The Amity Affliction Announce ‘Somewhere Beyond The Blue’ EP, New Single ‘Death Is All Around’ Out Now

Multi-million streaming Australian metalcore trailblazers The Amity Affliction have today announce a limited edition 7inch EP “Somewhere Beyond The Blue” with the third and final single to be released out today, “Death Is All Around Us”
 

The 7 inch title, “Somewhere Beyond The Blue” is an extrapolation from a message one of Ahren’s (vocals) close friends SK sent him not long before he sadly took his own life, “I’ll be in space.” 

The EP, which will include “Death Is All Around” as well as the previous two singles “Like Love” and “Give Up The Ghost” is available from pre-order HERE and has five variants (outlined below)

Single, “Death Is All Around” was heavily influenced by everything that has gone on globally over the last 2 years.  “We’re deep into a pandemic that won’t go away” says the band, “with lockdowns still happening here in Australia and no touring in sight, it’s a hopeless situation and one that inspired the lyrics in this song.”

The Amity Affliction are set to play Slam Dunk Festival in the UK at LEEDS Temple Newsam and Hatfield House on the 3rd & 4th June 2022.

Dashboard Confessional Unveil New Video For ‘Here’s To Moving On’

Dashboard Confessional has unveiled the official music video for their inspiring new single, “Here’s To Moving On.” The touching new video is out now following its exclusive premiere via Consequence’s “Origins.”

“It’s been one hell of a year for us all (and then some),” says DC founder, frontman, and songwriter Chris Carrabba. “I hope this song can be a small reminder that no matter what challenges life might throw at us today, it’s always worth fighting for a better tomorrow. I feel so very fortunate to be able to share this with you. To the incredible team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making that possible.”

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “vintage Dashboard,” the soulfully optimistic track heralds the eagerly awaited arrival of the first all-new Dashboard Confessional LP in four years, All The Truth That I Can Tell, due via Hidden Note Records/AWAL on Friday, February 25, 2022; pre-orders/pre-saves are available now. The album will be available in a variety of formats, including digital, CD, cassette, standard black vinyl, and a number of limited-edition vinyl runs on offer exclusively via such retailers as Urban Outfitters, Walmart, and Bandbox. A candid All The Truth That I Can Tell Album Trailer can be viewed now at YouTube.

Here’s To Moving on is available to view below.

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Kissin’ Dynamite Release New Single, ‘Yoko Ono’

German heavy metal outfit KISSIN’ DYNAMITE kicks off another race to heat the anticipation for their new studio album, Not The End Of The Road, out January 21st via Napalm Records.  After releasing the bursting high-voltage first single and title track “Not The End Of The Road“, followed by igniting “What Goes Up” and charity awareness single “Good Life“, the chart-topping five-piece serves another smashing surprise with the enthralling new song “Yoko Ono”, alongside an exciting music video.

On their homage to “Yoko Ono”KISSIN’ DYNAMITE surprise with massively catchy tunes added to their trademark sound. The new single is certainly a standout track in the band’s history and will be stuck in listeners heads forever – 80s stadium rock abounds!

KISSIN’ DYNAMITEon the new song:
“We all know of Yoko Ono and her double-edged story. Our song is exactly about people like Yoko Ono, who like a spider catch you in their web at first, to eventually use and abuse you. In the video for this song, we tried to outline, or better yet, re-arrange Yoko’s art 😉Enjoy Folks!”

Check out the video for ‘Yoko Ono’ below.

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Band Interview Of The Day – Leo Spauls

Hello everyone and welcome back to the band interview of the day! Today for you we talk to the absolutely wonderful Leo Spauls. There’s everything here. 2020, what they are and best of all Vegetables. That’s not a type. Let’s dive in.

If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?


It’s actually three bands, one in Sweden, one in Germany and one in the UK. The UK band is Elina Tikkanen on backing vocals, Andy Basiola on guitar, Paolo Succo on bass, Lewis Moody on keyboards, Dan Breaden on drums. And myself, Leo Spauls, on lead vocals. 


How did you all meet?

We met in January 2020 in London. We did a few rehearsals, had some gigs booked, but then came the pandemic. So since then, we have been focusing on songwriting. We enjoy playing live and are hoping to do a UK tour within a year or two. I always wanted to have a London based band and play clubs and venues in the UK, so finally, it’s become true. 


How long have you been playing?

I released my first album in 2016, having written pop songs since the ’90s, so it was a very late debut. We recorded the first album in Swedish in a studio in Stockholm. Since then, I’ve recorded an album with Mike Garson (David Bowie’s pianist) called “Heaven’s Deep Blue Sky” and done gigs with my German band in Berlin and my UK band in London. Since travelling is expensive, I thought it was easier to do it that way. It’s also exciting since the musicians have different backgrounds. We try to do the songs differently in each band, giving the musicians the space to create their sound more freely.


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

It’s pop music, based on synthesizers and piano. When we play live, we go on as a rock-pop band, with drums and guitars. 


What are your musical influences?

David Bowie was and still is the most influential artist to me. I listen to his music frequently, and It’s lovely when I discover an interview or a concert I haven’t seen on Youtube. I had the chance to interview him once when he planned his 50th birthday and did a Madison Square Garden show. I would have loved to work with him. If I had believed a little more in myself back then, maybe that could have happened. However, working with Mike Garson is the next best thing.


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

This one goes back to when I was working in a theatre in Stockholm. We had a play where the audience was allowed to throw vegetables on the stage if they didn’t like what they were seeing. Although the play itself was rather provoking, no one dared to do it. Until one night, we had handed out leeks to the audience, and suddenly someone threw one and hit a couple of wine glasses on stage. They went into a million pieces, and then we were at total war. People started throwing vegetables at the actors, and the actors threw them back. People were screaming, and some got hurt and left. It was the most bizarre experience I’ve ever had on stage. And we never dared to try it again.   


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

I am looking forward to Glastonbury next year. I heard Billie Eilish is playing the Pyramid Stage. Rather impressive .


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

I love those bad ones. Those are the most fun to keep, and I’m proud to own them. One of my favourites is Florence Foster Jenkins. I play it whenever I’m in a bad mood, making me smile instantly. 


What have you been listening in the last few weeks?

I very much like Halsey’s new album. It features Mike Garson on one song, and Trent Reznor’s production is excellent. I am hoping to work with Reznor one day. But we need to find a bigger audience first. Or do something extraordinary interesting musically. I’ve always been a pretentious bastard.


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

We are releasing three singles this year on the Animal Farm label: “Show Me Your Love”, “Mehringdamm”, and “Moon Sign”. So that’s the most important thing that happens this year. Also, this time we are focusing on the UK market, so that’s a big step. You can find the songs on all streaming services.

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Chameleon Lady Release new Ep, ’11 Waverley Road’

Playing against their namesake, alt-rock band Chameleon Lady define a strong Celtic inspired identity on  their upcoming EP 11 Waverley Road. Named for the house in which the project was written, the EP  marks a move to rockier and experimental waters for the group that reflects on their growth since their 2018  album Calling Card.  

While most bands consider themselves tight-knit, Chameleon Lady are particularly so! Founding member  Cameron Middlemass plays alongside brother Tom Middlemass, Tom’s partner Caitlin Hutchison, her  father Kenny Hutchison, brother Robbie Hutchison, and their cousin Michael Fitzpatrick. The result is a  synergy like no other, with the open and honest approach to songwriting that resulted in focus single  Valentine.  

“One of us will come up with an idea and it’ll either be poopooed very quickly (we can all take it as we’re all  family or partners) or everyone will chip in and shape it into something that suits the song perfectly. Every  song on the EP is a result of complete collaboration within the band (although Cam our lead singer will tell  you every good idea is his!)” 

Opening with the wonderous build and crash into melody of classic 80s rock, Cameron’s energetic vocals  duet Tom’s infectiously catchy riffs, all carried by Robbie’s ever-growing percussion. Valentine rumbles  over into an explosion that is marries the very best of folk rock with the epic builds of a Bon Jovi or Starship  classic.  

Check out the EP ’11 Waverley Road’ below.

Check Out Rebel Kicks Single ‘We Should Go Missing’

Rebel Kicks is a New York City based duo who craft anthemic alternative pop infused with confessional rock for the ultimate sonic catharsis. Led by brothers Anthony and Steven Babino, Rebel Kicks is celebrated for their disarmingly personal and relatable music, anchored by the bold and harmonic blend of the brothers’ voices. Their songs feature mesmerizing synths, atomic guitar riffs and catchy hooks for a dynamic and inventive explosion of sound.

Their highly-anticipated upcoming single, “We Should Go Missing”, was written and recorded with Jackson Hoffman (Young Rising Sons, Micky James) and Ryder Stuart (CANNON) and is “a metaphor for daydreaming of escape.” The track details the ultimate nirvana in “finding that inner tranquility we all seek, freeing your mind from the daily stresses and anxieties that we all deal with.” Featuring exuberant vocals, a powerful driving rhythm, and a sweeping synth pop melody culminating into a climatic sing-along chorus, “We Should Go Missing” is the ultimate alternative rock escape. 

Since its inception, Rebel Kicks has seen growing success, with multiple song features on MTV and Showtime attracting fans across the globe. Their music video for the song “Let It Out” combines elements of interpretive dance with ASL, and has been recognized as a finalist in numerous film festivals, including the 2019 Big Apple Film Festival. 

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Single Review – Foxxglove – High On Hope

Foxxglove returns with her triumphant third single, ‘High on Hope’ which is out 10th of December 2021 and available on all major digital streaming and download platforms. ‘High on Hope’ sees the Ferndale songstress return with a more positive and upbeat alt-pop/rock track to close the year out. Allowing her pitch-perfect vocals to soar, the optimistic track is about life after a turbulent time in someone’s life, stepping to the edge of despair & pulling yourself back. It’s the antidote to her second single ‘Bad Timing’ and continues the journey of the previous two singles. The single aims to unite outcasts, misfits and those who never feel like they fit the status quo as she roars “We are the lost kids, wanna feel fearless.” 

Foxxglove talks about the track saying, “High on Hope is born out of desperately trying to find like minded people and to be accepted and live fearlessly. I first thought of the lyrics whilst in alternative night clubs in Cardiff such as ‘Metros’ and ‘Team Up’ with my friends. I remember feeling happy and free and that I could be completely and utterly myself, something that I haven’t always felt throughout my life. It’s kind of an anthem for ‘outcasts and oddballs’. I was bullied throughout my time at school and always made to feel like a ‘weirdo’ or a ‘freak’. But I found people who were just as unique as I was and we all come together at these alternative night clubs and it just feels amazing like ‘getting high on hope’. That’s what the song encapsulates.” 

Dreamy and hopeful, ‘High On Hope’ is another in a triumphant release for Foxxglove which encapsulates the emotions she is known for and takes it to new heights in a more psychedelic way as if we’re in a trance of her design. The pop melodies might not be for everyone but the lyrics and voice will make everyone warm to her in a way in a way which doesn’t work with most artists.

Rating:4/5.

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Krooked Tongue Release Single, ‘Freaky Love’

Krooked Tongue have recently released their latest track, ‘Freaky Love’. The track comes off their upcoming debut EP, ‘No Vacancy Hotel’ which will release early in 2022.

Speaking about the EP, vocalist and lyricist Oli Rainsford states: “I think this EP signifies a new era for us, even despite us being a new band. The newer songs somehow seem to reflect our identity as we’ve become more accustomed to finding our sound. It’s the spark in the long awaited ignition of us as we are now, a more hard hitting version of ourselves.

“It’s a collection of stories and experiences that are there to be absorbed by the listener and to provide some escapism from this crazy world for a few minutes. The songs have been tested so many times live now that we’ve been dying to capture their essence and give the people something to take home with them and keep forever. This is just the start of the archive.”

Prior to the release of ‘No Vacancy Hotel’ comes its third single ‘Freaky Love’, out now.

Lyrically, the track sees the band exploring the conversation of individualism and “celebrating the weird”. Freaky Love is “a haven for outcasts, acting as a hub to confide in the ‘freakiness’ of each other’s deep desires”, explains Rainsford.
Freaky Love sounds like sex personified. Combining threatening bass notes, hypnotic hooks,  addictively heavy riffs and lust-filled lyrics “Ooo all your freaky love, yeah it turns me on, all that weird love, you’re a freak and more” which Rainsford chants in a throaty, soulful murmur.

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Single Review – Krooked Tongue – Freaky Love

Krooked Tongue have recently dropped their latest track, ‘Freaky Love’ off their long awaited upcoming debut EP, ‘No Vacancy Hotel’ which is set to drop on February 2022.

Each track is a standalone single in it’s own right, resulting in an all killer, no filler affair But when talking about Moody Love, the track with a rousing Bass and moody vocals to match, ‘Freaky Love’ is just a blip on what the band can achieve because this track is one of the most technically rousing and infectious releases I’ve heard all year. In addition, it’s a very sexy song as well and I don’t say that too often. Through the lyrics the personification comes alive via soulful voice of Oli Rainsford and makes it even more enticing to listen to.

Rating: 4/5.

Check out ‘Freaky Love’ below.

Band Interview Of The Day – The Lamb

Hello everybody and welcome back to a new episode of the interview of the day series!

Apologies in advance for not getting any out there lately, things have gotten on top of me recently and I’ve had to make a few sacrifices but things are in motion to bring about a few changes to things so stay tuned in the new year for that!

So in case people have forgotten what happens on these series of posts, basically we ask a band or artist a few easy questions and get to know them a little better, lovely quick read for everyone and you get to listen to someone new at the end of things!

Today we have for you the Urban Pop Quintet hailing from Japan, The Lamb!

If you could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
Hi, I’m Noboru from The Lamb. I’m the one who made plastic bags chargeable in Japan.


2. How did you all meet?
Yushi (drums) and I share the same hometown and have known each other since our teens.Junpei (bass) and I met in 2019 through his introduction.Kyuto (keyboards) and Shinjiro (sax) have only been in the band for a year.


3. How long have you been playing?


It’s been a year since all the current band members have been together.


4. What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
“Japanese-City-Pop”, or “It’s-not-popular”.


5. What are your musical influences?
Mostly rock music from the 60s or 70s. British and American. I’m 70 years old this year.


6. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
Dancing old lady.


7. Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted?I want to perform in countries other than Japan.


8. What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
t’s an MD I made when I was 13.


9. What have you been listening to in the last few weeks?
Hmmm, Bob Dylan. 2022 will surely be the year of Bob Dylan.


10. Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
I have a single coming out in January called “Poolside”. In Japan, this is the time of year when we all go to the pool in the snow. Do you want to join us?

Check out their video for ‘Atlantis’ below.

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