SAINT APACHE’S NEW EP SET FOR RELEASE IN JULY

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Saint Apache are a highly intriguing angular alt-rock quartet hailing from Eastbourne, England. Pulling from an array of influences, ranging from the venom of Every Time I Die, to the swagger of Buckcherry, and the political potency of Rage Against The Machine, the south-coasters churn out compelling monolithic guitar riffs, distorted bass, hard-hitting drums, and an aggressive gritty edge, served up by Thom Meredith’s super charged vocals.

Formed in 2015, and already widely noted for their raw, in-your-face, and captivating sound, Saint Apache have an army of dedicated followers. With a huge desire for touring and playing as many shows as possible, the rising riff slingers have carved out a hefty reputation for themselves for their intense live shows.

As well as making strong in-roads on the live scene, the energetic alt-rockers are also making waves for their recorded work. In 2016, they released their self-titled debut EP, which helped to place the foursome on the map, notching up warm praise from the underground.

Now, Saint Apache are set to blow everything out of the water, with the release of their sophomore EP, ‘Wolf Machine’, which arrives this summer.

Compressing four chucks of highly engaging full-frontal alternative rock, the band’s new EP is a true benchmark. Instantly, ‘You’re Not A Slave’ blasts into your ears with its spiky rhythms and twisted phrasing, pinning the listener into submission, while their new video single, ‘The Story Doesn’t End Here’ is simply overflowing with infectious groove, whiplash riffery, and slamming thrusts of vigorous edgy rock.

The pace increases in velocity for ‘Halfway Dead’ as, washing over you, the track delivers a full-on adrenaline-fueled shot of raw ETID-esque punk that stomps and pounds all over your senses.

The EP’s namesake, ‘Wolf Machine’, finishes off the record in supreme style, striking you with hammer-jack blows right from the very first bar.

Plug in and soak it up; Saint Apache have arrived and they will not go quietly.

‘WOLF MACHINE’, THE SECOND EP FROM SAINT APACHE, WILL BE RELEASED ON JULY 21.

CHECK OUT THE BAND ON SOCIAL MEDIA AT:

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

TWITTER: https://www.twitter.com/saintapache

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

 

 

 

 

ENERGETIC POP-PUNK NEWCOMERS RECKLESS INTENTIONS TO RELEASE DEBUT EP IN JULY

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Newcomers Reckless Intentions drop their engaging debut EP ‘Lights’, via all outlets on Friday 14th July, but before then, the pop-punkers reveal their new lyric video for ‘Stitches’ – which you can view now at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkUR9i0TDlM. Amalgamating contagious vocal melodies, memorable hooks, and probing power chord rhythms, the tunesters have all of the raw fundamentals to be one of the key players within the UK scene.

Stimulated by a breadth of artists, Reckless Intentions have taken inspiration from legendary punks such as Green Day and The Clash, iconic rock bands like the Foo Fighters, through to contemporary kings All Time Low and Moose Blood. While tipping their caps to their peers, the Brighton four-piece have broken down the key ingredients of the pop-punk genre, and in doing so, have crafted their own signature sound that is enticing, playful and energetic.

Formed in 2016, the band spent their first year developing their set and honing their skills on the thriving Brighton scene, and then began work on their debut record with Alex Gordon at Brighton Electric Studios. After many intense recording sessions, the band came out of the studio with their debut EP ‘Lights’, which is just bursting with blistering pop punk, from the insanely catchy vibes of ‘Stitches’, through to the striking hook and infectious guitar work of their forthcoming single ‘Ghost Town’.

With an ever-increasing fan base and a tour planned for this summer, 2017 is sure to be a colossal year for the band.

‘LIGHTS’, THE DEBUT EP FROM RECKLESS INTENTIONS, WILL BE RELEASED ON ALL PLATFORMS ON JULY 14.

CHECK THE BAND OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA AT:

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

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/recklessband_uk

WELSH METALLERS ROSEN BRIDGE ANNOUNCE SOPHOMORE EP ‘DREAMCATCHER’ AND UK TOUR

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North Wales metalcore quintet Rosen Bridge have revealed details of their forthcoming sophmore EP ‘Dreamcatcher’. Set for self-release on 12th May, vocalist Antony Jones states: “It’s about overcoming obstacles and chasing what your goals are. The artwork represents the journeys that people can take within their own thoughts, without looking like a self-help book cover.”

As an insight into the four-tracker, the band are also streaming the title track, with Jones explaining: “We decided to lead with ‘Dreamcatcher’ as it’s the best representation of the EP as a whole. Lyrically, it focuses on making changes to your life and bettering yourself, whilst the music has pretty much all of the elements of the EP: heavy riffs, vocal hooks, solos and a breakdown for good measure.”

Rosen Bridge, completed by Eddie Edwards and Marcus Williams on guitar, Rowan Jack on drums, and William Robertson on bass duties, are named after a synonym for worm holes.

As a somewhat tongue-in-cheek reference, they class themselves as ‘spiritually driven metal’, which ultimately boils down to wanting to spread a message of positivity, something often not found in heavy music. “Our music is heavily influenced by our experiences in battling mental health issues. We want to motivate people to talk to us and each other and share their own experiences. We want people to be inspired to move against their pain and be the best person that they can be. We have all had experiences with living through highs and lows and the music that has inspired us in these times is the music that motivates us to change for the better.” comments Jones.

For ‘Dreamcatcher’, the follow-up to their debut release ‘Entropy’, the band set out to create a record that would “make people feel great”. Laying down the release with John Mitchell at Outhouse Studios in Reading, the members slept in one van and commuted to the studio each day, ready to work hard.

Thankfully, they are pleased with the product: “The new release tries to focus more on keeping a consistent groove,with the soulful vocal hooks from the first EP. We still kept some more complex sections, but really wanted to develop our style to have a more varied sound with heavy and lighter moments.We hope that this material will yield more live ‘sing-a-long’ chorus moments mixed in with the big, heavy riffs as well.”

If you like Issues, Volumes & Northlane, then we are positive Rosen Bridge are for you – and you should catch them on the road this May.

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ROSEN BRIDGE LIVE (MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED)

May 18th: AATMA, Manchester | May 20th: The Saddle, Chester| May 25th: The Bird’s Nest, Deptford | May 26th: The Harp Restrung, Folkestone | May 28th: 8 Bit, Swansea |May 29th: The Full Moon, Cardiff
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‘DREAMCATCHER’, THE SECOND EP FROM ROSEN BRIDGE, WILL BE RELEASED ON MAY 12TH.
YOU CAN STREAM THE TITLE TRACK NOW AT: https://soundcloud.com/RosenBridgeuk/Dreamcatcher
FURTHER INFO CAN BE FOUND AT THESE SITES:

SHEFFIELD INDIE FOUR-PIECE BAYONET RELEASE NEW SINGLE

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Harbouring the chemistry and musicality of a band beyond their years, Bayonet have rapidly made a name for themselves as Sheffield’s indie poster boys.

Standing head and shoulders above their South Yorkshire contemporaries, the four- piece have, in just four singles, built the foundations on which to base their career.

With their last single ‘Heart Attack’ premiering on Rebel Culture back in November, the last five months have seen Bayonet’s focus turn to the writing and recording of new material; their own inimitable brand of synth-pop now honed to polished perfection thanks to the handful of headline shows the band have already enjoyed this year.

Latest offering ‘Call Me When It’s Over’ sees the band’s heartfelt lyricism paired with their trademark synth/guitar combo in a dichotomy of wistful longing and unequivocal optimism. Though undeniably Bayonet, it signals the beginning of the next step in the career, their aforementioned chemistry and musicality evident from the track’s outset.

2016 was a huge year for the band, one which saw them sell out various venues, wow crowds at both the Dot to Dot and Tramlines festivals and release four rapturously received singles. Most bands would struggle to top that, however, Bayonet aren’t most bands, and though each single has been stronger than the last, there seems to be no glass ceiling in sight.

Bayonet comprise of vocalist/guitarist Lewis Cain, vocalist/guitarist Vince Ringrose, bassist Danny Higgins, and drummer Sam Chapman.

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‘CALL ME WHEN IT’S OVER’, THE NEW SINGLE FROM BAYONET, IS AVAILABLE NOW ON ALL PLATFORMS.

FOR FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND, CHECK OUT THESE SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: https://www.bayonetofficial.com/

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

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/bayonetofficial

SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/bayonetofficial

 

CAMENS

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CAMENS (from l-r): James ‘Corbo’ Corbishley (lead guitar), Scott Powell (vocals/guitar), Luke Brightmore (drums), Josh Egan (bass)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Camens are an indie rock four-piece from Stoke-on-Trent.

At the end of 2015, under their former guise of LazyEye, the band were all set to make a massive breakthrough, having released a highly acclaimed EP, as well as getting interest from an American record label, but unfortunately for them, things didn’t go to plan.

The interest led to nothing, and their former manager sadly passed away, following a long bout of ill health.

However, now, the quartet are back, under a new name, and everything is looking positive for them once again, with an already well-received single under their belts.

I caught up with the band after they performed an intimate set at the Your City festival in their home town, and this is what they had to say:

How did the band get together initially?

SCOTT POWELL (vocals/guitar): We morphed from a previous band called LazyEye, and that was around two years ago.

We all got together like any other band, really. I was gigging some songs with James and Josh, we realised we needed a drummer, and that’s where Luke came in.

How did the name Camens come about?

SCOTT: The label that’s releasing our new stuff told us that there were other LazyEyes in the world, so we had to change the band name.

LUKE BRIGHTMORE (drums): You were watching Planet Earth II, weren’t you?

SCOTT: Yeah, the David Attenborough show. There was a scene in it where a caiman crocodile was attacked by a tiger or leopard, and that served as inspiration for our new name. Basically, we are a band that gets eaten by a tiger! (laughs)

In your own words, how would you describe your sound?

SCOTT: Upbeat, feel good indie rock ‘n’ roll.

What are the band’s musical influences?

SCOTT: Most of our songs start with me, so personally, bands like The Beatles and The Kinks, all good guitar music really.

I think they were my first loves, and then when I first really got into music, I fell in love with the great guitar bands, such as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, but they’re not really big influences on us. Also, I like good songwriting.

LUKE: I think me and Corbo are more into the American side of things, pop-punk and all that, but we both also like a lot of British stuff. Josh is more into music that is acoustic and melodic, like Simon and Garfunkel.

SCOTT: I think we find our sound when the four of us are all jamming together, and we kind of all meet at Paul Simon, which our stuff can sound like at times.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

SCOTT: Erm…lengthy one! (laughs) No, a lot of our songs will start out as a verse and a chorus, which I will then take into our practice room, show the rest of the band, and it will either get a thumbs up or a thumbs down.

If it gets a thumbs up, then we can start to take it forward, but I think if I didn’t turn up with a verse or a chorus, then we would have a riot on our hands! (laughs)

LUKE: One or two of our songs in the past have started off as riffs or basslines, but generally, Scott will bring an idea in, and then we’ll work on it.

If it’s going somewhere, we’ll carry on, if it isn’t, then…

SCOTT: I’ll get told!

LUKE: We’ll say: “Go again, Scott!” (laughs)

The band have been a fixture on the Stoke-on-Trent music scene for a while now. What is your opinion on its current state?

SCOTT: It’s doing good, man. I think the hardest thing for any music scene is just that, I mean the Your City festival is great, but there are other places where the music scene is just amazing.

I think with any band who are trying to get somewhere, if you can play ten times a month in many different venues, like you can in places such as Manchester and Liverpool, you can be ten times the band that can only gig once or twice a month, because you only have a few venues, so events like Your City are brilliant, as they give local bands more opportunities to perform live.

LUKE: I feel the music scene in Stoke has definitely grown in the last year or two. There seems to be more going on and more people interested.

SCOTT: It’s just the domino effect, isn’t it? I mean, you get one success from an area, and that then draws attention to the place where they’re from, so there’s some great stuff coming out of Stoke at the moment, the Staffordshire and Cheshire Music Awards, Your City, all sorts going on.

Your debut single as Camens, ‘Boys Will Stray’, was recently released. How is it different to the music you put out as LazyEye?

SCOTT: I think the LazyEye stuff, the last single we put out as LazyEye was ‘Katie Jones’, which was a very acoustic pop song.

Now, we’ve definitely plugged in and turned the volume up, as the new single is much more riff based.

LUKE: This is the first single that we’ve released with the current line-up, so I would say it has drawn us all together, as we have put all of our influences and sounds into it.

SCOTT: LazyEye definitely felt like I would write the songs and the other lads would learn them, but with Camens, all of the stuff we have written so far, the sound and everything, has all been done together, so everything that comes out now is much more of a group effort, everyone gets involved.

LUKE: Our producer, Andy Gannon, who’s part of Fears Chella, has helped us out a lot with getting our music to sound as it does.

How has the reaction been to the single so far?

SCOTT: It’s early days yet, but we have already had Gideon Coe of BBC 6 Music saying how strong a debut it is, and that was a really nice thing for him to say.

Will the single potentially lead to an EP or album at all?

SCOTT: Yeah, that’s the plan. We have basically spent the last six, seven months recording and trying different things, some have worked, some haven’t, and we have now got to the point where we have a good batch of songs ready to go. Our new single is already out, so in around eight weeks, we’ll have another one ready for release, we can then build up the momentum, and then hopefully start to build a proper, solid fan base.

How is it for the band playing live?

SCOTT: That’s the reason we do it, isn’t it?

LUKE: Yeah. We’ve got a busy summer ahead of us, we’re looking forward to playing some more gigs and festivals, really getting back into it, because it’s been a while.
We try to not take ourselves too seriously on stage, we try to play the best we can.

SCOTT: It’s a really great process, I think, of constantly trying to make every gig we do better than the last one.

As it’s Camens, and because it feels like everybody’s band, there’s definitely a feeling of we can’t wait to get out of the practice room, and put on the best show we can. That’s got to be a good thing, for sure.

Is there anything else you’ve got lined up for the near future at all?

SCOTT: Other than the gigs and releases, we’re going to be working really hard in between, putting content out, such as acoustic videos and all that, so our main aim at the moment is to be as busy as possible for the rest of this year, gain as much momentum as we can, and put out all of the songs that we have been writing, that have been sat in our practice room for the last six, seven months.

LUKE: We’ll be supporting The Ordinary Boys on May 12 at The Exchange in Hanley, we’re very much looking forward to that, as it should be a fun gig.

SCOTT: We’ll also soon be playing Scarborough, Lichfield, all over the place.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

SCOTT: I’ve always said that I hope we can get to the point where playing our own original music pays the bills. I’m not really that bothered about fame or excessive wealth, but if given a choice between doing this full-time or working a normal daytime job, I would choose music every time, and it would make me a more fulfilled person. Everything above that would be a bonus.

Anything else anybody would like to say at all?

SCOTT: Yeah, just a shout out to James Corbishley, our lead guitarist, and Josh Egan, our bassist, because they seem to have vanished! (laughs)

Also, check out our new single at Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, everything that’s anywhere, and there’s also a video for it on the way.

FOR FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND, CHECK OUT THESE SITES:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/camensuk1/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/camensuk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MANCUNIAN POST-PUNK TRIO IST IST UNVEIL NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO

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Having kickstarted their year with the release of ‘Silence’, a move in turn bolstered by their rapturously-received sell-out show at Salford’s Sacred Trinity Church, it was obvious that Manchester trio Ist Ist were going to make 2017 their year.

Not even two months have passed since the band made said intentions clear, yet never ones to rest on their laurels, the three-piece are gearing up to release what’s arguably their most refined single to date.

Calling to mind the likes of White Lies and Interpol, while retaining their trademark earth-shattering force, new single ‘Strangers’ is both unquestionably Ist Ist and also a slight departure from the blunt force trauma their previous singles presented. Propulsive, and even melodic by their standards, ‘Strangers’ isn’t quite the sound of Ist Ist mellowing with age, but it is the sound of them maturing.

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Ist Ist comprise of vocalist/guitarist Adam Houghton, bassist Andy Keating and drummer Joel Kay.

‘STRANGERS’, THE NEW SINGLE FROM IST IST, IS AVAILABLE NOW FROM BANDCAMP, SOUNDCLOUD AND ALL OTHER PLATFORMS.

FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND AT THESE SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: https://www.musicglue.com/ististmusic

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

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ististmusic

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

BANDCAMP: https://istist.bandcamp.com/

SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/ististbroadcasting

 

 

 

NOCEAN

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Nocean are an emerging female-fronted alternative rock four-piece from Sweden.

Formed in 2013, the outfit have spent the last four years working hard on perfecting their sound and building a solid fan base.

It looks as if 2017 is going to be the year that the Stockholm quartet make a big breakthrough on the rock scene, with a new album, a tour of Europe, and a set at the prestigious Sweden Rock festival, which will see them share the bill with the likes of Aerosmith and Steel Panther, all to come.

I spoke to frontwoman Hanna about the band’s journey up to now, and what should be some exciting times ahead for them.

How did the band get together initially?

Nocean started in Stockholm four years ago as a hard rock band. Me and Ozzy (guitar) found some members on a web forum called Band Finder. We struggled with finding the right members in the beginning, since we knew from the start that we wanted to take this band far. But then, we found Daniel, Daniel and Dave and we worked together for two years. We released a debut album on a record label, went on tour abroad for the first time and had great fun.

However, last summer, we were just left with myself and Ozzy again, as the other members had decided to leave due to personal reasons. Fortunately though, we found Sara (bass) and Patrick (drums) soon afterwards and we’ve been playing together ever since! Recently, we’ve been writing new material and we are now also booked to play at this year’s Sweden Rock Festival.

How did the name Nocean come about?

Our former bass player suggested we call ourselves Notion, I then played with the word, so that it eventually became Nocean.

To somebody discovering your music for the first time, how would you describe it to them?

We play melodic, alternative rock with metal influences and electronic elements. We want, most of all, for our music to be memorable, heavy and grand!

What are the band’s musical influences?

We all have different influences, ranging from Thirty Seconds To Mars to Dark Tranquility! One person that we do all like though is Devin Townsend and his heaviness on stage.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

We all write the songs together in the rehearsal room, and then someone often comes up with a foundation that we can build on. We record our songs in our own studio, so we record them along the way. Ozzy is our sound engineer as well as our guitarist, and he does magical work to our productions.

Where does the inspiration come from for the band’s lyrics?

I write all the lyrics and they are often about self-development or making changes. It’s like letters to people who need to read them. I find inspiration around me, from both people and things that I know.

What’s the experience of playing live and touring for you?

We have played almost 60 shows since the end of 2014, we’ve been on tour abroad (England, The Netherlands, Germany), and we’ve played many small pubs around Stockholm. So far, we have only played small festivals, so we’re very much looking forward to playing at Sweden Rock this summer, as it will be our first big festival experience!

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

Besides coming to England again next month (playing in London, Tamworth and Birmingham), we’ll, of course, be playing at Sweden Rock, recording our second album, and also looking for opportunities with a new label and maybe even a booking agency. Since we’ve been confirmed for Sweden Rock, we have had a lot of suggestions, but we’re going to take our time with it, because we don’t want to rush anything.

You mentioned a second album just then. What are the plans for that?

We’re writing right now, and we have decided to take our sound in a new direction with this one, as our earlier releases were more in the hard rock/metal genre, and the first album was more of an experiment to find where we wanted to land.

With new members, we have found our new way of writing and expressing ourselves, and that will show through with the new album, which we’re planning to complete by the end of this summer, with a release date some time in the autumn.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

We want to go as far as we possibly can, to play on bigger stages, to larger crowds, and also, to be able to make a living out of our music!

NOCEAN’S SECOND ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR.

FOR FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND, CHECK OUT THESE SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.noceantheband.com/

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

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/noceantheband