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.
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