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Pendulum announce 2 London shows

Welcome everybody to another edition of our weekly music News Report!

We are starting this week with the best tour announcements from the past week and we begin with a special treat for Pendulum fans.

Yes, after their secret sets at Reading & Leeds Festivals, Pendulum revealed not one but two dates at the legendary O2 Academy Brixton for March next year.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Reading Festival

Mogwai reveal new tour dates

This week also saw Mogwai announce a new UK Tour with dates in England and Wales next year joining Scottish dates set for this year.

Support next February will come from 3RA1N1AC.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Idlewild live in London

Kulu Shaker announce new UK Tour

Another band revealing new UK Tour dates for next year was Kula Shaker as they announced the ‘Eternal Love’ Tour.

The band are also scheduled for a London show this December.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of All Point East with Gorillaz

Nova Twins reveal additional tour dates

Following the success of their recent album, ‘Supernova’, Nova Twins have now revealed additional tour dates, scheduled for next year.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Supernova’ from Nova Twins

WSTR announce UK Tour

WSTR also had a new UK Tour to announce this past week with the band hitting the road later this year. Support comes from Superlove.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Jimmy Eat World live in London

Pet Needs reveal new UK Tour

Pet Needs have just released their sophomore album, ‘Primetime Entertainment’, and this week they announced the obligatory headlining tour to accompany the release.

Support for these shows comes variously from Tundra and Bridget..

The tour finishes in their hometown Colchester on December 16th with special guest Sean McGowan plus Ecto Peach and Oxbowlake!

Speaking about the show, Johnny says: “We’re headlining a 400-capacity venue in our hometown Colchester at Christmas. I moved here 7-8 years ago now. For local bands, if you play Colchester Arts Centre, you’ve got credibility. I never thought we’d headline that venue and If we can sell it out, that’d be incredible.”

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Primetime Entertainment’ from Pet Needs

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Nickelback return with ‘San Quentin’

Nickelback – ‘San Quentin’

We move our News Report now onwards to the best new releases from the past week and we start off with the return of Nickelback!

Yes the Canadians returned this week with new single, ‘San Quentin’, which you can listen to above. The track will feature on new album, ‘Get Rollin’, which will be released 31st March.

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘San Quentin’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

Alter Bridge share ‘Sin After Sin’

Alter Bridge – ‘Sin After Sin’

Alter Bridge also had new music on display this week as they shared their latest single, ‘Sin After Sin’, which you can hear above.

The track features on upcoming album, ‘Pawns & Kings’, which is out October 14th.

Pre-order your copy here.

Read our review of Pearl Jam live at BST Hyde Park

Black Star Riders debut ‘Pay Dirt’

Black Star Riders – ‘Pay Dirt’

This week Black Star Riders shared the latest look at new album, ‘Wrong Side Of Paradise’, which is out January 20th. You can check out new single, ‘Pay Dirt’, above.

Frontman Ricky Warwick comments: “Rock’n’Roll is my lover, friend, enemy, ally, religion and saviour. Rock’n’Roll is my life. Christian Martucci and the late Todd Youth wrote the music for this. And when I heard it, it stank with defiance and attitude. It didn’t need changing, just some words to echo the power of the chords. It’s an ode to Rock’n’Roll… But also a dig at those that don’t learn their art and don’t play from the heart!”

About the album Ricky adds: “I am very proud of this record, Black Star Riders’ fifth release and the first with our new and exciting relationship with Earache Records. As with all BSR albums, ‘Wrong Side Of Paradise’ is an anthemic statement of intent,  driven by ferocious guitars and thundering drums. I can only write about my own personal experiences, my families, my friends and how I see a world that is unraveling and changing faster than we can comprehend. That being said, I’m a firm believer in the power of positivity, something that echoes throughout this album”

In addition to the new record, Black Star Riders will embark on their 10th Anniversary tour, starting from 13th February 2023.
 
Ricky Warwick further comments: “Can you believe 2023 is 10 years of Black Star Riders? … How time flies while you are having fun!  We decided to do something special to commemorate this occasion. For the UK tour only, to coincide with the album’s release, we will be bringing back the legendary Scott Gorham (guitar) and Jimmy DeGrasso (drums) for the dates to make them extra special!”

Pre-orders and tickets here.

Read our review of Ricky Warwick live in Norwich

The Cult debut ‘A Cut Inside’

The Cult – ‘A Cut Inside’

Our News Report continues with the latest single from The Cult, ‘A Cut Inside’, which you can listen to above.

The track comes from new album, ‘Under The Midnight Sun’, which is out on October 7th.

Leading to 2020, The Cult had been on a rolling cycle of releasing albums, touring, and recording. As the world shut down and everyone was forced to reprioritise the way they approached life and work. “When the world stopped, I had this moment to write in real time, to calculate,” says Ian Astbury.

When lockdown lifted and the group could meet to record, they teamed up with Dalgety. “I was compelled by this vision, this anomaly, this memory, of being under the midnight sun. Tom helped us bring a new musical shape and frequency to our process.”

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Pixies share new track ‘Dregs of the Wine’

Pixies – ‘Dregs of the Wine’

Pixies up next in our News Report as they shared new track, ‘Dregs of the Wine’, this week, which you can listen to above.

The track comes from upcoming new album, ‘Doggerel’, which is out September 30th.

Black Francis says the song is about, “Living in Los Angeles in the ‘90s with my then-wife, hanging out with Joey and his ex-wife, lots of trips to Las Vegas, a lot of drinking, little bit drug taking, some genuine good times.” 

Flashforward to the present day. Joey Santiago was jamming at home on his guitar and the initial idea behind the song may well have been lost to the moment.

He recalls, “I guess I was in kind of a zombie state, just playing. After I stopped playing I put it down and went, ‘Well, that was a fucking waste of time, what a piece of shit I am.’ I beat myself up a lot, but my girlfriend, unbeknownst to me, was recording me. She played it back to me and I go, ‘Fuck! Hold on a second here! This stuff is good!’” 

Pre-order your copy here.

Read our review of Pixies live at BST Hyde Park

Smith/Kotzen release ‘Got A Hold On Me’ live video

Smith/Kotzen – ‘Got A Hold On Me (live)’

The duo of Adrian Smith and Richie Kotzen will release ‘Better Days… And Nights’ on September 16th.

This week they shared the live video for ‘Got A Hold On Me’, which you can check out above.

Adrian Smith comments, “I think everyone in the band was extremely happy with how our very first tour turned out. We were all naturally a little anxious as we’d never played live together before but once we got out there, everything fell into place really easily and we all had a tremendous amount of fun. I can’t wait until we can do it again and get to play in many more places next time round.” 
 
Richie Kotzen adds, “We spent a lot of time discussing which of the songs from the live show to include on this CD. We wanted to capture an accurate snapshot of the special vibe we all felt on the tour and I think we’ve achieved this in the songs we’ve selected, and hope our fans will agree. We’re looking forward to seeing everybody again on future tours.” 

Pre-order your copy here.

Read our review of ‘Smith/Kotzen’ from Smith/Kotzen

Those Damn Crows debut ‘Wake Up (Sleepwalker)’

Those Damn Crows – ‘Wake Up (Sleepwalker)’

There really is an amazing amount of great new music in our News Report this week and next up are Those Damn Crows.

This week the band shared their new single, ‘Wake Up (Sleepwalker)’, which you can listen to above.

The track features on their upcoming new album, ‘Inhale/Exhale’, which is out February 17th.

Pre-order your copy here.

Read our review of ‘Patient Number 9’ from Ozzy Osbourne

Maximo Park share new single ‘Merging Into You’

Maximo Park – ‘Merging Into You’

This week also saw Maximo Park share their latest single, ‘Merging Into You’, which you can check out above.

Singer Paul Smith comments on the song:

“Merging Into You’s organ sound reminds me of some of our early songs, which ended up on the flipside of our first singles. The song is a romantic look at the first, tentative moments of a relationship, enhanced by Du Blonde’s brilliant voice. We’re all fans of Beth’s music and she added a different texture to our sound, along with Faye MacCalman’s swooning sax that carries the song to its close.”

More here.

Read our review of ‘Nature Always Wins’ from Maximo Park

The Snuts debut ‘Knuckles’

The Snuts – ‘Knuckles’

The Snuts were allowed to share more new music from their upcoming new album, ‘Burn The Empire’, this week.

The album is out October 7th, but you can listen to new track, ‘Knuckles’, above now!

Pre-order your copy here.

Read our review of The Snuts live in Colchester

Chris Shiflett shares new track ‘Born & Raised’

Chris Shiflet – ‘Born & Raised’

Foo Fighter Chris Shiflet shared more new music this week, and you can listen to his new track, ‘Born & Raised’, above!

More here.

Listen to ‘Born & Raised’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Lonely The Brave share new single ‘Only You Say It’

Lonely The Brave – ‘Only You Say It’

As the band return to the road this week, Lonely The Brave have shared a new single, ‘Only You Say It’, which you can listen to above!

More here.

Read our review of ‘The Hope List’ from Lonely The Brave

REWS debut ‘Pretty Face’

REWS – ‘Pretty Face’

REWS had more new music to share this week, and you can listen to new single, ‘Pretty Face’, above!

More here.

Read our review of Y Not Festival

Stray From The Path share video for ‘Needful Things’

Stray From The Path – ‘Needful Things’

Stray From The Path celebrate the release of new album, ‘Euthanasia’, with the debut of the video for ‘Needful Things’.

The band will shortly play an intimate UK Tour to celebrate the album release even further.

Speaking of tour, guitarist, Tom Williams, says “We are stoked to return back to the UK and mainland Europe to do some small and intimate album release shows for our new record, ‘Euthanasia’. By the time we get there, it will be almost three years since we’ve been back. We’ve dropped ‘Guillotine’ and ‘III’ and our UK/EU people have been wanting us back ASAP, I’m glad we can get back there for them. We’re bringing with us a brand new album, two amazing up and coming bands in Vatican and Guilt Trip, and three years of too much time spent away from some of our favourite places on earth.”

Albums and tickets are here.

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Wednesday 13 shares new single ‘Insides Out’

Wednesday 13 – ‘Insides Out’

As our News Report continues we look towards Wednesday 13 who this week debuted new single, ‘Insides Out’, which you can check out above.

The track comes ahead of 9th album, ‘Horrifier’, which is out October 7th.

About the track, Wednesday 13 says: “Our latest single ‘Insides Out’ is a very heavy song, so it only made sense to make a video to match the sound! Torture and violence is the main theme of this song, and we continue along the lines of the last music video with another horror movie theme here too.”

Pre-order your copy here.

Beth Orton debuts ‘Fractals’

Beth Orton – ‘Fractals’

Beth Orton is another artist with an imminent album release. Her latest effort, ‘Weather Alive’ is out September 23rd, and this week she released her latest single. You can check out ‘Fractals’ above.

Orton says of the song, “The track is a beautiful example of the nature of collaboration, where people come in as they are,” she says. “You’re hearing the first take. I would never have been able to conjure that music without these musicians.”

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Oakman share ‘SCP’

Oakman – ‘SCP’

Oakman have announced that their new EP, ‘SCP’, will be out September 30th. This week also saw the band share the video for the title track, which you can watch above.

It is finally the end of a period. We are very excited to be able to give you the last pieces of this new baby,” says lead singer, Marine, about the new EP. “The last few months have gone by quickly and have been quite intense but it’s also a relief because we cannot wait to get our heads into what will be the next part of Oakman. We hope you enjoy this EP and we hope you can feel the sincerity of the emotions we wanted to share with you. Soon, this EP will belong to you.

About the song, the band says, “Marine was watching a show during lockdown called “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”. The main character reminded her of a character she had played when she was doing theater. After the foundation of ‘SCP’ was written, she wrote the lyrics about these two characters. ‘SCP’ is a sarcastic and second degree track about the fear of loneliness and not being loved at all costs with a neurotic side.”

Pre-order here.

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As always we conclude our News Report with the latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist!

Grave Goods – ‘Die’

Grave Goods share the song ‘Die’ from their debut album, ‘Tuesday. Nothing Exists’, out now!

Speaking of the single, drummer Sarah Grimes said, “Lois sent us the idea for DIE as a sort of electronic track, and when we were all together we worked out how to make it into a live band sound and add our own stamp to it. Whilst recording at Invada we felt that the build up towards the end of DIE needed more layers, so Lois and Phil tried out a couple of synths and settled on a sound that worked – it’s the only song that has synth.

During the last 15 minutes of our recording time Phil added extra layers by messing around with some guitar feedback – the final sound to be recorded on the album, which is kind of special when you think about it especially as DIE is the closing track of the album.”

Harpy – ‘Medicine’

Harpy is back to share her brand new single, ‘Medicine’!

“Sometimes we don’t want to be saved. Sometimes we want to feel the pain, to revel in the misery. We do things that are bad for us, because sometimes they feel good… so good that we go back to them again, and again, and again. That’s what Medicine is about.” – Harpy

Creature Cult – ‘ughly’

Creature Cult are a duo from Colchester, Essex consisting of Connar Ridd (vocals/guitar) and Jonn Downham (synths/backing vocals). The present their latest single, ‘ughly’.

Explaining the track further, Connar said, “I had to leave a job recently because I was told I didn’t dress the way they wanted me to when I was dressed perfectly fine. If someone without piercings and tattoos and bleached hair would have worn the same thing I doubt there would have been an issue. I’m bored of being made to feel like an alien for just trying to be who I am, this song is exactly about it. It’s about paranoia to leave the f*cking house because you’re thinking about what homophobic comment someone is gunna say when you’re queuing in the corner shop. About feeling exhausted to be yourself because people try and make it hard for you to be. But there is a community for people who stick together and stand tall, a community where difference is celebrated and we are all ‘freaks’ together, and this song is a f*ck you to the people who try to take that away.”

Jonn adds, “I was recently sitting at a bus stop and had a group of guys hurling the foulest homophobic comments at me simply because I was wearing makeup and dressed in a faux-fur coat. It’s both crazy and sad that there are people who still have these sorts of views towards others simply for being or looking different to what’s considered ‘normal’. It’s not okay”

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