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DEMOB HAPPY – DIVINE MACHINES – ALBUM REVIEW

Over the past eight years Demob Happy have quietly released two solid albums which have seen the bands stock rise but not necessarily to the levels they deserve.

The same though could be said about many bands in the oversaturated market these days. Sadly quality isn’t always enough to reach the levels of success needed to make music a sustainable career.

Whilst we lose far too many talented bands around the position that Demob Happy find themselves in, the Brighton-based trio aren’t one and have now delivered a stunning statement of a third album!

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Yes, ‘Divine Machines’ is an album that instantly breeds a sense of the supermassive. Be it the thumping bass, solid rhythm, elegant guitar work or transcendent vocals, everything about this album exudes a band elevated to a higher level.

Each song is packed with mesmerisingly delicious psychedelic grooves and leaves an indelible mark on the conscious of the listener. Yes, the likes of ‘Voodoo Science’, ‘Super-Fluid’ and ‘Run Baby Run’, will be stuck in your head for days after absorbing this record.

In short, this third album is very good indeed and if all is right with the world will be the album that pushes Demob Happy further up the echelons of the musical hierarchy.

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Every week we roundup the best music news from the past week!

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Halestorm set for Wembley Arena

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

This week we are starting by rounding up the best live announcements from the past week and we begin with Halestorm.

Ahead of their performance at Download Festival the band have already revealed that they will return to the UK for a special one-off show at Wembley Arena.

Support will come from Black Veil Brides.

Grab your tickets here.

Read our review of ‘Back From The Dead’ from Halestorm

Sleep Token also set to take over Wembley Arena

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Another band taking over the world famous Wembley Arena in December will be Sleep Token.

The groups meteoric rise continues and tickets to the event sold out very quickly this week.

More here.

Read our review of ‘Take Me Back to Eden’ from Sleep Token

Bowling For Soup announce new UK Tour

Following appearances at Slam Dunk Festival, Bowling For Soup and Less Than Jake have announced a new UK Tour set for next February.

Support will comes from Vandoliers.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Pop Drunk Snot Bread’ from Bowling For Soup

Kids In Glass Houses are back with new tour dates!

Another band making waves at Slam Dunk Festival were the reuniting Kids In Glass Houses.

The band have now announced a UK Tour celebrating the 15th Anniversary of ‘Smart Casual’.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Slam Dunk Festival

Bob Vylan reveal UK Tour

Continuing the tour announcements in our News Report is Bob Vylan. The duo will be heading out for a UK Tour in November.

Special guests for the shows will be Kid Bookie and Panic Shack.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Bob Vylan live in London

Static Dress unveil UK Tour

Also fresh from conquering Slam Dunk Festival are Static Dress and they’ll also be hitting the road this November for a UK Tour.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Toxic Positivity’ from The Used

Massive Wagons announce new tour dates

Massive Wagons are next up in our News Report as they extend their ‘Triggered’ tour.

Part 2 of their UK Tour will take place in November.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of The Pearl Harts live in Norwich

The Murder Capital unveil new live dates

The Murder Capital have also revealed new UK live dates for this November as part of ‘The Clown’s Reflection’ tour.

Tickets are here.

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Skinny Lister announce new UK Tour

It was a big week this week for Skinny Lister who had both new music and new tour dates to share.

Alongside a full UK tour later this year, the band debuted new single, ‘Down On The Barrier’, which you can check out below!

Skinny Lister – ‘Down On The Barrier’

Speaking about the message behind their euphoric, enlightening new track frontman Dan Heptinstall says: 

“Music is a kind of religion to many gig-goers, and in “Down On The Barrier” we’ve tried to capture that feeling. The church in this case is the venue, the sermon is the song and the preacher the artist. It’s a nod to those almost spiritual moments when we gather to enjoy some communal rock’n’roll worship, as well as a healthy dose of support, release and camaraderie. See you down on the barrier!”

Tickets are here.

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Lottery Winners set new UK Tour

Another hot ticket later this year will be the ‘This Is How It Feels’ tour from Lottery Winners.

Announcing the tour the band said “We’re going to be throwing everything at this, with special guests and special production and doing our best to make it a special experience. So, please come. Bring a friend. Let’s spread the word and get these venues bouncing. We love you all so much! X”

Tickets are here.

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Pet Needs will be back out on the road

The final tour announcement in our News Report this week comes from Pet Needs!

The band will be continuing their never ending tour later this year with support from Glitchers.

Tickets are here.

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Foo Fighters share ‘The Teacher’

Foo Fighters – ‘The Teacher’

We move our News Report on now to the best new releases from the past week and start proceedings with Foo Fighters.

The band released new album, ‘But Here We Are’, this week but prior to that they shared new single, ‘The Teacher’, which you can check out above.

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Read our review of ‘But Here We Are’ from Foo Fighters

Queens of the Stone Age share ‘Carnavoyeur’

Queens of the Stone Age – ‘Carnavoyuer’

Queens of the Stone Age also had new music on offer this week. The band shared their latest single, ‘Carnavoyuer’, which you can check out above!

The track comes ahead of brand new album, ‘In Times New Roman’, which is out on June 16th.

Pre-order your copy here.

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Bring Me The Horizon debut ‘AmEN!’

Bring Me The Horizon – ‘AmEN!’ feat. Lil Uzi Vert, Daryl Palumbo, Glassjaw

Bring Me The Horizon continue to drop new music sporadically and this week saw the band share ‘AmEN!’.

You can check out the track featuring Lil Uzi Vert and Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw above.

More here.

Listen to ‘AmEN!’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

Pendulum x Bullet For My Valentine debut ‘Halo’

Pendulum & Bullet For My Valentine – ‘Halo’

Pendulum this week shared their new collaboration with Matt Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine.

You can check out ‘Halo’ above!

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Yellowcard share ‘Childhood Eyes’

Yellowcard – ‘Childhood Eyes’

After their appearance at Slam Dunk Festival, Yellowcard have revealed details of a new EP, ‘Childhood Eyes’ which will be released on July 7th.

Ahead of the release the band have shared the title-track, which you can check out above!

About the new single, William Ryan Key said: “I woke up in the middle of the night with the chorus ringing in my head. I grabbed my phone off of the night stand and started typing away, squinting in the dark. This was months before we even started demoing the EP. When we started writing I threw the idea in the hat at the last minute, picked up a guitar to try and put music to the melody in my head for the first time, and Childhood Eyes was born. This is a song about being defeating, let down, and deceived time and again, but still managing to find your creative soul and carry on. I think it captures the spirit of Yellowcard, both old and new.”

Pre-save here.

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FEVER 333 debut ‘$wing’

FEVER 333 – ‘$wing’

FEVER 333 returned this week with a new look line-up and brand new single, ‘$wing’, which you can check out above!

More here.

Listen to ‘$wing’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

Trophy Eyes share ‘Life In Slow Motion’

Trophy Eyes – ‘Life In Slow Motion’

Another band with new music following their appearances at Slam Dunk Festival was Trophy Eyes.

The band shared their new single, ‘Life In Slow Motion’, which you can check out above!

“‘Life in Slow Motion’ is my assessment of life itself, and the way we as humans navigate life and time here on Earth.” says John Floreani. “Searching for meaning in chaos, I found myself seeing signs in number patterns and small examples of beauty in ordinary life; a hug at the bar exchanged between friends, a crinkled photo of a loved one kept close, a kindness or a smile. What they mean, I can’t say, but sometimes if you look hard enough and sit quietly enough, life reaches out and speaks to you.”

The release comes ahead of new album, ‘Suicide and Sunshine’, which is out on June 23rd.

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Life In Slow Motion’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

The Mysterines share ‘Begin Again’

The Mysterines – ‘Begin Again’

Currently touring stadiums with Arctic Monkeys, this week also saw The Mysterines share their latest new track, ‘Begin Again’, which you can check out above.

More here.

Listen to ‘Begin Again’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Grian Chatten shares ‘Last Time Every Time Forever’

Grian Chatten – ‘Last Time Every Time Forever’

Grian Chatten had more new music to share this week as he debuted new single, ‘Last Time Every Time Forever’, which you can check out above!

Chatten says: “’Last Time Every Time Forever’ is a weak knee’d 99th lap around a hellscape town of your own making. It’s haunted by seagulls and hoarse-throated slot machines from the 1980s and it breaks its own promise on every listen.

The track comes from upcoming debut solo album, ‘Chaos For The Fly’, which is out June 30th.

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Last Time Every Time Forever’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Empire State Bastard debut ‘Stutter’

Empire State Bastard – ‘Stutter’

Another track from Empire State Bastard emerged this week as the band shared ‘Stutter’, which you can check out above!

The band have also shared news that their debut album, ‘Rivers of Heresy’, will be out on September 1st.

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Stutter’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

Lacuna Coil debut ‘Never Dawn’

Lacuna Coil – ‘Never Dawn’

Our News Report continues with Lacuna Coil, who shared new single ‘Never Dawn’ this week, and you can of course check it out above.

More here.

Listen to ‘Never Dawn’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

As December Falls debut ‘Little By Little’

As December Falls – ‘Little By Little’

It really is a packed News Report this week, and next up are As December Falls.

The band this week shared their new single, ‘Little By Little’, which you can check out above!

Pre-order ‘Join the Club’ here.

Listen to ‘Little By Little’ on our Spotify Hot List!

ANGER PARTY debut ‘Save Myself’

ANGER PARTY – ‘Save Myself’

‘Discover’ New Music Podcast alumni ANGER PARTY shared their latest new single this week.

Bringing this section of our News Report to a close is, ‘Save Myself’, which you can check out above!

“No matter how many times our intuition tells us to leave, no matter how much ourindiscretion speaks for itself, sometimes we’re inexplicably drawn to people that never fail todisappoint and betray us. ‘Save Myself’ tells a story of inner turmoil, treading the fine linebetween yearning for somebody that will never earn our affections, and having the selfrespect to realize that we’re better off alone.” – Guitar / Vocals – Owen Claxton.

More here.

Watch Episode 42 of our ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast with guests ANGER PARTY

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Listen to ‘Save Myself’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

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

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Fixation – ‘Flat Earth’

Norwegians Fixation share new single, ‘Flat Earth’.

The band states, “Flat Earth is a track that delves into the minds of people who persuade themselves into believing conspiracy theories. People that are so centered around their own perception of the truth that they refuse to see it any other way. The lyrics sums it up: «Even if they see it, they probably won’t believe it.”

Kings County – ‘Holding On’

US band Kings County share new single, ‘Holding On’.

Singer Rob Dexter says, “’Holding On” was the song we needed to write. After our last release in 2022, we were constantly performing live for months and knew we had to get back to writing or we would become complacent. You are as good as your last song and “Holding On” was a pivotal moment for us. We needed to raise the bar and that’s exactly what we did with “Holding On”.”

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Martiné – ‘Oxytocin’

Copenhagen’s Martiné shares debut single, ‘Oxytocin’.

“My inspiration for this song was the very powerful hormone Oxytocin, which is also released when falling in love or by physical touch. The lyrics reflect how to embrace the power of one’s femininity and learn how to use that to set boundaries. It is definitely a song about being in control and not getting blinded by Oxytocin” – Martiné

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Rancid

Tomorrow Never Comes

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RANCID – TOMORROW NEVER COMES – ALBUM REVIEW

Punks rejoice! Rancid are back with their first new album in six years, ‘Tomorrow Never Comes’.

Pre-release singles ‘Don’t Make Me Do It’, ‘Devil in Disguise’ and the title-track, all hit well and let listeners know exactly what to expect upon release of the album.

Packed full of typical short and punchy punk rockers, this is actually the bands shortest album at just shy of 29 minutes, yet it still contains 16 tracks of fun filled, foot kicking, head banging joy.

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The album once again finds the band working with producer Brett Gurewitz who again helps them deliver another solid and true Rancid record.

You aren’t looking for anything earth shattering if you are hitting play on a Rancid album, and the band know that. By now they have the formula down to a tee and ‘Tomorrow Never Comes’ will give the listener exactly the experience that they are after.

What does stand out on this album though is the band do what they do very well indeed. Whilst it may be unfair and a stretch to call this a fabled return to form, it must definitely be said that this is probably the best new Rancid album this century.

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Tigercub

The Perfume of Decay

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TIGERCUB – THE PERFUME OF DECAY – ALBUM REVIEW

A decade into their career, Tigercub release their third album, ‘The Perfume of Decay’, which sees the band in melancholic mood whilst embracing an ostentatious sonic aura.

Yes, the themes of the album may be dark and moody but the musical ambition is extraordinarily theatrical and grandiose. The juxtaposition of the two helps to embellish the album into an absorbing anthology.

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The subtlety of the experimental expansion of the band’s sound is what helps to ensure that the record stays on point and harnesses its gloomy visceral roots to great effect. Whilst the band have clearly sought to reach new heights musically, they’ve managed to control the narrative of the album well.

Tigercub have long been a band that have offered glimpses of their full capabilities but perhaps lacked the final touch. With ‘The Perfume of Decay’, the band have found that touch and delivered the stunning collection of their very best work.

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Rival Sons

DARKFIGHTER

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‘DARKFIGHTER’ is the first of not one but two new Rival Sons’ albums expected this year. Perhaps they are making up for lost time as this marks the longest gap between albums in their albeit short career with their sixth album, ‘Feral Roots’ arriving back in January 2019.

The wait is evidently worth it though as straight out the gates the album promises a little bit of everything that has made the band such an important part of the new wave of classic rock bands. ‘Mirror’ for example sees the band swapping elegant guitar riffs and delicate melodies in the way that they do so well.

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The lead single and shortest track on the album, ‘Nobody Wants To Die’, then reminds us of their ability to create short succinct rockers as well as longer sonic voyages (of which this album gets a couple).

The eight tracks on this record all stand on their own merit and collectively represent another stunning snapshot of a masterful band. When they are at the peak of their powers, nobody quite does it like Rival Sons. ‘Bird in the Hand’ and ‘Guillotine’ here being two tracks that encapsulate the majesty and the force present in the band.

Fans of the band will surely feel that this album ranks amongst the best that they have put out, which is saying something! With ‘Lightbringer’ expected to arrive later this year alongside a UK Tour, it would appear to be a very good time to be a Rival Sons fan.

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Council Skies

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NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS – COUNCIL SKIES – ALBUM REVIEW

Upon the split of Oasis, not many would have pegged that come 2023, Liam Gallagher would be the more successful brother. That certainly wasn’t the case in the immediate aftermath with Noel launching Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds to great success and Liam faltering with new group Beady Eye.

Over the next decade though Liam would offer a resurgent defiance whilst Noel would disappear down a rabbit hole, but now Noel is back with new album, ‘Council Skies’, hailed by the man himself as “going back to the beginning”.

Recent work has seen Gallagher experimenting with elements of his sound (scissors anymore?), and this has coincided with waning interest in his new output from fans. A back to basics approach then would make some commercial sense for Gallagher.

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What you get instead on this album is a mixture of the two. You can see that Gallagher has taken a simplified approach to the creative process, but there are still remnants of his more recent direction in here.

Gallagher does appear stuck in a hole, whilst his brother continues to attract new younger audiences, Noel doesn’t seem to have that appeal. So whilst he probably has the bigger desire for sonic exploration, he has a fanbase just craving another ‘Definitely Maybe’.

Those fans will enjoy this album, but they’ll also be unlikely to return to it all that often. ‘Council Skies’ may be Gallagher hitting the reset button having felt the stagnation of recent years, and if so it will likely do the job well. That said at this point the only thing that fans are really waiting on is the reunion of all reunions. Gallagher though seems relatively happy in his current safe position.

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Avenged Sevenfold

Life Is But a Dream…

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD – LIFE IS BUT A DREAM… – ALBUM REVIEW

New Avenged Sevenfold albums are becoming rarer entities these days (it’s seven years since ‘The Stage’!), but it’s becoming tradition for them be polarising on release and subsequently embraced.

2013’s ‘Hail to the King’ was too mainstream, ‘The Stage’ was too progressive, and now many will write off new album, ‘Life is But a Dream’ as too weird and “out there”! Ultimately though, many look back fondly on those last two albums, and that will likely be the case once again here, but that may take some time.

The band have always been ambitious in their songwriting and been willing to push boundaries. This album certainly does that from the System of a Down-esque thunderous opening to ‘Game Over’ through various other influences both heavy and light.

In many ways it feels like the band have thrown paint on a wall and seen what it looks like once dry. The reality though is the opposite, clearly the band have spent considerable time (some would argue too much) working in all their ideas.

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One thing for sure is that this is an album that warrants repeated listens. There is so much depth here that it’s impossible to take everything in first time around. By design it’s also an album that is greater than the sum of its parts. Songs that individually may feel too quirky like pre-release singles, ‘Nobody’ and ‘We Love You’, take on new life as part of the collective.

Often certain music is described as ‘marmite’ – you either love it or hate it. With ‘Life Is But A Dream’, Avenged Sevenfold have perhaps given the best example yet for that statement. Fans are either going really hate this, or they will really, truly love it. There will be no in-between!

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Foo Fighters

But Here We Are

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FOO FIGHTERS – BUT HERE WE ARE – ALBUM REVIEW

We all experience grief at some point in our lives, thus we can all relate to what the members of Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl in particular have experienced over the past year. The tragic passing of beloved drummer Taylor Hawkins shocked everyone, and Grohl, suffering the loss of a bandmate and friend not for the first time, also sadly endured the loss of his mother with whom he shared a deep bond.

This album therefore should come with a warning that you need to have a box of tissues at the ready. You’ll work through a range of emotions over the ten tracks, but feelings of loss and love will really tug on your heartstrings.

This is naturally a different album than what would have followed much maligned 2021 release, ‘Medicine at Midnight’. One constant though is that new album, ‘But Here We Are’, sees the band again work with producer Greg Kurstin for the third time. Despite the recent news of Josh Freese taking up the sticks for the band, it’s Grohl who handles drum duties for this deeply personal record, which feels very fitting.

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Foo Fighters – ‘The Glass’

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Clearly a lot of love and care has gone into the creation of this album and that shines through on every track. This is a statement of love for those lost but also an opportunity of catharsis for the band.

Lyrically the album is a brutally honest insight into Grohl working through the events of the last year. Sonically though the album is somewhat of a throwback to past glories for the band as they exorcise the demons of their previous album, which didn’t quite hit the spot for many fans.

You can say this album musically goes back to basics, and that fits the raw subject matter very well. This is in many ways the best Foo Fighters album in a decade or more. The themes behind the album will likely be the thing most remembered about this album and that should be the case, but it’s important that we don’t neglect the fact that this is a damn good album at the same time.

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Black Stone Cherry announce intimate UK Tour

Welcome everyone to a special Bank Holiday edition of our weekly music News Report!

We begin this week with the best tour announcements from the past week and get things started with Black Stone Cherry!

The US rockers will release their new album, ‘Screamin’ At The Sky’ on September 29th.

To celebrate the group have revealed a short run of truly intimate UK dates around the release.

Revealing the dates the band said, “Calling all UK Cherryheads! We couldn’t be more pumped to announce these shows in September and October. We’re putting together an intimate show to play all our new music, and we want to see y’all there.”

Pre-orders and tickets are here.

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Empire State Bastard add two tiny shows

Speaking of intimate shows, the ‘supergroup’ Empire State Bastard have revealed two tiny shows in June.

The group fronted by Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil will played gigs in Leeds and Cambridge alongside their already announced festival appearances.

Tickets are here.

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Holding Absence reveal headline UK Tour

Holding Absence have announced a full headline UK & EU tour, which will take place later this year.

The band said “We are ecstatic to announce our “The Noble Art Of Self Destruction” headline tour around the UK and Europe! Not only is this a well-overdue headline tour for our European fans, but it’ll see us playing our biggest venues to date in the UK too! We are so excited for this tour, and to be able to play all the best songs from our first three albums.”

The news comes ahead of brand new album, ‘The Noble Art of Self Destruction’, which arrives on August 25th.

Pre-orders and tickets are here.

Read our review of Holding Absence live in Colchester

Pulp announce new live dates

The iconic Pulp have announced a handful of additional live dates to the already full summer reunion tour.

The new dates will see the band playing in Manchester and London in July.

Tickets are here.

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Hard-Fi announce new UK Tour

After making their return late last year, Hard-Fi this week revealed their first new UK Tour for a decade.

The band will play thirteen dates in October finishing up at the Troxy in London.

Tickets are here.

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Lauran Hibberd unveils new live dates

Lauran Hibberd has this week revealed a new small run of live dates for this July.

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Gogol Bordello set for UK Tour

Around their appearances at Slam Dunk Festival, Gogol Bordello have revealed details of a UK Tour set to take place this December.

Tickets are here.

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Extreme announce UK Tour

The final tour announcement in our News Report comes from Extreme.

The group have revealed a run of UK and EU dates for later this year with support in the UK coming from Living Colour.

Extreme will release their new album, ‘Six’, on June 9th.

Pre-orders and tickets are here.

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Foo Fighters share ‘Show Me How’

Foo Fighters – ‘Show Me How’

We move our News Report on now to the best new releases from the past week and up first are Foo Fighters.

The group played a special livestream this week in which they unveiled Josh Freese as their new live drummer.

Later in the week the band unveiled their latest new track, ‘Show Me How’ which you can check out above.

The song comes ahead of the release of new album, ‘But Here We Are’, which is out June 2nd.

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Royal Blood debut ‘Mountains at Midnight’

Royal Blood – ‘Mountains at Midnight’

Royal Blood surprised fans this week with new music in the shape of brand new single, ‘Mountains at Midnight’, which you can check out above.

The band also revealed that they will release new album, ‘Back To The Water Below’, which will arrive September 8th!

It’s another double whammy in our News Report as the duo have also set up a UK tour for this October!

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Creeper unveil ‘Cry To Heaven’

Creeper – ‘Cry To Heaven’

Creeper are once again up to Creeper things, and this week saw the band unveil their brand new single, ‘Cry To Heaven’, which you can check out above.

It’s also been revealed that the group will be releasing their new album, ‘Sanguivore’ on October 13th!

The band also revealed a headline UK Tour which is set to take place this November.

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Teenage Fanclub share ‘Foreign Land’

Teenage Fanclub – ‘Foreign Land’

Teenage Fanclub have shared details of the new album. ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ is due out on September 22nd.

Ahead of the release, the band have also debuted new single, ‘Foreign Land’, which you can check out above.

Norman Blake on the single: “The song is about moving forward, not dwelling on the past. We shot the video in Hamilton Mausoleum, near Glasgow. Given that the album is calledNothing Lasts Forever we thought it would be appropriate to shoot a video inside a tomb”.

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Demob Happy share ‘Token Appreciation Society’

Demob Happy – ‘Token Appreciation Society’

To coincide with the release of their latest album, ‘Divine Machines’, Demob Happy have shared their new single, ‘Token Appreciation Society’, which you can check out above.

Pick up a copy of the album here.

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VEXED share ‘X My Heart (Hope to Die)’

VEXED – ‘X My Heart (Hope To Die)’

This week saw VEXED unleash their new single, ‘X My Heart (Hope To Die)’, which you can check out above.

The song comes ahead of anticipated new album, ‘Negative Energy’, which is out June 23rd.

The band on the single:“’X my <3 (hope to die)’ was the catalyst for Negative Energy. After months of writers block and feeling like giving up, this song opened the floodgates for inspiration and creativity. Inspired by the victims of religious extremists, cults or abuse of power, this song is about how one person shouldn’t be able to dictate other people’s lives based on their own personal opinions.” 

Regarding the album,. the band says, “We are so proud to present to you our second album. Since our first release, we have each endured traumatic experiences, surrounded by death, betrayal, pain and grief.  In order to find any strength, we first had to accept that we weren’t okay, then take our trauma and face it head on, sharing our vulnerability, fears and weaknesses.  Instead of forcing ourselves to try and be positive we put all our negative energy into the album in order to begin our own repair and to overcome.”

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Militarie Gun share ‘Will Logic’

Militarie Gun – ‘Will Logic’

Militarie Gun have shared their latest single, ‘Will Logic’, which you can check out above.

The track will feature on upcoming debut album, ‘Life Under The Gun’, which is out June 23rd.

Speaking about the new track vocalist Ian Shelton says: “’Will Logic’ is meant to be pure spite, it’s the moment of realisation that someone is trying to take advantage of you and deciding you won’t allow it to happen. There’s some melancholy and fatigue in there, though ultimately it’s a desire for the world to be trustworthy.”

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Daytime TV share ‘jessica’

Daytime TV – ‘jessica’

Finally in this section of our News Report, ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast alumni Daytime TV have shared a brand new single, ‘jessica’, which you can check out above!

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ARCHIVES – ‘Matriarch’

Northern Irish metal outfit ARCHIVES haveshared a monolithic new single titled ‘Matriarch’.

“Matriarch is a song about how human beings process loss & grief in many different forms.  In this case hiding away from the reality of losing someone even if it means you may never get to properly say goodbye in order to save your last memory of a loved one being a positive one & not bed ridden. Grief is difficult. The inevitability of someone’s life decaying is something you can only hide away from briefly eventually you have to face the music.” – Vocalist, Adam Holland

Strange Company – ‘Overrated’

Welsh three-piece rock outfit Strange Company have shared their brand new single ‘Overrated’.

“Overrated is all about perspective. If someone says “stay in your lane” or “no you can’t”, I’m instantly thinking “yes I can, just watch me” and dying to prove them wrong. But when these phrases are coming from my own thoughts, when the self-doubt creeps in, it really takes over and I find myself scared of trying for fear of getting burned. Realising this, seeing these patterns and learning how to deal with them to push beyond the fog of worry changed the game for me. So this song is really both of these rolled into one – it’s a middle-finger to the naysayers and at the same time it’s an awareness, acceptance and step forward through our own fears and doubts.” – Matt Davies

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DEADSET – ‘The Art of Pointscoring’

DEADSET have released their highly charged, emotive debut single ‘The Art of Pointscoring’.

The song is an earnest outlook on the toxic environment that can be birthed when you’re struggling to coordinate mental health issues,” says Sam Mellors from the band. “That apathy you experience in which you feel empathy but struggle to act upon it. It’s an ugly subject but writing about it in a vulnerable and genuine way helps to process and accept your own falsities and mistakes; and the accepting of a situation you can’t change when someone else is feeling the same, accepting both parties can make mistakes. It helps me learn vulnerability and forgive others whilst also learning how to change bad behaviour patterns myself.”

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SLEEP TOKEN – TAKE ME BACK TO EDEN – ALBUM REVIEW

The hype around Sleep Token is interesting. They’ve been around for some seven or so years now, and already have two EP’s and two albums to their name ahead of their third full-length ‘Take Me Back To Eden’. Their success then shouldn’t be considered to be “overnight”. That said, the hype train has certainly picked up speed over the last year, perhaps influenced by a certain social media app.

Mystery still surrounds the group both naturally and by design; and whilst many are jumping on the bandwagon, there are also those that are out to shoot the band down. A somewhat polarising start to life then for the band, and that’s rather fitting listening to this new trilogy closing album.

It smacks of an album that will split fans and critics alike by its very grandiose nature. For some it will be an epic masterpiece that should be revered for its ambition. Alas for others it will be deemed a bloated, over-produced, self-indulgent slog of an album.

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The truth, is probably somewhere in between the two, but definitely skewed towards the former. The ambition in making a heavy yet accessible, atmospheric yet colossal sound come to life has to be admired.

The great moments on this album are truly phenomenal, and there is so much to dissect across the hour plus, twelve song collection of sonic reverence. Multiple listens will be essential to fully grasp this offering from Sleep Token.

That said, the fact that a large part of their audience has arrived from a social media app centred on short length clips is interesting. Will this following connect with the likes of the eight minute epic title-track?

As always with Sleep Token, you may feel that there are more questions than answers on this album. But then, after all isn’t that a large part of the appeal? One thing is certain and that’s wherever they go next, the world will be watching!

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