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Video: A Day To Remember- I’m Made Of Wax Larry…

On the back of their incredible UK tour, pop punk/hardcore mob A Day To Remember have released the video for upcoming single, ‘I’m Made Of Wax Larry, What Are You Made Of?

Aside from being one of the best songs off 2009’s epic ‘Homesick‘ the video features cheerleaders, kick ball, synchronised headbanging and even a child being subjected to a chokeslam,  the latter possibly being the definition of ‘Awesome’.

So no excuses, the video is above for you to feast your hungry eyes upon. For those who didn’t catch ADTR along with Architects and Your Demise, we won’t rub it in too much but make sure you don’t miss the band on their next visit.

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Interview: Poison The Well guitarist Ryan Primack
November 23, 2009, 5:36 pm
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Modern hardcore pioneers Poison The Well have had quite a year. The Florida five-piece have been tearing round the world in support of their masterpiece “The Tropic Rot”, the most progressive release of the band’s career. We caught up with lead guitarist and band leader Ryan Primack to talk tours, the future and where this is all going.

You’ve been on a tour of the UK with Rise Against and Thursday, what sort of reception have you been getting so far?

A: The shows that we’ve played with Thursday and just us have been really good, it’s been our normal crowd really. Some of the shows with Rise Against have been really funny, some of the crowds have been super receptive and then some of them have looked at us like we have seventeen hands growing out of our face! It’s been great!

Have you been checking out the sets of the other bands?

A: Yeah every day. Us and Thursday are poor so we didn’t bring anyone to help out onstage. As soon as I’m done playing I’m out onstage making sure everything goes off good for Thursday so I see them every single day. I’ve caught quite a bit of the Rise Against sets, it’s pretty epic. We’re noticing in Spain it turned into an Iron Maiden concert almost cause people were humming along to their guitar riffs just like they do on “Fear of the Dark” (for Maiden).

You’re touring the new album “The Tropic Rot” at the moment, how do you feel the album turned out?

A: I’m pretty happy with it. I’m as happy with it as I am with any record, which means that when it comes out I already hate it (laughs). But that’s how I usually work, everything for me is a work in progress. Everything I do, in hindsight, five minutes later I think is shit. It’s normal for me though.

Have you figured out the next step in terms of where PTW are going on another record?

A: Polka party (laughs). We’re probably going to try and keep reinventing what we do. Sometimes it’s tough when a bunch of guys with zero common sense try to produce something, but you do what you can.

Was the recording process a smooth one?

A: Yeah, this time it went really smoothly. I don’t know if that is good or bad. Maybe it’s better if you have to fight it out.

Has the new line-up helped with this?

A: We all got on really, really well. I only had to kick them six or seven times. In the face.

Do you feel you sound tighter live with the new guys?

A: Now we do. It was a little shaky at first but now it’s definitely come together.

This is possibly your most progressive-leaning album to date, was this a conscious decision or something that developed over the making of the album?

A: It’s pretty much something that naturally happened, we just put together songs, did what we do and hoped for the best and it came out at least mediocre. I’m just one of those people that is incredibly self-defacing about what they do. 

How have the new songs been received live so far?

A: Good, the one’s that we’ve been choosing to play have been going down pretty well. I think maybe next year we’ll start breaking out the more obscure ones and see what happens. We’ll try and gently break it to people.

Often with bands that have a progressive sound you see them performing their whole albums live, is that something you’d ever do?

A: I would totally love to do that, but we’d have to have a bunch of extra people besides the five of us. I wouldn’t want to just do it on (backing) tracks like some bands do. To me that steals away from the point of seeing as band live now. We’ve been trying to get Andrew from Thursday in to do keyboards but he really doesn’t want to do it.

Why not?

A: He really doesn’t like me (laughs). There just hasn’t been time to figure it all out. He’s my favourite dude ever, in the world. More so than Jesus.

Who plays keyboard on “The Tropic Rot?”

A: I do but I didn’t want to put it down there because on (previous album) Versions it looks like I have a laundry list after my name. I felt self-serving and a little embarrassed to be tooting my own horn so this time I just put that I played guitar. I don’t want to be the kind of musician who’s like “check me out!”

Do you plan any UK headline dates in support of the album?

A: Hopefully, we did like, a couple earlier in the year but it was really brief. We don’t have anything for next year as of yet. We kind of went real heavy for this year, people kind of need a little time off. We’re all growing older as people. Sometimes you just want to be at home for a little bit.

PTW are cited as a huge influence on a lot of hardcore and metalcore bands. Oli Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon recently mentioned you in Kerrang, and we spoke to UK band Your Demise last issue and they also cite you as a big influence. Would you say you notice a lot of bands that are cast in the same mould as PTW, and how do you feel about influencing so many acts?

A: I’m immensely flattered. I’m one of those people who never quite hears it though. I’ve been told by people “That band like totally rips you off man!” and I don’t really hear it at all. They just sound like a band doing heavy music you know? None of us reinvented the wheel, or invented a better shaped wheel. I think that the fact of the matter is there were a lot of people in America who had a similar idea at a similar time and some of us got lucky. There’s a lot to be said for the fact of people saying it had an immense influence. It almost seems to me that it a direct musical influence as much as the idea that you can do whatever the fuck you want. Make no apologies about it, just do whatever the fuck you want. Make sure what you’re doing is honest. Maybe that part of the influence I can see because I think that throughout our career the one thing that has remained constant is the big middle finger in the face of those saying “Well if you just do the same thing you’ll be more successful.” That’s why we’re all poor and happy.

We consciously know we’ve made decisions that have negatively affected our popularity but at least we made the decisions on our own. I would rather fail while being honest than succeed while selling somebody a farce.

What sort of negative feedback have you got in the past?

A: It’s not heavy enough, you don’t sound like a hardcore band anymore or this is pussy shit, which is usually an American one. Completely with no real reason. Mostly stuff like “There’s no mosh parts so I’m bored” I can completely live with that.

Do you feel that you’re damned if you evolve and damned if you don’t?

A: You’re screwed no matter what so you might as well at least do what’s honestly in your heart and soul. I’d rather fail and be honest like I said than sell a farce and be rich. Besides then I’d be miserable “Oh my life’s a joke!” That’s why they’re miserable, nobody’s out to get them they just realise their life’s a joke.

Who are your biggest influences at the moment, and have they changed over time?

A: All my things that were my influences when I started writing music with the band are all still there. It’s still an amalgamation of late 90s hardcore, 80s hardcore, punk rock from all generations, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, early metal.

Now I just have more, all that stuff is still there but there’s also soundtrack music, obscure country artists, instrumental music. I still think the root of the matter is when I want to get excited about life I still listen to Bad Brains. I’m still a hardcore kid. When I’m in a great mood I put on Leeway: Born To Expire. I just don’t mosh in my room any more…not that I ever did, that would be so uncool! Hey we were all fourteen once!

At Fancore we are all about championing the cause of up and coming bands as well as more high-profile acts such as yourselves. Are there any unknown bands you would recommend to our readers?

I always take a chance to plug one of my friend’s bands cause I think they’re fucking awesome, a band called Furious Dudes from Miami. Just a really cool, sloppy punk rock band. I guess lately I’ve been listening to this American band called The Carrier a lot. We played in Adelaide with this band called Chorus, who were really good.



Henry Rollins announces UK spoken word tour

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Former Black Flag singer and Rollins Band leader Henry Rollins has announced an extensive UK spoken word tour early next year. The burly vocalist rarely minces his words so these dates will be a treat.

Catch the wisdom at:

Dublin Vicar Street January 12
Glasgow Academy January 13
Leicester De Montfort Hall January 14
London Royal Festival Hall January 15
Manchester Lowry January 16
Leamington Spa Assembly January 17
Norwich UEA January 18
Bournemouth Opera House January 19
Liverpool Academy January 20
Newcastle Academy January 21
Leeds Academy January 22



Converge unleash new video

Vicious hardcore icons Converge are back with a brutal new song, and a video to match. “Axe To Fall” is off the group’s new album of the same name and shows the outfit to be as vital and as furious as ever.

Check the video out, and go pick the album up now! It was out today, you have no excuses.



Gallows For Intimate UK Shows
July 14, 2009, 8:14 pm
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Herts Hardcore quintet, Gallows have announced a full run of November and December UK shows in support of aptly-titled new album, Grey Britain.

You can check out one of the fastest-rising punk bands of the moment at the following shows, (as long as you’re prepared to get your face ripped off by the charming Frank Carter):

NOVEMBER
26 – NORTHAMPTON Roadmender
27 – COVENTRY Kasbah
28 – LIVERPOOL Academy 2
29 – ABERDEEN Moshulu
30 – DUNDEE Fat Sams

DECEMBER
02 – MIDDLESBOROUGH Empire
03 – YORK Duchess
04 – STOKE Sugarmill
05 – DERBY Rockhouse
07 – NEWPORT TJs
08 – EXETER Lemon Grove
09 – FALMOUTH Pavillions
10 – BOURNEMOUTH Old Fire Station
12 – KINGSTON The Peel
13 – COLCHESTER Arts Centre
14 – CAMBRIDGE Junction

Tickets go on general sale from July 17th but if you’re a Gallows-diehard and signed up to their mailing list (if not sign up HERE) you can get tickets from July 15th.



The All-American Rejects For UK mini-tour

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The All-American Rejects will be returning to the UK this Autumn, playing a trifecta of dates. The US pop-punk stars will be giving you hell at:

October
14 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
15 Manchester Academy
17 Nottingham Rock City

Tickets go on sale 10th July at 9am. For ticket availability, check here.



Your New Favourite Bands: Nightmare Of You, Heart In Hand, Jukebox The Ghost

new fave bandsIt’s a bleak world out there, with every new band claiming that they’re the “next big thing” and some malevolent machine continuing to relentlessly pump out soul-less, unoriginal husks of bands into the world. Thankfully, FANCORE has wad e d through the shite and given you a guide to the best picks of new talent. So feast your ears on the delights of seven bands that deserve to make it and really do warrant your attention.

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From the first few minutes you hear Nightmare Of You it’s impossible to think that this is a band that are not firmly printed on the inside of everyone’s lips. The incongruity comes from the fact that their biggest appeal; the quartet’s idiosyncratic sound, will possibly be their biggest hindrance when it comes to ensnaring the approval of the mainstream. Instead of the usual shallow song fare that other bands focus on, NOY’s signature song, ‘Thumbelina’ tells the tale of a woman with an impossibly large thumb, hailing down perverts by the road. Interested? You certainly should be.

Far outstretching the narrow-minded Indie-rock tags placed on them, the fact that most press are forcing them into the current Indie takeover is criminal and does little justice to a band that name check a variety of influences, from The Smiths to Led Zeppelin and yet sound like nothing like you’ve ever heard.

 Retaining punk sensibilities evident in their politically-charged debut the band have recently left their old label in favour of a new indie base, allowing them the most control over their creations. The fact that Nightmare Of You refuse to settle and sell out only adds to their charm, creating a band who actually have something to say and aren’t going to bend over backwards to ensure that you like it.

 With new album Infomaniac out on August 4th, finally 2009 looks to be the year that NOY jump from being underground darlings to their rightful place as kings of eccentric spiky sing-along rock.

For fans of: Eccentric brit-pop tinged rock.
Download: “My Name Is Trouble” (Nightmare Of You), “I Was Never A Normal Boy” (Bang!) and New song “I think I’m Getting Older” (Infomaniac- unreleased).
Check out more at www.nightmareofyou.com and www.myspace.com/nightmareofyou

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Playing a muscular brand of melodic heaviness, Metalcore crew Heart In Hand have been putting in the hard yards touring up and down the UK in anticipation of their self-titled debut EP due out on 15th June. Vocalist Charlie Holmes, formerly of Trigger The Bloodshed, explains: “The main objective of this band was to have fun, write music we enjoy and play as many shows as humanly possible.”

 The band may play an uncompromising brand of steel but Holmes explains: “Only a few of us actually listen to metal on a regular basis. Other than that, it’s a lot of acoustic and pop and rap.” This has done nothing to blunt the edge of one of the few UK Metalcore bands really pushing the boundaries of the genre. As Charlie explains, “We’ve all been in the music scene for a long time. If anyone told me I couldn’t do what I was doing, I’d laugh and walk away.  People like that need to understand that things progress.”

 Heart In Hand have been steadily gaining support through their impressive live shows: “I don’t think we have played a show and gone down badly yet, as most people can find something in our music they enjoy”, admits Charlie.

Heart In Hand are on the road this June with Lower Than Atlantis, We Stare At Mirrors and This Distance.  They will also tour in September with Many Things Untold and Through Solace, catch them while you can.

 For Fans Of: Johnny Truant and Suicide Silence.
Download: “Loyalty”, “Getting Married In Vegas” from www.myspace.com/heartinhandband

 

 

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 Formed in Washington D.C by three college friends, Jukebox The Ghost play a shinybrand of hard-to-categorise Pop/Rock/Indie. With a clutch of catchy tunes about not setting yourself on fire, the trio have gained a reputation as an exciting, if somewhat peculiar proposition, awing and flooring crowds with live shows that refuse to relent and pretty much guarantee that if you don’t feel pleasure equivalent to an orgasm, you’ll at least go away with a smile and a warm feeling in your belly.

With a sound that both evokes and draws from They Might Be Giants, Barenaked Ladies, Flight of the Conchords and a host of other Pop-Rock reference points, JTG are slowly but surely edging into the sort of fame they deserve.

For fans of: Instantly likeable, crazy and kooky piano-pop-rock. See Smash Mouth with the depth of Barenaked Ladies.
Download: “Victoria”, “Hold It In” and “Under My Skin”. Infact just buy debut album “Let Live and Let Ghosts”. Check out more at www.myspace.com/jukeboxtheghost.

 V6

VOODOO SIX

Voodoo Six are men with only one thing on their mind. Straight up rock and fucking roll. Hailing from London, the five-piece are a rare beast, playing balls-to-wall classic rock in a world where there’s synthesized pop songs aplenty and a massive abyss of any new bands coming up who actually know how to rock hard. Rest assured, at a V6 show lighters will be hailed,  leathers will be donned and the room will be blown away with such swagger that you’d think you’d woken up on the wrong side of the 80’s.

However, Voodoo Six are not just a covers band, nor a nostalgia show. Axeman Matt Pearce is keen for the world to know that V6 have a place in the 00’s: “We’re not looking to recreate an old sound or to follow trends but to make music that lasts. We want to play classic rock similar to the bands we grew up with but with a more modern edge and sound.”

Their blend of classic songwriting, face-melting riffs and solos are certainly gaining them some high-profile attention with the band already bagging major support slots with the likes of Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper, bands whose cataclysmic fame they could have shared if they’d formed twenty or so years ago. Matt, however is slightly more optimistic about the current state of rock: “Everything goes round in cycles and now it still seems like a very good time for bands playing rock.”

And regardless of who else is around, a strict diet of Voodoo Six’s breed of hard-faced balls-to-the-wall Rock and Roll will be enough for anyone to make it through the rest of the year fully satisfied.

 For fans of: AC/DC, Iron Maiden.
Download: “Saints and Sinners”, “Walking On Nails”, “Ain’t No Friend Of Mine”
Check out the new album to be released autumn and www.voodoosix.com  to keep ahead of the game.

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My Sleep Therapy

WHO ARE THEY?: Hawaiian kids living in
the 90s.
WHat ARE THEY?: Pop-punk how it should be.
SOUNDS LIKE: Blink 182 on a beach holiday with New Found Glory.
FOR FANS OF: Pop-punk with balls. You Me At Six need not apply.