State Of You Unleash New Track, ‘The Perfect Storm’

Having recently debuted their first ever single ‘Run’, burgeoning UK rock act State Of You have unleashed another high octane track titled ‘The Perfect Storm’“This song is about living with undiagnosed ADHD for most of my life and the destructive relationships I’ve been in because of that,” explains vocalist Steve Sitkowski of its visceral inspiration. “I was constantly using drugs to get away from myself and being in a dark place most of the time – That feeling of not belonging, being incapable of functioning in the real world and not being able to figure out why.”

With a shared desire to write straight-up rock ‘n’ roll songs (Sitkowski emphatically and proudly growls “This is British rock’n’roll” on ‘The Perfect Storm’), with the purpose of expelling personal demons, and to provoke discussion around issues in the world today, State Of You have risen from the ashes of several much-loved underground UK bands including Outcry Collective, Polar and Hildamay. Their two newly released tracks will be included on their forthcoming self-titled debut EP, set for release 02 September via Silent Cult Recordings.

Check out ‘The Perfect Storm’ below.

Band Interview Of The Day – Hootin

  1. If you could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
    1. I (Hootin, i.e. Nick Houghton) am a singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the west coast of Canada.
  2. How did you all meet?
    1. I am a solo artist. But I have a close group of friends I lean on heavily for contributions, advice, rewrites and most importantly, deleting stuff.
  3. How long have you been playing?
    1. I’ve been in the world of music for as long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories was as a 6 year old playing Cotton Eyed Joe on the violin in a traveling show. In my teens I took up the drums, playing in every jazz band, orchestra and musical in the B.C. area, eventually enrolling at the local conservatory, where I got to work closely with jazz icons like Paul Horn and Misha Piatigorsky. After University I played with the funk rock band The Party On The High Street, performing constantly all over the world for six years, releasing 5 albums, one of which was recorded at Bear Creek studios with Ryan Hadlock, a Grammy nominee for his work with the Lumineers. While with The Party on High Street we partnered with a pair of actors and helped write a musical titled The Saints of British Rock.

      This is my first venture as a solo artist, after 6 years on the road with TPOHS and the subsequent hiatus from music during which I lived in Los Angeles I’ve returned back to my home in Canada, where in 2021 I released my first full length album “Exit Conditions” and followed it up with a single Wake Up Call in January of 2022 and a second in May of 2022 titled The New Queen.
  4. What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
    1. Hmm, that’s tough. I would go with: Contemplative expressive alternative.
  5. What are your musical influences?
    1. I take inspiration from a lot of different artists. At first the list might seem quite eclectic but it has a theme. What makes a great artist to me is one that I feel is truly expressing an idea, something personal or tangible. There is a lot of music that just picks a catchy phrase and repeats it over and over in hopes of getting it stuck in your head; often there is no greater message to it. Artists that catch my ear are trying to tell me something whether that be with the lyrics, the instrumentation, or both. If I feel like a song is just trying to get my attention I lose interest pretty fast.

      Off the top of my head, for amazing lyrics you really can’t beat Laura Marling or Tom Waits.

      For pure energy, there is a well known underground funk band from Vancouver called Five Alarm Funk that constantly tours across Canada. Their size varies but usually consists of no less than 6 members, their music is primarily instrumental but is some of the hardest hitting, energetic, danceable music I have ever heard. As a drummer by trade, it’s impossible to not be inspired by them. Unlike most ensembles, Five Alarm Funk sets up their live performance with their drummer front and center. Nobody else does that as far as I know.

      There is another Vancouver based artist named Matthew Goode, his raw expression is unbeatable. If you really pay attention to his music, it’s like sitting in on a therapy session.

      I also find expression in the way you perform extremely important, and for that my first stop is Jordan Rakei. The tone of his voice, the soft diction, it creates so much texture to his music… I find it irresistible.

      Here is a little list of others I really enjoy: Franc Moody, Tom Misch, Lianne La Havas, Still Woozy, Erik Sumo, FKJ, Half Moon Run, Pinegrove, Mike Snow, Amber Mark, Neil Frances, Rudy Norman.
  6. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
    1. It was while playing at a halloween party in Comox British Columbia… I saw a guy stick a bottle rocket in his butt, light it, bend over, and fire it towards the crowd. That image is burned into my memory for all time. 
  7. Being away from the stages in the last few years, where was the first place you visited when the restrictions were lifted?
    1. I’m still not back to performing. I am heavily focused on being in the studio at the moment. I am currently releasing a new single every 3-4 months. I figure that in about a year’s time I’ll be back on stage. For now I’m keen to just focus on writing and building up my catalog. 
  8. What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
    1. Dashboard Confessional’s “A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar”. I used to be embarrassed of the power my angsty teenage phase still has on me but now I embrace it. You wanna come over and cry about that girl that said no in grade 9? I’m in, let’s do it. hahaha
  9. What have you been listening to in the last few weeks?
    1. Franc Moody. A disco funk duo from London. If you haven’t checked them out, do yourself a favor. 
  10. Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
    1. Yes! I’m currently releasing a new single about every 3-4 months. I just released The New Queen in May, so will likely be releasing my next one in September!

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Live Review – Slam Dunk Festival North 2022

Less than a year has passed since the previous iteration of Slam Dunk Festival and here we are for the third time at the Temple Newsam site since switching from the city centre where just about everything is bigger and better! The stages, the food, the acts, the sound etc. It feels truly amazing to be back without the fear of coughs, covid passes and everything else in-between that would stop us from attending!

Having grown up from my teenage years to university on a steady diet of Pop-Punk, Metalcore and tonnes of more music, it almost feels as if this is a dream today and it feels as if the gap between all the shows in the last few months has passed. Also, this has to be the most diverse lineup I’ve witnessed in a long long time!

Pinkshift

Over on their festival debut, the Baltimore based Pinkshift continue to win over some new faces to the band and I’ll say this, their energy levels didn’t drop by one bit at all. They sounded up to that point in the day, the best out of every single band on the day and they continue to win over every person that watched (including myself) especially with their recently released single ‘Nothing (in my head) which has you losing your mind over that soaring guitar.

Cassyette

Kicking off the heavier side of things is the always incredible, Cassyette, an artist who hasn’t gone unnoticed over the last year and has steadily put out a consistent repertoire of banger after banger. Her oozing her anthemic liveability has the early crowd being thoroughly entertained with her glam rock attitude with her added swagger though… she lives up to the hype.. Being a staple as one to watch could lead her to falter a but but with track such as ‘Sad Summer Girl’, it makes her pleasing to watch and hopefully in a few years time, we’ll see this artist head further up the festival bill.

Yours Truly

Rising Aussie favourites take to the Temple Newsam stage for the second time in as many days, previously on You Me At Six’s 10 Years Of Sin (Sinners Never Sleep Anniversary Shows) it’s clear that they’re fan favourites in the scene at the moment the way everyone’s bouncing on the stage to show that this is Yours Truly’s world, we’re just living in it and proof that they have only gotten better with time, refining their sound over the pandemic. Sadly though production monsters have struck during their set which do plague the performance on the occasion but that doesn’t make things unenjoyable, it makes us want to watch even more.

Meet Me At The Altar

Today there’s someone we’ve been wanting to watch for a while now but sadly their set is plagued by some technical difficulties, especially on their guitar early into their set. After some momentum from May The Odds Be In Your Favour, the sounds are a little disappointing in the rhythm of their set but around their ending, they do show some motivation at what they really can do to make them a good presence where hen they do make their UK return, these problems won’t bring them down, they’ll bring the carnage to their set.

Hot Milk

‘Lets show them how we do it in the north’. says Hannah Mee, leading the charge with Hot Milk as they reach some amazing heights with their Rock Scene stage performance. The band blast through some high octane tracks, the recently released ‘Bad Influence’ as well as their previous title track off EP, ‘I Just Wanna Know What Happens When I’m Dead’with every single piece of energy just dripping from the band, it’s very impressive to say the least. Hot Milk continue to go from strength to strength in the dynamic flow of their back catalogue of tracks and the atmosphere just raises things up ten times of what any band has accomplished so far today.

Magnolia Park

Another international debut, were the social media sensations, Magnolia Park. ’10 for 10′ became this full circle moment for everyone in the crowd because it was one of those songs that when you hear for the first time which has a poignant meaning and the standout on the day of the festival but made them all the more crushing and pleasing to watch. In all honesty they are ballsy to be covering ‘Sugar We’re Going Down’ (as is anyone who chooses to) and they nail it perfectly because of their modern electro-pop blend which fans have become accustomed to. The more I listen to Magnolia Park, the more interesting they become to me not only because they seem to be the future of what the genre has to offer but because when they inevitably make their Slam Dunk return, a bigger stage will be required.

Mod Sun

It’s been a while since the record ‘internet Killed The Rockstar’ dropped and he brought about a new age of Rock to our ears and when the tracks ‘Karma’, ‘Annoying’ and more hit, all you hear is the entire crowd chanting back and screaming the lyrics. What’s more is the amount of time Mod Sun interacts with the crowd, expressing how loved he feels to be there and the entire time, that love is reciprocated. Dedicating the set to his fiancé Avril Lavigne (and even a few rumours of the queen herself being there) the 2021 breakout single ‘Flames’ is one that possibly can be heard across the pond for what is a fantastic set for the first time appearance

Set It Off

It’s been three years since Set IT Off last played in the UK. Postponement after postponement meant that their latest upcoming tour has now been on the back burner for the last few years (thanks to COVID) and this is just the opening salvo of what is to expect when things come about in a few months time. Starting off with ‘Skeleton’ and ‘Projector’ it’s obvious that they’re clear fan favourites already and will continue to stay in their setlist for a good while but that doesn’t mean they won’t bust out their old hits such as ‘Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing’ as well as ‘Why Worry’, there’s more than enough charm to go around, especially with the bands colour coded outfits as well as a You’re Next style bunny mask for their touring guitar player.

As December Falls

Making their return to Slam Dunk Festival (with their previous appearance back in 2018) and after an impressive SOLD OUT headlining run of the UK, British Pop-Punk protégées As December Falls continued to impress with their lovely catalogue of tracks, especially their latest release of ‘Go Away’, we just want more and we will on their upcoming Autumn UK Tour later this year. With the entire set of crowd pleasing tunes fizzing with some personality, the sass manages to cook up more to get the crowd really going and hopefully they’re going to be firm favourites sooner rather than later.

Nova Twins

Now I Feel for Nova Twins, I really do. They’re at the end of the day just about to go on before main headliners Sum 41 but the more you watch from them, the more you’re just in their trance. With the crowd rather drained, the duo powerhouse get the crowd moving again and again to have them reignited to remind them just who the hell they’re watching. The annihilating Riffs and furious tracks make the most of their message and believe me when I say, nexttime they tour, get your butts to a show.

Sum 41

The final band to take to the stage, the kings of the festival today are sounding the absolute best from left to right all over the place, especially with a massive Red Devil looking ominously out into the crowd.

It feels so weird to be listening to tracks such as ‘The Hell Song’, ‘In Too Deep’ and ‘Fat Lip’ but I suppose that’s always the case of people you’ve been listening to for years. They’re always welcome with the favourites in their setlist where you hear the crowd collectively chanting back and a realisation comes to you, this is the community of the entire festival singing back. The setlist is culled from more nostalgia feels of the last 20+ years but they hold up time and time again.

Picking up in between the set, covers of riffs from The White Stripes ‘Seven Nation Army’ and Queens ‘We Will Rock You’ feel effortless from my standpoint. The band have always been capable of more, and the set provides it time and time again to bring Slam Dunk Festival 2022 to a triumphant end but if I may say, this is a crowd that wants more and they oozed up every last ounce of what was put out there today.

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Fairweather Release Deluge EP Out Now Via Equal Vision Records, Share Video For ‘No Safe Corners’

Post-rock band Fairweather have released their new EP, Deluge, through Equal Vision Records. Recorded at guitarist Ben Green’s Washington D.C. studio, Ivakota, and partially at vocalist Jay Littleton’s studio in Houston, Deluge is Fairweather’s first new music since their self-titled album in 2014.

The band has also shared a short film for the track “No Safe Corners.” The stunning black-and-white video was made in collaboration with visual artists Raul Zahir De Leon, Jonathan Howard, and Marissa Long to interpret the lyrics of the song. Sonically, the track revolves around a strange and dissonant guitar lead that leans on a sense of lingering with no real end. Thematically that is the panic of not feeling safe or able to find shelter or solace.

On the emotional story behind writing “No Safe Corners”, Tsouras explains:

“My mother died a year ago this week after battling dementia for over a decade.  In the beginning, she was constantly fighting. She would struggle to hold onto any part of herself that was familiar, while at the same time being confronted with something that was unfamiliar and terrifying. She thought if she could just try harder and pretend nothing was happening, then it would go away. But in her case, it wasn’t self preservation.  What she was really trying to hold onto was the weight she carried for the rest of us, and was afraid she couldn’t protect us anymore if this overcame her, or that we wouldn’t trust her if we found out she couldn’t keep up. She didn’t want to let go of our burdens she carried for us.

The lyrics are a conversation. They are what I imagine her to be saying to herself in those early days of the disease.  This is a time when she still had some sense of control and autonomy but could tell things were changing. It’s the idea that you know something is wrong, but you can’t tell what it is and you’re terrified you’ll be letting everyone down if they find out. Nothing is familiar. No safe corners.”

Orders for Deluge can be made via Equal Vision Records

Eades Release Music Video For ‘A Welcome Goodbye’

Leeds quintet Eades release the music video for ‘A Welcome Goodbye‘ – taken from acclaimed debut album ‘Delusion Spree‘ – out now via Heist or Hit.

Self-produced, and recorded live a la inspirations Parquet CourtsPixies and The Strokes’ early work, there is an energy alchemised by the confidence each individual member has in their craft. This is amplified by the psychic connection established by hours of practice, and the rough and tumble of auxiliary commitments as an indie-band in this day and age. 

Check out the music video for ‘A Welcome Goodbye’ below.

Femegades Release New Single, ‘Speechless’

Femegades have dropped a new single with a melodic punk twist in the form of ‘Speechless’.

This acts as a taste of their debut EP, ‘Pornsick’ and it’s a hell of a track which introduces them to new fans.

Written in collaboration with Gemma Aitchison of Yes Matters UK, the song is an urgent slice of punk rock that couldn’t feel more vital, or more timely given recent articles in the news. And with previous EP Pornsick tackling such vital themes as women subjected to male violence and narratives surrounding consent head-on, it’s a fitting progression for the four-piece, who are using the EP to push both the boundaries, and their ethos, even further, all the while providing a voice to those who might not otherwise have one.

Check out ‘Speechless’ below.

Aussie Hardcore Quintet Speed Unleash New Ep, ‘Gang Called Speed’

Australian hardcore band Speed have shared their new EP, Gang Called Speed, out now on Flatspot Records and Last Ride Records. Recorded with Elliott Gallart at Chameleon Studios, the six songs on the EP are centered around recognizing who you are in this world, taking ownership of that identity and not letting anyone tell you otherwise. Drawing influence from acts like Biohazard and Merauder just as much as bands like Trapped Under Ice, the band puts forth pit-ready music highlighted by blitzing guitars and pummeling drums. The vocals hit nasty in the best way, showcasing the bite of the Sydney hardcore scene the band is leading the pack of.

Opener and lead single “Not That Nice” captures the band’s no hold barred approach, featuring a blunt vocal delivery and intricate guitar work. The EP dives deep into social commentary as “Another Toy” challenges misogynistic views in male culture, while “Move” addresses accepting the diversity in human experiences. “Big Bite” crushes through an old-school hardcore sound before gang vocals lead into the instrumental “Every Man For Themself” that is a buzz with chunky bass tones. The record ends with “Know Your Foe,” blending heavy and groove-laden elements that perfectly encompass the sound that is Speed.

Listen to ‘Gang Called Speed’ EP below.

Cabal Release New Single, ‘Exsanguination’

One of Denmark’s finest metal exports, CABAL, have announced their new album “Magno Interitus”that will be released on October 21st via Nuclear Blast. The band have also released a fitting video for their new single “Exsanguination”

CABAL states:
“The album ‘Magno Interitus’ – which translates to ‘The Great Decay,’ was written during the pandemic when we felt like everything was falling apart right in front of us, both in grand scheme of things but also on a much more personal level. So most of the songs serve as an outlet for all of the emotions we’ve felt during this time, which is also why this might not be the most uplifting album ever produced. The album was recorded, produced and mixed and mastered by our very own Chris Kreutzfeldt.”

Check out ‘Exsanguination’ below.

Louyah Releases New Single, ‘Peter Pan’

Following the success of his debut EP released through Loud Era Records, Louis Attillio Vigorito, better known as Louyah has released his latest single “Peter Pan”.

“Peter Pan” encapsulates Louyah’s ambition to live a life where you are unapologetically yourself. He states, “Peter Pan is honestly a shot at the labels. I’ve been ducked/pushed and always set back as an artist. I’ll never let anyone judge me for what I am and who I’m supposed to be. It’s fine they don’t want the music now. I’ll keep pushing and making my dreams come true!” 

“My influences are the ones who surround me” states Louyah, however Young Pwavy, Kevin Boris, Gervs, Dakun and Nick Zullo are up there when it comes to musical inspiration. Having already racked up an impressive array of streams, and social media engagement hitting the millions, we are sure to see even greater things from Louyah in the coming months. Receiving over 9000 pre-saves in one weekend alone, “Peter Pan” is sure to be a hit with fans. 

Listen to ‘Peter Pan’ below.

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Profiler Release New Single, ‘Hypocrite’, Debut Self-Titled EP Out Now

Following their set on the RIP stage at this year’s Download Festival, Profiler have released their debut self-titled EP into the world. To mark the occasion the band have revealed it’s final track “Hypocrite”. A song that exhibits their already-trademark groove whilst exploring the inherent value that nature brings to our lives.

On the new track the band comments “‘Hypocrite’s the concluding song of this EP is about the importance of nature in people’s lives and is a sister track to our previous release ‘Identify’. A lot of people get caught up in city living and society and the need to provide can leave us out of touch with the very essence of life. The natural world is an essential part of the human experience. We are of nature and need to be reminded of our symbiotic relationship. The idea of this EP is mainly surrounded by the importance of mental health awareness. A clear message and one keyway to do this, which I believe often gets missed, is to take the courage to be alone in the natural world.'”