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Learn The Magic Behind Brendon Urie’s Unique Style

Monday February 27th, 2017 03:17:00 PM

Step right up.



He's a talented fella, that Brendon Urie.

Not content with being the musical mastermind behind Panic! At The Disco, he's evolved into a full on style icon.

Admittedly, he's had a bit of help with both of those things; and in the latter case, much of that's come from stylist Anthony Franco.

Now, Anthony has revealed some of the secrets behind Brendon's look, in a new interview with Billboard.

He started working with Panic! around the time of their Nothing Rhymes With Circus tour, back in 2006.

“I just threw a whole bunch of stuff in my bag from working on films like Waterworld and X-Men," Anthony explained, "made a bunch of sh--, met the boys, and they were like, 'We love you,'"

“They were babies, 17 to 20 years old, and I was already in my 30s, but from that point on, I became really close with them and have literally done every single thing with the band and Brendon since.”

Here are a few insights into his work.

On Brendon's style:

"With all groups, it's the singer who usually has their individual style, and Brendon will wear anything I ask him to. He trusts me, and that's a big thing; when an artist does not allow their stylist or creative team to help them create an image, a lot of times it looks like it’s forced. Personally, I can't think of anyone out there with his sense of style. He loves his shiny fabrics, has stage presence, and to me, he’s always been a one-man show."

On collars:

"...The high-collar thing came about when we were doing the “Hallelujah” video, where it’s a play on clergymen in a confessional. Instead of doing the band in collars -- which is a direct reference to priesthood -- we implemented that element into the shirts by raising the collar up. I love how Karl Lagerfeld dresses with his collars, so that's what we go for. It gives an emperor's look as opposed to looking like a preacher."

On those Tuxedo jackets:

"This started around the ‘05 Vaudeville eyeliner emo look, but I began noticing that the clothing started to elevate itself with shine and color. I wasn't so nervous about it since I knew Brendon could pull it off, but it was also something that nobody at the time was doing, and it sort of came across as really Liberace. To avoid looking like a Vegas lounge singer, his fit had to be perfectly tailored and custom-made. I didn’t want to just throw him in clothing that we had to alter but didn’t work for him. As his stylist, I want to make sure that every time he’s out there performing or on the red carpet, he looks different, but it’s still his style."

On what works, and what won't:

"I don’t know if I would ever put him in plaid. I like textures, and leopard works perfectly for him. I think there is not a color now that we haven’t used. That’s why when we did the Grammy red carpet, we went for a clean slate with the white tux with silver thread in it and a fattened collared shirt (exclusive sketch below). Kind of like [Grammy-nominated best rock album] Death of a Bachelor, where a bride wears white. We flew in the shiny fabric from London, and I made the full look (tux, pant and shirt) within a week, because I have his pattern down perfectly. That's fast for us, but with him, I don't like to do things with too much of a lead time because we’re so creative we might change our minds."

On, er, stretchy pants:

"Since he's an active performer, his pants have a little stretch in them, and his shoes have to be super comfortable. But up top, he will wear anything. I also have to be aware of sweating because he's performing, so I will never use wool. He’ll start the show looking head-to-toe perfect and will start stripping stuff off, and before you know it, he ends up shirtless. [Laughs] For him, I think it's really about a full look at the beginning, and then he’ll sort of taper down to get himself into it. For the red carpet, he wants to look perfect from head-to-toe."

On their most memorable experiences together:

"His light-blue jacket with leopard T-shirt from his last tour. A couple, who met at a Panic! concert and eventually got married, sent a photo of their baby dressed up for Halloween in a leopard shirt and blue onesie jacket over it. It was so damn cute, and when fans start re-creating his looks, it's flattering for us. The most incredible moment was when Brendon met President Obama after performing at the Kennedy Center Honors in a gorgeous bronze tuxedo, which we custom designed. It photographed beautifully, and I felt so proud to see my work on him while meeting the president."

Well, there you go.

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Blood Youth Have Released A New Song, ‘Making Waves’

Monday February 27th, 2017 03:01:00 PM

Turn this up.



Blood Youth are streaming a new song!

It's called 'Making Waves' and it's taken from the band's forthcoming debut album 'Beyond Repair'. 

Vocalist Kaya Tarsus says the song is about "numbing the pain, erasing memories and the conversations I had with strangers when I was at a very low point.

"It's about a time when I was living on my own, depressed with no distractions. I found myself just constantly thinking about everything I was going through. I thought that I could fix this by going out every single night, sometimes on my own, just so I could distract myself for a few hours. Ironically, I would always end up feeling so much worse in the morning. Making Waves was actually the first track written for Beyond Repair and inspired the entire album theme.”

Listen to the song below.



Blood Youth's album 'Beyond Repair' is released April 07 via Rude Records. Here's what the artwork looks like...



And the tracklisting...

01. Making Waves
02. What I'm Running
03. Savanna
04. Parasite
05. I Remember
06. Reason to Stay
07. Pulling Teeth
08. Buying Time
09. Bless
10. Man Made Disaster

The band will also be doing a short run of shows to celebrate the release of the album, as well as appearing at Download festival this summer. The dates are...

APRIL

08 - GLASGOW Garage
09 - LEEDS Key Club
10 - LONDON Boston Music Room


Skrillex, Incubus + Chino From Deftones Are In The Studio Together

Monday February 27th, 2017 02:45:00 PM

What's going on?



Skrillex (AKA Sonny Moore), Incubus and Chino Moreno of Deftones are in the studio together!

We don't know exactly what's happening yet, but Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger posted an image of his bandmate / vocalist Brandon Boyd, Chino and Sonny in a recording booth.


Whoa.

We know that Incubus are recording (or have recorded) a new album. It's called '8' and is seemingly due April 21.

They released a new single, 'Nimble Bastard', not long ago. It sounds like this:



According to KROQ music director Lisa Worden (who's already heard seven tracks from the record), Sonny "did have a hand in a song."

“I may or may not have heard something… OK, it’s fricking fantastic!”

As for whether this new collaboration is for the Incubus album or something else... well, we'll have to wait and see.

Mike has also posted this image of his band and Sonny in the studio.
 

 

Nothing cool is happening right now...nothing at all. @brandonboyd @djkilmore @skrillex

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Sonny recently rejoined From First To Last, and they released a new single, 'Make War'.

Deftones will tour the UK soon, with AFI. Those dates are:

MAY

05 - LONDON Alexandra Palace
06 - MANCHESTER Apollo
07 - GLASGOW SECC


The Word Alive Have Announced Their New Drummer

Monday February 27th, 2017 02:44:00 PM

"A new chapter in The Word Alive's story has begun"



The Word Alive have revealed who their new drummer is!

Back in November, it was announced that the band's drummer Luke Holland would be departing the band, with them saying, "It’s time for Luke to explore other musical endeavors and pursue passions outside of The Word Alive."

They've now announced that their friend and drum tech Matt Horn will be taking over drumming duties. Read the statement below...

"A new chapter in The Word Alive's story has begun. We'll be turning over the touring drummer duties to our long time friend Matt Horn. Those who have followed our journey for years know him as our long-time drum tech and the performer on our album 'Life Cycles'. We believed after much deliberation that the best path for us, was to keep things in the TWA family. Matt has been one of our biggest supporters and it is our honor to give him this well-deserved opportunity!"

You can check out Matt's drum skills in the video below.



The Word Alive will join Attila on tour this spring, the dates are...

APRIL

01 - GLASGOW Garage
02 - LEEDS Key Club
03 - NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
04 - BIRMINGHAM Academy II
05 - BRISTOL Marble Factory
06 - MANCHESTER Academy II
07 - LONDON Electric Ballroom
09 - SOUTHAMPTON Engine Rooms


Go Behind The Scenes Of Pierce The Veil’s ‘Floral & Fading’ Video

Monday February 27th, 2017 01:11:00 PM

Those wigs...



If you were wondering how Pierce The Veil made their new video for 'Floral & Fading' this is it.

From their makeovers to Tony's crowdsurf, watch the video come together below...



And if you hadn't seen it yet, this is how the video turned out...



Pierce The Veil will return to the UK this summer for Download festival.


Here’s A Taste Of SAINTE’s New Song, ‘With Or Without Me’

Monday February 27th, 2017 12:02:00 PM

So colourful!



SAINTE has teased the new single and video for 'With Or Without Me'.

The project, featuring members of We Are The In Crowd, teased the new video on Facebook and it looks like it's going to be just as colourful as the last

Check it out below.



In a recent interview with us, Tay Jardine explained what SAINTE is all about...

SAINTE is essentially my solo project, but at the same time it’s not, because we’re doing everything together."

"We Are The In Crowd isn’t even finished – we’re all happy and great friends."

'With Or Without Me' will be released March 01.


Here’s Who Is Supporting Underoath On Tour

Monday February 27th, 2017 11:58:00 AM

It just got even better.



Underoath have revealed who will be joining them on their UK tour.

They'll be bringing mewithoutYou along for the entire tour, with the band saying on Facebook, "We couldn't ask for a better group of musicians and humans to travel across your amazing countries with."

This means you'll get some of this...



As well as this...



And even some of this...



As Underoath will be playing both 'They're Only Chasing Safety' and 'Define The Great Line' in full.

If you want to see it happen, then you need to head to one of the following shows...

MAY

01 - MANCHESTER Ritz
02 - DUBLIN Academy
03 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
04 - GLASGOW ABC
05 - NEWCASTLE Academy
06 - BIRMINGHAM Institute
08 - LEEDS Beckett University
09 - LONDON Forum
10 - NORWICH Nick Rayns LCR
11 - BRISTOL Academy


Another Band Has Been Robbed

Monday February 27th, 2017 10:15:00 AM

This sucks.



Islander have been robbed on tour.

The band were eating dinner after a show with I Prevail in San Antonio, Texas when thieves broke into their van and stole "many personal belongings".

"Nights like tonight are hard," wrote vocalist Mikey Carvajal.

"However, you can't steal my punk rock heart, suckas."

They also shared a statement via Facebook, including a link to their Paypal for anyone who wants to help out with a donation.

"See these birds? They are eating random pieces of popcorn outside of Target right now. They are taken care of. They find strings and sticks and paper to build their homes. And that's what we do. God provides strings and sticks and random things for us. All we have to do is be grateful for them."

"This is what it's like being in a band. Our personal belongings (passports, laptops, iPads, money, in ear monitors, video game systems, medications, external hard drives, etc...) and some of our gear was stolen last night. But you can't steal the heartbeat of a punk."

"People that do hurtful things are people that are hurting. If you have ever been forgiven for something, then you know how amazing it feels to be forgiven."

"We choose forgiveness today, and we choose to love today. Pray for those that are hurting and feel the need to do hurtful things, family. Choose love and keep that P.M.A.!"

"Here is the official link to our PayPal if you would like to help. We love you."

A number of bands have also been robbed on the road recently, including Fit For A King and The Browning.

 


Northlane’s Vocalist Has Covered PVRIS And It’s Breathtaking

Sunday February 26th, 2017 08:06:00 PM

Seriously.

Northlane frontman Marcus Bridge has covered PVRIS' 'Holy', and the results are pretty special.

It's gorgeous, haunting and available to hear right now:



"I've had this cover on my computer for about 2 years," wrote Marcus, "but I've finally gotten around to posting it! This is based on the Empty Room Sessions version of Holy."

If you're wondering what that sounds like... you're in for a treat.



Northlane released a new song, 'Intuition', not long ago. Here it is:



PVRIS will play two headline shows at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on May 04 and 05.


Brendon Urie Has Moved House After “Constant Harassment” From Fans

Sunday February 26th, 2017 07:37:00 PM

This is sad.



Panic! At The Disco
's Brendon Urie has revealed he's moved house following "constant harassment" from fans.

In a message to fans, he said that while he appreciated having letters and gifts sent to his address - which was widely known - visits from fans escalated and meant, "I didn't feel safe in my own home."

Brendon has now moved, and said, "I only hope this sheds light on what inappropriate behavior looksl like." He's also left an unrelated address for Panic! fans to send mail to.

Read his full message to fans below.

"Three years ago I bought a house. A dream home, really. I had a studio built in part of the house, wrote an album there, jumped off the roof into the pool countless times. It was incredible.

Also during that time, since my address was public, I would receive letters and/or gifts from fans. This never bothered me. But as time progressed, so did the amout of letters. Not just letters and gifts, this soon changed into visits and constant harassment from fans. It got so bad that I didn't feel safe in my own home.

So it's with this statement that I'm announcing I have moved on from what was once a safe place.

I only hope this sheds lights on what inappropriate behavior looks like. Boundaries are boundaries for a reason. Everyone has a right to feel safe and everyone has an obligation to be happy. So I'm taking my family somewhere that might make this a possibility.

Thank you, old house, for giving me a creative space and for lending me a place of rest, even if just for short periods of time.

That being said, I would LOVE to continue reading your letters and gifts. So I leave you with an address nowhere near me that I'll have checked periodically. Thank you, love ya.

901 N Fairfax Ave, #176, Los Angeles, CA 90046-7203

Beebo, out."


Foo Fighters Are Headlining Glastonbury

Saturday February 25th, 2017 05:38:00 PM

It's happening.



Foo Fighters will headline this year's Glastonbury Festival!

They'll join Radiohead at the top of the Pyramid Stage bill, and will play on Saturday, June 24.


Dave Grohl and the gang were booked to headline Glastonbury back in 2015, but were forced to pull out when the frontman broke his leg.


SayWeCanFly Has Announced A Tour

Friday February 24th, 2017 04:42:00 PM

Good news!



SayWeCanFly has announced a UK tour.

This isn't just any tour, though. The shows will have an extra long set, he'll be taking song requests, there will be a question and answer session and you'll hear new, unreleased music. Oh, and every single ticket will come with a signed tour poster and an exclusive unplugged tour EP.

So if you want all of the above, plus some of this...



Then you need to head to one of the following dates...

MAY

01 - MANCHESTER Satan's Hollow
02 - GLASGOW G2
03 - BIRMINGHAM Academy III
04 - BRISTOL Exchange
05 - LONDON Boston Music Room


Issues + Four Year Strong Have Been Added To That Good Charlotte Tour

Friday February 24th, 2017 04:23:00 PM

WHAT a line-up.



Issues and Four Year Strong have been added to Good Charlotte's European tour!

They'll join Pierce The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens

Yeah, that's actually happening.

In the UK, you'll be able to catch all of them at Download Festival, which takes place at Donington Park from June 09 - 11.

Let's just take a moment to imagine what it'll be like. 

 
Then:



Followed by:



And:



Aaaand finally:



We're so in.




Watch Boston Manor’s New Video For ‘Burn You Up’

Friday February 24th, 2017 04:14:00 PM

This is what a pop-punk show looks like.



Boston Manor have a new video!

It's for 'Burn You Up', which is taken from their debut album 'Be Nothing' and features a whole lot of crowdsurfing.

Take a look below.



'Be Nothing' is available now via Pure Noise Records and the band are currently on tour with Moose Blood in the US, (Jealous? Us?)

They'll also be playing this year's Slam Dunk festival, the dates are...

MAY

27 - SLAM DUNK MIDLANDS - BIRMINGHAM NEC
28 - SLAM DUNK NORTH - LEEDS City Centre
29 - SLAM DUNK SOUTH - HATFIELD Forum


Another Band Has Been Added To The Suicide Silence Tour

Friday February 24th, 2017 04:04:00 PM

H.E.A.V.Y.

Deez Nuts will join Suicide Silence on their upcoming UK tour.

UK death metal innovators Venom Prison will also be along for the ride.

It's going to be a heavy one. Here's what's in store:



Then this:



And of course, this:



Pits. Pits everywhere.

Those dates are:

MARCH

19 - SOUTHAMPTON Engine Rooms
20 - MANCHESTER Club Academy
21 - GLASGOW Garage
22 - BIRMINGHAM Academy II
23 - BRISTOL Marble Factory
24 - LONDON Koko


 


Here’s A Rock Cover Of ‘Hello’ By Adele

Friday February 24th, 2017 03:27:00 PM

"Hello from the other siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide..."



Ever heard Adele's 'Hello' and wondered what it'd sound like as a rock song?

Well, now you don't have to. Cover specialists Re-Cover have, er, covered it.

Get ready for a punch in the feels:



Oof.

While we pull ourselves together, here's the original. 



No, you're crying.


Here Is 30 Solid Seconds Of Ben Bruce Making Puns About Bread, Just Because

Friday February 24th, 2017 03:11:00 PM

Here comes the pain (au chocolat).



Hellraiser, Asking Alexandria guitarist, dad - Ben Bruce wears a lot of different hats these days.

Now, it turns out he's an expert in... bread jokes?

In this new video, Ben transforms himself into a piece of bread and makes a load of puns. 

No, we don't know why.

 
What. 

Elsewhere on Ben's YouTube channel, you can check out his The Daddy Diaries series.

Asking Alexandria will hit the UK with Parkway Drive and Stick To Your Guns soon. 

We can neither confirm or deny whether Ben will be dressed as a piece of bread at the following dates:

APRIL

08 - LONDON Brixton Academy
09 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
10 - LEEDS Academy
11 - CARDIFF University Great Hall


Another Rock Name Has Been Confirmed For Guardians Of The Galaxy 2

Friday February 24th, 2017 02:53:00 PM

Nicely done.



Rob Zombie has lent his vocal talents to Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2!

We'll have to wait and see which character he's voicing, though...
 

 

With @jamesgunn at Disney recording a voice for Guardians of the Galaxy 2! #robzombie #jamesgunn #guardiansofthegalaxy2 #godblesstinytim

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Nice!

He'll join Mindless Self Indulgence's Jimmy Urine in the upcoming Marvel movie.

Jimmy will appear as Half-Nut, a member of the Ravagers.
 


Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 will hit UK cinemas on April 28.


Are Foo Fighters Playing A Secret Show Tonight?

Friday February 24th, 2017 02:32:00 PM

Hmm...



It looks like Foo Fighters are playing a TINY UK show tonight.

Selected fans have been sent invites from 'Obelisk Airlines' to an event at Frome's Cheese And Grain community centre, starting at 6pm.

The venue has shared a statement saying that, "We have a strictly private event at the Cheese & Grain this Friday 24th February. There will be no tickets available at all to anyone who has not already been invited."

"Please do not come to the venue as we are unable to assist with any admission requests and we will be closed to the public all day."

 


Rumours have been circulating for a while that Dave Grohl and the gang will be headlining Glastonbury Festival alongside Radiohead.

Given how close the Cheese And Grain venue is to Glastonbury, this would seem to all but confirm it.

The venue is holds 500 people and is a “a not-for-profit, member owned social enterprise and also a registered charity. Its main aim is to promote and boost Frome’s social, cultural and economic life.”

Foo Fighters were originally booked to headline Glastonbury back in 2015, but pulled out after Dave Grohl broke his leg.


PVRIS Have Added Another Headline Show

Friday February 24th, 2017 01:57:00 PM

Whoa.



PVRIS have announced another UK headline show!

They sold out London's Shepherd's Bush Empire in no time, so have added a second night. 

They'll now be playing the venue on May 05, as well as the sold out date on May 04.

Tickets are onsale here.

Their follow-up to 2014's 'White Noise' is now recorded, and Lynn Gunn explained, “This next record will not sound hopeful or optimistic, at least in a blatantly obvious manner, and I’m not quite sure if our music ever fully will.
 


 


Watch Blessthefall’s Epic Star Wars-Inspired Video

Friday February 24th, 2017 11:18:00 AM

The force is with them.

Blessthefall have released a cinematic, Star Wars-inspired new video.

Grab some popcorn and get comfortable, here's 'Dead Air'.

Enjoy:



Good, right?

The song appears on Blessthefall's 'To Those Left Behind', which is out now.

They're working on a follow-up now.

  


70+ Bands Have Been Announced For Reading & Leeds Festival

Friday February 24th, 2017 08:00:00 AM

The Reading & Leeds 2017 line-up just got bigger.

So, so many more artists feature in the new Reading & Leeds Festival line-up announcement.

Alongside third headliner Eminem, the likes of You Me At SixMallory KnoxBilly TalentMoose BloodMarmozets and Halsey have all been confirmed today.

Here's a full list of everyone who's been added to the line-up...

Angel
Avelino
Bear’s Den
Becky Hill
Billy Talent
Black Lips
Blossoms
Cabbage
Cadet
CamelPhat
Charli XCX
Chris Lorenzo
Claptone
Counterfeit
Dave
Dillon Francis
Eden
Eminem
Everything Everything
Fickle Friends
Flatbush Zombies

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Geovarn
Giggs
Grouplove
HAIM
Halsey
High Contrast
IDLES
Inheaven
J Hus
Jaguar Skills
James Organ
Katy B (DJ Set)
King Nun
Klose One
Lethal Bizzle
Louis Berry
Majestic
Mallory Knox
Marmozets

Marshmello
Mic Righteous
Migos
Milky Chance
MIST
Moose Blood
MoStack
Mullally
Noisia ‘Outer Edges’
Oh Wonder
Phantogram
Picture This
Prose
Puppy
Ray BLK
Rejjie Snow
Sam Divine
Shame
Shy FX

Star.One
Sundara Karma
The Amazons
The Heatwave
The Hunna
The Manor
The Pretty Reckless
The Sherlocks
TOKiMONSTA
Tom Grennan
Tom Misch
Toothless
Yonaka
You Me At Six
Young T & Bugsey

This year's Reading & Leeds Festival takes place at Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park respectively across the weekend of August 25 - 27.

Check out the full Reading & Leeds line-up so far below.


Danny Worsnop On If There’ll Be An Asking Alexandria Album This Year: “I Would Say No”

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 05:15:00 PM

Danny speaks.



Danny Worsnop doesn't think there'll be a new Asking Alexandria album this year, but revealed he has been writing for it.

Speaking to That's Not Metal about the likelihood of a new AA album appearing this year, he said, "Everyone's going to give you a different answer here. I would say no. Considering I haven't even set foot in the studio yet and I haven't really got into writing yet, I will say 'No' to 2017."

"It's not done. It's in the foreplay stages," he explained a little earlier.

"I've written a couple of songs. This is the first time since the first record that I am fully immersed in the writing. It was usually... Ben will write the music and send it to me, I'll do some arrangement stuff and then write the vocals.

"This time, there's one of the songs where I wrote everything. There's some unreleased stuff that I did a few years ago... I put a sample out online without asking anyone a while back.

"This is going to be the album that proves everyone that said, 'No, he just doesn't want to do heavy music any more - he can't do that any more - this is the one that's going to kick them right in the penis. Or vagina, I'm not sexist."


Talking about his departure from the band back in January 2015, Danny said: "I wasn't mentally able to do it any more. It was a poisonous environment, it was fist fights every single day. Nobody liked each other."

"I think it took something like me leaving to shake everyone and be like, 'We've got problems'. They obviously sorted through all of their stuff,"
he added.

And on playing songs from 'The Black' - which was recorded with his now-departed replacement Denis Stoff - Danny said, "They don't want to do them."

"They want to just put that record behind them."


Danny did confirm a new We Are Harlot album is due out in 2017, plus his solo album 'The Long Road Home' is out now via Earache Records.

Asking Alexandria tour the UK with Parkway Drive in April.

APRIL

08 - LONDON Brixton Academy
09 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
10 - LEEDS Academy
11 - CARDIFF University Great Hall


I Prevail Have Announced A Tour

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 04:33:00 PM

It's a big one.

I Prevail have announced a huge US tour!

Even better, they'll be joined by Starset, Vamps, As Lions & Cover Your Tracks.

Quite a line-up. Here's what to expect:



And this:



Pluuuus this:



And this:



Aaand finally, these guys:



Phew.

I Prevail are set to play this year's Slam Dunk festival, and play a headline show in London with Ice Nine Kills + Oceans Ate Alaska. Those dates are below.

MAY

27 - SLAM DUNK MIDLANDS - BIRMINGHAM NEC
28 - SLAM DUNK NORTH - LEEDS City Centre
29 - SLAM DUNK SOUTH - HATFIELD Forum
31 - LONDON Underworld 

Here are those US dates:


Watch The Maine’s New Video

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 04:03:00 PM

'Bad Behaviour'.

The Maine have released a video for 'Bad Behaviour'.

It's a massive pop-rock banger, and the clip shows John O'Callaghan's gang doing what they do best: playing live.

Also spraying champagne. Hey, why not.

Have a watch:



Looks like they've been having a lovely time.

The Maine's new album 'Lovely, Little, Lonely' is released April 07 via 8123.

They'll play London's Electric Ballroom on March 25, with Wallflower and Guillotine...

Aaand they'll be hitting this year's Slam Dunk Festival too! 

MAY

27 - SLAM DUNK MIDLANDS - BIRMINGHAM NEC
28 - SLAM DUNK NORTH - LEEDS City Centre
29 - SLAM DUNK SOUTH - HATFIELD Forum


OPINION: Why Rock’s Sense Of Community Might Matter More Than Anything

Sunday July 31st, 2016 02:55:00 PM

A wise man once said, ‘without music, life would be a mistake.’ But that’s as much about the people we meet through songs as the songs themselves... 

Hello, my name is Tomas Doyle, I am the Deputy Editor of Rock Sound magazine and to quote the mighty Less Than Jake, ‘All My Best Friends Are Metalheads’.

Well, okay, that isn’t quite true but it is a point of fact that virtually every person I care about, or have any sort of meaningful relationship with, I have come to know through a mutual interest in rock music. 

Think about that for second. An entire life that has been shaped and carved in a very real way through a series of noises that come out of a speaker.

Except rock music isn’t just about the sounds that we fire into our ears – not really. The true beauty of the records we share a love for is that they have always been a catalyst for some of the most strongly forged communities imaginable.

It’s about the pals you make at school through sneakily listening to your favourite albums in the back of class. It’s the kid you see in town rocking a T-shirt of a band you know so start talking to. It’s the frantic half hours you spend sweating other people’s sweat at the front of packed-out gigs and the days you spend afterwards making those nights in to the stuff of collective legend. Hell, eventually it might be the band you start with your mates (where you rip off those musicians you idolise and can’t play nearly as well as, but it doesn’t matter because you have all of the fun doing it).

And the reason rock music of all creeds has long been a hotbed for such tight-knit companionship is, when it comes to it, pretty simple: we are all, at some level, outsiders. Whether you’re a gang of punks in 1977 being spat at in the street for having three foot high mohawks or a Marilyn Manson fan being berated for the ‘satanic’ (yeah, right) content of your favourite tunes, we’ve have always been the kids who don’t quite resonate with what the mainstream deems ‘reasonable’. Even the biggest, most successful rock acts of the last 10 years have risen to the top on an wave of acclaim from us freaks and weirdos: whether you belong to the MCR or BVB armies, the chances are that in those fandoms you have found people who understand you and what makes you tick more than the average Joe in the street ever could.

When Rock Sound interviewed AFI frontman and all-round straight-thinker Davey Havok recently he explained the concept with laser-guided clarity.  

“You can find a community you connect with and make that your family. Family is about so much more than just DNA.”

He couldn’t be more right. The music we hold dear, at its best, expresses our deepest fears, galvanises our greatest hopes and helps us realise that even life’s most imposing mountains are conquerable: why wouldn’t you want to hang out with people who connect to those big, life-altering emotions in the same way as you?

But like any good, self-policing community, the rock scene runs off mutual respect and an ethos of helping one another. Of course even under our big, black-clad umbrella we’re sub-divided in lots of ways (death metal to emo and right back again) and there will always be people who like the exact same records as you who you don’t want to be mates with because, frankly, they are thunderous dicksplashes – we get that. 

It’s important to remember though, that in a pop-culture that is measured in light years, the person who doesn’t like the same era of Panic! At The Disco as you probably shouldn’t be a target for your ire. 

Against a backdrop of ultra-processed X-factor gruel, shallow-as-an-ants-paddling-pool reality TV and music that denigrates women, poor people and anybody with the audacity to express their emotions in anything beyond the most basic terms we must always remain an enclave for acceptance, not elitism.

After all, what happens when the misfits feel like even the people who no one understands don’t understand them? How would you have felt if when you first started dipping your foot into the rock, punk or metal scenes you were told you were doing it wrong. 

Quite aside from the fact that there is, obviously, no objectively correct way to enjoy music, it’s an unspoken responsibility of established members of our subculture to welcome in those who are just finding their way, rather than deriding them for not liking the ‘cool’ albums. 

Remember that band you started with your mates and how much you sucked? Exactly. And since when was any of this about being cool anyway?

Too often, misguided efforts to ‘protect’ rock culture leads certain among our number pushing away the people who need its support the most. 

Think about all the joy this music brings you – why would you ever want to deny someone else that pleasure?

The truth is that we live in a hard, treacherous world and the more people we have who understand and can look after us, the better. Rock music provides the platform for connection for us all, we should revel in the strength of those bonds, not seek to tear them down. 

If you’re a little older and have already made your mates in the scene, be sure to make an effort to talk to that kid at school you see with band patches on their bag or the newbie at the gig on their own. And if you’re just finding your way in, welcome, there is something even more amazing than music here for you – there is friendship for life. 

As for me and my mates – they are, as Mr Havok rightly points out, like family to me. But if you read this magazine and  care about those notes coming out of your speakers as much as we do, then as far as I’m concerned me and you are family too. 

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Is Access To Everything Eroding The Emotional Connection We Once Felt To Music?

Thursday April 7th, 2016 09:31:00 PM

Just something to think about.

Nearly 15 years ago, the late, great David Bowie was asked by the New York Times how he thought the role of the musician would change in the near future.

“Music is going to become like running water or electricity,” he replied, with a shrug.

And while your taps and plug sockets might not be full of jazz and funk just yet, The Thin White Duke was certainly right – music has become an abundant, free-flowing commodity in our modern lives. Whether you use YouTube, Soundcloud, Spotify, Deezer or (don’t laugh) Tidal, the chances are you have access to a universe of music at your fingertips whenever you so desire.

You’ve woken up this morning with a hankering for some Romanian proto-djent played on spoons? Sure, here’s three albums of it and six playlists recommending similar music performed using other bits of cutlery, should it turn out that you prefer knives and forks.

On the one hand this is obviously a great thing - music is great and more music can only be better, right? Access to the widest possible spectrum of art expands our horizons and lets us explore the edges of our taste in a way previously unthinkable. Certainly a world away from the high-cash-for-limited-access days of CD and vinyl shopping that Mr Bowie knew.

But is more always more? Is access to everything eroding the emotional connection we once felt to a few things?

Forget about the financial implications of the demise of physical media on artists (although they are hugely significant). What about the impact on us, the consumers?

The opportunity cost, in real terms, of investigating a new band is so low that the incentive to be truly invested in what you are consuming is reduced to the point of insignificance.

If you have had to save up for three weeks to buy a CD then you will listen to that record – whether you really love it or not – until you can recite every note on that shiny disc from memory. When, truthfully, was the last time you listened to an entire album all the way through on Spotify and then decided to repeat it again. And again. And again.

This might seem like a relatively minor point, but the means through which we digest art are intrinsically linked to what we end up thinking about the art itself. The sense of kinship for, and ownership of, a musician that you have to work hard to seek out is, for the most part at least, greater. You ordered the vinyl from the record shop, you went to the show and picked up the support band’s first album at the merch stand, you earned it, in the same way that the musicians earned the right to be in your ears with their hours of practice and hard work.

The respect is more mutual, the connection both physical and more profound.

Having vast swathes of music placed tantalizingly in front of us - and there is so much these days - not only reduces the perceived value of what we’re listening to (when was the last time you were amazed at the water spewing from your tap?) but also abbreviates our reactions to music to the most basic responses.

With Your New Favourite Band only one motion of your index finger away, the inclination to rate music in the most black and white terms is often overwhelming. Singles are seemingly now always either ‘Brilliant!’ or ‘Terrible!’ with precious little room given to the middle ground between. Music is a vessel for emotion, and emotions are, as anyone who has ever felt one will know, often confusing and <always> painted in varying shades of grey. Kneejerk responses do not make you a careful or considered listener and having the strongest opinion first doesn’t win you any prizes.

Not everything you hear will be great, not everything you hear will be terrible, the vast majority of it will fall somewhere in the middle ground between those two furious bookends. Oh, and it’s okay to listen to an album for six months before deciding you enjoy it. Or not.

But perhaps the most damaging facet of million-songs-in-your-pocket culture, for the rock scene at least, is the divisive, fragmenting impact it has had on our community.

Sure, the joy of talking to the person behind the counter at the record store for hot recommendations is now a distant memory for most, but the extent to which genre sub-divisions are prepared to go to war with each other is an every day reality which almost beggars belief. ‘What do you mean you don’t know about <insert metalcore band I only heard for the first time five minutes ago here>? You are such an idiot.’

So what can be done about the streaming model’s propensity to devalue music in the eyes of the consumer? Well, the answer, as Bowie rightly pointed out in that same New York Times interview, is absolutely nothing.

The floodgates are open, and no amount of trying to stick Pandora back in the box will change that.

The responsibility lies with us, the fans. The revival of vinyl sales suggests that people do still remember the thrill of physical media, albeit with a hefty dose of online streaming on the side.

So how about a challenge? This week, why not try limiting your music consumption to three albums? In Rock Sound this month we are revisiting Saosin’s debut self-titled album, why not make that one of them? We’ll let you pick the other two ‘cos we’re nice like that.

Get under their skin. Listen to them front to back and then back to front. Learn the words. Pore over the artwork and research the music and the people who made it as much as you can. At the end of the week you can go back to your normal listening habits, but we bet you won’t see those select few albums you wore down to the bone the same way ever again. 

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West From Neck Deep’s Guide To Gaming On Tour

Friday March 11th, 2016 05:04:00 PM

Meet our new video games columnist.



Alright. I'm West and I play guitar in the band Neck Deep. When I'm not banging my head and spinning up an F5 tornado on stage, I'm usually sat on me arse playing video games.

I've been sat in front on a TV getting square eyes way longer than I've been attempting to play any form of music, and gaming is one of my biggest passions. From this point forward you'll see my hairy mug on a regular basis, where I'll be giving you the lowdown on my various adventures in the wide world of gaming.

Seeing as I'm away from home a lot it can be difficult to game a lot of the time, here are my top six tips for gaming on the road...

JUST BRING YOUR CONSOLE
We have the luxury nowadays of being able to tour in what is basically a house on wheels, (which usually has a telly in it), so a lot of the time I'll just bubble wrap me PS4 and cradle it among a ton of clothes in my suitcase, hoping that an airline doesn't do a David Seaman and boot it down the runway.

HANDHELD IS THE WAY FORWARD
The obvious choice for gaming on tour would be to bring a handheld console with you, I rarely leave my house without my 3DS or Ps Vita.

USE YOUR PHONE
Nowadays, your phone is basically a computer in your pocket, so it makes sense to use it to play games with! Loads of console exclusive indie games have been ported over to the App Store and Google Play, a long with a lot of classics including the Final Fantasy series.

REGION FREE CONSOLES
With the latest generation of consoles (Xbox One and PS4), you're pretty much set to buy and import games from any country as they're region free. This is great when touring the US as you'll be able to buy games on the cheap whilst overseas.

STAY UP TO DATE
I'm always checking Kotaku to keep up to date on the latest gaming news and release dates, but it's also good to do a bit of research yourself. For example Yokai Watch on 3DS still hasn't been released in the UK or Europe, but it's out in Australia and they have the same region code as us in terms of handhelds.

PARTY GAMES
Sharing a bus with 11 other people often means fighting for TV time. The best way to counteract this is to bring some games everyone can have a crack at. A recent favourite of ours has been Rocket League, it's basically FIFA but in rocket-powered supercars. Matches only last 5 minutes so everybody gets a go pretty quickly, it's also hilarious to place bets on.

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A Love Letter To Crunkcore

Sunday February 14th, 2016 07:06:00 PM

Yes, really.

brokeNCYDE's new album 'All Grown Up' is out today. It's also Valentine's Day, so it seemed like the perfect time for Rock Sound's resident crunkcore superfan / apologist Gav Lloyd to explain why he loves crunkcore so much.


I’m part of a very small, often ridiculed group of people. I am a loud, proud fan of crunkcore.

No subgenre has really copped it quite as hard as crunkcore, with many rock fans treating the genre with nothing but malice. Birthed out of the glory years of MySpace where friendships could be made or broken by Top 8 positioning, crunkcore barged its way into the alternative scene in a whirlwind of glowsticks, red cups filled with Four Loko, all-over print hoodies and shutter shades. Sonically, it took the crunk sound that was dominating U.S. clubs and airwaves courtesy of artists such as professional shouting lad Lil Jon and combined it with screams.

Although it had its fair share of naysayers from day one, the genre’s demise was never more apparent than last year, when the crunkcore's spiritual forefathers and pioneers brokeNCYDE launched an IndieGoGo campaign to fund their new album which saw only 33 people in the whole world make pledges, raising $1,421 of their $30,000 target.

But crunkcore is now making a hostile comeback. Brokencyde’s fourth full-length ‘All Grown Up’ boasts 23 tracks and is out today, so if you’re struggling to think of something to get that special someone in your life, you may have just found the perfect present.


Listen to 'All Grown Up' in full right here.



The title of brokeNCYDE’s debut album ‘I’m Not A Fan, But The Kids Like It!’ perfectly sums up what was great about them. While older people were looking confused at something they couldn’t get their heads around, a younger generation was indulging in something fresh and exciting. Sure, it may not sound like Iron Maiden or what your dad is into, but that band stuck up an obnoxious middle finger to everyone while doing shots of Sambuca and necking strangers. Their ‘fuck you’ attitude of doing things their way regardless of what anybody else thought made them more 'punk' than 90% of your favourite punk bands.

But brokeNCYDE aren’t the only crunkcore band who are back. The end of last year saw Millionaires release their brand new song ‘When I’m Single’. Sisters Melissa Marie Green and Allison Maria Green made a reputation out of being two girls who loved to party, get drunk, spend money and not give a flying fuck about what you thought about it.

The world of alternative music has been a boys club for far too long, and although the tides are changing, Millionaires were leading the charge for women years ago and were largely met with ridicule rather than the respect they deserved. Sure, they might not have been ideal role models, but rock stars aren’t meant to be. For years we’ve had to endure men brazenly bragging about their sex lives. Millionaires turned the tables on that ideology while making any slut-shamers look very silly indeed. They were the sort of girls that the likes of Taking Back Sunday were writing songs about, who were too busy releasing songs like ‘Drinks On Me’ to worry about anyone’s feelings.

That doesn’t only make them unique, it makes them very cool.


Watch the video for 'When I'm Single' below.



If you’re thinking that these acts are far too niche and this genre is best left forgotten, I’d like to point you in the direction of 3OH!3. The Colorado two-piece proved just what crunkcore was capable of. They went from tearing up the stages of Warped Tour to gatecrashing charts all over the world with ‘Don’t Trust Me’, and it wasn’t long before they were collaborating with massive pop-stars like Katy Perry and Ke$ha and proving that music doesn’t need to have guitars to rock.

Right now one of the biggest and best bands in rock music are this month’s cover stars Twenty One Pilots, and while they don’t necessarily have much in common with 3OH!3, they do share their bold attitude towards blurring lines and proving that rock is as much a state of mind as it is a specific sound. Coincidently, 3OH!3 have recently returned with new single ‘My Dick’. Which, truth be told, isn’t the best. Even as far as songs about willies go. But hopefully they’ve got some more serious crunkcore up their sleeves when the new album rolls around. Yep, serious crunkcore.


Watch the (very NSFW) video for 'My Dick' below.



It wasn’t all great. Not even I can defend Blood On The Dancefloor. But hey, they shouldn’t bring the whole genre down. For all the abuse these artists have had to endure their influence has been massive, whether you want to admit it or not.

Look at the how electronics have slowly seeped into the riffs and breakdowns. Scene leaders like Asking Alexandria probably wouldn’t sound the way they currently do if crunkcore never happened. Neither would the party metal mayhem of Attila or Falling In Reverse’s delightfully excessive sound. When all the cool kids decided it wasn’t alright to like nu metal any more, rap and metal pretty much went their separate ways. Crunkcore opened the doors for everyone to be friends again, and now we have the likes of Issues and Hacktivist.

But more than just the sonic side of things, crunkcore carried - and still carries - the rock & roll spirit the way so few bands do these days. Your average band looks like your cousin and his mates have just finished their shift at Waitrose and have picked up some guitars. Crunkcore was genuinely exciting; it was music your parents would shake their heads at and call you a wally for listening to. It embodied the sex, drugs and rock & roll spirit.

And in a rock scene that often begins to feel a little beige, we need the neon colours that the likes of Brokencyde, Millionaires and 3OH!3 provide to brighten it up.

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Enter Shikari’s Rou Reynolds: “Governance 101. Create Fear. Fear, Fear, Fear.”

Thursday December 3rd, 2015 05:47:00 PM

This is important.



UK MPs voted in favour of joining coalition air strikes against IS militants in Syria last night. Millions of people reacted, both from within the rock world and far, far outside it.

Enter Shikari's Rou Reynolds has written a powerful opinion piece on the matter for Rock Sound. You can read it in full below.



"Look, if we bomb ISIS there's an even bigger chance they'll bomb us and we couldn't have that could we? So, to stop (but also increase) the chances of them bombing us we need to bomb them, now. You get me?"

That's not a million miles from one of David Cameron's arguments on why we need airstrikes in Syria. Here though, it's been translated to simpler language, highlighting the state of complete confusion and contradiction this 'argument' is built upon.

Yesterday the UK government voted in favour of dropping bombs in Syria with the attempt of targeting ISIL / ISIS / Da'esh whatever the fuck you choose to call them. 

Syria is a beautiful country with a rich history. It has over the last few years been reduced to a chaotic mess of facism, extremism, intergroup conflicts and civil wars wrapped up in civil wars. A month ago airstrikes against ISIL were proposed and later withdrawn through lack of support, but everything has changed since Paris. Now, powerful emotions have been allowed to cloud vision and we're going in balls out, bombs away.

It's hard to imagine people more gruesome, psychopathic and disgusting than ISIL. If evil had a physical embodiment, like, say, a "Mr Evil", ISIL would be his pathetic little tag along, the ugly little prick that tries to desperately win the attention and approval of the disinterested "Mr Evil" by committing increasingly extreme acts.

No one denies that these people need to be destroyed. But with airstrikes, you kill innocent people, you destroy infrastructure, homes, hospitals, schools. You create more extremists, the very thing you are attempting to rid the world of.

I don't have a car but on the occasions I do drive, if you've been unfortunate enough to be a passenger you may have witnessed me looping round a roundabout four times after missing my exit. "The sat nav didn't load in time! It looked like it was the next exit!" I cry. "Oh which lane should I be in now? Fuck I just missed it again.” ETC.

Well, THAT is what this ol' 'war on terror' feels like. It started 14 years years ago, this ol' 'war on terror' thing did. 

14 years of invasions, airstrikes, lots of dead civilians, which created lots of new extremists...
Which meant more invasions, airstrikes, lots of dead civilians, which created lots of new extremists… 
Repeat ad nauseam (that's just a fancy latin phrase for "repeat to the point of causing nausea” - I use it to look all intellectualisty).

We couldn't have aided in the creation of ISIS more if we worked out how to create terrorists in a Petri dish.

Without a clear and well geographically defined enemy, civilians often feel the brunt of our military might. Modern military weaponry has improved in terms of its accuracy over the years, but we still inevitably cause "collateral damage". This is a clever euphemism that sounds like the extra interest you have to cough up when your bank account goes into the red. Instead, it's what happens when our bombs colour the streets of far away places red with the blood of innocent children.

How this is going to make us safer I'm very unsure. France was already bombing in Syria before Paris. Many commentators say that’s the reason it was targeted.

The problem for the UK's immediate safety is we have a Tory government that is increasing poverty and inequality, underfunding and ruining our healthcare and public services whilst telling us "we CAN afford to spend millions on airstrikes." And that’s millions a day we're talking here!

Governance 101. Create fear. 
Fear, fear, fear. 
Fear at every corner. That will then be all your population can think about. 

We pay extra attention to fear, and rightly so, remembering where that sabre tooth tiger den was is one of the reasons our species has been so prosperous. But fear can be exploited. And if your people are worrying about ISIS, they're no longer worrying about how you're dismantling everything that's good about the country and selling it off to the super-rich.

Cameron has no strategy, no endgame, no long term plan, in 2013 he wanted us to go after Assad (president of Syria). Now, he's after ISIL, he just wants to bust in like a bloodthirsty cowboy into a saloon in a vintage western. The UK is gonna add to the dropping of explosives already being dropped by the U.S., France, and others and hope we get the bad guys. It's like we're Jägermeister and being added to a Long Island Iced Tea.

There's already many different sects fighting each other in Syria - Assad’s government forces, tequila, vodka, the western forces, light rum, religious fruitcakes, triple sec, and gin. Adding Jägermeister ain't gonna do anyone any FLAVOURS. Flavours, see what I did there?
(Not trying to make light of a horrific situation but half of you would have stopped reading by the next sentence if I hadn't thrown a joke there. There hadn't been a chuckle inducer for at least a few paragraphs).

It's mental that we can go into another war when the Chilcot Inquiry (the inquiry that is looking into whether the UK's war in Iraq was criminal) hasn't even been released! 
Airstrikes may kill some of ISIL. But they will also undoubtedly kill children at schools, people in hospitals, normal folk trying to make a living. 

We should be going after those who fund and arm ISIL, we should go after those who buy their oil.

But calm logic isn't as fashionable as rushed fervour and passion.

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Why We Needed The King Blues To Reunite Now More Than Ever

Wednesday November 25th, 2015 05:29:00 PM

The King Blues announced their reunion today. Rock Sound Deputy Editor Tomas Doyle explains why in 2015 more than ever, that is a very, very good thing.



One of the most well-worn criticisms of modern rock music from those on the outside is that there are no bands who "Really stand for anything these days, y’know?" Yet the accusation that we, as a generation, have failed to produce bands blessed with the sort of politicised vigour that the ’70s, ’80s and even ’90s all seemed to have in spades is one levelled by people who, frankly, haven’t been looking hard enough.

Formed in 2004 as a ragtag bunch of Camden Town punks with little more than a couple of wonky acoustic guitars and a fiercely burning social conscience to their name, The King Blues took their self-proclaimed "conscious rude boi ska" and cut their teeth across the UK’s burgeoning DIY punk scene. They built themselves from the ground up; blue collar, working-class kids who took the ethos and spirit of Two Tone forefathers like The Specials – anti-racism, anti-homophobia, anti-government violence, for-the-people-by-the-people song writing – and made it speak to a new generation. That they hauled ska, a genre long in the doldrums in terms of commercial popularity, back to the brink of a mainstream breakthrough is testament to their prophetic, poetic abilities.

At the centre of all of this was frontman Itch, a diminutive genius whose skills with a pen, pad and microphone at times bordered on the supernatural. Even the most cursory listen to the band’s second album ‘Save The World. Get The Girl’ (still their finest hour) reveals layers of deftly weaved personal narrative and political commentary that most writers could only ever dream of, all delivered with a fangs-bared passion that you cannot fake. Even more than that though, he and his bandmates flew their flag at marches, rallies and protests, practising what they preached in a way that precious few musicians ever authentically do. Truly, they were a lightning rod for British punk...

...which made the band’s sudden split in 2012 feel all the more cruel and untimely. In the years that have gone by since, the world has become a much, much darker place. We live in times where more and more homeless freeze and starve on our streets, planes are blown out of the sky and fanatics run into music venues and gun people down in the name of religion. Meanwhile, government and big business are in cahoots, slicing up our health services and education for astronomic profit at all of our expense. We need a band like The King Blues – who stand for unity, togetherness and social justice – more than we ever have before. That they have chosen this moment to return is a cause for real celebration.

The stark reality is that music, as much as we might want it to, cannot save the world. But it can bring us together in a way that very, very few other things on this lonely planet of ours can. One of the most important British bands of the last 10 years are back and it’s time to listen, talk, think, get inspired and activate yourselves in whatever way you are able to. Long live The King Blues.
 


The King Blues hit the road with Enter Shikari and The Wonder Years early next year.

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20 - NOTTINGHAM Arena
22 - BOURNEMOUTH International Centre
23 - CARDIFF Arena
25 - MANCHESTER Victoria Warehouse
27 - LONDON Alexandra Palace

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Rock Sound On Lloyd Roberts: “We Must Ensure That This Is NEVER Again Allowed To Happen”

Tuesday October 13th, 2015 05:52:00 PM

This is important.


Today was an important day in the life of Lloyd Roberts.

Nearly two months after allegations of illegal and inappropriate behaviour swept across the internet, the former Neck Deep guitarist has today been cleared of all wrongdoing by North Wales Police.

As far as the authorities are concerned, Lloyd has no case to answer. As far as the authorities are concerned, Lloyd has done nothing illegal. As far as the authorities are concerned, that’s the end of it.

Sadly, it’s not. As a direct result of these allegations, Lloyd Roberts has seen a huge chunk of his life disappear. He’s left a job that he loved and worked hard for, he’s had to sit and watch as thousands of complete strangers dragged his reputation through the mud based on mere hearsay, and he’s had to do it all while trying to raise a child and support a family that depended on his work in Neck Deep to keep a roof over their heads and food in their mouths.

Before we go any further, it’s perhaps worth pointing out that only Lloyd and his accuser will ever know what truly happened. There are two sides to every story, after all. However, what this does all seem to point to is that the process by which somebody was accused, in turn judged and quite possibly slandered without any evidence being presented whatsoever, is wrong.

It’s also worth pointing out that the police were only involved in the matter because Lloyd requested they step in. He wasn’t accused of anything in court by a lawyer, but on social media, arguably the most dangerous, unchecked and frankly uncontrollable platform available.

This was a campaign spread solely online – in public – and with no evidence submitted to the police to support it. It’s a dangerous process that is becoming incredibly frequent. Even if you hate somebody’s band, these are real people and these are serious accusations. These need to be treated as such, because the damage done by them can in some cases never be undone.

Let’s also not forget that in recent years some unspeakable things have happened. We have seen crimes and behaviour exposed from within music that make grown adults cry. Sick, evil, unfathomable acts have come to light, and we must collectively ensure that these are NEVER again allowed to happen. 

We at Rock Sound feel that responsibility stronger than most. We take our position very seriously – one of influence and example – and we will never shy away from it. It is our duty to stand up for you, to listen to you, to support you, and to take a stand alongside you when any wrongdoing is exposed to the proper authorities.

But it’s up to you to handle things the right way, and to consider exactly what you’re doing and how you’re doing it.

It’s not our job to tell anybody how to feel. Some victims of abuse don’t feel that they can stand up and say, ‘I am a victim.’ We understand and appreciate that. However, if you feel that you can speak out, go to the police, go to somebody you can trust, and deal with the issue in a manner that makes you feel safe and comfortable. That is how people truly see justice.

Furthermore, it is a reality that some people in various positions of fame and influence – be it music or anything else – abuse their positions. This is undeniable, and it is unacceptable. We will not tolerate or protect any human being who does this. We will help bring them to justice in any way we can.

However, we will also not sit by and watch people ruin the lives and careers of others for the whole world to see. We as a species spent centuries burning people at the stake amid nothing more than accusations of witchcraft. In 2015, we must not adopt modern ways of doing this same thing.

It is too late for Lloyd, but perhaps there are positives to be taken from this situation, namely that in future we as a community will not be so rash in our judgement, nor in the ways in which we accuse and judge people of incredibly serious crimes and activities.

Take care of yourselves and take care of each other, but also be very, very careful how you see fit to act and accuse those you believe have done wrong. Because if you get it wrong, there is very often no undoing the damage.

We must ensure that we never, ever allow the same thing that's unfolded in this case to happen again.


As ever Samaritans are here to talk 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

All queries are strictly confidential and there is no religious affiliation whatsoever.

If you need guidance, call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 (UK) or contact them on email at jo@samaritans.org.

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Fashionably Great: Get Ready For The End Of Festival Season With Impericon

Sunday August 9th, 2015 09:47:00 AM


PROMOTED POST: IT’S STILL FESTIVAL SEASON. Which bands do you watch? Where did you put your tent? Do your wellies have holes? Which clothes do you wear? Well, Impericon.com can help you with that last bit…




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Legging it from stage to stage? These Air Max will do the trick nicely. Combine them with this ADTR top and HUF cap and you're onto a winner.

A Day To Remember tank | £14.99 | Buy now
Nike Air Max Tavas Essential | £99.99 | Buy now
HUF cap | £33.99 | Buy now



Disney Princess shoes > pretty much everything else. Apart from these Obey socks and a The Story So Far shirt, obviously.

Obey socks | £10.99 | Buy now
Vans slip-on Belle / True white shows | £51.99 | Buy now
The Story So Far T-shirt | £14.99 | Buy now



That Lord Of The Rings Neck Deep shirt, though. And the Jimmy Eat World and Northlane stuff doesn't look bad either...

Northlane longsleeve | £22.99 | Buy now
Neck Deep LOTR T-shirt | £14.99 | Buy now
Jimmy Eat World T-shirt | £14.99 | Buy now

Impericon.com stocks an unrivalled selection of merch and streetwear designs. We recommend checking out their full range right here.

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Fashionably Great: Spend Some Bank Holiday Cash At Impericon This Weekend

Friday May 1st, 2015 01:08:00 PM


PROMOTED POST: This weekend is the first of TWO Bank Holidays in the space of a few weeks, and everyone at RS HQ is pretty pumped about it. What's more, Impericon have stocked up on some amazing pieces for the occasion, and we felt the urge to share them with you. Like these…




No wardrobe will ever be complete without a Slayer dress. And guys, at least one person in our office is adamant that pairing that Beartooth tank with the red Parkway Drive shorts will make you THE head turning sensation at Slam Dunk in a few weeks. So get on it.

Iron Fist Slayer dress | BUY NOW
£55.99

Beartooth tank  | BUY NOW
£15.99

Parkway Drive Shorts | BUY NOW
£24.99



The All Time Low guys nail both pop-punk and baseball looks to perfection with this slick design. And if you’re after shoes, then you might like to know that when you order any pair of Vans from Impericon right now, they’ll hook you up with a free pair of Vans socks. Just use the code ‘vansocks’ at the checkout.

All Time Low Raglan | BUY NOW
£22.99

Hype Sweater | BUY NOW
£49.99

Vans | BUY NOW
£51.99
 


As a Rock Sound reader, you’ll know by now how blooming amazing PVRIS are, so rep them now and you’ll be able to roll your eyes when everybody else is doing it in 2017. Hype’s eye-catching designs continue to blow our minds, as does Afends’ rise from the underground of hardcore. Both brands with strong ties to rock breaking through into the mainstream. Awesome to see!

PVRIS tee | BUY NOW
£14.99

Hype cap | BUY NOW
£23.99

Afends tank | BUY NOW
£24.99

Impericon.co.uk stocks an incredible range of band merch and streetwear brands that it would be impossible to fit into a single page. When you’re in the spending mood we wholeheartedly recommend checking out the entire store.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday, you fabulous people!

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Fashionably Great: Spend Some Payday Cash At Impericon This Weekend

Friday February 27th, 2015 04:18:00 PM


#PROMOTED POST:
We’ve had it circled on the office calendar for about three weeks, but, finally, pay day is here! So we figured we’d help you spend some of those hard earned pennies, because we’re proper nice like that. Whether you’re on the hunt for new band merch or updating your street wear, the guys over at Impericon have you covered. Here are our top picks from the store this month.

In Hearts Wake Tee | BUY NOW
£14.99

Adidas ZX Flux Sneakers | BUY NOW
£71.99


Neff Daily Glow In The Dark Sunglasses | BUY NOW
£19.99


Mi-Pac Strawberries Backpack | BUY NOW
£31.99


Of Mice & Men Baseball Cap | BUY NOW
£24.99


Stick To Your Guns Tee | BUY NOW
£14.99

Carhartt Hoody | BUY NOW
£63.99

Herschel Retreat Backpack | BUY NOW
£63.99

Carhartt Jeans | BUY NOW
£71.99

To see what else Impericon have lined up for the new season, head over to their store and take a look at the full range.

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Seminal Nirvana Photographer Collaborates With Streetwear Pioneers

Friday February 13th, 2015 11:19:00 AM


Famed for capturing the most influential grunge bands of the '80s and '90s including Nirvana, Mudhoney and Pearl Jam, seminal photographer Charles Peterson and streetwear pioneers KR3W have teamed up to create the 'Rights Refused' collaboration. Take a look at this.

Peterson once said, "amidst the chaos of a live show, I wanted to find that sense of grace. I wanted people to experience what it was like being there; the sweat, the noise, being pushed against each other”. Moments captured by the photographer include Kurt Cobain's infamous stage dive in Seattle, 1990, as seen above.

Now appearing across a range of tees, wovens, cut and sew thanks to KR3W, Peterson's works tell their own story of a snapshot of time that changed the face of music forever. 

Rad stuff.

The KR3W x Charles Peterson collaboration is in store now, available at Slam City Skate and other select retailers.

KR3W x Charles Peterson Exhibition is open to the public for a limited time only. You can catch it at:
MANCHESTER –13th February, launch event from 7pm - NOTE Skate Shop, 61 Thomas Street M4 1NA
LONDON– 19th-21st February (launch event, 19th Feb from 7pm),  Parlour Skate Shop, 59 Hackney Road 

You can also find out a whole lot more about Charles Peterson in this awesome film:

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Exclusive First Look: The New One Love Apparel Range

Thursday February 12th, 2015 11:20:00 AM


You'll already be well aware of JJ Peters and Ahren Stringer from their mosh duties with Deez Nuts and The Amity Affliction, respectively. You might also have noticed the Aussie duo's hardcore-infused clothing label, One Love Apparel, regularly graces the pages of our magazine. Here's a sneek peak at their new range.

The new line of One Love Apparel launches this Saturday (Valentine's Day. See what they've done there?). To get you buzzing, Rock Sound has the exclusive first look at some of the choice cuts from their brand new look book. Cop a load!

The full range will be available from the One Love Apparel webstore from Saturday, February 14.

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I Travelled 4,000 Miles For Pop-Punk. Here’s Why.

Wednesday February 11th, 2015 01:42:00 PM


The Wonder Years have long been my favourite band. I've loved everything they've done - from the early days of the ignorant breakdowns and synth on 'Get Stoked On It!', all the way through to '13’s magnum opus ‘The Greatest Generation’. So when they announced a string of three shows to celebrate their 10-year anniversary in Philadelphia, I grabbed tickets, booked flights and found myself in the city of brotherly love before you could say "I’m Not Sad Anymore". You may think I’m mad, but there are plenty of good reasons why I would travel half way round the world for these six dudes from the Keystone State. 

I GOT TO SEE THE SIGHTS 
The Wonder Years love their hometown and their songs are peppered with references to local landmarks. Heading to Philly was a pilgrimage of sorts and there were plenty of places to tick off the list; Washington Square Park to see if the tides would turn for me? Yeah, I went there. Melrose Diner - the dingy eatery on Snyder  Avenue that inspired, err, 'Melrose Diner' but according to Dan ‘Soupy’ Campbell is pretty awful in reality? Did that, too. Hit up Logan Circle to see if the fountain was on or not? You bet I did (and for the record, it wasn't).


"All I’ve got left are these handfuls of fuck you"

BECAUSE CHEESESTEAKS 
The food in Philadelphia is pretty special. From pretzels to ice cream to mental roasted meats, the city has it all. But there's nothing like grabbing a traditional Philly Cheesesteak from Pat’s King Of Steaks. It's pretty much made any other food stuff taste like cardboard since. Thanks for the tip, Matty from A Loss For Words!


"I’m staying in eating take-out food by TV light"

BECAUSE THERE'S NO ATMOSPHERE LIKE A HOMETOWN ATMOSPHERE
At each one of The Wonder Years' three album shows, an energy filled the room that only exists when a band plays in their hometown. Bodies flew over the barrier, fists pumped the air and singalongs rang out for three nights solid; be it for ‘The Upsides’, ‘Surburbia...’ or ‘The Greatest Generation’, nothing beats a reaction like this in your own town.


"For the first time this year I feel whole, because I've been so afraid of being alone"

BECAUSE MATES
In some way, shape, or form, The Wonder Years' mean a whole lot to every single person that came to these shows, and I wasn't the only one who travelled halfway across the globe for them, either. And that common ground meant that for three nights, I was in a room full of people I'd never met who could easily be my best friends. These shows were a platform for this community to say thank you in the only way they know how. It was a matey weekend of supports too, as TWY roped in their friends in Fireworks, Koji, A Loss For Words and Modern Baseball to back them up. Even Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. fame brought his old band The Progress out of retirement for the occasion. 


"I don't need to pump my fists to look sweet"

BECAUSE 10 YEARS IS A KILLER ACHIEVEMENT
The Wonder Years started at the bottom playing to 15 people in basements and school gyms singing songs about pirates and astronauts. They never took anything for granted and scratched and clawed to get where they are today. Where many bands would give up and clean the slate, The Wonder Years pushed on and stuck to their guns. Their reward was selling out 3,600 tickets to their 10-year party in 10 minutes, and the shows were a true celebration of what the band has achieved over the last decade. From where I was standing, it looked as special a weekend for the men on the stage as it was for us in the pit. Here's to 10 more years of The Wonder Years.

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I Went To Paris To Watch Falling In Reverse And This Is What I Learned

Monday February 9th, 2015 08:59:00 PM



Our Deputy Editor David McLaughlin hopped over to the French capital last week to catch this month's coverstar Ronnie Radke in action with Falling In Reverse. Here's what he found out.

COOLIO DIDN’T SHOW UP 🙁
Despite crossing our fingers and toes and wishing really, really hard, legendary '90s hip-hop don Coolio was a no show. There were even rumours doing the rounds before the gig that he might make a surprise appearance, too. Rumours that we definitely didn't start. *ahem*

THERE'S SOMEONE ELSE PLAYING BASS FOR FALLING IN REVERSE NOW
That’s Zakk Sandler. Who’s Zakk Sandler, you ask? Zakk Sandler is the dude who used to play bass in Black Tide, that’s who Zakk Sandler is.

He played his first live gig with Falling In Reverse here, but you would never have guessed it. Could he be the man to permanently take up the mantle? Time will tell, but with this audition he’s done his chances no harm.




YOU DON’T MESS WITH B.LAY
Who? At the side of the stage you’ll spot Ronnie’s right hand dude and man mountain MC B.Lay – but you should probably call him Mr. Lay just to be polite.

He’s on the road with Falling In Reverse on this 12-date European run and even joins the five-piece on stage to add a little flavour to the hip-hop breakdown on ‘Alone’. He gave us his card after the show, too. Which means we are now best friends.


NOT THAT RON NEEDS THE HELP…
Proving that he’s no slouch on the mic himself, Ronnie Radke rolls words off his tongue on the likes of ‘Rolling Stone’ with impressive speed and skill. In his own words, he really does have “that white boy swagger rapping right down to a T”.


You're reading about our 24 hours with Falling In Reverse, but have you watched the video yet? It contains Ronnie searching for McDonald's and "the wooden dick store", so there's no reason why you shouldn't watch it.



Moving on...


'ALONE' IS A MOMENT
And what a moment. Though nothing will ever top the open-mouthed reactions we had when we heard the song and saw that video for the first time, seeing this performed live comes damn close to matching the excitement.

Every part is perfect, whether it’s the swirling techno build up, hip-hop verses, the pit-inciting chug-a-chug breakdowns or the whole room singing along on the chorus. Big tune is big.


'BAD GIRLS CLUB' IS ANOTHER MOMENT
The cheer squad-style, sugar rush pop metal brilliance of ‘Bad Girls Club’ is still claiming victims all over the place. It’s a cold, hard heart that isn’t swept up in its tidal wave of tongue-in-cheek fun. In the city of love, Falling In Reverse turn hearts gooey.


Ronnie Radke is on the cover of our new issue, but that's not all that's going on in there. Pick up Rock Sound 197 for all this and more...


RONNIE HAS HIS OWN VERSION OF THE METAL CLAW
Wait, what? Stray observation this one, but when Ronnie twists his fist into a metal claw and stares mournfully into the rafters, it somewhat resembles the famous skull scene from Shakespeare’s Hamlet...

Well it does to us, anyway. We could totally see Ronnie doing Hamlet at the RSC.
“To be, or not to be, motherfucker?


HE ALSO STEALS PHONES (FOR A LITTLE BIT)
Because if you’re in the front row and taking pics of the show on your phone, Ronnie Radke might just grab it off you, run around the stage and take mid-song selfies with it before handing it back.



RONNIE STILL <3 ESCAPE THE FATE
The setlist is pretty much perfectly split between ‘The Drug In Me Is You’ and ‘Fashionably Late’ material, with only ‘God, If You Are Above’ being aired from new album, ‘Just Like You’. But it’s good to see Ronnie still giving a nod to his past with huge Escape The Fate bangers ‘Not Good Enough For Truth In Cliché’ and ‘Situations’, both of which are greeted by the Parisian fans like they are the BEST. SONGS. EVER.

IT'S STILL PROBABLY NOT GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE UK ANY TIME SOON
Sadly, despite how much fun the whole experience of watching Falling In Reverse tear it up in Europe is, it’s hard not to get bummed out that this isn’t looking likely to happen on home soil any time soon.

We want to watch them again TONIGHT, dammit…


Ronnie Radke is on the cover of the new issue of Rock Sound. In the issue - which is in UK stores now - he opens up and talks love, loss and acceptance.

Not in the UK or can't find the magazine in stores? No problem, we can deliver the thing to your door or you can go online and check out the digital edition.

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Fashionably Great: Our Picks From The New Impericon Range

Friday January 30th, 2015 05:37:00 PM


#PROMOTEDPOST: 
Do you know what's great? Pay day! Pay day is absolutely superb. Do you 
know what's also great? The fact that thanks to the guys at Impericonwe're now able to buy all the best band merch AND streetwear from the same place. Battling your way through the high street on a Saturday afternoon is now a thing of the past, because you can shop til you drop from the comfort of your sofa! We've selected our favourite new items, and they're all available right now in the Impericon store


A Day To Remember Sweater (left) | BUY NOW
£29.99 
It's freezing out. Keep warm, OK? 

Emmure Sweater (centre) | BUY NOW
£29.99 
Seriously, it's proper brass monkeys. Stick a jumper on. 

Parkway Drive Sweater (right) | BUY NOW
£29.99 
Look, we won't bang on. But FFS you'll catch pneumonia! 

Capsize Tee (left) | BUY NOW
£14.99 
We're well into sleeve rolling. Buy a size or two up and go wild! 

La Dispute Tee (centre) | BUY NOW
£14.99 
Oh, you thought that Impericon worshipped exclusively at the altar of mosh? Think again... 

Fall Out Boy Long Sleeve (right) | BUY NOW
£22.99 
Hell, who ISN'T a sucker for 'Sugar, We're Going Down' at two in the morning? We're only human! 


Heaven Shall Burn Tee (left) | BUY NOW
£14.99 
Pay homage to the best intro in all of metalcore. Altogether now: "We are the final RESIIISSTAAAANCCE!"

Ironnail Tee (centre) | BUY NOW
£19.99 
Well worth checking out the entire Ironnail range whilst you're there. It's ssick they should see a doctor. 

One Love Apparel Tee (right) | BUY NOW
£23.99 
We've been big fans of One Love for a long time now. Expect more awesomeness in 2015. 

To see what else Impericon have lined up for the new season, head over to their store and take a look at the full range.

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An Analysis Of The Blink-182 Saga: Who Holds The Power Now?

Tuesday January 27th, 2015 10:59:00 AM



Rock Sound Digital Editor Andy Ritchie has been up all night keeping tabs on the events unfurling in the Blink-182 camp. Here’s what he makes of it all.

Something something Tom Delonge.
Something something quit the band.
Something something stay together for the kids.

In the last 24 hours, what we've all quietly thought for some time has become public: all is not well in Blink-182.

Whether you're a lifelong fan or have just paid a passing interest in their on-off existence over the past decade, you'll know that since Blink came off hiatus in 2009, things haven't been quite the same as they were before. Reunited after drummer Travis Barker narrowly survived a plane crash, there’s long been this nagging feeling that only two of the three of them really got back into this for the right reasons.

We’ve all heard the stories: they're a band with three separate managers. Their last record 'Neighborhoods' was recorded in three separate studios across the world. The three of them haven’t spent any time together offstage in a decade. Some of it’s true, some of it’s not. But it all paints a very dark picture of the band that used to run around naked together in music videos, making dick jokes and riding the crest of a pop-punk wave into the mainstream.


'Stay Together For The Kids' music video, 2001

Yesterday, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker said "that's enough". The gloves have come off and two punishing blows have been struck in Tom DeLonge’s direction - the first that "sanctioned statement" and the second, that explosive Rolling Stone interview.

It’s easy to think that the decent thing for them to do now - for the fans and for their legacy - would be to call it quits. As a lifelong Blink fan I wish they'd done this years ago. Truth be told I wish they’d never come off that initial hiatus. ‘Neighborhoods’ doesn’t hold a candle to ‘Enema Of The State’ or ‘Take Off Your Pants And Jacket’ (and even their pre-hiatus self-titled effort showed a band uncomfortable in its own skin), and their live shows have deteriorated as the years have gone on. Had they called it quits a decade ago, Tom could have continued to work with Angels And Airwaves and his other outside projects and we'd probably all resent him a little less for it, but it's not all that simple. In a legal sense Blink-182 IS the three of them. It's why they've been billed as ‘Blink-182 with Matt Skiba’ at the Musink Festival in California as opposed to just ‘Blink-182’, and it's why it's never been an option for Mark and Travis to simply just kick Tom out of the band. Tom owns the name and the rights to the band as much as the other two, and he's not out of it unless he says so. He's playing it wisely, and he's far more intelligent than we're all giving him credit for. Tom is the one in control here, he’s the one with the power. And for whatever reason - money, pride or just the simple fact that somewhere deep down he still cares for the other two or the band’s legacy - he's keeping that door ajar for as long as possible.

Or at least that was the case. But things have changed now. Mark and Travis have bitten their tongues for years about their relationship with Tom, carefully constructing their words in interviews to assure fans and the world at large that sure, they're a dysfunctional bunch, but they're still all in it together. The Rolling Stone interview is the last card they have to play - one that says "this is how ugly it is. This is how unreasonable Tom's being".

And, judging by that now-deleted Tweet Tom posted (see inset picture) following the publication of the interview, it looks to be working. They've gotten under his skin and his usually cool composure seems to be cracking. What we do know for sure is that Mark and Travis still want a part of Blink-182. The very fact that Travis - who usually shuns any sort of Blink press - is so open in the Rolling Stone piece shows just how desperate they’re getting to keep their dream and the Blink-182 name alive.

As the dust settles over the next few days and weeks, the question we'll all be looking to answer is this: who holds the power now?


 

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How To Fix Your Broken Motionless In White Poster In Six Easy Steps

Friday December 5th, 2014 01:57:00 PM

A few people have noticed there's a teeny, tiny error on the Motionless In White poster that comes with the new issue of Rock Sound. There was a production error, things got a little bit crazy, and somehow we managed to print 'Of Mice & Men' on the poster as well as the correct band name. We're really sorry about that, we truly are. But while we spend the rest of the month bowing our heads in shame, here's a handy guide on how you can fix it.

1. Take your Motionless In White poster out of the magazine. Go on, just pop those staples open and pull it out. 



2. Take a big, fat black permanent marker. The biggest one you've got. 


(The only ones in our office are really skinny ones. You can probably do better.)

3. You see where it says 'Of Mice & Men'? 



4. Take your permanent marker and JUST. GO NUTS.


4. Seriously, scribble like there's no tomorrow. And if you need to, give it a second coat. Just to be sure.

5. Hang your newly-fixed poster up on the wall for all to see.

6. You're done! 

The new issue of Rock Sound is available now. Who knows - it might fetch a few quid on eBay in a few years' time. Collector's item and all that. Click on the cover below to order a copy or find your nearest stockist.


 



 

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SO what EXACTLY Could You Win If You Enter The Rock Sound Readers’ Poll 2014?

Monday November 24th, 2014 03:53:00 PM

One person who votes in this year's Rock Sound Readers' Poll will win over £1,500-worth of shit-hot goodies. Here's a breakdown of the prizes...

1. This Jim Root Signature Orange Head And Cab (RRP £808)

A new year calls for new riffs. And this thing will make sure you're penning beatdowns in your bedroom until December 2015 at the earliest.
Visit Orange Amplification online


2. This FLY53 Winterton Parka (RRP £80)


Phwoar, bit nippy out, isn't it? Good thing we've got this FLY53 parka to give away so you can keep warm in the winter months, eh?
Visit FLY53 online


3. This Vinyl To MP3 Turntable (RRP £39.99)

 



Okay, don't be the guy/girl that takes it on a bus or whips it out in a Shoreditch cafe. But DO be the guy/girl that uses it to convert all those high-quality records you have to MP3 so you can take THEM on the bus.
Find this at Maplin


4. This pair of Vans Sk8-Hi MTE shoes (RRP £70)

 


It's not exactly kickflip season, but wear these babies in before the sun comes out again (around August, we guess) and they'll be nice and tender for you to get back on that board.
Visit Vans online


5. This Melting Rockstar desk thingy (RRP £7.55 - 8.94)

 



What on earth is this? Shape and mould your man into whatever you like, and let nature do the rest.
Find this online at Amazon


6. A load of Beard products from Percy Nobleman (RRP £10 - 19.99 each)

 



Is your face feeling a little dry under that neckbeard? Or is your boyfriend / brother / dad's face cutting up your chin when he gets close? Don't worry - Percy Nobleman will sort that right out.
Visit Percy Nobleman online


7. A £30 Voucer To Spend On Heavy Wax Vinyl



Heavy Wax do exactly what they say on the tin - they repress your favourite HEAVY records onto vinyl so you can hear them at their best. A £30 voucher is yours if you win the big haul!
Visit Heavy Wax online


8. This Hate No Hate Child Of Lucifer T-Shirt (RRP £16.66)

 


It's probably not the most Christmas-friendly item on the list, but it still looks bad ass.
Find Hate No Hate online


9. These Blue Foundation Jason Jesse Socks (RRP £12.99)

 



Why? Because Christmas and socks go hand-in-hand (or foot-in-foot, we guess)
Find these online at Impericon.co.uk


10. This '47Brand Bobble Hat (RRP £24.99)


Because it's cold. And also because hats.
Visit 47Brand online


11. This One Love Apparel cap (RRP £20)

 

 

 





Because it won't be cold forever. And also because hats.
Visit One Love Apparel online


12. This Black Sails Clothing Mandela Wallet (RRP £20)


Sure, you might not have anything left to put in it once you've bought all your Christmas presents, but it's still a sweet-as-hell way of carrying around that cash you don't have.
Visit Black Sails Clothing online


13. These Light Up Drumsticks (RRP £19.99)

Whether you're an actual drummer or really good at air drumming (it's a real thing, honest), these light up drumsticks will make sure you can a) see what you're hitting with precision and b) show everyone else you're the real deal.
Find these online at Maplin


14. This Antique Scarab T-shirt (RRP £21.99)

Antique are one of our favourite lifestyle brands, and they always churn out the good stuff. Their latest line is influenced by Egyptian imagery and graphics, and this T-shirt will make you want the whole damn range
Visit Antique online
 


Want all of that? Then get voting in the Rock Sound Readers Poll 2014 at smarturl.it/rsreaderspoll2014.

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Chris Motionless On Slipknot: “They Became A Huge Influence On Motionless In White”

Wednesday November 12th, 2014 01:57:00 PM

The Motionless In White frontman tells us about his first exposure to Slipknot, and how they went from being a band he just didn't get, to one of his biggest influences.

“The first time that I ever heard and saw Slipknot, I was not a fan. I was raised on the idea of this traditional five-piece band, that’s just what my dad and my uncle (who were my sources of musical discovery) instilled in me. When I saw this band that had two members that seemingly just fought each other on stage and didn’t do anything musically I was like ‘this is wrong!’”

"I don’t understand why I had that mentality other than I was just bred to believe in this five-piece band. It didn’t take long though. I don’t really know what changed, but I soon realised how amazing what they do is: it’s scary, it’s aggressive and I guess I was hooked. I like it when you come from not liking a band, to having them win you over. It just proves they’re a great band that can do that to somebody who didn’t want to like them.

"I think your opinion changing shows a progression of your interests and your maturity. People change over time, and it’s a cool thing to observe about yourself. Slipknot were a band I wasn’t really into, then they became one of my favourite bands and a huge influence on Motionless In White. It’s really cool to have that."


Slipknot are on the cover of the new issue of Rock Sound, which is available now. You can download it, order a copy anywhere in the world, or pick it up from UK stores today!

Motionless In White are on tour in Europe now, alongside Lacuna Coil. We caught the band's London show and you can view a whole gallery from the evening by clicking on the pic below.

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The 5 New Bring Me The Horizon Merch Items We Want Right Now

Tuesday November 11th, 2014 12:05:00 PM

Have you taken a look at Bring Me The Horizon's new clothing line yet? 

You may have noticed that BMTH launched horizonsupply.co last week, and with it, a brand new range of BMTH-branded clothing. 

Now we get excited when any band brings out a new range of goodies, but when you consider BMTH man Oli Sykes owns Drop Dead Clothing and just take a look at how good all this stuff looks, this one feels extra special. Here's what we'll be spending all of our money on come payday.

1. This House Of Wolves T-Shirt

WHY DO WE WANT IT? Because WOLVES, obviously. Everybody loves wolves, and when you've got a whole T-shirt covered in them, no one's gonna question your fashion choices. Right?
PRICE: £30.00 | TAKE A CLOSER LOOK


2. This Antivist Flag Sleeveless vest




WHY DO WE WANT IT? Because that new BMTH logo looks great emblazoned aross the black-and-white flag, and black-and-white goes with everything, right? Also, you can see the Horizon Supply tag nice and clear on the front there (that appears on every item in the new range, so you know it's the real deal).
PRICE: £25 | TAKE A CLOSER LOOK


3. This Bring Me The Horzion Saved My Life T-Shirt


WHY DO WE WANT IT? Because simple statements are the best. And that font is cool as hell.  
PRICE: £25 | TAKE A CLOSER LOOK



4. This Middle Fingers Up Crew Neck

 

 

WHY DO WE WANT IT? Because just THINK about how great it'll be screaming along to "Middle fingers up! If you don't give a fuck!" in 'Antivist' at Wembley, when you've got actual middle fingers on your actual sweatshirt. 
PRICE: £45 | TAKE A CLOSER LOOK


5. This Camo Trucker Cap

WHY DO WE WANT IT? Because the irony of a camouflaged Trucker cap emblazoned with "WE'RE GOING NOWHERE" is just too much to pass up.
PRICE: £25 | TAKE A CLOSER LOOK



To take a look at the full new range, head over to horizonsupply.co now. 

Bring Me The Horizon play London's Wembley Arena on December 05, with support from Young Guns, Issues and Sleepwave

 

 

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Why Slipknot Are My Favourite Band, By Rock Sound Editor Ryan Bird

Friday October 31st, 2014 04:36:00 PM

Slipknot have been our Editor's favourite band for over 15 years. Here's why.

There are few things that annoy me more in life than the words, "They're my favourite band".

It's a term used far too frequently, quite often by people of so-called authority who are keen to convince anyone willing to listen that they 'understand' the matter at hand. It's become a term of supreme hyperbole, and one which on a bad day can annoy me to no end.

But despite what I've just said, please believe me when I say this: Slipknot are my favourite band.

They have been since 1999, when at the age of 12 my older brother temporarily moved back into my parents' house, bringing with him a CD belonging to his former housemate. It was scratched, beaten and had no case. All it had in terms of identity was an unusual 'S' logo and the numbers 0 - 8, printed on the reflective silver top of the disc. It was, obviously, 'Slipknot', the band's eponymous debut, and to say that it changed my life would be an understatement.


Slipknot at Knotfest 2014

At the time, I was experiencing extreme bullying, not at the hands of people my age but at the hands of a teacher. Psychologically, the situation had left me a mess, and despite my young age I can honestly say that I felt life was a pointless, hopeless exercise. I won't reel out the cliche and say that the record saved my life, but it most certainly changed it for the better. It was raw, visceral and as it remains to this day, completely unique. It picked me up and held me in a way that I never thought music could. It reduced me to tears, releasing every drop of pain and distress I'd endured in the process. After a while I even started to feel as though, maybe, life could be something positive.

Throughout my youth and well into my adult life, Slipknot was more than just a band - it was my therapy. I remember catching the bus into Oxford city centre and waiting outside HMV at 6am so that I could get 'Iowa' the second it became available. I remember picking up 'Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses' from Tesco Metro near the old London Astoria at 11pm, minutes after seeing the band play a one-off show there on the day of the album's release. A year later, in what remains one of the most surreal moments of my life, I remember standing in the band's dressing room in Philadelphia while the sorely-missed Paul Gray led a room full of people in singing 'Happy Birthday' to me. 

By now you're probably wondering what the point of this blog is, other than for me to ramble on like a self-indulgent idiot who happens to have access to a website. In one sense you're right, that's exactly what I'm doing, but in another I suppose I'm simply trying to point out that despite the bullshit that surrounds the topic these days, some bands really can change lives. For all the liars and the frauds shovelling shit down the throats of desperate children while simultaneously shovelling money into their bank accounts, there are still a rare few who can touch people's souls. They can give hope, they can inspire, and in a very real way they can change the world. 

Slipknot are one of those bands, and not only am I delighted on a personal level that they're back in business, I'm also thrilled for each and every person out there who may be about to connect with them in the way I once did. As extreme as it may sound, the world needs bands like Slipknot. More importantly, people need bands like Slipknot. In terms of overcoming adversity and turning overtly negative situations into something overwhelmingly positive, there isn't another band in the world with the power to affect lives in quite the same way, and that makes the fact that they're still with us something worth celebrating. That makes them important. That makes them invaluable.

And, ultimately, that's what makes them my favourite band.

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Fashionably Great: This New Line Of Deftones Merch Is Pure Class

Friday October 3rd, 2014 12:30:00 PM

We like Deftones. You like Deftones. Deftones have a new merch line, and it's cool as fuck. Behold! Our favourite items after the jump...

Right, first up, click play on this. Because every bit of light reading needs a soundtrack. 

So here's the story: Deftones have long been one of Team RS' favourite bands, and they've always had the merch to match their class of their alternative metal. Last week they dropped a whole new range, and we think it's work shouting about. 

First up, there's this Black Troopers Tee ($30). Check that red tab on each of the tops. A sign of the band's attention to detail, we reckon!

Next, there's this owl-emblazoned 'Diamond Eyes' Tank ($40). It's brilliant, because owls are great, vests are great, and owls on vests are just too great to even comprehend right now.

This Old English Hoody ($60) could come in useful over the winter. Chilly neck? The 'Tones have thought of EVERYTHING!

And for the true Deftones fan, what better way is there to show your love than wearing the release date of every Deftones album ever across your heart / chest? Answer: there isn't one!
 

Finally, our favourite piece from the range is this slick 'White Pony' button-up shirt (£60). Got a party / wedding / job interview / fancy night out coming up? Deftones have you covered. No wasting an entire Saturday in Debenhams for you!  
 

If you like what you see here, head over to the band's merch store for more classy-as-fuck items.

What band merch have you been wearing recently? Seen something that's worth shouting about? Tell us, and it might make it into a future Fashionably Great feature! Don't forget, we dedicate two pages of merch, stuff and gear in every issue of Rock Sound Magazine. Download the latest issue NOW to see what else we've been sporting around RS Towers this month.

 

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Shit We Want Right Now #8: HYPE’s 7 Wonders Of The World Collection

Wednesday September 3rd, 2014 10:10:00 AM

Here at Rock Sound good clothing collabs get us proper excited, and the new hook-up between HYPE and ASOS is inspired. With seven pieces, each takes influence from one of the 7 Wonders Of The World and the results are pretty damn beautiful.

LOOK!














The HYPE 7 Wonders Of The World collection is available now from ASOS

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Mayday Parade’s Derek Sanders: My Favourite Pop-Punk Album Of All Time Is…

Monday September 1st, 2014 08:51:00 AM

Is Taking Back Sunday's debut a pop-punk album? Derek Sanders reckons so and he's sticking with it!

"I would say my favourite pop-punk album is Taking Back Sunday's ‘Tell All Your Friends’ if that fits in the category of pop-punk. I’d kind of started to dabble into bands like Saves The Day, New Found Glory, The Juliana Theory. This kind of sound. And then when I first heard TBS ‘Tell All Your Friends’ it just kinda like fully threw me into this is the kind of music I love. I’d been in bands before that and it changed a lot of the style of the music I was playing and everything. And it’s just one of the best albums of all time in my opinion."

To find out what we think are the 101 most essential pop-punk albums of all time, pick up the new issue of Rock Sound. You can download it digitally, order a copy to your door or grab a copy from all good newsagents, supermarkets and WH Smiths in the UK and Ireland today.

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The Wonder Years’ Dan Campbell: My Favourite Pop-Punk Album Of All Time Is…

Monday September 1st, 2014 08:50:00 AM

Because we've come over all pop-punk this month, we've got a few of our favourite artists to pick their favourite pop-punk album of all time. According to Dan Campbell, The Get Up Kids' 'Something To Write Home About' is "fucking Everest"!

"The easy and first and correct answer for me is ‘Something To Write Home About’ by The Get Up Kids, so if you’re counting that as pop-punk, that is fucking Everest. That’s the top of it -  that’s the best it’s going to get. The genre will never get to that level again. They are the pinnacle.

"How did I first get into it? You know it was about a girl! I was in like 8th or 9th grade and a girl was wearing a The Get Up Kids T-shirt and I was like ‘I need to find out what the motherfucking Get Up Kids are, I gotta make sure I know this'. There wasn’t really a record store near my house but when we would go vacation there’d be a record store in the beach town and I went and I bought ‘Something To Write Home About’, spun it 'til it didn’t work, then I bought it again, spun it 'til it didn’t work. It’s a record that I still play today."

To find out what we think are the 101 most essential pop-punk albums of all time, pick up the new issue of Rock Sound. You can download it digitally, order a copy to your door or grab a copy from all good newsagents, supermarkets and WH Smiths in the UK and Ireland today.

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NOVEMBER

25 - CARDIFF November Great Hall
26 - BIRMINGHAM Academy
27 - LONDON Brixton Academy
29 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
30 - NEWCASTLE Academy

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Watch The Dead Rabbitts’ Video For ‘Burn It Down’

Friday February 24th, 2017 04:55:00 PM

"I'm good without you."

Today, we've teamed up with The Dead Rabbitts and Tragic Hero Records to bring you the new video from Craig Mabbitt (Escape The Fate)'s side-project.

This is the furious, anthemic 'Burn It Down'.



The Dead Rabbitts' new album 'This Emptiness' is out on April 14 via Tragic Hero Records.


The 10 Best Band Tweets Of The Week

Friday February 24th, 2017 11:42:00 AM

This is why Twitter exists.

Josh had a really good time at his own concert


Sometimes we remember we're not in As It Is and cry forever


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Sassy Frank is back


What's happening in March? Please tell us. Pretty please?


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Well that's awkward


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But why aren't you playing Jupiter?


If you're heading out this weekend, make sure to pick up this month's magazine, or order online!

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Watch Loathe’s Crushing Video For New Song ‘Dance On My Skin’

Friday February 24th, 2017 09:57:00 AM

Start your Friday with something disgustingly heavy.



Meet Loathe. They're from Liverpool, they're ludicrously heavy, and their hobbies include moshing, being good at riffs and fucking shit up.

With that in mind, we've teamed up with them to premiere their atmospheric (and heavy. Did we mention that they're heavy?) new song and video, 'Dance On My Skin'.



The song is taken from their debut album 'The Cold Sun', which is due out on April 14 via Sharptone Records and can be pre-ordered here.

They recorded 'The Cold Sun' with Underoath / The Devil Wears Prada producer Matt McClellan, so you can bet it's worth getting excited about.

You can also see Loathe live and do a mosh when they support Blood Youth alongside labelmates Holding Absence in April.

APRIL

08 - GLASGOW Garage
09 - LEEDS Key Club
10 - LONDON Boston Music Room


#TBT To That Time Hayley Williams Joined You Me At Six On Stage

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 05:30:00 PM

This was great.



Let's relive the moment that Paramore's Hayley Williams jumped in on You Me At Six's performance at Reading festival in 2010, shall we? Because it's great.

Both bands were playing the main stage on the Sunday of the festival, alongside All Time Low, Blink-182 and Limp Bizkit (!!) and during You Me At Six's performance of 'Stay With Me' Hayley came in for the second verse and everyone pretty much lost their minds.

Watch it happen below.


Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley: “It Doesn’t Feel Like It’s A Battle…”

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 04:22:00 PM

Sum 41's Deryck Whibley dishes out some Life Lessons in this month's magazine. Here's a taste.

THERE’S MORE TO LIFE THAN GETTING WASTED
“When I broke my life down, drinking was not that high of a priority. Sure, it was great fun, but in a list of priorities it doesn’t make the top ten.

"I don’t feel like [quitting has] been a battle for me yet, it has been very simple. They said, ‘This is bad for you, and if you continue this way you’re going to die,’ so okay, I’ll stop doing that, I’ll move on. I guess the biggest surprise is that I discovered that life is actually more enjoyable without drinking.

"There are other things that I find exciting in life; just living and doing everything I do on a daily basis is gratifying and satisfying. I used to think, ‘Man, it would be so fucking boring if I didn’t drink, what the hell would I do?’ But I’m having a blast.

"It doesn’t feel like it’s a battle because every day is great, sure there are shitty things about each day and things that get me down, but I come back pretty quick, I don’t get bummed out easily.”


BEING IN A BAND IS MORE EXCITING THAN ANYTHING ELSE
“In my life, even when I was drinking, there wasn’t a lot of spare time. I was doing most of my drinking while I was doing the same things I’m doing now, which is mainly music, work and travel.

"Doing what I do with Sum 41 was always accompanied with alcohol, but now it’s not, so my life is still the same, I’m just more present for it all. I can take everything in and enjoy it for what it is, not because I’m buzzed and having a few drinks. What I do is such a naturally fulfilling thing, my life is already great.

"I used to think my life was so exciting because I was always partying, but it’s not. You’re already in a naturally high lifestyle, you’re performing every night, you’re doing all these great things – you’re living the dream.”



Read the whole feature in this month's Rock Sound magazine!

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Listen To The New Decade Album In Full

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 03:55:00 PM

'Pleasantries'. Here.



Today, we've teamed up with Decade to stream their vulnerable, savvy, catchy-as-fuck new album, 'Pleasantries'.

Dive in.



Into it? Need a little convincing? Either way, allow Alex Sears and Connor Fathers to take you through the whole album, track by track.

The record opens with 'Human Being', a song about the human condition; how we are all born curious, a little bit weird and unpredictable, and sometimes we’ll say and do things that we don’t really mean, but of course that’s what it means to be human. We can be so radically different on an individual level yet we all have these basic traits in common.

'Daisy May' is about that one person you can’t get out of your head, no matter what you try. Whether it’s someone that you love or someone that deeply wronged you, you still can’t stop thinking of them and it pretty much swallows you whole.

'Turn Off Your TV' is loosely based on how technology has come to shape our lives in the information age and how obsessed people can be with it. There are all these great places to go and things to experience yet we allow ourselves to sit indoors and procrastinate on an unhealthy level, mindlessly binging TV shows and scrolling through social media. We are all guilty of this on some level.

'Anaemia' is about an episode in my life when I was diagnosed with a hole in my heart, along with a heart murmur. I can actually remember having all the blood tests then going home and watching FRIENDS and thinking, ‘I had better enjoy this episode because I could be dead soon’ - I was very dramatic at 14! Not much has changed.

'Wasted' is about attempting to deal with your problems through drink and substance abuse. Not knowing where your life is going and what your purpose is when you reach adulthood must affect almost everyone at some point, and drinking or using to forget is all too common; I see it in a lot of my friends.

You have to confront your problems head on, but sometimes it’s easier to get fucked up with your mates and forget all about it. This is admittedly a pretty enjoyable short term fix but in the end you have to look inwards and figure out why you’re acting this way and how you can fix yourself.

'Sunbeam' is the filling of a narrative sandwich (5. Wasted, 6. Sunbeam, 7. Brand New Again) and is about the people/person that is there for you when you’re at your lowest. It’s about accepting the mistakes you’ve made in the past, accepting that you cannot change them, but also looking forward and getting your shit together with the help of those around you.

'Brand New Again' is about that feeling when you’ve hit rock bottom and there’s nowhere left to go, then the sudden motivation to change hits you and you know it’s all uphill from thereon out. It’s about telling yourself that you’re no longer that person from before and that you’re ready to rid yourself of all the bad vibes in your life. It’s a cathartic song for me personally and it’s about keeping your chin up and looking forward to the future rather than dreading it.

'Peach Milk' is about falling so hopelessly in love with someone that it can almost be dangerous, like you would do anything for them without consequence. The hook ‘drag me to the sea, hold me underneath’ is almost me saying that I am drowning in that overwhelming feeling of being with someone that you care about that much, and knowing that you could potentially ruin it because of the way you tend to be as a person.

'Can’t Figure You Out' is a song about the way we interact as human beings; how somebody can seem so mysterious until you get to know them. You find yourself wondering what they are thinking about and hoping that it’s you.

It’s strange because when you meet someone new, all you want is to know everything about them, and that air of mystery and intrigue is often overlooked in a hurry to feel comfortable, which is weird to me because that early stage is probably the most exciting part of a relationship.

'Geist' is about being bored and thinking about the past, like when you go to bed and suddenly your brain is like ‘Hey! Remember that dumb thing you did 12 years ago? How embarrassing was THAT.’ The hook ‘Alice, what’re you waiting for? Come around when I am bored’ is about that moment you’re laying in bed with nothing to distract you and the negative thoughts start creeping in.

The record comes to a close with 'Capsules', a song about everybody’s favourite subject; existential dread. It attempts to deal with those feelings of hopelessness when you don’t know why you are where you are or what your purpose is in the grand scheme.

"I’ll never get this right, and fucking everything up makes me feel alive" is about how life is just a series of trials and errors and that making mistakes is inevitable but will ultimately teach you the biggest lessons. We must use our experiences of failure and bad judgement to help us grow.



'Pleasantries' is out on Friday (February 24) through Rude Records, and you can catch the band on tour with Big Spring and Wallflower next month.

MARCH

03 - BIRMINGHAM Asylum
04 - LEICESTER Cookie
05 - NEWCASTLE Think Tank
06 - GLASGOW Audio
07 - LEEDS Key Club
08 - MANCHESTER Star & Garter
09 - LONDON Boston Music Room
10 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City Basement
11 - BATH Moles


Patty Walters Talks Writing Lyrics + As It Is’ Future Country Album

Monday February 20th, 2017 05:28:00 PM

Here's a taste of the question-and-answer column As It Is' Patty Walters writes for Rock Sound each and every month!



I’M TRYING TO WRITE LYRICS BUT I CAN’T PIECE THEM TOGETHER AT ALL, I HAVE OVER 200 PAGES AND NONE OF THEM SEEM TO FIT TOGETHER, PLEASE HELP…
AESC

"Start by highlighting your strongest lyrics and scrapping your weakest. Next, from one or several of your strongest, decide on the core message, perspective, or story that your lyrics will convey.

"Fitting thoughts to catchy melodies without losing their sentiment or meaning is a delicate procedure. On the other hand, you could always just use all two-hundred pages of lyrics to create one really epic song."


IF YOUR BAND MADE MUSIC FROM ANY GENRE OTHER THAN POP-PUNK, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
KIERA

"This may come as a surprise, but all five of us really enjoy country music. I admit it can be a super polarising genre, and I’m by no means saying that all country music is good, but we blast playlists pretty regularly on tour.

"We even have future plans to write a country album under the band name Ain’t It Is. You’d better brace yourselves."



You can read more of Patty's column in Rock Sound, and if you have a question for Patty, send it to patty@rocksound.tv

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The 8 Best Band Tweets Of The Week

Friday February 17th, 2017 10:55:00 AM

They never fail to make us laugh.

We'll go straight in with this gross, but genuine question from Lower Than Atlantis' Mike Duce...


ROAM's Alex Adam should probably be kept away from your nan.


Josh Dun, always looking out for people's feelings.


BMTH's Jordan is literally all of us right now.


This makes us feel so many things.


Cane Hill's Elijah Witt being brutally honest as always.


Some may call it stupid, others call it incredibly smart.


Oh hi again Josh. Turns out you didn't keep that suit on for long, because you ACCEPTED A GRAMMY IN YOUR PANTS.


Speaking of the Grammys, Brendon Urie won the best prize of them all.


Why not get yourself a copy of this month's magazine this weekend?

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Listen To Lullaby Versions Of Neck Deep Songs c/o Sparrow Sleeps

Wednesday February 15th, 2017 07:55:00 PM

*stagedives quietly*

When we grow up (like, properly grow up), we want our kids to love pop-punk.

And what better way to get them started than with a lullaby album full to the brim with awesome pop-punk?

We can only assume that's why Sparrow Sleeps have taken on a bunch of classic Neck Deep songs and turned them into baby-friendly anthems.

Get a taste of all 10 reimagined ND tracks below.



You can check out the tracklist for the superbly titled 'Night's Not Out To Get You' below, and get the full album at Sparrow Sleeps' website NOW!

01. Lime St.
02. Kali Ma
03. Can't Kick Up the Roots
04. Serpents
05. Threat Level Midnight
06. Silver Lining
07. Gold Steps
08. A Part of Me
09. Smooth Seas Don't Make Good Sailors
10. December


With Confidence: “We’re Writing For The Next Album Now…”

Tuesday February 14th, 2017 04:46:00 PM

Get the latest from WithCon.



“We’re writing for the next album now, and I think that’s something a lot of bands screw up – they don’t understand what they’ve done right and what resonated with people," says With Confidence man Jayden Seeley ahead of his band's UK headline tour.

"I like to think our songs are pretty catchy, but at the same time, we always try to balance that with being honest and, at the core of it, to write emotional music. That kind of sound seems to be booming in the UK, though we didn’t know that before we released the album!”

“I don’t like to set myself up for disappointment!” he laughs a little later when Rock Sound asks about their upcoming headliner thousands of miles from home.

But even though With Confidence played in front of thousands of people when supporting 5 Seconds Of Summer in Australia, he hopes this tour will live up to the first time the band played the Camden Underworld in London almost a year ago.

“We walked out,” he remembers, “and people just started singing and crowdsurfing straight away. All these people on the other side of the world were singing our songs back to us. It was an incredibly special moment.”


Catch up with the band and find out more about that tour in this month's magazine!

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With Confidence tour the UK starting this month. Scroll down to check out the dates!

FEBRUARY

24 - LONDON Underworld
25 - SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
26 - BRISTOL Exchange
28 - LEEDS Key Club

MARCH

01 - MANCHESTER Sound Control
02 - GLASGOW King Tuts
03 - NEWCASTLE Think Tank
04 - NOTTINGHAM Basement
05 - BIRMINGHAM Asylum
06 - NORWICH Epic Studios


SAINTE: “We’ve Already Made A Prequel And Sequel…”

Monday February 13th, 2017 05:33:00 PM

Tay Jardine explains how her new project with Mike Ferri and Cameron Hurley works...



 “SAINTE is essentially my solo project,” Tay explains, “but at the same time it’s not, because we’re doing everything together.

"It’s easier to express yourself alongside people you trust. It’s not like we had a messy break-up and I went off on my own, We Are The In Crowd isn’t even finished – we’re all happy and great friends. Cameron is the one who said, ‘You’d be crazy not to do it!’ But this is exactly where I need to be right now."

The bright, playful alt-pop of debut single ‘Technicolor’ has set the tone nicely, and Tay tells us that “video-wise, we’ve already made a prequel and sequel, so it becomes one longer film.”

Yet behind the searing greens and purples of her new aesthetic, there’s a personal, therapeutic element at play.



“Last year I went through a lot of difficult times with my mental health,” says Tay. “I was in a really strange and unfamiliar place, and I didn’t know how to fix it. I actually ended up getting therapy after going in the studio, just to talk to a stranger, and I’d suggest it to anyone.

"It helped me to open up, to talk about how I was really feeling, and put it into this music. I can express myself naturally with SAINTE. I’m feeling different, so the music is different too.”



Read Tay's full, enthralling interview in this month's Rock Sound magazine - available worldwide!

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Here’s Some FURIOUS New Welsh Metal

Monday February 13th, 2017 04:55:00 PM

Who likes punishing metalcore with massive choruses?

Yeah, us too. Which is why we've teamed up with South Wales crew When We Were Wolves to bring you the video for their first new song in three years.

Dig into their gory, gritty video for soaring new track 'The Gift Of Hating Me' below.



"Lyrically it's a big middle finger to many people," says vocalist Mitch Bock.

"Past members who have dragged our name through the mud, people who have tried to break us as a band and as people. I've had a very tough few years and struggled with my mental health.

"Thanks to a few close friends, family and my love of music I pulled through it all, so this song is my way of putting all my feelings towards certain people and that dark stage of my life on the table and laying it to rest."


Into it? When We Were Wolves have live shows in the diary, too!

APRIL

06 - MANCHESTER Retro
07 - BRIDGEND Hobos
08 - LONDON Surya
09 - SWANSEA Scene

JUNE

03 - LONDON Camden Rocks


Alex Gaskarth On One OK Rock: “They’re Taking The Western World By Force!”

Sunday February 12th, 2017 08:11:00 PM

Alex talks OOR.



“I honestly feel that they’re taking the Western World by force,” says All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth when we ask him about the impact of current Rock Sound cover stars One OK Rock.

“Sometimes bands have a hard time crossing over from a non-English speaking country into the English speaking parts of the world, and it seems to me like One OK Rock are doing a damn good job of making the transition.

"In my opinion, they’re doing it the right way by getting in front of passionate crowds and building a grass-roots fan base for themselves in these ‘newer’ markets."


One OK Rock have supported his band in the US, while Alex features on their new album 'Ambitions', and Alex feels like it's important for bands from across the world to back each other.

“All Time Low are not exactly what I’d consider a mainstream act right now, and we’ve had to do the same thing in places like Japan," he says.

"I think it’s really beneficial for bands to embrace and support one another like this, and help each other grow naturally in foreign places."

“What I love most about them is how down to Earth and focused they all are,”
he continues.

“They’re a really big, really well established band in many parts of the world, but when they come to the UK, or the States, they do an amazing job of adapting and realising that there’s still some work to be done and room to grow.

"It’s not often that you see a band able to make that transition, and I think it says a lot about who they are as people.”


Read more words from Alex (and a whole load more from One OK Rock) in this month's Rock Sound magazine, available to order WORLDWIDE!

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Waterparks’ Awsten Knight: “I Would Just Play Elevator Music And Come In Naked…”

Sunday February 12th, 2017 08:11:00 PM

Take a walk through Awsten's iPod.



We asked Waterparks' Awsten Knight to talk to us about why we're all here - music - this month. Here's a taste of what he told us in the latest Rock Sound magazine.

THE SONG THAT SUMS UP WHERE I AM IN MY LIFE
BEYONCE - ‘LEMONADE [the WHOLE DAMN ALBUM]’
“I picked this one because I relate to a lot of the songs. Jay Z keeps breaking my heart and it’s seriously exhausting! Also, you gotta say that lemonade is good. Heavy shout out to the lovely-ass strawberry lemonade at HEB [it’s a shop in Texas].”

THE SONG I WANT PLAYED AT MY FUNERAL
MICHAEL BUBLE - ‘ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU'
“I got this nailed! It’s a song for any situation you can think of in life.

"It’d bum everyone out at my funeral which, in a weird way, I kind of like. Imagine all those people sitting there listening to ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ while I’m just laying there, dead, being like, ‘What’s going on?’

"This is also my go-to karaoke jam all year round, I’ll sing it anywhere. Just not at my funeral, because… obviously.”


THE SONG THAT WOULD BE MY WRESTLING ENTRANCE MUSIC
KENNY G - ‘WAITING FOR YOU’
“I would just play elevator music and come in naked – that’d be my gimmick. Nobody’s done that yet, right?

"I’d also walk in as creepily as I possibly could, to freak my opponent out. They wouldn’t know where to look, where to try and grab me or anything, I couldn’t lose.”



Dive even further into Awsten's mind and music collection (if you dare) in this month's Rock Sound.

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7 Of The Best Vic Fuentes Quotes In History

Friday February 10th, 2017 02:44:00 PM

He's just the best.

Pierce The Veil's Vic Fuentes celebrates his birthday today (Feb 10). He also used to write a pretty badass advice column for Rock Sound.

Seems like a good time to go though some of his highlights, then!

"WILL SMITH TAUGHT ME WHAT CHILLIN' OUT, MAXIN', RELAXIN' ALL COOL WAS TRULY ABOUT"
ANNE-LOUISE ASKS: My friends and I have been arguing about what is the best sitcom ever. Some say Friends, others say The Big Bang Theory. So once and for all, what is the best sitcom in history?
VIC: “We will all stand by whatever show we loved growing up, and defend it with our life because it got us through our childhood.

"A good sitcom always puts you in your comfort zone when you need to relax. It’s that soothing background noise that can sing you to sleep, or even calm your anxiety when you’ve had too much on your mind that day.

For me, it was The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air with Will Smith. He taught me what chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool was truly about. If anyone out there can sing the theme song with me, we’re gonna be best friends.”


2. "I ALWAYS HAD A LOT OF RESPECT FOR [TWENTY ONE PILOTS], AND KNEW THAT THEY WERE DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO EVERYONE ELSE"

SAMANTHA: I only just started listening to My Chemical Romance after a decade of ignoring them. Now I feel like an idiot - they were awesome! Have you ever ignored a band for no reason and then discovered you love them further down the line?
VIC: “I was the same with Twenty One Pilots. I always had a lot of respect for them, and knew that they were doing something different to everyone else, but I just couldn’t get into their music.

"Then one day something snapped in my head and I was like, ‘Okay, I get it now!’  Lately I’ve been really digging their new album. Sometimes it takes seeing a band live, seeing their performances, to fully understand what the artist is trying to portray.

"The best is when you get into old bands like The Rolling Stones, because then you have a huge back catalogue of albums to indulge in!”


3. "I CAN'T REALLY HELP YOU WITH YOUR UNFORTUNATE POO PROBLEMS"
ANDY: My cat refuses to take a crap in his litter tray. Even when I physically put him in it he just walks off and craps all over the floor. Poo is ruining my life.
VIC: “I’ve never owned a cat because I’m allergic to them, so I can’t really help you with your unfortunate poo problems, but here’s a story about how a cat once ruined my life so we can at least bond.

"I had just started dating this girl, and I was over at her place hanging out. She lived in this tiny apartment with her cat. We started making out, and everything was going great until all of the sudden I started wheezing like an 80-year-old man! I tried to play it off and keep the moment hot, but it ended with me having to leave the house and walk around the block until I could breath again.

"It ruined the night, and my chances. I suggest you get a dog.”


4. "IT'S COMMON PRACTICE TO GET YOUR DOG NEUTERED..."
DEBBIE: My dog is totally obsessed with trying to hump the crap out of me. He's two years old now and has been doing this for over a year. I can't even tie my shoes without him going for gold. How can I make him and his 'lipstick' leave me alone?
VIC: “It’s common practice to get your dog neutered around eight weeks of age, Debbie. It sounds pretty vicious, but this will make him much more calm.

"He will have less testosterone in his system, thus making you calmer too. He will also be less prone to testicular cancer and most prostate diseases. Unless you’re planning on having a bunch of puppies, do that. Send my regards.”


5. "STAY PROUD AND BE BOLD"
ELLE: My dad mocks me for listening to alternative music and for how I dress. It gets me really down and I don't know how to make him stop. Any ideas?
VIC: “If you’re like me, music represents who you are. It’s in the way you dress and the way you express yourself to the rest of the world.

"Your parents don’t have to understand your self-image, but they should definitely respect it. When we were younger, Mike dressed like a punk, with spiked hair and chains hanging from his wallet. Our parents didn’t get it, but they never tried to change him.

"Without our parents' support, I don’t think we’d be where we are today. It’s important that you talk to your dad. Let him know that the things he says are hurtful. Don’t change yourself for anybody, Elle. Stay proud and be bold.”


6. "JUST KEEP SCREAMING!"
ROSS: I'm currently the singer in a band and I really want to learn to scream so that I can do more with my voice. Do you have any advice on how I could go about learning?
VIC: “Screaming is something that everybody does differently. So, you’ll just have to find out what works best for you. Your style and control will come with practice and in time you will begin to develop  your own unique screaming voice.

"From my personal experience, I’ve developed my screaming voice quite a bit over the years. When you compare our old records to our new ones, I sounded completely different when I was younger. My best advice is to put as much emotion into your music and your voice as humanly possible. That’s what’s most important. Just keep screaming!” 


7. "I HATE WHEN BANDS DECIDE AGAINST PLAYING FAN FAVOURITES"
LUCY: Do you ever get sick of playing 'King For A Day'?
VIC: “No way – I love playing that song! Watching the crowd go crazy and sing along with us is a beautiful thing. I hate when bands decide against playing fan favourites because they feel they have moved on. My dad is always reminding me to play old songs because there are still fans who want to hear them.”



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The 10 Best Band Tweets Of The Week

Friday February 10th, 2017 01:33:00 PM

This is what the internet has gifted us this week.

Of all the things to say, Jaime...


Can't wait to hear the next Cane Hill album.


Green Day's Tre Cool visited some of Manchester's finest sights whilst on tour.


If you haven't seen Twenty One Pilots' new video yet, firstly where have you been? But more importantly, Josh decided to wear a vest in the FREEZING COLD.


We've been pretty much losing our minds since news broke that Zac Farro was back in Paramore, and these pictures aren't helping.


So, so gross.


Awsten knows what's up.


Can anyone help poor Alex?


The greatest song of all time.


Neck Deep, pleasant as always.


Treat yourself to a Rock Sound magazine this weekend!

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These Edits Of Tyler Joseph Dancing Give Us Life

Thursday February 9th, 2017 06:26:00 PM

Tyler dancing to My Chemical Romance? Sign. Us. Up.

Twenty One Pilots dropped a behind-the-scenes video companion to their clip for 'Heavydirtysoul' overnight.

It's super insightful and really interesting, but one part in particular has set the internet alight.

Tyler dances while Josh plays drums towards the end of the video, and people have made the best edits to that clip.

Like Tyler going crazy to My Chemical Romance's 'Dead!', for example...


And where there are memes, there's obviously Panic! At The Disco.


Rounding off the emo trinity? Fall Out Boy's 'Dance, Dance', clearly.


Fancy something a little more leftfield? The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air theme ought to do it.


The Friends theme fits pretty seamlessly, too...


Just because, here's The Pussycat Dolls and 'When I Grow Up'


Finally - 'Guillotine'. Just... 'Guillotine'.


Watch the video that made this all happen below...



And you can check out the actual video for 'Heavydirtysoul' (which is better than all of this, trust us) below.



Twenty One Pilots are up for five Grammy Awards at this Sunday's ceremony, and Tyler and Josh also feature on this MASSIVE poster inside this month's Rock Sound...

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(Re)Introducing The Waiting Room Series

Thursday February 9th, 2017 05:55:00 PM

This is so cool.

Over the next few months we'll be teaming up with The Panda Studios to bring you a new season of The Waiting Room sessions.

Past series have featured the likes of The Summer SetMan Overboard and Balance And Composure playing live, and trust us when we say there's some even more exciting stuff on the way.

Producer Sam Pura - who's the brains behind all of this - says, "I want to find a cool band who is talented, who have a cool thing going on and put them in my studio, put mics and cameras on it and that should come together very easily."

And that's exactly what happened for the first video with rock-rap-reggae-and-a-little-bit-of-everything-else crew Darenots. Check out their awesome session below.



On Darenots, Sam says: "Those dudes walked in... I was like, 'I have no idea who those dudes are. I have no idea what I'm about to do, but it was badass as fuck!'"

"It's pure talent and pure enjoyment, and that's what I want to do."

You can catch the next episode right here on rocksound.tv soon!


Like Pop-Punk? You’ll LOVE This Carousel Kings Album

Thursday February 9th, 2017 03:55:00 PM

Listen to Carousel Kings' album right here.



Today, we've teamed up with Carousel Kings and Victory Records to stream one of 2017's best pop-punk albums.

Into fist-pumping, triumphant pop-punk jams? If not... why not?!

And if you are, dive into 'Charm City' below.



"We would like to dedicate the album to our fans, who without, we would not be where we are today," says vocalist David Alexander.

"We love each and every one of you, and hope these songs find you well. Connections made via the love of music is something that is priceless and is what keeps us going."

'Charm City' is out tomorrow (February 10) through Victory Records.


How Bry Killed His Manager Off “In A Tragic Car Crash”

Tuesday February 7th, 2017 03:37:00 PM

Really. Sort of.



“I’ve been playing for years but I properly began building an online following around 2010,” says Bry.

“I’ve always been obsessed with touring and travelling so when I noticed I had a lot of followers in Australia, I packed my bags, turned up at the Sydney Opera House and started busking.

"Three months later, I went back and sold 300 tickets and I’ve kind of been doing variations of that in random countries ever since…”

That’s the short version of the story, anyway. And when he says “random countries” he means it. Literally. Because Bry’s number one ambition in life? To perform in every single country in the world.

So far, he’s chalked off 65 nations, with 132 left on the hit list, but he’s undaunted by the prospect of the challenge ahead and confident he can pull it off.

“Some places might be trickier than others,” he concedes, “but I’m sure there’s a very eager audience waiting for me in North Korea!”

Alas, thanks to Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un’s infamously censorial dictatorship, North Koreans only have access to 28 websites, which could prove promotionally problematic for our hero. But if anyone is going to find a way around such issues, it’s Bry.

He has form, after all.


This is an excerpt from Bry's feature in Issue 223 of Rock Sound magazine. Click here to get yours!


“Back in the early days I created a fake manager called Sarah,” he begins.

“People would have thought I was a joke if I was sending my own emails, so ‘Sarah’ would contact people on my behalf.

"She’d be really professional, signing off with ‘Best’, then I’d jump in and be young and informal. Then I’d have female friends phone up and pester Academy venues for gigs, pretending they were her. It worked, too!”

Of course, once Sarah’s usefulness had been utilised to the max, she had to go, and so Bry “killed her off in a tragic car crash,” as you do.

Then in late 2014 real management came on board, as did a live booking agent, and he signed a publishing deal with Polar Patrol (overseen by members of Snow Patrol). That old spirit of ingenuity would come in handy later though, when Bry chanced his arm at blagging a support with Twenty One Pilots by contacting Tyler Joseph directly last year. The rest, as we now know, is consigned to the history books.

“It’s proof that a little Irish charm and cheek goes a long way,” he grins…



Bry meets a panda and talks about everything in the latest magazine. You can get the full feature WORLDWIDE below.

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A Letter To My Younger Self, By Greywind

Tuesday February 7th, 2017 02:27:00 PM

Think bands need to earn their stripes on the road?  Allow Greywind to persuade you to think again in their letter to the people they used to be.

"Younger Paul & Steph,

We know you're frustrated as hell right now because you can't find other band members to start the band you've always dreamed of having, but don't worry, everything will fall into place when you stop waiting and relying on other people.

You've always been told that you need to play loads of shows from day one to get anywhere in the music industry, but you will find out that's not true at all.

It's all about the songs, so stop dreaming of touring for a while and focus on finishing writing the best songs you possibly can right now. You won't get anywhere if you play a million shows with songs that aren't good so stop waiting for other band members and perfect your songwriting.

You will work this out soon and those songs will help make only your thirteenth and fourteenth ever live shows be at Reading & Leeds Festival. Seriously. SERIOUSLY!

So basically, just rely and believe in yourselves and we promise everything will fall into place!

Paul & Steph"

Greywind's debut album 'Afterthoughts' is out now via Search And Destory / Spinefarm. Check out their video for 'Circle' below.



The band also play Download Festival this summer.


Pete Wentz: “Someone Said, ‘This Is Probably The End Of Your Band Being Played On The Radio…’”

Monday February 6th, 2017 04:21:00 PM

On the 10th anniversary of Fall Out Boy's 'Infinity On High', we dive into the Rock Sound archive for a unique interview with Pete Wentz.

Fall Out Boy's enigmatic bass player and lyricist shares his thoughts on relationships, celebrity and how having kids changes everything in this instalment of Life Lessons.

LESSON #1
TRY NOT TO BOTTLE THINGS UP
"Bands are like relationships – you either find a way through your problems, or you break up. It’s important to acknowledge that there will be hard times, days where you just want to kill each other.

"If Fall Out Boy had stayed together and kept touring at the pace we were – before our hiatus – that would have been the end. One of the hardest lessons we learned was to communicate more openly. If your bandmate is doing something that annoys you and you don’t say anything, it’ll build up until, one day, you go fucking crazy on them.

"It’s much easier to confront things early, while they’re still small."


LESSON #2
DON’T WORRY ABOUT HAVING IT ALL FIGURED OUT - NO ONE DOES
"When I was in my twenties, I put so much pressure on myself. People kept telling me, ‘If you don’t get this one thing right, or pass this test, the rest of your life will be terrible.’ It wasn’t true!

"That’s a shitty thing to lay on people, because you’re already uncertain about everything at that point – ‘What am I doing with my life, will I have to live with my parents forever?’

"It was the same when we recorded ‘This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race’. Someone at our label said, ‘This is probably the end of your band being played on the radio.’ At the time I felt like, ‘Oh my god, we shouldn’t do this’, but now I realise, ‘Wow, you were such an asshole. That’s such a crazy thing to say to kids.’ You always have time."




LESSON #3
BEING FAMOUS DOESN'T MAKE YOU A BETTER PERSON
“If you’re not a happy person going into celebrity, it won’t fill the void in your life. Fame can’t make you better, or answer any of your questions about life.

"It’s like living in a fictionalised world, where nobody treats you like you’re human – so you stop acting like one. For most of my twenties I lived like an adult-sized toddler, pushing my responsibilities on to other people.

"Celebrity also affects the folks around you. Sure, it’s cool skipping the line at Disneyland, but if that means my son not wanting to take photos at school – because he associates photography with paparazzi chasing after us – I would trade it away in a heartbeat.”


LESSON #4
PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING
“Maybe we all take family for granted, unless someone’s been born or someone’s died!

"Having kids has changed everything for me. Before them, I didn’t really understand the importance of patience, or considering other people’s needs. When stuff sucks now, like I’m annoyed at ticket sales or a bad review, I have this other part of my life that’s more important.

"It’s so important to have a balance. I’ve also experienced more of the world, and come to realise how small I really am. I’ve been to Uganda and seen the displacement camps, where people can’t even get access to clean water. Some fucking pop radio guy like me, I need to make more of a  significant contribution to humanity than just playing catchy songs.”




LESSON #5
GET TO KNOW YOURSELF, AND YOUR LIMITS
“Back in about 2008, I defined myself entirely as, ‘That guy from Fall Out Boy.’ I had no other identity aside from that, so I couldn’t process things properly.

"When we went on hiatus, I really had to get my shit together. I got therapy, a lot of which was based around taking my toddler to the park – taking care of someone else. Around the same time, I fired my assistant, not because they were a bad person, but because I needed to do simple stuff for myself.

"Out of that I learned how much I can give to the band, to other people, before it becomes unhealthy. I’ve also stopped reading what other people said about me. Before, I’d looked at it all, sitting in my head and going, ‘But that’s not true!’ That will lead you to madness, there’s nothing to be gained from it. You can’t take those things personally.”


LESSON #6
DO WHAT YOU LOVE, WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE IT
“I can only write when I feel like I need to, as a way of getting things out. Apparently Stephen King writes 2,000 words a day, and sits at his desk until he’s done – I could never be like that!

"If I try to force myself to be creative, it comes out wrong. It’s a balance because I’m also here to serve the fans, people who have spent their money on our band. We recognise that when we play, every night is a special night for someone. I try to honour that, without giving everything away.”



This interview was originally published in Rock Sound #220.

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Stream A New EP From One Of The Best New Bands In UK Pop-Punk

Friday February 3rd, 2017 04:55:00 PM

Listen to Homebound.



Think UK pop-punk has done everything it was ever going to do? Think again.

Homebound are aggressive and catchy, sure, but they sound straight-up bigger than so many of their peers.

And that's why you need to hear them clatter through new EP 'The Mould You Build Yourself Around' below.



The EP is out on February 10 via Rude Records.

"The writing of this EP tested us all individually in different ways," explains guitarist Tom Mellon.

"To be honest at times it felt like it was never going to get released due to various setbacks. We took our time and aimed to create a well-rounded EP, showcasing what we’re all about as a band. It’s been a while since anyone has heard new music from us so it’s great to finally have something out that we are proud of."

You can catch Homebound on tour with Four Year StrongChunk! No, Captain Chunk! and Boston Manor this month.

FEBRUARY

14 - BRISTOL Fleece
15 - MANCHESTER Academy II
16 - BIRMINGHAM Academy II
17 - LONDON Koko


The 12 Best Band Tweets Of The Week

Friday February 3rd, 2017 01:12:00 PM

Endless entertainment

Alex Gaskarth is full of compliments.


Awsten's Twitter is the gift that keeps on giving.


This tweet...

Followed by this photo...


We've all been there.


We are SO ready for the new Neck Deep album.


The As It Is / ROAM banter continues...


WE SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE BRY, AND WE LIKE IT.


Absolutely nobody does that Tyler. Nobody.


Looks like Seaway are enjoying their UK tour


Now it all makes sense.


Mmmmm sweaty naps.


And finally, an important message...


Treat yourself this weekend to this month's magazine, with a choice of THREE covers! Here's how to get it.

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State Champs: “You Should Always Be Scared…”

Sunday January 29th, 2017 03:34:00 PM

Derek talks album three.



“We are thinking about how we can take this to a new level,” says State Champs vocalist Derek DiScanio.

“Sure, we want to take songs to the radio but also not forget why we started this. We don’t want to blow things out of proportion. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.

"If it does and we’re vibing and we become closer because of that, then why not? We may work with people who may not have that big of a name and strike gold somewhere. We might really surprise ourselves, you never know...”


While the details remain somewhat up in the air for now, what is clear is the ambition that still drives the band. There is also a very real sense of fear. What if things don’t work out how they want them to? What if the fans they have gained over the years aren’t on board? What if they lose everything they have worked so hard for? All of these questions have crossed Derek’s mind of late.

“We are nervous that [experimenting with the sound] could change us into something we don’t want to be or that it will change our outlook on how we write songs.

"I have to remind myself constantly to have fun with it like we did when we first started. It’s kind of an oxymoron. Don’t overthink it, but make sure you don’t not think about it either. I’ve seen first-hand a lot of bands that we’re close with not caring or being frustratingly comfortable with where they currently are.


“We also know bands that have tried new things that have either made or broken them,” he continues.

“That’s why we are scared. You should always be scared, but sometimes you just have to go for it.”


This is an extract from State Champs' interview in issue 222 of Rock Sound magazine.

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Take A Look Behind The Scenes Of While She Sleeps’ New Video

Friday February 24th, 2017 04:36:00 PM

So, so, so cool.

While She Sleeps premiered their video for new song 'Silence Speaks' (featuring Bring Me The Horizon's Oli Sykes) this week, and you can take a look behind the scenes of the video shoot right here courtesty of Marcia Richards.

Oh, and the video itself looks like this.



While She Sleeps' new album 'You Are We' is out on April 21, and will tour the UK that same month.

A lot.

APRIL

14 - LONDON Old Blue Last
15 - KINGSTON Hippodrome
20 - YORK Fibbers
21 - SHEFFIELD Plug
22 - LONDON Dome
23 - LONDON Dome
25 - BRIGHTON Concorde II
26 - SOUTHAMPTON Talking Heads
27 - OXFORD Academy II
28 - BRISTOL Fleece
29 - MANCHESTER Academy II

MAY

01 - DUBLIN Academy
02 - BELFAST Oh Yeah Centre
03 - LIVERPOOL Arts Club
05 - STOKE Sugarmill
06 - NORWICH Waterfront
08 - NEWCASTLE Riverside
09 - GLASGOW Garage
10 - NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
12 - BIRMINGHAM Asylum
13 - LEEDS Stylus

AUGUST

25 -27 - READING & LEEDS FESTIVAL


This Is What It Looks Like When Taking Back Sunday + Frank Iero Play Shows Together

Saturday February 18th, 2017 08:37:00 PM

Just legends being legends.

Carla Mundy caught Taking Back Sunday and Frank Iero And The Patience at Nottingham Rock City on February 17. This is what she saw.


This Is What A Green Day Show Looks Like In 2017

Thursday February 9th, 2017 02:45:00 PM

Ben Gibson caught Green Day and The Interrupters doing their thing at London's O2 Arena last night (February 08).

Check out his photos of both bands right here.


Witness The Mayhem Of A Seaway Show

Monday February 6th, 2017 01:48:00 PM

So. Many. Crowdsurfers.

Ben Gibson caught SeawayWSTRThe Gospel Youth and Tigress doing their thing this week. This is what it looked like.


This Is What A Day To Remember, New Found Glory, Neck Deep + Moose Blood Looked Like In London

Monday January 30th, 2017 04:22:00 PM

Now THAT is a bill.

Ben Gibson headed to London Wembley Arena to see A Day To Remember, New Found GloryNeck Deep and Moose Blood do their thing. These are his photos.


13 Photos Of Yellowcard’s Last Ever UK Show

Tuesday December 27th, 2016 11:51:00 AM

Yellowcard. London's Brooklyn Bowl. Their last ever show in the UK.

Ben Gibson was there to capture it all.


10 Photos Of Area 11’s Biggest Ever Headline Show

Saturday December 17th, 2016 01:54:00 PM

Area 11. Biggest ever headline show. London Islington Academy.

Corinne Cumming was there to capture Area 11's set, plus Fort Hope and Boy Jumps Ship.


This Is What It Looked Like When The Amity Affliction Hit The UK

Sunday December 11th, 2016 10:59:00 PM

The Amity AfflictionNorthlaneStray From The PathWage War. Birmingham.

Carla Mundy's photos.


Scream, Aim, Set Everything On Fire - This Was Bullet For My Valentine In London

Saturday December 10th, 2016 07:15:00 PM

Three bands, one heavy show.

Ben Gibson hit London's Brixton Academy to see Bullet For My ValentineKillswitch Engage and Cane Hill do their thing.


16 Photos Of A Big, Big Beartooth Show

Saturday December 10th, 2016 07:03:00 PM

BeartoothVanna and Trash Boat. London Shepherd's Bush Empire.

Photos by Corinne Cumming.


This Is What It Looked Like When You Me At Six Played A Tiny London Venue

Tuesday November 29th, 2016 04:37:00 PM

Rowdy.

You Me At Six and Dead! hit London's Dingwalls as part of the Dr. Martens Stand For Something tour this week. Ben Gibson was there to capture the mayhem.


32 Photos Of Pierce The Veil, letlive. & Creeper In London

Monday November 28th, 2016 06:11:00 PM

What. A. Show.

Ben Gibson was there to capture the moment.


15 Photos Of Melanie Martinez In London

Tuesday November 22nd, 2016 03:28:00 PM

Melanie Martinez. London Hammersmith Apollo. November 2016.

Ben Gibson was there to see Melanie and Alvarez Kings do their thing.


Just 16 Photos Of Panic! At The Disco Ruling London, NBD

Sunday November 20th, 2016 12:56:00 PM

Panic! At The Disco. London Alexandra Palace, night one.

Corinne Cumming's photos.


29 Photos Of Architects’ Breathtaking Brixton Show

Saturday November 19th, 2016 11:57:00 AM

ArchitectsBury TomorrowStick To Your Guns. London Brixton Academy. Breathtaking.

Photos by Ben Gibson for Rock Sound.


22 Photos Of Twenty One Pilots Bringing The Emøtiønal Røadshøw To London

Saturday November 12th, 2016 01:46:00 PM

Twenty One Pilots hit London's Alexandra Palace last night.

And Ben Gibson was there to capture a truly special night with Tyler, Josh and Bry.

Tyler and Josh are on the cover(s) of the latest Rock Sound magazine, available now!

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Take A Peek At The New (Old)-Look Asking Alexandria

Thursday November 3rd, 2016 04:34:00 PM

Danny's back.

Savannah Bright got these shots of Danny Worsnop's return to Asking Alexandria.


26 Photos Of Bring Me The Horizon’s Biggest EVER Show

Tuesday November 1st, 2016 12:19:00 PM

Bring Me The Horizon hit London's O2 Arena for a HUGE Halloween 2016 show.

It was brilliant, and Ben Gibson was there to capture the moment.

Like the look of that? The band are on tour all week!

NOVEMBER

01 - BOURNEMOUTH BIC
02 - NOTTINGHAM Capital FM Arena
04 - BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena
05 - LONDON O2
06 - SHEFFIELD Arena
08 - MANCHESTER Arena
09 - GLASGOW Hydro


This Is What Enter Shikari’s HUGE O2 Arena Set Looked Like

Tuesday November 1st, 2016 12:15:00 PM

Enter Shikari played London's O2 Arena with Bring Me The Horizon last night.

Ben Gibson was there to capture their breathtaking, bonkers set.


Here’s What Don Broco’s Halloween Looked Like

Tuesday November 1st, 2016 12:11:00 PM

Don Broco. Supporting Bring Me The Horizon. Dressed as zombie cowboys.

The dream.

Ben Gibson galloped over the London's O2 Arena to grab these photos.


6 Photos Of Basement At The O2 Arena

Tuesday November 1st, 2016 12:09:00 PM

Basement supported Bring Me The Horizon at London O2 Arena on Halloween.

This is what their set looked like.


This Is What Fearless Vampire Killers’ Last EVER Show Looked Like

Monday October 31st, 2016 05:42:00 PM

What a celebration.

Fearless Vampire Killers (FVK to some) played their last ever show at London's Camden Underworld last night (October 30).

Justine Trickett was there to capture the moment for Rock Sound.


This Is What A You Me At Six Homecoming Looks Like

Tuesday October 25th, 2016 11:04:00 AM

Wonderful.

You Me At Six played London's Shepherd's Bush Empire for the first time ever last night. Ben Gibson was there to see YMAS and VANT do their thing.


This Is What Moose Blood’s Biggest Ever Show Looked Like

Saturday October 8th, 2016 04:39:00 PM

Moose Blood. London Koko. Absolutely massive.

Moose Blood played their biggest ever headline show last night, and Corinne Cumming was there to see MB, Boston Manor and Turnover do their thing.


This Is What Against The Current’s Biggest Ever Show Looked Like

Saturday October 1st, 2016 05:30:00 PM

Against The CurrentAs It IsBeach Weather. London.

Corinne Cumming's photos of a special, special night.


VITJA - ‘Digital Love’

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 03:09:00 PM

It's heavy.

On their 2015 EP ‘Your Kingdom’, Vitja distanced themselves from their former tech-metal sound. With ‘Digital Love’ they continue to blunt their sharp edges, focusing instead on mammoth grooves and anthemic choruses; and sometimes it works.

‘SCUM’ does compelling things with nu metal bounce, electronic ambience and sweeping choruses, for example.

Elsewhere though, tracks like ‘The Golden Shot’ sound like the Germans are doing a Bring Me The Horizon impression with eight-string guitars and, as a result, striding a less interesting path.


Villain Of The Story - ‘Wrapped In Vines, Covered In Thorns’

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 02:59:00 PM

Our take on their debut album.

Oh look, another bunch of tattooed American dudes playing scorching, wreck-your-neck metalcore.

Why should you care? Well, Villain Of The Story throw in more atmospheric undertones and electronic curveballs than most, for one thing, walking a tightrope between barnstorming melody (the heart-stopping drama of ‘Powerless’) and flat-out brutality (‘A Message For Mr. Rascal’).

The results occasionally grate, as on the irritatingly gimmicky ‘Dragon Sickness’, but hammer all sorts of emotional buttons when vocalists/stepbrothers Logan Bartholomew and Christian Grey lock in for a blockbuster chorus.

There’s an impressive sense of scope, vision and unremitting passion here, making ‘Wrapped…’ a promising debut 


Our Hollow Our Home - ‘Hartsick’

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 02:54:00 PM

FFO: Breakdowns.

Southampton’s Our Hollow, Our Home proved they could deliver quality over mere quantity with 2015’s thunderous ‘//Redefine’ EP. The metalcore upstarts’ debut album follows in a similar vein, but there’s a renewed sense of ferocity ripping through all 13 tracks.

Hook-laden choruses (‘Karmadillo’, ‘Pride: Lieoness’) collide with hefty breakdowns (‘Feast For The Crows’) striking an apt balance between melody and wanton belligerence.

From the bludgeoning fury of ‘Pride: Of Might And Mane’ to bruising first single ‘Worms Wood’, there’s an intriguing natural world theme, too.

There might just be enough here to set them apart from the masses.


Suicide Silence - ‘Suicide Silence’

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 02:42:00 PM

A disappointing album.

Following the loss of frontman Mitch Lucker in 2012 and 2014’s barnstorming, bittersweet renewal ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ with new vocalist Eddie Hermida at the helm, it’s understandable that these Californian firebrands are opening a new chapter.

Yet by suppressing their deathcore roots and embracing a ragged, raw and downright messy nu metal-esque sound, they’ve shed the very thing that made them great.

From the lethargic, dragged-out meanderings of ‘Conformity’ to the disjointed sludge of ‘Silence’ and Korn-esque gloom of ‘Run’ – Eddie’s wail-to-a-roar vocals wobbling all over the place – this record falls short in almost every respect. 


Power Trip - Nightmare Logic

Friday February 17th, 2017 02:30:00 PM

Start the circle-pit.

Hardcore kids playing thrash metal have always been on shaky ground, because for every band hitting the mark, another batch of chancers crumble beneath limp riffing, cornball humour and a dire lack of intensity.

Power Trip truly nail it though, and this eight-song effort serves as a breathless, panic-inducing assault on the senses; delivering A-grade riffs, punch-in-the-throat immediacy and more ass-kicking per second than many will be able to withstand.

No wonder then that they’re as at home touring with Lamb Of God as tearing up dive venues in front of spinkicking genre purists. Stick this on, turn it up, and turn your room into a circle-pit.


Decade - ‘Pleasantries’

Friday February 17th, 2017 02:14:00 PM

This band.

With ‘Pleasantries’, Decade prove that their 2014 debut ‘Good Luck’ was no fluke.

These 11 songs represent a confident step forward, the band catapulting their spiky, distinctive take on UK pop-punk into even more exciting pastures.

‘Human Being’ and ‘Daisy May’ are angular, sharp-tongued anthems, boasting buoyant melodies and ultra-catchy hooks, facing off against the bittersweet ruminations of ‘Peach Milk’ and strangely cheerful ’90s vibes of ‘Turn Off Your TV’.

Here’s an infectious follow-up that cements Decade as one of the scene’s brightest hopes. 


Acres - ‘In Sickness & Health’

Friday February 17th, 2017 02:11:00 PM

Post-hardcore's newest talent.

Forget about who can riff the fastest or sing the ‘best’; when it comes to making music, emotion is all.

But it does take skill to channel your innermost feelings with real, meaningful resonance. To that end, Acres are… almost there.

These five tracks are dripping with a passion, spite, fire and soul that can’t be faked. It’s a raw document of a band embroiled in the pain of coming of age, beginning to to flex their creative muscles.

If they can refine their embryonic post-hardcore into something with more focus, kick and insight then they’ll really be onto a winner.


Acceptance - ‘Colliding By Design’

Friday February 17th, 2017 02:03:00 PM

They're back.

The phrase, ‘Your favourite band’s favourite band’ was practically invented for Acceptance. Everyone from All Time Low and Lower Than Atlantis to A Day To Remember have declared this underappreciated (by the general public at least) Seattle quintet among their most-loved.

Back with their first album in 12 years after a near-decade hiatus, ‘Colliding By Design’ finds them picking up right where they left off. Skillfully sketched melodies are their calling card and, while it has virtually no bite or cutting edge to speak of, there is enough craft and subtle depth here to warrant repeat listens.


Green Day In London: “The World Needs This Band”

Friday February 10th, 2017 11:15:00 AM

Green Day. London O2 Arena. These are our thoughts.

THIS FEELS LIKE A REAL MOMENT
From the very beginning, there’s an electricity about the O2 Arena – with only a handful of empty seats and the crowd in fine voice. After all the trials and struggles that Green Day have faced over the past few years, it feels like a victory before they’ve even played a note.

When California’s finest do take the stage and rip through ‘Know Your Enemy’, the place erupts.

NO ONE PUTS ON A BETTER SHOW
Though Billie Joe Armstrong still has a severe case of “Hey-ohhh”-itis (if you took a drink every time he said it, you’d be unconscious within 30 minutes) and the stage show hits a lot of familiar beats, it’s still an unbelievably fun experience.

Fire, explosions, T-shirt cannons and Tré Cool falling over a lot don’t ever get old, and when the frontman invites a girl from the audience up to play Operation Ivy’s ‘Knowledge’ before telling her, “You can keep the guitar”, there’s hardly a dry eye in the house.



THEY HAVE ALL THE SONGS…
No seriously, all of them. From ‘Dookie’-era anthems like ‘Basket Case’, ‘Longview’ and ‘When I Come Around’ to a haunting ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ and ‘Are We The Waiting’, this set is stuffed with spine-tingling moments. They even play some less frequently-heard cuts like ‘Scattered’ and ‘Christie Road’ in a nod to their old-school fans.

‘HITCHIN’ A RIDE’ IS BRILLIANT
We all agreed? Cool, let’s move on.

… AND THE NEW STUFF SOUNDS HUGE
Whether it’s the blistering one-two punch of ‘Bang Bang’ (with chants of “No Trump, No KKK, No fascist USA” sweeping across the arena) and ‘Revolution Radio’ or a soulful, life-affirming run through ‘Still Breathing’, tonight is anything but a nostalgia-fest.

These are some of the most powerful and incendiary songs of the trio’s 30-plus year careers, with ‘Forever Now’ emerging as a barnstorming epic to rival ‘Jesus Of Suburbia.’ They played that too, and it was great. Obviously.



THE WORLD NEEDS THIS BAND
Love, equality, freedom, tolerance. Green Day have always worn their values on their sleeves, and tonight is no exception; whether that’s Billie Joe encouraging us “weirdos” in the audience to chase our dreams or performing ‘King For A Day’ – as well as the usual cover song medley – draped in a rainbow flag.

By the time ‘American Idiot’ rolls around (“Fuck Donald Trump”, he screams) and gives way to the stripped-back ‘Ordinary World’ and ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’, it’s obvious just how vital this band have been, and – by the looks of it – will remain for a long time yet.

Here’s to Hyde Park in the summer.


Eisley - ‘I’m Only Dreaming’

Friday February 10th, 2017 11:09:00 AM

Prepare your emotions.

Eisley have always had a knack for plucking at the heartstrings, but their first album in three years, and first with Sherri Dupree-Bemis on lead vocal duties, is on a different level.

Like the warmth of the sun on the back of your neck, the gorgeously glitchy ‘Sparking’, engrossing acoustic cut ‘Rabbit Hole’ and touching ‘A Song For The Birds’ demonstrate songwriting and emotional honesty of an impressive calibre.

The Texas crew have created a piece of art that probes into what it means to love and be loved with real intent and passion. If you’ve slept on this band up until now, it’s time to change that. 


Vant - ‘Dumb Blood’

Thursday February 9th, 2017 03:18:00 PM

Music with a message.

Bandleader Mattie Vant has plenty to get off his chest on debut album ‘Dumb Blood’.

He’s known for crafting lyrics that demand discussion, exploring the horrors of the world before a backdrop of swaggering indie-punk. ‘Parking Lot’ discusses horrific sexual assault cases across U.S. college campuses, while ‘The Answer’ is a hard-hitting response to the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Mattie aims to start conversations, change minds and make a difference, and with a collection of tracks that are as catchy as they are provocative, he’s on his way.


Meat Wave - ‘The Incessant’

Thursday February 9th, 2017 03:14:00 PM

A beautiful mess.

Built around the brutally honest diary entries of frontman Chris Sutter, detailing his downward spiral in the aftermath of a relationship breakdown, ‘The Incessant’ constantly threatens to capsize.

Most songs come in around the two-minute mark, ‘Tomosaki’ and ‘Run You Out’ barking like a messier ’Menzingers, bizarre time signatures rearing their heads on ‘Bad Man’, all before the dirge-filled regret of ‘Birdland’ arrives.

It’s a challenging and, at times frustrating listen, with great melodies getting lost amongst the feedback – but it begs your attention nonetheless. 


Matt Pryor - ‘Memento Mori’

Thursday February 9th, 2017 03:10:00 PM

It'll tug at your heartstrings.

In which The Get Up Kids’ supremo tackles the tough, tangled subjects of mortality, grief, love and survival. The results are some of the most heart-rending and beautiful you’re likely to hear, as Matt’s syrup-smooth voice glides over sparse, understated instrumentation, pushing the message and melody up front.

It’s never a bum-out listen, though, and the super-prolific songwriter is on form once again across all 10 tracks.

Although it’s not as essential as his early emo scene-defining fare, there’s tremendous power and strength in the softness here. 


Danny Worsnop - ‘The Long Road Home’

Thursday February 9th, 2017 02:53:00 PM

Danny Worsnop goes solo.

Arriving fashionably late, and sounding like he’s been drinking for weeks, the debut solo (country!) album from Asking Alexandria frontman Danny Worsnop has no right being as good as it is.

It should be a disaster. It should be a joke. But there’s proper bruised soul in its whisky-soaked seams.

From the swinging saloon hoedowns of ‘I Feel Like Shit’ and ‘Don’t Overdrink It’ to the hazy blues of ‘Prozac’ and ‘High’, this is accomplished, convincing stuff.

Showcasing his impressively wizened and worn vocals, and lyrics that flip from nudge-wink knowing to genuinely confessional, this might just be Danny’s finest hour.


Tall Ships - ‘Impressions’

Thursday February 2nd, 2017 03:47:00 PM

An honest & emotional record.

Over four years have passed since Tall Ships released their debut album ‘Everything Touching’, and in that time the Brighton post-rock outfit almost fell apart.

Following financial, creative and personal struggles, ‘Impressions’ is an atmospheric – and often cathartic – listen that plumbs great depths of intensity.

‘Meditations On Loss’ sets shimmering textures atop soaring guitars, while ‘Home’ builds to a crashing crescendo. Deftly handled, ambitious yet fragile, this is the sound of a band displaying their battle scars for all to see.


BAND-MAID - ‘Just Bring It’

Thursday February 2nd, 2017 03:44:00 PM

J-rock like you've never heard it before.

Spinning off from Tokyo’s culture of maid cafes, BAND-MAID are a unique prospect; combining elements of the Japanese otaku scene (essentially, anime and manga fandom) and stomping, soaring pop-rock/metal.

Whatever you make of their aesthetic, this new album is an enjoyably polished affair, packed with huge choruses and swaggering riffs. ‘Don’t You Tell ME’ and ‘YOLO’ are ridiculously catchy, while the five-piece’s musicianship shines through in all manner of guitar pyrotechnics and radio-friendly bombast. Compelling stuff.


Homebound - ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’

Thursday February 2nd, 2017 03:38:00 PM

This is worth your time

Oh look, another exciting new UK pop-punk band.

Yep, Homebound seem destined for a huge 2017 if this brilliantly raw, candid new EP is anything to go by.

From the searing, confessional ‘Headspace’ to the melancholy bounce of ‘Distrait’, these songs come in on the darker side of the scene spectrum; yet for all their intensity, they’re not short on winning hooks and moments of flat-out melodic joy.

Though at times the Surrey crew do veer into paint-by-numbers territory, there’s more than enough in the likes of the bittersweet ‘Broken Reverie’ to suggest they can break from the pack.


Carousel Kings - ‘Charm City’

Thursday February 2nd, 2017 03:29:00 PM

Is this the album that could change everything?

While some bands burst into life right off the bat, others need time and hard-won perspective to truly blossom.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s Carousel Kings fall into the latter group; having chipped away at their pop-punk formula since 2009, they’ve finally conjured up the record that could make their name.

Heartfelt, imaginative and full of surprises, ‘Charm City’ shows off the four-piece’s impressive range. Running the gamut from breezy, yet soulful easycore (‘Glory Daze’) to thoughtful, anguished alt.rock (‘Something Isn’t Right’) and even dipping their toes into heavier climes (‘Dynamite’ throws in some crunching riffs), they stand out like a tie-dyed skyscraper in a sea of grey.

They’re pretty handy with a riff, but wedding introspective musings to ridiculously addictive choruses is their true vocation.

Crucially, Carousel Kings have grown into a band with a unique identity. Sure, the super-slick production does strip these songs of some of their punch, and at 13 tracks it might outstay its welcome a little, but when the journey takes in pitch-perfect cuts like ‘Bad Habit’ and straight-up bangers like ‘Fractals’, you won’t regret buying a ticket.

As long as luck is on their side, the sky is the limit for these guys.


Dave Hause - Bury Me In Philly

Thursday January 26th, 2017 05:21:00 PM

A beautifully written piece of work.

Dave Hause has always been blessed with a purity of songwriting craft that sets him apart from the punk troubadour pack.

This collection is no exception – the misery-tinged love letter of opener ‘With You’ setting the tone for an album which deals in both human triumph and defeat with beautifully observed skill.

As the lusty porch-side reminiscence of ‘The Ride’ gives way to the anthemic, titular homage to Hause’s hometown of Philadelphia, he once again cuts to the core of the human condition.

It adds up to another deft, mature and utterly addictive release. 


Less Than Jake - ‘Sound The Alarm’

Thursday January 26th, 2017 05:17:00 PM

The ska kings are back.

Despite its remarkable brevity (just seven tracks are included on this oddly-billed ‘album’) ‘Sound The Alarm’ is a reminder that Less Than Jake’s qualities are as enduring as they are trend-defying.

While ska is often derided as wacky and a bit daft, the Gainesville mob continue to push diary-esque emotion and absorbing storytelling to the fore, in a way that few punk acts ever truly master.

Closer ‘Things Change’ is the pick of the bunch here, but for those unfamiliar with the band’s at times world-class back catalogue, this disc is a fine – if fleeting – new entry point.


Crystal Lake - ‘True North’

Thursday January 26th, 2017 05:05:00 PM

It's time to take over the world.

Though they’ve existed since 2002, it’s only now that Japan’s Crystal Lake are making a serious bid to extend the success they enjoy in their homeland to the rest of the world.

They do this most compellingly on ‘True North’ when dishing out apoplectic mosh-starters like ‘Omega’ and ‘Six Feet Under’ – frontman Ryo Kinoshita leading proceedings with a gritty bark.

On a few occasions – especially in the album’s latter half – there are the odd lumpen lyrics and some baffling, EDM-tinged production choices, but in general this is solid stuff, worthy of global recognition.


Lower Than Atlantis - ‘Safe In Sound’

Thursday January 26th, 2017 04:59:00 PM

Is this the most important album of their career?

Records like ‘Lower Than Atlantis’ don’t come around often. Smart, incisive, worryingly addictive and overflowing with character, it was crowned our 2014 Album Of The Year for good reason – confirming the Watford four-piece as some of rock’s most talented songwriters.

Understandably then, expectations are as high as they come for this follow-up. Is this the release that will – after 10 years, countless shows and a comparable number of controversies – finally land them on the world’s biggest stages?

Well, if it doesn’t, that won’t be through any lack of trying. From the swaggering, gargantuan riffs and infectious chorus of opener ‘Had Enough’ onwards, ‘Safe In Sound’ is clearly engineered for the airwaves; almost every song produced and polished to within an inch of its life.

The raw nerves and rough edges that characterised their earlier work are conspicuously absent, replaced by the electronic flourishes of alt-pop curveball ‘Boomerang’ and bittersweet shuffle of ‘Could Be Worse’. Sure, these songs are immaculately constructed and expertly performed, but at times it feels like a little of the soul and feeling has been lost in the process.

That’s not to say that ‘Safe In Sound’ is without its triumphs – there’s still an abundance of riches to enjoy here. ‘Long Time Coming’ collides the band’s past and present to powerful effect; frontman Mike Duce returning to combative form, and launching a chorus that sounds destined for stadiums. ‘I Would’ is a brilliantly compulsive shot of pop-rock, meanwhile, with tongue wedged firmly in cheek (“I would kill a man / just to hold your hand”). 

At the other end of the scale, ‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore’ features one of the most vulnerable, unfiltered vocal performances Mike has ever delivered. It’s a heartbreakingly intimate diary entry of a song, capturing the thoughts of someone at their lowest ebb, contemplating ending it all (“But I wish I was never born / and I don’t want to be here anymore”). Emotionally and sonically, the record is all over the place – and while results may vary, they’re never boring.

Anyway, after all the struggles and turmoil that brought them here, it’s impossible to begrudge LTA shooting for the stars. Sure, it would have been great if some of these tracks had a little more weight behind them, and the odd number falls flat – chiefly ‘Money’, which is a fine pop song, but feels disappointingly bland – but this may well be the album they needed to make.

Besides, there are still few bands who capture the poetry and tragedy of everyday life like these guys do (‘Could Be Worse’ features lines about tea stains and sleeping through your alarm, which can’t be said about Linkin Park) and that’s not something to take lightly.

Appropriately, the album ends on a high note, with the soaring, string-laden ‘A Night To Forget’. And if things go to plan over the next 12 months, they won’t have to live through too many more of those.


Ocean Grove - ‘The Rhapsody Tapes’

Thursday January 26th, 2017 04:36:00 PM

You haven't heard anything like this.

At a time when so many bands seem content to play it safe, making music that only takes miniscule steps away from the middle of the road, Melbourne’s Ocean Grove are lobbing a hand grenade of sonic experimentation.

From the sinister nu metal throb of ‘Intimate Alien’ to the muscular dub of ‘Slow Soap Soak’ and gritty riff storm of ‘Beers’, this album doesn’t so much touch all bases as spit in their faces before setting them alight.

Ostensibly the soundtrack to an alternate universe (called Odd World) that the band profess to inhabit, the complete lack of creative boundaries is not only exhilarating, but built into their very foundation.

Their ‘Rhapsody Manifesto’ can actually be read online, if you’re so inclined (sample quote: “we would rather fade into obscurity and die out than live prosperously in a pigeonhole of mediocrity,”).

So, while the head-spinning mix of styles, paces and philosophical planes can be hard work on occasion, when they get it right, as they do on the euphoric slow-burn of ‘Mr Centipede’, this is seriously impressive stuff.

It would feel wrong to ask these aliens in musician’s bodies to tone down their truly, truly strange shenanigans, so we aren’t going to. But don’t say you weren’t warned. 


Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - ‘Modern Ruin’

Thursday January 19th, 2017 03:53:00 PM

A modern day punk revolution.

There’s always been more to Frank Carter than wild-eyed, white hot fury – even if that emotion remains at the forefront of the former Gallows and Pure Love firebrand’s persona.

One of UK punk’s defining figures, he moves into ever more surreal and experimental territory on this, his second album with The Rattlesnakes. From the woozy, feverish rock ‘n’ roll of ‘Lullaby’ to the rabid, take-no-prisoners intensity of ‘Vampires’ and the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it ‘Jackals’, ‘Modern Ruin’ shows off the weird and wonderful side of his vision in all its glory.

He doesn’t hold back lyrically, either – touching on everything from warped love stories to alcoholic amnesia (“What did I do last night / and will I be ashamed”, whispers Frank on ‘Snake Eyes’) and apocalyptic self-loathing (“Send me to hell / it’s where I belong” he spits on ‘God Is My Friend’).

It all builds towards the climactic one-two punch of ‘Modern Ruin’ and ‘Neon Rust’ – the former a vicious punk rager and the closer a desolate, haunting funeral march.

More than a decade on from ‘Orchestra Of Wolves’, Frank is still singing from a different hymn sheet to everyone else, and that’s well worth celebrating.


Deaf Havana - ‘All These Countless Nights’

Thursday January 19th, 2017 03:48:00 PM

A remarkable return to form.

It’s not been that long since James Veck-Gilodi found himself uncomfortably thrust into the spotlight, fronting a band he’d hitherto been happier playing a supporting role in. Then again, Deaf Havana were a very different prospect seven years ago.

Watching their collective evolution since – through all the doubts and fears played out in song, on stage and in the spaces in between – has been nothing short of remarkable. All the more so, considering how precarious Deaf Havana as an active, ongoing concern has sometimes seemed, particularly in recent years.

With everything that’s come before, ‘All These Countless Nights’ is a fully-fledged caterpillar-to-butterfly metamorphosis. It’s a thing of subtle beauty, by a band reborn, with a master craftsman at the helm. It’s also a testament to never giving up, and ignoring the devil on your shoulder. Sometimes the things that make you uncomfortable also make you who and what you’re born to be.

Despite the obvious growth involved, fans of the towering creative achievements that were Deaf Havana’s last two albums will find much to enjoy here. Meeting at a sort of halfway point between the expansive reach of ‘Old Souls’ and the homebrewed hustle of ‘Fools And Worthless Liars’, the Kings Lynn lot’s fourth record simply nails what they do best.

There’s a tremendous sense of nuance and balance, which allows the likes of opener ‘Ashes, Ashes’ to build before it explodes. It imbues the verses of ‘Trigger’ with an almost claustrophobic air, making the chorus feel like a triumphant release. They can play it heavy or gently glide on the likes of ‘Fever’ and ‘Sing’. There’s measure and maturity (it’s not a dirty word) on every song, always pushing the melody or the words to the forefront.

And what words. Never one to hold back, James Veck-Gilodi has laid himself bare across these 12 tracks. There are reflective, contemplative notes here, and hints of optimism or nostalgia there. Whereas in the past there was mostly self-loathing soaked in liquor and regret, these songs suggest lessons learned and a clear(er)-headed outlook.

A prime example is the aforementioned ‘Happiness’, a delicate yet emotive gut-punch central to the album’s themes. It sounds full of sorrow, the frontman looking back at all the years of fuck ups found at the bottom of a bottle – and rejecting those same temptations in favour of love. “All the time it takes to build the trust right back up, isn’t worth a single drop or glass of anything / And I don’t want anything, but you” he sings, and it simultaneously feels like a breakthrough, a commitment and a brave as shit sentiment to put on record.

There are several such moments throughout, but a little later on ‘St Paul’s’ when he cries out “I’ve got a past I want to leave behind”, it feels like an apt summation of ‘All These Countless Nights’. It’s an album dripping with class, craft, heart and soul and Deaf Havana’s most accomplished to date – a step out of their comfort zone and a step up in every regard. So, here’s to taking risks…


Go Behind The Scenes Of One OK Rock’s Rock Sound Photoshoot

Tuesday February 14th, 2017 10:51:00 AM

Take a look at how we made this month's One OK Rock magazine.

 

Intrigued? Get your copies below!

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The New You Me At Six Album Was Influenced By The Who And… J. Cole?!

Tuesday January 17th, 2017 12:27:00 PM

"Progression is always good."

You Me At Six feature in this month's Rock Sound magazine, available to order worldwide NOW!

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How You Me At Six Remembered Why They Love Music

Tuesday January 17th, 2017 12:27:00 PM

Josh and Max speak.

You Me At Six feature in this month's Rock Sound magazine, available to order worldwide NOW!

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Remember That Time Enter Shikari Felt Like Proper Rock Stars?

Wednesday November 16th, 2016 12:26:00 PM

What a story.

Enter Shikari headline next year's Slam Dunk Festival. Read all about their plans in the latest issue of Rock Sound, out now!

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A Message From A Band Called Twenty One Pilots

Wednesday November 16th, 2016 12:26:00 PM

A message from Tyler and Josh.

Twenty One Pilots are on the cover(s) of Rock Sound magazine this month, available worldwide!

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Bury Tomorrow - Remember That Time I… Interview

Thursday November 10th, 2016 06:43:00 PM

Remember that time Bury Tomorrow...?

Bury Tomorrow hit the UK with Crossfaith in tow in 2017!

APRIL

14 - BIRMINGHAM Institute
15 - MANCHESTER Ritz
16 - GLASGOW Garage
17 - NEWCASTLE Riverside
19 - LEEDS Stylus
20 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
21 - CARDIFF Yplas
22 - LONDON Forum


5 Things Nobody Knows About Attila

Friday November 4th, 2016 04:40:00 PM

Five things you never knew about Attila.

Courtesy of the one and only Fronz.

Attila's new album 'Chaos' is out now via Sharptone Records.


With Confidence - Remember That Time I…

Friday July 1st, 2016 04:42:00 PM

Now these guys have some stories.



With Confidence feature in the latest Rock Sound magazine. Find out why they might just be your new favourite band...

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Pierce The Veil - Remember That Time I… Interview

Friday June 17th, 2016 07:00:00 PM

Remember that time Vic and Jaime...


 

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Get The Story Behind ‘Misadventures’

Friday June 17th, 2016 07:00:00 PM

Vic and Jaime speak.



Get the full story behind 'Misadventures' in this month's Rock Sound magazine.

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Behind The Scenes At Brendon Urie’s House

Sunday May 15th, 2016 12:01:00 PM

So cool.



We headed to Panic! At The Disco man Brendon Urie's house for this month's Rock Sound magazine, and you can take a look behind the scenes of his photoshoot above.

Cool, huh? Check out the photos (and a candid, revealing interview) in this month's magazine, available worldwide at...

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Remember That Time I… Patty Walters (As It Is) Interview

Saturday May 14th, 2016 10:59:00 AM

So many stories.



Remember That Time As It Is' Patty Walters laughed until he cried? He does.

As It Is are currently on tour in the UK with Jule Vera and With Confidence. Check out the dates below.

MAY

14 - SOUTHAMPTON 1865
16 - PLYMOUTH Hub
17 - BRISTOL Fleece
18 - SWANSEA Scene
19 - CARLISLE Brickyard
20 - NEWCASTLE Academy II
21 - ABERDEEN Tunnels
22 - GLASGOW King Tut's
23 - SHEFFIELD Leadmill
24 - MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
25 - LIVERPOOL Arts Club
27 - NOTTINGHAM Basement

Patty takes our Would You Rather challenge in this month's magazine, available worldwide!

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Watch Brendon Urie Play ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ At Home

Thursday May 12th, 2016 05:44:00 PM

So good.



We took a trip to Brendon Urie's house for Panic! At The Disco's Rock Sound magazine, and of course, Brendon sat himself down at the piano and started playing 'Death Of A Bachelor'.

(It was so amazing in fact, that the audio just couldn't handle it).

Awesome, huh?

Take a trip to Brendon's house this month.

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The Moments That Made Panic! At The Disco

Wednesday May 4th, 2016 10:07:00 AM

Here's how Brendon got here.

Hang out at home with Brendon Urie in the latest Rock Sound magazine!

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At Home With Panic! At The Disco

Thursday April 28th, 2016 04:02:00 PM


Take a tour of Brendon's house.

Brendon Urie is on the cover of the latest Rock Sound. Want a copy? It's available worldwide!

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Remember That Time I… With Good Charlotte

Monday March 14th, 2016 02:03:00 PM

They got wild.

We recently sat down with Joel and Benji Madden from this month's cover stars Good Charlotte to talk about the times they caused most damage, were proudest of their band and more.

It got interesting. Very interesting.



Good Charlotte are on the cover of the latest Rock Sound magazine!

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Remember That Time I… With Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!

Wednesday December 2nd, 2015 03:19:00 PM

Remember that time Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! almost quit?

They do, and now they're so glad they didn't.

Bert and Paul from the band tell some stories in the latest edition of Remember That Time I... and begin their UK tour tonight!

DECEMBER

02 - LONDON Underworld
03 - BIRMINGHAM The Temple @ The Institute
04 - NOTTINGHAM Bodega
05 - LEEDS Key Club
06 -NEWCASTLE Think Tank
07 - GLASGOW The Cathouse
08 - MANCHESTER Sound Control
09 - CARDIFF The Globe


Here Are Some Things You Didn’t Know About Bring Me The Horizon

Friday October 2nd, 2015 02:55:00 PM

Bet you didn't know this lot...



Oli and Jordan from Bring Me The Horizon opened up to us recently, and we were there to get all of their untold stories.

BMTH are on the cover of our new magazine, and inside we talk rehab, rebirth and redemption in an 
essential interview.

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Oli Sykes: “We’re Good Now…”

Wednesday September 23rd, 2015 04:06:00 PM

BMTH reveal some stuff in this new video...



See Oli and Jordan from Bring Me The Horizon talk about the times they caused the most damage, were most scared on tour... all sorts of stuff. Right ^up there^

BMTH are on the cover of our new magazine, and inside we talk rehab, rebirth and redemption in an essential interview.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Twenty One Pilots - Part 1

Tuesday June 30th, 2015 02:48:00 PM

Well, three things. There are two more coming in the second part of this video later this week...

Twenty One Pilots are on the cover of Rock Sound magazine this month.

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Don Broco Talk Touring, Vans And Biffy Clyro With Vauxhall

Friday June 26th, 2015 09:20:00 AM

ROCK SOUND PROMOTION: We hopped in the van with those Don Broco lads to talk everything touring. The way they cross the Scottish border is pretty special...

Don Broco play London's Brixton Academy in December.



Check out more Vauxhall Vivaro on tour goodness right here.


Watch Lower Than Atlantis Play The Smallest Show Ever (Probably)

Friday June 19th, 2015 02:31:00 PM

We teamed up with Lower Than Atlantis and Monster Energy for an extra-special competition a while back. The winners headed to LTA's studio to hang out and watch them play a teeny tiny show. Here's how it all went down...

Don't forget, LTA head out on a huge UK headline tour at the end of the year.

DECEMBER

07 - MIDDLESBROUGH Empire
08 - LEEDS Beckett SU
10 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
11 - BRISTOL Academy
12 - BIRMINGHAM Institute
14 - LONDON Roundhouse
15 - MANCHESTER Ritz


Bands On Bands: Pierce The Veil vs Sleeping With Sirens Part 1

Thursday June 4th, 2015 03:03:00 PM

How much do Vic, Jaime, Kellin and Nick really know about each other? Find out in the first part of their quiz.

Sleeping With Sirens are on the cover of this month's Rock Sound.

You can get it by...
Heading to a UK shop and picking one up. Find your local stockist here.
Ordering a copy online - we deliver worldwide!
Reading the magazine on your phone or tablet. Just click here to check out the digital edition!


World, Say Hello To All Time Low Again. All Time Low, Meet World

Monday April 6th, 2015 04:56:00 PM

In RS199, we step behind the scenes of one of the world’s hottest bands – All Time Low – as they teeter on the edge of superstardom. Elsewhere, Danny Worsnop talksWe Are Harlot, Asking Alexandria and more, we hear about the songs that inspiredFrank Iero and My Chemical Romance, and we dip behind the scenes onArchitects’ biggest ever tour.

FREE WITH THE MAG: A 15-track sampler CD featuring All Time Low’s ‘Something’s Gotta Give’, plus new tracks from As It Is, Gallows, Deez Nuts and LOADS more.

How can you get your hands on it? We're glad you asked. You can...


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OH, and if you subscribe this month, you can get five issues for a fiver and a FREE copy of The Ghost Inside’s ‘Dear Youth’.

So yeah, All Time Low.
They’ve had a huge arena tour and a MASSIVE Wembley date already this year, and we’re not even a third of the way through 2015. We ducked backstage to find out whether they’re about to go stratospheric. Spoiler: the answer is A BIG, FAT YES.

 

PLUS:
Frank Iero tells us the songs that sparked his and MCR’s revolution, Danny Worsnop reveals all you could possibly want to know about We Are Harlot and Tonight Alive take on their fans in a hilarious anything-goes interview.



ALSO!
We say hello to the pop-rock phenomenon that is Echosmith, Lower Than Atlantis’ Mike Duce dishes out some superb life lessons, We Are The Ocean reveal why they've been so quiet of late and Atreyu reveal the story behind their finest album: ‘The Curse’.



IN REVIEWS:
We run the rule over the debut album from pop-punk phenomenon As It Is, sink our teeth into the new Gallows and cast an eye over The Maine’s newbie.

IN LIVES:
We step behind the scenes of Architects’ biggest ever show and get sweaty (REALLY sweaty) with Black Veil Brides in a teeny tiny London venue.

DON’T FORGET:
There’s a FREE CD with the magazine, including All Time Low’s ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ and new songs from As It Is, Gallows, Deez Nuts and more.

PLUS POSTERS. SO MANY POSTERS
Eight of them. Every single on features All Time Low. Because you didn’t need to see your walls anyway, right?

One more time, here's how to lay eyes on the mag:

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And if you subscribe this month, you can get five issues for a fiver and a FREE copy of The Ghost Inside’s ‘Dear Youth’.


The One Rule I Try To Live By Is…

Friday March 20th, 2015 02:42:00 PM

Everyone has a mantra, right? We asked Becca Marmozets, Lynn PVRIS, Patty As It Is, Caleb Beartooth and Cody Set It Off to give us theirs....

As It Is, Marmozets, Beartooth, Set It Off and PVRIS head up the New Noise issue of Rock Sound. It looks like this:



...and you can download it, order it, or grab it from UK stores today.


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 223 - March 2017

Monday January 30th, 2017 05:28:00 PM

Order yours WORLDWIDE.


 

Hang out with One OK Rock as they start their bid for world domination in this month's Rock Sound magazine!

There are THREE different versions available to order at SHOP.ROCKSOUND.TV, alongside GIANT Twenty One Pilots and One OK Rock posters. Click the links to order worldwide...

ONE OK ROCK (FULL BAND) + TWO GIANT TWENTY ONE PILOTS POSTERS (ALSO AVAILABLE IN UK STORES NOW!)
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Each and every copy features a 14-page One OK Rock feature with all-new photos and a new interview, plus the GIANT posters!

These are the Twenty One Pilots ones...



And the One OK Rock posters...



If you're based in Japan, please head to Amazon Japan to order.

ALSO INSIDE
- Bry meets a real live panda (sort of)
- Get the lowdown on Sainte
- Meet SO many new bands
- Find out why Lower Than Atlantis are "taking shit more seriously"

PLUS
- Read features on Danny WorsnopWith ConfidenceDeaf HavanaWaterparksSum 41, Betraying The Martyrs and more.
- Get these awesome illustrated posters of Bring Me The HorizonPVRIS, Panic! At The Disco and Green Day!



Subscribers will receive the version with the Twenty One Pilots posters.

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 222 - February 2017

Monday January 2nd, 2017 05:50:00 PM

116 pages. 20 posters. The ultimate 2017 preview.



Read all about new albums from All Time LowPVRISParamoreState ChampsEnter Shikari, Black Veil Brides and SO MANY MORE as we look forward to an amazing year in rock.

Oh, and there are 20 (TWENTY) posters inside every issue! Including this one...

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 221 - January 2017

Monday December 5th, 2016 05:28:00 PM

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Get the ULTIMATE review of 2016, with 12 personal diary entries from the bands who lived it, including those guys^^^

There's also a FREE 2017 calendar with every physical issue. This one.



ELSEWHERE
- We count down our Top 50 releases of the year.
- Get 16 (SIXTEEN) free band posters.
- Dive inside Melanie Martinez' triumphant London takeover.


ALSO INSIDE
- Read all about new albums from You Me At SixOne OK RockAs It IsPalisades and more.
- Get guest writers Chrissy Costanza and Patty Waltersawesome columns.

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 220 - December 2016

Monday November 7th, 2016 05:55:00 PM

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We hung out with Twenty One Pilots to talk about their legacy and what comes next for this month's magazine. And to celebrate, we've gone all out.

Tyler and Josh have their very own covers of the magazines in stores, while subscribers, digital readers and online shoppers can get an exclusive cover with both Tyler and Josh on it.

And you can get all three covers WORLDWIDE right here, and get the exclusive digital cover for just 79p / 99c here.

This is Twenty One Pilots' most in-depth, revealing interview, and it sits alongside some stunning new photos.



Want more Twenty One Pilots? We've teamed up with some of the Clique's most talented artists to make 10 awesome Clique Art posters for your wall.



ELSEWHERE
- Get Life Lessons from the one and only Pete Wentz.
- Catch up with You Me At Six as they prepare to take over once again.
- Hang out with some of the best new bands on the planet, from Out Came The Wolves to Area 11 and Palisades.



- Find Pierce The Veil back on the road and happier than they've been for a long time.
- Dive inside Real Friends' Dan Lambton's music collection.
- Meet fresh faces like BryCruisr and Vesperteen.

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 219 - November 2016

Monday October 10th, 2016 04:55:00 PM

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Green Day return to the cover of Rock Sound this month to talk rehab and rebirth in the incredible story of new album 'Revolution Radio'.

But that's not all, oh no.

Each physical copy comes with a HUGE free sticker sheet featuring 32 brand new stickers...

And how about an awesome Bring Me The Horizon poster special?



As for features, join us as we...
- Have a candid, revealing chat with the one and only Frank Iero
- Take a look back at Black Veil Brides' 'Set The World On Fire'
- Learn exactly what the big deal is with Waterparks



And elsewhere inside, there's an opportunity to meet Pierce The Veil, a catch-up with Of Mice & Men, a look ahead to Twenty One Pilots' HUGE UK dates and, well...

THERE'S SO. MUCH. MORE. We're talking ROAM, Sum 41Boston ManorMemphis May FireIce Nine Kills and Twin Atlantic. Trust us when we say that's not the half of it.

It's a great one this month, and the magazine is in UK stores from Wednesday, October 12 and available to order worldwide NOW!

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PLUS if you subscribe this month, you can get a FREE copy of letlive.'s 'If I'm The Devil'.


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 218 - October 2016

Monday September 12th, 2016 04:55:00 PM

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My Chemical Romance's 'The Black Parade' was a once in a lifetime album, and ten years on from its release, it deserves a once in a lifetime celebration.



This is the essential history of rock's finest hour, as told by Gerard, Mikey, Frank, Ray and Bob to the man who was with them every step of the way.



Every physical copy comes with a 'Rock Sound Presents: The Black Parade' CD, featuring covers of that album by the likes of Twenty One PilotsAsking AlexandriaState Champs + more.

Here's just some of what's going on across 27 pages of MCR, including other bands' thoughts on the album, the cover CD and so much more.



...and these awesome 'The Black Parade'-era posters.



Elsewhere? There's Avenged SevenfoldYou Me At Six, Set It OffAgainst Me!With Confidence and so, so much more.

But for now, this is about paying tribute to 'The Black Parade'.


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Subscribe this month and you can get a £20 voucher to spend at impericon.co.uk!


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 217 - September 2016

Monday August 15th, 2016 04:45:00 PM

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Go Access All Areas on Vans Warped Tour this month - with the hottest band on the tour!

Rock Sound hopped on Against The Current's bus and hung out with them in the heat so you can find out what the band and the tour are really like.

ALSO INSIDE
Get a GIANT Twenty One Pilots & Hayley Williams poster FREE with every physical copy of the magazine.



And speaking of Vans Warped Tour, how do you fancy these Warped posters?



FEATURES
Andy Black faces the Firing Line, take a look back at Green Day's 'American Idiot', there's The Amity AfflictionMoose BloodCrown The EmpireTwin AtlanticTonight AliveState Champs...

*takes a breath*

...HellionsWes BorlandTaking Back Sunday, Of Mice & MenAgainst Me! and SO MANY MORE bands are inside.

EXPOSURE
Meet your new favourite band. They're in there, promise.

COLUMNS
Chrissy Costanza and Patty Walters are back with fun, wisdom and weirdness in equal measure.

And that's not even the half of it.

Want a copy? You can order WORLDWIDE, read on your phone or pick one up in UK stores from August 17.

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ALSO if you subscribe this month, you can get a copy of 'Headspace' by Issues FREE!

NOTE: The 'Rock Sound Presents: The Black Parade' CD comes with the next issue of Rock Sound magazine, out September 14.


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 216 - Summer 2016

Thursday July 14th, 2016 11:55:00 AM

Meet The Rock Sound 50.
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This month, we put together a list of the most influential, inspirational, important people in today's scene - The Rock Sound 50.

There's a huge, WORLD EXCLUSIVE interview with Paramore's Hayley Williams, plus new interviews and photos with so many awesome people who make this awesome modern rock scene what it is, whether that's the biggest bands, promoters, YouTubers or photographers.



Expect to see the likes of Bring Me The HorizonTwenty One PilotsAll Time Low, PVRIS and SO MUCH MORE in there, too!


Want more? We have more....

MEET NEW BANDS
Including Ash from New Years Day's new project - The Haxans - plus MilestonesHeart Of GoldFrom Ashes To New and more! If you love new music, you're bound to find your new favourite band in Exposure.



REVIEWS
Read all about that A Day To Remember album, plus newbies from Crown The EmpireMoose BloodFrank Iero's 'Death Spells', The Amity Affliction and more.

PATTY + CHRISSY
Our ace columnists are back for another round. Check out Patty's advice and Chrissy's everything-under-the-sun column this month!



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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 215 - August 2016

Monday June 20th, 2016 04:50:00 PM

Welcome To The Mark, Matt And Travis Show!

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Please welcome Blink-182 back to the cover of Rock Sound magazine!

Inside, we get the full story - from Tom's departure and Matt's first rehearsal right through to their spectacular new album, 'California'.



But that's not all...

MEET OUR NEW COLUMNISTS
Welcome As It Is' Patty Walters and Against The Current's Chrissy Costanza!



A DAY TO REMEMBER
Talk writer's block, legal troubles and pushing forward.

PARAMORE
Join us as we take a look at the masterpiece that is 'Riot!'.



BIFFY CLYRO
One of Britain's biggest bands return as brilliant and bold as ever.

PVRIS
Face their fans, defend the city of Gotham and take on Donald Trump's alien army. Sure.



MEET YOUR NEW FAVOURITE POP-PUNK AND METAL BANDS

That's With Confidence and Cane Hill!

AND HOW ABOUT TEAM UK?
Milk Teeth? They're in there. So are Trash Boat!



AND MORE!

Get Life Lessons from Twin Atlantic, play Would You Rather? with Kevin Ghost Town and take a look inside Will Creeper's iPod.

THE ALBUMS
Read all about new ones from Good CharlotteBlink-182I See StarsBiffy Clyro and more.

THE POSTERS
Get ready for Vans Warped Tour the only way we know how... by sticking bands on your wall.



MORE NEW BANDS
Say hello to the likes of Silent PlanetStory UntoldDead!Black FoxxesMy Enemies & I, Making Monsters and more in our HUGE Exposure section!

DOES THAT SOUND GOOD TO YOU?
Because it does to us. Remember, you can order your copy worldwide NOW!

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PLUS if you subscribe this month, you can get the AWESOME Like Pacific album FREE!


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 214 - July 2016

Monday May 23rd, 2016 04:55:00 PM

Get the real story behind the year's hottest album.



Pierce The Veil are back with a new album, new outlook and new Rock Sound cover.

Find out what happened when we joined the band at home in San Diego in this month's magazine!
 

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ELSEWHERE
- NEW interviews with IssuesReal FriendsBeartoothletlive. and more!
- Read Vic Fuentes' last ever Rock Sound column.
- Get 8 awesome hand drawn band posters.



THERE'S MORE
- Go inside what might just be the show of the year - Bring Me The Horizon's breathtaking Royal Albert Hall gig!
- Take a look around The Amity Affliction man Joel Birch's iPod.
- Get some super honest Life Lessons from Frank Carter.
- Read all about a classic Billy Talent album.
- Play 'Would You Rather?' with Don Broco's Rob Damiani.



EXPOSURE
Meet your new favourite band! But will they be Avion RoeNormandieCold CollectiveCold FrontOcean GroveBethan LeadleyGrove Street Families or someone else?

REVIEWS
Read about new albums from Architects, With ConfidenceThriceBeartoothTrash Boatletlive., Real Friends + more!

...and that's without even mentioning the cool stuff we have with PupNapoleon and a bunch more rad bands. It's a big one this month!

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 213 - June 2016

Monday April 25th, 2016 04:55:00 PM

Step inside the home of Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie in this month's Rock Sound!



We headed to the Panic! main man's house to find out what it's really like being Brendon Urie (and try to convince him to let us in his pool).

Turns out we got a really revealing, intimate portrait of the man himself while we were at it, too.


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We have so much more going on, too! Like...

- The FIRST review of the new Pierce The Veil album.
- A FREE sticker sheet featuring the entire Slam Dunk line-up, meaning you can create your very own festival line-up!
- Speaking of Slam Dunk, we have the ONLY festival preview you need to read this year, too!



ELSWHERE...
Against The Current face their fans in a very *ahem* unique interview.
Andy Black talks growing up and going big on his debut solo album.
- The likes of ArchitectsWeezerModern Baseball open up about a bunch of great new albums.



IS THAT ALL?
Not even slightly.

- There are posters featuring As It IsWe Came As RomansMayday Parade, Memphis May FireMoose Blood and more.
Yellowcard take a look back at 'Ocean Avenue'.
Davey Havok dishes out some cold, hard Life Lessons.
Lights talks about the song that she listens to when she pictures herself on a beach swinging a sword. So, uh, yeah.



EXPOSURE
Looking for a new favourite band? We have a bunch of fresh faces to check out, including The White NoiseCreate To Inspire and Greywind.

REVIEWS
We run the rule over new releases from PTV, Issues, Andy BlackAgainst The CurrentLonely The BraveSaosin and so many more.

Want in? Remember, you can..

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You can get Seaway's excellent 'Colour Blind' FREE if you subscribe this month, too!


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 212 - May 2016

Monday March 28th, 2016 08:57:00 AM

BABYMETAL are on the cover of this month's magazine.
PLUS! Get a giant BABYMETAL poster, digital-exclusive cover and more!

CLICK HERE to order the physical magazine + a huge double-sided poster WORLDWIDE.

CLICK HERE to read the digital edition on your phone or tablet, complete with a digital-exclusive cover!

  Digital-only cover



There's so, so much more in this month's magazine, too! Here's what else is going on.

- COREY TAYLOR's last ever Rock Sound column.
- A huge double-sided BABYMETAL wall poster (did we mention that already?)
- Life Lessons from PVRIS' Lynn Gunn.
- A new band poster special featuring SAYWECANFLY, CREEPER, MILK TEETH + MORE!

FEATURES
- FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND talk legacy, Axl Rose and everything in between ahead of their last ever shows.
- THE SUMMER SET take us inside the album that almost broke them.
- NECK DEEP'S Ben Barlow tells us a truly heroic vomit / toenail story.
PLUS SUPER SICK RECORDS, BLACK PEAKS, LANDSCAPES, SAOSIN + MORE!

EXPOSURE
Say hello to the very best new bands, including WITH CONFIDENCE, WATERPARKS, HESITATION WOUNDS + FAULTLINES.

REVIEWS
We rate albums from
- WEEZER
- BABYMETAL
- ONCE UPON A DEAD MAN
- THE READY SET
+ MORE!

REGULARS
- VIC FUENTES is back for another advice column.
- SOUNDING OFF asks why we see so many girls at shows, but so few on stage.
- YOUR letters, art and rants.

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 211 - April 2016

Monday February 29th, 2016 05:55:00 PM

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Good Charlotte are back, and how?! Read all about the comeback of the year in their WORLD EXCLUSIVE Rock Sound feature.

Oh, and we have FREE STICKERS this month. Just look at them!


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WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON?
- Get the scoop on Simple Plan's return.
- Read how everything almost ended in tragedy for The Word Alive.
- We take a look inside Chrissy from Against The Current's iPod. Spoiler: it contains Disney.



WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
- Get features ranging from gripping (After The Burial) to inspiring (Stick To Your Guns) through to downright exciting (Blood Youth Hacktivist).
Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach dishes out some Life Lessons.
- Read how Aiden's explosive 'Nightmare Anatomy' came together.

THE BEST, MOST TRUSTWORTHY REVIEWS
- Aside from that Asking Alexandria album, we have give our verdict on new releases from Brian FallonHeckKillswitch EngageThe Word AliveGiants and more.
 


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THE REGULARS
- Vic Fuentes' column is gross in the most hilarious way this month.
- Corey Taylor takes on the world in his latest column.
- Get the ultimate guide to this month's gigs, featuring Funeral For A FriendBABYMETALPVRIS and more.

MEET SOME NEW BANDS
- Say hello to Like PacificFrameworksMusketsCan't Swim and more in Exposure.

DID WE MENTION GOOD CHARLOTTE?
We are so, so stoked they're back.

AND THE STICKERS
Just look at them.



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Oh, and if you subscribe to Rock Sound this month, you can get a copy Parkway Drive's 'Ire' FREE!


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 210 - March 2016

Monday February 1st, 2016 05:55:00 PM

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We hit the road with the phenomenon that is Twenty One Pilots this month and there's a free Twenty One Pilots wristband with each and every issue, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And can we talk about rock pets for a second? There are twelve posters of stars hanging out with their furry friends inside the magazine this month!


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INSIDE THE MAGAZINE
Twenty One Pilots take us behind the scenes of yet another sold out show.
All Time Low's Jack Barakat dishes out some cold, hard life lessons.
The King Bluereveal how on Earth they got back in the same room together, let alone reformed their band.
Sleeping With Sirens' Kellin Quinn gives us a glimpse inside his iPod.



Creeper hang out in an amusement park and talk about how they're not taking their second chance lightly.
Sum 41's Deryck Whibley discusses the long, hard road back from the brink of death.
- The Blackout (R.I.P.) talk us through the making of their best and craziest album, 'The Best In Town'.

THAT'S NOT ALL
Slipknot's Corey Taylor writes a letter to one of his loves - movies.
State Champs face their fans (it gets weird. Fast.)
Vic Fuentes talks pee, saxophones and having no chill whatsoever in his advice column.



- In our new Sounding Off section, we find out why so many bands are shouting about Sea Shepherd.

IN EXPOSURE
- Say hello to the likes of Away DaysFarroHave Mercy and Beach Weather.

IN REVIEWS
- Get our verdict on new releases from Tonight AliveSimple PlanHands Like Houses, The Starting Line and more.


Want in? You can...

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PLUS! If you subscribe this month, you can get State Champs' awesome album 'Around The World And Back' free!


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 209 - February 2016

Monday January 4th, 2016 05:37:00 PM

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We have Andy BlackAsking AlexandriaTonight Alive and Against The Current on four collectable covers this month, but that's not all!

There are free ParamoreYou Me At SixPierce The VeilAsking AlexandriaAndy Black and Tonight Alive badges with every physical copy.

And some awesome, exclusive Pierce The Veil posters!


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In addition to brand new interviews with our cover stars, we talk about what's going on in the camps of Of Mice & Men, ParamoreGreen DayPVRISPanic! At The Disco and so many more.



THERE'S MORE
- Get the ultimate guide to Good Charlotte.
- Look ahead to Enter Shikari's biggest tour ever.
- Vic Fuentes and Corey Taylor return for their exclusive columns.

WE GAVE SOME OPINIONS ON SOME STUFF
- Find out what we made of new releases from Basement, Brand NewBury Tomorrow and Milk Teeth.
- Catch Don BrocoRefused and Lower Than Atlantis live.

Remember, there are four covers to collect. And we have FREE badges.

To collect yours...

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PLUS if you subscribe to Rock Sound this month, you can get an exclusive Fearless Vampire Killers tote bag FREE!


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 208 - January 2016

Monday December 7th, 2015 05:45:00 PM

free calendar, our huge 2015 review and the top 50 releases of the year. Nice.

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The year is almost over, so we got the biggest names to tell us the biggest stories in our biggest issue of the year.

Pretty big, huh?

Aside from Bring Me The HorizonTwenty One PilotsPVRIS and Enter Shikari, we have the likes of Asking AlexandriaTonight Alive and All Time Low opening up in our tell-all diary feature.

And did we mention we got We Are HarlotSleeping WIth Sirens, Motionless In WhiteNeck Deep and Don Broco to do the same thing?

Well, we did. It looks like this.



THE CALENDAR
One free 2016 calendar, 12 months, a whole bunch of bands and the dates you need to handle the next year, featuring My Chemical RomanceIssuesAndy Black and LOADS more.



THE TOP 50 RELEASES OF THE YEAR
Music ruled this year, so we made a list of the bands, albums and EPs that ruled hardest. Who hit #1 spot? Pick up the magazine to find out...

THE ROCK SOUND READERS' POLL 2015
We've told you what we thought ruled this year, now it's your turn...

POSTERS
How about posters? We have our biggest poster giveaway EVER this month, with the likes of A Day To Remember5 Seconds Of SummerFalling In Reverse and 13 more bands ready to decorate your walls.



ELSEWHERE THIS MONTH
- Pierce The Veil's Vic Fuentes and Slipknot man Corey Taylor are back with their regular columns.
- We review new albums from Panic! At The DiscoBaronessROAM and Secrets.
- Plus we witness Twenty One PilotsEvery Time I Die and the Impericon Never Say Die! tour live!

Want in? You can...

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PLUS if you subscribe this month, you can get Moose Blood's 'I'll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time' FREE!


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 207 - December 2015

Monday November 9th, 2015 05:55:00 PM

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Go inside the year that pop-punk ruled the world this issue, with help from All Time Low, Neck DeepState ChampsThe Wonder Years and As It Is.

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And pop-punk isn't all we have going on this month. There's...

- FOUR FREE CHRISTMAS CARDS featuring Twenty One Pilots, Pierce The VeilAll Time Low and Bring Me The Horizon.



- Awesome classic pop-punk posters, featuring A Day To RememberThe Offspring, Sum 41, +44 and more!

POP-PUNK
We chat to All Time LowNeck DeepState ChampsThe Wonder Years and As It Is to find out how and why their scene is producing Number One albums, selling out arenas and in its best shape for a decade.



THAT'S NOT ALL
- We take a look through PVRIS vocalist Lynn Gunn's iPod... and find out she loves Bieber!
Fightstar and Charlie Simpson talk their comeback, being heavy and those Busted rumours.
- Dive headfirst into the phenomenon that is 'Badlands' and Halsey.



...THAT'S STILL NOT ALL
- Read what happened when Young Guns faced their fans.
- Get the full, ridiculous story behind Alien Ant Farm's most celebrated album.
- In Exposure, we say hello to the likes of Hey VioletOne OK RockArea 11 and more.



WE REVIEWED SOME STUFF
Lots of stuff, like...
Vans Warped Tour UK.
- New albums from One OK RockDevil You KnowHandguns and more.
All Time Low and Sleeping With Sirens' HUGE US tour.
- Fall Out Boy's bold return to the UK.



So... do you like the sound of that?

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AND if you subscribe to Rock Sound this month, you can get Four Year Strong's new album free!


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 206 - November 2015

Monday October 12th, 2015 04:49:00 PM

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Ashton, Luke, Michael and Calum are about to make 5 Seconds Of Summer one of the most important bands in modern music.

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But this exclusive, extensive, essential 5SOS cover feature isn't all we have on offer! There are...

- 13 FREE glow in the dark Halloween stickers featuring Bring Me The HorizonParamoreMy Chemical Romance and All Time Low.



- 11 FREE Twenty One Pilots posters!



5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
You've marched in The Black Parade, you've hung out with St. Jimmy in Suburbia, and now it's time to embrace The New Broken Scene.

We went Stateside to catch up with one of modern rock's biggest phenomenons and find out why things are only set to get bigger from here.



THAT'S NOT ALL
- We caught Halsey's heroic UK debut - and got some awesome photos, too!
- Find out why Asking Alexandria's Ben Bruce scribbled Slipknot lyrics all over his mum's car.
- Catch up with State Champs and find them shooting for the stars.



WAIT, THERE'S MORE
- Relive the Ronnie Radke vs Craig Mabbitt drama that unfolded with Escape The Fate.
- Get some valuable life advice from Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley.
- Read what happened when Fearless Vampire Killers took on their fans' weird and wonderful questions.
- Read all about why Against The Current are fighting for outsiders everywhere.



DID WE MENTION THE STICKERS?
13 (THIRTEEN) of them. They glow in the dark (because Halloween) and they're FREE!



IN REVIEWS...
- We run the rule over new releases from Fightstar, New Years DayArcane RootsCounting DaysThe Hell and more.
- Plus we have words and awesome photos from that Halsey show, the Vans Warped Tour UK warm-up party and Brand New's UK return.

HOW ABOUT SOME NEW BANDS?
- In Exposure we meet one-man acoustic sensation SayWeCanFly, old-school punks Beach Slang, genre-hopping crusaders Palisades and many more.

BUT HOW DO YOU GET ONE?
WELL...

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PLUS if you subscribe to Rock Sound this month, you can get 'Copacetic' by Knuckle Puck FREE!


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 205 - October 2015

Thursday September 10th, 2015 04:58:00 PM

We have the essential Bring Me The Horizon interview this month. But that's not all...

Welcome back, Bring Me The Horizon. It's good to have you.

We have the essential BMTH interview this month. Want the magazine? You can...


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INSIDE...
- We talk rehab, rebirth and the road to redemption with Bring Me The Horizon in a revealing, touching interview.
- There's the WORLD FIRST review of 5 Seconds Of Summer's new album 'Sounds Good Feels Good'.
- Get the ultimate guide to Vans Warped Tour UK featuring Black Veil BridesAsking AlexandriaYoung Guns + more...



THAT'S NOT ALL
- Check out how awesome Reading & Leeds Festival was with a little help from All Time LowPierce The VeilPanic! At The Disco and loads more familiar faces.
- Find out why Parkway Drive are changing the world, say hi to the lovely lot that are Blessthefall and catch up with Atreyu after their comeback.
Vic Fuentes and Corey Taylor are back to talk racism, anxiety and more in their columns.



AND POSTERS. DON'T FORGET THE POSTERS
This year's been a good one, so it felt like a good time to present the Kings And Queens Of 2015.
That means... PVRIS, Sleeping With Sirens, HalseyYou Me At SixAgainst The Current, Pierce The Veil, Echosmith and As It Is could all be on your walls very soon.



OH, WE'RE NOT DONE YET
Attila hang out with their fans and say some outrageous stuff - surprise!
- Cody Set It Off talks about jazz hands a lot.
- Remember OPM? We do. Get the drug-fuelled story behind their greatest album.

REVIEWS
- Get the lowdown on that 5SOS album, plus find out what we make of new releases from CreeperCrossfaithMotion City SoundtrackNo Devotion and more in our new-look albums section.
- Live, we jumped in the pit with The Offspring and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. One was more lively than the other.

MEET YOUR NEW FAVOURITE BAND
- Chat to MAX about hanging with Snoop Dogg and Stevie Wonder, find out why Cane Hill are nu metal's brightest hopes and say a hearty "hello" to Great CollapseHECK and more.

Interested? We understand. Allow us to help...
 

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Thanks for reading! xoxo


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 204 - September 2015

Thursday August 13th, 2015 04:58:00 PM

This month, we have PVRIS' first ever full-band magazine cover. And we're so, so excited about it.

You can...

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WELL, THEN...
- We find out what makes Vans Warped Tour's breakout band tick as we join PVRIS to talk sunshine, sandwiches and superstardom.
- There's a WORLD FIRST review of Bring Me The Horizon's astonishing new album 'That's The Spirit'.
- Grab a FREE stick-on tattoo sheet stuffed full of ink from Pierce The VeilBlack Veil BridesAsking Alexandria and more.




AND THERE'S MORE
- Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco talks about his funeral and naked wrestling. Uh.
- There are revealing features on the likes of Bullet For My ValentineEnter Shikai and The Wonder Years.
Disturbed frontman David Draiman stops caring.

WHAT ABOUT THE POSTERS?
OH, THE POSTERS. There's a Vans Warped Tour UK special in this issue, meaning there are snaps of Black Veil BridesAsking AlexandriaAttilaYoung GunsMemphis May Fire and more just waiting to go on your walls.



THERE'S STILL MORE
- Things go from 0-to-weird extremely quickly when While She Sleeps meet the fans.
- We get the uncensored story behind Crazy Town's epic 'The Gift Of Game' (yeah, the one with 'Butterfly' on it).
State Champs broaden their horizons ahead of their UK tour next month.
- There's an ultimate guide to Funeral For A Friend's long, long career.

REVIEWS
- As well as that world-first BMTH review, we run the rule over new ones from SlayerDefeaterAgainst Me! and more.
- Live, we witnesses Korn hit London and got sweaty with Less Than Jake.

MORE COOL STUFF
- We say a big hello to Nothing But ThievesWSTRBeautiful Bodies and Nekokat.

AND THE FREE TEMPORARY TATTOOS
LOOK AT THEM.


Again, here's how you can get it all...

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YES.


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 203 - Summer 2015

Thursday July 16th, 2015 04:58:00 PM

Hello there, Neck Deep *throws frisbee*



THAT'S RIGHT. The pop-punk phenomenon that is Neck Deep are on our cover this month, and each physical magazine comes with a FREE FRISBEE.

YES. ONE THAT YOU THROW.

Want one? You can...

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FREE WITH RS203
- THAT FRISBEE
- Eight Bring Me The Horizon vs Of Mice & Men posters

Dive inside the phenomenon that is (still) Neck Deep in our new issue. The UK pop-punk heroes are only just getting started.

ELSEWHERE...

- We get the full, untold story behind All Time Low's 'Nothing Personal'.
- Hit Vans Warped Tour to check out the hottest tour going this summer (literally and figuratively).
- Join Don Broco as they prepare to go into overdrive.
- Take a trip down memory lane in our ultimate guide to Sum 41.
- Get some Life Lessons from Lamb Of God.
- Did we mention the free frisbee?



POSTERS
JUST LOOK AT THEM.



IN EXPOSURE
- Say hello to Conquer DivideMicrowaveAlvarez Kings and loads more sweet new bands.

IN REVIEWS + LIVES
- Get our verdict on new albums from Bullet For My ValentineNew PoliticsStray From The Path and - of course - Neck Deep.
- Hop on Vans Warped Tour with Pierce The VeilPVRISAsking AlexandriaBlack Veil Brides + more!



AND A FREE FRISBEE
Never forget the free frisbee.

CLICK HERE TO HAVE A COPY DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR WORLDWIDE
PICK IT UP FROM UK STORES: WEDNESDAY, JULY 22
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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 202 - August 2015

Thursday June 18th, 2015 04:57:00 PM

Welcome, Twenty One Pilots. |-/



The revolution is on, and Twenty One Pilots are leading it.

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FREE WITH RS202
- 32 AWESOME stickers featuring the likes of You Me At Six, PVRIS, Black Veil Brides, Green Day, Against The Current + MORE!
- Eight Rock Sound <3 Paramore posters. EIGHT.



World, meet Twenty One Pilots. Twenty One Pilots, world. We get up close and personal with the biggest underground phenomenon in music this month.

ELSEWHERE IN THE MAG
- We get the scoop on everything that’s going on in camp Asking Alexandria.
- Find out why Patrick Stump doesn’t like listening to Fall Out Boy songs.
- Hit Slam Dunk Festival to find out what happened when You Me At Six, PVRIS, Neck Deep et al took over for a weekend.
- Say a proper hello to Babymetal. Because Babymetal.
- Go inside Alexisonfire’s finest album.
- Find out why Thy Art Is Murder have an escape plan.
- PLUS there’s As It Is, We Came As Romans, Man Overboard, Senses Fail and more.

STICKERS
THESE ONES. STICK THEM ON THINGS. THEY'RE FREE, TOO.



POSTERS
So. Much. Paramore. And they’re all FREE!



IN EXPOSURE

We say hello to New Found Glory side-project What’s Eating Gilbert, stadium conquerers-in-waiting Black Peaks, Jule Vera and Fronzilla Attila vocalist Fronz’ rap project. Yep.

IN REVIEWS + LIVES
Get the verdict on albums from Don Broco, Refused and Between The Buried And Me, witness Bullet For My Valentine’s return to the stage and see what happened when 5 Seconds Of Summer hit the UK.

THAT’S NOT ALL
We have two more columns from Slipknot man Corey Taylor and Pierce The Veil’s Vic Fuentes, plus LOADS more inside – so pick one up, will you?

All you need to do is…

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THAAAANKS.


Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 201 - July 2015

Thursday May 21st, 2015 04:56:00 PM

Welcome Sleeping With Sirens back to the cover of Rock Sound!



We join Sleeping With Sirens just as things are really starting to hot up in the new issue, plus all of this...

FREE WITH THE MAG:
A HUGE CD filled with tracks from the likes of Four Year StrongThe Story So FarAugust Burns Red and more.
Festival Fever posters to get you right in the mood for summer.

Want?

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PLUS if you subscribe this month, you get a FREE copy of The Xcerts' astonishing latest album 'There Is Only You'.



Aside from all of the saucy SWS action, we find out why Twenty One Pilots might just be your new favourite band, learn how The Story So Far are staying young at heart and why EZ revivalists Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! reckon they aren’t getting the recognition they deserve.

Elsewhere, 
Clown from Slipknot dishes out some typically unadulterated life lessons, while Mikey from Mallory Knox tells us which song makes him feel like an “Intergalactic Space Jesus”. Yes. Really.

Things get messy (really messy) when Neck Deep meet their fans, while we find out all about Don Broco’s ‘Automatic' and Young Guns’ third album ‘Ones And Zeros’ before getting sad (real sad) with nu grungers Superheaven.




Regular columnists Vic Fuentes and Corey Taylor also strut their stuff, while elsewhere...

LIVE
We hit Impericon Festival to witness Suicide Silence, The Ghost Inside and more mosh the living daylights out of Manchester, hit – uh, Hit The Deck – and get nostalgic with Hoobastank, P.O.D. and Alien Ant Farm of early-’00s nu metal fame.

ON THE CD
There's goodness from Four Year StrongChunk! No, Captain Chunk!The Story So FarAugust Burns Red and many more. And it's free!

POSTERS
We have awesome festival posters from the likes of Bring Me The HorizonTonight AliveYou Me At Six and more. You're going to want to put these on your walls.



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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 200 - June 2015

Thursday April 23rd, 2015 04:55:00 PM

Rock Sound 200 and the exclusive, FREE covers CD are here. We've been dying to tell you about this one.



It's been a long old ride, but we made it.

FREE WITH THE MAG: A 14-track CD of loads of massive bands covering loads of massive songs (which you can get a taste of in the player above).

It's only right that we thank you for 200 issues of support properly, eh?

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To celebrate our two hundredth issue, we've put together a big ol' list of the 200 moments that defined our lifetime, featuring the greatest photos and interviews with the biggest names about the stories, the albums and the gigs that mattered most.

Starring: My Chemical RomanceAll Time LowYou Me At Six, Bring Me The HorizonParamoreBlack Veil BridesGreen Day and LOADS more.


IN REVIEWS:
We give our verdict on The Story So Far's self-titled effort, take on Faith No More's first album in 18 years and take a look at Twenty One Pilots' 'Blurryface'.

IN LIVES:
Get the lowdown on Pierce The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens' World Tour as it hit the UK, plus System Of A Down's Wembley blowout and Of Mice & Men's seemingly never-ending rise to the top.

POSTERS. LOTS AND LOTS OF POSTERS.
Posters this month are some of our favourite ever covers. You probably recognise this lot...




AND DON'T FORGET ABOUT THAT CD
Seriously, it's great (even if we do say so ourselves).

The tracklisting looks like this:
YOU ME AT SIX 'Kings And Queens' 
ENTER SHIKARI 'Chop Suey!' 
ARCHITECTS 'Wait And Bleed' 
TWIN ATLANTIC 'Beverly Hills' 
NECK DEEP 'Juneau' 
BURY TOMORROW 'Bring Me To Life' 
LOWER THAN ATLANTIS 'Everything Is Alright' 
FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND 'I Can Climb Mountains' 
WE ARE THE OCEAN 'The Pretender' 
AS IT IS 'The Only Exception' 
THE DEFILED 'It Never Ends' 
STRAY FROM THE PATH 'Back To School' 
HACKTIVIST '(Rock) Superstar' 
ROAM 'Someday'

And again, here's exactly how you can get your hands on the mag:

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Rock Sound Magazine - Issue 199 - May 2015

Thursday March 26th, 2015 04:53:00 PM

In RS199, we step behind the scenes of one of the world’s hottest bands – All Time Low – as they teeter on the edge of superstardom. Elsewhere, Danny Worsnop talks We Are Harlot, Asking Alexandria and more, we hear about the songs that inspired Frank Iero and My Chemical Romance, and we dip behind the scenes on Architects’ biggest ever tour.

PLUS: There are eight FREE ALL TIME LOW POSTERS. FREE, we say.



FREE WITH THE MAG: A 15-track sampler CD featuring All Time Low’s ‘Something’s Gotta Give’, plus new tracks from As It Is, Gallows, Deez Nuts and LOADS more.

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So yeah, All Time Low.
They’ve had a huge arena tour and a MASSIVE Wembley date already this year, and we’re not even a third of the way through 2015. We ducked backstage to find out whether they’re about to go stratospheric. Spoiler: the answer is A BIG, FAT YES.

PLUS:
Frank Iero tells us the songs that sparked his and MCR’s revolution, Danny Worsnop reveals all you could possibly want to know about We Are Harlot and Tonight Alive take on their fans in a hilarious anything-goes interview.



ALSO!
We say hello to the pop-rock phenomenon that is Echosmith, Lower Than Atlantis’ Mike Duce dishes out some superb life lessons, We Are The Ocean reveal why they've been so quiet of late and Atreyu reveal the story behind their finest album: ‘The Curse’.



IN REVIEWS:
We run the rule over the debut album from pop-punk phenomenon As It Is, sink our teeth into the new Gallows and cast an eye over The Maine’s newbie.

IN LIVES:
We step behind the scenes of Architects’ biggest ever show and get sweaty (REALLY sweaty) with Black Veil Brides in a teeny tiny London venue.

DON’T FORGET:
There’s a FREE CD with the magazine, including All Time Low’s ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ and new songs from As It Is, Gallows, Deez Nuts and more.

 

PLUS POSTERS. SO MANY POSTERS
Eight of them. Every single on features All Time Low. Because you didn’t need to see your walls anyway, right?

One more time, here's how to lay eyes on the mag:

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In China, this is science fiction’s golden age

Monday February 27th, 2017 11:16:00 AM
As China reaches for the stars, with plans for a permanent space station and a Mars mission, its sci-fi is also taking on the world, says author Lavie Tidhar

Reality guide: A poster of how everything fits together

Monday February 27th, 2017 10:31:00 AM
Our ultimate user’s guide to fundamental physics – all on one spectacular poster for you to download for free

The greatest danger asteroids pose to us is not from the impact

Friday February 24th, 2017 04:57:00 PM
If an asteroid hits a major city, only 3 per cent of the casualties will be from the crater it forms – most will be from overheated air and high winds

Voyager 1 might have seen Enceladus’ icy plumes 25 years early

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 03:59:00 PM
A space image-processing enthusiast claims that he’s found signs of Saturn’s moon’s majestic plumes from 1980 – decades before they were discovered

Exoplanet discovery: Seven Earth-size exoplanets may have water

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 10:15:00 AM
The small, cool star TRAPPIST-1 is one of the best places to look for life in the Milky Way: its seven rocky planets might all have water and atmospheres

Pluto is still an ex-planet, no matter what its fans think

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 03:48:00 PM
A fresh attempt to revive full planet status for Pluto is a non-starter. Astronomer Michael Brown explains why hopes of a comeback are futile

Successful Russian launch re-paves the way to space station

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 03:37:00 PM
Russia's Soyuz rocket - currently the only way to get to the International Space Station - has had its first successful trip since a failed launch in December, restoring astronauts' ability to get to space

The upstart asteroid who showed rings are for everybody

Monday February 20th, 2017 04:40:00 PM
Rings were thought to belong only to an exclusive celestial club including flashy giants like Saturn – but then Chariklo crashed the party

Family tree of stars helps reconstruct Milky Way’s formation

Monday February 20th, 2017 03:56:00 PM
Using an array of chemical elements detected in stars as proxies for their “DNA”, stellar histories can be tracked around the galaxy, mapping a family tree

A space travel guide for your first holiday off-planet

Sunday February 19th, 2017 10:00:00 AM
The journey won't smell good, but there'll be great sex and a terrific view, so don't leave Earth without The Traveler's Guide to Space

Connecting us all: How satellites remade the world

Saturday February 18th, 2017 10:00:00 AM
From cold wars to hot junk, a new book about satellites shows how thousands of satellites extend humans' reach in every possible way

New NASA teams will make human Mars missions light and efficient

Friday February 17th, 2017 07:07:00 PM
NASA just funded two new institutes to develop technology for future space missions: one to make lighter materials, one to help build with the resources on Mars itself

Mars might already be building rings from its moons

Friday February 17th, 2017 06:01:00 PM
Simulations show that Mars will rip its moon Phobos into a ring in a few million years – but proto-rings may already exist

Dwarf planet Ceres hosts home-grown organic material

Thursday February 16th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
The first evidence of organic material on Ceres opens the door to the possibility that other asteroids harbour precursors to primitive life

Far-off asteroid caught cohabiting with Uranus around the sun

Thursday February 16th, 2017 11:45:00 AM
The second Trojan asteroid of Uranus ever found suggests there could be hundreds more associated with the planet

Turn satellites into sparkling fireworks to burn up space junk

Thursday February 16th, 2017 10:32:00 AM
Satellite debris that falls to Earth could be deadly, but pellets made of a heat-generating mixture could help them burn up safely in the atmosphere

The Mars paradox: Why we still don’t understand water on Mars

Wednesday February 15th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
A 40-year quest to resolve discrepancies between climate models and observations just got another false start. Are we missing something more fundamental?

Mars landing sites for 2020 NASA mission down to the final three

Monday February 13th, 2017 06:06:00 PM
At a meeting in California, NASA scientists whittled down the landing sites for its next rover - which will search for signs of life

Starlight test shows quantum world has been weird for 600 years

Thursday February 9th, 2017 10:00:00 PM
Unknown physics that could undermine quantum theory has been ruled out in a measurement guided by starlight emitted at least six centuries ago

Magnetic meteorites narrow down solar system’s birthdate

Thursday February 9th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Magnetic fields in 4-billion-year-old rocks suggest the dust and gas cloud that spawned the solar system had gone by 3.8 million years after the sun formed

NASA wants to put a lander on Europa’s surface to look for life

Thursday February 9th, 2017 03:22:00 PM
If it goes ahead, the proposed lander mission would be NASA’s first search for life on the surface of another planet since the Mars Viking missions in the late seventies

Primitive plants survive almost two years in outer space

Thursday February 9th, 2017 09:30:00 AM
Searing temperatures, radiation and lack of air didn't kill algae kept outside the International Space Station – so maybe life from space could colonise worlds

Glass from nuclear test site shows the moon was born dry

Wednesday February 8th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Examining residue from the first detonation of a nuclear weapon has helped explain why the moon seems to have so few volatile elements like water and methane

Rare mid-weight black hole found at heart of bright star cluster

Wednesday February 8th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Intermediate-mass black holes – weighing a few hundred to a few thousand solar masses – are the Bigfoot of astronomy, but now we may have seen one in our galaxy

Sun’s rotation is slowed down by its own photons

Tuesday February 7th, 2017 02:37:00 PM
The sun's layers slow the escape of photons of sunlight, and when they finally stream away they return the favour by slowing the rotation of its outer layer

Tweet me, I’m about to die in space

Tuesday February 7th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
Artists Cath Le Couteur and Nick Ryan weigh in on the space junk problem in the online Project Adrift – combining film, soundscape and Twitter feeds

Gravitational wave detector prepares to peer into bizarre stars

Tuesday February 7th, 2017 10:04:00 AM
It has already made the discovery of the decade – next LIGO aims to model weird events so we can recognise them when they arrive

How we found them: Inside a giant gravitational wave detector

Tuesday February 7th, 2017 10:00:00 AM
It took decades of work to prove that gravitational waves are real. New Scientist goes inside the story – and the awesome tool that did it, LIGO

Space junk collector burns up after hitting snag in first test

Monday February 6th, 2017 05:16:00 PM
A JAXA spacecraft designed to clear Earth's neighbourhood of debris with an electrified cable re-entered the atmosphere this morning after a failed mission

Old Scientist: Into the twilight zone of dubious causation

Sunday February 5th, 2017 07:00:00 AM
Learn in your sleep! Believe your horoscope! It’s not our fault, the window blew in! New Scientist has reported some shaky inferences in Februaries past

Mystery radiation ‘clouds’ may pose risk to air travellers

Friday February 3rd, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Newly discovered aerial zones where radiation levels inexplicably spike could in future require flight diversions to avoid health risks

Have we found evidence that we live in a holographic universe?

Friday February 3rd, 2017 10:43:00 AM
A new analysis has prompted claims of significant evidence having been discovered that our universe is a hologram. Is it really, wonders Geraint Lewis

Your explosive guide to the end of the universe

Thursday February 2nd, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Our sun will swell, our galaxy will collide with its neighbour and the universe could suddenly be swallowed by a vacuum bubble

Time to make sure Europe’s troubled satnav system really flies

Thursday February 2nd, 2017 04:37:00 PM
Europe's costly Galileo satnav network has been branded a vanity project. In an isolationist world, it now seems a wise insurance policy, says Paul Marks

Water spotted in the atmosphere of nearby hot Jupiter exoplanet

Wednesday February 1st, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Astronomers have detected water vapour in the atmosphere of 51 Pegasi b – which lies just 50 light years away

Tiny spacecraft could brake at exoplanet using alien starlight

Wednesday February 1st, 2017 09:11:00 AM
Lightweight solar sails could bring spacecraft to the nearest star in just 20 years – but hitting the brakes will be challenging. A new paper suggests using the stars themselves to park around their planets

Planet Earth makes its own water from scratch deep in the mantle

Tuesday January 31st, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Computer simulation confirms that water can form within our planet rather than arriving from space, and the process may explain mysterious deep quakes

No room for complacency over threats from space

Tuesday January 31st, 2017 09:00:00 AM
Asteroid impacts pose a perennial threat to Earth, so we should be alarmed that two planned missions to study asteroids' make-up face the axe

Oxygen ions sent from Earth have been spotted on the moon

Monday January 30th, 2017 04:48:00 PM
Earth’s magnetic field sends streams of oxygen ions towards the moon every month – and that could give us clues to our planet’s early atmosphere

Earth’s water must have arrived here earlier than we thought

Wednesday January 25th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Our best theory said meteorites brought water to Earth 4.5 billion years ago, now it seems they struck far earlier, while our planet’s core was still forming

Earth’s water must have arrived here earlier than we thought

Wednesday January 25th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Our best theory said meteorites brought water to Earth 4.5 billion years ago, now it seems they struck far earlier, while our planet’s core was still forming

Dried-up slime could help microbes survive briny waters on Mars

Wednesday January 25th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Colonies of bacteria called biofilms live longer in Mars-like waters – especially if they were dried out first, as they would be after hitching a ride through space

Hit threatening asteroids’ bright spots to deflect them

Wednesday January 25th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
Paler, softer rock is the best target if we want to knock incoming asteroids off course, suggests a study of the Chelyabinsk meteor that blew up over Russia

Plasma tidal wave may tell us if black holes destroy information

Tuesday January 24th, 2017 05:26:00 PM
Physicists have long puzzled over whether black holes destroy information or conserve it – now a proposed lab experiment could use a plasma wave to find out

Dried-up slime could help microbes survive briny waters on Mars

Monday January 23rd, 2017 03:20:00 PM
Colonies of bacteria called biofilms live longer in Mars-like waters – especially if they were dried out first, as they would be after hitching a ride through space

Lost in space: Two books on the forgotten women of astroscience

Saturday January 21st, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Once upon a time “computers” were human, most were women, and come the 1950s some of them were black – and they were charting a path to the moon

Intergalactic collision birthed a sparkling ring of young stars

Friday January 20th, 2017 05:23:00 PM
The Large Magellanic Cloud is encircled by bright young stars that are likely to have formed after another galaxy powered past, compressing gas

When computers were human: The black women behind NASA’s success

Friday January 20th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
In the mid-20th century, when discrimination and segregation were rife, a number of black women were making their mark at NASA. Here are just a few

Gifted and black: The brilliant woman who got the US into space

Friday January 20th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
In deeply divided 1950s America, how did Katherine Johnson become the one person astronauts would trust to get them into orbit? Discover her amazing story

Cold case: The unsolved mystery of what lit Kepler’s supernova

Thursday January 19th, 2017 10:03:00 PM
In 1604, the last Milky Way supernova recorded by naked-eye observers brightened the night sky. Despite 400 years of study, we still don't know what lit the fuse

Curiosity finds Mars rock that may be a meteorite made from iron

Thursday January 19th, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Last week, NASA’s Curiosity rover took a picture that appears to show a new iron-nickel meteorite on Mars, one of only eight that have been discovered by rovers there so far

First evidence of dwarf galaxy merger boosts two cosmic theories

Wednesday January 18th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
Astronomers have found dwarf galaxies that seem about to merge, backing ideas about how large galaxies form and the scattered nature of dark matter

Follow the life of the last man on the moon

Tuesday January 17th, 2017 11:52:00 AM
Eugene Cernan's career was by any measure a triumph but a new profile spares a thought for the people left in his wake 

Of presidents and planets: Neil deGrasse Tyson looks ahead

Monday January 16th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
Donald Trump’s election has alarmed many scientists. Neil deGrasse Tyson takes a cosmic perspective, reflects on Obama’s legacy and considers the road to Mars

Binary stars shred up and shove off their newborn planets

Friday January 13th, 2017 04:48:00 PM
There are more pairs of stars than solo stars in our galaxy, but fewer pairs host planets. Now we have an idea why: they rip them to shreds

Space travel's mental health toll could endanger long missions

Wednesday January 11th, 2017 04:00:00 PM
A review of NASA research highlights the risk that prolonged social isolation poses to long-distance space missions, as well as other dangers like radiation

Four extreme environments where humans are tasting life on Mars

Tuesday January 10th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
Space agencies use some of Earth’s extreme habitats to fine-tune techniques for a trip to the Red Planet. New Scientist gathered postcards from four of them

‘Alien megastructure’ signal may be due to star eating a planet

Monday January 9th, 2017 03:55:00 PM
Tabby’s star’s odd blinking and fading has been put down to alien signals and swarms of comets, but devouring a planet could explain everything

My year on Mars: Frontier life of a space doctor

Monday January 9th, 2017 12:00:00 PM
How will the first settlers to the Red Planet get on? Sheyna Gifford should know, after surviving a year-long NASA mission inside a dome on a volcano

Milky Way’s core could be spewing out planet-sized star chunks

Friday January 6th, 2017 08:15:00 PM
The supermassive black hole at the galaxy's heart can stretch and shred stars that approach – then fling the shreds away as spheres as small as Neptune

Mars should have loads more water – so where has it all gone?

Thursday January 5th, 2017 10:00:00 AM
We have either misunderstood what its early years were like – or it is hiding vast amounts of water beneath its surface

Metal asteroid and Trojans selected for next NASA missions

Wednesday January 4th, 2017 07:50:00 PM
The US space agency will send probes to metallic asteroid Psyche and the mysterious Trojans that flank Jupiter in the 2020s

Cosmic radio bursts tracked to home galaxy for first time

Wednesday January 4th, 2017 06:00:00 PM
One repeating example of a fast radio burst has finally been pinned down to a tiny and distant dwarf galaxy, narrowing down its precise origin

Giant ball of gas is a totally stinky galactic chemistry lab

Tuesday January 3rd, 2017 07:00:00 PM
Sagittarius B2 is a molecular cloud about 100 light years wide near the centre of our galaxy – and it would taste absolutely terrible

Gravity may have chased light in the early universe

Monday January 2nd, 2017 06:05:00 PM
A new twist on a controversial idea suggests the speed of light varied just after the big bang - and could overturn our standard cosmological wisdom

First test of rival to Einstein’s gravity kills off dark matter

Friday December 30th, 2016 06:08:00 PM
A radical new model of gravity seems to account for bending of light by distant galaxies without invoking extra unseen mass whose identity remains mysterious

Window to hell: Io’s strongest volcano changes face as we watch

Friday December 23rd, 2016 06:01:00 PM
The moon of Jupiter is in an almost constant state of eruption - and its most persistent volcano, Loki Patera, keeps an unsteady rhythm

Cassini’s grand finale will see orbiter plunge into Saturn

Friday December 23rd, 2016 09:00:00 AM
After more than a decade orbiting Saturn and investigating its rings and moons, the Cassini spacecraft will make the ultimate sacrifice to give us a window into the planet’s interior

LIGO should more than double its gravitational wave haul in 2017

Tuesday December 20th, 2016 10:00:00 AM
The first gravitational waves were spotted by LIGO in 2016 – the floodgates should open now the observatory has had an upgrade

Space silhouettes: Giant monuments celebrate Soviet supremacy

Tuesday December 20th, 2016 07:00:00 AM
Moscow is filled with monuments to the space race, when the Soviet Union battled it out with the US. Danila Tkachenko captured the spirit of the age

Were Aboriginal Australians the first astronomers?

Monday December 19th, 2016 12:00:00 PM
The ability of Aboriginal Australian peoples to navigate by the night sky suggests they have been stargazing from before Stonehenge or the Pyramids

More giant Earth-like exoplanets will be found next year

Wednesday December 14th, 2016 08:00:00 PM
Prepare for more exotic super-Earths as the hunt for exoplanets ramps up in 2017, says Stephen Baxter. They've already been imagined by science fiction

Large asteroid impacts may be rare, but we should be prepared

Wednesday December 14th, 2016 05:55:00 PM
It would be wise to heed calls to build a dedicated rocket primed to defend Earth against a large incoming asteroid or comet, says Geraint Lewis

First exoplanet weather report shows clouds of ruby and sapphire

Monday December 12th, 2016 04:00:00 PM
Observations of a planet called HAT-P-7b over four years reveal windy conditions that push hot clouds of vapourised minerals swirling around the far-off world

First images from Cassini’s final dives over Saturn’s north pole

Friday December 9th, 2016 08:01:00 PM
The Cassini orbiter's penultimate mission around Saturn begins with a swoop over the planet's northern hemisphere - and gorgeous photos of the churning storm there

Fresh look at old data shows the sun is surprisingly sluggish

Friday December 9th, 2016 12:40:00 PM
The standard scale for stars' magnetic activity is all tied to a single telescope – and we couldn't observe the sun with it. Now we have a workaround

Dark matter that talks to itself could explain galaxy mystery

Thursday December 8th, 2016 03:31:00 PM
A team of astronomers think a new explanation for dark matter can best explain its mysterious effects on the speed of stars within galaxies

Third-ever natural quasicrystal found in Siberian meteorite

Thursday December 8th, 2016 02:18:00 PM
A tiny grain of metallic rock from a meteorite found in north-eastern Russia contains a form of matter called a quasicrystal – the third one ever found in nature

Galaxy’s rapid growth spurt may have spawned 3000 suns per year

Wednesday December 7th, 2016 06:00:00 PM
A distant, ancient galaxy far more massive than our own formed all its stars in less than half a billion years

Need your roof repaired? There’s a space-based app for that

Wednesday December 7th, 2016 12:29:00 PM
It’s like Uber for roofing: companies use Google Earth images to estimate how much repairs should cost and connect customers to competitive contractors

Cosmic dust grains found on city rooftops for the first time

Tuesday December 6th, 2016 06:06:00 PM
Sifting through muck trapped in roof gutters in Paris, Oslo and Berlin yielded 500 tiny particles from the birth of the solar system 4.6 billion years ago

Virgin Galactic takes first solo glide flight since 2014 crash

Monday December 5th, 2016 08:21:00 PM
The commercial space flight company sent its space plane, VSS Unity, for its first untethered test flight in two years, a step towards space tourism

ESA approves 2020 ExoMars rover despite crash earlier this year

Friday December 2nd, 2016 04:56:00 PM
Putting aside the dramatic loss of the Schiaparelli lander in October and concerns about cost, ESA member states voted to go ahead with the next part of the life-hunting ExoMars mission

Buzz Aldrin evacuated from South Pole after falling ill

Thursday December 1st, 2016 05:00:00 PM
The former astronaut was visiting Antarctica as part of a tour group when his health deteriorated

Quantum particles seen distorting light from a neutron star

Wednesday November 30th, 2016 06:11:00 PM
Astronomers have at last observed polarisation of light by virtual particles in a neutron star's magnetic field, a long-expected quantum effect

Private moon mission plans to revisit Apollo 17 landing site

Tuesday November 29th, 2016 08:00:00 PM
A team competing in the Google Lunar X Prize says it will send two rovers to the site of the final Apollo mission and study the buggy astronauts left behind

Proxima Centauri really does orbit its two bright neighbours

Tuesday November 29th, 2016 06:13:00 PM
After a century of speculation, we now know the little planet-bearing star revolves around Alpha Centauri A and B every 550,000 years

Moon-dust cake mix shows moon may have had water from the start

Monday November 28th, 2016 04:00:00 PM
Early moon geology recreated in the lab suggests water was there to begin with, not added later by comets

SpaceX wants to launch more satellites than are already in orbit

Wednesday November 23rd, 2016 06:00:00 PM
Elon Musk’s space firm is seeking permission to launch 4425 satellites into space with the aim of delivering superfast broadband to the masses

Hubble rounds up the first worlds we’ll check for alien life

Wednesday November 23rd, 2016 04:43:00 PM
The space telescope is set to spend hundreds of hours over the next year picking out the perfect planet for its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, to probe in earnest

The inventions of our lifetime, picked by the people who know

Tuesday November 22nd, 2016 08:00:00 PM
Our expert panel offers up 10 of the greatest inventions to appear since New Scientist was launched, from Kevlar to a smarter way of dealing with information

Is new talk of interstellar drive too good to be true?

Tuesday November 22nd, 2016 10:18:00 AM
Speculation about the EM drive, a proposed fuel-free, physics-busting starship engine, is back but is it still strictly for dreamers, wonders Geraint Lewis

A dash of hydrogen and methane could have kept Mars warm

Monday November 21st, 2016 06:00:00 PM
The Red Planet’s thin atmosphere of carbon dioxide can’t retain enough heat for water to flow on the planet, but new calculations suggest how it was once warmer

The world in 2076: Thousands of people have settled on Mars

Sunday November 20th, 2016 06:00:00 PM
Overcoming all the challenges of colonising the Red Planet is a huge feat, but the pioneers won't live a gilded existence

First ever lightning-mapping satellite set for take off

Friday November 18th, 2016 07:53:00 PM
The US's latest weather satellite, due to launch 19 November, will be the first to watch lightning continuously, as well as monitor the sun and space weather

The world in 2076: We still haven’t found alien life

Friday November 18th, 2016 12:00:00 PM
Decades of futile searching for extraterrestrial life will make us refine our science and re-examine our role in the universe

Pluto may have tipped over when Charon tugged at its heart

Thursday November 17th, 2016 10:11:00 PM
The iconic heart-shaped feature on Pluto is so dense that it could have led to the entire dwarf planet swivelling over time

China’s space station now has insects, weeds and rice on board

Wednesday November 16th, 2016 06:00:00 PM
The Tiangong-2 space station includes experiments in growing thale cress, an edible weed and rice in microgravity

Mystery cosmic radio blasts come with side of gamma rays

Wednesday November 16th, 2016 06:00:00 PM
Fast radio bursts have baffled astronomers for nearly 10 years. Now we’ve seen one accompanied by energetic gamma rays, meaning they’re more energetic than we thought

Beagle Mars probe probably didn’t crash, new analysis shows

Tuesday November 15th, 2016 07:00:00 PM
New research shows that the lander deployed at least three - perhaps all four - of its solar panels after touching down on the planet


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Thank you

Monday November 12th, 2012 05:16:04 PM Phil Plait

This is my last post for the Bad Astronomy Blog on Discover Magazine. As of today – Monday, November 12, 2012 – the blog has a new home at Slate magazine. It has been my pleasure and honor to be a Discover blogger for more than four years. Still, I remember my science teacher in […]

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Revealed: My tattoo

Monday November 12th, 2012 01:00:09 PM Phil Plait

Folks, it’s time. And an appropriate time: for my penultimate post here at Discover Magazine, I’ve decided to show you my tattoo. I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but there were a lot of behind-the-scenes issues getting permissions I won’t bore you with. But by the time I was able to post […]

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A refreshing Shasta

Sunday November 11th, 2012 02:00:37 PM Phil Plait

The Cascade range of volcanoes is pretty impressive to see from the ground. Stretching from California up to Washington, it includes famous mountains like Saint Helens, Hood, and Rainier. I’ve seen many of these while driving in the area, and they’re even cooler from an airplane. But I have to say, the view from the […]

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Nerd deGrasse Tyson

Saturday November 10th, 2012 02:00:22 PM Phil Plait

Speaking of Neil Tyson, if you’re a fan of his you’ll be pleased to know that his show, Star Talk Radio, is now going to be part of the Nerdist Channel network! Thats actually a pretty big deal; Chris Hardwick has created this juggernaut of Nerdist and it reaches a lot of folks. The new […]

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Astronomy podcast for kids

Friday November 9th, 2012 07:00:47 PM Phil Plait

I love it when kids get excited enough about science to go out and do something about it. That’s why I’m digging Jeffrey Tang – who’s 10 – because he created the Astronomy For Kids podcast, where he talks about different astronomical things. The first podcast went up in February 2012 ("The Solar System") and […]

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Repost: Carl Sagan Day

Friday November 9th, 2012 04:30:07 PM Phil Plait

[Today is Carl Sagan’s birthday, celebrated by lovers of science and rationality around the planet. I wrote the following post last year, but I think it’s still appropriate (and I updated his age). Happy birthday, Carl. It’s a darker cosmos without you, but we still walk with the candle you lit for us.] If Carl […]

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Moon bounce

Friday November 9th, 2012 02:00:23 PM Phil Plait

Of all the amazing pictures returned from the moon by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter – and I may include the Apollo landing sites among them – I think my favorites are the ones showing boulders that rolled down slopes. Did I say rolled? I mean bounced! [Click to enselenate.] This shot from LRO shows the […]

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Uwingu wants you to submit names for their planetary baby book

Thursday November 8th, 2012 04:38:26 PM Phil Plait

Astronomers are discovering a lot of planets these days. The official count is 800+, with thousands of more candidates (unconfirmed but suspiciously planet-like). Right now we give them alphabet soup names. Alpha Centauri Bb. HR 8799b (through HR8799 e). And of course, everyone’s favorite, 2MASS J04414489+2301513b. These catalog names are useful, but less than public […]

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Getting closer: Super-Earth found in a star’s habitable zone

Thursday November 8th, 2012 01:39:26 PM Phil Plait

Well now, this is an interesting discovery: astronomers have found what looks like a "super-Earth" – a planet more massive than Earth but still smaller than a gas giant – orbiting a nearby star at the right distance to have liquid water on it! Given that, it might – might – be Earthlike. This is […]

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Back to work

Wednesday November 7th, 2012 07:07:11 PM Phil Plait

A few people – including my pal Deric Hughes – put together this non-partisan and nicely done video in honor of democracy: If you like it, give it a thumbs-up on YouTube and Like it on FB. And they’re right. As I wrote last night, there is much work to be done. I don’t think […]

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Watch the First Teaser for Will Smith’s Fantasy Cop Thriller ‘Bright’

Monday February 27th, 2017 03:41:36 PM Maane Khatchatourian
Will Smith is back in blue. Netflix released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming original film “Bright” during the Oscars on Sunday. Smith plays an LAPD cop who teams up with the very first Orc officer (Joel Edgerton) to protect a powerful wand that everyone is after. Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, and Kenneth... Read more »

The Oscars Telecast: A Well-Oiled Machine That Got the Monkey Wrench It Deserved

Monday February 27th, 2017 03:01:58 PM Owen Gleiberman
You’ve got to say this for the jaw-dropping OMG, did that just happen? mistake that provided the climax for the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony: If you’re going to subject 32 million viewers to the most spectacularly embarrassing and inexplicable glitch in the history of televised awards shows, then it helps, in some weird way,... Read more »

‘Moonlight’ Director: Best Picture Snafu Made Winning ‘More Complicated’

Monday February 27th, 2017 02:38:04 PM Cynthia Littleton
The best picture snafu that closed out Sunday’s Academy Awards telecast was still reverberating on Monday’s network morning news programs. “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins told “CBS This Morning” that the mix-up that resulted in “Moonlight” being named the winner a few minutes after “La La Land” was mistakenly announced only added to the surreal quality... Read more »

Oscar Ratings Dip Again Amid ‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land’ Best Picture Mix-Up

Monday February 27th, 2017 02:33:28 PM Oriana Schwindt
It was a strange night at the Oscars. Someone still living was listed in the In Memoriam segment. First-time host Jimmy Kimmel attempted to bring non-famous people into the Hollywood fold in a very long bit. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope to read in the category everyone had stayed up... Read more »

Twitch Will Start Selling Game Downloads From Players’ Live Broadcasts

Monday February 27th, 2017 02:15:18 PM Todd Spangler
More than two years after Twitch was acquired by Amazon, the company is charging onto the ecommerce playing field. Starting this spring, Twitch will let its 17,000 game-broadcasting partners sell games and in-game content directly from their pages on the platform, while they’re live-streaming gameplay. Publishers will earn 70% of the revenue and partnered Twitch... Read more »

Japan Box Office: ‘La La Land’ Dances to Weekend Win

Monday February 27th, 2017 02:05:17 PM Patrick Frater
TOKYO — With its release perfectly timed to benefit from its six Oscars, “La La Land” danced to the top of the Japanese box office in its first weekend. Released by Gaga and Pony Canyon on Feb. 24, the film earned $3.7 million on 290,000 admissions for the Feb. 25-26 weekend. With the Academy Awards... Read more »

Amazon Picks Up ‘Fortitude’ for Season 2, Adds Dennis Quaid to Cast

Monday February 27th, 2017 02:05:07 PM Oriana Schwindt
Amazon has picked up where now-defunct Pivot left off: The streaming service has picked up Arctic noir drama “Fortitude” for a 10-episode second season. Season 2 on Amazon will feature an ensemble cast, including originals like Richard Dormer, Sofie Gråbøl, and Luke Treadaway, and newcomers Dennis Quaid, Parminder Nagra, Michelle Fairley, Robert Sheehan, and Ken Stott. The 10... Read more »

YouTube Coming to Comcast TV Set-Tops

Monday February 27th, 2017 02:00:31 PM Todd Spangler
Comcast plans to launch a YouTube video app on the Xfinity X1 set-top platform nationwide later in 2017 — and move that will make internet video adjacent to TV programming, literally, on the U.S.’s biggest cable operator. Terms of the deal aren’t being released. The agreement between Google and Comcast may include some kind of... Read more »

Warren Buffett More Than Doubles Apple Stake, Now Owns $17 Billion Worth of Tech Giant’s Stock

Monday February 27th, 2017 01:48:57 PM Todd Spangler
Superstar investor Warren Buffett revealed Monday that he had more than doubled his stake in Apple, to own 2.5% of the tech giant — giving his Berkshire Hathaway company shares in Apple worth around $17 billion. Buffett has previously claimed that he’s not a tech investor, but said in an interview with CNBC that he’s... Read more »

Rose Garnett Named as New Chief of BBC Films

Monday February 27th, 2017 12:57:07 PM Leo Barraclough
Rose Garnett has been appointed director of BBC Films, the movie production arm of the British public broadcaster. Garnett moves to BBC Films from Film4, where she has been head of creative since 2015. Since joining Film4 as head of development in 2013, she has managed an extensive slate of projects from a wide range... Read more »



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