FIGHT FOR FRIDAY announce details sophomore EP ‘Someone’s You Could Trust’

29066481_1797196866978171_2113507226873233408_nCumbrian pop-punters, Fight For Friday, has announced their EP Someone You Could Trust recently that consists of five tracks and will be self-released on May 11th. Streaming their first single ‘Headache’ on YouTube yesterday, Fight For Friday are a stand-out quintet drawing from their talent for music and chemistry together. ‘Headache’ is a real anthem of a track, with poetic lyrics posing almost philosophical stances emphasised by an atmospheric style of play through heavy bass, cadenced drums and a distinguished voice.

Talking about their first single and EP, vocalist and guitarist Seb Harper explains that it is a “song based on introspection, overthinking and loneliness. We wrote it after the news of Chester Bennington’s death and although it isn’t directly related to him, it made me think about how much other people can affect your own thoughts and how hard it can be when there’s nobody around to listen or impact your thoughts in a positive way. It’s probably our most powerful song in terms of both musicality and lyrical content,” adding that the song is “relevant to the context on the EP and the message we are trying to portray: the effect that other people can have on someone’s happiness, health and life experience.”

Recording Someone You Could Trust at White Bear Studios along with the help of engineer David Page, ‘Headache’ shows the real crisp production of the upcoming album and the impact that Fight For Friday have through a thought-out memorandum that’s not only effective in the present but a reflective rationalisation in future instances. The infectious, modern pop-punk tone that Fight For Friday has taken is helpful in their contagious music that’s almost therapeutic – calming and positive with that punch of energy throughout.

“The best thing about this band is the natural bond and growth that we have.”

Forming in 2014 as an extra-curriculum activity at school, Fight For Friday have watched their band mature and materialise in front of their eyes as their dreams of playing punk have grown into reality. Playing venues such as Manchester Academy and Fac251 and touring the UK twice, they describe themselves as “a high school band that didn’t stop.” With their first EP released in 2016, Fight For Friday’s remedial writing process has seen them riding waves of momentum as they enter into Someone You Could Trust era of their career.

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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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12278806_1083575058332802_3444736460369013686_nAll Hours

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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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LIGHTEN UP LAURA Are Working On New Music

Southampton based four-piece Lighten Up Laura gained all-round positive feedback for their 2017 release Acting Your Age. The EP brought the band to life, with gripping and infectious tracks driven with talent and passion. Since then, Lighten Up Laura have been on an upward journey, releasing ‘Take Your Shirt Off’ and ‘Missed The Boat’ as official music videos, putting on shows and ultimately enjoying the Acting Your Age era. Although, the band has posted about working on new material. In a recent Instagram post, Lighten Up Laura say “we’re writing new bangers for you lovely people.”

Made up of students studying music production at University, Lighten Up Laura have massive talent that has been proved in their already established sound that Acting Your Age displayed. With each musician having stand-out performances on their previous EP, it’s an exciting time to be following this up and coming band that keep on growing. Dubbing themselves as ‘unnecessarily loud and fast-paced,’ Lighten Up Laura are successful in delivering their end of the bargain. If you missed the alternative rock bands previous EP, it’s available on Spotify here, and it’s definitely worth listening to. While brief, the portfolio of music that the band currently have is impressive and taking to sounds such as Incubus, Foo Fighters and Placebo.

Keep up to date with Lighten Up Laura by following their FACEBOOK and TWITTER and take a listen on SPOTIFY.


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HOLDING ABSENCE Announced For Slam Dunk 2018

As well as their tour, Holding Absence has been announced to play Slam Dunk 2018. The band has been riding a wave of momentum almost straight from the get-go, seeing festival stages such as 2000trees and Download. Slam Dunk runs on May 26th, 27th and 28th this year in Leeds, London and Birmingham. For ticket or act information click here.

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Their This Is As One tour alongside Loathe with SharpTone Records is kick-starting as of today in Bristol’s Thekla and then continuing along the UK and Europe. For details regarding their tour, click here.

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SENSES FAIL If There Is A Light, It Will Find You REVIEW

Senses Fail has been a part of our lives ever since their 2006 track ‘Can’t Be Saved’ appeared on Guitar Hero 3. Since then, we’ve all discovered their 2004 release of Let It Enfold You and 2006’s Still Searching which both appeared in the Billboard Top 100 and reached a combined 700,000 copies in their first months of release. There’s been many more releases since though, including 2008’s Life Is Not A Waiting Room although the hype surrounding their most recent release of If There Is A Light has brought Senses Fail to the forefront of this year’s releases. Could it be that former drummer Dan Trapp would be returning to the studio, or that it had been three years since their previous release and they are now signed to Pure Noise Records? The band has been through a mixture of changes, although their touring has never ceased to keep up with the fans.

If There Is A Light had garnered massive interest, with album artwork announced and Senses Fail active on Twitter and the like to keep their fans in the mix. Entering the studio with Saosin in June 2017, Nielson said that the EP would feature a style much like Let It Enfold You. And while it does have that kick and excitement that their earlier releases have, its much, much lighter. Senses Fail fear no controversy, with mention of politics and raw emotion, which is what made them the band we’ve come to love today. ‘Double Cross,’ was the first track to be released from the album, and it hit like a bomb. It got everyone excited, and really brought out the nostalgic sound reminiscent of their earlier material.

As a whole, If There Is A Light is almost a new beginning for the New Jersey band as they revert to the music that gained them the love but with a more, established and mature sound. Nielson’s vocals are for an acquired taste – they aren’t outstanding but they’re full of passion, bringing a depth to the music that’s unreachable through just lyrics. Nielsen has had his fair share of experiences that he incorporates into the new album, specifically ‘First Breath, Last Breath’ where he sheds some light on his wife’s near death experience last year as she was giving birth to their daughter.

“Remember they said you’d have to sacrifice I know/But I was not prepared to watch the life drain from your soul/I have never felt so crushed, the sadness buried in my bones/How the hell am I supposed to raise a daughter on my own”

‘Green Jacket, Gold Jacket…’ is light-hearted in sound, and probably one of the most stand-out tracks on the album in the way it sticks to you. The song resembles the millennial, experiencing life in America the way it has turned out to be. It’s politically driven, concentrating on the elements that affect the 20-something generation including a brief mention of the attacks of 9/11 in 2001. It’s got the whole package, anti-depressants, capitalism, religion and the divide in modern culture. It’s a song that talks about a lot of this generations issues, which seemingly go by unspoken of.

Lyrically and vocally, Senses Fail still have that real edge, but their refined music style is what gains the most attention. Of course, comparatively towards earlier releases, If There Is A Light is a lot lighter compared to its predecessors. There’s still a lot of energy, although the chemistry goes much further this time. As mentioned earlier, the band seem to have found a more established and mature sound fitting into that 2000-esque punkish emo that really surged in the early days. The album is diverse yet it still has the iconic Senses Fail feel to it. They bring out a brighter side to themselves, and it’s like a message that every one can find happiness despite the crap life throws us. Senses Fail have always had a plethora of talent for the way that they write; how relatable they are in their music and the sheer imagination they have to deliver their music in the way that they do.

Listen to If There Is A Light It Will Find You on Spotify or iTunes, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

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DUCKING PUNCHES ‘Alamort’ REVIEW

Ducking Punches - press picture 2018 - Charlie Wallis PhotographyReleased on January 16th to major platforms such as Spotify and iTunes, Alamort is the fourth album by the four-piece punk rock band, Ducking Punches. Alamort is the second album released via Xtra Mile Recordings and was tracked and recorded at Cracked Rain Studio in Leeds where bands such as Citizen and Nervus has previously been. One of the most striking things about the album apart from the suave, chalk drawn skeleton plastering the artwork is its title, Alamort that’s derived from an old archaic term defined ‘half dead from exhaustion.’ A lot of thought and time has been put into their latest release since the announcement earlier in 2017 – and Alamort screams dedication.

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“‘Alamort’ seemed a fitting title for what myself and the band had been through recently. Some of these songs are frighteningly honest but it has been really therapeutic to write. Themes of the album range from crippling self doubt to death, friendship, love, witch-hunters, addiction and hope.”

-Dan Allen on Alamort

The full-length, eleven track album is emotive, showing the bands creative talents in all areas. ‘With Unfounded Hope’ opens the album, it’s short and choppy with all the right mixture of instruments to fill each gap and a bassline complimenting the emotion of the vocals, and as the track moves on to ‘Smoking Pot’ their energy really comes forward. A lot of the spotlight falls on the drummer, with hard, prominent drumbeats that bring these songs to life and gives it that punch. Since their previous release of Dance Before You Sleep in 2014, Ducking Punches have really honed in on their talents and explored each of their elements. Spotlights change throughout the entire album, with ‘Missing You Is Killing Me’ really showing off the work of the guitar, underlined with bass and the drums pulling it together. It’s got that melody that sticks with you, while ‘Sobriety’ really highlights the way that the bass makes the entire song stick together with an added depth. Previously released single ‘Distant Shadows’ emphasises the vocals, and how the tone and power range through each track to match the instruments. The album is mixed with heavy and light tones all in a fluid motion. ‘I Ruin Everything’ is one of the slower songs added onto the end of Alamort, with the echoed guitar empowering the song. It’s not until further halfway that the drums and the rest of the band kick in, and it’s just another kick of epic sound.

“Sobriety is a song that outlines a lot of my addictive personalities, something myself and a bunch of my friends have struggled with over the years. I’m always fascinated by the personification of abstract ideas, love, death and in the case Sobriety. So that was a huge inspiration for this song.”

-Vocalist Dan Allen on ‘Sobreity’

Alamort in all is a display of the way that Ducking Punches are progressively moving towards their goal, establishing their sound and ingeniously exploring their work. The album has a lot of poetic value while always being driven by emotion and passion. The Norwich band has created a mass of following already, although Alamort is creatively their best album to date. With their increasing popularity, Ducking Punches are using their momentum to bring their fans better material with each relief, which is what makes them such an exciting band to follow and be a part of.

Alamort is available on all major platforms including Spotify and iTunes, alternatively, follow Ducking Punches on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the band.

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