After confirming that the 2021 iteration of Download festival will not be taking place this year,the festival have revealed some more of the names who will be playing Donington Park in 2022.
Joining the already announced headliners KISS, Iron Maiden and Biffy Clyro will be…
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We have a massive congratulations in order for four bands today!
Starting off with Holding Absence, their debut record, ‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’ debuted at number 90 in the charts.
Now the only reason they’re not higher in the charts is because of Brexit. The band revealed that their UK exclusive vinyl would NOT count towards the final chart placing which haven’t shipped yet. Damn that sucks!
But nevertheless, the record did make it to Number 1 on the iTunes UK Rock albums and 3 on the iTunes UK Albums as well as number 6 on the UK rock Albums as well as number 4 on the independent albums chart.
For purchase of ‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’ check out the following link.
Since we released ‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’ one week ago, we’ve been both humbled and grateful for the incredible response from you all. It really has meant the world.
This week has been a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions, from the high of entering the UK Top 40 charts on Monday, to learning on Wednesday that Brexit-related delays would mean our UK exclusive vinyl would NOT count towards the final chart placing, to the high of you guys reacting to this news by supporting us on digital platforms and getting the album to it’s final iTunes placing of Number 3 overall, and Number 1 on the iTunes Rock Charts!! Incredible is an understatement, and we thank you all so very much.
Even though the loss our vinyl sales was too much to claw back a Top 40 Chart Position (we still got our first Top 100 album though, going in at 90 ) we still somehow managed to still place at Number 6 in the UK Rock Charts, and Number 4 in the UK Independent Charts (and even cassettes at number 13 haha). Oh, and not forgetting Scotland – thanks for somehow getting us Top 20!
Oh, and you guys streamed it over 3.5 million times, which is really mind-blowing.
Anyway, the main thing is – rather than be bitter about something that was out of anyone’s control, we’re just overwhelmingly proud and grateful to have achieved so much already with this album, most of all in receiving the love and appreciation from you all that we have, from all over the planet. It’s been incredibly rewarding for us, and this is just the beginning.
Thank you so much, once again. You Are Everything.
This Is Holding Absence.
Check out ‘Afterlife’ below.
Next up are Sheffield metallers While She Sleeps. Last week, the band released their fifth record, ‘Sleeps Society’ but earlier in the week people saw that the new record wouldn’t be ‘chart eligible.
This was because they sacrificed any opportunity for ‘Sleeps Society’ to chart in order to pay their road crew!
Whilst being off the road and helping their tour due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the band were unable to pay their employed crew that way so the band have opted to employ them to aid with the independent physical distribution of the record. Usually an accredited distributor is utilised to report the sales data to charting organisations.
The band released the following statement:
“At the beginning of this album we made the decision to independently distribute the vinyl & CD copies of it. This enabled us to rehire our touring crew, support our local business and give opportunities directly to the people around us who needed it, in a year where our industry & culture had been hit hard. This decision meant our sales would not be counted as ‘chart eligible’.
We started the Sleeps Society to create a sustainable future for our band, the people around us, our crew, families and collectively this felt more important.
The reaction to the album so far has been completely incredible & although our sales figures aren’t being counted as ‘official’, we are so proud to tell you that ‘unofficially’ we are no. 4 in the UK album charts today.
This would be our highest ever chart position. Your sales directly support our band, crew & the future of Sleeps. Thank you all so much.”
In any case, the record did end up charting in the top 100 at number 59 but we all know officially they should have charted at number four!
Orders for ‘Sleeps Society’ can be made via the following link.
Check out ‘Nervous Ft. Simon Neil’ below.
Up next are the utterly fantastic Greta Van Fleet with ‘The Battle At Garden’s Gate’, a storming sound of rock symphony’s and a fantastic throwback with classic rock sprinkled throughout the record debuted at the number eight spot, which is an improvement over their 2018 release, ‘Anthem Of The Peaceful Army’ at number 12.
Orders for ‘The Battle At Garden’s Gate’ can be made via the following link.
Check out the opener for the record, ‘Heat Above’ below.
And lastly today, we have The Offspring. Their number three spot for ‘Let The Bad Times Roll’, their first record in nearly a decade has become their highest charting to date in the UK, which surpasses their 1998 release ‘Americana’ and peaked at number 10.
Orders for the record are available via the following link.
Check out the video for the title track below.
There’s always releases going around in the world of rock but massive fantastic effort by fans of the UK in the last week. This is just a triumphant victory!
We’re on the verge of the upcoming record from Holding Absence, ‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’.
And just when we thought we wouldn’t be receiving any new material, they have dropped a beaytiful new track.
‘Nomoreroses’ is a slice of post-hardcore heaven which just pushes the band to its limits.
Lucas Woodland (Vocals) had the following to say:
“We’re super excited to release nomoreroses on the home stretch before TGMOML comes out next week! The song is definitely a heavier and more progressive track than people have heard from us in a while, which is perfect as it represents just how varied the record is. nomoreroses is lyrically a song about a sour relationship with God, looking at how hard it can be to believe in a God that seemingly doesn’t believe in you.”
Holding Absence have released their third track from their upcoming record, ‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’.
‘In Circles’ is a powerful post-hardcore track, showing off the band’s capability for a resounding track of immense proportions.
Vocalist Lucas Woodland had this to say about the song:
“In Circles is a really subtly exciting song for our band. Lyrically, it commentates on the mundane and cyclical nature of day to day life… Pointing out just how dangerous it can be to live your life without ambition.
With such a strong lyrical vision, we made sure that the song and video followed suit, playing out in an almost hypnotic fashion.
We think this track is really special, and will hopefully be enough to encourage people to reach out of their lives a little bit.”
Check out ‘In Circles’ below.
The Greatest Mistake Of My Life is set to be released on April 16th via SharpTone Records.
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.
British newcomers Gutter have released a brand new Two-Track EP, ‘Promo Tape 2021’, the band’s second release following last year’s debut, ‘Promo Tape 2020’.
The EP is a visceral and relentless masterpiece which you just need to be able to headbang to in these times and it’s one that I’m glad we have to listen to at the start of 2021.
Gutter is made up of vocalist Jono Roberts (ex-Cutting Teeth), guitarists Adam Jones (ex-Cutting Teeth) and Rob Kirk (99% Cobra/The Escape Artist), bassist Nath Euington (ex-Cutting Teeth), and drummer Ashley Green (Holding Absence).
The release has been made available as one full stream so you can listen to the two track, ‘The Mob Is Out For The Vanity Regime’ and ‘The Perfect Alignment Of Pain And A Blade’ – back-to-back.
Holding Absence have announced that their bassist James Joseph has parted ways with the band.
James has been with the Holding Absence since the start of the band and has played on all their releases to date, with the most recent release on the single, ‘Afterlife’ and their upcoming record, ‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’.
In a statement , James has announced he is leaving to put more focus on his other project; James And The Cold Gun.
You can read the full statement below.
“Dear Holding Absence Family,
I started this band five years ago and it has been a huge part of my life, I’ve travelled all over the UK and Europe, made amazing memories, played shows with some of my favourite bands and made friends for life. However, after spending the past 12 months self-reflecting and writing songs with my housemate I have decided it is time for me to step down from Holding Absence to focus on the music we’ve been working on with James And The Cold Gun. I wish the guys well for the future and I hope you enjoy the album we made together.
I love every single person in the Holding Absence community and I want to thank you all for your love, support and kindness. I can’t wait to see you all again some day.
The band added their on short message in a post via Facebook, where they have posted:
“Holding Absence is sad to announce that ‘Afterlife’ will be our last song with bassist James Joseph.
The band and James have split on amicable terms.
We wish James all the best with his future endeavours!”
Holding Absence have started 2021 on a massive high with the release of their latest track, ‘Afterlife’.
They’ve combined their haunting atmosphere which the band are known for with a performance that just elevates themselves to new heights which show just what they’re capable of.
Lucas Woodland (Vocals) says:
“We truly believe this song to be one of our best yet, with its pounding chorus and emotive vocals. Just listening to this song is making us itch for the return of live music so we can get out and play it to you all!”
We’re getting really excited for tours again. UK tours are being confirmed and there’s a slim chance it could return for 2021.
In this is HOlding Absence where they’ve got a great support act with their on thier headlining run of shows.
The band will be on tour to celebrate the releases of ‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’ in October with…. Yours Truly.
That’s right there’s a little bit of Aussie Pop-Rock coming our way and it is going to be amazing. There’s always been a good sense of versatility to Yours Truly and Thankfully I got the chance to see them when they supported State Champs a few years ago. Fingers crossed I get to see them in Newcastle again!
At the time of writing, there is no word if this is the only support act on the tour.