After an incredible summer that has seen them sandwich a sold out headline tour of the UK in between appearances at every major European rock festival, Heaven's Basement now set their sites to the winter and closing the year with a suitably loud bang.
Having toured continental Europe with Black Veil Brides earlier this year, the band will join forces with their American friends once more, this time for a week-long UK trek that kicks off at the prestigious Roundhouse venue in London on December 14th, ending at Nottingham’s Rock City on Friday 20th December.
“We can't wait to get back out on the road in Europe again,” states bass player Rob Ellershaw. “The shows with Black Veil Brides earlier in the year were absolutely insane and we're looking forward to ending an unforgettable year on a massive high with you all!”
Catch them at the following shows:
Sat 14 Dec London, The Roundhouse
Sun 15 Dec Bristol, Academy
Tue 17 Dec Wolverhampton, Wulfrun
Wed 18 Dec Glasgow, Barrowlands
Thu 19 Dec Manchester, Academy
Fri 20 Dec Nottingham, Rock City
Just ahead of the tour, on 25th November Red Bull Records will reissue the band’s rapturously received debut "Filthy Empire" with a bonus tracks including live recordings from their sold out show at London’s 100 Club earlier this year, as well as live footage from their electric set at the 2013 Download Festival. The full track listing is as follows:
The band will also release their next single 'I Am Electric' on December 2nd 2013.
The nights are drawing in, the autumnal chill is really starting to bite and as September draws to a close one thing is certain….. Halloween is almost upon us.
In celebration of the annual spook-fest, Fearless Vampire Killers are pleased to announce that they’ll be releasing a new single and video to celebrate all things dark, deathly and decrepit.
"All Hallows Evil" will be released digitally via Goremount Records on October 28th, expect rawkus riffs and big choruses from the ultimate band of un-dead slayers. Live offerings are also available this autumn as Fearless Vampire Killers join Madina Lake as special guests on their farewell tour of the UK from September 29th.
The band will also be making a pit-stop in the gothic enclave of Whitby on the 1st of November to play at the iconic Whitby Goth Weekender.
I Like Trains will release (for the first time on vinyl), their 2006 mini-album "Progress - Reform". Fierce Panda will reissue this on 4th November on 180gr vinyl.
I Like Trains will also play the mini-album in full at Leeds' Brudenell Social Club as part of the 100 year celebrations of the venue on the 12th December as the band move into their 10th year.
“Every day some new fact comes to light - some new obstacle which threatens the gravest obstruction. I suppose this is the reason which makes the game so well worth playing.” – Captain Robert Falcon Scott
Even as they’ve moved beyond them through subsequent albums, I Like Trains have never allowed the ghosts of tragedy they so emotively depicted on 2006 mini-album "Progress - Reform" to fade back into the history books. The specters of failed Antarctic explorer Captain Scott and his successful rival Roald Amundsen, American Chess Grandmaster Bobbie Fischer, and the 1960’s advocate for British railways’ reform, Richard Beeching still lurk in the Leeds’ five-piece’s music.
Their tales remain mirrors to the modern world, be it Scott and Amundsen’s lust for exploration beyond self-preservation, their warring egos decided only by death; be it the use of Fischer as a pawn by the USA in their own paranoid game of chess against the Soviet Union in 1972; or Dr Beeching’s cuts at all costs attitude in reducing the British railways’ debts, drawing a sharp parallel with the current British government. Although the band themselves have moved on to the future (2010’s environmentally-minded opus, "He Who Saw The Deep") and the present-day (last year’s glinting technological dystopia of, "The Shallows") vocalist David Martin’s lyrics still bear the scars of those stories’ past – the same mistakes are made, humanity repeats itself, we continue to spin, spin, spin until we’ll eventually stop….
…And so I Like Trains make their own return to these stricken narratives, with this most darkly majestic of mini-album receiving a full vinyl reissue on Fierce Panda, seven years after it first came to light. Reflecting on it now, Martin recalls, “I didn’t really want to just write inane crap about my life in Leeds, because I didn’t think it was as interesting as these characters I was reading about. We were 22 / 23 or something, I didn’t feel we’d really worked out the world out enough for me to put my own spin on it.” Instead, Messrs Scott, Amundsen, Fischer and Beeching became vessels for him, their towering shadows on the pasts of their respective fields transmitting his fledgling ruminations into cinematic widescreen.
‘Terra Nova’ remains one of the most beautiful songs the group have ever written; gruff in its sense of resilience, the stoic words of Scott’s final diary itself haunting the lyrics (“…I do not think that we can hope, for any better things now, oh the end, cannot be far…”) but emotionally breaking in its wrought peaks and troughs. Coupled with the proceeding ‘No Military Parade,’ it touches on the human thirst for discovery, our lust for it without precaution only dimmed when faced with the abyss of death. The male ego is also explored, not just through Scott and Amundsen’s duel, but through the bitterness of those who missed out on the expedition (“this one’s for Amundsen, though I’ll drink to anyone these days.”)
‘A Rook House For Bobby’ highlights the deep mistrust of its global rivals that America had during the Cold War time; with overwhelming national pressure put on him, Bobby Fischer crumbled into reclusion after beating Soviet player Boris Spassky for the World Championship in 1972. Over 40 years on, the story remains relevant, for Stateside paranoia is arguably greater than even then. ‘Citizen,’ with its relentless flow of guitar on guitar, continues Fischer’s story; it reflects the downward spiral of his life by documenting his asylum in Iceland, given to him despite his strong – and much-publicised - anti-Semitic views. Relevant to our day too is ‘The Beeching Report,’ a damning indictment of Beeching’s axe in the 1960’s, which saw hundreds of British railway stations and lines closed. “Do you just want to be remembered?” sneers Martin, as he attacks an attitude that echoes in the Conservative government’s handling of the national deficit today.
If these tracks are explicit in their references, ‘The Accident’ and ‘Stainless Steel’ are more opaque, embellishing the mood further without giving much away. The former is quiet, poised, reflective; ‘Stainless Steel,’ alleging the realisation of an affair, is I Like Trains’ only clear concession to the everyday, the narrator’s reaction drawn out across eight heart-splitting minutes, their despair spiralling in tandem with the baiting crescendo of the textures around it.
Ultimately, it is a sense of grim determination and conviction in their actions that I Like Trains share with the characters of "Progress - Reform" – even the likes of Beeching, painted as the villain of the piece;this is a mini-album that’s about humanity and recognises its warts and all. Its reissue is a reminder of our all-too-familiar trappings, and how important it is to strive against our cycles and break them.
The seven years since "Progress/Reform’"'s initial release has seen much personal change in the lives of the band members, experiencing fatherhood, marriage and loss, as well as being signed and dropped, as the music industry’s obsession for new and instantaneous reached delirium. And yet they’re still here, for as long as they believe they’ve a message to impart. In a Western world drowned in apathy, I Like Trains’ couldn’t be more relevant, for it will be when voices such as theirs begin to fade, that we will finally lose our challenge to survive.
This October, Poland's pulverization purveyors Selfmadegod Records will unload the first new full-length release from UK hardcore punk act, Satanic Malfunctions, in over twenty-two years with the release of "Them".
The newest Satanic Malfunctions LP since the Scarborough, UK-based act's 1990-released "Disgrace To Humanity", the whirlwind of old-school hardcore punk on "Them" is a throwback to the mid-late '80s hardcore scene when the grindcore was only beginning to take shape. Raging with twenty tracks in just over thirty minutes, recorded by Bri Doom, of UK crust legends, Doom, "Them" proves that the quartet -- vocalist Kai, guitarist Yaga, bassist Ryan and drummer Ade -- haven't let their guard down, and are as capable of deploying the same aggressive, ultra-fast and frenzied socio-political musical melee they did more than two decades ago. A must-have for diehards of Active Minds, Disorder, Doom, Atavistic, Electro Hippies, L'arm and Heresy.
Ahead of the LP's release the track, "Gospel Truth" has been leaked; join the fight right here.
"Them" will be on the loose October 1st in Europe and October 15th in North America via Selfmadegod, who in 2012 also released the Satanic Malfunctions "Disgrace To Music" 2xCD compilation including the band's complete discography prior to "Them", including both previous LP's and all EP and compilation tracks. Merch bundles are available now direct from Selfmadegod here, and "Them" is available digitally here.
"Them" Track Listing:
1. Nothing New
2. Technological Religion
4. Daze Of The Weak
5. No Masters Or Slaves
6. On Your Knees
8. Gospel Truth
9. Pissed & Angry
11. Disorder Rule
12. Trappings Of Faith
13. Rules & Regulations
14. Dealing Out Death
16. Another Fiction
17. On The Cusp
18. Everything's Digital
19. Do You Know Who You Are?
20. Many Go Round
Baby Godzilla have confirmed the release of their next single on 28th of October through Venn Records. Released on translucent-blood wax 7-inch vinyl, explosive A-side "Don't Touch That Dial" will be backed by B-side 'Pig' and limited to only 500 copies. Signed by Gallows duo and Venn honchos, Stuart Gili-Ross and Laurent Barnard, Baby Godzilla are about to push their nerve even further this winter and cannot wait to get out on the road to tour the UK in October.
“Baby Godzilla are maniacs,” says Barnard. “Ever since we saw their ‘At the Oche’ video a year ago we've been waiting for an opportunity to release some tunes. Also be sure to catch them live, the word ‘decimation’ comes to mind!”
The video for "Don't Touch That Dial" was directed by David Louis Lankester and features all four members being tortured on a DIY game show. The band were hooded and gaffer taped to chairs, fed maggots, doused in liquids and rancid food waste, hit with golf balls, whipped and then sprayed from 3 meters with uzis carrying paintballs. Baby Godzilla can guarantee that no animals were hurt in the filming of this carnage, but all four band members took the biggest beating of their lives.
Vocalist Matt ‘Butch’ Reynolds has stated that "Don't Touch That Dial" is “a song about stupid people on the television, the really stupid people that watch them and the even more stupid people that aspire to be the stupid people that they are watching. Fucking idiots! We hate them!”
These two new tracks represent Nottingham’s Baby Godzilla at the top of their game. A band that no other can match on the live stage right now who are over-worked, under paid and guarantee to break you into tiny pieces.
Pre-order your limited edition 7” and large exclusive patch from http://www.vennrecords.com/shop/baby-godzilla/dttd/
Baby Godzilla will be annihilating audiences at the following shows. Make sure you do not miss them.
October / November tour dates:
3rd October - Sheffield Corporation
4th October - Manchester Academy
6th October - Glasgow Cathouse
8th October - Birmingham Academy
9th October - Bristol Thekkla
10th October - Southampton The Cellar
11th October - London Electric Ballroom
18th October – Milton Keynes Crauford Arms
2nd November – Crossfire Halloween Massacre, London
"Don't Touch That Dial" is An old term used at the end of a show before a commercial, the 'dial' part referring to old TV's that had dials to change channels. Some shows still use this, and only use it because other shows do. Other shows now use the term 'Don't touch that remote' or something like that. (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Don%27t%20touch%20that%20dial)
The song title can also be heard in the song 'WTV' by American Industrialists Ministry
Taking from the givings of past rock masters such as Queen and Thin Lizzy fused with modern classics such as Coheed & Cambria, Alter Bridge, Derbyshire five-some Emperor Chung are here to run rampant through the UK scene.
With a sound that boasts captivating vocals lines with infectious grooves and thunderous riffery separated by delectable dual-lead melodies, Emperor Chung are quickly making friends and have already garnered support from Scuzz TV and Team Rock Radio, as well as recently wooing crowds at this year’s Download Festival.
Hailing from Ilkeston in Derbyshire, and born at the tail end of 2011, all members of Emperor Chung previously served their time doing the rounds throughout the local scene. It wasn’t until they collectively formed Emperor Chung, that everything really started to click for the talented quintet. Intense gigging and rehearsals soon followed, and by the end of the year, the band had enough quality material to record their debut album.
The ascending crew recently played the YNOT festival with The Darkness, Macmillanfest with Tesseract and have more dates lined up throughout the UK this Autumn; along with having recently released their self-titled album and with the release of their spanking new video ‘The Bloodline’, which you can check out here, the unstoppable are poised to break! and with support building for the band with Rocksound, Classic Rock, Powerplay and Scuzz TV, this year is sure to be a colossal one for this rising rocksters!
SAND PIT - A Night of Stoner Desert Rock featuring:
STEAK - www.facebook.com/steakuk?fref=ts
Steak have recorded their last EP in Bombshelter studios produced by Truckfighters, headlined DesertFest UK 2013, supporting Mondo Generator in London this summer and just signed to Napalm Records. These guys are right in the nucleus of the UK stoner rock scene.
TRIPPY WICKED AND THE COSMIC CHILDREN OF THE KNIGHT
More heavy riffs and with an epic debut album they'll be sharing a night once more with friends Steak as part of their UK Tour.
Pleased to be opening the night, recently arrived to the scene with heavy drums, fuzzy guitars and melodic tunes, is a band well worth keeping an eye on.
Date: Wed 21st Aug 2013
Time: 8pm - 11pm
Admission: £3 on the door
Venue: Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton, UK
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/354249884704594/
We Are The Physics are set to play a free gig in their home city of Glasgow this weekend as part of Merchant City Festival. They headline 13th Note this Saturday (27th July).
Readers can check out the Facebook event here
Additionally, the band are due to play this year's Doune The Rabbit Hole festival at Cardross Estate near Stirling, performing on Friday. More live dates are set to follow this Autumn.
We Are The Physics' second album, "Your Friend, The Atom" was released back in October of last year, and spawned singles 'Goran Ivanisevic', 'Applied Robotics' and 'Napoleon Loves Josephine'. Most recently, a 7-inch pressing of album track 'Dildonics' was released alongside the never-before-heard B-side, "Welcome Back, Paul Dirac".
What the critics say about "Your Friend, The Atom":
"A splendid second album to make you gasp, giggle, and buzz like a broken television" - BBC
"Packed with jittery, twitching blasts of pop sensibility, couched in thrashing post-punk, surf-rock twang, dance-floor fodder and alien grunge" - Alternative Press
"Almost as great as their titles, and a whole lot catchier" - Kerrang!
"Like Devo lost their mind" - The Skinny
This year will see the noisy Glaswegians hit the big screen with a role in God Help The Girl, the feature film written and directed by Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch.
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The lads in Amberline are pleased to announce a string of dates that they will be performing on in support of their fresh new EP 'The Art Of Reinvention', the tour will see the five-piece play across the country from Southampton to Newcastle. The tour commences on the 13th August and consists of these following dates:
13th August - Southampton - Joiners
14th August - Camden - The Black Heart
15th August - Reading - Facebar
16th August - Guildford - Boileroom
18th August - Glasgow - Ivory Blacks
19th August - Newcastle - University Space Bar
The curtain has closed on Your Demise as the Southern Englishmen are sad to announce that their time as a band will come to an end in March 2014, following a series of farewell performances (details of which will be announced in the near future).
The English quintet have issued a video message to their fans and supporters regarding the split, which can be viewed here:
Your Demise have also announced that in light of this larger decision and other circumstances beyond their control, they will no longer be able to perform their scheduled tour dates in Mexico, North America and Canada, which were set to begin in mid May:
“We are truly very sorry to be letting our fans over the Atlantic down,” say the band of the tour cancellation. “It is with heavy hearts that we have found ourselves having to make the decision to pull out of the shows in Mexico, USA and Canada. Trust us, we are not a band that has ever made a habit of canceling shows, let alone tours, so we have not made this decision lightly. We feel terrible for the disappointment this news will cause our fans in those countries, and we would like to take this opportunity to apologise to all of our transatlantic supporters, the show promoters, our stateside
team and, of course, Rotting Out and Expire who both were set to join us on the dates. On a more positive note, Rotting Out will still be doing the West Coast portion of the dates around Rainfest, taking over from us as headliner. Stay tuned for another announcement with the specifics of this very soon."
“My address is in my suitcase...” : Your Demise, 2006 - 2014
Your Demise originally formed in St Albans in 2006 as a Suicidal Tendencies covers band, and underwent a whopping 13 personnel changes before finally settling on a solid lineup in 2009. This definitive incarnation of the band - vocalist Ed McRae, guitarists Stuart Paice and Daniel ‘Ozzy Porkchop’ Osborne, bassist Jimmy Sampson and drummer James Tailby - proceeded to release two acclaimed full lengths (2010’s ‘The Kids We Used To Be...’ and 2012’s ‘The Golden Age’) and two E.Ps (2012’s ‘Three For Free’ and 2013’s ‘Cold Chillin’), alongside setting up their home away from home on the road, touring their high energy, oft unpredictable live show all around the globe on many occasions. From backroom bars in Bangkok, Thailand to the LockUp Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival, and from Californian club shows to Australia’s prestigious Soundwave Tour, Your Demise brought their hard hitting tunes and good time spirit with them wherever they went. But, all good things come to an end, and as the band have themselves revealed in today’s video statement, they want to end their beloved band of brothers with a bang, and on their own terms.
Specifics of the band’s farewell performances, which will take place between October 2013 and March 2014, are yet to be revealed, but for the immediate future they will still perform all currently scheduled European festival and club dates. Plans are also afoot for a 2014 DVD release documenting the band’s career and their forthcoming farewell touring.