Slam Dunk Festival Announce Stage Time For Their ‘Rock Scene Presents’ Stage

Slam Dunk Festival 2021 is now just two weeks away right now and we all know who we’re seeing.

But first, we need some of those stage times!

The festival has announced when each band will be doing their thing on the ‘Rock Scene Presents powered by Amazon Music UK’ stage.

Here they are:

Don Broco –  20:50 – 22:00
Waterparks – 19:35 – 20:20
State Champs – 18:25 – 19:10
Mayday Parade – 17:15 – 18:00
We Are The In Crowd – 16:10 – 16:50
Creeper – 15:05 – 15:45
As It Is – 14:05 – 14:40
Hellogoodbye – 13:10 – 13:45
ROAM – 12:20 – 12:50
The Bottom Line – 11:30 – 12:00

Slam Dunk Festival will take place on September 04 at Temple Newsam in Leeds and September 05 at Hatfield Park.

Halestorm Shares New Track, ‘Back From The Dead’

Halestorm have announced their return in the form of their latest track, ‘Back From The Dead.

Vocalist Lzzy Hale had this to say about the tune:

“’Back From the Dead’ is about survival, not in a physical sense, even though I know we all have been touched by death especially these last few years,” said Lzzy Hale. “This song is personal and written from a mental health perspective. I wanted to give myself and the world a hard rock song we could shout out loud as the gates opened again. I was on the edge of this world getting completely lost in oblivion, but even though it was the harder of two choices, I didn’t just let the darkness and depression in my mind dig me an early grave. I didn’t just sit and let it take me. I’ve erased my name from my headstone, so save your prayers, I’m back! I hope this song, as I pass it on to you, reminds YOU of your strength individually and that you are not alone.”

You can check out the track alongside a video directed by Dustin Haney below:

Yungblud Shares Latest Single, ‘Fleabag’

Yungblud has shared his latest single, ‘Fleabag’.

The track is the first tastes of new music since the release of his latest album ‘weird!’, released at the end of last year, and sees him push back against people trying to tell him how to express himself.

“I wrote ‘fleabag’ in a really dark time of my life, when a lot of people around me had an expectation about what I should be,” he explains. “To tell you the truth it’s about being fucking gutted about people judging me and trying to tear me down. I felt so alienated, I felt so alone.

“When everybody else has an expectation of what you should be or have their own version of your truth it messes with your brain because you start to think ‘maybe they’re right, maybe they do know what’s best for me, maybe I should change who I am,’ but ultimately I believe to my core – it’s the foundation I built my whole ideology around, that self-expression and the right to be unconditionally yourself is the best thing you can be. Nobody should determine how you express yourself except YOU. You are brilliant, you are beautiful, you are individual just by breathing. 

“This song is a kick back. A kick back against the world, a kick back against my friends, against my family and some of my fanbase. I am who I am, all I want to do is spread love and lead with my heart. I’ve always told people to be themselves, sometimes I have to remember that message myself.”

Check out ‘fleabag’ below.

Ambient Electronic Producer & Pianist JK The Sage Shares New Single ‘Patterns/ To The Sea’

23 years old French Electronic artist JK The Sage is back with his new single ‘Patterns/ To The Sea’, taken from his new 4 track EP ‘Belongs To The Earth’. A multi-instrumentalist, pianist and composer, JK uses his skill as a pianist and producer to blend Classical composition with Jazz harmonies to create ambient electronic soundscapes akin to the early work of both Mura Masa and James Blake

Having worked as a session musician and producer for the likes of Stefflon Don, Aya Nakamura, Protoje, Barbara Pravi and many more, JK started to release his own music last year. Working alongside international artists and with major labels such as Universal, Warner, Sony Music, JK is transferring his vast knowledge as a pianist and producer into his own work. 

‘Patterns/ To The Sea’ is a prime example of how JK The Sage builds luscious landscapes with depth in both musicality and production. Opening with an airy vocal sample, wobbling synth and shuffling beats, the track quickly introduces JK’s unique Jazz infused writing style as the track ebbs and flows through it’s intriguing, atmospheric soundscape before dropping elegantly into it’s dreamy coda at 2.21. Mixing virtuoso keyboard playing with choppy samples and dubby basslines, JK captures an innovative contemporary Electronic sound that is both beautiful and inventive in equal measure.

Speaking on the track, JK The Sage said: 

“The world, earth and nature is full of patterns. Whether that’s in the geometry of any natural elements, a flower, a tree or in our own thoughts, everything happens in cycles. The cycle of seasons, the patterns of the waves, the sun that goes up and down everyday, the full moon that happens once a month, it is truly fascinating. 

Patterns/To the sea is about the contemplation of our own lives, nature, earth and the universe. In this music I tell the story of what happens in my life when I started exploring the links between my own mind & the outside world.”

Classically trained on the piano, JK uses his rich knowledge of music to compliment his production skill. With inspirations ranging from Rachmaninoff and John Coltrane to Debussy and Leonardo Da Vinci, JK has already gained a number of spotify playlist placements and gained thousands of streams across his previous releases. Now back with the new EP, JK The Sage is surely set to become a household name over the coming months!  

Check out ‘Patterns / To The Sea’ below.

Dutch Criminal Record Announce New EP, Share New Single, ‘Return To Dust’

Portsmouth Indie/ Surf-Pop trio DUTCH CRIMINAL RECORD are back with their first single ‘Return To Dust’ taken from their upcoming 5 track EP ‘It’s Gonna Be Okay’. Having built a healthy following thanks to the success of their previous releases. which have seen the band gain Spotify Editorial playlist placements (including New Music Friday), climbing into the US Viral Top 50 and receiving regular radio play from Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6 Music, Sam Thrussell, Joe Frampton and Joe Delaney-Stone are once again back with the airy and uplifting new single ahead of their upcoming five track EP.

Building layers of shimmering chorus drenched guitars, bouncing bass and driving drums under Sam’s delicate, honest lead vocals, ‘Return To Dust’ once again showcases the three piece’s ability to create breezy feel good indie-pop that effortlessly holds both atmosphere and commercial appeal in equal measure. Reminiscent of 80’s indie, bringing together elements of Cocotau Twins and The Cure whilst also capturing an air of 6 music favourites Death Cab For Cutie the track is an insight to the upcoming EP’s vibrant soundscape.   

Speaking of ‘Return To Dust’, Sam explains:

“I wrote it during the first lockdown whilst listening to early Radiohead. It was the first proper ‘love’ song I’d written in years and it’s about the early stages of falling in love and all the confusion and weird feelings it brings. After making a quick demo of the track I emailed it over to Joe who wrote that dreamy guitar riff and added some extra acoustic guitars and keyboard parts.”

Having launched their new record label Novium Records through 2020, a label aimed at helping local Chichester artists get discovered, the band have used their influence to help gain recognition on a national level at a time when they’re unable to play live shows. With Successes including Clout, Rolling Stone India, Killing Moon and radio play on Radio X all coming as a result of Novium Records and Dutch Criminal Record’s work, the local scene in Chichester has never been stronger. 

With their mixture of addictive guitar riffs, deep grooves and infectious vocal hooks, Dutch Criminal Record have quickly asserted themselves as ones-to-watch in the UK guitar scene. Having gained support from the likes of BBC Radio 6 Music, Radio X, The Guardian, Clash, Earmilk alongside placements on a number of Spotify Editorial and This Feeling playlists, the trio have played support for the likes of indie heavyweights Sea Girls, Ra Ra Riot and Spinn. With sell-out shows at Rough Trade in Bristol, the pair are hoping to get back to touring in late 2021 with a selection of UK dates to support the new EP.

Check out the track, ‘Return To Dust’ below.

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Mads Francis Releases New Track, ‘Beyond The Pines’

Tucked away amongst the white pines of a New England coastal town is Mads Francis. He emerges with a debut record poised to transcend the tight-knit, southern Maine music scene he hails from. The singer/songwriter’s grand entrance comes in the form of a six-track EP titled ‘The Violet Crown’, showcasing his dark mood, ear for melody, and affinity for modern pop-punk. His music is fun and poppy while his lyrics are laced with horror and melancholy. Francis’ signature style is embodied in the lead track taken from the EP ‘Beyond the Pines’, which combines playful riffs, big drums, and heavy themes to produce a truly cathartic musical experience.

Mads Francis on the meaning behind the new track:

“Beyond the Pines” is a pop-punk piece that examines childhood bonds postmortem. It describes the sentiment that you can’t grow up and forge your own path without leaving some casualties in your wake. It’s about the collapse of a life-long friendship or relationship. The haunting, underlying theme suggests that nothing good can last. It asks questions back and forth: “What if I were this—what if you were that? Would it have worked out then?”

The two friends try to find deeper purposes for themselves in uncharted territory—a place beyond the pines in upstate New York. The backdrop of the song is meant to be the Schenectady area. The friends walked around day and night, and when they were old enough to drive, got behind the wheel to cover more ground, in a sense. After years of searching, they wound up empty-handed, destitute, and each other’s worst enemies. The question is: How do you start over when everything you’ve known and everything that’s shaped you falls away?

As the last track written for the EP, Mads Francis made sure that it was to leave a lasting impression on the listener, putting a twist on the typical pop chord progressions with more baritone-sounding folk chords.

Inspired by the idea of ‘anguish of freedom’ by French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, Francis included this into the framework of the track, telling the story from the perspective of finding one’s purpose and searching for meaning. Laced with inspiration from his love of history, literature and philosophy, the EP includes Shakespearean easter eggs and hidden motifs, with the EP title itself coming from a somewhat obscure nickname given to Athens, Greece by Ancient Greek poet Pindar and also to Austin, Texas by short-story writer O. Henry.

It marries the Greek mythological references of my project with the city in which I wrote the bulk of its material. In the album, the “Violet Crown” is depicted as a deserted island that the shipwrecked narrator finds himself stranded upon.-  Francis adds

Check out ‘Beyond The Pines’ below.

Experimental Pop-Rock Quartet Lilac Kings Share New Single, ‘A Touch To Lose’

Oklahoma-based experimental pop-rock band Lilac Kings have unleashed their new single “A Touch To Lose” out via indie label Revival Recordings. Sitting somewhere between alternative, pop, and progressive rock, the band takes as much influence from Young The Giant as they do Dance Gavin Dance. “A Touch To Lose” meshes crystal clear vocals with a constantly shifting and evolving instrumental, guiding the listener on a journey through an ambient dreamscape held together by catchy guitars and clever lyrics. The track is exemplary of the band’s nuanced approach to songwriting, seamlessly incorporating experimental and polyrhythmic moments without losing any of its focus. You can watch the visualizer for “A Touch To Lose” here and find the track on streaming services.

On writing “A Touch To Lose” the band stated:

“The song is about being involved in something or with someone that feels wrong, but wanting it desperately enough to deal with the lack of true connection. Knowing that in the end, the experience will leave you feeling even more lonely and sad. We aimed to create a song that vocally and musically encompassed these feelings. The music composition itself was actually inspired partially by John Mayer and was written when our songwriter Dylan McBride was on a massive John Mayer kick.” 

Check out ‘A Touch To Lose’ below.

Little Thief Release New Single Freak

Hotly tipped as ‘ones to watch’ by CLOUT, Bristol-based rock outfit Little Thief have released their latest single ‘Freak’ today, the leading single from upcoming debut album ‘Under The Patio’, due for release in September.

Formed in 2015 by long-time collaborators Charlie Fitzgerald and Rhii Williams, Little Thief have created their own brand of raw, gritty and soulful alternative rock that defines itself.  They have a handful of successful singles under their belts which have seen them play live sets at Glastonbury and Liverpool Sound City Festival, as well as receiving support from the likes of Steve Lamacq (BBC 6), BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio.

With interest in the band quickly growing, they soon began working with independent record label Funnel Records, who shaped them into the band that they are today. With the financial pressures of Covid decimating the arts industry however, Funnel Records sadly are no more, and so as a newly independent band, Little Thief had to turn to Crowdfunder to help to create their debut album, raising a whopping £5,000.

Recorded with heavyweight producer Stew Jackson (Massive Attack) at Rockfield & Invada Studios, Freak, taken from the album, was written for “that wild-card lover. We wanted to capture the feeling of excitement and fear that comes with those explosively beautiful people. We all know that person or group of people that have the ability to bring out our “fuck it” side. I’ve had a load of people like this in my life, Rhii being one of them. They are magnanimous and that knock on the door on a Friday night always feels like the beginning of a superhero film”, explains lyricist Charlie Fitzgerald.
From the get Freak sees Little Thief’s unmistakeable soulful swagger shine through, blending crunchy, jagged guitars with Fitzgerald’s cathartic, raw vocals, visceral lyricism and Williams’ signature groove in a potent encapsulation of alternative-rock; taking the listener on an exhilarating journey through the protagonists “wild-card” encounter.

Check out the music video for the track ‘FREAK’ below or alternatively you can stream the track below.

Mae Krell Releases New Single & Video For ‘Rest Stop’

New York-based singer-songwriter Mae Krell shares their new single “rest stop” and the accompanying lyric video. There is an undeniable emotional rawness to “rest stop.” Underscored by layered, lush instrumentation, Mae’s vocals bristle with palpable emotion as they come to terms with the loss of a friendship: “I’ve been much worse than this / am I not yours unless I’m sick? / was I better to be around / when you had to pull me out?”

Mae started to write the new single when their car broke down in the trucking area of a rest stop. They were feeling lost in life, both figuratively and literally. “I was sad and still processing a really painful friend breakup and just overall not in a great place,” Mae says. “In writing ‘rest stop,’ I was learning that sometimes getting healthier and becoming more independent can end in a loss of a relationship. And, as this specific friendship ended, I started to realize that maybe it wasn’t as good for me as I thought it was.”

For the accompanying music video, Mae hit the road with visual artist Caro Hallock to revisit the aforementioned rest stop. The video chronicles the journey back to where the song was first conceived through nostalgic and timeless road trip footage.

Following a two-year hiatus, Mae Krell returned in early 2020 ready to embark on a new musical era. With a newfound maturity and understanding, they have perfected their folk-pop sound and introspective lyrical chops. At just 22 years old, Mae exudes a musicality wise beyond their years. Influenced by revered singer-songwriters like Bob Dylan, Phoebe Bridgers, and Gregory Alan Isakov, their songs are intimate reflections that confront trauma, self-love, and personal truths. Their singles have amassed millions of streams to date, with last year’s singles “wash,” “home,” and “garden,” all individually breaking over 500K streams.

In addition to their artist career, Mae has worn many different hats in the music industry, photographing live music for Rolling Stone and Sony RCA, founding the online music publication Tongue Tied Magazineand, most recently, starting Bitch Mgmt, a multimedia marketing and PR company. With a multitude of career milestones already under their belt, Mae is taking it one day at a time and focusing on writing and recording songs that reach new emotional heights.

Listen to ‘Rest Stop’ via your preferred streaming service.

Check out the video for ‘Rest Stop’ below.

Mayday Parade Release New Single, ‘Bad At Love’

Powerhouse emo quintet Mayday Parade release their brand-new single, “Bad At Love,” via Rise Records. Listen via the following link.

Shot in California and directed by Katharine White, the accompanying visual shows a couple at a turning point in their relationship. Emotional vignettes of their journey are shown on television screens in an otherwise empty home, matching the mood of the song. The new single, which premiered on KROQ Sunday, August 15, is a stark contrast to the recently-released anthemic track Kids of Summer,” which was written about the band’s carefree summers on the Van’s Warped Tour. Both songs are just a small taste of more music coming soon on the horizon.

Check out the video for ‘Bad At Love’ below.

Since their formation, Mayday Parade have sold over 1.6 million albums in the U.S. inclusive of 675 million streams across their catalog, earning their spot as a household name in the industry. With a certified Gold album and countless global tours under their belt, the band shows no signs of slowing down as their fanbase continues to grow. Recently, their debut album A Lesson In Romantics has found new life on TikTok, with fans using the original tracks in their content as well as creating their own cover versions, some amassing millions of views.