Following up the re-release of the band’s first EP ‘Between Order And Model’ through BoySetsFire’s End Hits Records, Funeral For A Friend have announced a handful of UK dates in April next year with support from BoySetsFire. As Matthew from FFAF explains –“It's taken so many years but to finally say that we're going on tour with BoySetsFire again puts a huge smile on my face. I have loved this band through every record they've released and feel honored that I can call them dear friends. They are a huge musical/lifestyle inspiration and getting to see them tear it up is going to be incredible!”
Josh from BoySetsFire adds "I cannot believe how excited I am about this tour. Funeral For A Friend and BoySetsFire? I would go to this show, I would buy a ticket. Seriously though, we are very excited about touring with our friends in Funeral For A Friend. It will be one for the ages. Please come and join us."
These dates will see Funeral For A Friend play their album ‘Hours’ in full. Tickets will be on sale from Friday 25th October at 9am.
25th April- 02 Islington Academy, London – www.seetickets.com
26th April- Cockpit, Leeds – www.lunatickets.co.uk
27th April- Solus 2, Cardiff – www.seetickets.com
Funeral For A Friend are set to reissue a re-mastered, remixed and expanded version of seminal first EP ‘Between Order And Model’ through End Hits Records / Mighty Atom on 18th November. They’ve also just unveiled a live video for the classic track and fan favorite ‘Juno’, which was filmed during recent live dates in Europe. Check that out here.
The newly remixed and re-mastered four original songs were enhanced with three rare / unreleased tracks from the same recording session and live versions recorded by the current line-up. A 12 page booklet features never before seen pictures from the bands archives and liner notes from singer Matt Davies, Josh Latshaw (Boysetsfire) and Oli Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon). ‘Between Order And Model’ will be available as Digi-Pack CD and for the first time ever on vinyl (limited to 1000 colored copies).
Everybody who pre-orders ‘Between Order And Model’ through http://www.impericon.com/de/media.html?cat=2405 and Sandbag UK immediately receives an acoustic version of ‘Red Is The New Black’ as an MP3 download.
1. 10:45 Amsterdam Conversations
3. The Art Of American Football
4. Red Is The New Black
5. Storytelling Pt 2
6. Grand Central Station
7. The Getaway Plan
8. 10:45 Amsterdam Conversations (Live)
9. Juneau/Juno (Live)
10. The Art Of American Football (Live)
11. Red Is The New Black (Live)
MTV has added the latest video from Phoenix, AZ theatrical rockers Farewell, My Love. To check out “Mirror, Mirror” visit: http://www.mtv.com/videos/farewell-my-love/963493/mirror-mirror.jhtml.
The band recently sat down for a series of video interviews to discuss the songs that make up their new LP, "Gold Tattoos". In the first clip, front man Ryan Howell discusses the inspiration behind the epic lead track, “Afraid of the Dark” here.
Watch for more clips in the weeks ahead!
Farewell My Love’s "Gold Tattoos" is out now on Standby Records and to order Gold Tattoos on iTunes click here:
The conceptual artistry and theatricality of My Chemical Romance, the reckless danger and skillful musicianship of Avenged Sevenfold, the dark mystique and anthem-inducing sing-alongs of AFI and the brash experimentalism and attitude of 30 Seconds to Mars are all components that have a home in the Farewell, My Love manuscript. With forceful determination and wonderfully soaring grandiosity, Farewell, My Love put a unique spin on theatrical hard rock with utmost dedication.
Ryan Howell’s intense and diverse vocals sit atop the heavy, precise and melodic guitar work of Röbby Creasey and Logan Thayer, all ably backed by the percussive but tasteful rhythm section of bassist Charlee Conley and drummer Chad Kowal. Additional instrumentation, including string arrangements and bells, bolster the band’s guitar-driven rock, adding to the artistic atmosphere on display throughout.
“Fans can expect a very theatrical, diverse and deep record,” promises Creasey. “Each of us put our hearts into this and we can not wait to see everyone’s reactions,” adds Kowal.
Farewell, My Love is currently out on the Bad Blood Tour with Blood on the Dance Floor. See dates at the top.
Farewell My Love is:
Ryan Howell - Vocals - http://Twitter.com/_RyanHowell
Röbby Creasey - Guitar / Piano - http://Twitter.com/RobbyCreasey
Chad Kowal - Drums / Vocals - http://Twitter.com/_ChadKowal
Charlee Conley - Bass - http://Twitter.com/CharleeConley
Logan Thayer - Guitar - http://Twitter.com/LoganThayer
Swedish fuzz rockers Truckfighters are to unleash limited edition vinyl EP via Last Hurrah Records; preorders now available
BAND FICTION: Truckfighters were employed to wrestle with a Skania long-haulage truck and trailer
Treading the trenches of heaviness somewhere between Fu Manchu and Queens Of The Stone Age, to hear Truckfighters is to hear the sounds of the desert; it's in their wide open expanses, grand open grooves and dust-caked metal riffs. You can hear progression and imagination; a band bred on the California badlands, on sprawling vistas and parched wilderness. The dynamic trio however hail from Örebro. Unafraid to plough their own furrow, Truckfighters have forged ahead and spend months on the road touring the world. Closing in on four-hundred gigs across four continents (Europe, Australia, and North and South America), being in front of crowds, sweat-sodden and crazed is where they are happiest. It's why a Truckfighters show is such a wild, free-form, charged affair.
The band's forthcoming new full-length is slated for release next year and includes the track "The Chairman," hence "The Chairman Special Edition" EP. Delivering over thirty minutes of pure power fuzz, the EP features the title track plus three live tunes -- "Desert Cruiser," "Monte Gangano," and "Traffic" -- all recorded while on tour in Australia. Presented at 45 RPM for best sound quality on a multi-colored vinyl 12-inch, "The Chairman Special Edition" EP comes in a full-color sleeve and jacket limited to 500 copies worldwide and only available from Last Hurrah Records. The jacket cover artwork has spot UV gloss, spot PMS, and silver metallic ink designed by artist Lindsey Kuhn and comes in two different vinyl colors: Desert Sunset and Desert Sunrise, each a mix of opaque and translucent colors (250 of each color).
Preorders are now available for the Truckfighters "The Chairman Special Edition" EP courtesy of Last Hurrah Records at THIS LOCATION where you can also check out a video for the title track!
"The best band that's ever existed..."-- Josh Homme of QOTSA
(quote from the TRUCKFIGHTERS film)
"Truckfighters blast your ears with their unique take on modern rock." -- Metal Hammer
"...The power and charm to make society grind to a halt..." -- Kerrang!!!
"Putting more rock energy into a single performance than a good proportion of bands do into a career's worth of shows..." --Terrorizer
"one of the most important bands of the past 20 years, a rare example of longevity and integrity" - Ventura County Reporter
New Found Glory releases their live album, "Kill It Live", today on Violently Happy / Bridge Nine Records. Two sold-out shows in Southern California¹s Chain Reaction are responsible for the incredible compilation of live energy captured on this 17-track record, which also features 3 bonus studio tracks. The video for "Connect the Dots", New Found Glory¹s new single from Kill It Live, was premiered last week on mtvU and Buzzworthy - check it out here. Directed by John Francis Conway III, New Found Glory shows off their skills on the football field, while bringing their trademark pop-punk sound.
Established in 1997, New Found Glory has been a force in the punk rock scene since their inception. From their debut "Nothing Gold Can Stay" in 1999 all the way to 2011's "Radiosurgery" (with eight releases in between, 3 gold albums and 4 consecutive Billboard Top 20 albums), New Found Glory have transcended trends and gimmicks by writing songs from the heart that listeners of all ages can relate to.
Be sure to catch New Found Glory on the road co-headlining with Alkaline Trio and H2O later this month. The tour starts October 23rd in San Francisco, California and runs through November 25th - all tour dates can be found below.
Pick up New Found Glory's "Kill It Live" from any of these fine retailers here.
Kill It Live Track Listing:
3. Don't Let Her Pull You Down
4. All Downhill From Here
5. Anthem For the Unwanted
6. At Least I'm Known For Something
8. Something I Call Personality
9. Boy Crazy
10. Tip of the Iceberg
11. Coming Home
12. Forget My Name
13. Sincerely Me
14. Hit or Miss
15. Truth Of My Youth
16. The Story So Far
17. My Friends Over You
18. I Want to Believe
19. Connect the Dots
20. First Bite
New Found Glory Tour Dates with Alkaline Trio, H2O
10/23 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
10/25 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
10/26 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
10/27 San Diego, CA SOMA
10/28 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
10/30 Dallas, TX House of Blues
10/31 Houston, TX House of Blues
11/1 San Antonio, TX Sunset Station
11/2 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Experience
11/4 Orlando, FL House of Blues
11/5 Atlanta, GA The Buckhead Theatre
11/6 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
11/7 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
11/8 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
11/9 Huntington, NY The Paramount Theatre
11/10 New York, NY Terminal 5
11/12 Boston, MA House of Blues
11/13 Philadelphia, PA The Electric Factory
11/14 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
11/15 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
11/16 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
11/17 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
11/19 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
11/20 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
11/21 Columbia, MO The Blue Note
11/22 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
11/23 Austin, TX Emo¹s
11/25 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
Pop sensation and ever-controversial icon Miley Cyrus tweeted a photo of herself posing in Ice Nine Kills’ “Reefer Fever” shirt on Monday morning, which has caught wind on various media websites. The photo of Cyrus modeling the “Reefer Fever” tank with her signature tongue pose has been re-tweeted over 35,500 times.
Ice Nine Kills vocalist Spencer Charnas comments, “It's cool to know that Miley can get down with the heavy side of the music world too. Twerking and breakdowns could be the next thing haha.”
The shirt Cyrus wears in the photo can be purchased at the band’s MerchNow store: http://bit.ly/VOyXmT
Ice Nine Kills will be headlining the PredaTour this November with Famous Last Words, ERRA, Sirens and Sailors, and Chasing Safety.
11/01 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Club
11/02 - Lemoyne, PA @ The Champ
11/03 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Gator's
11/04 - Detroit, MI @ Crofoot Pike Room
11/05 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
11/07 - Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
11/08 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
11/09 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
11/10 - Dallas, TX @ Sons Of Hermann
11/11 - Houston, TX @ Walters
11/12 - Douglasville, GA @ The Seven Venue
11/13 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas
11/14 - Allentown, PA @ Croc Roc
11/15 - Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House
11/16 - New York, NY @ Santos Party House
11/17 - Hartford, CT @ Websters Underground
Missouri punks Radkey flew into the UK to perform “Out Here In My Head” on Jools Holland’s Later show this week alongside a variety of different artists from Franz Ferdinand, Goldfrapp, James Blake to Chas and Dave. As you can probably imagine, the trio enjoyed every minute of such an honorable moment and played their trademark, energetic hardcore live in front of an audience of one million people across the UK with ease.
“Playing the Later show was a blast,” says bassist / vocalist Isaiah Radke. “We didn’t let people know we were going to jam after the song so Jools was staring at us like what the fuck is happening?! So I think we made a mark. It was awesome!”
The trio of brothers from mid-west America join the Brothers from Drenge today for their debut UK tour ahead of the release of their second EP, ‘Devil Fruit’ that is scheduled for released on October 14th. With both bands capable of kicking out the jams at the highest level, these shows are highly anticipated and not to be missed.
The full four track ‘Devil Fruit’ EP will be available on Little Man Records on 12” vinyl. Watch their new video for ‘Romance Dawn’ here also available digitally on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/album/romance-dawn-single/id702942327
October Tour Supporting Drenge
3rd The Cluny, Newcastle
4th King Tuts, Glasgow
5th Non Zero's, Dundee
7th East Village Arts Club, Liverpool
8th Cavern, Exeter
9th Green Door Store, Brighton
11th Sound & Vision Festival, Norwich
12th Bodega Social Club, Nottingham
14th Portland Arms, Cambridge
15th Roadhouse, Manchester
16th Sugarmill, Stoke
17th Blackheart, Camden Headline Show
18th SWN Festival, Cardiff Festival
19th Billingsgate Market, London Supporting Pure Love
"Finally... something riotous enough to hold by your side and run amok with." This Is Fake DIY
"filth-crusted and deranged punk rock, constantly in the red and constantly in danger of falling to bits." Crack In The Road
"... a rousing roar and rough riffs ploughing into hardy drums." The 405
"... the band's music is characterised by volume, ideas and brevity. Especially brevity." Clash Neon Windbreaker
Neon Windbreaker are an outrageously exciting Toronto five piece treading the spidery line between noise-rock abandon and melodic structure. Having formed in the spring of 2010, they have played across Canada and the United States alongside Pissed Jeans, Do Make Say Think, Male Bonding, DD/MM/YYYY, Monotonix, This Will Destroy You and many more.
Their new EP "New Sky" is five tracks long and clocks in at under seven and half minutes long. A frantic burst of uninhibited creativity, the tracks are chaotic and unpredictable without being needlessly abrasive or obtuse.
The track ‘Pink Suit’ is accompanied by a nauseating DIY video that can be viewed here and is also available as a free download. Recorded by Alex Bonefant (METZ / Crystal Castles), the EP will be released on October 28th through Canada’s We Are Busy Bodies, which has previously released the likes of METZ, DD/MM/YYYY, Japanther, AIDS Wolf, Odonis Odonis and Doldrums.
Neon Windbreaker will play their debut UK shows from this October.
29th October - London @ Birthdays
30th October – Brighton @ The Hope
1st November – London @ Old Blue Last
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.