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Blur debut ‘The Narcissist’

Blur – ‘The Narcissist’

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

We start this week with the big news that Blur will be releasing their first new album in eight years!

As the group played a tiny hometown show in Colchester it was revealed that a new record, ‘The Ballad of Darren’, will arrive on July 21st.

The album is preceded by new single, ‘The Narcissist’, which you can check out above!

Damon Albarn said – “This is an aftershock record, reflection and comment on where we find ourselves now.”

Graham Coxon said – “The older and madder we get, it becomes more essential that what we play is loaded with the right emotion and intention. Sometimes just a riff doesn’t do the job.”

Alex James said – “For any long term relationship to last with any meaning you have to be able to surprise each other somehow and somehow we all continue to do that.”

Dave Rowntree said – “It always feels very natural to make music together. With every record we do, the process reveals something new and we develop as a band. We don’t take that for granted.”

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Listen to ‘The Narcissist’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Greta Van Fleet share ‘Sacred The Thread

Greta Van Fleet – ‘Sacred The Thread’

Next, we turn our attention to Greta Van Fleet who continue to prepare for the release of their new album, ‘Starcatcher’, on July 21st.

This week the group shared their latest single, ‘Sacred The Thread’, and you can check it out above.

“I always like to think that some people’s first impression of Greta Van Fleet in concert is, ‘Wow, these guys really like dressing to the left and blowing shit up,’” notes frontperson Josh Kiszka, adding, “this song is particularly important to me because it’s about my jumpsuits.”

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Listen to ‘Sacred The Thread’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

Within Temptation debut ‘Wireless’

Within Temptation – ‘Wireless’

Within Temptation treated fans this week to a brand new single, ‘Wireless’, which you can check out above. The track comes ahead of a hotly anticipated new album which is due later this year.

Vocalist Sharon den Adel comments, “Wireless” is a song about a soldier who goes to war convinced that he is going for a good cause. He’s indoctrinated by government-controlled media and thinks he’s going to be welcomed back as a saviour, only to find out he has been used. This has resulted in people seeing him as a brutal conqueror instead, and now he finds himself on the wrong side. His life and the lives of many are deceived and destroyed.”

More here.

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

Skindred release ‘L.O.V.E (Smile Please)

Skindred – ‘L.O.V.E (Smile Please)’

Skindred also had new music on offer this week as they set free their summer reggae anthem, ‘L.O.V.E (Smile Please)’, which you can check out above.

The track got its first public airing last summer via Skindred’s incredible main stage performance at 2022’s Download Festival. There, 60,000 rabid fans turned Donington’s metal fest into one big, happy dancefloor. “What a way for us to bring that song to the world for the first time,” beams frontman Benji Webbe, “on a big stage, in front of a field of maniacs, doing what we do.”

The track comes from upcoming new album, ‘Smile’, which will arrive August 4th!

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Listen to ‘L.O.V.E (Smile Please)’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

The Dead Daisies to release ‘best of’ collection

The Dead Daisies this week revealed that they will be releasing a ‘Best of’ collection from across their career.

The rotating line-up has also seen the return of singer John Corabi ahead of a run of upcoming live dates.

“It’s been an amazing decade with The Daisies! We’ve rocked out with some of the best in the business, toured the globe, released eight albums and are thrilled to be showcasing the body of work from over the last decade with our upcoming “Best Of” Album release and tour.  I’m excited to be welcoming John Corabi back to the band.  Can’t wait to get back on the road again in 2023 to perform for our fans!” – David Lowy

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Read our review of Dead Man’s Whiskey live in Norwich

The Used debut ‘Giving Up’

The Used – ‘Giving Up’

Up next in our News Report are The Used who this week released new album, ‘Toxic Positivity’.

On the album, vocalist Bert McCracken says “Humans share such similar experiences and similar tragedies and everything in between. This record is quite tough for me to listen to, because it’s a reflection of times in my life that have been some of my lowest ever. I want people to understand that, no matter how bad it gets, you don’t have to give up. Everything always feels different no matter what. So what you’re feeling right now you will not feel later on.”.

The last pre-release single, ‘Giving Up’, debuted this week and you can check it out above.

The band adds, “We think this song is fun and cute. We hope you love it too.”.

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Listen to ‘Giving Up’ on our Spotify Hot List!

The Wonder Years share ‘GODDAMNITALL’

The Wonder Years – ‘GODDAMNITALL’

To celebrate the decade anniversary of ‘The Greatest Generation’, The Wonder Years have shared a revived b-side called ‘GODDAMNITALL’, which you can check out above.

“‘GODDAMNITAL’ is a song that almost was, and then, for a long time, categorically was not, and now is,” vocalist Dan Campbell says of the track.

“When it came time to find bonus content for this box set, we went grave digging in old hard-drives to find the demos from TGG that didn’t get finished and then exhumed and reanimated this one. It was the closest to being done at the time. All of the music was there. The chorus had lyrics and melody but, for budget and time constraints it got abandoned before it had verses and a bridge. Now, a decade later, it’s finally finished. We asked Steve Evetts to produce it the same way he would have if it were on the original album and it now stands as a spiritual and somewhat literal b-side to The Greatest Generation.”

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Blind Channel share ‘HAPPY DOOMSDAY’

Blind Channel – ‘HAPPY DOOMSDAY’

Recent The Full Pelt Music Podcast guests Blind Channel have released another new single, ‘HAPPY DOOMSDAY’, which you can check out above.

More here.

Watch Episode 18 of The Full Pelt Music Podcast with guests Blind Channel

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Listen to ‘HAPPY DOOMSDAY’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

Holding Absence debut ‘False Dawn’

Holding Absence – ‘False Dawn’

It was a big news week for Holding Absence as the group revealed that they will release their third album, ‘The Noble Art of Self Destruction’, will be released on August 25th.

In a message to fans the band said, “We feel like these songs are almost a love letter to everything Holding Absence. We can’t wait to show you just how much space we have managed to cover, and how hard we were able to push ourselves with these songs.”

The band also debuted their new single, ‘False Dawn’, which you can check out above!

On the song the group say, “This song is definitely a personal favourite for all of us on the record. A somewhat defeatist song about denouncing expectations, and coming to grips with failure – this song is a quintessential Holding Absence song, with it’s uptempo energy and downtrodden introspection. We hope you enjoy.”

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Listen to ‘False Dawn’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Static Dress unveil ‘Courtney, just relax’

Static Dress – ‘Courtney, just relax’ feat. World of Pleasure

Static Dress have signed with Roadrunner Records and this week unveiled new single, ‘Courtney, just relax’, which features World of Pleasure.

As always in our News Report you can check out the track above!

More here.

Listen to ‘Courtney, just relax’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

From Ashes To New share ‘Armageddon’

From Ashes To New – ‘Armageddon’

Our News Report continues with From Ashes To New who have shared their latest single, ‘Armageddon’, which you can check out above.

The song comes from upcoming new album, ‘Blackout’, which is out on July 28th.

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

TEMPT share ‘Roses’

TEMPT – ‘Roses’

TEMPT have shared new single, ‘Roses’, which you can check out above.

On the song’s meaning, guitarist Harrison Marcello says: “It’s a tribute to the people who uplift you and bring out the best in you. It’s about embracing their infectious energy, being drawn in by them, and becoming part of their spirit.”

“I’m immensely proud of what we’ve achieved with ‘Roses,” shares vocalist Zach Allen. “It’s a song that truly reflects who we are as a band—high-energy, infectious and unapologetically rock n’ roll.”

More here.

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

The View debut ‘Shovel in His Hands’

The View – ‘Shovel in His Hands’

Next up for our News Report is the latest single from The View!

After the band had an interesting week, they premiered new track, ‘Shovel in His Hands’, which you can check out above.

The track comes ahead of upcoming new album, ‘Exorcism of Youth’, which is out August 11th.

Pre-order here.

Listen to ‘Shovel in His Hands’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Dream Wife debut ‘Who Do You Wanna Be?’

Dream Wife – ‘Who Do You Wanna Be?’

Dream Wife continue to prepare for the release of ‘Social Lubrication’, on June 9th.

This week the group debuted their latest single, ‘Who Do You Wanna Be?’, which you can check out above.

The band note that the song is “about running on the capitalist treadmill and falling face first on the pavement. Hollow slogans, social media activism without action, leftist infighting, monetising feminism, ‘girl boss’, all soul crushing nonsense. Capitalism consumes everything. We should tear down the unreachable anxiety filled idea of perfectionism and move from hyper individualised narrative to collective action to create hopeful, rebellious, collective, systems of care. This is a call to arms for change.”

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Listen to ‘Who Do You Wanna Be?’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Meryl Streek unveils ‘If This is Life’

Meryl Streek – ‘If This is Life’

The final new release in this section of our News Report comes from Meryl Streek.

You can check out standalone new track, ‘If This is Life’, above.

Commenting on the new single, Streek says: “In my mind, it’s a straightforward pop song while still holding onto the same Meryl message. It’s written about the current state of Ireland and how the housing crisis is affecting families across the country on a massive scale. The eviction ban has been lifted and the landlords are evicting families onto the streets once again, with 11,754 people living in emergency accommodation at the start of this year and no sign of it getting any better. That includes 1,609 families, with 3,431 children in homelessness. 55% of them are single-parent families and we’ve still got the same corrupt government turning a blind eye and not admitting their mistakes. It’s an absolute joke, and people need to start speaking up about it.”

More here.

Listen to ‘If This is Life’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

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The Stranglers announce 50th Anniversary Tour

We move our News Report on now to the best tour announcements from the past week.

Let’s get started with The Stranglers who have announced a special 50th Anniversary tour for March 2024!

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Hard Cold Fire’ from Therapy?

Demob Happy set new tour dates

Demob Happy also had new tour dates to reveal this week as the band confirmed that they will tour the UK and Europe in September and October.

The band will be releasing their latest album, ‘Divine Machines’ on May 26th.

Pre-order your copy and grab tickets here.

Read our review of ‘Love, Chaos’ from The Pearl Harts

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rock band from hell – ‘Cloud9’

rock band from hell have announced that their debut album, ‘Music For Late Night Activities’ will be released on September 1st.

Alongside that news the group have shared their latest single, ‘Cloud9’.

The band comments:

“’cloud9’ is a pop-rock anthem that screams out the agony of the outsiders. It’s a song where Nirvana goes pop and Post Malone goes rock n’ roll. It rose from the feeling of being left outside – you feel like you’re not valued or appreciated, while others are living in cloud nine at the same time”.

EXTS – ‘Memories’

Post-hardcore newcomers, EXTS have announced their debut EP, ‘The Fragile Space Between’, is set for release on 23rd June. The group have also shared a brand-new single titled ‘Memories’, which will feature on the EP.

“The track’s about dropping the pretence and owning the truth. Tragedy strikes everyone at some point and we make good and bad decisions in those moments. Life loves to throw us curveballs from time to time & finding a way to keep positive, when it feels like there’s no break in the clouds, it is tough. The whole EP is about overcoming adversity & “Memories” is no different. Lyrically it nods to the old cliche “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger”, especially in those defining moments in time.” – Vocalist, Jack Flynn.

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Lucky Hit – ‘Obvious Sucker’

Pop punk band Lucky Hit have returned with a brand-new single titled ‘Obvious Sucker’.

Many of us often romanticise the past. The lyrics focus on a couple and the way in which they spent their time together and how they felt. The memory of that person often stays with us years after. The song itself is not about an ex girlfriend or a summer fling, the song is about a time in our lives personified.  The time we spend in our younger years enjoying ourselves and taking risks and the spend out latter years romanticising it.” – Vocalist, Lawrence Murphy.

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Download Festival line-up update

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

Up first this week is the latest news from Download Festival who this week added additional bands whilst also confirming the stage splits for each day.

The Metallica, Bring Me The Horizon and Slipknot headlined event will also now feature the likes of State Champs, Puscifer, Hundred Reasons, Static Dress, Cancer Bats and more.

Tickets and info here.

Read our review of Download Festival 2022

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Queens of the Stone Age announce UK return

We move our News Report onwards now to the best tour announcements from the past week and we begin with the UK return of Queens of the Stone Age.

The rock icons will play huge outdoor shows in Halifax, Margate and Cardiff this June with support from Coach Party.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ’72 Seasons’ from Metallica

Limp Bizkit set summer UK shows

The summer is taking shape nicely and Limp Bizkit this week confirmed their plans to get back to the UK.

The band will play two special shows in August at The Piece Hall in Halifax and then at Gunnersbury Park in London.

Support comes from KennyHoopla and Joey Valence & Brae with special guests Pendulum and Deijuvhs also hitting up the London date.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Still Sucks’ from Limp Bizkit

Greta Van Fleet announce new tour dates

Following the announcement of new album, ‘Starcatcher’, last week, this week has seen the news that Greta Van Fleet will be back out on tour later this year.

The UK will see the band tackling arena shows in London, Manchester and Glasgow with support from Mt. Joy.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘The Battle At Garden’s Gate’ from Greta Van Fleet

BABYMETAL announce headline UK shows

Next up as the tour announcements continue are BABYMETAL who will return to the UK for shows in London and Wolverhampton this November.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Paramore live in London

Atreyu reveal UK Tour

Our News Report continues with Atreyu who have also announced when they will return to the UK. Alongside their EU tour the band will play a run of eight dates in the UK this November.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Atreyu live in Cambridge

Danko Jones set for UK Tour

Continuing the theme of bands announcing their return to the UK, Danko Jones have revealed a full EU and UK tour for this Autumn that will finish at the Garage in London.

Support comes from Radkey.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Danko Jones live in Birmingham

InMe to celebrate 20 years of ‘Overgrown Eden’

InMe have revealed Manchester and London shows to go alongside their already announced appearance in Bristol.

The shows will see the band celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their album, ‘Overgrown Eden’.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Hundred Reasons live in London

WSTR announce new tour dates

WSTR also had new tour dates to announce this week with the band set to head around the UK this September.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘A Kiss for the Whole World’ from Enter Shikari

The Bottom Line reveal new tour

The Bottom Line will be heading out on the road this November. Support comes from Beauty School.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Fall Out Boy live in London

Fatherson unveil new live dates

Fatherson are next up in our News Report with the band set for a handful of shows in September.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Fatherson live in Cambridge

Madness reveal new arena tour

The legendary Madness will return to UK arenas later this year for their ‘C’est La Vie’ tour.

Support will come from the Lightning Seeds.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Who On Earth’ from Sean McGowan

Dream Wife reveal new tour

We segue our News Report now from tour announcement to new music as Dream Wife unveiled both this past week.

As the group get ready for the release of new album, ‘Social Lubrication’ on June 9th, they’ve set up a full UK tour set to take place in October.

Support for the tour will come from Ash Kenazi.

The band also had more new music on offer with new single, ‘Orbit’, which you can check out below.

Dream Wife – ‘Orbit’

On the single the band explain, “Written through the joy of jamming together and locking into the groove like a multi limbed space age organism, Orbit has a dance rock edge from the early noughties of bands like New Young Pony Club and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Lyrically, it was inspired by post-lockdown London coming back to life and sharing a space through friendship and community. And how each day you never know what’s in store for you or how a stranger can become someone close to you – for a day, a heartbeat, a phase, or a lifetime.”

Tickets and album pre-orders are here.

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Foo Fighters return with ‘Rescued’

Foo Fighters – ‘Rescued’

Where else could we start as our News Report moves on to new releases other than the return of Foo Fighters.

Their first new music since the tragic passing of Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl and co this week debuted ‘Rescued’, which you can check out above!

Not just that tough, the band also revealed that they will release a new album, ‘But Here We Are’, which will arrive on June 2nd.

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Rescued’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Florence + The Machine share ‘Mermaids’

Florence + The Machine – ‘Mermaids’

Florence + The Machine this week shared their new single, ‘Mermaids’, which you can check out above.

The track features on the Complete Edition of latest album, ‘Dance Fever’.

More here.

Listen to ‘Mermaids’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Bloc Party debut ‘High Life’

Bloc Party – ‘High Life’

Whilst currently out on tour with Paramore, Bloc Party have this week debuted their brand new single, ‘High Life’, which you can check out above!

The deluxe version of their latest album, ‘Alpha Games’ is out now.

More here.

Listen to ‘High Life’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Skindred debut ‘If I Could’

Skindred – ‘If I Could’

Next up we have Skindred who have this week shared their new single, ‘If I Could’, which you can check out above.

The track comes from new album, ‘Smile’, which is out on August 4th.

Frontman Benji Webbe recalls that the track was inspired by lockdown and how much he hated 2020 and the effect it had on the world. “On the other hand, 2023 is a different story,” he says. “We’ve released new music and we’re still to drop another few monsters from our album ‘Smile’. We’ve got the KISS tour coming, and we’ve also got our headline tour supporting the new album. So 2023, to me, looks like a very exciting time to be in Skindred. I’m very optimistic about the future!”

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘If I Could’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

Sleep Token share ‘DYWTYLM’

Sleep Token – ‘DYWTYLM’

The mysterious Sleep Token continue their rise with their latest single, ‘DYWTYLM’, which you can listen to above.

The track comes from upcoming album, ‘Take Me Back To Eden’, which is out May 19th.

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Listen to ‘DYWTYLM’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Beartooth debut ‘Sunshine!’

Beartooth – ‘Sunshine!’

Our News Report continues at pace with Beartooth who also had new music on offer this week. You can check out their latest single, ‘Sunshine!’ above.

More here.

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

Spiritbox share ‘The Void’

Spiritbox – ‘The Void’

Spiritbox are up next in our News Report with their latest single, ‘The Void’, which you can of course check out above!

More here.

Listen to ‘The Void’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

The Amity Affliction debut ‘Not Without My Ghosts’

The Amity Affliction – ‘Not Without My Ghosts’

This week also saw The Amity Affliction release their latest single, ‘Not Without My Ghosts’, which features Phem, and you guessed it – you can check it out above!

The new album of the same name will be out on May 12th.

You can pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Not Without My Ghosts’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

James and the Cold Gun debut ‘Something to Say’

James and the Cold Gun – ‘Something to Say’

It was a big week for James and the Cold Gun as they announced that their self-titled debut album will arrive on July 21st!

Accompanying that announcement was new single, ‘Something to Say’, which you can check out above.

Speaking on the album, frontman James Joseph says, “We can’t wait to get this album out into the world, it’s a no frills rock and roll ripper recorded ourselves in the garage where we first started jamming as a band, we think it’s a great introduction to what we’re about at our core, loud, energetic guitar rock…”

Pre-order your copy here.

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Listen to ‘Something to Say’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

Militarie Gun share ‘Very High’

Militarie Gun – ‘Very High’

Another band approaching the release of their debut album is Militarie Gun who will release, ‘Life Under The Gun’ on June 23rd!

This week the group shared the latest single from them ahead of that album. You can check out ‘Very High’ above.

The record is inextricably linked to Shelton’s past. “I grew up in a household with family members struggling with addiction,” he explains. “It was an oppressive force. We were always wondering, ‘Is it going to be a good day or a bad day? Are the cops going to come today? What am I going to come home to after school?’”

On the album, “This is what I thought we sounded like all along,” Shelton laughs. “It’s always felt like a melody-forward band to me, but I think now we’re finally achieving what I was always setting out to do.”

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Listen to ‘Very High’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

Willie J Healey shares new single ‘Little Sister’

Willie J Healey – ‘Little Sister’

Willie J Healey has shared his latest single, ‘Little Sister’, which you can listen to above.

The track features on upcoming album, ‘Bunny’, which is due for release August 25th.

Willie says “The whole era is something that I love. Long before making ‘Twin Heavy’, I had always listened to funk, soul and R&B, but for some reason it never translated into my own music. Really my inspiration was just the feel of things.’’

He goes on to say about ‘Little Sister’ specifically “We recorded it in New York, just one take, it was magical. I remember spending a couple of hours learning and messing around with it and then it was done. I really just enjoy playing music that makes you feel really good.”

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

Lottery Winners debut ‘Letter To Myself’

Lottery Winners – ‘Letter To Myself’ feat. Frank Turner

Lottery Winners had more music to share this with as they debuted their new single, ‘Letter To Myself’, which features Frank Turner. You can listen to the track above.

The band are set for the release of their new album, ‘Anxiety Replacement Therapy’, on April 28th!

Pre-order your copy here.

Read our review of Frank Turner live in Cambridge

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Lambrini Girls – ‘Lads Lads Lads’

With just a month to go until their debut EP ‘You’re Welcome’, out 19th May, Lambrini Girls share new single ‘Lads Lads Lads’ about toxic masculinity.

“In order to be a lad, make sure to follow the following guidelines: excessive drinking, harassing anyone with a pulse and starting fights. Most importantly, make sure to never talk about your feelings as this simply cannot be associated with manliness. Lad culture is the shit stain on the bathroom floor and toxic masculinity is the toilet paper that refuses to unstick from the shoe of society. Nobody wins.” says the band.

headcage – ‘false gold’

Alternative Post-Hardcore band headcage have shared their brand new single ‘false gold’.

“With this track I’m trying to lay down the premise of always wanting more from life, as in wealth, status or fame but ultimately realising the people and culture that those things predominantly exist in are not the world I come from or identify with in any way, shape or form. To put it simply, it’s something I’ve always wanted for so long, and is also something I hate”. – Vocalist, Leyum Pattinson.

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Grove Street – ‘Lessons of the Past’

Recently signed to UNFD, get yourselves acquainted with Grove Street via recent single, ‘Lessons of the Past’!

“Grove Street becoming a part of UNFD felt like it was meant to happen,” says guitarist Sandy. “A label that fully believes in us and wants to nurture our growth as a band is a rare thing to be seen. This band started out as fun between friends, we never had any expectations of reaching the levels we have and with UNFD behind us we can push those levels even further.”

Speaking of the track, the band share, “Lessons of the Past focuses on police brutality, abuse of power, systemic oppression and racism. People not taking a stand against these things only encourages them to manifest further, and we as people must do better to hold those in power accountable.”

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Greta Van Fleet unveil ‘Meeting the Master’

Greta Van Fleet – ‘Meeting the Master’

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

We start this week with the return of Greta Van Fleet, who have shared new single ‘Meeting the Master’, which you can check out above.

The track will feature on their newly announced upcoming album, ‘Starcatcher’, which will be released July 21st.

On the single, the band notes, “‘Meeting The Master’ peers into an esoteric world heeded by the word of a wise teacher. Sung in the voice of a devout believer, and eventual group exclamation, the song details the love these fervent followers have for their teacher and their firm belief in his vision. It’s an exotic spiritual journey. A dark comedy that inevitably ends in chaos.”

With regards to the album, “We didn’t really have to force or be intense about writing, because everything that happened was very instinctual,” Jake says. “If anything, the record is our perspective, and sums up where we are as a group and individually as musicians.”

Throughout the ten-song collection the band explores the duality of fantasy versus reality and the contrast between light and darkness. “We had this idea that we wanted to tell these stories to build a universe,” says Wagner. “We wanted to introduce characters and motifs and these ideas that would come about here and there throughout our careers through this world.”

The band took multiple concepts from critically acclaimed second album The Battle at Garden’s Gate and brought them into Starcatcher, although Sam’s take on the new record’s big ideas hint instead at new beginnings. “When I imagine the world of Starcatcher, I think of the cosmos,” he says. “It makes me ask a lot of questions, like ‘Where did we come from?’ or ‘What are we doing here?’ But it’s also questions like, ‘What is this consciousness that we have, and where did it come from?’”

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Meeting the Master’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

Peter Gabriel reveals new single ‘i/o’

Peter Gabriel – ‘i/o’

This week also saw Peter Gabriel share the latest taste of new album, ‘i/o’, with the release of the title-track.

Speaking about the new track, Gabriel says:

“This month the song is “i/o” and “i/o” means input / output. You see it on the back of a lot of electrical equipment and it just triggered some ideas about the stuff we put in and pull out of ourselves, in physical and non-physical ways. That was the starting point of this idea and then trying to talk about the interconnectedness of everything. The older I get, I probably don’t get any smarter, but I have learned a few things and it makes a lot of sense to me that we are not these independent islands that we like to think we are, that we are part of a whole. If we can see ourselves as better connected, still messed up individuals, but as part of a whole, then maybe there’s something to learn?”

‘i/o’ as a potential album title has long-been known within fan circles, and is now the name of the current project, the album and the forthcoming tour, but as Gabriel says, “It’s been around for a long time as a title for this project. I always knew I was going to write a song called “i/o”, but the title came first.”

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Therapy? share ‘Poundland of Hope and Glory’

Therapy? – ‘Poundland of Hope and Glory’

Therapy? continue to build to the release of new album, ‘Hard Cold Fire’ on May 5th. This week saw the band share new single, ‘Poundland of Hope and Glory’, which you can check out above.

The band say, “This track started out as a hard take on how people lose themselves in narratives to the point that the myth takes on greater importance than the fact. Just like the old adage about the liar repeating the lie so much that they eventually believe it themselves, the culture around us is bursting with fairy stories we tell ourselves.”

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Listen to ‘Poundland of Hope and Glory’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

Holding Absence debut ‘A Crooked Melody’

Holding Absence – ‘A Crooked Melody’

There was also new music to savour this week from Holding Absence as they debuted their latest single, ‘A Crooked Melody’, which you can check out above.

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Listen to ‘A Crooked Melody’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

Like Moths To Flames debut ‘Predestination Paradox’

Like Moths To Flames – ‘Predestination Paradox’

Like Moths To Flames have released their first new music in two years with return single ‘Predestination Paradox’, which you can check out above.

“I think there are a lot of things that we all commit to, where we know how it will end,” says LMTF’s Chris Roetter. “This song is meant to portray the experience of learning that almost everything has an inevitable expiration date. We never know how much time we are offered or how much time is left, yet we still immerse ourselves in these deep relationships.”

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2000trees announce Soft Play as their final headliner!

We move our News Report on now to the best festival announcements from the past week and up first is 2000trees.

This week saw a wave of additions to the line-up including headliners Soft Play making their live return. Also added to the line-up were Dinosaur Pile-Up, Hell Is For Heroes, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Haggard Cat and more.

They join the likes of Bullet For My Valentine, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Bob Vylan, Holding Absence, Deaf Havana, Hundred Reasons, Skindred and many more.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Bullet For My Valentine live in Cambridge

Arctangent reveals Devin Townsend as final headliner

The final headliner was also revealed this week for Arctangent Festival with Devin Townsend set to close the event this year.

Townsend joins a line-up including Converge, Empire State Bastard, Pigs x7, Sikth, Loathe, Rolo Tomassi and loads more.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Hundred Reasons live in London

Y Not Festival reveals second line-up wave

The second wave of acts for Y Not Festival were revealed this week including Sea Girls, The Pigeon Detectives, Yonaka, Cassyette, Gengahr, Feet, Peaness, The Hara, DEADLETTER, Daisy Brain and more.

They join a bill featuring the likes of Royal Blood, Kasabian, Paul Weller, The Wombats, James, DMA’s, The Charlatans, KT Tunstall, The Murder Capital, Kid Kapichi, Beans On Toast and many more.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Beans On Toast live in Norwich

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Royal Blood announce intimate warm-up shows

Our News Report looks now at the best live announcements of the past week and we kick off with Royal Blood who have revealed two intimate warm-up shows in amongst their packed summer.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Royal Blood live in London

Waterparks announce UK Tour

Waterparks are on their way back to the UK later this year for a UK Tour with support from Stand Atlantic.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Fall Out Boy live in London

Wheatus announce lengthy UK Tour

Wheatus have announced an extensive trek around the UK for September/October this year.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘A Fistful of Peaches’ from Black Honey

Vintage Trouble reveal UK Tour dates

Our final piece of live news comes from Vintage Trouble who will be touring the UK and EU this summer.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of YUNGBLUD live in London

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

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LUCKY THIEF – ‘Silencer’

Bristol-based rock multi-instrumentalist Lucky Thief shares his new single, ‘Silencer’.

Speaking about the inspiration behind the single, Lucky Thief explains, “Silencer is about being unable to control how we speak. So many people have opinions that are narrow minded, selfish and ill-considered; This song airs my frustration with them. It also looks at how hard it is for me to stay quiet, if I feel something deserves to be said, I will not be silenced.”

Harker – ‘Wasting Time’

Brighton, UK punk rock powerhouse Harker have released a new single titled ‘Wasting Time’.

The band comment, “‘Wasting Time’ is about the breakdown of communication in modern life – it’s easy to misunderstand and mislead when you only talk through a digital screen. Talk to your loved ones in person, debate face to face, and know when to set your boundaries if it’s not working. ‘Wasting Time’ is a back to basics, 4 chord postpunk pop ruckus track – heavy hooks and fuzzed out guitar walls, just how we like it.”

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Cape Crush – ‘Sandwich Wars’

Cape Crush, hailing from Massachusetts, have unveiled their new single, ‘Sandwich Wars’.

Vocalist Ali Lipman, says “‘Sandwich Wars” is an emo pop anthem I wrote about not apologizing for yourself. I wrote it from the point of view of giving advice to a younger version of yourself. It was inspired by the advice of my former roommate Chelsea who left earth too soon about not being so quick to blame yourself. Our house was called Club Sammich, which is where the Sandwich Wars title comes from. It’s got some personal imagery in, but hopefully it conveys that your mistakes don’t define the person you become. I think Sandwich Wars is the band’s favorite song on the EP. This came together as a full band song with James really driving home the riffs and all those little musical moments that keep you listening (like the car crash), Jake’s bass and backing vocals in the last chorus, and Cody’s energetic beats. We love playing this one and we hope people enjoy listening!”

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Album of the Year 2021

Album of the Year 2021

We countdown our Top 50 Albums of 2021

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2021 has been another tough year to live through. There have been some signs of normal life, for example the return of live music, but we end it as we started with true normality a distant memory.

This year has however been a stunning year for new music releases. Yes, lockdown musicians and the odds are their creativity will take over. In Full Pelt Music’s first full year of existence we have reviewed 65 albums and the quality of those releases has been exceptional.

Last year we counted down our Top 20 albums of the year, with a special Advent Calendar countdown on our Twitter. This year we have expanded! Our 2021 countdown has taken place across all our social platforms, and has listed our Top 50 albums of the year!

With that social media countdown completed, it’s now time to compile our completed Top 50 in one place. So let’s get started!

Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“there are stunning moments spread throughout the album”

Read our review of ‘Lo! Soul’

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Roddy Woomble – ‘Architecture in LA’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“there are plenty of songs on this album that rate amongst the best that the band has produced”

Read our review of ‘Waiting For Good Luck’

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The Treatment – ‘Rat Race’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“Garbage are an incredible musical force”

Read our review of ‘No Gods No Masters’

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Garbage – ‘No Gods No Masters’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“we have thrashing guitars, thumping drums, bizarre lyrics and plenty of bells and whistles to emphasise his brilliantly quirky musicianship”

Read our review of ‘The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy’

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Rob Zombie – ‘The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“was anybody craving a new album from The Offspring in 2021? Perhaps not, but actually in this messed up world we live in, maybe, just maybe, we needed it!”

Read our review of ‘Let The Bad Times Roll’

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The Offspring – ‘Let The Bad Times Roll’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“this is an artist pouring all of their self into their creation and discovering magic”

Read our review of ‘Watch Me Break Apart’

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Dead Nature – ‘Watch Me Break Apart’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“this record manages to encapsulate the sound that the band has nurtured over the past few years both on record and in the live setting”

Read our review of ‘How to Ruin Your Life’

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Paris Youth Foundation – ‘The Back Seat’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“remind you how gloriously heavy yet anthemic the band can get”

Read our review of ‘The Bitter Truth’

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Evanescence – ‘Use My Voice’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“it won’t take long for people to stop and take notice of this great young band”

Read our review of ‘Fractured Party Music’

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Pet Needs – ‘Toothpaste’
What we said:

“this is Volbeat at their very best”

Read our review of ‘Servant of the Mind’

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Volbeat – ‘Shotgun Blues’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“vitality shouldn’t be mistaken for relevance and whilst the band may have peaked commercially, they remain of utmost importance to a generation of music fans”

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Rise Against – ‘Nowhere Generation’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“anybody that had any doubts about the natural talents of this group of musicians, they should now acknowledge a new force”

Read our review ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate’

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Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“over the top, outlandish, brash and most of all fun, the album not only lives up to but surpasses all expectations”

Read our review of ‘Van Weezer’

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Van Weezer – ‘Hero’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“quality continues to run throughout the entire record and there is very little ease on the throttle”

Read our review of ‘Below’

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Beartooth – ‘Skin’
What we said:

“another very good release from a band overdue commercial success”

Read our review of ‘Into the Blue’

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The Joy Formidable – ‘Into the Blue’
What we said:

“a middle finger up at the haters”

Read our review of ‘Still Sucks’

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Limp Bizkit – ‘Dad Vibes’
What we said:

“a delicate masterpiece from a songwriter of the highest level”

Read our review of ‘The Hole Around My Head’

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Will Varley – ‘Pushing Against Us’
What we said:

“an enjoyable listen and the band clearly still has something to say”

Read our review of ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’

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Manic Street Preachers – ‘The Secret He Had Missed’
What we said:

“up there with the best that Beans On Toast has released”

Read our review of ‘Survival of the Friendliest’

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Beans On Toast – ‘Humans’
What we said:

“it really is time to stop being surprised by the quality in this band”

Read our review of ’21st Century Love Songs’

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The Wildhearts – ‘Remember These Days’
What we said:

“the extravagance of the band is what makes them great and thankfully their 7th studio album has it in abundance”

Read our review of ‘Motorheart’

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The Darkness – ‘Jussy’s Girl’
What we said:

“for their tenth album the band has set out to create their masterpiece”

Read our review of ‘Coral Island’

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The Coral – ‘Change Your Mind’
What we said:

“a strong debut album that lays the foundations of what will likely be a long and successful career”

Read our review of ‘W.L.’

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The Snuts – ‘Glasgow’
What we said:

“this is a stunning pop rock album”

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Pale Waves – ‘Fall to Pieces’
What we said:

“the album is laced with quality and shows the ease with which AFI are able to produce catchy songs”

Read our review of ‘Bodies’

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AFI – ‘Dulceria’
What we said:

“Iron Maiden doing exactly what you’d expect Iron Maiden to do”

Read our review of ‘Senjutsu’

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Iron Maiden – ‘Senjutsu’
What we said:

“this is very much Numan at the top of his game

Read our review of ‘Intruder’

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Gary Numan – ‘Intruder’
What we said:

“the signature of a band comfortable in their skin”

Read our review of ‘Pressure Machine’

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The Killers – ‘Quiet Town’
What we said:

“the very thing that identifies their sound is their lack of boundaries, their quirkiness and willingness to experiment”

Read our review of ‘The Myth of the Happily Ever After’

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Biffy Clyro – ‘A Hunger In Your Haunt’
What we said:

“well crafted and superbly delivered album that is well worth your time and attention”

Read our review of ‘A Matter of Life & Love’

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Skinny Lister – ‘Damn The Amsterdam’

The quality of this year’s releases has been truly phenomenal as our opening 30 albums attests. The competition is extremely tight for the coveted top spot and that is clear throughout the prestigious Top 20 that follows.

What we said:

“a sublime collection of upbeat, heartfelt and powerful songs that is bound to be stuck on repeat for the foreseeable future”

Read our review of ‘A Funeral For Youth’

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Miss Vincent – ‘Rosalie’
What we said:

“The Pretty Reckless have solidified themselves in the upper echelons of Hard Rock”

Read our review of ‘Death by Rock and Roll’

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The Pretty Reckless – ‘Only Love Can Save Me’
What we said:

“you are fully absorbed by the mix of heavy hooks and catchy sing-a-long pop vocals”

Read our review of ‘Dark & Beautiful Secrets’

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Normandie – ‘Hostage’
What we said:

“Trash Boat have delivered their best work yet and they appear ready to lead the charge for British rock”

Read our review of ‘Don’t You Feel Amazing?’

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Trash Boat – ‘He’s So Good’
What we said:

“there are moments of grandeur that harness the bands expansive sound spread throughout”

Read our review of ‘The Greatest Mistake of My Life’

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Holding Absence – ‘Afterlife’
What we said:

“the album attacks your senses and gets your feet stomping and your head banging”

Read our review of ‘When Life Was Hard And Fast’

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Ricky Warwick – ‘When Life Was Hard & Fast’
What we said:

“Trivium have well and truly earned their place at the top table of metal”

Read our review of ‘In the Court of the Dragon’

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Trivium – ‘Feast of Fire’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“a stunning release from a band assumedly at the peak of their powers”

Read our review of ‘American Noir’

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Creeper – ‘Midnight’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“there is a real good mix of sounds on this album which together encompass Kennedy’s various alter egos”

Read our review of ‘The Ides of March’

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Myles Kennedy – ‘In Stride’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“the power of this album doesn’t just lie with Bennett of course and the rest of the band have summoned even more power and majesty then before”

Read our review of ‘The Hope List’

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Lonely The Brave – ‘Bound’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“the album really feels like a love letter to both the bands own history and the music of those that influenced the members”

Read our review of ‘Medicine at Midnight’

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Foo Fighters – ‘Love Dies Young’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“an album packed with rock club dancefloor fillers, designed to get you moving”

Read our review of ‘Sticky’

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – ‘My Town’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“there are grandiose ambitions spread throughout the album with the band obviously striving for more”

Read our review of ‘For Those That Wish To Exist’

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Architects – ‘Animals’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“IDLES continue to be one of the most exciting and vital bands around”

Read our review of ‘CRAWLER’

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IDLES – ‘Car Crash’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“an album of pure, unadulterated, adrenaline-filled pop rock pleasure”

Read our review of ‘Amazing Things’

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Don Broco – ‘Bruce Willis’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“Press To MECO have always had a knack for creating ferocious yet catchy songs and this album is packed full of tasty rifftastic bangers”

Read our review of ‘Transmute’

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Press to MECO – ‘A Test Of Our Resolve’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“the band are still able to mix catchy pop melodies with hard hitting beats to create a sound equally at home in front of mosh pits and dancefloors”

Read our review of ‘Seize the Power’

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Yonaka – ‘Call Me A Saint’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“the duo however manage to amplify these electronic elements without losing their rock attitude and resonance”

Read our review of ‘Typhoons’

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Royal Blood – ‘Boilermaker’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“a rare talent that have now reinforced their passion and ability to create great music for anybody who wants to listen but without concession on their vision”

Read our review of ‘Written & Directed’

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Black Honey – ‘Believer’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“this record feels like it comes from a band at the peak of their powers, but knowing this group, they will still have plenty more to come”

Read our review of ‘Blue Weekend’

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Wolf Alice – ‘Smile’

Well there you have it! What a truly magnificent year for new music 2021 has been. What will 2022 have in store? Remember to discover the best new acts by following our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist’!

Stay tuned for our 2021 Year in Review coming very soon.

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Tramlines Festival reveals 2022 line-up

Welcome to another edition of our weekly music News Report. We start off this week with a handful of 2022 festival announcements including the above from Tramlines Festival!

The event will be headlined by Sam Fender, Kasabian and Madness. They will be joined by a packed supporting cast including on the Friday – James, The Snuts and Working Men’s Club.

The Saturday will host The Vaccines, Little Man Tate, Self Esteem, Inhaler and Lottery Winners. Sunday meanwhile will feature The Wombats, The Coral, Sports Team, Yard Act, Do Nothing and The Goa Express.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Coral Island’ from The Coral

Wales to host In It Together Festival

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In It Together Festival has been announced to take place in Margam, Wales next June. The event will feature headline performances from Two Door Cinema Club, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Clean Bandit.

They’ll be joined over the weekend by the likes of Editors, Lottery Winners, Scouting For Girls, Soul 2 Soul, Spector, The Hoosiers, The Magic Gang and The Vaccines.

Tickets and information here.

Read our review of Lottery Winners live at Lost Evenings Festival

Live at Leeds Festival reveals new outdoor ‘In The Park’ version

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The fantasic Live at Leeds Festival which normally takes place indoors has announced an additional outdoor event for 2022.

‘In The Park’ will feature huge performances from Bombay Bicycle Club, Nothing But Thieves, Arlo Parks, Easy Life, Sea Girls and more.

Tickets here.

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Placebo announce huge tour

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As our News Report moves along to tour announcements, we get started with Placebo. The band recently revealed that they will release a new album, ‘Never Let Me Go’ on March 25th.

Now the band has unveiled a slew of tour dates across Europe and the UK including two dates at O2 Brixton Academy in London. Tickets and pre-orders will be available here.

Placebo also debuted the second track from the album this week. You can check out ‘Surrounded By Spies’ below.

Placebo – ‘Surrounded By Spies’

Listen to ‘Beautiful James’ from Placebo on our Spotify Hot List!

Greta Van Fleet reveal World Tour dates

Greta Van Fleet this week revealed the ‘Dreams In Gold Tour’ for 2022. The world tour will include dates in London and Manchester with UK support still to be announced.

Tickets will be available here.

Listen to our review of ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate’ from Greta Van Fleet

The Treatment announce UK Tour for 2022

Another band announcing tour dates for 2022 this past week was The Treatment. The band revealed a lengthy trek around the UK for next spring entitled the ‘Devil In The Detail Tour’.

Support comes from Piston and South of Salem and tickets are available from here.

Read our review of ‘Waiting for Good Luck’ from The Treatment

Stereophonics debut ‘Do Ya Feel My Love?’

Stereophonics – ‘Do Ya Feel My Love?’

It’s time now to focus on the new music releases from the past week and what better way to start than with Stereophonics. The group continue to prepare for the release of new album, ‘Oochya!’ on March 4th.

This week saw them debut the latest track from the album, ‘Do Ya Feel My Love?’ which you can check out above.

Pre-orders for the album are here.

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Korn unveil ‘Start The Healing’

Korn – ‘Start The Healing’

There was also new music this week from nu-metal icons Korn. The band debuted their new single, ‘Start The Healing’, whilst announcing a new album.

‘Requiem’ will arrive on February 4th and you can pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Start The Healing’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

Salvation Jayne debut ‘A Mouthful Of Magnificent Spite’

Salvation Jayne – ‘A Mouthful of Magnificent Spite’

Finally this week a band who recently featured on our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist. Salvation Jayne this week debuted their latest single, ‘A Mouthful of Magnificent Spite’.

You can listen to the track above, which is the title track from the groups upcoming debut album. That album arrives on February 18th and you can pre-order here.

Salvation Jayne also revealed a UK Tour to celebrate the release with the dates below, and tickets here.

Listen to ‘Cody’ from Salvation Jayne on our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist

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The Battle at Garden’s Gate

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Greta Van Fleet – ‘The Battle At Garden’s Gate’

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GRETA VAN FLEET – THE BATTLE AT GARDEN’S GATE – ALBUM REVIEW

Greta Van Fleet erupted onto the scene in 2016 and their early releases solidified them as “ones to watch” and “the future of rock”. Their debut album harnessed this early promise and fulfilled exactly what was needed from it at the time.

Now as 2021 creeps into summer, the band return with their highly anticipated second album with many questions to be answered. Can they maintain the quality? Are they a one trick pony? Can they dispel the critics that they are Led Zeppelin copycats?

From their previous releases you know that the band aren’t afraid to be themselves, despite those comparisons to Plant and co. Whilst they have managed great commercial success they don’t appear to chase the mainstream as it were. Before even starting to listen to ‘The Battle At Garden’s Gate’, I clock the runtime of over an hour. I know that this will be a journey, but what will I find on the way?

Well, this is most definitely a Greta Van Fleet record! Their sound, unique or not, is distinctive and there is no escaping that here. This does however feel like an album whereby the group have made a conscious effort, perhaps not to escape comparisons, but to outgrow them.

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Greta Van Fleet – ‘Heat Above’

‘Heat Above’, ‘My Way, Son’ and ‘Broken Bells’ welcome us on our journey through the evolution of Greta Van Fleet. These songs typifying what will follow, packed with delicious riffs and hauntingly powerful vocals.

The album flows well as it really needs to at this length. There is enough variation and distinction to retain your attention as the record progresses through the fantastic ‘Age of Machine’, ‘Stardust Chords’ and ‘The Barbarians’.

Listen to ‘Age of Machine’ on our Spotify Hot List!

For anybody that had any doubts about the natural talents of this group of musicians, they should now acknowledge a new force. This band are no longer the future of rock, they are now very much the present!

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announce 2021 nominations

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021 Nominees

The legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has this week announced the artists nominated for induction in 2021. Included in the list of worthy nominations are Full Pelt Music favourites Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden and Rage Against The Machine.

With megastars such as Tina Turner, Kate Bush and Jay-Z also included, the race for the 2021 fan vote is sure to be a close one. The good news is that it’s easy to get involved. All you need to do to register your vote is complete the online voting form here.

Read our review of ‘Medicine At Midnight’ from Foo Fighters

Greta Van Fleet debut ‘Heat Above’

Greta Van Fleet – ‘Heat Above’

We have plenty of new music to share with you this week. We start things off with the latest single from Greta Van Fleet. The band this week debuted ‘Heat Above’ taken from their upcoming new album.

‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate’ will be released on April 16th. You can pre-order your copy now here.

Listen to ‘Age of Machine’ from Greta Van Fleet on our Spotify Hot List!

Crossfaith unveil ‘Dead or Alive’

Crossfaith – ‘Dead or Alive’

Crossfaith have unveiled a new track this week. ‘Dead or Alive’ sees the band at their ferocious best, and you can listen on your platform of choice here.

Listen to ‘Dead or Alive’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Never Not Nothing announce ‘Art Ritual’ EP Series

Never Not Nothing – ‘Maximum’

Never Not Nothing (the duo formerly known as Black Futures) have this week announced a new EP series ‘Art Ritual’. The duo have announced that the first EP, ‘Art Ritual 001 EP’ is coming soon.

Kicking the series off is the new track ‘Maximum’, which you can check out here.

MarthaGunn give us ‘Honest’

MarthaGunn – ‘Honest’

Another band delivering new music this week is the fantastic MarthaGunn. The band have released their latest track ‘Honest’, which you can check out here.

Listen to ‘Honest’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Novacub return with ‘Fantasies’

Novacub – ‘Fantasies’

Our final new music selection this week is ‘Fantasies’, the brand new track from Novacub. Check out the video above and find out more about the band here.

Sean McGowan announces livestream show

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Sean McGowan – Birthday Livestream Poster

Finally this week, Sean McGowan has announced a new livestream show. His special birthday livestream will take place this Tuesday (16th) on his Facebook page here.

We have reviewed livestream events from Frank Turner, Beans On Toast and more, read our Live Reviews here!

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FIVE4FIVE Fest announces return with stunning lineup

Five4Five Fest Lineup announcement

Following a highly successful debut in May, the charity festival Five4Five Fest has announced its return. The May event saw the likes of Enter Shikari, Don Broco and Deaf Havana raising money for the NHS Charities Together.

Now, the two day event is set to return on 18th & 19th December. This time around the event will be raising money for the #SaveOurVenues campaign by the Music Venue Trust. To learn why the campaign is so important for the future of live music, you can read our recent blog Why We Need To #SaveOurVenues.

The lineup has been announced for the event and will see headline performances from Yonaka and Holding Absence plus the likes of Normandie, Nova Twins and Haggard Cat. More details on the event can be found at five4fivefest.com.

110 Above Festival Announce 2021 Lineup

110 Above Lineup Announcement

Another festival announcing their lineup this week is Leicestershire event 110 Above. Featuring headline performances from Sports Team, The Amazons and Sundara Karma, this promises to be a very special weekend.

Joining the lineup over 12-15th August 2021 are Yonaka, Vistas, The Snuts, Zuzu, Paris Youth Foundation, Lauran Hibberd and more. If you want to celebrate the return of live music with 110 Above, tickets are available here.

BST Hyde Park add Duran Duran

Duran Duran to headline BST Hyde Park

Our third and final festival lineup announcement this week comes from British Summer Time in Hyde Park. BST this week revealed that Duran Duran will headline Sunday 11th July 2021 with special guests Nile Rodgers & Chic plus Grace Jones. Tickets are available here.

Metallica unveil 2nd edition of Monopoly board game

Metallica Monopoly anyone?

If you are still looking for Christmas present ideas, look no further! Metallica have unveiled their 2nd edition of the board game Monopoly. Pick yours up here.

Greta Van Fleet announce new album and single

Greta Van Fleet – ‘Age of Machine’

Greta Van Fleet are back with their new single ‘Age of Machine’ ahead of the release of their newly announced album ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate’ on 16th April 2021.

Independent Venue Week is back

Independent Venue Week returns in 2021

As we discuss in our blog Why We Need To #SaveOurVenues, our independent venues require our support. The always brilliant Independent Venue Week returns in 2021 from 25th – 31st January to help raise awareness. For more information visit independentvenueweek.com.