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QISSUE 1618 MAY 7, 20 16 HELLO READERS.Thanks for picking up Kerrang! this week.These are exciting times. Not only do we welcome back Andy Biersa… No wait, that’s not right… oh, yeah,Andy Black to the cover (and his story is hella interesting), but the nominations for the Kerrang! Awards 2016 are in and on p8. I’m already starting to stress out about what to wear – a tent, probably, if I don’t chill out on the crisps within the next month – and, with a host of very exciting new bands up for debut noms, and the megastars of the scene you’d expect at the awards, it’s looking like a hell of a night.And you can be there. Get your tickets now, you guys! Editor

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ON THE COVER: blink-182 finally tell us what they’ve been up to with that album (p4), Akercocke send us some weird shit and The Ghost Inside post a recovery update (p6). Elsewhere, the nominations for the K! Awards are finally revealed (p8), we look at the best rock movies of all time (p12) and ex-Bring Me The Horizon guitarist Curtis Ward tells us what he’s been up to for the last three-quarters of a decade (p10). ONTHE COVER: Andy Black (p18) and Pierce The Veil (p24) take us deep inside their new records in two massive interviews, before we delve into the worlds of Kvelertak (p38) and Nothing (p40) – two bands that will blow you away – and pay tribute to rock’s funkiest star, Prince (p28).

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Who went nuts at letlive.’s tiny shows last week? letlive. did.We did. You did. Everyone did. Nuts (p46). And everyone went nuts at Hatebreed in Germany (p48), Moose Blood in Manchester and Converge in London (p49). Must be nut week.

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What do you want from Against The Current’s debut? ’Cause they’ve probably done everything you’d ever want from them. It’s a cracker (p50). And, talking of debuts, Zakk Wylde tells us how he got his big break with Ozzy Osbourne on the Double-O’s No Rest For The Wicked album (p53).

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Fort Hope are gearing up for their longest headline tour to date, and they’ve got new songs, too (p56)! Elsewhere, Bellevue Days tell us why everyone should check out Croydon (p58).

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E D U T I T T MA BLINK-182’S SENSATIONAL RETURN EXPLODES INTO LIFE AS A NEW SINGLE, ALBUM AND TOUR INFORMATION ARE REVEALED. THE MARK, MATT & TRAVIS SHOW IS GO! IT’S BEEN A long time coming, but the first music from blink-182, featuring new member Matt Skiba, finally saw the light of day last week. After several days of teasing the artwork for lead single Bored To Death a piece at a time, the band were set to unveil the song on Thursday, April 28 on LA radio station KROQ. When it leaked online, the band pushed the official release forward to April 27. The track marked the first new material from blink-182 since 2012’s Dogs Eating Dogs EP. Bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus said, “The song came out nefariously. It was an evil act of sabotage, if you will,” before explaining that someone at the band’s management company actually posted it on their website by mistake. The general reaction was overwhelmingly positive, with lifelong fans and blink’s rock peers flooding social media with messages of support and admiration for the new track. A handful of critical voices also made their opinions blink-182.0: (from left) Matt Skiba, felt, stating that Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker the song was closer to Mark and drummer Travis Barker’s former rock supergroup, +44. Yet, while there’s certainly a hefty +44 thump to the song, there’s also more than a hint of Alkaline Trio, Matt Skiba’s darkly melodic, death-obsessed punk band.

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Even for latter-day blink, the lyrics are pretty dark, with the pair alternately singing, ‘And it’s a long way back from 17 / The whispers turn into a scream / And I’m not coming home’. It always seemed unlikely that the new-look blink-182 would revisit their more juvenile early sound, but they’d also hinted they would be moving away from some of the more expansive and experimental strokes from the band’s self-titled 2003 album and parts of 2011’s Neighborhoods. In an interview with YouTube personality Mr. Wavvy, Travis said, “Mark and I never wanted to change. Towards the last couple of albums, Tom [DeLonge, founding guitarist whose exit from the band led to Matt Skiba’s drafting in] was obsessed with U2 and wanted to sound like U2. He wanted to basically record songs that sounded like Coldplay. For us, it was always like, ‘blink is blink, man. We want to sound like fucking blink-182.’” In an interview with KROQ to mark the official debut of Bored To Death, Mark confirmed that the song was indicative of their general direction on the forthcoming album. “There’s been a lot of speculation and question as to where we’re going to take this record, and I think this is a really good indication of what this album is going to be all about,” he said. The band – who debuted another new song last Thursday, Built This Pool, clocking in at just 16 seconds – also confirmed that the 16-track album, which concludes with a track named Brohemian Rhapsody, would be called California (that’s the artwork at the top, there) and will be released worldwide on July 1. Travis claimed this was the 182nd day of the year – which it would be if 2016 hadn’t been a leap year. Rejected titles for the album included No Hard Feelings, which some people close to them told them was too negative, OBGYN Kenobi and Nude Erection (pronounced like ‘New Direction’). A 45-date U.S. tour – beginning in July and concluding on October 1, and


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featuring A Day To Remember, The All-American Rejects and All Time Low – was also announced, although no indication of shows in the UK or Europe was mentioned. Matt also spoke about being accepted as a full member of blink-182 and pitching in with his own musical and lyrical ideas. “It’s amazing. I couldn’t be more excited, it’s awesome. We’ve been working really hard but luckily it’s really fun work, and in a very short amount of time I feel very much a part of the blink family,” he said. “It’s amazing – with my other band I’ve been playing in for 20 years, I very much consider those guys brothers and family. With Mark and Travis, we’ve been friends for 15-odd years, but being in a band is very different. I feel like I can express my ideas, whether they’re good or not,” he added. We’ll have to wait a couple of months to see if the rest of the album measures up, but with Matt firmly embedded and all three members appearing to be on the same page, the next chapter in the blink story looks like being a hugely exciting one…

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W land in our letterbox over the years (including the smelliest package ever from Watain – don’t ask). But the last two weeks have seen our postbag filled with stuff that’s genuinely puzzled – and slightly scared – us. First, there was a flick book of an ape. Then there was an empty cage. No CD, no press release, no clue as to the origins, save for a black card with the hashtag ‘themonkeyisoutofthecage’. Finally, a card with just a date and a time turned up. A very punctual threat? A pointlessly complex

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AFTER THEIR TRAGIC BUS CRASH, THE LA HARDCORE HEROES ARE STILL RECOVERING. HERE, THEY GIVE US AN UPDATE… SIX MONTHS on from the bus crash that killed two people, and left members of The Ghost Inside with life-altering injuries, drummer Andrew Tkaczyk has posted a positive progress report! After losing his right leg in the crash, he shared a video of him walking with the use of a prosthesis and cane. “Today was the first time walking with a cane and no parallel bars for support. It feels great to have gotten to this point in my recovery,” he wrote under 6 KERRANG!

better. The mysterious senders were the satanic gentlemen of high-brow Brit death metal diabolists Akercocke, announcing their awakening from a four-year slumber. Or, as main magician Jason Mendonça put it to us on email, “One’s heavy metal antics have poked above the parapet to taunt all and sundry a second time.” A new track, Inner Sanctum, has appeared online, and the band have also confirmed their live return at August’s Bloodstock Festival, as well as a UK headline tour in October – see the Gig Guide.

the post on his Instagram, which was soundtracked, quite fittingly, by Comeback Kid. The update came a month after he got back behind a drum kit for the first time – ready for TGI to be announced as playing Warped Tour in 2017. We’ll be having a whip-round for the guys at the Kerrang! Awards in June, so if you’re coming, be sure to dig deep!

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After he was robbed on April 27, Miss May I guitarist Bj Stead has started a GoFundMe asking fans to donate money for him to buy back his stolen belongings, which included his MacBook Pro and a recording rig which held some of the Ohio metallers’ upcoming music.“The music industry is an extremely unforgiving business,” he wrote.“Any donation helps, whether it’s a penny, or a dollar! I can’t express how grateful I am for doing what I do… and I won’t let one selfish thief ever take that from me.” Visit Gofundme. com/2ezrpcn8 to donate.

BABYMETAL GO 8-BIT METAL Not content with taking over real-life with their kawaii-metal awesomeness, BABYMETAL are now taking over Super Mario land *stops for a minute to picture Mario doing the Gimme Chocolate!! dance*.Yep, that’s excellent.Anyway, the Japanese trio will become a choice of costume in Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker game, which will see them say lyrics from their songs as they jump around in the game. The BABYMETAL costume is only available in Japan currently, but hopefully we’ll be shouting “Gimme Building Items!!” soon.

GN’R WERE MAKING FUN OF US!”

CHRIS SHIFLETT TALKS FOOS TAKING A BREAK, THAT GN’R THRONE AND PRODUCING AN EP BY STRANGE BONES… FIRST UP, IT WAS AWFUL KIND OF YOU LOT TO LEND AXL ROSE DAVE’S THRONE FOR THE GUNS N’ ROSES SHOWS… “You know, it’s so funny, because I didn’t know anything about that.A friend of mine text me a link to a YouTube clip [after the show], saying,‘What is that?’ And I looked at it thinking,‘What? How the hell did he get that?’ My first impression was that, somehow, their crew had gotten it out of wherever we store our gear and were making fun of us (laughs)! I text one of our guys right away going,‘How did this happen?’ And then I found out that we’d actually sent it out to them!”

end of things (laughs).We had a busy couple of years and everyone wanted to go and hang out with their families a little bit… which is not breaking up. That rumour came out, and literally that day Dave text everyone saying, ‘Let’s make this video tonight at the studio!’ We shot it and it got put up the next day, like an immediate

TALKING OF FOOS, ANYTHING IN THE PIPELINE TO FOLLOWUP THE SAINT CECILIA EP YOU PUT OUT LAST YEAR? “Nothing yet. I imagine… I don’t even know what everyone else has been up to. I’ve been doing some travelling with my family and it’s been nice to not have anything planned. To look at my calendar and not have a tour looming in the distance right now feels pretty good! I’m just enjoying that.”

EVERYONE LOVED THAT BREAK-UP PRANK VIDEO… “It’s funny, I’ve been in this band for about 16 years, and it seems like every time we come to the end of a touring cycle, the break-up rumours start. Nothing’s changed on this

response to all the rumours – which is kinda amazing!”

YOU ALSO PRODUCED AN EP BY UPCOMING BLACKPOOL BAND STRANGE BONES – GOD SAVE THE TEEN. HOW’D THAT COME ABOUT? “My friend Richard is their manager, so he brought them to the gig and we had a little bit of chit-chat.They came out and recorded a few songs with me at Studio 606, here in LA. I just think they’re a great rock band.They’re really raw, there’s high energy and big riffs.”

HOW DID YOU ENJOY PLAYING PRODUCER FOR A CHANGE? “It was a really fun experience! It was nice to be in a recording situation and not have to pick up a guitar! I’m working on getting an album together for my own side-band, but I won’t be producing it.When I record my own stuff, I prefer to have someone else involved to bounce ideas off.And with Foo Fighters, we’re not doing much of anything at all this year. I’m trying to do other things, like getting another Dead Peasants record together. I’ve also been working a lot on my podcast – that’s been taking up a lot of time!”

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FILTER THE TRUTH

Filter’s Richard Patrick is to compose a film score for Jim Carrey’s new movie, True Crimes. A dramatic thriller about a murder investigation, the movie sees the Dumb And Dumber star sport one hell of a gnarly beard.

BATACLAN DRUMS REPAIRED

Eagles Of Death Metal touring drummer Julian Dorio has had the drum kit he was playing when terrorists opened fire on the Bataclan, last November, repaired. “There was a time when I never wanted to see it again, but I just couldn’t let this instrument be thrown away,” he wrote on Instagram. “They even had a priest bless it with holy water before shipping!”

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AND WE’RE READY TO REVEAL OUR KERRANG! AWARDS 2016 NOMINEES. PLUS, GET YOUR TICKETS TO SEE ASKING ALEXANDRIA PLAY OUR CEREMONY! WE’VE COUNTED more votes than we’ve got fingers for this week (God bless iPhone calculators), and now we can finally reveal the nominees for the Kerrang! Awards 2016, to you, our dear readers. We had a big reveal party on Tuesday, May 3, at London’s Big Red, where Creeper, HECK and Muncie Girls played some cracking sets to kick off the countdown to our Awards – happening on June 9, at London’s Troxy, if it isn’t already in your diary… Which we hope it is. If you couldn’t guess from the huge live shot of Asking Alexandria’s Ben Bruce rocking out (probably singing some swears), the York-bred metallers are playing a full live set after the ceremony.Yes, you read that right, a full live set. None of this comeon-a-bit-drunk-and-do-a-couple-of-songs nonsense. They’ll be playing to a room full of rock royalty – plus you guys! There are two types of tickets available for you to spend your hard-earned pennies on – entrance to the awards ceremony and full live show afterwards, which costs £25, plus booking fee, and entrance to just the gig afterwards, which costs £20, plus booking fee. Sadly, you can only come if you’re over 18, but you will get a limitededition goodie bag if you buy the awards + show combo package. Plus, we may – no promises just yet – have some more of our rockstar pals playing! So, get your tickets before they sell out. Anyway, back to the business at hand: our wonderful nominees… 8 KERRANG!

We think you guys picked well, since everyone on the list is extremely deserving! All we need now is for you to vote for your actual winners, which you can do with the form over to the right – or, if you have a phobia of postboxes, go to our website and vote there. Make it quick, too, as we’ve got trophies to engrave! See you at the party. TO VOTE, AND BUY YOUR TICKETS TO THE AWARDS, HEAD TO KERRANG.COM

BEN BRUCE, ASKING ALEXANDRIA BEST ALBUM – THE BLACK “I’m pretty speechless, honestly. To be nominated for Best Album means you must have done something noteworthy, and people have really resonated with it. But in this particular circumstance, it’s so much more than that for us because it’s our first album with a new vocalist [Denis Stoff]. We went through a period where people were saying, ‘Oh no, you lost your singer!’ And I felt like, ‘No way, we’re gonna write the best album we’ve ever written and come back bigger and better than ever!’ So, being nominated is a testament to that – it’s a good feeling to know we stood in our corner and fought for ourselves, and that everyone else feels the same way!”


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LYNN GUNN, PVRIS BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND “We are honoured to be nominated for Kerrang!’s Best International Band award. The UK has felt like a second home to our band and has accepted us with open arms. We are thankful for that!”

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JOSH FRANCESCHI, YOU ME AT SIX BEST EVENT - THE GHOST INSIDE BENEFIT SHOW “I feel proud and flattered that the show has been acknowledged in that way, by people feeling like it was a really special night. It was to us, it meant a lot to Deaf Havana and Your Demise and, in particular, The Ghost Inside. I’m just glad that some positives have come from [the accident] – the awareness of the strength and the courage and the character of that band is continually being talked about and praised. We weren’t doing it to be flavour of the month – we were doing it to extend the knowledge and awareness of how in this scene you try and celebrate your friends’ triumphs and successes. It wouldn’t have been possible if it hadn’t been for a sense of community… Underworld gave us the venue for free, all of the bands’ crews worked for free and Epitaph brought down a whole merch range and CDs for free!”

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HORIZON AS COUNTING DAYS ANNOUNCE EX-BRING ME THE HORIZON DUDE CURTIS WARD AS THEIR NEW GUITARIST, WE SEE WHAT HE’S BEEN UP TO FOR THE LAST SEVEN YEARS…

HE WAS one of the original guitarists in Bring Me The Horizon, before leaving the band in 2009. And now, seven years later, Curtis Ward has joined London metalcore ragers Counting Days. So, what on earth did he get up to in-between? We sat down with the stoneyfaced one to find out…

ALRIGHT, CURTIS! SO, HOW DID YOU END UP JOINING THE COUNTING DAYS LADS? “I’m not sure (laughs)! Right after I left BMTH, I moved to London to be with my girlfriend. So, maybe from just going to shows when I first moved over – my friend played bass in the band with Charlie [Wilson, guitar] for a bit, so we started speaking on Facebook a few years ago.”

WHAT WAS IT ABOUT COUNTING DAYS IN PARTICULAR THAT ENTICED YOU BACK TO MUSIC? “It’s their sound Curtis (far right) back in the BMTH days – those great breakdowns. I love hardcore, plus I grew up learning Metallica and At The Gates riffs on guitar… and that’s Counting Days – all my favourite kinds of metal in one band. I’d been trying to do my own thing, so it was just good timing. It wasn’t like I was trying to find a band worthwhile for me or anything. I’ve been out of BMTH longer than I was in it.”

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“Well, playing with BMTH [in December 2014] wasn’t the first time I’d been onstage since I originally left. I’ve played in a few bands, like Nervous Wreck – which was Sam from Architects and Ben from Dead Swans’ school band. Then I played in Last Witness before they broke up [in 2013].”

WE ALSO HEARD YOU’VE HAD A BIT OF A MODELLING CAREER… “Yeah, briefly. People said I

couldn’t do it! I worked at Universal Music for about 18 months and started doing that at around the same time – I got a job at the main office working on their pricing, which was as boring as it sounds. Going from being in a band to being some marketing guy in the music industry is enough to make you hate it! And then I did my Photography Degree, and started modelling again a year ago. And now I’ve stopped doing it again! I actually work as a retoucher now.”

HOW MUCH MODELLING DID YOU END UP DOING? “I didn’t really do that much, as I was working full-time. I found it harder than being a musician! When you’re onstage, you can hide behind your guitar, but when you’re in a room with five people staring at you, there’s not much to hide behind. It’s a different type of performance.You’ve got to look good… which is hard. It was fun sometimes, other times quite tough.”

THAT FIRST WALK MUST HAVE BEEN NERVEWRACKING… “Yeah! There was a lot of pressure. Though I found walking easier than the shoots – it was more like being onstage, so I felt a little more used to that. I don’t think people realise just how much work has to go into it – you have to go to castings every day, and you’re constantly in a room saying thanks to people all day. Then, once in a while, you might get a job! People might think it’s an easy thing to prance around and do, but actually you have to put in a lot of years to be successful.”

WHY DID YOU GET BACK INTO IT AGAIN, YEARS AFTER GIVING IT UP? “I was at work one day and someone asked me if I wanted to do something with [art/ fashion/lifestyle collective] BEENTRILL. So, I did that and started wondering if I could still do this, so I saw my old agent who said we could! We tried for a bit, but again, I was working a lot so didn’t have much time for it. Plus, I was, like, 28. It was good but weird that I could still do it at that age. I guess it must be my Peter Pan genes (laughs)!”

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“How do you become a music writer?” we often get asked. This tale of a young lad blagging an interview with fictional ’70s band Stillwater and accidentally ending up having to write it as a Rolling Stone cover feature is basically the answer. The answer we wish we could give. Also, we wish it was still the ’70s, and Stillwater were a real band.

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It’s hard to overstate just how accurate This Is Spinal Tap – AKA the funniest film ever made – actually is. A rockumentary following the fictitious English metal band of the title around America, their misadventures with sexist album covers (“What’s wrong with being sexy?”), “miniature bread” and Stonehenge stage props so small they’re “in danger of being crushed by a dwarf” are eerie watching for anyone who’s ever picked up a guitar.

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WAYNE’S WORLD

The first was great, the second was even better. Wayne and Garth’s adventures may be, ultimately, a rom-com about a man trying to get the girl, but the adventures him and his buddies have on the way are some of the funniest things ever put on celluloid. Alice Cooper hasn’t been able to walk down the street without someone yelling “We’re not worthy!” at him since.

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BILL & TED? EXCELLENT!

IT’S OFFICIAL: a new Bill & Ted movie is coming! Twenty-five years on from their last bogus journey, Keanu Reeves confirmed a script for the third film was complete, and him and co-star Alex Winter were both on board. “The writers wrote a script which

is a really cool idea, so we’re trying to get it made,” he told presenter Jonathan Ross on his chat show. It’s gonna be a long wait ’til it comes out, so we’ve put together a list of the best rock movies ever for the meantime… they’re most outstanding, Rufus.

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Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi and Adam Sandler try to get their demo played on the local rock radio station. Before you can say “That escalated quickly”, they’ve taken the station hostage – with water pistols. Keep your eyes peeled for a cameo by Lemmy, and Chris Farley pulling a thug’s nipple ring out.

SCHOOL OF ROCK

Jack Black has to teach a bunch of school kids about the glory of music, and how they can rock as well. He does a good job hamming it up for his young charges, but the most impressive part is how he manages to get so many people to turn up to a gig on a Monday morning. Spoiler alert: that happens at the end.


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WHERE DOES PRAYERS/ TRIANGLES CAPTURE DEFTONES IN 2016? “Deftones is a band who never really had a box that we fit neatly into.And that’s something I think we sort of appreciate – it keeps it fun, because it always feels like there’s somewhere to go musically.” SO, DID YOU HAVE A FIXED IDEA OF WHAT YOU WERE GOING TO COME UP WITH? “Well, that said, I still think we’re not the kind of band that tries to reinvent

STEPH O’SULLIVAN, GREYWIND HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE IN THE K! ROCK CHART? “It feels absolutely amazing! We used to buy Kerrang! every Wednesday after school when we were younger.”

CAN YOU TELL US WHAT FOREST ABLAZE IS ABOUT? “Forest Ablaze is about

ourselves ever. I think every record we make is a Deftones record, but what that record’s going to be, we don’t even know!” AFTER DECADES OF ACCLAIM, DO YOU EVER FEEL UNDER PRESSURE JUST TO BE YOU? “It would sound very fucking corny if I said that – no-one wants to hear someone say,‘It’s hard being me’ – but I’m going to say yes. I don’t like having to give somebody a version of what they expect from me. I try to live my life without any expectation.”

a moment that wakes you up from a dark point in your life and makes you not care or worry about anything any more.” DOES THE SONG SHOW WHAT YOU’RE ALL ABOUT? “If you love the calmto-storm elements of this song, then you’ll definitely love what we have coming up!”

SEE/HEAR THE OFFICIAL KERRANG! ROCK CHART! The Official Kerrang! Rock Chart is made up of airplay across Kerrang! Radio, Kerrang! TV and specialist rock stations. The show airs on K! Radio every Saturday at 10am with Loz Guest and also on K! TV Thursdays at 4pm. Tune in and listen up!


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hile most music fans would love to get backstage, there’s one dressing room you’d rather be anywhere but: in new film Green Room, where punk rock meets seriously brutal horror. We’ve teamed up with Showfilmfirst.com so you can attend an advanced screening of the movie near you on May 8 (before the general release on May 13)! Just log on to the site and enter the code ‘368489’ to get tickets for you and a friend. The film tells the story of punk rock group, the Ain’t Rights, who find themselves playing a gig in middle-of-nowhere Oregon. Their cover of

the Dead Kennedy’s Nazi Punks Fuck Off doesn’t go down that well with the local neo-Nazis who happen to be attending the show, but that’s the least of the foursome’s worries. After a killer set, they stumble across a murder scene, and the venue’s owner, Darcy Banker (played by Patrick Stewart a.k.a. X-Men’s Professor Charles Xavier), and his Nazi pals refuse to let the young band leave. Forget amp knobs – the only thing getting turned up to 11 here is thrills. So, do the Ain’t Rights make it out alive so they can get a Kerrang! Fresh Blood? Head to Showfilmfirst.com and get your tickets to find out!

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UM, ARE THESE GUYS COMING TO TAKE OUR LUNCH MONEY? No, don’t worry! This is Reigning Days, a trio setting their sights on bringing guitar music back to the airwaves.Their na might leave some people confused, but it’s no reflection on the British weather – it’s about ruling like royalty.“We have to expla to people that it’s not raining out of the sky, but the king’s way! That can get a little confusing,” laughs frontman Dan Steer.“W still not sure this is a good band name, but this day and age it’s so hard to come up w something that stands out.” RIGHT… SO, WHAT ELSE MAKES ’EM STAND OUT? For a start, the trio’s brand of rock is tailormade for the grander settings – just ask the huge crowds in India, Russia and the U.S. that they’ve already played for. It’s proving to be a winning concoction, but this has been well-crafted. Still showing their baby teeth, Dan admits “it’s a learning curve.We’ve played festivals in front of tens of thousands

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of people and it spurs you on – you’ve just got to go for it.” Reigning Days’ willingness to adapt has seen the rockers escape from their humble surroundings of Devon, with their l fi d d h li d g

“IT’S CLICHÉ, BUT DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT!” , ’ , ? Well, naturally the space-rock titans are a huge inspiration for any band from the West Country, but Reigning Days have already overcome that pigeonhole.“We used to get that comparison, but not so much any more. We just thought,‘Fuck it,’ and went back to basics. I love that band, but no-one wants to be in the shadows of something else,” muses Dan.“I know it sounds cliché, but do something different, rather than thinking,‘Well,

that’s on the radio, so we’ve gotta get that sound.’” All you have to do is whack their track Renegade into your ears to know that these guys’ take on modern rock is an honest ff ir.They’ve kept it their recipe simple but e ctive – so much so that it would have Aunt sie ripping up her cookbook. DASS. SO, THEY’RE ON A PATH TO LE ROCK, BASICALLY? P tty much. For a trio whose first two s les gate-crashed the K! Rock Chart, only a matter of time before they’re r sacking the mainstream with their guitar .With a new self-titled EP dropping on e 3, and a summer release looking likely for their debut full-length, Reigning Days are only getting started. “It’s taken a very monstrous turn – the demos we’ve been jamming out are a lot heavier.They’re big tunes,” Dan grins.The band’s real chance to shine is at the bazillion festivals they’re playing in the coming months, bringing their coolas-hell tunes to the masses. And after that? They’re going to forge their rock empire. Don’t even think about getting in their way.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR FANS OF: Muse, Royal Blood, Nothing But Thieves. HEAR: Awesome single Renegade on Kerrang.co MORE INFO: Facebook.com/ reigningdays CHECK OUT: The trio doing their thing live at Download Festival in June. DON’T MISS: Reigning Days and more killer new bands on Alex Baker’s Fresh Blood show on Wednesdays at 10pm on K! Radio.


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“Life’s too short to be serious!” says @frodoalice. That it is, Alice. Patrick Stump seems to be pulling the same face we were when we were holding our breath for the Fall Out Boy reunion. Not gone the same colour we did, though…

COUNTERFEIT? NA, THE REAL DEAL!

“Met Counterfeit’s Jamie Campbell Bower after their London gig!,” says @Nikkiee02. Wicked dude, that Jamie. Loves a good mosh, too. Totally owned that pit during Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes in London for the K! Tour. Knocked us on our bums, he did!

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“I’m still not over meeting Will Gould, such a fab man!” says @de4dasfuck. We’re with you there, mate. We asked Creeper to play our K! Awards noms party just to spend more time with him!

“How about artwork that’s tattooed?” says @aintitgvnn. Artwork that’s tattooed, @aintitgvnn, is more than cool. Watch out, though, that spider looks very interested in your My Chem tatt. Maybe he thinks the blood is strawberry sauce. Mmmm, we want a ’99 Flake now. Is having an ice cream when it’s raining weird? No? Good!

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“I drew @AlexAllTimeLow…” @FallOutBilvy. But what’s he telling you to keep secret? Come on, guys, please tell us. No fair! *Sad face*

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TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING, THE SHADOW SIDE SEES ANDY BLACK EMBRACE A SIDE OF HIM NEVER BEFORE SEEN IN BLACK VEIL BRIDES. BUT AT WHAT COST WILL IT COME TO ANDY BIERSACK, IAN WINWOOD ASKS… PHOTOS: PAUL HARRIES

any, many years ago, Andy Black – you may know him better as Andy Biersack, frontman with Black Veil Brides – used to walk down the corridors of his suburban Cincinnati high school dressed in tight Misfits shirts and black nail varnish. In what Andy describes as “a segregated city” – he means this in a musical sense, by the way, but the Ohio enclave was segregated, also, by dint of race – this was a confrontational look. People who the interviewee himself would describe as being “hillbillies” would scream at him with anger and menace.The word they would scream would invariably be ‘Faggot!’. These “hillbillies” were fans of heavy metal. “When I was growing up, my chief interests in music were things that leaned a little more toward pop or punk rock,” says Andy today. “I recently discovered that were I to give you a list of the 10 albums that influenced me the most, you probably wouldn’t find a single heavy metal record on there. In my adolescence I loved the feeling of heavy metal music, but it never spoke to me in the way that punk rock music did – or even to the degree that singersongwriter music did, or pop-rock 18 KERRANG!

music did. For me as a kid, I could connect more with punk rock bands. “So, deep down, I was always interested to see if it was possible for me to make music that sounded like Psychedelic Furs…” The Psychedelic Furs are a tasteful and melodic rock band. Formed in London in 1977, the group are best known, especially to listeners in the United States, for the gliding and poignant Pretty In Pink, a track concerned, in both senses of the word, with a girl who believes that putting out is the best way of getting on, and who lives in a world where ‘All of her lovers all


Biersack or Black… Biersack or Black… Let’s stick to Andy, eh? Yeah, Andy

talk of her notes and the flowers that they never sent / And isn’t she easy, isn’t she pretty in pink…’. In the video for We Don’t Have To Dance – the lead-off track from the singer’s first solo album, The Shadow Side – Andy Black effortlessly sprays this level of groove and this level of finesse onto a modern canvas. ‘Records scratched, Steve Miller Band / Tattooed necks and tattooed hands ’ croons the singer in a voice that pours warmer than melted chocolate. In a video shot in tasteful black and white, the singer is framed dressed, alternatively, in a black suit and white shirt combo, a black James Dean Rebel Without A Cause motorcycle jacket and a black sports coat and black shirt.The frames are luscious and stylish, invoking Armani adverts more than Black Veil Brides clips.The melodies are welcoming and warm. In other words, Andy

Biersack, in the guise of Andy Black, is here to give you something completely, remarkably fresh. “For me, to go with this Andy Black project was to be able to do something completely new and different,” says its creator. “It was something that, going into a project, means a lot to a lot of people – it’s a completely new thing. And I think what’s been really great is that if I want to sit down and write a song about being exhausted from being on a nine-month tour cycle, almost a little bit of a complaining thing, I can do that. I can get it out of my system. “Andy Black gives me the opportunity to say things in a way that is completely different from the way I’m used to saying them,” he continues. “It’s a way of cleansing my palate, if you like. And I’m really pleased with what I’ve come up with; I’m really pleased that I’ve been able to showcase myself in this way. “If you had asked 15-year-old Andy [Biersack] what kind of record he would like to make when he grows up,” he adds, “it would sound pretty similar to this.” hese days, Andy Black-cumBiersack rarely drinks (he is also, for the most part, entirely vegan). He made an understandable exception last month, however, at his own wedding (to Juliet Simms). As the evening glided to a major-key ending, the bridegroom “had a couple of champagne flutes” and stood at the edge of the dance floor. KERRANG! 19


Annoyingly, Moss Bros. had a policy against returns after a full gig has been played in a suit

For the final song of the night, the DJ nominated Andy Black’s We Don’t Have To Dance, and its creator watched with pleasure as his Black Veil Brides bandmates chose, in fact, to dance. And with joy and abandon, at that. “It was brilliant to see,” he says, “it was brilliant to see that they are the people that I always thought they were.” So, they’re not fucked off with you heading out on your own? “No, not at all,” he says, the beat unmissed. “They’re happy for me, and they’re happy with what I’m doing. It’s strange that people worry about this.There are people who have been fans of Black Veil Brides for many years who look at Andy Black and think, ‘Uh oh, this is gonna mean the end of the band.’ I can guarantee that it’s not.” But when Andy says of his work under the name Black that “we’ve been having quite an interesting shift, where radio are playing [We Don’t Have To Dance] like crazy and the presales of the record are going really well and people seem really to be responding to it,” one wonders quite exactly what the logical conclusion of all this might be. Leaving aside that the vocalist is also a part-time fashion model for Italian Vogue magazine, the fascinating disparity between Black Veil Brides and Andy Black suggests a single person who must have work cut out maintaining the identities of both personas, perhaps even in his own mind. 20 KERRANG!

Andy laughs out a brief order of short shrift. “When I was a kid and people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up,” he says, by way of anecdote, “I always answered ‘rockstar’. But then I’d add to that by saying that I wanted to be the first rockstar [ice] hockey player, professional football player and professional baseball player. I felt strongly that I could be great at a lot of things. At the risk of sounding too cocky, I don’t think I’ll lose myself if I continue to push myself. I don’t think I will lose what it is I love to do just because I give myself all of these opportunities.” Do you not worry that you’re perhaps spreading yourself too thin? “No,” he says, the heartbeat a second behind. “I don’t think that I’m spreading myself too thin at all. But I do think that I’m burning the candle at both ends, and I think that’s a good thing. I guess time will tell whether or not it’s possible for me to do that. If you talk to me in a year and I’ve lost my mind and pulled out all my hair, then obviously it wasn’t possible. But I honestly think it’s possible to do what you want to do. And here’s why. People are often afraid to put in the work that it takes to do something great.There are people who are a lot more talented than I am. And most of those people, were they to complain about X,Y and Z when they have a natural talent, are not very good at working for what they want.” Split-personality disorder: discuss.

“Do I think I have a split personality?” Maybe. “I don’t know,” comes the answer, in surprisingly wistful tones. But then the tone sharpens. “Actually,” he says, “I would say that I don’t have one any more, and that’s one of the odd things about this. Creating Andy Black brought me closer to the true sense of self that I probably should have had all along.” or Andy, this all seems to be less a question of identity and more a question of hard work and effort. Speaking to Kerrang! while on his honeymoon – “Well it’s part-honeymoon, part-work,” he admits – his conversation comes peppered with references to perspiration and grind. He’ll say that the only requirement needed to sustain both Black Veil Brides and Andy Black is the realisation “that I just won’t get much sleep”. He’ll say that “I just have to understand that this is a commitment of my life and time, and that I have to commit to it fully”. He’ll throw in a rhetorical question: “If I don’t put as much effort into something as I possibly can, then what’s the point of doing it?” “I just have to work really damn hard,” is it in a nutshell. Andy is working hard even here. He speaks with the rhetorical flourishes of Barack Obama, if these flourishes came married to the verbal speed of a livestock auctioneer. Interrupting his sentences is difficult – boxing-referee difficult. The speed at


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ANDY REVEALS THE GUEST CONTRIBUTION TO THE SHADOW SIDE THAT MEANS MORE TO HIM THAN ALL THE OTHERS… While Andy pays tribute to all of the stars who have leant their talents to The Shadow Side, there is one guest whose contribution is, as Andy describes, a “dream come true” – that of Alkaline Trio/ blink-182 man Matt Skiba (pictured below). In Alkaline Trio, Matt – who is the sole guest star to lend vocals to a track on the record, Stay Alive – fronts a band who have played a starring role in soundtracking the life of Andy, and to have him on the record was an experience “I will never forget”. “Alkaline Trio are my favourite band of all time,” Andy explains. “There are things that you find on your own, and there’s a lot to be said for that. When you’re really young, and you’re in a certain age group, you tend to be suggestive to music that you’re told about, music that your parents listen to, or a cooler

person at school listens to, or you saw on a T-shirt. But we all remember the first band or artist that we discovered on our own, without someone telling us to do so. They were the first band that you could say were yours. For me, that was Alkaline Trio. That was my band. I discovered them through a cover I saw at the record store, which was [2001’s] From Here To Infirmary. I bought the record and put it on at home and thought, ‘Oh, now this is what I wanna do.’ “For me, Matt Skiba wasn’t a guy in his mid-20s talking about drug addiction; he was a guy talking about the struggles that young people face. And that really spoke to me.”

which he speaks, far faster than any musician this reporter has ever interviewed, and that’s going some, means that transcription of this conversation comes accompanied by a chorus of sighs and a volley of swearing. So, it’s not difficult to imagine Andy Biersack putting his engines into gear in order to record his debut album. It’s not difficult to imagine himself and überproducer and co-writer John Feldmann hunkering down together in order to write “30 or 35 tracks”. It’s not difficult to imagine the enthusiastic, irresistible phone conversations to such faces as Gerard and Mikey Way, Good Charlotte, 5 Seconds Of Summer, and blink-182 and Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, to name just a few, enthusing that they join Andy on the record, and how the water is lovely. Just as how, really, it’s not difficult to imagine the energy with which the album came together, combined with a quiet authority that suggests that Andy Black has existed for as long as Andy Biersack has been alive. “To be honest with you, I love this record so much,” he says, the stopcock broken. “I think that the political thing would be to say, ‘Well, it’s just different.’ People will ask, ‘What’s the difference between Black Veil Brides and this?’ and I’ll go, ‘Oh, it’s just different.’ But to me, that’s not quite the right answer. Because the thing that I’m really trying to be honest with people about is I fucking love this record.” Would you be kind enough to talk about some of

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the music, please? “What do you want to know?” What about it is particular to Andy Black? “Well, one of the differences in writing for myself is that I’m able to be a little bit more direct [than with Black Veil Brides],” he says. “Heavy metal tends to be very triumphalist, and [Andy Black] doesn’t have to be. So, for example, Patrick Stump and Quinn [Allman], formerly of The Used, came in and we wrote We Don’t Have To Dance. Obviously that would never be a Black Veil Brides song, but it works here. So, we basically all sat down and we wrote about what it’s like not to have to go to Hollywood social-type parties. And that’s genuinely how that song came to be. It’s a song about being socially ill at ease.” A fashion model for Italian Vogue is talking about being socially ill at ease. “I was not born with a golden voice,” comes the rather cute retort. “I was a chubby kid who girls would not talk to. I was not the king of popularity.” Another song, Andy explains, comes from a collaboration with Gerard Way.The lyric on this occasion is about “the fake world of fickle media”, which often tells stories intended to capitalise on the loneliness of young people. “A lot of the writing process involved me sitting down and talking about things and writing stories that way,” says Andy. And this is different from your norm? “Yeah, it is,” he says. “Look, why would I take what we’ve created with Black Veil Brides and compromise it just because I want to try a technique like that, or just because I want to sing lyrics like these? That’s one of the reasons this album exists. Because I didn’t want to jeopardise what is great, and what people love, about Black Veil Brides, just because I want to try out a couple of new ideas.” lack Veil Brides themselves are sort-of presently recording their as-yet-unscheduled new album. This they are doing with Canadian producer Bob Rock, a man who once served as technician to Metallica, a band one of whose members’ desire to perform with a different group on a part-time basis almost tore the union apart. But if Andy Biersack says that the two scenarios bear no relation, then there is no reason to disbelieve him. But perhaps it might be fair to say that Andy stepping into the light as Andy Black is keeping BVB’s forthcoming chapter a beat behind the clock. Up next, Andy Black is headed out on the road.This will be a tour of the most intimate venues in which Andy has not appeared for seven or eight years. Back then, BVB used to tour first in a car, and then in a van. A former ice hockey goalie for the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, Andy Biersack is 6’4”. He would sit in the rear of both vehicles, his knees scalloped under his chin, his eyes scanning the road in misery. “I remember looking out and seeing, like, box trucks going by and saying to our tour manager, ‘Hey, can we get one of those? That’d be better than what we’ve got,’” he remembers, not without fondness. “I was just so tired of being sore in my knees all of the time. I could hardly walk once we arrived at the venue.” This time ferried by a bus, in 2016 Andy will once again sit in the dressing rooms in the kind of venues in which he used to prepare in the years before his face regularly adorned the covers of magazines such as this. But the production will be small – “No drum risers!” he says – and contact will be close. After each show, audience members who so desire will be able to meet the man they’ve paid to see. “I just want to be able to do this because it’s a good thing to do,” he says. “I want to be able to take this out on the road and have fun with this. If I want to do this for a while, then I can; if I want to take this and play in front of people for a while, then I can. I just want to enjoy my life and make music. And this is the music that I’m making at this moment.” 22 KERRANG!

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And so there he is, Andy Biersack, Andy Black, with his shape-shifting, expectation-confounding new creation. “This is me,” he says, “how I used to be, and I sometimes like to be even now. It’s about embracing what is different from the person I’ve been cast as being, mostly by myself. And it’s about seeing how many people will embrace the same in themselves, and go running along with me out into the light. “If this record is as great as we think it is, then we really want the world to get behind it,” Andy says. “It’s really that simple.That doesn’t mean that I don’t love Black Veil Brides, it just means that in many ways I look at this record and go, ‘This is something that I’m so happy that I got to do.’ I’ve said it since day one: if this crashes and burns, then at least I’ve got to do this and to call it my own.” Andy Black: a chameleon of every colour.

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THE REAL BLACK VEIL BRIDE FORGET ALBUM RELEASES OR TOUR DATES… ANDY TAKES US INTO THE REAL BIGGEST DAY OF HIS LIFE… “On April 16, we had a beautiful, intimate ceremony with our friends and family, and I married my best friend in the world. I am the happiest man alive! Juliet Simms is my now-wife, although as a couple we’ve been together for five years. For the wedding itself we had about 100 guests and we tied the knot in this beautiful Italian-style villa. It was really wonderful. I had so much fun. It was a magical night filled with love and laughs. It was perfect to be around my family, to celebrate this wonderful, romantic occasion.

“It was great to be in the company of my band – with the exception of Ashley [Purdy], our bass player, unfortunately, who was moving out of state – and my closest friends and my family. I remember standing out on the balcony at the end of the night with my band. We were all chatting, drinking flutes of champagne, laughing, and they were all really happy for me. It was a beautiful moment. “The day was everything I ever wanted, and I am incredibly excited to start this new chapter of my life with my soulmate.”

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well. It literally felt like I got punched two different times at the same time.” Today I Saw The Whole World, meanwhile, is a full song about that same situation. “They’re very angry kinds of songs, and there’s usually a couple of those on each record,” explains Vic.“I think I had to get that out.Whatever the song calls for is what you give it – I’ve never been a fan of bands that’ll be like, ‘Okay, we gotta have the screaming part…’ If you get so angry that you have to scream there, then that’s how it goes; that’s the emotion that song is bringing out of you.” Vic isn’t screaming today, however. He’s quietly showing his bandmates – bassist Jaime Preciado, guitarist

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Tony Perry and drummer Mike Fuentes – round his new place, after recently getting his foot on the property ladder. Before now,Vic had never even owned a bed (referenced in the title of album track Bedless), let alone a house.And, busy writing the album, he had no plans to move out of his parents’ place for a couple of years yet. But his mum found the house online, thought it’d be perfect, and Vic snapped it up without even viewing it.“It was like the universe wanted me to have it,” he smiles.

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he making of Misadventures was a long and lonely process for Vic Fuentes. Holed up in producer Dan Korneff’s studio in Long Island, he spent three entire months in isolation.There, he worked day and night, stopping only to pop out for food – usually at a local diner, where he’d get eggs and bacon, or a hamburger – or to rest his head for a few hours in the studio’s loft. His only substantial trips out would be to write, where he’d take the duo’s red rental car on drives around the city, for hours at a time. “I love working on lyrics when I’m driving,” Vic says, perched precariously on a modern, brown wood coffee table, his only piece of furniture.“It’s like a brainstimulating thing for me – it’s nice to have your eyes moving and your senses going, and I think that kinda helps bring out words. How do I write them down? Very carefully (laughs)!” It was in that same car that Vic found himself at the


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lowest point of making PTV’s fourth record. After he and his band finished the music, knowing exactly how they wanted it to sound, they went back to San Diego, and the lyricist found himself struggling with inspiration. “I can always write a bunch of pretty words and put them together,” he says, the acoustics of the empty house twisting his accent to make him sound oddly like Family Guy’s Chris Griffin (with the addition of an above-average IQ).“I wanted each song to have a really good meaning to it, so I could tell you a whole story behind the song, and I wasn’t at a point in my life where I could do that and the ideas weren’t there yet…” On top of that, the frontman had Fearless Records pressuring him to get the record finished. One day it all got too much and he broke down. ‘I cried and listened to the rain in the rental car / One day somebody’s gonna go and get pushed too far’, sings Vic on Phantom Power And Ludicrous Speed, a frank account of how he was feeling at that time. “We all cry sometimes,” he says now. “On every record I definitely push myself to some pretty hard levels. Because, as the writer of the lyrics, I like to think about things that affect me in harder ways. In our band we go through blood, sweat and tears, and I just remember times when I couldn’t go on living the way I was.” Phantom Power… also explains the pressures Vic had from people telling him how and when to write the music.“I’ll never let anybody try and tell me something like that,” he frowns.“I think [the lyric] ‘Deny my lungs their breathing rights’ was just me trying to figure out a way to speak my mind and being able to let out all the things that I wanted to say, and feeling like people were trying to stifle me from doing that.” The struggles of making the record, especially towards the beginning, where there was no end in sight (“I was like, ‘Fuck! Where and when is all this

gonna come to an end?’”), left Vic feeling like a nobody. It’s a concept explored on The Divine Zero (name borrowed from Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel).“It’s when you’re feeling small, like you’ve hit rock bottom,” says Vic of the lyric ‘I’m falling through the couch like a suicide mission tonight’.“I’ve always felt like that… Like I’m always trying to prove myself. It’s just the kind of person that I am. I feel like I have to scream a little bit louder for people to hear me.”

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ic is a deep-thinker, who, as he’s gotten older, has begun to question why, after 33 years, he’s still on this planet.The answer, he says, admitting its obvious cheesiness, is love. “I think love is why we’re here.The relationships that you have are what keeps you around, and I think that’s the reason for continuing.” The frontman is also prone to worrying, often about everyone and anyone who enters into the orbit of his universe. And, unsurprisingly, that filters into the words he’s singing. “Songs have to be from a really strong place in me, and each one has to be so heavy on my soul that I need to talk about it,” he says, placing a red and white guitar pick he’s been fiddling with between his brilliant white teeth. That lyrical weightiness did eventually come.After he got out of the studio, he had a hoot with his band fulfilling tour commitments, and went on a solitary writing pilgrimage to Seattle, where he’d walk around his favourite spots, like the Fish Market, Gas Works Park and downtown. The latter area is where he finished the song Gold Medal Ribbon, written about his first girlfriend from high school, who passed away after some “struggles with addictions” around the time Vic started working on the record. Since they’d often go to get ice cream together, the title refers to her favourite flavour.

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“Two months before we started dating, her boyfriend had gotten into a car accident and passed away, and she thought that she’d never be able to love again,” says Vic. “But I remember her telling me I taught her to love again; I thought it was just such a sweet thing.” He knew right after she passed that he wanted to write a song about her.“It wasn’t hard to do, because the song is positive – it’s me almost speaking to her and telling her that I still think about her.” Circles was another album track finished in Seattle, but inspired by Paris and the attacks on the city last November. “We had played the Bataclan two years before that happened, so it hit everybody in so many different ways,” Vic admits.“As a musician it was like,‘Fuck, that could have been us… that could have been our friends.’ “I remember seeing the interviews with Eagles Of Death Metal [who were headlining the Bataclan that night].They said that a lot of people died trying to help their friends, and it was one of the saddest, most impactful things I’ve ever heard in my life, so I wrote that song thinking about all those people. It’s actually a story about two kids trying to help each other in a situation like that.What would they be saying? And feeling? And going through?” One of the more upbeat songs on the record, it’d be easy for a casual listener to miss the tragedy disguised within Vic’s words on Circles. Unlike the more obvious story on album closer Song For Isabelle, about a real-life Isabelle who used to hang out at PTV shows. “She told me that she couldn’t handle the way that people treated each other in the world, and she didn’t want to be in the world any more,” explains Vic. “She couldn’t handle how cruel it was and was basically like, ‘I’m not gonna be here in a year.’ “I spent the whole next year not knowing if she was still around, and luckily she is,” he says, looking genuinely relieved.“Hopefully she found some joy in life, but it was really a heavy thing on my mind for a while, not knowing if this person made it through


what they were trying to get through.” If a look into the issues that weigh heavy on Vic’s heart isn’t proof enough that he’s a sensitive soul – not to mention one of the brightest, most impactful lyricists in modern rock – right on cue, his girlfriend returns home from walking her Italian greyhounds Willy and Wein, who pounce on the frontman, excitedly licking at his face as he scoops them into his arms. Kerrang!, in turn, breathes a sigh of relief, knowing that we won’t end up in 12 pieces at the bottom of San Diego’s Mission Bay after all… MISADVENTURES IS RELEASED ON MAY 13 VIA FEARLESS RECORDS. PIERCE THE VEIL TOUR THE UK IN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER – SEE THE GIG GUIDE FOR INFORMATION

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WHAT MISADVENTURES’ SLEEVE REVEALS ABOUT THE SONGS WITHIN…

1THE PRAYING HANDS

“It’s such a strong image for me – it just means so many crazy things. In general, I think the concept of the machine praying is interesting, because it doesn’t have a soul, so why would it be praying? But it also kinda describes me and my brother – we were raised in a Catholic family. Over the years, as I grow older, I feel like I have questions of faith. I think that’s been a part of my life over the last five years, thinking about what do I really believe in? And do I believe in the things that I was taught? What do I take from that?”

THE NEEDLE 4 AND THE PILLS

“We have had a lot of friends who have been suffering from addiction and stuff like that, and we actually lost a friend during the process [of making this album] – his name was Tyson [Stevens] from a band called Scary Kids Scaring Kids. They were the first band who ever took us out on a big tour, the first band we ever met who had a tour bus, so this was for him. I guess the older you get, the more you go on through life, everyone will have some sort of experience like that.”

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“I thought of this as whenever you want to get away from things – feeling like just leaving. That could be described on the record as the relationship with my girl and us wanting to get away from everything, and also just myself, when you feel like things are overwhelming and you just wanna get shot off and go away. I feel like that when things get overwhelming. It’s why I wrote the album in all the different places. Sometimes you have to take leaps of faith and, you know, do different things.”

5 THE STARS

“I wanted a lot of stars and I wanted it to be like a night-time scene, because most of my life revolves around night-time. I guess I sing a lot about the moon and the stars in a lot of my songs, too. I’ve had people ask me why I do that so much, and I never really quite know. I just chalk it up to me spending most of my time at night, and I think that’s when I feel most inspired, when I’m feeling like the rest of the world is asleep and I’m not gonna be bothered by people.”

DOLLAR BILL HANGING 3 THE FROM THE MOON

“I think this kinda represents the music industry and the evil parts of it – the people who don’t care about the art and only care about the money and the deadlines and the timelines and the record sales and stuff like that. And I hate that that’s a thing. I wish that music was just the way that you did it when you were in high school. That’s how it should be. I see it going on a lot – the longer you’re in it, the more you’re exposed to it, and the more it can get under your skin. So, that kinda represents that whole thing.”

THE HAND POURING 6 OUT ALCOHOL

“You pour out liquor for a friend that’s passed. That was describing the friend that I had that passed – that the song Gold Medal Ribbon was about. That was representing her, paying respects and describing that situation. You can’t tell what alcohol it is, it’s just some sort of booze! But that was for her.”

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he world got a little darker, sadder, smaller and a lot less purple recently, following the sudden death of Prince Rogers Nelson (April 21, at the age of 57), one of the purest geniuses to ever enter a recording studio, a virtuoso musician who also penned some of history’s best-loved songs and a man who just happened to be one of the world’s most brilliant rockstars. His death has made a powerful impact upon the current generation of Kerrang! heroes, marked by online tributes from Biffy Clyro,Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, blink-182’s Travis Barker, Guns N’ Roses and Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale, alongside Gene Simmons, Nikki Sixx, and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, who covered Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U in tribute. Prince’s achievements were impressive: seven GRAMMYs, four U.S. Number One albums, countless chart-topping hits and even an Oscar. But in amongst all that, there’s one accolade that might take some by surprise. For, unexpected as it might seem, the polymorphous Purple pop pixie was once a K! cover star. It was late 1984 when the self-described “skinny motherfucker with the high voice” made his debut upon the K! front page, bathed in violet spotlight and knocking the likes of Deep Purple, U2 and Dokken (all also starring in that issue) into the shadows. Prince had enjoyed the most successful year of his career, making his big-screen debut in Purple Rain, a semi-autobiographical box office hit that starred Prince as ‘The Kid’, a troubled genius rocker from Prince’s own hometown of Minneapolis.The movie made back almost 10 times its budget, while its soundtrack was his first LP to top the U.S.Albums Chart, selling over 14 million copies worldwide (over 22 million to date) and winning two GRAMMYs. Purple Rain remains perhaps the best entry-point into the wild, erotic, anarchic world of Prince.The nine-track set is audacious in its genre-bending eclecticism, in the way Prince mashes many different styles of music into his own inimitable sound.The swaggering Baby I’m A Star showcased within its throbbing funk a vocal that could hold its own with any heavy-rock legend for sheer raw-throated ballsiness, while synth-drenched radio-hits When Doves Cry and Let’s Go Crazy (both chart-toppers) were awash with the kind of fret-melting guitar solos that marked Prince as one of the wildest to ever shred the strings. His finest work, however, was the album’s epic title-track, the most sublime power ballad ever committed to tape, which to this day makes you

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want to hold a lighter (or lighter app on your phone) aloft for its entire eight minutes and 41 seconds. Purple Rain crowned Prince as modern music’s sui-generis master, his songs perfect for both the dance floor and the rock club, seeming to warn the listener: ‘Expect the unexpected.’ But then Prince had been confounding expectations his entire life.The son of an unsuccessful jazz musician who named his child Prince “because I wanted him to do everything I wanted to do”, Prince wrote his first song, Funk Machine, at the age of seven. His subsequent career was marked by remarkable ambition, focus and commitment, as Prince toiled to make sure he never suffered his father’s fate.

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veryone on the Minneapolis funk scene where he first cut his teeth knew this hard-working firebrand was going to go far – but few could have guessed how far. His debut, 1978’s For You, was impressive more for how he played every single instrument (bass, drums, guitars, synths and even wind chimes) himself than for its pop-funk. But even by 1979’s self-titled follow-up, Prince was rewriting the game on his own terms, dropping heavy-rocker Bambi among its plush purple pomp. 1980’s Dirty Mind was his first masterpiece, and the album was well-titled – the X-rated Head saw Prince graphically seduce a bride en-route to her wedding, Prince comes to the K! cover in late 1984 (K!82)

while the punky Sister was a steamy tale of incest. Eroticism was Prince’s bag, and he could get downright filthy, enough to make Anthony Kiedis sound like a nun; Darling Nikki, off Purple Rain, proved so racy it inspired a bunch of American busybodies to form the Parents Music Resource Center, which sought to censor pop, rap and metal throughout the ’80s and ’90s. Booed throughout his stint opening for The Rolling Stones in 1981 for sporting only bikini briefs and a trench coat, provoking outrage came almost as easy to Prince as breaking new ground.A year later, he hit pop paydirt with his pre-apocalyptic party anthem 1999 (it’s impossible to imagine Van Halen coming up with their own pop crossover Jump without 1999’s synth-stabs clearing the way); subsequent single Little Red Corvette, a delicious rocker, became one of the first videos by a black artist to appear on MTV. With Purple Rain, Prince became one of the biggest stars of the ’80s, as big as Madonna, as Bruce Springsteen, dwarfed only by Michael Jackson, who considered Prince his chief competitor.And Prince had a marvellous decade, cutting nine albums, several of which were doubles (including 1987’s Sign O’ The Times, the title-track from which was later covered by Muse), all of which were excellent. He resisted the pull of Hollywood, choosing to remain in Minneapolis, where he built his own studio complex, Paisley Park, where he tirelessly recorded and wrote and produced for others. His knack for chart success seemed to falter in the 1990s, though he remained fiendishly prolific and provocative, renaming himself ,AKA The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, during a feud with his former label Warner Bros; he even appeared at the 1995 Brit Awards with ‘Slave’ written on his face, in protest. But in recent years he seemed resurgent, re-signing with Warners, forming a new, all-woman backing band, 3rdeyegirl, and, right up until his passing, performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. His death is a tragedy, no question, and came far, far too soon. But for those not already familiar with his vast back catalogue, it’s also the prompt to investigate this brilliant, mercurial and inspirational musical god; a man who, even when moving in worlds outside of Kerrang!, was the embodiment of a rockstar. Let 2016 be the year you ‘go purple’, and let Prince fuck with your world.


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their own owls to a video (for Mother Earth, right), while FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND named a song Owls (Are Watching). Post-hardcore types MEWITHOUTYOU even once wrote a song called Nine Stories, about a conversation between an owl and a walrus. And yet no-one loves owls as much as two bands who took their name from our airborne friends – see OWLS, formed from the ashes of Chicago’s Cap’n Jazz, and Brighton’s O.W.L.S. Twit-twoo!


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f there’s one thing Kerrang! has learned in our 35 years of being The World’s Greatest Rock Magazine, it’s that sometimes interviews don’t go as planned. Sometimes an act is tired and thereby not especially communicative. Sometimes an act might not like a particular question.And it’s at these times, in truth, where things can get pretty interesting. But never, in all our history, have we gone head-tohead for a band’s attention… with an owl. “Shall we get this interview done quickly, so we can go see the owl?” laughs Erlend Hjelvik, singer in Norway’s Kvelertak. “Let’s go see the owls!” seconds guitarist Vidar Landa, who, in his blue woollen jumper and facial fur, looks like he’s just come off a six-month stint on a Cold War-era submarine. To be honest, K! is sort of thinking the same thing. Formed in Rogaland, western Norway, in 2007, Kvelertak have long had a thing about our feathered friends. Onstage, Erlend will often stick one on his head.A dead one, obviously – a live one would be impractical.And, whether it’s on album sleeves or band merch, owls make repeated appearances. From the off, on their 2010 self-titled debut and breakthrough, an owl, drawn by the hand of Baroness singer John Baizley, featured on the sleeve. On their new album, their third, Nattesferd, there’s another.And a cyborg, sitting on what looks like a rocky foreign planet. If you’re a fan of Kvelertak’s unique brew of black metal, classic rock’n’roll, barked Norwegian vocals and nerdist fantasy genre influences, all this will make perfect sense. It was, of course, a no-brainer that we’d hire an owl for the photos that accompany this feature. “What Kvelertak is,” says Erlend,“is a world made out of stuff we love.A lot of the lyrics are based on Norse mythology and old folklore and things like that, And nature. I like to think our music has some kind of primal quality, so it makes sense to have a lot of nature involved in the artwork…” He pauses. “I’ve never really thought about this before, but we do take a lot of time thinking about the artwork and the aesthetic of Kvelertak. But it’s just as simple as: I’ve been listening to this kind of music for a long time and I’m really interested in cover art and stuff, so it’s, you know, whenever I see, like, a good cover or

a cool T-shirt, I try to find out who did it.We have a handful of people that we’ve been working with for a long time now, and we keep trying to add more people; we’re always looking out for someone new to make something cool for us! For me, it’s one of the most fun things about being in the band…”

in leeches was probably pretty cool. Nattesferd was recorded live. Bands don’t have to record live any more; they can multitrack to their hearts’ content. But records that do sound live – especially that capture the thrilling experience of seeing Kvelertak up close in concert – are pretty cool, too. “This is the first record we’ve made at home,” says Vidar.“The first here’s something almost two we made with Kurt [Ballou, defiantly retro about a lot Converge guitarist and in-demand of how Kvelertak operate. studio whizz] and it was nice not to For example, in an age where, to have to travel to the other side of many – the CEOs of Spotify,TIDAL, the world.We found a nice studio, a Apple Music and more, for example big studio, which you need for all six – music is now invisible, it’s almost of us playing live. I just wanted to go like Kvelertak are fighting to operate into a room and play with my friends. like how rock bands always did.They Onstage, Erlend knows I was so bored of, y’know, laying make stuff.They make stuff with love. who’s the boss… down the drums, then a riff, then Stuff you can hold in your hands, wear another riff, then another riff…” and that makes the music just feel so “It takes away the soul…” adds Erlend. much more important… The singer needn’t worry. Nattesferd is full of “Totally,” says Erlend, intercepting.“Like, that’s what I think is the cool thing about the new album artwork, soul. It’s the loosest, dare we say, grooviest the band for example. It could just as easily be the cover of, like, have ever sounded on record. Other than a bunch a ’70s science-fiction novel, like a pulp novel. It’s all just of people who look like sweaty Vikings bouncing up an outlet for our imagination…” and down next to you while you hear the songs, it’s Sometimes that sort of expansive imagination the most accurate representation of who Kvelertak feels really old-fashioned… are, live and in the flesh.And the songs! This is still the Erlend huffs.“Yes. Because, like, when bands blackened classic rock you love are doing cover art now, I guess you have Kvelertak for, but the melodies to consider what it looks like on a shitty, are brighter and shinier – more small phone.And you have to think Status Quo-esque – than ever about things like how you record the before.This is Kvelertak clad in album, too…” denim, not leather and studs. Would you say Kvelertak miss “We want people to like our making music how it used to be? For music!” laughs Erlend.“So, we’ve young men, you’ve got old souls… never been afraid of melody…” Erlend nods, forcibly.“Everything was “We have been pretty better before.And we want to keep shameless this time, though,” things that way.” smiles Vidar, mischievously. If we’re being contrary, what “Can we go see some owls?” Erlend says isn’t strictly true. In the Let’s go see some bloody owls. old days we used to stick leeches all over people who had headaches, NATTESFERD IS Festival season’s mustand then we invented aspirin. But, RELEASED ON MAY 13 have accessory… at the same time, being covered VIA ROADRUNNER

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DOMENIC PALERMO HAS LOST YEARS TO PRISON AND ADDICTION, AND DODGED DEATH AFTER AN ASSAULT IN 2015. NOW, THOUGH, WITH NEW ALBUM TIRED OF TOMORROW, THE NOTHING FRONTMAN IS ONLY LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE…

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omenic Palermo, the founder and frontman of the obscenely loud U.S. shoegaze outfit Nothing, is an intelligent guy. He’s philosophical, thoughtful, gruffly charming and funny in an understated and self-deprecating way. He’s also a man who was once sentenced to seven years in prison for aggravated assault and attempted murder after stabbing another young man in the chest. “How does a person find himself in a situation where he can end up stabbing another human being like that?” he ponders. “I was a wild child. I hate to say that the neighbourhood I grew up in had an impact, but it did. And just dealing with demons as a kid growing up. Some people just react to problems they have deep inside of them in different ways, and mine was always to lash out at anyone that wasn’t with me.” At the time of the altercation that led to the stabbing, Domenic was playing in a hardcore punk band called Horror Show. He’d grown up surrounded by petty crime, violence and drugs in the rougher parts of Philadelphia. His mother had introduced him to British indie and shoegaze bands like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, but it was the sheer aggression of the local hardcore scene that first drew him into making music. “It was a strange step in my life,” he recalls.“I went from running round the streets as a knucklehead kid, selling drugs and stealing and doing all types of awful things, then all of a sudden I found this scene of kids that were all on the same page. It became like a home for me, because my regular home wasn’t quite a home D O M E N I C at that point. It helped me in a way, but it also threw some gasoline onto the fire. Philadelphia’s punk and hardcore scene was pretty violent around that time.” It was the violent episode that led to Domenic’s incarceration (he would serve two years of the sevenyear sentence), coupled with subsequent tragedies, that spelled the end of Horror Show. “Two months after I came home from prison, the main guy that I wrote all my music with, my friend Josh [Tshirlig, Horror Show guitarist], was killed in a motorcycle accident.Then, six months after that, my other friend who I grew up with was killed. I decided to leave Philadelphia and live in LA for a while. I hated that, so I moved back and I was pretty much at the worst point in my life. I was really feeling like there was no way to keep anything going at that point,” he explains. He spent most of this time, he says, “getting fucked up”, but it was also during this desperate ebb that Domenic started writing again, in a different musical vein. He’s loath to say that the formation of Nothing saved his life – that would be a little too melodramatic for the understated singer – but it was life-altering and it gave him a focus he’d lacked since going to prison. Nothing released a number of EPs and singles and, in 2014, they put out their debut full-length, Guilty Of Everything.The album was well received and gave the

band the opportunity to head out on the road.They played whenever and wherever they could, building a name for themselves on the underground circuit. Life, however, wasn’t finished with Domenic Palermo just yet, and another shocking act of violence would bring the momentum the band had been building to an abrupt halt… ollowing a show in Oakland, Domenic was jumped by five guys, and what started as a mugging turned into a prolonged and vicious beating. “We had demos done and at the end of the tour we were supposed to head right into the studio, but here I was, stuck in the hospital with brain injuries and a fractured skull,” he says.“I couldn’t even fly home because my brain was swollen. I had to take two weeks because the pressure of the cabin would have fucked my head up. I listened to the songs that we had and kinda rewrote everything.And that’s where the album really got its body from: heading into the studio and everyone being so displaced and just trying to deal with the upset of everything. It was a crazy way to record music, really, a completely insane way.” With no health insurance in place, the singer also ended up around $70,000 in debt.Typically enough, given his ongoing luck, he found out the extent of the costs of his medical treatment at the same time as he received another piece of tragic news. “I was on the phone to the hospital, they were calling to arrange payment, and that’s when I got the call from my stepmother saying my dad had just been killed. It was just,‘Are you kidding me?’ Now I don’t even care P A L E R M O about the money; I’m just waiting for them to come and chase me down for it.” Even with the album,Tired Of Tomorrow, in the bag, nothing is ever simple for Nothing.They were ready to go when Domenic found out that their label – Collect Records, owned by Geoff Rickly of Thursday and No Devotion – also had a silent partner by the name of Martin Shkreli.This was the hedge fund manager who made headlines when his company obtained the licence for a drug used by HIV patients and raised the price from $13.50 to $750 overnight.When he found out, Domenic says he immediately took the band off the label, which collapsed shortly after anyway. It led to yet more uncertainty but eventually Nothing found a new home in their old label, Relapse, and Tired Of Tomorrow is finally due to see the light of day. So, despite that album title, is Domenic Palermo actually feeling positive at this point? “I tread carefully on any sort of optimism,” he laughs. “But the record is coming out, it’s better than 90 per cent of the music out there, and that’s a good feeling. “I’m just hoping there’s light at the end of the tunnel…” he adds,“and that it isn’t a speeding train coming at me.”

WORDS: PAUL TRAVERS

NOTHING PLAY LIVE AT PUNISHING VOLUMES, BUT WHAT ARE THE LOUDEST SHOWS DOMENIC HAS EVER SEEN? “The first time I saw My Bloody Valentine was in New York on the first reunion they did. I think it was around 2008, and that show was insanely loud. I love English music and I try to steal everything from those guys, whether it’s My Bloody Valentine or Ride or Chapterhouse.” DECIBEL LEVEL: 130db – the sound of an air-raid siren.

“I saw these guys once. It’s not my thing, but they were pretty fucking loud! They have the walls of Marshall stacks, and I had a friend who was a stagehand for Manowar and every one was real.” DECIBEL LEVEL: 139db – a jet engine at takeoff.

“I’m going to put us up here! When you have the reverb and distortion and you hit a high-end note, it’s a different kind of loud. It’s like a bullet enters your body. Plus, when we play so loud, you can’t tell that we suck live!” DECIBEL LEVEL: 140dbplus – the level at which permanent damage is done to your ear.

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BEING MARRIED IS… “Awesome. It’s a cool new chapter that I’m excited to move forward into. It’s cool to grow up, I guess, and I’ve always been all about family, so I knew I’d want to get married and have a family of my own, but it was never really a priority with the band being such a major focus.”

THE PLACE I LOVE IS… “Baltimore. I love it so much.Any smaller city that has kind of a bluecollar mentality and a small-town camaraderie vibe has something special about it. People are always proud to be from a place like that, and that’s definitely the case with Baltimore.You feel a part of something. It almost feels like everyone knows each other, social circles meld together really easily and you’re always meeting people who know your friends. I love that sense of community, and it’s not something I ever take for granted.”

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I REALLY LOVE… “Animals. I had pets growing up, and I’ve always been around animals. We try to do stuff with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and I’ve recently gotten involved with The Dolphin Project, who are doing a lot of work to get marine mammals out of places like SeaWorld. At the end of the day, those parks are unnecessary and ultimately harmful to the animals that live in them.”

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“American football. It’s one of the only sports I ever really latched onto. I played lacrosse, but I never played football – I just got sucked into it. It’s fast and dynamic and exciting, there’s never really a lull at any point during a game. Baltimore has a decent team, the Ravens.They started doing a lot better right around the time I got into it, and it was kind of the perfect combination of an exciting team and an exciting game.”

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“Presentation. I’m a pretty vain person, I guess, as most people may be, secretly.When you’re put in front of cameras a lot, you get pretty self-conscious and you want to look good for them. But, at the same time, I don’t really give a fuck, which is where the struggle comes in.When I’m at the beach or if I’m going on a hike, I couldn’t care less about looking good, because it doesn’t matter, but there’s still this constant expectation that you have to look a certain way because you’re in a band.”

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LETLIVE.

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UNDERWORLD, LONDON. 23.04.16

KKKKK SOUL-PUNK KINGS RECLAIM THEIR CROWN AT BEYOND-CRAZY COMEBACK GIG WORDS: ALISTAIR LAWRENCE PHOTOS: CHRIS CASEY

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN having your record collection in your pocket, the 24/7 news cycle and endless social media profile updates, the art of leaving people wanting more is dying out. Not here, though, and not tonight. It’s the third of four undersized, packed-out UK club shows letlive. are playing before their new album, If I’m The Devil…, emerges in a couple of months. Only one track – Good Mourning, America – has appeared so far, providing a hint of what’s to come. Once again, letlive. are reemerging as a band who can’t seem to wait to reinvent themselves with each record. After Birmingham trio Youth Man turn more than a few heads with their pleasingly wobbly, angsty rock’n’roll, the Los Angeles headliners bound onstage and proceed to tear into Banshee (Ghost Fame). It’s one of those songs that doesn’t so much start as erupt – NiciEberl_201604223 especially live – propelling Camden Underworld, London vocalist Jason Aalon Butler into the crowd twice in its opening 30 seconds. That Fear Fever follows, turning its afterburners on corporate greed and bullshit politicians, like a bonfire of the Panama Papers. The Dope Beat then gives their excellent drummer, Loniel Robinson, a chance to shine, its bonejuddering intro connecting like a bungee jump down a

STAR SHOUT!

JASON AALON BUTLER (LETLIVE., VOCALS)

YOU’VE NOT PLAYED THIS VENUE BEFORE. DID YOU ENJOY DESTROYING IT? “Absolutely! When we’ve watched our friends headline here and destroy this place we thought it would be something cool to aspire to. But our last London show got moved to a bigger venue, so it was like we’d skipped this step! It feels great to finally do this.”

WERE YOU SURPRISED BY HOW WELL GOOD MOURNING, AMERICA WENT OVER TONIGHT? “Yeah, dude! It fucked me up! It’s only been out for a couple of weeks, so to get a reaction like that was a real surprise. It was awesome! The lyrics I posted online to go with it were handwritten – and not the most legible – but it sounded like people knew every word. Getting a reaction like that to something that’s only just come out has got me really excited to release more new music.”

flight of stairs. Somewhere along the way, their large white backdrop gets torn down and turned into a magic carpet for crowd-surfers, as the bodies surge forward harder and pile up higher. When Good Mourning, America is deftly dropped in at the halfway point, its pounding, bouncing groove draws the most chaotic crowd response of the night. “That’s incredible,” exclaims Jason, trying to catch his breath afterwards. “Two weeks since we put it online and it sounds like everybody in the place knows every fuckin’ word!” This is probably because everybody in the place does. It leads to a final push through a collection of fanfavourites and curios. A fizzing rendition of 27 Club gets punctuated with a roguish “Hail Satan!” and devil horn salute from Jason, before the sprawling, six-minute Day 54 provides enough time for a couple of letlive. lovers to clamber up from the pit and steal a kiss onstage before leaping back from whence they came. A bare-bones version of Muther led by Jason and guitarist Jeff Sahyoun is brilliantly unrecognisable at first, but there’s no mistaking their angry young man anthem Renegade 86’, which brings things to a furious, fiery halt. What remains tantalisingly unclear is exactly what’s next. Other than another musical revolution. Prepare yourselves, it’s going to be amazing.

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IMPERICON FESTIVAL 2016

AGRA VERANSTALTUNGSGELÄNDE, LEIPZIG. 23.04.16

WORDS: JAMES HICKIE PHOTOS: MOLUXIMAGO

KOMMEN SIE BITTE UND LISTEN TO LOADS OF HEAVY MUSIC AT EUROPE’S BIGGEST TRAVELLING HARDCORE FESTIVAL QAGRA VERANSTALTUNGSGELÄNDE, an Alexandra Palace-sized venue in the German city of Leipzig, today plays host to 6,500 fans of all things abrasive to the ear. Thirteen hours of it, in fact, meaning HELLIONS (KKK) arrive onstage at 10:15am. They rage hard, but a combination of iffy sound and frontman Dre Faivre’s rapid-fire Aussie accent means much is lost in translation. Not being heard might spare BLESSTHEFALL (KK) frontman Beau Bokan some blushes; his vocal performance on Walk On Water is almost a total wash-out. BURY TOMORROW (KKKK), however, are on particularly firey form, off the back of their killer new Earthbound album. And while Dani Winter-Bates doesn’t quite rouse the “500 crowd-surfers” he promises during Lionheart, the Southampton mob deliver on every other front.

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Initially, the main thing going over people’s heads during NORTHLANE’s (KKK) set is their music. Thankfully, on Rot, shoegazing gives way to something more serrated and attentions are reclaimed. Being too cerebral isn’t a charge you could level at EMMURE (KKK), though the lowest common denominator metalcore of E refuses to be ignored. Getting in people’s faces is what HATEBREED (KKKKK) have been doing for 22 years; not a landmark you achieve by being complacent. “If you’re standing still, you are not my friend,” warns Jamey Jasta between paeans to pacifism like Smash Your Enemies and This Means War. And while that longevity hasn’t resulted in musical diversity, that’s fine, because this is a one-trick pony that still kicks like a steel-hoofed mule.

STAR SHOUT!

JAMEY JASTA

(HATEBREED, VOCALS)

HOW’S THIS TOUR BEEN FOR YOU? “Great! I heard some of the fans here have been queuing since 6am, which is awesome. Who doesn’t love loud amps in the face?!” EXACTLY! HAVING BEEN IN THE GAME FOR OVER TWO DECADES, WHAT CHALLENGE DOES A FESTIVAL LIKE THIS PRESENT TO YOU?

“We always try to think outside the box in terms of tours, and do something that’s different – no risk, no reward, right? So, how do you stay relevant? How do you keep gaining the ground that you want to gain? How do you expand your audience but stay true to what you’ve done from the beginning? You’ve got to play with other bands; you can’t be closed-minded. We’re a working-class band. We’ve still got to put boots to concrete!”

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BRISTOL GOTH-PUNKS KEEP TOMBSTONING THEIR WAY TOWARDS NEW GRAVE GREATNESS

QTHERE’S SOMETHING fitting about watching New Grave figureheads Ashestoangels smash up crypt-ish clubs like The Attic.The darkness, the intimacy, the promise that pretty much anything could happen, and security just wouldn’t give a fuck. On tonight’s evidence, though, the Bristolian crew have grown worthy enough to haunt bigger rooms.They’ve got the tunes, the moves and the feverish fanbase willing them up above ground. Matching the headliners, not only in punctuationdeficiency, but also in kinetic showmanship, South Coast mob Saint[the]Sinner get things rolling, their vibrant sound awash with nuanced post-hardcore and admirably theatrical ambition. Unfortunately for them, the banshee-shrieks are being held back for Crilly and co. And, as the perennial support act who’ve been crying out for this headline run, Ashestoangels hit the room like a bomb. No stage? No problem. Invading the space and getting in faces like heavily-made-up commandos, they rocket through newbies Find Hell and Not In My Name – sounding mouthier, more impassioned than on the just-released How To Bleed LP. Time (on tour and in the studio) with Aiden’s William Francis has paid dividends, Crilly adding shades of seductive darkness to an already-bombastic onstage persona. Best of all, though, the old favourites still pulse with the same dark swagger that lit this band’s fuse. From The Wake to Dorian to Wintervention, they’re testament to that great goth-punk tradition of making fans long for even darker days ahead. SAM LAW

DESTRÖYER 666 PLUS: BÖLZER

NAMBUCCA, LONDON. 05.04.16

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AUSTRALIAN ANTICHRISTS CRUCIFY LONDON WITH BULLETS, LEATHER AND ‘SATANIC SPEED METAL’

QAS GOOD as Ghost playing at the London Palladium is, or as brilliant as that time Metallica performed with an orchestra was, metal’s always been at its best when it’s sweating testosterone and beer, and it’s got its antisocial hat on. Deströyer 666 are the band who encompass all these things. Rude, powerful, thrashing and built of middle fingers, they are the perfect band for anyone thinking metal’s getting soft in its old age. But taking equal tips from Slayer’s speed and Motörhead’s rock’n’roll pirate spirit, live they are one of the most viciously headbanging good times you will ever have. Just as fond of attitude and umlauts as the headliners, Swiss duo Bölzer are a force of nature, hurling out a labyrinth of twisted riffs and melodic discord to create a dark tornado of black metal that’s truly incredible to behold. Deströyer 666, meanwhile, are an attack straight to the jugular. But amid the rough and tumble violence that kicks off, you can also sing along to war anthems like Hounds At Ya Back, Satanic Speed Metal and Black City – Black Fire.And you simply can’t resist giving in to that little fire inside and going completely apeshit when they roll out a petrol bomb-potent cover of Motörhead’s Iron Fist. Frontman K.K.Warslut is like Lemmy raised on black metal – a bloke who’s never taken an ounce of shit, but who’s also the first person in the room you’d want to get pissed with.As a frontman, he’s like a warlord – commanding, loud, fist in the air more often than it’s on the neck of his guitar. If you’re looking for trouble, or metal without the wimpy bits, you came to the right place. NICK RUSKELL

CONVERGE PLUS: CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX, GRIME ELECTRIC BRIXTON, LONDON. 13.04.16

KKKKK LEGENDARY HARDCORE HEROES TURN TO THE DARK SIDE Q THERE'S A reason why Converge have been held in the greatest reverence for so many years.They’ve embodied the very notion of artistic integrity from the off, staying pure and true to themselves in a way that makes everyone else look like Little Mix. Tonight that righteous divinity couldn’t be more evident – the Salem hardcore heroes seem to bend time itself, realigning under Brixton’s most miserable grey clouds and mutating into an uncontainable wrecking ball, smashing any notion of boundary in sight. Oh, and tonight they’re concentrating solely on their darker, doomier moments in an evening dubbed ‘Blood Moon’. Just because. Beforehand, Italian quartet Grime serve up blackened sludge of the grimmest order, and British atmospheric rockers Crippled Black Phoenix melt the walls with their own cosmic void. But Converge are just beyond. Joined by Stephen Brodsky (from Cave In) and Ben Chisholm (Chelsea Wolfe), as well as Chelsea herself later in the set, they are nothing short of revelatory – though perhaps not for the usual reasons.They’re still heavy as fuck, it’s just the frenzied blasts of contempt for the world around them have recoiled to make way for something even darker.And the doomier, ambient stuff heard tonight chills the bones.Their cover of The Cure’s Disintegration is dizzying, while frontman Jacob Bannon and Chelsea’s chanting on In Her Shadow is simply otherworldly. It’s a one-way trip, though, and no-one here will quite be the same again.

WORDS: AMIT SHARMA PHOTO: CHRIS CASEY

GARAGE ATTIC, GLASGOW. 22.04.16

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MOOSE BLOOD

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PLUS: THE WINTER PASSING, GREYWIND SOUND CONTROL, MANCHESTER. 20.04.16

KKKK RISING EMO STARS THREATEN TO BRING THE ROOF DOWN

STAR SHOUT!

EDDY BREWERTON

with a song like Cherry – that means so much to me. I can’t help but smile and be a little overwhelmed.”

YOU SEEMED GENUINELY MOVED UP THERE… “To sell this venue out ourselves is just amazing, and the response was incredible. We never expect that, so when it happens – especially

YOU’RE REALLY GATHERING STEAM. DO YOU FEEL GOOD? “We can hardly believe where we’re playing on this tour – let alone ones we’ve just announced. I don’t know why we’ve been able to make such a connection, really.”

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QAS EVERYONE shuffles out of Sound Control post-show, tonight’s promoter points to the ceiling beneath the room in which Moose Blood have just played. As the audience above jumped en masse like the world’s best-drilled synchronised space hopper team, you could, apparently, see the ceiling move. Tonight’s crowd are indeed both vocal and energised in its support, and it’s not an isolated response. Moose Blood only played their first headlining tour at the start of last year, but their fanbase is as fervent as it gets. Greywind are only just starting their journey. This is the Fresh Blood stars’ first-ever tour, in fact, but their build-and-release soundscapes sound immense, and good things undoubtedly lie ahead. The same goes for The Winter Passing, whose indie-pop with loud guitars is as infectious as it is quirky. Moose Blood are already moving on to greater things, with an already-announced scaled-up tour later in the year keeping the momentum going. It’s the sheer quality and emotional content of songs like Cherry and Girl that have won the hearts of their audience, and tonight they show their love by almost collapsing the place.

WORDS: PAUL TRAVERS PHOTO: ANDY GALLAGHER

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‘SO SET the world on fire’, croons Chrissy Costanza on Brighter, towards the end of Against The Current’s highly-anticipated debut album, In Our Bones. ‘Let’s burn a little brighter now’, she encourages. It’s fair to say that since America’s hottest export formed in 2011, they’ve been burning pretty damn brightly all by themselves, on the cusp of exploding. Is this the moment that Chrissy and co take a leaf out of their own book and erupt once and for all? In our most recent feature with the singer back in March [K!1612], we declared that it would take something special to stop the 20-year-old singer – and “little boss” – from being the world’s future leader. Big words when, album-wise, there was little to nothing to back these bold claims up. Thank God, then, that In Our Bones cements these affirmations. The makings had always been there, but the band’s inevitable career trajectory is no more apparent than on energised album opener Running With The Wild Things, where Chrissy asserts, ‘We’re about to boil over / You can’t keep us down forever’. When the record starts off this strong, it’s hard to argue with that. Elsewhere, drummer Will Ferri (younger brother to We Are The In Crowd bassist Mike) puts in an impressive performance on the huge choruses of

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CHRISSY COSTANZA INTERVIEW: JAMES HICKIE

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HOW DOES IT FEEL TO FINALLY HAVE YOUR DEBUT ALBUM OUT? “It’s great! We’re really proud of what we’ve done with the album. The EP got such a good reaction,

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One More Weekend and Young & Relentless, while guitarist Dan Gow plays his part in the massive pop hooks and catchy melodies found repeatedly throughout In Our Bones. In short: Against The Current have made the record they’ve been threatening to do so for years. Sure, Forget Me Now sounds a bit like a Katy Perry song, and it certainly wouldn’t hurt if the title-track and overly-layered Wasteland had a bit more beef injected in them, but the aforementioned Running With The Wild Things and the irresistible Runaway have thrust the trio to the forefront of modern-day rock, with more than enough attitude to neutralise the album’s poppier moments. Full of the star charisma you can find in their more mature counterparts, In Our Bones is one of the most exciting debuts of 2016. ‘Can you see my name in the stars? ’ Chrissy asks on Forget Me Now. We certainly can, and they’re clearer than ever now. Told you so. FOR FANS OF: Paramore, Fall Out Boy, We Are The In Crowd. DOWNLOAD: Running With The Wild Things, In Our Bones. EMILY CARTER

and we feel like we’ve done so much in such a short time that we’re just happy to finally get it out and have something we’ve given to the world.” WHAT DO YOU WANT AGAINST THE CURRENT TO ACHIEVE NOW? “I want to do something different to what anyone else has done. I want us to have our own place in music that’s where we can truly be ourselves. I really want us to blend the pop, mainstream world

with the rock world in a way nobody has ever seen before. We want to play arenas, but do it differently. We want the fullproduction Katy Perry or Taylor Swift-esque shows, but with that classic arena-rock feel. Bon Jovi are amazing live, but so is Taylor Swift. We want to fuse the best of both of those worlds.” SO, BASICALLY YOU WANT TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD… “Maybe! That would be amazing to be that big.”

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RISE Now that Nikki Sixx has disbanded Mötley Crüe, he’s had time to give his full attention to this fourth album by Sixx:A.M. – and it shows. This anthem’s a dream opener, and it’s the first of many.

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YOU HAVE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE They’re not kidding. Ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba’s lurching riffs set the scene for singer James Michael to deliver a gorgeous hook.

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I’M SICK This is the first of two Sixx:A.M. albums due in 2016, and if all its rock ripples and crushes like this big tune does, it’s two doses of sickness we’re happy to be down with.

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PRAYERS FOR THE DAMNED Shizzle gets serious here. James plumbs the depths of his soul with lines like ‘I’m just a creature of a broken past’. It’s heavy, in more ways than one.

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BETTER MAN An apt follow-up to the title-track, this is introspective but more hopeful – a future cellphone-in-air moment.

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CAN’T STOP The mayhem-bringing resumes with this album highlight, a tasty rocker with stabs of keyboards and a hook heavy enough to floor Tyson Fury.

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WHEN WE WERE GODS Pyramid-sized in its ambition, this is surely Nikki’s tribute to his former band. ‘We had it all when we were gods’, James roars in its punchy chorus.

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BELLY OF THE BEAST This slides along with funky beats, but it’s unlikely to be anyone’s favourite cut.

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EVERYTHING WENT TO HELL A savage break-up song. Final proof that Sixx:A.M. have made their best album here.

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THE LAST TIME (MY HEART WILL HIT THE GROUND) …is so long a title that this review has to be short: awesome song.

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23% Happiness 51% Leather trousers

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FORMER BLITZ KIDS MOVE ON TO PASTURES NEW WITH PUNK-FUELLED DEBUT EP

Q‘I’VE NOT spent the past eight years of my life chasing down this dream of mine to have it washed away like it was nothing’, sings Jono Yates on Through The Night, the highlight of Away Days’ debut EP. He’s discussing the aftermath of his tenure in Blitz Kids; a band he’s discussed as having “abandoned all of our principles and lost our way” on final album The Good Youth. Away Days, therefore, finds 75 per cent of BK’s line-up – namely Jono, bassist Nic Montgomery and drummer Matt Freer – muting scale and overzealous ambition in favour of warm, lo-fi labours of punk rock love. And in doing so, they’ve not only found their way, but also reclaimed their musical soul. No mean feat in just four tracks. DOWNLOAD: Through The Night. FOR FANS OF: Blitz Kids, Against Me!. JAMES HICKIE

LYRIC OF THE WEEK

‘Born on the bayou, raised by the sand’, sings Black Stone Cherry mainman Chris Robertson. Aww, bless. But wait, something’s gone wrong! ‘She’s my Medusa, I’m stone where I stand’. A little tip, Chris: if she’s got snakes for hair, swipe left, mate. BAND: Black Stone Cherry SONG: Shakin’ My Cage ALBUM: Kentucky

MONSTER MAGNET/ RAGING SPEEDHORN SPLIT EP (H42)

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TWO SETS OF HEAVY-HITTERS TEAM UP FOR FAR-OUT, VINYL-ONLY SPLIT EP

QGATHER ROUND, all you freaks who love riffs, madness, and the sound of minds being blown apart. This is what you’ve been scrabbling around in the dirt for. Even if you wouldn’t imagine it at first, being that New Jersey space-lords Monster Magnet and Corby sludge monsters Raging Speedhorn are more complementary than perfect bedfellows.Yet here, they go together like weed and extra-large packets of Hobnobs. Monster Magnet’s contribution – Hallucination Bomb – is a fiery blast of psych rock that sounds like it was written in the deserts of Mars, while Speedhorn’s Halfway To Hell is pure dirty, doomy rock. Killer stuff from two awesome gangs of riffers. DOWNLOAD: Monster Magnet – Hallucination Bomb. FOR FANS OF: Kyuss, Crowbar.

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STUPIDLY SPEEDY FIFTH ALBUM FROM OLD-SCHOOL CANADIAN SKATE PUNKS

QWHAT DO you get when old punks reform to make a new record 12 years after their last? Hopefully not just a half-arsed repeat of their glory days. Thankfully, Belvedere feel as playful and breakneck as

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Toon alt.rock mob Boy Jumps Ship have a lot of smoke on their album cover. A distress signal? Or an attempt to get a vaping sponsorship? Whatever they’re getting at, we can only admire their co-ordination with smoke patterns. It’s like a tiny Red Arrows display.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

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BEARTOOTH

This titular first peep at Beartooth’s new album is just what you imagine. Aggressive, see? And in the video, frontman Caleb Shomo looks like he’s about to really destroy his bedroom. Excellent work.

ever on fifth album The Revenge Of The Fifth. They never settle on one thing, instead flitting between driving blasts of raw punk and intricate technical moments, to fast, melodic choruses that manage to sound more pleasingly frenetic than mismatched. In fact, most of the songs come packing three or four riffs good enough to carry a track on their own. A commendable return to form from the Canadian skate punks. DOWNLOAD: Hairline. FOR FANS OF: NOFX, Bad Religion. HANNAH EWENS

LESS THAN JAKE LIVE FROM ASTORIA (RUDE)

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SKA-PUNK KINGS RECALL THE GLORY DAYS WITH SWEAT-DRENCHED LIVE ALBUM

QNOSTALGIA’S A distillation; memories concentrated to their beautiful best and fed back through filters of sepia tone and softfocus. Unless, apparently, you’re Less Than Jake. Unearthing a 15-year-old recording from the last of three nights at London’s legendary (sadly, nowdemolished) Astoria venue, the Gainesville mob invite us to smell the sweat, taste the beer and invoke the tinnitus from a moment in time that captures them at their circlepitting peak. That the set list’s a banger is given, with Sugar In Your Gas Tank and All My Best Friends Are Metalheads pogoing along amongst these 21 skank-tastic tracks. But it’s the crystalline evocation of a frenzied trip to one of the UK’s best-ever venues that really sets this apart. DOWNLOAD: All My Best Friends Are Metalheads. FOR FANS OF: Reel Big Fish, NOFX. SAM LAW

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STONER MEETS GRUNGE ON RIFF-LOVING CALIFORNIANS’ DEBUT ALBUM

QTHE STONER subgenre is to rock what pizza is to takeaways – it’s not exactly adventurous, but you can’t really get it wrong. But that’s not to

NOISE RECORDS

Helloween

say Californian quartet Painted Wives are any old run of the mill stone(r)-baked band. Their debut album, Obsessed With The End, does admittedly contain a lot of tropes of a typical stoner record – a distorted wall of guitar, haunting lyrics, a touch of prog and, of course, bass-heavy sprawl.Yet they also bring a few extra ingredients to the mix here. Tracks like Hollow Bones introduce us to Justin Suitor’s eerie vocals, which are very similar to late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley, with touches of orchestrathroated Faith No More singer Mike Patton. Contrasting with their Mastodonlike structures, this is a fairly interesting debut, but with a few more ideas next time around, they could really smoke. DOWNLOAD: Dig. FOR FANS OF: Alice In Chains, Mastodon. NEALE McGEEVER

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GUILDFORD HARDCORE CREW PROVE THEIR ACTIONS ARE AS BIG AS THEIR WORDS

QTOO OFTEN, contemporary hardcore is all mouth and no trousers. A well-placed soundbite on social inequality or mid-gig middlefinger to The Man without follow-up achieves, unfortunately, fuck all. And such limp ineffectuality bleeds into the sound. Kudos, then, to Guildford mob Polar, who’ve not only channelled their ire at homelessness into this searing third LP, but also partnered with UK charity Crisis and undertaken a string of benefit shows to help raise money for a very good cause. It ensures these 11 tracks stand as anything but idle proclamations. Brilliantly, the songs speak almost as loudly as those actions: the inspired fury of lead single Tidal Waves And Hurricanes and the full-throttle lament of Lost Souls capture an outfit at their unguarded, empathetic best. The music alone is viscerally brilliant enough, but when you understand what’s going on behind the riffs, Polar become a band of whom the British rock scene can be well and truly proud. DOWNLOAD: Blood For Blood, Tidal Waves And Hurricanes. FOR FANS OF: While She Sleeps, Feed The Rhino, Hatebreed. SAM LAW IF YOU’RE a fan of any metal that can even vaguely be termed ‘old school’, you owe Noise Records a pint. Like Metal Blade in America (who were the first label to sign some bunch of spotty oiks calling themselves Metallica), Noise unearthed the hottest stuff from the European metal underground and brought it to the world. German

thrashers Kreator, Swiss geniuses Celtic Frost and power-metal kings Helloween all released hugely important records through Noise in the ’80s, most of which


SKARLETT RIOT SENTIENCE

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NO REST FOR THE WICKED (EPIC, 1988)

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PVRIS – EMPTY Oooooh, that’s haunting and mellow. No drums here, but there’s swirling electro beauty to spare.

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MEGADETH – POISONOUS SHADOWS Why’s Dave Mustaine so pissed-off here? Oh, chemtrails. They’re bad for your health, but good for metal, it would seem.

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GOJIRA – STRANDED France’s finest are back! And what the hell’s going on with that riff? Chugchug-wheeeee! Absolute genius, we tell you. Bon!

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ISSUES – COMA Oh, hello again, Tyler Carter. Nice to have you, your big metal riffs and your soul vocals back.

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LACUNA COIL – DELIRIUM Bit too sunny for you? Here’s some doomy goth metal to sort you out.

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RAZOR-EDGED FIVE-TRACKER SEES RISING BRIT ROCKERS DRAW BLOOD

QIF YOU’D care to turn the volume up and place your head between the speakers, Scream At Me is going to sound like one of the biggest things you’ve heard this year. Ever since Skarlett Riot made their debut at Download in 2012, they’ve been steadily improving, and this EP is clearly the work of a hungrier, more honed, more clearsighted outfit. While it’s akin to Halestorm, the monstrous riffs betray equally healthy obsessions with Metallica and Maiden, and during Feel, singer Skarlett delivers by far her best performance to date. The only thing not to like is that there’s only five songs on here. DOWNLOAD: Scream At Me. FOR FANS OF: Halestorm, Marmozets.

HOW THE DOUBLE-O GAVE AN UNKNOWN YOUNG GUNSLINGER A CHANCE TO BECOME A GUITAR LEGEND OZZY OSBOURNE’S first auditioning for Ozzy?’ I was like, ‘Sure, two solo albums with Randy do you know Led Zeppelin too?’ But it Rhoads on guitar were turned out he did know this legendary arguably his most iconic, photographer named Mark Weiss, who establishing the Double-O’s sound and had worked with Ozzy. I made a tape that sending him on his way to bat-biting, postgot passed along, and Sharon [Osbourne] Sabbath mega-metal stardom. However, No called my parents’ house. I thought it was Rest For The Wicked deserves its place as one of my buddies getting his mother to a classic slab of Oz for two main reasons. prank call me!” Firstly, it was simply a great album and a return to a heavier sound following the WHAT DO YOU RECALL OF YOUR FIRST slicker mid-’80s hair-metal adventure of MEETING WITH OZZY? The Ultimate Sin. Secondly, it was the “They flew me to LA, I met up with Ozzy record that plucked and crapped my pants. He one Zakk Wylde from said, ‘Zakk, just play with obscurity and introduced your heart. Then go and him to the world at make me a ham sandwich large. The future-Black – go light on the mustard. Label Society vocalist And for God’s sake, change and guitarist wasn’t quite your pants.’ That was pretty as grizzled then. His first much it, and after that I gig with Ozzy, in fact, was was in.” a one-off show for the inmates at Wormwood WERE YOU INVOLVED IN ZAKK WYLDE Scrubs prison and he THE WRITING? fully admits to shitting himself because “Yeah, that was why I was brought in. We “I was the closest thing those guys were were at this old horse barn down near gonna see to [famously big-haired actress Brighton that had been converted into and pin-up] Farrah Fawcett”. a rehearsal room. I remember the first He was, however, another mercurial thing we wrote was Miracle Man. That talent, and his chunky riffing and fiery was the first riff that came out. It was solos would light up the album and pave great, because The Wheatsheaf pub was in the way for the longest-running and most walking distance, so we’d jam on the songs productive partnership Ozzy would ever and then go hang out in the beer garden.” have with a guitarist who wasn’t called Tony Iommi. With his recent second solo HOW MUCH DID NO REST FOR THE album reminding us all that he’s the king of WICKED CHANGE YOUR LIFE? beefy shredding, Zakk looks back at where “Oh, it turned it upside-down. I was he got his big break… working in a gas station, and for Ozzy and Mom [Sharon Osbourne] to take a chance HOW DID YOU COME TO LAND THE on a 19-year-old kid, it was genuinely GIG WITH OZZY OSBOURNE? life-altering!” ZAKK WYLDE (GUITAR): “I was playing a local club when a guy named Dave Feld said, ‘Hey, Zakk, have you thought about

“I CRAPPED MY PANTS WHEN I MET OZZY”

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DEVILDRIVER TRUST NO ONE (NAPALM)

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CALIFORNIAN PIT-LORDS GET BACK TO BUSINESS WITH SAVAGE SEVENTH OUTING

QYOU KNOW what you want from DevilDriver: stomping riffs, elephant-sized grooves and the promise of even more circlepit stampedes come festival season. The Californians’ 12-gauge reliability came into question, however, with Dez Fafara’s inexplicable return to nu-metal monkeys Coal Chamber and the abrupt, corresponding departures of guitarist Jeff Kendrick and drummer John Boecklin. Fortunately, rather than evidence of some “loco” self-destruct mechanism, album seven finds Dez and his henchmen back on riotous form. From Testament Of Truth’s violent uplift through Bad Deeds’ one-track barbarity to the Stygian threat of My Night Sky, the heavymetal WMDs drop thick and fast. Another dose of good, fun, mosh-friendly metal. See you in the pit. DOWNLOAD: Testimony Of Truth. FOR FANS OF: Machine Head, Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage.

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you’d be foolish not to own. More recently, DragonForce found a home at the label for their first couple of albums. Now, after years of silence, the label has been resurrected, and their first order of business is to dust off the archives and release a load of ‘best of’s bursting with classic metal tunes. Sooo, we have compilations here from – deep

breath – KREATOR, Brit Pagan-metallers SKYCLAD, VOIVOD, HELLOWEEN, boozy German thrashers TANKARD, pirate metallers RUNNING WILD, and power metal from GRAVE DIGGER, SINNER and KAMELOT. It’s an awful lot of metal history to work through, but ultimately rewarding, particularly tracks like Kreator’s savage

Pleasure To Kill, and Tankard’s drunken party anthem ShitFaced. And there’s even a few deep cuts for those who’ve already got all this stuff to gnaw on. If what the rejuvenated label have in store for the future is half as good as what it brought out in its past, we’re right to be very excited indeed. Denim and leather at the ready, folks!

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ALL THE BEST GEAR FROM THE FOUR CORNERS OF PLANET ROCK AND BEYOND!

All Them Witches are one of our fave You know Load by Metallica is new bands. Wear this patch and have kinda shit? Well, at least it birthed people feel nervous in your company. this awesome AA parody tee. $5.99 (£4.10) £15 Merchnow.com Indiemerchstore.com

Rock and rap? Like Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C.? Oh, right, you mean, rock and wrap? Gotcha. £16 Zazzle.co.uk

This Game Of Thrones card from Etsy made us laugh. So, we put it in a magazine. Maybe you’ll like it. Who knows, really. £2.60 Etsy.com

This massive orange thing isn’t a robot satsuma… Oh no. It’s even cooler than that. This is a Zippo handwarmer.You can put it in your palm and it’ll keep you warm. It’s basically witchcraft, only nobody has to be dunked in a river until they drown. £22.90 Zippo.co.uk

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Chris Cornell being back made us play all the Soundgarden records back-to-back. We’ve had worse afternoons! $24.95 (£17.09) Soundgarden.fanfire.com

It was Alien day last week, which was great, because we watched all the movies back-to-back and then we pissed ourselves because we were too scared to go to the toilet. Anyway, look like Ripley with these ace replica pumps! Price TBC Reebok.co.uk

This Andy Black tote bag is useful for carrying heavy things. Like feelings and emotions and stuff. $14.99 (£10.27) Shop.andyblackmusic.com

If, like us, you’re a fan of Netflix and Saul, you’ll want this natty T-shirt. Fuck Chuck, though. Hate that guy. £16.99 Breakingbadstore.com

Get far out and freaky with this awesome The Struts T-shirt. Wait, ‘far out and freaky’… is our dad writing this? Shurrup, dad. $25 (£17.12) Thestruts.shop.bravadousa.com

Wanna play like the late, great Prince? Then get this Prince guitar. Once-in-a-lifetime-rock-genius sold separately. Price TBC Rareelectricguitar.com

Our Ed James is currently obsessed with Thin Lizzy. He basically put this in Klobber this week in the hope someone might get it for him. £28 Backstreetmerch.com


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This LTA T-shirt is cool, until you realise that it makes your genitals look like a cartoon hand. £7.99 Impericon.com

Death metal has little to do with rainbows or pink. Really, did Euronymous die for this? £16.21 Etsy.com

INDSTORE’S NEW NOT A FAN OF PEOPLE? THEN GR HT APPEAL… PSYCHO PENGUIN RANGE MIG Somehow, Mr Angry Penguin, we don’t believe you. And it’s definitely not that bat covered in bloody nails you’re holding that makes us think that. *Backs away verrrry slowly* £2.99 Grindstore.com

Don’t care about anyone but yourself? Then that is a little bit selfish, but we sort of understand. Buy this top and spend all your time thinking about how great you look in it. £14.99 Grindstore.com

Um, we love hugs, but we’re probably not gonna oblige in this instance, sorry. As we don’t think that’s jam on those weapons… Maybe just hug this pillow instead. £12.99 Grindstore.com

Poe Dameron is one of our favourite things about The Force Awakens. And Lego is one of our favourite things about life. Put them together and we’re as happy as the turd emoji. £69.99 Shop.lego.com

Look like a graphic from an early-’90s TV music show with this eye-melting Pierce The Veil top! $25 (£17.12) Ptvmerch.com

You know Dave Grohl is supposed to be the nicest guy in rock? Well, he hates washing up – tea towel with his face on or not. Gets in a right strop. £10 Shop.katyblades.co.uk

Because it was Weezer, nobody said how great DP-U were on their support run last month. Wear this T-shirt. Defy the crowd. £15 Dinosaurpileup.tmstor.es

Have you got more issues than Kerrang! (that’s 1618, including this one you’re holding)? Then this T-shirt is for you. Also works if you’ve kidnapped the band Issues, and want everyone to know. £12.99 Grindstore.com

Want to see more of Psycho …turns you into a really angry Penguin? Well, you can find him penguin, apparently. Unless said penguin has just handed you this at London Zoo, taped to a trolley, wearing a Hannibal Lecter mask. mug, in which case, we expect it’s filled with bleach, milk and A penguin-shaped one. They make those. They don’t. two sugars. DON’T DRINK. £16.99 £4.99 Grindstore.com Grindstore.com

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HEY, JON! THIS IS A PRETTY BIG UK TOUR – ARE YOU NERVOUS TO GET BACK OUT THERE? JON GASKIN (VOCALS/GUITAR): “To be honest, I’m absolutely anxious to do it (laughs). We’ve changed up the band a little bit and decided on the format of how we want to move forward, and I’m so excited to get out there now. When you don’t tour, it just feels fucking weird.” SO, WHAT’S THIS NEW FORMAT? “I’ve gone back to playing guitar, when I’ve just been singing previously. Even though it’s been the longest journey ever, it kinda feels like the beginning again. We’ve found this sound that we’re really happy with now, and we just want to work on the band the way it is. We’re just going to keep moving it forward.” WILL THIS BE THE FIRST TIME WE SEE YOUR NEW SET-UP, THEN? “Definitely. The thing is, we’ve got so much new music, so we’re kinda taking a lot of new songs on this tour. Previously we only played, like, seven songs in a set – that’s probably as close to punk as we’ll ever get! But now we have this massive pool of songs.”

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BY THE TIME YOU HIT THE ROAD, YOUR NEW MANNE OF LAWE EP WILL BE OUT… “Yeah! It’s so cool for us to put it out, especially on vinyl. For us, that’s something we’ve always wanted to get our music onto, but it’s always been a bit of a hardship. We were writing all the way up to crunch time for the EP. It feels so

“IT FEELS F**KING WEIRD NOT BEING ON TOUR” JON GASKIN

fresh to us, and we just love putting stuff out that’s really new – we feel that it shows off who we are at the time, which is important.” CAN WE EXPECT ANYMORE ‘SCARE CAM’ VIDEO UPDATES ON THIS TOUR? “Scare Cam (laughs)… I won’t personally be taking it with me, but I’m the one who is always getting mugged-off by it – literally every single day (laughs). Jamie’s [Nicholls, drums] whole life is a Scare Cam moment!”

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR WORST EVER SCARE CAM MOMENT? “The one that made me die was when we recorded our song Plans. I was really working myself up to it because it’s a really big track – it’s really important. When it got to the hardest bit of the vocals – which is the really high part – Jamie and Simon [Rowlands, bass] had actually hidden in the studio, underneath the drum rugs, and jumped me at the exact point I needed to hit the note!” OOOH, HARSH. FINALLY, WHAT’S NEXT FOR FORT HOPE AFTER THIS TOUR? “As soon as the tour is done, we’re going to go away and write again. Oh, and we’ve got Download coming straight up after this tour as well. We’re excited!” DATES: London Camden Barfly May 5, Manchester Sound Control 6, Nottingham Rock City Basement 7, Leeds Key Club 8, Edinburgh Electric Circus 10, Inverness Mad Hatters 11, Glasgow King Tut’s 12, Newcastle Surf Cafe 13, Carlisle Brickyard 14, O2 Academy2 Liverpool 16, Birmingham Asylum II 17, Derby Venue 19, Swansea Sin City 20, Bridgend Hobos 21, St Albans Horn 23, Brighton Patterns 24, Plymouth Underground 25.


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YOUR WEEK!

CAN’T GET TO A GIG?

THEN HERE’S SOME OTHER STUFF TO KEEP YOUR EYES/EARS BUSY #KLASSICKERRANG – METALLICA

Less Than Jake: Preparing the UK for an invisible pogo stick tournament

KERRANG! DAY MAY 4

BIRMINGHAM God Damn,Weirds (Sunflower Lounge) GUILDFORD The Dirty Nil (Boileroom) LEICESTER Less Than Jake,The Reckless Youth (O2 Academy Leicester) LONDON Juliette And The Licks,WACO, The Kenneths (Heaven) MANCHESTER Boy Jumps Ship (Gullivers) MANCHESTER Milk Teeth, Black Foxxes, Eat Me (Sound Control) PORTSMOUTH The Treatment,The Amorettes (Wedgewood Rooms)

THURSDAY MAY 5

BIRMINGHAM Boy Jumps Ship (O2 Academy3 Birmingham) BRISTOL Lionize (Thekla) CARDIFF The Skints (Globe) GLASGOW Bryan Adams (SSE Hydro) LEEDS The Treatment,The Amorettes (Key Club) LEICESTER Wheatus (Cookie) LONDON Fort Hope (Camden Barfly) MANCHESTER The Dirty Nil,Tirade, Brave The North (Sound Control) NOTTINGHAM Milk Teeth, Black Foxxes, Eat Me (Bodega)

RIDER OF THE WEEK

BAND: Tonight Alive The pop-punks might want a dozen puppies, but they haven’t requested any dog food for them. Hmm. Maybe that packet of meat will do?

24 x bottles of local beer 24 x bottles of Corona 2 x bottles of red wine 1 x large bottle of coconut water 24 x bottles of still water 1 x bunch of bananas 3 x packets of fresh berries: raspberries, blueberries and strawberries 6 x whole fruits: oranges and lemons 5 x avocados 1 x block of vegan chocolate 5 x convenient salads – mus t be vegetarian and nut-free 1 x large bag of Doritos 1 x large bag of vegetable chips 1 x tub of salsa 3 x tubs of hummus 1 x vegetable platter (car rot, celery, cucumber) 12 x assorted bread rolls 1 x packet of meat slices 1 x packet of cheese slice s 1 x box of CLIF bars 1 x pack of black anklet sock s 1 x bag of ice 1 x novelty-sized bong A dozen puppies – Dachshund or Shar Pei

KERRANG! TV – MAY 4, 2PM It’s been eight years since Death Magnetic came out… EIGHT WHOLE YEARS! Can someone wake us up when there’s a new ’Tallica album? Or just prod Lars Ulrich with a stick, please?

OXFORD Less Than Jake,Trash Boat, Success (O2 Academy Oxford)

FRIDAY MAY 6

HUDDERSFIELD The Skints (Parish) LONDON Deadly Circus Fire, Mordecai, Awooga (Camden Underworld) LONDON Vinnie Caruana, Murray MacLeod (Boston Music Rooms) LONDON When We Were Wolves, Our Hollow, Our Home (Garage) MANCHESTER Bryan Adams (Arena) MANCHESTER Fort Hope, Milestones (Sound Control) NEWCASTLE The Dirty Nil,WACO (Jumping Jacks) SOUTHEND Fell Out Boy (Chinnerys) TUNBRIDGE WELLS Milk Teeth, Black Foxxes, Eat Me (Forum) WAKEFIELD Wheatus (Warehouse23) WOLVERHAMPTON The Treatment,The Amorettes (Slade Rooms)

SATURDAY MAY 7

BIRMINGHAM Milk Teeth, Black Foxxes, Eat Me (Rainbow) BIRMINGHAM The Dirty Nil,WACO (Sunflower Lounge) CANNOCK Wheatus (Station) HUDDERSFIELD Malevolence (Parish) LONDON Bryan Adams (O2 Arena) LONDON Cypher16, In Search Of Sun, Khaidian (Camden Underworld) MANCHESTER When We Were Wolves, Our Hollow, Our Home (Retro Bar) NOTTINGHAM Fort Hope, Milestones, Vetches (Rock City Basement) STOKE The Treatment,The Amorettes (Sugarmill) TUNBRIDGE WELLS Boy Jumps Ship, Cheap Meat (Forum)

SUNDAY MAY 8

CREWE When We Were Wolves, Our Hollow, Our Home (Box) LONDON Corey Taylor (KOKO) LEEDS Fort Hope (Key Club) NORWICH The Dirty Nil,WACO (Owl Sanctuary) NOTTINGHAM Vinnie Caruana, Murray MacLeod (Bodega) ST ALBANS Boy Jumps Ship, Cheap Meat (Horn)

MONDAY MAY 9

BRISTOL Milk Teeth, Black Foxxes, Eat Me (Louisiana) DONCASTER Wheatus (Diamond Live Lounge) MANCHESTER Marduk, Immolation, Origin, Bio-Cancer (Sound Control) MILTON KEYNES Lionize (Craufurd Arms) NEWCASTLE The Treatment,The Amorettes (O2 Academy2 Newcastle) SOUTHAMPTON Boy Jumps Ship, Cheap Meat (Joiners)

TUESDAY MAY 10

BRISTOL The Summer Set,The Lafontaines, Sykes (Thekla) EDINBURGH Fort Hope (Electric Circus) EXETER Milk Teeth, Black Foxxes, Eat Me (Cavern) GLASGOW Marduk, Immolation, Origin, Bio-Cancer (G2) GLASGOW The Treatment,The

OF MICE & MEN: THE DEPTHS (LIVE AT BRIXTON)

KERRANG.COM Who saw Of Mice & Men destroy London’s O2 Academy Brixton last year? We’ve still got ringing in our ears… or that could just be tinnitus. Ahem. Either way, the metalcore mob show us that they’re a (Restoring) Force to be reckoned with here. Watch the first clip from their Live At Brixton DVD and have your mind blown.

BRITS VERSES THE WORLD – TOP 20

KERRANG! TV – MAY 6, 7PM Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and the late, great Motörhead… Us Brits have got a grand old history of incredible rock bands. Watch as our tiny little island takes on the likes of Metallica, Rammstein and All Time Low in a rock version of Game Of Thrones. Amorettes (Stereo) GUILDFORD Wheatus (Boileroom) LONDON Metal Church, Bliksem, Distillator (Camden Underworld) LONDON Boy Jumps Ship, Cheap Meat (Camden Barfly) LIVERPOOL Vinnie Caruana, Murray Macleod (Shipping Forecast) SHEFFIELD Andy Black, Creeper (Leadmill)

MY FIRST GIG WHO: PUFF DADDY, THE FRIDGE, BRIXTON , 1997

THE VODUN SINGER WAS IN FO R A SURP LOCAL YOUTH CLUB – IN FACT, RISE WHEN SHE WENT TO HER SHE WAS IN TEARS…

OYA, VODUN “When I was growing up in Brixton I had musical parents, which meant there was never any shortage of live music to consume. For my friends and I, it was the summer of shiny baggy pants, suits for guys, tank tops and A-line skirts for girls. The music scene was lead by Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Records, who were churning out hip-hop and R&B in the most commercial way, which had never existed before. “They made the music I loved accessible; their music was on mainstream TV, with big-budget glitzy music videos and they were on he radio – and not just he pirate stations. There used to be a bi-

monthly daytime club event at The Fridge, which was run by a guy on our estate, but it was just for under-18s. “So, one day, my best friend at the time heard this crazy rumour that Puff Daddy was gonna show up to the club. As you can imagine, the venue was pretty electric and outof-control with hyperactive teenage girls and boys. “Anyway, the atmosphere was one of panic and glee, then who should just magically appear onstage? P. Diddy himself! There was not one shred of reason why Puffy and 112 should appear before my eyes – especially on a slightly grey but warm Sunday evening in Brixton. It was magical mayhem: the stuff of dreams. Delirium ensued, songs were screamed and I lost my tiny teenager mind and voice – I even cried.”

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2000TREES Line-up:Twin Atlantic, Refused, Moose Blood,WSTR, While She Sleeps, Palm Reader, Neck Deep,The King Blues,The Bronx, Basement, Lonely The Brave, HECK, John Coffey, Dead!, Crooks,Terrible Love, Press to MECO,The Ghost Riders In The Sky, Happy Accidents, Mallory Knox,The Xcerts,Arcane Roots, Counterfeit, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Black Peaks, Creeper, Milk Teeth, Grumble Bee, Blackhole, Brawlers, ZOAX, WACO, Reigning Days, Dave McPherson and more. Cheltenham Upcote Farm July 7 – 9.

ALAN SMITH (VOCALS), BELLEVUE DAYS WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST MEMORIES OF THE MUSIC SCENE GROWING UP? “The music scene around my area was alright when I was growing up – it was just loads of scene kids and emos listening to MCR and screamo music (laughs). I was more into blink-182 and Green Day, though. One of my first gigs was at a weekly event called RockStock, which was attended by all of the people who used to hang out at the bandstand in town. So, they would all get together and watch each other play crappy rock. Good times!” WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT THE LOCAL SCENE NOW? “There’s some seriously good music coming out of Croydon at the moment, with bands like Bad Sign, Press to MECO, Chisel Beeches, Best Of Enemies and Native Highways. It’s basically churning out some disgustingly amazing bands and they are all doing really well for themselves. It’s so good to see Croydon getting a positive name for itself.” CAN YOU TELL US WHAT THE KEY VENUES ARE? “There’s this venue called Matthews Yard / Hoodoo’s that puts on some great nights. We’ve played with some great bands there, and the sound is pretty awesome. We used to play Scream Lounge a lot as well when Bellevue Days first got together – that place is still killing it as well. Then there’s the Ship for all the metalheads.”

ARE THERE ANY OTHER LOCAL SPOTS THAT WE SHOULD BE CHECKING OUT? “There’s Bad Apple, which is a pretty decent music bar for fans of rock. Oh, and drinks are pretty cheap as well (laughs)! The only record shop is hmv, which will cater for all your desires.” ARE THERE ANY SHOWS THAT YOU’VE PLAYED THAT STICK OUT THE MOST FOR YOU? “When my old band, JSA, played Oxjam, which was a festival put on by Oxfam across the country to raise money for charity. It was full-capacity and everyone was having a right old good time – the crowd can make the night what it is! Plus our first Bellevue Days gig at Scream Lounge was good. It was probably the most nervous I’ve ever been before playing a show (laughs), but luckily it went pretty well.” WHAT IS THE BEST SHOW YOU’VE SEEN AS A FAN? “That would have to be Press to MECO a few years back at the Scream Lounge. They were bloody class and you could tell from that performance that they were going to go a long way.” WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO BANDS TRYING TO MAKE IT IN THIS TOWN? “My big advice to bands coming out of Croydon is to just play as many gigs as you can. Write music from the heart and believe in yourself. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or who you are, just work hard and write some sweet licks on the guitar and you’ll hopefully get somewhere. Be persistent and never give up on your dreams.”

AC/DC London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium June 4, Manchester Etihad Stadium 9. ALICE COOPER Stone Free Festival @ London O2 Arena June 18 – 19. AMERICAN IDIOT: THE MUSICAL Oxford New Theatre May 4 – 7, Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre 10 – 14, Sunderland Empire 24 – 28, Glasgow King’s Theatre May 31 – June 4. ANDY BLACK Sheffield Leadmill May 10, Newcastle University 11, O2 ABC Glasgow 12, O2 Institute Birmingham 14, Cardiff TramShed 15, O2 Ritz Manchester 16, Brighton All Saints Church 18, Portsmouth Pyramids 19, London Camden KOKO 20. Support: Creeper. ARCH ENEMY Norwich Waterfront August 21, Sheffield Corporation 22, Cardiff Tramshed 23, Southampton Engine Rooms 24. Support: Soilwork. ARCHITECTS Brighton Concorde 2 May 27 – 28. Support: Counting Days. BAND OF SKULLS Leeds Stylus October 20, Manchester Albert Hall 21, Newcastle Northumbria University 22, London Camden Roundhouse 26, Southampton Engine Rooms November 17. BESTIVAL Line-up: Creeper, Fatherson, K.Flay, Milk Teeth, Moose Blood, Pretty Vicious, PUP. Isle Of Wight Robin Hill Country Park September 8 – 11. BEACH SLANG Tunbridge Wells Forum June 7, London Camden Dingwalls 8, Birmingham Sunflower Lounge 9, Edinburgh Electric Circus 10, Liverpool Studio2 11, Manchester Deaf Institute 12, Nottingham Bodega 13, Cardiff Globe 14, Cambridge Portland Arms 15. Support:Weaves, Muncie Girls (except Manchester). BIFFY CLYRO Glasgow Bellahouston Park August 27. Support: Fall Out Boy,Wolf Alice, Cage The Elephant. BLIND GUARDIAN Glasgow Queen Margaret Union May 17, O2 Ritz Manchester 18, Dublin Academy 19, Nottingham Rock City 21, London O2 Forum Kentish Town 22. BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL Line-up: Slayer, Mastodon,Twisted Sister,Venom, Behemoth, DragonForce, Paradise Lost, Rotting Christ,Anthrax, Gojira, Satyricon, Fear Factory, Symphony X,Acid Reign, Metal Allegiance, Stuck Mojo, Goatwhore. Corrosion Of Conformity, Unearth, Ghost Bath, Evil Scarecrow and more. Derbyshire Catton Park August 11 – 14. BRING ME THE HORIZON London O2 Arena October 31, Bournemouth BIC November 1, Nottingham Arena 2, Birmingham Barclaycard Arena 4, London O2 Arena 5, Sheffield Arena 6, Manchester Arena 8, Glasgow SSE Hydro 9. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE Newport Centre November 24, O2 Academy Newcastle 27, O2 Academy Glasgow 30, Manchester Academy December 3, O2 Academy Birmingham 6, London O2 Academy Brixton 9. Support: Killswitch Engage, Cane Hill. BURY TOMORROW Southampton Engine Rooms June 4. Support: Every Time I Die, Landscapes. BUTSERFEST Line-up: Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, FVK, Creeper, WSTR, Crooks,Ashestoangels and more. Petersfield Queen Elizabeth Country Park September 10.

“SCREEEEAM FOR ME, LOUNGE!”

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The Ship: the pub anchored in the centre of Croydon…

CAMDEN ROCKS Line-up: SikTh,Young Guns,We Are The Ocean, Ginger Wildheart, InMe, Norma Jean,The Godfathers,

Evil Scarecrow, New Years Day,The Virginmarys,The Qemists, Queen Kwong, Forever Never,As Lions, The Dirty Youth, SHVPES, Black Foxxes, Lounge Kittens, Press To MECO, Blood Youth, Scholars, Ashestoangels, Samoans, Counting Days,The Ghost Riders In The Sky, Bad Sign, Creeper, Glen Matlock, Reigning Days, Sonic Boom Six and more. Camden various venues June 4. COLDRAIN Bristol Thekla May 20, London Borderline 21, Manchester Sound Control 22, Glasgow King Tut’s 23, Nottingham Rock City Basement 24, Southampton Engine Rooms 26, Reading Sub 89 27. Support: Counting Days,Wage Wars. COREY TAYLOR London Camden KOKO May 8. DAMNATION FESTIVAL Line-up: Enslaved, Nails, Ne Obliviscaris, Full Of Hell, Oceans Of Slumber. Leeds University Union November 5. DECADE Manchester Sound Control May 31, Bath Moles June 1, Bristol Exchange 3, Leeds Key Club 4, Birmingham Rainbow 5. Support: Cheap Meat (except Bath). DEFTONES London SSE Arena Wembley June 3. DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL Line-up: Rammstein, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Korn, Megadeth, Disturbed, Nightwish, Deftones,The Amity Affliction, Counting Days, Gutterdämmerung, Havok, Killswitch Engage, Skillet,Twin Atlantic, Sixx:A.M., Fort Hope,Architects,Atreyu, Beartooth, Black Foxxes, Dead!, Down, Milk Teeth, Neck Deep, Rival Sons, Skindred,TesseracT, Lawnmower Deth, Attila, Billy Talent, Breaking Benjamin, Delain, Don Broco, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Ghost, Gojira, Halestorm, Ho99o9, Saxon, Shinedown, Tremonti,All Time Low, Buck & Evans, Devil You Know, Glassjaw, Napalm Death, Pennywise,The Raven Age, Royal Republic, Scattering Ashes, Scorpion Child,The Shrine,The Temperance Movement, Weirds,The Wildhearts,Avatar,WWE NXT. Juliette & The Licks, Raging Speedhorn,The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, Inglorious, Raveneye, Puppy, From Ashes To New, Skinny Lister,The Amorettes, In Search Of Sun, Man The Mighty,Wearing Scars,The Wild Lies. Donington Park June 10 – 12. EMP!RE Basingstoke Sanctuary May 13, Cheltenham 2 Pigs 14, Glasgow Audio 16,Wrexham Rewind 17, Bath Moles 18, Swansea Scene 19, London Garage 20, Bridgewater Cobblestones 21. ESCAPE THE FATE Bristol Thekla June 8, Southampton Engine Rooms 9, Norwich Waterfront 10. EVERY TIME I DIE London Borderline May 31, London Camden Underworld June 1, London Tufnell Park Dome 2, London Old Blue Last 3. EXPIRE Cardiff Bunker June 13, Leeds Temple Of Boom 14, Glasgow Audio 15, Birmingham Rainbow 16, London Boston Music Rooms 17. Support: Cross Me, Renounced. THE FALL OF TROY Nottingham Rescue Rooms September 9, Leeds Key Club 10, Glasgow Cathouse 11, Newcastle Think Tank? 13, London Scala 14, Bristol Fleece 15, Manchester Sound Control 16, Birmingham Asylum 17. Support:Tiny Moving Parts. FATHERSON London Scala June 2, Glasgow O2 ABC 4. Support: The Xcerts. FIDLAR London Brixton Electric July 12. FORT FEST Line-up: Lonely The Brave, InMe,The Dirty Youth,The Treatment, Grumble Bee, Bad Touch, Eva Plays Dead, Cheap Meat, Liberty Lies, Fires That Divide, Phoenix Calling, Common Youth, Sister Shotgun, Hidden Skies, Apherium. Bedfordshire Thurleigh September 2 – 4. FORT HOPE London Camden Barfly May 5, Nottingham Rock City 7, Leeds Key Club 8, Edinburgh Electric Circus 10, Inverness Mad Hatters 11, Glasgow King Tut’s 12, Newcastle Surf Cafe 13, Carlisle Brickyard 14, O2 Academy2 Liverpool 16, Birmingham Asylum II 17,


ISSUE 1618 MAY 7, 2016

JUST ANNOUNCED ALL THEM WITCHES Bristol Thekla October 2, Manchester Deaf Institute 3, London Scala 4, Brighton Haunt 6, Leeds Brudenell Social Club 7, Glasgow Classic Grand 8, Nottingham Bodega 9.

FROM SORROW TO SERENITY Bridlington Londesborough May 27, Edinburgh Opium 28, Derby Hairy Dog 29, Plymouth Underground 31, Birmingham Rainbow June 1, Brighton Sticky Mike’s 2, Bristol Hatchet 3. Support: No Sins Evades His Gaze.

BEING AS AN OCEAN Plymouth Hub June 21, Bridgend Hobos 22, Kingston Fighting Cocks 23.

FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND London O2 Forum Kentish Town May 20 – 21. Support: Shai Hulud, ZOAX.

BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL Latest additions:Akercocke, Desert Storm, Divine Chaos, Mordake, Poseidon, Rest In Fear, Rabid Bitch Of The North.

GLASTONBURY Line-Up: Muse, Bring Me The Horizon, ZZ Top, Wolf Alice and more. Somerset Worthy Farm June 24 – 26.

FIZZY BLOOD / ALLUSONDRUGS Kingston Fighting Cocks June 6, Birmingham Sunflower Lounge 7, Newport Le Pub 8, Cheltenham Frog &

HANDS LIKE HOUSES Manchester Academy III May 25, Leeds Key Club 26, Glasgow Cathouse 27, Newcastle Uni SU 28, Liverpool Arts Centre Loft 29, Nottingham Bodega 30, O2 Institute2 Birmingham 31, Southampton Joiners June 1, Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach 2, London O2 Academy Islington 3, Bristol Exchange 4. Support: I The Mighty, Dead!,The Gospel Youth.

Fiddle 9, Liverpool Magnet 10. ICED EARTH London Electric Brixton December 6. Support: Ensiferum, Kataklysm, Unearth. PANIC! AT THE DISCO Date added: London Alexandra Palace November 20. RAGING SPEEDHORN Colchester Arts Centre July 15, Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach 16, Liverpool Arts Club Loft 17, O2 ABC2 Glasgow 18, Leeds Key Club 19, O2 Academy3 Birmingham 20, Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms 21, Oxford Wheatsheaf 22, London Camden Underworld 23. Support: Stoneghost, By Any Means. Y NOT FESTIVAL Latest additions: SikTh,Arcane Roots, Dead!,Yak.

IGGY POP & JOSH HOMME London Royal Albert Hall May 18. I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN Glasgow Cathouse August 22, Birmingham Rainbow 23, Plymouth Hub 24, London Camden Dingwalls 25, Southampton Social 26. Support:The Browning, Feed Her To The Sharks, Empires Fade,To Kill Achilles. ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL Line-up: Queen + Adam Lambert, Stereophonics, Twin Atlantic, Sixx:A.M. and more. Seaclose Park, Newport June 9 – 12. ISSUES Cardiff Y Plas May 24, London Camden KOKO 25, O2 Manchester Ritz 26, Glasgow Garage 27, Southampton Engine Rooms 31. Support: Hacktivist, Astroid Boys.

CAMDEN ROCKS Latest additions: HECK, Zebrahead, Black Spiders,Yuck, Reckless Love,The Algorithm, Fort Hope, Palm Reader,Wars, Fizzy Blood, Vodun, Oxygen Thief.

KATATONIA London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire October 21. KERRANG! AWARDS 2016 Line-up:Asking Alexandria. London Troxy June 9. KILLING JOKE London O2 Academy Brixton November 4. LANDSCAPES Cardiff Fuel Club May 17, Birmingham Rainbow 18, Manchester Star And Garter 19, London Boston Music Rooms 20. Support: Capsize, Giants. LESS THAN JAKE O2 Academy Leicester May 4, O2 Academy Oxford 5. Support:Trash Boat, Success. LONELY THE BRAVE Leamington Spa Zephyr May 17, Exeter Cavern 18, Cambridge Corn Exchange 20, Norwich Open 23, Reading Sub89 24, Newcastle Riverside 27. MANIC STREET PREACHERS Swansea Liberty Stadium May 28, Echo Arena May 13, Birmingham Genting Arena 14, London Royal Albert Hall 16 – 17, Leeds First Direct Arena 20, Glasgow SSE Hydro 21. Support: Editors. MEMPHIS MAY FIRE London Camden Electric Ballroom May 31. Support: We Came As Romans, Miss May I, Cane Hill. METAL BREW Line-up:Venom Inc, Diamond Head, Divine Chaos, Incredible Hog,Witchsorrow, Groan, Desert Storm, Dysteria, Landskap. London Barnet Rugby Football Club July 30. MILK TEETH Manchester Sound Control May 4, Nottingham Bodega 5,Tunbridge Wells Forum 6, Birmingham Rainbow 7, Bristol Louisiana 9, Exeter Cavern 10, Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach 11, London Camden Barfly 12, Southampton Joiners 14. Support: Black Foxxes, Eat Me. MINISTRY Cardiff TramShed August 16, O2 ABC Glasgow 17, O2 Institute Birmingham 18, O2 Ritz Manchester 19, London O2 Forum Kentish Town. Support: DevilDriver. MOOSE BLOOD O2 Institute2 Birmingham October 3, Glasgow Garage 4, O2 Academy2 Sheffield 5, Cardiff Y Plas 6, London Camden KOKO, Manchester Academy2 8. MUNICIPAL WASTE Glasgow Cathouse June 13, Newcastle Think Tank? 14, Leeds Brudenell Social Club 15, London Camden

Underworld 16, Manchester Sound Control 17. NAILS Glasgow Cathouse November 4, Bristol Fleece 6, London Camden Underworld 7. Support: Full Of Hell. NAPOLEON Cardiff TBA June 22,Worcester Marrs Bar 23, Exeter Cavern 24, Brighton Sticky Mikes 25, Basingstoke Sanctuary 26. NORMA JEAN Plymouth Junction May 31, Bournemouth Anvil June 1, Chester Live Rooms 2, O2 Academy Leicester 3, Brighton Sticky Mikes 5, Liverpool Arts Club 7, Swansea Scene 8, Belfast Empire 10, Dublin Voodoo 11. NORMANDIE London Boston Music Rooms July 18, Cardiff Fuel 19, Manchester Retro Bar 20, Newcastle Head Of Steam 21, Nuneaton Queens Hall 22, Cheltenham Frog & Fiddle 23, Southampton Joiners 24. Support: Future Talk. OCEANS ATE ALASKA Birmingham Rainbow June 1, Cardiff Bunker 2, Northampton Black Prince 3, Newcastle Central 4, Edinburgh Opium 5, Manchester Rebellion 6, Leeds Key Club. Support: Fathoms, Loathe. THE OFFSPRING / BAD RELIGION O2 Academy Birmingham June 19, O2 Academy Glasgow 20, London Eventim Apollo 22. Support: Templeton Pek. PANIC! AT THE DISCO O2 Apollo Manchester November 17, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena 18, London Alexandra Palace 19. PETROL GIRLS Cardiff Gwdihw June 7, Bristol Exchange 8,Worcester Fly Bar 9, Plymouth Juntion 10, Brighton Prince Albert 11, Norwich Owl Sanctuary 12, Glasgow Bar Bloc 14, Newcastle Trillians 15, Huddersfield Parish 16, London DIY Space 17, Liverpool Social Centre 18, Manchester Sound Control 19. PIERCE THE VEIL Cardiff Great Hall November 25, O2 Academy

Birmingham 26, London O2 Academy Brixton 27, Nottingham Rock City 29, O2 Academy Newcastle 30, Glasgow Barrowland December 1, Manchester Academy 2, Belfast Mandela Hall 4, Dublin Academy 5 – 6. PUSCIFER Manchester Bridgewater Hall May 30, London Camden Roundhouse 31. READING & LEEDS FESTIVAL Line-up: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Biffy Clyro, Fall Out Boy, twenty one pilots, Crossfaith, Eagles Of Death Metal, Lower Than Atlantis,Asking Alexandria, Five Finger Death Punch, Sleeping With Sirens, State Champs, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Creeper and loads more! Reading Richfield Avenue and Leeds Bramham Park August 26 – 28. REAL FRIENDS Kingston Hippodrome May 27. THE ROCKET SUMMER London Camden Barfly May 27. RORY INDIANA Leicester Pi Bar June 17, Southampton Alex 19, Plymouth Underground 20, Cheltenham Frog & Fiddle 21,Tunbridge Wells Forum 30. SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL Line-up: Panic! At The Disco, Of Mice & Men, New Found Glory, Mallory Knox, Four Year Strong,The Starting Line, Set Your Goals, Every Time I Die, Issues, Memphis May Fire, Zebrahead, Capdown, Real Friends, Miss May I,We Came As Romans,Yellowcard, Mayday Parade, Shikari Sound System,The Story So Far,The King Blues, Cancer Bats,The Amity Affliction, Northlane, Moose Blood, Norma Jean, Hacktivist, Hit The Lights, Gnarwolves, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, ROAM,Young Guns, coldrain,As It Is,Trash Boat, WSTR, King Prawn, [spunge], Heart Of A Coward, Astroid Boys,The One Hundred,The Qemists,The Beat,The JB Conspiracy, Rob Lynch,The Rocket Summer (Bryce Avary solo),Away Days, Grumble Bee, Greywind, Elder Brother, Seafoal, Bethan Leadley, Lianne Kaye. Slam Dunk North – Leeds City Centre May 28, Slam Dunk Midlands – Birmingham NEC 29, Slam Dunk South – Hatfield University Of Hertfordshire 30.

SLEEP London O2 Forum Kentish Town July 6. TESTAMENT O2 Academy Oxford June 23, London Brooklyn Bowl 23. THE SMITH STREET BAND London Camden Underworld July 9, Kingston Fighting Cocks 10, Norwich Owl Sanctuary 12, Nottingham Bodega 13, Glasgow Audio 14, Manchester Soup Kitchen 15, Dublin Fibber Magees 16, Brighton Prince Albert 17. Support:Apologies, I Have None,Woahnows. THE SUMMER SET Bristol Thekla May 10, London King’s Cross Scala 12, Birmingham Asylum 13, Leeds Key Club 14, Glasgow G2 15, Manchester Club Academy 17, Nottingham Rescue Rooms 18, Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms 19. TECH-FEST Line-up: Protest The Hero, Between The Buried And Me and more. Newark Showground July 7 – 11. VINNIE CARUANA London Boston Music Rooms May 6, Nottingham Bodega 8, Liverpool Shipping Forecast 10, Leeds Key Club 11. Support: Murray MacLeod (The Xcerts). Y NOT FESTIVAL Line-up:The Hives, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Neck Deep, Creeper, Moose Blood, Lonely T he Brave, Gnarwolves, HECK, Queen Kwong, Reigning Days and more. Pikehall Derbyshire 29 – 31 July.

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THE ULTIMATE

ROCKSTAR TEST

BRIAN MOLKO PLACEBO WANT TO STAY ON BRIAN’S GOOD SIDE? DON’T BE A DRUMMER, OR INTERRUPT HIS WEEING… ON ROCK’N’ROLL…

ON FAILURES AND F’UPS…

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ASKED TO LEAVE A HOTEL? “We’ve been banned from several hotels. After gigs, we’d go to the bar of the hotel we were staying in, Stefan [Olsdal, bass] would play piano and I would lie on it.The barman would be absent, so we’d serve ourselves, and that wouldn’t go down well. Even now, we’ll walk into a hotel bar and go, ‘Wait a second – aren’t we banned from here?’” HAVE YOU EVER CAUSED MISCHIEF ON AN AEROPLANE? “Yeah. I had a really bad fear of flying for a long time, so I couldn’t get on a plane until I was F**K! half-cut. lt turned me into a bit of a monster.Apparently I’ve woken up in first class, wasted, screaming ‘Fuck!’ at the top of my voice.They were thinking of diverting the plane to get me off.” WHAT’S THE MOST UNLIKELY PLACE YOU’VE BEEN ASKED FOR AN AUTOGRAPH? “In the toilet, midpiss! First of all, it’s mechanically difficult to sign something at that point, but people get offended when you won’t give them your autograph while you’re standing there with your cock in your hand! They tend to retreat when I ask them to please leave me alone.” Bloody rockstars, always taking the piss…

HAVE YOU EVER UNINTENTIONALLY INJURED A BANDMATE? “No, though I’ve certainly injured myself, either by jumping off or falling off stages, or trashing a drum kit in a fit of rage. I did try to kill one of our drummers once, but I’m not sure if that counts, because isn’t that standard practice? I had an Incredible Hulk moment. Most of my aggression has been directed toward drummers, actually. And not just one drummer, either.” HAVE YOU EVER FAILED TO BE ONSTAGE WHEN YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE? “No, but I’ve walked off and refused to go back on a few times, either during or after the first song. I’d realis just too intoxicated to pl and then Stefan would have to go and apologise to the audience, which would cause great tension, as you might imagine. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of.” Somewhere in the world, Axl Rose is shaking his head at you, Brian

LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS… WHO IS THE MOST FAMOUS FAN OF PLACEBO? “Well, I guess David Bowie was, to the point where he wanted to

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sing on one of our songs.To me, that was the most amazing ego-booster, or I suppose validation.When you’ve written stuff that a legend like Bowie liked so much he wanted to sing on it, it’s pretty hard to beat that.” WHAT’S THE BEST FREEBIE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN? “I tend to give most of them away, to be honest. I get some ridiculous things, though, like a Dolce & Gabbana mobile phone, that had a mirror function on it.We won Best Alternative Band at the MTV Awards once, and they gave all the winners these ridiculous suitcases full of goodies, and one was that phone. I gave everything away, but kept the suitcase – that’s useful!” And a phone with a mirror function isn’t?

ON THE HYPOTHETICAL… IF YOU HAD TO BE AN ACTUAL SLAVE TO A WAGE, WHAT JOB WOULD YOU PICK? “This is so un-rock’n’roll, but I’d want to help people in one way or another, and do something that had some purpose. Maybe something in healthcare, or charity work, rather than being part of the machine. I’ve actually never had a job. After getting my degree I decided to go on the dole until I got a record deal. I consider it my artistic grant from the government – which ve since paid back in taxes, tenfold.” OU HAD UNLIMITED FUNDS TO PIMP O T YOUR TOUR BUS, WHAT WOULD IT OK LIKE? ake inspiration from travelling on Dolly on’s bus.You'd walk through a rhinestonec ered bathroom, that has a huge bath in it, to get to this double bed. I’d also have a steam room as well, and yoga and meditation space big enough to also have massages in. From the outside you’d have no idea about what it was actually like, though – it would be very discreet. It would just look normal outside, and then be completely luxurious inside.” All very wonderful-sounding, but you forgot to put in a toilet. And you didn't mention a steering wheel, either…

SPIRITUAL HEADMELTER… IS GOD AN ASTRONAUT? “No, He’s not. He is the good in each and every one of us, and he lives within us.We’re all God, if we choose to live with compassion towards others.” Would that compassion towards others stretch to drummers you've gone Incredible Hulk on?

THE VERDICT

AS WE EXPECTED, BRIAN HAS THIS ROCKSTAR THING DOWN. BE NICER TO DRUMMERS, THOUGH, MAN…

SCORE

84%

“A PLANE ALMOST GOT DIVERTED SO THEY COULD KICK ME OFF…” BRIAN MOLKO

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

AL JOURGENSEN MINISTRY ALICE COOPER BEN BRUCE ASKING ALEXANDRIA GENE SIMMONS KISS CHAD NICEFIELD WILSON MORTIIS BERT McCRACKEN THE USED BRENDON URIE PANIC! AT THE DISCO BRIAN MOLKO PLACEBO DERYCK WHIBLEY SUM 41 JOHAN HEGG AMON AMARTH

100% 99% 98% 93% 92% 90% 86% 85% 84% 83% 76%

12 ALEX GASKARTH ALL TIME LOW 75% 13 DENIS STOFF ASKING ALEXANDRIA 73% 14 CHRISSY COSTANZA AGAINST THE CURRENT 68%

WORDS: DAN SLESSOR

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