“A textural, psychedelic, electronic take on folky pop” - Dummy
“‘Crescent Moon’ was a melancholic electro-pop moment” - Notion
“There's something uncanny, something otherworldly about the music Labyrinth Ear create.” – Clash
"Makers of melancholic electro-pop from opposite ends of the musical spectrum, brought together by mutual tastes" - i-D “The duo [is] darkening their mystical, undulate patterns' tones and taking a further step towards Purity Ring’s haunting magic.” - The 405
London electronic duo Labyrinth Ear have recently announced that their debut album 'The Orchid Room' will be released on 22nd September. They will also release a deluxe edition of the album in the UK on the same day with exclusive new tracks, including LA producer Kauf's euphoric remix of lead single 'Lorna'.
They have just revealed the new video for album highlight 'Marble Eyes', which teams mysteriously eerie, fairy-tale imagery with the band's hazy blend of electronic pop.
Check it out here
Pre-order it here.
Brit rocker Hannah Lou Clark has released her debut single via Gravy Records / Quatre Femmes Records and can be heard here.
Stereogum call it: "A study in nervous energy and restraint"
‘Silent Type’ is the title track from Hannah’s debut EP, which will be released 24/11/14. The EP has been written and recorded whilst living above a Quaker meeting house, taking inspiration from the bizarre intensity of the silent worship happening below. Fond of writers like Charles Bukowski and Billy Childish, Hannah’s lyrics - much like their soundtrack - can be confrontational, and raw, with occasional intent to cause discomfort.
“They’re twisted...” she confesses, pausing until the silence becomes awkward, “...pop songs.”
"The Tallest Peak" is an experiment in poly-rhythms, with two loops phasing in 5/8 against 3/4 over a steady pulse, the whole song is essentially phased variations of the same key idea, it develops steadily towards the end for one final refrain.
Having been completed in the shortest timescale to-date (around 4 days in total), and only 3 days before release; "The Tallest Peak" is a re-visit to some more melancholy themes presented in May's "Porcelain".
Lyrically it spans vocalist, Jon Sinfield's continued grieving process, coupled with the effects of holding down shift work while pushing towards an application to become a teacher this coming year.
Stream & Purchase the new single, The Tallest Peak here:
Or listen to it below!
Guitarist, Tom Ridley says:
“Since the album format was conceived, the way in which music is made, sold and consumed has completely changed. Businesses battle to stay in the public eye, but bands are committed to the peaks and troughs of awareness that come with the album cycle. The other problem with that system, is by the time the music is heard, it’s already out of date. By releasing music every month, we’re as relevant as we possibly can be – our audience is listening to what inspired us just a couple of weeks ago. That’s a really cool position to be in.”
2013 has proven to be a successful year for the youthful Southend rockers Crash Mansion, having snapped up a deal with Transcend Music, released their latest EP "Live For Something" as well as gracing the Jägermeister Acoustic Stage at Download. Furthermore as the lads look forward to supporting Stormbringer (https://www.facebook.com/events/239565636200946/?source=1) there is a real buzzing sense amongst the Essex music scene in that they are sure to deliver another sensational year, as 2014 beckons the young lads look to progress on amendments (Phil Maher had replaced Adam Dougan) and yet we could see them potentially begin the task of wielding their first album, watch this space.....
Already taking Israel by storm, this unsigned Israel-based sextet are sure to make their sound well and truly heard across the world in 2014. Considered to be a more melodic and more powerful form of Evanescence, EarlyRise unleashed their debut album 2 years ago and for sure some people will think that that they are in overtime in regards to delivering their second album, therefore 2014 beckons to be the year this lusciously-sounding lot deliver that one song that will push them forward. 2013 proved to be a good year for the six-piece especially with their cover of Korn's 'Narcissistic Cannibal' reaching 1 million views on YouTube. Of course Israel is not generally well acknowledged on the rock map, so this is the time for EarlyRise to change that.
Whipping together genres that stand so far apart is never easy, but time and time again a band goes the extra mile and does it spot on. Poised to make 2014 a big year for themselves is four-piece Sixtyfours whose infectious mix of rock, hip-hop and euro-dance is sublime to say the least. Their 2013 single 'All On You' featuring also the song 'My Sound' proved to be a hit amongst the media critics and as they plan their next musical assault, Sixtyfours could easily find themselves wound up at either Reading, Download or Leeds festival next year, they are that ready. Pumping out the rock 'n' rave is definitely on their plans, could they be the answer to the saturating rock scene?
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!