Wow. Slam Dunk Festival is done and dusted for the first time in two years after a few pushbacks but it finally happened! We’ll get to the actual review of things in another post because there was just so much emotion on the day, I’m still finding the words for it all.
But now, there’s a question of what’s next for the bands that played the festival less than a week ago? That’s what this series of posts is for! We’re going band by band to see where and when in the UK they’re going to play next as well as any music they’ve released recently.
The Bottom Line.
Slaying the Main Stage for the first time ever at the festival and with the latest tracks ‘Long Time Coming’ as well as ‘Broke’, the bands stock is at an all time high and will continue to rise!
In the last few days the quartet released the details of what will be the bands only headlining show for 2021 which will take play on October 10th at The Camden Assembly in London.
The Eastbourne quartet had a hell of a time with all the crowd surfers as the second band to take centre stage this year. Let’s just say they know how to put on a show!
At the time of writing, currently there’s been no announcements of any upcoming tours or music but I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s an announcement soon and if there’s any new music going, it’ll be pretty good to say the least!
After setting off the Main Stage to some well received applause, the festival faves are set to tour the US up until the second half of October. In addition there’s been no word of new music but the latest release came in the form of the 2020 single, ‘God Only Knows’.
As It Is
Wherever you turn, As It Is seem to be up to something, whether it’s a show, Music Video or a new music release.
Just in time for Slam Dunk this year, they managed to do two of those things playing warm up shows in Brighton and Swansea which I heard were absolute carnage! Also, they dropped the double headed ‘ILY, How Are You? / IDC, I Can’t Take It”.
So I guess that could possibly mean a new record is on the way? I’ll let everyone know if and when that information becomes available but there is a new music video coming later today at 3:45PM!
As for touring news, there is none announced in the near future but if their activity is anything to go by, I’d assume maybe something soon? I’ve got my fingers crossed for that one!
Another British band with a lot on their plate is the ever fantastic Creeper. With their latest record ‘American Noir’ which dropped earlier in the year providing a fair bit of new material, they’re keen to get everything out in the live show format with their upcoming December 2021 run of shows set to go off in amazing fashion which will act as a sort of Slam Dunk Festival 2021 reunion with Holding Absence, Wargasm and Static Dress all set for support slots on the tour.
Here’s the dates.
15th – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
16th – Concorde 2, Brighton – SOLD OUT
17th – O2 Institute, Birmingham – SOLD OUT
19th – Garage, Glasgow – SOLD OUT
20th – O2 Ritz, Manchester – SOLD OUT
21st – Stylus, Leeds
We Are The In Crowd
After six years since their last UK show, it was emotional to say the least to be watching We Are The In Crowd once again. With that being said will we ever see them again? The short answer is we’re not sure.
As far as anyone knows, this is the last time we’ll see the band as they are because there’s no new music, tour dates or announcements posted and their socials are a little bleak. However they did post a message to their Instagram account which you can view below.
Another band who absolutely got the crowd going were the ever impressive Mayday Parade.
With the band releasing ‘Bad At Love’ last month in time for the festival shenanigans, there was plenty to be buzzed about for this bands set.
At the moment, they’re on tour with Microwave until the end of the month with some other dates sprinkled
just announced uk tour
Right so these US faves have been all over the place at the moment! They’ve released two new tracks, ‘Just Sound’ & ‘Outta My Head’ to rave reviews from fans where they did perform both tracks at the festival!
Just after the festival wrapped, literally less than twenty four hours after the conclusion of the Hatfield date, they announced they’re coming back in 2022!
Here are the dates below!
8th – Marble Factory, Bristol
9th – Engine Rooms, Southampton
11th – Electric Ballroom, London
12th – Electric Ballroom, London
14th – SWG3 Galvenisers, Glasgow
15th – Ritz, Manchester
17th -Beckett Students Union, Leeds
18th – Institute, Birmingham
Hitting up the UK because we just love them so much, Waterparks had to come across to cover Leeds and Reading after a few of the bands had to drop out due to Covid-19 restrictions. That meant they had plenty of warm ups (including a SOLD OUT Key Club show in Leeds) before being the penultimate band to play at this years SDF.
Now the trio have got a lot of shows before they make their way back to the UK for their rescheduled dates for 2022 in June of next year and there’s a lot!
But nevertheless, here’s their rescheduled dates you’ll be waiting for.
17th – O2 Academy, Leeds
18th – O2 Academy, Manchester
19th – O2 Academy, Glasgow
21st – Rock City, Nottingham
22nd – O2 Brixton Academy, London
23rd – O2 Academy, Bristol
25th – O2 Academy, Birmingham
Main Stage headliners Don Broco put on a huge display at the closing of both dates of this years festival and currently have a new record on its way!
Sadly their upcoming record, ‘Amazing Things’ got pushed back to October 22nd but it’s going to happen!
Now this means the in-store signings have been pushed back and will be rescheduled but the dates haven’t been confirmed as of yet.
The bands full statement can be read below.
“Hey guys, we’ve got some important news to share with you regarding the upcoming release of our album ‘Amazing Things’. We’ve been told this week that due to Covid related vinyl delays, we have no choice but to delay the release date to 22 October.
We want everyone to be able to experience ‘Amazing Things’ all at the same time and are gutted we have to wait a little longer, but promise it’s going to be worth it. Thank you so much to everyone who’s pre-ordered the album so far.
Unfortunately, this means our in-store signings at HMV won’t go ahead. We understand that HMV will be in contact directly with any fans who were planning to come. Our Banquet Records show at Pryzm in Kingston will be rescheduled, news to follow.
This has even us the opportunity to restock some of the sold out and low stock vinyl variants, including the Manchester Super Reds special edition back on our store now. Thanks so much for your understanding & super watch out for the Uber video coming this week x”
The band are set to tour their upcoming record this October / November as well for a run of headlining shows plus they will be taking tot he stage at Esquires in Before on November 23rd with all the proceeds going straight to the venue to help with their support.
Here are the tour dates for Don Broco:
O2 Academy, Newcastle
27th – Barrowlands, Glasgow
28th – Academy, Manchester
29th – Academy, Manchester
31st – Guildhall, Portsmouth
1st – Rock City, Nottingham
2nd – Rock City, Nottingham
4th – UEA, Norwich
5th – O2 Academy Brixton, London
6th – O2 Academy, Brixton
23rd – Esquires, Bedford
Until next time Slam Dunk Festival which is set to take play in June of 2022.
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!
Hello everyone! Welcome back to the new music roundup. We’re here for a roundup of five of the best recently released tracks. 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!
Getting us off and running are the Flordian based rockers Go Radio with their single, ‘So Love’, their second offering of material since they returned from their hiatus last year.
This also marks the first single as an independent band where guitarist Alexander Reed calls ‘So Love’ a “significant moment” in their career.
“Today is a big day. Today we released a new song ‘So Love’ into the world. For us this one became much more than just a song. This song was mostly done in the studio with our producer @jamespaulwisner in Orlando. Before we had a chance to go back and finish it, COVID happened and all plans to get back in the studio were put on pause. This song is about love and the broader message is what the world really needs right now…unity and teamwork. To finish this song all four of us worked tirelessly at our own homes tracking the finishing touches, sending them back and forth, and then consulting with our producer. This one took a lot of communication, a lot of patience and a lot of love. It’s more than just a song to me, it’s an example of how much better the world is when people come together. We need a lot of that right now. I hope this one finds you well xoxo”
Earlier this week, I posted about Sleeping With Sirens announcement of their upcoming deluxe version of their record, ‘How It Feels To Be Lost’.
That’s set to be released August 21st via Sumerian Records which will feature one new track as well as acoustic versions of the records material.
Now, I’ve loved that track ‘Talking To Myself’ so much I had to include it in this weeks roundup.
Now it’s time for a reworked version of a track.
Greyscale have been working on a new EP, ‘Live From The Barber Shop Studios’. ‘Painkiller Weather’ is the second release off this EP.
Dallas Molster (Guitar) explains how it all came together:
“Every single member of the band grew up with an incredibly wide musical palette. We were drawn to everything from jazz, classic rock, hip-hop and anything in between. We saw this as an opportunity to rearrange our songs in totally different styles and to tap into some different musical influences than usual.
“It started with our good friend, Skyler Patzer, who had written the piano arrangement previously on our Punk Goes Acoustic ‘Atlantic’ track. I had written the acoustic, bass, and drum loop parts for a reworked version of ‘Painkiller Weather,’ and then sent it off to Skyler, who then wrote a beautiful piano part to accompany what I had written. The chemistry and workflow that I had developed with Skyler was so enjoyable that I wanted to work on another song with him.”
Keeping on reworked versions of tracks, State Champs have their ‘Unplugged’ EP set to be released on August 14th via Pure Noise Records.
This features four new tracks as well as two acoustic versions off their 2018 record, ‘Living Proof’.
Here’s one of those new tracks, ’10AM’.
And lastly, we’re going heavy to round things up on this weeks new music roundup.
Alpha Wolf have stunned their audience witht he release of their new single ‘Creep’, their second single following ‘Akudama’, which is off the band’s upcoming record, ‘A Quiet Place To Die’ due to be released via Sharptone Records on September 25th 2020.
An iron will is only ever hardened within the forge, and Australia’s fastest rising metalcore act Alpha Wolf have proven they are made of sterner stuff. The five-piece bared their teeth in 2019 with the release of their EP Fault in joint partnership with Greyscale Records and SharpTone Records, it became a line in the sand that set expectations for all that would follow.
“‘Creep’ vents on frustrations and betrayals faced growing up attending and playing shows in the heavy music scene,” reflects vocalist Lochie Keogh. “It wasn’t long after first coming to shows I realised I was still in the same popularity contest that cast me out when I was younger.”
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 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.
I do apologise for this next iteration coming late as there’s been so much in my personal life going on that I haven’t had any time to write up these posts! But now we’re back and without further ado, the first band on this weeks post is the Pop-Punk duo The Dollyrots which the first taste of their new record in the form of ‘Everything’.
Kelly Ogden (Vocals/Bass) has said: “It threw us for a loop in December when my dad passed away [of complications from heart disease and a type of dementia]. We had just a handful of songs written. But we managed to keep our kids happy through the holidays, and then every night we’d go into our studio and write. Somehow we wrote the best group of songs of our career in those few weeks.”
Up next are the Pop-Rock giants Mayday Parade and their recent video for ‘Looks Red, Tastes Blue’ which is the fifth single from their latest record, ‘Sunnyland’.
Drummer jake Brundrick shared: “We wanted to make a video that connected our fan base even more and ‘Looks Red, Tastes Blue’ was the perfect song to give us that opportunity. No matter what you’re going through in life, we’re there for you. We’re all the same and we’re more connected in this life than you know. We’re family.”
Moving to Cambridge, the singer-songwriter Cavetown has announce he’s just signed to Sire Records where he has released ‘Home’, which he originally released under ‘This Is Home’ in 2015.
On the re-release, Cavetown has said: “I like to re-record older songs that I care about a lot when I think that the production doesn’t do it the justice I feel it deserves… It was time for an upgrade.”
Heading into the British Hardcore territory next, Lock & Key have a new video for their track, ‘Lifeline’.
It’s the second track since they announced their return and hopefully, we’ll see some more huge tracks from the band.
Keeping things hardcore for the next video, with the release of their debut record, ‘Ache’, newcomers MTXS have released the video for ‘Liberation’. It’s shot entirely in black and white, with frontman Paul Collins confronting different people. Just watch it. You’ll be impressed.
Heading straight across the pond, we have the powerful Crown The Empire as they take a looking at the negative aspect of a digital landscape.
On the track, vocalist Andy Leo has said:
“‘Sudden Sky’ is a call to push back on the conformity forced upon us by the world and the realisation that the only solution to the artificial white noise surrounding us is a genuine human connection that can help us reach the full potential of what we’re all capable of.”
How about we move things to the South East? Is that okay? AvaGrace are stepping things up from the EP’s to the full debut record, ‘The Witching Hours’ in a few months time where they have released a brand new video which just so happens to be the title track!
Time to get some Canadians into this list! I’m absolutely loving the influx of Canadian bands in the UK! We can’t get enough of them and I hope indie rockers Mundy’s Bay who have recently signed to Pure Noise Records make it across very soon as they have recently released their EP, ‘Control Room’ of which, ‘Moonlight’ is a part of!
I think Texas and the UK have one thing in common at the moment, it’s boiling! But they have the new Pop-Punk / Powerpop trio Not Ur Girlfrenz who have a colourful new video for ‘New Kids In America’, which is the title track from their debut EP which was released last year.
And finally, they’ve recently conquered Download Festival, they’ve embarked on an intimate half decent (I was at the Newcastle show) and done well and hopefully when they return to the UK, they’ll have a brand new record to play for us! It’s the Living Proof lads in State Champs!
To celebrate a year of their latest record, they’ve given fans an insight where they’ve tapped Elliot Ingham (Who has previously shot the band’s Around The World And Back DVD) to film a live new video for Frozen.
Calm, intimate and heartfelt. Only two of the words used just now are ones I’d use to describe the State Champs and Yours Truly show this week. Wrapping up their download festival performance with a short tour of the UK, the New Yorkers went for a few smaller venues up and down the country to get back to their roots before they go off to write their next record after the summer.
Yours Truly, the latest Aussie Pop Rockers to make it across to the UK were fun ones to watch but sadly, it didn’t feel as if they were ready for this atmosphere just yet. That’s not to say there weren’t bright sparks during their set, only because possibly a handful of people who did come out for the show may be discovering them for the first time. There was a mini mosh pit trying to get started behind me by what I can only assume was a very enthusiastic fan. Their tracks, ‘Strangers’ and ‘Circles’ were definitely the high points of their sets where hopefully they will tear the crowds apart from the next time they visit the UK shores.
For State Champs, this was my first show of theirs in about five years. The last time was when they supported New Found Glory with The Story So Far and Candy Hearts and I’m honestly going to say the show felt a little lacklustre. To me, it was a rushed show where the band and the crowd had hardly any time to recover from the performance and one where the setlist felt as if it was thrown together at the last minute. Starting the set, they had ‘Criminal’ and ‘Secrets’ two known crowd pleasures and then it felt a bit experimental with the rest of the show with ‘Mine Is Gold’, ‘Lightning’ and ‘Crystal Ball’ all played but because it was such a rise and fall setlist in terms of the tracks, it didn’t live up to the expectations from what I’ve heard before. Don’t get me wrong, it was great to see some of the tracks off ‘Living Proof’ performed live for the first time in my eyes but it felt as if it was a generic Pop-Punk Show, it was good to be at, but I’ve seen better before. Hopefully, when they’re back after completing a new record, I’ll see this band I love in spectacular fashion.
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. First up are Breather, an up and coming British group with a powerful track in the form of, ‘The Blue’.
The second entry is another fantastic video. It features footage taken from his recent tour in support of his debut solo record, ‘Post Traumatic’ and the clips are from the New York and Montreal shows of Mike Shinoda’s tour, check out I.O.U. below.
It’s safe to say State Champs newest record, ‘Living Proof’ was one of Pop-Punks best records in 2018 and one of their best tracks off the record, ‘Criminal’ has a music video! The basic plot? It’s about a desperate search for an iPod. Trust me.
Recently, the fantastic Welsh up and comers Holding Absence finally released their long-awaited debut record but just before, they dropped a new video which introduces some colour into their monochrome aesthetic they’re known for.
Vocalist Lucas Woodland had the following to say about the song and their previous singles.
“We’re so proud and excited to show everybody ‘Monochrome’, the song shows our band sonically and visually in a new light and opens a lot of doors for us. We feel like this track, alongside the prior 3 singles released are a great insight as to what our album has to offer and what fans can expect.”
Another band who’s just released some new material are the British melodic hardcore newcomers Modern Error. Their last cut before the release of their debut EP, ‘Lost In The Noise’ is called ‘Self Synthetic’ which keeps up their blue aesthetic.
Time to get a little cinematic. It’s from those wolf masked crazies in Man With A Mission and this video packs a punch. Literally.
Moving into 2019, The Xcerts are going into it off a stellar 2018 for the band who’ve just kept that momentum going from every single track off their latest record. With a new EP on the horizon for the band, 2019 will be a make or break year for them. With that in mind, they have a new video for ‘You Mean Everything’ and on this video, vocalist Murray Macleod has said:
“We are really psyched to share with you the video for ‘You Mean Everything’. It was put together by our close friend Thomas Brooker who has spent the past year and a half with us on the road during the entire ‘Hold On To Your Heart’ campaign. I guess it’s kind of a romantic rock and roll, family home video, we hope you dig it as much as we do.”
Moving on with this list, we’re going across the pond to the Boston based hardcore band, Defeater. They’re gearing up for the release of their fifth record, but recently dropped a stream of the lead single, ‘Mothers’ Son’. It features plenty of footage working on the record in the studio and is quite a visual spectacle.
Following the announcement of their EP, ‘Ensom’ and the reaction to their debut single off it, Parting Gift have another surprise for us which just intensifies just what we’re gearing up for with this band.
And we have a huge, dark and intense last video for everyone. It’s Underoath and they have a video for a track off their 2018 record, ‘Erase Me’. Aaron Gillespie has said: “Spencer [Chamberlain] and I were chained to a pole for three hours with a stranger, who was the actress. Making this video was a really interesting process, because the song deals with a lot of deep issues and struggles. But it was so late when we were filming that we were just hysterical. The video seems so serious due to the lyrical content, but it was a night.”
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.