Chart topping, Sacramento sextet, Dance Gavin Dance have dropped their first new music in almost 2 years today, with the release of brand new single, “Synergy” featuring guest vocals from Rob Damiani of Don Broco. The track comes accompanied by an official music video and is the first to feature fan favourite guitarist, Andrew Wells, as an official, full-time member of the band.
Check out the track, ‘Synergy’ below.
Speaking on the new music, Dance Gavin Dance drummer, Matt Mingus shares: “We hope you check out our new track Synergy. This song features all the components that are require for a tasty DGD treat – epic technical guitars catchy melodies, and groovy drum parts! Be sure to also check out the music video that accompanies it and enjoy!”
Dance Gavin Dance have also announced the supports for their upcoming UK tour this autumn. The band will be supported by Caskets, Volumes and Eidola. Tickets are on sale now via the following link.
You can see the band at the following dates:
8th September 2022 – Stylus Leeds UK 9th September 2022 – o2 Ritz Manchester UK 10th September 2022 – Garage Glasgow UK 12th September 2022 – o2 Institute Birmingham UK 14th September 2022 – Engine Rooms Southampton UK 15th September 2022 – SWX Bristol UK 16th September 2022 – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire London UK 19th September 2022 – Melkweg Amsterdam NL 20th September 2022 – Ubel & Gefarlich Hamburg DE 21st September 2022 – Columbia Theatre Berlin DE 22nd September 2022 – Essigfabrik Cologne DE
We’re well and truly back now and so are Don Broco. For some, it might be their first show back and for others, their fifth, tenth or even more (for myself I’m around the fifteen to twenty mark). Whatever the number you’re currently on let me be one to say welcome back! Tonights show was the charismatic and incredible Don Broco on their debut show of their massive UK tour in support of their latest record, ‘Amazing Things’.
Kicking the evening off was Kid Brunswick. An artist that is outside the spectrum of the scene which has your usual heavy taste before that beat thumps everything into action once again. One thing I do have to mention is that this artist is very soulful at times, one part of a musician you don’t normally have the chance to see and this is the part of the performance which you’ll connect with the most where when that happens, more and more fans start to react.
Now switching things up a little more to Rock N Roll Ravers Noisy and from the first few tracks there’s more of a theme going on. There’s a similarity to Don Broco in some tracks they play but they each have their own unique spin of things to remain different and exciting. The only difference here is that I think the Newcastle crowd weren’t as warming than most to NOISY which is a real shame not only because of the potential but more based on what their music offers which is raw escape as well as singing about the bad weather if my hearing isn’t playing up. If that’s not British then I don’t know what is.
Now for Don Broco. There’s a real silence in the air moments before they come on and this is a powerful silence as in you could cut the tension with a knife in that room. That’s when it all kicks of in, a symphony of what makes this band so pleasing to watch. ‘Manchester Super Red’, ‘Technology’, ‘Pretty’ all get things going and quite a few crowd surfers, making anyone who wasn’t there for their Slam Dunk Festival sets all the more envious.
Blasting their way through their energetic set, the crowd delved into a few hits and mosh pits with their previous record in ‘Technology’ including the enormous title track and quite surprisingly towards the end of the set, a stripped back and emotional version of ‘Nerve’ which just hits you in a way the track has never done before.
Now with Amazing Things just being released, it meant that some tracks got their live debut with ‘Uber’, ‘Endorphins’ (where they just released the music video the other day) as well as ‘Bruce Willis’. The track that had the most impact though? That has to be ‘Bruce Willis’ and that is down to the chants that came back at the band. Mark my words, this could become a track that is there to stay in the bands setlist.
Now lastly the encore consisted of the highly energetic and crowdsurftastic ‘Everybody’ but let’s be honest, it’s not a Don Broco show if this isn’t busted out to get the crowd going again and again to lose themselves and hit that absolute peak before their finale for ‘T-Shirt Song’ where they’re just spinning around above everyones heads in awe of everything they’ve witnessed.
I have to give it to Don Broco but I’ll say this and that is they deserved a larger stage and audience for the performance and hopefully next time, more people will be jumping with us.
And very lastly, people will have to tell me how many people were dressed as Power Rangers each night of the tour. I think two or three was the number to beat at this show!
Be sure to Check out Don Broco’s latest record ‘Amazing Things’ via the following link.
Don Broco have released their new single ‘Endorphins’ alongside a brand new video. The track is the latest to be taken from their forthcoming new album Amazing Things, which will be digitally released on October 22nd via Sharptone Records.
‘Endorphins’ is an unmistakable slice of Don Broco’s power, delivering yet another pulsating and infectious anthem. Overflowing with monstrous riffs, jagged synths, pummelling drums and a towering irresistible chorus, the track sees them blend their light and dark sides together.
The video is another brilliant addition to Don Broco’s catalogue of supremely inventive, creative and funny short films, with the band posing as shape-shifting super heroes battling masked villains in a martial arts, lazer-gun battle for supremacy… along with some awesome performance footage of them blasting out the track.
“Power Rangers was without doubt my favourite show when I was a kid,” vocalist Rob Damiani shared. “When my parents actually went through with a long threatened punishment of taking away the TV (I think because me and my brothers were fighting too much), it was the one programme I was still allowed to watch on a Saturday morning, albeit on the black and white TV in my Dad’s garden shed. After an ENTIRE YEAR of this (still can’t believe my parents actually went through with it – pure evil) for Christmas not only did they bring the TV back, I also got the Green Ranger’s Dragon Dagger for my present!”
“While writing Endorphins as soon as the line ‘mighty morphin into a piece of shit’ materialised I knew I wanted to live my childhood fantasy in the video and luckily the boys were up for it! Huge thanks to Harry Lindley and Elaina Mensing for all their hard work and talent making it happen, as well as letting me use my original Dragon Dagger in the fight against Scorpion King Beckham! We hope you guys all love the vid as much as we do.”
The band also recently unveiled a stunning live orchestral version of ‘One True Prince’, filmed in partnership with Amazon Music at the revered Abbey Road Studios in London. The epic track is rocketed into the stratosphere with backing from the London Metropolitan Orchestra, enhancing all of its most enchanting moments to create a spine-tingling, mesmerising rendition. Watch the performance below.
Always unique, and forever pushing boundaries, Don Broco are never ones to follow the trend and the new album Amazing Things is very aptly named. It’s yet another genre-bending masterpiece with electro, rock, pop, metal and more all wrapped up in their own unique blend, bringing to mind the likes of Deftones, Beastie Boys and Linkin Park amongst others… but simultaneously sounding like nobody else on earth.
Amazing Things is the band’s fourth album, and follows the release of 2018’s Technology, which was was a Top 5 album in the UK charts and has had over 100 million streams to date, and also 2015’s Automatic, which provided the band with their first Top 10 album in the UK. Unfortunately due to the ongoing supply and manufacturing issues currently affecting many artists, the physical release of Amazing Things has sadly had to be delayed until January 28th 2022. For full details on that, the band have issued a statement HERE.
A ferociously good live band, acclaimed for their relentless high-octane performances, Don Broco have previously sold-out arena shows across the UK, headlining Wembley Arena after selling out Alexandra Palace as well as festival performances around the world including Vans Warped Tour, Download, Reading & Leeds, Slam Dunk & more. They set out on a major headlining tour of the UK later this month which includes multiple nights in UK cities, featuring two shows at London’s Brixton Academy and ending with a special sold out hometown show in Bedford.
Check out the video for ‘Endorphins’ below.
DON BROCO 2021 TOUR DATES Oct 25th – O2 Academy, Newcastle Oct 27th – Barrowlands, Glasgow Oct 28th – Manchester Academy, Manchester Oct 29th – Mancester Academy, Manchester SOLD OUT Oct 31st – Guildhall, Portsmouth Nov 1st – Rock City, Nottingham SOLD OUT Nov 2nd – Rock City, Nottingham Nov 4th – UEA, Norwich Nov 5th – O2 Academy Brixton, London Nov 6th – O2 Academy Brixton, London SOLD OUT Nov 8th – O2 Academy, Oxford Nov 9th – O2 Academy, Bristol Nov 10th – Esquires, Bedford SOLD OUT
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.
So Slam Dunk Festival got moved around a handful of times and nearly didn’t happen but our prayers were answered and everything got to happen as scheduled!
They came out on top but they ultimately had to lose a number of bands due to covid restrictions but…. do we really need to complain? The show went on at both dates in Leeds and Hatfield as scheduled!
The day was in a nutshell, inspiring, exhilarating and emotional to say the least where in fact for some bands for the first time since the pandemic began to a fully live audience!
Okay so firstly just getting there, everything ran without a hitch. With the coach service to the festival running more smoothly everything was off to a good start.
When the floodgates opened shall we say…. there was just an absolute collective rush of energy which had been building for the last eighteen months. People running off to get their spot for their favourite bands, such. sight!
So after the little work of figuring out who to go see, first up on the day was The Key Club stage with For You The Moon. The newcomers to the scene did get people going, even if they were on the softer side of things for the day but it made me all the more hungry to want more from them. Speeding over to the Jägermeister stage for the the end of Blood Youth, you could feel the energy in the pits as well as the emotion for what was would be what was frontman Kaya Tarsus’s last show with the band. Who can blame them for a YOKRSHIRE chant? What I was quite surprised by was how full that crowd was because I don’t think the tent was less than half full for a single band on the day! Way to show your support people!
Shifting across back to The Key Club Stage for the The Hara, this was a band full of energy and genuine craziness.They’re one band on the day which just gave me everything I wanted and more which fed in well over to Doll Skin, with some powerful tracks at their disposal and one performance that is simple but it works so well, with a few acrobatics on it as well. Leading into the special guests which were… (drumroll please) MCFLY! Quite a few people were surprised to say the least but I found myself quite shocked at how heavy they sounded considering they’re quite a more pop orientated band. But realistically, they have to book McBusted for next year right?? It’s the only logical option.
After a little food and watching As It Is from the grass on the Rock Scene Stage I did manage to catch Creeper where they prove just how far they’ve come over the years. Last time they set the festival alight and they’re carrying on that trajectory and I give it maybe five years or so and they could be potential headliners to the whole thing.
Moving back over for The Key Club stage in Static Dress, I do have to say they were a little disappointing not really hitting the mark because of technical difficulties plaguing their set where they compensated with the amount of energy from frontman Olli Appleyard.
It was from this point, I ran into a few problems. The first was being for Funeral For A Friend as well as Trash Boat because I honestly couldn’t get into the Jägermeister Stage! Now it’s amazing to see that there was so many people off to watch them but I don’t think the festival organisers were anticipated the crowd. Nevertheless, I managed to hear a few tracks while I was talking to one or two people and honestly, it was exquisite.
Heading across for the highlight of the festival over to the Rock Scene Stage (even though they were plagued by twenty minutes of technical difficulties) and making their first appearance of a band for six years were We Are The In Crowd. Now I’m not going to lie, thirty seconds into their set, I was nearly in tears, mainly because it felt so good to have this band back, and also because they opened with The Best Thing (That Never Happened) and that song is just so great to listen to.
Now, moving back quickly for the last of Wargasm as well as Lizzy Farrall over on The Key Club stage, there was plenty of energy about again where the terrible twosome of vocals for Wargasm were nothing short of amusing yet amazing. There’s something always so atmospherically charged when they take to the stage and oh so amazing to watch where I’m pretty sure there was a music-gasm during their set but we’ll let the audience decide on that one..
Now onto Lizzy Farrall, one of the festival veterans having played multiple times where previously the artist has only played acoustically here but with her full band debut it’s always so utterly fantastic to watch her play. It feels as if the release of her record ‘Bruise’ really stepped up her game where her sass and banter just come out in full force.
Moving across back to the Rock Scene Stage for State Champs, I wasn’t sure what to expect really but for them the performance was just effortless. They got into the swing of things so quickly and had people up and down as if it was too easy for them. with he added tracks to their catalogue of ‘Just Sound’ and ‘Outta My Head’, these only helped strengthen the emotion of their set just in time for some crowdsurfing.
Rushing back across to The Key Club Stage for the last few tracks in Normandie’s set, the Sweedish band show you they show you why they deserve your attention. Fans will know their music is a lot of build and not just rise and fall where the vocals of Phillip Strand just add to the experience of what you’re witnessing.
Last up on The Key Club Stage were Holding Absence, the Welsh protégées who’ve refined their sound into what Post-hardcore is and when ‘Celebration Song’ hit all I heard was people going absolutely crazy for them and possibly a few pits, I’m fifty-fifty on what I saw there. Nevertheless, their performance showcased the melodic genius of their latest record, ‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’ which is uplifted byhow much love they’re getting from the crowd that’s come to watch.
Don Broco were the last band of mine to watch on the day and honestly, one I was looking forward to the most where it’s safe to say that I didn’t leave disappointed with the band putting out some variety across their now lengthy catalogue of tracks. With the production of their set, no expense was too little with laser displays as well as pyro sparking up, and even the inclusion of Waterparks’ Awsten Knight and While She Sleeps’ Loz Taylor joining the band on stage for the UK live debut of Action. Some tracks you just wish you could see live again because as you hear it in another way it stays with you and that’s exactly what the band did with Automatic, Technology and more.
Despite the technical difficulties through the day, it felt so good to be back at Temple Newsman and now next year, hopefully some of the bands which had to pull out can make it back and we can watch in full force with more madness!
Don’t forget check out the pics I took from the crowds below!
But it turns out all this has been a pre-cursor to their new single, ‘Gumshield’!
Rob had this to say about the whole event and the inspiration on it:
“Excited to share our new song & video for ‘Gumshield’! After Tom’s fake wedding for the last album and the Beckham fan account hacking on our Instagram before ‘Manchester Super Reds’ we wanted to bow out on one final prank.
“After seeing all these YouTubers try their hand at boxing we thought it would be an interesting experiment to see if we could convince people I was deluded enough myself to fight a professional boxer. The song itself is about the anxiety that comes with posting online and the fear of resulting arguments so the divisive nature of my entrance to the sport personally hit all those triggers for me!
“Teaming up with Dave Allen on this was so much fun, hilarious guy and proper top bloke, though think I could definitely have him if we ever had a real fight ;)”
And Dave had this to say:
“It has been a great experience working with the Don Broco team on the music video, a great bunch of lads who are very innovative and smart, Rob can’t actually fight though x”
Check out the video for ‘Gumshield’ below.
The track is taken from the band’s upcoming record, ‘Amazing Things’ set to be released on September 17th via SharpTone Records.
Pre-orders for the record are available via the following link.