VODUN return with SPIRITS PAST + new album ASCEND due Sep 7 via New Heavy Sounds

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Watch the ‘SPIRITS PAST’ video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=97Xh2YqWAbk

Take a look outside your window: shit’s getting serious. We’re living through a particularly bleak paradigm, with ominous political shifts occurring around the globe. It’s time for a rallying war-cry, to tap into the power of our ancestors, to learn the wisdoms taught by history and its recurring patterns. It’s time to acknowledge the power of women, to burn with the fire of a banshee wail, to taste the energy of revolution and feel the inspiration of generations of resistance.

And that’s where ASCEND, the second album by insurrectionary heavy rock trio Vodun, comes in.

Ten slabs of ground-flattening, groove-inflected rock power, driven by the afro-inspired dervish drums of Zel Kaute (interpreting the spirits of Ogoun), the roaring, fierce chromium guitars of Linz Hamilton (The Marassa), and fronted by the fire-breathing howl of frontwoman Chantal Brown (Oya), delivering you the truth of generations with a drive and focus that can’t be matched.

‘SPIRITS PAST’ is our first taste of ‘ASCEND’, due for release September 7th via New Heavy Sounds, the first new music from Vodun since the release of their critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Possession’ in 2016.

“SPIRITS PAST’ is a war cry,” explains frontwoman Chantal. “Recognising the similarities in previous global events within our own current state of affairs, allows us to gain an understanding of what our ancestors did to battle such prejudices. This feeling of deja vu pushes us to draw upon the strength and tenacity of all peoples, their lives and spirits, who have already laid the foundations for the advancement of equality within every civilisation.”

The video, directed by Noomi Spook, tells the story of a woman imprisoned inside a cryogenic chamber, sedated and forced to endure torturous experiments, as her captors attempt to discover the source of her powers. She awakes long enough to send an SOS message to the younger generation, but the rescue attempt fails. She then summons the mighty spirit of the past, symbolising her ancestry and lineage – unleashing her great power of wisdom and salvation upon her captors, which ultimately frees them from their prison of prejudice and ignorance.

It’s a story and a message that is matched perfectly with Chantal’s soaring, defiant vocals, Zel’s marching cowbell propelled drums and Linz’s grinding metallic guitar as the song meets it’s high-speed, thrashed-out dramatic conclusion.

“The first song we wrote for the album was ‘SPIRITS PAST’,” says Chantal, “and that’s tackling our current climate. You have to ask yourself: haven’t we been here before? Are we going backwards? It’s easy to slip into the abyss of negativity, destruction and despair. But look at history: we need to keep fighting, and listen to people who’ve already fought this fight, and realise the war isn’t over.”

The song was produced by BRIT Award winning Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Ghost, Turbowolf), who brought his unparalleled heavy & clean balance to the bands sound, and several interesting harmony ideas, which was very much welcomed by Chantal.

Vodun are very much back. Stay tuned for further war cries.

‘ASCEND’ pre-order link, which downloads the ‘SPIRITS PAST’ single immediately: http://smarturl.it/VodunAscendApple
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/VodunAscendSpotify

Find Vodun at:

www.vodunband.com
www.facebook.com/VODUNBAND
https://twitter.com/vodunband
www.newheavysounds.com

Evil Blizzard return with The Worst Show On Earth

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EVIL BLIZZARD ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘THE WORST SHOW ON EARTH’
RELEASED JUNE 29TH ON CRACKEDANKLES RECORDS

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When Evil Blizzard emerged from the bowels of Lancashire with their debut album 5 years ago it is fair to say they caused a stir. Put on the front cover of The Guardian, championed by Mark E Smith (who gave the band the money to record their debut album out of his own pocket) their gruesome mix of four bass players blending Psyche, Krautrock, Post Punk and an unmistakable image saw them launched onto magazines and websites worldwide.

But it is only with the release of their new, third, album ‘THE WORST SHOW ON EARTH’ (on their own newly-founded Crackedankles Records, released 29/06/18) that the band have finally fulfilled their potential.

Heavy, grinding and yet commercially viable, this new album sees the band truly shake off the ‘gimmick’ tag of the past and stride forward into new musical dimensions. Yes; there’s still 4 basses. But also, piano, cello, samples and a general disregard for the basic concept of a ‘pop song’ with 2 tracks hitting the 10-minute mark.

The introduction of keyboards into their live onslaught (you have seen them live, right? Right?!?) has developed their sound to incorporate techno and industrial elements, with recent single ‘Fast Forward Rewind’ hitting the nation’s airwaves aided by its freak show video shot illegally in an abandoned Victorian Music Hall. Forthcoming single ‘Unleash The Misery’ (released September 18) sees the band channel their inner Glam Rock. The cataclysmic title track features the spoken word of German artist Arne Wald, with whom the band have collaborated in the past on visuals.

Be warned: it’s to be filed under ‘Uneasy Listening’.

Produced by Richard McNamara from Embrace, the new album ‘is more extreme’ says bassist Filthydirty. ‘The long songs are longer; the fast ones faster. We went in the studio without a clue what it would sound like and the songs, all pretty much recorded in one take, formed themselves as we were playing. We had 2 or 3 songs that we’ve been playing live but the others were completely flying by the seat of our pants and that energy and tension has recorded well.’

The album title came from a less than impressed reviewer. The band, ever self-deprecating, take great pleasure in antagonising their crowd to the point that their dedicated following greet live performances with booing rather than applause. One fan, who has the band logo tattooed on his arm, made his own ‘I Hate Evil Blizzard’ t shirts. ‘People pay money to hate us. Win/Win.’

The band are touring the UK for the remainder of 2018, together with headline slots at Beatherder, Sonic Rock Solstice and Jesstival amongst other festivals, with European and Japanese dates being arranged for the future.

The album is available through Cargo distribution worldwide and has a limited edition of 500 copies on premium weight blood splattered vinyl though it should be noted their last album sold out of its initial pressing in under 90 minutes.

The band have famously only ever rehearsed 5 times…

‘Evil Blizzard may be more eligible for the Turner Prize than the Mercury’ – theartsdesk.com

Pre-order ‘The Worst Show On Earth’ at: http://crackedankles.bigcartel.com/

Catch the band live at the following dates:
4/5/18 Liverpool Adelphi Hotel
5/5/18 Manchester Ritz
2/6/18 Long Division Festival, Wakefield
9/6/18 Preston Blitz
16/6/18 Sonic Rock Festival, Bromsgrove
7/7/18 Derby The Hairy Dog
15/7/18 Beatherder Festival, Clitheroe
3/8/18 Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
15/9/18 London 100 Club
29/9/18 Newcastle Think Tank
13/10/18 Glasgow Ivory Blacks
27/10/18 Leeds Brudenell
17/11/18 Birmingham Hare & Hounds
14/12/18 Manchester Academy

Evil Blizzard are:
Side – Drums, vocals and percussion
Filthydirty – bass, guitar, vocals, keyboards and sequencing
Prowler – bass
Kav – bass and guitar
Stomper – bass
Blizzpig – glamour and corruption

Find Evil Blizzard at:

twitter.com/evil_blizzard
facebook.com/EvilBlizzardband
evilblizzard.com
crackedankles.co.uk

The Interrupters announce album Fight the Good Fight on June 29th

Los Angeles ska-punk band The Interrupters will release their third studio album Fight the Good Fight on June 29th via Hellcat Records.

Fight the Good Fight was produced by longtime collaborator, Rancid frontman, and Grammy Award-winning producer Tim Armstrong with the band at Ship-Rec Recorders in Los Angeles. The album was mixed by Grammy-award winning mixer Tom Lord-Alge (Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, Weezer). Pre-orders for Fight the Good Fight are available at wearetheinterrupters.com.

The first single shared is “She’s Kerosene” an intense but triumphant track featuring The Interrupters’ quintessential upbeat sound. In the track, frontwoman Aimee reflects on breaking free from narcissistic abuse (“I really hope when people listen to that song, it helps them feel empowered to leave a toxic relationship,” Aimee says).

The follow-up to 2015’s Say It Out Loud, Fight the Good Fight finds The Interrupters delivering their two-tone-inspired, powerfully melodic, punk-fueled sound with more vitality than ever before. With Armstrong and Alge at the helm, Aimee and the Bivona brothers channeled the raw energy of their lives shows by recording almost entirely to tape. “There’s a certain feeling you get from that process that you can’t really get digitally,” says guitarist Kevin. “There’s no overthinking anything—everyone’s got to be fully present and committed. It was definitely high-pressure, but also really fun.”

The Interrupters are performing at the Punk in Drublic festivals across the US. On July 14, the band will join the final run of the US Vans Warped Tour this summer in support of Fight the Good Fight.

FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT TRACKLIST:

1. Title Holder
2. So Wrong
3. She’s Kerosene
4. Leap Of Faith
5. Got Each Other (feat. Rancid)
6. Broken World
7. Gave You Everything
8. Not Personal
9. Outrage
10. Rumors And Gossip
11. Be Gone
12. Room With A View

Formed in 2011, The Interrupters came together when the Bivina brothers (guitarist Kevin Bivona, bassist Justin Bivona, drummer Jesse Bivona) found themselves on bills with Aimee during a 2009 tour. With their self-titled debut arriving in 2014, the band soon shared stages with bands like Rancid, Blink-182, and Bad Religion. The Interrupters embarked on a world tour in support of the release, headlining their own shows as well as supporting Green Day in Europe, Australia and South America, solidifying the band’s status as a dynamic force on the stage.

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Future War Bride announce debut album Majahua

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The magical sounds of Danish psych pop quartet, Future War Bride are once again blessing the interweb. The band kicked off their album announcement today with a track premiere of new single Thin Air at Clash Magazine who says the tune is “a bewitching psychedelic statement, all swirling, liquid guitars and heavenly vocals.”

Thin Air then took Track of the Day at The 405 who say it’s “a kaleidoscopic joyride of a song.”

Debut album Majahua is a colourful, magical journey from start to finish inspired by a Pacific earthquake which resulted in memory loss. Out on Gloves Off Records on June 8th.

Pre-order it now on iTunes.

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WE ARE SCIENTISTS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘MEGAPLEX’ RELEASED APRIL 27th VIA 100% RECORDS

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WE ARE SCIENTISTS

ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘MEGAPLEX’

RELEASED APRIL 27th VIA 100% RECORDS

VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘ONE IN, ONE OUT’

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UK TOUR CONFIRMED FOR MAY

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 We Are Scientists, the Brooklyn, New York based power pop troupe are set to return with their sixth album. Titled ‘Megaplex’ and released via 100% Records on April 27th. The infamous duo, Keith Murray (guitar/vocals) and Chris Cain (bass), are once again set to dazzle the world with ten brand new splashes of colourful and utterly addictive pop that serve as a welcome distraction to these bleak times we live in.

“In the past we’ve used our music to educate, to enlighten, to awaken people to the depth and complexity of moral concerns. This time, we really wanted to drop a fun-bomb. Something to dance or f*** to,” states Chris and ‘Megaplex’ achieves just that. Recorded at Tim Wheeler from Ash’s Atomic Heart Studios in NYC and once again produced by Max Hart (ex-Katy Perry), the duo set about honing down a sprawling burst of creativity to make the concise pop beast that is ‘Megaplex’.

“At this point in our career, we’ve written so many songs,” explains Keith.  “The pool for this record alone was something like 90 songs deep — that we know exactly what we want out of a We Are Scientists record. We want it to be taut, to bang hard, to have a big hook every four seconds or so. We don’t have to be precious about which songs make it onto a record; we can listen to the ones that didn’t make it at home, on our own time. ‘Megaplex’ is just the ten most delicious songs that we have — a stacked-up compound of entertainment.”

“It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of honing of craft to make it to six records,” continues Keith. “ I mean, the Velvet Underground never made six albums. The Smiths didn’t. Pavement, Guns N’ Roses, The Stooges — none of them could do it. So, I guess we’re just objectively better than those bands now? It’s just a mathematical fact, right? Van Halen made six with David Lee Roth but only four with Sammy Hagar, so I guess we’re better than Hagar-era Van Halen but only just as good as Roth-era? Which, saying it out loud, makes total sense, yeah.”

These are stark facts that cannot be argued when faced with the ten melodious molten nuggets that are simply blinding in their brightness. Yes folks, We Are Scientists are very much back.

“Our brilliant work in pop song writing is unsurpassed,” summarises Keith.  “And will probably make the We Are Scientists Name live beyond eternity.”

www.wearescientists.com

Riverside CA’s garage tornadoes TheBellRays announce new album and tour for 2018.

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Punk. Funk. Rock. Soul. The main ingredients in a potent witch’s brew that The BellRays have been mixing for a long time now. Returning with their first full new album since the release of ‘Black Lightning’ in 2010, ‘Punk Funk Rock Soul Volume 2’ follows the release of ‘Volume One’, the four-track taster EP released in 2017 as an appetiser for the main feast. ‘Volume Two’ arrives February 2nd via Cargo Record UK.

If music is food for the soul, then The BellRays are thanksgiving and they know how to cook. The BellRays strip down to the meat of what music means to them. Growing up in SoCal, they thrived on radio channels that broadcast more than one kind of music. It was a party. ‘Punk Funk Rock Soul’ is their party with their songs and friends.

“We take our ear where our heart lives in simple song writing, making ourselves and hopefully all who hear it feel good,” explains singer Lisa Kekaula. “We are proud of its simplicity and love how the new songs sound like old friends. This release is a collection of songs that illustrates why we do what we do. We are not 20 year olds and that’s okay. We are proud of our mileage and journey and PUNK FUNK ROCK SOUL validates our comfort in what music means to us. Viability, trend and meaning are up to the eye of the beholder…we like to rock.”

Catch the band live at the following dates in March 2018

Thrs 1 Ramsgate Ramsgate Music Hall
Fri 2 Halifax The Lantern
Sat 3 Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club
Sun 4 Edinburgh Opium
Tues 6 Glasgow Broadcast
Wed 7 Newcastle Cluny
Thrs 8 Leeds Brudenell
Fri 9 Manchester Soup Kitchen
Sat 10 Newport Le Pub
Tues 13 Southampton Talking Heads
Wed 14 Bristol Lantern
Thrs 15 Brighton The Albert
Fri 16 Norwich NAC
Sat 17 London The Camden Assembly

www.thebellrays.com

Converge announce new album The Dusk in Us

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Today, Converge announce the upcoming release of The Dusk In Us, the first album in five years from the Boston-based heavy-music innovators. Due out on November 3, The Dusk in Us will be released via Epitaph and Deathwish. Pre-orders are available at http://kr-m.co/converge

As the ninth full-length from Converge (vocalist Jacob Bannon, guitarist Kurt Ballou, bassist Nate Newton, and drummer Ben Koller), The Dusk In Us follows 2012’s acclaimed All We Love We Leave Behind. Featured on Pitchfork’s Best New Music list, All We Love We Leave Behind was called “as skull-cleaving as it is beautiful” by Consequence Of Sound.

Today also marks the premiere of Converge’s new single, “Under Duress.” Delivering what Bannon describes as “my emotional reaction to the complex world in which we live,” the track merges his tortured howl with pounding rhythms and abrasive guitar riffs.

Produced by Converge and mixed by Ballou at his renowned Godcity Studios, The Dusk In Us shows the band’s artistic evolution and avant-garde sensibilities while still capturing their classic sound. After forming in Massachusetts in 1990, Converge made their debut with 1994’s Halo in a Haystack. Quickly regarded as pioneers within the aggressive music arena, the band had a major breakthrough with their landmark album Jane Doe—a 2001 release praised as “iconic” by the A.V. Club.

THE DUSK IN US TRACKLIST:

1. A Single Tear
2. Eye of the Quarrel
3. Under Duress
4. Arkhipov Calm
5. I Can Tell You About Pain
6. The Dusk in Us
7. Wildlife
8. Murk & Marrow
9. Trigger
10. Broken by Light
11. Cannibals
12. Thousands of Miles Between Us
13. Reptilian

Converge by Reid Haithcock

The Metro speak to Glen Matlock ahead of Rebellion Festival

BEST OF FLYER

The biggest event in the European punk calendar, Rebellion Festival, is now upon us!

From August 3-6th, 10,000 fans will descend upon Blackpool Winter Gardens to watch sets from rising talents such as Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Slaves, who compiled their own Rebellion soundtrack for the NME, and the likes of Bad Religion, whose Brian Baker featured in Kerrang! Magazine with his essential festival guide, Glen Matlock, who spoke to The Metro today ahead of his special acoustic set, The Skids, The Professionals, Neville Staple, Steve Ignorant, who spoke to Jeffrey Lewis for an exclusive feature with Clash Magazine, and many more luminaries of the scene.

For further info head to – http://www.rebellionfestivals.com/.

Culture Abuse feature in the new Kerrang!

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Kerrang! Magazine are the first print mag to coverline Culture Abuse on their new issue that hits shops tomorrow. Pick it up to read an interview with the band from their debut UK visit and shows at Old Blue Last and Hyde Park with Green Day and Rancid.

They also were covered in NME’s Tracks of the Week, this week and in the Independent playlist. More to come as this wonderful band are discovered.