YOU KNOW THE DRILL LOSE THEIR ‘LOSING STREAK’

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Birmingham pop punk quintet You Know The Drill have released their debut EP ‘Losing Streak’, via Scylla Records.

The title is derived from a lyric on their lead single, ‘Less Than You’, with vocalist Benji Yapp saying of the choice: “We felt it was a relevant title as it relates to the hard times in life that everyone goes through, where it just seems to be one bad thing after another.”

Lyrically, they describe the EP as “covering a few different topics: dealing with the pressure put upon yourself from parents and friends to do well with your life, getting past broken relationships and dealing with the loss of a loved one.”

But You Know The Drill aren’t all doom and gloom, the band – completed by Damo Darby on bass, Brad Potter on drums and guitarists Jim McCormack & Luke Astley – have a simple mantra: “if it isn’t fun then what’s the point?”.

Initially starting out as a hobby and having only previously released a few tracks they regard more as demos, Yapp declares: “We don’t like to take ourselves too seriously and feel that music is very often approached with a straight face, which is why we try to infuse as much fun and laughter into everything we do, whether it’s music videos, our live shows or even just hanging out with fans.”

‘Losing Streak’, however, sees the band stepping up their game, with Yapp stating: “We are essentially treating this as our first proper release as it is the music that has had the most hard work, effort and love put into it. We are crazy proud of it and every song on it is special to us in one-way or another.”

Recorded with Drew Lawson at Steel City Studios in Sheffield, the quintet enlisted a little help from their friends in the pop punk community, with Alex Adam of ROAM helping to refine the material; Grant Berry formerly of Me Vs. Hero on mastering duties, and Neck Deep’s Fil Thorpe-Evans lending his skills for the artwork.

However, it’s really the songs themselves that are the pop punk guests of honour at this genre summit, You Know The Drill batting for the rafters with their energy laden guitar and drum attack. With vocal hooks left, right and centre, particularly so on their big-room-ready choruses, YKTD will have everyone singing along in no time.

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‘LOSING STREAK’ IS NOW AVAILABLE PHYSICALLY & DIGITALLY VIA SCYLLA RECORDS. ORDER YOUR COPY NOW AT: http://scyllarecords.myshopify.com/products/you-know-the-drill-losing-streak-cd-cassette

STREAM THE EP AT: https://soundcloud.com/youknowthedrilluk/sets/losing-streak-you-know-the/s-D1oLU

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘LESS THAN YOU’ NOW AT: www.youtube.com

YOU KNOW THE DRILL WILL BE PLAYING LIVE AT THE COURTYARD IN BIRMINGHAM ON THE 20TH NOVEMBER

MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/YouKnowTheDrillUK & https://twitter.com/YKTDUK

 

CONSTRUCT ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM

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Expressing unbridled energy that takes from the depths of Tesseract and Periphery through to the likes of Scar Symmetry and Protest The Hero, Stoke-on-Trent’s Construct have a sound that is as colossal as it is captivating. The Potteries metallers reveal their blistering debut album, ‘The Deity’, on the 4th February via all digital outlets.

Although Construct started life at the start of 2015, the early roots of the band were sprung in 2013 when Rich Howle (guitars), Callum Howle (vocals), and Sam Hunt (drums) got together to work on pre-composed material that Rich had engineered.

The crew started small, practicing in the cosy intimate surroundings of Sam’s living room, and then soon expanded on their initial endeavours, recruiting bassist Christian Lovatt in 2014.

Last year, the band truly solidified when guitarist Mike Foxall completed the line-up; his instrumentation and backing vocals have further rounded the band’s growing sound to gargantuan effect.

By the turn of this year, the five-some were primed and ready to take their live set on the road, regionally and beyond. On their journey, the band shared stages with Griever, Outright Resistance, XVII, and Tussk along the way.

The next port of call for the progressive metal crew was to head into the studio to begin work on ‘The Deity’.

Construct finished recording their debut album at the end of the summer, and it’s rightly worth the wait.

Armed with eleven slabs of stout prog-infused metal that are loaded with diverse texturing, muscular riffs and soaring vocals, the five-piece have delivered on all fronts.

With a tour and new video lined up in the new year to support the album, nothing will stop Construct.

YOU CAN KEEP UP TO DATE WITH CONSTRUCT AT THEIR OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.constructband.com AND THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/OfficialConstruct

TWITTER: www.twitter.com/constructband

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/constructband

 

 

LIGHT THE SKIES RELEASE NEW EP ‘HUMAN’

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UK post hardcore crew Light The Skies have just released their explosive new EP ‘Human’ and it’s an absolute beast.

Sounding like the backwater cousins of Bring Me The Horizon, Don Broco and August Burns Red, Light The Skies have engineered a style that unites hooky choruses with expansive and inventive guitar work, and a muscular rhythm section that will blow the roof off.

The Midlanders have a genuinely unique and eclectic sound that is highlighted on their current EP ‘Human’, out everywhere now.

Formed during their college days in 2013 and coming at you from Birmingham, Light The Skies soon forged a sturdy bond and hit the live circuit.

The melodic metallers spread their wings, racking up a series of successful shows in London, Yorkshire, the North West and throughout the Midlands, as well as supports with Ghost Town, Palisades, Boy Jumps Ship, Alverez Kings, Scream Blue Murder, Lock & Key, Beyond Recall and Templeton Pek. The band then proceeded to bunker down in preparation for their new EP.

The EP propels to life with the ferocious opener ‘Animals’, which boasts meaningful guitar lines, magnificently layered vocals and progressive phrasing.

Next up, their recent single ‘Distractions’ continues to ignite with its hypnotic chorus and nifty arrangement.

The pounding groove and dynamic ‘Acclimate’ then comes over you with stabbing riffs and a colossal refrain that will hang in the air for eons.

The record then presses on with the uplifting and catchy ‘Looking Back’, before ‘Ourselves’ shifts the mood with its acoustic flavouring and texturing.

The brilliant ‘Distance’ closes the EP, balancing melodic hooks with razor sharp riffs, as the cut draws proceedings to a fitting conclusion.

With a tour set to be announced for early 2017, the band are sure to rise.

YOU CAN BUY ‘HUMAN’ NOW AT https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/human-ep/id1154785404

YOU CAN ALSO WATCH THE VIDEO FOR THE NEW SINGLE ‘DISTRACTIONS AT https://youtu.be/I3mDO9qRttI

CHECK OUT THE BAND’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE TOO AT http://www.lighttheskiesuk.com

BETTER THAN NEVER ARE ‘LEARNING TO SWIM’

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In support of their forthcoming EP ‘Head Under Water’, Oxford pop punk sextet Better Than Never have released the video for track ‘Learning To Swim’.

Vocalist James Harris says of the piece: “It’s a track which particularly resonated with all of us. We decided the concept would be that our friend Keiran is having a bit of a tough time, which he decides to remedy by smashing stuff up. You have no idea how much fun we had trashing a Macbook, a bass and riding a bike into a swimming pool.”

Discussing the EP, recorded with Ian Sadler at Emeline Studios and set to be released via Fox Records on December 2nd, Harris reveals: “Head Under Water covers the idea of how dealing with depression and anxiety can sometimes just feel like you are drowning in a sea of hopelessness, the ball and chain in the imagery showing how you can feel chained down by those struggles and anchored at rock bottom.”

Serving as the follow up to February’s debut ‘Homemade Hero’, you may recognise the superhero character taking centre stage on its cover, as Harris explains: “represents the concepts of coping, even when it seems you’re about to drown, in a more literal sense.”

Completed by vocalist/guitarist Will Keating, guitarists Max Peniket and Jim Allsop, bassist Jake Aitman and drummer Alex Hinton-Smith, Better Than Never decided to take maximum advantage of their girthy line-up during the writing process. The members sat down as a group and worked together on every track for several months, trying to perfect every aspect.

The result is an EP jam-packed with hard-hitting layers: the dual vocalists are used to maximal effect, triple stacked guitars cleverly interplay and the lyrical content delivers a punch to the feels.

‘Head Under Water’ also sees the band voyaging into new waters, with unexpected moments of aggression, meaning they appeal equally to fans of Blink 182 and Sum 41, as they do to the likes of Stick To Your Guns and A Day To Remember.

In support of the release, the sextet has revealed a run of UK dates for January, the aptly named ‘Head Under Wa-Tour!’. All currently announced dates include:

23rd October – The Exchange, Bristol | 24th October – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham | 25th October – The Wheatsheaf, Oxford | 29th October – Record Junkee, Sheffield | 30th October – Maguires’ Pizza Bar, Liverpool | 13th November – River Rooms, Stourbridge | 3rd December – EP Release Show – Oxford | 6th January – Northampton, Bantam | 7th January – Bournemouth, Blue Line Studios | 8th January – Exeter, Phoenix | 9th January – Plymouth, Underground | 10th January – Bristol, The Lanes | 11th January – Nottingham, The Maze | 12th January – Liverpool, Maguires | 13th January – Bolton, Alma | 14th January – Birmingham, Asylum | 15th January – London, Fiddlers Elbow

BETTER THAN NEVER RELEASE ‘HEAD UNDER WATER’ VIA FOX RECORDS ON DECEMBER 2ND. PRE-ORDER:

CDhttp://foxrecords.limitedrun.com/products/578566?preview=true

TAPEhttp://foxrecords.limitedrun.com/products/578820?preview=true 

DIGITAL – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/head-under-water-ep/id1157904518?ls=1&app=iTunes

WATCH NEW VIDEO ‘LEARNING TO SWIM’ NOW: https://youtu.be/M8M3nA3NmKs

MORE INFO CAN BE FOUND AT BETTER THAN NEVER’S OFFICIAL FACEBOOK AND TWITTER PAGES: https://www.facebook.com/BTNband & https://twitter.com/BTN_UK

 

BROKEN FLAGS

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BROKEN FLAGS (from l-r): Jack Dooley (vocals/guitar), Josh Buckley (bass), Pat Barwick (drums), Lew Adams (guitar)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Things are certainly looking up for Broken Flags at the moment.

Led by vocalist/guitarist Jack Dooley, formerly of indie rock band All The Young, the Stoke-on-Trent four-piece have made waves with their loud, upbeat sound and thematic lyrics.

With their new single ‘Dare to Dream’ already enjoying rave reviews, I chatted to Jack about that, as well as the band’s music and influences.

How did you all get together initially?

I met Lew in my last band All the Young, as he played guitar for us towards the end. He recommended Josh, who was his old school pal, on bass and we found Pat through an online ad. Like Tinder for drummers.

How did the name Broken Flags come about?

If I’m honest, I’ve no idea – and I came up with it!

We had about a hundred names scribbled down and we just couldn’t make our minds up, it started to become a bit of a charade; so we started to canvass a bit of opinion amongst a few people in the know and this one seemed to stick.

I’ve since discovered it’s a Patti Smith song as well, which is a bonus.

How would you describe your sound?

Always the hardest question this! The sound kind of reflects what we’re like as people, upbeat, loud, abrasive.

We love big choruses and putting a message out that people will hopefully relate to.

Which bands/artists are you influenced by?

We’ve all got individual tastes, but mutually we’re all into stuff like the Stone Roses, the Pixies, the Smiths, early Oasis.

We like big tunes, upbeat tunes, the kind of songs that can turn a bad day into a good one when you listen to them.

It’s what we aim for when we write really, we try and get that feeling from our own music and hope others do too.

What inspires your lyrics?

Every song I write seems to have a theme, or a topic.

I never set out for it to be that way, I just start off by warbling nonsense to get the melodies and then the words come as time goes on.

I never rush them, as when I do I’ll only end up changing them as time goes on anyway.

Each song has a destination but the journey time is variable! The songs are about hope, love, family, friends, money, drugs, and problems, experiences both good and bad. All the things that most people go through in a small town like Stoke-on-Trent.

You have a new single ‘Dare to Dream’ out. How has the reaction been to it so far?

It’s been really good, just what we hoped for.

I think it really marks the start of what this band could be and how I’d always envisaged it.

We owe a lot to Ady and Lee at Sugar House, who produced the track. We really hit it off with them in the studio and they genuinely cared about every single element of the track and getting it right just like we did, which was really refreshing. We’ll be working with them again in the New Year.

You play often in Stoke-on-Trent. What’s your opinion of the current music scene there?

It’s really healthy, there’s a lot of great bands and artists about all doing really interesting and diverse things. It’s as good as it’s ever been since I’ve been around.

It’d be nice to see more people getting involved though, I don’t think people understand how much unsigned bands need the support of local folk in order to push forward.

It’d be good to see more people buying tickets and getting involved in what Stoke has to offer, they’ll need to in order for it to flourish.

How is it playing live?

Playing live is the best thing about being in a band for me.

Whether we’re playing in front of five people, 500 people, whatever, we will always give the same show.

You’ve got to engage people and give them a top gig if you want them to come back for more.

What has the band got lined up in the near future?

I think our new single has definitely pricked up some ears, so now we just need to keep writing, keep improving and get in the studio and do it all again.

If we keep improving the songs and perfecting what we’re doing then I think we’re gonna do well, there’s a great spirit in the camp and we all want the same things.

What’s your long-term aim?

Long term, we just want to be recognised for having great songs. I think if you nail that then you’ll be alright.

BROKEN FLAGS NEW SINGLE ‘DARE TO DREAM’ IS NOW AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE FROM iTunes AND OTHER INTERNET MUSIC STORES.

WSTR UNVEIL NEW VIDEO SINGLE ‘FOOTPRINTS’ AHEAD OF UK HEADLINER

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Liverpudlian pop punks WSTR have unveiled their punchy new single and video for track ‘Footprints’ here, with vocalist Sammy Clifford saying: “It gives an insight into life as a WSTR, and it’s great to watch back over all the memories, even though to be honest we can’t remember half of the footage actually happening!”

‘Footprints’ is the second track to be released from their forthcoming debut album, ‘Red, Green Or Inbetween’, due for release on Jan 20th through No Sleep Records. Clifford reveals the track is about: “Two people growing apart and even though you might still love that person, you know it isn’t right and you are desperately trying to cling on. In the end you just have to let some things go.”

After the success of their debut EP ‘SKRWD’ (No Sleep Records – Sept 2015), the band have gone from strength to strength and achieved accolades that most acts don’t achieve in a career, off the back of only one EP.

2016 has seen WSTR repeatedly circuit the UK and Europe with international touring bands such as Neck Deep, A Wilhelm Scream, Moose Blood & Creeper, and warmly welcomed onto established festival slots, at Slam Dunk Festival, 2000 Trees, Hevy Fest and Butserfest.

“When we started the band we were all in a situation of waking up every morning, going to work, coming home, going to sleep,” recalls Clifford, explaining the origins of his band’s blunt moniker; “It felt like we were just wasted space & not really doing much with our lives other than working. This band has given us all something to do & to be proud of. Putting out an album is a big scary step, but it’s been a long time coming and we’re ready to see what the world has to say and hopefully see some more of it”.

On the live front, late October through to early November sees the band heading out on a UK headline tour with support from Milestones. Guitarist Kieren Alder declares: “We’re super excited to finally be able to play new songs from the album live, as we’ve been touring the EP for a while now so it’ll be good to freshen up the set, especially for the fans who have seen us before!”

Their first set of Irish dates are also planned for November as they support fellow pop punks ROAM. All live dates currently announced, are below:

CATCH WSTR LIVE:
HEADLINE UK TOUR (with support from Milestones): 24.10. Dundee, Buskers | 25.10. Edinburgh, Opium | 26.10. York, Fibbers | 27.10. Sheffield, O2 Academy 2 | 29.10. Stoke, Underground | 31.10. Liverpool, O2 Academy 2 | 01.11. Leicester, Scholar | 02.11. London, The Assembly | 03.11. Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach | 04.11. Plymouth, Underground | 05.11. Bournemouth, Anvil

DATES SUPPORTING ROAM: 27.11.16 Fibber Magees, Dublin, Ireland | 28.11.16 Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland | 29.11.16 Voodoo, Belfast, UK

WSTR RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ‘RED, GREEN OR INBETWEEN’ VIA NO SLEEP RECORDS ON THE 20TH JANUARY 2017. PRE-ORDER:

DIGITAL: http://nosleeprecords.lnk.to/wstr

PHYSICAL & MERCH: http://store.nosleeprecords.com/catalogs/wstr

WATCH ‘FOOTPRINTS’ AT: hyperurl.co/footprints

STREAM ‘FOOTPRINTS’ VIA SPOTIFY OR PURCHASE AT: http://nosleeprecords.lnk.to/footprints

MORE INFO AVAILABLE VIA WSTR’S OFFICIAL FACEBOOK AND TWITTER PAGES: facebook.com/wstrband & twitter.com/wstrband

 

 

 

 

PREVIEWING THY SEASONS NEW SINGLE ‘WASTE’

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by ZAK SLOMAN

‘Waste’ is the upcoming debut single from Thy Seasons, a fledging Stafford alternative metal five-piece comprising of Cae Elliot-Butler (vocals), Shayne Dyer (lead guitar), Harry Spruce (rhythm guitar), Reece Frid (bass) and Ryan Wood (drums).

A couple of weeks back, the band sent me an advance copy of the track, ahead of its release on the 31st October, and I have to say it’s very good for a first song.

Thrashy and loud from start to finish, with screaming vocals throughout, ‘Waste’ is an anthem perfect for the moshpit.

If they can keep up the high standard they have set with this, then it’s safe to say we’ll be hearing a lot more from Thy Seasons in future.

They also uploaded a teaser of the track on to YouTube a few days ago, and you can see it now at www.youtube.com

YOU WILL ABLE TO LISTEN TO THY SEASONS NEW SINGLE ‘WASTE’ IN FULL FROM THE 31ST OCTOBER. CHECK FOR MORE DETAILS AT THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE www.facebook.com/ThySeasons