Chapter and Verse have released a music video to go with their recent collaboration with Lizzy Farrall.
Josh had this to say about the track:
“I’ve never understood why so many rock artists have such little interest in collaborating. Why wouldn’t you wanna keep things fresh? You see pop and hip-hop artists do it all the time and to me that’s part of what makes those genres so exciting. I’m all about pushing Chapter and Verse to that end.”
And this about their movements as we head deeper into 2022:
“Don’t let silence be mistaken for dormancy. Behind the scenes we’ve been gathering energy and ‘Medicate Me’ is the very tip of the ice-berg for us this year.”
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!
Starting the new year as they mean to go on, Irish pop punk newcomers CROWN THE KING have released effervescent new track ‘Fence’ featuring guest vocals from Lizzy Farrall, alongside a music video.
“The song is about a missed opportunity with someone. I was developing feelings when another person suddenly came into the picture.” says vocalist Daniel “Butch” Gannon.
“The original demo of the track was what actually convinced me to join the band, I really connected with it. Combine its catchiness with Lizzy killing it on guest vocals and you can see why it’s one of my favourite songs in our catalogue,” adds bassist Eanna Brown.
Crown The King came into existence when professional wrestling ring announcer Daniel “Butch” Gannon and guitarist Sean Hodson discovered a shared love of pop punk and began work on writing material. Sean soon drafted in his long time collaborator, guitarist Alan Shiels. From there, the band’s lineup was completed in 2019 by bassist Eanna Brown and drummer Jamie Doran.
After spending time refining their sound, the group entered the studio in January of 2020 to begin recording with producer Stephen Youster. However with the Covid-19 pandemic putting a halt to recording sessions and performances that the band had scheduled, things began to look uncertain…
Tired of waiting for “the right time” Crown The King began independently releasing their music online in July of 2020. Their debut single ‘Gone Too Fast‘ and follow up single ‘Honey‘ soon captured the attention of pop punk fans in Ireland and made the group one to watch.
Well there’s some good news where Lizzy Farrall has announced a socially distanced headline show for December 13th 2020.
The set will act as a release show for Farrall’s debut record, ‘Bruise’ which was released in March 2020 but the show was kept on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
At the time of writing, the show is subject to the current UK lockdown. If the show can’t go ahead, then it’s expected to be rescheduled for January 2021.
“We’d been working on putting together this special show for a long time when news of a second lockdown hit. I haven’t been able to tour ‘Bruise’ at all how I’d planned, so putting the album show together was a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. We’ve put together an incredible line up, to be honest we’re not sure if it’ll be allowed to play out but if the show can’t happen in December it will in January.”
Set It Off have announced they’re going to be playing their rescheduled UK tour dates in May of 2021.
The tour dates were originally set to take place towards the end of 2019 but I believe they had to postpone due to Cody Carson needing vocal surgery which they then postponed to April of this year (2020). The dates suffered another setback when Covid-19 happened earlier this year and the dates were put back to August and September of 2020 but now that has been deemed impossible so the decision has been taken to put the dates back again to May 2020 for the UK dates of their tour.
“We live in very strange times, and we wanted more than anything in the world to be able to make this tour happen. We were hoping through a little slice of optimism that I could’ve still taken place, but the fact is that it’s still not safe for this tour to happen.
So we have postponed this tour one more time and we WILL get to you the MOMENT we are cleared. So we are calling this tour the “Midnight World Tour: Part Four the love of god don’t make us reschedule this again.”
Hold onto your tickets, hold onto your VIP. We will be performing for you at the moment we can.
We love you, thanks for being so understanding.”
Support is set to come from Broadside, Cemetery Sun and Lizzy Farrall for the UK dates.
We’re back! We’re here for a roundup of ten of the best recently released music videos and sometimes a little information that comes with them! 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 come on, let’s get down to the music (videos)!
We’re going acoustic for our first pick this week with The Amazons with the UK tour video for ‘Mother’.
Matthew Thomson has said on the track:
“This video encapsulates everything we love about being in a band. Performing live is in our blood. When we tour, the music evolves.
“It was such a fun process looking back on our UK tour with Phoebe Fox as she put the video together. We hope we can join our fans again soon, and safely.”
Keeping things a little light for the next pick this week is the phenomenal Machine Gun Kelly. The other month, the release of ‘Bloody Valentine’ saw him collaborate with none other than Travis Barker where now an acoustic version has been released. This version of the track sees him playing guitar, all the while looking out at a sunset over LA.
Bloody Valentine is the first off MGK’s upcoming record, ‘Tickets To My Downfall’, which is set to be released on July 17th via Bad Boy / Interscope Records where the narrative will “revolve around a complex and seductive love story”.
Heading for British shores for the next pick of this week’s roundup, we have Luzzy Farrall.
This latest cut from her record, ‘Bruise’ is the track ‘Okay’. And it’s a home made video for this one to!
On the track, here’s what Lizzy said:
“‘Okay’ is what I’d call the interlude on the album. The lyrics are very personal and the performance on the track is very raw. The song itself is based around being stuck in your own head and being forced, because of life situations, to be independent but also discovering whilst doing so, just how much self-hate is actually present. This is also probably more relevant to me now than when I wrote the song.”
Moving to Remo Drive for our next pick of the week, and with the band’s third record, ‘A Portrait Of An Ugly Man’ released today, they released this video for ‘A Flower And A Weed’ just a few days in advance for its release.
Following the premiere over on Triple J, the Aussie powerhouses Hands Like Houses have a new cut in the form of ‘Space’.
This is the second release of material since their 2018’s ‘-Anon’, following on from the track, ‘Headspace’ which came out in March of this year.
Trenton Woodley (Vocals) has said:
“It’s weird to think that we wrote this song about emotional isolation and this sense of claustrophobia before any of this crazy year had gone down. It’s about this emotional collage of situations where I felt like I was going through the motions, grappling with exhaustion, trying to do the right thing but still coming up short of other people’s expectations… it was really important to me that the lyrics carried the weight of what I was singing about without getting caught in the specifics.
I wanted it to feel tired, but not hopeless. I wanted it to feel worn out, but not ready to give up yet. I didn’t want to sound like I’d stopped trying, I just wanted it to feel like coming out of a long silence to say, “Be patient, I can get this right. I just need a little more faith, a little trust and some space to get myself back together.””
Here’s some new Pop-Punk from those lads you either love or hate, Neck Deep!
Following on from the release of their new track ‘Fall’, they have a new video where they team up with a lot of skaters including Cordano Russell, Alex Dechuna, Roxana Howlett and more! There’s some skateboarding footage (of course) and some tour footage back from when they actually could.
Ben Barlow says:
“COVID-19 has made shooting videos all the more challenging. So, we looked at some of the things we love most: fucking around on tour and skateboarding. We decided to reach out to skaters that we have met along our touring journey, that we believe deserve some recognition, and give them a platform to display their amazing talents.
We’re switching things up to a heavy track now! The giants Machine Head have dropped a double digital single (wait. Is that even a thing?) where the double single suggests the two tracks act as protest anthems which were written after the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.
Here’s the video for the a side track ‘Stop The Bleeding’ which features Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach.
Second to last video now for this week’s roundup pick and we have the British singer/songwriter Inklinks (whom is none other than the ex- Fearless Vampire Killers frontman Kier Kemp!) as he lifts another track off his upcoming ep, ‘Is This Who You Are?’.
Here’s what Kemp has said:
“‘Dizzy’ is a song for everyone that ever felt that they needed a new start. Sometimes it can feel like things change and you’re never going to be the same… but ultimately the song is about combating that idea head on. You’ve got this.”
‘Is This Who You Are?’ is set to be released on August 28th 2020 via Marshall Records.
I had to choose this track as the last one and you’ll know why when you see the name. This is Chester Bennington’s pre Linkin Park band, Grey Daze. The track, ‘B12’ is off their upcoming release ‘Amends’ which will feature vocals Chester actually recorded before his tragic passing.
There’s also an appearance from Korn’s Munky and Head.
And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best singles 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!
It’s a new online festival which is set to take place this weekend coming but now, more artists have been added to the lineup.
Yonaka, Trash Boat, Roam, Wargasm, Rob Lynch and Lacey are all now set to play this weekend alongside Enter Shikari, Don Boco, Lizzy Farrall and more.
Five4Five is set to be streamed over on the festivals Facebook page from 7.30PM on May 15th and 16th. All sets are completely free to watch but you’re encouraged to donate £5 via a link which will be provided. All the profits from the streams will be donated to the NHS Charities Together.
You can visit the Facebook page via the following link.
Online festivals are surely becoming the norm in 2020 but could they become the new normal? Nevertheless, the rock community is getting its hands in as Five4Five fest is confirming it’s full lineup.
The reason it’s being called Five4Five fest though? 10 bands in total over the two days on May 15th and 16th.
And now we have the full lineup.
Friday 15th May 2020
Deaf Havana Hot Milk
Saturday 16th May 2020
As It Is
The Dangerous Summer
Tickets to watch are free of charge, but attendees are encouraged to donate £5 which will go towards the NHS to help them during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. A link will be provided at the time of the festival for the people to submit their donation.
Along with the performances, prizes are to be won on each date.
For the tours that never came to be, the current COVID-19 pandemic is affecting a lot of people in the music world in different ways. For bands and their crews, the inability to head out on tour has put a lot of people in difficult situations without an income.
Now, a fundraiser has been started to help artists who have had their upcoming tours cancelled.
The Tours That Never Were has been created to help independent and Underground UK-based bands and crew as well as various charities in the form of a brand new art print, t-shirt and tote bag.
Bands on the design include Lizzy Farrall, Ithaca, Palm Reader and Holding Absence and more.
All profits from the sale of the items will be split equally between the artists who’re signed up to use as they see fit with a number of them asking for their share to go to their charities of choice which includes Music Venue Trust and NHS Together to name a couple.
Here’s a look at what you’re getting.
And you can purchase the items via the following link.