Beloved songwriting hero, and Raconteurs co-frontman, Brendan Benson will be returning to the UK for a handful of shows in August following a European Festival run.
Music has been pouring forth from the Nashville resident and Detroit native since the release of his 2012 album What Kind Of World. Four digital singles this year were subsequently released as two limited edition vinyl seven inch singles for Record Store Day - one on his own Readymade Records in the US, the other on Lojinx in the UK. With new songs appearing online monthly via BrendanBenson.com, the next vinyl single will be released to coincide with the UK dates.
Last year NME called out Benson as “one of America’s greatest songwriters” and “the 21st-century Harry Nilsson”, describing his What Kind Of World album, somewhat eloquently, as “glistening radio rock... more hooks than a Saw movie prop department”. Even The Daily Mirror called it “crafted excellence” and The Sun said “an incredible knack for a killer power pop tune and a meaningful lyric”.
21 August 2013 @ Dingwalls, London
22 August 2013 @ Ruby Lounge, Manchester
23 August 2013 @ The Cluny, Newcastle
24 August 2013 @ The Electric Circus, Edinburgh
+ 15th August at FM4 Frequency Festival in Austria.
'Swallow You Whole' is available for download now at BrendanBenson.com
TOMAHAWK return to the road this summer taking the festival circuit by storm, as well as performing at other music venues across the continent. Here are the dates that are officially announced:
JULY 18th Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival 19th Lisbon, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock 21th Ostrava, Czech Republic - Colours of Ostrava 22nd Wroclaw, Poland - Arsenal 24th Tel Aviv, Israel - Nokia Theatre
AUGUST 22nd Lausanne, Switzerland - For Noise Festival 23rd Paris, France - Rock en Seine Festival 24th Reading, England - Reading Festival 25th Leeds, England - Leeds Festival 27th Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso 28th Milan, Italy - Mediolanum Forum (opening for Nine Inch Nails) 29th Zurich, Switzerland - Zurich Openair 31st Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega (with Bosnian Rainbows)
SEPT 1st Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller Music Hall (with Bosnian Rainbows) 2nd Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis (with Bosnian Rainbows) 4th Helsinki, Finland - Circus (with Bosnian Rainbows) 6th Berlin, Germany Berlin Festival
The quartet comprising the talents of Mike Patton, Duane Denison, John Stanier and Trevor Dunn will be promoting their most recent album, Oddfellows, which Ipecac released at the start of the year. Oddfellows is the band's fourth full length album and was recorded at Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye studios in Nashville with Collin Dupuis. The package is made complete by the cover art - courtesy of renowned cartoonist and comics scholar, Ivan Brunetti.
Swedish glamsters BAI BANG have announced that bass player Joacim Sandin has left the band due to a combination of ‘musical differences’ and the fact that he plays in 2 other bands at the same time. In a statement, the band has said:
"It's been like this now for one and a half years at least, and the feelings within the band were just not right…. Now though, there’s really good vibes again. Really good energy!! A very positive attitude!!! It feels like a complete band!"
"Sikk Roxx (2nd from the right in the above photo, who recently replaced Sandin) is a wonderful injection! A nice funny guy that plays great bass and can sing the choruses brilliantly!! We found him very quickly! In fact, we knew him from before this occurred, so the choice was easy!!! The focus is definitely on the future now!"
The band are gearing up for shows this Summer right now, including the famous US Rocklahoma Event later this month, so watch out for a real rock 'n' roll party!!
Bai Bang are now;
Lead Vocals - Diddi Kastenholt Lead Guitar - Jens Lundgren Lead Guitar - Pelle Eliaz Bass - Sikk Roxx Drums - Johnny Benson
THE ADICTS are set to make their return to the UK this August. The Ipswich natives will play:
Monday 5th August - O2 Academy Islington Tuesday 6th August - O2 Academy 2 Birmingham
Tickets are on sale now priced £15 in London and £12.50 in Birmingham (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk
With their distinctive, A Clockwork Orange influenced image, sensational live shows and catchy, anthemic songs, The Adicts are one of the most easily recognizable punk bands of all time. Formed in 1976, when Sunderland brothers Pete Dee and Kid Dee Davison joined forces with Monkey and Mel Ellis, The Adicts, also briefly known as ADX have released nine studio, and three live albums in their career. Their most recent release ‘All The Young Droogs’ has brought the band full circle, blending their early influences with their classic sound.
Based in Ipswich, England, The Adicts were always the jokers in the punk rock pack. The flamboyant ‘Droog’ image, and their urgent, high energy, up-tempo music and light-hearted lyrics, ensured The Adicts always stood out from the rest of the punk-rock fraternity.
‘It may have been a conscious effort to set ourselves against the somewhat unimaginative appearance of early '80s punk bands or just a perception that looking a certain way might be interesting and entertaining,’ explained front man, Monkey.
The Adicts’ debut album, Songs Of Praise (which many consider an absolute must-have punk rock classic) was released in 1981, and reached number 15 in the UK Indie charts, while the follow up, Sound Of Music released a year later, blazed a trail in the same charts, peaking at number 2.
Subsequent single hits in the 80s including ‘Chinese Takeaway’ and ‘Bad Boy’, television and video game placements for the song ‘Viva La Revolution’, as well as constant touring has helped The Adicts maintain a loyal and devoted fan-base all across the world.
Despite the chart success, The Adicts are best known for their live performances, which some have described as part childhood birthday party and part carnival - complete with confetti, streamers, magic tricks and outlandish outfits. 35 years into their career, The Adicts are still entertaining and amazing crowds with their inimitable blend of high theatrics and good-time rock and roll.
‘Our message, such as it is, has always been, have fun,’ Monkey stated, attempting to define the secret of their longevity. ‘That's timeless and appeals to everyone.’
South Wales pop punk crew HOT DAMN have released the video for 'Worn Out', taken from their mini album 'Sleep Alone', out now digitally through Victory Records US on We Are Triumphant.
Watch 'Worn Out' below.
The de-saturated, grainy, live and tour footage of the video is a perfect match for Hot Damn’s impassioned and bleak brand of pop punk that trades optimistic bounce for realism and passion, portraying not the sunny So-Cal of their American forebears but the grey, concrete struggle of the youth of recession-era Britain. This band have something to say, and they say it with heart.
The band are also pleased to announce that they’ve been in the studio working on a two-track follow up to the critically acclaimed basement punk of Sleep Alone to be released in the near future and will soon be announcing extra summer/autumn tour dates. Hot Damn play shows with Landmarks, Man Overboard and Transit in May.
Just a few years and 3 EPs into their career Hot Damn have already found themselves thrust onto tours with Swedish punks Tag Your Target, Alabama heavyweights Carridale and shared stages with scene legends like With The Punches, Basement and The Wonder Years, and following the excellent reception for latest release Sleep Alone, the rest of 2013 looks set to get a lot busier for this hotly tipped quintet.
Upcoming UK Tour Dates (more dates TBC): 21st May – Retro Bar – Manchester w/Landmarks 22nd May – Soundcircus – Bournemouth w/ Man Overboard + Transit 23rd May – The Shipping Forecast – Liverpool w/ Man Overboard + Transit
MANOWAR's 'Warriors Of The World' 10th Anniversary Remastered Edition CD will be released across Europe on June 28th, 2013.
The new edition takes MANOWAR’s multi-award winning, best-selling album to the next level. Fully remastered and with a different bonus track, this brand new edition provides even higher sonic quality than ever before.
Mixed at legendary Galaxy Studios by world-renowned mixing engineer Ronald Prent, the 10th Anniversary Edition was remastered at MANOWAR’s own studios Hell and Haus Wahnfried by Joey DeMaio personally with MANOWAR’s in-house audio engineer Dirk Kloiber.
“It was an amazing experience, re-visiting this production. There are so many great memories associated with this album, from the recording to the post-production to the many unique live performances. All these experiences go into your work, when you sit in the studio and create a new experience for your fans,” said DeMaio.
'Warriors Of The World' 10th Anniversary Remastered Edition contains all 11 tracks from the original release, entirely remastered, plus a live recording of 'House Of Death', recorded during the Battle Hymns MMXI Tour at O2 Academy in Birmingham, England; MANOWAR’s triumphant return to England after 16 years.
The album features, among others, the iconic title track 'Warriors Of The World United', the battle cry 'Call To Arms', and a series of further favorite hymns, including 'Hand Of Doom' and the live favorite 'House Of Death'.
'Warriors Of The World' 10th Anniversary Remastered Edition is already available as digital album on iTunes worldwide.
1. Call to Arms 2. The Fight for Freedom 3. Nessun Dorma 4. Valhalla 5. Swords in the Wind 6. An American Trilogy 7. The March 8. Warriors of the World United 9. Hand of Doom 10. House of Death 11. Fight Until We Die Bonus: 12. House Of Death – Recorded live at O2 Academy in Birmingham, England, 03/27/2011
THE MEATMEN have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their new studio album.
That's right, WeenBags! The Meatmen are hitting the studio with a slew of all new Meaty originals, and a fresh new US tour in 2014!
Tesco Vee says:
"That's right, I've been entertaining your sorry asses for over 30 years, and now it's time for YOU to become a part of Meat History!
After 18 years, we embark on our first new platter of Meaty originals - filled with all the Hate Rock Wack you expect from us and then some!! We have been pouring our black hearts and hate-filled souls into the process, and this masterwork is gonna set the Punk Rock planet ablaze! Nobody is safe, as I lay the verbal wood to all-new targets left and right! And these 3 Henchman backing me up are the real deal! We are calling upon you, the loyal Meatheads to get off your wheelchair butts and be part of the creative process!
Every single penny you invest is going back into the band, and nothing in our pockets. Any amount that exceeds our target goal of $5000 will be invested into the band to give YOU a girthier, meatier experience. New props? Check. New costumes? Fuck yeah. New Van? Yeah, maybe if Sugar Daddy Lucifer himself kicks in some loot. Any donation of $50 or greater will have your name included in the liner notes of the new album!
After being on the road for the last few years, we've heeded your call for a new album! For over 30 years, Good ol' Uncle Tesco has accrued a belly full of vitriol and a lyrical prowess to lay waste to all those in his path! Fuck all this pussy shit, masquerading as musclehead these days. The Meatmen are back, and with your help we'll be haulin' a big sack o' piss n' vinegar - in the waxy form of a new album! Don't miss out -- Weenbags!"
Dinosaur I'm Gonna Fuck You Up Kill Kunt Koulter The Dwarves are the 2nd Greatest Band in the World... after the Meatmen. 12 Soft Anna-Moose Pork Chop and a .22 Wizards of the Oblivion It's Amateur Night @ Uncle Buck's Bikini Club plus... more songs, hilarious skits, special guest appearances... and more!
Danish death metal mercenaries PANZERCHRIST are releasing their 7th album entitled 'The 7th Offensive' on July 15th on Listenable following their previous and much acclaimed, 'Regiment Ragnarok' album in 2011.
PANZERCHRIST used three different studios to complete their new assault: 'The 7th Offensive' had guitars and bass was recorded in the Igloo by HR Swan, drums were recorded at AMP studio by Jens Forster and Markus Ziemer, and vocals and the final mix were done in Death Island Studio engineered by Marco Angioni.
Although very extreme musically on a constant basis, PANZERCHRIST have never quite done the same album twice. 'The 7th Offensive' shows a slightly more melodic and evil tainted approach on the guitars, enhancing the grey, sinister feel of a battlefield. It definitely sounds bleak.
The band also welcomes back ultra guttural and pure death metal vocals.
Make no mistake, PANZERCHRIST's new album retain the violence and uber brutality the band has been known for.
As the band says: "THE WAR IS OVER, LET'S START A NEW ONE, DEATH FOREVER, PANZER!"
'The 7th Offensive' tracklisting:
1 Panzer The 7th Offensive 2 Foreign Fields 3 In The Name Of Massacration 4 Stronghold Of Hill 666 5 Dogger Dead 6 Mass Attack Of The Lychantrope Legion 7 Kill For Revenge 8 Drone Killing 9 Napalm Alarm 10 Pig Parade
DEAF HAVANA will release a new album, 'Old Souls', on September 16th. The video for the first song taken from the album, 'Boston Square', has been released and can be seen below:
'Old Souls' tracklisting:
01. Boston Square 02. Lights 03. Everybody's Dancing and I Want To Die 04. Subterranean Bullshit Blues 05. Night Drives 06. 22 07. Speeding Cars 08. Saved 09. Mildred 10. Tuesday People 11. Kings Road Ghosts 12. Caro Padre
The band will support the album's release with an October tour of the UK, dates can be found on the tour poster below:
American rock singer ROBIN BECK will release her new album, 'Underneath', on HMMR Records through Cargo Records on August 12th in the UK and August 15th in the rest of Europe. Release dates for the U.S. to be announced. To read a track-by-track breakdown of the album and to hear audio samples visit Robinbeckrocks.com
Tracklisting for 'Underneath' is as follows:
01. Wrecking Ball 02. Aint That Just Like Love 03. Sprain 04. Underneath 05. Catfight 06. Check Your Attitude 07. Burnin Me Down 08. Perfect Storm 09. Ya Can’t Fight Love 10. I Swear The Nights 11. Follow You
For her latest album, 'Underneath', Beck took a chance and allowed some new writers to submit material. When she heard their work, she was blown away. “It felt so right” she marvels, “I just had to have these songs for myself!”
So, in addition to Robin and her boys Denander and Christian writing team, she now has Glen Burtnik, Barry Jay and Fiona. 'Underneath' includes songs co-written by Germany’s Crush Boys (Daniel Volpe and Thomas Lipp, known for their work with Dutch teen idol Jeronimo and German girl group Monrose), Swedish Eurovision 2013 winners Linnea Deb and Joy Deb (Robin Stjernberg), Charlie Mason (Miley Cyrus), Mark Smith (Cinema Bizarre), Christian Rabb and Frida Molander (Nina Zilli) and more. Plus, with husband James Christian (lead singer of House of Lords) again producing the album (and dueting on 'Burning Me Down') and daughter Liv, herself a star in the making, on backing vocals. “It’s a family affair” says Beck. “We just happen to be a family whose foundation is solid rock!”
THE BEATLES' second feature film, 1965’s Help!, is on the way on Blu-ray. On June 24 (June 25 in North America), Help! makes its eagerly awaited Blu-ray debut in a single-disc package pairing the digitally restored film and 5.1 soundtrack with an hour of extra features, including a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film, memories of the cast and crew, an in-depth look at the restoration process, an outtake scene, and original theatrical trailers and radio spots. An introduction by the film’s director, Richard Lester, and an appreciation by Martin Scorsese are included in the Blu-ray’s booklet.
Help!’s Blu-ray edition follows the 2012 release of The Beatles’ digitally restored Yellow Submarine and Magical Mystery Tour feature films on Blu-ray, DVD and iTunes with extensive extras. Help!’s restoration for its 2007 DVD debut wowed viewers, earning five-times platinum sales in the U.S. and praise from a broad range of top media outlets around the world, including USA Today heralding the DVD as “a grand re-release,” The Guardian’s appreciation of the film’s director, Richard Lester, saying “Lester matches The Beatles’ ‘star’ power with smart, colourful visuals and casual surrealism,” The Los Angeles Times’ restoration rave: “With dynamic compression that was standard in the 1960s lifted for the digital age, the full range of the group’s musicality comes through – it’s like several coats of dust have been cleaned off an old master’s painting,” and four-star reviews from Rolling Stone and MOJO with the latter saying, “They really don't make them like this anymore.”
Directed by Richard Lester, who also directed the band’s debut feature film, 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night, Help! follows The Beatles as they become passive recipients of an outside plot that revolves around Ringo's possession of a sacrificial ring, which he cannot remove from his finger. As a result, he and his bandmates John, Paul and George are chased from London to the Austrian Alps and the Bahamas by religious cult members, a mad scientist and the London police.
In addition to starring The Beatles, Help! boasts a witty script, a great cast of British character actors, and classic Beatles songs “Help!,” “You're Going To Lose That Girl,” “You've Got To Hide Your Love Away,” “Ticket To Ride,” “I Need You,” “The Night Before,” and “Another Girl.”
Help!’s Blu-ray package pairs the digitally restored original film with these extra features:
• “The Beatles in Help!” – a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film with Richard Lester, the cast and crew, including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of The Beatles on-set. • “A Missing Scene” – a film outtake, featuring Wendy Richard • “The Restoration of Help!” – an in-depth look at the restoration process • “Memories of Help!” – the cast and crew reminisce • 1965 Theatrical Trailers – two original U.S. trailers and one original Spanish trailer • 1965 U.S. Radio Spots (hidden in disc menus)
Having enthralled rock fans across the UK with their various live performances, from their frenetic debut headline show at the Old Blue Last in early 2011, through their infamous Download Festival slot the same year, to supporting Enter Shikari, playing on the Kerrang! Tour 2012 and finally, winning over Deftones fans on the latter's recent UK dates, letlive. are finally set to headline their very own 12 date tour of the UK and Ireland. And it's sure to be worth the wait. The trek ends with a show at legendary rock venue The Underworld, the scene at which the band first played in London town as openers for Your Demise back in 2011.
letlive. will be releasing their hotly anticipated new album through Epitaph Records this summer. It follows the band's much-lauded 'Fake History' and will herald a new letlive. era.
Tickets to the tour will be on sale 9am on 17th May.
03 Oct 2013 - Bristol, The Fleece 04 Oct 2013 - Southampton Talking Heads 05 Oct 2013 - Birmingham Asylum 06 Oct 2013 - Leeds Cockpit 07 Oct 2013 - Newcastle Warehouse 34 09 Oct 2013 - Manchester NQ Live 10 Oct 2013 - Belfast, The Limelight 11 Oct 2013 - Dublin, Fibber Magees 12 Oct 2013 - Glasgow King Tuts 14 Oct 2013 - Nottingham Rescue Rooms 15 Oct 2013 - Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach 17 Oct 2013 - London Underworld