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.

Keep up to date with Layover on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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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.

Keep up to date with Only Strangers via Facebook but make sure you check them out on Spotify.

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DEARIST release music video for ‘Drowning.’

Wolverhampton quintet Dearist have just released a video single for their latest track ‘Drowning.’ Taken from their upcoming second album Sonder, Dearist have spent the last year booking their upcoming shows and hard at work bringing Sonder to life. Being compared to the likes of Taking Back Sunday and Thursday, Dearist has found their place in the industry by filling the niche of an alternative emo genre – a sound we haven’t really had since the early 2000’s when power chords and party lifestyles came out in force.

‘Drowning’ is a good looking piece of video work, displaying the band and setting the tone of the track. Faded in colour and eerie in atmosphere, Dearist have managed to really focus their energy on bringing the track to life in more than just the music. Filled with recorded performances and giving life to the band, ‘Drowning’ is a video for interpretation. One of the most stand out things about the video release along with the track is the lyric “drowning in my own skin” while the woman wears a mask and eventually breaks down – offering a sense of insecurity. There’s a lot to take away from Dearist’s new video release, and definitely interesting to see what it means to different people. Music wise, the track is of impressive production, and the bands similarities to Deftones (although in a perkier way) is a massive appeal as they bring their sound into a wider audience.

“Dearist is very DIY when it comes to the creative side of the band. Not only do we record and mix all our stuff but we are really lucky that Lee (our guitarist) is really good at all the visual aspects. He does all our design and video work, which is great because we get a lot of freedom and time to work on stuff, though we do go overboard sometimes when planning videos.”

-Adam Binder, front man of Dearist.

Sonder is available for preorder here for its April release. This link instantly gives buyers a download copy of ‘Drowning’ along with the bands remastered version of their first 2015 album This House Has No Windows which received huge praise from the likes of Kerrang!, Rock Sound and many more. Being recognised by Thursday’s Geoff Rickly, the quintet’s upcoming Sonder is massively anticipated among the scene.

Follow Dearist on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date – or head over to their Spotify or BandCamp to get familiar before the release!

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POLY-MATH ‘House Of Wisdom | We Are The Devil’ Pre-orders are live now!

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Set for release on April 20th via Lonely Voyage Records and Nice Weather For Airstrikes, Poly-Math has confirmed that pre-orders for their upcoming album House Of Wisdom | We Are The Devil is now live for both vinyl or digital purchases. To celebrate their announcement, Poly-Math has thrown in a free digital download of their lead single ‘Ink Of Scholars | Blood Of Tigris’ for free from their BandCamp.

“Ink of Scholars is one of the more time-signature-focused tracks on the record. We wanted to blend big riffs with a few confusing rhythms and see where it ended up, so the first section ended up being all 3 of us playing almost entirely different parts to create that jagged, out of sync feel.”

Currently up for free download here, ‘Ink Of Scholars | Blood Of Tigris’ is taken from their upcoming album, acting as a small taste of what’s to come. The track – six and a half minutes in length – is a mismatched ambient experience, with a rhythmic, hypnotising bass-track luring you in. It’s very experimental in nature, although Poly-Math combine their efforts to create a masterpiece of an instrumental with quick guitar and hard-hitting drums.

Their upcoming album is full of complexity, with many intriguing and interesting areas. Being equipped with a reversible LP cover, Poly-Math has put a lot of thought into their work. The album’s concept comes from the 13th Century House Of Wisdom in Baghdad and the Siege of 1258 which led to their destruction as well as being cited as one of the major causes of the end of the Islamic Golden Age. Funded by fans, House Of Wisdom | We Are The Devil also includes the voices of supporters that were sent in on the final mix. While the band have a variety of influences including Mastodon and King Crimson, Poly-Math has taken their exploration further by including saxophone, organs and even a small amount of vocals.

Pre-order links for House Of Wisdom | We Are The Devil are now live on Poly-Math’s BandCamp. Make sure to grab your free copy of ‘Ink Of Scholars | Blood Of Tigris’ by clicking here.

Keep up to date with Poly-Math on Facebook and Instagram and be sure to check their BandCamp every once in awhile! 

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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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WATERPARKS Tour Kicks Off Today

Texas band, Waterparks are kicking off their European tour tonight in Birmingham’s O2 Institute. With many people worried about the current weather, Waterparks confirmed yesterday on Twitter that all shows are going ahead as planned. Make sure to follow the band in case of any changes via their Facebook and twitter page.

For tickets and information visit the Waterparks official site here. If you’re travelling for the show, be sure to stay safe and wrap up warm. We’re sure that the gig-energy might heat you up, but get there and back safely!!

EDIT: Due to adverse weather forecasts, flights to Dublin have been cancelled meaning that Waterparks have been forced to reschedule tomorrow’s show to Monday the 5th. All original tickets are still valid on arrival.

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