English punk rockers Drones announce album release, London show and Manchester Punk Festival slot
London-based Drones are set to play a special, free entry headline show at the unique Tamesis Dock in London on 28th Nov to celebrate the announcement of their new album ‘Exiled’. The record will be released via Lockjaw Records early next year. Produced by Drones guitarist Tim Kramer at Signal House Studios, ‘Exiled’ is the first full length from Drones to feature the current line-up.
As vocalist Lois McDougall explains, "Exiled is a collection of songs that we began writing after being struck by the misery of the European refugee crisis. Some of the songs are written from the perspectives of fictional characters of those impacted by the crisis, and others of those who prefer to distance themselves from it. Millions of people are suffering every day and it's a subject that should be kept at the forefront of all of our minds. Music is a great platform for personal connection. We've taken a subject that can so easily be viewed as a distant-seeming 'world-issue', and tried to make it more personal. In doing so, we hope that people may feel more compassion for the victims, and that those suffering may find an ounce of comfort in these songs. Exiled is dedicated to those fleeing any war-torn country."
‘Territories’ was a first glimpse at the visceral content within the album and can be heard alongside its hard-hitting music video here. Stay tuned for more music launching around the just-announced London show. Drones are also set to play Manchester Punk Festival in April next year alongside Propagandhi and more plus there will be further live dates announced.
Drones’ previously purely-punk-inspired oeuvre has given way to something that’s further reaching in terms of genre, drawing upon a wider “rock” influence. From playing underground squats to appearing on festival stages, Drones have seen a lot of live action during their career to date and this is not set to let up. The band have already supported the likes of Marmozets, Neck Deep, Gallows, Funeral For A Friend, Heck and H2O, and played Download Festival this year, as well as packing out their own headline shows.
Lois McDougall - vocals
Rob King - guitar
Tim Kramer - guitar / backing vocals
James Kerr - bass / backing vocals
Mitchell Thomas - drums
One of the driving forces behind the resurgence of gothic rock and post-punk in Finland in the new millennium, Kuudes Silmä have kept a long break from recording. Previous works have appeared on the sadly defunct Combat Rock Industry label, and Svart Records welcomes the group into the fold with their second album, Pelko, set for international release on September 22nd.
Although expressing themselves in their native tongue, Kuudes Silmä's music is very much part of the greater global post-punk underground. Formed, suitably enough, in Berlin in 2009, the band have played several tours around Europe, America, and Russia, and appeared on Maximum Rock’n’Roll zine's Sound the Alarm compilation. On Pelko, the band takes a small step towards gothic maturity, with some of the most abrasive tones giving room for a more new wave pop approach.
Hear the new track "Sivustakatsojat" at Svart's Soundcloud HERE.
US female punk rock band Doll Skin have released the cover for their upcoming sophomore LP Manic Pixie Dream Girl in stores June 16th via EMP Label Group / Amped, and in Europe June 23th via EMP / SPV. The album is Produced and Mixed by Cage9 frontman Evan Rodaniche (Lacey Sturm, Powerman 5000).
Manic Pixie Dream Girl is now available for Pre-order from empmerch.com on CD, LP and in several bundle configurations.
Manic Pixie Dream Girl is the follow up to Doll Skin’s EMP debut, 2016’s "In Your Face (Again)", Produced by Grammy Winning Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, which garnered massive Worldwide press, spawned multiple singles including “Family of Strangers”, “Let’s Be Honest”, and “Furious Fixation”, and saw the band tour much of the year with Otep, Lacey Sturm, Fire From The Gods, Hellyeah, Dead Kennedys, Escape The Fate, September Mourning, Through Fire, and more. Doll Skin capped off the year snagging a spot on Alternative Press’s list of “7 of the Best Rising Bands Under 21”, before settling in to record their new album.
Finnish Punkers Pintandwefall set release date for new Svart album; reveal first video
Svart Records have set January 27th as the release date for Pintandwefall's highly anticipated fifth album, Red and Blue Baby.
Based in Tampere, Finland, Pintandwefall have prepared their fifth album together with producer Risto Ylihärsilä, who has grabbed the band’s lo-fi aesthetics and steered the group even further, making the rough diamond harsher. The songs on Red and Blue Baby have been created during weekend sessions over the last 18 months, and the first single "Seasimularo" was released in May 2015 already. View the video exclusively HERE.
Pintandwefall - Komi, Manner, Luhtasaari, and Yli-Rinne - point out that their decade-long career has moulded the band and its status into what it currently is. Their s creative vision is bursting with intensity and short on explanations: "Playing together for over ten years, making many of our artistic visions reality and leaving many others be, have made our little group so tight that we often find ourselves even spending Christmas holidays together. In the end, you always return to where you started."
Svart Records is set to release Red and Blue Baby on vinyl, digital, and CD on January 27th. The band will embark on a Finnish tour soon, and continues with a Swedish tour in April
The Virginmarys, having recently returned from a successful US tour, have now confirmed a run of headline UK shows for June; the shows, including an appearance at the inaugural Stone Free Festival at the O2 in London, are in support of the Macclesfield trio’s latest studio album, Divides, set for release via Spinefarm Records on May 6th…
“This is an incredibly special tour for us!” says vocalist / guitarist Ally Dickaty. “The ‘Divides’ album tour!! It's going to be so great to get back in front of our home fans again, and really important to us to play some of the towns we've been wanting to come back to for so long. Our fans always do us proud, they are incredible.”
The band recently unveiled new track, Motherless Land, the video for which is about to be launched; the song – as with previous single, Into Dust – comes from the aforementioned Divides, a 12-track work laced with power, passion & outspoken energy, and produced by the legendary Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters, etc.).
THE VIRGINMARYS UK TOUR + FESTIVAL DATES 2016
08/05/16 @ Deaf Institute, Manchester (headline album launch show)
09/05/16 @ Blackheart, London (headline album launch show)
05/06/16 @ Camden Rocks Festival, London. Tickets here.
13/06/16 @ Stereo, Glasgow
14/06/16 @ O2 Academy 2, Newcastle
15/06/16 @ Key Club, Leeds
17/06/16 @ Academy 2, Manchester
18/06/16 @ Stone Free Festival, London. Tickets here.
19/06/16 @ Thekla, Bristol
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