Thursday, 28 October 2010


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All Tomorrow's Parties - the uniquely British alternative music and arts festival, celebrates its 10th anniversary year this December with a series of events curated and headlined by Belle & Sebastian, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and designer toy pioneers Amos to be held at Butlins, Minehead.

Founded in 2000 by then disillusioned gig promoter Barry Hogan, All Tomorrow's Parties was one of the very first boutique music festivals to launch in the UK. The ensuing ten years have seen the festival grow in stature to become something of a treasured British institution (which is also held at a British institution), whilst garnering international respect and acclaim.

The enduring appeal of ATP lies principally with the festival's unique proposition; a music festival curated entirely by a single artist and held at an old school British holiday resort where the bands stay in the same accommodation as the festival goers. The festival further sets itself apart from the larger corporate events by continuing to eschew any corporate sponsorship and any notion of VIP rooms making for a uniquely egalitarian festival experience - a proposition which has engendered a fierce loyalty amongst their fan base.

Described by founder Barry as a 'mixtape of a festival curated by your favourite band', All Tomorrow's Parties actively encourages festival goers to seek out and champion new music. Past curators read like a who's who of the alternative music/arts scene and have included Sonic Youth, Matt Groening, Portishead, The Breeders, My Bloody Valentine and most recently Jim Jarmusch.

Launched in the wake of Belle and Sebastian's groundbreaking Bowlie Weekender in 1999, All Tomorrow's Parties first festival curated by Mogwai took place in 2000 at Pontins Holiday Camp in Camber Sands. Camber Sands continued to provide the backdrop for ATP until public demand necessitated a larger venue and the festival moved to the 5,500 capacity Butlins in Minehead in 2005.

In recent years the festival has expanded further; hosting a series of international events whilst maintaining its legacy of being intimate and fan-friendly. Recent sold out events in the US and Australia, curated by Nick Cave and Jim Jarmusch were met with overwhelming critical acclaim with US rock bible, Rolling Stone naming ATP 'the best rock festival in America'. The festival was also the subject of a full length feature film from Warp Films in 2009 :

The team behind ATP is also responsible for the Don’t Look Back concert series, where acclaimed artists perform a classic album in its entirety. The series opened the series with Iggy and The Stooges performing 'Funhouse' and further performances have included Public Enemy performing 'It Takes a Nation of Millions...', Sonic Youth performing 'Daydream Nation', Ennio Morricone performing his classic film soundtracks and most recently the Stooges revisiting their seminal album 'Raw Power'.

All Tomorrow’s Parties will complete their year-long birthday celebrations at Butlins from the 3rd-5th December with The Nightmare before Christmas curated by Canadian post-rock juggernauts; Godspeed You! Black Emperor, who are reforming after nine years for the festival. This first of two festivals has already sold out and those lucky enough to have snapped up tickets will be treated to performances from Neurosis, Weird Al Yankovic, Deerhoof and many more.

The second festival weekend will take place from the 10th-12 December and to mark the occasion the event that started it all, The Bowlie Weekender, will be making a welcome return. The original Bowlie Weekender was curated by Belle and Sebastian and they're back to headline and curate the eagerly-anticipated Bowlie 2. Guests including; Foals, Crystal Castles and Teenage Fanclub will be entertaining festival goers throughout the weekend.

Anyone wanting to extend their stay after the first festival or come a few days earlier to the second event can also enjoy In Between Days curated by Amos. Taking place from the 6th-9th December, Amos will be putting on a variety of entertainment, including bands and DJs such as Carbou, Wooden Ships and Moon Duo.

The 10th anniversary celebrations will be taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Minehead in Somerset. Looking out over a superb sandy beach the site is equipped with everything festival goers could need offering the perfect location for All Tomorrow's Parties to mark its landmark anniversary.

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Sunday, 24 October 2010


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"The Rising Tide (part 2) : Hear No Evil" out 24th January 2011

"Superb - 8/10" - Rock Sound.

"An exciting album of blazing, streetwise British promise" / "an excellent album"8/10 - Metal Hammer.

"so eyeball-poppingly angry you can’t help but be swept along" / "Inspiring." KKKK - Kerrang!

"The UK's true Underground heroes make an album that deserves to be heard by everyone, now" - Subba Cultcha.

"A kind of positive chip on the shoulder from the gut/heart" - Organ.

Djevara are a DIY three-piece alternative rock band based in North London, England. The band decided to release "The Rising Tide" in two parts, in order to reflect the path of descent/ disintegration, followed by the recovery/re-affirmation they felt in their own lives. While Part 1, "Corsa Al Ribasso" (i.e. ’race to the bottom’ in Italian), was a scathing, disturbingly honest internal reflection on the darkest, most personal parts of the mind through horrendous times, "Hear No Evil" is about the road back... healing scars, wiping the blood off, and against all odds, returning to fight back.

"Hear No Evil" was recorded live, straight to tape at Ranscombe Studios in Kent. The centre piece ("The Tort of False Light") is an open letter to one of Bass’s own cousins, who infuriatingly still refuses to escape from an abusive relationship, and throughout this record the band rail against the apathy and hypocrisy of a world of non-participating observers which allows and accepts scenarios like this and worse to exist. The band are further fired on by the endless hordes of cynics, critics and other parasites who (ironically) dismiss this kind of message for exactly the reasons they describe. But this is not a record for them - it is a soundtrack for those who also find themselves among The Disconnected-everyone who is unrepresented by the official channels of power, sick of everything from paying for wars that disgust us, sick of the casual racism/sexism/injustices that pervade our everyday existence, sick of watching another century go by as a rich, powerful minority continue to rape and pillage the earth as the rest of us suffer the consequences. Though born in Scotland, Bass's (Usuyak Bassey's) family originally come from Zimbabwe and Nigeria and he has very real, first-hand and personal experiences of the everyday tragedy of The Forgotten World. This is the sound of a band returning to its roots at the front line.

It is now no longer clear where the line between hardcore and alternative rock starts or ends, or which side the band sit in. Djevara are genre-less, playing a heavy but unpretentious progressive rock music with punk attitude and abandon which nods to many genres, but is a slave to none. All to be expected from a band who are as big fans of Saul Williams as Refused, and of Massive Attack as of Botch.

News - The Liaison unveil stomping debut record and are set to break in 2011!

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Emotive Upstarts 'The Liaison' nationally unleash their explosive debut EP 'Start From Scratch' on 17th January 2011, through all digital sources.

Hailing from the leafy suburbs of Guildford and formed in January 2009, The Liaison are quickly making new friends and chalking up impressive support by extensively touring throughout the South of England. Although the promising five piece have only been in existence for just under two years, the band have already bagged profile shows with the likes of Attack Attack, Kids Can’t Fly, The King Blues, My Passion, Lower Than Atlantis, and Exit Avenue, as well as notching up two consecutive annual appearances at the Guilfest.

Pulling inspiration from a variety of different artists, both old and new, the emo-crew have been encouraged by the likes of Weezer, Four Year Strong, Bon Jovi, The Police, and most notably Jimmy Eat World and You Me At Six. By distilling and breaking down the fundamentals of these key influences, taking from them premium cuts of meat, they form their own hearty beast, creating something that's sincere and all-inclusive upon first impact.

The scene is now set for the lively quintet to release their much anticipated debut EP 'Start From Scratch'. The cuts for the record were nailed down at Outhouse Studios with John Mitchell (Funeral For A Friend, Enter Shikari, You Me At Six) and the band have clearly sculpted a hefty slice of sturdy emo-rock. From the fist in the air, sing-along powerpop of 'Road Trip' and the hook-heavy 'Its So Clear', through to the dynamic and supremely tuneful 'Can We Still Be Friends', The Liaison have produced a debut record complete with up-tempo arrangements, contagious hooks, and an unadulterated honesty that demands your attention.

** The Liaison 'Start from Scratch' EP is out from all digital platforms from 17th January 2011 **

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

News - Supersonic - This Weekend!

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Now in its eighth year, this year’s Supersonic line-up is particularly
exciting: a Napalm Death hometown performance, Michael Rother’s new supergroup Hallogallo 2010 (feat. Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, Aaron Mullan from Tall Firs and Benjamin Curtis from School of Seven Bells) will be delivering an unforgettable performance, playing the music of NEU!, founders of Industrial Metal Godflesh, Michael Gira’s hugely influential NYC band Swans, Melt Banana, James Blackshaw, Factory Floor, King Midas Sound, plus lots of really interesting visual art and avant-garde performances from a really eclectic mix of artists and musicians (including a 7-hour installation of guitarists and pigeons using whistles to play harmonies from the pentatonic scale). The festival also offers a creative atmosphere and set of experiences beyond the core music programming, including Q&As, workshops, screenings, art installations, record stalls, tea and cake.

Monday, 11 October 2010


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Having only been in the public eye since January 2009, Ruins of Earth are quickly climbing the ranks of the UK metal scene. Through shattering live shows that illustrate the boundless energy and candid delivery of the band, they are fast carving a name for themselves. And given the overcrowded nature of the current UK metal scene, this is no little feat. Ruins of Earth have both the innovation and drive to ascend the masses and are destined to be one of the strapping bands to break in 2011!

The lively metal scamps have already extensively toured throughout the UK, bagging tour slots with the likes of Viatrophy, Shadow Law, Osmium and Plague of Ashitaka. The quintet's shows are sweat-drenched fleapit affairs that are both full-blooded and full-hearted. The Hampshire bruisers will hit the road again this Autumn in support of their explosive debut EP 'Ashes of the Ocean'.

ROE's debut offering 'Ashes of the Ocean' is nothing short of a mouth-watering piece of technically tinged thrash metal. From the EP's namesake 'Ashes of the Ocean', through to the dynamic 'The Serpent's Curse', the record is definitely a journey. With both soaring melodic passages and brutal breakdowns, throat-box Colin Russel manages to appositely scrape the bile from the guts of his soul. Aided and abated by Guitarists Daniel Smith and Andrew Wilson, who duel patiently with high velocity fret-flurries before dishing out repeated stinging blows, and bassist Fred McCauley, who impressively steadies the ship, as does Thomas Brooker, who adds brutal force with his jack-hammer style beats, the record spins and hurls out the decibels. All in all, these Southern metallers really do assault the auditory soak it up and watch the band explode in 2011!


News - Castrovalva & Mojo Fury Announce UK tour

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Leeds based noise rock trio Castrovalva are teaming up with the hotly tipped Mojo Fury for a tour of the UK this month.

Following a highly acclaimed debut album Castrovalva are proving to be the most unusual sounding band in Britain. Valva will no doubt continue with their relentless harsh bass-driven rock with various pop overtones reminiscent of influences such as Prince, N.W.A, Notorious B.I.G, Lightning Bolt, Hella, Arab on radar, Death From Above 1979 & Oxes.

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Mojo Fury, fresh from their recent UK tour with Oceansize, will bring their dynamic slabs of math-tinted rock to the masses again and further proove why Big Cheese magazine have named them as "ones to watch" and their debut single "The Mann" has been picking up great reviews.

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Full tourdates below:

13th October - STOKE - Harry’s Bar
14th October - IPSWICH - The Swan
15th October - MANCHESTER - In The City @ Gulliver’s
16th October - LONDON - Fandango @ Bull & Gate
20th October - EDINBURGH - Bannerman’s
22nd October - SELBY - Riverside Bar
23rd October LEEDS - Brainwash Festival (Mojo Fury)
24th October LEEDS - Brainwash Festival (Castrovalva)
6th November NME Weekender, Camber Sands, East Sussex (Castrovalva)


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Wednesday, 6 October 2010

News - Vessels - new single, video and european tour w/ Oceansize

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’Meatman, Piano Tuner, Prostitute’ is the first single to be taken from the Vessels’ second album Helioscope (due out Feb 2011) and is released 8th November. The band features the guest vocals of Stuart Warwick (formerly Jacob’s Stories) who will accompany the band on their headline set of dates in November (please note new London venue). Before then, Vessels embark on a tour of Europe with Oceansize. All dates can be seen below.

Download the album version of ’Meatman’ for free here:
A brilliantly colourful video has been made by Kira Zighalina which can be viewed here:
Sat 9 Oct - Bibelot, Dordrecht, NETHERLANDS (with Oceansize)
Sun 10 Oct - Doornroosje, Nijmegan, NETHERLANDS (with Oceansize)
Mon 11 Oct - Melkweg Oude Zeel, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS (with Oceansize)
Wed 13 Oct - Gebaude 9, Cologne, GERMANY (with Oceansize)
Thu 14 Oct - Logo, Hamburg, GERMANY (with Oceansize)
Fri 15 Oct - Beta, Copenhagen, DENMARK (with Oceansize)
Sat 16 Oct - Garage, Oslo, NORWAY (with Oceansize)
Sun 17 Oct -Malman, Stockholm, SWEDEN (with Oceansize)
Tue 19 Oct - Kuudes Linja, Helsinki, FINLAND (with Oceansize)
Wed 20 Oct - Lost in Music, Tampere, FINLAND (with Oceansize)
Sat 23 Oct- Hydrozagadka, Warsaw, POLAND (with Oceansize)
Sun 24 Oct - Lucerna Music Hall, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC (with Oceansize)
Mon 25 Oct - Werk 2, Liepzig, GERMANY (with Oceansize)
Tue 26 Oct - Colossaal, Aschaffenburg, GERMANY (with Oceansize)
Thu 28 Oct - Kulturladen, Konstanz, GERMANY (with Oceansize)
Fri 29 Oct - Backstage, Munich, GERMANY (with Oceansize)
Sat 30 Oct - Sublime, Aflenz, AUSTRIA (with Oceansize)
Mon 1 Nov - Grabenhalle, St Gallen, SWITZERLAND (with Oceansize)
Tue 2 Nov - ISC Club, Bern, SWITZERLAND (with Oceansize)
Thu 4 Nov - Be Cool, Barcelona, SPAIN (with Oceansize)
Fri 5 Nov - El Tren, Granada, SPAIN (with Oceansize)
Sat 6 Nov - Ritmo & Compass, Madrid, SPAIN (with Oceansize)
Sun 7 Nov - Rock Star Live Barakaldo, Bilbao, SPAIN (with Oceansize)
Tue 9 Nov - Nouveau Casino, Paris, FRANCE (with Oceansize)

Fri 12 Nov - Brudenell Social Club, LEEDS (with Stuart Warwick)
Sun 14 Nov - Deaf Institute, MANCHESTER (with Stuart Warwick)
Wed 17 Nov - The Queen Of Hoxton, LONDON (with Stuart Warwick & Humanfly)
Thu 18 Nov - Bierkeller, BRISTOL (with Stuart Warwick)

News - Honour Before Glory - new band feat. Whiskas (Forward Russia/Dance to the Radio) - free mp3s

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Honour Before Glory is the new solo project from Whiskas of ¡Forward, Russia! put together in the two years since the bands break. Songs written during Forward Russia’s time and after have been agonised about time over, and this Summer have been put to tape with the help of numerous friends. With the best part of an album recorded, Honour Before Glory is emmerging from the studio for a small string of live gigs, before a debut single & tour in January.

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Upcoming Honour Before Glory shows:

Sunday 3rd October - Play Patters Festival, The Well, Leeds w/ Johnny Foreigner, Talons, Lone Wolf + more
Wednesday 6th October - The Drop, Stoke Newington, London *headline show*
Friday 15th October - Brew Records @ In The City, Gullivers, Manchester w/ Chickenhawk, These Monsters, Castovalva + more
Tuesday 2nd November - 100 Club, London w/ I Like Trains
Sunday 14th November - Constellations Festival, University Union, Leeds w/ Broken Social Scene, Les Savy Fav, Liars + more

Friday, 1 October 2010


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Kill Cassidy release their debut single, the double A-sided '14:11 / Everyone To the Dancemat' through Sugar Shack Records, on 18th October 2010. Mixed by Chris Sheldon (Biffy Clyro/Oceansize/Foo Fighters) and co-produced with long-time friend Andi Karthauser at Oakcutts studio, this single proves to be a bold statement of intent from a band formed just 18 months ago.

Settling upon a line up in Bristol in early 2009, the band have shared stages with Delays, Everything Everything and Shy Child; they've also appeared at Dot to Dot Festival in 2010, and will be touring in October to coincide with their debut release. The album will follow in early 2011. In the meanwhile, the Moody-altrockers hit the following venues this October:

Oct 23 - Portsmouth, drift in the city (tbc)
Oct 24 - Brighton, cobbler’s thumb
Oct 25 - Cardiff, buffalo bar
Oct 27 - Kentish town, flowerpot (London single launch)
Oct 28 - Bath, moles club
Oct 30 - Bristol, louisiana (Hometown single launch)