Wednesday, 27 July 2016

ENTER SHIKARI RELEASE THE MINDSWEEP TOUR - DOCUMENTARY



February 2016; Enter Shikari head out on a tour of the UK, taking in some of the biggest venues they have ever headlined in their decade-long career.

In the DIY fashion that the band have become synonymous with, the video screen content and programming for the front of house quadrophonic audio system has all been created and slaved over for months by the band themselves. Wary of the potential disaster / glorious victory that lies ahead, but never ones to shy away from lifting the curtain to show the inner-workings of their endeavours, the band consider it a wise move to ensure someone is on hand to capture it all on video.

Enter Shikari met photographer / videographer Alexey Makhov on one of their now regular trips to Russia; so when he mentioned his availability prior to the tour, it struck everyone as a no-brainer.

The resulting 30 minute mini-documentary mixes beautifully shot & edited live footage, behind the scenes access, and candid interviews with the band; following them from the tour’s production rehearsals right through to its conclusion at a sold out show at London’s 9000 capacity Alexandra Palace.

The full film can be viewed here:



Frontman Rou Reynolds had this to say on the subject ; “It was great to have Alexy along to document the biggest tour of our lives. He captured both the tension behind the scenes and the emotional release on stage perfectly! "

The band recently released the only usable surviving full live track footage from the Alexandra Palace show (don’t ask. technical issues) in the form of a live version of Redshift, edited by Rou and with audio mixed by guitarist Rory C. you can see that here



A full audio recording of the Alexandra Palace show, however, DOES exist, and has now been mixed and mastered. Details of what will be happening with that will be forthcoming shortly. Enter Shikari have a small number of European festival dates remaining this summer, along with an outdoor headline show at Budapest’s Barba Nagra Track, before heading to Japan and finally rounding off their live 2016 with a short Australian run.

ENTER SHIKARI - LIVE 2016

JULY: 30th - Amber Beach Party Festival - Russia | AUGUST: 11th - Kubana Festival - Latvia 19th - Zaxidfest Festival - Ukraine 20th - Rock Am See festival - Germany 22nd - Here Come The Wolves Festival - Austria 24th - Barba Negra Track, Budapest - Hungary 25th - Czad Festival - Poland | SEPTEMBER: 3rd - Home Festival - Italy 6th - Tokyo, Japan 8th - Osaka, Japan 9th - Nagoya, Japan 10th - Tokyo, Japan 19th - Melbourne, Australia 20th - Brisbane, Australia 21st - Sydney, Australia 22nd - Adelaide, Australia 24th - Fremantle, Australia

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

IN FLAMES Premiere exclusive first listen to new music from forthcoming album; to embark on UK tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed



Sweden's finest modern heavy music institution, IN FLAMES, have announced the first tour dates for their upcoming studio release. In January 2017, the band will embark on a tour of major UK arenas together with AVENGED SEVENFOLD and DISTURBED, to destroy England, Scotland and Wales and give a demonstration of their impressive live abilities, that their fans will witness on the next DVD 'Sounds From The Heart Of Gothenburg', scheduled for release on September 23rd.

The band also premiered an exclusive preview of new music from the forthcoming album today. Check it out HERE.

Catch IN FLAMES on the following UK dates early next year:

JANUARY 2017

Tuesday 10th - GLASGOW, HYDRO Thursday 12th - NEWCASTLE, METRO RADIO ARENA Friday 13th - BIRMINGHAM, GENTING ARENA Sunday 15th - SHEFFIELD, ARENA Monday 16th - MANCHESTER, ARENA Wednesday 18th - NOTTINGHAM, MOTORPOINT ARENA Thursday 19th - CARDIFF, MOTORPOINT ARENA Saturday 21st - LONDON, 02 ARENA


The pre-sales for these shows will start this Wednesday, July 27th at 9am and the general ticket on-sale begins on Friday, July 29th at 9am so be quick.

They break the rules, reinvent themselves with every album and are considered to be Swedens's brightest pearl in modern heavy music - since the early 90’s, IN FLAMES have delivered a spectacular band progression which has seen them transform their sound from classic melodic death metal to their current modern and unique style. The Swedes never cease to challenge their artistic boundaries, never looking back and taking every possible risk. After 11 successful studio albums, they are now back to haunt the planet not only with their upcoming DVD 'Sounds From The Heart Of Gothenburg' (September 23th), but also with a fresh brew from the studio.

New single ‘Dance With Me’ from Portsmouth rockers Free From Gravity



Portsmouth rock four-piece Free From Gravity gear up for the release of their upcoming EP with this new upbeat single ‘Dance With Me’. The track sports a catchy chorus and some summery punky guitars. A music video is set to come out in June. Listen to the single:



Playing a style of music they call ‘Kick Assed Chilled Out Rock’ (or Soft Rock With Attitude), the band have proved that they are just as capable at writing fun guitar anthems as they are writing emotional ballads, their last single ‘The Long Road’ inspired by frontman Vince’s mother and her battle with cancer.

In the last few months they have played several live venues including The Bedford Live in London, the Vikings Motorcycle Club Rally and the Centurion in Waterlooville. The band are set to play a number of festivals this year including Hoefest in Waterlooville, Gosport festival on July August 6th, Willow Festival in Dorset on September 18th, plus a load of other gigs in the pipeline.

Alongside these exciting live dates, Free From Gravity have also hinted that they will be playing several guerrilla gigs across the South Coast of England. The exact location of these guerrilla gigs will be kept a secret, the band announcing each one hour before on Facebook (so fans will need to keep a keen eye on their Facebook page!)

The band’s upcoming EP is set to include the singles ‘Dance With Me’, ‘Crazy Lady’, ‘Step Into The Sunlight’ and ‘Saints and Sinners’.

SHVPES’ DEBUT ALBUM ‘PAIN. JOY. ECSTASY. DESPAIR.’ DUE FOR RELEASE ON OCTOBER 14TH



SHVPES can now reveal that their debut album, ‘PAIN. JOY. ECSTASY. DESPAIR.’, will be released on October 14th via Search and Destroy / Spinefarm Records.

‘PAIN. JOY. ECSTACY. DESPAIR.’ has been produced by Carl Bown & Jim Pinder (While She Sleeps, Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine), and features both ‘God Warrior’ and ‘False Teeth’; these first two tracks to be revealed from SHVPES’ forthcoming album have now been joined by a third, ‘Two Minutes of Hate’ – released as an official single with supporting music video. Watch it HERE,

SHVPES frontman, Griffin, says: “As a concept, this album is about finding the beauty in whatever situation you’re in. Your ability to feel pain/ to feel despair is ultimately what allows you to embrace the feeling of joy or ecstasy. It’s like yin & yang. ‘Pain. Joy. Ecstacy. Despair.’ gave me a platform to expel 24 years’ worth of frustration and turn it into something positive; something I can be proud of and something, I hope, the listener can find solace in.

From our eclectic musical influences to the incredibly personal, vulnerable, yet empowering lyrical content, we’ve managed to create something that is perfectly in balance with our own musical tastes. To be able to put out our most honest work to date, at this point, is a dream come true. There really is something for everyone on this record and we can’t wait for you all to hear it!”

On the live front, SHVPES will be appearing as sole support to ASKING ALEXANDRIA at two very special SOLD OUT UK shows this summer.
Shows guesting with Asking Alexandria are as follows:

AUGUST

15 – Southampton, Engine Rooms
16 – London, Koko

Hunter & The Bear - "Renegade", RD: 5th August 2016 via Dog Monday Records



Hunter & The Bear, one of the UK’s most exciting new bands and pioneers of a long anticipated resurgence of rock & roll, have just dropped their brand new single. Hunter & The Bear are a four-piece whose combination of melodic sensibility with riff-laden tunes represents the very best of guitar-driven music today. While the biting tones and driving rhythms of ‘Renegade’ stay true to hard-edged origins, for Hunter & The Bear the song is king. Intelligently overlaying well-crafted melodies over thunderous soundscapes, Hunter & The Bear have reengineered and revitalised guitar-based music for the modern age.

On top of their polished studio offerings, the band have a fierce reputation as a live act. Hunter & The Bear’s live show is truly a spectacle to behold, each player captivating their audience with individual personality and total command of their instruments. The group reveal a range of surprises throughout each set, showcasing a wide spectrum of styles from driving rock to acoustic ballads. Over the past few years they have set crowds alight at the UK’s major summer festivals (packing out tents at Reading & Leeds amongst many others), embarked upon critically acclaimed headline tours of Spain and the UK, and supported one of their most eminent forebears, Eric Clapton, on his most recent arena tour.

In a move that is typical of the band’s hard working ethos, summer 2016 will see Hunter & The Bear set out on an exciting and highly ambitious project. Anticipating their first full length record in early 2017, Hunter & TheBear will release one single a month, to give audiences a teasing insight into the band at work as they develop their increasingly mature and compelling sound. ‘Renegade’ - the first single from the project - is a fast-paced, fist-pumping track that shows all the hallmarks of a modern rock classic.

An anthem fit for wild nights or blasting on the road, the bold power of ‘Renegade’ announces Hunter & The Bear as one of the best new bands on the UK scene and promises much for the releases of the months ahead. With unquestionable talent and a subtle musical intelligence, Hunter & The Bear’s ‘Renegade’ is a track that reinstates the guitar to its rightful place at the heart of the UK music scene.

We can't wait to present you the new single soon. Until then check out their previous songs & catch them live. Tour dates HERE