Black Futures Change Their Name

Black Futures have announced that the band have changed their name.

They have issued a statement where they will now be known as Never Not Nothing.

You can read their full statement below.

“Dear Friends,

With empathy and community at the core of our beliefs as humans and artists we have made the decision to change our name to ‘Never Not Nothing’.

We have become increasingly aware of ‘Black Futures’ existence as a positive, powerful and progressive phrase in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Black Futures Month happens every year in conjunction with Black History Month, brought about to help visualise futures with equality, liberty and accountability at its core. Futures free from racism on all levels.

We stand as allies, as empathy machines, in solidarity with BLM.

Never Not Nothing
[NNN]”

Line Up Announced For Virtual Download Festival

Download Festival 2020 isn’t going to be taking place this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic but the organisers of the event have announced the line-up for a virtual weekender that’s set to take place!

The Download TV Weekend will take place on the same days as the cancelled dates (Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June 2020) and will feature some artists who were scheduled to play this year.

It’s all taking place on Download Festival’s YouTube channel, where the three days will be divided into a day and evening schedule, with the evening boasting two to three hours featuring performances from your favourite artists.

It will feature special interviews, unseen performances, exclusive footage and loads more!

Keeping with the 2020 lineup, there will be Kiss’s 2015 Download Festival available to watch on the Friday night.

Iron Maiden have the top billing band on Saturday evening where they will have a special set of archive performances as well as snippets from the Legacy Of The Beast tour.

System Of A Down will bring the weekend to a close on the Sunday with footage from three of their previous performances in 2005, 2011 and 2017.

Other acts confirmed are Alter Bridge, Babymetal, Deftones, The Darkness, Steel Panther, Mastodon, Lacuna Coil, The Pretty Reckless, Black Veil Brides and Poppy.

There’s also going going to be cookalongs which will act as the daytime activities where MasterChef’s Simon Wood, Vegan stars BOSH, tutorials, mindfulness sessions and more.

People who will be watching are encouraged to erect tents in their homes, dress as your rock idols and send in photos and videos using the hashtag #DOWNLOADTV.

Below you will find a full list of the lineup.

The full list of bands on the Download TV line-up are:

KISS

Iron Maiden (Saturday headliner)

System of a Down (Sunday headliner)

Alestorm

Alter Bridge

Babymetal

Baroness

Black Futures

Black Veil Brides

Bowling For Soup

Bush

Creeper

Deftones

Disturbed

Employed To Serve

Fozzy

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Funeral For A Friend

Gojira

Holding Absence

Killswitch Engage

Korn

Lacuna Coil

Loathe

Mastodon

Motionless In White

NXT UK

Periphery

Poppy

Powerwolf

Skillet

Steel Panther

The Darkness

The Hara

The Offspring

The Pretty Reckless

The Wildhearts

Theory

Twin Temple

Volbeat

Wage War

Wayward Sons

Black Futures Announces Their Rescheduled UK Tour Dates

Black Futures original scheduled tour for may 2020 have been rescheduled.

The tour, now dubbed the ‘Post Pandemic Apocalypse Prevention Party’ will see the band tour in September 2020.

In addition to their announcement, they’re also raising money for the NHS Workers and Guildford venue The Boilerroom by selling their merch online via the following link.

The band have said:

“Greetings from our isolation station. We hope you are all coping with quarantine in your own special way. As you may have guessed, we regretfully have to postpone our tour in May ‘til September due to the pandemic we are living through. All your tickets are valid for the new dates. Keep each other safe and sane. Message and send us your art rituals, we love hearing from you.

“We are currently locked away in the studio doing our own ritual and making new music for you all. To show our gratitude for the bravery and resilience of our NHS workers we are donating £10 from the sale of each lino print that Space has lovingly crafted for you all.

“We will also be donating £5 from the sale of our new ‘Art Ritual’ Tee to our beloved local music venue The Boileroom in Guildford. Do go and reach out to your local venue and help them keep their doors open in the wake of Covid 19.

“We miss you all! Stay hydrated, eat more greens, support your local music venue and most importantly MAKE WEIRD & LIVE FREE

“P.S. THANK YOU TO ALL THE DOCTORS, NURSES AND FRONTLINE WORKERS!!”

 

Here’s the full dates for the UK tour.

9th – YES Basement, Manchester

10th – The Garage (Attic Bar), Glasgow

11th – Think Tank, Newcastle

12th – Jericho Tavern, Oxford

16th – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

17th – Cookie, Leicester

18th – Camden Assembly, London.

Music Video Roundup 23/08/19

It’s 4PM on a Friday! This means it’s time for the music video roundup. If you’re new to either the blog or these music video roundup posts, this is how it works. Every week, I watch some of the best recently released music videos and compile them into a list for everyone’s viewing pleasure. They’re span across all the different genres, so expect something different for most of the tracks. The first band on this weeks countdown are the Pop-Punk trio Junior. They’ve recently released their debut record, ‘Beautiful Life’ but before the release, they had their amazing track, ‘Brick By Brick’ in video form. Fun Fact: the track was also chosen at the NXT Lound theme for WWE NXT UK’s takeover in Cardiff which is set to take place in 31st August 2019.

 

Heading to Oxford for our number two pick on the roundup this week is Oxford’s MSRY who’ve recently gone from being a trio to a quartet in the form of bassist Harvey Lake adding to their ranks.

‘Still Breaks My Heart’ is a fresh cut from the group which also features guest vocals from Cancer Bats Liam Cormier.

Kial Churcher (Vocals) on the track has said:

“We played with the idea of obsession and people being too gone in it to realise what was happening around them and there being people who want to break through that barrier for them. The idea of social media being an all-consuming entity is a very real and happening thing right now, the fact people are obsessed with their presentation on social media, the extent people go to for ‘likes’ and to gain a following on them is mind blowing and can consume your entire being, vision and thought process.

I think it shows in the video that we’re trying to break through to that person who can’t see what’s around them, and it becomes harder and harder as it goes on in the video to help them see that there’s more out there than their obsession.”

 

Another band who’ve had their debut record out is Acres.  ‘Lullaby’ was their fourth and final cut to be released before the whole thing was released.

Ben Lumber (Vocals) on the meaning behind the track has said:

“‘Lullaby’ is a song about losing someone you love prematurely. Before you get the chance to know them properly, life takes them away, leaving you with but a bittersweet memory of the short time you had together.

We all lose people we love and in those moments of great loss, the time we did have may never seem enough. Nonetheless, all we can do is be grateful for the time we were given with them and know their presence will live on, through memories, the way they have touched our hearts and the way they helped shape us as human beings.”

 

Shall we get some Geordie’s on this weeks list? Newcastle’s Hardcore five-some Ground  Culture have a huge new single in the wake of their signing to Hopeless Records.

Vocalist Roy Watson, on the release of ‘Life Won’t Wait’ has said:

“Have you ever questioned why life doesn’t slow down? In a world of loud thinkers, silence acts as nothing but a pawn in the iris of opportunity. 

He continues: “We have all chosen blind ignorance over action at times, normally not down to a lack of ability, but because true progress feeds off a constant moulding discomfort which is difficult to stand in the centre of.

“How Well Do You Really Know Yourself?”

 

More British metal on this weeks list! This time its Harbinger. They recently played at the 2019 Bloodstock Open Air Festival wherein preparation, they had a video released for ‘Descendants’.

The video itself compromised of footage from the band’s appearance at this years Tech-Fest in July.

 

Next, Rising Duo Black Futures have shown what they’re capable of in ‘Body & Soul’. It’s the latest video to come off their upcoming release, ‘Never Not Nothing’.

On the track, they commented:

“‘Body & Soul’ is a simple, singular expression. We are all the same cocktail of matter squished together to form a body. A vessel for experience and feelings. It’s time to free yourself from the shackles of conformity.

Drain your brain of hyper-capitalist smug and become steward of all life! An empathy machine! Humans; the protectors of existence! Gather as a mass of humanity and have an apocalypse prevention party! Giving the meaningless meaning! I am you and you are me! Make Weird & Live Free!

Or summink like that! At least that’s what Joe Strummer told me in my dreams.”

 

Moving to the Glam Rock world (which I don’t know if it is a first but I’ll go ahead and say it is) is The Darkness. They have a new record, ‘Easter Is Cancelled’ which is set to be released on 4th October 2019 which will see them on a huge tour in support of the record. Let’s dive into the video.

 

Is the entertainment industry toxic? That’s just what iDKHOW are asking in their latest video released for ‘Social Climb’ as it shows both members Dallon Weekes and Ryan Seaman in a party of the living dead.

Weekes on the inspiration behind the track has said:

“’Social Climb’ is about my experiences living in L.A. for almost a decade, orbiting this world of celebrity and money… The parties that must be attended, the behaviors that must be adopted, and just not feeling part of that sphere. It’s what it feels like to be alone in a crowded room.”

 

 

Moving to one of the most exciting UK prospects in recent years is The Amazons. They’ve released a new single off their record ‘Future Dust’ ahead of their set at this years Leeds & Reading Festivals which started today!

Matt (Vocals) has said:

“I wrote 25 two months before I turned 25, to try to work out where I am in life. The song mimics the confusion that I constantly feel, that everyone my age feels. Are we all narcissists or are we really switched on?”

 

And I’ve saved the best track and video for last!

Slipknot are all anyone’s talking about in the Metal world at the moment and ahead of their upcoming Sixth studio record, the legends that they are have released a second single from the record. ‘Solway Firth’ is the name and our final pick in this week’s Music Video Roundup! Check it out below.

 

And that’s it for another week of music video roundup. Don’t forget to check back next week at 4PM sharp for another countdown of ten of the best recent music videos to feast your eyes upon. There’s also new posts every day on the Almost anything Media so be sure to check out anything that might catch your eye.

Music Video Roundup 16/08/19

It’s 4PM on a Friday! This means it’s time for the music video roundup. If you’re new to either the blog or these music video roundup posts, this is how it works. Every week, I watch some of the best recently released music videos and compile them into a list for everyone’s viewing pleasure. They’re span across all the different genres, so expect something different for most of the tracks. Up first this week are newcomers Like Giants. They’ve recently announced their debut UP, ‘Sovereign’ where frontman Daniel Kai has said:

“We wanted to create something that infused elements of bands that we have all separately taken influence from, with heavy breakdowns that will excite fans of heavier music, but the jumpy pop punk rhythms and melodies that will excite fans of bands like Neck Deep, State Champs and the like, with lyrics that everyone who listens can relate to, talking about issues that most people will experience in their day to day lives.”

Their lead single for the EP, ‘Cut And Run’ can be viewed below.

 

Switching things up to a more well known band, Bring Me The Horizon have recently released a video which features a montage of live shots, animated clips and anime! Yes, anime! Here’s ‘sugar honey ice & tea.

 

Ahead of their headlining stance over at this year’s Reading & Leeds festivals, Twenty One Pilots have dropped a video for their track, ‘The Hype’, which they filmed over the weekend of their hometowns show in Columbus, Ohio. Want to know what to expect? Check out their video below.

 

Next on the list, we’re heading across the pond to Essex for InMe. They’ve recently beefed up their line-up to a quintet as they’ve released, ‘The Next Song’.

On the track, frontman Dave Mcpherson has commented on its lyrical concept.

“This is a song about constantly singing about someone to the point of mental excess, and promising that the next song is going to be the last one I write about that person. The guys ran with this from the demo I made and painted their melodies all over it to make a much bigger sound, a big anthem that’s also quite heavy in its own way. ‘The Next Song’ is pop catharsis for me.”

Check out ‘The Next Song’ below.

Going to Kentucky for the next five-piece band in the form of White Reaper. This is another band who’s also at this year’s Reading & Leeds festivals but they give the fans just what they want. Check out ‘Real Long Time’ below.

 

Moving to the rising rockers Black Futures who’s released a new video for ‘Body & Soul’,  which is set to be on their soon to be released record, ‘Never Not Nothing’

On the track, the band have said:

“‘Body & Soul’ is a simple, singular expression. We are all the same cocktail of matter squished together to form a body. A vessel for experience and feelings. It’s time to free yourself from the shackles of conformity.

Drain your brain of hyper capitalist smug and become steward of all life! An empathy machine! Humans; the protectors of existence! Gather as a mass of humanity and have an apocalypse prevention party! Giving the meaningless meaning! I am you and you are me! Make Weird & Live Free!

Or summink like that! At least that’s what Joe Strummer told me in my dreams.”

 

Have we had any more bands from Scotland on the list apart from Woes lately? Now we do! Neshiima have got a lead single off their upcoming ‘Green’ EP! This will be the final instalment of their EP trilogy series.

Liam Hesslewood (Vocals) has said:

“This song was a tough one to write, as the theme is suicide prevention. The main hook outlines negative emotions that can trigger the need to take life into our own hands. The verses reflect on those that we are willing to let go, to see if they return to us or not.

It’s a plea to those in need to recognise that sometimes the dark clouds aren’t permanent. There is always a better way. It addresses the fact that numbing out the world through isolation only makes the situation worse.

With both this song and its video, we’re trying to show that we all need each other. The grass may not always be greener on the other side, but you must nurture what you have and learn to grow in your own way with the support of others… and by being a support to them.”

 

Everyone knows about Twilight right? The vampire film that’s not really scary or very vampyric in any way? Christina Perri had a song on one of the films (I have no idea which one, because I ‘ve never seen any of them).

Now though, New Found Glory have covered the track where they have not only recorded a cover, they’ve made a video for the track!

 

Everyone who is a Korn fan! I know I’ve kept you waiting until the final two videos here but the wait is worth it. This video isn’t your usual video as well, it’s a very trippy visualiser so there’s something different in this weeks list as well!

Check out ‘Cold’ below.

 

And for the final selection of this weeks Music Video Roundup, this has to be my favourite video this year. It’s silly, weird but fantastic! Alex Gaskath has a directors credit now for Simple Creatures latest video and what does the latest music video for his side project with Mark Hoppus contain? Sock Puppets! Just watch this video to believe it.

And that’s it for another week of music video roundup. Don’t forget to check back next week at 4PM sharp for another countdown of ten of the best recent music videos to feast your eyes upon. There’s also new posts every day on the Almost anything Media so be sure to check out anything that might catch your eye.

ArcTanGent Festival Adds More Bands

With more bands being added every week to more festivals, it’s just a question of when your favourite is making an announcement. Today, however, it is ArcTanGent Festival 2018 with the announcement that Tides of Man, Bad Sign, Halo Tora and more have been added.

Here’s the full list of added bands:

Bad Sign

Black Futures

Blueneck

Boss Keloid

Codices

Coldbones

Conjurer

Death & The Penguin

Halo Tora

Jean Jean

MOL

Mouse On The Keys

Natalie Evans

OHHMS

Orchards

Pijn & Conjurer (Performing as Curse These Metal Heads!)

Poly-Math

Seven Colour Drive

Tides Of Man

 

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This year’s ArcTanGent Festival will take place on August 16th – 18th 2018 at Fernhill Farm, Bristol.

Live At Leeds 2018 Adds More Bands

Oooh, this festival just got even bigger. I am of course talking about Live At Leeds which has announced 60+ bands to the bill.

Here are all the additions:

ALASKALASKA
Ash
Axel Flovent
Bakar
Black Futures
Bruno Major
Callum Stewart
Caro
Cassia
Catherine McGrath
Dan Stock
Denzel Himself
Dermot Kennedy
Dusky Grey
Elle Call
Etham
Fling
Gaffa Tape Sandy
Grace Lightman
Hatchie
Heir
Her’s
High Tyde
Hot Dreams
The Howl And The Hum
Indigo Lo
The Indigo Project
Jack Vallier
Jalen N’Gonda
James Gillespie
Jaz Karis
Kawala
Lady Bird
Louis Berry
Lucia
The Magic Gang
Moncrieff
Nala
Nathan Ball
Nelson Can
Night Flight
The Ninth Wave
Only The Poets
Pip Blom
Plested
Pulled Apart By Horses
Queen Zee
Rascalton
River Matthews
The RPMs
Sorry
Sounds Like A Storm
Sports Team
Stella Donnelly
Ten Tonnes
Touts
Tyne
Valeras
Vistas
Vundabar
Yungblud

Live At Leeds Festival will be held on May 8th 2018 across several different venues in the city centre of Leeds.

Adckets cost £36 and can be purchased online from the festival’s website.