Leeds' latest rock hot property Fizzy Blood are pleased to announce they will support Macclesfield trio The Virginmarys on two SOLD OUT dates in Manchester and London next week.
The new dates come shortly before a string of UK co-headline dates with friends and fellow Yorkshiremen Allusondrugs in June and a brace of festival appearances including Liverpool Sound City, Camden Rocks, Long Division Festival and more TBA.
Commenting on the news, drummer Jake Greenway says "We can't wait for these shows. A few of us have been following The Virginmarys for ages - even before we were a band - so to be playing two sold out shows with them is really exciting!"
Together only two short years and with just one EP under their belts, Fizzy Blood were almost immediately invited to play Download Festival and subsequently personally invited to tour with legendary punk outfit The Dead Kennedys after the release of just one single. Further tour dates with Press To Meco, Freeze The Atlantic, Attention Thieves and more followed, before the band retreated back to their hometown of Leeds late last year to reflect on how best to capitalize on their stellar start.
Marking themselves out as one of the most promising young Northern bands on the UK rock scene right now, they’ve already scored glowing praise from the likes of Kerrang! Magazine, Rock Sound, The Skinny, Big Cheese, Artrocker, Clash, Discovered Magazine, BBC Radio 1, Radio X, Scuzz TV and many more for their trashy, desert-rock-influenced anthems.
The band have just come off a run of dates alongside Max Raptor following a UK tour supporting The Hyena Kill, a trip to Korea for Zandari Fest, a much-lauded jaunt to this year’s South By South West in Austin, Texas and a triumphant homecoming show at Live at Leeds Festival.
What a week it has been so far! The new Magic Eight Ball album 'Richest Men In The Graveyard' came out on Monday to some wonderful reviews whilst sandwiched between my solo tour dates in the Faroe Islands on early Sunday and Denmark late on Tuesday.
This rather exceptional couple of weeks for the band and I continues later on (Friday, 6th May) with our new album 'Richest Men In The Graveyard' appearing in London's Metro newspaper and their website Metro.co.uk, so if you see a copy on the underground or in your newsagent, feel free to take a snap and share it on Facebook and the like! Special thanks to Matt Whitby for the album artwork this time, and advert construction too. Then this weekend the occasion is finally upon us as Magic Eight Ball bring our 2016 European Tour to the The Launa Windows Stadium in Torquay (England) for The Yellow Fest 2016 this Sunday, 8th May from lunchtime.
Before then, you can watch our latest video to 'Keep Me Out The Sunlight' (as directed by Alex McElroy & Hermes Contreras, starring Chloe Burton alongside myself, with make-up by Relly Wilson, and video editing by Artiom Barkun) right HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oMCYExgCyY, buy the CD version of 'Richest Men In The Graveyard' HERE, or download it with bonus tracks HERE.
Leeds quartet Furr have announced the release of their debut single ‘Think Sharp Kid’. With angsty riffs and lo-fi bass, pulsing grooves and piercing vocals, ‘Think Sharp Kid’ is an electrifying rock brawler with a fierce bite and a contagious chorus.
Unafraid to wear their influences on their sleeves Furr have a contemporary edge coated in the finest of the alternative 90’s. While their sound is rooted in their love for the likes of QOTSA, Death From Above 1979, Dinosaur Pile Up, The Vines, Alice In Chains, Black Sabbath, Deftones, God Damn, Weezer and Run the Jewels, they bring a youthful twist and an insouciant groove to proceedings.
Room-mates at Leeds University, Jack Byrne (vocals/guitar) and Sam Jackson (guitar/vocals) first met studying music production and soon formed a band with Guy Read (bass) and John Roberts (drums). Originally named Humans As Ornaments the band started recording early demos, working on a quid pro quo basis with the studio owner they had worked with on other projects, self-producing and mixing each track until they had their first collection of songs ready.
Pressing 200 CDs, the entire batch sold out in less than a month through various independent music shops in and around the Leeds vicinity and a sold out launch event. Ignoring calls for a re-press, the band invested the money they had made straight back into going on the road and playing across the north of England, cementing their fast-growing reputation as a raucous live entity.
Having created a solid fan base around their hometown, the band soon had labels and publishers taking notice and played their first London shows in December 2014. A few months later they started work on their debut EP, collaborating with notorious producers Boe Weaver at the infamous Studio Humbug.
And now, with a brand new name and fire in their eyes, Furr are ready to unleash the first fruits of their labours. ‘Think Sharp Kid’ is a riotous calling card that is a mere taste of the ferocious power they possess live. 2016 is about to get loud!
London, UK based Hardcore Punk Rock band Death Koolaid have released the music video for their track "Emmeline" which was directed by Brendan Cleaves, filmed by Laura Bellingham, edited by Greg Hays, and colored by Oliver Gill. The track is from the band's upcoming album Death Koolaid Vol. 2 which will be released this coming July.
We wanted to do a performance video but hate performance videos. We wanted to stay away from that classic good looking, fancy lighting, slick style performance video we so often see too much of. So we came up with this idea. We wanted it to create motion sickness, headaches, and dizziness. We also did it on a tiny budget, with just the director, the DP and us all crammed into a tiny room. Not only that, we thought to make it more intense for us, we put a time limit on the shoots duration to three hours. Get in, go mental and get out. Pretty much our mentality squeezed into the whole experience and visuals. We use a homemade camera rig for many of shots as nothing out there could achieve the look we wanted. The song is also bonkers, so it all came together quite well. - Death Koolaid
The band's first album will also be available for free from now until the launch of the second album via Bandcamp on the link below.
The Amorettes, have announced that their new album, White Hot Heat, will be released worldwide through Off Yer Rocka Recordings on 27 June 2016.
White Hot Heat, the follow up to the acclaimed, 'Game On' and has been produced by Luke Morley, songwriter and lead guitarist with UK Rock act, Thunder, and engineered by Nick Brine, with credits that include Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Snow Patrol, The Darkness, Oasis, and many more. White Hot Heat was recorded at Brine’s Leeders Vale studios in Ebbw Vale, South Wales.
“The Amorettes make a great noise,” says Morley, “I was delighted to be involved in the new album. They opened for The Union 5 years ago, and I’ve been watching their development with interest ever since. I think we’ve captured something really special with the album, and I think it will surprise a lot of people.”
“It was a new way of working for us.” says Hannah. “We had a week of pre-production and building the songs in the studio before we started recording. It’s safe to say this process has brought out the best in our playing, and we have grown so much as musicians as a result.” “It was unlike anything we’ve ever done before.” continues Heather.
“We’ve been introduced to an entirely new way of breaking down our songs and working out structures. Plus, it was incredible to watch Nick at work too. Fine tuning the mixes with such speed and dancing behind the soundboard. Having the legendary Kenny Dogleash in the studio was very therapeutic too; except when he watches you eat and tries to steal all your food from your hand. I think that overall, this is the most exciting album we’ve ever made.”
1. Batter Up (Montgomery)
2. Let The Neighbours Call The Cops (Montgomery/Warwick)
One of the world’s best loved ska and reggae groups, the legendary Toots and The Maytals will tour the UK in August and September 2016.
Proceeded by festival appearances at The Big Feastival and Madness presents House of Common, Toots and The Maytals’ eight-date tour will start at Bristol’s Motion venue on Wednesday, 31st August, and end on Saturday, 10th September at Manchester Academy.
Led by the charismatic ‘Toots’ Hibbert, The Maytals formed in Kingston, Jamaica in 1961. ‘Toots’ popularised the reggae sound with hits such as ‘Do The Reggay’ (widely acknowledged as the first song ever to feature the word ‘Reggae’), ‘Pressure Drop’, ‘54-46 (That's My Number)’, ‘Sweet and Dandy’, ‘Monkey Man’, ‘Funky Kingston’ and ‘Reggae Got Soul’.
Over the last five decades, ‘Toots’ has influenced countless artists, including The Specials, The Clash and Amy Winehouse, and has toured with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow and Los Lonely Boys.
A five time Grammy nominee, Toots & The Maytals won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Reggae album with True Love. The album featured re-recorded classic hits alongside popular and legendary artists including Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, No Doubt, Ben Harper, The Roots and Shaggy.
Toots has been absent from the stage for almost three years after suffering a head injury caused by a drunk fan throwing a glass bottle during a festival performance in Richmond, Virginia in May 2013. After intensive medical therapy, Toots has been cleared by his doctor to resume touring in 2016.
“It has been a difficult three years,” said Toots. “But I am very happy to be able to now get back together with my musical family and prepare to share my music once again with my incredible fans.”
This return to the stage by one of the greats of ska, reggae and rocksteady is being greatly anticipated by Toots’ countless fans around the world, who rightly regard Toots as a living legend.
Toots and The Maytals’ UK tour dates are as follows:
‘You’re Boring’ is the second single/ video to be taken from Chisel Beeches' In A Week, On A Whim EP and it’s deadly serious, honestly.
“You're Boring is about a girl who is drawn to guys that are, by their very nature, definitely not good for her. In the case of this video the guy is a werewolf. It's a pretty subtle metaphor." Steve McDonagh
Chisel Beeches EP In A Week, On A Whim is out now.
Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, Beth Hart is to release the beautiful new video for Mama (This One’s For You) from her captivating album ‘Better Than Home’ on Provogue/Mascot Label Group.
Her incredible voice has already moved guitar legends Jeff Beck, Slash, Joe Bonamassa and Buddy Guy to perform with her on records and live; making her, in the words of Classic Rock Magazine “guitarists go-to girl and the UK have firmly taken Beth to their hearts after recent stirring headline performances at the Royal Albert Hall, The Roundhouse and Hampton Court Palace.
Some artists choose to sing the blues and some artists find that they have to live them as well; the latter couldn’t be more fitting for Beth Hart. A prodigious talent in her childhood she’s been through more than most; FBI raids, her father going to jail, her sister died of complications from AIDS, expelled from school, she ran away from home to Brooklyn aged 15 to fulfil her dream of performing live. Scouts picked her up and she won $100k on Star Search beating a young Beyonce to claim the prize. Her break-through single ‘LA Song (Out of this Town)’ later became a hit reaching #6 in the US. Pressure and a “dark period” hit;drink, drugs and an eating disorder followed – but performances on the Jay Leno and David Letterman shows grew her public profile. She spent the following years either on tour or in and out of rehab. In 2000 she confessed to being “nuts and struggling” and was diagnosed as Bipolar; doctors told her “you can’t handle this life in the music industry”, she was to prove otherwise.
Now on her 7th solo record, album collaborations with Joe Bonamassa, ‘Seesaw’ and ‘Don’t Explain’, made it to the top #1 and #3 of the Billboard Blues Albums Chart whilst ‘Live in Amsterdam’ entered the UK album chart at #18. Her greatest validation as one of the defining voices of our time came when her tribute (alongside Jeff Beck) to Buddy Guy on The Kennedy Center Honors Special received one of the only 2 standing ovations of the evening, led by President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. She has also worked with Guns ‘n Roses guitar maestro Slash on ‘Mother Maria’ from his album ‘Slash’.
The producer of The Kennedy Center Honors, Michael Stevens, and the musical director, Rob Mathes, saw what people have been seeing for nearly 20 years: a woman who wears her soul on her sleeve and has the pipes to back it up. Michael and Rob decided to produce her new album, ‘Better Than Home’.
What makes ‘Better Than Home’ her most intimate work ever, is that it goes to the depth of her soul, revealing terrible pain in her past, family issues and personal demons as well as her coming to grips with them and using that knowledge to find the real beauty in her life. No words do a better job of summing up what this new album is all about, than the lyrics to the title song, Better Than Home:
I can feel my body breathing, I can feel my heart movin’ fast
I am not afraid or lonely; I am not chasing the ghost of the past
Now Beth’s putting her past behind her, embracing the great things she’s done and the good things she has and looking forward such as on ‘Mechanical Heart’, which is a powerful love song to her husband, Scott Guetzkow. “It was my way of saying”, she admits, “yeah, I don’t have a healthy or normal heart, but I’m going to figure out a way to bring you everything you need and want in life.” Whilst ‘Trouble’ is“a brass balls song…about a female who says, ‘Hey, I didn’t come here to make trouble, but the bottom line, it’s a whole lot of fun.’ It’s a bad girl song.”
In ‘We’re Still Living In The City’, she chronicles two peoples’lives by their marriage together. “They’re going through life…this rollercoaster. But the one thing that’s always constant between them is…no matter what, I’m still crazy about him!” ‘St. Teresa’ is an anthem with a unique point-of-view, narrated by a man in prison. Inspired by the film, Dead Man Walking, she adds; “There’s this man, who knows everyone hates him, and there’s this woman, who’s very close to God, and she will love him and be devoted to him no matter what.”
‘As Long As I Have A Song’ is a stirring ballad that “represents my love and hate about being a songwriter. What I love about it, it’s connecting, but, out of the blue, it can all go away. You’re searching to get reconnected, and out of writer’s block.” Beth isn’t afraid of admitting her own shortcomings. Mid-tempo ‘Might As Well Smile’ is a soulful reminder of that. “You’re taking yourself too seriously, just smile, relax and just get through the tough time.”
‘Tell ‘Em You Belong To Me’ is one of the most personal songs on the album. “This is about my relationship with my father. When I was a kid, my Dad and I were as tight as can be. Then he married this woman who would not allow me to have anything to do with him. It’s the story of ‘You tell that lady you’re my Dad.’ ” Showing a lighter side on ‘The Mood That I’m In’. “It’s a fun song. It’s about love, it’s about going out at night. You’ve got someone that you’re crazy about but they’re not available to you, so you go searching for it in other people.”
The highly emotional, limited edition bonus track, ‘Mama This One’s For You’, reveals that she’s not afraid to tell her mother how much she loves her. “It’s probably the most important song to me on the record. I finally got how blessed I was to have my Mom.”
This album isn’t about the problems Beth’s faced in her life. Instead, she’s choosing to find the good things that have been there all along: accepting and loving her parents for who they really are, appreciating a good husband, facing her fears head on and ultimately finding ways to heal and convert that positive energy into music that moves people. This is an incredibly moving, self written and composed record that’s going to reach people on a very personal level, because a one-of-a-kind artist found the perfect formula for exposing her very private inner voice and empowering it with her legendary outer voice.
NWOBHM heroes SAVAGE have released the official video for "Lock N Load," a track from 2015 album 7. Check it out below:
SAVAGE released a new studio album 7 on Minus 2 Zebra in late 2015. Included with the double-album is a live performance disc titled Live N Lethal. The album can be purchased via this link!!!
The band has also announced several upcoming live appearances, as follows:
21 May Real Time Live - Chesterfield, UK
24 Sep Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival - P60, Amstelveen, Holland
15 Oct British Steel Saturday Night Festival #5 - Fismes, France
3 Dec O2 Academy - Sheffield, UK
7 features 12 blistering new tracks, which mix old with new. Many of the tracks are fast paced and hark back to the early days whilst tracks such as "Superspy' and Empire Of Hate' sound akin to something off a modern OZZY album or even METALLICA at their best! Live N Lethal features 13 live tracks. Included is the entirety of classic 1983 debut album Loose N Lethal, which is given a fresh treatment in the form of a recently recorded gig in the band's hometown of Mansfield (UK). The Loose n Lethal album is delivered at a furious pace, along with a few choice tracks from the band's back catalogue.
Hotei have a brand new behind the scenes video from the making of his new video for 'Move It' featuring guest vocals by Richard Z. Kruspe from Rammstein. This is a rare behind the scenes video, which features interviews with both the guitar superstar and Richard.
‘Move It’ is taken from Hotei's debut UK release Strangers, which features an array of high profile guests including Iggy Pop and Matt Tuck from Bullet For My Valentine and more. Best known for his song ‘Battle Without Honor Or Humanity’, instantly recognisable as the theme from Quentin Tarantino’s film Kill Bill, Hotei has played alongside the The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and many more high profile artists across his career.
Heralded by Time Out as “iconic”, Hotei has sold more than 40 million records in his native Japan and is on a huge 35th anniversary tour of Japan at the moment.
News just in at URHQ from the people behind (what looks to be) the definitive book about power pop legends Jellyfish. You can still order a copy via the link below, so if you do go for one tell them Uber Rock sent you.
We're rolling. Forward, full on.
Now, here's the full cover for you
It was designed by Allen Battino, who has more than 25 years working in animation for film and television, including work on films including Charlotte's Web, The Smurfs, and X-Men: First Class. Early in his career, he served as the animation director for Jellyfish's 1991 "Baby's Comin Back" video, and has remained one of the band's most loyal and enthusiastic fans since then. We're thrilled that he agreed to do the cover for Brighter Day. You can read more about him - HERE
A few more thoughts on the cover: Craig and I love the way Allen's cover conveys the brightness of the music and the image with the darkness of the lyrics, and the glimmering promise of light in lines like "It's bound to be a brighter day," all centered on the iconic top hat out of "The King Is Half Undressed" video.
Craig passed along some other good news to me this morning. He's expecting to pass the final version of the book off to me before the week is out so we can begin the lay-out process! This is huge, my fellow Jelly-friend. When you are an author or publisher(and now, you dear fan), it's really like that that final turn on the running track, the last lengths of the race where you can see clearly the finish line - and you dial it up another notch.
Or just simply feel an overwhelming exhale of relief. Actually both.
There's only going to be a few more weeks for you order "Brighter Day: A Jellyfish Story", which you can do by clicking HERE. I'll be letting you know next week when 'official' count-down to those last days will be.
2000trees Festival is today (May 4th) pleased to announce its 4th full wave of bands for the huge 2016 event, happening over weekend of 7/8/9 July.
Bands announced TODAY (and in no particular order):
and Cheap Meat
These awesome bands will join 2000trees Festival 2016 headliners
Twin Atlantic and Refused, as well as (all already announced, and in no particular order):
Neck Deep, Moose Blood, The King Blues, WSTR, While She Sleeps, The Bronx, Lonely The Brave, Basement, Mallory Knox, Palm Reader, The Smith Street Band, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Heck, The Xcerts, Counterfeit, Arcane Roots, Animals As Leaders, Yuck, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Black Peaks, Creeper, Milk Teeth, The Magic Gang, Recreations, Grumble Bee, Tired Lion, Blackhole, Brawlers, Zoax, WACO, John Coffey, Dead!, Crooks, Terrible Love, Max Raptor, Blood Youth, Kagoule, Trash Boat, Beasts, Black Foxxes, Muncie Girls, Tigercub, Press To Meco, The Ghost Riders In The Sky, Happy Accidents, Bellevue Days, Demob Happy, Reigning Days, Dave McPherson,, The, Spills, LIFE, Puppy, Then Thickens, NARCS, Bare Knuckle Parade and Jim Lockey
In addition to ALL of these acts, the festival has also announced a very special Xtra Mile stage, featuring acts from the legendary label (and birth place of acts like Frank Turner and Reuben), with performances from:
Beans on Toast, Crazy Arm, Ben Marwood, Rob Lynch, Oxygen Thief, The RPMs, Will Varley, Johnny Lloyd and Recreations
Southern California-based hardcore metal punks, NAILS', new album You Will Never Be One Of Us will be in store on June 17th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The band have now released the first instalment of a behind-the-scenes-making-of documentary for that album, here:
You Will Never Be One Of Us was recorded, mixed and produced by Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE, HIGH ON FIRE, VALLENFYRE, MISERY INDEX, TODAY IS THE DAY). Artwork was created by WHTHD. Pre-order the album on Limited Edition Gold or White Vinyl exclusively from the Nuclear Blast UK webstore: http://bit.ly/NailsVinyl