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Thanks for picking up the 2015 Fresher Special Issue of Southampton Music Magazine, your one stop guide to the best music in the city. If you’re new to these parts then welcome, if you’re familiar with the city already then you will know what a vibrant and varied music scene we have, there really is something for everyone! In this year’s issue we get the lowdown on a new festival for Southampton and brace ourselves for 30+ alternative acts in the name of iNDEPENDENCE. We also get to chat to true musical pioneer in Neil Barnes, better known to you and I as Leftfield. We catch up with Bridgend superstars Bullet For My Valentine who are back with a new LP and ready to rock the O2 Guildhall. We talk 15 years of Teenage Dirtbag with the nicest guy in pop-punk Brendon B Brown of Wheatus and we ask some silly questions to Skindred. And last but not least we speak to cheeky pop-punkers Bowling For Soup who are returning to the UK just when you thought it was all over! All this plus previews, listings and announcements for all of the best venues and events in the area and a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Skindred at the O2 Guildhall.

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Roll up Southampton, there’s a new festival in town. The very first iNDEPENDENCE Festival is almost upon us and it looks set to be a cracking day full of some top notch bands and the best thing about it – it’s indoors! This summer hasn’t really lived up to its sun-kissed promises so the idea of extending our festy season just a little while longer, without having to pull our wellies on is looking pretty bloomin’ appealing. Taking up residency at the University of Southampton, the festivities will be spread across 4 stages throughout the University’s SU buildings. Absolutely jam-packed with the crème de la crème of the UK’s independent music scene there’s guaranteed to be more than enough to keep even the most music savvy hipster happy. With massive sets already announced from the likes of The Rifles, The Wytches, The Sunshine Underground and East India Youth if that’s not enough for you the festival will also be showcasing the best in local and unsigned talent with bands such as Fever, Brother Goose, Kassassin Street, Cavaliers and Sean McGowan sprinkled lavishly across the stellar line up. But don’t worry, if the excitement gets too much, there’s also a lighter stage sandwiched in between the madness, for some chilled vibes in those moments where you just need a time out.

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One band we’re particularly excited to see return to Southampton is Toy. These London lads borrow from shoegaze, Krautrock and classic psychedelia to make pulsating, hypnotic music. Formed in 2010 their music is synth-heavy with distorted raw guitar riffs, smooth deep Robert Smith-esque vocals, chiming keys and slick, tight drums combining elements of early electro and indie rock. Toy manage to inspire a unique sound although there is a slightly shoegazey, strongly post-punk aesthetic that surrounds them with the vocal ability of Joy Division, the catchy pop hooks of Pulp and a heavy air of The Smiths. Frontman Tom Dougall tells us exactly why he’s excited to appear at iNDEPENDENCE… What’s your favourite thing about festivals? We like playing to new audiences and festivals are a great opportunity for people to come and see us if they haven’t already. How do festival audiences compare to audiences at your own shows? They are maybe dressed a little differently. We don’t see many people wearing wellies at our own shows. Is a new album on the cards soon? Yes it is. We’re recording soon outside of London before we go into the studio to do the record, which we’re excited about. What are you most looking forward to about playing iNDEPENDENCE Festival? We’ve only played Southampton a few times so it’ll be great to go back.

And if you’re still going after all the bands have finished, Lennon’s favourite indie clubnight Club Psychedelia will take the reins in The Cube from 10.30pm until 3am with guest DJ sets and non-stop bangers to ensure the party rages on. Club Psychedelia is the antidote to mundane limp-wristed club nights. It’s a nostalgia trip that discards frills and peripheral gimmicks which pays homage to the great craftsmen of the golden ages as well as showcasing some of the best current touring bands so it’s the perfect way to end the day. “I really love the idea of a one dayer, it’s not such a big commitment for people and November is a great time to have it as its gives everyone something to look forward to after the main festival season has ended.” says festival organiser Tom Dyer

“I’d noticed a few similar events around the country, as well as Southampton’s music scene really moving forward in the last few years; it felt like the time was right for an event like independence.” Having personally booked each band appearing we’re betting that Tom has the inside track on exactly who we should see… “I’d say The Wytches are up there, it’s great seeing bands that have played Southampton previously really growing over the past few years to come back and play much bigger stages. Blossoms also, after recently signing a huge record deal, I think that’s a band that everyone will want to see at the festival. East India Youth is going to be great, he’s not played the city since receiving a mercury music prize nomination last year so we are very happy to have him on the line up. We have something for everyone really; some of the more established bands like The Rifles and The Sunshine Underground are going to be fantastic. Lots of bands lower down the line up, like The Big Moon & Yak will be ones that everyone looks back at in a year or so with a lot of familiarity.”

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Still not convinced? Here’s our one-stop A-Z guide to ALL the bands announced so far: Bel Esprit: a big helping of Warhol-inspired artistry and this year’s winners of the Unsigned Bands competition Blossoms: Gentle, jangly pop based music supporting flowing vocal melodies that soothe the soul Brother Goose: A combination of the best parts of indie and disco music Cavaliers: Upbeat, driving rock perfect for bringing a sense of summer to November Cold Ocean Lies: Crunchy, ambitious indie-rock supplied by intricate guitar work and a powerful dynamic East India Youth: Ambient synth based pop with impressive vocal performances Ekkah: Dance beats, soft and soulful vocals mixed with intricate synthesizer melodies Faux: Local ‘dirty-pop’ giants playing tunes that it’s hard not to sing along with Fever: indie-rocker quartet playing catchy tunes with wailing guitar solos Hannah Lou Clark: Experimental singer-songwriter with a powerful indie voice Jack Francis: Gentle acoustic folk music telling a soulful story with each chord, tinged with Americana Kagoule: Huge rhythmic anthems performed by one of the tightest live bands in the country Kassassin Street: Psychedelic synth-punk with catchy riffs and subtle hints of funk New Desert Blues: Atmospheric stadium anthems that leave audiences in awe Peluche: Feelgood rhythms, warming vocal harmonies and an explosively fun live show Puppy: Genre crossing trio, contrasting between gentle indie verses and massive metal breakdowns Sean McGowan: Meaningful, emotionally charged acoustica, by local singer-songwriter hero Shannon Wardrop: Punchy singer-songwriter backed by powerful three piece rock band Stirling: Classic indie-rock; fast paced, singalong vocals and a solid live band to back it all up Tangerines: Old school rock ‘n’ roll with distorted vocals and the jangliest guitars this side of The Beatles The Big Moon: Passionate vocals soaring above hard and fast rock The Black Tambourines: Indie-punk guaranteed to have the whole room jumping and shaking THE CROOKES: SLYLY CRAFTED, SLIGHTLY MELANCHOLIC, MODERN INDIE POP The Rifles: Indie power-pop favourites, with chirpy beats and big choruses The Sunshine Underground: Masters of all things indie-rock; expect raunchy basslines and floor-filling synth leads The Wytches: Dark and intense rock trio packing a wall of emotional sound Tigercub: Roaring distorted rock full of industrial guitar licks and complex rhythms Theo Verney: Thundering basslines intertwined with twirling guitars and catchy lyrics Toy: Atmospheric shoe-gazers providing psychedelia at its finest Vicki Mussellwhite: The most soulful voice on the South coast, accompanied by gentle guitar chords Yak: Angular garage rock with Bowie-esque twists and great riffs for dancing

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Leftfield are undoubtedly one of the most influential names in dance music. Forming in 1989 and quickly building the entire genre of Progressive House, they are often called the saviours of house music. Starting off by inventively remixing huge songs such as David Bowie’s ‘Jump They Say’, the band first broke through with their debut album ‘Leftism’ in 1995. The album is still seen as a landmark of the 90’s dance scene, reaching out to music fans across the globe and channelling dance music out of the underground scene and into the consciousness of not just dance fans, but rockers, metallers, ravers and punks. It’s no wonder it’s been voted as one of the greatest albums of all time many times. ‘Leftism’ was succeeded by the bands sophomore effort ‘Rhythm and Stealth’ which saw the band top the UK charts and provided a matured sound. The music had taken a darker turn, filled with thundering basslines and harsher beats. Despite the overwhelming reaction to the band, who by this point were headlining festivals and breaking sound systems all over the world, Leftfield called it a day in 2002 to the dismay of thousands of party-goers. In 2010 Leftfield returned for a few live shows. Following the incredibly positive reaction to the shows, main man Neil Barnes breathed new life into the ashes of Leftfield and began working on demos for a brand new album, with a not-so-new partner in crime, Adam Wren who engineered Leftfield’s earlier albums but stepped in to fill the gap left by the departure of Paul Daley. Then, on 8th June this year, the world was treated to something marvellous; the first Leftfield studio album in 16 years. ‘Alternative Light Source’ does exactly what Leftfield do best: produce eternally relevant and impressive dance music while continuously moving both their sound and the entire genre forward. Crossing new boundaries ‘Alternative Light Source’ provides the soundtrack to universal exploration of both physical space and the identity of oneself. It covers themes from dystopian worlds to personal struggles with depression. The album is the classic Leftfield we know and love, but with new discoveries, rawer sounds and even darker tones. Despite some of its themes, each and every song has the ability to create a party atmosphere and keep people dancing. Barnes and Co. aren’t just fantastic on record though. The Leftfield live show is truly a spectacle to behold: thousands of fans letting the masterful music take control, aweinspiring light shows, and the electrifying energy of the band. Not to mention the chance to experience huge hits like ‘Release the Pressure’, ‘Open Up’ and ‘Head and Shoulders’. Leftfield are about to embark a huge nationwide tour, which comes to O2 Guildhall on 2nd October and we got the chance recently to catch up with the mastermind behind it all, Neil Barnes, to talk about his return to the UK dance scene and what he found when he got there…

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You recently released ‘Alternative Light Source’, how has the reaction been so far? I think the reaction’s been pretty good. It’s a bit of a slow build up, like most Leftfield albums. In Europe it’s gone particularly well and it’s picking up over here. It seems to have been very well received and gained a lot of attention from mainstream media, including Radio 1, did you expect that at all? It’s done really well but it has been a long time since the last album so it could have been completely ignored haha. It was a big step coming back after so long, doing the new album and doing it with Adam Wren who engineered most of the album and worked on most of the songs with me. It’s been a bit of a journey, as with all Leftfield albums but it’s going well. The album explores a lot of darker and more intense themes then your earlier works, where did these ideas come from? Probably because I’m a bit of a miserable b*stard; that’s probably got something to do with it haha! Over the last 5 years or so I’ve had quite a serious battle with depression actually. I have my good days and my bad days and ‘Bad Radio’ is about that but the whole thing is meant to be positive. Alternative Light Source is supposed to be about finding a new direction or something out of nothing, so the overall perspective of the album is meant to be good. Oh, everyone’s leaving the room…haha… [pause as the crew evacuate Neil’s tour bus] you’re making me talk about this in front of my crew which is really funny but I have spoken about this before and I admire people that do talk about things like this and are honest about it. I think mental health issues plague our nation, far more so than ever before and should be openly discussed. Hopefully you do come out the other side and as a whole, I think the album has a positive light. The cover, for instance, is about productivity and young people. It’s a classroom. And I do believe that the future is young people and I didn’t want to make a dark album so some of the songs are a bit lighter and more positive. It’s all about the journey.


That came about because I was looking for someone to sing on that backing track and I was trying to find someone really good to do it. I tried a couple of people and it just didn’t seem to work and then I was in Rough Trade Records and a friend of mine suggested Sleaford Mods and suddenly the penny dropped, because I really like their music. So I went home and contacted Jason and I’m really proud of that track because I think Jason’s lyrics are absolutely mind-blowing. I think it’s probably the most Leftfield thing on the record, it’s the most radical piece of music.

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The album includes several collaborations [Sleaford Mods feature on latest single ‘Head and Shoulders’]. How did that partnership come about?

Is there anyone that you particularly want to work with in the future? At this particular moment, no. I really wanted to work with Robert White on this record but it didn’t quite work out. But I don’t really think about it like that; I pick people up along the way. There are loads of artists out there that I admire. I’d love to do a track with George Michael actually. I’d like to do something dark with him y’know, not disco George but ballad George. He’s got the most amazing voice. I wish I could work with The Streets, who I really love, but he doesn’t sing anymore. I wouldn’t mind working with some other production people; getting to work with some young procould make an album with electronic music. grammers; that would be an interesting thing to do. There’s always people! Well there were very few albums at that time that managed to cross the divide of the genres, which were so strictly defined back You were away for over 10 years, what brought about the then; and Leftism was one of them… decision to start making music as Leftfield again? I think it did. It pulled people in from everywhere and I’m proud Boredom, basically. That’s the main reason. Needing money, of that record because of that. We were the first people to take that’s the second reason haha. After touring in 2010 we did reggae rhythms, drum ‘n’ bass and we went everywhere with it a lot of the old music and then we started to do a few new because we could and I think now, what we were involved with tracks in the set and we twisted up the old ones and added back then, is massive. It’s all superstar DJ’s, it’s global, when it was new bits and I thought maybe… and then I stupidly made a really small scene before. It’s an enormous genre that crosses the decision to do it and then spent the next three years over everything. But there’s a lot of generic dance music out trying to do it haha. I felt there was still legs in Leftfield. I felt there. I mean, there’s some real superstars making amazing muthere was something that Leftfield could do to fit into the sic but there’s also an awful lot of generic dance music that really world still. And when I feel that Leftfield doesn’t anymore, doesn’t need to exist but overall, I think it’s in a very healthy state. then I’ll stop. What can we expect from the live shows this time round? Do you think that the world of dance music has changed significantly since you were last performing as Leftfield? It all comes together in the live shows. In October we’re doing a longer set. We normally do an hour and a half but we’ll be doing Yeah it has. It’s now the norm isn’t it? Dance music is part of a lot longer so expect a lot more Leftfield and a really loud sound the fabric of everything. When we started, it was still very un- system. I’ve always been quite proud of our live shows because derground music and I suppose us - and others - are responsi- we don’t do it like other people and it’s always an experience. I ble for making it a global phenomenon. I never normally say like to think it is anyway! this but I think Leftfield showed that dance music could make Words: Liam Fleming an album. Chemical Brothers did as well and the Prodigy, but ‘Leftism’ was such a big record, it showed people that you

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Bullet For My Valentine have established themselves as one of the biggest bands on the planet. Over the course of their astonishing career they have sold 10 million albums and toured the globe countless times, gaining more fans at every turn. In the UK their last tour saw them hit sell out arenas, including the hallowed Wembley Arena and now they’re coming to our very own O2 Guildhall. Widely regarded as one of the most successful crossover artists, love them or loathe them, there’s no denying that they’ve been massively responsible for bringing metal to the mainstream and for shining a big bright light onto the alternative scene. Mixing classic riff-heavy rock with a contemporary grasp of dynamics they’ve plundered hearts with their emotive tunes and crashed their way into headline slots at almost every festival there is. Their latest album ‘Venom’ is a return to their heavy metal roots. An unrelenting, fierce step forward for the band that had been criticised for going soft with their last album ‘Temper Temper’, it’s their heaviest record to date; it sinks its teeth into listeners with a powerful delivery by vocalist/guitarist Matt Tuck, ferocious riffs by guitarist Michael “Padge” Paget and rapid-fire rhythm courtesy of drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas. Bullet manage to maintain their signature balance of heavy, coupled with surging melody and push themselves to the next level with all the ‘Venom’ of a rattlesnake, and with new bassist Jamie now fully entrenched in the team and a tour to prepare for, we counted ourselves lucky to get a good old chinwag in with frontman Matt recently to talk all things dark, heavy and hairy...

We bumped into you backstage at Download, did you have fun? Who did you see? Yeah I had a lot of fun. Got there on the Friday and the rain spoiled everything for everyone, as usual, but apart from that it was good. Saw a bunch of bands; Young Guns, Slipknot, Parkway Drive, Fightstar, the list goes on really. It was the first time I’d been there as a punter. We’ve always been there because the band’s been there and we’ve just played and shoved off somewhere else so it was good to hang around for a change. New album Venom is just about to drop, what can we expect? I think the best way I can describe it is a reinvigorated, way more aggressive Bullet for my Valentine. We’re super proud of the record. It’s definitely the heaviest record we’ve done overall and it feels like it’s part of something special. We’ve got the vibe that this could be a career defining moment for us so it’s good and everyone is super stoked on it and we can’t wait for people to hear it. Do you feel like the heaviness of this record is a natural progression as you grow older or was it a conscious decision? It was a conscious decision. We knew before starting to write the record that we wanted to step it up this time round. We wanted to make something aggressive, we wanted to make something angry and to reconnect with the more old school metal that we had on The Poison and Scream Aim Fire so that’s the only thing we had in mind before we started writing and it took a lot of writing to get to the point where we were happy with the level of aggression. The balance between the melodic and the heavy stuff has always been a Bullet identity so it was a long process getting there but as soon as we had two or three of the key heavier songs written then it was game on and it came on quite easy. Lyrically it’s quite dark, how did you approach writing this album? It was about reconnecting with stuff that defined growing up, as a teenager, as a young man, going through life and the struggles that I personally went through. Y’know growing up in a not very nice part of the world where you have a talent and are motivated to actually do something with your life, no one ever took me and the boys seriously. No one ever harnessed that positive energy. I always had this ambition of something special and being a songwriter and touring the world and making a difference connecting with people on a musical level. So I thought it was important to reconnect with those moments in my life and I haven’t had those moments for a long time because I’m grown up and everything’s cool and I’ve gone through all those things and I just thought that that was when I was at my most frustrated and let’s try and recapture that frustration.

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Which song on the album was the most difficult to write and why? I think they all had that moment of frustration really. Lyrically and performancewise the most difficult one was No Way Out. That song is very aggressive and the chorus is right at the top of my range and beyond so it’s a difficult song to perform. It’s one of those songs that’s super pissed off sounding so in performance, you really have to give it some shit, so I did. How has the reaction been so far for No Way Out? It’s been incredible man. It’s just reconnected with everyone to a level where it already feels like the album is out and everyone’s back on board.. It’s a heavy song anyway but coming off the back of our last record I definitely think people are quite surprised but happy at the same time. It’s been amazing, the feedback we’ve had from that song. I haven’t heard anything negative really and all the people that are lucky enough to have already heard the album have all said the same thing about the whole album so everything’s looking great and we’re super happy with how it’s been received. Out of all your albums, which has been your favourite album to record? Probably The Poison or Venom would be the two, both for very different reasons. The Poison was the birth of the band as we know it. It was one of those moments that connected where the band blew up instantly. Going through that process of being accepted and having the opportunity to make the record was the best feeling ever, probably the most exciting time in my life and the band’s career. And we kind of had that same feeling on this one really. You know when you’re doing something special. We’ve had it on a couple of songs in the past and we had it on The Poison for the whole process but from the moment we started recording this album there was an energy, it just feels special. So having those two experiences 10 years apart is odd, but those two records are very, very special to us. Do you get nervous releasing new material? Yeah, obviously you’re putting yourself out there and you know that there’s always going to be someone that says something that you’re not going to wanna hear haha. I don’t think it’s so much nerves as it is the anxiety of putting yourself up on a pedestal in order to be thrown off it y’know? But it’s just part of what you do in a band so we’ve just become used to it y’know? We were in Germany last week on a press trip and we did a fan playback party and it’s the first time we’ve done that in a while, where the band have been in a room with fans, genuine fans, and hardcore fans and we played them the new record and we were all very, very nervous about that. But I think it was just an unusual situation and you sit on an album for so long and it’s such a private, intimate thing that when it finally goes out there, especially cos we were there! So we don’t really get nervous about it but that was a moment where everyone had sweaty palms but it was good, we had a great night and the fans loved it which was the best because they were there for a reason and everyone left with the same feelings.


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New bassist Jamie has joined the band. Where did you find him and what do we need to know about him? He had a relationship with Padge behind the scenes. Jamie used to be the frontman of a band called Revoker and he’s a Welsh lad as well, grew up in a similar area to us, and Padge gave him a shout and said ‘send us a video, we’d love for you to have a shot and try out for the band’ so he did us a little video on his phone, playing some songs and doing some backing vocals and sent it in and it was awesome. So we did a couple of live auditions with a couple of the guys we thought might be suitable and Jamie was one of them and he came in and both auditions completely smashed it. It was awesome and it just felt right. He’s from the same part of town so having that relationship and the same upbringing was amazing. We never thought we’d be able to keep it an all-Welsh thing y’know but we did! And he’s good, he’s an amazingly talented guy and a great asset to have within the band. You debuted him at Camden Rocks festival, and it was your first live performance in a year, is that right? How did it feel to be back out in front of the fans again? It was actually really easy. We’ve been doing it for such a long time now that when we hit the stage, that’s where we come to life in every respect y’know. And where we’d had that time off we were even more anxious to do it, rather than being on tour for three months and coming to the end of it and being all ‘here we go again’. I think it was that excitement of not playing for a year and a half, having two new songs AND it being Jamie’s first show all at the same time was just an amazing feeling. It felt so good. Did your throat operation and losing your voice knock your confidence at all? Oh absolutely, yeah. It was the lowest point, not only in the band’s career but of my life really. It was at the stage where it was coming off the back of The Poison and we were trying to make the second record, the follow up to this record that blew up worldwide and working so hard up to that point and having all that success and then almost being on the brink of having it all taken away again was awful. It was a very dark point in my life, very low and scary. Everything we’d wanted to achieve, we’d just got there and it felt like we weren’t going to be able to continue so it was awful. It took a long time to get over it and get my confidence back and get my voice back into any shape at all but hard work and persistence and we got there in the end. It was a weird time but it was definitely something that needed to happen because it made me professional, rather than a guy in his band with his mates that got lucky. I think it opened everyone’s eyes that shit was serious now and we had to look after ourselves. I got vocal coaching and stuff like that and from that point on there’s been no issues.

Do you have any tips for taking care of your voice when on the road? Make sure you get proper vocal coaching – warm up, warm down, apply those techniques to the songs and look after yourself physically. No partying, no late nights – I mean we still have those moments but they’re few and far between now because it just takes its toll and there’s nothing worse than going on stage at 60 or 70%, that’s just not good enough for us these days. For me personally I won’t go on stage if I’m not feeling Matt Tuck from Bullet for my Valentine. I have a pride in my work and a reputation and I hate going on stage with a sore throat or being bunged up because I know it’s going to take something from those shows so to put myself into a self-inflicted situation like that, for me, is just not acceptable so I haven’t done it for a long, long time. Who are your vocal heroes? I’ve always been a guitar player, I don’t really think of myself as a vocalist, I’ve just never been that guy but I think obviously Hetfield was my main influence for everything growing up. Just watching him on stage and being a Metallica fan y’know, he was the guy that inspired me to do what I wanted to do. He was just this being, this package of a guy that did everything, he’s just a hero. Rob Halford I have to say just cos how he does what he does, I’ve got no idea what’s going on there. How he does that, I don’t know! Bruce Dickinson again, his range and his ability to do what he does at the level and age of those guys and still to go out there and smash it like he does is inspirational. I’d say Eminem would be one, weirdly. Again I just like people who have an individual voice and have character. It doesn’t have to be in the metal world as such. I’m gonna be really weird here and say Mariah Carey as well because, being a singer in a band that’s nowhere near that world but I know what you have to do to get to that level as a singer and that’s a commitment and a life choice and not many people will ever get to that level. So there you go, Mariah Carey is my vocal inspiration! You look really different with short hair. What made you decide to cut it and will you ever go back to long hair again? I just wanted a change really. I got married in 2013 and I wanted to look dapper for my wedding. Y’know the wedding photos are forever and I wanted to look the best that I could possibly look for my wife so I took it on the chin and got rid of the hair and looking back, it’s the best thing I ever did. It was manning up, in a way and to get rid of the mane was a big thing cos I’d had it forever and I went through a couple of transitional styles but once I’d done it for the wedding, it was like YES because without wanting to say so myself, I look like a f*cking GENT haha! That’ll be a no to growing it back then…

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Southampton’s biggest alternative club event ever and it’s NOT JUST FOR STUDENTS! Local alt-night heroes District bring you the party to end all parties. With DJ sets from Don Broco, Young Guns, Kerrang’s Alex Baker and Suicide sweetheart Mel Clarke taking you through till 6am expect Punk, Rock, Metal, Pop Punk and Indie bangers all over this one. The only dress code is to make sure you’re wearing your A Game!! NOT YOUR THANG? CHECK OUT SOME OTHER HIGHLIGHTS ON OFFER THIS MONTH… Orange Wednesdays @ Orange Rooms EVERY WEDNESDAY – grab a cult cocktail for only £2.50 and check out which hit movies they’re screening FOR FREE

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19/09 – Fresher’s Moving In Party @ Engine Rooms - £2 drinks ALL NIGHT and that classic school disco vibe 26/09 – Soundclash Festival ft. Basement Jaxx / David Rodigan / James Zabiela + loads more @ Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh www.soundclashfest.com

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So, it wasn’t goodbye, it was just farewell and now you’re coming back to visit us on a full tour – what prompted the decision to book some UK dates again? We were pretty adamant about the fact that our Farewell tour wasn’t goodbye forever and we do understand that it could seem like we’re taking the piss, doing the whole Kiss thing where they break up for 15 years or whatever but we were just at a time where there was a lot going on personally. Most of it’s out there now, Erik was going through a divorce, I was going through a divorce and trying to work out custody of my kids, Gary was a new dad and started his own business, there was a lot going on and we couldn’t keep up with that touring schedule that we’d painted ourselves into for so many years. So we took a break and over the course of a couple of years things have gotten awesome for everybody and we’re now at a time where we can come back and deliver rock music. And the timing is good because people seem really happy that we’re coming back so we’re going to come play rock and roll songs and people will clap and sing and everyone will be gloriously happy.

My conversation with Jaret Reddick, the enigmatic and down to earth frontman of Texan pop punk legends Bowling for Soup, begins with an apology. He is late. But he has a good reason. He had to take his son to school because his fiancée was too hungover from spending the evening before sitting on the driveway drinking champagne, because that’s how they do it in Texas. I like him already. This is going to be fun… Back in October 2013, The Bowling for Soup Bids Farewell tour took a magical trek around the UK, spreading both good times and sadness as the band who’d made Blighty their second home said goodbye to full time touring over here by giving it everything they had every night. Though Bowling for Soup made it clear they wouldn’t be gone forever, another full tour wasn’t on the cards, and the UK mourned. Since we last saw them they’ve been through a lot, faced some harsh personal challenges, celebrated their coming of age as a band as they finally turn 21 and released the fabulous greatest hits album ‘Songs People Actually Liked - Volume One - The First 10 Years 1994 to 2003’ - with songs much loved from the first half of Bowling for Soup’s life as a band painstakingly rerecorded and sounding fresher and better than ever. But rejoice! They’re coming back! They just can’t resist the opportunity to party with the UK BSF Army one more time and are headed this way in February 2016, so ignoring his hangover, I quizzed Jaret on why they decided to come back, what they’ve been doing whilst they’ve been away and what it feels like to be 21 (again)…

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You’ve often said you feel you owe a lot to your UK fans, what have you got in store for them this time round? We owe them our career. I’ve said that over and over. Had the UK not embraced ‘The Bitch Song’ early on, the album ‘Drunk Enough to Dance’ would never have happened. We would have gotten dropped because ‘The Bitch Song’ did nothing in the States so we’ve always treated the UK as a second home. We’re going to bring a pretty big show this time and try and do some things that maybe we haven’t done before. And material-wise; obviously we’ll play the songs that everybody wants to hear but we’re also coming to a place where people might have been listening to us for 10, 15 sometimes all 20 years and so the idea will be to also play a few things that maybe people don’t expect to hear. And maybe something different each night. That’s one of the things I’d really like to do is throw in a few songs that are different each night from the night before and kind of get back to the way we used to do it back in the day. You’re currently celebrating a massive 21 years as a band – what do you think it is that’s kept you consistently popular all these years? I think just because we’ve stayed the same. Y’know… pizza is delicious. And when you order a pizza, you know what it’s going to taste like. Even shitty pizza is good because it’s cheese and bread and there’s some tomato sauce on there and then whatever toppings of your choice. So the toppings are the songs and we’re the pizza. You know what you’re going to get. It’s freaking Bowling for Soup and we’re just consistent. I think the longevity is due to the fact we found our niche and stuck with it, we just got better at doing what it is we do. So Good Charlotte are on hiatus, Blink are on again/off again, Sum 41 are back together and recording - is there a community amongst these bands? Do you feel like pop punk as a genre is getting stronger again as new bands push their way through? There’s definitely a community. You definitely have some bands that are closer friends with others but I think we all respect one another and the bands you just named, we all had successes at the same time and we’re all still going at it one way or another. New Found Glory are back out and Yellowcard are back out and there’s new bands coming through all the time. I think that pop punk is one of those genres that everybody thought was gonna die out. I think even some of us that are in it probably thought that at one time or another, that at one point it was gonna have run its course but all of the bands that were instrumental in the movement itself have been consistent and great and have just kept plugging away. I think it’s just one of those things that just won’t go away. Pop punk is back on the radio – that’s crazy to me! All Time Low have a legitimate hit in the US right now and I think a lot of people would see 5 Seconds of Summer as more of a boyband, but they’re definitely playing pop punk songs and you don’t get much bigger than that! It’s a good time for the genre itself and for fans of the genre.


back then was just silly. The way we went about making records on a do it yourself budget, the songs sounded terrible, so it was fun to go back and grab hold of those songs and make them sound amazing. And it was cool too because even if we’d just remastered them, it just would have been this fluctuation of odd sounding things. A lot of them wouldn’t even have sounded like the same band playing, which is cool but people already have those recordings and it’s the digital age; if I want ‘2113’ off BFS’ original album I can just go on the internet and get it y’know? So it was cool to go in and make them sound like an album together and it came out great. We knew we were taking a chance, because a lot of times when people re-record their songs, it’s not that well received and fortunately for us, ours was.

What were you doing when you turned 21? Was BFS already going? We were not. Gosh, I was working, finishing college, I had my own business at the time. I had started a toy store when I was about 18 so I was doing that and finishing two degrees at university. I didn’t drink so my 21st birthday was actually kinda boring. I think I went to a Mexican restaurant, then went home and watched Friends on TV or something haha. I really wasn’t a huge party guy back then, but I feel like I’ve made up for that being in a band that sings about beer y’know. Yeah, we’ve definitely made up for any time we took off being late bloomers…

You released this via a Pledge campaign – how have you found the change from working with a major label to working directly with your fans and doing a lot of it yourselves? I think it’s cool because the whole fan-funding thing happened at such a great time for us because we got dropped from our label in 2009 and we had just made, what we thought, was our greatest album. We honestly thought that ‘Sorry for Partying’ was gonna be THE album that launched us to the next level and unfortunately that didn’t happen. But fortunately it motivated us to get out there and start doing shit on our own. We were already making our own videos and recordings and all these things, so it was very natural to just bring the fans into it. We’re just videotaping ourselves doing what we’re already doing so we were a natural fit into that model and it’s worked out great. I love it, I do hope that fans continue to embrace this way of doing things because I think it empowers the fans more and it just MAKES the band give you more and more content and I think everybody wins that way.

Is being in BFS as much fun now as it was back then or has the focus of the fun shifted at all as you’ve got older? It’s different fun, but it’s still fun. Y’know I’m 43 years old now so it’s different to when we were a band into the 4th and 5th year and we’d get in the van and just leave for 6 months and just go play shows and just survive together. Sometimes we didn’t even know where our next show was, we were just trying to find shows out on the road and it was this awesome survivor band life. So those days were amazing, they were hard but we look back on them as being the best time ever. But it’s still fun y’know, we just laugh constantly. It’s a rolling sitcom on our bus. We still absolutely love each other and get along and make each other laugh and beer is still free… so that always makes for a fun time!

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What do you think is the key to the fact that you all still like each other? We’re friends first and we love each other. We’re closer than family. We’re there for each other, no matter what. We also know how to push each other’s buttons and we know when to leave somebody alone, or when somebody needs a hug and we all know our role in the band. We don’t really have those issues that we see other bands have like ‘aw, Jaret’s doing all the interviews, I have something to say!’ or ‘why is Erik’s picture in this week’s magazine?’ we just don’t have any of that sort of ego around us. We are who we are and we know everyone is equally as important as the other guy and I think if you treat people that way then everybody’s happy. I think that’s what’s kept us as close as we are; knowing that without each of the four of us, none of this would be happening.

Is there a Volume 2 coming or are you working on something new? Right now we are in the process of trying to finish a couple of DVDs and then we’re working towards getting out there and doing these tours. Y’know a Volume 2 is a little tricky because [and you’ll find with me that I’m always really honest haha] but to be honest, as we recorded those older songs it was like ‘man, this sounds amazing’ and as we got into the newer shit like Girl All the Bad Guys Want, Punk Rock 101, we were like THAT song already sounds For ‘Songs People Actually Liked’ you re-recorded a load of your favourite great, so what can we do here to make this sonically better? I mean, I’m tracks from the first 10 years of BFS. What made you decide to re-record definitely 10 times a better singer than I was back then so that’s a given, but rather than just make a compilation of the old recordings? really everything sounds awesome already so in the approach to Volume 2 I Several reasons. A lot of bands do it because you can take back control of don’t know how it’s going to work but we definitely want to do something. the masters and that gets into a bunch of stuff that fans don’t really care But there’s definitely new material coming in the next year or two. We’re just about. For us, there was that aspect of things but for the most part the real plugging away! reason is a lot of those songs were recorded in ’94 or ’96 and we didn’t have Words: Zan Lawther | Photo : Will Von Bolton gear, we didn’t know what the hell we were doing, we didn’t know how Catch bowling for soup live @ O2 guildhall | February 13 to play, we didn’t know how to sing and the technology of even recording

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If you are of a certain age there is no doubt that Wheatus are imprinted on your memory. In 1995 three brothers from Newport, NY started a band and in the summer of 2000 they smashed charts across the globe with their pop punk banger ‘Teenage Dirtbag’, immediately staking their claim on the tender hearts of thousands of miserable, twisted, goofy teenagers worldwide. Teenage Dirtbag was certified Platinum in the UK in 2000, then bounced back for another run of the UK charts in 2011. The first Wheatus record topped a whopping 5 million sales worldwide. But that was all a long time ago. Years later, with numerous line-up changes, an art heist investigation (we’ll explain that later…), issues with major record labels, internal troubles, a Lego video for a single that never was, multiple awards, a self-managed revenue stream, and that boy band cover later and Wheatus have grown up a bit, but not too much! Pumped and ready to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their self-titled debut album, the latest iteration of Wheatus are bringing back that summer of 2000 vibe, playing the debut album in its entirety! On top of this Wheatus bring some new tunes and a fresh, more complex sound to the masses. We caught up with lead singer and guitarist Brendan B. Brown to discuss One Direction, Lego and the downfall of pop punk… Firstly, happy birthday to Teenage Dirtbag. I’ve just finished reading an article that claims pop punk as a genre died the day you released that particular song… Mwahahaha. Aren’t we powerful?! I’m just glad that everybody has had to admit that that was my plan from the beginning. At long last they’ve finally had to recognise my genius in destroying entire genres. Well, clearly we’ve all been in denial for 15 years. All those new pop punk bands coming through have just been part of a huge cover up… That’s right. Tom deLonge leaving Blink 182; that was us. We planned that as part of the conspiracy…haha. Wheatus are about to embark on their celebratory 15th anniversary tour, is that exciting? It is! It is! We’re playing the entire first album for the first time ever. We have toured the first album before without including one song in particular that everybody has been screaming for; the song that we used for the Jackie Chan cartoon. It’s a song on the record called ‘Punk Ass Bitch’ but I didn’t actually write it and I’m not too fond of the version that’s on the album but the version that was re-purposed for the Jackie

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Chan cartoon is really nice and we’re going to include that on this tour and that’s a first. How have the shows been going so far? Well just last week we were touring in Ireland and it was sort of the dry run for the anniversary tour and it was really, really cool. We had some great audiences in Ireland. Sligo in particular really kicked off and now that we’ve done it once, we’re kind of excited because we’ve never played a show where the entire first album is in the set every night. It feels, at first at least, like it’s going to be a difficult, heavy weight to carry around but it turned out that it wasn’t and it works. Overall we’ve worked on about 45 tunes from the catalogue from over the 6 albums that are ready for the set and it’s nice, it works well. For the Southampton show you’re coming back to the Talking Heads. We hear you’re particularly fond of this venue, any reason why? That room sounds so good. The fidelity of that PA system and that room and the way they maintain it… it’s always the case with a singular proprietor of a place; a guy who really cares about music maintaining his venue. It makes all the difference. It’s a really, really special club and there are only a handful of places like that in the entire world where somebody can have an intimate show and the sound is what you would get at the best of venues anywhere so it’s just the perfect combination for us. We love it. One Direction famously started putting Teenage Dirtbag into their sets a while back. Is it covered all the time? Yeah but you know what? I don’t think that anybody has actually released the song as a single for sale anywhere. I may be wrong about that. It’s a large planet and there’s lots of people making music. But only 1D have covered it to the point where they put it in their film but it just seems to be this song that everyone kind of needs to play in order to get started. These days now I’ve been sucked into the 1D fandom on Twitter it’s hard for me to see any of the news or current affairs I normally search for on there, it’s just full of new boy bands and rock bands that the kids are into and tonnes of them seem to play Teenage Dirtbag.


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So if someone was going to put it out as a single again, who would you LIKE to do it? Well Dashboard Confessional already did a version of it live and for my money they did the most close to home, emotional version of it. Mary Lambert also did a version of it recorded on piano for a YouTube video. There’s so many artists I admire‌I would like to hear Elbow do a version, cos he’s so good at expanding on melodies and really dragging out the finest bits of an orchestration and what it could be. That would be quite an honour.

You’ve developed a pretty good friendship with the 1D boys‌ Yes I have a side project with the drummer and bass player. We are collaborating on an EP at the moment. We’ve already released the single ‘Only You’ and the video is out now. We’re working on the EP in between tours which is to say that we have a handful of days within the year to get together and do it but they’re two of the finest musicians I’ve ever played with. I’m looking forward to doing more of that. I was just watching the video. It’s a Lego video and it’s not the first Lego video you’ve made. What’s with all the Lego? It’s actually the third! All three were done by my friend Oliver Broadbent in Leeds. The Only You video is based on the lyric which is a true story of how I was attacked on stage in Margate 2013. We heard about that! You were playing One Direction’s ‘That’s What Makes You Beautiful’‌ Yeah, and some sort of angry punk guy who was a bit older than you should be at a show like that, came charging drunk at me and pulled me off the stage and stopped the show right in the middle of the song. He didn’t hurt me or anything; he failed spectacularly to do any real damage. It was all over in a minute but we wrote the song about that event. And now he’s immortalised in Lego‌ Yeah, he’s been brought down to size haha. What’s all this we hear about an interstate art heist investigation? Back in ’98 or ’99 I had a good friend who was an anarchist graffiti artist and I asked him if he would please design our logo and he did. He did this beautiful oil painting of our bubble logo, as you know it, with this gigantic frog hanging off of it and I loved it. Anyway, when we got our deal I sent that oil painting to Sony to have it scanned and it never came back and I never got an explanation as to where it went. In 2009 somebody jumped onto a message board and said ‘hey Brendan is this real?’ and a link to an EBay auction and my painting was up on EBay for $11,000 and I immediately called the police and got in touch with an art detective in California and he got in touch with EBay and two days later I received the painting and it’s back in my possession now. It was incredibly strange‌ Who would Wheatus most like to party with to celebrate your 15 years? Wow! What a question! I haven’t met a lot of real celebrities, but one time Mel B was so very nice to us‌ we were absolutely exhausted, just come off a really long tour and we were at an awards show and I was sleeping on the floor in the dressing room and she popped her head in just to say hi. She was so lovely and so nice and so understanding of the fact that we were shattered and I just thought ‘I hope they’re all like that’. So I think I would invite Mel B to the tour bus and say thank you for being so kind and here’s a drink. And finally, after the tour, what’s next for Wheatus? We are making album 7. I think it’s going to be 20 songs, a double album. And from a philosophical producer stand point I’m going to try and solve the ‘And Justice for All’ bass problem for Metallica haha. Words: Laura Phillips

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How is Volume sounding? Volume is sounding awesome, totally in love with the thing, we wrote it relatively fast so it’s really riffy and fun to play, much more in keeping with our live show show. Out of all our records this is the closest to the live experience we’ve ever done. What would your Pokemon name be? Pugachu. What’s your favourite board game? Taking it way back like a docta... Blood Bowl... I have a dwarf team that would wreck anybody.. GAMES WORKSHOP FOR LIFE. What is the worst song ever written? Livin La Vida Loca.. What’s your favourite track off your new album and why? They are all my babies but at the moment I love Sound The Siren because it’s bonkers. Would you rather wear a shirt over your legs or trousers on your arms? I like comfort for trousers on my arms, I think my bridge troll legs are too chunky for sleeves. Who in the band would make the best girl? Arya because he has such luxurious hair. Who would win in a fight: Godzilla or Optimus Prime? Michael Bay ruined transformers for me, and TMNT, plus Godzilla is my spirit animal so I’m going with Godzilla. What is your favourite letter of the alphabet? đ&#x;‘˝ Name your top 5 Steve’s , In reverse order... Stevie Ray Vaughn / Steve Irwin / Stevie Nicks / Stephen Fry / STEVE HOLT! If you were born as a member of the opposite sex, what would your name be? Deedee Softpaws How many press ups can you do? All depends on how much I’ve drunk/batman symbol Would you rather be a Pirate or a Viking? Viking. If hed(PE), Crossfaith and Yashin were all in an egg and spoon race, who d’you think would win? The Crossfaith dudes have so much energy I think they’d win. If you could have written any song ever, what would it be? Livin’ La Vida Loca..

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previews New kids on the indie block

After exploding onto the dancefloors with their electrifying brand of glitch indie last year, London outfit Zibra have been rapidly building a loyal live fan base after headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at this year’s Glastonbury. Their instantly infectious tracks are an open invitation to get you dancing with disco beats, signature synths, jangly guitars and chorus melodies you will be singing for days. FOR FANS OF: YEARS & YEARS / SAINT RAYMOND / COASTS

LEFTFIELD

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New kids on the indie block

FOR FANS OF: CHEMICAL BROTHERS / UNDERWORLD / ORBITAL

Indie-Punk is taking off hugely right now, and these guys are going to become a huge staple of the genre. Playing huge alternative songs, with a homemade feel, a touch of Rock & Roll and a do it yourself attitude. The Amazons represent a hotbed of very talented young bands that it would be a shame to miss out on. We cannot wait to get down to ‘Junk Food Forever’. FOR FANS OF: BAND OF SKULLS / THOMAS TANTRUM

OCT 26| 1865 Rockgrass Pioneers

SEPT 30 | JOINERS

One of the most influential names in dance music, Leftfield are often credited with bringing dance music to the forefront of popular culture as their 1995 smash album ‘Leftism’ broke through the genre moulds and into stereo systems across the globe. Now back after 16 years with new album ‘Alternative Light Source’ they’re ready to blow your speakers and your mind with their intricate pulsating beats.

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OCT 17| LENNON’S Polish Prog Masters

Perhaps the fact that this band have supported Dream Theater might give you an idea about them. An Experienced Progressive Metal quartet that truly are masters of their craft. Touring to support new album: ‘Love, Fear and the Time Machine’, they are sure to fill the room with their spacious masterpieces and Intricate showmanship. Relish at the chance to see them in a small space. FOR FANS OF: DREAM THEATER / TOOL / THE PINEAPPLE THIEF

Providing Bluegrass comedy covers of not just rock classics, but party Anthems and inventive originals. Originating as a Hillbilly tribute to AC/DC, Hayseed Dixie aren’t just funny, they’re clever and highly skilled. Then again, perhaps you aren’t interested in fun and you would rather sit at home than enjoy huge rock bangers played on a banjo. Absurdity is guaranteed! FOR FANS OF: ACDC / LED ZEPPELIN / JUDAS PRIEST

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Homme and Hughes hit Southampton

Perhaps one of the most fun bands in Rock & Roll right now. You’re likely to know them by hit single Miss Alissa, which will destroy Southampton. This band, featuring QOTSA frontman Josh Homme, will blow your socks off and refuse to buy you a new pair. Showing off flash new album ‘Zipper Down’ set for release 2nd October. Needless to say, we’re very excited!

FOR FANS OF: QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE / THEM CROOKED VULTURES

Punk Rock meets Indie Pop

Imagine Nirvana meets the Ramones, but all completed by a touch of Indie Pop cuteness and mad lyrics. Does that sound insane? Yes, undoubtedly, but somehow The Lovely Eggs pull it off, with a wonderful charm. Don’t miss this fantastic Northern Duo. The might sing ‘Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)’ but we sure would like to see them. FOR FANS OF: THOMAS TANTRUM / ANGELICA / HELEN LOVE

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NOV 5 | TALKING HEADS Tongue in cheek parody metal

What if Steel Panther had chosen to parody something much heavier than Glam rock? We reckon it would end up as something like Evil Scarecrow. This Quintet of doom storm through inventive takes on metal cliches with songs like ‘Space Dementia’, terming themselves the ‘finest heavy metal band ever to write a song about a robot’. Silly metal antics are guaranteed to ensue, and is there anything better?

NOV 7|FIREHOUSE FOR FANS OF: CRADLE OF FILTH / STEEL PANTHER Get down with British indie rockers Foals are back with their 4th studio album ‘What Went Down’. Grappling with questions about weighty issues, It’s an album that precariously seesaws between primal aggression and naked vulnerability. Complete with fiery riffs and a menacing percussive march set against some of the band’s most openly experimental moments to date we can’t wait to see these heavy duty tunes played live. FOR FANS OF: KLAXONS / PEACE / THE MACCABEES

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NOV 13| O2 GUILDHALL Rock and Roll in its purest form

Rock and Roll at its finest as these two powerhouse shows combine into one hard rock extravaganza that’ll blow your ears off. Heaven’s Basement bring blazing, balls out rock with searin vocals, churning riffs and pounding drums. Add to the mix Crobot, who are possibly the estranged lovechild of Led Zeppelin and Soundgarden and their natural sound of fuzzy, bluesy rock and we are ready to party.

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Southampton Music - Freshers 2015  

Your special Fresher edition of the one stop guide to the best music in the city. In this year’s issue we get the lowdown on a new festiva...

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