It’s that three-piece welsh Pop Punk band everyone loves in the touring news today; it can only be Junior!
Getting back to normalcy will not be any easy task but thankful and hopefully, gigs will return to normal in 2021 at the very least so if you want to hear some good music, have a laugh and lose yourself, then Junior are going to be touring the UK at the beginning of the year to get things back to normal for us.
We’re back for another week! We have another roundup of ten music videos which have been recently released and they’re always some of my favourites! 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 enough talk, let’s get down to things.
First up this week coincides with the recent release of her solo debut record, ‘Petals For Armor’, it can only be Hayley Williams. The track in question today is ‘Dead Horse’.
The video for ‘Dead Horse’ was directed by HalfNoise frontman and Paramore drummer, Zac Farro.
Next up we have the British Emo / Pop-Rock musician Luke Rainsford. He’s got a new cut in the form of ‘Tip Toe’, where the video complies fan-submitted content.
On the track, Luke has shared:
“‘Tip Toe’ is about the honeymoon stage of a relationship. I think sometimes with how the world is, it is easy to focus on how tough life can be, but there are the little moments of happiness to be found within the smallest of gestures. I wanted to reflect that in the video, having fans send in clips expressing themselves, their creativity and having fun. I think the world needs that right now.”
Now, moving across to Wales for the next pick this week, we have the Pop-Punk trio in Junior.
Over the next weeks, the band will be releasing a series of covers, including Boston, Thin Lizzy, Death Cab For Cutie, and Alkaline Trio. All covers have been self-produced by Matt Attard of JUNIOR.
Their new video accompanies the track, ‘Where And When’ which is off their full-length record, ‘Beautiful Life’.
Keeping in the realm of the Pop-Punk genre, Aussie rockers Stand Atlantic have released a brand new track this week, ‘Wavelength. This is the third track in their line of releases following on from their debut record, ‘Skinny Dipping.
Bonnie Fraser has said this about the track:
“We wanted to push the boundaries with ‘Wavelength’. The song itself is about pushing your own boundaries and trying to assimilate with someone. Sometimes communication is lost to a point where it feels like you are speaking different languages. Music is its own language and we wanted to challenge everything you thought you knew about Stand Atlantic. The entire record is no exception.”
Moving straight across the pond to Bournemouth for the alternative group Laika who have a new release which is also the bands first offering of new material this year with ‘Our Vices’.
How about some math-rock next? Yeah, you saw it Math Rock!
The Californian rockers Covet have a track which is the second offering from their upcoming record, ‘Technicolor’.
This also marks the first track to come from the band which features vocals and not entirely be instrumental.
Yvette Young (vocals) shares what the track, ‘Parachute’ means to her.
“This track, ‘Parachute’, is really special to me. I remember I wrote it basically in one sitting and immediately I heard that it needed lyrics. My whole rule for writing is to never rule anything out, as long as it serves the music… so here we are, at Covet’s first departure from being instrumental. The song is about taking a risk for yourself and stepping away from something or something that once made you feel safe, only to realise that you never needed any of it in the first place. We hope you enjoy it and that it uplifts you.”
We’re all over the places this week and our next stop? Ukraine. We’re going with Jinger and their release for ‘Noah’. This is the fifth single off their upcoming release, ‘Marco’.
On the track, Eugene Abdukhanov (bass) has said this on the track.
“Tatiana wrote ‘Noah’ from the point of view of what if he did not succeed in perpetuating life on Earth? Looks like we might find out sooner than we think! Times are scarier, tougher, and stranger than ever. Our/your livelihood and everything we know and cherish are on the verge being swept away by a storm like nothing we’ve faced before. Will we have our own modern day Ark? Will we manage to jump on board in time or has it already set sail? What will be left over after it’s all said and done? These questions are torturing all of us right now and the future is disturbingly uncertain. But we will survive and will get through this, like we did during so many dark times before. Together. Strong and revitalised with a much better understanding of what we are.”
Now for some pounding drummer, fantastic vocals and the best beats. This is Texans metallers Kingdom Collapse who reach new heights with ‘Uprise’.
Jonathan Norris on the track says:
“We’re excited to release the new single at this time with everything going on in the world. With what we’ve all endured globally with the recent pandemic, this is an anthem assuring the fact that we will not only recover but we will rise even stronger.”
Keeping in the same country for the penultimate band on this weeks list is Ded. They’re an Arizona outfit who’ve released ‘A Mannequin Idol (LUllaby)’ which is the latest single coming off of the band’s recently released EP, ‘Mannequin Eyes’.
“[The song is] kind of taking a shot at the music industry,” Cotela explains. “[It’s about] the way consumers consume, and questioning why they consume what they do, why they identify with certain things, [and] hopefully posing those questions for people to think about themselves.”
And lastly today we have the almighty Asking Alexandria.
The band released their latest record, ‘Like A Gouse On Fire’ today via Sumerian Records but earlier this week to hype up the release, they put together a video together during where they shot everyone individually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The track they released? ‘House On Fire’.
Check out the video below.
And that’s it for another week of the music video roundup! Be sure to check back next week for another look at the latest music video releases from the best bands around and who knows? Maybe you’ll find your new favourite band on that list.
It’s 4PM on a Friday! This means it’s time for the music video roundup. If you’re new to either the blog or these music video roundup posts, this is how it works. Every week, I watch some of the best recently released music videos and compile them into a list for everyone’s viewing pleasure. They’re span across all the different genres, so expect something different for most of the tracks. The first band on this weeks countdown are the Pop-Punk trio Junior. They’ve recently released their debut record, ‘Beautiful Life’ but before the release, they had their amazing track, ‘Brick By Brick’ in video form. Fun Fact: the track was also chosen at the NXT Lound theme for WWE NXT UK’s takeover in Cardiff which is set to take place in 31st August 2019.
Heading to Oxford for our number two pick on the roundup this week is Oxford’s MSRY who’ve recently gone from being a trio to a quartet in the form of bassist Harvey Lake adding to their ranks.
‘Still Breaks My Heart’ is a fresh cut from the group which also features guest vocals from Cancer Bats Liam Cormier.
Kial Churcher (Vocals) on the track has said:
“We played with the idea of obsession and people being too gone in it to realise what was happening around them and there being people who want to break through that barrier for them. The idea of social media being an all-consuming entity is a very real and happening thing right now, the fact people are obsessed with their presentation on social media, the extent people go to for ‘likes’ and to gain a following on them is mind blowing and can consume your entire being, vision and thought process.
I think it shows in the video that we’re trying to break through to that person who can’t see what’s around them, and it becomes harder and harder as it goes on in the video to help them see that there’s more out there than their obsession.”
Another band who’ve had their debut record out is Acres. ‘Lullaby’ was their fourth and final cut to be released before the whole thing was released.
Ben Lumber (Vocals) on the meaning behind the track has said:
“‘Lullaby’ is a song about losing someone you love prematurely. Before you get the chance to know them properly, life takes them away, leaving you with but a bittersweet memory of the short time you had together.
We all lose people we love and in those moments of great loss, the time we did have may never seem enough. Nonetheless, all we can do is be grateful for the time we were given with them and know their presence will live on, through memories, the way they have touched our hearts and the way they helped shape us as human beings.”
Shall we get some Geordie’s on this weeks list? Newcastle’s Hardcore five-some Ground Culture have a huge new single in the wake of their signing to Hopeless Records.
Vocalist Roy Watson, on the release of ‘Life Won’t Wait’ has said:
“Have you ever questioned why life doesn’t slow down? In a world of loud thinkers, silence acts as nothing but a pawn in the iris of opportunity.
He continues: “We have all chosen blind ignorance over action at times, normally not down to a lack of ability, but because true progress feeds off a constant moulding discomfort which is difficult to stand in the centre of.
“How Well Do You Really Know Yourself?”
More British metal on this weeks list! This time its Harbinger. They recently played at the 2019 Bloodstock Open Air Festival wherein preparation, they had a video released for ‘Descendants’.
The video itself compromised of footage from the band’s appearance at this years Tech-Fest in July.
Next, Rising Duo Black Futures have shown what they’re capable of in ‘Body & Soul’. It’s the latest video to come off their upcoming release, ‘Never Not Nothing’.
On the track, they commented:
“‘Body & Soul’ is a simple, singular expression. We are all the same cocktail of matter squished together to form a body. A vessel for experience and feelings. It’s time to free yourself from the shackles of conformity.
Drain your brain of hyper-capitalist smug and become steward of all life! An empathy machine! Humans; the protectors of existence! Gather as a mass of humanity and have an apocalypse prevention party! Giving the meaningless meaning! I am you and you are me! Make Weird & Live Free!
Or summink like that! At least that’s what Joe Strummer told me in my dreams.”
Moving to the Glam Rock world (which I don’t know if it is a first but I’ll go ahead and say it is) is The Darkness. They have a new record, ‘Easter Is Cancelled’ which is set to be released on 4th October 2019 which will see them on a huge tour in support of the record. Let’s dive into the video.
Is the entertainment industry toxic? That’s just what iDKHOW are asking in their latest video released for ‘Social Climb’ as it shows both members Dallon Weekes and Ryan Seaman in a party of the living dead.
Weekes on the inspiration behind the track has said:
“’Social Climb’ is about my experiences living in L.A. for almost a decade, orbiting this world of celebrity and money… The parties that must be attended, the behaviors that must be adopted, and just not feeling part of that sphere. It’s what it feels like to be alone in a crowded room.”
Moving to one of the most exciting UK prospects in recent years is The Amazons. They’ve released a new single off their record ‘Future Dust’ ahead of their set at this years Leeds & Reading Festivals which started today!
Matt (Vocals) has said:
“I wrote 25 two months before I turned 25, to try to work out where I am in life. The song mimics the confusion that I constantly feel, that everyone my age feels. Are we all narcissists or are we really switched on?”
And I’ve saved the best track and video for last!
Slipknot are all anyone’s talking about in the Metal world at the moment and ahead of their upcoming Sixth studio record, the legends that they are have released a second single from the record. ‘Solway Firth’ is the name and our final pick in this week’s Music Video Roundup! Check it out below.
And that’s it for another week of music video roundup. Don’t forget to check back next week at 4PM sharp for another countdown of ten of the best recent music videos to feast your eyes upon. There’s also new posts every day on the Almost anything Media so be sure to check out anything that might catch your eye.
The vibrant and energetic Pop-Punks Junior have announced the details of their upcoming and long-awaited full-length record, ‘Beautiful Life’ which is set to be self-released by the band on August 2nd 2019.
Check out the cover art, tracklisting, stream of the lead single, ‘Playing The Part’ and the different Pre-order options below.
01.) Girls And Boys
02.) Playing The Part
03.) Day Of The Dead
04.) Don’t Know What I’d Do
05.) When The Tower Falls
06.) Baby Blue
08.) Hey Becka
10.) Brick By Brick
12.) Beautiful Life
13.) Where And When
Travelling up to Newcastle for one of the most exciting Scottish up and comers Divide, I had to pinch myself because, after everything that’s happened behind the scenes with the band, I wasn’t too sure if I’d ever get to see this group live, if ever! Now with a fantastic new EP, ‘Embers’ which was released last November and a stellar UK tour with the dates nearly wrapped up, let’s see what they’re made of.
I do have to say Duchess’s set I missed because I was busy interviewing Divide (for which a post on is coming soon). I will skip them and jump straight to Fire Lady Luck. I have to say first they didn’t make the greatest of impressions as only one track really stuck with me during their lacklustre set for which it felt as if they were trying too hard for the people to like them. Additionally, their sound felt a little wrong for this crowd who were quite unreactive, to say the least for this show.
Moving to Junior who was more Punk-y than anything instantly gripped the audience’s attention. I do have to say mesmerising because of the fact it was a non-stop party for their set. They combine all the best parts of Punk Rock and turn it into just a superb set! It was influencing and infectious for once and after they’d finished, I was still shaking from what I’d seen. There were times as well for which I felt we were going to through the floor of the venue as well things got that rowdy! I mean, it’s the sign of a good set where you for the second fear for your lives! Moving on, the band had a limbo contest! They still played throughout it which is a good thing but is there more fun to be had? I mean their set was pretty solid on top of everything else. When they come back, I’m expecting them to headline. I’m just hoping that the band will be doing that as from the outset, they should be!
Now Divide. This was my first time seeing them play live and it couldn’t have been better! The tour was in support of their new EP, ‘Embers’ and it was the perfect collection in a set to showcase who this Scottish group was. They shake off the Paramore comparisons easily with Nicole Mason’s vocals as they offer their harder music taste being enticed with the melodies showcased. With this now, they’re beginning to make a name for themselves and when they come back, will take the stage by storm. Sometimes tracks were in the middle of the road but there were just flawless moments as everyone comes into sync. Putting the Deja Vu to one side for the moment, Divide gave a solid set to show why Rock not only needs but deserves Scottish bands in the scene right now. Also, with an EP such as ‘Embers’ in their repertoire now, Divide can show they have some of the most exciting material in music right now but let’s see what their next steps are now before making any harsh decisions on them.