You Me At Six are set to release a new studio album that will confirm their status as one of the most important rock bands to emerge from the UK.
The album, their fifth, was recorded in Nashville at Black Bird Studios with Grammy award winning producer Jacquire King (Kings Of Leon, James Bay) and mixed by Andrew Scheps (Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chilli Peppers). It is set for release early next year, more news to follow.
To kick things off the band will play a bunch of underplay shows this autumn. Having gained a reputation as being one of the best live bands in the UK, with sold out tours that have seen them headline both Wembley Arena and the O2, this is a great opportunity to see them in the most intimate settings they have played in years.
4 Oct – Bristol, O2 Academy
5 Oct – Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
6 Oct – Swansea, Brangwyn Hall
9 Oct – Belfast, The Limelight
10 Oct – Dublin, The Academy
13 Oct – Nottingham, Rock City Main Hall
14 Oct – Oxford, O2 Academy
15 Oct – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
17 Oct – Inverness, Ironworks
18 Oct – Leeds, O2 Academy
19 Oct – Liverpool, Guild of Students
20 Oct – Sheffield, O2 Academy
21 Oct – Middlesbrough, Empire
23 Oct – Southampton, O2 Guildhall
24 Oct – London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Twin Atlantic are excited to announce their UK tour which begins on 7th October 2016 in Newcastle and includes 3 nights at Glasgow Barrowlands, in support of anticipated new album ‘GLA’ released on 9th September 2016, through Red Bull Records.
Ticket pre-sale begins at 9am on Monday 11th July, general on-sale 9am on Friday 15th July at www.twinatlantic.com
Sam McTrusty said:
“We can’t wait to play our new songs up close and personal, we want to show you what ‘GLA’ is all about.”
2016 UK tour dates:
7th October Newcastle – University
8th October Manchetser – Neighbourhood Festival
9th October Cardiff – Yplas
11th October Birmingham - Institute
12th October London – Forum
14th October Portsmouth – Pyramids
15th October Leeds – Beckett University
16th October Norwich – Waterfront
10th December Dublin – Academy
11th December Belfast – Limelight
13th December Glasgow - Barrowlands
14th December Glasgow – Barrowlands
15th December Glasgow – Barrowlands
By Ali Nichol-Way
Support came from Nic Wood and Second Place Hero.
Recently D.E.A.D has been making waves in the underground Alternative scene. After near-constant touring as a support act since Christmas and having a recent festival appearance at Camden Rocks, they have made a name for themselves with their energetic, punk-infused live shows. Naturally everyone was intrigued to see what they would bring to their own headline show.
Opening to a sparse crowd of roughly thirty, Nic Wood stepped up to the plate with a cry of “Hello Think Tank”. Armed with only an acoustic guitar, the feeling of ashamedly expecting an acoustic set made up of three-chord songs that sounded the same was there. Surprisingly Nic could shred on an acoustic guitar. Whilst amazingly talented at playing, (he never dropping a note) he seemed to have a Jekyll and Hyde effect with his singing going from a laid back, classic acoustic style vocals in to raging screams that could fill the venue without the need of a microphone.
There may well be some philosophical depths as to why he does this but it gained only disinterested and various jumps from the crowd who quickly turned back round to see talk to others. Going through the songs, you couldn’t doubt his passion in his performance. However it seemed that the acoustic tone did not fit well at a show headlined by a band known to jump into crowds. Nic retired off stage to a polite applause from the milling audience.
Next up were Newcastle’s own Second Place Hero. There was initial excitement for the Pop Punk quartet and their catchy hooks soon gained some excitement from the audience, but this soon died down as they turned into pretty much a boring act. You would think vocalist Graeme Costello had left the oven on at home due to his disinterested performance. His lack of eye contact and bored walking on stage screamed that this was a show they didn’t want to do. However their songs were quite tight, showcasing tracks off their E.P “Year of the Underdog” with some skill. The most interaction that was had with the crowd was when they got them to clap along to their '1000 miles' cover and hit 'our time is up'. They then proceeded to leave the stage as fast as possible, leaving nothing but an awkward atmosphere.
When headliners D.E.A.D said “all aboard the Tourtanic” they weren’t joking. Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go oOn” filled the venue as the band piled on stage. Within in minutes the lead singer Alex Mountford had the whole crowd doing jazz hands, successfully showing the supports up. As they went into the bouncy tune “Phantom” the audience were literally bouncing up and down which they continued to do for the whole show.
As they went from 'Verona' into 'Alaska', you could see them develop into a tighter and more powerful sound. This was also evident in their live show as you could see the difference in their live act, seeming more focused even from when they were here supporting Ashestoangels on Wintour. They also showed a strong connection with the audience, with all of the members making eye contact, thanking the crowd for coming out tonight, even laughing when some dedicated fans pulled out lighters and phones during 'Alaska'.
However they still have some way to go after they messed up a bit on 'Cowboy', but that is probably a part of the classic D.E.A.D experience of "all out, uncaring rock". Fan anthem “Beautiful Broken Bones” closed the set and ended with Mountford in with the crowd and then them screaming for one more song. Pretty much, if you want a great live show with lots of jumping and sweat, then D.E.A.D are definitely a band to check out.
Nic Wood  + Second Place Hero  + D.E.A.D. (8)
Date: 23th April 2014
Location: Think Tank?, Newcastle
Fresh off their recent festival appearances, Goth band Fearless Vampire Killers returned for their first headline tour of the year.
First up to the post were Pop Punk band Don’t Stop, Go! Performing for only their second time outside of their native Manchester, their set was far from problem free. Technical difficulties plagued them from the get-go with a broken drum and a snapped guitar string causing them to repeatedly stop. However they still played on a nearly flawless professional manner, carrying on through songs such as 'Hell(ish)' and 'Zero To Hero' when most bands probably would have walked off stage. Whether it is due to the technical difficulties or long coach rides, they lacked some of their usual rebellious energy, but still managed to lure the lethargic crowd into some head nodding and fist pumping.
Next up were London Synth rockers Evilyn, performing in Newcastle for the first time since they announced a new line up, there was a buzz of anticipation and they didn’t disappoint. Their building-up intro of 'The Fire' crashed into a wave of energy which soon had the crowd jumping. You could tell they were a much tighter performance machine as they powered through their hits “The End” and the floor stomping “This Is War” with a clean-cut clarity of sound. It’s not hard to see why they had such a dedicated crowd.
Main supports D.E.A.D! took to the stage with their own brand of Pop Rock. After an initial lul in the crowd from their first song, “Everything, Everything” soon had hesitant heads nodding. Singer Alex Mountford and Guitarist Sam Matlock carried most of the show, jumping from amp to amp and into the crowd. After flaunting their theatrical side by getting the crowd to howl like wolves and club dance, they finished on a high exceeding many expectations.
The main event sauntered onto stage to loud applause with Fearless Vampire Killers' cabin fever themed intro before exploding into “Bow Ties On Dead Guys” and then straight into their new song “Brain Dead” with unfaltering energy and passion that you’d expect from a Fearless Vampire Killers show. One of the main features of the Cabin Fever tour was the ability to vote for three of the songs played at each show, allowing fans to hear long lost classics. Tonight's chosen songs were "Don Teriesto", "Exploding Heart Disorder" and "Concede, Repent, Destroy", creating a mini trip through the highlights of their discography.
"Don Teriesto" especially went down well with the veteran fans who moshed along unashamedly. Alongside these were a mix of songs from the early "Palace In Flames" to new sample songs such as "Danger!", which some fans already knew the lyrics too, even though it is still unreleased. They finished the set on a high with "At War With The Thirst" (after lead singer Laurence Beveridge had left the crowd and returned to the stage) before leaving to the sound of thunderous applause and pleas of the evident cliche 'one more song'. They may not have all the fancy effects of a large show but they have enough stage presence to fill arenas.
By Ali-Nichol Way.
Location: Southend, Essex
Date: 18th July 2013
What a night this was what with a whole of Essex bands playing including Killing Jimmy who were unveiling their new single and amongst the whole chaos created that night, coming from Croydon were Metalcore mob Break The Boundaries; their band name did not sum up the night as they certainly broke the amps. Whilst the crowd assembled in no orderly fashion, tuning up their instruments was the first band of the evening, Southend's Groove / Metalcore merchants Cast Asunder.
By Rhys Stevenson
< Spencer Lewis' beat-boxing impression did not go according to plan.
First up is Cast Asunder, now whilst I do not know who this band are they certainly got the crowd woken up out of their pathetic trance-like state. What pursued next was a tuned-down version of Lamb Of God, that irate sense of Metalcore smothering the room and the groove elements finishing off the crowd as they sort of moshed and danced at the same time, but whilst that happened Cast Asunder certainly delivered a well received performance, even if the music itself is nothing new they certainly seem to be heading in the right direction. Given they have only been going a year, they certainly seemed to have the potential to make that year count, and so they did. Sadly no sooner did they start did they finish their set and disembark the stage for the second act of the evening to see if they could out-do Cast Asunder.
This is what happens when biting the microphone >
Not exactly the most convincing band of the night, here Dishonor the so called 'Metallic Hardcore' band from Southend walked the walk, but failed to talk the talk. Given credit they gave a reasonable performance but extremely fell short of one's expectations, it seems as if these sorts of bands try to play Hardcore and act hardcore without actually realizing Hardcore stemmed from punk, so whilst the hardcore dancing continued and a couple of beers got spilled (the mess was unbeerable), Dishonor did their utmost attempt at delivering a performance that would make their fans proud, I am sure it did but for me, nope they certainly lacked luster tonight and lacked even more oomph to even attempt to convince oneself of their decency tonight, it simply was non-existent.
< "Fart after eating curry they said, you won't feel pain they said"
Clambering up on top of the stage to save the day was Croydon's very own Metalcore armada Break The Boundaries and as the lads got the crowd's focus back and excited them to such a level it made some punters weep at how this lot tonight wiped the floor with Dishonor. Break The Boundaries delivered a scintillating performance and explosion of music that could be compared to the same force experienced standing behind a taking off Boeing 747 at Gatwick Airport, you could say Break The Boundaries earned their wings tonight as a potential band to storm the UK with extreme force. Carefully orchestrated and their stage presence was sublime, there was hardly anything to fault this lot by tonight as they had simply proved their worth as a band to watch, and watch we will.
Mark apparently had neck problems >
After all the metallic metal and hard hardcore hype of tonight, it was time to tune things down so many notches that you could consider the headlining act as more of an appetizer than an actual dessert, not to imply they are edible; that's cannibalism. Pow, delivering their funked up style of Pop Rock / aggressive music is Basildon's Killing Jimmy; Basildon indeed - finally something to cheer about. Getting down to business, the band's performance tonight was perhaps their best one to date, not only did they unveil a new single which in itself is a promising sign that their upcoming release is going to be an absolute belter, but also the band seemed to have notched up their performance a bit as to erase all their past performances and instate a new visage and musical element to their catchy music and beautiful lyrics. Killing Jimmy did not fail to disappoint tonight and nor did the crowd fail them, there is hope for Basildon yet.
< Mark was offered a beer for successfully retuning his guitar
Tonight was going to be a special night, just by looking at the line-up it was evident that Chinnerys would once again fall to the power of Essex rock music. First up was the remnants of All At Sea, now known as Killing Jimmy, armed with a virtuoso in every department musically possible, the three guys and one girl punctured the bleak night that glided through and made everyone seem to appear like zombies on a binge drink, that was soon altered when Killing Jimmy let open fire with a barrage of Pop Punk tunes that instantaneously kicked the crowd into touch and soon were dancing like the lads and ladies in ABBA's 'Dancing Queen', ok maybe not as 70's style of dancing as it would seem, but in no doubt was the crowd putting this on, they loved every second of this band's performance. Unlike some pop punk bands, Killing Jimmy are not following the Paramore 'yellow-brick-red' and are branding their own twist on the already saturated music genre, this was not just shown through the agility of Mark lunging his guitar into the unknown, but more by the breadth of which placed the band in the light and at the same time on the path to local recognition. As soon as they killed Jimmy, Evarane was left dealing with the corpses from which the music had killed them by.
NB An interview with Killing Jimmy was conducted and can be listened to, downloaded and shared below.
Evarane were good at giving orders to the crowd in an effective way >
Second up was a favourite amongst Southend folk, the Pop Rock armada known as Evarane of whom drummer Kris Konnelly is coincidentally drummer for the last act of the night Crash Mansion. Infusing their synth-laden pop rock sound once again, Evarane made no mistake in collecting the human debris left in the wake of Killing Jimmy assailing every living thing in sight (no wonder there are no fish in the Thames). Evarane again were at their very best, performing at a level expected by a band that has the potential to land a management or record label deal in the near future. Crisp clean riffs were just the start of this mammoth performance laid on by the sextet, this was beyond a mere jaunt, but more on par with a festival appearance performance. Song after song, the atmosphere grew and grew until the lights started to dim slightly, indicating their set was drawing to a sharp close and signalling the dark knights of Southend were coming, Evarane meanwhile were planning to Crash Mansion, after mansion, after mansion with their synth pop rock.
< Chris had inadvertently realized he could amplify farts by placing the mic behind his back side.
Fresh from their recent management signing to Transcend Music, Southend's Hard Rockers Crash Mansion made no mistake in proving why and how they deserved that so sought after deal. Menacing the minions sprawled out before them, the sonic boom that emitted from the speakers was so loud it woke up half of North Kent. The famous five as they will soon be known as tore down the venue as if they were employed to demolish the place, ripping into every orifice that gaped open at the sheer amazement of Sam's demonic guitar skills, shredding that equipment until there was dust on the floor from his boney fingers, this was Crash Mansion at their very best, delivering a round-after-round knockout punch that kept the audience awake for as long as they could withstand the ballistic sound that seemed to get them moshing like no tomorrow. Closing up the evening is always tough for the headlining act, but by delivering a performance that should earn them a spot at Download Festival either this year or next year, Crash Mansion are firmly progressing towards putting Southend on the rock map once again.
 RHYS STEVENSON
Post show an interview was conducted, the interviewee was Andy Songhurst (Merciless Fail - now Forged in Black) and his girlfriend Darcy Guiras
Date: 10th November 2012
Venue: The Twist
Location: Colchester, Essex
Promoter: Alien Nation Live
Such a line-up that spoke a thousand words even when this is the rebirth of one of Colchester's most known music venues besides its main venue the Colchester Arts Centre.
This line-up saw the likes of Southend Heavy Thrashers Merciless Fail, fresh from their successful mission at the Bloodstock Open Air Festival and was one of the last gigs that featured Mr. Rob Chapman on guitar duties. Joining them was the alternative rockers Trash Monroe who put together a solid sound of pop rock and pop punk with emo and gothic tinges here and there and also come from Southend. The third and final act of the night was The Mariana Hollow, who come from Greater London and put together a lavish mix of modern rock and alternative metal, somewhat similar to Evanescence, with this eclectic line-up, expectations ran high.
In order of performance: Trash Monroe, The Mariana Hollow and Merciless Fail
< Melany could not resist feeding Brad some Belgian chocolates she bought before the gig.
This was to be a night that spewed out a host of rock and metal genres that appealed to everyone, but as soon as the night drew in and Trash Monroe got onto the stage, The Twist was about to be blown apart by the savage sinners known as Trash Monroe, the Southend female-fronted leviathan summoned out their best sounds through a slick yet sick explosion of pop rock and pop punk tracks that quite simply made the bands of yesteryear fall on their knees. Here was a band that simply sparked off fireworks and laid the path for the following acts to follow down, but what made Trash Monroe the all more impressive was the stage interaction between Melany and her fellow musicians, that sort of affectionate approach, not as much as erotic, but erotic in her dictionary was teasing the band members, let alone leaving the crowd begging for more as her vocals simply redefined divinity. On par with the vocals the guitars, bass and drums all acted as a solid wall of sound and through the mastermind geniuses that stood before us, Trash Monroe were inspirational and yet had proven their worth of why they are the next Essex rock band that deserve to grace the covers of Kerrang! magazine, even we thought this lot would be apt on BBC Radio 2, their performance was solid, full of rock and most importantly got this party pit open and so came to their time where stage exit was due, and the cleaning up of blood stains was to begin, blood from the bleeding ears of the crowd that is.
 RHYS STEVENSON
< Rebecca was sure that her vocals weren't powerful enough to blow up the mic.
Following up from the delights of Trash Monroe was London's very answer to Evanescence, the rock mob known as The Mariana Hollow, however expectations were short lived as as soon as the band got onto the stage, the crowd interaction went from full on to full off, there was minimal stage interaction and the atmosphere was bleak, but what made up for the downfalls was the music, an iceberg consisting of darkened lyrics, Gothic feeling and sombre lust, just the final touches were nowhere to be found. Sure this is a band with utmost promise and enough passion to make passion fruit seem almost inundated and somewhat questionable of its existence, yet as the mood brood and the atmosphere forever hung in total bleakness, The Mariana Hollow were at times spectators on stage, but in all due course the band performed well, just not at their very best and so the next time they grace this stage, all eyes will be on them.
[6.5] RHYS STEVENSON
< Apparently the bible states that three wise man also gave Jesus guitars.
What was to come next was a band that is considered the beacon of light for the Southend Metal scene, fresh from their duties at Bloodstock, Merciless Fail took no prisoners as they slayed into the crowd with Stoz delivering a vocal range that would make any opera singer look as if they were training to sing, unleashing absolute hell through the slashing guitars were three young chaps, one of which is no longer with Merciless Fail, perhaps this was a testament to Rob's services, none the less the lads finished off what was left of the crowd, leaving nothing but the echoing sound of a night's worth of epic music and sensational talent. As Merciless Fail weaved through their catalogue of songs, they took their chances and livened up their playing, this is a band that has gone from newcomer to rookie and now stand proud and tall as professional musicians and as the boys closed up tonights gig, many were wanting to rewind the clock, watching all of tonights guitar virtuoso's, right to the very first note unleashed through the speakers, but as the saying goes, you can have too much of a good thing, yeah right!
 RHYS STEVENSON
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