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My Great Affliction – Good Things To Come

With their new single ‘Good Things to Come’ set to be released on the 19th August, what better way to celebrate this than a number of live dates!

Live dates:
11th August @ The Flapper – Birmingham
19th October – Secret Venue – Brierley Hill
20th October – The Flapper – Birmingham

“My Great Affliction were the band that rocked up on stage treating the forum members to their heavy sounds…a stunning show with their hard rock material, kicking off the Festival with a bang.” – Download Festival

Band Links:
https://www.facebook.com/MyGreatAffliction
https://twitter.com/MGAband
http://www.mygreataffliction.com

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Minimum – Smash Routine

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‘Smash Routine’ is the first single to be released from their self titled EP.

This could easily be described as the perfect compliment to a high action drama (a good one, not something with Danny Dyer.)

Video for the single “Smash Routine” (which is nothing like the suggested videos. Natasha Bedingfield – Soulmate?!)

If you’re itching for more Minimum (and why wouldn’t you be?!), visit the following links:

www.weareminimum.co.uk
www.youtube.com/weareminimum
www.soundcloud.com/weareminimum
www.twitter.com/weareminimum
www.facebook.com/minimumonline

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Poor Young Things – The Heart The Head The End

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Released 2nd July 2013 

To listen to the album in full, Click Here

2013 SiriusXM ‘emerging artist of the year’ will be joining the warped tour in July!

Each time this band hits the stage they elevate their game.”

– Jeff Leake, SiriusXM

US Tour Dates:

May 21 – Ottawa, ON – Café Dekcuf *
May 22 – Kingston, ON – The Mansion *
May 23 – Guelph, ON – E-Bar *
May 24 – Peterborough, ON – Red Dog *
May 25 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe *
May 28 – London, ON – APK Live *
May 29 – Windsor, ON – Phog Lounge *
May 30 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwells Music House *
May 31 – Sarnia, ON – Paddy Flaherty’s *
June 1 – St Catharines, ON – Mansion House *
June 5 – Halifax, NS – Seahorse Tavern * LIVE 105 “Presents”
June 6 – Moncton, NB – Tide And Boar *
June 7 – Charlottetown, PEI – Hunter’s Ale House *
June 8 – Fredericton, NB – Lava Vodka Bar (Nicky Zee’s) *
June 12 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
June 13 – Calgary, AB – Palomino Social Club
June 14 – Kelowna, BC – Doc Willoughby’s
June 15 – Vancouver, BC – Media Club
June 18 –  Nanaimo, BC – The Queens
June 20 – Edmonton, AB – Avenue Theatre
June 21 – Saskatoon, SK – Vangelis

July 1 – Thunder Bay, ON – Canada Day Celebrations (Prince Arthur’s Landing)

July 6 – Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center #
July 7 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Concert Center #
July 12 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center #

July 18 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center #
July 19 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills #
July 20 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre #
July 21 – Minneapolis, MN – Canterbury Park #
July 23 – Kansas City, KS – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater #
July 24 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater  #
July 25 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood #

Aug 2 – Dallas – TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion #

* w/ Gloryhound

# Warped Tour

For more Poor Young Things

http://www.pooryoungthings.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pooryoungthings

https://twitter.com/PoorYoungThings

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The Trade

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With their new album “Fu-Go” recently released (20th May 2013), The Trade are certainly making a name for themselves! They have also been seen supporting various bands such as The Undertones, The Buzzcocks, The Stiff Little Fingers, Ray Wilson & Stiltskin, The Twang, Dave Arcari, The Twilight Sad, The Xcerts, Chris Helm, Mark Morriss and The Underground Hero’s.

With Fu-Go being described as “Real get up and go music” (therockandrollreport.com) it gives you the perfect reason and no excuse to go see them live! For gig dates, visit http://www.the-trade.co.uk/?page_id=129

Lead vocalist, Ross Milne, recently took time out to answer my questions:

If you could live your life by one of your song lyrics, what would it be?

‘From Fu-Go, I would say – Missing Out, the 2nd half of the song. The first half is painting the picture of most folk’s lives. The second half is the bit to live by. It’s about letting go, being impulsive and living life instead of keeping it all inside.

You’re trapped in a lift with one other band/artist. You get talking to them and they ask if you want to collaborate with them. Which band/artist would it be and why?

‘Mine would be Fish I think! – His lyrics are amazing. I love the fact that he is still going is awesome. I would also like to do the same with Roger Waters! Similar reasons. BUT if you’re looking at current artists, then it’s Kaleb Followill every day of the week for me! Loving the energy. So to blast out a collaboration with him would be off the scale!’

Did you ever think “we should go on The Xfactor”? Why/why not?

‘Yes. BUT only to get recognition, then leave it at that.  Not to do the entire competition. We have our sound and just need a leg up. We believe we have something folk like. We just need the bigger stage.’

If you weren’t in a band, what would you be doing right now?

‘Being in another band or certainly writing music!

Got to pay the bills, but on the spare time thing, it would always be music. If my voice went, I would play better than I can now! The guys all love it. Once it’s in you can’t just ignore it……..well not for long at least!’

Who comes up with the lyrics to your songs? Are they based on anything or made up of rhyming words that sound good. “Lying in my bed, wishing I was with you instead” etc…

‘I write all the lyrics and very seldom do they rhyme hahaha!

The idea for me is to convey a story or a point and make it as interesting as possible at the same time. I try to write so there are a few meanings taken from the song, so folk can personally like them for different reasons. Most of the time there is one ‘correct’ meaning, but not always. That’s the great thing about writing songs! Creating and getting imaginations going!’

Picture the scene. You come home after a gig. It’s late at night, you’re tired, you’ve just finished a curry and you’ve fallen onto the sofa. The light comes on, someone screams. It’s not your house. What’s going through your mind?
“Bollox! I cannot believe this has happened again!!!”

If you were the opposite sex for a day, what would be the first thing you do? (The real first thing.)

‘Alone time!!!! – And LOADS OF IT!!!!’

What do you look like first thing in the morning? 

‘Have you ever seen the MILK scene in Anchorman?’

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For more from The Trade:

www.the-trade.co.uk

www.facebook.com/thetradeoffical

www.twitter.com/the_trade

www.youtube.com/monthetrade

Honningbarna – Verden En Enkel (Album)

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Released May 6th 2013 

Honningbarna (Norwegian for Honey Children) are a Norwegian punk-rock band just out of their teenage years.

Their live shows are hailed to be one of the most thrilling in Norway.

As someone who doesn’t speak a word of Norweigan, the album certain makes for interesting listening. Nevertheless this is certainly an excellent album.

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Vocalist Edvard Valberg certainly has some dance moves that could compete with Ed MacFarlane from Friendly Fires.

Honningbarna will be playing The Great Escape festival 16th – 18th May, as well as various UK and Ireland locations later on in the year.

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For more Honningbarna, including tour dates, visit their website http://honningbarna.no/

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Damn Vandals – Kings of Never (Single)

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Damn Vandals have recently been described as “the most talented and exciting rock band on the music scene for years.”

They have recently had numerous media exposure from Loaded TV, BBC Introducing and BBC 6Music, and Selector Radio, it’s clear that Damn Vandals are heading for success.

Their new track, ‘Kings of Never’, clearly adds to their success. With the hard yet soft vocals from singer and guitarist, Jack Kansas, mixed perfectly with the instrumentals from the band, the song can perfectly suit any mood.

Having listened to them for the first time, their infectious sounds instantly make you want to search for more from them! This is obviously not just my opinion, as their last album was named one of Bloomberg’s top 10 ‘Best CDs of 2012.’

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“An Introducing classic … hits the sweet spot, combining straightahead simplicity – the hallmark of all great rock songs – with a killer groove and immaculate production.”

BBC6 Music Tom Robinson

“Damn Vandals, a great live band, thoroughly recommend seeing them, I’ve seen them a couple of times and on both occasions they’ve been absolutely superb, so much energy on stage, a proper rock n roll band.”  Chris Hawkins, BBC 6Music

 

“If Nick Cave fronted a heavier Gang Of Four….Damn Vandals are one of the most exciting bands to surface from theUK this year, and ‘Done For Desire’ one of the most exciting debuts.”  This is Fake DIY

See them live:

Thurs 28 March @ Nantwich Festival (Supporting the Blockheads)
Fri 5 April @ the Wheatsheaf, Oxford | Thurs 25 April @ Catch, London

SAT 11th MAY – 9PM £5
NAMBUCCA, 596 HOLLOWAY ROAD, LONDON, N7 6LB

24th May @ Off The Tracks Festival – Main Stage 7pm /

Sat 25th May –  Headlining the Halfpenny stage at Lechlade Festival

http://lechladefestival.co.uk/

https://soundcloud.com/damn-vandals

www.damnvandals.co.uk

http://www.myspace.com/damnvandals

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Drowning Pool – Resilience

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Album Released 9th April 2013

Drowning Pool’s first success was “Bodies” released back in 2001. Now, 12 years later after 4 albums, they are back not only with their new album “Resilience”, but with new lead singer, Jasen Moreno.

 

Tracklisting:

1. Anytime Anyplace

2. Die For Nothing

3. One Finger And A Fist

4. Digging These Holes

5. Saturday Night

6. Low Crawl

7. Life Of Misery

8. Broken Again

9. Understand

10. Bleed With You

11. Skip To The End

12. In Memory Of (Bonus Track)

13. Blindfold (Bonus Track)

‘This Texan quartet has endured a revolving door of singers and yet manages to produce consistently killer albums with an unmistakable sound… His bark propels stompers… Drowning Pool proves resilient once again.’ – Revolver

 

To find out more about Drowning Pool, head to their website www.drowningpool.com where you can also find their UK tour locations and book tickets.

Killswitch Engage – Disarm The Descent

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Disarm the Descent released April 2 2013

After their long awaited return, and being hailed as “one of the most anticipated releases of 2013”, Grammy-nominated, Massachusetts-based hard rockers Killswitch Engage are back with their new album “Disarm the Descent” as a follow up to their 2009 album, self-titled “Killswitch Engage.”

The album also sees the welcoming return of Jesse Leach after being away from the band for a number of years.

 

Tracklisting:

1. The Hell In Me

2. Beyond The Flames

3. The New Awakening

4. In Due Time

5. A Tribute To The Fallen

6. Turning Point

7. All We Have

8. You Don’t Bleed For Me

9. The Call

10. No End In Sight

11. Always

12. Time Will Not Remain

 

Their latest single from their album, “In Due Time”, is hard metal at its finest with nothing but good reviews across the internet from their major fan base.

To find out more about Killswitch Engage, head to their website www.killswitchengage.com where you can also find their US tour locations and book tickets.

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