You remember that online festival Homeschool? I posted about it a week or so ago.
Well now, even more bands have been added to the lineup and it is stacked. The Xcerts, Bloxx, The Sherlocks were already on the bill but now Milk Teeth, Swmrs, The Amazons, Boston Manor and more have been confirmed to be playing the festival.
The festival is raising awareness of the indescribable work frontline medical staff and volunteers are doing here in the UK where the festival will encourage donations to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal throughout the weekend.
Homeschool Festival will take place 8th – 10th May 2020.
For a full list of the artists playing the festival, take a look at the lineup poster below.
Jamie Lenman, Blox, The Xcerts and more have been added to the online festival, Homeschool.
The event will now take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend (8th – 10th May 2020) at homeschoolfest.com with acts including Orchards, Wallflower, Huney Lung and more.
The festival is also raising awareness of the amazing work of frontline medical staff and volunteers in the UK, encouraging donations to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal throughout the weekend.
Here’s the full festival poster so you can see who’ll be playing the festival.
In a months time the annual 2000 Trees Festival will be taking place at Upcote Farm, Cheltenham and the organisers have one more announcement. The line-up for The Forest Sessions Stage.
For those unfamiliar with this, The Forest Sessions stage showcases acts performing acoustic sets, with some bands performing what would be their second set of the weekend which will be unique in every sense of the word.
Here is a list of who’s performing on the stage as well as a reminder of the entire lineup below.
Andy Cairns (Therapy?)
Billy The Kid
Mull Historical Society
Murray Macleod (The Xcerts)
Press To MECO
Tony Wright (Terrorvision)
2000 Trees Festival will be held on July 11th – 13th 2019 at Upcote Farm, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
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.
They’re off on another tour, putting the beast of a record which was Hold On To Your Heart to bed and effectively ending their album cycle but that doesn’t mean The Xcerts aren’t bringing out any new music in the near future.
They’re releasing an EP called ‘Wildheart Dreaming’, which will be released 29th March via Raygun.
Here’s what the tracklisting looks like.
You Mean Everything
Ready To Call
Fight Or Run
And check out the cover below.
They’ll be heading off on a tour of the UK from March onwards in support of the EP, closing up this era of the band.
They’re releasing some stripped back versions of their tracks and now The Xcerts have announced an Acoustic EP.
It’s going to be called ‘Late One Night’ and is set to be released October 5th via Raygun Records. It will be released as a limited edition signed and numbered 12″ Vinyl and will feature five new versions of songs from their most recent record, ‘Hold On To Your Heart’.
The Xcerts new record (Hold On To Your Heart) was a pleasant surprise to the Pop-Rock scene. It wasn’t as heavy as their older music they’ve previously released and it’s a love song to bridge somewhere between that 70’s and 80’s nostalgia. Tonight, it was time to see what they were made of. They’re at The Georgian Theatre in Stockton-on-Tees and it’s the first time they’ve been up here since their less than stellar set when they opened for Mallory Knox in Middlesbrough, it’s safe to say that crowd just didn’t appreciate them back then. It was going to be especially tough on their lead vocalist Murray Macleod as well because of stomach problems in-between songs as well but that just shows how much this man loves the music as well as his fans.
To kick off was The Yada Yada Yadas. They fit in well with The Xcerts, probably because they sound quite similar to them but unlike the headliners, never hit that top gear. They’re a band from up here in the North East as well so you can give them this experience because they were actually decent where they did leave an impression on some people but would I recommend them? Yes.
On the other hand, Airways were better than most support groups. The atmosphere somewhat helped them build on their performance but they were lacking in those harder tracks to win more people over, which is a shame because they seemed better than they were. During the set though there were some slight technical difficulties which involved a faulty guitar cable which needed switching out cost the band about two minutes of their set. From here, it was a little harder for them to win more people over but by the end of their set, one or two people seemed coming around again.
Onto the headliners themselves, The Xcerts. They stormed in with a vengeance, racing through their material to applause from the audience. One thing I do have to say is that there were more people in attendance than I thought. I had a quick chat with their bassist after and he was pleasantly surprised as well. One thing you have to keep in mind is that bands sometimes play somewhere to thirty people one night and the next could be a sold-out show, you just never know what to expect these days. But it was a pretty mellow and solid set to say the least. There were more smooth jams off the new record to get everyone into the grove and older tracks such as ‘I Don’t Care’ helped win over the more rocky listeners in the audience tonight.
It wasn’t difficult to top their support slot for Mallory Knox in 2015 at The Empire in Middlesbrough. This is simply because I calmly say they’re 100% better now. It’s a more matured performance and they’re proving a set to the people who really want to listen to them. The band just feeds off each other’s energy in a way that just compliments them to bring the performance back to some great energy.
During their set, what surprised me the most was how beautiful some of these tracks are live. The grooves such as the title track for the record, ‘Hold On To Your Heart’ and another such as ‘Daydream’ are absolutely beautiful to witness in person. It’s fantastic to see these guys progress not only live but also musically with the record after their 2014 record, ‘There Is Only You’.
With their next steps though, it could be the ones which will truly make or break them. It’s clear from their performance that The Xcerts are a fantastic group but given everything in their performance; Emotion, Dedication and huge sounding Spirits, will it be enough for them to go big or go home?
It’s time for another round of music videos!! Let’s get things going.
First up is The Xcerts who have shared a new video for their new single Hold On To Your Heart. It’s the title track for their upcoming record, which is set to drop January 19th.
Next up is Too Close To Touch and a track they have described as, “‘ a dark song that was cathartic for us to write,”. This is Before I Cave In.
Speak The Truth Even If Your Voice Shakes, the supergroup featuring members of Finch and Senses Fail, have released a new video for their track, ‘Drowning On The Sidewalk Or Dying Inside’.
It celebrates all things Stranger Things and is full of easter eggs.
Next up is the Punk 4-piece Weekend Recovery who have dropped their the video for their latest single, ‘Why Don’t You Love Me’.
Now let’s go for a Danish group. This is Alcabean and the video for Bloody Pose.
Just because Linkin Park isn’t on the radar at this moment, doesn’t mean they’ve stopped giving fans music or videos. Below is a live video for Crawling.
And let’s continue with the live videos. Remember that huge show Don Broco did when they played Alexandria Palace? Well, here what went down in the video for T-shirt song.
Let’s make it a third video for live videos. Ever wanted to see what a Papa Roach gig is like, then check out Born For Greatness below!
Let’s go for one more live video but make it a cover. Good Charlotte paid tribute to Lil Peep at his memorial service in covering Awful Things. May he rest in peace in a touching cover to the fallen star.
And lastly let’s go for a new track. On Monday Boston Manor dropped their new track, Drowned In Gold. Speaking about it, Henry Cox said: “’Drowned in Gold’ is about people being followers; people who never question anything & surround themselves with trivialities and mundanity.”