Employed To Serve Announce Intimate UK Tour

UK based heavy hitters Employed To Serve have announced a string of headlining dates which coincides with the release of their latest record release for ‘Conquering’.

We are really excited to announce our intimate release shows for ‘Conquering’! We haven’t played some of these cities in over 5 years and can’t wait to be back. Come warm up with us ahead of the Gojira dates next year! More headline shows will be announced in 2022, so don’t worry if we’re not playing your town!

Check out the touring dates below.

November 2021

17th – The Junction, Plymouth

18th – Star Inn, Guildford

19th – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells

20th – The Anvil, Bournemouth

21st – The Key Club, Leeds

Employed To Serve’s latest record ‘Conquering’ is available to order from the bands website.

Death Cult Electric Release Latest Explosive Single, ‘Snakes And Their Children’

Following up on their recent single ‘The Fineprint’, Welsh noise-rock supergroup Death Cult Electric are set to release their second single of 2021 ‘Snakes And Their Children’ on September 22nd via Black Maraca Records.

With a handful of successful singles under their belt since their formation in 2019, the four-piece have received critical acclaim from the likes of BBC Radio 1, Kerrang! Radio, Radio X and Louder Than War. Fronted by Steffan Pringle formerly of Estrons, Pringle enlisted fellow Estrons live member Craig Shankland on bass, Thomas Beedim on guitar and then completed the lineup with Alec Rees on drums.

Self-produced, mixed and mastered by the band’s frontman Steffan Pringle, best known for his work with Boy Azooga, Himalayas, Adwaith and his former band Estrons, ‘Snakes And Their Children’ is “a bouncy feel good pop number celebrating the endless lineage of transparently incompetent overlords who remind us of our position in a crumbling society. Our music is about forgetting everything you’ve known before and moving forward,” explains Steffan.

With their own unmistakable brand of dystopian noise-rock, the explosive, adrenaline-fuelled track is a full throttle musical assault, bursting with a barrage of blown-out blazing guitar tones, candid lyrics, ferocious vocals, pounding drums and distorted riffs, all of which grab you by the throat and don’t let go until you turn blue. 

Alongside the single the band will be releasing a frantic, post apocalyptic music video, filmed and edited by the band themselves. Using complex and dystopian images inspired by 90s horror movies and 80s music videos; the resulting sensory overload feels Black Mirror-esque and well worthy of anything David Lynch shot at his most unhinged.

Check out the video for ‘Snakes And Their Children’ below.

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Pillow Queens Sign With Royal Mountain Records, Share New Track, ‘Rats’

Pillow Queens have shared their new single ‘Rats’.

The release coincides with their signing to Royal Mountain Records, and is released ahead of their upcoming UK tour.

“Filming the video for ‘Rats’ was catharsis at its best,” guitarist Pamela Connolly says. “After 18 months of no gigs and being inside, we finally got a chance to gather in a venue and simulate a real life gig with some of our closest friends. The chant section towards the end of the song is usually a highlight of our live set and we had really missed that energy so having a chance to recreate that was really special.”

Check out the UK Tour Dates below.

Nov 2 – Birmingham – Sunflower Lounge (SOLD OUT)
Nov 3 – Bristol – Rough Trade (SOLD OUT)
Nov 4 – London – The Dome (SOLD OUT)
Nov 6 – Brighton – Mutations Festival
Nov 8 – Leeds – Hyde Park Book Club
Nov 9 – Manchester – YES
Nov 10 – Liverpool – Arts Club Loft
Nov 12 – Edinburgh – Voodoo Rooms
Nov 13 – Glasgow – Great Western Festival
Nov 14 – Nottingham – Bodega
Dec 2 – Belfast – Ulster Sports Club (SOLD OUT)
Dec 4 – Dundalk – Spirit Store (SOLD OUT)
Dec 5 – Derry – Sandinos (SOLD OUT)
Dec 8 – Cork – Cyprus Avenue (SOLD OUT)

Check out ‘Rats’ below.

Can’t Swim Release New Single, ‘To Heal At All, You Have To Feel It All’

Can’t Swim have dropped their latest single and video, ‘To Heal At All, You Have To Feel It All’.

The latest cut is off the the band’s upcoming record ‘Change Of Plans’, set to be released on 22nd October via Pure Noise Records.

“‘To Heal at All You, Have to Feel it All’ is a song about being haunted by the ghosts of your past,” says singer Chris LoPorto. “I wrote the entire thing on an airplane because I was having these awful nightmares. The progression is a six times signature where the drums are in four four. 

“When I presented the demo to Will Putney, he thought the chorus felt a little better with the drums also and six going into the recording process actually thought this song was one of the weakest part of the 12, but wound up being one of the strongest and that’s why we decided to use it for the single.”

Check out the new track below.

Sleep Token Share New Single, ‘Fall For Me’

Sleep Token have shared their latest single, ‘Fall For Me’.

This is the latest release from their upcoming second record, ‘This Place Will Become Your Tomb’, set to be released on 24th September.

The band are set to tour the UK in November of this year.

Here are the touring dates.

November 2021

12 Foundry, Torquay
13 Institute, Birmingham 
14 SWG3, Glasgow
15 Leadmill, Sheffield 
17 Academy, Dublin 
18 Academy 2, Manchester 
19 Y Plas, Cardiff 
20 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Billy Talent Announce UK Shows For 2022

Billy Talent have announced a handful of shows for May 2022 in the UK.

Here are the dates.

May 2022

29th – KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton

30th – Academy, Liverpool

31st – Islington Academy, London

This follows on from the announcement of the band’s record, ‘Crisis Of Faith’, which is set to be released on January 21st 2022.

Loathe Part Ways With Connor Sweeney

Loathe have announce they have parted ways with Connor Sweeney (Guitar).

Sweeney was one of the founding members of the band and has played on all of their recordings to date.

Loathe have released this short statement on their socials:

“Loathe regretfully announce the departure of Connor Sweeney. We would like to thank Connor for his contributions and commitment to Loathe over the years and wish him the best in his future endeavours.”

And Connor has released this much longer statement:

“Hello internet. Today I can’t believe I’m saying this, but with the largest stone in my throat and a leaden heart, I’ve decided to part ways with Loathe. Thank you to everyone who has ever supported me in this band and in music as it means everything to me. Without music i wouldn’t be alive. Seriously. ⁣

I am not dead musically as I have something I’m working on, that I will be putting what’s left of my heart and soul into after what has been a harrowing ordeal this past year. ⁣

I thought some things might have changed with time within the band but unfortunately in this case things continued to stay the same. So as to preserve my own well being and mental health I have decided to leave. ⁣

Thank you to all who have ever been there in any and every way, It really really does mean more than I could ever describe. I WILL be back with new music and hopefully playing shows again once all is ready. ⁣

A massive thank you to Ryan Richards for being the greatest manager and making my personal dreams a reality.⁣

Another massive thank you to Zack McAdam, Lewis Chalmers and Josh Singh for always being such amazing people and crew to work with.⁣

Thank you for reading.⁣

Connor”

Mike Taveira Shares New Single, ‘Sex For Breakfast

On September 17th, rising queer pop star Mike Taveira returns with his new single, “Sex for Breakfast (ft. Allie X),” from his forthcoming debut EP, ‘Cut Velvet.’ Due out in early 2022, ‘Cut Velvet’ is a glittering record of spacey 80s new-wave and rudimentary 70s synths balanced precariously over slap bass and funk grooves. It’s a conceptual record that chronicles Mike’s wide-eyed move to Los Angeles, the rise and fall of young love, and all the predators along the way.

“Sex For Breakfast” is the second single to be released from ‘Cut Velvet,’ following the lead single, “Switch,” which was released earlier this summer. Featuring indie-pop superstar Allie X, “Sex for Breakfast” is a synth-fueled anthem packed with suggestive lyrical wordplay and beats that will get you moving. 

’Sex for Breakfast’ was one of those lightning-in-a-bottle songs,” Mike says of the new song. “The idea came to me after an intense morning with this guy I was head over heels for. We were essentially dating but kept pretending it was a fling. We ended up in this almost masochistic cat-and-mouse game, knowing we were so right together but both being too uncomfortable to admit it.”

Los Angeles-based Mike Taveira makes music that is wild, fun, and unabashedly queer. He showcases an infectious pop sensibility while tackling the complexities and vulnerability of sexual identity, love, gender and sex. Since making his artist debut in 2019, Mike has received praise from tastemakers like Billboard Pride, Gay Times, PRIDE, and Attitude. With an underlying message that preaches to be true to yourself, whoever you love, whatever you identity as, and whatever life throws your way, Mike is a vibrant force in the evolution of queer pop.

Check out ‘Sex for Breakfast (ft. Allie X)‘ below.

Band Interview Of The Day – Flush

Hello there everybody and welcome back to another instalment of the Band Of The Day Interview! Today for you we have the amazing, fun and too good to miss quartet from Helsinki, Finland who only can be known as Flush!

If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?

We often ask ourselves that same question. Who are we actually? What does it mean to be a “rock band”? Why do we do it? Are we on a higher mission to provide relief and entertainment to crowds everywhere, or are we just four guys who like to play loud rock songs for living organisms? 

Sorry, I digress. We are Flush, a four-piece rock band from Helsinki, Finland. Our music sounds like when Alternative Rock went for drinks with Punk Rock, met a group of Metal sub-genres at the bar, and had a fun time with way too many shots of the Finnish booze delicacy Jaloviina.

How did you all meet?

Börje (drums) and I (Lasse, vocals & guitars) met when we were kids playing cowboys and indians in our backyards. We met Janne (guitars) as teenagers in an earlier band, and he joined Flush early on, as we needed a second guitar. Eero (bass) joined the band a few years ago after Börje suggested he could be the guy to operate the low frequencies. And Eero turned out to most certainly be that guy. The current Flush is the best incarnation of a band that has been around for a few decades already.

How long have you been playing?

We all found our instruments in the delicate teenage years. I was probably the last to find mine (guitar) at around 16 or so. All of us have played in bands more or less all the time since starting to play. It’s just simply the most fun thing to do.

What three words would you use to describe the music you play?

Melancholic, smart, and multidimensional.

What are your musical influences?

Musically, we started by trying to sound like Bad Religion, and every time we have to name one influence only, Bad Religion is that influence. More recently, bands like Biffy Clyro and Deftones have had a big impact on the song-writing. We are children of the 90s alternative scene, so we could just start listing all the nirvanas, mudhoneys, soundgardens, helmets and sonic youths that inspired us, and still be writing the list tomorrow. I am a huge Pavement fan too and don’t think I’d still be writing for and singing in this band without Pavement. Lyrically, I’d like to see us positioned somewhere between Nick Cave and Frank Turner. Don’t ask me why. It’s just a feeling I have.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?

Tough one… This is not so much “seeing” but a good story in any case: Our drummer Börje has a tendency of getting into random accidents every now and then. Once, during a show, the splinter from a drumstick flew into his mouth, got stuck in his palate, and nearly choked him. 

Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted?

You know what, I want to say any place with live music. I’ve got tickets to see The War on Drugs, so that is a concrete place and time to look forward to. For Flush, we have some places and events in the works, but nothing confirmed yet, as nobody knows for sure yet how restrictions will evolve.

What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?

Scorpions – Best of Rockers and Ballads. I have it on vinyl from my childhood. It’s not actually terrible, I think, but obviously not something you’d promote in the alternative/punk scene.

What have you been listening in the last few weeks?

I’ve listened to a lot of Spanish Love Songs. They are amazing, just simply great. I’ve also listened a lot to Mogwai’s latest album as well as Deafheaven’s new one, and their older stuff too. I also found this UK based sludge band called Bossk and they are really good. Oh, and Lucy Dacus Oranssi Pazuzu, Full of Hell, and lots and lots of Deftones too. Rage Against the Machine never does not work.

Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?

Glad you asked! We are releasing a new EP this Fall. It’ll come out in November and is called ‘Conspiracies, Threats and Chaos’. It’s a little heavier than our debut album from 2020 (‘It Began as a Mistake’) and we think people will like. The first single ‘Entertainment’ came out in the end of August and the next single ‘Weak and Wrong’ comes out September 17th. There will be videos too and hopefully we get to do some shows once venues start opening around here. Check out our website our socials:

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Check out Flush’s latest release in the form of the single, ‘Entertainment’ below.

Clara Mae Shares New Track, ‘Crash’

Celebrated Swedish singer-songwriter Clara Mae has released her latest single, ‘Crash’ on the 10th of September via Universal Music Sweden. Clara Mae has firmly established herself in the industry by co-writing with big names such as David Guetta, Tiesto and Martin Jensen as well as featuring in songs by the likes of R3HAB and Frank Walker, amongst others. The singer has reached #21 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and featured in well-known publications such as WONDERLAND, Refinery 29, FLAUNT, Pop Buzz, EDM.com, Pop Crush, Magnetic Magazine, American Songwriter, and Ones To Watch to name a few. Clara Mae’s talents have been further recognized on numerous streaming platforms, with her music featured on well-known channels such as Trap Nation, Ultra Music, 7clouds and Chill Nation amongst others, contributing to her impressive play count of over 600 million globally.

Clara Mae studied jazz vocals and piano in her small town of Gävle, Sweden where she grew up. Later, she would move to Stockholm, to pursue a career in music which she kick-started with her debut EP, Sorry For Writing All The Songs About You which has earned millions of streams. The singer would go on to tour in the US and Canada with Ella Vos as well as tour Europe with Canadian singer Carlie Hanson.

The stunning single ‘Crash’ was written by Clara Mae in collaboration with Cassandra Ströberg, Johan Lindbrant and Madelene Eliasson, who also produced the song. The song was mixed and mastered by Lars Norgen, who has previously worked with Tove Lo. While creating her own music, the singer calls upon the likes of Holly Humberstone, Troye Sivan and Kacey Musgraves. for inspiration. In turn, her sound calls to mind the contemporary stylings of Halsey, Tove Lo, Sigrid and Astrid S.

No more overthinking, no more self-doubt: dare to lose control and fall head over heels for Clara Mae with her latest single ‘Crash’. The singer has taken classic, elegant tones and filled them with hope, radiating love and affection to the simple moments that carry a relationship. 

On the release Clara Mae Says: “I think many people are scared to really let themselves fall head over heels in love with someone. It’s scary to be vulnerable. Will the happiness you feel right now be worth the pain if it ends? For me, yes. He will be the best I’ll ever have even if we crash.”

Check out ‘Crash’ below.

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