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Hey, it’s S ofee here for the first time! As you may have noticed the magazine has changed and the website in that fact, but don’t worry we still do the best in unsigned music but now we are making Intamission bigger and badder and h ave started doing signed! Just so you, the reader h ave more to read! Aren’t we nice?
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So it’s coming up to that time of the year again, when you start planning what festival to go to, you might be thinking Leeds and Reading or maybe even Download? But why not think a little closer to home, well if you’re in Manchester that is, or anywhere in the UK for that matter! Well how about Headlander Festival? Well Headlander Festival will be one of the biggest festivals in South Manchester this summer, bringing over 30 hours of live music and 45 bands and acoustic acts across two marquees and an acoustic lounge with various different genres of music from rock, punk, reggae and jazz. It will also play host to performing arts, Skate Park, music workshops and a battle of the bands competition, which is hosted by Phase One Radio and sponsored by Castle Rock Studios. The festival will be held at Stockport RUFC on Friday 21st June and Saturday 22nd June. Friday will run from 6pm – 11:30pm and Saturday 12pm – 11:30pm. Camping is available across the two days or if you are not too keen on getting dirty you could go to one of the local hotels or B&Bs.
LA band, Canto have released their brand new video for ‘Dirty Water’ which is on their upcoming 5 song EP, Ride Away. ‘Dirty Water’ is Canto’s interpretation of 1966 Calfornia rock band, The Standells, you can check out the video at the bottom. You can also check out the video on our videos of the month page. Ride Away EP is coming out April 9th for free! Just check their facebook page. It’s an EP not to be missed!
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June 5th marks the date of The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone! A documentary based on brit rockers The Stone Roses! Directed by Shane Meadows and produced by Mark Herbert the film will premiere in Manchester on 30th May that will see The Stone Roses make a rare appearance. We will see the film being satellite linked to 100 cinemas nationwide for the premiere. Tickets for the premiere will be available from Wednesday 17th April at 9:30am. If you attended the Warrington Parr Hall or Heaton Park gigs you might be receiving a ticket, just keep a look out on facebook and if you see your face posted you have got yourself a ticket!
After 12 long years of being a wacky rock band with an army of fans that were and still are thousands strong and counting My Chemical Romance this past nd Friday the 22 of March called it quits through no fault of any ones, according to th Gerard’s online blog the feeling came during a performance on May 19 2012 where Mr Way’s inner self came into play in a sense, as he noticed that his performance wasn’t natural instead of an act which is something that he said has never happened and at that moment he knew it was wrong and it was time to stop but in the closing lines of W ay‘s blog he states “ In closing, I want to thank every single fan. I have learned from you maybe more than you think you‘ve learned from me. My only regret is that I am awful with names and bad with goodbyes. But I never forget a face, or a feeling-‐ and that is what I have left from all of you. I feel Love.” whilst also being quoted at the start of the blog to say he woke up and “ a deep sadness overcame me, immediately, bringing me to life and realization-‐ My Chemical Romance had ended” pulling the heart strings of fans world wide he goes on to give fans hope and say “My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die. It is alive in me, in the guys, and it is alive inside all of you. I always knew that, and I think you did too.” touching words. An end of an era indeed for such a high energy, memorable band whose passion for music was bigger than the band RIP MCR 2001-‐ 2013.
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Developing from different bands Apollo Junction were born in 2011! The Leeds 5 piece are made up of Jamie on Vocals, Matt on the Guitar, Jonathon on the Drums, Ben on the Bass and last but not least Sam on Keys/Synths. Apollo Junction have performed alongside the likes of Dizzie Rascal, The Kaiser Chiefs, Calvin Harris and much more. So First off guys, why Apollo junction? There is simply nothing else we can do this well or want this much. We have all been in bands for a long time now and we live and breath it, Apollo Junction is finally the group of people and sound that we have being dreaming about making. We simply have no desire in life to do anything but this. Trust u s that is as scary for us as it sounds. We live and breath this band, it gets us out of bed in the morning and keeps us from getting into our beds at night, it also has led us to getting into a fair amount of different beds as well... The band started as we had chatted about forming a band for about a month or so and we went out for a drink in a pub called the Junction. Ben and M att were arguing about whether the big speech at the end of rocky 4 is the best moment in cinema history or the worst (Ben best Matt Worst). A couple of girls wandered up and said 'you look like you lot are a band are you?'...Jamie decided, h anded out roles and said we were ‘The Apollo Junction’. We got rid of the 'The' in the name and yeah the rest they say is history. Who are your major influences? There is a list as long as your arm of bands and artist who have touched our music in some way. We normally sight great song writers as we write great songs such Holland– Dozier–Holland, Lennon and McCartney and Burt Bacharach. We also listened to our p arents records as kids so we got caught up in brilliant pop bands like Abba, Madness, The Cars etc. We were lucky to be born into a time when England had some great bands like Pulp, Super
Oasis. If we don’t shut up the list will never end so let's end it there. You've gigged with some huge names, who were you most nervous about sharing a stage with? Never….. In fact we never get the wrong type of nerves really. If anything you kind of stand there and think this is our moment, like when Bruce Wayne jumps in the Batmobile to fight crime I don't think he worries Superman will upstage him. We get our glad rags on, turn our amps up and try make our way into memories, make them remember Apollo Junction and we always succeed nerves play their part but only the positive ones that keep you on top of your game. The Boxer about to enter his ring.
Are there any other big names that you're looking forward to gigging with in the future? To be honest not really, there is a list of people I know we would love to play with, but demand is kind of making Apollo Junction play our own shows right now…having said that if Bono needs a support band on U2's next tour we will be free. You're working on your debut album, how's it coming along? Really well thanks, we are nearly done now, just the last few tweaks to each track and deciding the order of the album. Which is a hard debate when Ben suggests it should be in alphabetical order and Jonny thinks it should go shortest songs to longest songs.
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What songs are you most excited about people hearing? All of them to be honest the reason we knew our old bands weren't the ones for us was people only ever liked one song…. and therefore we could only market one song. Now everyone loves their own song which is so touching and shows we are a great band you can give a person all our songs and have no idea which is their favorite… having said that Here Come the Zombies is a great track and 'I wanna be a Mystery' recently got called '3 minutes of pop mastery' which made Matt spill his cereal. What are the best received songs to play live? 3 Tracks -‐ Carry On, Almost There and Pictures get people danicing. But they all go down really well, as we said everyone h as their favourite. The thing we love is the fact people dance at our gigs, One of our most memorable moments is watching a Pulp hometown gig where 10,000 people basically danced for 2 hours. We want that and that's what we will get. Like I mentioned before you've shared the stage with huge names and you've only been going since 2011, what's the secret to your success? Be hard working, be harder working than everyone else you know. When everyone is asleep be up writing words, writing melodies. When people want a lie in get up and practice the set, and be shattered and worn out and bored of your own songs. Strive for bettering every song you write and last of all……NEVER GIVE UP as it's only over when you stop. What is your greatest achievement so far? We all have different moments, watching our video for our song Begin climb to 60k views on youtube was strange but hearing Steve Lamaqc, a total legend of our times, and man we put alongside John Peel introducing our song on BBC radio was a moment which meant the most to Apollo Junction. Having calls from your friends saying 'you're on National BBC Radio' is so cool and humbling. How's 2013 been for you guys and how do you aim on making it better than the previous years?
Write better songs, play better gigs, get better jackets, have cooler haircuts, d on’t get another year older sounds the perfect strategy. The mainstream music scene is full of dull, pop star zombies with nothing to say. It is time for a band to come along and kick up a bit of a fuss again whilst also having great songs. So h ere we are!
So, for people who don't know, who are the pink pumps? The Pink Pumps are a reformed power pop band. We were originally gigging back in the early 1980's. I'd been in another punk / powerpop set up called the Jeff Hill Band which had split up after our record deal fell through. I had lots of leftover songs and wanted a band to play them so I got the Pumps together with Ken and a guitarist called Noel. We went through several guitarists (I was on drums back then) and eventually split up as we never found the right one. Ken and I then reformed the band in 2011 with me on guitar and a couple of mates who I'd worked with for years. The criteria was "Who do we want to gig with who can play, hasn't got a personality disorder, and is fun to be around?" and that was Roman and Mark. The bands been around for 30 years, has your sound changed at all? The sound has changed, we're tighter, we've got three part harmonies and in Roman we've got a genius guitarist and arranger. In my opinion he's up there with Johnny Marr but nobody else has really had the chance to discover that! You've already got a growing string of dates lined up for
All of them....we have favoured venues but generally we just like gigging. Probably the Rendesvouz in St Helens, if any, it was the first gig we did, its got a great playing area, nice acoustics, the audience are knockout and the landlady is lovely! Then there's the Snowgoose Live in Macclesfield, big venue, great PA and sound man. Loved playing there. Do you still get nervous before a show? I do, don't know about the others. What's the best song to play live? Hard to say....but if pressed we do "September Gurls" by Big Star, its one of the best songs ever written in my humble opinion and it always gives me the shivers to sing it. What song(s) receive the best response live? The single we have out "Every Night" and one called "Don't Get Mad, Get Even" probably, but it varies from gig to gig. We do a long mad version of "Gloria" as an encore, which morphs into "East Easy Rider" by Julian Cope via a fair bit of jamming. That usually leaves them howling for more. What do you do to get pumped up for a gig?
Pink pumps when Mark counts the first song in. That's it....away we go! Have you got fans anywhere that you're shocked about? We did a gig recently where a bevy of ladies of a certain age (lets just say they were probably at their peak in 1968) showed up and went bananas. The management thought they were with us somehow, but we'd never seen them before! What are your guilty pleasures, band wise? Guilty pleasures....playing occasional covers most people have never heard before like the B side of "Paperback Writer"! We also stand around and eat cake after most gigs and reflect on how it went, Roman's good lady is a wonderful baker! What are your biggest influences in and outside of the music scene? Speaking for myself, I grew up listening to the Radio One in the 1960's and through it I got into a vast array of amazing music. I began collecting records back then and still do today and musically I've knowingly (and probably unwittingly) been influenced by psychedelia, folk, and pop, punk and prog bands. If I had to nail it down to one pivotal album, it would be an Island Records sampler from 1970 called "Bumpers". In the grooves were Traffic, Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, Free, Bronco, Quintessence, Spooky Tooth....an amazing bit of vinyl. Outside of music, books.....people I know, my old job as a mental health nurse mostly spent working with people who have addiction problems.....and the general mayhem which are my normal thought processes! Finally, how has 2013 been treating you so far and how do you Intend on making this year different to the others? So far 2013 has been pretty good, we've got plenty of gigs and we're going down very well. We started recording an album back in 2011 consisting of songs we did back in the original incarnation of the band and new stuff, but its been slow going due to the pressure of outside commitments....we have young families and real jobs as well as being in the band! I'd like to think we could finish it off this year and besides downloads get it out on vinyl!
A Chat With
Sofee & Ciro Sofee So Sofee is there an interesting fact that you think people should know about yourself? -‐ I think people should know that I'm the funniest person ever! Haha! So in the first interview you did in the first issue of the magazine Ciro told us of the failed projects he tried before Intamission, if you could pick one that you think you would succeed in which one w ould it be? -‐ I think probably a b and manager, as I'm good at getting things done and organising people! And I've got some good contacts haha. For people that don't know you guys are a couple, do you think that it will be a family run thing in the future? -‐ Aw that would be nice to be honest, I hope so. What band have you m ost enjoyed working with? -‐ The Hymek, they're such a nice b unch of people! You recently did your first ever gig you put on, are you happy w ith the way it went? -‐ Mate, I'm not going to lie, I was shitting myself on the day, then everything started going wrong as none of the bands turned up until half 6/7 and the doors opened at 7! But after all that it turned out it was the best feeling ever! Loved every minute of it! Can't wait for 10th April! What do you bring to Intamission? -‐ I bring my skills of media and photography! And everything else I've picked up along the way! What did you do before Intamission? -‐ I was a care worker for the elderly, the company I worked for were shocking though! But I met some nice old people! And before that I worked at Harry Ramsdens, it wasn't good smelling of fish everyday! And finally what's been your highlight of Intamission so far? -‐ The highlight? Hmm it has to be on our first ever gig as I remember that I took a step back and looked at the crowd and everyone was dancing and h ad a pint in their hand and I thought oh my god we have actually done this! That h as to be the best feeling ever!
Ciro For anyone that doesn't know how to say your name, how do you say it? You say it chee ro it's Italian :) -‐ How did you get into the music business and why did you want to get it into it? I don't know to be honest it just kinda happened, and why -‐ did I want to get into it? Well, I just wanted to see if I could get anywhere but never thought I would I never particularly wanted anything to do with it but I'm glad I am:) Where can you see yourself in 10 years time with Intamission? Doing mint things :) -‐ If you w ere to put on a gig and money wasn't an option who would you pick to play and why? I would pick.... Shinedown, Godsmack and Disturbed -‐ because they are huge bands that with a powerful p resence! They also kick a lot of ass! What do you think about unsigned m usic at the moment? I think a lot of it is underrated! -‐ If you w anted to expand intamission, how w ould you expand it? Good question...hmm... I think I would want to have a crew -‐ of people that when we are In town people are like oh my god there's Intamission there sick guys man! I would also love to be represented by an unsigned band that's simply awesome and take over the world with them. Where would be your dream spot on putting on a gig? Manchester Academy 1 -‐ If intamission w ere going to go abroad where would you want to go and w hy? America! To explore their world with our style of music! -‐
O T N A C 8. You guys are all brothers, are there any sibling rivalries within the band? No, we work pretty well together. No one gets offended if one of us says, “Stop playing that, it sucks. Come u p with something else.” 9. Do you feel there’s more of a musical connection, being that you guys are brothers and your musical backgrounds? Definitely. It’s like we have our own language that only we understand. It’s very beneficial. I think it’s an advantage we have over other bands. 10. Have any of you been in bands before this? 11. 12. Not really. We had jammed around with some of our friends when we were younger. We had this sort of parody band where we just wrote bullshit songs just as a joke. We called ourselves “Uncle Daddy” or more explicitly, “The Fuck-‐O’s.” 1. 13. 14. Whys the name of your debut album “HA HA HA”? There’s sort of sarcastic tone in a lot of the lyrics, which is part of the reason. Also, everyone just likes 2. to laugh. 15. I’ve noticed you haven’t got any dates coming up, have you gigged as a band before? 3. We have played a number of shows the past two years. M ostly locally. We’re all still in school, which limits us. But, we will be playing out promoting our EP. 4. 16. Have you got any fans from other countries that 5. you’re shocked at? I think I saw we have some fans from Egypt or something. Pretty Bizarre. That’s the power of the 7. Internet, I guess.
What songs are you excited for people to hear? We’re all really excited about all the tracks on the EP. I think my favourite is “Gasoline.” Who are you major influences at the m oment? We’ve been listening to The Strokes’ and The Killers’ most recent albums a lot recently. What’s the writing method like in the band? It varies. I guess I write most of the stuff, but it’s a collaborative effort really. And finally how’s this year turning out for you guys? We’re sort of waiting in anticipation for the EP release. Hopefully it’s received well. But so far, everything has been going very well. This is looking out to be a good year for us in every respect.
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Four-‐piece Stockport band The Ordinary came for a little chat in the Northern Quarter, there’s no better place in Manchester than to talk music and we did! I spoke to Jack: lead vocals/guitar, Mike: Bassist, Jake: Guitar and Sam: Drummer. I had a lot on my hands with these four but I soon got down to business. Since playing together from 2010 and they have come a long way in such a short time and are now working with music producer ‘Dan Broad’, who goes on tour and plays keyboard with the Happy Mondays. They’ve also reached the finals of North of England talent competition, winning the R&R world international covers competition and do covers from the likes of Kings of Leon, food fighters, Muse and everyone’s favourite blink 182. After listening to their four EPs; Jealously, Away with the stars, Her pose and Punk song, I got straight to the point.
‘Her pose’ it’s one of my favourites that I’ve listened to, so what was the feel for this sort of record? Jack: To be honest we are a band obsessed with Blink 182 and we used to always play “All the small things” at gigs and everyone loved it, which is where we get most of our inspiration from, but throughout making songs we have the four chord trick, use the same chord but different riff to make it sound different. We come together with ideas, make the rhyme then add the lyrics. Did you have a fun time making it? Sam: Yeah but it took months to make it. Jack: I wrote the guitar line and changed the key of the song; there was so much lyrical freedom. Mike: It was really simple to do as you can do whatever you want with it. How does your own gigs compare to gigs which hold a list of line-‐ups? Jake: We’ve played at a few parties, which I love because everyone’s drunk. Sam: We get encores to so the same song, especially blink “All the small things” people tend to relate with blink. Jack: Our own songs to, people have sung along to ‘jealousy’, which is a nice feeling. Any new material in the line-‐up? Jack: We’ve just recorded a new EP with our producer and hoping to make an album soon, which is exciting. What has been your most memorable time as a band? Why? Was it when you started working with your music producer in 2011? Mike: We played at the after party in Liverpool at the 02 Arena Jack: It was Noel Gallagher’s after party, we didn’t get chance to meet him but I’d say that was one of our
best gigs ever! Sam: There’s so many Glasgow 2012, we were all so hyped up about playing. Jake: It felt like we were on holiday as we’ve gone from being in the middle of nowhere to being on stage in front of hundreds. How did you get together? Mike: It all started with Sam and Jack who got together, then met Jake and asked him to join, three years of playing together without a bass player. Jack: It was a question of going to school and asking people if they wanted to be in our band, for two years we didn’t have a bass player then luckily we found Mike. Sam: After that in the first six months we wrote our first song! Do you still get nervous? Sam: I do Jack: I get more excited than nervous, yeah we all like to wind Sam up. Mike: The more people there is the calmer I feel, it puts me at ease. How do you get past it? Sam: It can be very frustrating, I tend to go quiet and get mardy. Mike, Jack and Sam: We like to bully Jake, he’s easy to pick on, we wind him up before we go on stage. Have you got any advice for any of our aspiring new bands? Sam: DON’T DO IT, IT’S TOO HARD! Haha well if you should try stick at it for six months, if you can do then you’ll keep it up. Who would you love to support whilst on tour? Red Hot Chilli Peppers!
Delta Mainline Oh! Enlightened Daniel Burt Storms they be brewin’ north of the border as, after some extremely well received live performances, Scotland’s Delta Mainline finally unleash their debut album. As the building, hazy maelstrom of opening track Tús Nua gives way to the pounding, fuzz bass cacophony of Misinformation it’s clear that this is band possessed of a reverb laden, sweeping musical palette. These songs sound huge. The bombastic salvo continues with Stop that Feeling sounding every inch like a Kasabian anthem at it’s least knuckle-‐dragging. The production lends these tunes a widescreen, echoing sheen that, whilst communicating the septet’s huge instrumental arsenal, is well contained by the band’s focused songwriting. It’s to the band’s credit that few of these songs stray over the 4 minute mark (only on Perceptions The Church is up for Sale does their mild debt to Spaceman 3 become more akin Ciro Guadagno to the Greek deficit) rarely giving in to indulgence. Amidst the noise, the vocals occasionally seem to be providing texture as ‘Perceptions’ is Blackpool’s own Red XIII’s latest EP off opposed to any lyrical weight. However, there is enough sonic dynamism in the their 2010 album release “Better Safe than Sorry”! The band’s sound to accommodate more introspective moments where the, EP is out in May and features some of their heaviest occasionally hushed and occasionally frayed, vocals really shine. Delta Mainline stuff to date according to a source. The band have remain melodically focused by great chord progressions and tasteful piano been featured in such huge magazines such as Metal playing that anchors – like a sonic bottle rocket tied to the moon – the sliding, Hammer and Rock Sound so you could say they are a cavernous shoe-‐gazing guitar work on display. big deal with an even bigger following, which reflects Oh! Enlightened is a supremely assured debut and, if claimed, this was an very nicely in the EP. attempt to capture their live sound then I can only recommend you catch them The EP kicks off with Sleeping Giants, a track that on their upcoming U.K tour. I won’t be there, but that’s only because I suffered a use’s bouncy sharp bass lines that feed off the drums compound fracture in both legs after a horrific car accident -‐ and that’s the only into a pool of crunchy guitar riffs allowing the beasty reason -‐ what’s your excuse? vocals to run rampant causing scatter-‐mosh-‐pits to Oh! Enlightened is released May 20th on Rehab Sound Recordings. form at near enough all of their gigs. I was lucky enough to witness them live and my god they are amazing! They just feed off each bone crunching song Within The Last Breathe like creatures hungry for more; imagine Gollum and you’ll be close. Ciro Guadagno Moving on to the rest of the EP and we land at TRAIN WRECK! Now if ever there were a song name to Hailen G is the mastermind behind Aetherfallen’s epic debut EP entitled describe a song this would be it IN A GOOD WAY! The “Within The Last Breathe” an EP that is so wide and wonderful that when I song kicks off with a bass groove that was quite listened to it all through for the first time it took me on a very melodic journey refreshing but went straight back to the bands through time like a chill out CD for the hardcore trance rock ravers. hardcore antics with an amazingly rhythmic bridge This m an is extremely talented infact its not until I read that the EP was a one section which isn’t as scattered as the rest of the song, man job that I was able to enjoy it a whole lot more. Blowing me away with his instead it gives a hint of the more hard rock tone, and mini synth/rock orchestra that I can see filling a shades of the next song which is, BITCH! Quite a funny live stage adding to the visual power that name but a name that from my perspective brought comes with what Aetherfallen delivers. Just listen to the texture and variety of riffs in elements of Hard Rock to the bands hardcore rock persona, a much more melodic flavour and a theme either one of the tracks (if you can pick them all that we see in the last two songs on the EP, but mainly out, there’s quite a few) and you’ll be instantly in the last song, EXPLODING PET! Such variety is on inspired which is quite an impressive thing to display here with not one slow song; it would be a have said about a debut EP that is an feast for any metal head that loves a bit of AS I LAY introduction to the world of Aetherfallen. DYING! Within the last Breathe is the epic beginning of an era in which we see a creation grow, The EP is a powerful explosion of metal that the guys where will it lead? Who knows but the future is should be proud of! I will happily rate this 5/5! looking bright.
MyLyricalMind Drop Me A Line McKenna Loren MyLyricalMind’s latest EP, “A Quiet Hurricane,” bears a title that perfectly represents its featured songs. The first single, “Drop Me a Line,” is an understated whirlwind of artistic skill that is sure to be found relatable by all hopeless romantics. The song tells a story of lovers longing to finally be together and answer the many questions rolling around in their minds. It lends itself to the beloved familiarity of the 90s with a sort of GooGoo-‐Dolls-‐meets-‐James-‐Blunt feel. The architect behind M yLyricalMind is 22-‐year-‐old M att Wood who, at such a young age, caught the eye of London based record label Animal Farm and released this second EP. His first, “Dreams Break at Dawn,” was a colourful acoustic mix that made for a nice debut, but his newest release shows a great deal more songwriting technique that exemplify his talents, progress, and potential. Both EPs show off Matt’s vocals with simplistic accompaniments, but this time around he really demonstrates impressive arrangements. His thoughtful, relative lyrics make for easy listening, and will surely have you wanting more. You can find M yLyricalMind’s two EPs on iTunes as well as facebook.com/mylyricalmind where release and tour dates are also listed.
Collapse Arms And The Covenant Ciro Guadagno Following the release of the EP “Scars and Silence” Collapse headed straight back into the studio with some famous faces ‘Ginge’ Ford of Trivium, Mark Lewis of Chimaira/Whitechapel and Devildriver's Mike Spreitzer! And m ade one fast paced badass creation that takes no prisoners in its melodic battle against your ears! Each song kicks another 10 inches deeper into your ear cannel before making its way to your ear drum where shreds it with a violent audio attack! As soon as I turned on the album I immediately saw myself at one of their gigs and witnessing what I saw as a teenager… handfuls of mosh pits that look like they can take lives, swallowing you up and spitting you out and that’s not me talking about the mosh pits they undoubtedly cause! Their style is simple; they’re out to destroy in as much of a hard hitting way as possible with high speed machine musician-‐ship powerful enough to blow a blood vessel (if used irresponsibly). With crunchy guitar riffs so strong it shouldn’t be played near snowy mountain tops especially when the solos hit or even the drums for that matter… there’s a reason there called Collapse you know. Structurally this album is flawless, it seems that they’ve struck gold and with a track live from the legendary Download Festival Collapse are set for great things, so this April fools day don’t play the fool and grab yourself a copy if you know what’s good for you.
Monument Black Night Tim Gower A hit anthem from a legendary band and a song covered more times than a teenage girl's achne. How do Monument hold up against everyone else?
Very well is the answer.
Tight drumming with what must be a double bass pedal and slightly more treble on the heavy guitar gives the track a more metal feel than the original, but hey, what's wrong with that, it works. The vocals accompanying are less melodic than Ian Gillan's tones but when laid over the great sound that Monument make, it works. The true test any cover of Black Night is how the keyboard solo holds up. Any pub band or cover band can cover this but rarely do they have that famous Jon Lord keyboard solo, well you won't be disappointed with this one -‐ Bob Katsionis from FIREWIND masterfully steps in to fill this void. Why the hell should you buy this track? 1. It's a great cover of a great band. Stick it in your repertoire. 2. It provides a nice alternative to the original on that new playlist you were creating, which gives it a whole new lease of life. 3. IT'S FOR CHARITY! 4. IT'S FOR A GREAT CHARITY! 5. IT'S FOR A GREAT CHARITY THAT JON LORD WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED WITH! So despite Monument doing a sterling effort at thumping some life back into a classic and giving you a modern take on an old classic. The real reason for this is that all profit from sales of this single will be going to The Sunflower Jam, which Jon Lord himself was a big part of. The Sunflower Jam is a high profile rock music event, which donates funds, and supports charities, which provide complementary care to cancer patients. The last two years have seen the event take place at the Royal Albert Hall with artists such as Alice Cooper, Brian May, Deep Purple, Jon Lord, Bruce Dickinson, Paul Weller and a host of other rock legends pledging their support. The charity has been able to build a complimentary treatment room at Great Ormond Street hospital and this year, is working with the College of Medicine to support research into alternative treatments for pancreatic cancer.
Everything Burns Take Your Aim After facing a shed load of troubles ʻEverything Burnsʼ are soon to release their highly anticipated 2nd album ʻTake Your Aimʼ which is set to be released May this year and sounds awesome as a first time listener. Kicking off with what sounds like the Machine that is ʻEverything Burnsʼ slowly forming into a superhuman force thatʼs out to destroy, full of passion and monstrous drum beats that lead nicely into the hit single ʻGhosts & Angelsʼ. Now after reading about the hurdles they had to overcome in the process of making the album the lyrics appear a lot more meaning full than if I were to hear it blindly. Fast, energetic, and heartfelt all come out in this anthem that revolve around sterling guitar riffs and slight hint of acoustic guitar adding the heart to the beast all complimenting the growling vocals extremely well. Take Your Aim is next on the hit list, now before I carry on a theme with this album is ʻanthemsʼ which I would certainly be putting on the soundtrack if I were making an epic action adventure film, something like an oldie like ʻDemolition Manʼ or ʻMission Impossibleʼ but 10 times more dramatic...hopefully you see what I mean, now back to the track, itʼs an absolute cracker so well put together, a great Metal Track that starts your imagination running riot. As the album carries on I can so see why itʼs highly anticipated, not only because of the following the guys have but also because of the raw metal tones that have been plaguing my eardrums since I pressed play? Nearing the end of the album I notice the riffs get crunchier and the hunger for the screaming vocals is there and makes the teenage kid in me scream out “I WANT MORE” then all of a sudden Shadows plays with a mighty raw which satisfies the hunger within, then all of a sudden I get a taste of Whomper! The last song on the album with a dubstep flavour that takes me off guard slightly but doesnʼt mean I donʼt love it; Whomper is a perfect name for this because it doesnʼt half end ʻTake Your Aimʼ on an impactful note. I love this band, Iʼve only heard their 2nd album and Iʼm their biggest fan! Warning you may experience something epic! So Take Your Aim and fire out some Everything Burns!
The 48k’s For Everyday A Memory Lace up your trainers, put your jacket on, spark up and go for a walk around town in the company of The 48ks new album “For Everyday a Memory” that’s out now and should be on every ones iPods or phones at least. The Doncaster lads have delivered an ace Northern Rock album full of Oasis riffs turned up a notch combined with Beatles-‐Esk vocals, which is always nice to hear. The 48ks deliver a natural home grown flavour that you couldn’t put on, what I mean by this is you can tell where the guys are from especially from their high voltage guitar whales and backing vocals that surround the uplifting tracks that talk about everyday British things like “sitting in the boozer” and “missing the bus home”, just many of the refreshing lyrics you’ll hear, making you feel glad to be English. Although I can see the guys potential and I can honestly say they’ve done a fantastic job on this album, however I can’t help but see these guys signing the songs in a pub, take that however you want to but I’m simply complimenting the band on pouring their heart and soul into this GREAT BRITISH RECORD! The albums out online now, you can also check them out on Spotify and if you do pay the subscription fee to Spotify you will be technically buying the album which Is certainly value for m oney, but buy the album it’s only £4.99! 48Ks “For Everyday a Memory”-‐ an instant classic! And a cracking debut!
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