[REVIEW] LOVEBITES – Social Hell, Available TODAY

promoimageBritish alternative rock band, LOVEBITES are dropping their EP Social Hell today bringing a new sense of the rock and roll genre. Forming back in March 2017, LOVEBITES consists of ex-members of SHARKS, Foes and Octane OK – and their mixed talents brought together brings a unique sound in the form of their latest EP. Social Hell is a DIY job by LOVEBITES, whose four tracks is self produced, funded and released by the band themselves through their own record label, Sabbath City Records. Talking about their decision to go DIY, bassist Christian O’Rielly comments “we were always going to self-release the EP, so we thought it’d be a cool idea to set up out own record label. DIY is a bit part of our ethos. At this early stage, there’s no point in us relying on a record label to put out our music. Obviously we’d love to be signed, it’d be a dream come true to see our records in stores, but not many people buy music anymore, so record companies are less inclined to take a risk on a bunch of young punk rock kids.”

Social Hell is a four-track EP, opening with infectious first-track ‘Tick Along’ that moves in fluent motions, with instrumentals fully engaging in the track at all times. In the run to take the EP’s favourite track, ‘Duppy’ is such an upbeat, story-like track that really puts an emphasis on the guitar. The distinctive vocals throughout Social Hell make the EP such a loveable release, especially in the fluctuating pitches that ‘Duppy’ plays forth. LOVEBITES have mastered the creation of catchy tracks, incorporating elements of surrounding genres such as indie, pop-punk and rock and roll to really finalise their sound.

The third track, ‘Just Fall’ emphasises that bassline, adding depth and moving the track forward through verses and choruses. Incorporating an aged effect into their music, ‘Just Fall’ is almost phonically cinematic, offering clear-cut Autumn pictures if you close your eyes. LOVEBITES have succeeded in releasing such a down-to-earth, wonderful EP to follow you through the seasons that Social Hell will quickly become a rising favourite of 2018 releases. The movement-promoting drums, ricochet off of melodic guitar, and as the EP moves into it’s final and title track, ‘Social Hell,’ LOVEBITES really show off what they’re about. In conclusion, Social Hell is so well thought, played and produced that it’s unique in it’s own league – and LOVEBITES have created such a breath-taking EP that it’ll be stuck in the minds of it’s listeners for awhile. These young punk rock kids have done a brilliant job with their first official EP, and are quickly solidifying themselves and their name in the U.K scene.

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THIS TIME LAST YEAR released WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? over the weekend

On Friday, upcoming U.K favourites, This Time Last Year released their latest single, ‘Where Did The Time Go?’ featuring Jonny Gill from Lyon Estates.

TTLY recently won the competition to play the Rocksound Breakout Stage at Slam Dunk North and rightly so, the band has progressed massively since their initial EP and continue to drop pieces of infectious, upbeat music that truly stick in your head. ‘Where Did The Time Go?’ delves into slightly heavier territory, with hard drumming and deep bass complimented by melodic guitar riffs and vocally distinctive. TTLY continue to explore their talents, in the meantime becoming a much-loved band within the U.K scene.


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BLACK WATER CHEMISTRY release new track RETURN TO ASHES ahead of August EP

South Wales metal band, Black Water Chemistry are about to break into the scene as they launch into their new EP, Return To Ashes coming this August. The Newport quintet were founded in by brothers Matt and Chris Saunders along with friends, Murph, Gizz and Dan in 2014 and have brought an industrial sound to the table with their title track ‘Return To Ashes’ available to stream now here. Already being compared to the likes of Soundgarden and Parkway Drive, Black Water Chemistry are coalesced a variety of elements to create an all round original sound that’s no doubt set to thrive in the metal community.

Taking a DIY approach on their upcoming album, Black Water Chemistry describe their new music as being ‘updated’ since their first release. With the band Periphery holding heavy influence over their upcoming material, released track ‘Return To Ashes’ combines modern metal techniques in combative drums and hefty riffs, making it massively ambitious delivering a level of anticipation for the upcoming EP. One of the main appeals is the vintage pugnacity of the track, combining combative features in an industrial style nature.

Set for release on August 31st, Black Water Chemistry is available on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.

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Pop punk outfit, Fight For Friday from Manchester released their EP Someone You Could Trust last month that’s been circulating the scene and garnering interest. Since release, Fight For Friday has been riding the waves of the momentum of their recent release and solidifying their stance in the UK pop-punk scene. Prior to release, vocalist Seb spoke about the title by revealing “it is relevant to the context of the EP and the message we are trying to portray; the effect that other people have on someone’s happiness, health and life experience.”

Someone You Could Trust is an overall brilliant EP, varying in tones and proving the potential that Fight For Friday has for becoming the next big thing. With influences such as The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball and A Day To Remember, the mixed bag of talent makes this EP unique in its genre. As the band moves forth and continues to develop their individual skill since their initial formation in 2014, Fight For Friday vocalist Seb and drummer Matt joins us to speak about their music, experience and the post-success of Someone You Could Trust.

“We’re super stoked at the moment with everything we’ve got going on with the release and upcoming ventures,” they start. “We formed way back in school. It was pretty much started out as an extracurricular thing and just grew from there. I met Lloyd from drama club about 5 years before the band formed and joined two years after,” Seb reveals. The growth in Fight For Fridays music is exceptional, since their initial release of Call Me Old Fashioned in 2016, the band have honed into their sound whilst all the while staying true to their pop-punk sound. “We grew up on Blink, Green Day and Sum 41,” they start. “they were a definite drive for us. As we’ve been exposed to more bands we definitely take inspiration from Seaway, ROAM and New Found Glory nowadays.” With the luxury of the UK pop-punk scene exploding with all kinds of talents and sounds, Fight For Friday are in the run to be one of the best rising bands to hit our shores. “We started out at school playing pretty basic punk tunes, as we’ve grown older we’ve been exposed to some of the amazing modern pop-punk bands around and have been drawn to that vibe. The latest release we have out is more towards a sound We’re finally happy with after being a band for 4 years so it’s exciting times ahead.”

Melodic in nature, the first track ‘Life Hits You Hard’ brings the life of Fight For Friday out in force with combative and emphasised drumming ricocheting from each instrument adding that early 00’s pop-punk vintage sound. It’s an EP of varied talents, as it moves into ‘I Feel Bad, But You Should Feel Worse’ as the guys’ mix in a heavier tone to their perky sound. Tying together with a low bass, the track fluctuates between sounds of heavy breakdowns and catchy bridges. ‘Take It Or Leave It’ is a firm favourite, accentuating their talents for melodic guitar riffs giving the track an overall upbeat feeling. Throughout the EP, a major appeal is the distinctive vocals of lead singer, Seb Harper with the ability to adapt to each direction the tone takes. For an example, the fourth track ‘Target Practise’ is a little lower in pitch and highlights the sound of the bass with an elision. Featuring staggered intros throughout the EP, ‘Headache’ is by the far the track that does it best. Giving each instrument the opportunity to bring the song into this epic saga of events as they build, the track takes a lighter approach. It’s the track that brings their influences into the focal point, lyrically and instrumentally.

Someone You Could Trust was released last month, with their lead single ‘Headache’ taking the win as their most played track. Melancholic in sound, ‘Headache’ highlights the chemistry and fluency of the band instrumentally, topped with soft vocals that tie the track into brilliance. “We wrote ‘Headache’ just after the death of Chester Bennington. It’s not directly related to him but the news of it made me think about feelings such as depression and how other people can see one thing but you can be feeling the complete opposite.” Another example of Fight For Friday’s sensitive topic choice is ‘Target Practise.’ “Both songs [Target Practise and Headache] talk about the effect that other people’s actions can have on you and how you’ve got to rise above negative people to move forward.”


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[REVIEW] PUSHING DAISIES – Take Me Back To The Light

Bristol-based emo rock quartet Pushing Daises dropped their highly anticipated EP, Take Me Back To The Light, this time is running it solo. Being their first record single 2016’s Stay Sad, Pushing Daisies have created an exciting ambient album, holding onto the cadenced drums complimenting structured riffs. First track ‘Fears’ is infectious in nature, underlined with a deep bass that really adds a sense of depth and tying the track together. The seven-track EP is quick to show off the talents that Pushing Daises own when it comes to the contemporary emo genre. ‘Bleed’ on the other hands, takes a more punk stance with a clear bass line and tightened snare. Being lead by these two instruments, the vocals featured in ‘Bleed’ sets the tone of the track, but it doesn’t fall short of the expenditure that the band garner for a heavier track.

Mismatched melodies bring us into ‘Picture Frame’ which emphasises the guitar, overall creating a louder sounding track than the previous two. This time around, the drum relies heavily on its symbols, creating an ambient affair intertwined with an echoed guitar solo. Stealing the spotlight for best track on the EP, ‘Picture Frame’ compiles so much variance and a nostalgic kick into the bands previous material. ‘Crickets’ is close though, using a lower bass line and bass drum to bring a massive depth below a massive chorus, emphasised by the fluctuating guitar. At this turning point, we can hear the combination of instruments to bring the music to life, with ‘Crickets’ putting emphasis on each throughout its duration.

Slowing down the tempo, ‘Night Masquerade’ is almost soundtrack-like, although displays the vocal range further, dabbling in eerie ambience toned with layered instrumentals. Use of pugnacious screams faded through the bridges adds so much more depth to the track that it launches Pushing Daises into one of the most exciting bands of the modern age, and Take Me Back To The Light is in the running for this year’s selection of new talent. Concluding the EP with final track ‘Luxury,’ Take Me Back To The Light hones on the skill that has so far been on show for a final display of Pushing Daisies’ band chemistry. It’s a song containing sheer power as they combine their efforts of contemporary, modern emo and create an epic soundscape to end the EP.

Keep up to date with Pushing Daises on Facebook and Instagram and be sure to check them out on BandCamp.

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Hailing from the Australian shores, melodic punk outfit All Hope Remains have recently dropped their latest EP Hindsight that’s filled with energetic and hard instrumentals, emphasising the heavier tones that has been sought after since the Still Searching era of Senses Fail. Appealing to a variety of audiences, All Hope Remains has clear direction in their music with talent bursting at the seams from the melodic use of guitar, the heavy undertones of the bass or the real stentorian drums that really give them their label of punk. The final breakdown in ‘These Machines’ is a true display of their fluctuating talents, showing their competency for heavier music.

One of the biggest appeals of All Hope Remains is the softening blow of vocals atop the tumultuous sound. In tracks such as ‘Sorrow Sustained’ the pugnacious sound of drums below melodic guitars and a deepening bass, the soft and lyrically poetic vocals brings an element of rapport to the music, making it relatable with a hard hitting instrumental sound. ‘Tolerate’ is a display of the talent that All Hope Remains has for fast-paced instrumentals, with the chorus bringing in melodic riffs tying the song together and taking the lead for the best track featured on Hindsight.

The EP is full of variance, displaying many talents in unpredicted turns that keep it fresh throughout. ‘Bleed Throughout’ features choppy guitar, guiding the track into an almost acoustic bridge with echoed drums, slowing the EP down but holding on to the powerful hit that All Hope Remains has so far displayed. Its ‘Smoke And Mirrors’ that really highlight the emphasis of the drums, taking the spotlight for stand-out instrument on the album. Being full of energy, it is truly the drums that shine on this EP, further displayed in ‘These Machines’ where they guide the track through the motions and complimented by the bass. Hindsight features the importance of each member to make the music, fluctuating between outstanding performances from each. Final track, ‘Worthless’ concludes the EP by compiling their talents, in clear and crisp production. The fingerings of the guitar sets aside this track for runner up of best track, although the vocal ranges and fluctuations in ‘Worthless’ makes All Hope Remains a brilliant band to keep watch on, as the boys ground themselves in their genre showing a real sense of talent that will surely help them climb the ranks.

Keep up to date with All Hope Remains on Facebook and Instagram and be sure to head over to Spotify to stream Hindsight now!

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LAKE SYCAMORE drops MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE and WOES support tomorrow @ Clwb, Cardiff

Last week, Cardiff based pop punk band released their latest single and music video for ‘More Than Meets The Eye’ taken from their upcoming EP Stepping Stones. Entering the scene only recently, the pop punk outfit has already sought a surge of success, hitting audiences around the globe and jumping on the bill for their first show with WSTR. With a growing fan base and riding on momentum and creativity, ‘More Than Meets The Eye’ brings Lake Sycamore in to the spotlight for their work.

Taking heavy influence from artists such as The Story So Far, WSTR, State Champs and Four Year Strong, ‘More Than Meets The Eye’ is a combination of their influences that have brought the band together. With a music video to match, Lake Sycamore shows off their energy for the music in crisp production.

You can catch Lake Sycamore supporting Woes tomorrow along with Clarity at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff’s Womanby St for £7. Tickets available here.

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