OVer ninety plus acts have been announced for the upcoming 2021 iteration of the Leeds And Reading Festival.
Yungblud, Neck Deep and Fever 333 will be joined by Boston Manor, Creeper, Machine Gun Kelly, Spiritbox and more!
Also, I’m going to throw in a guess that MGK and Yungblud will pop in and out for each others sets? Only because they have made some huge tracks together and they’re right next to each other on the lineup!
Nova Twins have dropped a new version of their track ‘Undertaker’, remixed by Fever 333.
With the energy Nova Twins emit and the talent behind Fever, it’s fantastic to listen to
Nova Twins had this to say about it:
“We love what Fever 333 did with this “Undertaker” remix. It’s one of our favourite tracks to play live and we thought that they would be perfect to rework it! Jason brought an entirely new energy to the table with his vocal. We hope that when venues open up again, we can all play it together on stage! That would be epic.”
And Jason added this:
“I think one of the greatest things about this label collective is that it is run by artists for artists, which means every move we make is with artistry in mind. With that said – as label head I had the privilege of on boarding the inimitable Nova Twins to 333 Wrecks last year and as an artist myself I had the honor of working on a remix with them this year. Pretty win win scenario if you ask me. So much love and respect for these queens and I can’t wait for y’all to hear this one.”
London rock duo Nova Twins have been uniting with the Rock and Metal community for a brand new charity compilation record which celebrates alternative POC (People of Colour) talent
The band have teamed up with Big Joanie, Loathe, Oxymorrons and so many more for ‘Voices For The Unheard’, which is a limited-edition 12-track vinyl record brought to us via Dr. Martens Presents which will raise funds for The Black Curriculum. Pre-Orders are available here.
Speaking to NME about the project, Amy explains: “There’s a lack of representation and understanding of POC alternative artists, particularly in the UK. People are happy for black people to be in R&B and hip-hop because they feel like it’s safe and that’s the done thing. These are genres that black people have pioneered, but there’s a lack of education about how rock was also pioneered and helped to move forward by artists like Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The genre was carried by a lot of white men, but a lot of the POC artists got lost along the way.
“People don’t think we belong here. We get loads of stereotypes. People think that we’re R&B or dancers. We just want to create an eye-opening experience for the gatekeepers to understand that this isn’t going anywhere and see what’s really going on out there. In pop music, the headliners at big festivals reflect what’s happening today. That doesn’t happen in rock music. If people want rock music and the live industry to survive then they need to diversify.”
Check out the Cover Art and Tracklisting for the release below.
1. Nova Twins – Taxi 2. The OBGMs – All My Friends 3. Connie Constance – Monty Python 4. Unity TX – Cross Me 5. LustSickPuppy – Goatmeal 6. Death Tour – Scared 7. Loathe – Aggressive Evolution 8. Oxymorrons – Green Vision 9. Pussycat and The Dirty Johnsons – Ain’t No Pussy 10. Khx05 – Trouble 11. Zhariah – Bitch Boy 12. Big Joanie – Fall Asleep (Live at Hermitage Works Studios)
Nova Twins have written an open letter to the MBO Awards to suggest that they Rock/Alternative category in their 2021 ceremony.
The awards are predominantly rap and pop at the moment and the duo are looking to change things there, where they say the addition to the award would be celebrating the best new wave of artists in the scene today, whilst paying tribute to the POC originators and founders of Rock’n’Roll and Rhythm’n’Blues”.
You can read the full letter below.
Dear MOBO Awards,”
We are Nova Twins, a band of two mixed race girls from South East London and Essex who shout through distorted mics and play gnarly bass riffs.
We are writing this open letter to ask you to help pave the way for Alternative and Rock POC artists. We believe that you can widen the representation that ourselves and so many others didn’t have growing up. Rock’n’Roll is of black origin but because of the systemic issues that we still face today, POC contributors to the genre have been lost along the way.
We have a proposition: we would love for you to consider adding a Rock/Alternative category to your 2021 award show, celebrating the best new wave of artists in the scene today, whilst paying tribute to the POC originators and founders of Rock’n’Roll and Rhythm’n’Blues.
We grew up watching the MOBO Awards, feeling grateful for its CEO and Founder Kanya King MBE, who pushed boundaries and helped bring black music and culture into the mainstream. We want to use our platform to raise the voices of the unheard, diversifying the space for Alternative POC bands but we can’t do it alone. We need trailblazing, influential platforms like the MOBOs to back us and look ahead to a more diverse future for music.
People often don’t know that Rock’n’Roll was in fact largely originated by a black woman. Starting her career in the 1930s, Sister Rosetta Tharpe went on to inspire household names through the decades. You can see and hear her influence in the works of Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner and Jimi Hendrix for instance, who then went on to shape the musical world we live in. Her guitar playing technique also had a major influence on the development of British Blues in the 1960s. We all owe her a huge debt and with the help of others, we want to continue the pioneering work she started. We feel strongly that this needs to be represented in the MOBO Awards.
This is more than just a category, it’s a message to all young black people, letting them know that they can do and be anything that they choose. That they have more creative options available to them, other than the ones society has offered them. It’s up to us all to give the new generation the tools and encouragement to do so. It’s time to create a different landscape to the one we entered.
2020 has been a time for us all to reflect and re-educate ourselves. Let 2021 be the year we all take action.
Much love, Amy & Georgia (Nova Twins)”
Since then, the Mobo’s have replied and acknowledged what they’ve said, replying with:
“We see you Nova Twins! Rock and the alternative music genre certainly has its roots in black music and the contributions of talented musicians in this field deserve to be further celebrated. The MOBO Awards Judging Panel have actually discussed this and we will continue to review potential category expansions for future Award ceremonies. We will always do our best to represent Black music talent across a variety of genres”
Hello everyone! Welcome back to the new music video roundup. We’re here for a roundup of ten of the best recently released music videos. 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!
And first up this week are the up and coming Superlove. The bands latest offering has been around where ‘THINK ABT U’ where the track originally aired on Alex Baker’s Fresh Blood on Kerrang! Radio and the video premiering on Rock Sound.
Seconds up this week are Lonely The Brave.
They’ve recently put out their new single ‘Open Door’ which comes off their upcoming record, ‘The Hope List’, which will be the first to feature Jack Bennett of Grumble Bee.
The record is set to be released January 22nd 2021.
Moving to a little Pop-Punk for the next choice in this weeks roundup we have the band Young Culture.
Signed to Rude Records, the band have their debut record being released on 16th October 2020 where this will be one of or the final track we’ll hear before the record drops.
Vocalist Alexander Magnan shares: “We’re so stoked to share something fun and new with all of you as well as announce our first album. We hope you have as much fun watching it as we did making it.”
“This album represents closing the chapter of youth and opening up to new discoveries,” he adds. “It is a recap of the past years for us as a group and individuals, and we want people to know that with this release, Young Culture is here and ready to go.”
Now it’s time for a cover.
Dinosaur Pile-Up have introduced us to a Sci-Fi world filled world for their rendition of Run DMC’s ‘It’s Tricky’.
“We basically wanted a chance to make our own Beastie Boys/Busta Rhymes esque video, but for a Run DMC song. So when Amazon Music kindly agreed to put a video into production we were like OK LET’S GOOOO!!
‘It’s Tricky’ is such a fun song, so we wanted to make sure the video wasn’t taking itself too seriously and that the end result would be a party. We also wanted to include us getting abducted by aliens (because why not?), us dressed up AS THE ACTUAL ALIENS ABDUCTING OURSELVES because I’m into that ‘same person playing both roles’ thing, a scene that kind of reminded us of Foo Fighter’s ‘Monkey Wrench’ video (because it’s cool as hell) and as much 90s sci-fi special effects as we were allowed to include because we were brought up on that shit.
I put this to director Ralph Fuller (GrainFreeze) and basically said “hey do you wanna have a shit load of fun making a video about aliens?” and he was instantly sold. However, when we turned up to shoot on the day, we found ourselves stood in a legit movie studio with seemingly countless people running around with 40 foot green screens and back drops of the Grand Canyon and shit.
I realised that it had all gotten horrendously out of hand, and that our little idea of “let’s make a fun/stupid Beastie Boys music video about us getting abducted by aliens” had turned into a legit Busta Rhymes music video that was actually gonna look really really sick. I then instinctively ate a chimichanga that was way too hot for me, donned a news anchor suit with the actual universe printed on it, and went on to deliver a performance many critics are describing as ‘kind of ok in a Ted Danson kind of way’. All in all, it was a huge success.”
Shifting into the fearsome duo Nova Twins, we have ‘Play Fair’.
This is a cut from the recent debut record, ‘Who Are The Girls’ which was released through Jason Butler’s (Letlive, Fever 333) Wreckords Crew, they explain:
“It’s the ultimate revenge tune, about powering through any hurdles that stand in our way. It’s a call to arms; rise against those who try to hold you back! If life hands you an unfair game, don’t play fair.”
Now we have someone new whom you might now now yet but you will, here we have the indie Singer/Songwriter Beabadoobee with the latest release before her debut full length record, ‘Fake It Flowers’ is released via Dirty Hit on October 16th 2020.
Check out ‘Worth It’ below.
Now, time for some Irish Post-Punk. You’re reading that correctly.
Coming off their recently released record, ‘A Hero’s Death’, ‘A Lucid Dream’ was the fourth track off the record and receives a video directed by Jordan Martin.
Now, we’re taking a massive left turn here and go more hardcore. at least ten times by the looks of this next track from Nasty.
This is their track for Menace which is their title track for their upcoming record which is going to be released next week (25th September) via Century Media Records.
For our penultimate video this week, we’re heading off to Sweeden.
The video for their song ‘The Future Of Warfare’, was completely created using building blocks and pays tribute to The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, which took place on September 15th 1916, and you can watch it below.
The band’s ninth studio album, ‘The Great War’, is out now via Nuclear Blast Records.
And for the finale this week, we’ve selected the Grammy award winning heavy hitting foursome Mastodon.
‘Fallen Torches’, a track from their rarities compilation, ‘Medium Rarities’, which is also out today.
‘Medium Rarities’ celebrates the band’s 20th anniversary, containing a number of covers, instrumentals, b-sides, live recordings, and more.
‘Fallen Torches’ was recorded in Atlanta last year, and features guest vocals from Scott Kelly of Neurosis.
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!
Burn It Down Festival have announced more bands which will be playing it’s 2021 lineup.
Pintglass, Vukovi, Nova Twins and Sickones will be joining Dinosaur Pile-Up in Various Venues in Torquay in September 2021.
Check out the full lineup below.
Bitch Falcon Catbamboo CLT DRP Delaire The Liar Dinosaur Pile-Up El Moono False Advertising Grove Street Families Hacktivist IDestroy Ithaca Mother Vulture Nova Twins Palm Reader Phoxjaw Pintglass Sickones TRC Vukovi We Never Learned To Live
Burn It Down Festival 2021 will take place at The Foundry, The Attic and The Apple And Parrot on September 11th 2021.