Live Review – You Me At Six @ Stylus, Leeds

Support: LONA

Date: 28/11/21

There was a lot of buzz around this one! You Me At Six’s release shows at the back of last year to celebrate the anniversary of the record that made them, ‘Hold Me Down’. Not only that, the band also had the incredible LONA on their support.

Sixers fans had waited two years to hear what the band had to offer from these shows and fans weren’t disappointed, with everyone in the camp ready to go, it was an experience unlike any other… that is until the anniversary of Sinners Never Sleep comes around later this year.

Having never heard of LONA until this evening, it was quite different to what I was expecting. First off, his lankiness would make one think of Machine Gun Kelly but you couldn’t be more wrong. Instead you get a more soulful and at times energetic artist that deeply connects to the crowd in a way that most don’t. With Tracks such as ‘Darkest Days’ and ‘Boys Get Sad’, one could say that he’s an emo at heart going by the track titles alone.

With quite a strong support act, it’s easy to forget that You Me At Six will take to the stage in a little while and we couldn’t get more excited.

I don’t think the atmosphere couldn’t have been better if people tried. Tracks such as ‘Underdog’, ‘Liquid Confidence’ just made the audiences heart melt and in the encore ‘Bite My Tongue’ just elevated the entire venue to a whole other level. ‘Where My Underdogs At?’ says frontman Franceschi. You know things are about to get real when he says that. The Guitar riffs and pits that erupt from here are second to none. You see why they came to Leeds because of this.

With all of the eruption from this, sonically it’s an absolutely sound show because the amount of love for these tracks that fans have is unquestionable. During ‘Liquid Confidence’, that has to be one the spot in the setlist where audience participation was at an all time high, signing the lyrics right back to them. But if you think that performance was grand, just wait for the Sinners Anniversary shows later this year.

Once again, You Me At Six prove just how much of a force they are and ready to tackle more, especially with their back catalogue of tracks.

Rating: 7/10.

Photos by JackLiddPhotography.

Dune Rats Release New Video For ‘Up’

DUNE RATS have returned with a brand new track, ‘Up’.

On the creation of the release, the band say:

“‘UP’ was written on the far South Coast of Australia in a small town called Eden. It was bloody freezing at the time, so it felt necessary to write a summer tune.”

“We ended up making this feel-good banger that was way different from anything we’d written before. We stumbled across the song while having a good time fucking around and cracking each other up. At first, we were reluctant to show anyone because of how different it sounded but eventually thought fuck it and embraced the tuneski!”

And the video? It’s pure madness where the trio dresses up as posties delivering happiness, and tax refunds, everywhere they go, even if that involved getting stuck in a gang fight.

Here’s what they had to say on the video:

“It took a couple of weeks to learn the ‘UP’ dance in between every rehearsal, sound check and show during our Duniespalooza shows in Brisbane. Then we went straight into a three-day shoot with a nasty four-nights-in-a-row hangover…. Was intense, but more than worth it!”

Cheer yourself up by clicking that play button:

Charlie Simpson Announces Solo Record, ‘Hope Is A Drug’, UK Tour For March 2022

His ten year anniversary for his solo record, ‘Young Pilgrim’ was the other day and now Charlie Simpson has announced the details of his brand new upcoming Solo record, ‘Hope Is A Drug’.

The record is set to be released on March 11th 2021 via Komorebi.

Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting and more below.

01. All The Best
02. Blameless
03. One Of Us
04. Good To Love
05. Twice
06. I See You
07. Flatline
08. Anything For Love
09. Remembered Like This
10. Sliding Doors

Check out the latest single, the fifth track on the record, ‘Twice’.

you can also listen to track two, ‘Blameless’.

And lastly, here’s track six, ‘I See You’.

Pre-orders are available via the following link.

Charlie Simpson is set to head out on a lengthy UK tour for March / April 2022. Below are the touring dates.

MARCH 2022

13 – DUBLIN Green Room
15 – NEWCASTLE Boiler Shop
16 – GLASGOW Oran More
17 – LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
19 – PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
20 – BRISTOL Thekla
21 – MANCHESTER Gorilla
23 – BIRMINGHAM Institute2
24 – STOKE Sugarmill
25 – NORWICH Waterfront
27 – OXFORD Academy
28 – BRIGHTON Concorde2
29 – SWANSEA Sin City

APRIL 2022

18 – LONDON Lafayette
19 – LONDON Lafayette

Palaye Royale Announce Upcoming Record’s Title

There’s been a bit of build up for Palaye Royale’s upcoming new record and now we actually have a name!

Whilst speaking to Ted Stryker on his podcast, Tuna On Toast, the band have announced their upcoming record will be titled as ‘Fever Dream’.

Here’s what they had to say:

“The album we are so proud of is called ‘Fever Dream’. It was kind of symbolic about everything that we have gone through. There’s a lot of ups and downs and a lot of things in our lives, from personal relationships to substance to a lot of things, that embodied so much.”

And Remington added this:

The past two years, the pandemic, it actually did feel like the fever dream. It just did not feel real and I feel like two years of our lives just disappeared. But we came out with something on the other end.”

And in case the rumours weren’t true, check this out.

Blind Channel Release New Track, ‘We Are No Saints’

Blind Channel have dropped a new single, and continue to show just how amazing they are.

Here’s what they had to say on the track:

“After our recent breakthrough, we faced a lot of demands from the music industry, the people around us and even from the government. All eyes on us, and not everybody’s happy with us shaking cages – musically or otherwise. Some people want us to be something we’re not in order to fit the concept of role models – national heroes. This song is our answer to those demands. We are a lot of things, but we are no saints.”

Check out the video for ‘We Are No Saints’ below.

Check Out We Came As Romans As They Prank The Devil Wears Prada As They Cover ‘Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over’

We Came As Romans recently have been touring their long-overdue ‘To Plant A Seed’ anniversary tour, which featured The Devil Wears Prada as support.

And with the two bands touring with one another, WCAR took the opportunity to prank TWDP in quite possibly one of the best ways on the last date at The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, MI and how did they do that? Oh by covering Prada’s 2006 scene classic ‘Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over’ on stage with them.

And there’s a bit of fan shot footage to go with it!

Check it out below:

The Wonder Years To Play ‘The Upsides’ & ‘Suburbia’ In Full At Slam Dunk Festival 2022

So there’s been a little news on Slam Dunk Festival 2022 concerning one band in particular: The Wonder Years.

Don’t worry they haven’t cancelled or anything they have only announced that they will be playing in full their record, ‘The Upsides’ and ‘Suburbia I’ve given You All And Now I’m Nothing’.

One record will be played in full on each day so ‘The Upsides’ is going to be played on the north day and ‘Suburbia’ on the South date.

Slam Dunk Festival 2022 will be taking place:

June 2022

3rd – Temple Newsman, Leeds

4th – Hatfield House, Hatfield

Latvian Rock n’ Rollers Quickstrike Release New Music Video For ‘None Of A Kind’

Latvian classic rockers QUICKSTRIKE will be releasing their debut album “None of a Kind” via Rockshots Records this coming February 2022. The full-length, clocking at over 40 minutes will feature 10 songs along with a bonus track exclusively on CD.

Today, Quickstrike is sharing their new music video for the album’s title track and lead single. 

“The lyrics were written overnight, and as soon as they were done, we knew we had our title track. This song represents the overall mojo of the band and what we’re all about. The video was shot in an old USSR airport in Riga.” adds the band.

Check out ‘None Of A Kind’ below.

Puppy Release New Single ‘The Kiss’

PUPPY have returned with a brand new single and video ‘The Kiss’, released through Rude Records.

The release follows a world exclusive first play last night with the Radio 1 Rock Show, presented by Daniel P Carter (listen back to that whole show – HERE).

Written and produced by the band, singer/guitarist Jock Norton explains a little bit about the song – “The Kiss” actually and came out of songwriting sessions for our first album The Goat. For whatever reason it was left by the wayside, but when we started recording new material across the last year or so we decided to try laying down a proper version of it just to see how it would sound (and because we were too lazy to come up with any new songs). What we ended up with sounded way better than the acoustic version Billy had on his phone from 4 years ago, so at a vote of 2 to 1 (sorry Bill) we decided to release the new one. We hope you enjoy it.”Explaining a bit about the wonderful video for ‘The Kiss’, drummer Billy Howard says: –  “We teamed up with Jacek Smarz, a mysterious and enigmatic long term friend of the band, who created the batshit animations that serve as a pretty good visual representation of where our heads were at when we were recording the music. It’s the first time we’ve shared creative duties on a video with someone not in the band, and we are shocked and horrified to find the amazing difference it makes when you hand over control to someone actually knows what they’re doing.”

Check out the video for ‘The Kiss’ below.

Puppy are set to tour the UK next month with Inhuman Nature and Gender Roles.

Below are the touring dates.

December 2021

12th – The Exchange, Bristol

13th – The Joiners, Southampton

14th – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

15th – Firebug, Leicester

16th – The Deaf Institute, Manchester

17th – The Garage, London