Filed under: Alt-Rock, Emo, Music, Music News, Sonisphere Festival, Taking Back Sunday, Tour News | Tags: Adam Lazzara, Emo, Leeds, New Again, Post-Hardcore, Rock, Sonisphere, Taking Back Sunday, TBS, Tour, UK Tour
Taking Back Sunday have boosted their July/August residency in the UK by adding an extra date at Leeds Met University for August 2nd.
The Long Islanders will be playing on the mainstage of Sonisphere Festival the day before with Linkin Park, Heaven and Hell and Coheed and Cambria before heading off to Europe for a host of other festival performances in support of their arguably career-best album ‘New Again’. Tickets are now on sale for all of their UK shows, with full dates on TBS‘ Official Website. The band have also added a number of US shows for everyone in the States, with full pre-sale info and dates also being found on the link above.
The UK tour is currently as follows:
26th July: Dublin Academy, Dubin, United Kingdom
27th July: Spring & Airbrake, Belfast, United Kingdom
29th July: Glasgow ABC 1, Glasgow United Kingdom
30th July: Liverpool Academy, Liverpool United Kingdom
With a full week before they hit Germany we’re hoping that TBS will be able to squeeze in a few more dates in the UK aswell as doing the usual sightseeing. Where are you seeing them? Sonisphere or somewhere else?
Filed under: Album News, Music, Music News, Nightmare Of You | Tags: Album News, Alternative Rock, Brandon Reilly, Experimental Bed, I Think I'm Getting Older, Indie, Infomaniac, Movielife, Music, Nightmare Of You, Pop Rock, Rock
Eccentric indie-tinged rockers Nightmare Of You have posted a new song from forthcoming album “Infomaniac“.
On the band’s tour widget, which you can view RIGHT HERE, you can be one of the first to listen to “Experimental Bed”, whilst other new song, “I Think I’m Getting Older” is also available on their Official Myspace.
We think “Experimental Bed” is probably a bit soft for our anti-indie tastes, although Brandon’s voice has never sounded better. “I Think I’m Getting Older”, however is still stuck in our heads since our first listen last week, which is always a good sign and is definitely enough of a glimse to excite us even more for ‘Infomaniac’ which is set for release on August 4th.
If you’re not yet familiar with the wonderously weird Nightmare Of You, you can read our feature on the band and check out our picks for the five hottest bands of the moment in Fancore’s Your New Favourite Bands Feature.
Filed under: Album News, Music, My Chemical Romance, Rock and/or Roll | Tags: Bob Bryar, Emo, Frank Iero, Gerard Way, MCR, Mikey Way, Music, My Chemical Romance, New Album, Post-Hardcore, Ray Toro, Rock, Rock and Roll, summersonic, The Black Parade
Modern-day rock heroes My Chemical Romance have issued fans with some much-needed updates on how the first stages of recording are going. The NJ quintet are currently into the first week of tracking their fourth studio album, set with the unenviable task of following 2006′s multi-platinum larger-than-life rock opera The Black Parade. And during all of this, lead-guitarist Ray Toro has been kind enough to blog daily updates on official website MyChemicalRomance.com:
“Day 3 of tracking: Things are still motoring along. Bob [Bryar] is playing great, so we’re continuing the fast pace. Great vibe here at the studio, Brendan is a lot of fun to work with, and is very focused and energetic. Rest of the band is playing great too. The time in rehearsals really paid off, as we’re getting a good idea of what songs will sound like when therest of tracking is done.”
“I can’t say enough how happy I am with the band. The roughs sound UNBELIEVABLE, its crazy to me how much better and tighter as a band we’ve gotten. It makes me feel really good in the age of “digital performers” that we could go in and track live and still have it sound amazing…”
Toro blogged as recently as yesterday noting: “After a few days of tracking guitars and bass, G has moved on to vocals for a few songs. Everything is turning out great.”
With the band working as quickly as they seem to be, we could definitely be looking at a release before the year is out! We may even get a sneak preview of the new album live when MCR play SummerSonic in Japan this August.
Anyone still worried that the new album won’t be as good as previous efforts, never fear, guitarist Frank Iero issued this on his Official Twitter account: “Our new record is probably going to ruin all of your lives. prepare. Load up on canned goods and distilled water fuckers your gonna need it.” Sounds exactly like our sort of record!
Filed under: Enter Shikari, Music, Rock and/or Roll | Tags: Alternative Rock, Common Dreads, Dancecore, Download Festival, Enter Shikari, Interview, Music News, Rock, Rou Reynolds, Your Demise
UK Dancecore mob Enter Shikari are taking the world by storm, one sweaty frenzy of a show at a time and with the release of Common Dreads it looks like their hold on the planet will do anything but loosen. Shikari boys Rou (vocals) and Rory (guitar) wax lyrical on their mind-blowing new album, keeping up the DIY ethic in music and making it to Edith Bowman’s playlist.
Your success has paved the way for a number of other rock bands influenced by electronic music to gain mainstream attention. How do you feel about these bands using a similar style to you?
Rou Reynolds (Vocals): It’s good to experiment definitely. At the end of the day you should play music you enjoy, whatever texture or mood that brings. It doesn’t always work with everyone but it’s good to try.
Do you feel that these bands are directly copying you?
Rou: I suppose there are definitely a lot of bands that do ‘Mothership’ sounding beatdowns with sort of a trance synth over the top. The amount of standard sounding Metalcore bands alone that we’ve toured with, especially in America have been playing the same stuff.
Rory Clewlow (Guitar): It puts us off a bit, it’s a bit soul destroying hearing the same sort of music every night.
Rou: I don’t think we’ve got any pressure really.
Rory: I guess if we identified ourselves as a band which was original, and did this “different” thing then it would probably be threatening but I guess we’ve always just done it cause that’s what we want to do. We don’t compare ourselves to anyone really we just do our own thing.
Has it been refreshing to play intimate, scaled-down shows this year?
Rory: Last year was really good ‘cause we did lots of smaller shows and then the year before that we did the big festival seasons. This year we’re going to be doing festivals again but we’re throwing in some smaller shows for a bit of variety cause it’s never good to get stuck doing the same thing over and over again.
How did the recording process for upcoming album Common Dreads go?
Rou: By the time we got into the recording studio it was pretty smooth from there on out. A lot of things changed that we didn’t think would, like song structures got played about with and all sorts of alterations happened. The only time it got a bit hairy was at the beginning when we started sorting out the riffs, with crazy four-part harmonies in the background! (laughs) I guess when we started labelling the different riffs and ideas and putting them into categories we were sort of like “whoa” we’ve got this massive mission ahead of us to make sense of all these ideas and put them together. But once we organised it, it was fairly plain sailing.
Is the direction of the new album radically different from Take to the Skies?
Rory: There’s definitely progression in the way it sounds. This is the first time on a record where we’ve had a lot of time to experiment. I think we developed as songwriters and players. And lyrically we are more direct; we say what we are thinking rather than shrouding stuff in metaphor.
Rou: I still feel that the first album is almost a live album, we just went into the studio, did it in two weeks, we just thrashed it out. We didn’t really experiment or work on it at all in the studio. This time there was time to play about and develop the songs. This really feels like our first album in a way.
Do you think that you now have more to say?
Rory: Well I don’t think we’ve ever been the type of band to hold back (laughs). I think if we were then the first album wouldn’t sound like it does, it would sound like The Maccabees.
What were your main musical influences going into this album?
Rou: We really need to start making a list for that question (laughs). So much stuff. Hardcore was still very much an essential theme. ‘Sick of it All’ being my favourite Hardcore band from day one really.
Rory: I’ll chuck Radiohead in there, and Rage Against the Machine.
Rou: Biffy Clyro. A lot of softer stuff like Jose Gonzalez, Regina Spektor. Dance-wise is more genres, like Drum ‘n’ Bass and Dubstep have been a big influence but then again so has House, so has Trance. Hardcore and Happy Hardcore, that whole side of dance.
Rory: It’s like every song brings something new to the table. It’s kind of hard to pinpoint any direct, main influences.
Rou: Even UK Hip Hop like Lowkey, The One Taste Collective which is a collective of all sorts of musicians and poets. Is that enough? (laughs)
You mentioned Dubstep there, a genre that has come into the mainstream more since your last album. How have you used Dubstep on the new album?
Rou: The idea was to have interludes, like on the last album, not full songs. Dub and Dubstep were sort of a big influence so we decided to make them actual songs with the whole band playing it rather than just me playing it on electronics. It sounds really cool but it took a lot of work, especially on Chris’ (Batten, Bassist) bass set-up. It’s ridiculous now (smiles), it’s completely computerised, digitalised. Some of the sounds he’s getting are just awesome. Taking that to a live scenario is really cool.
How have the tracks from Common Dreads sounded in the live setting so far?
Rou: I’ve been pleasantly surprised really. As a fan of a band, if they play something new I’d kind of take a step back from dancing, to listenand watch them play it. A lot of people seem to be going nuts for [the new songs].
Rory: A lot of what people come to the live shows for is the energy, then they go home and listen to the CD to nitpick the music. I guess that’s just our fans that mainly do that though.
Another festival you played recently was the Radio One Big Weekend, do you think having major radio backing has helped you as a band?
Rory: Exposure on Radio One is one of the best things that can happen as a band. It’s the way to get music out to totally random people. To be honest I don’t really listen to Radio One a lot, because I don’t like a lot of what’s on it. Playing the Big Weekend, you would look out at the crowd and you could tell it wasn’t really all our fans. It’s all giveaway tickets at that festival, it’s not people who normally go to gigs so it was good for us.
Rou: I think it’s that whole “non-music fan” Radio One audience that just listen to the radio for their fix of…
Rory: (interrupting) Lady Gaga (both laugh).
Rou: It’s good to introduce them to…I don’t want to sound like too much of a twat but good sorts of…bands. Radio One to be fair have all the specialist shows, like Zane Lowe’s really good he plays loads of new stuff, and they’ve got the Rock Show and the Punk Show so it’s great. But for us (new single) Juggernauts has been played in the middle of the day which is something I never though I’d hear. Us on Edith Bowman! (laughs) It’s weird as hell but it’s cool.
As a band you have always held DIY ethics, how much longer do you think you can stay on your own record label?
Rou: I think the way the music industry is going, every minute a band says they are doing a different deal and saying, “this is the future!” We’ve changed distributors for this album and we’re going to plug in to a few more marketing people, but I think the way we run ourselves will always be the same. I couldn’t see us selling away our copyright or something like that. That shit just scares me!
Rory: It doesn’t really make much sense to us to sign a standard old-school record deal.
With yourselves, Gallows and Your Demise, do you think that Hertfordshire may be the new home of Hardcore?
Rou: (laughs) When we were growing up literally all I listened to rock-wise, apart from big bands like Rage Against the Machine was bands from out local scene.
Rory: All our bands have taken influence from each other, if you know the St Albans Hardcore scene and listen to us and Gallows and Your Demise you’ll definitely hear the influence.
Rou: There’s so many other bands, like Sikth, Cry for Silence, Incoherence. There was a really huge scene around Watford, Hatfield and St Albans.
(At this point drummer Rob Rolfe walks in, admonishes his laptop for not charging, before politely apologising, exclaiming “shit, you’re in an interview” and then leaving the room. Nice guy.)
Rou: Ourselves and Gallows came along after a few years, and now Your Demise as well. It seems to be kicking off again.
Can you recommend any new bands to our readers?
Rory: Obviously Your Demise. Fell Silent, we’ve toured with them three or four times. They are our mates but they are also an awesome band. A bit like, they’ll hate me for saying this, but a little bit like Meshuggah. The get compared to them all the time.
Common Dreads is currently on sale, if you don’t have it- you pretty much have no excuses…
Filed under: Album News, Music, Music News, Punk | Tags: Hardcore, Poison The Well, Progressive, Rock
Progressive Hardcore heroes Poison The Well are streaming new track ‘Cinema’ on their Myspace page. This is the first track the band have made available from upcoming album ‘The Tropic Rot’ due out on 6th July. Check the track out at http://www.myspace.com/poisonthewell.
Filed under: Album News, Alt-Rock, Music, Music News, Placebo, Tour, Tour News | Tags: Alt-Rock, Alternative, Alternative Rock, Battle For The Sun, Brian Molko, Meds, Music News, Placebo, Tour News
Alt-rock legends Placebo have announced a host of UK shows December to support the release of new album Battle for the Sun. Expect a Pure Morning and if new single For What It’s Worth is anything to go by, a Rockin’ evening at:
8th December- Birmingham NEC (LG Arena)
9th December- The O2 Arena
12th December- Manchester Central
15th December- Dublin Olympia Theatre
Filed under: Music, Music News, Tour News, Uncategorized | Tags: Album News, Blackhole, Free Music, Free Shows, Hardcore, New Album, Outcry Collective, The Ghost of a Thousand, This City, Tour News, Warship
Brighton Hardcore m0b The Ghost of a Thousand will be playing a pair of free launch shows for their upcoming album “New Hopes, New Demonstrations” at the end of this month. And best of all, you can see the fastest rising stars in British Hardcore for free! The lads will be playing Brighton Audio on the 30th May with support coming from Blackhole and This City before hitting Bloomsbury Bowling with Outcry Collective and Warship.
As well as a flamin’ good lineup of free music, there will also be more giveaways than you can shake a riff at with Jagermeister, Epitaph, Criminal Damage and many more throwing freebies your way.
The album is out on 1st June, and you can’t make these recession-busting shows, you can also catch the lads for cash at:
6 May 2009 Academy 1 w/ Gallows and ETID Manchester, UK
8 May 2009 ABC w/ Gallows and ETID Glasgow, UK
16 May 2009 Great Escape Festival Brighton, UK
20 May 2009 iBar Bournemouth, UK
21 May 2009 Forum, w/ Gallows & ETID London, UK
24 May 2009 University, Slam dunk festival Leeds, UK
01 June 2009 Bloomsbury Bowling – album launch! London, UK
06 June 2009 Harlequin Redhill, UK
11 June 2009 Borderline w / Alexisonfire London, UK
10 July 2009 Lounge On The Farm Festival Canterbury, UK
11 July 2009 The Canteen Cumbria, UK
12 July 2009 Guilfest – Rocksound Cave Guildford, UK
08 Aug 2009 Boardmasters – Vans Stage Newquay, UK
28 Aug 2009 Reading Festival – Lock Up Stage Reading, UK
30 Aug 2009 Leeds Festival – Lock Up Stage Leeds, UK
Filed under: Music, Music News, Reading and Leeds Festival | Tags: Crap Festivals, Download Festival, Faith No More, Kings of Leon, Leeds Festival, Live Nation, Radiohead, Reading and Leeds, Reading Festival, Slipknot
90s Alternative Metallers Faith No More have self-confirmed appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals in August. The listing appeared in the band’s tour dates section before being removed, but not before the whole world seeming to have read it first.
The announcement has surprised many, with the band believed to have signed an exclusive contract with Live Nation to play the Download Festival. It is unclear at this time whether this contract is in relation to main stage headliner status only, with FNM though to be a second stage candidate at Reading.
The Reading and Leeds festivals take place 28-30 August. Though the lineup sucks to be honest. Sue me.
Filed under: Green Day, Music, Music News, Pop Punk, Punk, Tour News | Tags: 21st Century Breakdown, American Idiot, Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day, Know Your Enemy, Mike Dirnt, Music News, New Album, Pop Punk, Power-pop, Punk Rock, Rock, Tour dates, Tour News, Tre Cool, U.S Tour
Pop-Punk royalty Green Day have announced details for their first official tour in over three years. The trio will hit the United States and Canada on a tour that will keep them busy from July to August. There are a few gaps in the schedule, which suggests the possibilty of more dates to come and hopefully preceeds what we hope will be a vast European tour.
Green Day recently released their newest single, Know Your Enemy to the digital world- the first single off their long-awaited new effort, 21st Century Breakdown. And the lucky people at The Guardian have had a listen to it and reviewed it and everything, head on over to Guardian.co.uk to read one of the first reviews.
The U.S and Canada Tour dates are as follows:
3rd Seattle, WA
4th Vancouver, BC
6th Edmonton, AB
7th Saskatoon, SAS
9th Winnipeg, MAN
10th Fargo, ND
11th Minneapolis, MN
13th Chicago, IL
14th Detroit, MI
16th Hamilton, ONT
17th Ottawa, ONT
18th Montreal, QUE
20th Boston, MA
21st Philadelphia, PA
22nd Pittsburgh, PA
24th Hartford, CT
25th Albany, NY
27th New York, NY
29th Washington, DC
31st Nashville, TN
1st Atlanta, GA
3rd Tampa, FL
4th Miami, FL
5th Orlando, FL
7th New Orleans, LA
8th Houston, TX
9th San Antonio, TX
11th St. Louis, MO
12th Kansas City, MO
13th Omaha, NE
15th Denver, CO
16th Salt Lake City, UT
18th San Jose, CA
20th San Diego, CA
21st Las Vegas, NV
22nd Phoenix, AZ
24th Sacramento, CA
25th Los Angeles, CA
Filed under: Alt-Rock, Music, Music News | Tags: Alt-Rock, Alternative Rock, Auditions, Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, John Dolmayan, Music, Music News, Rock News, Smashing Pumpkins, System Of A Down, The Smashing Pumpkins
It has been revealed, via a blog on The Smashing Pumpkins‘s Official Website that System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan is one of twelve hopefuls who have auditioned for the now vacant post.
This morning’s update was as follows:
“In total, 12 drummers were auditioned [in Los Angeles] on Tuesday. An additional tryout could potentially be held in May due to such overwhelming response to the audition process. Overall, the drumming auditions were considered a very positive experience. The talent in all the drummers that tried out was incredible. Some of the candidates include John Dolmayan of SYSTEM OF A DOWN and Frank Lenz, a past bandmate of guitarist Jeff Schroeder from THE LASSIE FOUNDATION.”
The legendery Illinois Alt-Rockers had recently announced plans to allow an open casting call for all willing sticksmen, following longtime drummer Jimmy Chamberlin’s departure from the band. Following the announcement, the former drummer posted a statement on his personal blog, calling the departure “a positive move forward” and adding, “I can no longer commit all of my energy into something that I don’t fully possess. I won’t pretend I’m into something I’m not. I won’t do it to myself, you the fan, or my former partner. I can’t just, “Cash the check” so to speak.” Chamberlin also commented on Billy Corgan’s decision to continue to use The Smashing Pumpkin’s name, saying: “My best goes out to Billy and I’m glad he has chosen to continue under the name. It is his right.”
Photo Credit: Kateri Forbes (SmashingPumpkins.com)