BETWEEN THE LINES

Between The Lines band photo

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Emerging five-piece Between The Lines, comprising of vocalist Alex J. Lewis, guitarist/vocalist Sam Burnage, guitarist Adam Brewster, bassist/vocalist Lewis Wolton, and drummer Tom Hogan, pride themselves on a pop-punk sound that combines melodic choruses with creative guitar riffery and pulsating beats.

Since forming last year, the band have already amassed a devoted fan base, supported the likes of Better Than Never and Reckless Intentions, and have also been compared favourably to such outfits as Neck Deep, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, and Four Year Strong.

This July, the Bedfordshire quintet will be bringing out their debut EP, ‘To The Wind’, and they recently spoke to me about how the release was put together, as well as what can be expected from it.

How did the band form?

Early last year, our lead guitarist Adam moved back home from university in Cambridge, so we decided to get together for a jam, Tom joined us as a drummer for that session, and things just clicked – from there, we went on to refine our sound and set over the rest of 2017, before we were joined by our new vocalist Alex in January, which completed the current band line-up.

From where did the name Between The Lines originate?

Our name comes from a Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! song called ‘Between Your Lines’ – Chunk! are one of our main influences, so the name is a little bit of a nod to them for inspiring us to do what we do…Thanks Chunk! (Let us support you please!)

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

We all work in different ways, but that actually makes it quite fun to build a song from the ground up, we tend to build bit by bit after being influenced by tracks we hear.

We then try to replicate the feeling a song gave us through the guitar melodies, and then we build it up until it becomes something that we’re proud to show off – if it makes us smile when we play it through, then we know we’re onto something good, and the song stays!

What inspires the band lyrically?

Alex is a pretty awesome lyric writer, which we found out really quickly when he joined us in January. Instantly, he hit the ground running and pours his heart and soul into the words he writes.

The lyrics vary in meaning, but Alex always draws from his own experiences and emotions to create powerful lyrics that mean something to him and hopefully also mean something to the people that listen to our tracks!

This July, you will be releasing a two-track debut EP, ‘To The Wind’. How has the recording process been for that?

Pretty long to be honest, we started the recording process last November with Dan Lambert from Valhalla Studios in Bedfordshire – We had a few hiccups along the way, and it took a few sessions to fine tune the drums, bass and guitar tracks.

Eventually, we added the vocals in at the end of January, and we were ready to show people what we had made – it was a learning curve really, but Dan, who has produced the upcoming EP, was absolutely fantastic from the start of the process, so that helped massively.

And what can be expected from it?

Powerful vocals, guitar harmonies, riffs, licks and leads all over the place…We are pretty chuffed with how the tracks have come out to be honest.

We’ve tried to create a unique blend of new wave pop-punk bands like WSTR and Neck Deep, with the more aggressive and gritty sounds of Chunk! No Captain Chunk and Four Year Strong, and those influences are reflected in the two tracks that we will be releasing.

The band have already built up a solid following, and have supported the likes of Better Than Never and Reckless Intentions. How is the live experience for you all?

Every time we step on stage, we give it our all, because since day one, we have all agreed that whether we are playing to five people or 500, we would put everything into our stage show and just enjoy it.

We think the key to being a good band to watch is to enjoy what we are doing, smiling is contagious…Every gig that we do is unique and always a laugh, and hopefully we will have bigger and better shows to come over the rest of this year!

And what are these bigger and better shows the band have lined up?

So, our first gig kicking off the new era with Alex as our vocalist is on May 4 at Club 85, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, and this is a show we are all super excited for, we’ve just upgraded our stage setup significantly, so it’s going to be a completely overhauled live show that will be well worth checking out.

Moving on from there, we are hoping to have a few festivals to play that haven’t been announced yet…By the end of the forthcoming festival season, we’d love to have a few tours lined up supporting some bigger bands, which will enable us to expand our horizons.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

Our most important aim is to enjoy it more than anything else, but the goal is to play shows with people like Neck Deep, As It Is, WSTR, Four Year Strong etc…

If we could get our name on the Slam Dunk line-up as well, that would be pretty insane – we’ve all religiously gone to Slam Dunk south for the last few years, so it would be a dream to play it!

Between The Lines EP Cover

‘TO THE WIND’, THE DEBUT MINI-EP FROM BETWEEN THE LINES, WILL BE RELEASED VIA THUMBHOLE RECORDS ON ALL PLATFORMS ON JULY 6.

FURTHER INFO ON THIS, AND THE BAND, CAN BE FOUND HERE.

 

 

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SAHARAS

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SAHARAS (from l-r): Matt Elrick (bass), Dan Lisle (drums/backing vocals), Fernando “Nando” Rocha (lead vocals/guitar/synth), Alex Lisle (guitar/backing vocals)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Armed with a well-defined rhythmic indie/alternative rock sound containing synth elements, Saharas are fast establishing themselves as an outfit to watch out for.

The band have enjoyed rave reviews for their singles, which have had airplay on BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, as well as playing some fantastic live sets across London and the south east of England.

Now, having just brought out a new track, ‘Sweat’, the Berkshire quartet spoke to me about it, their influences, songwriting approach, and much more.

How did the band get together?

We’ve known each other since primary school, and have always shared a mutual love for music whilst growing up listening to the same bands.

In early 2014, we decided to start writing music together, and here we are! We’re still going strong and enjoying it as much as we did back then. Alex has recently joined the line-up, and we’re buzzing to have him on board.

How did the name Saharas come about?

It came about as a result of us wanting a name which came with a sense of imagery. We feel it suited our sound, and we’ve stuck with it ever since.

What are the band’s main musical influences?

A mix of old and contemporary bands, basically anything with real nice reverb in it! We would have to say our main influences have been the likes of Foals, Joy Division, Tame Impala, Electric Youth, The Maccabees…too many to name.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

We used to prefer getting together in a room and brainstorming different ideas until something clicked.

However, as we’ve progressed, one of us will get a strong enough melody written at first, record it on an eight-track, and build the other parts around it whilst gradually recording a demo as we go along.

We’ve used this method with the new material, and we feel really happy with the outcome!

What inspires the band lyrically?

The source of inspiration ranges from personal experiences to films, basically anything that has a meaningful impact on us at a certain point.

For ‘Sweat’, our new single, in particular, the inspiration for that came from watching the film ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’. There’s a dominatrix type of character in it named Ava Lord, who has men falling at her feet, and she uses them for her lustful needs and then ends up killing them.. it’s worth a watch!

On the subject of your new single, how was its recording process?

The track was recorded and mixed with our good friend and producer Ian Flynn at Werkhouse Productions at Musicland Studios in Hackney, London.

We’ve worked with Ian before, on our previous releases, and he makes the whole process very comfortable and fun for us – from pre-production to being in the studio, up until the final product. We really enjoyed getting stuck into this one.

For those who have yet to listen to ‘Sweat’, what can they expect of it?

Our previous releases portrayed the darker side of our sound, whereas ‘Sweat’ can appeal to a broader audience, as it showcases us exploring melancholic hooks along with different rhythms. We just wanted this track to have personality, and for it to be something that people can dance to, especially when we play it live!

Speaking of playing live, how is that as an experience for you all?

We really enjoy having the chance to play our music to an audience. Playing live feels like a celebration in a way…it lets us express ourselves in a positive way, and it feels rewarding when the audience enjoys our set!

What are the band’s plans now the new single has come out?

Well, we haven’t played a show since last November, as we’ve been concentrating on writing new music whilst incorporating a new member into the band, so we definitely want to get back out there gigging again very soon.

Aside from that, we’re going back into the studio next month to record a new single with Ian, which we’re really looking forward to.

Saharas Single Cover

‘SWEAT’, THE NEW SINGLE FROM SAHARAS, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, APPLE MUSIC, AND SOUNDCLOUD.

FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/wearesaharas

TWITTER: twitter.com/saharasuk

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/saharasuk

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

 

 

KING ABYSS TALK TO US ABOUT THEIR SECOND EP ‘THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS’

King Abyss EP Cover

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Last summer, Staffordshire metal quintet King Abyss burst onto the scene with a much positively-received debut EP, ‘Reborn’.

Recently, the band brought out its follow-up, ‘The Destroyer Of Worlds’, which is, overall, a better reflection of their statement of intent.

I caught up with some of the guys prior to them playing a gig to mark the new offering’s release, where they went into it in further detail.

How did the initial idea for the new EP come about?

GEORGE HEATHCOTE (drums): Well, Sam Millard, our lead guitarist, had a backlog of strong songs that he had been working on, even before this band formed, so we all decided that with our debut EP, ‘Reborn’, we would get out the tracks that we all thought would get people interested in us, and then comprise the new release of songs that were more mature.

SAM BRYAN (bass): A bit more like our own sound, I suppose.

How did you come up with ‘The Destroyer Of Worlds’ as the EP’s title?

DOM BOULD (lead vocals): One of the tracks on the EP is about nuclear war, and in keeping with that theme, we used a quote from Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who invented the nuclear bomb, which was, “I have become the the destroyer of worlds, I have become death“, so we used one half of that for the title, and the other half as the title for one of the songs.

When I interviewed the two other members of the band, Sam Millard and rhythm guitarist Jay Fellows, just after ‘Reborn’ had come out, they told me that there had been a few problems recording that. How did the recording process for the new release compare?

SAM: It was pretty much problem-free. The only thing that did go wrong was that one day, me and Jay turned up at the wrong recording studio!

(All laugh)

SAM: Apart from that, it was an awesome experience. Myroslav Borys, who produced us, was fantastic. I can’t praise him enough, because he knows exactly what it is that he’s doing. He’s such a good producer, and we would definitely go to him again.

DOM: At the end of the day, us and Myroslav are very much like-minded, he had the same sort of ideas that we had, and if he had a decent idea that we hadn’t thought of, we’d take it immediately on board.We put together the songs, but when you take them into the studio, you have to be open to making a few changes.

The recording process this time was so much more relaxed. Sam Millard is the band’s main songwriter, so he would send us what he had written, and we took it from there.

SAM: It was a million times easier with this EP. Everything just worked brilliantly.

DOM: All bands out there, go and check out Myroslav Borys.

(Sam and George laugh)

How would you describe the EP, both musically and lyrically?

GEORGE: This EP is a lot heavier, apart from the last song, and a lot more technical as well.

SAM: Yeah, this is rather cliched, but the melodic parts are more melodic, and the heavy parts are heavier.

DOM: Lyrically, well, it’s quite difficult to describe. It was a long process, and some of it had to be changed during recording, but we got there in the end. It was worth it, though.

GEORGE: In my opinion, the new EP is much better than our first. I’m not knocking ‘Reborn’, because it was good for a debut, but ‘The Destroyer Of Worlds’ is on another level. I’m just so proud, and I think we all are, of putting it out there.

SAM: Yeah, totally.

What can your fan base expect from the EP?

SAM: Lots and lots of riffs.

DOM: Just so many riffs!

(Sam and George laugh)

GEORGE: I’d say it’s more complete than the first EP was, because that, for us, was much more of a test, but with the new release, our fans can expect a sound like what’s on there more often from now on.

SAM: Yeah, definitely.

DOM: It’s like what George has said, it’s more structured, and we didn’t just want, this time, to get out songs that would get people listening, we wanted it to be a foundation on which to build upon in future. A template, I suppose.

GEORGE: At the end of the day, we still want to have people listening to us, but we also want our sound to differentiate, have a variety of styles and that, really push the boat out, so we can draw in more people who are into different sorts of genres, but at the same time, keep hold of the following that have been with us from day one.

DOM: Yeah, we’re trying to revive something that we felt has been lost in the last 30 years, but with more modern aspects. I know that’s been done to a degree by such bands as Trivium, but we’re trying to keep that melodic, thrashy style alive.

GEORGE: I think we’re unique in thrash metal in that we do breakdowns, but we don’t want to find ourselves on the same page over and over again. We want to keep being new and fresh.

SAM: Totally.

Now that the EP is out, what are your plans for the near future?

SAM: We’re going to try and ramp things up. We’re all individuals, we all want this, I was in a band before, so was Dom, so was Sam, it didn’t work out for any of us, and now that we’ve grown up, our hunger has intensified.

We’re just going to go for it, and just keep going until we do get it. We’ve got to the final of Bloodstock Metal To The Masses, so we want to play Bloodstock, and take it further from there.

DOM: We’re going to be releasing an album, we don’t know when that will be, but we’re just going to keep on playing music, and release the odd single, for the time being.

GEORGE: I think a full album will be something that we’ll be looking at in the long term, maybe in a year or so.

SAM: We’ve already got a festival on the cards.

GEORGE: Yeah, we’ll be playing this year’s Hop Fest, near Northampton.

SAM: With Oceans Ate Alaska…

DOM: Crazy Town.

SAM: Crazy Town! Oh my god, yes!

(Dom and George laugh)

SAM: I suppose we’ll be planning a few tours as well, and there’s a few music videos on the cards, so keep your eyes out for them.

At the moment, we’re talking with various media companies, getting quotes from them. Dom knows a guy, so yeah, we’re going to be pushing ourselves even more, try and really get our sound out there.

DOM: We’re going to keep at this for as long as we can.

GEORGE: Until everyone’s sick of us!

(All laugh)

SAM: Basically, what we’re saying is that we’re definitely not going to stop.

‘THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS’, THE SECOND EP FROM KING ABYSS, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD AND PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, AND GOOGLE PLAY.

THE BAND WILL BE PLAYING THIS YEAR’S HOP FEST ON JULY 1. FURTHER DETAILS ON THIS CAN BE FOUND BELOW:

Hop Fest 2018 Poster

MORE INFO ON KING ABYSS CAN BE FOUND HERE.

 

 

 

HEY GIGANTIC UNVEIL NEW SINGLE ‘COLOURS’

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Having already had airplay on Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing, ‘Colours’, the new single from London alternative rock quartet Hey Gigantic, really packs a punch with a big anthemic chorus.

The track was recorded at the Ranch Production House, near Southampton, with producer Neil Kennedy (Milk Teeth, Creeper) as part of the same sessions as their previous single, ‘Passenger’.

It’s a song we’ve had for a couple of years and reworked multiple times before we got it to the finished version you hear now. We think it was worth the wait!” says the band’s vocalist/bassist Jonathan Bateman.

He continues, “Written about the end of relationship as one person leaves for what they believe to be something better with someone else, but windup losing their personality to try and make it work. Realising their mistake they scramble to get back their real self and true colours.”

It’s just about appreciating a good thing when you’ve got it and don’t take it for granted and most importantly be true to yourself.

Hey Gigantic Single Cover

‘COLOURS’, THE NEW SINGLE FROM HEY GIGANTIC, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD AND PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, APPLE MUSIC, AND SOUNDCLOUD.

FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND HERE.

 

FIGHT FOR FRIDAY – ‘Someone You Could Trust’ TRACK-BY-TRACK

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Taking the title of their forthcoming EP from a beloved The Wonder Years song, vocalist/guitarist of Manchester-based emo pop-punks Fight For Friday Seb Harper reveals: “‘Someone You Could Trust’ is relevant to the context of the EP and the message we are trying to portray: the effect that other people can have on someone’s happiness, health and life experience.”

As their first band, the project began life as an extra-curricular school activity at the tender age of 14, picking a name which “sounded pretty cool. Not so much anymore.”

Now seeing the eldest member turn 20, they say: “We’ve achieved more than we’d initially hoped – playing at huge venues such as Manchester Academy, Fac251; releasing our first EP in 2016 and having toured the UK twice. We are nothing more than a high school band that didn’t stop, carrying on to get to the stage that we are now. It wasn’t the quickest journey but its definitely been the most fun.”

Within their genre, the four-piece are inspired by the likes of The Story So Far and New Found Glory, creating scrappy and lively pop-punk, in combination with flairs borrowed from classic rock and hardcore.

In the lead up to the EP’s release next month, the band are pleased to give you further insight into it with this track-by-track…

‘LIFE HITS YOU HARD’

‘Life Hits You Hard’ is our take on the fast EP opener, as we really wanted to push that high energy sound that we label ourselves with constantly. It was actually the final track that we wrote for this record, with its origins coming from the fact that we desperately wanted to open the EP with a bang.

The song came to life from one chord progression in the intro, and we really just pushed it out from there. Our plan from the start was to make this song as fast and direct as possible, no messing about with any interludes or build-ups, as we didn’t want to give people a chance to calm down. It’s the epitome of what we are all about.

Recording this track was simple and straightforward, probably because it’s a simple song! We went into the studio knowing exactly what we wanted this track to sound like, so there really wasn’t much work that needed putting into getting it record-ready.

We wanted there to be a song on this EP that described our journey as a band since we formed around four years ago, when we were around 15, 16, so we thought what better track to use to portray our past, present and future than the song that perfectly defines our energetic attitudes.

Starting out as school kids, it has always felt like bands around us have looked down upon us in the past and not taken us seriously, which is why for the past four years, “We’ve got nowhere fast.”

We’re still confident on our ability, we’ve been learning and improving together since we formed, and now we are at the point where we are happy with our sound, attitudes and where we are hopefully heading, and that’s the message of ‘Life Hits You Hard’.

We’re unbelievably happy with the outcome of this song, there wasn’t really much that could go wrong with it, so it really has had a perfect outcome for us! For any gig goers out there, we’ve been opening all our shows with this song, so brace yourselves!

‘TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT’

This is the oldest track on the record, originally written in mid-2016, and this probably affects the fact that ‘Take it Or Leave’ is our thrashiest, rawest song.

Having said that, it feels like the writing of this track was a turning point for us as a band, as it marks the transition between our more childish punk vibes and trying to create something more meaningful and intricate.

Over the years, we’ve altered and edited bits of this song, meaning it contains elements of us at our rawest, but also moments of detail that we never had when we first wrote it.

Most of the track is loud, angsty and edgy, but as it draws to a close, the vibe completely flips as everything stops into a mellow, questioning build-up until the song kicks back in, but instead of the angst and edge, we went for emotional, powerful vibes that completely contradict the first five or so minutes of the record.

We really went to town with recording the end of this song. We’d been excited to go crazy and add as many tracks and sound onto the final section for a long time, so it felt good for the ideas we had to come to life. We layered up track after track of different vocal lines and harmonies, and got a few bits of gang vocals in there too.

We’re really happy with how this turned out, it could have been very sloppy and messy, but luckily with the help of producer Dave Page (White Bear Studios), it came out better than we imagined.

‘Take It Or Leave It’ is the breakup track that every pop-punk record apparently needs. The lyrics tackle the topics of insensitivity, selfishness, and how people can change for the worse without explanation.

Hopefully, this breakup song doesn’t come across as cheesy and whiny, but rather a more mature, introspective analysis on personalities.

Having so much hope for this track, and spent so much time planning it out, we were worried that the outcome wouldn’t reach our high expectations. We were blown away by how the finished track sounded. It met every hope we had, and more.

We’ve been playing it live for around two years now, so we know it unbelievably well! Sometimes, we feel that this song isn’t our best because we’ve had it for such a long time, but people’s reactions to us performing it reminded us that it’s not too bad.

‘I FEEL BAD, BUT YOU SHOULD FEEL WORSE’

The feel-good song. This one’s upbeat, catchy, and incredibly happy, yet somehow it has ended up as our heaviest track. We wrote this with the intention of creating something for people to sing along and have a good time to, which it ended up being for a while. It’s even got a cheesy key change!

When we took it into the studio to be recorded, our producer Dave said he didn’t like the key change. We took his advice, and somehow ended up changing the tuning from Drop D to Drop C and writing a 30-second breakdown to precede the key change.

It’s a really different song to what it was before the studio and it captures all vibes, from sing-along to throwing down. Mega EZ-core vibes.

The lyrics for this track don’t really mean a huge amount, we just wanted to get people psyched and have a melody to sing along to, and we think the chorus really captures that inspiring catchy vibe.

This song has changed almost completely during its time in the studio, and in our opinion, 100% for the better. We’re so glad that this track turned out the way it did, as it’s gone from being our least promising tune, to our most exciting and out-there banger.

‘TARGET PRACTICE’

To us, ‘Target Practice’ is the best and most meaningful song that we’ve ever written. It’s a track that captures our more serious personalities, and it’s also a song that we can all relate to lyrically and musically.

You can expect to find a mellow edge to this song, switching between calm and questioning energy, straight into full-on, anger-driven hooks.

We wrote this after pondering on different variations of the intro riff for quite a while. When we finally decided to elaborate on the riff, we didn’t want to overcomplicate the song into something technical, yet unenjoyable.

We wanted to find that perfect mix between technicality and simplicity that creates an interesting yet catchy tune. The ending of the track is our first attempt at a real instrumental section, which hopefully shows our more creative edge.

Similar to ‘Life Hits You Hard’, the recording of this song was really straightforward, mainly due to the fact that we knew exactly what we wanted to come out of it, and it wasn’t really too complicated to record at all.

The lyrical content of this track talks about how other people can try their best to bring you down when they see you doing well for yourself. Certain people will try anything to ruin your happiness when they don’t have it themselves, and you’ve just got to brush it off, show people that you’re better than that, and rise above them.

We’re really pleased with how this song has come out. The recording has captured every bit of emotion that we put into the writing of the track, and it has come out better than anything that we could’ve hoped for.

Hopefully, people can relate to this song as much as we do, and it can be one of those tracks that might inspire somebody to do great things with themselves and others around them.

Live, it’s quite a difficult song to perform! We love to put it last in the set because there’s no better track to finish a show with, but that can take its toll, as we probably need the most energy to do this song justice.

We love playing it though, and we can tell that it’s a good one, because people seem to be immersed throughout the three or so minutes that it lasts.

‘HEADACHE’

There was no better track to end the EP with than ‘Headache’. It’s our emotional anthem, and a massive contrast to the vibe at the start of the EP. Our nickname for it is ‘Sad Song’, because that’s what it is, a sad song, but having said that, it still contains all the catchiness and high energy attitude that we contain.

We wrote this just after the news of Chester Bennington’s death, so when we sat down to write the lyrics for the track, that was the main thing on our mind.

It got us thinking introspectively and how other people’s actions can affect somebody massively, especially when there’s nobody around to listen to you and give you the helping hand that is needed.

Recording this, we tried a couple of things that are unique to the track. We double tracked each guitar with an acoustic guitar part to add thickness and depth to the sound, which we think worked really well.

The bridge section of the song came together whilst we were in the studio, because we felt that that section felt quite empty and boring, so we wanted to add another dimension to it.

Luckily in the studio, there was a piano, so we made full use of that. The melody that we played throughout the bridge is a variation of one of the riffs that opens as well as closes the song, acting as a little theme for it.

Once again, we’re so happy with how this track turned out. It sounds so huge, which we were aiming for, because if the song was slightly sloppy or weak, it just wouldn’t have worked.

Again, we have only David Page to thank for the amazing job that he’s done on every track of this record, as he helped them reach their full potential.

Fight For Friday band photo

‘SOMEONE YOU COULD TRUST’, THE SOPHOMORE EP FROM FIGHT FOR FRIDAY, WILL BE AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD AND PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, APPLE MUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY, AMAZON MUSIC, AND BANDCAMP FROM MAY 11.

YOU CAN PRE-ORDER A PHYSICAL COPY OF THE EP NOW AT fightforfridaymerch.bigcartel.com

THE BAND WILL BE PLAYING WITH CATCH FIRE AND COAST TO COAST AT SATANS HOLLOW IN MANCHESTER ON APRIL 26. FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE FOUND BELOW:

Fight For Friday gig poster

MORE INFO ON FIGHT FOR FRIDAY CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/fightforfriday

TWITTER: twitter.com/Fight_ForFriday

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

 

 

 

 

 

EMERGING POP-PUNKS BETWEEN THE LINES UNVEIL NEW SINGLE AND ANNOUNCE DEBUT EP

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Emerging pop-punks Between The Lines have announced that they are to release a debut mini-EP, ‘To The Wind’, this July, and the band have also just dropped a new track, entitled ‘Anywhere But Here’.

By tugging from the melodic vigour of contemporary custodians of punk-pop, Neck Deep and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, through to US heavyweights Four Year Strong, Between The Lines have engineered a sound that merges ultra-hooky choruses with woven guitar work and pounding beats that will draw in and ignite the listener.

Formed last year, and coming at you from Bedford, the quintet soon established a strong bond and swiftly began to play shows throughout their local vicinity.

Along the way, the tunesmiths have built a solid following and have played dates with such outfits as Better Than Never, The Young & Restless, SEASONS, and Reckless Intentions.

Recently, the melodic punks bunkered down in the recording studio, resurfacing with their debut offering, ‘To The Wind’.

The record features two choice cuts that will both rattle your senses, including the EP’s namesake, which instantly thrusts itself into your ears with its delicious refrain, and ‘Anywhere But Here’, which completes the release with its colossal melody and intertwined guitar parts.

With this and a series of dates in southern England, the summer of 2018 promises to be pivotal for the fledgling five-piece.

Between The Lines EP Cover

‘TO THE WIND’, THE DEBUT MINI-EP FROM BETWEEN THE LINES, WILL BE RELEASED VIA THUMBHOLE RECORDS ON ALL PLATFORMS ON JULY 6.

FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/BTLUK

TWITTER: twitter.com/betweenTLband

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/BetweenTheLines3

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

 

RAGWEED TALK TO US ABOUT THEIR UPCOMING DEBUT EP

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RAGWEED (from l-r): Callum “Reg” Cooke (bass), Tom Lord (vocals/guitar), Josh Pingram (drums)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Last November, I had the pleasure of interviewing rising Brighton alternative rock trio Ragweed.

Since then, the band have been hard at work putting together their debut EP, ‘Breathing Holes’, with Jag Jago, member of now defunct garage-punk/post-hardcore quintet The Ghost of a Thousand, and who has produced such outfits as The Xcerts, The Maccabees, and Max Raptor.

With the release of the EP just over a week away, the three-piece, including new drummer Josh Pingram, spoke to me about it in further detail.

How did the initial idea come about for your upcoming debut EP?

CALLUM “REG” COOKE (bass): We had all the songs already written and were gigging them, so when our label said we should do an EP after our last single, it was an easy choice. There was no real theme or big decision-making on it, it was just, we like these songs, we can play them somewhat well, so let’s record them.

From where did the title ‘Breathing Holes’ originate?

JOSH PINGRAM (drums): Glory holes would have been a bit too offensive on the artwork! (laughs)

TOM LORD (vocals/guitar): What he just said.

How has the recording process been for it?

TOM: Absolute hell!!

REG: We had to do it around work, our old drummer could only do weekends, same with me, and Tom did it during the week.

TOM: It felt very much like a one in, one out situation, we were never all in the studio at the same time. I did love working with Jag Jago, but due to the schedule, it just didn’t feel like a team effort, you came in, played your part and left.

How would you describe the EP, both musically and lyrically?

REG: Not at all (laughs). No, I think it swings from heavy to punk pretty well.

Tom: Musically, it’s still all heavy, riffing and punk rock, but I think there are more pop elements to it.

Lyrically, I guess the constant theme is acceptance, with an over-wash of nihilism as well. I would like to think that it’s all positive (laughs), but yeah, it doesn’t really matter, so let’s just have some fun while we can.

How will ‘Breathing Holes’ differ from the singles that you’ve brought out up to now?

Reg: Less sleaze. ‘Rust Box’ was sleazy, ‘Silver Spoon’ was super sleazy, the new EP is more down and dirty, but rawer rather than sleazier.

And what can the band’s fan base expect from it?

TOM: I would like to gain some more fans from it, that would be nice, but to the fans that we already have, expect different drum parts live, on account of us having Josh in the band now.

You will be playing a few live shows to support the release, won’t you?

TOM: Yes, we will, quiet a few, actually. There’s too many to list here, we will be playing not just in Brighton and London, but all over the place, we are doing a tour with Megalomatic next month, ending at The Great Escape festival.

What are the band’s plans once ‘Breathing Holes’ comes out?

JOSH:  Play more shows and tours, and then crack straight on with new material for the next EP.

Ragweed EP Cover

‘BREATHING HOLES’, THE DEBUT EP FROM RAGWEED, WILL BE RELEASED VIA MILKY BOMB RECORDS ON APRIL 27.

THE BAND WILL BE PLAYING TWO EP RELEASE SHOWS:

APRIL 25 – The Prince Albert, Brighton

APRIL 27 – T.Chances, London

IN ADDITION TO THIS, RAGWEED WILL ALSO BE PLAYING A FEW DATES WITH MEGALOMATIC NEXT MONTH. FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE FOUND BELOW:

Ragweed tour poster

MORE INFO ON RAGWEED, AS WELL AS LINKS TO THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES, CAN BE FOUND HERE.