The Slam Dunk Festival 2023 lineup is complete and it’s beautiful!
PVRIS, The Maine, Jxdn, Sueco, Escape The Fate, Teenage Bottlerocket, Scene Queen, Emarosa, LANDMVRKS, Higher Power, Youth Fountain, ZAND, LØLØ, Millie Manders and the Shutup AND The Tyne
They join the already announced Enter Shikari, The Offspring, Billy Talent, Creeper, Trash Boat, Kids In Glass Houses, Fireworks, The Academy Is…, Yellowcard, Four Year Strong, We Came As Romans, Movements, Static Dress and loads more.
Anddddd the stage splits have also dropped! There’s going to be some clashes there!
After a few months of the released for debut single, ‘Boys Like U’, Zand is ready to give more in the follow-up track, Luci.
The track premiered on Dork and now, have elaborated on the lyrics.
“The lyrics of ‘Luci’ tell a tale of a fatal showdown with the devil. A story unfolds from start to finish, but I’d like to leave up to the listener to decide whether that demon is metaphorical or real. In the studio I wanted this to sound like the score for a fucked up sci-fi thriller movie, except with obnoxious cheerleader-style gang vocals from yours truly. I hope it makes people want to kick things.”
It’s time for another roundup of music videos! There have been some fantastic ones released in the last week and here’s ten to satisfy your viewing needs.
Up first is Zand. Originally called Seafoal, they dropped that name and have now released ‘Boys Like U’, a more alternative pop number than previous efforts. Oh and this video was self-directed to!
This next video comes from Savage Hands. They’ve just dropped their debut EP, ‘Barely Alive’ and have now dropped their video for ‘Unconditional’.
Now, this is from UK up and comers Crossing The Limits. Their last video, ‘Won’t Settle’ was fantastic and now, they have just dropped the video for ‘Reverse’.
North Carolina based group, Between The Buried And Me have dropped the first half of their two-part record, ‘Automata’ earlier this week and to coincide with the release, they’ve released this video for ‘Millions’.
Going to New Jersey next with post-hardcore band Palisades as they have dropped their most recent video off of their self-titled third record! This is ‘Through Hell’.
Going to Brighton, we have Pop-Punk quintet The Gospel Youth as they have been busy on quite a few tours as of late. In their video for ‘Bloodlines//Love Stopped Me Coming Home’, we see how that went down.
Now we have some nostalgia in Black Veil Brides newest video. The video is called ‘When They Call My Name’ and have it full of old footage including their performance at London’s Brixton Academy!
Now, Scottish Pop Punkers are currently on tour in Europe supporting Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes but that hasn’t stopped them dropping a video for their newest single ‘High On You’. It’s compiled of live footage from their recent tours including Neck Deep and Seaway.
Moving forward in an emotional video from Movements is the track for ‘Feel Something’. They’ve teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Association for the tracks videos which depicts a vivid representation of the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Lastly, we have the amazing American Nightmare and a track from their recently released self-titled record. It’s one of the latest cuts which blends hardcore and gothic punk. Hmmm, sounds interesting.
And that’s it for another round of music videos this week. Be sure to check back next Friday for another selection of new music videos.
After a few years of releasing music under the stage name of Soafoal, the singer/songwriter known as Zander Sweeny has announced they will be ditching this name and continuing as ZAND.
The news broke via a Facebook message, which you can read below.
“When I first started out properly with music, I was a 20-year-old girl named Siana with long, black hair to anyone who knew me. I came up with a stage name because no one could ever pronounce my actual name properly. That stage name was Seafoal. The music I wrote and released existed in the genre of acoustic folk. I put together cover versions of songs I loved from my favourite bands with my guitar, and uploaded videos of these to YouTube.
Nearly 4 years have gone by and I have grown dramatically as both an artist and a person, which, if you have followed my journey from the beginning, you’ve probably noticed this metamorphosis. Not long after my musical endeavours began, I set out on a personal one to be my authentic self – but what remained throughout all of these progressions, changes and growing pains was the pseudonym, Seafoal.
Today I am an out and proud non binary 23-year-old named Zander, with a little less hair (lmao haha lol). The music I love to make is of a dark, electro-pop vein. Basically, I haven’t felt like what I do (or am going to continue to do) artistically has connected with this pseudonym for a long time. When I first began as Seafoal and for a little while after, I was a kid with no real vision or sense of direction. That isn’t me anymore, thus I’d rather not affiliate this period too much with what I’m creating. ‘Seafoal’ has expired, and although I am grateful for the opportunities this period has granted me, it is time to move on.
All new music will be released under my new artist name: ZAND. All Seafoal songs will remain on Spotify and the like as normal. I still have some t-shirts left so will be selling these for £5 each on seafoal.bigcartel.com.
Thank you for sticking with me and accepting me for who I am. I have so much love for you guys and I’m super excited to show you what I’ve been working on. I feel relieved and very positive about the future. – ZAND (Zander Sweeney).”