With one of the most anticipated releases of 2021, Employed To Serve set off on a very intimate UK tour for the launch of their record, ‘Conquering’ Madness was sure to ensue at this heavy affair.
Now not knowing much about Hidden Mothers beforehand, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought possibly some head banging and heavy riffs but there was something that what followed was just a lot more laid back in places and more emotional connection to the audience, which was quite a drastic change to be honest. What’s more is that there was a lot of circling from the bands vocalist in a way that made the performance all that more kinetic and connected to the audience.
Definitely a performance to remember for a while, it wasn’t until the final track the whole band came together on stage and outrightly brought the house down.
Onto the main event of the night, Employed To Serve have become one of the hardest working bands of the last few years in the UK, delivering some absolutely killer records along the way. Their latest effort just oozes stomping power and head banging in the best ways for days and that translates over to the livr side of things beautifully because anytime you watch them it’s utter chaos. Some tracks just work out so well in these intimate venues similarly as to for Hidden Mothers and now their sound is just so defined, when one track drops the whole venue just erupts with applause. Employed To Serve prove how savage they are time and time again and there’s just no complaints on the night, they’re heavy as you can get and you’re always wanting just that little bit more.
UK based heavy hitters Employed To Serve have announced a string of headlining dates which coincides with the release of their latest record release for ‘Conquering’.
We are really excited to announce our intimate release shows for ‘Conquering’! We haven’t played some of these cities in over 5 years and can’t wait to be back. Come warm up with us ahead of the Gojira dates next year! More headline shows will be announced in 2022, so don’t worry if we’re not playing your town!
Check out the touring dates below.
17th – The Junction, Plymouth
18th – Star Inn, Guildford
19th – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
20th – The Anvil, Bournemouth
21st – The Key Club, Leeds
Employed To Serve’s latest record ‘Conquering’ is available to order from the bands website.
UK heavy hitters Employed To Serve have dropped a new track called ‘Mark Of The Grave’, the second from their upcoming fourth album, ‘Conquering’.
Vocalist Justine Jones had this to say of the track.
“This song is about people who’d rather put other people down, instead of getting on with their own lives. When writing this song we wanted to try our hand at writing a positive metal anthem for people to blast when they’re having a shitty day. Hope you all enjoy it as much as we had fun recording and writing it! Stay kind.”
You can stream and listen to ‘Mark Of The Grave’ below.
The bands upcoming fourth record, ‘Conquering’ is set to be released on September 17th 2021 via Spinefarm Records.
Pre-Orders for the record can be made via the band’s official Webstore and Bandcamp.
Hey everyone, apologies there wasn’t any roundup post the other, things have just gotten away from me this week and I’ve just lost track of so many things here. But now, we’re back to normal
If you’re new to the roundup, in this one we detail ten of the latest Music Video’s for your ears and eyes to consume! They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another, with one or two wild card picks but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music!
First this week we have the lovely Canadian foursome who are: Seaway.
‘Big Vibe’, the bands latest and highly anticipated new album was released into the world recently where it boasts a diverse range of influences from Tom Petty to David Bowie to The Killers and more, Big Vibe is the band’s most adventurous record yet. “Mrs. David” is the bands latest video which I cannot take my eyes off right now.
“’Mrs. David’ is a special song for us because it was written after the record was finished. The lockdown pushed our original release date back so we were able to go back into the studio to add the song to the record,” recalls vocalist Ryan Locke. “In my opinion, the album isn’t complete without this song so it was a happy accident that the release was pushed and we were able to add this song.”
He continues: “The video for Mrs. David takes place in a fictional world we conjured up with Yeah Films. We wanted it to look dark and seedy almost like our own version of Gotham City. We also pulled heavy influence from David Bowie and Freddie Mercury to nail the 70’s/80’s influence of the video.”
Moving ontot he enigmatic Mayday Parade next in this weeks roundup, this is a cut from the band’s new EP, ‘Out Of Here’, with the clip directed by Scott Hansen and featuring up-and-coming actor J. Gaven Wilde (The Righteous Gemstones, Halloween Kills, Stanger Things).
“First Train is about not getting weighed down by the negative things in your life,” frontman Derek Sanders says. “It’s about having the power to move forward and become whatever you want to be.”
Now Pure Noise favourites Bearings have their new record, ‘Hello, It’s You’ release just around the corner where they have the latest release in the form of ‘Super Deluxe’.
They previously announced the details of their upcoming new album ‘Hello, It’s You’, out 20th November through Pure Noise Records. It was produced by Courtney Ballard (Good Charlotte, Waterparks).
As a whole, ‘Hello, It’s You’ uses its lyrical poignancy to elevate universal emotions all too jumbled in the current climate. It’s hard enough to be human, but add in the creeping existential dead de jour, and it’s downright confounding at times. But by reassuring fans to embrace the conflict and messiness of life, Hello, It’s You serves as a reminder of our own humanity, reaching deep into those emotions and stirring something important and long-lasting.
Elsewhere, there’s been some signings in recent announcements. Calva Louise is one of the bands where they have signed to FRKST, which is an imprint of 300 Entertainment and they’ve dropped their latest track, ‘Trail’.
A homage to Franz Kafka’s dark 1925 novel The Trial, the song arrives with a video the band filmed themselves during lockdown.
Vocalist Jess Allanic says of the concept: “A storm of lightning and meteorites points to wanton destruction. A person runs carefree and fearless until she finds her own image trapped in a holographic false reality, becoming aware that she is inside a human-scale video game where her capacity for submission is put to the test. Upon realizing that all is a projection, the game ends. Only confusion could induce her to restart the trial, unless she dares to break out of that sordid game. This is the game of any society that imposes incoherent rules, in fact, this is as absurd as the Kafkaesque Trial.”
Now, jetting off to Ohio, we have Jetty Jones, which is the musical project lead by Kelc Galluzzo, with their latest release in the form of ‘Taking Up Space’.
The track is the cut of material to come from Jetty Bones since last year’s ‘-‘ EP.
“I just did the math, and it took 565 days from writing this song in a hotel in Nevada to finally getting to share it with you (aligners with a music video nonetheless). I think in the eagerness to share art and embrace the connective community surrounding it, I often forget that the incubation period might be necessary. Here’s hoping this song finds you exactly when it is supposed to.”
We’re moving to a double here next because both of these incredible artists have had music videos released into the world as of late. HINT: you can probably guess where we’re going but if you want to preserve the mystery then that’s all up to you.
We have the magnificent Machine Gun Kelly next in this weeks Music Video Roundup ‘Forget Me Too’, is a track from his recently released fifth album ‘Tickets To My Downfall’ and the track features a guest spot from pop star Halsey, who also makes an appearance in the video.
Now we’re turning to an unstoppable force in the music industry right now and that is the magnificent Yungblud. See, you got it right?
His latest release for ‘Cotton Candy’ is the fourth from the soon-to-be-released record, ‘Weird’ following on from ‘Strawberry Lipstick’, the title-track, and ‘God Save Me, But Don’t Drown Me Out’.
Here’s what Yungblud had to say about ‘Cotton Candy’.
“‘Cotton Candy’ is about sexual liberation. To me, sex and sexuality is about freedom and the idea that you can to lose yourself in other people of all genders, of all shapes and sizes to find yourself and figure out who you truly are. Sexual interaction should not be shamed, it should be celebrated because to have safe sex is to spread love and the world needs love more than ever right now.
This song is so important to me because I see and speak to my fan base, facing insecurities around sexual interaction and I want to let them know that it is ok to be EXACTLY WHO THEY ARE and have the right to unconditionally love who they want and be loved in return.”
We’re going to finish heavy for the last few videos this week, and we’re going to turn things up starting with War On Women with the latest release ‘White Lies’, off thier upcoming ‘Wonderful Hell’ reocrd, which is set to be released on October 30th 2020 online and physically on November 13th 2020 via Bridge Nine Records.
The video below was created by and stars the Baltimore artist Landis Expandis.
Sticking their heads in the sand during a pandemic has never been an option for Ukrainian groove metal juggernaut JINJER. Instead of drowning in self-pity and using the current global situation as an excuse to be lazy, the band has not only unleashed the ferocious new video to their 6th single, “The Prophecy”, today, but have also announced that they will be making videos for the remaining three songs off of their critically acclaimed breakthrough album, Macro.
Eugene, JINJER bassist, comments: “When we wrote “The Prophecy” in 2019, little did we know that it would prophesize things to come in 2020 … the entire screwed up, scary and confusing year all wrapped up in our brand new single. That being said – we are not only very excited for this new video, but to also announce that we will release videos for all tracks from our Macro album. It‘s the very least we can do in these strange times!”
JINJER are gearing up for the release of their very first official live album: Alive In Melbourne, to be released on November 20, 2020 via Napalm Records. Alive In Melbourne was recorded during the sold out debut Macro Australia Tour in March 2020, just days before Covid-19 stopped JINJER’s world tour in its tracks and changed all of our lives collectively forever.
And lastly I knew I needed to put Employed To Serve last on this weeks list because when you hear ‘Party’s Over’, you’re going to be drawn into a music explosion the like of wish need to be heard to be believed.
The Woking based band have released their latest cut of fresh material which is their first since their 2019 record release of ‘Eternal Forward Motion’.
For all those who are listening, ‘Party’s Over’ is the final track of this weeks Music Video Roundup!
And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best new tracks 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!
Employees and Bands signed to Holy Roar Records have left the independent record label after the founder, Alex Fitzpatrick was accused of Rape, Sexual Harassment and Abusive Behaviour.
In the wake of the allegations agains Fitspatrick, Sheffield Heavy Hitters Rolo Tomassi have now left Holy Roar Records.
Their statement can be read below.
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“In light of the allegations about Alex Fitzpatrick, we have ended our relationship with him and Holy Roar as a label, effective immediately.”
They continued: “We have zero tolerance for abusive behaviour and stand in solidarity with those that have come forward.”
Other bands signed too Holy Roar have also addressed the allegations and are in the process of making further decisions.
Palm Reader, whom have their fourth record, ‘Sleepless’ set to be released at the end of October 2020 with the label have said:
“aware of the recent allegations against Alex Fitzpatrick”, and are “currently in conversation with our team on how to move forward”.
“Abusive behaviour is not to be tolerated under any circumstances and is something we as a band and individuals take very seriously,” they stated.
Svalbard have also added:
“We stand with survivors and we always will. It takes so much courage to speak out, we are sending all of our support to those affected. We are currently figuring out our next steps, and will update this when we are able.”
“I am deeply disturbed by the allegations made against Alex Fitzpatrick of Holy Roar Records,” posted vocalist Serena Cherry, sharing the band’s collective statement. “This is everything we stand against inSvalbard. Sending solidarity and support to the victims and those affected.”
Justine Jones (Employed To Serve) says:
We have spent the last 24 hours in horror of the allegations that have been made against Alex Fitzpatrick, the owner of Holy Roar Records.
The extremely serious allegations are against everything that myself, Sam, Wil and our bands – stand for.
We, the labels employees are resigning from working with Holy Roar effective immediately.
We are sorry for the long silence. It was a lot for us to process with our bands and personally and we found out the same time as the public.
Alex will be making his own statement in due course.
Justine, Sam and Wil.
At the time of writing, Fitzpatrick and Holy Roar have not posted anything against the allegations.
For those who are facing or who are survivors of sexual abuse, harassment and misconduct, more help and support can be found below.
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:
So here it is. Slam Dunk Festival 2019. In all its glory. A feat of brilliance from the organisers who pulled this off but a day of music? in Leeds? Well, there was Live @ Leeds just the other week but this is one festival very close to my heart because it was actually one of the first I ever went to in my teenage years and I’ve been continuing to go back because of its location in Yorkshire, the people I meet, the acts that they’re able to put on and of course, its one that brings my friends together.
Side note on this as well before the review starts, I know this is coming super late but life, work and everything has just gotten in the way of so much lately to the point I’ve had to re-schedule a lot of things and cancel on going to some gigs but I’ve cleared some time here.
Let’s dive straight into Slam Dunk Festival 2019.
So the first moment I heard my alarm, I raced to get ready because this is always my favourite day of the year! I was up roughly at 6.30AM to get a bus to the train station in York at about 8AM, from where I was heading off to Leeds so I could get the very first shuttle to the festival! Luckily this was a reliable day for the train services so thank you to the great train god, in the sky! So, I hopped off in Leeds and it took a little bit of a finding for the shuttle buses to get to the festival as there’s a lot of maintenance being done to Leeds Train Station. I found my way eventually and was one of the first people to be in the queue. The festival staff had to get on board one first because who’d be serving the drinks and operating otherwise? So that was a good move. The only thing I’d say as a tiny complaint was to tell us to start queuing from the end of the queue because of those of us who got here first was waiting for the second or third bus (If there had been a longer queue and I was waiting for an hour or so, it’d be a bigger complaint on my end). The actual route there, it took roughly twenty minutes with the shuttle. So far, so good.
Now getting dropped off at Temple Newsam, I’d never been there before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but the shuttle to get there was about 20 minutes or so max. When I got past the initial bag drop off, I thought the lines would be 2-3 times longer than what they actually were (Somewhere closer to last years.! To my surprise, I was inside the main festival grounds in two to three minutes max! Now I was thinking holy f***! So much better this year because of that one thing. I had no idea what I was in for yet. Also, getting my DSLR through was no problem at all, Slam Dunk Festival is the only festival in the UK that’s pretty lenient on this sort of thing, provided you only have one lens. When I was through to the main festival area, it just looked gorgeous. This was the first real festival I’d experienced with a tent in the field as well so I was pretty excited! But until 11AM (I was in my about 9.20 by this point) there wasn’t so much to do apart from sitting down and have a drink.
When I was able to meet up with a few friends after the main festival gates opened, we decided to explore a little bit. (TIP: Go to the big merch tent after an hour or so next year because that was rammed and there’ll be more chance to meet bands later in the day as well). There was everything from Impericon to American Socks on the day. I actually got a Dream State shirt because Impericon they were running a surprise shirt giveaway for £5 and my friend got two Dream State shirts which were the same size as well! So after a little exploring the festival grounds which were just beautiful, I headed over to the Marshall stage for William Ryan Key to kick off the festival!
Seeing Ryan play live is always heartbreaking because he’s not with the full Yellowcard band although, although watching him is always heartwarming all the same as he conquered his solo set going through ‘Way Away’, ‘Southern Air’ and more Yellowcard classics. There is a little bit of a problem in itself for those who are fans of his newer solo material where I believe he only played one and the rest were Yellowcard in that he could’ve been a little more original on the day but I think he wanted to give the fans what they wanted and that’s understandable. The only thing was Milk Teeth had to follow ‘Ocean Avenue’.
I’d waited roughly two to three years to see Milk Teeth again! I think the last time I saw them was when they had Employed To Serve supporting them. (Who were performing on The Key Club Stage later on the day as well!) There had been an obvious lineup change but I know they’re all the better for it now with ‘Nearby Catfight’, ‘Brain Food’ and more from their catalogue, the punks are ready to take on the world and more where hopefully ‘Stain’ is just the beginning of a new chapter for the young punks.
From here, I met up with another friend who was at for the festival and this is what I love about Slam Dunk, it gets you to meet new people and reunites old friends who come down for it as well! It’s funny as well from here because I almost always go to gigs alone, chat away to people but I’ve never really met up with people at other gigs.
Moving to the Key Club stage, we decided to see what newcomers Hot Milk were all about. They’re a little bit of an enigma because a lot of hate online comes from the fact they’ve hardly been on the scene yet they’re getting support slots for Foo Fighters. In fact I don’t think they had one track out at the beginning of 2019 when they were supporting You Me At Six in the EU and now they were playing a midday set at Slam Dunk festival having been out in the world for less than a year! Nevertheless, they encapsulated just what the scene needs right now. Young, vibrant and energetic people to show fans how to play a show and seeing these tracks from their debut EP, ‘Are You Feeling Alive’ made people just want more. And hopefully, we’ll see more after the festival circuits are over for 2019 where we’ll see them up and down the country soon.
Now, the secret bank Y3K. It was Busted. It’s a clear Year 3000 reference right there. And I have to say, that was a pretty rowdy crowd. For pretty much every song in their set, they powered through as if it was nothing. I mean, having been on touring circuits for years now, I imagine they’d be used to it but honestly, it was a welcomed addition to the festival. Everyone was rowdy in the pits for them, numerous crowdsurfers, a few moshpits, you had to be there to believe it but I can’t’ believe after all these years how hardcore some of these fans were! That’s what nostalgia does to the young!
Moving across to the Acoustic stage, I couldn’t miss Lizzy Farrall. I’ve seen her tour about four or five times now and every time, she just delivers and constantly improves. Her new surprise EP released recently meant a few tracks did make the cut of the set and her voice is magnificent where backed with her band, there’s nothing this artist won’t accomplish in her lifetime. There’s no part three of A Conversation With…. this time but hopefully, I’ll be able to see her full plugged in sound to see what I make of it when she’s on her tour with Tiny Moving Parts at the end of summer in the UK.
From here, I dotted around a few bands, catching one or two tracks from Seaway, As It Is, Waterparks, Simple Plan etc but ultimately I decided to queue up to meet All Time Low. This was more for my friend because she’d waited 10 years to meet them and the look on her face when she did, priceless. I actually made her go before me when we were at the front because I really wanted to see the look on her face more than anything because I cued up earlier than we originally planned which was a good thing as well because it was getting long! To give a sense of it, we just made the cutoff point, only just! That’s how lucky we were!
From here, it was straight back to the Key Club stage for Employed To Serve, possibly the heaviest band on this stage for the entirety of the festival but wow, they never disappoint. With the release of their latest record, ‘Eternal Forward Motion’, the energy in the room was electrifying as they encapsulated the tent in what was a standout set at the festival! So much to the point that when some of the band finished crowd surfing, they didn’t realise their set had ended! That was brilliant but so humbling to see. They were having so much fun, they forgot they had a time limit!
Darting across to catch the last bit of Neck Deep, I did brave the rain where from what I could see it’s only a matter of time before these lads become festival headliners. I mean, the other year, they headlined their own stage so, with their next record, I’d say it’s pretty close. It’s always huge to see ‘Don’t Wait’ off ‘Peace and The Panic’ which for me is the standout track from the record, either that or December but what I do notice here is that Slam Dunk embraces all these bands as a new generation and that’s what they give the platform to and I suppose that’s what makes the festival so different to others in the world where they give a platform to give lesser known bands the exposure they deserve and Neck Deep are a prime example of a band that rose through the ranks.
Heading back to The Key Club for Lights, this was a strange artist for the festival mainly because she’s more Pop than anything. However, the diversity of genres is something Rock has been kind to so to see Lights perform was a true spectacle with her voice commanding the audience was a sight to behold.
For the headlining band of the key club stage, IDKHOW was the band I was thinking should I stay or not? I’m glad I did in the end because hearing the records on Spotify and seeing them play live is two very different things. For one, the artist’s personality comes out far more where for this band, it does give them something to boast as usually, you just see the songs but not for IDKHOW. They’re someone I’m going to be revisiting because of their standout performance as there wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy and its performances such as that turn the heads of everyone there.
Now… the headliners. All Time Low! Funny fact, back in 2013 when it was my very first Slam Dunk Festival, All Time Low headlined back then as well! Jumping straight into their sets, Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t) received instant recognition, crowd surfers you name it. They truly showed everyone there why they were the headlining band. To celebrate 10 years of nothing personal as well, Stella and A Party Song were played throughout their set where the addition of a never before heard track Getaway Green had the classic Nothing Personal feel to it. It was unlike anything I’d heard All Time Low play in a while, especially since their last few records were a bit more mature for the band, it was definitely a throwback and what was a standout track where hopefully, there’ll be a studio version of the track where they just “dropped it old school”. I’ll never get bored of watching All Time Low live though, they always manage to keep things fresh and the chemistry the members all have with each other is so rare these days, it keeps everyone wanting so much more than what’s given.
Right, now the festival was over, getting back to Leeds city centre was the main objective. I confess I did race for the shuttle buses as I was worried I’d end up stuck at the festival site (which is what happened to another friend of mine, stuck there for roughly two hours because of the amount of everyone there) but thanks to some quick thinking (and running), I managed to get one of the first shuttles back into Leeds and a subsequent train back to York no problem whatsoever!
Overall, it was such a smart decision to move the festival site to Temple Newsam where it was a lot more thought out than in previous years, the only thing I saw was that more toilets would be needed as well as bars because, from my perspective, they were two big problems there.