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

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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.

Culture Abuse release video for So Busted

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San Francisco Bay Area-band Culture Abuse shares a video today for their new single, “So Busted” – a summer anthem about “all the stuff you are told you need in life but when it all boils down all you really want is to feel loved and cared for” according to frontman David Kelling.

SEE CULTURE ABUSE LIVE AT THE FOLLOWING UK TOUR DATES:

Aug 20 London, UK – Garage
Aug 22 Glasgow, Scotland – Stereo
Aug 23 Manchester, The Deaf Institute
Aug 24 Cardiff, Wales – The Globe
Aug 25 Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
Aug 26 Brighton, UK – 234 Festival
Aug 27 Reading, UK – Reading Festival
*Aug 20-Aug 24 with Tigers Jaw

DIY announce red kite’s return with ‘take care of your own’

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London’s red kite have revealed a brand new single and music video, ‘take care of your own’, premiering on DIYmag.com.

Out now via Blood Records, this is the first preview of their forthcoming new album, due later this year, and sees the six-piece pushing their idiosyncratic art-rock to expansive sonic territories anew.

“There’s a laid back nature to ‘take care of your own’, but it’s always liable to spill over into chaos. It does in the track’s chorus, and the result is glorious.” Watch the video here.

More information regarding red kite’s sophomore album and tour dates will follow soon. Listen to ‘take care of your own’ here: http://smarturl.it/redkite-tcoyomulti.

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Black Sabbath return to Division…The Ten Year War is coming….

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Fresh from receiving the ‘Golden God’ Icon Award at this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods , Black Sabbath are proud to announce ‘The Ten Year War’ – a limited edition vinyl box set, released September 29th via BMG, that brings together their eight Ozzy fronted albums, plus a swathe of other rarities, all housed within exclusive artwork created by renowned street artist, graphic designer and activist Shepard Fairey.

Despite Black Sabbath’s multi-million selling albums and rabid fan base throughout the seventies, this adulation wasn’t always mirrored by the music press at the time. The band received more than their fair share of criticism, prompting them to publish ‘The Ten Year War’ brochure; a playful dig at journalists with the witty tagline “more good press than most – more bad press than any.” The brochure is reproduced in full for the box set and is one of the many exclusive items held within that also includes:

8 x vinyl LPs meticulously reproduced in their original sleeves, re-mastered by renowned mastering engineer Andy Pearce from the original tapes and pressed on 180 gram splatter-coloured vinyl, each LP with unique and individual colouring.

• BLACK SABBATH
• PARANOID
• MASTER OF REALITY (including original fold-out colour poster)
• VOL. 4
• SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH
• SABOTAGE
• TECHNICAL ECSTASY
• NEVER SAY DIE!

2 x rare 7” singles, reproduced in their original sleeves:

Japanese version of Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me)/Black Sabbath.

Chilean version of Paranoid/The Wizard (only 100 copies of the original radio promo were pressed).

Crucifix shaped Black Sabbath USB stick, exclusive to this box set, which can be worn round the neck and contains MQA high definition audio of the first eight Black Sabbath albums.

The extremely rare The Ten Year War brochure, reproduced from the original publication.

Hardback book, featuring accolades from the cream of rock royalty, coupled with official and candid iconic photography of the band during their 1970s tours, recording sessions and photo-shoots.

Tenth Anniversary World Tour 1978 Official Programme, impeccably reproduced.

Reprinted tour poster from the 1972 Seattle Centre Arena show.

Box set is individually numbered.

It’s fair to say that ‘The Ten Year War’ is the definitive package from one of the most important and influential artists the UK has ever produced.

www.tenyearwar.com

Louise Distras shares new single via Kerrang!

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Set to be released on May 26 through Street Revolution Records, Kerrang! are premiering Louise Distras’ new single Outside Of You. Watch the video here.

Catch Louise live at the following:

May
14 London Lost Evenings @ Roundhouse w/ Frank Turner
27 Birmingham Slam Dunk Festival
28 Leeds Slam Dunk Festival
29 Hatfield Slam Dunk Festival

June
3 London Camden Rocks Festival
4 Sussex Glastonwick Festival
10 Bolton Safe Gigs 4 Women Benefit @ The Alma Inn
25 Pilton Glastonbury Festival (Leftfield Stage)
30 London Hope and Anchor

July
2 Manchester Sonderfest
7 Cheltenham 2000 Trees Festival

August
5 Blackpool Rebellion Festival

Demob Happy reveal new single ‘Dead Dreamers’

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Brighton’s Demob Happy return with the first new music since their acclaimed debut album ‘Dream Soda’. Listen to their new, Tom Dalgety-produced single ‘Dead Dreamers’, out via Atlantic Records imprint Taste And Tone on the Independent, DIY, Clash, NME and many more.

Confirmed to support The Cribs across the UK at shows including London’s The Forum on May 18th, Demob Happy will also support Gang Of Youths through May on the dates below.

Tour Dates (* with Gang Of Youths, ** with The Cribs)

May
15 Newcastle, O2 Academy **
16 Bristol, O2 Academy **
18 London, O2 Forum **
25 Manchester, SoundControl *
28 Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge *
30 Brighton, Green Door Store *
31 London, Camden Assembly *

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