You Know The Drill announce ‘Losing Streak’ EP

You Know The Drill.jpgBirmingham Pop Punk Quintet You Know The Drill are pleased to announce details of their debut EP Losing Streak, which will see release on 28th October. Available digitally and physically via Scylla Records, the title is derived from a lyric on their lead single, Less Than You, which can be streamed below!
Vocalist Benji Yapp explains: ‘We felt it was a relevant title as it relates to the hard times in life that everyone goes through, where it just seems to be one bad thing after another.’

 

But You Know The Drill aren’t all doom and gloom, the band – completed by Damo Darby on Bass, Brad Potter on Drums and guitarists Jim McCormack & Luke Astley – have a simple mantra: ‘if it isn’t fun then what’s the point?’. Initially starting out as a hobby and having only previously released a few tracks they regard more as demos, Yapp declares: ‘We don’t like to take ourselves too seriously and feel that music is very often approached with a straight face, which is why we try to infuse as much fun and laughter into everything we do, whether it’s music videos, our live shows or even just hanging out with fans.’
Losing Streak, however, sees the band stepping up their game, with Yapp stating: ‘We are essentially treating this as our first proper release as it is the music that has had the most hard work, effort and love put into it.

‘We are crazy proud of it and every song on it is special to us in one-way or another.’

Recorded with Drew Lawson at Steel City Studios in Sheffield, the quintet enlisted a little help from their friends in the pop punk community, with Alex Adam of ROAM helping to refine the material; Grant Berry formerly of Me Vs. Hero on mastering duties, and Neck Deep’s Fil Thorpe-Evans lending his skills for the artwork. But, it’s really the songs themselves that are the pop punk guests of honour at this genre summit, You Know The Drill batting for the rafters with their energy laden guitar and drum attack. With vocal hooks left, right and centre, particularly so on their big-room-ready choruses, YKTD will have everyone singing along in no time.

Losing Streak Track Listing:
1. Peer Pressure | 2. Less Than You | 3.  Heads Up Master | 4. 411 | 5. Response

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Interview: Cadillac Assembly Line talk debut album

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Cadillac Assembly Line are about to explode onto the scene with debut album Thrive And Survive in October. The quarter consists of Ben Hopkinson, Ben Silvester, Nathan Ford, Josh Gilroy who all help to produce a fierce hard rock authentic sound that this truly a feast for your ears. The Merseyside guys recently announced that they will be releasing their debut album after four years of writing and will be finally released on 16th October. You can checkout the single Caffeine & Codeine from the album below.

We managed to catch up with the lads about the album, fans, a potential tour and more!

Are you looking forward to the release of Thrive and Survive?
Yes, absolutely! We’ve been waiting a long time to get the record out there and it feels great that it’s happening so soon!

How long did this take to make?

We began writing in 2012 on the back of touring a release under our old name (The Blackhand) and started recording in January 2015! So it’s been a long time in the making! We recorded it in our own studio too, which is tiny and very warm so as you can imagine there were a lot of long, sweaty days and so many energy drinks!

Is it any different any of your other music?

This record is very different to what we used to write when we first started out. We used to be a much heavier band but over the years we’ve grown musically and emotionally into much more varied song writers and we feel comfortable trying out every angle of our genre as we can! We do still go back to our roots on a few tracks on ‘Thrive And Survive’ though that are perfect for the pit!

How much does the fans mean to you guys?

Our fans mean everything to us as they are the ones who we do this for. There’s no better feeling than somebody coming up to you after a show and telling you how much they loved it! We’ve played countless shows to our friends and family and toured tiny venues with crowds of 20 people but we’d rather those 20 people go home happy having enjoyed our show and shared a beer with us! This is the first thing we’re releasing under this name so we’re still trying to build a fanbase, but rest assured we’re really fun guys to know and we love going the extra mile for our fans!

Will you be releasing any singles from the album soon?

Yes, we released the first single, ‘Caffeine & Codeine’ on 26th August with a lyric video! You can watch that on YouTube, stream the single on Spotify and download it for free off our website!

If you could work with any artist, who would it be?

Any artist? We’ve been lucky enough under our old name to play shows with bands like Arcane Roots and 22 but it would be a dream come true to work with Black Stone Cherry, who we’re all big fans of! It would be hard to narrow this down actually as we’re all into such different artists, which is something that we try and use when we’re writing!

Where would you like to see yourselves in five years time?

In five years time we’d be happy to just still be making music together! That sounds cheesy, but it’s true! We took a break when we changed the name in 2013 and the day we all got back in the practice room together it was like we’d never been apart! We’re a relatively unknown band at the moment so it would be nice to have a following and still be able to play shows comfortably! Our drummer Josh has always said that he’d like us to get that big that Taylor Swift writes her next break up song about him though!

Is there any plans for a tour?

Touring wise we’re looking at taking the album out on the road in early 2017 on a series of weekenders but currently there’s nothing set in stone! We’re currently self managed and all work full time jobs so it can be very difficult to book a run of shows but we are hugely excited to start playing again!

Album Review: Dinosaur Pile-Up – Eleven Eleven

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Leeds very own Dinosaur Pile-Up are gearing up for the release of third full length album in Eleven Eleven with the three piece looking to expand there name and reach new horizons. The band are very well known no touring circles already in their career having been playing up and down the country for years and are now looking to take the next step in there career. Are they ready to do this? Does the album live up to expectations?

The resounding answer to both of these questions, based on this album, is a resounding yes. Eleven Eleven opens with the title track and the first thing of notice is that the guitar is taking central stage on this album, with the crunch in the sound befitting of a hard rock or metal band, not a post grunge garage rock outfit. This track outlines that perfectly with the chorus making full use of that brilliant riff used in the intro and the drummer making himself noticeable throughout also, serious talent on display from track one.

The momentum is carried on through the following tracks Red and Purple and Grim Valentine with the riffing coming out the speakers sounding disgustingly heavy while the grunge becomes more evident on both tracks with the latter especially sounding like a garage rock Nirvana while maintaining the feel of songs that Dinosaur Pile-Up have managed to establish for themselves over there reasonably long career so far.

As the album carries on we come face to face with a track that has to be considered one of my favourite releases in the year in Nothing Personal. The riff is in this song is just outstanding before the grungy brilliance of the verse takes over, only there is so much more to their sound than just being a grunge throwback. The chorus also is a brilliantly entertaining listen, with there bring some punk evident in the sound giving it that little bit of jumping in the air fun to go along with the grunge and heavy riffing. Combine all of this with a simple but brilliantly effective solo that only succeeds in making the song better and you see a truly brilliant piece of songwriting.

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As the album progresses on there is more bombastic riffing and moody grungy brilliance available with exceptional songwriting, every track on this album has earned its right to be on the album whether that be the garage rock focused Gimme Something or the more grunge sounding Crystaline. However, no song deserves it’s place as much as album closer Willow Tree. Tis song shows off a much more serious and focused songwriting effort from the band and with much darker vibes. What this does is focus the attack of the album and leaves the listener fully aware that Dinosaur Pile-Up are a brilliant band who write brilliant songs and everyone with a passing interest in rock music should invest some time into this.

All in all Eleven Eleven is an album full of outstanding songwriting and showcasing the musical talent of every member of the band. The crunch in guitar is what really seperates them apart from their peers and they should be proud to have written an album this good. If you have any time at all, listen to this album people, it will be one of the best decisions you will make all year.

9/10 – Brilliant songwriting, brilliant album

Highlights – Nothing Personal, Willow Tree

Fireball – Fuelling The Fire’ Tour Support Competition Winners Revealed

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Academy Events in association with Fireball are extremely pleased to reveal the final eight local bands who have been chosen to play their respective hometown dates on the first ever ‘Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour’.

The Manchester date of the tour on 10th October at the O2 Ritz is now officially sold out.

The winners are: Birmingham pop punks AMFX, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne trio Better Days, Bournemouth folk-punks Black Water County, Wirral ska-punks Broken 3 Ways, Irvine melodic punks Embers, genre-busting London quintet Ghouls, Sheffield pop punk four piece Sweet Little Machine and Bristol punk rockers Weatherstate.

These were revealed At Reading & Leeds Festival on Main Stage last weekend!

Listen to and share a playlist featuring all of the bands from the tour below.

Painstakingly whittled down from nearly 500 entries from the open call for support acts, these eight now go on to join a bill that already boasts Florida ska-punk pioneers Less Than Jake, with support from modern British reggae torchbearers The Skints and Los Angeles amigos Mariachi El Bronx.

Judged by a panel of music industry experts including Alex Baker from the Kerrang! Radio Fresh Blood show, promoters Sean Ryman and Ian Richards from Academy Music Group, UK brand manager James Pattison from Fireball UK and publicist Jamie Otsa from Wall of Sound PR, the bands have each won a 20 minute opening slot on their local date, with full branded Fireball backline provided for the gig on their behalf.

Commenting on the news, Alex Baker of Kerrang! Radio said; ‘As we know, getting a break like this can be the difference between a band getting heard, or not.

‘I’m always so stoked when people prove that they really care about supporting new artists, and yet again Fireball and Less Than Jake have proved that with this competition.

‘There have been some amazing entries – I’ll be playing a heap of them on my show on Kerrang! Radio, and the UK is in for some great live shows on the tour in October!’

Team Rock journalist and DJ Matt Stocks will now also be appearing for the entire tour, as he enthuses; ‘When I got asked to DJ the Brixton show, I was understandably really excited.

‘To now be invited out on the whole tour is absolutely insane!

‘I grew up listening to Less Than Jake records and enjoying their amazing live shows, so to be warming up the crowds for them every night is a real honour.

‘What a bill! And tickets are only a tenner. If my mates don’t come I’ll be livid! They’ve got no excuse – and neither have you.#

The tour – a celebration of punk rock, ska, reggae and roots music featuring some of the best live bands the international punk scene has to offer – is set to hit the road in the UK throughout October 2016 with Japanese ska punks KEMURI and Melbourne psychedelic reggae ska doom metal punk rockers, The Bennies, joining on select dates.

Tickets are incredible value costing just £10 each and are on sale now. The tour spans eight nights including a stop at O2 Academy Brixton in London on Thursday 6th October with a very special DJ set from Kerrang! Radio, Scuzz TVand Team Rock Radio presenter and punk fanatic, Matt Stocks.

The ‘Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour’ is your only chance to see some of the finest live bands the international punk scene has to offer on one stage this October – find out what happens when you’re #FuelledByFireball

Tickets for the tour are on sale now.

Monday 3rd October – O2 Academy Bristol * –
Tuesday 4th October – O2 Academy Sheffield * –
Wednesday 5th October – O2 Academy Birmingham * –
Thursday 6th October – O2 Academy Brixton * –
Saturday 8th October – O2 Academy Newcastle ^ –
Sunday 9th October – O2 Academy Glasgow ^ –
Monday 10th October – O2 Ritz Manchester ^ – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 11th October – O2 Academy Bournemouth ^ –
* w/ KEMURI
^ w/ The Bennies

Interview: Samm Henshaw talks Victorious Fest, new music and fans

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Samm Henshaw recently played at Victorious Festival this weekend on the second biggest stage on the Castle Stage in front of a massive crowd in the afternoon. Samm leapt into the public consciousness when James Bay requested he supported him on his huge UK tou last year. The singer songwriter has released two EPs to date titled The Sound Experiment and The Sound Experiment 2 which have both been a success. Now Samm is currently working on new music as he looks to bring his amazing voice to world. You can listen to Samm Henshaw’s latest single Our Love below.

We manage to catch up with Samm before his Victorious Festival appearance on Sunday as talked about James Bay, new music, fans and more!

Are you looking forward to Victorious Festival?
Yes i’m more than looking forward to this, I’ve played at Truck and Y Not (Which are both promoted by the same people) and I’ve enjoyed them all so if this is anything like the other two this would be amazing.
How was it performing alongside James Bay?
James is great! he’s actually become a good friend & advisor, to be around someone who has grown into a major star and he remains so humble is a massive compliment of the man himself!
How has the release of the two EPs ‘The Sound Experiment’ ?
They have both been nerve racking you just never know how the public will take to your music but thankfully both have gone down really well and I’ve been able to do loads of touring off of them,
Is there any plans for a full length album?
I’m currently working on new music at the moment that will eventually become a body of work once i’m happy with it
How much does your fans mean to you?
Fans are one of the main reasons I make music,  I want my music to touch the those who hear it, i’m truly grateful for everyone who takes the time to listen to anything i create,
What has been your proudest moment in your career so far.
I think it would be selling out my first three headline shows, just knowing anyone was willing to part with money to come watch us play was a big deal for me

If you could work with any artist, who would that be?
At the moment probably Chance the Rapper or Chris Stapleton, two very different artists but love and respect what both of them do highly!

EP Review: Clean Cut Kid – We Use To Be In Love

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Clean Cut Kid have released their new EP We Use To Be In Love, today via Polydor Records. The quartet just finished their Reading & Leeds Festival performances this weekend and will be on tour throughout October. The new EP starts off brilliantly with the title song which got released last month and has since racked over 100,000 views on YouTube alone.

Front man Mike Halls has created an authentic indie voice for this song that works fantastically alongside the beautiful backing voice of Evelyn Halls. It creates a catchy vibe to the EP and really gives that feel of a almost indie pop element that the likes of The 1975 creates. A definite classic from the band that sure to continue to grow and has potential top a number of charts. Next up is Paper Heart that brings a touch of seriousness to the EP yet it with this is allows the track to be an emotional journey for the listener. Evelyn once again provides some awesome backing singing that makes the track more authentic. Guitarist Saul Godman then provides something special with a great little solo that runs throughout the rest of the track until it fades out into a more acoustic feel to it. The penultimate track, Hospital Lights from the four song EP, brings back a more indie feel to the EP and so far each and every song is different in their own ways. You can tell once again with this song, it just pours out the emotion from the band. The song then kicks in to what I think is more of the style to the title song. It allows Ross Higginson on drums to really show what he’s worth and he certainly adds a more rock element to the EP in general.

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The last song which just happens to be the longest song of the four is titled Loud Places and automatically it has a lot more bass to it. Evelyn also gets to express her wonderful voice even more as she takes over for a while throughout the song. This is certainly more of catchy tune that again has potential to top any charts.  Overall the EP is awesome, and shows just a snippet of what this awesome band can do.

EP Rating: 9/10

EP Highlight: The title song We Use To Be In Love has a lot of potential and has the elements of giving Clean Cut Kid the recognition they deserve.

 

Twenty One Pilots confirm London show

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Twenty One Pilots will return to the UK following their Reading & Leeds performance this weekend. It was rumoured that the duo will be performing at London Alexandria Palace on 11th November and today it was made official on their Facebook page.

Tyler Joseph & Josh Dun also posted a video today from their last show in London in 2013.

Tickets go on sale this Friday! |-/

Update: Creeper are up to something

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Following their Reading & Leeds performance over the weekend, Southampton band Creeper are currently up to something on social media. The band have uploaded several ‘missing’ photos on Facebook in a old style way, that has left fans wanting more. Of course with Creeper not yet releasing a full studio album, this is more than likely what this could be. Keep checking Creeper’s Facebook page for more information. Lead singer Will Gould also has removed is twitter account. The whole genius story is currently on a separate website. Video has also been released.

 

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UPDATE: When you phone the number 02380000376, you will get a scary voice telling fans ‘On the 2nd October 2016, we’ll die holding hands’ and then you will receive a link to the website. Could this be a date for an album?

Interview: Our Nameless Boy

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Our Nameless Boy performed alongside Scarecrow Boat, Press to Meco, Future Love and Faux who released their new EP at Southampton’s The Joiners last Friday. The lads thanked the guys at Faux and lead singer/ guitarist Iain also thanked his band mates and said they have been the best of friends this past year. Our Nameless Boy has great stage presence and are truly got a lot of potential having watched the gig. The Bristol band was born of previous punk and indie band mates and a strong need to move into more emotive, driven territories of musical ambition. After the gig I managed to catch up with Iain about the gig, he said: ‘It went alright, bit rusty, it’s been a little while since we’ve rehearsed.

‘It’s been a long time since we last actually played a show.

‘It’s a whole long term illness thing but first time back which is cool.

‘Faux invited us back, we done a tour with them and various other bits and bobs so we’ve known them for quite a while really.’

When talking about new music and future gigs, Iain continued and said ‘We actually went to the studio today with Daley from Faux and for the next week we will be recording five tracks for an EP.

‘He’s (Daley) one of the engineers at The Ranch so we’re working with him for a week.

‘After that I know we have Basingstoke lined up at some point and we haven’t looked much further than that to be honest.

‘We’ve only recorded two singles and put out one so far so we got that to sort of tie us over but its sort of early days really.

‘It’s the first time we’ve recorded at The Ranch and we recorded two singles with a guy called Lewis, he’s really cool so we thought we’d try something different.

When asked if he felt privileged to play at Southampton’s The Joiners, Iain continued and said: ‘Yes it’s one of those venues where it’s a box ticked really.

‘It’s a cool venue, it reminds me of the Exchange in Bristol which is where we’re from.

‘It’s amazing to come down and play here.’

Looking ahead to the future, Iain finished by talking about where he sees the band in five years time and whether the goal is to be up there with the bigger bands and said: ‘If people like us enough but I just like playing shows and writing songs.

‘Our main goal really is to just play more which is kind of the main fun for us!’

 

Wons Phreely releases new song

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Wons Phreely (real name Justin Wonsly) is difficult to pin down. For some, that’s an unwelcome fact; for others, his unpredictability is as welcoming as a kettle on the boil and a stoked fire after a hard day’s graft. Jumbled around in his traveling bag, you’ll find records from an ad-hoc selection of musicians: Joe Strummer, Morrissey, Buddy Holly… all distinct artists from contrasting musical eras and fashions, brought together by a burning individuality and trailblazing originality that Wons respects dearly. His influences resonate in his music like dark matter – you can’t see them, but you know they’re there. If he could stick to one musical style for long enough, you might be able to hear a trace of Elvis Presley or Billy Bragg in there, but his fantastic appetite for cross-genre volatility snuffs all possible comparisons out before you can even say the words “He sounds like…”

His recent decision to settle more permanently in Los Angeles to concentrate on the formation of his “ultimate-dream-team” of musicians has given life to a thriving new band, whose sound was possibly best described by London music blog AAAmusic: “No hint of the folk singer tag here, coming on more like Elvis Costello doing Springsteen’s Born In the USA than anything else, and it works, splendidly.” And so with a new home, a new beginning, and 2016 promising so much, it’s beguiling to consider what the year may have in store for Wons Phreely + The Horses!

Stars was born one night while the young songwriter Wons Phreely was at a crossroads in his life. While living in a tiny studio above a bar in the red-light district of Sydney’s Kings Cross, surrounded by the hustle of midnight revelers, street-walking prostitutes, and neon lights, Wons wrote the song to reveal to himself what his conscious mind had not yet been able to figure out: it was time for a big change. Just a few days after Wons scowled the final lyrics to the song, a production company had posted an open call for talented singers to submit themselves to play the role of young Roy Orbison in a planned biopic feature film. Wons recorded his best song rendition on a smartphone, and was soon meeting with the estate of the Orbison family, who were to executive produce the film and have final say over the casting of their father’s likeness. Months of meetings, discussions and auditions passed, and the fate of the proposed film remains a thing of uncertainty; however, Wons didn’t waste the intervening time. Vitalized by his new Los Angeles surroundings, he’d assembled a band of crack rock and roll musicians. And so Wons Phreely + The Horses was born, as was their brand new single, Stars. You can check out the song below.