As Sirens Fall
As Sirens Fall
VUKOVI have recently released a brand new single ‘QUENCH’. The single, which had it’s first play on BBC Radio 1’s Future Sounds with Clara Amfo , is taken off the bands highly-anticipated new album NULA. which is out this Friday (7th October) via LAB Records.
Speaking about the song Janine said ‘Quench is about female sexual empowerment and I want the song to inspire people to not attach shame to sexual empowerment.’
Check out ‘Quench’ below.
As December Falls
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Scottish 2 piece VUKOVI have todayannounced their biggest headline tour for UK and Europe for this October. The band also recently announced details on their new album NULA, which is out the 7th October via LAB Records.
Speaking about the tour Janine said ‘Equally excited, proud and apprehensive having our biggest headline tour to date go on sale during such economically hard times but we believe in our music, our message and our fans. It is going to be an unforgettable experience’
Pre-orders for the upcoming record, ‘NULA’ can be Mae via the following link.
Check out the touring dates below.
12th – LEEDS/STYLUS
13th – MANCHESTER/ ACADEMY 3
14th – LONDON/GARAGE
17th – BRISTOL/FLEECE
19th -BIRMINGHAM / 02 INSTITUTE 2
29th -NEWCASTLE / STUDENTS UNION
30th – SWG3, GLASGOW
Two years on from their critically lauded second album ‘Fall Better’ , Scottish 2 piece VUKOVI return with a record that is undoubtably the best distillation of their unique musical vision yet, brand new album ‘NULA’, which will be released on October 7th, 2022 through LAB Records.
Now a two piece, vocalist Janine and guitarist Hamish are VUKOVI, and have spent these strange two years gone plotting in their Glasgow base. Like any artist who’s toiled over their work, Janine is keen for the record to tell its own story. And yet excitingly, they are planning a Graphic Novella supplement to the record down the line. Janine worked on the framework for ‘NULA’ with the Scottish based scientist and young adult fiction writer L.Gourley. “It was important to me that the science made sense,” says Janine, “and that I worked with a woman, and that she was someone I could get pissed with.” ‘NULA’ is, as vocalist Janine explains ‘A concept record’, which charts the journey of this character (called Nula) in a distant, far off, Sci-fi world. “Growing up I was obsessed with the likes of Akira, Batman: The Animated Series, Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, The Alien franchise, Star Wars, all massive influences of mine and one of the reasons I wanted to do a graphic novella.”
As well as being sonically ambitious, the album is incredibly, lyrically mature and astute, with the anthemic synthetic pop of the excellent ‘SLO’, which deals with singer Janine’s diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. “It’s almost like a love letter to something I hate, something that’s caused me so much suffering. But it’s also me wondering if I would cease to exist if it was removed from me. Or the heavy and heady rush of ‘I Exist’, which sees Janine push through the pain of mental illness and realise that she is worthy of life and deserving of joy. “I’m really interested in exploring the idea of joy,” says the singer. “I’ve had enough misery in my life. There’s a song I really like early on in the record called ‘Quench’, which is about sexual liberation from a woman’s perspective, which I don’t think we hear about enough.”
Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting and Pre-order options below.
6. I EXIST
10. KILL IT
Pre-order options are available via the following link.
This one had to be worth the wait because you know what they say, good things come to those who do. This show was postponed, delayed, rearranged, rescheduled again and again due to covid hitting the band bu now they finally arrived. Live music is back in full force and the theatrical emo’s known as Creeper are well and truly back and show absolutely no signs of slowing down whatsoever.
First up for the evening were the Welsh Punks, James & The Cold Gun. Slowly winning over the crowd in areas o their sets they use an array of tracks in their arsenal with small mosh-pit ready bangers showcasing some confidence in their set albeit a limited capability of what occurs due to limited playing capabilities due to the covid pandemic. they’re a band that grew on me during their set and I hope for larger things in their future though.
Seconds up, the Scottish duo Vukovi. Bringing the energy to the next level with their infectious charisma and catchy anthem tracks in the form of ‘La Di Da’, ‘Claudia’ and more, it’s so much fun to watch the energy the band brings to the stage because you’ve missed watching the bundles of energy that is a true rock performance, it’s what everybody has been missing all throughout the various lockdowns.
Now this was my first Creeper headlining set and I didn’t know what to expect but what did occur, a spectacle of the highest standard in music and storytelling. After the curtain drop every aspect of the performance just filled to eleven where frontman Will Gould just strode on stage with a massive pair of angel wings to deliver a selection of tracks with the most theatrical swagger since Alice Cooper. This is a band that continue to hit their peak every time they perform and willl only continue to smash it.
More of the theatricality in the horror punk come into play when Hannah dons a white wedding dress and lets rip with he sound of a gunshot, if they weren’t before everyone in the room held their collective breath as if we were watching a Marvel film for the first time or rather an M. Night Shaymalan twist came into play. Every emotion is felt during Creeper’s performance and you need to experience more again and again.
Scottish duo VUKOVI have dropped a brand new song ‘Lasso’. The track, which premiered last night on Jack Saunders’ Future Sounds radio show on Radio 1. The single is out now via LAB Records and available to listen to via the following link.
Speaking on LASSO Janine said “Lasso is about being blinded by perception. People not seeing or understanding the real person underneath their “Popstar” status. Being pulled in all directions to please others only looking to gain from your success”
Check out ‘Lasso’ below.
The band are currently on tour supporting CREEPER around the UK. You can see the band at the remaining dates and this summer at 2000tress Festival and KINGSfest this summer.
18th March – Leeds Beckett University, Leeds (Supporting Creeper)
19th March – O2 Ritz, Manchester (Supporting Creeper)
2nd June – KINGSfest, Llanidloes
8th July – 2000 Trees, Cheltenham
Scottish 2 piece VUKOVI have released a brand new song ‘Kill It’ the song is a follow up to the bands song ‘Slo’ which was released late last year. VUKOVI vocalist Janine Shilstone explains what the song is about “‘Kill It’ is a battle cry to the war that’s going on inside my head. The song is a war cry to my OCD demon I have to live with everyday. I’m telling it I’m not going to give up, I’m going to fight back. I know it’ll be a struggle but having that strong death wish towards it gives me comfort and strength.’
‘Kill It’ will be the bands first single on new label LAB Records, speaking on the signing Janine said “We’re extremely excited to be back working with LAB Records again. They took a chance on us by releasing our debut album which was the real beginning of VUKOVI. Our fan base and our craft has grown significantly since then and we trust that returning to and working with LAB will give our 3rd album the credit it deserves.”
Check out ‘Kill It’ below.
The band will be returning to festivals this summer by playing
2000 Trees, Slam Dunk, TRNSMT.
You can see them at the following dates:
2000trees Festival – 8th-10th July
Slam Dunk Festival North – 4th September
Slam Dunk Festival South – 5th September
TRNSMT – 10th – 12th September
Earlier this year in May, Five4Five fest brought together a group of bands for a livestream experience.
Now, the festival is back with a fantastic lineup.
Five4Five Festival is set to take place over December 18th and 19th 2020 and will be headlined by Holding Absence and Yonaka.
On the announcement, Yonaka have said:
“We are dead excited to be headlining this festival. It’s for a great cause for everyone to get involved in, saving the grassroots venues that we have all had a great time in. We all want to get sweaty and moshy again so do what you can to help and enjoy the show!”
And Holding Absence have said:
“After what has been the longest year for all of us musicians, Holding Absence are extremely excited to be blowing off the cobwebs and headlining Five4Five fest this December! We all individually tuned in and enjoyed the first one so are honoured to be a part of it this time around, especially as all the proceeds are going towards something as close to our hearts as the Music Venue Trust.”
In addition to the headliners, The Dangerous Summer, Normandie, Vukovi, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Lizzy Farrall, Hacktivist, Delaire The Liar, Nova Twins, Holiday Oscar, Chapter and Verse, Snake Eyes, As Everything Unfolds, Weatherstate, The Rhythm Method, Tally Spear, Stay Free, Anavae, Paper Mill and Haggard Cat will all play.
All of the performances will be free to watch on the festival’s Facebook and YouTube pages but those watching will be encouraged to donate £5 to a link provided at the time. All profits will be donated to the Music Venues Trust’s #saveourvenues crisis fund.
The festival’s co-founder Tom Pullen had this to say:
“The past, present and future of the UK music industry relies on grassroots, independent music venues. We at Five4Five can’t stand by and watch as our venues are left to weather the Covid-19 crisis on their own. We’re proud to partner up with the Music Venue Trust to help ensure they can reopen safely, so we can go back to the loud and sweaty spaces where it all begins. In the meantime, we’ve gathered some of the finest acts to enjoy from the comfort of your own sofa. We hope you enjoy and donate if you can.”
You can check out the first edition of the festival below, which raised 50k for NHS Charities Together.
Check out Day 1.
And check out Day 2.
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!
First up this we hare Burning Pools, a new band led by former Smashing Pumpkins bassist Ginger Pooley, has been long in the making. She and husband Kristopher Pooley had been demoing songs showcasing Ginger’s penchant for empowering protest lyrics clothed in pop hooks, when they decided to reach out to guitarist Max Bernstein. He promptly added some tracks with a sub-octave fuzz permanently in the “on” position. Instantly, the three decided that Kris (a keyboard player by trade) would dust off his drum kit as this was not a synth operation —and a band was born.
The band’s three members share a long list of studio and touring credits and collectively have worked with rock legends like Tom Morello, Siouxsie Sioux, Slash, Morrissey, Liz Phair, Scott Weiland, Tegan and Sara, and bands like Jane’s Addiction and Weezer. They’ve also had their hands in the pop world, though it is clear that its influence is positively nil. Their unique brand of noisy power-pop with doomy riffs charts a different sonic course, harkening more to the loud drum and guitar squalls that Kris and Ginger experienced as newlyweds on Smashing Pumpkins tours.
Their debut EP is a critique of the hierarchy of our value system. Ginger shares, “It’s nothing new for music to be a voice of criticism of our culture. That is the purpose of a lot of art. This is just my way of expressing my frustration with the priorities of modern society. Valuing money over everything, undervaluing women and people of color. Hopefully our songs make people who are of the same accord feel heard and supported. There is so much injustice in the world, we hope to be a part of the solution in some small way.”
Bands like Burning Pools are supposed to play shows — and to the list of the world’s upended plans of 2020 we add the dream of taking these songs beyond streaming platforms to the stage where a power trio can actually be one in real time. For now, Burning Pools will be releasing singles from their forthcoming EP.
Next up this week we have Intervals.
Recently, torchbearers of progressive, instrumental rock, Intervals, debuted their third single “String Theory” from their forthcoming full-length, Circadian, which dropped today. Marking some of the heaviest yet most memorable pieces of the album, “String Theory” finds Aaron Marshall delving deep into his influences and coming out the other side with some of his most rewarding material yet. As with all of Marshall’s work, no matter how complicated it may get, the melodies and hooks are left swirling around in the listener’s head for days afterward. “String Theory” features one of Marshall’s early influences and favorite guitarists of all time, Marco Sfogli, who contributes an impossible solo that creates a jaw-dropping moment before the band dives back into the captivating and sinuous interplay that makes the track a highlight of Circadian. “String Theory” follows the explosive “5-HTP” and delicately intricate “Lock & Key”. Co-produced by Marshall and fellow Torontonian, Sam Guaiana (Silverstein, Obey The Brave, Like Pacific), Circadian, is available for pre-order here.
“I’ve been patiently anticipating the roll out for this tune. Not only have I been itching to compose some more 7 string material for some time now, but this tune features one of my favourite guitarists of all time. Marco is an absolute legend and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to feature him on this track. This is a major bucket list moment and I am so stoked to have put this one together. I hope everyone enjoys this last single before the album drops!”
Moving to New York for our next pick in this weeks roundup, there is Aussie-bred singer-songwriter BRANDEUS has shared a taste of his new music with his new single “Vino”, produced by Raspo.
Discussing the new release, Brandeus says: “’Vino’ represents the mental effects and overthinking caused by loneliness and alcoholism. It is okay to experience depression and loneliness, these feelings are normal and “it’s just a phase, it’s not forever.” Constant use of synthetic substances and consumption of alcohol does not always denote a good time or make the beauty of life richer. Happiness and fun is what you make it.”
Originally from Australia, BRANDEUS, otherwise known as Brandon Williams, is an all-rounded artist, singer, songwriter and producer that offers an atmospheric blend of R&B, Alternative Pop and Hip-Hop. Known for his buzzing singles ‘War’ and ‘IDTM’, Brandon delves deeply into his past personal experiences and passion in his lyrics. With him riding the new-wave R&B aesthetic, BRANDEUS is bound to make his mark.
Now for the penultimate track this week, we have the Scottish 2 piece Vukovi whom mark their return with the release of their huge, brand new single ‘SLO’ out today, Monday 2nd November.
The single was co-written with The Spice Girls songwriters Andy Watson and Paul Wilson which, for vocalist Janine (Shilstone) in particular was a dream come true, being a huge fan of the band.
Vukovi vocalist Janine Shilstone explains a bit about the single –
“SLO is comparing my OCD to an abusive relationship. You have a warped outlook on what healthy behaviour is. You forget what it’s like living a normal life. It has this god like status that makes you believe you wouldn’t survive if it was ever to leave you. You have a toxic reliance on it and in your eyes that condones reckless behaviour.”
The band are also going to be releasing their debut album ‘Vukovi’ on vinyl for the first time ever, through original label, Lab Records, with pre-orders going live on November 6th – “It’s only taken us 3 years but glad we are finally releasing our debut album on vinyl. There’s been so much demand for this we had to make it happen. Only doing a limited run of these and to make it a little bit more interesting we’ve signed and put a personal message on a 5th of them.”
We had to choose some legends for our final pick this week, that pick is none other than AC/DC.
This song follows lead single Shot In The Dark, off their latest record POWER UP which was released today. Album 17 features the newly-reunited line-up of lead guitarist Angus Young and rhythm guitarist Stevie Young, frontman Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd, with the LP serving as a tribute to the late, great Malcolm Young.
“I know Mal’s not with us anymore, but he’s there with us in spirit,” says Angus. “This band was his baby, his life. He was always one [to say], ‘You keep going.’ His big line always, every now and again, he’d go, ‘If you’re a musician, it’s a bit like being on the Titanic. The band goes down with the ship.’ That’s how he viewed it.”
Malcolm is credited as a writer on POWER UP – though his actual guitar playing won’t be heard.
“I know a lot of people have been saying, ‘Did Malcolm actually play, is it his instrument on the new album?’” Angus ponders. “I chose not to do that because I felt Malcolm himself wouldn’t like me trying to splice his guitar work.”
He added of their prior creative process: “Malcolm and myself, a lot of what we had done through the years, we’d make notes with the tracks. Some might be a little bit rough here and there, and I polished them up. In other cases, Malcolm might have done just a small bit and then I would do the next verse. The bulk of the contribution of Mal is mainly musical.”
And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best new tracks 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!