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Ash share new single ‘Like a God’

Ash – ‘Like a God’

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

We begin this week with the best new releases from the past week and it’s Ash that get us started.

The trio have recently revealed that they will release a new album, ‘Race the Night’ on September 15th. This week the group debuted their latest single, ‘Like a God’, which you can check out above.

Frontman Tim Wheeler comments: “Like A God pushes the rock aspect of the album to its furtherest limits. An ode to sexual apotheosis it revels in a carnal riff played with mantra like repetition before reaching a frenzied climax.”

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Skindred share ‘Unstoppable’

Skindred – ‘Unstoppable’

Skindred are also building towards the release of a new album with ‘Smile’ set to arrive on August 4th!

This week saw the group share their latest single, ‘Unstoppable’, which you can check out above.

As a band, we’ve survived the rise and fall of a million genres, trend and fads in this world,” says guitarist Mikey Demus. “People have tried and failed to put us in a box we refuse to live in. Skindred has a determination and a tenacity to stay true to ourselves, and true to our fans. Skindred will not be ignored. We are Unstoppable!”
 
“We keep going and we keep pushing forward,” says frontman Benji Webbe, a man who’s no stranger to being unstoppable, having survived sepsis and having his throat slashed. “In life, it’s about hearing that our music has encouraged people and got them through dark times. But even when we’re done and gone, people will still be listening to this music. That thought makes me smile.”

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

Bob Vylan debut ‘Dream Big’

Bob Vylan – ‘Dream Big’

Following a slew of successful festival appearances, Bob Vylan have shared their brand new single, ‘Dream Big’, which you can check out above!

Commenting on the single, Vylan said “Written for my younger self and anybody that dreams of accomplishing or changing something. A reminder of where we have come from and what we are capable of.”

More here.

Listen to ‘Dream Big’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Bad Wolves share ‘Bad Friend’

Bad Wolves – ‘Bad Friend’

Bad Wolves have this week shared their new single, ‘Bad Friend’, which you can check out above!

‘Bad Friend’ exemplifies exactly where Bad Wolves always wanted to be as a band,” relays vocalist Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz. “It lives dead center of being melodically catchy as well as crushingly heavy and is a great representation of our new upcoming album. This song reminds us that TRUE friendship is not about being perfect or always saying the right thing but being there for each other through the good times and the bad. It’s also to be willing to acknowledge one’s own mistakes and make things right. If you can’t do that, you might be a bad f*cking friend.

More here.

Listen to ‘Bad Friend’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

The Dollyrots announce new album ‘Night Owls’

The Dollyrots – ‘Hey Girl’

Next in our News Report are The Dollyrots who have this week revealed that they will release a new album, ‘Night Owls’, on October 13th.

You can check out previous single ‘Hey Girl’ above.

“You know how they say a band’s first album is usually their best? Well, I think because we had time for this one, you know, since the world stopped due to Covid, it’s a lot like a first album. We had so many bits and pieces and once we could finally get into the studio it all just flew out of us, like we had been holding something vital & urgent in for years. Because we had. If you love The Dollyrots you’ll love “Night Owls”. If you don’t know The Dollyots, you’ll probably love it too,” says singer / bassist Kelly Ogden.

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The K’s debut ‘Landmines’

The K’s

Rising indie rockers The K’s recently unveiled their latest single, ‘Landmines’, which you can check out above.

Frontman Jamie Boyle explains: 

“Landmines is a memoir of myself growing up. It’s a story that is familiar to me, the band and thousands of other people across the UK who experienced the transition into adolescence living in a working-class town. The song sends many of us back to our late-teen days where the only recipe for a good night with friends was cheap alcohol and some sort of shelter, whether that be a tunnel or a skate park. Landmines brings back fond memories of the first real time we were free to explore the world by ourselves as, what we then thought were, ‘adults’ and the events that ensued”.

More here.

Listen to ‘Landmines’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Willie J Healey shares new single ‘Woke Up Smiling’

Willie J Healey – ‘Woke Up Smiling’

Next up in our News Report this week is Willie J Healey who has shared his latest single, ‘Woke Up Smiling’, which you can check out above!

The track comes from upcoming new album, ‘Bunny’, which will arrive on August 25th.

On the track, Healey says “I wrote this during a glorious period of my life. I was living in a studio flat in Bristol, it had these huge sash windows which let huge amounts of morning sun in. I’d make coffee and sit with my guitar & cat, I’m pretty sure my cat helped me write that song.”

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Listen to ‘Woke Up Smiling’ on our Spotify Hot List!

King Nun debut ‘Golden Age’

King Nun – ‘Golden Age’

King Nun have this week debuted new single, ‘Golden Age’, which you can check out above!

The single will feature on upcoming new album, ‘Lamb’, which is due for release on September 29th.

Speaking in the new single, vocalist Theo Polyzoides comments: ‘Golden Age is about feeling damned by the normalcy of life around you” contemplates the front man. “it’s about trying to have fun and break away from the mundane too. There is so much about modern life that feels unnatural, or that things could have happened differently, so the humour lightens things up a bit in an anti-defeatist way.”

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The Menzingers share ‘There’s No Place In This World For Me’

The Menzingers – ‘There’s No Place In This World For Me’

Finally in this section of our News Report this week comes, ‘There’s No Place In This World For Me’, from The Menzingers, which you can of course check out above!

The band commented, “This song is an anthem for anyone stuck between where they are and where they want to be.”

More here.

Listen to ‘There’s No Place In This World For Me’ on our Spotify Hot List!

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Far From Saints announce UK Tour

We move our News Report on now to the best tour announcements from the past week and we begin with the debut headline tour from Far From Saints.

The Kelly Jones featuring group will hit the road for a full run of dates this Autumn!

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Stereophonics live in Cambridge

DMA’S announce new UK Tour dates

DMA’S have this week announced that they will return to the UK this December for a run of new tour dates.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Neck of the Woods Festival

Gengahr set up new live dates

Already in the midst of their summer live schedule, Gengahr have this week announced further tour dates for September and October.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘The Ballad of Darren’ from Blur

Haggard Cat unveil new live dates

Finally in this section of our News Report we have the latest live dates from Haggard Cat.

The band will be on the road later this year with a mix of headline shows and support dates with Mutoid Man and Atomic Bitchwax.

Tickets are here.

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North Atlas – ‘Superego’

Scottish fellowship North Atlas have shared their brand new single, ‘Superego’!

“According to Freud, the Superego acts as our moral compass, what he calls the Id describes the drives for primal behaviour, while the regular Ego works to strike a balance between those two needs. The Superego strives for a sort of moral perfection, so I suppose that means there’s usually a cost for what you want. This song is about not paying for what you want by sacrificing your own values.”

Leon Hunter – Vocals

Bellwether – ‘fallingshort’

Sydney based Pop Punk band Bellwether have shared their new single, ‘fallingshort’.

“fallingshort’ is a pensive, emotionally driven pop punk track that is musically inspired by the works of electronic artist Porter Robinson, with further inspiration taken from 2000’s era emo pop punk. The song is a reflection on the decisions we wish we would have made in the past and the opportunities we feel have passed us by, while maintaining a determined outlook towards the future” – Guitarist Heath Joukhadar

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Lucky Hit – ‘Shoebox Memories’

UK based pop punk band Lucky Hit have shared a brand new single, ‘Shoebox Memories’

“Shoebox Memories focuses on the perspective of someone looking back at a time shared between two people. It recalls some of the experiences they shared and questions if the importance of those experiences were indeed shared. We all have those things that we hold on to which to anyone else means little to nothing. Not to you though, for you they hold a core memory. They take you back to the past. These can be anything from a ticket stub to a mixtape of songs from a time in your life. They hold memories you wouldn’t trade for anything.” – Vocalist Lawrence Murphy.

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Depeche Mode announce new UK Tour

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

We are kicking off this week with the best live announcements from the past seven days and up first is the above arena tour from Depeche Mode!

Following stadium and arena shows across Europe, Mexico, Canada, and the US this summer and fall, the group have announced 29 new European dates which will extend the ‘Memento Mori’ tour into 2024.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Gary Numan live in Norwich

Corey Taylor reveals return to UK

Iconic frontman Corey Taylor has revealed that he will return to the UK and Europe this November.

The tour will support new album, ‘CMF2’, which is out September 15th.

Pre-orders and tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘The End, So Far’ from Slipknot

The Wonder Years announce ‘The Greatest Generation’ 10 Year Anniversary Tour

Next up in our News Report are The Wonder Years who will be returning to the UK in November for a very special tour.

The group will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of ‘The Greatest Generation’ with support from Origami Angel and Kississippi!

Speaking of tour, frontman Dan Campbell says, “The second leg of The Greatest Generation 10 Year Anniversary is coming to the United Kingdom this November. We’re ripping six shows with our pals in Origami Angel and Kississippi where we’ll be playing the entire album plus a second set of songs spanning our whole catalog.”

Tickets are here.

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Wargasm confirm headline tour dates

Wargasm continue their ascent with news of their debut album, ‘Venom’, which is due out on October 27th! The band have also confirmed details of a full headline tour taking place later this year!

Alongside these announcements the band also shared new single, ‘Do It So Good’, which you can check out below.

Wargasm – ‘Do It So Good’

You can pre-order your copy and pick up tickets here.

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Hell Is For Heroes confirm new headline tour

Fresh from appearing at 2000trees Festival, Hell Is For Heroes have revealed that they will play four headline dates in April!

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Hell Is For Heroes live in London

The Blackout reveal UK Tour

Following their big return at Download Festival last month, The Blackout have now revealed a string of new tour dates taking place in February next year!

Grab your tickets here.

Read our review of Download Festival

Neck Deep unveil special UK shows

Sticking with popular Welsh bands, next up are Neck Deep who have announced four UK dates this August.

The special shows will see the band celebrating 10 years of ‘Rain In July’ as they play both their classic EP’s in full!

Tickets are here.

Read our review of YUNGBLUD live in London

The Front Bottoms announce UK Tour

Next up in our News Report this week is the above tour from The Front Bottoms who will return to the UK this December!

Special guests on the tour will be We Were Promised Jetpacks.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Tomorrow Never Comes’ from Rancid

The Meffs set up full UK Tour

Finally in this section of our News Report are The Meffs who continue to make waves following their successful slot at Download Festival!

The band have now announced details of a lengthy trek around the UK this November.

Tickets are here.

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Royal Blood share ‘Pull Me Through’

Royal Blood – ‘Pull Me Through’

Our News Report turns now towards the best new releases from the past week and we begin with the latest single from Royal Blood. You can check out ‘Pull Me Through’ above!

The tracks comes from upcoming new album, ‘Back To The Water Below’, which is out September 1st.

On the single, the band commented “It’s ultimately about giving up on persevering alone and finding strength in asking for help. Hope you connect with it”.

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Listen to ‘Pull Me Through’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Chris Shiflett shares ‘Damage Control’

Chris Shiflett – ‘Damage Control’

Guitar icon Chris Shiflett has shared details of his next solo album, ‘Lost At Sea’, which will arrive on October 20th.

Most of the new album was recorded in Nashville, working with his producer and collaborator Jaren Johnston, frontman of The Cadillac Three, as well as the songwriter behind nearly a dozen Number 1 country hits.
 
“We wrote a lot of these songs during the lockdown,” recalls Shiflett, who spent much of the pandemic at home in Southern California. “Then I began making trips to Nashville to work with Jaren. He and I have a lot of overlap, in terms of the music we like. We made a guitar-centric record that encapsulates everything I’ve been listening to over the years, from the most country songs I’ve ever recorded to punk rock and even songs that sound like a California version of The Clash.”

New single, ‘Damage Control’, is the track he’s referencing, which strays further from the country influence than most of the album. It’s also the only ‘old’ tune that Johnston and Shiflett included on ‘Lost at Sea’.
 
All the other tunes were written in the months leading up to recording, but when Jaren and I were sorting out which songs to do he mentioned something about The Clash and I remembered this old one I’d demoed about 15 years prior,” recalls Shiflett.
 
With its layers of reverb, pulsing percussion and Echoplex tape delay, ‘Damage Control’ went through a number of versions before reaching its final form in the studio with Johnston.
 
“I love that the musical inspiration on this one was late-stage Clash, but we wound up layering it with banjos and what-not. Definitely takes it somewhere else. Ska-mericana?” Shiflett laughs. “There’s nothing better than when influences converge taking you places you never expected.”

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The Struts share video for ‘Too Good at Raising Hell’

The Struts – ‘Too Good at Raising Hell’

The Struts have unveiled the video for their latest single, ‘Too Good at Raising Hell’, which you can check out above!

“We are so excited to release our devilishly cheeky video for our latest single, ’Too Good At Raising Hell,’” announces vocalist Luke Spiller. “It’s a song that was written about the disenchantment I felt after having a little too much fun. However, it still captures the essence of living an excessive life and all of the glorious moments that come along with it.”

More here.

Listen to ‘Too Good at Raising Hell’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Crobot unveil ‘Black Cat’ cover

Crobot – ‘Black Cat’

Rockers Crobot have this week unveiled their new cover of Janet Jackson’s ‘Black Cat’, which you can check out above.

Crobot’s Brandon Yeagley shares, “Every time we talked about covering a song, ‘Black Cat’ would come up as one we wished we had written.  So, here’s our chance to pay homage to the great Janet Jackson.  It’s got all the things that go into the Crobot sound – bad ass riffs, a funky groove for days, and soaring high vocals. What’s not to like about this tune? It’s even got cow bell!”

More here.

Listen to ‘Black Cat’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

Caskets release new single ‘Believe’

Caskets – ‘Believe’

Caskets will release to their new album, ‘Reflections’, on August 11th. This week saw the group share their latest pre-release single, ‘Believe’, which you can check out above.

Speaking of the track, frontman Matt Flood says, “’Believe’ is a song about realising and recognising your own worth. It’s about letting go of the toxicity in your life and making that step forward. Believe in yourself and the choices you’re making. Even if the path doesn’t seem clear right now, they’ll get you where you want to be.”

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Believe’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

Tempt share ‘Burn Me Down’

Tempt – ‘Burn Me Down’

Tempt have shared their latest single, ‘Burn Me Down’, which you can of course check out above!

The single comes from their newly announced self-titled debut album, which is set for release on August 25th.

“Our new single ‘Burn Me Down’ delves into the intense and addictive nature of a toxic love,” reveals singer Zach Allen. “It captures the bittersweet realization that someone has the power to consume you completely, even when you know it’s not healthy. It’s a raw expression of the conflicting emotions that arise when you can’t resist the fire that’s destined to burn you.”

Guitarist Harrison Marcello shares, “‘Burn Me Down’ reflects the chaos of passion and desire. We wrote it with driving riffs and electrifying energy to capture that feeling. it’s about the kind of love that both exhilarates and destroys, and the inner turmoil we experience when we’re caught in its relentless cycle, unable to escape the allure of someone who has the power to ignite and consume us.”

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Burn Me Down’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

Thy Art Is Murder unveil ‘Keres’

Thy Art Is Murder – ‘Keres’

Keeping it heavy next in our News Report we have ‘Keres’, the latest single from Thy Art Is Murder, which you can check out above.

The track comes from upcoming new album, ‘Godlike’, which is due for release on September 15th.

“It’s not often we have this level of excitement to present a new single to the world. Keres is a metal anthem filled with grinding verses and stomping choruses, stripping down some of the complexity that may have gotten in the way of previous attempts to deliver a song of this magnitude. The Keres was an evil sprite in ancient Greek mythology that would feed on the dead, but could not participate in acts of violence. We think this behavior is as relevant in the arena of news and politics as it was on those ancient battlefields.” – Guitarist Andy Marsh

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Yard Act debut ‘The Trench Coat Museum’

Yard Act – ‘The Trench Coat Museum’

Our News Report continues with the brand new single from Yard Act! You can listen to ‘The Trench Coat Museum’ above.

More here.

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Skinny Lister debut ‘Company of the Bar’

Skinny Lister – ‘Company of the Bar’

Skinny Lister this week unveiled details of new studio album, ‘Shanty Punk’, which is due out on October 20th.

The group also debuted new single, ‘Company of the Bar’, which you can check out above.

Dan Heptinstall says: “It’s a simple sentiment, but one that is at the heart of the Skinny Lister philosophy. This is a song that has been built for the rugged road, and we can’t wait to hear it belted back at us on our upcoming US and UK Tours later this year!”

“Shanty Punk is our concept album – and the concept is Skinny Lister. It’s a pure distillation of what makes Skinny Lister tick, and perhaps a collection of songs that leans further into our folky routes than we’ve ventured in some years. It felt to us like it was time to touch base and celebrate the essence of the band, while at the same time – giving it a fresh and dynamic feel.”

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Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun debut ‘Mercy Wave’

Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun – ‘Mercy Wave’

Finally in this section of our News Report this week is ‘Mercy Wave’, the latest single from Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun which you can check out above.

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

In an update to fans Lockey said of the single, “It’s one of my favourite songs on the record and one of the last songs we wrote before heading in to record. In fact, lots of the instrumental parts on it were written very much in the moment, in the depths of the Cornish countryside in the darkness of December, and it developed into exactly what it needed to be; a bright and uplifting Summer anthem. Funny how those moments of darkness can produce hopefulness. Kind of the perfect fit for our record in many ways.”

“It feels exciting that this is one of the most up to date snapshots of our band. I think we’ve always had a multi-faceted sound which hasn’t always worked to our advantage but is an honest representation of who we are as musicians and our wide spanning and ever evolving influences. ‘Mercy Wave’ shows a side of the band that is possibly a bit brighter, a bit naughties indie and is reductive in its arrangement; almost a minimalist version of a classic JL&tSS tune. It has one of the biggest sing along choruses on the record and it gets stuck in my head for hours at a time.”

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Snõõper – ‘Running’

Snõõper have shared new single ‘Running’, from their debut album ‘Super Snõõper’!

On the track, vocalist Blair said “Running was written during the pandemic as many of our early songs were. This song was written deep in the pandemic when people began to feel hopeless and everything began to feel really scary. The George Floyd protests were happening, Trump was president, and people felt out of control as we watched our country experience the consequences of an unjust system. Political leaders were fanning the flames as people were screaming for change. All of this was happening at a time when people couldn’t properly take action due to pandemic restrictions. It was a horrifying feeling. Most days, all I could do was go for a long walk or run. I think sometimes that’s all anyone can do when things feel out of control. We can always get out of our minds and into our bodies. Move, breathe, jump, put one foot in front of the other.”

DEADLETTER – ‘Degenerate Inanimate’

DEADLETTER share their new single ‘Degenerate Inanimate’!

On the single, frontman Zac Lawrence says “Degenerate Inanimate alludes to the feeling of betrayal felt when someone close to you is revealed as dishonest to the bone. There’s a unique form of unease which arises from having your basic intelligence mocked, as they reveal their complete lack of decency.”

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Break Fifty – ‘A Familiar Face (Of Someone I Never Knew’

UK Nu-Core band Break Fifty kick start a whole new era by announcing a fresh line-up and sharing new single, ‘A Familiar Face (Of Someone I Never Knew)’

“A Familiar Face (Of Someone I Never Knew) is an expression of childhood trauma. The main focus in lyrics within this song quotes “the end of eternal youth”, This can be taken as upon the instance of trauma it can often feel as if your youth has been stripped away and all joy of childhood  has been tarnished.” – Vocalist, Angus.

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Iron Maiden

Utilita Arena, Birmingham

Tuesday 4th July 2023

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IRON MAIDEN – BIRMINGHAM – LIVE REVIEW

The metalheads have taken over Birmingham with battlejackets visable on every street corner. Yes, the mighty Iron Maiden are in town and a sold out Utilita Arena is braced for a theatrical evening of fun with a band currently firing on all cylinders.

The legendary group are here as part of their aptly titled ‘The Future Past’ Tour which sees them focus on material from their latest studio release, ‘Senjutsu’ and their 1986 sixth album ‘Somewhere In Time’.

Up first however are openers Lord of the Lost, fresh from the indignity of finishing last at this year’s Eurovision. Given the reputation of Maiden fans to be rather harsh on their support acts, and the German groups recent past, we were concerned that Lord of the Lost would go down like a certain variety of balloon!

That thankfully isn’t the case though as they deliver a polished yet honest performance which is well received by the waiting masses. The band are able to show that they possess quality with substance and some great songs, which is probably why Eurovision fans weren’t interested! If that experience was a disappointment, this one is a big success for the band.

Soon enough those familiar strains of UFO’s ‘Doctor Doctor’ start to fill the arena and the atmosphere kicks up a few dozen notches. With an updated stage show complementing a setlist full of rarer heard fan favourites it doesn’t take long for the band to suck you right in.

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Within moments Iron Maiden have the audience in the palm of their collective hand as they lead them back and forth from new tracks like ‘The Writing on the Wall’ to deep cuts like ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ and classics such as ‘Can I Play With Madness’!

With multiple appearances from Eddie plus all the usual trimmings this show is Maiden at their very best. The carefully curated setlist makes this a unique opportunity for the diehards but also a fine example of what the band do for any newcomers. This is perhaps best summed up by the final main set run of ‘Heaven Can Wait’, ‘Alexander the Great’, ‘Fear of the Dark’ and ‘Iron Maiden’.

By the time ‘The Trooper’ and ‘Wasted Years’ close out the evening, Maiden have one again shown themselves the masters of their craft. Those metalheads then head back out into the Birmingham night filled with glorious, dramatic metal!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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”.

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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.

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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”.

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Foo Fighters announce UK Tour

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

We start this week with a run of huge live announcements and they didn’t get bigger last week than the UK return of Foo Fighters!

The band will play seven enormous stadium shows across the UK next June, and tickets are flown out!

Joining the band at the various shows will be Wet Leg, Courtney Barnett, Loose Articles, Chroma, Honeyblood, Shame, Hot Milk and Himalayas!

Check ticket availability here.

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Muse announce new UK shows

Another mammoth act with new shows on the horizon are Muse, who are fresh from finishing another huge summer stadium tour.

The trio will be heading back inside this autumn with arena shows set in Manchester and London as they continue the ‘Will of the People’ World Tour.

Special guests for these shows will be Nova Twins!

Tickets will be here.

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Circa Waves reveal intimate dates

From Stadiums, to Arenas and now some of the best intimate venues in the UK!

Circa Waves have announced details of a special run of UK live dates from which a portion of the profits will be donated to local foodbanks in each town they are touring through.

The band had the following to say about the decision to show their support.

“We’re so happy to be supporting food banks on our next tour. In this current climate where the cost of living crisis is hitting everyone we know that being able to feed your family is no longer a given. We will be playing a handful of small intimate shows with a percentage of profits going to local food banks in each area. Can’t wait to see you there.”

Tickets are here.

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Those Damn Crows set UK Tour

There are still a handful more great tour announcements to come in our News Report, and up next are Those Damn Crows.

The group have announce ‘The Takedown Tour’, which will take place this October.

Tickets are here.

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The Virginmarys announce UK live dates

Also announcing new UK live dates this week were The Virginmarys, with the duo out on the road in August and September.

Tickets are here.

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REWS reveal new UK Tour

Finally for this section of our News Report is the news that REWS will be taking new album, ‘Meridians’ on tour this autumn!

The album is out on October 13th and ticket and album bundles are available now here.

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Blur release new track ‘St. Charles Square’

Blur – ‘St. Charles Square’

We move our News Report on now to the best new releases from the past week and can’t start anywhere else other than with Blur!

The group are preparing for their Wembley Stadium shows and have debuted new track, ‘St. Charles Square’, which you can check out above.

Damon Albarn said of the track – “St. Charles Square is a place where the ghosts of monsters can be found.” 

The track comes ahead of new album, ‘The Ballad of Darren’, which is out July 21st.

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Greta Van Fleet share ‘The Falling Sky’

Greta Van Fleet – ‘The Falling Sky’

Greta Van Fleet this week shared their latest offering, ‘The Falling Sky’, which you can check out above.

The track will feature on upcoming new album, ‘Starcatcher’, which is out on 21st July.

“An unwavering warrior carrying on the endless, eternal, and impossible battle for salvation; these were the elements of symbolism associated with this particular track,” explains guitarist Jake Kiszka. “In essence our fate is sealed, alike the stars that fall from the almighty heavens to the earth. This philosophy is carried through in the story of a bluesman, at the crossroads of the universe.”

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Mammoth WVH debut ‘Take A Bow’

Mammoth WVH – ‘Take A Bow’

Next up in our News Report is ‘Take A Bow’, the latest single from Mammoth WVH, which you can check out above.

The song comes ahead of new album, ‘Mammoth II’, which is released August 4th.

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Bowling For Soup announce ‘Songs People Actually Liked – Volume 2’

Bowling For Soup – ‘1985 (BFS Version)’

Bowling For Soup have revealed details of new collection, ‘Songs People Actually Liked – Voume 2’, which focuses on tracks from 2004 to 2009.

You can check out a new BFS version of their hit single, ‘1985’, above.

Here are some thoughts from BFS main man Jaret Reddick about the upcoming Volume 2 of their Greatest Hits:

“Having a “Greatest Hits” is one of things you sort of dream about as a kid, but deep down, it’s more if a fantasy really. Now here we are realizing our second and we have nearly made it to half way through our career.

I was nervous about these songs. Sonically, on the originals, they were already “there.” But I think like everything in our band, the years add something to the luster, and it certainly happened here!

The songs are still intact with their original selves. But I think you will feel a different energy. In a good way.”

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Holding Absence debut ‘Honey Moon’

Holding Absence – ‘Honey Moon’

Holding Absence continue to build towards the release of upcoming new album, ‘The Noble Art of Self Destruction’, which is out August 25th.

Recently the group share new single, ‘Honey Moon’, which you can check out above.

The band shared, “‘Honey Moon’ is perhaps Holding Absence’s most beautiful song to date! A track inspired by the Pixies and Deftones – this is a lovesick poem that looks to the stars to portray a deep, isolated yearning for the love of another.”

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Underoath debut ‘Lifeline (Drowning)’

Underoath – ‘Lifeline (Drowning)’

Underoath have shared their newest stand-alone single, ‘Lifeline (Drowning)’, which you can check out above.

Speaking on the new single, Underoath said ““Lifeline (Drowning)” is a cry for help… I feel like we’ve all been there, be it as simple as miscommunication or a full on toxic relationship – that very feeling that you cannot tread water like this any longer or you may end up drowning. We wanted to create a song centered around the melody that could still hold the energy of a full blown heavy song.”

More here.

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Caskets share ‘Better Way Out’

Caskets – ‘Better Way Out’

Caskets, who recently announced their new album, ‘Reflections’, for an August 11th release, have released an affirming new single, ‘Better Way Out’, which you can check out above.

Speaking of the track, frontman Matt Flood says, “Better Way Out is a song that relates to suicidal thoughts and tendencies. It’s a song about noticing and understanding the trials and tribulations of life, about rising above the feelings of depression and anxiety and knowing your self worth. To have somebody say that they see you and they hear you, or to have a community by your side while you go through these daily battles isn’t something afforded to everybody. So many of us can blindly walk through the barriers that we build inside our heads, alone without a shoulder to cry on or a friend to lend an ear.”

”No matter what you’ve been through and might still be going through… there are always routes out of your situation.” he states. “You are strong, you are beautiful, you are loved and you are enough. Don’t walk that road alone. We all need each other.

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Fixation announce ‘More Subtle Than Death’

Fixation – ‘Flat Earth’

Fixation have announced details of their highly anticipated debut album. ‘More Subtle Than Death’ will be released September 8th.

Fixation states: “We didn’t want to limit ourselves to one particular sound, although the album sounds like Fixation as a whole, there are songs that are more poppy, more heavy, more grandiose and symphonic and more straight forward rock songs. The subjects in the songs are things that frightens and worries us about the state of the world today. These are things that we want to see change in.”

You can check out the latest single from the band ‘Flat Earth’ above.

Pre-orders will be available soon here.

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Dream State share ‘Chin Up Princess’

Dream State – ‘Chin Up Princess’

Our News Report continues with another great new release from Dream State.

The group have shared their latest new single, ‘Chin Up Princess’, which you can of course check out above!

More here.

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Grian Chatten debuts ‘All of the People’

Grian Chatten – ‘All of the People’

Grian Chatten has released his debut album, ‘Chaos for the Fly’, and ahead of the release he shared the last pre-release single, ‘All of the People’, which you can check out above.

On the single Grian explains: “All of the people is the stiff collar tight-fisted hand to the grindstone written where all is blue and everyone is a liar. It is a line of chalk scratched around the world.”

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Almost Nothing debut ‘Anything Whatever’

Almost Nothing – ‘Anything Whatever’

Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble this week announced his new band Almost Nothing and shared their debut single, ‘Anything Whatever’, which you can check out above.

The band have also revealed their self-titled debut album will arrive later this year with pre-orders here.

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Marc Hudson debuts ‘Astralive’

Marc Hudson – ‘Astralive’

Dragonforce singer Marc Hudson has revealed details of his debut solo album, ‘Starbound Stories’, which is out August 25th.

This week saw Hudson share lead single, ‘Astralive’, which you can check out above.

Hudson on the single, “’Astralive’ is the first single from the album and takes the listener on a power metal journey through space and time. This song explores the cosmic mysteries of the universe and mankind’s eternal search for wisdom beyond the stars.”

Hudson adds, “It is with great pride that I can finally announce my signing to Napalm Records. I’m very grateful for the label’s belief in me as a solo artist and can’t wait to have Napalm on my side to show Starbound Stories to the world!”

Pre-order your copy here.

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Wilmette – ‘No One Knew’

Illinois pop punk 5-piece Wilmette has released, ‘No One Knew’, the next single off the band’s long-awaited debut full-length, ‘Hyperfocused’, out on August 4th.

Vocalist Aaron Hailey says, “It’s about the guilt of not being able to help someone through a hard time, and the helpless feeling that comes with being there while they struggle.”

Guitarist Griffin Guge adds, “We tracked this song exactly halfway through the recording process. It was a point where we thought we knew where the record was going until we got to this song.

There was a lot of room to grow on the track, and we definitely got excited to experiment with a lot of cool guitar sounds. One of my favorites of which is in the bridge. We used a variety of unconventional guitar techniques as well as pedals to quite literally make it sound like the song is breaking and the building you’re in is coming down. I think it was very fitting for the part.”

Major Moment – ‘Overcome’

Pop-Metal band Major Moment are back with their new single ‘Overcome’!

“‘Overcome’ was inspired by our music journey and is about prevailing over difficult times and persevering against all odds. But if we zoom out and look at our everyday lives, full of conflicts, health issues, losses, financial struggles, aspirations, wins and failures, we see a similar theme everyone can relate to, the one of pain and, as a result of overcoming it, personal growth. ‘Overcome’ is the anthem made for all creators out there struggling to get their voices heard, doubting every day if it’s worth fighting for.” – Vocalist, Sasha.

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Crushed By Waves – ‘Won’t Get Out Alive’

UK alt-rockers Crushed By Waves have shared new single, ‘Won’t Get Out Alive’.

Crushed By Waves write from experience, with the new track being a statement of why they are putting everything into their art.   The band explain:

“Won’t Get Out Alive is all about keeping the faith, pushing through the hardest times, holding on, and never giving up, even if it kills us. When we see our music can bring a room full of strangers together, the energy in that room is worth dying for, it actually gives us life.”

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Muse – Milton Keynes – Live Review

Long established as one of the greatest live bands to ever plug in a guitar, it’s no surprise that fans have once again been flocking to catch Muse live this summer!

With large-scale UK shows already completed in Plymouth, Huddersfield and Glasgow, this sunny Sunday sees the trio take over the recently neglected National Bowl in Milton Keynes.

Once those lovely roundabouts have been successfully navigated, fans are greeted with a fantastic amphitheatre to enjoy the glory that will be the headline set. But, before then there are two great opening performances on offer.

Up first are Mexican trio The Warning who recently impressed with their slot at Download Festival. Today the group are again able to deliver a powerful set which will undoubtedly have won over a legion of new fans. From start to finish they make the very most of their short time on stage and you can’t help but think it won’t be their last time playing stages this size.

One band no stranger to large stages are the special guests tonight, Royal Blood. The duo are fresh from the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury and are able to command this stage with relative ease.

The crowd are very much on side tonight which appears to reassure the band after their recent issues with Mike Kerr clearly very grateful for the opportunity to play. The fans are equally joyed to have such an accomplished act delivering a calculated and polished set.

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The scene is then set for the timeless Muse to once again showcase just why they are so revered. Never afraid to highlight their latest release, new album ‘Will of the People’ naturally takes centre stage tonight and that starts with the title-track which instantly whips the crowd into a frenzy.

Following that opening with a run of ‘Hysteria’, ‘Psycho’ and ‘Bliss’ just shows the embarrassment of riches that Muse can pull from. What’s nice tonight though is the addition of some rarer gems such as ‘Resistance’ and ‘Undisclosed Desires’.

Of course there are hits galore and the audience lap up the likes of ‘Time Is Running Out’, ‘Supermassive Black Hole’, ‘Plug In Baby’, ‘Uprising’ and ‘Starlight’. Equally impressive though are the receptions given to new tracks like ‘Won’t Back Down’, ‘Compliance’ and ‘You Make Me Feel Like It’s Halloween’.

The delivery of songs either old or new is exquisite as you’d expect and the stage show is as flamboyant as ever. Muse really are masters of their art and it feels almost impossible for them to give a bad performance.

The encore of ‘Kill or Be Killed’ and traditional closer ‘Knights of Cydonia’ is in itself testament to the whole new and old sentiments above. No matter what they are playing, Muse play it better than anyone!

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The Hives unveil UK Tour

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

Fresh from conquering Glastonbury Festival, The Hives have a UK Tour set in the diaries for next year!

The band will release their latest album, ‘The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons’ on August 11th, and will take their new material on the road for a highly anticipated run of dates.

Pre-orders and tickets are here.

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The Amity Affliction announce return to UK

Sticking with tour announcements, The Amity Affliction are up next in our News Report as the band set in stone their ‘Not Without My Ghosts’ tour.

The band will play a small run of UK shows this December with support from Comeback Kid, Alpha Wolf and Mugshot!

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Not Without My Ghosts’ from The Amity Affliction

Jared James Nichols announces UK Tour

Also announcing a new UK Tour this week was Jared James Nichols who will be hitting up venues in October.

Support will variously come from Doomsday Outlaw, Silveroller and Toby Lee with DeWolff playing as special guests at all shows.

Tickets are here.

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Badlands Lincoln Punk Festival reveals line-up

Some festival news this week at Lincoln Punk Festival Badlands reveals their 2023 line-up.

On the bill are previous ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast guests Pet Needs, Hell’s Ditch, Guise, MOSKITO and Hannah Rose Platt!

Tickets are here.

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Paul Rodgers shares ‘Living It Up’

Paul Rodgers – ‘Living It Up’

We move our News Report on now to the best new releases from the past week and we begin with the iconic talent of Paul Rodgers.

Rodgers has announced details of a new album, ‘Midnight Rose’, which is set for release on September 22nd.

You can listen to the first single from the album, ‘Living It Up’, above!

“My new album ‘Midnight Rose’ grew from sparks of ideas I had,” says Rodgers. “The sparks developed into a raging fire when the band and everyone involved brought their absolute ‘A’ game. I think it is my best album to date, I like it. I hope you do too.”

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Asking Alexandria share ‘Psycho’

Asking Alexandria – ‘Psycho’

Asking Alexandria have shared their latest single, ‘Psycho’, which you can check out above.

The song comes from forthcoming album, ‘Where Do We Go From Here’, which is due to arrive later this Summer.

“‘Psycho’ is one of those songs that is talking about when you feel trapped inside your own head, trapped by your own vices and your own downfalls,” explains guitarist Ben Bruce.

“Whether it’s being stuck in a relationship that doesn’t work for you, or feeling like you can’t stop drinking or doing drugs, or maybe you’re stuck in a job that you hate, and you’re just battling yourself in your own head wondering ‘why am I still here? Why do I keep doing these things?’. Ultimately, at the end of the day we all feel a little bit crazy…a little bit like a Psycho. It’s just a fun song that we can all relate to, and stylistically we thought to ourselves ‘how do we make a song that sounds like it could live on the ‘Like A House On Fire’ album, but also like it could live on the ‘From Death to Destiny’ album?’. So musically, from a writing standpoint, it was a really enjoyable experience to meld those two eras of Asking Alexandria together and see what that might look like.”

More here.

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Trophy Eyes debut ‘People Like You’

Trophy Eyes – ‘People Like You’

Trophy Eyes have released their brand new album, ‘Suicide and Sunshine’ and to coincide with the release the band debuted new single, ‘People Like You’, which you can check out above.

“‘“People Like You”, is a song about growing up poor in the rural New South Wales town of Mudgee while the school kids around him came from wealthy, well-adjusted families” says John Floreani. “It’s me reflecting, and also firsthand memories of what was happening, like they’re staring at the holes in my shoes, and the embarrassment and desire to belong, and not understanding why you don’t,” he explains. “It’s like a protest against the idea of class and happy families.”

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Electric Callboy share ‘Everytime We Touch’

Electric Callboy – ‘Everytime We Touch’

This week also saw Electric Callboy share their version of ‘Everytime We Touch’, which you can check out above.

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Sevendust debut ‘Holy Water’

Sevendust – ‘Holy Water’

Our News Report continues with ‘Holy Water’, the brand new single from Sevendust, which you can check out above!

The track comes from upcoming new album, ‘Truth Killer’, which is due for release July 28th.

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VEXED share ‘Trauma Euphoria’

VEXED – ‘Trauma Euphoria’

Next up in our News Report are VEXED. This week saw the band share new single, ‘Trauma Euphoria’, which you can listen to above!

Megan Targett on the track,: “Experiencing a traumatic event or grieving a major loss comes with a myriad of feelings. Denial, depression, anger and sadness are the most common ones you hear about. However, there is one that I’ve found nobody speaks of; Euphoria. Small moments of time where you forget that you’re grieving and slip back into the person you were before the event. It’s like a euphoric experience that’s heightened by the fact your brain hasn’t felt any hit of dopamine in such a long time.

However, that sudden realization when you remember the trauma and snap out of the high has you crashing 10X harder. Feelings of guilt and shame take over and you fall deeper into the dark depths of your depression and grief. This dark place becomes a safe space in your mind, as leaving it can cause more pain and isn’t worth the fall. You can become addicted to suffering and this song is a love letter to it.”

The track features on new album, ‘Negative Energy’, which is out now!

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Oxymorrons share ‘Graveyard Words’

Oxymorrons – ‘Graveyard Words’

There was also new music on offer this week from Oxymorrons who shared new single, ‘Graveyard Words’, which you can of course check out above.

The band has also announced that they will release new album, ‘Melanin Punk’ on October 20th.

When asked about the inspiration behind the track, Oxymorrons collectively explained, “It’s about speaking with intentions. Words carry weight and you can manifest positivity but also negativity with the things you say – on the extreme side of the spectrum it could cost you your life. It’s about the laws of attraction through words. The chorus sounds like a threat coming from an individual – like ‘yo watch yer mouth or I’ll f*ck you up’ – but it was really written from the perspective of the universe/karma warning us humans. A small example is we try not to use the word ‘hate’ in our vocabulary when describing something we don’t like. We’re not always successful, but just trying to remove that word so that we don’t attract hatred into our life and leave that portal open for hate to come through. You attract what you project, and we project positivity.”

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HourHouse – ‘DO IT LIKE’

New Orleans-based quintet HourHouse share ‘DO IT LIKE’!

“‘DO IT LIKE’ is about our impact on the rap metal genre as a whole and displays who we are as individuals in this group,” says vocalist Milly about the track. “The verses are a multitude of street lingo mixed with ferocious screams. Lyrically, it starts as a recollection of world that surrounds them then turns into a mirror to the state of the world. Mentioning the violence and madness we all have to survive daily and that, for some, there isn’t an escape.”

EXTS – ‘Happening’

Leeds based post-hardcore newcomers, EXTS have shared their new single ‘Happening’.

The lyrics for Happening capture the emotion of how overwhelming life events can feel and the uncertainty that they bring: “Is the end of the tunnel closed?”

Moreover, it’s about the pursuit of finding light in suffocating darkness in times of real need yet being resolute in the face of adversity – as time inevitably marches forth… ticking away.” – Vocalist, Jack Flynn.

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Waterlines – ‘Prey’

Waterlines share their brand new single, ‘Prey’!

Frontman Ben Mars:

“We want to keep pushing the boundaries of our style, adding a little more rap here and a sprinkle more EDM there! We’re still heavy, but we never want to be pigeon holed, so we do what the fuck we want.

Lyrically this song is about reaching a breaking point and biting back. It’s being backed into a corner and finally snapping. It’s messy, visceral chaos.”

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Queens of the Stone Age set UK Tour

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

This week we start with the best live announcements from the past week and up first are Queens of the Stone Age!

The iconic rockers will return to the UK and Europe this November for an arena tour.

Special guests at the shows will be The Chats and Deep Tan.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘In Times New Roman…’ from Queens of the Stone Age

The Prodigy reveal new UK live dates

Another iconic group announce fresh live dates this week was The Prodigy, who will also be hitting UK arenas this November.

Special guests on the tour will be Soft Play (formerly known as Slaves).

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Download Festival!

Ash & The Subways announce co-headline tour

Ash and The Subways will combine forces for a special co-headline tour lat this year!

Also in a big news week for Ash, the group have announced that they will release a new album, ‘Race the Night’, on September 15th.

The band accompanied the announcement with the release of the title-track as lead single, and you can listen to the song below.

Ash – ‘Race The Night’

Wheeler comments: “Race the Night is the sound of the band reveling in the sheer joy of being a band after being separated by time and distance through the insanity of the early 2020s. Lyrically it’s all about seizing the crossroads moments in life with both hands. Take every chance as if it could be your last.”

Continuing about the video he says: “Race the Night video is the product from the fevered mind of long time friend and horror director Jed Shepherd. He’s taken a song about seizing the moment and had the band seized by a super fan who proceeds to force the band into doing her bidding. Enjoy the Misery…”

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The Struts announce new live dates

Continuing the fantastic live announcements this week in our News Report is a new run of UK and EU dates from The Struts.

Regarding the tour frontman Luke Spiller says, “Finally we are returning to the UK and Europe! We can’t wait to play you some new material and a new show we’ve been putting together for the last year.  Get your tickets as fast as you can! Love you all! X”

Tickets are here.

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Stone announce UK Tour

Another band with fresh tour dates to announce this week were Stone, who will be on the road this October.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Arctic Monkeys live in Coventry

Saint Agnes announce UK Tour

This week also saw Saint Agnes reveal a new run of UK dates that will take place later this year.

The ‘Bloodsuckers’ tour will celebrate the release of their upcoming album of the same name which arrives July 21st.

Tickets and pre-orders are here.

Read our review of ‘Divine Machines’ from Demob Happy

As December Falls announce UK Tour

As December Falls revealed a spectacular new tour this week which will see then head out later this year with support from both Dream State and Lizzy Farrall.

The tour is in support of new album, ‘Join the Club’, which is out July 21st.

Tickets and pre-orders are here.

Read our review of ‘Untethered’ from Dream State

Guise and Hannah Rose Platt team up for UK Tour

The final tour announcement in our News Report this week comes from not one but two ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast alumni!

Guise and Hannah Rose Platt will be heading our together for a run of shows later this summer.

Tickets are here.

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Kasabian share ‘Algorithms’

Kasabian – ‘Algorithms’

We move our News Report on now to the best new releases from the past week and we begin with Kasabian.

The band have shared new single, ‘Algorithms’, which you can check out above.

On the track, frontman Serge Pizzorno says:

“Some tunes take months to write and some take 10 minutes. It’s as if they’ve already been written and all you’re doing is dictating your subconscious. That’s how Algorithms came together.

I’ve been thinking how important gigs are and how they make us all so happy through the good times and the bad and especially festivals, those moments when people get on shoulders and it’s glorious chaos. That’s what Algorithms is to me, we’re not here for a long time just here for a good time. That’s what separates us from the robots. We live in the moment and if we’re lucky enough to feel that, then we are in ecstasy.

What makes us special is that we can’t live forever, we have our time and then we are gone. It’s why real flowers are beautiful and plastic ones, are just plastic. Hope you enjoy the tune see you in the mosh pit”

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Read our review of ‘The Alchemist’s Euphoria’ from Kasabian

Alice Cooper unveils ‘I’m Alice’

Alice Cooper – ‘I’m Alice’

The legendary Alice Cooper returned this week with news of a brand new album coming later this year.

Cooper confirmed that ‘Road’ will be released on August 25th, and accompanied that announcement with new single, ‘I’m Alice’, which you can check out above!

“For ‘Road’, I wanted the band to be involved in the foundation of all the songs,” says Alice. “I only see these guys when we’re on the road. So, I wanted them to be as tight as they are for the show but on all new material. When you have a band this good, I believe in showing it off, and this is my way of doing so.”

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The Hives debut ‘Countdown to Shutdown’

The Hives – ‘Countdown to Shutdown’

Coinciding with their massive Arctic Monkeys Stadium tour slot, The Hives have debuted new single, ‘Countdown to Shutdown’, which you can check out above.

The track features on upcoming new album, ‘The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons’, which will arrive on August 11th.

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Duff McKagan shares ‘Lighthouse’

Duff McKagan – ‘Lighthouse’

Duff McKagan this week announced the release of new album, ‘Lighthouse’, on October 20th.

McKagan also shared the title-track from the album, which you can check out above.

“The crashing….the cresting waves, the falling through of all that surrounds you. Life sometimes tosses us around, and we feel the want of comfort and the pull of home.  A ship tossed like a toy through the Cape, sails ripped and the wood groaning with the scraping of its ballast….a soul trying with all its might to find peace and a center.  Find a lighthouse. I have my lighthouse….its beacon swirling in the darkness with her warmth and promise of nurture, love, laughter, and all that is true.  Won’t you be my lighthouse, give me light,…and bring me home.” – Duff

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Black Water County debut ‘The Only Life Worth Living’

Black Water County – ‘The Only Life Worth Living’

Next up in our News Report are Black Water County who this week debuted new single, ‘The Only life Worth Living’, which you can check out above.

The track begins a string of singles leading to the release of a new album of the same name later this year.

The Only Life Worth Living is about keeping an open mind, opening doors and moving forward,” explain the band, “The song summarises our feelings coming out of a hard couple of years for both the band and the industry as a whole. To us, it means full ‘balls-to-the-wall’ energy because life is too short.

As times have become tougher our writing has reflected some of these struggles and we’ve found ourselves focusing on what really matters to us. This track was initially conceptualized pre-covid but was refined over many video calls during lockdown, forcing us to think outside our normal writing process. Because of this, we think that it has grown into a track that longs to be shouted from the rooftops and, now that we’re back out on the road, we’re so thrilled to be performing again to our audience, knowing that they’re stoked to be back out in the wild too.”

More here.

Listen to ‘The Only life Worth Living’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

Dream Nails debut ‘Good Guy’

Dream Nails – ‘Good Guy’

Dream Nails have announced details of their new album, ‘Doom Loop’, which will be released on October 13th via Marshall Records.

You can listen to the lead single, ‘Good Guy’, above.

“Doom Loop is an exploration of the repeated cycles we find ourselves in,” comments vocalist Ishmael Kirby, “from political injustice and patriarchal systems to the negative spirals of our minds. A doom loop is a crisis that starts to feed on itself. It feels like there is no escape. But there is. This album is a reflection of ourselves, the world we live in, and the one we want to create.”
 
“Specifically, Doom Loop delves into masculinity in its many forms” expands drummer Lucy Katz. “The good guy, the lads at school, the narcissistic politician, the incel, the sexual predator, the police officer. It looks into gender-based oppression from childhood; how isolation can breed violence against women and the rhetoric that spawns incels.”
 
Elaborating on the themes, guitarist Anya Pearson adds: “On the album we also celebrate masculinity by telling stories about butch and trans masculine identities. We show the shared responsibility we have in fighting misogyny. Empathy is hard to find in a divided world, but we seek it out, advocate for it, and ask how far it goes.”
 
The title of the riotous new single highlights the phrase as a fake ID used to lull people into a false sense of security. “It’s as if we couldn’t possibly believe there could be danger if someone describes themselves as the good guy.” says Ishmael. “It reinforces that gender-based violence and attacks are one-off occurrences, denying our lived experiences as women and non-binary people.”
 
Bassist Mimi Jasson recounts: “Incel terrorist Elliot Rodger killed six people in a stabbing and shooting spree in California in 2014. The final section of his manifesto, where the 22-year-old complained about not being able to get a girlfriend, Rodger declared ‘I am the true victim in all of this. I am the good guy’”

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Heavy Lungs share ‘All Gas No Brakes’

Heavy Lungs – ‘All Gas No Brakes’

Heavy Lungs this week shared new single, ‘All Gas No Brakes’, which you can check out above.

The song is the title-track for their newly announced upcoming album which arrives 29th September.

Of the news, the band say: “Well, well, well… they said it couldn’t be done, but look what just kicked you in the ass. Our debut album is coming out. It’s a dancer and it’s a prancer, and hopefully it’s a life enhancer.

We recorded it way back in 2021 with head wizard, Wiz, and his jester Stan for some extra magic and spice, and it’s been a long old wait, but only another 3 months and it’s yours!”

Commenting on the song, front man and vocalist Danny Nedelko says: “This high-octane, dance floor firecracker is all about giving it absolute beans. It’s about knowing you are the big cheese. You’re the main course.”
 

The official video was directed by good friends Holding Hands With Horses. “It’s a ‘70s B-movie, Paul Thomas Anderson-inspired depiction of a roller disco gone full Twin Peaks,” say the band of the visuals. “You are seriously in for a wild ride. 69% on Rotten Potatoes. The rewatchability of this one is off the scale. Let’s goooooo.”

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Listen to ‘All Gas No Brakes’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist!

Dead Man’s Whiskey share ‘Island In The Storm’

Dead Man’s Whiskey – ‘Island In The Storm’

Dead Man’s Whiskey have shared their latest single, ‘Island In The Storm’, which you can check out above!

More here.

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Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun debut ‘Medicine’

Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun – ‘Medicine’

Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun are next in our News Report as this week saw the group share their new single, ‘Medicine’, which you can check out above.

The track will feature on new upcoming album, ‘Colour’, which is set for release on July 28th!

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Listen to ‘Medicine’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Conquer Divide share ‘the INVISIBLE

Conquer Divide – ‘the INVISIBLE’

Finally for this section of our News Report we have the latest single from Conquer Divide. You can check out ‘the INVISIBLE‘ above.

The song is taken from upcoming new album, ‘Slow Burn’, which is out September 8th.

“the INVISIBLE.” has many lived-in, emotional layers that paint a picture that takes you right back to your youth, especially if you are part of an alt scene and made to feel like an outcast,” the band explains, offering insight into the song.

“It confronts the dynamic between your true self and your desire to be accepted by the ‘cool kids.’ One day, you realize that you don’t need to seek validation from those in a sad state of affairs. They project their insecurities onto others because they lack emotional maturity and self-esteem.”

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BIG SPECIAL – ‘THIS HERE AIN’T WATER’

BIG SPECIAL share their latest single ‘THIS HERE AIN’T WATER’.

The band says “It’s basically an inward sermon, when you’re stuck in your head egging yourself on about how rough times feel. It’s about media and politics. It’s about self-medication. It’s about a lack of options. It’s about the thinning of the common understanding between the social classes of England, and feeling stuck, watching it all happen.”

Keep This Up – ‘Lost’

Keep This Up share ‘Lost’ prior to new EP ‘Paper Houses’.

The band says “Lost is a song about the pain you face in a toxic relationship – be it a friend, family or relationship. It’s hard to understand why we care when we shouldn’t sometimes and lyrically this explores those feelings whilst ripping through some post-hardcore riffs, nice harmonic melodies and a very fast breakdown.”

Raisin Awareness – ‘Never Ending Story’

UK pop punk trio Raisin Awareness unveil their debut single, ‘Never Ending Story’.

In the words of Jo D, the band’s lead vocalist, and guitarist, “When you actually sit down and think about how fucked the world is and that you’re part of that mess, it can feel overwhelming. Some of us have gotten very good at justifying our actions due to their convenience, or some of us simply stick our heads in the sand.”

“Lyrically, Never Ending Story comes from my own battle with feeling helpless about the state of the world and not wanting to give up hope that if we come together in solidarity, we will prevail

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Bring Me The Horizon announce new UK Tour

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

We start this post-Download Festival week with a plethora of new tour announcements and none came bigger the Download headliners Bring Me The Horizon!

Following their enormous set the band confirmed details of a new UK Tour set for January.

Support will come from Bad Omens, Cassyette and Static Dress.

The band also revealed that they will release new album, ‘Post Human: Nex Gen’ on January 12th!

Tickets and pre-orders are here.

Read our review of Bring Me The Horizon live in London

Hot Milk reveal headline tour dates

Fresh from a huge slot on the Download main stage, Hot Milk have revealed the details of a long awaited headline tour.

Taking place in November, support comes from Witch Fever and Modern Error.

The band will release their debut album ‘A Call To The Void’ on August 25th.

Tickets and pre-orders are here.

Read our review of Fall Out Boy live in London

Stray From The Path set UK Tour

Stray From The Path also used their Download performance to launch a new UK Tour which will take place in November.

Support comes from Make Them Suffer, Void of Vision and Knosis.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘…Life Is But A Dream’ from Avenged Sevenfold

Pixies reveal special UK dates

It wasn’t just Download performers announcing new tours last week and we turn now to Pixies.

The band have announced a run of special shows celebrating their ‘Bossanova’ and ‘Trompe Le Monde’ albums.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Pixies live at BST Hyde Park

The Charlatans are heading back out on the road

The Charlatans have announced a brand new UK Tour taking place later this year.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Council Skies’ from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Vistas announce new UK Tour

Another band announcing new UK tour dates for later this year were Vistas.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Arctic Monkeys live in Coventry

Millie Manders and the Shutup confirm new tour dates

The final tour announcement in our News Report this week comes from recent The Full Pelt Music Podcast guest Millie Manders and the Shutup!

Millie and co will be heading our across the UK this October and November.

Tickets are here.

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Greta Van Fleet share ‘Farewell For Now’

Greta Van Fleet – ‘Farewell For Now’

Our News Report now looks at the best new releases from the past week and up first are Greta Van Fleet.

The group this week debuted new single, ‘Farewell For Now’, which you can check out above.

The single comes from upcoming new album, ‘Starcatcher’, which is out on July 21st.

“On ‘Farewell For Now’ we express the sentiment of our longing to stay on stage and savour the magic created by the audience-music phenomena,” notes bassist Sam Kiszka. “But we must pack up and go to the next place to do it all over again; as always, we’ll be back soon.”

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YUNGBLUD shares ‘Lowlife’

YUNGBLUD – ‘Lowlife’

YUNGBLUD this week shared new single, ‘Lowlife’, which you can check out above.

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Read our review of YUNGBLUD live in London

PJ Harvey debuts ‘I Inside The Old I Dying’

PJ Harvey – ‘I Inside the Old I Dying’

Ahead of new album, ‘I Inside The Old Year Dying’, PJ Harvey has shared new single, ‘I Inside The Old I Dying’, which you can check out above.

The album is set for releases on July 7th, and to celebrate Harvey has revealed new tour dates.

On the single PJ Harvey says: “This delicate and beautiful song eluded us until the very last day in the studio. Over the previous five weeks we had tried so many times to capture it and failed, and/but then John reinvented the feel of the guitar pattern.  As he was demonstrating it in the control room, Flood handed me a microphone and pressed record whilst I sat next to John trying to work out how to sing to it. The result somehow captures the ethereal and melancholic longing I was looking for.

In the lyric everyone is waiting for the savior to reappear – everyone and everything anticipates the arrival of this figure of love and transformation.There is a sense of sexual longing and awakening and of moving from one realm into another – from child to adult, from life to death and the eternal.”

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K.Flay debuts ‘Shy’

K.Flay – ‘Shy’

This week saw K.Flay announced that new album, ‘Mono’, will be released on September 15th.

Accompanying the news was new single, ‘Shy’, which you can check out above.

On the single, K.Flay says, “In my music, I’m so comfortable being loud and brazen, but in my personal life, I can be a bit shy. Especially when it comes to romantic relationships. I wrote this song after I’d just met my (now) girlfriend. And I sent it to her out of the blue. I guess I only know how to flirt through songs? It worked though.
 
“Dave Hammer produced this one and he and I have this crazy energy between us. I think when we get together to make music we’re able to disregard the ‘shoulds’ and be purely creative together. A lot of the guitar parts were just freestyle takes, us messing around, but there was a wildness to them that hit us both in the right places.” 

On the album, “I started making this record as a person with two working ears. I finished it with only one and this is also the first record for which, from start to finish, I was sober.
 
“MONO is about navigating loss, about looking your aloneness in the eye and deciding not to drink or vape or have sex or watch a television show, but to stand there and accept it, to understand its power. There is only one person on this earth with your mind, your creativity, your perspective. You’re a first and last pressing, a 1 of 1, and 1 is a scary number, but life is scary and funny. And sad. And beautiful. I hope this record is a reminder of that, and how we are all experiencing our aloneness together.

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Philip Seth Campbell debuts ‘Magical West’

Philip Seth Campbell – ‘Magical West’

Our News Report continues with new music from former The Temperance Movement frontman Philip Seth Campbell.

This week Campbell debuted new single, ‘Magical West’, which you can check out above.

Campbell has announced that his new album, ‘City Lights’, will be released on September 1st and a UK Tour will take place later this year.

Support for the tour comes from Alice Faye.

Speaking of the new record, Campbell explains: “”City Lights” is everything I know. The album flowed naturally, each song informing the next. It’s half new songs and half older unfinished pieces. I’ve been writing it since I was 16, all through my 20s and my years in London, through moving home to The Temperance Movement, touring, resting and having a family.”

Speaking of his varied career and the bumpy road he’s traversed to get to this point, Campbell adds: “A new band here, a new project there, a change of direction again and again until, suddenly there was calm and the time to think. In a small studio just outside Glasgow, with pictures of Bowie, Jagger, Neil Young and Tom Waits, I recorded an album about my whole life. I had no desire to shed my skin. I was perfectly comfortable in it for the very first time.” 

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James and the Cold Gun share ‘Bittersweet’

James and the Cold Gun – ‘Bittersweet’

‘Discover’ New Music Podcast alumni James and the Cold Gun have shared their latest single, ‘Bittersweet’, which you can check out above.

The track features on upcoming their self-titled debut album, which is out on July 21st.

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…”

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Grove Street – ‘The Path to Righteousness’

Grove Street share, ‘The Path to Righteousness’, the title-track of their debut album.

“The Path to Righteousness represents and explores escapism & the importance of having outlets or vices to help forget about the struggles of life, and the paradoxical irony of how escaping every day life improves every day life,” says guitarist Sandy.

While drummer, Josh, adds, “the track itself came together pretty organically in the practice room. I remember listening to Suicidal Tendencies and Power Trip at the time and wanted to capture a hybrid of groove and fast thrashy vibes. We wanted the last section to build and then finish strong and heavy. The repetitive vocal hook was added last minute in the studio, but it fast became my favourite part!” 

Rituals – ‘Living Blind’

Rituals share their new single, ‘Living Blind’.

On the track, the band says:

“The release of Living Blind feels like a turning point in Rituals. Lyrically based on the lack of awareness for others issues, problems and grief. Living in a world in which people only take and fail to give to one an another. With our debut Download Festival performance, tours in the UK and Ireland and our biggest ever sold-out headline in Newcastle…There’s never been a better time for the band to be releasing this track.”

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Any Given Sin – ‘Cold Bones’

Any Given Sin share ‘Cold Bones’ from debut album, ‘War Within’.

As a military vet often faced with the horrible news of duty’s permanent scars, frontman Victor Richie dug deep inside himself for the lyrics. “I wrote it by myself on the piano,” he recalls. “I was in the military for seven years, and I had a lot of friends commit suicide. We lost too many of our buddies in Iraq and Afghanistan. This song is about those people, but it could be for anyone who has lost a friend under similar circumstances.”

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Arctic Monkeys

CBS Arena, Coventry

Wednesday 31st May 2023

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ARCTIC MONKEYS – COVENTRY – LIVE REVIEW

Football season is over and it’s time once again for many stadiums to turn their focus to hosting epic sized gigs!

Tonight we find ourselves in Coventry as Arctic Monkeys continue their embryonic tour in the Midlands.

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The Mysterines – ‘Begin Again’

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Kicking off proceedings on the tour are The Mysterines who have been solidly making a name for themselves over the last few years. This then is a huge opportunity for the band to pick up new fans and build momentum.

From the moment they walk onto the stage to the final strains of ‘Life’s A Bitch (But I Like It So Much)’, the group feel very much at home on a stage this big. Often even top live acts can struggle to fill these cavernous venues with their sound but that is no problem for The Mysterines.

The inclusion of new track, ‘Begin Again’, hopefully hints as more new music on the way because the world is their oyster. The Mysterines have all the qualities needed to end up headlining venues like this, and with performances like tonight you’d be willing to put money on it.

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The Hives – ‘Bogus Operandi’

Last summer Arctic Monkeys headlined Reading and Leeds Festivals and despite the hype, their performances on the weekend were incredibly lacklustre.

It may have been a surprise then to see The Hives announced as main support for this tour. The band, instantly recognisable as one of the best live bands on the planet, certainly have the ability to upstage our headliners.

Opening with new track, ‘Bogus Operandi’, it doesn’t take long for the packed crowd to realise that they are witnessing greatness. It certainly helps that frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist is on hand to remind everyone!

The likes of ‘Main Offender’, ‘Walk Idiot Walk’, ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’, ‘Come On!’ and ‘Tick Tick Boom’ help to get the crowd suitably warmed up for the final act. In truth, you’d be happy with the evening ending at this point as it’s hard to imagine Arctic Monkeys topping the live masterclass delivered by The Hives.

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When our headline act does arrive though, they quickly smash out ‘Brianstorm’, ‘Snap Out of It’, ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’, ‘Crying Lightning’, ‘Teddy Picker’ and ‘The View From the Afternoon’. You are then reminded just how great Arctic Monkeys can be when they want to be.

The question these days is do they want to be? Thankfully, tonight they mostly do because tracks from their two latest albums are at a minimum and the likes of ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’, ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ and ‘Mardy Bum’ are left to set to the tone. This creates more of a party atmosphere in the Stadium and ensures that the band can keep up with The Hives.

By the time the evening finishes with ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ and ‘R U Mine?’, Arctic Monkeys have ensured that their first Stadium tour is a successful one. Hopefully the band will soon rediscover their desire to record good music as well!

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