CARNIVAL CLUB TO RELEASE MINI-ALBUM IN MAY

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Emerging rock ‘n’ rollers Carnival Club will ignite the UK scene with their alluring new mini-album ‘Magdalena’s Cape’, which arrives on 12th May via Demolition Diner Records.

For any rock music fan, it’s a source of total pleasure to come across a great young band that not only can rock out and play some great songs, but look the part and pretty good into the bargain!

Carnival Club are a quartet of late teenage, early twenty-something’s brimming with excitement, energy and kick out the jams, no holds barred vision. These Manchester based lads – Kai, George, Eddie and Joe – have absorbed their musical learning showing maturity way beyond their youthful years. Their songs are made in the north, but will hit you from the north, south, east and west. They will astound the ears and bless the heart.

Maybe you’d like a Jimi Hendrix ‘Voodoo Chile’ drenched guitar lines and Sabbath sound wars topped off with a supersonic, cigarettes and whisky blues howl; a huge stadium blasting riff with an earworm of a chorus straight out of Valhalla, or a heady LA power-tripping, staggeringly streetwise smack ’em down head-rush and head-mash.

Then there’s more. Yes, those troubles, headaches and issues are there for all to hear – full-on, sonic boom boys boxing snappy, rappy, bratty, spooky and snarly male angst tinged with a touch of sweetness. The trials of youth are being presented in a thrillingly stand up and be counted way.

Alternatively – and this is pretty damn alternative in today’s manufactured, algorithm dominated, processed to an inch of its life offerings that we’re getting in excess – you get this. It’s a tasting of prog rock grandeur, quicksilver American west coast psychedelia 50 years on from ‘The Summer of Love’, a hint of machine groove Euro techno, stirrings of goth with plenty of eye-liner, a Daltrey-esque stutter, bunny rabbits and echo men in long
black coats, the resurrection that wants to be adored, thundering herds of buffalo and wildebeest coming over the horizon, right through to the last fading resonance of the drummer’s flailed cymbals and hi-hats ending ‘Headaches’.

The Manchester Evening News indeed got it right when they reviewed one of their blistering live shows. Carnival Club are “reaching out to grasp the ghostly hand of Lemmy” and plenty of other rock gods, alive or dead, with “their musical cues darting in from every rock corner imaginable”. And that’s for starters.

Welcome to the Carnival Club world. It’s early days in the entering of the zone pointing towards potential rock and roll greatness with lashings of style thrown in. The five songs on their debut ‘Magdalena’s Cape’ EP is a ‘My Generation’ statement for rock fans young, and not so young, recorded loud and clear. Dive in with no fears as, make no mistake, this band and their music takes no prisoners.

Emerging during and after all the rock and roll death of 2016, here’s Carnival Club getting set to bring 2017 alive.

CARNIVAL CLUB’S DEBUT MINI-ALBUM ‘MAGDALENA’S CAPE’ WILL BE RELEASED ON MAY 12TH.

CHECK OUT MORE OF THE BAND AT THESE SITES:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/carnivalclubuk

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/carnivalclubuk 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AT DAWN’S EDGE RELEASE NEW VIDEO

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With glowing comparisons to Within Temptation, Epica, and Nightwish, Canadian progressive metal combo At Dawn’s Edge have released their brand new video single for ‘Evil Flamingo’, which you can view at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBEBN-kksgY.

At Dawn’s Edge were originally founded in 2009 by guitarist Alexandru Oprea, with long time member and guitarist Matthew Ozzorluoglu, while attending high school, with the early incarnations of the band involving a series of name changes and revolving line-ups.

However, all of this changed in 2013 when the duo met vocalist Ashavari Joshi and drummer Jacob Osbourne Bechard, and the quartet finally formed a solidified line-up.

Hailing from the culturally diverse Canadian city of Toronto, the highly talented four-piece bring groove to full orchestral arrangements by intertwining complex rhythms with melodic and symphonic elements, resulting in a engulfing end product.

The band released their debut EP ‘First Contact’ in May 2015, picking up good traction throughout eastern Ontario and Quebec, with the symphonic metallers then going on to play shows in Montreal and beyond, as well as supporting The Agonist and Sonata Arctica in Toronto.

At Dawn’s Edge are now poised to widen their reach even further, with the release of their captivating new video single ‘Evil Flamingo’, and with US and Canadian tour dates, and a debut album primed for release for early next year, there’s nothing stopping the band’s ascent.

KEEP UPDATED ON ALL THINGS AT DAWN’S EDGE BY CHECKING OUT THESE SITES:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AtDawnsEdge

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/atdawnsedge

INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/atdawnsedge

 

 

 

 

JESSE’S DIVIDE

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Jesse’s Divide are a Stoke-on-Trent three-piece, comprising of vocalist/guitarist Simon Ward, bassist Nick Cotton and drummer Rob Barnes.

In the last couple of years, they have gained a substantial local following with a heavy, melodic and progressive sound combining elements of rock and metal, as well as live sets that are entertaining and fun, but also all about the music.

With last autumn’s EP ‘Strange Alchemy’ still getting rave reviews, a new EP planned for release later this year and an exciting new venture that will hopefully benefit the Stoke music scene, it looks already as if 2017 is going to be a great year for the trio.

Before their gig in Newcastle-under-Lyme a few weeks back, I chatted with them about all this in more detail.

How did the band get together initially?

SIMON WARD (vocals/guitar): We are bits of all other bands. In 2012, Nick and I had been all in a band called Livid, which disbanded, and we were left with an empty studio.

While we had nothing else to do, we started to jam, and that become something, our first set of songs, which were heavy and done as angry teenager stuff, and we were just like “Wow, this is new!“, and that’s basically how we started.

How did the name Jesse’s Divide come about?

NICK COTTON (bass): Basically, we had been playing together for three or four months, and we hadn’t yet planned for gigs or anything, but then all of a sudden, we had a gig booked and we all thought “Shit! We have to come up with something!”

So one night, me and Simon were around his house, getting really drunk and watching the film ‘Predator’. There’s a scene in it where Jesse Ventura’s character gets shot by the Predator and ends up with a massive hole in his chest, so big hole in Jesse, Jesse’s Divide!

How would you describe your sound?

SIMON: I would say now that it’s more rock, and I think we’ve actually mellowed a bit, because we used to be quite aggressive, the songs purposely had to be over five minutes long, we didn’t do it because we didn’t care, we did it for us.

Over the last three years though, we’ve kind of sank into the songs a bit more. We still do what we want to do, because we love it, but it’s changed, we’ve naturally progressed, kind of back to our roots.

NICK: I’m not saying we’re ripping anyone off, but I think our sound is an amalgamation of the stuff we love.

We are very much influenced by, if you imagine Rush and Black Sabbath got into a bar fight, and then Dave Grohl came in and split it up, that is sort of what we sound like, so it’s heavy, a bit technical, a bit proggy in places, but we have the kind of rock sensibility if you will, so we don’t write silly long rock songs any more.

What is your approach to songwriting?

SIMON: Alcohol!

NICK: Yeah, we have a little ritual called Malibu Tuesdays, where we all go in, get drunk, normally off Malibu, but fake Malibu’s cheaper, and we just bash stuff out.
One of us will come on with a riff, and we’ll just jam on it later on, but we are going to be trying something new with our new EP.

SIMON: What we’ve decided to do with the EP is to try and record it as a whole. Rather than writing songs on their own, we are going to write them for the EP, write the whole thing as one.

This time, we’ve also decided to go the other way around, write the lyrics first and then put the music to it afterwards, because we know the kind of music that we want to go for, we’re going to go a bit more middle-of-the-road, Metallica kind of thing.

NICK: Don’t call it middle-of-the-road!

SIMON: We don’t like sticking to one thing, and we know what we’re going for this time, so it’s going to be very, very different.

The best thing about it is that we’re all best friends, and any one of us can come to each other at any point, we’ll go in together, and it’ll all sound different, but we’ll all pull together under a cloud of……….shit! (all laugh)

So, it’ll still sound like Jesse’s Divide, but each song, as it comes in, will sound very different.

You just mentioned there that you have a new EP out soon. Have you started to record it yet?

NICK: Actually, we’ve only just started writing it. Our last EP came out last September, ‘Strange Alchemy’, available on iTunes, Spotify etc… (all laugh)

How has the reaction been to ‘Strange Alchemy’?

NICK: It’s been good!

SIMON: It’s a lot lighter than the other EPs we’ve done, there were no six, seven minute pieces, the songs were mainly around three and a half minutes, we didn’t intentionally write it like that, it’s just how it came out. It’s actually given us a lot more attention.

ROB BARNES (drums): Yeah, it has. In the last six months, the attention for our website, the EP, gigs and that, has sort of slowly grown, hasn’t it?

NICK: Yeah. The new EP we’re doing, it’s still very much embryonic, but we have got an idea of where it’s going to be, we’re hopeful of knocking it out in about three months, in between all of the gigs we’ve got, we’re going to write and perform it as we go along.

SIMON: It’s got a good feeling this one has, hasn’t it? Whereas the two EPs we did before, the first was kind of like a concept EP, which was cool, we enjoyed that, but ‘Strange Alchemy’ turned into a concept EP with a chemistry theme to it.

NICK: It was just a collection of songs, wasn’t it?

SIMON: The new one should be more of a complete EP.

You’re all from Stoke-on-Trent. What is your opinion of the music scene there currently?

ROB: It seems to have taken a bit of a dive, hasn’t it?

NICK: It has started to come out of the swamp, though.

ROB: It’s beginning to, I think it’s going to be a slow process to build it back up again.

NICK: Around ten years ago, when me and Simon were playing in Livid, the music scene in Stoke was thriving, it was mental.

SIMON: For kids who were around fourteen, fifteen, The Sugarmill was the place to go, because it allowed under 18’s in, and it just used to pack out with bands. It was such a great place to play, because that’s where everyone went.

Now, I don’t know what’s happened, something crashed around three, four years ago, and it hasn’t recovered.

There’s still a lot of talented bands and musicians out there, you’d be surprised, there seems to be a Kevin Bacon effect, in that everyone on the Stoke music scene seems to know one another. It’s like a very close-knit family, even when things are a bit shitty, like they are now, everyone will still support each other.

We all still have a good time when we play locally, and we have a laugh with the other local bands, also helping each other out in any way we can. I just think that it’s really difficult to get a sizable crowd in anymore.

ROB: From a music perspective, nothing’s changed, like Simon’s just said, there is still a lot of talent coming out of Stoke. Even when I started around five, six years ago, places like The Sugarmill were still getting the crowds in.

NICK: Rob’s a lot younger than us, by the way.

ROB: As I was saying earlier, it has taken a slump. Now, there seems to be more gigs being put on at pubs and smaller venues. For the larger venues, it’s harder these days for them to sell tickets, whereas pubs and other places like that are usually packed for every gig.

SIMON: A reason for that, I think, is that the larger venues have put their prices up for everything. It used to cost only £3 for a gig ticket at The Sugarmill, now it’s £5. Therefore, less people are able to afford to go out anymore, it’s such a shame.

However, there’s a large venue that’s just opened in Burslem called Eleven, and that’s an ambitious place. Hopefully, that will spark something in the Stoke music scene in the next year or two, I really hope so.

ROB: One of the good things about Stoke music is that it’s diverse. There’s a lot of stuff going on, rock, indie, metal etc…

SIMON: You seem to notice that it’s not just the bands who seem to all know each other. It’s also the producers and the people who run the recording studios and rehearsal rooms.

They’re all good people, and it’s a good scene to be a part of.

Apart from the EP, what else do you have planned for the future?

SIMON: We’re about to officially open our very own rehearsal rooms and studio in Longton, and we’re doing that because we’ve been doing it ourselves for so long now.

Back in the day, when we were paying for hours of rehearsal time, we realised how much we loved what we were doing and we would be rehearsing at least three times a week.

When we were putting together our first EP, we wanted to get ourselves away from our day jobs, we wanted something to aim for. We’re still like that now, continually pushing for our dream, no matter how many years and thousands of pounds that may take, because we really enjoy it.

What we did then was rent our own industrial unit, because we found it was actually cheaper than renting out a rehearsal room three times a week, and we did that five years ago.

We’re doing it officially now, we’ve done the place up as much as we can, and we’ll be opening our doors next month to Happy Ninja Media, which will be a non-profit, charity-based organisation.

We’ll be renting out space, offering the best rates in Stoke for local bands that are just starting out that can’t really afford to rent any rehearsal space, and we’ll be giving them that opportunity because we want to help our fellow musicians.

That also helps us because we have a private place to play and record the EP for nothing, and we only pay for mastering it externally.

NICK: Aside from the business side of things, we have a few gigs pencilled in over the next few months, all the dates are on our website.

We don’t have any lofty rock star aspirations, we just play our music because we enjoy doing it, making the music we want.

SIMON: We’re busily trying to get more gigs booked this year, and we’ll be recording our new EP, which should be out later this year.

NICK: Hopefully, people out there will enjoy listening to it. Listen to the record and come out and see us!

JESSE’S DIVIDE’S THIRD EP WILL BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR.

FOR MORE INFO, CHECK OUT THESE SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://jessesdivide.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/JessesDivide/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/JessesDivide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK STAR BULLET

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Black Star Bullet are a rock four-piece from Coventry, consisting of vocalist/guitarist Trev Goddard, guitarist Andy Tite, bassist Martin Hughes and drummer Gav Hunt.

The band have all been together for over a decade, and in that time, have impressed many with their no-frills heavy rock sound and entertaining live sets.

With a new album out this March, I had a chat with them about all things Black Star Bullet.

How did the band get together initially?

The band initially got together after the break up of various other bands and us all having some mutual friends that ended up throwing us all together in the same place at the same time, but we’d all been playing previously for ages.

How did the name Black Star Bullet come about?

The name Black Star Bullet was a simple decision – we were called something else before and we wanted to change it and from all the suggestions on scraps of paper from everyone, that was the one name that we all decided we liked.

How would you describe your sound?

Our sound? Well, we’re a guitar rock band, plain and simple. We write songs that we like and hopefully others do too. There doesn’t seem to be many straight up rock bands around these days.

What are your musical influences?

Our influences are as diverse as anything. We all like to listen to different music – individually each of us might like thrash, metal, rock, blues, grunge, whatever but that doesn’t necessarily mean we want to play any of those all the time.

When we write songs, it’s a collection of everything, we don’t limit ourselves. If we want to write a disco track we will, if we want to write a piano ballad we will, if we want to challenge Napalm Death then we will !!! But we’re all fans of the guitar bands like Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones.

What is your approach to songwriting?

Usually, someone has an idea of a riff or a chorus or something and says “What do you reckon to this?” and we all pitch in ideas and work it up into a song. Simple every time …. NOT !!

How is it for the band playing live and touring?

Well obviously, it’s tough doing band stuff when we’ve all got jobs and families etc cos it’s not like we’re as big as AC/DC !! But it’s so much fun, it’s worth the effort. There’s no better feeling than playing live to a crowd who are into what you’re doing. It’s not exactly work after all !

What have you got lined up in the near future?

Things lined up ….. Well, we have our new album coming out in March which we’re really excited about cos it seems to have taken forever to record !! We’re so happy with it and there might be a surprise or two on there.

And gigs, plenty of gigs but we always need more. And it’ll pretty soon be festival season too – so people need to look out for us on the road and if anyone reading this has got slots that need filling, then please do get in touch.

The band have been together for over a decade with its current line-up. Is there anything you haven’t achieved yet that you would like to?

More to achieve ?? Hell yeah ! Those gigs can always get bigger and better. And to be able to play with friends that we’ve made over the years.

Obviously, we love the creativity so there’s more and more music we want to play and record and release etc etc too.

Finally, any words of advice for up-and-coming rock bands out there?

Advice ….. Well, do it because you have a passion for it and be honest and genuine. Write and play what you want to write and play rather than try to chase a trend or be the next big thing. If that happens, then great but hopefully for something that you believe in.

And be nice to the sound guys – then they will return the favour to you.

And lastly, don’t be dicks ! Remember that there’s always a bigger fish – you want to try and be friends with them.

BLACK STAR BULLET’S NEW ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED IN MARCH.

FOR MORE INFO, CHECK OUT THESE SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://blackstarbullet.co.uk/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/blackstarbullet/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREYHAVEN PREPARE TO REVEAL EXPLOSIVE NEW VIDEO

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High flying heavy alt-rock unit Greyhaven are prepared to reveal their explosive new video for ‘Brother’; the track is pulled from the band’s current EP ‘State Of Mind’, now out in stores.

Greyhaven express a potent blend of alt-rock that is fueled by crushing riffs, evoking melodies, and hooks that will cling to you like static electricity.

They have also taken from a slew of influences cascading from many quarters, but predominantly from the likes of Rise to Remain, Architects, Alexisonfire and Underoath.

Born at the start of 2015, the band soon earned their stripes as they hit the live circuit racking up shows with Create To Inspire, Idols Of Apathy, Vera Grace and The Afterparty.

The crew continued to build with the release of their debut EP ‘The Flood’, which saw the five-piece undertake a glut of successful shows across the UK, which served to earn them a dedicated fan-base.

The EP picked up a range of glowing reviews and the release of their debut music video for the title track also helped the band pin down a number of profile shows throughout the year.

After the success of their debut EP, Greyhaven commenced work with Dan Kerr(Shields, Create To Inspire, Despite My Deepest Fear) at Avenue Studios on their sophomore release, ‘State Of Mind’.

The new EP is a sturdy evolution from the band’s debut release and aptly showcases the band’s progression and growing maturity.

Soon after, the rising rockers released their second music video for the track ‘On & On’ in collaboration with Young Minds, a charity assisting young people with mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, which is a running theme in the EP and something very close to the band’s heart.

The EP and music video are both being heavily featured on major radio and TV stations such as Kerrang! Radio and Scuzz TV.

The quintet are now braced to kick on again with the release of their blistering new video single ‘Brother’, which arrives next month. Don’t miss it!

KEEP UPDATED ON ALL THINGS GREYHAVEN BY CHECKING OUT THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/greyhavenuk

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/greyhavenuk

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/greyhavenuk/

 

POP PUNKS HOMEBOUND REVEAL NEW EP

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Surrey pop-punk quartet Homebound are pleased to announce their third EP, ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’, will be released via Rude Records (Set It Off, Blood Youth, Less Than Jake) on 10th February.

Discussing the choice of title, vocalist Charlie Boughton reveals, “It is based on the idea that from choosing to be in a band and to pursue music, it has shaped my morals, what I value in life, my personality, the decisions I make whether serious or trivial, literally anything and everything… and ultimately made me who I am today.”

Following the premiere of lead single ‘Headspace’ on BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show back in October, the band have also released a video for the track, which can be viewed here.

Boughton says of its meaning: “It’s very much how it sounds. After any sort of relationship break up, depending on what side of it you are on, there’s always a period of turmoil in which you are battling with yourself and your tendency to overthink and replay scenarios in your head. I found writing the song to be somewhat therapeutic and an effective means in which to vent what I was feeling.”

The Farnham four-piece, completed by guitarists Tom Mellon and Chris Wheatley and Joe Aspell-Beaumont on bass duties, reflect on the current crop of pop punk bands similarly trying to make their mark and how they fit in, or rather, are happy not to: “There are a lot of bands doing the same thing these days and as it’s become more and more oversaturated, I find myself less and less inspired by it. I think every song on this EP offers something different. We’ll always appeal to the mainstay of pop punk fans but I’d like to think we’re so much more than that and hopefully people will see that with this release.”

And what can be expected of the EP? Boughton reveals: “It’s a more mature sound; definitely darker in areas. It’s a lot closer to where we want to be as a band musically.”

Recorded once again with Seb Barlow (Neck Deep, As It Is, WSTR), the band recall: “He was the obvious choice for us. We both work in a similar way and he knows exactly what kind of band we want be, which really helped us to get the best out of these songs. His production on this EP is his best to date and we couldn’t be more stoked on the outcome.”

Well-crafted throughout with bouncing melodies, driving drums, intricate guitar work and gritty lyrics, Homebound manage to deliver maturity, diversity and depth, whilst still retaining the fun that pop punk is known for.

Boughton concludes: “I think I speak on behalf of each of us when I say that the rest of the boys are some of the hardest working and driven people we know. Without sounding too cliché, there’s so much more to come from this band and we feel ‘TMYBYA’ is just the start of it.”

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HOMEBOUND RELEASE ‘THE MOUND YOU BUILD YOURSELF AROUND’ VIA RUDE RECORDS ON FEBRUARY 10TH. PRE-ORDER AT: http://smarturl.it/TMYBYAPhysical

PURCHASE THEIR SINGLE ‘HEADSPACE’ AT: http://smarturl.it/HeadspaceSingle

WATCH THE VIDEO TO ‘HEADSPACE’ AT: http://smarturl.it/HeadspaceVideo

FOLLOW HOMEBOUND ON SPOTIFY AT: http://smarturl.it/HomeboundSpotify

CHECK OUT THE BAND’S SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/HomeboundPopPunk

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/HomeboundUK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AS THE SUN SLEEPS – ‘As Good As Gold’ (3/5)

(Self-released)

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REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

It has not been a particularly good twelve months for a lot of people out there, but it’s been a period that Swindon pop-punk outfit As The Sun Sleeps will look back on with much fondness.

Since bursting on to the scene last January with their debut release ‘Never Stars’, the emerging four-piece have gone from strength to strength, building a strong fanbase, enjoying a successful tour and being tipped for big things in the future by the music press.

Therefore, in the run-up to the release of their follow-up ‘As Good As Gold’, there has been high expectation.

With this, the band have elected to stick with a sound consisting mainly of high octane, melodic fare, with catchy choruses, sing-along lyrics and upbeat guitar riffs.

It can be rather generic at times, but it gives the EP an overwhelmingly positive vibe.

However, in some parts, the Wiltshire quartet gives the listener a chance to hear how versatile they can be.

The best example is with the track ‘What Matters Most’, which contains a heavier sound and edges more towards rock than pop-punk.

Also, they don’t seem afraid to poke fun at themselves now and again, with the lyrics of ‘Florida’ reflecting the obsession that British pop-pun seems to have with anything American.

Overall, it is a very well put together EP, and if you are a pop-punk devotee, then this will be just up your street.

If As The Sun Sleeps can step things up a little more for their next offering, which I have confidence in them doing, then a bright future awaits for them.

TOP TRACK: ‘What Matters Most’