Friday, 9 November 2018

Against The Current Tour: Manchester

Against The Current O2 Ritz Manchester

American alternative rock/pop trio Against The Current toured the UK with a series of headliner shows, supported by The Faim. Sunday 23rd September 2018 marked their Manchester date, taking to the stage at the O2 Ritz. Blending a high energy performance with astonishing vocals,  each song is delivered with powerful audacity. It should be illegal to miss the opportunity to attend one of their shows...

Friday, 21 September 2018

Interview: Millie Manders and The Shutup

Millie Manders and The Shutup Interview

Cross genre punk band Millie Manders and The Shutup are making a mark on the music industry, with their new EP 'Shutup' being released today. With 4 tracks of pure awesome mayhem, they're definitely worth looking out for. Earlier I caught up with the band brainchild Millie Manders to find out what makes them tick and discover more before they blow up big time. If you're a fan of spirited, unique beats with clever lyrics and a tireless energy, take the time to continue reading and learn what these six-piece legends are all about...

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Leeds Festival 2018: Bramham Park

Leeds Festival 2018 Main Stage Bramham Park

August bank holiday marks one of the most popular annual moments in music, Reading and Leeds Festival. Showcasing some of the best names in the industry, each year is jam-packed with bands and artists across the spectrum of genres ready to end your summer perfectly. Leeds Festival 2018 became my home for four days, with some incredible acts including Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Post Malone and more... Intrigued? Unfortunately I couldn't be in six places at once and therefore couldn't catch every single act, however I made note to highlight the memorable performances to discuss on the blog.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Interview: The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line Burn It Down Festival The Foundry Torquay Interview

UK-based pop punk band The Bottom Line have been busy in the studio and on the road, with all of their hard work paying off in successful feats including performing at Download festival 2018 and supporting Waterparks on tour. Most recently, they made an appearance at Torquay's new creation, Burn It Down Festival, taking to the stage at The Foundry to unleash new tracks from their soon-to-be released album. After the show, I caught up with them backstage to find out some juicy info about the future for the boys...

Thursday, 23 August 2018

State Champs: Living Proof Album Review

state champs living proof album review

New York-based band State Champs have been making their mark in the world of new-wave pop punk since 2010. With 3 full length albums and 3 EPs, their popularity and dedicated fan base has secured them stage time at well-known festivals including Slam Dunk and Warped Tour. The five boys have also supported the likes of Blink-182, All Time Low and many others. Living Proof is their most recent album release, making its debut in June 2018 and offers 13 songs with a similar sound to their earlier music, yet with a fresh take in attitude.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

As It Is HMV Acoustic Show and Album Signing: Manchester

as it is hmv acoustic show and album signing manchester red vinyl

In support of new album release The Great Depression, UK-based alternative band As It Is have been attending a select few HMV stores across the country for an intimate album signing. Each session began with an exclusive acoustic set, a Q&A session, followed by a meet and greet with fans to personally sign copies of the album. The Manchester Arndale HMV signing took place on Wednesday 15th August and I headed down to check it out.

As It Is: The Great Depression Album Review

As It Is The Great Depression Album Review

Brighton-based band As It Is formed in 2012, after vocalist Patty Walters gained traction from musical covers uploaded on YouTube. Soon after the boys joined up, they were quickly snapped up and signed by Fearless Records just two years later. With three albums to their name, The Great Depression being the most recent release, it's clear they're doing something right with an extremely dedicated group of fans and followers. Without spoiling anything, it's safe to say that this is more than just music. The band wanted to communicate the societal romanticisation of depression by asking questions rather than offering solutions, and they've certainly hit the nail on the head.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Bone Crew: EP Review

Bone Crew EP Review

Introduced by the king of not giving a fuck, Fronz from Attila has teamed up with US-based rapper DaBoiJ to bring us trap metal band, Bone Crew. Taking a leap into an extremely unexplored music genre, it blends heavy metal, hardcore elements and lyrics with a frenzied trap beat. Despite being an acquired taste for music fans, it's quickly been well-received making it's mark on the worldwide charts securing a place in the top 10 albums for hip-hop/trap. 

Friday, 3 August 2018

Snap Back To Reality: Escapism vs. Avoidance

escapism vs. avoidance sunset on beach

Everyone copes with situations differently. Coping mechanisms vary from person to person and even though it's nice to have one, it's important to evaluate yours. Despite your best efforts, you may actually be doing more harm than good. But how do you recognise when your escapism becomes avoidance and you need to snap back to reality? First, it's important to understand the difference between the two...

Monday, 23 July 2018

Panic! At The Disco: Pray For The Wicked - Album Review

Panic! At The Disco Pray For The Wicked Album Review Vinyl

Often recognised as the eccentric band led by front-man Brendan Urie, Panic! At The Disco is a true creation for the population of emos, scenesters and punks alike. With a track record consisting of a constant cycle of changing members, P!ATD has now been whittled right down to a solo career for Urie. Despite the hardships faced, perseverance and commitment has prevailed, with Brendan incorporating his Broadway musical experience into his sixth album release, Pray For The Wicked. Possessing a theatrical imprint consistent throughout, it's clear that the change of direction for Urie's career in 2017 has heavily influenced his song-writing perspective.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Why It's Important To Evaluate Your Fucks

importance of giving a fuck beach

Giving a fuck. Honestly, it's completely exhausting and can leave you drained and wanting to run away from everything, especially if you're an empathetic person who tries to help everyone. Before you get to that point in life, it's important to evaluate your fucks and I can guarantee that life will become a whole lot easier...

Monday, 9 July 2018

Yungblud: 21st Century Liability - Album Review

Yungblud 21st Century Liability Community Festival London Album Review

Unafraid of bringing back bratty British punk, Yungblud is an artist full of controversial opinions and a passion for becoming a voice to the unheard, unnoticed youth population. Swiftly climbing the ladder of success from his career start in 2017, he's built a fan base of misunderstood adolescents. Supporting Don Broco during the Technology tour, featuring a soundtrack in popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, performing at a range of festivals including Community Festival, and securing a place on stage for Reading and Leeds Festival, this angsty artist is making a mark in all the right places. Yungblud's first full album, 21st Century Liability, has now been released and contains 12 tracks heavily influenced by overarching topics including politics, sexual assault and mental health. This fresh, unique take on modern genre-blending alternative music is certainly worth tuning into...

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Community Festival - London

Community Festival 2018 finsbury park

The first weekend of July in Finsbury Park, London, has been jam-packed with music, kicking off the month with Community Festival. With tickets costing a mere £40 for the day, it's an extremely affordable festival, especially for music fans on a budget. Headlined by Two Door Cinema Club and supported with performances from the likes of You Me At Six, The Vaccines, Circa Waves and Marmozets, this alternative music event was one not to miss. 

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Oceans Ate Alaska Tour: Manchester

Oceans Ate Alaska performance Rebellion Rock Bar Manchester

Oceans Ate Alaska, a British metalcore band originating from Birmingham are currently touring the UK and Europe alongside Kingdom of Giants, Shields for their Farewell tour and several other supports. This heavy five-piece are hitting the stage headlining, to promote their most recent album 'Hikari', released in July 2017. Playing at Rebellion Rock Bar in Manchester, opening bands included InVisions, Sworn Amongst, Shields and Kingdom of Giants. 

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Interview: Shields - Farewell Tour

North London metal band Shields have been on the music scene from 2011-2018, making their mark with powerful new-wave metal tracks, complete with compelling, intense and passionate lyrics. With an incredible record of achievements behind them, most recently performing at Teddy Rocks Festival, releasing their 2018 album 'Life In Exile' and supporting Escape The Fate on tour, they have quickly built a devoted fan base across the UK and Europe.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Stone Sour Hydrograd Tour 2018: Manchester

stone sour manchester o2 apollo hydrograd tour 2018

American rock/metal band Stone Sour are currently performing across Europe and the US, touring for their most recent album 'Hydrograd' with supporting bands Blood Youth and Nothing More. Offering a mere 3 UK tour dates for 2018 in London, Manchester and Nottingham, it was to no surprise that the shows sold out months before tour even began. With lead singer and front-man Corey Taylor, also a member of the ever-popular heavy metal band Slipknot, it was clear that this would be a show not to miss from the get-go.