EP Review: MAINES – SPRING

Ever looked for a band that combines a nostalgic taste of alternative rock with the modern sounds of today’s hybrid genre? A sound so carefully crafted that it not only includes a balanced distortion on their riffs, but clean melodies and even a little tease of guitar solos that hasn’t really come up a lot in modern music. Brought to you from Conwy, North Wales, MAINES is built up of four members that create the memorable sounds found in their latest EP, Spring.

Made up of six songs, Spring leaves no area untouched. The EP shows various talents in areas of songwriting, such as the intro to Malkovich, the guitar work in Spider Skull, and the chorus in The Battle of Ventral Pallidum for an example. The EP’s tone shifts through the motions, displaying the musical range that MAINES has.

‘You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep Spring from coming’.

For fans of a plethora of genres, Spring has a lot to offer, with something that will stand out to most listeners. If there’s one thing to say, is that bring the first EP I have listened to from MAINES, it brings an excitement of anticipation for future endeavours, and a need to find out how the band plays live – from the sound, I can guess it’s a spectacle.

Spring is available to stream and purchase from BandCamp for £5.

Keep updated with MAINES via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Festival Season Predictions – Part One

This festival season is shaping up to be a good one, with both Slam Dunk and Download already releasing a HUGE line-up that’s made us so excited and wondering how the hell we’re going to get through a few months of living on peanuts. With the first announcements out of the way, people are going nuts for predictions and hoping that their favourite bands will somewhere fit on the bill. So, jumping on the hype, we’re about to put together a few predictions that could come true or be so far-fetched that we’ll be laughed at. SO, bearing in mind what we have already and what the next few months will bring, we’ve cultivated a few bands that we’re sure we’ll see somewhere on a festival line-up.

tumblr_inline_p2ekx2f0vs1sitizh_540Last time Senses Fail graced the UK with their presence was 2013 which took them on stage at Slam Dunk festival along with All Time LowPierce The Veil and Four Year Strong. With All Time Low returning this year, it’s a shout that Senses Fail would be too, especially with their recent release of If There Is A Light earlier this year. Not only would it be great to see them back in the UK, but alongside some nostalgic bands such as Silverstein and Gallows it’s a chance for most of us 20-something’s to take it back a few years to our primal days and party with the bands that helped develop our musical tastes into what they are today. They also toured the USA earlier this year throughout February and March, so it’s only fair we get our turn! Our fingers are crossed, and you bet we’d love to hear ‘Lady In The Blue Dress’ live again.

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Stand Atlantic has been on the rise since ‘Chemicals’ took over the internet over six months ago, launching them into stardom and one of the best rising pop punk acts of 2018. With their new album, Skinny Dipping dropping, Stand Atlantic are a band with high possibility to be featured on the Slam Dunk bill this year to fully promote their music. The trio did make it on stage last year, but there’s nothing in the rule book to say bands can’t come for a second… I mean, should we talk about how many years Zebrahead has been on the Fireball stage? We should even say that we’re predicting them too, but that’s a given considering their notoriety at the day festival. While we’re on the discussion of new albums bringing bands to the Slam Dunk line-up, we should talk about The Story So Far with their recent Proper 

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Dose. They’ve been a favourite for awhile now, racking up quite the fan base of loyal listeners supporting them through their journeys. Forming in 2007, The Story So Far has four studio albums, with their 2015 release of the self-titled album really pushing the boundaries and putting them in line with the bands that have really overtaken the scene in a flurry of aggressive vocals and heavy power chords. Proper Dose was a highly anticipated release, causing a frenzy of downloads and streams across the entire world after three years of waiting to hear the next installment. The Story So Far is currently on tour for select days ending November 14th, and with Slam Dunk falling in May of 2019, we could even see a UK tour following, or a Download appearance.

So, this one is almost a given, but if not, it will be surprising. Architects have been announced for Rock Im Park and Rock Am Ring taking place June 2019 – which means we can practically expect them to be at Download next year. Not to mention that there is a UK tour going on prior to festival season, and their most recent drop of Holy Hell will likely be hyped the entire time, using the abundance of festivals that will likely be trying

architects_630_q6vnjyl-630x0_q90 to book them to promote their most recent album. Architects featured on a few of the bills last year, including Nova Rock, but this year could bring them to the UK festival scene. We’ve got some pretty big hopes for our Download predictions, including Swedish metal band, Ghost. The band has been announced for Australia’s Download festival along with Judas Priest and Ozzy, but could we be seeing these bands in the UK? Again, we’re going off of most recent releases, but Prequelle dropped just prior to festival season last year on June 1st, making it a close call to really expect a full crowd to know what’s going on, so with a year in between their release, we could be potentially seeing them with an incredible following that has been garnering over the past few months. ghost-interview-2

Like what you’ve seen? Keep following our Twitter and Facebook to hear more about what we think – we’ll be updating our predictions list throughout the year until the final festival announcements are made! 

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WONDERFUL LIFE by BMTH was originally meant for LIMP BIZKIT

Yesterday, Bring Me The Horizon released their latest track ‘Wonderful Life’ taken from their upcoming album, amo. While the band are breaking barriers between heavier music and mainstream media, their first track ‘MANTRA’ hit a lot harder with an incredibly addictive instrumental. Speaking with BBC Radio 1, Oli Sykes revealed that ‘Wonderful Life’ was originally meant for Limp Bizkit, but after front man Fred Durst didn’t turn up to a lot of the sessions, ‘Wonderful Life’ was put aside, to be picked up by Bring Me The Horizon and Dani Filth. It’s starting to make a little more sense as it’s slightly different to what they’ve been releasing so far.

amo is due for release 2019 and Bring Me The Horizon will be touring the UK next month.

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BRING ME THE HORIZON release new track WONDERFUL LIFE.

Bring Me The Horizon has released their new track ‘Wonderful Life’ featuring Cradle Of Filth singer Dani Filth. Releasing the track with a lyric video, Bring Me The Horizon has taken their guitar and bass to new levels of depth with the reverberation taking the spotlight completely by force. The track follows the acclaimed ‘Mantra’ and continues to divide Bring Me fans that argue in their new direction, but one thing for sure is that Bring Me The Horizon are manipulating mainstream media and bringing a heavier sound (that isn’t nu-metal) into every day life – the rumours of working with Post Malone aren’t so far fetched with every new release.

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[INTERVIEW] Hail The Hatter talk DISCOVERING LIGHT

Hailing from Trinidad, Hail The Hatter released their first album, Discovering Light earlier this year with a clear motivation for proving that rock and roll isn’t quite dead yet. The freaky five-some give off an alternative Alice In Wonderland vibe with the visuals chosen for Discovering Light and their sound – compiled of a range of influences does create a truly unique sound that differs from their inspirations. It’s a punk rock sort of feel, shaping nicely into early era The Offspring crossed with Rob Zombie love child. A weird combination, but works in their favour giving them a sort of charming appeal. The intrigue that Hail The Hatter piques is what Discovering Light draws its success from, with fluctuating tempos and a mixed bag of talent that intermittently shine. Speaking with lead vocalist Jonathan Boos, he sheds more light into this riveting rock and roll band who’s spreading the message of enjoyment.

“We have been together for just around three years,“ Boos starts, The band pretty much started when Dax and I were introduced by a mutual friend. I had been itching to get back into music, and was told by a friend that Dax may be interested. So Dax and I met up, and realized pretty quickly we both had the same perspective on modern Rock music.” Taking influence from rock legends such as Black Sabbath, Megadeth and Pantera, Modern names such as Sikth and Code Orange make an appearance, giving the band an edge on their production. “We both found it had gotten to tame. It seemed as though in order to be taken more seriously as musicians, modern rock acts had abandoned the elements of fun and danger that had made rock music popular to begin with.”

We don’t need radio, they need us!

Composed of seven tracks, the near full-length album is one of its kind. Belonging in a composition of old-school collections, Discovering Light most certainly is unpredictable and dangerous. With more twists and turns than your average daytime television soap opera, Hail The Hatter have collectively created an album that will draw you to the edge of your seat. “We have one guideline, “Is the song fun?” once we achieve that, I pretty much stick whatever sick twisted storyline on the song that my brain spits out.” Lyrically, the album comes on strong, instrumentally adding an aura of eerie with heavy bass and beefy riffs complemented by a series of cadenced and pugnacious drum segments. “Because of that the themes of our songs range from the ramblings of a man tied to his bed in an asylum, to a vampire queen, to heart break, and so much more.”

Discovering Light is on offer for free over at their official website, whilst being available to stream on most services including Spotify. It’s the first step into the industry for Hail The Hatter, and in their 3-year formation, the band have found their passion. “A band really is a family, and this band is such a fulfilling aspect of our lives and we really couldn’t do it without each other,” Boos explains, adding “The music we make exists because of the four individuals involved. Change the lineup and it would all change.”

Keep updated with Hail The Hatter via Facebook and be sure to head over to their official website to grab your free copy of Discovering Light.

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YOUTH KILLED IT release latest track HEADBUTT prior to album release!

London and Norwich lovable line-up Youth Killed It has released their next video to add to their collection, ‘Headbutt’. Taken from their forthcoming album, What’s So Great, Britain? the boys have released a personality packed, tongue-in-cheek video relaying their track message. Frontman and guitarist Jack Murphy says: “The song was written about toxic masculinity and how males are pressured into feeling like they always have to “one-up” each other. In the video, we wanted to portray different types of males and how sometimes you don’t realise just how toxic your actions can come across to other people. It’s time to be more socially aware and understand that people love the real you, not someone you think you need to be. Life’s not a competition it’s a path that we all take together so let’s help not hurt each other along the way.”

This is the fourth video instalment taken from What’s So Great, Britain? set to release this October 5th via Rude Records. The album is available to preorder here and kicking off the release, Youth Killed It head out for a select few dates for promotion.

Keep up to date with the band via Facebook and Twitter.

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YOUTH KILLED IT latest video, tour dates and sophomore EP release

Lovable Londoners Youth Killed It have recently released their latest video for ‘Great British Summer’ ahead of their sophomore EP release What’s So Great, Britain? due this October.

The eleven track EP will be released via Rude Records and is currently available for preorder here. Setting off for five shows promoting the EP, Youth Killed It are garnering masses of anticipation. Lead track ‘Where Did I Go So Wrong?’ and title track ‘What’s So Great, Britain?’ are also available for streaming. Catch Youth Killed It on their upcoming flurry of dates and be sure to preorder.

Keep up to date with the band via Facebook and Twitter.

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