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Festival News: Slam Dunk Festival adds a brand new stage

Slam Dunk Festival has added a brand new stage and lots more bands to this years line up
The following artists have been announced for he new acoustic/solo stage:

The Rocket Summer

Rob Lynch

Away Days

Elder Brother

Greywind

Grumble Bee

Seafoal

Bethan Leadley

Lianne Kaye
Check out the poster below for the full line up  

 

Music News: Good Charlotte are back

Good Charlotte have returned with one of their first new songs in four years, ‘Makeshift Love’. We’re hoping that there’s a new album on in the making as well.

Good Charlotte have also been announced as the support act for All Time Low on their UK and Ireland tour in February of next year. check out the tour dates below

February

10 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
11 London O2 Arena
12 Manchester Arena
13 Birmingham Arena
15 Glasgow SSE Hydro
16 Dublin 3 Arena

Written By: Samantha Stott

Album Review: Young Guns – Ones and Zeros

released 8 June 2015, Virgin EMI

Gustav Wood – lead vocals

John Taylor – guitar 

Ben Jolliffe – drums, percussion, backing vocals 

Simon Mitchell – bass guitar 

Fraser Taylor – guitar

Young Guns the English alternative rock band from Buckinghamshire launched their third and long awaited album, Ones and Zeros, on June 8, 2015.

2012 saw the release of Young Gun’s critically acclaimed album ‘Bones’ and since then the next album has been eagerly awaited. However, Young Guns stood their ground and took their time – refusing to be rushed, resulting in an album featuring an new electronic vibe without having sacrificed their own style or recognisable raw talent.

Having performed at numerous festival, played alongside a plethora of well known bands and achieved considerable success in the US, Europe and the UK this album that will inevitably see them rise up to the next level. Whilst the core sound is very much the same there are noticeable differences appearing through their heavy alt rock vein. This album overflows with depth, catchy hooks, stirring choruses and solid rock songs of stadium quality.

The high-octane opener Rising Up, with distinctive pop and dance sounds, displays euphoric beats and choral chants set against a driving underlying energy that establishes it as one of the  album’s biggest tracks.

I Want Out follows – a deeper, intense but nevertheless catchy tune that, like Bones is a rock anthem, conveying the same soaring feeling but with slightly weightier riffs. Whilst the impressive drums form the solid backbone of this song it is a track where every band member seems to perform at the top of their game.

Infinity, a more mainstream track that will still appeal to the diehard Young Guns fans is effortlessly anthemic and perfectly showcases the timbre of Gustav Wood’s voice throughout

By contrast Lullaby is a surprisingly gentle, beautiful and distinctly more subdued track; Die On Time is in a similar vein but featuring darker, deeper qualities

Momento Mori is a moving but sanguine track, featuring full pulsing drum beat, strong bass and a grounded rock sound.

Gravity – a powerful melodious song  and with sublime guitar playing uncovers a rare delicacy to Gustav Wood’s impressively strong voice.

Daylight features a similar electronic feel to Rising Up, an incredibly upbeat, positive and powerful rendition set against driving percussion, tight lead guitars and an orchestral backdrop.

In contrast Speaking In Tongues features the heavy bass rhythms that capture the classic, raw side of Young Guns perfectly.

Ones and Zeros, the albums title track continues with the newer heavy electro feel but succeeds in combining the old and new sounds. There is a synth effect from the guitars resulting in a dance track with a definite heavy rock vibe and an intoxicating main riff that is instantly infectious.

This album has built on the  past releases of Young Guns allowing them to stay loyal to their raw musical roots but allowing them to  incorporate newer electronic effects within their sound. 

The lyrics are engaging and thought provoking throughout and Gustav Wood stated, in an interview with Kerrang that “It feels great to be back with the strongest material we’ve ever written.”

This album is well produced, and the tracks seems to flow seamlessly from beginning to end and has the feel of a band who are incredibly  happy and satisfied to just be making music. There is the sense that Young Guns want to prove that they are worthy of being labelled the rock heavyweights of the UK and this album could help set them on course to achieve this.

Written By: Lindsy Stott

Live Review: Kids In Glass Houses, Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms, 7th October 2014

KIGH - Portsmouth-62The poignant vocals of Edith Piaf singing ‘Je ne regrette rein opened the set for Kids In Glass Houses on their farewell tour. This matched the emotional atmosphere of the crowd, who came armed with love and support for 5 lads from Cardiff who they may never see perform again.
Kids In Glass Houses lived up to the expectation of their stalwart fans – from the opening track Artbreaker through to the roof lifting Matters At All – providing yet another energetic and high octane performance, delivered with an ease and professionalism that many groups can only ever hope to achieve.

This band, who have worked together for over 7 years, playing venues ranging from street festivals to concert halls, pub basements to the Reading and Leeds Festival have never failed to deliver.

The accomplished guitar playing of Joel Fisher and Iain Mahanty the rich rise and fall of Andrew ‘Shay’ Sheehy on bass and the driving drum rhythms of Philip Jenkins delivered throughout the set, which consisted of hits from all of their albums, Smart Casual, Dirt, In Gold Blood and Peace. Kids In Glass Houses succeeded in encapsulating the very best from each album, delivering their anthemic and engaging melodies with full crowd participation from start to finish.

Despite being championed by the rock media, staunch support from a number of other bands of their generation, and a solid fan base Kids In Glass Houses never obtained the backing of the record companies that they so deserved and needed. As a result, the British music scene is about to loose a fantastically talented band that will be very much missed.

Aled Phillips has a voice that needs to be heard – as evidenced by his acoustic solo of Raise Hell which was, quite simply awesome and question why millions of pounds are being spent trying to ‘forge’ a new popster by the blinkered promoters in this fickle industry when here is natural raw talent that is about to be forsaken.

As a farewell tour this could have been melancholic but at no stage did the professionalism of this band slip and we were without doubt privileged to witness Kids In Glass Houses a at their absolute best. If you have not yet got a ticket then I would suggest you do, but you had better be quick. This may be your last opportunity to see this phenomenally talented quintet.

May we take this opportunity to thank Kids In Glass Houses – a bunch of genuinely lovely and humble guys who have left us with some cracking albums and many a good happy memory. We wish you all luck with your future ventures and genuinely hope that this will not be the last we hear from you

Written By: Lindsy Stott

Photography By: Samantha Stott

Interview: The Maine – Brighton, Concorde 2 – 17th April 2013

Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 22.17.34We caught up with Kennedy, Pat and Jared from The Maine before they supported Deaf Havana at Brighton’s Concorde 2 on April 17th 2014.

Check out the video below

 

Interviewed by: Samantha Stott

Recorded by: Lindsy Stott