333 Wreckords Crew’s first ever signing – Louisville, Kentucky rap metal / hardcore outfit Guerrilla Warfare – have announced a new EP “C O N T R O L”, which will be out April 22nd. The new collection of tracks is a companion to 2019’s “C O N S U M E” EP. Pulling no punches, Guerrilla Warfare are already making a name for themselves with their assertive yet considered approach to heavy music.
Drummer and vocalist Garrett Hood says “C O N T R O L is meant as a two-part concept piece about exploring dualism within society and the human psyche. Truly though, these EPs have served me as a personal diary for learning more about myself and the world around me for the last several years.”
The first single to be released from “C O N T R O L” is “MuLLigaN”. It sets the tone for Guerrilla Warfare in 2022. Working with producer Jordan Haynes, the band have created a song that captures the feeling of falling behind in life, while trying to chase your dreams and aspirations in music. There are no long intros here, Guerrilla Warfare kick you straight in the face and don’t let up for a breath.
Check out the video for the first single ‘MuLLigaN’ below:
Kent-based alternative-rock three-piece Dohny Jep began as a duo in early 2019, with Stuart and Pete deciding to create something unlike anything either of them had done before in previous bands and projects. With their unique video concepts and mesh of pop-synth melodies and rock guitars, they did just that. Fast forward one year and with an additional member in tow, the group self-released their much celebrated debut album L.U.S.T in July 2020.
After playing just one show together as a band, they had tours planned throughout 2020 to coincide with the release of their debut album, but as the Coronavirus put a halt to any plans of playing their new material live, they headed back to the studio to record more new music.
Following up on this year’s three previous successful EP releases, ‘Smile, it Might Never Happen’, ‘Shallow Is The Water’ and ‘This Is Love’, comes their fourth and final EP of 2021 ‘No More Love’, due for release November 26th via Favour The Brave Records.
Recorded at their recently-built home studio and produced, mixed and mastered by Rhys May (Bring Me The Horizon, Don Broco, While She Sleeps), No More Love was lyrically inspired by the fear of change and the long, tumultuous journey towards acceptance and moving on. No More Love sees the band pairing punchy indie rock with subtle electronic flourishes, pop melodies and danceable grooves.
Prior to the release comes the EP’s leading single ‘Dial Up’, due for release November 12th, which explores how the modern age of technology has become the everyday person’s main source of success and self-destruction.
Check out ‘Dial Up’ below.
No More Love is due to be released on November 26th 2021 via Favour the Brave Records and will be available on all major platforms.
Ireland’s most exciting emerging pop-punk band CROWN THE KING have announced their debut EP ‘Groundhog Day’ – set to be released on 2nd February 2022 (Groundhog Day).
Guitarist Seán Hodson says of the new track, “The lyrics came about because I was looking back on old social media posts that I had made and it got me thinking about how far detached I feel from the person I was at the time. I began reflecting on that time in my life where I guess I felt pretty insecure. Social media had really messed with my self worth and I put so much effort into being who I thought other people wanted me to be to the point that I felt completely burnt out. I wrote this song as a reminder not to dwell on the past too much and to not let life pass you by while trying to convince everyone else that you’re having a good time.”
Vocalist Dan Gannon adds, “I think this song perfectly captures the reality for me and a lot of my friends in our early 20s. Feeling like you have to uphold your reputation and being afraid of being judged for not participating in something or skipping out on a night out with friends.”
The band’s anticipated debut EP ‘Groundhog Day’ is set for release on 2nd February (self-release). Bassist Eanna Brown says of the 4-track release, “It’s been great to see all the buzz and support around the band since we started and I’m really grateful to all our friends, family and fans for that. I don’t need to remind everyone of how weird the past two years have been for everyone, between the pandemic and other events happening. Working on ‘Groundhog Day’ really helped me through those tough times and gave me something to focus on. It’s a really special record to me and I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did making it.”
Portsmouth Indie/ Surf-Pop trio DUTCH CRIMINAL RECORD are back with their first single ‘Return To Dust’ taken from their upcoming 5 track EP ‘It’s Gonna Be Okay’. Having built a healthy following thanks to the success of their previous releases. which have seen the band gain Spotify Editorial playlist placements (including New Music Friday),climbing into the US Viral Top 50 and receiving regular radio play from Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6 Music, Sam Thrussell, Joe Frampton and Joe Delaney-Stone are once again back with the airy and uplifting new singleahead of their upcoming five track EP.
Building layers of shimmering chorus drenched guitars, bouncing bass and driving drums under Sam’s delicate, honest lead vocals, ‘Return To Dust’ once again showcases the three piece’s ability to create breezy feel good indie-pop that effortlessly holds both atmosphere and commercial appeal in equal measure. Reminiscent of 80’s indie, bringing together elements of Cocotau Twins and The Cure whilst also capturing an air of 6 music favourites Death Cab For Cutie the track is an insight to the upcoming EP’s vibrant soundscape.
Speaking of ‘Return To Dust’, Sam explains:
“I wrote it during the first lockdown whilst listening to early Radiohead. It was the first proper ‘love’ song I’d written in years and it’s about the early stages of falling in love and all the confusion and weird feelings it brings. After making a quick demo of the track I emailed it over to Joe who wrote that dreamy guitar riff and added some extra acoustic guitars and keyboard parts.”
Having launched their new record label Novium Records through 2020, a label aimed at helping local Chichester artists get discovered, the band have used their influence to help gain recognition on a national level at a time when they’re unable to play live shows. With Successes including Clout, Rolling Stone India, Killing Moon and radio play on Radio X all coming as a result of Novium Records and Dutch Criminal Record’s work, the local scene in Chichester has never been stronger.
With their mixture of addictive guitar riffs, deep grooves and infectious vocal hooks, Dutch Criminal Record have quickly asserted themselves as ones-to-watch in the UK guitar scene. Having gained support from the likes of BBC Radio 6 Music, Radio X, The Guardian, Clash, Earmilk alongside placements on a number of SpotifyEditorial and This Feeling playlists, the trio have played support for the likes of indie heavyweights Sea Girls, Ra Ra Riot and Spinn. With sell-out shows at Rough Trade in Bristol, the pair are hoping to get back to touring in late 2021 with a selection of UK dates to support the new EP.
Since their debut in 2019, Bristol-based Nu-Metal five-piece NO:IR have evolved their sound from their hardcore roots to create a modern fusion from a host of genres. They take deep inspiration – and their name, from Film Noir, often characterised by cynicism, intricate plots and existential philosophy.
With five previous successful singles under their belt, the band have amassed more than 100,000 streams on Spotify. Their innate blend of rap and metal draws on an array of influences including emo, hip-hop and dark pop. This has resulted in a signature re-imagination of the Nu-Metal sound. Following up on the release of their recent single Phantom comes their debut EP Are We Really Alive?, due for release June 18th 2021.
Produced, Mixed and Mastered with Josh Gallop (Phoxjaw) at Stage 2 Studios in Bath, their fearlessly creative debut EP sees the band spike their metal with a bunch of other genres, taking the listener on a journey through unrelentingly heavy riffs, eerie, expansive landscapes and pounding trap drums.
Conveying themes of depression, anxiety, ego, addiction, distrust and unity, Are We Really Alive? sees NO:IR examining their own identity; holding up a mirror to the band’s own anxieties and addictions and questioning their honesty and integrity.
“Reality has become distorted as media manipulates people to behave a certain way, compliance is natural and identity is fragile. We have become distracted by the high intensity and anxiety of modern life and our own individualism and honesty has been lost to trends and conformity”, the band state. Prior to the release of the EP comes their next single and accompanying music video Spineless, due for release June 1st. The track explores the anger and frustration around trying to navigate through the intensity of misinformation and difficulty finding your own identity while authority wants to dilute authenticity.
“‘In the face of the ones who don’t give a shit, in a space and a place where we don’t exist, we’re down for the fight we will resist’ shows a distaste of how people like us (alternative personalities, creatives, musicians etc.) are overlooked, and how we are a very strong group of individuals who will resist being mistreated. ‘There’s venom in my veins, a new drug to numb the pain’ is a nod to the culture of musicians taking substances just to ‘numb’ overwhelming feelings or personal accounts of facing addiction”, explains lyricist Evvi.
Russian progressive metalcore band Next Door To Heaven announces they will be self-releasing their new EP “Inside” on March 25th. The EP is the follow up to the band’s 2020 single “Dance With Me” and the 2019 sophomore album “V Ways To Accept” released on Sliptrick Records.
“Inside” features five djenty melodic prog tracks along with special guest vocals from Lord Nelson (ex-Stuck Mojo) on the record’s closing song “Flare Up”. The band’s discography has always been known for flirting with djent metalcore influences and this new release is no different, except this time guitarist Evgenii “Gene” Mazunov took the helm on the band’s sound with the use of a 9-string Ibanez along with bass, arrangement, and composition duties. Also joining as a guest for the recording is well-known Russian drummer Pavel Lokhnin (God Eat God, Dominia, Perimeter).
Vocalist and lyricist Daria Mazunova comments:
“We put our souls into the music we create, always. It’s not about making music for something in return, not about making it for fun. It’s about emotions transformed into music. I would say for ‘Inside’, we entered into more metalcore territory though it doesn’t mean there aren’t prog components or experimentation done. Conceptually, the general idea of the EP is a fight between a human and a machine and a master/obeying inside one person. If you look at the cover art you will see a heart combined with a car engine in the moment of ignition.”
The band have also shared a teaser clip of the track for fans which you can take a look at below.
The EP is available for Pre-Order as of March 18th 2021 on all digital platforms.
Check out the Cover Art and Tracklisting below.
1. Dark Alley 2. Calibrate 3. Unleash The Beasts 4. Inside 5. Flare Up (feat. Lord Nelson, ex-Stuck Mojo)
About the band: Next Door To Heaven was formed in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2014. The band was founded by Gene Mazunov and Dasha Mazunova. Next Door To Heaven plays progressive/alternative metal/metalcore. The band’s debut album “Let’s Dream” was released in 2016. The album made the top-20 on Google Play. That same year, the band became one of the finalists in the Emergenza International festival. Their sophomore album “V Ways To Accept” was released in June 2019 via Sliptrick Records. The band has opened for bands such as RED and Tesseract and continues to support their material with tours across Europe.
Now in 2021, the band will independently release their new EP “Inside” on March 25th, which features guest vocals from Lord Nelson (ex-Stuck Mojo).
Long Beach, NY band Family Dinner self-released their debut EP, You’re So Cool. Recorded over five days with Brett Romnes (The Movielife, I Am The Avalanche) at Barbershop Studios, the four songs on the EP came together naturally for the band, spanning a mix of ’90s-inspired indie rock and punk-pop that takes cues from acts like Hole, Dinosaur Jr., and The Cranberries. The title track kicks it off by telling the tale of a couple on the run after committing murder, inspired by ’90s crime films like True Romance and Natural Born Killers. This movie-inspired lyricism continues on “Mahogany”, a song written from the perspective of Bradley Cooper’s character in The Midnight Meat Train. Filled with bouncy guitars and melodic vocals, closer “Song 4 (Bloom)” dives into more personal territory about struggling to love yourself and trying to show people around you going through the same thing that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. You can listen to You’re So Cool on streaming services and Bandcamp.
Formed in 2018, the band consists of Natalie Simonelli (vocals), Michael O’Keeffe (guitar), Sam Weiss (bass), Nick Amalfitano (drums), and Mike Cap (guitars). Self-proclaiming themselves as “a band to soundtrack a house party,” Family Dinner aren’t reinventing alt-rock, but bringing back that effortless, cool vibe that makes you want to pay attention.
1. You’re So Cool 2. Eyes 3. Mahogany 4. Song 4 (Bloom)