ArcTanGent 2021 Releases Majority Of Its Lineup

One of the worlds best and most loved underground music festivals ARCTANGENT has this week unveiled almost its entire 2021 band line ups for the event that will take place next year between August the 18th and 21st.

Teaming up with the likes of Audiotree, Kerrang, Riot Act Podcast and Louder (Metal Hammer/Prog Magazine) to announce the bands over the last 4 days, the main stage headliners Opeth and Cult Of Luna (with one final main stage headliner still to be announced) were joined by an array of the finest heavy, out there, interesting, intricate, genius, epic and down right incredible bands currently making music.

Amongst the bands playing include British prog heroes Tesseract, a reformed Maybeshewill, a much anticipated return form the wonderful Oathbreaker, a double full album slot from Rolo Tomassi (who will be playing both ‘Grievances’ and ‘Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It’ in full over two sets), ANOTHER hugely awaited return but this time from US noise kings The Locust and so so so much more.

Festival booker James Scarlett also spoke to the 101 Part Time Jobs podcast about both ARCTANGENT and his other festival, 2000trees, AND went on an Instagram Live chat with Blake Norris from Audiotree (US) to talk all things noisy and brilliant.

From James Scarlett – “I’m so stoked on the line up at ATG. It’s a mix of some of my favourite live bands, from the legends in Opeth and Jaga Jazzist to the brain melting insanity of returning heroes The Locust to some of the best underground heavy bands on the planet as well as Amenra, Rolo Tomassi and Jamie Lenman plus the return of the mighty Oathbreaker for what is likely to be their only show of 2021. Excited isn’t the word! To say the least, 2020 has obviously been a bit of a nightmare for everyone so we really wanted to bring some joy and some guitars to people’s lives. I’m so proud of the line up we’ve put together and can’t wait to see everyone at Fernhill farm in August 2021. See you all then!”


ALL currently announced acts for ARCTANGENT 2021 are:
Opeth / Cult of Luna / TesseracT / Jaga Jazzist / MONO / Maybeshewill / Alcest / Amenra / Oathbreaker / Rolo Tomassi / Leprous / The Locust / Perturbator / Caspian / Agent Fresco / Jamie Lenman / Enslaved / Intervals / Bell Witch / Rivers of Nihil / The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die / Intronaut / Earthtone9 / A.A.Williams / Tides From Nebula / Raketkanon / Quail vs Kenny / Chinese Football / Wheel / Car Bomb / Frontierer / OHHMS / Svalbard / Talons / Elephant Tree / Youthmovies / Jo Quail / The Samuel Jackson Five / Alpha Male Tea Party / Curse These Metal Hands / Castrovalva / Down I Go / Mass of the Fermenting Dregs / My Own Private Alaska / Boss Keloid / Fall of Messiah / Antethic / Arabrot / Kairon; IRSE! / The St. Pierre Snake Invasion / Memory of Elephants / Phoxjaw / Luo / Bonnacons of Doom / Barrens / Blodet / VASA / The Hyena Kill / The Guru Guru / Psychonaut / FES / Axiom / Attan / Latitudes / Bear / Bicurious / Traps / Parachute For Gordo / Natalie Evans / Bolt Ruin / Coldbones / worriedaboutsatan / Rainbow Slicer / Qariaq / Wess Meets West / Odradek / BRIQUEVILLE / Heisa / Astrosaur / tortuganónima / The Mantis Opera / Body Hound / Stake / Mountain Caller / TANKENGINE / Binge / Last Hyena / Paranoid Void / Straight Girl / Jakub Zytecki / Lack The Low / Stoßzahn / Skemer / Pollyanna Holland-Wing / Kokomo / SEIMS / The Most / The Hirsch Effekt / Spook The Horses / TOTS / Thumpermonkey / Garganjua / Bent Knee / The K. / Herod / Land Wars / God Alone. / Sugar Horse / Ogives Big Band / Poisonous Birds / Modern Rituals / Mutant-Thoughts / Mother Vulture / Lightning Sharks / MIËT / Shake the Baby Til the Love Comes Out / Catbamboo / Wavey / Vogons / Beige Palace

ArcTanGent Festival 2021 will take place August 18th – 21st 2021.

Listen To A Teaser For AC/DC’s New Track

It’s coming…. soon we hope!

AC/DC’s latest track is getting everyone excited for their brand new material and now, they’ve just made us lose it!

After some teasing of a new record and confirmed their 2020 lineup, the band have released a 30 second snippet of their new music.

Brian Johnson’s unmistakable vocals are heard on the teaser as well as the flair and powerful instrumentation of Angus and Stevie Young, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd.

Check out the teaser below.

Bowling For Soup Announce Headlining UK Tour For 2021

Bowling For Soup have announced a tour of the UK’s Seaside towns for 2021, dubbing it Surf The UK Tour 2021.

The Pop-Punk legends will be supported by Lit and The Dollyrots on the run of shows.

“It’s such a weird time,” says frontman Jaret Reddick. “These dates will be 14 months since our last live shows. It is certainly hard to wrap my head around that. I absolutely can not wait to be onstage again, and in front of a UK audience, which everyone knows are the best fans on the planet!

“And holy crap… Lit! And our best buddies The Dollyrots. I can’t think of a better way to kick back into gear! Rest assured, we will be compliant with any and all safety guidelines still in place during this tour! Let’s do this!”

“We are beyond excited to get back to the UK and play our rock show with our good buddies BFS!” adds Lit singer AJ Popoff. “The UK is our favourite place to play! Can’t believe it’s taken us this long to tour together!! Gonna be a hell of a show!”

Here are the dates.

May 2021

1st – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool

2nd – Auditorium, Grimsby

3rd – Spa Grand Hall, Scarbrough

4th – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

5th – Winter gardens, Margate

6th – O2 Academy, Bournemouth

7th – Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

8t – Riviera International Centre, Torquay

Surprise Record Release From Laura Jane Grace

There’s a brand new release, a surprise release from Laura Jane Grace today!

That’s right, an entire record of material was dropped by the frontperson of Against Me! where ‘Stay Alive’ is Grace’s second studio record as a solo artist.

Grace didn’t initially plan to release the material this year but to release a new Against Me! album until the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic derailed things. She explains how and why ‘Stay Alive’ came to be and how its title resonates with the current status of the live music industry.

“We came home from the Against Me! tour we were on in March, and right before we left, we had been in the studio working on songs, and I had been working on them for months prior.

I sat around for a month-and-a-half at a home just being shell-shocked being like, ‘What the fuck happened and what the fuck is happening with the world?’ As I started to get my bearings, I just came to the realization that waiting was going to kill the record and kill the songs. I spent two years working on all these songs, and the idea of throwing them away didn’t sit well with me. ​But then I was like, ‘What am I waiting for?’ All I have to do is adjust my scope. I can sit here on my fucking ass and do nothing, or I can work.

By putting the songs out, that puts the label in work, that puts a photographer in work, that puts a graphic designer in work, that puts a merch company in work, that keeps it alive. ​You hear on the news every day about people losing their jobs and everything collapsing, and I want to fight against that. The only way I can think to fight against that is to work.”

‘Stay Alive’ is available to stream and download digitally right now which physical copies set to be released on December 11th 2020 via Big Scary Monsters Polyvinyl Record Co. .

Check out the Cover Artwork, Tracklisting and Links to the Stream / Pre-Order below.

01.) The Swimming Pool Song
02.) The Calendar Song
03.) Shelter In Place
04.) Return To Oz
05.) The Mountain Song SuperNatural Possession
06.) Hanging Tree
07.) Please Leave
08.) Why Kant I Be You?
09.) Ice Cream Song
10.) The Magic Point
11.) Blood & Thunder
12.) So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Fuck Off
13.) Old Friend (Stay Alive)

Streams / Downloads are available via Amazon, Apple Music, Google Play and Spotify.

Pre-orders of a Physical Copy of the record are available from her Webstore, Bandcamp, Big Scary Monsters Webstore, Polyvinyl Records Co.’s Webstore.

Less Than Jake Announce Nine Record, ‘Silver Linings’

Ska Punk legends Less Than Jake have announced the details of their upcoming ninth records. The upcoming release, ‘Silver Linings’ will be their first full length record since 2013.

It’s set to be release on December 11th 2020 via Pure Noise Records and the band have released the first and lead single off their record. ‘Lie To Me’ is the bands first new track release in over three years.

Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting, stream of ‘Lie To Me’ as well as pre-order options below.

01.) The High Cost Of Low Living
02.) Lie To Me
03.) Keep On Chasing
04.) Anytime And Anywhere
05.) The Test
06.) Dear Me
07.) Monkey Wrench Myself
08.) King Of Downside
09.) Lost At Home
10.) Move
11.) Bill
12.) So Much Less

Pre-orders are available via the band’s Webstore, Amazon, Google Play and Itunes.

Atreyu Part Ways With Vocalist Alex Varkatzas

US Metalcore Troupe Atreyu have announced they have parted ways with vocalist Alex Varkatzas.

The vocalist has been a member of the band throughout their 20 years as a band and has appeared on every one of their records to date.

The band have issued the following statement:

“We have been a band for over 20 years now. Live our dream together as friends and as brothers. We traveled the world doing what we love, and have been fortunate enough to play music for such an incredible fan base that provides us with the opportunity to share our greatest moments with them.

“Now a time of change has come for all of us. Alex Varkatzas is sailing off on a ship of his own, and will part ways with Atreyu. He will not disappear and neither will Atreyu. There’s nothing but love and respect for each other and we can’t wait to see what he will come up with next. Stay tuned for his upcoming projects and we all wish him success and fulfilment with all his future endeavours.

“Atreyu’s next adventure is among us. We love you, we’ll see you shortly.”

Varkatzas has also released his own statement via Instagram with a short video clip.

“After 20 rewarding years of creating music with Atreyu, the band and I are parting ways. I am forever thankful for the memories, experiences, and friendships made along the way. Thank you to all of the friends and fans. I have lots of new music and art to share with you in the future. With love and respect.”

Machine Gun Kelly’s Latest Record, ‘Tickets To My Downfall’ Debuts At No.3 On UK Albums Charts, Deftones ‘Ohms’ At No.05

Massive massive news for two bands in the UK Albums chart this week.

Machine Gun Kelly’s latest effort, ‘Tickets To My Downfall’ debuted at the No. 03 spot, making it his first top five finish as well as his highest record debut in the UK ever.

2007’s ‘Bloom peaked at 37 and 2019’s ‘Hotel Diablo’ at forty three.

In addition to this Deftones also made it into the top five making this their second record to hit the milestone with 2016’s ‘Gore’ also hitting the number five spot.

Be sure to check out MGK’s ‘Body Bag’ which features Yungblud as well as Bert McCracken of The Used.

And here’s one of Deftones latest tracks, ‘Genesis’.

New Music Roundup 02/10/20

Happy beginning of October everyone! Welcome back to the new music roundup. We’re here for a roundup of five of the best recently released tracks. 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!

First up this week are the Texan Trio Waterparks.

This is the bands first track to be released since the release of their third record, ‘Fandom’, which was released on 2019.

Awsten Knight says:

“The song is a recap of the last year or so. It really describes what’s been going on and who I am. When I’m onstage, I’m a forward-facing, extroverted presence. At the same time, I’m also the biggest hermit ever. I just like to stay in, ignore my phone a lot, and write. I’m naturally reserved in my day-to-day life. The juxtaposition of loud materialism versus private emotion in that opening line really encapsulates the feeling I wanted to get across in the rest of the song.”

Seconds up this week are the South Coast duo Snake Eyes.

“This was a track that kinda fell in my lap,” admits vocalist and guitarist Jim Heffy when talking about snake eyes’ newly-released single ‘skeletons’“A guy at my old work would make these very questionable remarks/“jokes”. I didn’t wanna make a scene as I was leaving the job so I’d just bite my lip, which looking back I feel was the wrong move. The lyrics came to me when driving home from work so I had to pull over and quickly whip the voice recorder app out and sing it all before I forgot. When I got home, the chords wrote themselves and the song was done in 10 minutes. We shot most of the video in Thomas’ basement but filmed the arcade scenes in Hastings on the seafront. The bulk of the video was shot last August so naturally we got some funny looks/comments, including “Halloween’s not for another 2 months, dickhead”.”

The EP ‘Skeletons’ is set for release on 9th October 2020 via Failure By Design.

The first tracks released by the band, ‘don’t worry’ and ‘wishbone’ have already enjoyed support from the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show (who also premiered ‘skeletons’), Planet Rock Radio, BBC Music Introducing in the South and Alex Baker at Kerrang! Radio. 

In the absence of your classic gig scenario and thirsting to play the tunes from their EP, having only managed to squeeze in one real life performance before lockdown kicked in, snake eyes recently played a “live” gig online with Crashface, which you can watch back here.

Now, LA-based AViVA isn’t letting anything get in her way with releasing music this year despite the ongoing changes we’re seeing around the world. This September she is releasing what she has called her favourite new song, ‘WICKED’. With 2 Billion streams under her belt, the self-proclaimed Queen of the Outsiders is giving her fans something they can rely on during these unreliable times.

‘WICKED’ harks back to some of the lyrics and production we’re used to from her earlier releases ‘BRN’ and ‘Blackout’. It is a dark pop melody with haunting lyrics about what it feels like to be misplaced in the world and carry that mantle throughout your life.

“It’s a wicked world, for this wicked girl” is the main hook which grabs listeners from the start. AViVA is using her music as a platform to share her ideas around creativity, self-expression and identity, and it would seem this song is no exception.

On the release, she says:

“Dancing around with your inner demons can be fun. Sometimes you can harness that energy and create something great. Sometimes it can take over and we let the darkness rule us. That means different things for different people. I guess ‘WICKED’ is about accepting that reality and making the most of it all. Regardless of what the fake people around you might say is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.”

And for our penultimate track comes from Strange Bones.

The band have dropped their latest single, ‘Menace’ which features the vocals of Bob Vylan.

On the track, Bobby Bentham (Vocals) says:

“Menace is a cathartic release in response to the world being on hold and the insanity that came from this. We are the passenger in the car, sat next to hypocrisy with absurdity in the driver's seat going absolutely nowhere, the road is blocked. I could also say it’s a commentary on the playing fields levelling out, when everything falls apart, you are left with your will and you desire to continue moving forwards, never back.”

Bob adds:

“The world has been on somewhat of a hold recently but we’ve had to continue creating and Menace is one of the results of that constant creating. It’s the perfect storm. It’s the result of two wild bands coming together and creating something that reflects the energy of our live shows. It’s been a long time coming!”

And last this week we have Will Gould (Creeper) has he has recently unveiled his brand new Punk Rock project Salem, where he’s joined by Matt Reynolds (Howard’s Alias, Skylar, Drawings).

The project launch comes a few months following the release of Creeper’s second record, ‘Sex, Death & The Infinite Void’.

Salem will released their self-titled EP on October 23rd 2020 via Roadrunner Records where the band have given a glimpse on what to expect via their single, ‘Destroy Me’.

And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best new tracks 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 Video Roundup 02/10/20

Happy October everyone!! Welcome back to the new music video roundup. We’re here for a roundup of ten of the best recently released music videos. 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!

First up this week is Hyro The Hero (Formally known as Hyro Da Hero) the Rock and Hip Hop artist.

The track, ‘We Believe Feat. David Draiman (of Disturbed)’ is the start of a brand new record cycle will feature on his upcoming yet to be announced effort which is a follow up to his 2018 record, ‘Flagged Channel’.

Check out the video for ‘We Believe’ below.

Time for a cover.

A couple of months ago, Nekrogoblikon released a version of System Of A Down‘s hit ‘Chop Suey!’, and now they have a video to go with it.

This is what the band had to say about it.

“Today marks the 84-day anniversary of the release of our cover of System Of A Down’s ‘Chop Suey!’ so to celebrate here’s a very serious and politically charged video of Nicky and John making chop suey in a kitchen.”

Next up are the Dallas, Texas death metal newcomers Frozen Soul have released their debut single, ‘Crypt Of Ice’, and it comes with an accompanying video too.

Here’s what the band had to say about it.

“This year has been a nightmare fuelled fire and we’re ready to bring in the cold front and finally show everyone the the record we’ve created! ‘Crypt Of Ice’ is everything we could have hoped for and we are really proud of how it’s turned out, we can’t wait for everyone to freeze while listening to it!”

Lande Hekt is set to release her debut album ‘Going to Hell’ via Queer-run independent label Get Better Records on 22 January 2021. This record represents a time when Hekt was coming out as gay.

 “I’m no stranger to queer punk and queer politics,” she says. “I’ve always taken a special interest for obvious reasons, but this record is important to me because it’s the first time I’m releasing anything as an outwardly gay person.” 

‘Going to Hell’ was recorded by Hekt’s friend Ben David (from the band The Hard Aches) in the Adelaide Hills in Australia, whilst she was over there for a solo tour with him in February, luckily  fitting in the recording and flying home before lockdown kicked in. The intense experience saw Hekt laying down all instruments on the album, with the exception of percussion.

‘Whiskey’, the first single from ‘Going to Hell’ is out now and is representative of the album’s mood. “This song is essentially about how there were so many things that didn’t feel right in my life,” says Hekt. “It’s about learning how to come to terms with being gay or, more accurately, realising that pretending you’re not gay can’t go on forever.”

Coming out is a prevalent topic throughout the record with the title track itself being “about how homophobia and heteronormative culture can make you feel isolated and scared of being yourself,” as Hekt herself explains her thoughts and feelings surrounding her sexuality, continuing: “I internalised a lot of that culture for a long time and it wasn’t until I found myself surrounded by queer and trans people and friends, that I realised I could live happily in a way that felt right. I know I’m not alone in feeling like this and it was other people sharing their experiences with me that helped me out, so I named the album after this song to try and reach people who might want to be reached. It’s also not a dig on all Catholics; it’s just an expression of scepticism from a gay person regarding conservatism.”

‘Going to Hell’ sounds like the sum of Hekt’s wide-ranging influences – The Replacements, The Raincoats, Sharon Van Etten, The Slits, Patti Smith, Sacred Paws, Le Tigre, Against Me! – multiplied by her own distinct voice.

Check out ‘Whiskey’ below.

Moving to Jamie Lenman for our next pick whom released this video for ‘Like Me Better off his new mini-album ‘King Of Clubs’ just before its release last Friday.

Speaking on the track, Lenman had this to say.

“‘Like Me Better’ was one of the tracks I added to the album when I decided I wanted to make something with a bit more depth than an EP. I had to go against my instincts and trust the strength of the song in order to not fuss it up or make it more complex than it needed to be – just three chords and a slow beat. I ended up whacking a big riff at the end of it cos I love big riffs but otherwise it’s a very simple tune, and probably better for it.

Lyrically it’s about things that repulse you at first but later you come to appreciate. This could apply to food or music or anything that provokes a strong reaction but in this instance it’s definitely about people and physical attraction. When people talk about having a secret crush, it’s usually about someone who looks a bit odd but nevertheless has a certain something about them. The whole record is about complex, contradictory and potentially uncomfortable feelings so it fits right in.”

Let’s change the style up a touch. The Driver Era have released their new single, ‘Fade’.

It’s the latest in a string of singles for the duo – brothers Ross and Rocky Lynch – following ‘Places’, ‘Take Me Away’, ‘OMG Plz Don’t Come Around’ and ‘flashdrive’.

“This song is actually a few years old, but it just took some time for people to believe in it enough to put it out,” Ross explains. “I’m really happy the song is finally coming out. The song is all about the inevitability of fading away… making the most of every moment.”

Moving to Black Honey now and we have ‘Run For Cover’.

The track – written with Mike Kerr from Royal Blood – arrives after months of lockdown, also following on from recent track ‘Beaches’.

Izzy B. Phillips explains: “’Run For Cover’ is about the nuances in sex. It’s fun but on a bit of a knife edge of risk and weird. Sex can be clumsy, emotional and complex. There’s so much baggage that it comes with.

“We wrote the song from a man’s perspective. It felt empowering to flip it to the female gaze. I think I’m exploring both power and my weakness in equal measure. We wanted it to sound manic – like Hives meets John Travolta, hips swinging. I love this song. I hope it makes women find themselves and dump their boyfriends.”

Of the video, she adds: “I wanted to explore the three different people inside me. A vulnerable character, a boss character, and a wild unhinged character. I think I can have all of these qualities and still be a woman. I wanted to explore something that pushes the binary expectation of femininity.”

How about an Aussie band now? Rock favourites Hands Like Houses took to Australias triple j’s acclaimed Like A Version segment this morning with a huge cover of Fuel’s ‘Shimmer’ alongside a performance of recent single ‘The Water’.

It comes soon after the announce of the band’s upcoming self-titled EP, due for release on Friday 23rd October through UNFD globally. The band are also offering a new cut from the EP with the single and video for ‘Dangerous’ out now. Following ‘Space’ and ‘The Water’,’Dangerous’ Continues in the bold and gritty vein of the Hands Like Houses EP.

On the track, HLH vocalist Trenton Woodley explains: “Something about this song has always been uncomfortable for me  when we started, ‘Dangerous’ was meant to be playful, confident, even arrogant – but as it came together, it felt like a reflection on frustration and losing control when all your confidence falls apart.”

Hands Likes Houses have spent over a decade defying expectations and challenging boundaries, staking their claim as one of Australia’s most acclaimed modern rock exports. With ARIA success, a triple j feature album, multiple sold out tours and legions of global fans under their belt, the band are poised to break even more ground as they step into this new decade.

On today’s ‘Dangerous’ music video, Woodley adds that it’s a reflection of the lyrical and musical volatility throughout the track.

“It’s a collage meant to evoke a sort of whiplash, cutting between cartoon bangs, pops and pows to destructive, explosive carnage that fundamentally changes the world we live in. We had the pleasure of working once again with Sam Shapiro to produce the clip, and once again he has come through with something equally as fun as it is powerful and we’re excited to put it out into the world,” he says.

Now for something a little recent but a new video to imagine alongside it, PVRIS have released a video for the title track from their new album ‘Use Me’. 

It’s the title-track from the band’s latest album which was released just a few weeks ago and sees frontwoman Lynn Gunn “own[ing] her role as PVRIS’ leader and sole architect”.

“Special thanks to Griffin Stoddard, Evan Brown, Laura Burhenn, Captain Daddy Sir, Claire Montgomery, Peggy Wright, TT Britt, and everyone else who made this video happen!” she says.

And last we have the British Singer/Songwriter Yungblud whom has shared a video to accompany his recently released track, ‘God Save Me, But Don’t Drown Me Out’.

It’s taken from his eagerly-awaited second studio album, ‘Weird!’, which he announced recently and Yungblud prefaces the video explaining who the track is for.

“For anyone lying in their bedroom at 4AM wondering why they aren’t good enough…”

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!