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The Darkness revisit ‘Permission to Land’

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

This week we begin with the best live announcements from the past week and up first are The Darkness who will revisit their iconic debut album, ‘Permission to Land’ for its 20th Anniversary this December.

Regarding the shows frontman Justin Hawkins says, “We, The Darkness, are delighted to announce that we’ll be hitting the road in the U.K. once again. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Permission to Land, our set will include every song from our debut album faithfully reproduced (with additional clam notes and meanderings) in the order in which they appear on the record. We’ll also play all of your favourite Darkness songs from the rest of our illustrious and tipsy turvy career. It will be the best show you’ll see this year. I should know, I’m the singer and also a YouTube music expert.”

In further celebration the band will re-issue the album with a new collection set for release on October 6th.

On the new release Hawkins says, “So much has happened since the original release of Permission To Land that I can hardly believe it’s only been 20 years. Such turmoil, upheaval, the emotional rollercoaster ride of being nobody, becoming somebody, going back to being nobody and LOVING EVERY SECOND OF IT. The past two decades have only been this eventful BECAUSE of the impact that our debut album had. I’m grateful for every second of this experience and delighted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the best debut album by The Darkness of all time. Join me in giving this seismic long player 20 heartfelt bumps. Happy birthday PTL!”

Tickets and pre-orders are here.

Read our review of The Darkness live in Birmingham

Sundara Karma announce new tour dates

Sundara Karma have also announced new tour dates which will see them trek around the UK later this year.

The band will be releasing their third album, ‘Better Luck Next Time’ on October 27th.

Tickets and pre-orders are here.

Read our review of Arctic Monkeys live in Coventry

Beans On Toast will be on the road again!

Festival favourite Beans On Toast may currently be serenading fields across the country, but as if like clockwork the singer will soon be back out on the road once again.

You can catch Beans later this year playing many often forgotten towns and cities!

Tickets are here.

Watch Episode 3 of The Full Pelt Music Podcast with guest Beans On Toast!

The Full Pelt Music Podcast – Episode 3 – Beans On Toast

Read our review of Beans On Toast live in Norwich

The Wild Things set for new UK Tour

The final tour announcement in our News Report this week comes from The Wild Things who have lined up a headline UK Tour for this October.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Pearl Jam live at BST Hyde Park

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Lord of the Lost share video for ‘Reset the Preset’

Lord of the Lost – ‘Reset the Preset’

We move our News Report on now to the best new releases from the past week and up first are Lord of the Lost who are fresh from supporting Iron Maiden in arenas across the UK.

The group have now shared their latest video for the track, ‘Reset the Preset’, and you can check it out above.

Commenting, the band say “In line with the song title ‘Reset The Preset’, we did everything the way we NEVER do it for this video. We put every creative decision of the music video – whether it was clothing, lighting, colors, content, whatever… – into other hands. Namely, into the hands of our tour photographer and cameraman Lennard Schmitt, who has an incredible knack for visually absurd art. So, with Lennard as director, we set every LOTL preset to reset and let ourselves be surprised with this video from start to finish. The result is definitely the most shrill and weirdest piece of visual art we’ve ever released.”

More here.

Listen to ‘Reset the Present’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

Dirty Honey debut ‘Won’t Take Me Alive’

Dirty Honey – ‘Won’t Take Me Alive’

We have plenty of new music to get through this week and up next are Dirty Honey who have debuted their latest single, ‘Won’t Take Me Alive’, which you can check out above.

The track will feature on upcoming new album, ‘Can’t Find the Brakes’.

Singer Marc LaBelle describes the song as, “…the best riff I’d heard in the last decade.  The song is full of sex and swagger, but it’s still the heaviness and the fun that Dirty Honey is all about.”

“’Won’t Take Me Alive’ was an instrumental idea I demoed on bass, drums, and guitar at my home studio,” says guitarist John Notto.  “I bought it to the band, and we wrote a new chorus, and it was basically finished that quickly.  Nick [DiDia] rented some vintage amps and really helped me get the raunchy sound and attitude I wanted for the riff.”

More here.

Listen to ‘Won’t Take Me Alive’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

Bad Touch share ‘Nothing Wrong With That’

Bad Touch – ‘Nothing Wrong With That’

In a big week for Bad Touch, the group revealed that their new album, ‘Bittersweet Satisfaction’, will be released on November 10th.

Coinciding with the announcement the band shared their brand new single, ‘Nothing Wrong With That’, which you can check out above.

“We’ve never sat on anything that long because we’re like kids in a candy shop, as soon as we write something, we want to get out there and play stuff,” says frontman Stevie Westwood on the album. “So, it’s very exciting. It’s slightly more mature. I love every song. It’s a different sound for Bad Touch. It’s less balls-to-the-wall rock, and the songs seem a bit more thoughtful rather than just kind of exploded out of a tin can.”

Speaking on their latest single the band adds, “We’re delighted to present to the world our new single” exclaims Stevie. It’s a song for everyone that encompasses the Bad Touch mantra ‘as long as you carry a song in your heart, and a smile on your face, then nothing can get you down.’ 

“This song came together during a time when there was a lot of unrest, fear of the unknown, and we all were just getting through day by day, in whatever way we could. A time when we felt the world could use a little lift to somewhere a little bit brighter. So whatever is getting you down, this song is here to say you’re not alone, we are with you, and whatever way you need to get through the bad times… a good book, some good company… or some good wine!… we say…  there’s nothing wrong with that.”

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Nothing Wrong With That’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

Teenage Fanclub share new single ‘Tired of Being Alone’

Teenage Fanclub – ‘Tired of Being Alone’

Our News Report continues with the latest single from Teenage Fanclub. You can check out ‘Tired of Being Alone’ above.

The track will feature on upcoming new album, ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’, which is out on September 22nd.

Commenting on the track Raymond McGinley says: “Towards the end of our session in Rockfield Studios making the album I woke up in the middle of the night. There was a guitar next to the bed. I picked it up and this song came out. The words for the chorus were there already. I recorded a rough version on my phone and then went back to sleep. We recorded the song later that day. As a band we like to trust our instincts and let things happen. As with Norman’s song ‘Foreign Land’ this song only exists because we decided to go to the studio and make a record. If we’d waited for the stars to align first before recording we’d still be waiting now.”

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Courting share new track ‘Flex’

Courting – ‘Flex’

Courting have shared their latest single, ‘Flex’, which you can check out above.

Speaking on the concept of the track, frontman Sean Murphy-O’Neill, says “‘Flex’ is designed to be a theatrical performance, a short play. Our protagonist is wealthy, successful, and famous… but at what cost? Our protagonist misses their ex (after seeing their glow-up), wears Ricks, chainsmokes, sends thought-out emails about their wellbeing to people they should’ve replied to sooner, and has increased their screen time by 25%

In the thrilling conclusion, our protagonist does donuts in a closed car-park, in a 1967 mustang, with all of their friends. The event is livestreamed on twitch to be rewatched until the end of time.

‘Flex’ is as sincere as we can be. Sometimes the lines between real life and fiction get blurred here, but we’re nothing if not committed.”

More here.

Listen to ‘Flex’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Lacey unveil new single ‘Middle England’

Lacey – ‘Middle England’

Lacey have unveiled their latest single, ‘Middle England’, which you can check out above.

The track comes from upcoming new album, ‘This Is All We Are’, which is out July 17th.

Frontman Graham “Graz” Turner describes the single as “reflective of the typical English sentiment of looking on the bright side, things could be worse.”

Turner describes the record as, “Basically, the soundtrack to what it’s like to feel everything and nothing, all at the same time. Lyrically, no stone is left unturned, and I can guarantee if you’ve ever felt anything, it will be addressed here. This really is a soul bearing ride through every, conceivable human emotion. This is all we are”.

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Middle England’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Call To The Faithful debut ‘Let Me Down’

Call To The Faithful – ‘Let Me Down’

The final new release in this section of our News Report comes from ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast alumni Call To The Faithful!

The band have unleashed their brand new single, ‘Let Me Down’, which you can check out above.

There is more new music on the way from the band as the single will feature on their debut EP, ‘Strong / Stable / Suffer’, which will be released on September 1st.

More here.

Watch Episode 23 of our ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast with guests Call To The Faithful

‘Discover’ New Music Podcast – Episode 23 – Call To The Faithful

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Death of Me – ‘Halo’

Staffordshire UK quartet Death Of Me are back with their brand new single ‘Halo’!

“This was one of the more difficult songs to write from the release as it deals with the themes of grief, loss and love. Exploring the guilt that comes from letting go and moving on with life when facing a loss, the realisation of how things could have been done differently, all that will never be and all that could have been.” – Vocalist, Jim Carter.

As the band describe: “Death Of Me was always a project intended to transcend genre and trends. The premise instead was to explore the darkest corners of the human psyche both sonically and visually and just be ourselves in our purest form. Death of me became the vessel to put pen to paper, exercise demons and expose open wounds on the stage of the world”

FEATHER TRADE – ‘BIG NOTHING’

Manchester via Athens, Georgia trio FEATHER TRADE have released their new single, ‘BIG NOBODY’!

The band say, “Created or destroyed by crucial influence, each person’s world is a lifetime searching for meaning and reconstruction. They push through the strata – anger, grief, fear, shame, loss – fueling the desire for absolution and certainty. Some find it in religion. Some find it in drugs. Some find it in sex. Feather Trade brought the flames to one another. We scream in the darkness, the echoes giving black shape in sound. A fight with cancer. Watching a loved one’s descent into schizophrenia. Losing it all to fire. The unceasing longing to seal the fissure of three broken words.

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Hunch Power – ‘Is This the End (Or Just the Beginning?)’

Nottingham band Hunch Power deliver new single ‘Is This the End (Or Just the Beginning?)’!

Frontman Harvey Springfield says:

“I’d only just been through a break-up when Covid hit so I had plenty of reasons to give up but instead I decided to work twice as hard. People kept talking about the end of the World but you could also see it as the beginning of a new era. The sky over London never looked so clean. We could hear the birds over the traffic and working from home was finally accepted as normal.

Manic Street Preachers inspired me to write the chorus when I was 20 but didn’t have a band back then. I forgot about it and only finished the song a couple of years ago, adding in an instrumental part which Deano took to another level with a ripping guitar solo”.

Watch Episode 43 of our ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast with guests Hunch Power

‘Discover’ New Music Podcast – Episode 43 – Hunch Power

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Pale Waves reveal UK Tour, debut new single and announce new album

Welcome everyone to another edition of our weekly music News Report, and it has been as huge news week for fans of Pale Waves!

This week saw the band announce a new UK Tour to take place in November. The run of dates will include a huge show at the O2 Brixton Academy in London.

That isn’t it though, as the band also announced that they will be releasing their third album, ‘Unwanted’, this August.

They also debuted the first single from the album, ‘Lies’, which you can check out below.

“‘Lies’ is about someone who built up my trust and destroyed it like a wrecking ball,” says frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie. “it caused some real trust issues, but fortunately for me that person is no longer in my life. Once you do me wrong you’re gone!”

Pale Waves have been on a personal and artistic journey since the release of their debut album ‘My Mind Makes Noises’ in 2018. These experiences have begun to inform their songs in recent years and are what jump to the fore on ‘Unwanted’.

“It was really the only thing this album could be called,” says Baron-Gracie, now 27. “It’s bold and unapologetic, and that’s what the Pale Waves community is about. We don’t need to fit a perfect mould, we don’t need to apologise for being ourselves, and we won’t change for anyone. That acceptance is what connects us.”

Pre-order your copy and pick up tickets here.

Read our review of ‘Who Am I?’ from Pale Waves

IDLES announce only UK headline show this year

Continuing to focus on show and tour announcements in our News Report, we move on to IDLES.

The band announced this week that they will be playing the HMV Empire in Coventry in June. The show is the only remaining UK headline show this year!

Tickets are here.

Read our review of IDLES live in London

The Virginmarys announce new UK Tour

Also announcing a lengthy tour around the UK this week were The Virginmarys.

The duo will play 13 shows this October following the release of their latest single, ‘The Meds’, recently.

Tickets are here.

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Neck of the Woods Festival announces final wave of acts

A singular piece of music festival news in our News Report this week and it comes from new Norwich event Neck of the Woods Festival.

Just a couple of weeks ahead of the event Tom Lumley & The Brave Liaison and others have been announce for the fourth stage.

They join headliners The Kooks plus the likes of The Snuts, Lottery Winners, Yonaka, Little Comets and many more.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of The Snuts live in Colchester

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Five Finger Death Punch announce new album ‘Afterlife’

Five Finger Death Punch – ‘IOU’

We move our News Report onwards now on to the new releases from this past week, and we start with Five Finger Death Punch.

The metal icons this week revealed that their new album, ‘Afterlife’, will be released on August 19th. In announcing the album, the band also debuted new track, ‘IOU’, which you can check out above.

“AFTERLIFE was hands down my favorite record to make.” says 5FDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory and continues: “It is our ninth album so at this point, we have legions of loyal fans, and our signature sound is more than established. It became its own island, our ground zero we operate from and we can always come back to. So when we started this record, there was an excitement of impending musical adventures, we knew we could step away as far as we wanted to, there was a freedom of truly “anything goes.”

This resulted in an album that is way more diverse than our previous ones, while it feels more unified, because there is a framework of overarching stories in Ivan’s lyrics and interconnecting musical motifs between songs. It was not planned as a concept album, but we were so hyper-focused on painting a complete picture, it somehow feels like one… We are very proud of it and are just as impatient as the fans waiting for the release, can’t wait to share it.”

Pre-order your copy here.

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My Chemical Romance return with new single ‘

My Chemical Romance – ‘The Foundations of Decay’

Perhaps the most exciting new music revelation this week was the return of My Chemical Romance with their first single in many years.

You can check out the track, ‘The Foundations of Decay’ above.

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The HU debut ‘This Is Mongol’

The HU – ‘This Is Mongol’

The HU also had new music to present this week as the band debuted new track, ‘This Is Mongol’. You can listen to the track above, which comes ahead of their highly anticipated sophomore album due this summer.

Speaking about the video, singer and tumur hhuur player Jaya said, “We shot in the Mojave Desert, Nevada and the environment reminded us of Gobi Desert in Mongolia. We enjoyed shooting the video, which happened during our tour and gave us a little break to reminisce about home. The song perfectly matched the environment we made the video in. It was one of the best memories we created as a band and it was special because our producer Dashka was with us to oversee the whole process.”

More from the band here.

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Royal Republic debut ‘Diggin’ It’

Royal Republic – ‘Diggin’ It’

There is plenty of new music to digest this week in our News Report and next we throw it over to Royal Republic.

This week the band debuted their latest song, ‘Diggin’ It’, which you can check out above.

More from the band here.

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Nova Twins unveil ‘Puzzles’

Nova Twins – ‘Puzzles’

Nova Twins debuted new track, ‘Puzzles’ this week, and you can listen above.

The song comes ahead of new album, ‘Supernova’ on June 17th.

Pre-order your copy here.

Lauran Hibberd debuts ‘Step Mum’

Lauran Hibberd – ‘Step Mum’

There was also another new track forthcoming from Lauran Hibberd this week. Check out, ‘Step Mum’, above!

The track will feature on debut album, ‘GarageBand Superstar’, which will arrive August 19th.

Pre-order your copy here.

BERRIES announce debut album, and release new single ‘

BERRIES – ‘We Are Machines’

Finally, we close out this section of our News Report with the fantastic news that BERRIES will release their debut album, ‘How We Function’ on July 8th.

This week also saw the band debut their latest track, ‘We Are Machines’, which you can listen to above.

Pre-order your copy here.

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The Lounge Society – ‘Blood Money’

The Lounge Society have announced that their debut album, ‘Tired of Liberty’, will arrive August 29th. This week they debuted new track ‘Blood Money’.

The band comments: “Blood Money is a reaction to the culture of greed that’s seeping into the corridors of power across the world. It’s a reminder that ultimately, we all suffer at the hands of self-serving elites, and it’s our personal perspective on the effects of dirty politics on the everyday lives of ourselves and people we know.

For us it’s a song that completely captures this record and us as a band. It feels like the perfect development from our previous releases to our debut album and exactly how this record should be introduced. The balance of driving guitar riffs and the groove of the drums and bass is sort of a snapshot of the album. We’d never claim to be a purely dance based band and we’d never claim to be a purely guitar riff-based band because it’s the combination of the two which excites us.

On Blood Money it felt like in the studio we took our sound to a different level. We approached the album recording in a totally fresh way to how we have recorded in the past and we got exactly what we wanted.

We had good friends & Speedy label mates of ours Anouska (Honeyglaze) and Jojo (Heartworms) do some extra vocals in the chorus, and it really elevated it and gave it an almost operatic feel which was amazing to see develop in the studio.”

Call to the Faithful – ‘The Problem’

Fierce UK Rockers Call to the Faithful return with their first offering of 2022, ‘The Problem’.

The band says: “The Problem is biographical account of the miserable situation so many of us find ourselves in, unable to break free of living paycheck to paycheck while being continuously belittled by a generation so detached from modern struggles that they provide useless solutions like “simply work harder” and “don’t waste your money at Starbucks”.

smallmint – ‘The Dark’

Northern Ireland stalwart’s smallmint have unveiled their new single, ‘The Dark’, plucked from debut LP ‘where we all end up in the end’.

Speaking of the album’s production, Cameron-Braithwaite says:

“We wanted the album to feel natural and to actually sound like a band playing live in a room, which is exactly how it was recorded. It was important for us to keep that space and energy in the recordings — no need for overproduction or too many overdubs, so that the arrangement of the music and the emotion within the lyrics could speak for themselves.” 

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