LIGHTBLUE

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LIGHTBLUE (from l-r): Michael Long (guitar), Callum Middleton (vocals), Luke Hall (guitar), Alfie Butcher (drums), Harry Furet (bass)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Cheltenham five-piece Lightblue have been rapidly ascending since forming two years ago, making a big impact with their brand of emotive pop-punk.

The band have played well-received sets at the last two 2000 Trees festivals, as well as supporting the likes of Catch Fire and Better Than Never, among others.

Having recently completed a successful four date UK tour with Evertim, the quintet are currently focusing on putting together the final touches to their debut EP, ‘Paradise Lost’, planned for release this December.

Here are the West Country outfit to tell me more about it and other stuff:

How did the band get together initially?

We all went to the same university, and Callum literally went around our entire year group finding out who liked pop-punk. The band’s original line-up was the people who said yes.

You were originally known as Sioux Falls. How did the name change to Lightblue come about?

When we released our old EP, we realised there was an American emo/indie band called Sioux Falls, so we figured it was best if we changed our name. We chose the new name because we felt it suited our changes in style and line-up in preparation to release our new EP, ‘Paradise Lost’.

What is the band’s approach to songwriting?

In general, Callum tends to write the songs in their basic form, and then bring them to the band to make additions and structural changes.

What are your inspirations lyrically?

Mostly mental health and relationships, but also family and childhood.

As you mentioned earlier, the band will soon be bringing out a new EP, ‘Paradise Lost’. How has the recording process been?

Absolutely loved it. We recorded at The Ranch in Southampton with Daly George. Bands like Boston Manor, Creeper and Gnarwolves have recorded there, so the whole experience was incredible and working with Daly was awesome, he’s the best dude.

And what can be expected of it?

The EP has three tracks, ‘Far Gone’, ‘In The Back Of My Room’, and ‘Mast’. It starts fast and slows as it goes on. We’ve balanced it so there’s pop punk in there, but we’ve really tried to make it our own and it definitely has emo influences.

You played the 2000 Trees Festival this summer, for the second year in a row. How was the experience of doing that again?

We love it there, it’s like home to us. We all live in Cheltenham except Harry, so it really is our hometown festival and the line-up is always awesome.

The band also recently played a weekender across the UK with Evertim. How is it for you all playing live and touring?

We just wish we could be on tour all the time. We were all sad for the whole week after the tour because we missed it so much. Evertim are the nicest people in the world, so that helped a lot. We love playing live, it’s what it’s all about.

What are your plans once the EP has been released?

To keep up the momentum. We’re looking at a tour in the new year, so there will be details of that very soon.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

Honestly, we’d just be happy if we could make enough money to pay the bills from doing something we love, and if our music can help people through tough times, that’s what we strive for.

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‘PARADISE LOST’, THE FORTHCOMING DEBUT EP FROM LIGHTBLUE, WILL BE RELEASED ON DECEMBER 8.

MORE INFO ON THIS, AS WELL AS THE BAND, CAN BE FOUND HERE.

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LONDON ROCKERS SCARLETINAS REVEAL NEW SINGLE AND TOUR

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Alt-rock outfit Scarletinas continue their climb with the release of their new single, ‘Walls Down’, out now via Animal Farm. The band have also just dropped a lyric video for the single, and the engaging rockers head out on a European tour, starting this evening in Belgium.

Bursting onto the scene with a packed out live debut at Camden’s Black Heart in April last year, the London born four-piece unleashed a sonic onslaught of soaring hooks, fist-to-the-face guitars and unstoppable energy that bagged them a slot supporting The Rifles all over the UK, including a show in front of a sold-out Camden Koko and all three of The Rifles’ sold-out Christmas shows.

In the same year, the band also made their television debut as part of the ‘Hold True’ advertising campaign by Magners Cider, which was directed by Jake Scott, and first aired during coverage of Euro 2016.

In February this year, the outfit marked their mainland European arrival supporting The Graveltones. The shows coincided with the release of the band’s debut single, ‘Walking On Water’, and the accompanying video was premiered by Wonderland magazine, who greatly praised the quartet citing, “Scarletinas are one of the most exciting bands around at the moment. Full of unstoppable energy and hooks that can send a crowd wild… the same style and energy that saw bands like Nirvana propelled into fame.”

Following their debut at the Glastonbury Festival this summer, Scarletinas headed back into the studio and have now released their second single, ‘Walls Down’. The
foursome are also currently on the road supporting Kitty, Daisy & Lewis on their European tour.

HERE ARE THE DATES FOR THE FORTHCOMING EUROPEAN TOUR:

Oct 30 – Kortrijk De Kreun, 31 – Strasbourg La Laiterie, Nov 2 – Nijmegen Doornroosje, 3 – Hamburg Große Freiheit 36, 4 – Dresden Tante JU, 5 – Frankfurt Zoom, 7 – Cologne Stollwerk, 8 – Berlin Columbiahalle, 9 – Munich Technikum, 10 – Zurich Dynamo Saal, 12 – Paris Flow, 13 – Netherlands Tilburg.

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‘WALLS DOWN’, THE NEW SINGLE FROM SCARLETINAS, IS AVAILABLE NOW VIA ANIMAL FARM.

YOU CAN GET FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND BY VISITING THE FOLLOWING SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.scarletinas.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/Scarletinas

TWITTER: twitter.com/scarletinas

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/scarletinas

SOUNDCLOUD: soundcloud.com/scarletinas

 

I THE MIGHTY

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I THE MIGHTY (from l-r): Ian Pedigo (guitar/backing vocals), Brent Walsh (lead vocals/guitar), Blake Dahlinger (drums), Chris Hinkley (bass)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

I The Mighty are a four-piece from San Francisco. Their well-crafted sound comprises of emotional post-hardcore mixed with elements of progressive, alternative, experimental and indie rock, influenced by bands such as Coheed and Cambria and Hands Like Houses.

The quartet’s latest offering, fourth studio album, ‘Where The Mind Wants To Go’, has so far received rave reviews, with many noting a more mature approach to songwriting and musical style.

Currently on a tour of their native US promoting the new release, I spoke with them about all of this, as well as their journey since forming nine years ago.

How did the band form?

Our other guitarist Ian and I started a band in 9th grade. We were terrible for a while, but eventually grew into a pretty popular local band. We met our bassist Chris at the practice space we rented and Blake at an acoustic show we played.

Chris decided not to go to LA for school in order to pursue this dream with us, and Blake joined the band shortly afterwards. That was over nine years ago now. We’ve never had a member change, and we’re still with the same manager we started with.

From where did the name I The Mighty originate?

It actually came from a song we had written called ‘I the Mighty Defeatist.’ At the time, it was just Ian and I as an acoustic duo called BreakPoint. When Blake and Chris joined the band, and we got signed to a label called Talking House Records, out of San Francisco, we decided it was time for an identity change.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

All four of us contribute to the songwriting and I think we all focus most of our energy on melody. We love to get our kicks with riffs or syncopated rhythms, but I think we’re all huge fans of a great hook and a well written song. I think we’ve accomplished this the most with our newest album.

Speaking of the band’s newest album, how was the recording process?

It was a great experience. We worked with two different producers (Casey Bates and Kris Crummett) at two different locations, which helped keep things fresh and inspiring.

And what can your fans expect from it?

They can expect what they’ve come to expect from us, but with a new twist. Emotional songs with personal lyrics, some tasty riffs, some big hooks, but done in a way that we haven’t explored before. The reaction from our newer fans and our cult fans has been so humbling so far.

What have been the key highlights in your time as a band?

There have been so, so many highlights since we started on this crazy adventure together. Some that come to mind right off the bat are signing to Equal Vision Records six years ago, and the first national tour we ever did with Dance Gavin Dance, where we also met two other bands that would become our best friends and label mates, A Lot Like Birds and Hail the Sun.

Other highlights are touring (twice) with my favourite band of all time, Coheed and Cambria and doing our first, second and now third headline tour. It just keeps growing and getting better.

How do you think you’ve all developed in the nine years you’ve been together?

I think we’ve learned to become better songwriters and have learned how to put on a more captivating live show. We’re constantly pushing and evolving. Experimenting with new levels of production, new sounds, and new realms of songwriting.

The band are currently on a tour of the US promoting the new release, which began with a show in your home city. How is the experience of playing live and touring?

It’s our favourite part of this whole thing. We’ve been so lucky to have had the opportunity to tour with so many of our favourite bands. Our fans have become more like a cult-y little family, and we always make a point to be personable and interact.

At our CD release show in San Francisco, there were fans that had flown in from Australia, the Philippines, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland, and New York. The vibe in the room was unreal. Nights like that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

You also played some gigs in the UK this summer, including an appearance at the Download festival. From your point of view, how is the British music scene different to the scene in your native country?

It seems like there are a lot of straight-up rock fans in the UK. It was cool being at an 80,000 capacity festival and seeing almost everyone decked out in all black. (laughs) Also, I remember the British scene caring less about their appearance/stage gimmicks and being more focused on the music.

What are the band’s plans once the American tour has been completed?

We may be flying to Ukraine to shoot a music video, and then we’re going to be the main support for Bayside on their UK tour. Then, it’s home for Christmas and next spring, we’re going on another US tour.

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‘WHERE THE MIND WANTS TO GO’, THE LATEST ALBUM FROM I THE MIGHTY, IS AVAILABLE NOW.

THE BAND ARE CURRENTLY ON A HEADLINE TOUR OF THE US, WITH ONE DATE IN CANADA. FURTHER DETAILS BELOW:

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MORE INFO ON I THE MIGHTY CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THESE SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: ithemighty.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/ithemighty

TWITTER: twitter.com/ithemighty

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/ithemighty

 

 

RISING EMO POP-PUNKS LIGHTBLUE UNVEIL NEW TRACK AND ANNOUNCE DEBUT EP

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Lightblue are a hotly-tipped emerging pop-punk/emo outfit hailing from Cheltenham. The quintet have already received favourable comparisons to bands such as Boston Manor, Brand New, and The Front Bottoms.

Having formed in 2015 and originally starting life under the previous moniker, Sioux Falls, the South West tunesters hit their local scene hard and quickly made a sizeable impact.

They have wooed audiences at the last two 2000 Trees festivals, playing alongside the likes of Gnarwolves, Neck Deep, WSTR, Blood Youth, Moose Blood and Trash Boat.

The band have also racked up a plethora of shows, and in the process, shared stages with Ataris, Homebound, Catch Fire, Montroze, Junior, Coast to Coast, Better Than Never, Weatherstate, and many others.

More recently, the five-piece completed a successful run of dates with Evertim, racking up appearances spanning from London and Bristol, to Birmingham and
Liverpool.

Now, the scene is set for Lightblue to rise up and the emotive pop-punks have just the ammunition in the form of their new EP, ‘Paradise Lost’.

Featuring three engulfing tracks, including their new track, ‘Far Gone’, and forthcoming single, ‘In The Back Of My Room’, which is destined to make an impact with radio and TV, this release is sure to place the band on the map. With tour plans in the pipeline, there’s nothing stopping this collective’s ascent.

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‘PARADISE LOST’, THE DEBUT EP FROM LIGHTBLUE, WILL BE RELEASED ON DECEMBER 8, VIA SHIPWRECK RECORDS.

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

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: lightbluecru.bigcartel.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/lightbluecru

TWITTER: twitter.com/lightbluecru

INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/lightbluecru

 

 

 

 

EMERGING METALCORE QUARTET REVEALER UNLEASH NEW VIDEO SINGLE

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Newcomers Revealer have unleashed their new video single, ‘Nothing; No One’, and are also going to be playing a series of live shows this autumn.

Pulling in the layered intensity of Machine Head and Emmure, and the astuteness of Architects, Revealer pull from their luminaries, and in doing so have unearthed a compelling sound of their own that is potent and brutally hypnotic.

Founded in 2014 and hailing from the East Midlands, the metalcore four-piece have built up a solid following by successfully releasing their debut EP, ‘Losing Sight’, and
through their enthralling performances across the whole of the UK alongside the likes of Oceans Ate Alaska, Loathe, Red Seas Fire, Fathoms, Dock 83, and Continents.

The Midlanders are now ripe to raise hell as they set loose their new video single. Blessed with rampant juggernaunt guitars, deeply-growled vocals and pounding rhythms that will hammer deep into your core, the quartet have delivered on all fronts.

Keep tuned to the band’s socials for show updates and just watch these riff beasts transcend from the underground.

‘NOTHING; NO ONE’, THE NEW SINGLE FROM REVEALER, IS AVAILABLE NOW TO LISTEN & DOWNLOAD FROM iTunes & SPOTIFY.

THE BAND ARE ALSO CURRENTLY ON TOUR PROMOTING THEIR NEW RELEASE. FURTHER DETAILS BELOW:

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MORE INFO ON REVEALER CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THESE SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/revealerUKband

TWITTER: twitter.com/revealeruk

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/revealeruk

 

FIZZY BLOOD

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FIZZY BLOOD (from l-r): Ciaran Scanlon (bass), Paul Howells (guitar), Benji Inkley (vocals), Tim Malkin (guitar/keyboards), Jake Greenway (drums)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Formed three years ago in Leeds, Fizzy Blood are an ambitious and determined five-piece who, in that time, have crafted a truly unique mix of psychedelic rock, punk and indie pop, taken from mainly retro influences.

With this, they have created quite an impressive CV, supporting the likes of The Dead Kennedys, playing numerous top music festivals, and releasing two EPs, the latest of which came out last month, to widespread acclaim. It is little wonder then that the music press are tipping them to be the next big thing on the British rock scene.

With the band in a stormy Hanley last weekend, accompanying Arcane Roots on their UK tour, I sat down and chatted with them. The following is what they had to say:

How did the band form?

PAUL HOWELLS (guitar): Me and Benji have been playing in bands together since we were little. I went to uni in Leeds, and the band we were in kind of fell apart, so we wanted to do something different. I put an ad out at my uni looking for people to jam with, and these were the guys.

BENJI INKLEY (vocals): Jake was the first person to respond to the ad, and we found Ciaran and Tim through him, as he was friends with them, and also living with Ciaran at the time, so yeah, it was just a typical band getting together story.

From where did the name Fizzy Blood originate?

BENJI: It’s a rip-off of a Jamie Lenman song! (laughs) To put it simply, me and Paul are big fans of Reuben, and around the time our band started, Jamie had brought out a solo album, ‘Muscle Memory’, and the first single off that was called ‘Fizzy Blood’. We both thought, “That’s a pretty cool name,” and it just went from there.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

PAUL: Well, it’s slightly different every time, but there’s a general thread that one of us, namely me or Benji, will come up with an idea for a song, we’ll make a rough demo, which we send to everyone else. We will all then get in a room, where the other guys will add their own touch. That way, it becomes more of a group effort.

CIARAN SCANLON (bass): Yeah, the idea only seems to come to life once we all jam it live as a band. We’ve tried writing songs on our own before, some of which have worked, some not so much, but I think we’re confident with the formula we have currently.

JAKE GREENWAY (drums): It’s trial and error at the end of the day. We try and figure out what’s the best for everyone.

What inspires the band lyrically?

PAUL: All sorts, man.

CIARAN: It changes from song to song.

PAUL: Life experience. Sometimes, it will be external stuff that you see happening to other people, but it will also be really internalised stuff, stuff that goes on in your head. Our songs are really just ways in which we express our view of the world.

BENJI: It’s nothing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’-esque, is it? The stuff we write about is generally stuff that we’ve experienced ourselves.

PAUL: Yeah. There is a level of extractionism to the lyrics, because you want it to be broad enough that people can put their own meanings to it too, but everything’s sort of based in…

BENJI: Everything’s still relatable to a point.

PAUL: Yeah.

You released your second EP, ‘Summer Of Luv’, last month. How have you all found the reaction to it so far?

BENJI: It’s been great. People seem to have really liked it. I think this tour is the first one we’ve done since it came out?

PAUL: Yeah, it’s the first tour where people have come to see us and actually know the words to our songs, so yeah, it’s nice to see how positive the feedback has been.

BENJI: It’s been humbling to see people come up to us at a gig and say, “What a great EP!”

The band has had a busy year on the festival circuit, playing Download, Reading and Leeds, and South By Southwest in Texas. How were they as experiences?

TIM: They were amazing, weren’t they?

JAKE: Yeah, Tim really enjoyed himself.

(All laugh)

TIM: Yeah. As it was our second time playing at South By Southwest, we got a bit big for our boots, going all out on the free cocktails and stuff like that. We learned our lesson the hard way, but nevertheless, we had a good time, and I think we had a great summer.

CIARAN: Every festival we played was banging, wasn’t it?

You’re currently on tour with Arcane Roots, and you will be supporting Dinosaur Pile Up on their UK tour next month. How is the experience of touring for you all?

JAKE: It’s great. We love touring.

TIM: Yeah, I mean this year has been absolutely insane for touring. We have more tours lined up, which sound like they’re going to be pretty damn good as well, but you know, with every band, the first couple of years touring are hard, man. It’s still hard, but now, it’s more enjoyable.

PAUL: We’re generally more comfortable with it all now, we kind of know there’s going to be people at the gigs, so it’s not going to be as grim.

JAKE: It’s far less physically and mentally draining than it used to be.

PAUL: Yeah, you’ve got more people helping you out, and…

JAKE: It’s generally a nicer place to be, and also, it’s a lot easier for us playing better venues with bigger bands. The people surrounding you are more professional, because that’s what you’re not surrounded by when you start touring.

PAUL: Like Tim said, it’s still hard work, and there are always new challenges to face, albeit on a higher level.

After the tours have been completed, what are the band’s plans?

PAUL: Between the current tour and the one with Dinosaur Pile Up, we’re going to be heading back into the studio to work on our next record, which should be out early next year. We’ll be recording at Brighton Electric, with a great producer called Alex Newport, whose work we’re all massive fans of.

Then, fairly shortly, we’ll be announcing loads more tour dates, we’re going to be hitting the road hard.

What is your long-term aim?

JAKE: Just to play music, and hopefully one day, make enough money from it to pay off all of our bills. I don’t care about being well-off, but it would be nice to get enough money to both eat and live somewhere. That’s my long-term goal, anyway.

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‘SUMMER OF LUV’, THE SECOND EP FROM FIZZY BLOOD, IS AVAILABLE NOW. SEE WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE & LISTEN TO IT FROM AT smarturl.it

THE BAND WILL BE SUPPORTING DINOSAUR PILE UP ON THEIR UK TOUR NEXT MONTH. FURTHER DETAILS BELOW:

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AND DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT FIZZY BLOOD’S SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES TO KEEP FULLY UPDATED:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/FIZZYBLOODMUSIC

TWITTER: twitter.com/FIZZYBLOODMUSIC

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/fizzybloodband

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFF GUARD

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OFF GUARD (from l-r): Nick Kolokathis (drums), Doug Tuchler (lead guitar), Matt Becker (rhythm guitar), Tyler Embry (bass/vocals), Matt Weiss (vocals)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

PHOTO by HOLLY TURNER

It may have only been a few weeks since alternative rock outfit Off Guard brought out their first single, but they have already made a big impact.

The fledgling New York five-piece, fronted by former solo artist Matt Weiss, have impressed critics and their growing fan base with a highly energetic sound that takes in the diverse musical backgrounds of the band members.

They hope to keep the momentum going with the forthcoming release of their debut EP.

The quintet spoke to me about all this, as well as more about themselves, when we chatted recently.

How did you all get together?

Doug, Tyler and Matt Becker were all in high school. Matt Weiss met Nick through the Long Island/New York City music scene. Matt Weiss also met Matt Becker and Tyler at college, where they started to write and jam together in several different projects.

We all played together as a live band for Matt Weiss’ solo project for a couple of years, and then we were like, “Let’s all write something together!

From where did the name Off Guard originate?

We were all playing badminton at Tyler’s house, for his 21st birthday. Someone made a really good shot and Tyler was like, “Whoa! That caught me off guard.” After that, Doug said, “That should be the band name!“, and we just stuck with it.

How would you describe your sound?

If you’re into Pierce The Veil or old school Fall Out Boy, you’re definitely gonna dig our sound. We have some interesting/spooky vocal melodies that you gotta hear.

What are the band’s main musical influences?

We love Mayday Parade, Pierce The Veil, Dance Gavin Dance, and Queen.

What inspires you lyrically?

We usually write songs about girls, but we also love to write about being sad and emo because that’s what we are.

What is the band’s approach to songwriting?

We usually start out with two or three acoustic guitars and brainstorm melodies/chord progressions, then we get right to the vocal melodies. Some of our best work has come from complete improvisation.

You recently released a single, ‘Strawberry Moon’. How has the reaction been to that so far?

It’s been great! People love the tune so far. With all of our upcoming shows, we plan on promoting ‘Strawberry Moon’ as much as possible.

The band also have a debut EP, ‘Set The Scene’, coming out shortly. How has the recording process been?

The recording process has been excellent. Matt Lagatutta from Flying Carpet Studios is the best and most attentive engineer/producer we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.

And what can be expected of it?

You can expect an album of high energy songs that all have different stories. Every story is worth listening to.

What are your plans for after the EP’s release?

We plan on playing as many shows/tours as possible to promote ‘Set The Scene’. We also plan on releasing music videos and writing non-stop for new projects.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

We just want to write songs that we enjoy, and also to be able to travel the world. Maybe one day tour with Foo Fighters.

‘SET THE SCENE’, THE DEBUT EP FROM OFF GUARD, WILL BE RELEASED ON OCTOBER 27.

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

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/Offguardny

TWITTER: twitter.com/offguardny

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/offguardny

BANDCAMP: offguardny.bandcamp.com