As Sirens Fall, Like Giants And More Join Lineup For Mindfest 2021

The organisers of Mind Fest have announced a handful of new bands which will play its 2021 lineup.

The festival based in Nottingham will raise funds for mental health charity Mind and be headlining by Spunge.

The full lineup as it stands can be found below.

A Few Too Many
Autumn Fires
As Sirens Fall
Break Fate
Bloodsport
Caitlin Day
[spunge]
downcast
Figure.09
Hometruths
High Visions
Liquid State
Like Giants
Raging Clue
Thousand Thoughts
Trashed
Well Being.
Y!kes
You Want Fox

Mindfest will take place on April 24th 2021 at The Bodega, Nottingham

New Tracks Roundup 15/05/20

Hello everyone and welcome back! It’s time for another week of the best singles that have recently been released, all in good order of epicness. I’ve tried to make sure that none of these overlap with the Music Videos Roundup post which should have gone live in addition to this post as well so when you’re done be sure to head over to have a read of that!

I hope everyone is doing well in lockdown and hope you’re enjoying these posts so you can find (if any) some good new music to listen to!

And lastly, before we get into all the music, I have to say this, I wanted to change the name very quickly and I know I’ve just referred to this as the singles post but I wanted to include this as in all tracks so non-singles, (mainly because sometimes artists don’t release tracks as singles but as B-sides and covers etc. So we’re cool yeah?

Let’s get things started!

First up this week is Bronnie. Following on from the latest single, ‘Over You’, the Singer/Songwriter from the Pop Punk side of things has shared her latest effort, ‘Where I Want To Be’. Just in case you don’t know, this isn’t part of her latest EP, ‘Dream Or Nightmare’, which is out right now.

 

Seconds up are the folks over in Sleep On It where they’re doing as much s possible to spread the simple message of the current COVID-19 situation in that it is, ‘Stay At Home.

The band’s latest record, ‘Pride & Disaster’ is out right now via Rude Records / Equal Vision Records.

 

Next, we’re in Philadelipa for the release of PHNTMS new single, ‘Towers’.

On the track, Adam Jessamine has said:

“The track is all about expectations. We are all force-fed dreams of great jobs, nice houses, new cars and a perfect life. We each have our own definition of “perfect” revolving these things. When things get hard, if you aren’t happy with yourself and the situation your in, no one can change that but you. At the end of the day, as humans, our expectations are the reason why we feel disappointment. Having your own personal goals is the reason you keep on pushing. ‘Towers’ is a reflection of that”.

 

We’re back in Yorkshire for the second to last pick of this post in the form of As Sirens Fall. The band supported Sumo Cyco at the back end of 2019 and has been gaining traction for the last few months now.

Their latest track, ‘Puppy Squad’, was released today where their vocalist Mikey Lord has said:

“This is a song about escaping toxic relationships, be they romantic or otherwise. For a very long time, I felt trapped with manipulative, agenda-driven people who made me feel like a sidekick – like I was small and worthless. It was dressed up as love, but it was all fake. Nothing I did was ever good enough. Who I was didn’t feel good enough. My world felt so small and as if at any minute everything was going to fall apart around me. I felt like I had lost touch entirely with who I am. I had to fight really hard to get away from that and to get back to me, and I LOVED the idea that as small as they made me feel I could still fight back – a tiny, adorable little dog baring his teeth and taking back control”.

The track was produced and mixed by Neil Kennedy who has previously worked with Creeper, Boston Manor and Milk Teeth in the past.

And for the last pick of the singles this week we have the phenomenal men who’ve come back from the brink who can only be The Ghost Inside. This is off their new self-titled record, which is set to be released on June 5th 2020 via Epitaph Records and will be the first release since their bus accident in 2015.

“Almost all TGI songs take the listener on a journey from dark to light or from despair to hope,” says bassist Jim Riley.

“On this record, we made a conscious effort to let individual songs explore different emotions we’ve been experiencing and not force them to have a positive turn. We feel like the album as a whole will give you that hopeful feeling, even though a song like ‘Pressure Point; might not do that by itself.

“Instead, we embraced being pissed off and let it pour out through some of the most aggressive and pointed lyrics we’ve ever had. We try to avoid cursing in our songs but sometimes you’re just so fed up that nothing less than a big loud fuck will get the job done.“

And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best singles out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next week for another round of great singles. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!

Live Review: Hands Off Gretel @ Fulford Arms, York

Support: Witch Of The East, My Wonderful Daze, As Sirens Fall

Date: 10/07/19

Rising Alternative Grunge Rockers Hands Off Gretel provide a great time on a Sold Out show for everyone. With the genre always in evolution, every act on the evening provides a look into the future where it shows that this is what is needed.

Hands Off Gretel are just about done with things in the UK but the year isn’t over yet as they look to the back end of the year as they’re gearing up for an EU tour at the beginning of October. With a dark punk vibe to get things going in small rooms up and down the country for the ‘I Want The World’ headlining record tour, I doubt it’ll be long before they’re in larger rooms with a few moshpits to match.

First ones on the bill are Witch Of The East, a dark horror-themed duo who provided the senses and a great time, playing to the masses who show they deserved t be back. With them playing a trick on the senses, they play off each other’s strengths where the chunky riff work and psychedelic drumming shows they’re a band to be reckoned with on the touring circuits.

Moving into the harder territory were York’s very own My Wonderful Daze. Energetic, loud and spooky, there wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about this band, except for one thing, the vocals. At times there were some bad vocals from vocalist Flowers but most of the time everything sounded absolutely bang on where their sounds were almost animalistic and if this is any indication of their potential, then their energy was simply put: amazing.

It’s only a while before the flamboyant and infectious As Sirens Fall take up the reigns on the stage and you know that band you really love but can’t wait to see again and again because they’re just so damn entertaining on stage? This is As Sirens Fall. It might be their choice of clothing for the evening, their rhythmic pulses or their chemistry on stage but you just ask the question after and after, when are they coming back? Their lunging into the sub-genre they are could birth something almost new in a time when music is at its peak. If you’ll make one discovery today, go check them out but be careful, you might become mesmerised as I’ve been.

Before I go into Hands Off Gretel, their vocalist Lauren posted a statement via Facebook a few days prior addressing Sexism on the scene, something which As Sirens Fall did address as well, it’s played so much support and its a topic I think just goes completely unnoticed and something that’s just talked about much less. In actual reality, it needs to be addressed more, there’s no place for it in the scene and anyone who says there isn’t a problem, then fuck you. You’re the fucking problem!

Also, if you’re confused as to why Lauren and Becky look like they have fake moustaches and that, they decided to perform in York as guys to highlight ti address sexism.

I’ll link a few Facebook posts from HOG (Hands Off Gretel) so you can take a look at the posts.

 

So HOG’s set. It’s not only emotional but heartwarming to see that this band are powering through no matter what obstacles either their individual members or the band as a whole are going through. If anything Lauren’s posts are only highlighting how strong of a band the band and a genre as a whole are to say fuck this misogyny because The Fulford Arms, York had a room full of people who were willing to back themselves.

The knock out some absolutely great tracks during their set, with the crowd just wanting more of their energy while vocalist Lauren is just encouraging more and more. It’s tracks such as S.A.S.S And Be Mine which offer a little more of a bite into their set which livens things up, where everyone wants to be at the front by that point.

Especially with ‘Freaks Like Us’ and ‘Kiss My Girl’, I’ve not been in a room that’s had as much fun in a while. Hands Off Gretel have a growing congregation to their following and the room will keep on filling up until you’re sucked in as well.

Rating: 8/10