Funeral For A Friend Announce UK Tour For April 2021

After reuniting for a handful of charity gigs in 2019, the Welsh post-hardcore favourites Funeral For A Friend have announced dates for a headlining tour of the UK for April 2021.

In the run of shows, they’ll be performing tracks from their first three records, which includes ‘Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation’, 2005’s ‘Hours’, and 2007’s ‘Tales Don’t Tell Themselves’.

You can check out the tour dates below.

April 2021

7th – University Great Hall, Cardiff

18th – O2 Institute, Birmingham

19th – University, Newcastle

20th – SWG3 Galvanizers, Glasgow

23rd – O2 Ritz, Manchester

24th – Electric Brixton, London

Phoxjaw Announce UK Tour For February 2021

Following the release of their debut record, ‘Royal Swan’, Bristol’s Phoxjaw have announced plans for a headlining run of shows for the UK in 2021. The tour will run from February 16th 2021 up until the 28th.

Poisonous Birds will be the support band for the tour.

You can find the full touring dates below.

February 2021

16th – The Victoria, Birmingham

17th – Rough Trade, Bristol

18th – Heartbrakers, Southampton

20th – The Cookie, Leicester

21st – Gullivers, Manchester

22nd – The Fulford Arms, York

23rd – Surf Cafe, Tunemouth

25th – Garage Attic, Glasgow

27th – The Sugarmill, Stoke On Trent

28th – Waterfront Studio, Norwich

Go Behind The Scenes On Bring Me The Horizon’s Video For ‘Parasite Eve’

Following the release of the stellar single for Bring Me the Horizon’s latest release, ‘Parasite Eve’, the band have recently shared an insight into the making-of in a behind the scenes video.

Frontman Oli Sykes explains that creating the visuals for the video was no easy task while four members of the band were in lockdown in the Uk, while bassist Matt Kean was in Los Angeles. In addition, when the lockdown was eased, they had to stick a few metres apart from eachother while keeping to the DIY approach.

“One thing lockdown has proven to us is that we can make shit happen with a lot less resources than we actually need,” Oli explains. “I’m not even going to tell how much our last video for Ludens cost, but it was fucking crazy.”

Adding to this, he says that he found inspiration from nu-metal, characters from comic books (Venom) and anime (Tokyo Ghoul), as well as “a really sick game called Hellblade” and an unreleased film titled The Inferno Unseen.

“Aesthetically, one of the main inspirations I drew from was actually an unreleased film called The Inferno Unseen by Henri-Georges Clouzot,” he reveals. “Even though the film was never properly released, some of the excerpts from that film are really sick in terms of the colours and the lighting [and] just the effects. It’s just so dream-like and haunting. We really want to try and create something in a similar vein to that for this music video.”

Parasite Eve is the first track from an upcoming series of EPs from Horizon, with Sykes saying that they want to make “four different records over the next year”.

Watch the making of video below.

And be sure to check out the full video for Parasite Eve below.

Dave Grohl Reflects On How “F**king Terrifying” It Was To Go From Being A Drummer To A Frontman

July 4th 1995 was a turning point in music history. This was the day that Foo Fighters debut self titled record was released. Dave Grohl has recently been reflecting on the early years of the band, where he made the switch from being Nirvana’s drummer to the larger than life frontman his is now.

Speaking on Matt Wilkinson’s show on Apple Music, he remembers how he’d “been sitting on a drum stool for so long” that he found himself asking how his body moved while standing in front of people.

“‘What do I say in between songs?’” Dave says. “These are the things that go through your head, and if you’re not feeling it or you don’t have that connection or confidence, it can be fucking terrifying.”

“It took a long time for me,” he continues. “I mean, now when I walk out onstage, it’s just like, ‘Hey. Okay, let’s go.’ But a long time ago, even doing interviews, I was shy. I was just insecure, self-aware. I just felt like I wasn’t used to being put in the forefront like that and I can not even watch interviews from those days back then.”

As well as putting himself under enormous pressure, Dave also recalls on the scrutiny he faced from both fans and press after Nirvana.

“There’s some journalists that are just like, ‘How dare you played music after Nirvana,’” he says. “I’m like, ‘What am I supposed to do?’

“We tried really hard to do it right,” continues Dave. “Instead of jumping on a tour opening up for some massive arena band at the time, we thought, ‘Okay, well let’s get in the van and let’s do it like we’ve always done it. Let’s start the way we always started,’ and that felt comfortable to us. And in doing any promotion or press, we didn’t make a video right out of the gate, we tried to temper all of that stuff because it was scary in a way. I knew that I was walking the plank on this. I knew that I was going to be scrutinised and I knew that there was going to be comparisons and things like that.

“And yeah, I mean it was tough,” he concludes. “But it wasn’t that tough. I mean it was like if someone gave you shit, you just say, ‘Fuck you, motherfucker.’”

New Music Video Roundup 03/07/20

First off I do apologise again that there was no music video roundup or new music roundup post last week. As stated in the New Music post, my store had come out of lockdown and due to the hours I was taking up, there was very little time which I could contribute to the blog last week.

Now, moving onto this weeks roundup of ten of the best recently released music videos and sometimes a little information that comes with them! They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music (videos)!

First up this weeka re the British starrs Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes with a previously unreleased track which has not seen the light of day for over half a decade!

It was originally recorded for their 2015 record, ‘Blossom’ but never made the cut for the release. But, to celebrate the anniversary, they’re re re- releasing the record as an extended deluxe edition, including the new track in it’s listing.

Keeping things British for at least this track is the emo quintet Creeper where they have an animated video for the track, ‘Be My End’. This is off their upcoming record ‘Sex, Death & The Intimate Void’, which is set to be released next month.

Will Gould (Vocals) says: “‘Be My End’ is the opening song on our new album ‘Sex, Death & The Infinite Void’. Thematically it introduces the ‘apocalyptic romance’ that the album deals in. The music video marks the first time the band have used animation to tell its story. Calvary Falls is realised in its full glory as our narrative hurtles towards its conclusion. This is the band in a way you’ve never seen it before.”

Stepping into Pop-Punk territory where you get a 2 in 1 video because this features some guest vocals from Derek Sanders of Mayday Parade! This is Knuckle Puck whom have a video off their upcoming record, ’20/20′ set for a release date of September 18th 2020 via Rise Records. Check out ‘Breathe’ below.

Compilation Footage ahead! Originally set to have a video of live footage for this Dream State video, the shift had to go to the band asking fans to send in footage of them singing along to the track for ‘Are You Ready To Live?’

This really does work for the video as well, possibly better than any live footage could do.

CJ Gilpin (Vocals) comments on the track:

“We all at some point in our lives hit rock bottom, and the only road from there is one of change – only you can really pick yourself up and find the meanings that fit you. To be a fully whole being, you must first conquer your fears and pain by yourself; this life is the journey of self and no one can live it like you. No one will see it like you. Are you ready to live?'”\

For another latest release, Misery Signals gives the world a taste of what’s to come off their upcoming record, ‘Ultraviolet’ which is set to be release on August 7th 2020 via Basick Records.

Frontman Jesse Zaraka says:

“It is a record that purveys a much greater sense of hope than those that preceded it, and I think that as older individuals this was important from the onset of the process. I tried to create a Misery Signals record that was lyrically more positive than the previous outings, something that I could get behind as a father. Though there still exists a fair amount of tension and darkness, there shines a great amount more light.”

Moving forward in this weeks list, we have Broadside with their most recent track to come out, ‘Heavenly’ which is off their upcoming record, ‘Into The Raging Sea’.

It’s a love filled track which is a change of pace from the darker aspects they’ve been showing lately.

“’Heavenly’ is just a cute song. Sonically, it’s rooted in our old sound…the one that got us to the place where we are today. It’s a love song and an ode to our first single ‘Coffee Talk.’ Underneath the ‘big picture’ I try and paint into my lyrics, I’m still just a romantic to the core.”

Shifting gears to the Post-Hardcore quintet Slaves, they have released a video for ‘Like I Do’, which is the closing track off their upcoming ‘To Better Days’ record. This is set to be released August 5th 2020 via SBG records.

Heading over to Wichita as we move closer to the end of this week’s list is the Post – Hardcore troupe Revisionist, which was initially premiered on Dead Press. ‘Salient Rite’ is the first track to be released since last year’s ‘Culling’ record.

The track was produced by Underoath’s Aaron Gillespie where Joshua Barbee (Guitar) comments:

“‘Salient Rite’ really focuses on the hardships and struggles we as people go through. How much better one becomes as they deal and learn from the situations. How it affects your circle and elevates as a whole.”

Now we enter the ever growing world of Palaye Royale. The track, ‘Anxiety’ is off their recently released, ‘The Bastards’ record via Sumerian Records which follows on where their previous video, ‘Lovely’ left off which is as dramatic, explosive and hard-hitting as you could get. And best of all, Remington directed it!

And for the final music video of this weeks list, we have the ever explosive gods, Lamb Of God. ‘Gears is off their self-titled record, which was released in June.

Mick Morton states:

“The day has finally arrived! We are absolutely thrilled to be releasing our new, self-titled album today. We’re all so proud of this collection of songs and feel like they rival some of our best work. As a band, we have a reawakened energy and a renewed creative spark that is evident in these songs and pulses through the entire album. Everyone involved in this project is beyond anxious for the world to hear it. We hope you enjoy it and we thank you for your support!.”

And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best singles out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!

New Music Roundup 03/07/20

First things first, I do apologise that there was no new music or music video post last friday! Since lockdown has lifted the restrictions on shops in the UK, it meant that I was back at work and because a few team members from my shop couldn’t come back yet, I stepped up and took on their hours to help out my store.

And now, We’re back for a roundup of five of the best recently released tracks and sometimes a little information that comes with them! They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music (videos)!

First up this week are the 2020 anthemic kings known as Angels & Airwaves who’ve got a new single titled as ‘All That’s Left Is Love’, which comes off their upcoming TBC sixth record.

Tom DeLonge had the follow to say on the record.

“We never appreciate the connection we have with others until it’s gone, and although we may not be able to change this first part of this story, we can for sure change the ending.”

Check out ‘All That’s Left Is Love’ below.

Up next, we have the Like Pacific. The track, ‘Hands Tied’ have an unreleased B-side from their 2016 record, ‘Distant Like You Asked’ for everyone to enjoy. The track also features Comeback Kids ‘Andrew Neufeld lending vocals for the track.

“This song was crazy when we recorded it. It was wild to have Andrew Neufeld on a track. I must have listened to ‘Wake The Dead’ and ‘Broadcasting…’ all through high school. I’m glad it’s seeing the light of day. I was probably the angriest I was when recording ‘Distant Like You Asked’. After the death of my grandmother and a manipulative ex, it definitely was an abrasive one.”

Time for something a little more tifftastic now. Their debut record, ‘Internal Incarceration’ is set to drop in a few months times but until then we have the phenomenal ‘Manipulation Artist’.

‘Manipulation Artist’ is a swirling mass of razor wire riffs and bludgeoning breakdowns that the band say is about “questioning your own sanity while you are trapped in a cycle of abuse from a manipulative, toxic partner. One day of happiness overshadows the pain until it starts all over again.”

Moving into heavy territory we have the Hamilton based Counterparts. The band released their latest record, ‘Nothing LEft To Love’ last year and now, there’s some brand new B-Sides from the record which didn’t make the cut.

The two tracks are called ‘Purer Form Of Pain’ and ‘Strings Of Separation’ so I’m going to flip a coin for which to post this week. The winner? ‘Strings Of Separation.

Brendan Murphy (Vocals) explains:

“One person’s trash is another person’s treasure… so here’s two more b-sides I guess? We wrote these songs when we were in the process of recording ‘Nothing Left To Love’ and for whatever reason, they just didn’t fit the vibe of the album so we decided to cut ’em. Since you guys seemed pretty stoked on the ‘Private Room’ EP, we figured why not just throw these up? At the very least, it’ll occupy like 5-10 minutes of your time… and who knows when the five of us will even be able to cross the border to be in the same room and record more music? You might love them, you might think they stink, either way it’s all good by me. They’re b-sides! Who gives a shit?”

And now time for some British heavyweights. Whilst being all alone in isolation, Bring Me The Horizon didn’t sit around. They’ve been writing and recording where the first track of those sessions, ‘Parasite Eve’ got unleashed into the world last week.

Originally intended to be released June 10th 2020, it was postponed due to the Black Lives Matter movement and protets, where they state they “don’t feel comfortable released and promoting anything that takes the focus off what’s important right now.”

Frontman Oli Sykes had the following to say on the track.

“‘Parasite Eve’ came from an idea to write a survival horror song, but as the pandemic started to develop, the parallels were so similar it felt so close to the bone we decided to shelve it. As time went on, we started to feel how relevant it was and that instead of shying from it, that we should address the dark side, embrace it and process what’s going on… ‘Parasite Eve’ is our message of hope, wrapped in sadness and anger.”

And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best singles out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!