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Blue Pills announce release of Live At Rockpalast EP

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 6th January 2014 by Nico Davidson

Upcoming multicultural blues rockers Blue Pills have announced plans for the release of a new live EP, Live at Rockpalast, on 27th February via Nuclear Blast.

Live At Rockpalast will feature four songs from what is described as the band’s euphorically celebrated gig at Germany’s WDR Rockpalast on 18th October 2013. The live EP will be made available as a limited edition gatefold 10″ white vinyl and digital download.

The tracklist for Live At Rockpalast is as follows:

1. In The Beginning
2. Black Smoke
3. Little Sun
4. Mind Exit

Blue Pills online:

http://bluepills.com
http://facebook.com/bluepills

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Silent Jack announce release date for Snakebite EP

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 5th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

Brummie hard rockers Silent Jack are set to release their first EP, entitled Snakebite. The release will consist of the band’s previously released singles and some new cuts. Recorded by Alex Cooper of Arkham studios, and Richard Wood of The Old Smithy, the EP will consist of 7 tracks of simple, driving, hard rock.

To coincide with the release of Snakebite, Silent Jack will be holding an EP launch party at Scruffy Murphy’s in Birmingham as apart of the band’s HARD ROXX events. The band will perform the EP in its entirety. Support acts include Stone Cold Kill, Black Star Bullet and Uncle Jim.

Snakebite is released on 22nd December 2013, and will be available digitally for purchase through iTunes, Amazon MP3 and other online stores, as well as streaming from Spotify, Deezer, and other services. CDs will be available directly from the band.

Silent Jack online:

http://www.Silent-Jack.com
http://www.facebook.com/silentjackband
http://www.reverbnation.com/silentjackband

Hell – The Age of Nefarious

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 3rd November 2013 by Paul

Hell
The Age of Nefarious
Released October 25th 2013
NWOBHM
Released via Nuclear Blast
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Hell are one of the greatest success stories in the recent renaissance of NWOBHM. Of all the bands that have come back from the dead to play the oldest style of Heavy Metal, Hell has been one of the most successful. This EP, The Age of Nefarious offers a new song as well as three live performances from their Human Remains album. Hell have a style that goes beyond the simple punk rock/Motorhead formula that typifies NWOBHM, being more theatrical and epic, like Dante’s Divine Comedy played through a Heavy Metal filter. I managed to catch the end of Hell’s set at Bloodstock 2011, and it was clear that the band are very talented performers, the recordings here sound just about as good as they do in the studio, however the problem is that the audience is very quiet in the mix here, so it doesn’t feel like there is all that much point in listening to these over the album versions from Human Remains. It’s a good release though and a good, though short preview of what is to come on the next album. The Age of Nefarious doesn’t deviate much from the sounds on Human Remains, which is largely a good thing. It sounds like Hell are getting ready to release a great album, and I look forward to hearing it.

3/5

Paul Gibbins

Hell online:

http://facebook.com/hellofficial

 

Lost Effect return to studio; confirmed to support Breed 77 at local show

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 19th October 2013 by Nico Davidson

Gothic melodic metallers Lost Effect have recently returned to the studio to record their follow up to their critically acclaimed Embrace The Silence EP. The band are aiming to release the currently untitled record sometime in 2014.

Lost Effect have also announced that they will be returning to their local scene in York for a show where they bill be supporting Breed 77 at Fibbers on 25 November, later this year. Tickets are available for £10 from this location.

Lost Effect online:

http://losteffect.co.uk
http://facebook.com/losteffect

 

Her Dying Regret stream Legacy in full at Two Guys Metal Reviews

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 12th September 2013 by Nico Davidson

With less than a week until the release of LegacyHer Dying Regret have teamed up with the guys at Two Guys Metal Reviews to stream the EP in its entirety.

The EP can be streamed at this location.

Legacy Track Listing:
01 Intro
02 Ashes
03 All Judge, No Jury
04 The Shallow
05 Legacy
06 The Last Lie
07 The Filthy Truth

Her Dying Regret online:

http://facebook.comherdyingregret

Hell announce new EP; The Age of Nefarious

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 12th September 2013 by Nico Davidson

British occult metal legends Hell who saw a revival a few years ago have finally unveiled details about the lead single to be released from their upcoming album Curse And Chapter. the band’s current incarnation which features Andy Sneap and David Bower alongside original members Kev BowerTony Speakman and Tim Bowler will release their follow-up to the 2011 release Human Remains on 25th November, later this year through Nuclear Blast.

The Age of Nefarious EP will be released on 28th October via Nuclear Blast. It will be released as as a 10″ vinyl, in several different colours and one exclusive colour for the UK. The EP will include the title track, The Age Of Nefarious, plus three live tracks from the band’s recent performance at this year’s Bloodstock Festival.

The tracklist of The Age Of Nefarious reads as follows:

Side A:
1. The Age Of Nefarious
2. On Earth As It Is In Hell (live)
Side B:
1. Blasphemy And The Master (live)
2. The Oppressors (live)

String and keyman Kev Bower commented:

In a world dominated by conflict, disease, corruption, poverty, disaster and crime – much of which has religion at its source – this is truly the dawning of The Age Of Nefarious. The song was always going to be the perfect opener for the new Curse And Chapter album since it lays the foundation for everything which follows, but when we were approached by our friends at Nuclear Blast with the idea of producing a lead-off EP, we also decided that out of four possible EP album track candidates – this song should also be the one. It represents everything which Hell represents – it powers along in awe-inspiring majesty, but takes lots of unexpected twists and turns before reaching its inevitable conclusion. The artwork is once again the result of our collaboration with Dan Goldsworthy, and it shows just a tiny fraction of the artwork he has created for Curse And Chapter. With regard to the additional live tracks – where better to have recorded these than from the main stage at Bloodstock Open Air 2013 – the spiritual home of UK metal, during one of the best shows we have ever played, and in front of 10,000 of the most dedicated metal heads in the world. We are proud to be giving you a glimpse into the second Chapter……

Hell will also be touring with their label mates Carcass this coming November as well as Amon Amarth on the Metal Hammer: Defenders Of The Faith tour. Tour dates are as follow:

12.11.13      Birmingham – Academy
13.11.13      Manchester – Academy
14.11.13      Glasgow – Barrowlands
15.11.13      Bristol – Academy
17.11.13      London – Forum

Hell online:

http://hell-metal-band.com
http://facebook.com/hellofficial

Ben Parcell – Expectations

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 5th September 2013 by Nico Davidson

Ben Parcell
Expectations

Released 14th September 2013
Acoustic/Folk/Pop Punk
Released via By The Sea Records

Since becoming a solo act, Ben Parcell has gained a relative amount of fame through the East riding area and beyond for his soul-fuelled songwriting, distinctive voice and hard working attitude. Ben has clocked over 250 shows around the UK, playing both gigs and festivals. Taking influence from a wide range of different acts and genres such as Frank Turner, The Beatles and Green Day, Ben has established his own sound whilst staying true to his roots.

Opening up the album is the title track, Expectations, which proves to be a gentle yet honest song filled with emotive lyrics as well as distinctive accompaniment of piano. Out Of Here has a different sound all together, with a new pulse added to it by the use of percussion while the lyrics and vocals a certain tension to the music that rings out with all the strength of church bells minus the inducement of headaches. The use of guitar has a slight jig to it, blending in elements that are hard to explain. Gracie Falls‘ vocals inject a docile but rare touch into the song.

Forget The Pain has a misty, Stygian atmosphere that is reflected gracefully through each note and dances seductively with the lyrics. Given the darkish sound of the song, would it be safe to classify this as doom folk? Painted By Numbers is the upbeat number that appeared on Ben‘s EP of the same name (the review of which can be found here). The backing vocals, as provided by Edwina Hayes, adds a pillar of strength to the song while Ben‘s vocals and guitar work laid the foundations. I Don’t Need You continues with the upbeat tempo though the lyrics and vocals leave a trail of dusk and solemn feelings in their wake – A contrast that clearly works well for Ben. The piano medleys add a handsome sound to the song, keeping it fresh yet gloaming.

Undertow sails down a similar route to that of the opening and title track Expectations but some interesting changes of course throughout its journey whereas Jetsam a stable and silky campaign from beginning to end – A perfect chill out song. Stay In Touch is another song from Ben‘s Painted By Numbers EP and makes for easy and pleasant listening, though the pace picks up ever so slightly after the introduction. Too Late To Say Goodbye also appeared on Painted By Numbers, capturing the sobering and reflective side of Ben‘s music. The last song to feature on the album from Painted By Numbers is Love Song, which rings out with emotional lyrics and soul-filled music.

The album finishes up with Light At The End Of The Tunnel. The guitar passages whistle out a partially majestic sound, underlying the subtle emotional tones in Ben‘s voice. The organ sounds summon up a thoughtful, somber sound that makes the song almost infused with doom-flavoured elements which are eventually added by the grave use of Black Sabbath-based electric guitars.

Since his career began as an acoustic act, Ben Parcell has slowly become one of the well known musicians of East Yorkshire’s acoustic and folk scene and Expectations is a testament to Ben‘s talent and is one of the most important albums in the East Yorkshire’s folk scene – If not, the UK’s. Blending influences and elements from different genres and musicians, Expectations also clearly shows an evolution in Ben‘s sound and style.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Ben Parcell online:

http://www.benparcell.com
http://benparcell.blogspot.com
http://gplus.to/benparcell
http://benparcell.bigcartel.com
http://benparcell.bandcamp.com
http://www.twitter.com/benparcell
http://www.reverbnation.com/benparcell
http://www.myspace.com/benparcell
http://www.soundcloud.com/benparcell

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington reveal EP title and artwork

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 29th August 2013 by Nico Davidson

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington have recently unveiled the artwork (see above) and title for their upcoming EP; High Rise. The EP is scheduled for release via Spinefarm Records on 7th October. The EP will feature five tracks including the band’s number one mainstream and active rock radio single; Out Of Time.

The new Stone Temple Pilots line-up are set to kick off their first US tour on 4th September. For further info and tour updates; head over to the band’s official site at this location.

High Rise track listing:

  • 1 Out of Time
  • 2 Black Heart
  • 3 Same on the Inside
  • 4 Cry Cry
  • 5 Tomorrow

Stone Temple Pilots online:

http://stonetemplepilots.com
http://facebook.com/stpband

Common Gods reveal artwork for new EP; Helveien to be released 4th August

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 31st July 2013 by Nico Davidson

Glaswegian metal monsters Common Gods have revealed the artwork for their upcoming four-track EP Helveien which will be released this Sunday (4th August 2013) for free through BandCamp. The four track EP was recorded and produced at Devil’s Own Studio in Glasgow and the artwork was produce by Norderobring drummer and North of the Wall Festival organiser Alasdair Dunn. The release of Helveien coincides nicely with the band’s next gig at Pivo in Glasgow on Sunday.

Common Gods online:

http://www.facebook.com/CommonGods/
http://soundcloud.com/commongods

 

Vattnet Viskar release “Making Of” video

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 31st July 2013 by Nico Davidson

Vattnet Viskar recently complied a “Making Of” video for their recent time in the studio, where they have been recording their upcoming debut album Sky Swallower.

Sky Swallower was recorded at Universal Noise Storage under the watchful eye of producer Brett Boland, and features eight songs worth of masterfully executed atmospheric black metal, filtered through the members’ own hardcore pasts and imbued with doom metal’s heart-rending heaviness.  Sky Swallower is due out 9th September in Europe on Century Media Records. The video can be viewed below.

Vattnet Viskar online:

http://www.facebook.com/vattnetviskar
http://www.twitter.com/vattnetviskar
http://vattnetviskar.bandcamp.com/

 

XIII announce new EP titled Deeds of the Saints: Chapters I–V

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 29th July 2013 by Nico Davidson

Hull’s premier thrash trio XIII have announced details for their new EP Deeds of the Saints: Chapters I – V. The band will be going into the studio 10th August to record the new EP.

The EP will be the first part of a two EP set, the first being released in November 2013 and the second in the first half of 2014 with both EPs combined forming one whole Deeds of the Saints package.

Track-listing for D.O.T.S: Chapters I – V EP:

1. We Are Everywhere
2. Narcotics
3. Acta Sanctorum
4. Deliverance
5. Nothing Is True… Everything Is Permitted

XIII online:

www.musicbyxiii.com
www.facebook.com/xiiirocks
www.twitter.com/musicbyxiii

 

Vattnet Viskar premier Fog of Apathy from upcoming album Sky Swallower

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 22nd July 2013 by Nico Davidson

Having originally formed in Plaistow, New Hampshire in the summer of 2010, Vatnett Viskar started small and worked smart, cultivating a strong presence within their local DIY scene and online. On the strength of their first EP’s three ambitious, sprawling blackened doom epics, the band that Pitchfork called “the future of black metal in the United States” and Stereogum lauded as “propulsive and brutal, yet ambient and expansive” signed a deal with Century Media.

Now Stereogrum Century Media bring you a glimpse of the band’s debut full length, Sky Swallower. Fog Of Apathy is available to be streamed at this location.

Sky Swallower track listing:
1. New Alchemy
2. Fog of Apathy
3. Monarch
4. Breath of the Almighty
5. Ascend
6. Mythos
7. As I Stared Into the Sky
8. Apex

Sky Swallower is scheduled for a release on 9th September in Europe.

Vattnet Viskar online:

www.facebook.com/vattnetviskar
www.twitter.com/vattnetviskar
http://vattnetviskar.bandcamp.com/

 

Sea of Giants – The Greater Good

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , on 3rd July 2013 by Nico Davidson

Sea of Giants
The Greater Good
Released 29th June 2013
Northern Deathcore
Released via eMortal Records

Since 2011, Sea of Giants have smashed their way through the Yorkshire scene, support acts such as Dead Harts, Grader, Giants, Sirena, Annotations of an Autopsy and more, becoming one of the hardest working bands in the East Yorkshire area. Hailing from the sea battered town of Bridlington, the five piece band already have two releases under their: Into The Deepest Depths and Northern Idols. The Greater Good is the third addition to the band’s career thus far.

Rehabilitated opens the EP before launching into the threatening and crushing track Reality North. Frontman McGougan’s vocals dominate the song, exchanging heavy handed blows with the combative use of riffs, provided by Mangan and Axup, and warlike rhythm sections. Every Wave wanes in the raw, primal energy that was offered up in the previous track but supplies some of Barlow’s most destructive bass work. Trenches rushes in like a bull in a china shop but provides a new dynamic on the band’s already cumbersome sound.

Changing Colours is too short lived of a track and has more potential if it were a longer song. Nevertheless, it still embodies Sea of Giants’ most staunch elements as well as some memorable clean vocal lines towards the end. Seasick starts up with a noticeable hook, reeling the listener into a storm of furious riffs and raging vocals. The lyrics add a very personal and emotional touch to the music, which blends in magnificently with the melodic licks and screaming rhythm passages. The calm, melodic section creates a whole new atmosphere and sound – one that keeps the song fresh.

The Greater Good is definitely a milestone that Sea of Giants have reached and displays the band’s evolution since starting up two years ago. Whilst it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it shows what the Yorkshire quintet have to offer and why they’re one of the best acts on the northern circuit.

4/5

Nico Davidson

Sea of Giants online:

http://www.facebook.com/seaofgiantsuk
http://www.twitter.com/seaofgiantsuk
http://seaofgiantsuk.tumblr.com

 

Acoustic singer-songwriter Ben Parcell releases video for Expectations

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 21st March 2013 by Nico Davidson

Yorkshire based singer-songwriter Ben Parcell recently released the new video for Expectations, which is taken from the forthcoming EP of the same name. Ben is inspired by modern folk and acoustic acts such as Frank Turner and Ed Sheeran as well as taking influence from the classics such as The Beatles and Elvis Costello.

The forthcoming EP Expectations will be out on CD in mid spring this year. Since going solo in 2010, Ben has played over 200 gigs supporting several well respected artists on the circuit such as Ben Marwood, Chris Helme and Ryan Spendlove. Catch him this year performing at the internationally renowned Beverley Folk Festival.

 

Lost Effect – Embrace The Silence

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 23rd January 2013 by Nico Davidson

Lost Effect
Embrace The Silence
Released: 10th January 2013
Melodic Metal/Yorkshire Metal
Self-Released

Lost Effect are one of the few bands that I’ve been following with an intense passion – which has probably bordered on obsession more than a few times – for the better part of two years. When the Embrace The Silence EP arrived in my letter box, I was more than happy to finally have my hands on it.

On my first listen of the EP, I thought I’d started spinning the wrong CD due to the soft beginning of the opening track, Leap Of Faith. Fortunately, the rising beast of guitars rise from the depth, signalling the beginning of the blasphemous onslaught of heavy, destructive and somewhat melodic music. Emily’s vocals are quite literally sweet music to the ears, soaring out majestically like an eagle flight while keyboardist Dave’s vocals display a vast surge of opposition, allowing the two differing vocal styles to meld together artistically.

The guitars, performed by Steven and keys twin poetically aside one another, constructing a gothic softness and sonorousness which is particularly broadcasted throughout the EP’s title track, Embrace The Silence and We Are The Damned, whilst they seem to sing out a more melancholy set of harmonic, dulcet dirges through the rest of the EP. Of course, the rhythm sections, which are belted out by drummer Pete and bassist Shaun, shouldn’t go without note as they provide a subtle thunderous roar to the music, helping blend it all together to give Lost Effect a fresh, original sound.

Embrace The Silence clearly isn’t the work of an amateur band, it’s the carefully crafted art of a band that has the potential to go toe-to-toe with bands like Lacuna Coil and Evanescence. Lost Effect will soon be masters at their craft and if Embrace The Silence is a sign of what’s to come from the band, then we’re all in for a treat.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Lost Effect are:

Emily Burt – Vocals
Dave Wells – Keys & Growls
Steve Wells – Guitar
Shaun Wainman – Bass
Pete Rutherford – Drums

Follow Lost Effect at:

http://losteffect.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/losteffect
http://www.youtube.com/user/losteffectband
http://www.myspace.com/losteffectband
https://twitter.com/losteffectband

 

Your Demise unveil video for new song ‘Karma’

Posted in News with tags , , , on 17th January 2013 by Nico Davidson

Taken from the band’s forthcoming new EP Cold Chillin’ , Karma – which has been made available for free download – is a feral musical uppercut, loaded with riffs, grooves and vocal venom.

The accompanying video was shot and directed by upcoming director Felix ‘Phoenix’ Dickinson, and continues the Your Demise tradition of striking visual statements that, more often than not, set the Internet ablaze; be it via their album artwork, merchandise or music videos, Your Demise are not a band to follow trends or convention, and Karma is certainly no different.

Enlisting the help of their fans, friends and Britain’s inclement January weather during Karma’s intense 48 hour production, Your Demise have once again returned with a bang: say what you will about them, this ain’t a band of half measures, and they don’t do things quietly.

The EP will be unleashed on February 7th, 2013, to coincide with the band’s UK headline dates, and marks the bands’ first official release since their departure from Visible Noise Records. For the EP‘s release, the quintet have teamed up with long time collaborators Impericon.com and Leeds based D.I.Y label Pinky Swear Records, with Impericon handling the CD edition and PSR an exclusive vinyl pressing. “Impericon and Pinky Swear are both very dedicated to music, and separate themselves from the bullshit that can hang around in the music industry,” says Stuart; “They have shown us great passion and support, and have helped us in our mission to create a really special and personal release, which will also be very cool for our fans.

To support the EP release, Your Demise will headline the UK in February 2013, and they’re enlisting the help of their friends from around the world to do so; joining YD will be new UK hopes Heights, hotly tipped Canadian hardcore band Counterparts and eclectic Japanese mob Fact.

Thu 07 Feb 2013 Brighton The Haunt
Fri 08 Feb 2013 Southampton Talking Heads
Sat 09 Feb 2013 Plymouth White Rabbit
Sun 10 Feb 2013 Exeter Cavern
Mon 11 Feb 2013 Bristol The Fleece
Wed 13 Feb 2013 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Thu 14 Feb 2013 Birmingham Academy 2
Fri 15 Feb 2013 Stoke Sugarmill
Sat 16 Feb 2013 Leeds Cockpit
Sun 17 Feb 2013 Glasgow Cathouse
Tue 19 Feb 2013 Manchester Moho Live
Wed 20 Feb 2013 Newcastle Academy 2
Thu 21 Feb 2013 Norwich Waterfront
Fri 22 Feb 2013 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Sat 23 Feb 2013 London Garage

 

Beneath The Darkness–New World Order EP

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 1st January 2013 by Nico Davidson

Beneath The Darkness
New World Order EP
Released: Late January
Post-Hardcore
Self-Released

Formed in earlier months of 2012, Beneath The Darkness have been making a noise in East Yorkshire’s scene, from playing local shows to headlining a tent at Tribfest and even supporting Welsh hardcore outfit Continents. The band finally recorded their debut EP, New World Order EP, over the last few months, with it being released later this month.

The EP opens up with violent sounding but catchy Remember The Way which really demonstrates the strength and depth of the song writing of such a young band – a brilliant beginning for the EP. The use of “beauty and the beast” vocals is surprising but it creates a unique sound for the EP and the band, whilst blending in with the callous drum work, thundering use of bass and screaming, melodic guitars. Entranced is one track that stands out above the rest of the EP, combining fierce screams with piquant singing that booms out over the heavy, driving riffs, like a volley of cannon balls on the battlefield.

Manic is infectiously catchy and memorable, probably due to the vast use of melodic riffs that are acutely combined with the heavier elements of the band’s music. Even the solo has a very memorable quality to it. While Manic is the most melodic track of the EP, there are plenty of melodic sections racing through the EP, colliding with the more lethargic aspects, instituting a violent, bloodthirsty and captivating sound.

Though Beneath The Darkness are still a young band, they certainly know their way around their instruments and have a knack for writing infectiously good tracks. Each track on New World Order radiates with energy and aggression, whilst keeping those nice little hooks in there to keep the listener’s attention.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Nya–Driving The Nails In

Posted in Review with tags , , , on 27th October 2012 by Nico Davidson

Nya
Driving The Nails In
Released: 5th November
Metal
Self-released

Bursting back onto the scene with their all-new line-up,  Nya are set to release their second EP Driving The Nails In. Already building up a busy schedule, the band are setting themselves to go beyond their horizons in the coming months.

The EP begins with the violent churning of guitars on Back To You that helps the vocals boom out like a metallic explosion. The riffs have their melodic and catchy moments as well, creating some memorable hooks through the song. You Are belts out with an uplifting riff that really hook’s your ears and keeps your attention when the vocals gently but powerfully echo out. The drums prove to be a driving force throughout the song, co-operating well with the bass sections and completing the track with a certain grace.

The third track, Open Your Eyes, is an interesting one. Taking a softer approach but still proving to be a hard rocking number with some catchy hooks and acute rhythm sections, the song drives into your ears with a poignant amount of majesty and strength. The poetically titled Choir Invisible displays a use of punchy riffs blended with divine sounding vocals. The EP ends with the title track, Driving The Nails In, which provides a completely new and somewhat alternative sound on the EP. Throwing heavy riffs and domineering drums into the fray with Olympian vocals and the band’s brilliant use of catchy hooks, Driving The Nails In is certainly the track that stands out the most on the EP.

I think it’s safe to say that Nya have pulled another great release out of the bag – Possibly better than their debut EP. Each track wails out with the band’s own sound that will no doubt hook the listener and keep them playing the EP on repeat for hours on end. No doubt 2013 will have a number of great things in store for Nya.

5/5

Nico Davidson

 

Electric River announce free London show

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 7th September 2012 by Nico Davidson

Electric River will play a free headline show at London’s Camden Barfly next Tuesday September 11, 2012 ahead of releasing the In Your Name EP and undertaking a U.K tour in October.

The Kent rockers, fresh from impressing at Guilfest and BT Olympics Hyde Park festival shows will be supported by Popes Of Chilitown and Sisters.

The show is free entry, you can reserve free tickets here.

The In Your Name EP will be released on England Street Records on October 22, 2012 through Cadiz Music Distribution and Cadiz Digital.

Abbie Lammas w/Ben Parcell @ Shades Nightclub, Bridlington

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , on 23rd August 2012 by Nico Davidson

Abbie Lammas & Ben Parcell
Shades Nightclub, Bridlington
Saturday 18th August

Shortly after leaving Brid Rocks, I headed down to Shades to see Abbie Lammas with her new (currently unnamed) band as well Bridlington’s own Ben Parcell. It had been some years since I last saw Abbie performed, so I was rather excited to see her perform in Brid again.

IMG_0122A calm, friendly atmosphere hovered in Shades as Ben hypnotised the crowd with a soothing, gentle sound that softly echoed across like a whisper in the wind. Ben performed a couple of tracks from his latest EP such as the folky title track Painted By Numbers which still retained a subtle, discreetly heard pop punk vibe and the catchy number Love Song, both of which Ben performed flawlessly. Of course Ben threw in a few covers as well such as Driftwood and Remembering Sunday, the latter of which came across powerfully. Ben ended his set on with an entertaining encore of Baby One More Time.

Shortly after Ben’s set, Abbie’s band had a quick jam on stage which IIMG_0135 unfortunately missed due to fulfilling my carnal cravings for nicotine. Once I placed myself back firmly in my seat, Abbie began her set, beginning with a song entitled Twinkle, which was like her own rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star only with some new parts thrown in to make it more suited to her style of playing. The second song she performed, which I never caught the name of, really demonstrated the strength and versatility of her voice as it left people watching and listening in both awe and appreciation of her talent.

When her band began playing along with her later in her set, new musical dimensions were opened up with Abbie’s music as thunderous riffs and solemn bass work boomed throughout the venue, enhancing Abbie’s vocals grandly. Later in her set, Abbie swapped from acoustic to electric and to say it was her first time playing electric guitar live, she did superb, especially during in the performance of the mesmerizing, alt. rock sounding song Save Me.

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In a vast landscape of female fronted acts, Abbie and her band have got a lot of potential and really do stick out, both musically and vocally, from the other female fronted acts.

Nico Davidson

Photography by DAVID FERRET TAYLOR – http://facebook.com/DFTPhotography