[REVIEW] Scream Blue Murder ‘Hollow Stories’

Coventry based four-piece, Scream Blue Murder released their debut album Hollow Stories in 2016, starting the band on the right foot where they continue to grow in the industry. The full length, ten-track album is a display of the band’s energy for atmospheric, enticing music. First track, ‘Unbreakable’ shares the importance and talent for each instrument in slow rendition but introduces the band in such a heavy impact way. With a plethora of influences from bands such as Bring Me The Horizon, Parkway Drive, Asking Alexandria and Cancer Bats, the four-piece have truly come together to combine their interests and efforts into one epic metal-rendition.
27657519_1660006100709909_2528635643748235799_nWith ‘Restart, Rewind, Reset,’ heavy from the get-go, the heavy bass and distorted guitars come to life. One of the most stand-out elements of Scream Blue Murder is their modern twang on the metal genre, as the track moves in and out of heavy, combative attitude into anthemic. The tumultuous relationship between the instruments and the way they ricochet off each other in such a dynamic way gives a surge of power to each track. ‘No Hope,’ for example is a charming track that’s almost magnetic, and definitely a favourite of the album. With heavy riffs and an impressive display of fret and string control, the underlying accent of a porcine-like bass, the third-track is Scream Blue Murder’s ingenuity and talent when it comes to songwriting. As it moves forth into ‘Escape Plan,’ the band’s passion intensifies massively, where breakdowns become even more epic and their songs fluctuate in frequencies. It’s a must to mention and give kudos to drummer Jamie Bloomer for his pugnacious drums that brings much of the weight to each track on the Hollow Stories album.

‘We Are Survivors’ takes a slightly different approach to its predecessors, offering a very surreal atmosphere in a very visual manner. It’s like envisioning the band in their surroundings as the intro ceases into the song – and the track becomes the most infectious of the album. With very anthemic potential as the echoed vocals sing the words ‘we are survivors, we will survive,’ the fifth track nearly steals the show. While the song runs at just short of three and a half minutes, it’s a very moreish track but their subtle change in tone for the halfway mark of the album continues into ‘Dying Breed,’ where the hypnagogic atmosphere laces through the instruments. Being the most authentic metal track on the album, ‘Dying Breed’ brings the essence of nostalgia to their music, rejoicing and enforcing their influences of bands such as Suicide Silence and pre-That’s The Spirit BMTH.
But the talent and exploration of Scream Blue Murder go further than their turbulence, as ‘Let’s Do Coke… I’ll Have A Diet’ proves. Combining their metal genre with the like of party anthems, ‘Let’s Do Coke…’ is like the band’s way of rebelling against the usual rules surrounding the metal genre. It’s definitely boundary pushing, but it works well, taking headbanging into finger guns with eminent use of breakdowns to combine them. ‘Personal Message,’ is colossal in sound, bringing the sheer strength and power of vocalist Aaron Bloomer to the forefront. The militant vocals add to the overall attitude of the song, channelling the aggressive energy that makes it truculent. Second to last track ‘Flatline’ is brilliant. Using clean vocals to compliment the bellicose, the track falls together perfectly in timing and highlights the potential that Scream Blue Murder has in various areas. Last song, ‘Hollow Stories’ is practically like the conclusion to the album, combining each of the stand-out points that each track holds to create the ultimate track, and is a such a concise, wholesome ending to the album. Hollow Stories is an epic album written by Scream Blue Murder, promoting how exciting it is for metal fans to be following the band at this time.

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#happyinternationalwomansday

Thought we had forgotten about international women’s’ day? You were wrong. We’ve been celebrating the best way we can – listening to as much music as we can. We’ve had The Distillers, PVRIS, Paramore, Against Me!, Flyleaf and much more running all day, but we decided to take the chance to put out some of the best up and coming. So without further ado, here is a few of our favourite female fronted bands that will really rock your socks off.

22007800_1424897690958010_7512329187754198062_nMilk Teeth

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Forming in 2013, Milk Teeth are a four-piece band that has shared the stage with Sorority Noise, Citizen, Turnover and Creeper. The Gloucestershire band signed with Hopeless Records in 2015 and has gained a significant place in the up and coming scene, Milk Teeth are a very punk-oriented band taking clear influence from old-school grunge and punk bands such as The Distillers. Since their 2017 release of their Go Away EP, Milk Teeth has surged forward with masses of followers and fans. Just finishing a Canada and US tour, Milk Teeth are set to kick off their UK tour on the 13th of March in Bristol’s Exchange.

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All the way over in Brisbane, Australia, All Hours is a five-piece pop punk band that took our hearts with their 2017 release of Sightseeing. Recently releasing The Brightside this year, All Hours is a brilliantly produced band with a distinctive sound and have their feet set solidly on the scene. The Australian five-piece is soon to be touring, kicking off March 16th at The Backroom.

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Founded in 2015, Stand Atlantic is another brilliant pop-punk band hailing from the shores of Australia in Sydney. Their five-track album released last year literally took the scene by storm, with positive feedback and heavy reception. Stand Atlantic has since been riding momentum with ease as their audience stretches across the sea as far as the UK – and doesn’t stop there. Made up of three members, Stand Atlantic’s Sidewinder packs a massive punch with passion and energy resonating from their sound.

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Based in Sheffield, UK, Air Drawn Dagger are a force to be reckoned with. Borrowing their name from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the alternative rock band are growing in every aspect. Drawing from elements from grunge, rock and punk, their music is organic in nature with clear-cut direction drawing in loyal fans from around the globe. Currently, in the midst of releasing music, Air Drawn Dagger have a limited portfolio behind them but show buckets of energy and chemistry as they find their established sound. Releasing their single tomorrow, Air Drawn Dagger move forward in their career and really bring to life the old-school sound of distorted guitars, heavy drums and ultimately, the sound of punk.

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Want to hear more? Head over to Spotify where we have created a playlist of all our favourites and more. Happy international women’s day! xo

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COME THE SPRING release their full-length album ECHOES tomorrow via Engineer Records

Come The Spring released their latest track ‘For What It’s Worth’ in November of last year taken from their upcoming full-length album Echoes. Due for release tomorrow on March 9th via Engineer Records, Come The Spring have displayed their talents for powerful hitting drums, moving guitar and distinct vocals with ‘For What It’s Worth.’ It’s an incredibly infectious song, remaining in memory well after playing. Based in Brighton, alternative rock band Come The Spring has compiled a seven-track album following on from their release of lead single ‘For What It’s Worth.’

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Working with Ian Sadler of Emeline Records, the members of Come The Spring has a collective portfolio of impressive experience. Sharing the stage with artists such as Green Day, Hot Water Music and Quicksand, Come The Spring came together to create their own music and broaden their audiences where they can really fall into themselves. 27657956_1146514442118845_2029340562723445489_nTalking about the process of writing for the upcoming album, guitarist David Gamage talks about labels saying “Labels now have to concentrate on sales and touring seems to be the main way. Come The Spring (and our previous bands) used to tour a lot but now we are a little older we have less time, so we have to concentrate on new tracks and releasing recordings.” Previously, the quintet has released two EP’s entitled Revive in 2015 and Seven For A Secret in 2013. The previous EP’s are creative in nature, with huge passion in the form of punk rock that helped them gain such an established place in the industry. As the band ride their momentum into the release of Echoes, Come The Spring are striding forth and are forecasting further single releases this year.

Come The Spring is currently working with Engineer Records for their release of Echoes and their single, video and CD for the U.K although has gained massive interest from Far East and USA labels to take their music global. Thanks to the help of Ian Sadler, who Come The Spring have described to have a “very good ear and knows where the band are coming from,” the band are happy with Echoes and are excited for the release tomorrow.

Echoes will be available for both digital downloads and physical copies.

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BLANKET sign with Music For Nations (Sony)

Blackpool based quartet, blanket have announced their signing with Music For Nations, parented by Sony Entertainment. The label also works with names such as Andrew WK and Astroid Boys, establishing itself as a leader within the rock and metal world. Previously having their music described as “hugely atmospheric” and “bold, ambient, textural soundscapes” by Punktastic and The Independent, blanket continue to broaden their audiences reaching platforms such as BBCR1 Rock Show, PROG and Total Guitar. Commenting on the recent signing, blanket said: “To sign to a label as important and influential as Music For Nations seemed like an unobtainable dream for us. This is something that we’ve all wanted since we started playing music. The team at the label completely share our vision and aspirations of what we want this band to be. We’re putting our all into this and we’re excited to show our work to the world.”

The band are on tour throughout April with instrumental band Coldbones:

 

9th February – Bootleg Social, Blackpool – UK
12th February – Le Coin Aux Etoiles, Mons – BE
13th February – District Six, Dusseldorf – GER
14th February – Venue TBC, Poznan – PL
15th February – Klub CH25, Warsaw – PL
16th February – Klub Piekny Pies, Krakow – PL
17th February – Rock Station, Morlanwelz – BE

Fully establishing themselves in 2016 and self-releasing Our Brief Encounters in 2017, blanket are a cinematic ambience sort of experience. With members with extensive experience within the industry, the members of blanket have been on massively diverse stages shared with Youmeatsix, The Story So Far and Every Time I Die.

Our Brief Encounters can be purchased here or streamed on Spotify.

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Layover announce YOUR LAUGHTER NEVER LEAVES & release lead-single SLUMBER.

 

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Emo punks Layover announced their return yesterday with Your Laughter Never Leaves EP due out on the 4th of May this year via Fox Records. Since their hiatus in 2016, Layover started writing again in 2017 which sparked the inspiration to work on a new record. Talking about their upcoming record, vocalist Luke Rainsford says: “The sound of our old music does not represent us, and we have matured as musicians and people since then. We come with a new direction to start in a genre we are more passionate about.” The quartet have been working on Your Laughter Never Leaves with Ian Sadler at Emeline Studios, while mastering their collection with Grant Berry at Fader. The EP, addressing issues such as mental health and loss in a genuine, sensitive way is a five-track EP that really show the maturity of Layover since their previous releases.

But, not only did Layover announce their upcoming EP, but also released their lead single ‘Slumber’ that’s available to stream on YouTube now.

‘Slumber’ is an emo anthem mixed with the heart of pop-punk, and a sure display of maturity for the quartet in Layover. Combined with clean and gritty sounds, ‘Slumber’ comes to life as it’s own.

Your Laughter Never Leaves is available for pre-order via Fox Records BandCamp here.

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itoldyouiwouldeatyou announce ‘Get Terrified’ EP set for April!

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London based septet, itoldyouiwouldeatyou, are back after a short hiatus with new music on the horizon that’s already surrounding them with excitement. Their previous success came from their 2016 release of I Am Not Your Fault. The band grew loyal fans and followers within their local scene, and now they’re growing even bigger, focusing on building a like-minded community of fans. Their most recent lead-single release, ‘Get Terrified’ brings the band back into action with a tremendous punch, combining their indie-punk ways in such a spectacular way. The video, set in an American-style party of red punch cups and end of semester energy, itoldyouiwouldeatyou display their sash’s around their bodies displaying hidden traits to each character.

Directed by Chevy Blazer and produced by a queer art group, Clumsy Bodies that the band have been friends with for a long time, Joey Ashworth says that the video was shot around New Cross where they and bassist Ollie live. “We filmed most of the dance scenes at New Cross House, a pub we generally use when we don’t have wifi. They were really lovely and helped us out at the last minute when our previous choice of venue dropped out!” 

The voice of Joey Ashworth is calming, as they hit their notes in sync with the music that complements their voice throughout. With such a mixture of instruments in the song, it’s impressively organised as each instrument bounces off each other creating such a calming sensational listen, until the sounds become louder and the music becomes more mismatched. One of the most notable things about itoldyouiwouldeatyou is the way that the band have still managed to make dysfunctional, off-beat rhythms sound completely in place. ‘Get Terrified’ is a brilliant track to open the gates and announce their upcoming EP titled Get Terrified, showing off their originality and diversity with fluctuating tempos.

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Talking about the video, Joey Ashworth continues to say: “The world around us is trying to make us forget how to look after each other. It is trying to turn the young against themselves and to co-opt the old. It tells the working class that solidarity doesn’t work anymore, and tells minorities that they are on their own. It relies on cynicism. I am angry, but I am not and will never be cynical. So take the feelings and memories that make you up, realise that they and you are a product of your environment, and change it.  Get Terrified is about coming home. Realising the answer was here the whole time, and trying your hardest to love – through anger, through disruption and through solidarity. Get terrified, get angry, and scream love until your throat bleeds. We are coming home together.”

 

Get Terrified is set to be released April 20th via Alcopops! Records x Failure By Design Records and the EP will feature a discography of the bands physically-unreleased previous singles to date alongside brand new material. Available for pre-order now from their BandCamp page.

ITYIWEY currently have these live dates lined up:

  • 17th March – Aldershot, Westy
    27th March – London, Boston Music Rooms (w/ Daphne and Celeste)
    13th April – Brighton, Washed Out Fest
    14th April – Leicester, The Y Theatre (Kermes release all-dayer)
    28th April – Exeter, Cavern

For tickets and info visit the events page.

Keep up to date with itoldyouiwouldeatyou through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and be sure to check their BandCamp for new releases!  

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ONLY STRANGERS Self-Titled EP

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Newcastle Upon Lyme pop-punkers, Only Strangers have recently released their self-titled EP last month along with launch shows in Stoke this month in March. With gigs lined up for the year, Only Strangers are hitting new levels with their thunderous take on the pop-punk genre. With combative vocals and heavy, distorted riffs, Only Strangers are yet again on the rise as they further their adventure into the industry. Forming in 2010, the momentum of the band has only been on the up as they featured in the Punk As Duck Vol.1 compilation by Horn And Hoof Records, and with two EP’s under their belt, Only Strangers are chartering their sound piece-by-piece.#

The ten track album is fierce by nature, never lacking the passion they start out with courageous displays of energy and determination. Starting with first track ‘Last Time,’ Only Strangers are quick to show off their chemistry as a band with pounding guitar and brilliantly thunderous drums. One of the first things that jump out at you about Only Strangers is their distinctive vocals that don’t once fair – it’s a very charming style that matches their instrumentals. As the EP moves forward into the second track, ‘So Long, Etruria,’ the vocals become cleaner and the guitar becomes more melodic, still with that cadenced drumming complemented by a depth of bass. It’s quickly noted that Only Strangers have a lot of talent, and this unpredictable EP is an impressive display of each element that creates their idiosyncratic sound.

The production of their self-titled EP is remarkable, with each instrument really bringing the song alive and never once out-shining each other. ‘What Happened To You,’ is an example of their balanced choices, with each component bouncing off of each other to create the buzz surrounding their music. Although, one of their most stand-out tracks is ‘Never Wanted This’ with the fluctuating frequencies that play like a story. Starting slow, the band really work up the chorus in an epic kind of reveal. As mentioned previously, not once through the EP does Only Strangers lack in energy. Each song bounces and represents Only Strangers wholeheartedly. ‘Saturday Night’ furthers the EP into the mid-point, and keeps the very light-hearted sound along with a heavier undertone that Only Strangers carry well into the second-half of the EP. ‘Counter Attack’ takes a different tone, somewhat darker in nature, but with powerful chords carrying the track along with a deep bassline, Only Strangers brilliantly deliver this other side that’s being displayed. Only Strangers has really fallen into place within their genre, creating original work that’s infectious in sound. They really stick with you, and their masses of energy are enough to move you.

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‘Anyway, We Delivered The Bomb’ brings Only Strangers back to their distorted guitar works and symbol bashing percussion drumming. It’s one of the most memorable tracks off the album, where the vocals become a lot more combative and bring the band well-and-truly into their own. Armed with their instruments, Only Strangers have succeeded in bringing their creative imaginations to life in such an ingenious way. Coming to the end of the self-titled EP by Only Strangers, the band really combine their works in their entirety to bring their sound to the forefront. ‘Creature’ is definitely one of their most interesting tracks, bringing their punk-esque sound into focus, almost as if we’re hearing a modern Misfits come to life. While the track is a little under three minutes, it doesn’t lack in punch with their melodic and synchronised guitars that carry into last track, ‘Hardest Thing.’ It’s almost sad to see the back of the EP as the first notes chime of their final track, although it’s a belter. Really giving time for listeners to take in the sound of the instruments we’ve come to enjoy, Only Strangers rides fluidity for their final track, making it such an exciting ending to a brilliantly thought-out and produced EP.

The EP is now available for purchase via Horn and Hoof by clicking here.

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