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
Following their breakthrough debut album, dubbed “one of the year’s best” by Kerrang! Magazine, and a packed-out headline tour across the UK, Vukovi have revealed a thought provoking new video for their single, ‘Weirdo’, and confirmed UK headline tour dates beginning in May, and festival appearances.
“This video is about raising awareness to the victimisation and cultural impact that bullying, and more specifically cyber bullying, has on young people in today's digital age,” frontwoman Janine Shilstone explains.
"The idea came after chatting to numerous fans at our shows and learning about the hell they go through at school because they like "weird music" or dress differently. They would tell me that our music made them feel like they fit in somewhere and our shows were a place to meet like-minded people.
The girls featured in our video have all been victims of cyber bullying at an extreme level, and for them to be a part of this is not only courageous but a massive fuck you to the people that made them feel the way they did. If these girls can stand up and do it, we all can. And if this video makes any one victim not feel alone, then we've done our job.
I want people to embrace their quirks and be proud that they don't fit the mould. Embrace the weirdo in you. #weirdo4lyf”
Watch ‘Weirdo’ here - https://youtu.be/0u0yMynjIEw
March 2017 saw the long-awaited release of Vukovi’s debut album receive rave reviews. Heralded as “a Vuk-ing brilliant debut” and awarded 5K’s by Kerrang! Magazine, who then saw frontwoman Janine immortalised in Ray Zel’s iconic Pandora comic strip, whilst Rock Sound dubbed it “packed with more fizz and colour than a bath bomb in a vat of Irn-Bru”. ‘Vukovi’ is out now via LAB Records and available to order here - http://vukovi.tmstor.es/.
Vukovi will tour the UK through May and June with special guests Press To Meco on the dates below, as well as festival appearances at Slam Dunk, Reading & Leeds, 2000 Trees, Truck, Y Not and Belladrum.
Tickets are available here - http://www.vukovi.co.uk/live/.
5 London, Scala (Facedown)
24 Edinburgh, The Mash House
26 Newcastle, Jumpin Jacks
27 Birmingham, Slam Dunk Festival Midlands
28 Leeds, Slam Dunk Festival North
29 Hatfield, Slam Dunk Festival South
31 Southampton, Joiners
1 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
2 Norwich, Open
5 Guildford, Boileroom
7 Tunbridge Wells, The Forum
7 Cheltenham, 2000Trees
21 Oxfordshire, Truck Festival
28 Derbyshire, Y Not Festival
4 Inverness, Belladrum Festival
26 Reading, Reading Festival
27 Leeds, Leeds Festival
Vocals - Janine Shilstone,
Guitars - Hamish Reilly,
Bass - Jason Trotter,
Drums - Colin Irving.
Global electronic soul funk sensation, Jamiroquai, announce a string of international headline festival dates. Guaranteed to be this summer's most sought after events, these new dates are the band's first headline dates in over six years and follow on the band's last album 'Rock Dust Star Light' in 2010.Founded in 1992 by front man Jay Kay, the pioneers of "future funk" have taken the world by storm, establishing themselves as one of the most successful acts on the planet. Since the release of their debut album 'Emergency on Planet Earth' in 1993, Jamiroquai have completed reinvigorated modern pop music while also paving the way as chief influencers of some of today's most exciting artists. With famous fans including the likes of Chance the Rapper, Pharrell, Tyler the Creator, Jungle, Redman, Stevie Wonder & The Internet, Jamiroquai have consistently proven themselves as one of the globe's most revered and unifying musical innovators of our time.
With over seven albums reaching the UK Top 10 (and three reaching #1), the Grammy Award winning, Brits-nominated band have sold over 26m albums worldwide and hold the Guinness Book of World Records record for best-selling funk album of all time.
JAMIROQUAI 2017 FESTIVAL DATES
Thursday 25th May Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
Sunday 28th May Seoul Jazz Festival, Seoul, South Korea
Saturday 17th June Release Athens Festival, Athens, Greece
Sunday 9th July North Sea Jazz, Rotherdam, Netherlands
Tuesday 11th July Firenze Summer Festival, Visarno Arena, Florence, Italy
Friday 14th July Pori Jazz, Pori, Finland
Sunday 16th July Musilac, Aix-Les-Bains, France
Tuesday 18th July Moon & Stars, Locarno, Switzerland
Saturday 22nd July Colours of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Saturday 5th August Sudoeste, Portugal
For information on tickets, please visit www.jamiroquai.com
Ahead of their set at Roskilde Festival this coming weekend, Copenhagen’s Halshug have announced the completion of their new album, ready for an autumn release through Southern Lord.
Halshug’s second studio full-length, "Sort Sind" delivers ten ripping new tracks, each a reflection on fragments of the human experience expressed in the form of hardcore punk, the album’s title translating to ‘Black Mind.’ A bruising record, Sort Sind revs up motorcycle-fuelled d-beat akin to Austin-based Impalers and other contemporaries, and retains the grating raw punk that made their "Blodets Bånd" debut so potent, the songs showing an even more destructive and elevated approach to their songwriting. Recorded live, produced and mixed at Ballade Studios in Copenhagen by Lasse Ballade, who also produced and mixed "Blodets Bånd", the "Sort Sind" LP was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.
"Sort Sind" is based on the band’s experiences growing up in neglected parts of Denmark in the last twenty years, and their intention is to make great ripping hardcore punk music that people can get off too; to contribute to their scene and get listeners moving with their energy. Catch a bit of live Halshug footage, and stream their Southern Lord debut, "Blodets Bånd", via Bandcamp.
Southern Lord will release Halshug’s "Sort Sind" on CD, LP, and digital platforms in Autumn, with a confirmed street date, as well as the cover art, track listing, audio samples, and much more from the album to be presented over the coming months.
In the meantime, Halshug are gearing up to perform at Denmark’s mammoth Roskilde Festival this weekend, preceded by a set at K-Town Festival and other performances, and are now booking new live shows advancing the release of the Sort Sind LP. The band will play in their home-town of Copenhagen supporting Los Crudos in July, and will make their maiden trek to the US late this Summer for an East Coast tour. Stand by for new live dates to be announced shortly.
7/16/2016 Ungdomshuset – Copenhagen, DK w/ Los Crudos
Ever since the day Freddie Mercury sadly passed away, Queen have never given up their strong image of being one of the world's finest and successful rock bands. With Adam Lambert leading the battle line for the last 5 years, Queen were destined to live on for a longer period than some imagined.
Check out below their live performance of 'Who Wants To Live Forever' at this year's Isle of Wight festival. Read below the video some quotes that the media had to say about their performance.
Queen + Adam Lambert is:-
Adam Lambert (vocals)
Brian May (guitars/vocals)
Roger Taylor (drums/vocals)
"Any scepticism I had about watching Queen without Freddie Mercury in the year 2016 was quickly blown away, and one of the key reasons for that is the man they brought in, Adam Lambert.”
- IB Times
"In Lambert they have a charismatic and unique frontman”…” You’d suspect Mercury would approve of him: he was refreshingly arch and theatrical” - The Telegraph
"Freddie Mercury would be proud of Lambert's flamboyant style” - Daily Star
“As you'd expect from a headline act of this calibre, the atmosphere was ELECTRIC with thousands singing along, dancing and just having an incredible time.” - Reveal
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