REAWAKEN – ‘monochrome’

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REVIEW by THOMAS NEIL

Reawaken are a Southampton-based, five-piece alternative rock band made up of Meg Parkinson on lead vocals, Matt Gregory on guitar, Nathan Page on guitar/backing Vocals, Joe Fraser on bass, and Gill Lancashire on Drums.

They take influence from the likes of Halestorm, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry,  and Stone Broken, and today, I’ll be reviewing their debut EP, ‘monochrome’.

‘Don’t Run’ opens with blaring guitars and some hefty drums, supported by some amazing vocals from Meg Parkinson, honestly, less than a minute in and I’m rapt. This song is engaging and powerful, and as the first song I’ve heard from them, it does the job of converting me into a fan.

I mentioned it before, but seriously, the vocals in this track are something else, and all propped up by some top-notch playing from everyone in the band, it’s truly a streamlined track that shows off the best of Reawaken.

‘Black Tears’ has a much softer intro, and after the explosive opener, it’s a nice change, but while slower and softer, this track is just as powerful, resonate and emotional. This gives Parkinson a chance to show off another side of her voice, and she really knocks it out of the park with this track, and I really can’t wait to hear more from this band.

‘C.R.A.W.L’ changes the game again, with bouncing, shredding guitars that are just a treat to listen to, light percussion layered on top, with both of them giving way to Parkinson’s vocals, and then the band build on top of them again.

This track really demonstrates the co-operation between the various elements of the band, and their skills, because each element is impressive on its own, but when they come together, they produce something better.

‘I’m Gone’ is the final track on the EP, and it slows things down again, the soft melody of Parkinson’s voice really gets you in this track, especially when backed up perfectly by a soft, acoustic guitar.

As well as being a fiercely emotive track, this one also has a really nice beat to it, it claws its way into you head and doesn’t give up its spot easily, it is truly a spectacular end of what is a very strong EP.

TOP TRACK: ‘Black Tears’

(4/5)

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT REAWAKEN BY CHECKING OUT OUR INTERVIEW WITH THEM HERE.

 

 

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DEVON ALTERNATIVE ROCK TRIO DEAD GROUND DROP NEW SINGLE

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Dispatching a powerful sound that is raw, moody and immersing, Dead Ground endeavor to create music that holds true value built upon integrity and honesty. The alternative trio have just released their brand new single, ‘We All Feel The Same’.

Formed in 2015 and pulled together by a mutual love for alternative and singer/songwriter rock, this powerhouse three-piece have released two EPs which adeptly showcase the band’s captivating blend of heavy rock and delicate songwriting.

Framed around Ollie Harris’s vocals, and Ed Tucker and Jake Friese-Greene’s solid rhythm section, the threesome pave a superb pathway for the intense and emotional outpourings of Ollie’s voice.

With a fan base spanning the south-west of England, and with growing support from throughout the UK, Dead Ground are a band that command your attention.

Their recent supports with emerging luminaries such as Black Peaks, Black Foxxes, Shame and Idles, as well as the strong support they’ve secured from the underground and BBC Introducing airplay, have only aided their mounting case.

The Devon outfit are destined to continue their climb with the release of their next single, ‘We All Feel The Same’, which has already caught the attention of Kerrang! Radio.

Ollie Harris comments about the creation of the single: “We wanted to display the true nature of individuality: stress, self-consciousness, loneliness…the realisation that everyone lives a life just as vivid and complex as the next. We knew that Middle Farm Studios would be the perfect place to relax into this concept and bring the song to life.

With live shows in the works, along with further singles to follow later this year, Dead Ground are ready to take flight.

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‘WE ALL FEEL THE SAME’, THE NEW SINGLE FROM DEAD GROUND, IS AVAILABLE NOW.

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EMERGING HARD ROCKERS STATE OF EMBER SET LOOSE NEW TRACK AND ANNOUNCE EP PLANS

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State Of Ember are here to stamp their mark over the whole of the UK. The ascending hard-hitters are poised to rise with the release of their stunning sophomore EP, ‘Broken Horizons’, which arrives on Friday 11th January, 2019.

Prior to this, the hard rockers are currently streaming a new track, ‘Fear Of Falling’, taken from the upcoming release.

Coming at you from Worcestershire, and formed in 2016, State Of Ember take their cues from the likes of Alter Bridge, Shinedown, and INME, stacking colossal riffs against soaring melodies to create a whirlwind sound that is immensely enthralling.

The Midlanders dropped their debut EP, ‘Clouded Views’, last autumn, and the release notched up strong support from BBC Introducing, as well as helping the band snag a ‘Spotlight Artist For The Week’ on ReverbNation.

More recently, the trio have just had their track ‘Denial’ selected to feature on the video game, ‘Wreckfest’, which will be distributed worldwide.

The band have also recently supported Saving Abel, and have delivered a host of live performances throughout their local region, and with the three-piece’s live reputation flourishing, they have now decided to turn their attention to releasing their next EP, entitled ‘Broken Horizons’.

Now fully complete, the new EP delivers on all fronts. Bursting with pounding drums, throbbing guitar lines and engaging hooks, the band have a beast of a record for your absorption, packing six killer cuts highlighting the band’s growing diversity and songwriting prowess.

Vocalist/guitarist Chris Tamburro had this to say about the release: “Our first EP was a taster of things to come from us. ‘Broken Horizons’ represents the energy and passion the band have been wanting to put across; we’re excited for everyone to hear it. Our sound is evolving constantly – and we’re finally getting closer to where we want to be!”.

With shows in the pipeline to support the record, everything is now falling into place for this emerging hard rock collective.

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‘BROKEN HORIZONS’, THE SECOND EP FROM STATE OF EMBER, WILL BE RELEASED ON JANUARY 11.

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MISTY EYED

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MISTY EYED (from l-r): Wes Powell (bass), Zach Nall (drums), Megan Burke (vocals), John Eck (guitar)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Hailing from the American state of Georgia, rock four-piece Misty Eyed describe themselves as “a few misguided young adults that happen to have a burning passion“.

This self-description can be accurately reflected in a sound that takes in influences spanning from the legendary Led Zeppelin to more contemporary outfits such as Twenty One Pilots.

With the band starting to really make a name for themselves, they spoke to me about their journey so far, as well as upcoming album, ‘Eurydice’, and live set in Nashville.

How did the band get together?

The guys all knew each other, and had been in projects before, starting with John and Wes, who then met Zach, and eventually, Megan met John, and he pulled her into the group as well.

How did the name Misty Eyed come about?

We kept coming up with name ideas, but couldn’t all seem to agree, so we each came up with a few options and voted anonymously, but Misty Eyed was one of the options Megan came up with, as she is a huge Twenty One Pilots fan, and it stems from one of their lyrics.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

We each will come up with part of an idea on our own, show the rest of the band, and let everyone tweak and give their opinions. It’s really collaborative, and it helps us become better songwriters.

What inspires the band lyrically?

Overall, we really try to look outside of ourselves and at the environment around us, and write what we see. When it comes to songs started by an individual, I think we try to convey what we’re going through, and write to survive what we feel on the inside.

Recently, you brought out a new single, ‘Attila’, and then next month, you will be unveiling an album, entitled ‘Eurydice’. How was the recording process for them?

Amazing! We worked with Austin from Stray Thoughts Recordings, and we couldn’t have asked for a better atmosphere. He’s a really cool and laid-back guy, but really professional and a high recommendation for any musician, as he really helped us form a complete and full sound for our record.

And what can be expected from the upcoming release?

We’re really proud to be able to say there’s a good variety of things to expect. We have some songs that are hard-hitting emotionally and musically.

The band have so far mainly played gigs in their native state of Georgia, and have also supported the likes of VISTA and the Hollywood Undead. How is the experience, for you all, of performing live?

Well, looking back on opening for substantial bands like Hollywood Undead, Trapt, and being on a festival bill with the likes of Lamb of God and Unearth is surreal. It’s one of those things that you’re kind of pinching yourself to see if you’re really awake, and also, being able to play with serious up-and-coming bands like VISTA is awesome.

Performance-wise, we’re always on the grind and constantly looking for ways to improve. It’s like honing a superpower, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

On December 8, you will be playing in Nashville. I can imagine that’s something the whole band are very much looking forward to.

Absolutely. We’re always excited when we get to play a city we’ve never played before, and Nashville is a huge one, as so much amazing music comes out of there, and we’re excited that we’re going to be able to finally leave our mark on the city.

And finally, what are the band’s plans following that?

Right now, we’re really setting up a great foundation for 2019 to be a huge year for us. Everything keeps getting bigger and better, and with the release of our new record, we’ve got some high hopes for next year, and we know it’s not gonna be something that people are gonna want to miss.

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‘EURYDICE’, THE NEW ALBUM FROM MISTY EYED, WILL BE RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 9.

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EMERGING NOISE MAKERS VILLAINOUS RELEASE DEBUT EP AND DROP LYRIC VIDEO

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PHOTO by GREIG CLIFFORD

Emerging heavyweights Villainous have released their captivating self-titled debut EP, available from all platforms. The UK newcomers have also just released a spanking new lyric video, ‘In Solace’.

Coming at you from Brighton, Villainous bond together a commanding sound tugging from the rampant power of Mastodon and Lamb Of God, the astuteness of Deftones and Alice In Chains, and the progressive intrigue of Tool.

The southern riff slingers feature Sean Stakim (vocals), Neil MacCallum (guitar/vocals), Nick Read (bass/vocals), and Callum Armitage (drums), and pack together a heady mix of groove-driven drop-tuned riffs with expansive choruses and gripping multiple vocal lines.

Born at the end of last year, the inventive quartet soon amassed a stout set, and have just released their self-titled EP. The band comment about the release: “The EP represents three characters in a different state of acceptance of their own existence. One is someone who has given in and allowed themselves to be shaped and moulded by their surroundings, one reflects on the time they have wasted but asks for more when aware of their impending death, and one refuses to be a product of their environment, revelling in the chaos that they have been born into.

Villainous have a series of shows in the works for the end of this year, and are currently planning a host of releases and tours for 2019.

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THE SELF-TITLED DEBUT EP FROM VILLAINOUS IS AVAILABLE NOW.

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WHY EVERYONE LEFT – ‘This Is Not A Test’ TRACK-BY-TRACK

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Italian pop-punk trio Why Everyone Left recently released a lively video for their new single, ‘Bouch’. Continuing their trend of DIY-ing it, frontman Enzo Cappucci was responsible for directing, with the addition of drawn elements from artist Luca Zetti. Enzo commented: “I wanted the visuals to match perfectly with the song, so not the usual playback stuff… it kinda looks more like a hip-hop video!

‘Bouch’ is the first track to be taken from upcoming EP ‘This Is Not A Test’, which will be released on November 2. For the EP, the band were determined to be very hands-on, with Enzo producing and recording all of it, bar the drums, himself, and Seb Barlow (Neck Deep, WSTR, As It Is) at Celestial Productions handling mixing duties.

The resultant five-tracker sees the band declaring: “I think we finally found our way with this EP. The previous ones were too heterogeneous, this time there’s a connection from start to finish.

Taking influence from the likes of State Champs, Four Year Strong and A Day To Remember, ‘This Is Not A Test’ sounds like long summers spent drinking with your friends, delivering big, bouncy riffs and infectious vocal hooks, and now, Enzo is here to give us an insight into what to expect from the record…

‘PICK YOU UP’

Nothing but an angry, fast pop-punk song. The perfect way to start a record. I love how punchy and powerful this song is, old fans will definitely feel the connection between this and older songs like ‘The Only Promise’ and ‘Ten Thousand Times’.

Even though you can tell we went more poppy on this record, it was important to me to still keep that punk rock vibe, it’s where we come from, and it will always be a part of us. 

The guitar riff at the beginning is one of our hardest ones to play, it’s fucking hard to record – too fast!

‘STAND BY’

Probably my favourite song of the EP.  You can definitely hear a strong State Champs influence in it.  I was really into them [State Champs] when I started to write this song; I love the way Derek sings, I love how fast he can sing on rock tracks, I think it’s pretty unique in the pop-punk scene today.

This is the first and only song of the EP we have already played live, we played it first at a festival in July, and the response was insane! I hate to play unreleased songs live, because people will just stare at you and that makes me so nervous, but with ‘Stand By’, the crowd still partied!

This is Seb Barlow’s (mixing engineer of ‘This Is Not A Test’) favourite track too, and he also sang some extra little backing vocals in the chorus.

‘BOUCH’

This is where everything started. Back in late 2016, with the first song I wrote for the record, I just wanted to make something memorable; a song people would start to sing when they hear our band name, and I think it’s kind of worked.

That vocal theme at the beginning definitely helped. It was our first time putting a hip- hop beat in a song, and I totally love it, we should do that more often.. lol!

There’s a funny story about this song. We were touring Europe in September 2016, we were in Austria, and we were driving to Graz, and at some point, I had realised that I had lost my phone. To be honest, it was a shitty phone, but it had the ‘Bouch’ demos on it, so I had to find it!

We drove back to all the service stations we had stopped by on our way, and at the last one, we found it, which was crazy, as we had wasted something like three hours for that, but it was worth it in the end!

‘WHISKEY & COKE’

This is the last song we wrote for the EP. In fact, the record was done, but I felt it was missing the fun element, so I wrote this song, and when the band first gave it a listen, they loved it, so we ended up replacing another track from the record and putting Whiskey & Coke in its place!

This song is just about getting drunk and falling in love at parties. In the last few years, it seems talking about having fun has become really non-trendy in pop-punk; I miss that. Haven’t we all grown up with all that ‘American Pie’ stuff? The fast vocal part in the second verse is probably my favourite part, as it’s so weird!

‘DEAD INSIDE’

Since the ‘Been Home Enough’ EP, I felt I needed to write songs where I could put all my saddest feelings about things I’ve been through, and also things I haven’t. People can relate to that way more easily than to other feelings, and I just wanted to write something that could help them in their hardest times.

I loved how our fans reacted to ‘Longs Night And Drives’ back then, and actually, some of them have had tattoos done of ‘Still Golden’. That really made me realise how these songs can be important and helpful. We literally spent months on the riff at the beginning, couldn’t find the perfect one, but we managed to get it right before we sent the song to be mixed.

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‘THIS IS NOT A TEST’, THE THIRD EP FROM WHY EVERYONE LEFT, WILL BE RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 2.

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DOWNCAST

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Newcomers Downcast may have only just released their debut single, but already, the trio are being tipped for big things with an engaging, heartfelt, and melodic pop-punk sound.

With a self-titled debut EP all set for release in the new year, frontman Liam Edwards told me more what their growing fan base can expect from it, the band themselves, and what they have lined up between now and then.

How did the band form?

We’ve been writing songs together for a while, and after demoing some material that we were really happy with, we decided we wanted to take it further and take it into the studio. We worked to put everything in place from there and make Downcast an actual band.

How did the name Downcast come about?

It means low in spirits, which well represents the meanings behind the lyrical content of our songs.

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

Usually, I’ll come up with some lyrics and have some ideas for vocal melodies. Ben will usually then come up with some guitar parts, and we’ll begin to demo it and add layers of ideas on top until we’re happy.

What inspires the band lyrically?

I usually write about things that I’m going through in the moment of writing, or things that have happened in the past.

You recently unveiled their first single, entitled ‘Anthurium’. How has the reaction been to that so far?

People seem to really like it! It’s not even the best song on the EP though, so I’m excited to see the response to the next two singles.

And that track was taken from the band’s self-titled debut EP, coming out in the new year. How has the recording process been for that?

It was really fun! Ian Sadler’s great to work with, and he brought a lot of interesting ideas to the table.

And what can be expected from the EP?

It’s quite diverse, and it’s not your typical pop-punk record.

What are your plans between now and when the EP is released?

We have two music videos to release, and you’ll see a UK tour announcement too.

And finally, what is the band’s long-term aim?

We just want to take it as far as we can by playing as many places as possible, and to keep putting out music that we enjoy writing.

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THE SELF-TITLED DEBUT EP FROM DOWNCAST WILL BE RELEASED ON JANUARY 11 2019.

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