This one had to be worth the wait because you know what they say, good things come to those who do. This show was postponed, delayed, rearranged, rescheduled again and again due to covid hitting the band bu now they finally arrived. Live music is back in full force and the theatrical emo’s known as Creeper are well and truly back and show absolutely no signs of slowing down whatsoever.
First up for the evening were the Welsh Punks, James & The Cold Gun. Slowly winning over the crowd in areas o their sets they use an array of tracks in their arsenal with small mosh-pit ready bangers showcasing some confidence in their set albeit a limited capability of what occurs due to limited playing capabilities due to the covid pandemic. they’re a band that grew on me during their set and I hope for larger things in their future though.
Seconds up, the Scottish duo Vukovi. Bringing the energy to the next level with their infectious charisma and catchy anthem tracks in the form of ‘La Di Da’, ‘Claudia’ and more, it’s so much fun to watch the energy the band brings to the stage because you’ve missed watching the bundles of energy that is a true rock performance, it’s what everybody has been missing all throughout the various lockdowns.
Now this was my first Creeper headlining set and I didn’t know what to expect but what did occur, a spectacle of the highest standard in music and storytelling. After the curtain drop every aspect of the performance just filled to eleven where frontman Will Gould just strode on stage with a massive pair of angel wings to deliver a selection of tracks with the most theatrical swagger since Alice Cooper. This is a band that continue to hit their peak every time they perform and willl only continue to smash it.
More of the theatricality in the horror punk come into play when Hannah dons a white wedding dress and lets rip with he sound of a gunshot, if they weren’t before everyone in the room held their collective breath as if we were watching a Marvel film for the first time or rather an M. Night Shaymalan twist came into play. Every emotion is felt during Creeper’s performance and you need to experience more again and again.
Wow. Slam Dunk Festival is done and dusted for the first time in two years after a few pushbacks but it finally happened! We’ll get to the actual review of things in another post because there was just so much emotion on the day, I’m still finding the words for it all.
But now, there’s a question of what’s next for the bands that played the festival less than a week ago? That’s what this series of posts is for! We’re going band by band to see where and when in the UK they’re going to play next as well as any music they’ve released recently.
The Bottom Line.
Slaying the Main Stage for the first time ever at the festival and with the latest tracks ‘Long Time Coming’ as well as ‘Broke’, the bands stock is at an all time high and will continue to rise!
In the last few days the quartet released the details of what will be the bands only headlining show for 2021 which will take play on October 10th at The Camden Assembly in London.
The Eastbourne quartet had a hell of a time with all the crowd surfers as the second band to take centre stage this year. Let’s just say they know how to put on a show!
At the time of writing, currently there’s been no announcements of any upcoming tours or music but I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s an announcement soon and if there’s any new music going, it’ll be pretty good to say the least!
After setting off the Main Stage to some well received applause, the festival faves are set to tour the US up until the second half of October. In addition there’s been no word of new music but the latest release came in the form of the 2020 single, ‘God Only Knows’.
As It Is
Wherever you turn, As It Is seem to be up to something, whether it’s a show, Music Video or a new music release.
Just in time for Slam Dunk this year, they managed to do two of those things playing warm up shows in Brighton and Swansea which I heard were absolute carnage! Also, they dropped the double headed ‘ILY, How Are You? / IDC, I Can’t Take It”.
So I guess that could possibly mean a new record is on the way? I’ll let everyone know if and when that information becomes available but there is a new music video coming later today at 3:45PM!
As for touring news, there is none announced in the near future but if their activity is anything to go by, I’d assume maybe something soon? I’ve got my fingers crossed for that one!
Another British band with a lot on their plate is the ever fantastic Creeper. With their latest record ‘American Noir’ which dropped earlier in the year providing a fair bit of new material, they’re keen to get everything out in the live show format with their upcoming December 2021 run of shows set to go off in amazing fashion which will act as a sort of Slam Dunk Festival 2021 reunion with Holding Absence, Wargasm and Static Dress all set for support slots on the tour.
Here’s the dates.
15th – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
16th – Concorde 2, Brighton – SOLD OUT
17th – O2 Institute, Birmingham – SOLD OUT
19th – Garage, Glasgow – SOLD OUT
20th – O2 Ritz, Manchester – SOLD OUT
21st – Stylus, Leeds
We Are The In Crowd
After six years since their last UK show, it was emotional to say the least to be watching We Are The In Crowd once again. With that being said will we ever see them again? The short answer is we’re not sure.
As far as anyone knows, this is the last time we’ll see the band as they are because there’s no new music, tour dates or announcements posted and their socials are a little bleak. However they did post a message to their Instagram account which you can view below.
Another band who absolutely got the crowd going were the ever impressive Mayday Parade.
With the band releasing ‘Bad At Love’ last month in time for the festival shenanigans, there was plenty to be buzzed about for this bands set.
At the moment, they’re on tour with Microwave until the end of the month with some other dates sprinkled
just announced uk tour
Right so these US faves have been all over the place at the moment! They’ve released two new tracks, ‘Just Sound’ & ‘Outta My Head’ to rave reviews from fans where they did perform both tracks at the festival!
Just after the festival wrapped, literally less than twenty four hours after the conclusion of the Hatfield date, they announced they’re coming back in 2022!
Here are the dates below!
8th – Marble Factory, Bristol
9th – Engine Rooms, Southampton
11th – Electric Ballroom, London
12th – Electric Ballroom, London
14th – SWG3 Galvenisers, Glasgow
15th – Ritz, Manchester
17th -Beckett Students Union, Leeds
18th – Institute, Birmingham
Hitting up the UK because we just love them so much, Waterparks had to come across to cover Leeds and Reading after a few of the bands had to drop out due to Covid-19 restrictions. That meant they had plenty of warm ups (including a SOLD OUT Key Club show in Leeds) before being the penultimate band to play at this years SDF.
Now the trio have got a lot of shows before they make their way back to the UK for their rescheduled dates for 2022 in June of next year and there’s a lot!
But nevertheless, here’s their rescheduled dates you’ll be waiting for.
17th – O2 Academy, Leeds
18th – O2 Academy, Manchester
19th – O2 Academy, Glasgow
21st – Rock City, Nottingham
22nd – O2 Brixton Academy, London
23rd – O2 Academy, Bristol
25th – O2 Academy, Birmingham
Main Stage headliners Don Broco put on a huge display at the closing of both dates of this years festival and currently have a new record on its way!
Sadly their upcoming record, ‘Amazing Things’ got pushed back to October 22nd but it’s going to happen!
Now this means the in-store signings have been pushed back and will be rescheduled but the dates haven’t been confirmed as of yet.
The bands full statement can be read below.
“Hey guys, we’ve got some important news to share with you regarding the upcoming release of our album ‘Amazing Things’. We’ve been told this week that due to Covid related vinyl delays, we have no choice but to delay the release date to 22 October.
We want everyone to be able to experience ‘Amazing Things’ all at the same time and are gutted we have to wait a little longer, but promise it’s going to be worth it. Thank you so much to everyone who’s pre-ordered the album so far.
Unfortunately, this means our in-store signings at HMV won’t go ahead. We understand that HMV will be in contact directly with any fans who were planning to come. Our Banquet Records show at Pryzm in Kingston will be rescheduled, news to follow.
This has even us the opportunity to restock some of the sold out and low stock vinyl variants, including the Manchester Super Reds special edition back on our store now. Thanks so much for your understanding & super watch out for the Uber video coming this week x”
The band are set to tour their upcoming record this October / November as well for a run of headlining shows plus they will be taking tot he stage at Esquires in Before on November 23rd with all the proceeds going straight to the venue to help with their support.
Here are the tour dates for Don Broco:
O2 Academy, Newcastle
27th – Barrowlands, Glasgow
28th – Academy, Manchester
29th – Academy, Manchester
31st – Guildhall, Portsmouth
1st – Rock City, Nottingham
2nd – Rock City, Nottingham
4th – UEA, Norwich
5th – O2 Academy Brixton, London
6th – O2 Academy, Brixton
23rd – Esquires, Bedford
Until next time Slam Dunk Festival which is set to take play in June of 2022.
Ian Miles of Creeper fame is launching his own solo project.
The stripped back venture will see him launch a debut record, ‘Degradation, Death, Decay’ on the 15th October via Big Scary Monsters’
“I’ve never really seen this as a solo project because I’ve been writing and recording acoustic music since I was about 15,” he explains. “I low key released some very old songs way before Creeper started and even during. I don’t want to be the focus of this record, it’s not about me so I have decided to hide me. I want people to solely focus on the art.”
Catch Ian at a record release show on 8th October at God’s House Tower, Southampton.
Creeper have released a video for their track, ‘Midnight’.
It’s their latest cut from the follow-up to their recent record ‘Sex, Death and The Infinite Void’, where the new EP ‘American Noir’, is set to be released on 30th July via Roadrunner Records; a requiem to the album’s central character Roe.
Frontman Will Gould explains: “This new EP is comprised of material we’d written over the course of the last album. Lavish and tragic, it tells the story of the days following the death of our protagonist Roe. Beginning with ‘Midnight’ you’ll find Hannah and I experimenting with our voices together like never before.”
Of the new video, he adds: “The video for ‘Midnight’ welcomes our audience back into the world of Calvary Falls one final time to bear witness to the death of Roe. Olli Appleyard has created a visual as lavish and tragic as the music itself, we are so excited to share it with the world.”
Check out ‘Midnight’ below.
Pre-order options are available via Roadrunner Records Webstore.
The track from Will Gould of Creeper and Matt Reynolds of Skylar have announced their upcoming EP, ‘Salem II’, set for release on 7th May via Roadrunner.
“’DRACULADS’ is the sound of two lovers kissing in a bar fight,” says Will. “It is an over the top love song literally about falling in love with a vampire.
“The video is a period piece and tells the story of two punk rock kids dating in England, in 1985. It was filmed in one single day and shot at many historic musical landmarks in Manchester.
“For the two indoor scenes I built sets in my apartment, at one point transforming my own bedroom into the home of one of our characters. It is chaotic and romantic, destructive and dramatic just as the song it was shot for.”
Southampton six piece band Creeper have rescheduled their upcoming UK tour, which was set for March 2021, pushing the dates back to December 2021.
The news of the tour’s postponement follows the recent UK government’s announcement which outlined the their roadmap out of lockdown, with restrictions expected to be lifted on June 21st 2021, potentially allowing for live music to once again be allowed in all settings.
Holding Absence, Wargasm and Static Dress will be the tour supports on the tour.
All tickets bought previously remain valid for their respective respective dates.
Hello everyone! Welcome back to the new music video roundup. We’re here for a roundup of ten of the best recently released music videos. They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music!
First up this week, I’ve selected the Boston, Massachusetts heavy hitters Vein (Whom now have appeared to have changed their name to Vein.fm.).
Their track, ’20 Seconds : 20 Hours’ is a reworked version of ‘Untitled’ from their 2018 debut record, ‘Errorzone’ and appears on their newly released compilation, ‘Old Data In a New Machine’.
‘Old Data In A New Machine, Vol. 1’ is out right now digitally with a physical released scheduled for late September via Closed Casket Activities.
Heading off straight for the Dublin up and comers Jet Fuel Chemistry, the Quartet haev released a video for ‘Sleep’ which is a track off their upcoming EP, ‘Sign Of The Times’ which was released today.
On ‘Sleep’ the band have said:
“‘Sleep’ is the second track on the EP, with a focus on the exacerbating of isolation and mental illness by social media. It’s paradoxical that the more time we spend “connected” to one another, the more alone we feel.
All in all, the world is a really chaotic and fucked up place right now and if we’d written a release without this tone we’d feel dishonest and, frankly, there’s every chance we’d have gone insane. People need to stop vilifying each other, and instead unite to hold those with power accountable for our misery. It’s a positive message that we hope anyone can get behind.”
We’re going to switch things up right now in the format and switch to a live video for this next choice.
While the majority of the metal community are enjoying the premiere of the Wacken World Wide XR live streams in this pandemic-struck summer, Ukrainian heavy hitters Jinjerare celebrating the one-year anniversary of their groundbreaking Wacken Open Air 2019 performance by unleashing a blistering live video of their breakthrough song, “Pisces”, captured at the festival.
“Pisces” is the second track released from this show, with “Perennial” being the first released from the Wacken sessions – boasting over 3.2 million views and counting.
Next continuing the heavier sounds we have the sextet Oceans Of Slumber with their video for ‘The Colours Of Grace’, the new track taken from their upcoming self-titled record.
Mike Moss of Antimatter also features on this track, another reason to check this one out.
Oceans Of Slumber’s self titled record is set to be released September 4th 2020 via Century Media Records.
Who wants some German Rock? That’s what you don’t hear a lot of these days. German bands. I guess some just don’t make it across sometimes but I’m so glad this next band Kid Dad has come to my attention.
‘What You Call A Dream’ is the latest single from the German four-piece Kid Dad. It’s pacy and powerful with an energetic lead riff. It demonstrates the band’s punkier side, following on from ‘Limbo’ and ‘A Prison Unseen’, and reflects their playful preferences with the use of delays, and the interaction between distorted and clean signals.
‘What You Call A Dream’ was a spontaneous jam that came naturally to the band and was written in just an hour.“Marius, Michi, and I were in the rehearsal room at some point and hadn’t actually planned on writing a song. The whole thing went faster than we ever thought it was possible. Everything came together without us having to think twice about what would happen next,” says Max (bass, backing vocals).
Marius (vocals, guitar) says of the upcoming album, “We are not linear, easy to calculate or predictable. We are individual human beings who react individually. Nobody is allowed to determine what to be afraid of and what to look forward to. Nobody except oneself. Nobody knows everything about themselves – we are definitely still battling with questions. One may even sometimes wonder why one is the way one is – we definitely do. You are not alone and this album is meant to help you understand that.”
‘In A Box’, which is the bands debut record is set to be release 21st August 2020 via Long Branch Records.
We’re getting the miles in for this weeks roundup aren’t we? Good, because we’re heading right over to Australia for Yours Truly.
The Pop-Punks have shared another taste off their upcoming debut record, ‘Self Care’ in the form of their latest video, ‘Undersize’.
Where the rest of Self Care largely looks inward at Mikaila conquering her own personal struggles, ‘Undersize’ finds the vocalist looking on at a friend going through battles of their own.
“This song is really a letter to a close friend of mine,” she explains. “While watching them navigating their life through all the ups, downs and obstacles life throws at them, I wrote this just to let them know that I’m here for them through all of that.”
The release follows a monumental few weeks for the four-piece, who upon announcing details of their record ‘Self Care’, were revealed as the newest addition to Select Agency’s huge roster of clients, as well as the latest hand picked guest for triple j’s famed Like A Version segment.
‘Self Care’ is set to be released September 18th 2020 via UNFD.
Check out their latest release in ‘Undersize’ below.
We’re just going to places I haven’t thought of in a while. I think that’s just the theme for this weeks roundup.
We’re in Idaho next for Young, Planetary where they’ve recently debuted a video for their latest single, ‘Separate Rides Home’.
The band tells Outburn; “The video was shot by our good friend and photographer / honorary fifth member of the band, Kenyon McWilliams. It felt so strange to be working on a music video but not being able to be in the same room as the rest of the band. Luckily, we were able to put something together that’s not only, “socially distant,” but also very visually appealing and exciting. Most of it was shot in our bass player’s backyard, but a good chunk of it was also done at Table Rock here in Boise.”
Regarding the inspiration for the song, Trevor Villagrana (vocals/guitar) says, “When an old girlfriend of mine and I split up, we did what a lot of couples do and tried to meet up and talk things out. We would go to this restaurant that we used to eat at all the time when we were together and do our best to salvage the feelings we had for one another. After a few times of meeting up, we had stacked up these garage receipts from where we would park our cars. But no matter how much we talked, we could never make it work. We would end up walking back to our cars to “take our separate rides home,” so to speak. It’s tough admitting defeat in situations like that.”
The band’s upcoming EP ‘Locations I Can’t Place’ will be released on August 7 via Hidden Home Records.
We’re heading into another self titled EP territory, this time with the Illinois Pop-Punkers Wilmette with the video for their latest track, ‘A D D E R A L L’, which is the first single off the band’s upcoming release set to debut on September 25th 2020 via Mutant League Records.
Peyton Day (bass/vocals) tells Alternative Press: “This video is supposed to be the epitome of hindsight in a relationship. As the aliens rummage through the crashed spaceship, they find a log of events that detailed how the astronauts crashed into their planet. They know they were too late in helping, and all they can do is watch the aftermath. Only two-fifths of the group come back, signifying a change in their reality, while the aliens are obviously unscathed.”
Heading back to Australia for the latest video from Stand Atlantic, ‘Blurry’ continues the story started in ‘Jurassic Park’.
There’s definitely a much darker and disturbing vibe to ‘Blurry’ than previous videos which shows how the same place can look through a different set of eyes. Nevertheless, it continues the amazing streak of content Stand Atlantic have been releasing into the world in anticipation of their record,’Pink Elephant’., which was released today (August 7th 2020) via Hopeless Records.
Creeper have done a massive job with their concept record, ‘Sex, Death & The Infinite Void’. The record released last week via Roadrunner Records and at the time of writing (which is a few days in advanc), it’s sitting at the number two position in the midweek UK Albums Chart.
The visuals they created for the record though, have been amazing. It’s truly a concept record in every meaning of the word where they’ve created a engaging narrative which spans everything they could possibly do.
In the narrative of the music videos which was set in motion in ‘Poisoned Heart’, is now complete in the form of ‘Born Cold’ in our last pick of the week for the Music Video Roundup.
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-time for another round of great music videos. 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!