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May 2022

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CRAIG GOULD "BURNED"

craiggouldmusic.com All of the profits from this release will be donated to CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably, a charity that Craig is very proud to be working in partnership with. Craig has already used his music to raise over £500 for mental health care within the UK, and that's just the start. "BURNED" will be available in digital format for streaming and purchase from all reputable online music sources from 11.05.22 Craig Gould's highly anticipated new single, "Burned" is released on May 11th and is yet another musical triumph for the renowned Americana/Folk singer. With a fist-thumping, toe-tapping, thigh-slapping drum beat, Craig has created the perfect drinking anthem. Drawing the listener in to the world of a boozy backstreet bar crammed full of like-minded folk looking for a release from normal life, close your eyes and you can almost smell the saw dust on the floor as you find yourself chanting along to the catchy chorus. Craig is a highly skilled storyteller, and he has managed to combine this with his musical skills to create yet another cracker of a track. Following on from "Captain Of The Seas", which reached number 4 on the iTunes UK Singer / Songwriter charts and also hit #1 in the Amazon Music Hot New Release Folk Chart. "Burned" is the third release before Craig's forthcoming debut album later this year. Get your dancing shoes on and make some memories to this joyous, upbeat stunner of a song.

The single "BURNED" is taken from the debut album "SONGS FROM THE CAMPFIRE" which will be released in SUMMER 2022 as part of Craig's groundbreaking musical project which aims to inspire considered and compassionate understanding around mental health illness in the UK. Artists on the recording: CRAIG GOULD: Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Slide Guitar, Mandolin T-BIRD JONES: Drums (The Swampmeat Family Band) JEZ JORDAN: Upright Bass CHRIS BALDWIN: Backing Vocals (Riding The Low, Tyrannosaur Film ) JACKSON LAKE: Backing Vocals ...and introducing... SONNY BRUCE GOULD with THE FINAL WORD! Produced: Miles Myserscough-Harris & Craig Gould Mixed & Mastered: MILES MYERSCOUGHHARRIS at UNDER THE APPLE TREE studios MUSIC NEWS MONTHLY



Meet FROW – the app building a community for vinyl lovers

Visit frow.live Having launched in February 2022, FROW is the new community-based app for vinyl collectors, crate diggers and music obsessives to share and discovery vinyl in a refreshed new way. Dig below FROW's surface and you'll find a place where organic discovery and curated recommendations mean more than suggestions from an algorithm. It is a place to discover your next favourite artist and connect with music creators and fans from around the world. FROW’s innovative format provides a virtual trophy case for vinyl enthusiasts, whilst connecting with likeminded individuals who appreciate the romanticism of music on vinyl. With the popularity of vinyl continuing to skyrocket, FROW taps into the thriving vinyl resurgence as the format continues its phenomenal pattern of growth. In the height of the digital age, an appreciation for the physicality of records and their ability to indulge listeners with a more mindful approach is proving to yield continued demand - 2021 marking the highest level of sales for 30 years, as vinyl made up a mega 23% of all albums bought. Exclusively designed to appeal and cater to record enthusiasts, the app’s features let you: ·Visually showcase your record collection to other users ·Discover the stories behind collector’s finds ·Meet like-minded people ·Live chat with collectors, record store owners and artists ·Live video shopping, where users can reach out to music creators and record store owners in real-time to participate in a more personal shopping experience.

Instagram: @frow.live Twitter:@FrowLive

As the buzz around FROW’s format builds, the platform has attracted the attention of a slew of musicians excited by the chance to build a community through FROW’s exclusive live performances and in-app chat. FROW have already brought in 100+ artists who release music on vinyl, including British rapper Kavo, DJ and producer Cassy, singer Raquel Martins and BARDO, the lead singer of acclaimed LA band Chicano Batman. FROW is the brainchild of Peyman Khanjan and Sébastien Villevet, who formed FROW in 2021 out of a desire to channel their combined love of music and technology into a dedicated social platform. Sébastien found his passion for music from a young age, eventually travelling the world in his eclectic discovery of live music. His record collection began in 2008 with a second hand find of a Strictly Rhythm Records collection on eBay and he hasn’t looked back since, growing a library of global influences from 90s techno to Japanese Fusion Jazz. Meanwhile, Peyman’s role as the technical lead seemed destined from early on. A passion for technology, ignited by 90s game consoles, led to self-taught coding and then a Masters’ Degree in Computer Science from the prestigious Queen Mary’s University. For Peyman, rap music was his first love and was his incentive to learn English, finding motivation in Dr. Dre and Eminem. FROW’s unique position as the place to build bridges between owners, buyers, fans and artists is a definitive capturing of the magic of vinyl – one that streaming cannot replace. Stay tuned for plenty more exciting new features, events and global opportunities planned throughout 2022 from this team of dynamic creatives.


JAMES BLUNT & JASON ZHANG ‘ADRENALINE’ Paul Samuels, VP A&R Atlantic Records UK, added: “Jason is an accomplished artist. This track allows him to build his presence across the globe, giving fans who might not have known about him the opportunity to discover his talent. For James, who has already established a strong presence in China, the track provides an exciting offering for his growing fan base in the region. Their voices blend so well on this memorable track; they both really hope the fans will love it.”

​ ritish icon James Blunt has teamed up with Jason Zhang, B one of China’s most accomplished music stars, for a special collaborative version of the sensational single “Adrenaline” – released via Warner Music Group. This special version of “Adrenaline” is a true partnership between two of the biggest artists in the world and a luxurious blend of James and Jason’s styles; Jason’s soft vocals perfectly offset with the richness of James’ signature vocal stylings, mixing perfectly as they take turns singing alternating verses on this infectious track. As one of four brand new offerings from James’ current greatest hits album, The Stars Beneath My Feet (20042021), “Adrenaline” is a driving pop tour de force produced by Loose Change that delivers yet another memorable chorus - a trait that has remained constant throughout James’ career and is a stunning addition to the greatest hits collection - a culmination of 17 years of prolific songwriting. Jonathan Serbin, Co-President of Warner Music Asia, said: “We are delighted to announce this collaboration between James and Jason as it puts together two of the biggest stars from the world’s largest music markets. Partnerships between Chinese and international artists are set to be a growing trend as international acts want to tap into the vast audiences here and local performers want to take their place on the global stage. Pairing these two iconic artists together means that we can further grow their global audience and amplify their success.”

With a combined following of 90 million across social media platforms and millions of sales to his name, Jason Zhang has spent almost two decades at the forefront of China’s mainstream music scene. Launching his career in 2004 after winning China’s reality singing competition My Show, Jason shot to further fame in 2007 after appearing on the audition program Super Boy on Hunan Television. In 2014, Jason’s name skyrocketed after he participated in Hunan Television’s hit show Singer; the iconic singing competition is opened only to renowned vocalists and came to international prominence after it was won by Jessie J. Winning audiences over with a perfected blend of pop gems and heartfelt, emotional ballads across a whopping 15 albums, the award-winning superstar’s international presence has seen him hold 65 concerts internationally in 34 different cities including London, Milan, LA, New York, Vancouver and Sydney. Taking home more than 190 accolades over the years, Jason has been crowned ‘Best Male Singer’ 21 times, ‘Most Popular Male Singer’ 33 times and has won the award for ‘Best Song’ more than 70 times. He was named Best Asian Artist at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in South Korea, and also became the first Chinese singer to win the prestigious International Artist Award at the American Music Awards. With this collaboration marking yet another phenomenal achievement for Jason, his stunning vocals are sure to see him making more meaningful connections with a global audience – expect more to come in 2022 and beyond.

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Sounding like they could have come out of Seattle in the '90s on Sub Pop, Crete, Greece's Prince Of Lilies recorded their debut album Vent (2021 Grunge Pop) with Nirvananoise guru Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, Illinois in just two days and all on analog tape. Vent received critical acclaim and is considered the first "grunge revival" album. Now they've returned with another new single "Free", once again produced by Albini, and it's accompanying video for their sophomore album Hurst out later this year.

Prince Of Lilies fuse grunge, punk, and thrashing garage rock and takes indie rock and gives it a well deserved punch in the face leaving it bloodied, raw and stunned replacing the smug self awareness with an injection of rock n roll spirit. Prince Of Lilies write dynamic pop songs with a hardcore edge, replacing slickness for a gritty live feel and punk attitude, managing to sound like they're actually playing in the corner of your bedroom threatening to tear a hole in your speakers.

Here's what the singer Pyn had to say about the track:

Being described by the press as "Nirvana meets Hüsker Dü" and "The sound of Kings Of Leon being abused by Nirvana",

Photo: Jen McCarthy

"Free is about finding that freedom that exists within you after being caged up by society for so long to the point where you've become a slave to it and you hate your life. When you find the way to break those chains on your feet and find that you actually have the power to take control of your own destiny, it's an experience worth shouting about. Who keeps you down? Who holds the key to your freedom? In the end, it's you and only you. You have the power to free your own self. It all starts in the mind." Check out the band at: www.Instagram.com/princeofliliesband www.Facebook.com/princeoflilies


AWOLNATION Diamond-selling recording act AWOLNATION today announced the tracklisting for their upcoming covers project My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers and Me, now available for pre-order, which will include collaborations with Beck, Jewel, Portugal. The Man and more. Today they also released "Beds are Burning (Featuring Tim McIlrath of Rise Against)," a new track from the album.

The album, which is set for a May 6, 2022 global release, is a fiercely collaborative and celebratory project, a collection of masterfully crafted and carefully curated covers, with each track featuring at least one acclaimed musical artist with whom AWOLNATION's founder Aaron Bruno has a personal connection. After crossing paths over the years at festivals and other shows, the band joined forces with Tim McIlrath of Rise Against to give a futuristic, raw, and In their exclusive reveal of the album's title and release date, gritty twist to the 1987 Midnight Oil classic. See the tracklisting Billboard spoke with Bruno about his core mission for this below. Pre-order the album across platforms starting today. collection of songs and collaborations: to illustrate the mental health benefits music brings and the connection within the artist A hypnotic and visually stunning animated music video was also community. Bruno will continue tackling this subject head on in a unveiled today to accompany the "Beds Are Burning" release. Showcasing a series of futuristic funky visuals, it amplifies the next- series of in-depth conversations with his collaborators generation approach to the reimagining of the song. The credits for throughout the album's campaign. the project are as follows: Directed and Edited by Jason Michael Hall, CG Assets; Editing and Compositing: Gingerbear Haus Studio Motion Today's release also comes with the official announcement that Capture Performance; Actors: Aaron Bruno and Jason Michael Hall. AWOLNATION is partnering with The Jed Foundation (JED) to continue having and amplifying these conversations about mental WATCH NOW. health that started during the pandemic. In 2020, Bruno started Marking today's release, Bruno gave a statement on what this song having organic, honest conversations about some of the mental means to him, "Ever since I was much younger, I would sing along to health challenges the world was facing during quarantine. On his social media, he spoke with a myriad of artists across genres, this song. The singer may have the coolest dance moves in music many of whom became his collaborators on this project. These video history. I think this song speaks for itself in terms of the message and meaning of the song. I was excited that Tim from Rise initial conversations sparked the partnership with JED, which is a leading mental health nonprofit. Both parties are excited to use Against performed on this one in particular, given the power and the album release to continue shedding light on this important influence his lyrics and music have had for so many years." topic, and a portion of the proceeds from the album will go to JED's mental health awareness efforts. More information about McIlrath said of the collaboration, "When I met Aaron years ago at one of our shows at the Coliseum in L.A., he disclosed his past time where and when fans can hear these conversations will be spent in hardcore bands, and we bonded over that. I've always been revealed in the coming weeks. a fan of his, both as a person and his music, so it was an easy decision to guest on his version of Midnight Oil's 'Beds Are Burning.' "Through our work, we see daily how starting conversations and It didn't hurt that I also love the song and all it stands for. I'm really sharing stories can break down the barriers and misunderstandings that leave too many people struggling in impressed with the ways in which he made it his own because it's silence," said John MacPhee, CEO of The Jed Foundation. "Music is not an easy song to reimagine." such a powerful mental health vehicle and we are excited to partner with Bruno to amplify this impact." Originally recorded by Midnight Oil, drummer Rob Hirst gave their stamp of approval, stating, "A tough new light on our old song! The To follow the covers project, AWOLNATION is currently working whistle near the end is a deft touch...congrats AWOLNATION and on a new album with original music, after most recently Tim on doing a brilliant job!" celebrating the 10th anniversary celebration of the group's platinum debut album Megalithic Symphony,which spawned the AWOLNATION'S first official offering from the project, a powerful reimagining of Scorpion's "Wind of Change,"featuring Portugal. The rare DIAMOND-certified "Sail", and releasing their 2020 album ANGEL MINERS & THE LIGHTNING RIDERS. Featuring the hit single Man and Brandon Boyd of Incubus, earned over 1M streams in its "The Best" and collaborations with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and first month of release and was accompanied by a striking visual Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, ANGEL directed by Amalia Irons. The video's imagery depicts waves of MINERS was the band's first album after signing to Better Noise nostalgia, weaving together different scenes that explore the full Music and was praised by both critics and fans upon release. spectrum of how the passing of time impacts everyone.


RETURN TO THE ROAD WITH FIRST LIVE SHOWS IN FOUR YEARS UK HEADLINE RUN BEGINS 18th AUGUST AT LONDON'S WEMBLEY ARENA

​ he Gaslight Anthem T has announced their return to the road with their first headline tour in four years. UK dates begin August 18th at London's Wembley Arena marking the band's biggest ever UK show to date, before a North American tour through September and October. The band is currently working on new music for their sixth LP; stay tuned for more info. "I am very pleased to announce to you all that The Gaslight Anthem is returning to full time status as a band," said frontman Brian Fallon in a recent social media post. "We're also beginning to write new songs for what will be our sixth LP. We're looking forward to the future and seeing you all again. We want to thank you for staying with us." Fan presale for the headline tour begins tomorrow at 10:00am local (PW: tga2022), while the public on-sale kicks off this Thursday, March 31st at 10:00am local. For complete details and ticket availability, please see www.thegaslightanthem.com. THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM UK & EUROPEAN TOUR 2022 AUGUST 9 - Berlin, DE - Columbiahalle 11 - Koln, DE - Palladium 12 - Eschwege, DE - Open Flair Festival 13 - Puttlingen, DE - Rocco del Schlacko 14 - Munchen, DE - Zenith 16 - Bremen, DE - Pier2 18 - London, UK - OVO Wembley Arena 19 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo 20 - Edinburgh, UK - O2 Academy 21 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy 23 - Dublin, IE - National Stadium 24 - Belfast, NI - The Telegraph Building

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PMAD PHOTO: KELSEY AYRES

"BROKEN"

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2022 SEPTEMBER 13 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre † 14 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre † 16 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic † 17 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Palladium † 18 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee Theatre † 20 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Union † 21 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore Auditorium † 23 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre † 24 - Minneapolis, MN - The Fillmore Minneapolis † 26 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre † 27 - McKees Rocks, PA - Roxian Theatre † 30 - Niagara Falls, NY - The Rapids Theatre ^ OCTOBER 2 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit ^ 4 - Boston, MA - MGM Music Hall at Fenway ^ 5 - Washington, DC - The Anthem ^ † w/ special guest Tigers Jaw ^ w/ special guest Jeff Rosenstock

The Gaslight Anthem is: Brian Fallon (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Alex Rosamilia (lead guitar, backing vocals), Alex Levine (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Benny Horowitz (drums, percussion, backing vocals). THEGASLIGHTANTHEM.COM

Irish solo artist P-Mad is back with his new single "Broken", which is the artist's third release. The track is a catchy number with a strong bass line, which is the backbone of "Broken" and provides a constant for the ear to follow. It starts with a dark, moody vocal arrangement, which develops throughout the track. In places, it reminded me of Sisters of Mercy. Backbeat is very catchy.The overall sound is a unique gothic rock-esque style with a dark undertone. Well worth a listen. The track is available wherever you stream your music from the 4th of April. Don't forget to check out P-Mad on social media at https://linktr.ee/pMadtheband


THE FINAL LINE-UP THREE INCREDIBLE STAGES OF LIVE MUSIC INCLUDING BBC MUSIC INTRODUCING MEADOWLANDS have announced the final additions to the Gerry Cinnamon headlined all-dayer. Taking place on the Friday (3rd June) of the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, Meadowlands is a brand new festival held at Nottingham's Victoria Embankment. Across three stages, MEADOWLANDS will play host to some of the nation's much loved and established live acts alongside some of the hottest bands to emerge over the last year. The BBC Music Introducing stage is curated by local radio legend Dean Jackson and will see some of the best local talent playing the biggest new music event in the county. Vona Vella, fresh from touring with Tim Burgess and The Libertines, join the line up alongside Marty, the band already turning heads after little more than a year together. Nottingham's Catmilk will bring their unique brooding folk combined with a hit of nostalgic 90s grunge and, coming over from Sheffield, The Rosadocs are already firm Introducing favourites along with Derby's Emzae who has crafted a unique style of intricate, homemade pop.

BBC Radio Nottingham's Dean Jackson says "I am thrilled to curate a BBC Introducing stage at Meadowlands and delighted that the team there are showing support for incredible local musicians to perform alongside rising national artists. Vona Vella and Catmilk are just two of the Nottingham artists who have my national colleagues really excited at present and Merseyside's Michael Aldag is an exceptional performer found on TikTok with perceptive emotional songs reflecting life in 2022. But there are plenty more; it will be a day to remember with The Embankment the perfect backdrop for this incredible event." New additions appearing on Stage Two are Liverpool band, RATS, promising to deliver a scruffy blast of direct and anthemic indie and Overpass from Birmingham, who ended 2021 with four releases, a debut UK headline tour and support slots with the likes of The Wombats, The Fratellis and The Snuts.



SEEVA "GEMINI MOON"

I produced this song to have a stadium feel with the ambition of having my own 'torches in the air' moment. It’s for those times where you just want to lie in bed or dance around the house feeling your feels at the top of your lungs.” With the release of his impeccable debut album, We Need to Talk, Seeva made a huge impact earning critical support for his electropop creations from the likes of ATTITUDE, ALT PRESS, and EQUATE MAGAZINE, while also being spotlighted on Live Nation’s Ones to Watch list. Seeva has fostered additional advocacy from key radio stations including BBC Radio 2’s Jo Wiley, Beats 1 Radio and BBC Introducing as well as BBC Radio 6 and Hoxton Radio Flex FM.

Back with another confessional tale, rising British-Asian queer creative Seeva rips open the wounds of a failing relationship on new release “Gemini Moon”. Following up the celestial “Twenty-Two” – released on Feb 22nd no less and supported by Gay Times, Ones to Watch, Noctis and Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist – “Gemini Moon” is the second single from Seeva’s forthcoming EP Afterthoughts and emerges as a powerhouse pop anthem. Dramatized to the fullest, “Gemini Moon” comes complete with sudden explosions of triumphant drums and climatic guitar solos, custom built for catharsis as Seeva’s signature nuanced songwriting captures the complications of adult relationships, queerness, heartbreak and redemption. Released with the single is the music video for “Gemini Moon” shot by award winning director, Tom Paul Martin; the perfect accompaniment to the track, Seeva’s emotional artistry shines in a show of masochist melodrama. Elevating the song with its cinematic videography, the timeless tale of a slowly fading relationship unravels as quick-cutting footage of homely vignettes are transformed into beautifully abstract images. In a statement about the single Seeva says: “I wrote this song with the ambition of having my own 'torches in the air' moment. I wrote it after having a revelation about a relationship that I was clinging on to, and much like my last single, it talks about the desperation I felt when I knew things were going to end.

Working diligently behind the scenes with the likes of Lily Moore and Matt Taylor, alongside continued support from the established British producers behind Dua Lipa, Tom Walker and Mabel, Seeva continues to prove his commercial appeal; his track “Worship” was handpicked for Footlocker's 'Voices of the Future' social campaign and he also holds continued partnerships with the Tate Gallery, where his achievements include crafting an original score for Andy Warhol’s 92nd birthday anniversary. Prelockdown, Seeva further developed his growing profile through festival placements at Brighton Pride, Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape street performances. Garnering a reputation as one of the most creative talents emerging out of the London queer scene, Seeva’s ability to deliver captivating, emotional tracks with as equally stunning visuals is leaving no doubt about his artistry – fans and critics alike will be sure to keep their eyes on this pop prospect.


SELF ESTEEM

ANNOUNCES 2023 'I TOUR THIS ALL THE TIME' TOUR​ INCLUDING HUGE LONDON HAMMERSMITH APOLLO SHOW SELF ESTEEM 2023 TOUR DATES 21st February - Junction, Cambridge, UK 23rd February - Asylum, Hull, UK 24th February - Rock City, Nottingham, UK 26th February - Olympia, Dublin, UK 27th February - Limelight, Belfast, UK 1st March - Albert Hall, Manchester, UK 2nd March - O2 Institute, Birmingham, UK 4th March - The Sage, Gateshead, UK 7th March - The Dome, Brighton, UK 9th March - Tramshed, Cardiff, UK 11th March - Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK SELF ESTEEM 2022 TOUR DATES

The 11 date run kicks off at Cambridge's Junction and culminates with a massive show at London's Hammersmith Apollo. Tickets are onsale from https://www.selfesteem.love/. Described as "a maximalist pop triumph" (The Observer, 5*), "Full of unabashed, unapologetic female rage" (The Telegraph, 5*) and "nothing short of revolutionary" (Evening Standard, 5*), a Self Esteem live show is not to be missed. A space for unbridled joy, dancing and emotional catharsis, there are plenty of opportunities to join the party across festivals including Glastonbury, TRNSMT, All Points East and many more this summer. Featuring the acclaimed singles 'I Do This All The Time,' 'Prioritise Pleasure', 'How Can I Help You' and 'Moody', Prioritise Pleasure is a remarkable step up from Rebecca Taylor's 2019 debut Compliments Please and sheds light on important issues around female autonomy, comparison culture, self-doubt, heartbreak, sexual assault, comparison culture and self-acceptance, comforted and counterbalanced with an array of rhythmic flourishes that speak to the eclecticism of her experience and influence. Self Esteem was nominated for the Best New Artist award at this year's BRIT Awards and is currently composing the soundtrack for the UK premiere of Suzie Miller's awardwinning play Prima Facie, starring Jodie Comer.

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3rd April - BBC Radio 6 Music Festival, Cardiff, UK 16th April - Stockton Calling Festival, Stockton-On-Tees, UK 24th April - DIY Alive Festival, Oval Space, London, UK (In conversation) 1st May - Sound City Festival, Liverpool, UK 6th May - Focus Wales Festival, Wrexham, UK 4th June - Mighty Hoopla Festival, London, UK 11th June - Kite Festival, Oxfordshire, UK 12th June - Syd for Solen Festival, Frederiksberg, Denmark 19th June - Bigfoot Festival, Middle Claydon, UK 24th June - Glastonbury Festival, Shepton Mallet,, UK 3rd July - Down The Rabbit Hole Festival, Ewijk, Netherlands 9th July - TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow, UK 13th July- Slottsfjell, Tonsberg, Norway 22nd July - Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK 23rd July - Tramlines Festival, Sheffield, UK 24th July - Standon Calling Festival, Royston, UK 30th July - Deer Shed Festival, Thirsk, UK 12th August - Boardmasters Festival, Cornwall, UK 14th August - Summer Well Festival, Buftea, Romania 19th August - All Points East Festival, London, UK 20th August - Pukkelpop, Hasselt, Belgium 21st August - Camp Bestival, Shropshire, UK 26th August - Victorious Festival, Portsmouth, UK 28th August - Connect Festival, Edinburgh, UK 04th September - Forwards Festival, Bristol, UK

Tickets are on sale at: www.selfesteem.love


ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME® INDUCTED ICONS & ROCK LEGENDS

DEF LEPPARD

ARE BACK WITH NEW ALBUM DIAMOND STAR HALOS ON 27TH MAY

Ready to ignite 2022, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame®-inducted icons and rock music legends Def Leppard return with their twelfth full-length album, Diamond Star Halos [UMe], on the 27th May 2022. It marks the band's first new work since 2015's chart-topping self-titled, Def Leppard. It is available for pre-order now in multiple configurations, including a Deluxe Edition, 2-LP Vinyl, Digital formats and more. Exclusive bundles including newly designed album merch have also launched. Pre-order on the band's official store. Stay tuned for the premiere of the music video very soon. Following the album's release, Def Leppard will co-headline the massive 36 city The Stadium Tour with Mötley Crüe joined by special guests Poison and Joan Jett. MUSIC NEWS MONTHLY

To herald the arrival of Diamond Star Halos, the UK quintet--Joe Elliott [vocals], Rick Savage [bass], Rick Allen[drums], Phil Collen [guitar], and Vivian Campbell [guitar]— have just shared a powerful and rip-roaring new rock single entitled "Kick." The song thrusts into an anthemic stadium-ready frenzy kickstarted with driving guitars and bombastic drums woven into its musical fabric. Meanwhile, the chorus has all the makings of another iconic Leppard hit with its skyscraping vocals and melodies the band has become synonymous for. The artwork for Diamond Star Halos is art in itself. The design follows pedigree with their instantly recognizable album covers from their celebrated past. With images by world renowned photographer and director Anton Corbijn, styling concepts by Maryam Malakpour and graphics by the UK based Munden Brothers, the design truly follows the band's influence through their eyes today. Over the past two years, Def Leppard recorded Diamond Star Halos simultaneously in three different countries with Joe in Ireland, Sav in England, and Phil, Vivian, and Rick in the United States. Without the pressure of timelines or a fixed schedule, they poured all of their energy into crafting 15 meaningful tracks with a mixture of classic spirit meets modern fire.


Photo Credit: Anton Corbijn

Thematically, they nodded to their earliest collective influences such as David Bowie, T. Rex, and Mott The Hoople, among others. The title itself notably references T. Rex's "Bang a Gong (Get It On)." However, they didn't embark on this journey alone. The multiGrammy award winning and legendary artist Alison Krauss lent her instantly recognizable and angelic voice to "This Guitar" and "Lifeless," while David Bowie pianist Mike Garson performs on "Goodbye For Good This Time" and "Angels (Can't Help You Now)." TOUR DATES: 6/16 Atlanta, GA Truist Park 6/18 Miami Gardens, FL Hard Rock Stadium 6/19 Orlando, FL Camping World Stadium 6/22 Washington, D.C. Nationals Park 6/24 Flushing, NY Citi Field 6/25 Philadelphia, PA Citizens Bank Park 6/28 Charlotte, NC Bank of America Stadium 6/30 Nashville, TN Nissan Stadium 7/2 Jacksonville, FL TIAA Bank Field 7/5 St. Louis, MO Busch Stadium 7/8 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field 7/10 Detroit, MI Comerica Park 7/12 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium 7/14 Cleveland, OH FirstEnergy Stadium

7/15 Cincinnati, OH Great American Ball Park 7/17 Milwaukee, WI American Family Field 7/19 Kansas City, MO Kauffman Stadium 7/21 Denver, CO Coors Field 8/5 Boston, MA Fenway Park 8/6 Boston, MA Fenway Park 8/8 Toronto, ON Roger's Centre 8/10 Orchard Park, NY Highmark Stadium 8/12 Pittsburgh, PA PNC Park 8/14 Minneapolis, MN U.S. Bank Stadium 8/16 Indianapolis, IN Lucas Oil Stadium 8/19 Houston, TX Minute Maid Park 8/21 San Antonio, TX Alamodome 8/22 Arlington, TX Global Life Field 8/25 Glendale, AZ State Farm Stadium 8/27 Inglewood, CA SoFi Stadium 8/28 San Diego, CA Petco Park 8/31 Seattle, WA T-Mobile Park 9/2 Vancouver, BC BC Place 9/4 Edmonton, AB Commonwealth Stadium 9/7 San Francisco, CA Oracle Park 9/9 Las Vegas, NV Allegiant Stadium

PRE ORDER HERE: defleppard.lnk.to/DiamondStarHalos


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O2 CITY HALL NEWCASTLE 25/04/22

Review by David Weddle

It is hard to believe that it has been over 25 years since the inception of rock legends Skunk Anansie, yet here we are celebrating this landmark moment with a massive 22 song setlist. Skunk Anansie, known for their hard and heavy guitar and drums mixed with the unique and powerful vocal style of lead singer Skin, made their mark on the music scene in the early 90s and have spent the last quarter of a century showing off their awesomeness to crowds across the globe. We caught their show in Newcastle upon Tyne at the O2 City Hall. The show was opened by two support acts, Canadian-British post-punk duo Shelf Lives and dark pop act Holocene.

Holocene kicked off proceedings with a great seven-song set. They woke up the audience and got a real buzz going in the room before making way for the second act of the night, Shelf Lives, who rocked the house and got the crowd warmed up nicely for the headliners Skunk Anansie. Both Shelf Lives and Holocene have been building a hardcore following and are sure to have expanded that fanbase on this tour. The atmosphere in the City Hall was building and you could feel the excitement in the air as the house lights went down. Drummer Mark Richardson was first on stage, quickly followed by guitarist Ace and bass player Cass, along with the awesome Erika Footman hitting the keys. They got to work quickly, blasting out the first track, ' Yes It's Fucking Political'. When singer Skin hit the stage dressed in black with an incredible visually theatrical headdress, the crowd went wild with joy. Skin made good use of the theremin and the Newcastle crowd loved it. The band upped the ante with superbly energetic renditions of "I Can Dream," with Skin asking the audience, "Where's my circle?" and the ever popular "Weak," which she dedicated to all the fans who have shown their support throughout the recent pandemic.

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Alongside their classic tracks like "Twisted (Everyday Hurts)" and "Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)", which are sure fire winners with any SA audience, the band also gave us a real treat with newer music like "This Means War", and the latest single, "Can't Take You Anywhere".


The obligatory encore was well worth sticking around for. The band topped off the show with the new track "Piggy", the well loved "Brazen (Weep)" and a cover of AC/DC's "Highway To Hell". The final song of the night was "Little Baby Swastikka," another classic from their extensive ouvre.

Here's to the next 25 years.

PHOTO: D WEDDLE 2022

There isn't really any show like a Skunk Anansie show, and the band outdid themselves with a highenergy, top notch performance. Even after over 25 years, the band doesn't appear to be taking their foot off the pedal and has never sounded so good. It's been a long time coming and, like most performances, suffered delays due to COVID, but this tour was well worth waiting for.

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Support provided by Australian rockers The Stroppies. Find out more about them at facebook.com/Thestroppies For more update on Paul Weller and his band head over to www.paulweller.com

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Support provided by Australian rockers The Stroppies. Find out more about them at facebook.com/Thestroppies For more update on Paul Weller and his band head over to www.paulweller.com

Photos by D.Weddle 2022


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O2 CITY HALL NEWCASTLE 16/04/22 As with most musicians recently, Paul Weller has had to postpone his tour for the last two years. Following on from the release of his highly anticipated album "Fat Pop". Fear not, however, as the MOD Father himself has not lost any of his style or talent during this time. His musical prowess is as apparent now as it ever has been. With support from Australian rock quartet The Stroppies, who put on a stunning performance and warmed up the crowd nicely for Paul Weller. Showcasing their own unique sound, including tracks like "Entropy" and "Cellophane Car", the band went down well with the audience, which continued to flow into the historic music hall. Taking to the stage on the first of a two-night stint at O2 Newcastle City Hall, Paul made it clear to the sold-out crowd that it was going to be a long set to rapturous applause.

Review by David Weddle

Kicking off the night with "White Sky", with not one but two drummers thumping the tubs and each bass drum decorated with the Ukrainian flag, Paul and his crew showed us all why he is one of the best in the business. Playing a near 30 track setlist with hits like "Wild Wood" and "Start". The Jam and The Style Council rock icon had the audience rocking out from every corner of the room. While his band gave it their all and created a stunning sound that filled the room and boosted the spirits of the Geordie fans, Paul also showed off his multi-skilled musical abilities as he took to the keys for "Woo Sé Mama" and also "You Do Something To Me" during the encore. With a 45 year career, it is not surprising that Paul was able to cram so much into 2 hours and still leave the crowd hungry for more. The packed City Hall was not left disappointed, though, after watching the main man belt out classics like "Changing Man", "A Town Called Malice" and the aptly titled "That's Entertainment." A solid performance from one of the true legends of rock.


Support provided by Australian rockers The Stroppies. Find out more about them at facebook.com/Thestroppies For more update on Paul Weller and his band head over to www.paulweller.com

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Olivia Rodrigo LIVE AT ARMORY - MINNEAPOLIS

Triple Grammy award winner Olivia Rodrigo wowed the crowd at a sold out gig at Armory in Minneapolis with support from Gracie Abrams. On the back of her recent success, Olivia is currently touring the US on her hit filled Sour Tour. Olivia winds up the US leg of the tour in San Francisco on May 27th before embarking on a European tour starting with Germany on June 11th. With a full set list featuring fan faves like "drivers license", "good for you" and "traitor", were complimented with covers of Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" and Veruca Salt's "Seether". Jackson James headed down to the venue to grab a few awesome shots of the show. Check them out here.

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"HOMESICK" After touring the UK in 2021, SEA GIRLS are hitting it hard in 2022. Their brand new thirteen track album "Homesick" has finally dropped. The highly anticipated second album which follows on from their stunning debut "Open Up Your Head", is being supported with a series of intimate shows. The lads will showcase "Homesick" to fans up and down the UK. The album is a knockout from start to finish. SEA GIRLS have already released several tracks over the last few months, alongside official videos for "Hometown", "Lonely" and the epic hit "Sick", all of which have gone down well with their fans who will definitely not be left disappointed with "Homesick". There is plenty to choose from depending on how you feel in this album. "Again Again" feels like an extension of the epic single "Sick". It's a great track which keeps the toes tapping but could equally fill a stadium with its anthemic sound. Whereas "Lucky" has a more gritty sound with mature, thought provoking lyrical content. A proper stunner. Their sound has developed over recent years as their fanbase continues to grow. Front man Henry Camamile puts in a solid performance from start to finish, his energy and vocal ability is mirrored in his live performance which we were lucky enough to witness first hand last year. The whole band contribute equally as much to create their own, unique SEA GIRLS ​sound.

The album is packed full of greatness. It has the right balance of both happiness and sadness with a sprinkling of alt pop rock magic that makes "Homesick" a must listen album. The "Outstore" shows kick off in May at the following venues: 2nd May - Leeds The Wardrobe (Crash Records) 3rd May - Manchester Gorilla \r 4th May – Liverpool Arts Club (Out of Phase Records)\r 5th May – Preston Blitz (Action Records)\r 7th May – Dundee The Church (Assai Records)\r 8th May – Sheffield Foundry (Bear Tree Records)\r 10th May – Bristol The Fleece (Rough Trade)\r 11th May – Bournemouth Old Firestation (Vinilo Records)\r 12th May – Kingston Pryzm (Banquet Records) 14th May - Oxford O2 Academy (Truck Records)\r 15th May – Nottingham Rescue Rooms (Rough Trade) 16th May - Newcastle Boiler Shop\r Tickets are available at: seagirls.lnk.to/outstores


SEE YOU IN RENO "MIRRORS" EP

It has been nearly a year since Essex quartet See You In Reno released their EP "Mirrors", so we figured it was about time we gave it a spin. The E.P. has a strong start with "Atlas", giving you no illusions as to their ability to rock out. See You In Reno are undoubtedly partial to a bit of fast, heavy guitar and this is evident throughout the record. Each track brings its own distinct qualities to the party. The standout tracks for me, however, are "Nomad", which really gives the vocals a chance to shine, and "The Snake And The Worm", which kicks off with glorious guitar work. The whole EP is full of aggressive vocals with hard hitting drum work and awesome bone crunching bass topped off with stunning guitar.

When it comes to this style of music See You In Reno have it all and know exactly how to use it. Aggression with a purpose rather than aggression for the sake of it. Each track evokes an emotive response which is definitely a skill not every band has. The saying goes, 'Leave them wanting more.' See You In Reno certainly did just that. A very strong performance from each element of the band, who created a well rounded EP, having developed their sound since their 2014 E.P. "Masks", staying true to their roots while upping the bar at the same time. "Mirrors" is available to stream right now. Don't forget to follow them on their social media.

CLUB PARADISE "COLLETTE"

It has been a little while since Club Paradise released any new music but fear not as the band have not been resting on their laurels. In fact they have spent much of the last six months touring with the likes of The Magic Gang, JAWS and Casey Lowry and have filled their 2022 calendar so full with gigs and festival slots that it is amazing that they have found the time to bring you lucky people an epic festival ready anthem with their new track "Collette". The track is a sure fire crowd pleaser, with Club Paradise showing off their musical prowess. Starting slow and building to an epic crescendo which grabs your lugs and gives them a good old clear out. Toe tapping is obligatory throughout, in fact you'd be hard pushed to stop your toes from moving. The hook gets in your head and will linger after the song has ended. Club Paradise have earned their stripes and deserve every bit of success that is surely coming their way. "Collette" would be a welcome addition to any playlist so make sure it is on yours. The band are playing so many gigs this year that they will probably be playing near you at some point soon so make sure you take the opportunity to see them live. "Collette" is available to stream right now.


CHASING AUGUST "WANDERLUST"

Review by David Weddle

GHOST New album "IMPERA"

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The Swedish rock band Ghost have just released their highly anticipated fifth studio album "Impera". Here is what we thought of it.

The running theme throughout the album is the rise and fall of empires. Amazingly, this is the first Ghost record I have listened to, and wow, what an introduction to the band. The album has a short atmospheric intro which starts the listening journey off well and leads the ear to the first full length song, "Kaisarion", which is a stunning track. There is only one way I can think of to describe it. Imagine taking No Prayer For The Dying era Maiden, The Darkness and The Wildhearts, combining their own unique sounds, and there you have it. That is what Kaisarion reminds me of. Seriously good work from Ghost. The whole album makes for a heart-pounding full on metal assault at times, with anthemic power ballad style vocals and guitars throughout.

The band seem to have taken the best that the genres have to offer and thrown it all at this album. There is the eighties hair metalesque "Spillway" and the fantastically heavy and dark single "Hunter's Moon". Ghost have dug deep and created what could be the perfect album. With something for everyone, it is difficult to find anything to pick at. "Impera" really does have it all. Ghost are incredibly versatile and incredibly talented. If you have yet to hear Ghost then "Impera" is a great album to showcase the band. It's available to stream right now wherever you stream your music.

Midlands-based alt rockers Chasing August are back with their latest single, "Wanderlust". The track is both distinctively different thanks to some pretty awesome vocals and comfortingly familiar with an edgy rocky feel that keeps the ear engaged and the mind chilled. 'Wanderlust" is versatile. It lends itself equally to a chill-out playlist as it would to a festival stage with its anthemic chorus and stunning instrumentals. There is gorgeous guitar work that is backed up with a solid bass line and hard hitting drums showing that Chasing August are without a doubt a class act. This is a song for those long summer days that make you feel like you can do anything and would most certainly brighten up any day. Visit the band's linktree for more information. linktr.ee/Wearechasingaugust


Swedish rockers from INSAMMER releases new album called 'Black Art

Progressive Trad-Metal Trio SLEEPLESS Releasing Host Desecration in April on Metal Warrior Records

Swedish rockers INSAMMER has released a new album called 'Black Art'. A masterpiece of 11 tracks of total guitar and drums madness, filled with moments of relentless energy throwing back to their punk and rock roots to visionary moments of modern alternative. INSAMMER vocalist Vika says: "Our third album 'Black Art' is a powerful and strong statement of the modern world. We spent almost a year in the studio during pandemic period, we wrote over 40 songs and had to choose from them. We took 11 tracks of pure rock vibrations with excellent lyrics to rock the house. For the first time in our career, we truly put it all out there. The album's lead single, "Black Art", is about dark times on the internet and hard situations on the political stage. We are all in the process of transformation".

Progressive Trad-Metal trio SLEEPLESS - featuring former members of underground death metal pioneers Dead Conspiracy - have signed with the Netherlands' Metal Warrior Records and will release full-length debut album Host Desecration on CD format April 15. A limited edition (500 copies) vinyl LP version will be released on June 21. After the enthusiastic response to the Blood Libel EP, the Netherlands' Metal Warrior Records approached the band about fleshing out the EP into a nine-song full length! "We never stop writing, so we kept pounding until the work was complete, and Host Desecration starts right where we left off," says guitarist/founder Eric Sexton-Dorsett. "Exploring the darkest reaches of the rational mind with a no-rules, metal passion that cannot be stopped!" Pre-orders: CD (April 15) Vinyl LP (June 21): https://www.metalwarriorrecords.com

Line-up: Eric Sexton-Dorsett - All Rhythm Guitars, Bass Guitar Kevin Hahn - Vocals, Lead guitars Eric Detablan - Drums instagram.com/sleepless_metal - sleeplessmetal.bandcamp.com metalwarriorrecords.com


LUGUS "Marble gods"

Artwork by Duchy Man Valderá

Combining their StadiumReady Indie Rock core with 90s Dance and a future female Pop Superstar, The Publics are reborn with ‘Marathon In Heels’

Review by David Weddle - Instagram @davidmusicnm

Cuban metal band Lugus have just released their debut album "Marble Gods". Eight tracks and a little over 40 minutes long, the album has a surprisingly large amount of awesomeness crammed into it. For a debut album, "Marble Gods" is an absolute triumph.

The genre itself divides popular opinion, but with the skill and creativity shown by Lugus on this record, it is undeniable that this is a record that can easily find itself sitting comfortably in any collection. Combine the solid, speedy riffs and the hard-hitting drums with the classic Death Metal vocal style that match any other band out there today. It's quite astounding how good this sounds and the production is absolutely spot on.

Defining this just as death metal is a bit misleading. Musically, Lugus are very much heavy metal, albeit on the thrashy side of the genre. The title track, "Marble Gods", is a prime example of this. The album gets heavier with each track. Without doubt, the heaviest track is "Grace The Skies", with its earbleedingly loud drums from the outset, Lugus gives the old tubes a good clear out. Pulling back on the heaviness for a light instrumental interlude, "The First Flame" is short but well timed and gives a moment of calm before taking you into the final track of the album, "Lord Of Cinder". A solid debut from the Cuban metallers. "Marble Gods" is definitely worth listening to again. Check it out wherever you stream your music.

Following a high-profile support slot at The Reytons’ Album launch party in November 2021, Mansfield-based Indie rockers, The Publics, released their first single of 2022, ‘Marathon In Heels’ on 25/02/22. Influenced by 2000s Indie powerhouses such as Catfish and the Bottlemen and Arctic Monkeys, the new five-piece line up of The Publics, combine aspects of 90s dance and current female pop artists, such as Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo, with their traditional, catchy riffs and powerful choruses. Marathon In Heels is fuelled with themes of regret and the need for change, portrayed using soaring gang vocals and an unforgettable riff that encourages togetherness as audiences sing their hearts out and dance until their heels break. The single was recorded at Electric-Bear Studios in the band’s hometown of Mansfield using a mixing desk previously owned by the legendary Sir Elton John. The group hope that the single can propel them into the limelight and show what Nottingham has to offer; to not only their noisy northern neighbours in Sheffield and the rest of the UK Indie Rock Scene. Upcoming Headline Gigs: 09/04/2022 – Newcastle, Head of Steam 01/05/2022 – Nottingham, Rough Trade Instagram: @ThePublicsOfficial


NIGHT SWIMS Debut album "IDLEWILD" linktr.ee/Nightswims

‘Idle/Wild’ is an exquisitely textured and finely crafted debut which has earned early recognition, praise and radio play in the States from Buzzbands LA, who described the album as ‘an expansive collection of atmospheric rock’. (Kevin Bronson, February 23rd 2022). Explains Michael, ‘I began writing songs at the start of the pandemic. I had been in bands that often lacked direction or had lacklustre songwriting, so I decided to start seriously writing songs for my own project. Over a period of about 11 months I wrote upwards of 100 songs, at which point I narrowed them down to the 10 that appear on ‘Idle/Wild’. This then led to Michael recruiting his friend, now bassist in Night Swims, Dave Savoian; the pair then began shaping the demos ‘into something more refined.’Night Swims’ inclusion of their drummer / percussionist Nathan Atwood rounded out the group, which was then completed with the addition of guitarist Tim Powers. Finding just the right group dynamic, talent, and creative force which enabled the band to release such an astonishingly accomplished debut as ‘Idle/Wild’ is a result of their painstaking attention to detail both musically and lyrically, which arose from a strong desire not to settle for the mediocre. ‘In creating the album, we never settled, and it shows’, confirms bassist Dave Savoian. ‘As a band, he says, ‘we all challenge one another without hesitation, and that reflects in what we do’. Thankfully, the stars aligned to bring about an album that is richly textured and immersive and above all, resonates with anyone who has loved, felt lost, wandered in the wilderness, and been restored and renewed - which is probably most of us at one time or another. “I believe what is special about what we have created is that we all come from different backgrounds and with various influences, yet managed to find each other in a relative way when it comes to making music. We each play how the music speaks to us, and that elevates what we do”, says Michael.

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San-Diego-based Night Swims is the personal project of Ohio-raised songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist Michael Thomas, whose life followed a somewhat bohemian path that included stints lived in Chicago and Ireland before relocating to San Diego, California, where he now lives. Michael began writing the songs on what was to become the debut album ‘Idle/Wild’, as a means to address his past mistakes and future hopes into music.

‘Idle/Wild’ IS special - it’s an intensely moving and personal album, which is what lends it such importance; it asks us to listen to it. The lush sonic landscapes and poetic lyrics create a space for the listener to be drawn into Michael’s violet-tinted world, where we are invited to share in the complexities and joys of his journey thus far. Of the songs that appear on the album, he says ‘I didn’t necessarily want to say anything specific, I just wanted to tell my story. If someone gets something out of that which is relatable, all the better. My songs are quite personal, and it took a long time for me to be able to write down my life as of this point with brash honesty.’ ‘Idle/Wild’ contains the notable lead single ‘Neverless’, a track which delves into the themes of possessing the courage to be unflinchingly honest. ‘Neverless’ is about ‘confronting one’s past relationships and living with accountability at all costs’ he explains, ‘even if that means moving on without forgiveness’Acceptance of the human condition and providing an accurate reflection of its tapestry of experiences without any attempt to escape from those parts of ourselves or moments we’d rather forget, is the impetus for much of Michael’s songwriting on ‘Idle/Wild’. ‘Idle/Wild’ is an artistically unique album which gently bends and then crosses the traditional boundaries of alternative and indie genres to be inclusive of numerous others, such as rock, gospel, Americana, Psychedelia, Punk and R&B, woven into a work of true originality and beauty as a lasting testament to the reality of pain, human infallibility, and the transformative power of truth. It is also a testament to the equally transformed and talented people who initiated its creation. Night Swims’ debut album ‘Idle/Wild’ is available to listen to / purchase now on Bandcamp and major digital streaming platforms - go listen and be immersed in the magic of their music.


CRAIG GOULD RELEASES THE SUMMER DRINKING ANTHEM OF 2022!!!

"BURNED"

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New Maryland-Based Rock Band YUTZI Release Biggest Single, ‘GIVE ME THE BLAME’

In one year as a band, going from playing backyard parties to headlining some of the best rock music venues in the region, YUTZI [Pronounced: YUTE-zee], is now one of the hottest emerging rock bands on the east coast and prepares to release their biggest single to-date, ‘Give Me The Blame’. Give Me The Blame, the title track of YUTZI’s upcoming 3rd EP, is a song about the difficulty of leaving a relationship to pursue your dreams. Lead singer, Tom Starr wrote the song to channel emotions he had been feeling after moving on from a relationship to pursue his dream of becoming a successful touring musician. YUTZI’s sound is explosive, soulful, and versatile; their hard bluesy-rock sound conjures the likes of Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, or The Black Keys, their psychedelic flare will remind listeners of Jimi Hendrix or Pink Floyd, and their softer ballads and folkier rock songs might give impressions of The Beatles or Cat Stevens. Give Me The Blame features guitars, drums, keyboards, bass, saxophone, cello, viola, violins, and multiple vocalists, and marks the band’s evolution into a more mainstream, commercial sound. After a busy first year; releasing 10 songs on streaming platforms, receiving radio play, getting a song placed in a featured documentary film, releasing a full-length music video, booking music festivals, and watching crowd sizes grow into the hundreds, YUTZI prepares to embark on its mid-Atlantic “Give Me The Blame” tour, with stops at historic venues in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Raleigh, and Richmond. Give Me The Blame’s accompanying NPR Tiny Desk Contest video will debut one week after the song’s April release.

YUTZI was formed by childhood friends and elementary school rock band-mates Tom Starr (Vocals, Guitar) and Austin Lasky (Drums), and named after their first music teacher, Mr. Yutzy

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SERUKSESSIONS RELEASES 2 "head-bopping" NEW SINGLES "Never In Doubt" is a song with a unique approach to a typical trap sound. With R&B harmonies on a trap beat, it's something that the UK scene is yet to hear to this degree and quality. Seruksessions sound is bringing a new wave that is not to be slept on. "Tumblin' Down" is believed to be a song of a new sound. It is a very unique harmonic sound with layers on a melodic trap beat, exploring both artist's rap and singing capability. The last verse was completely freestyled between both artist's, going back and forth in dialogue form. The up-and-coming musician, Seruksessions, impresses with his 2 new singles Never In Doubt and Tumblin' down. instagram: @seruksessions @6ray5ackey

Leeds 3-piece alternative-rock band, Honeycub have recently dropped their brand new single "Battleground". Available wherever you stream your music. Check out their website for details: www.honeycubofficial.com Alien Feelings from Wales, UK just dropped their second single "Good Looking" from their forthcoming debut album and it has BritPop-sleaze written all over it. The accompanying video is a sleazy rock and roll party of misfits in itself, with Zombie strippers and wacky characters set in a retro strip club.

Bristol-based emo punkrock three-piece Trashed recently released their upcoming single Decay, taken from their debut fulllength album Happy In Hindsight due later this year.

Rising singer songwriter Peri Rae lays bare her innermost thoughts and feelings on debut EP Handing You My Heart.

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From the English sea side town of Hastings, Frank From Blue Velvet have come a long way from entertaining pub crowds with their own "strange country" styled cover versions. Theirs is a world of corrupt morals and flawed human nature.

‘Fool’s Gold’ is the debut E.P from the Hertfordshire band which has already spawned three singles; the raw and energetic ‘The Silence’, the intensely melodic ‘Heroine’ and powerful and enigmatic ‘Know Thyself’. The E.P is full of atmospheric melodies, rolling grooves and dark and hypnotic vocals. linktr.ee/LyonessBand

Is this the sermon of a paranoid cult leader or a prophecy that's becoming all too clear? "Get your guns, we're in for a bumpy ride", doomsday pronunciations are backed with a gospel choir, post punk distortion, banjo licks and orchestral stabs. Check it out at: hwww.propertyofthelost.co.uk/lost017dd

Oktaf Kanis, is an Indonesian indie rock musician with an alternative rock feel, recently released his newest single "Come On" which can be enjoyed on a number of digital music platforms. Follow Oktaf on Instagram: @@popeblue_

Essex-based rock four-piece Palps are pleased to announce the release of their debut album 'Black Heart' on October 7th 2022. Prior to the album's release comes its next single 'Consequences', the third chapter of the album's story, featuring guest vocals from Kirstie McEwen. instagram@palpsband

Metal legends Wolfsbane have just revealed the artwork to their forthcoming album "Genius". Pre order your copy right now at: www.wolfsbaneband.com


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