how self-centred they all really are. I will be finishing the current tour with them, and that’s it. Please understand I am not interested in providing more information at this time. Thank you for everything.”

 

Live Review: Beth McCarthy @ Fibbers, York

Date: 08/03/19

Support: The Dunwells, Antonio Lulic, Annie Donaghy

It’s almost been a decade since York born and bred’s Beth McCarthy sprung onto the music scene, with the city watching her grow from touring the UK to appearing on The Voice UK at 16 years old and now, she’s headlining a packed and virtually sold out Fibbers show to mark the release of her brand new EP. As she put it, ‘the old Beth is dead’ and we’re seeing her move forward in an amazing new direction.

I did arrive late as I was coming straight work so I missed some of Annie Donaghy’s set but I manage to catch her last few songs.  What I did observe was an emerging talent, possibly someone who could potentially be the next Beth, but honestly, I think some of her nerves did get the better of her but in time, I’m sure she’ll shake those off.

Antonio Lulic. The one word I’d use to describe him? Above anything else, it would be eccentric. Mainly because he’s so furiously entertaining that the audience couldn’t keep their eyes off of him. Just from his performance, you can see why he’s still alive and kicking on the tour circuit. He’s so charismatic which leads directly into his vocals which provides him with the opportunity to play alongside so many people. But here you can see why he’s a leading man with his Ricky Martin-esque swagger. He delights in the stories, wows the audience and his lyrics are one above the average you see in the dingy tiny bars you commonly see.

Moving to The Dunwells. I will admit I was a little bit sceptical about this dynamic duo. They’re an act I’ve never come across before but after the first few tracks, they gave off quite a mesmerising performance and I’ll say it, one of the UK’s best-kept secrets in terms of musical acts. The dynamic between is one you only see every so often but they were in perfect sync with one another, it was a little freaky but they’re an act that’s not unlike a good comedian. They’ve learned to have fun with each other on stage, not taking themselves too seriously between their songs which makes it all the more special for the audience to watch.

Now, I’ve seen Beth play a few times and she just continuously keeps growing. That’s the best thing about this woman, where it was just her an acoustic guitar the last time I saw her play at The Crescent just down the road. I will admit, she did break out her acoustic guitar again, where a little of the old Beth’s spirit is encased in that respect but as far as her growing as an artist, her lyrics are somewhat more powerful and more spiritual to her and the audience. Given that some were written and co-written by The Dunwells there’s definitely the sense of originality but with the atmosphere Beth and her stage team bring, it’s emphatically aware that she’s ready for bigger and better things.  But here, she’s injecting herself into the mainstream audience to give music exactly what’s needed. This is something that isn’t the generic and manufactured female singer we’ve all heard on the radio which interjects directly into the stage show. Now, this isn’t where the band just simply plugged in and played, this would be a gross understatement of just what occurred on the night. There was a very well done light show to accompany her sound and the fog added a good touch to a mysterious dynamic we haven’t seen on her before.

Beth has and is continuing to defy what it means to be an artist in this day and age where from busking to this show, her steps here I’m sure will catapult her to mainstream success to where she is a little girl with a great big voice.

Rating: 7/10

Check out Beth’s music video for ‘Wildfire’ below.

Circa Waves Hosting Pub Lock-In, Wolf Alice Are Also DJing

Everyone loves some free beer, right? Well, Circa Waves are opening up a pop-up pub!

The reason? To help people escape the most boring and dull scary thing to plague the UK ever. Of course, I’m talking about Brexit.

The band are hosting a locking in where they’ll also be DJing alongside Theo Ellis (Wolf Alice) and Alex Trimble (Two Door Cinema Club).

On the event, the band have said:

“We’re all bored the doom and gloom of Brexit, so our plan is to go to the pub and wait for it all to blow over. Actually, the plan is to take over an entire pub, filled with people, play some pool, pull some pints, toast the upcoming release of our new record and just forget about everything else.”

Attendees will also be able to consume Circa Waves very own custom beer, with a limited edition signed album posters which are on offer.

To sign up for tickets for the March 19th event, follow this link.

 

Hayley Williams Goes Back To Her Roots

Hayley Williams has sent her fans into a frenzy after revealing she’s returning to her roots. By this, I mean that she’s going back to her signature hair colour but it isn’t the riot! branded hair we all know.

The vocalist can be seen with The Good Dye Young Creative Director Brian J. O’Connor in a video for the brand. She’s sporting a beanie but you can still see the look.

 

 

Between The Buried And Me Announce UK Dates

The Progressive titans Between The Buried And Me have announced a few UK headline dates for 2019 and….. they’ll be performing two sets across the evening!

They’ll be playing Manchester Academy 2 and London Electric Ballroom on October 9th and 10th.

Bassist Dan Briggs has said:

“The “evening with” set is a curation of almost 20 years of music with the specific intent on realizing what it all means in 2019; how did we arrive here and where do we go? Sometimes the process of realization comes from breathing new life into old material. Over the two sets of music there’s a four part arc that will play out in the form of one cohesive night of music spanning 2002-2019.”

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Opeth To Headline Damnation Festival

Damnation Festival will mark its 15th year in 2019 and the organisers have recently made the first line-up for this years event, with Opeth confirmed to headline the event!

Birds In Row, Godeater, Lord Dying and more will be playing alongside Opeth.

Here’s who’s on the announcement.

Alunah
Birds In Row
Dawn Ray’d
Godeater
Imperial Triumphant
Jo Quail
Lord Dying
Opeth
Wheel

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Damnation Festival will take place at Leeds University on November 2nd 2019.

 

Oxygen Thief, Weatherstate & MoreJoin Bristol’s Booze Cruise 2019

The DIY Booze Cruise festival has announced some more acts for its inaugural UK date this year.

Oxygen Thief, Weatherstate, Cultdreams, Wayl, Suggested Friends, The Run Up, Phaedra’s Love, Erica Freas, The Dauntless Elite, Dogeyed, Cory & Kirsty Call, Cultdreams, Dangers of Live, The Dauntless Elite, Dogeyed, Aerial Salad, Anna’s Anchor, Arms & Hearts, Boxing Day and Brightr have all been added to the lineup.

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The Booze Cruise Festival will take place on May 24th – 26th 2019 at various venues in Bristol.

Nervus Announce UK Tour

Their record, ‘Everything Dies’ is now one year old and the Watford Punks are celebrating by trekking out in the UK, with Koji and Fresh coming along as their support.

Here are the dates.

June 2019

16th – Manchester Soup Kitchen

17th – London Moth Club

18th – Southampton Joiners

19th – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach

20th – Margate Elsewhere

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Seaway Announce B-side, Covers and Reworks record, ‘Fresh Produce’

There’s a new record coming from Seaway but not as you expected!

The Oakville Pop-Punks will release a compilation record called ‘Fresh Produce’ and will be released on April 19th 2019 via Pure Noise Records.

Here’s the tracklisting and Album Art.

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01.) Pleasures
02.) Blur
03.) Something Wonderful (Alternate Version)
04.) 40 Over (Alternate Version)
05.) Lula (Alternate Version)
06.) Slam/Shy Guys (Alternate Version)
07.) Just What I Needed (Cover)
08.) Hand In My Pocket (Cover)
09.) Closer (Cover)
10.) Your Best Friend
11.) Alberta
12.) The Let Down
13.) If I Came Back For You

Pre-orders are available from the label’s webstore.

Neck Deep Announce Two Intimate Shows

Ahead of some festival appearances at Groezrock and Slam Dunk Festival this summer, Neck Deep are heading out on two shows in the UK to warm up.

They’ll be playing Brighton’s Concorde2 with Parting Gift and Lotus Eater as their support and Hangar 34 in Liverpool on May 24th with Seaway as their support on that one as well. Talk about a stellar lineup!