Following Cody Frost’s debut single ‘Verbal Warnings’ which made an immediate impact with its sonic boom of electro-pop and punk attitude, comes her latest release, HIGH/BYE,’ representing a softer side to her debut, but continues to stay true to her refreshing defiance and self-empowering charisma.
Last month was a storming start for the young British artist, capped with streaming highlights including a range of international New Music Friday (including North America), Breaking Pop playlists and the cover of the notorious Misfits 2.0 playlist on Spotify. Cody now adds to her burgeoning reputation and catalogue by sharing her second single ‘HIGH/BYE.’ Both singles will feature on her upcoming debut EP, which follows this summer.
Listen to “HIGH/BYE” HERE.
“‘HIGH/BYE’ is about that period in your life when you think you might be growing up,” says Cody. “When your friends all move to different areas for uni, and when you see them again the conversation is stale and weird. But I didn't go to uni, so this is based on my experience being stuck at home.”
The single is accompanied with an official music video, that premiered today on PAPER Magazine today, and was directed by Naomi Kane who also helmed the ‘Verbal Warnings’ video. It’s a startling visual metaphor for Cody’s personal experiences of being left behind, but one that’s also rooted in just how mundane that time was. Filmed at a bar in Burnley that she worked in at the time, Cody is shown serving drinks before hitting the stage as the evening’s entertainment. But her sense of disillusionment is heightened by her loneliness: she’s the only real person in a bar that’s disconcertingly populated by hastily assembled dummies.
Watch the official video for “HIGH/BYE” HERE.
Living in Burnley, Cody Frost’s path into music started covering Frank Ocean, Nirvana and Slipknot on YouTube, and busking in Manchester - but it took a while to realize that her passion could become her future. That all changed when she was diagnosed with ADHD. Now able to manage some of the problems that had beset her, it gave Cody the clarity and confidence to hone in on her music with a powerful focus. She further expressed her creativity by working as a tattooist and an artist.
Cody’s journey was assisted by producer Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, SikTh) as they unleashed a sonic maelstrom of electro-pop, drum ‘n’ bass, punk and alt-rock, all powered by her uncompromising attitude.
Stay tuned for more news on Cody Frost, including her forthcoming debut EP—coming soon.
New single, ‘HIGH/BYE is out now. Watch the official video here.
AFI SHARES TWO TRACKS,'DULCERIA' (VIDEO) + 'FAR TOO NEAR' (VISUALISER) NEW ALBUM "BODIES"OUT 11TH JUNE 2021 VIA RISE RECORDS
AFI has shared "Dulcería" and "Far Too Near," two tracks from their eagerly-awaited new album Bodies (due June 11, 2021 via Rise Records). The swaggering "Dulcería" -which was co-written by The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan is accompanied by an official music video. Watch the "Dulcería" video HERE.
Both new tracks will be included on a limited 7". Hear the songs and find more information about the 7" HERE.
“'Dulcería' suggests, if you spend too much time in the candy store you may end up stuck to the floor," says vocalist Davey Havok.
“Billy and I have a great creative connection when we’re writing together," adds guitarist Jade Puget. "It was inspiring to work with such a talented and legendary songwriter and 'Dulcería' is a testament to that.“
The band's new songs have already been met with significant praise. SPIN lauded "Twisted Tongues" and "Escape From Los Angeles," noting that "The two tracks pick up where the band left off following 2017’s self-titled release... fusing some experimental new steps into the tried and true AFI formula," and calling their music "one of the most distinct and recognisable sounds today." Consequence shared similar sentiments about "Looking Tragic," praising its "crunchy, Pixies-esque riff and thunderous drums," while observing that "For a band that’s 30 years in, AFI sound quite fresh — in fact, both of these songs are catchy as hell and have a youthful punchiness to them." Davey Havok also recently appeared on the cover of Kerrang! with an in-depth interview about the new album.
HEAR "DULCERÍA" & "FAR TOO NEAR"
WATCH THE "DULCERÍA" OFFICIAL VIDEO
WATCH THE "FAR TOO NEAR" VISUALIZER
AFI are leaders, not followers. A collective in a perpetual state of creative evolution as fluid as the evocative figures contorting on the cover of Bodies, their newest collection of songs. The record is a snapshot of unrelenting artists in motion, unconcerned with compromise or outside demands.
AFI's unshakeable connection with their audience is a testament to the band's knack for reinvention, renewal, and exploration, anchored by an unblemished authenticity. AFI songs are embedded in the spiritual DNA of a legion of supporters and Bodies is further demonstration of AFI's unwavering commitment to artistic exploration, a dark conjuration of an uncapturable muse. The album was produced by the band's own Jade Puget, mixed by Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix, Silversun Pickups), and mastered by Vlado Meller (Oasis, Pink Floyd).”
The band initially summoned a steady subcultural groundswell in the mid-90s, devoid of careerist ambitions. The band first made music as teenaged misfits in an obscure Northern California town, steadily assembling a dense catalog over the years marked by its diversity and authenticity.
"AFI is such an integral part of who I am. What we do with AFI together is a foundation for me," explains frontman Davey Havok. "Coming back is a return to a home I've always known."
It's a sentiment shared by the entire band. "I couldn’t do what I do in AFI in any other place," observes guitarist Jade Puget. "Davey and I have written songs together for over 20 years now. I couldn't find the thing he and I have together anywhere else, nor the thing the four of us have when we come together. AFI is home for me and will always be that."
"At this point, it's not even a choice. It's just what I do," drummer Adam Carson concurs. "I started this band with Davey when I was 16. It's something that I love so much. It's just a part of me."
"Every album is an opportunity to show people a snapshot of our evolution," adds bassist Hunter Burgan. "And with this band, it's always something fresh. We’ve been playing together for so long that I have a deep understanding of each of my bandmates‘ musical styles, and yet I am still pleasantly surprised by the new things they bring to each record."
"Anyone who knows our catalog knows that no two records really sit together," Puget points out. "Some sit a little closer, maybe. We do certain things, just by virtue of who we are, that are consistent, but those things come about organically. Every time we do something, I have to judge it on its own merits. Some fans are going to judge a new album, or a new song, based on what's come before. But as artists, we can't do that, because it would only hinder our creativity."
AFI never stepped into the mainstream; the masses came to them. The platinum success of Sing the Sorrow blazed a path for a generation of hardcore-punk weaned bands to similarly crossover. 2006's Decemberunderground upended expectations again and earned AFI a second platinum plaque. Crash Love was another adventurous turn, with expansive and almost optimistic-sounding melodies, glistening with emotion. The haunting Burials arrived four years later, debuting in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. The self-titled follow-up, commonly referred to as "The Blood Album," became AFI's second-highest charting album since their inception, debuting at No. 5 in 2017. After the release of AFI (The Blood Album), the band was hardly content to rest on its laurels. AFI then released yet another highly-praised addition to their discography, 2018's The Missing Man EP.
(RELEASE DATE: 11TH JUNE 2021)
1. Twisted Tongues
2. Far Too Near
4. On Your Back
5. Escape From Los Angeles
6. Begging For Trouble
7. Back From The Flesh
8. Looking Tragic
9. Death Of The Party
10. No Eyes
11. Tied To A Tree
Pop rock weirdos KITTEN release new single “American Football” today via The Orchard.
With a massive chorus and linebacker-sized guitar riffs, “American Football” crams the energy of a stadium into a crunchy digital audio file.
In succinct lyrics, KITTEN uses the high-school-quarterback trope to comment on the shortcomings of society at large and examine how hard it is for people and ideas to get out from under the weight of “tradition”. Sons repeat their father’s mistakes. The system dictates the winners. In the euphoria of the mob singalong, we forget to stop and ask ourselves, “What happens when the music stops?”.
American Football harkens back to recent single “What Year Are We In” with its social commentary and laptop-classic-rock sound, with a twist of the pop-punk attitude of fan-favorite tracks like “Me”.
Singer Chloe Chaidez adds, “Everyone on the KITTEN team had their head in the game and gave it their all on ‘American Football’. Dave wrote a killer hook over my guitar chords, and Parker brought it home with some amazing production. If there is ever a rock-n-roll Super Bowl, I think KITTEN will win.”
In addition to the release of “American Football”, KITTEN have also just announced that they have teamed up with Tunespeak for a contest where one fan will win a signed Fender limited edition Squire Bullet Telecaster electric guitar. For more details and to enter to win visit Tunespeak’s site, HERE.
Known in large part for their ferocious live shows, KITTEN has done their best to respond to a concert-less era by embracing new social media and leveling up their home-recording game. TikTok proved to be a perfect platform for Chaidez’s kinetic energy, and the time off the road has led to the completion of their long-awaited sophomore record.
If you’ve kept an eye on underground pop for the last half-decade, you’ve probably come across the name KITTEN. After releasing Goodbye Honeymoon Phase last year, with instant fan-favorites like “Memphis” and “Me”, the band made memorable appearances on CHARLI XCX’s NETFLIX show I’m With The Band: Nasty Cherry, and toured the USA with pop-punkers WATERPARKS. They look forward to returning to the road.
Alt Rock brethren, Palaye Royale, have shared "Nightmares In Paradise", a remix of their previously released track "Nightmares" that features on their 2020 album, 'The Bastards' and recorded exclusively for the official soundtrack of recently released hit TV Series, Paradise City. Listen to the track on streaming platforms here. Paradise City was released digitally last week and immediately shot to the #1 spots on All Shows on Amazon Prime, All Shows on iTunes, Drama and Trending TV on Fandango and #2 Drama on Google Play.
Speaking on his band's new release, Palaye Royale frontman, Remington Leith (who also provided all the vocals for the show's main protagonist, Johnny Faust and his band, The Relentless) says
"This was the actual original version of the song "Nightmares" before we decided to take it in a different direction for The Bastards release. You can see where our heads were first at. This song is about trying to make the best of fighting off your demons and embracing the issues you have and wearing them on your sleeve."
Paradise City, premiered on Amazon Prime Video on March 25th. Set in Los Angeles, Paradise City chronicles the lives of rock star and frontman of The Relentless, Johnny Faust and a young rookie kid, Simon, who idolizes him as they collide through their broken homes built by the music business. The series was created by Ash Avildsen (Hit Parader/Sumerian Films), son of Academy Award winner John Avildsen (Rocky, The Karate Kid), and is loosely based on his own life and estranged relationship with his father.
American pop newcomer Ravive has released her debut single "Sahara," available on all digital platforms NOW. A ghostly pop fusion, "Sahara" was written by Ravive and produced by Okan Kazdal (NEVRLANDS). Ravive, a hypnotic synth-pop vocalist, captures the feeling of being stranded in an unfamiliar place on “Sahara”. The carefully crafted track paints the visual of walking through the desert to try and reach a place of safety. The release of "Sahara" introduces the hypnotic, pulsing nature of what's to come for this immersive artist. About the single, she states:"'Sahara' was an experience. I wanted to really paint the visual of trudging through the desert, feeling exhausted, but still trying to make it home. Pop music has always been a euphoric, but sometimes heartbreaking sonic trip for me, so I wanted to create a song that could be that experience for someone else. "Sahara" captures an odd juxtaposition between mental exhaustion and finding sanctuary. Exploring those opposites melded into a synth fusion that I instantly fell for."
Ravive is a breather. She is emboldened, a breath of desert air. An ethereal fusion of breathy pop, cinematics, and synthesized melancholia, Ravive is writing her own story of revitalization. After spending years in the rock industry and touring nationally with an alternative duo, the 27 year old is embracing evolution, simplicity, eeriness, and reflection. Fueled by Diet Dr. Pepper, her experimental sonic blend is simply an audible painting showing where she’s been. Her debut single “Sahara,” a pulsing, ghostly dream, paints the visual of walking through the desert to try and reach a place of safety. A phantom for your ears, Ravive toys with her inner darkness to create a hypnotic, synth pop smoothie.
Hard-hitting and darkly charismatic Los Angeles-based singer, rapper and producer, Mike’s Dead, has finally given his ever expanding, 1 million-strong fanbase, a long awaited taste of new music today with the release of brand new single “SICK” (listen here) and it’s accompanying music video (watch here).
The new song is his first in over 4 months - an unusually long time for the prolific artist and his rabid fans to wait between releases - and marks a sonic shift that sees him embrace the influences of the nu-metal and hard rock he grew up on (Nine Inch Nails, Limp Bizkit, Korn and Linkin Park). “SICK” is the lead single from his upcoming ‘Revenge EP’, which will be self-released in April.
Speaking on his latest track and his upcoming EP, Mike’s Dead shares
"I'm so excited to finally release all this rock s**t. We've been working on this EP for 8-9 months now and I think the fans are gunna love it. I wrote "SICK" about all the fake friends in LA & the industry which is a primary narrative throughout the ‘Revenge EP’. I think a lot of people will be able to relate since there's been so much chaos & bullshit this year... we're all sick of something at this point"
Combining elements of legendary nu-metal/ hard rock groups such as Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails, Limp Bizkit & Korn with modern trap and electronic elements, American singer & producer, Mike's Dead, has paved his own lane as a multifaceted artist. Launching his brand in June of 2018, he quickly amassed over 1 million followers across social platforms leading him to over 15 million independent streams on his music in his first two years.
Growing up just outside of Washington D.C., he dropped out of college and at the age of 20, moved to Los Angeles to study audio engineering and music production. After years of relentless studio work, he crafted his unique sound; blending elements of hard rock with crushing bass lines and elaborate synth work. Vocally, he combines hard rap lyrics matched with raw emotion and ghostly melodies. With successful headlining tours under his belt and a "cult-like" fanbase at his side, we see an exciting future for Mike as he rolls out his new sound & inevitably his first album in 2021.
'REVENGE EP' Due Out In April 2021
Heavy metal/metalcore band TRAVERSE THE ABYSS released their new humor-driven music video “FAUCET MOUTH”, which premiered via Metal Injection. Clearly not taking themselves too seriously, this spoof video shows the band dressed as different genres with gold chains to cowboy hats and cheetah print to chest tattoos.
Watch "Faucet Mouth"
Metal Injection Premiere
“Faucet Mouth is a song about how once people have something to dislike about you, their mouths turn on and run like faucets, and the idea that everybody has something to say about you in the long run anyways. With the approach for the video, we went for a spoof video similar to blink-182's "All The Small Things", Eminem's "Without Me", and Bowling for Soup's "1985" where we are all dressed as different genres as the video progresses. Bands don't make as many funny videos anymore, especially metal bands for the most part, so we wanted to do something we thought would be fun, funny, and a bit nostalgic to us.” - Eric Abyss, vocalist
TRAVERSE THE ABYSS is a heavy metal/metalcore band from Scranton, Pennsylvania that brings an intense in-your-face sound by fusing elements of groove metal, thrash metal, metalcore, and melodic death metal to create something truly unique. With an onslaught of searing riffs, head-bobbing grooves, a variation of harsh vocals, and a new influence in every song, they will leave lovers of heavy music wanting more.
The band debuted in late 2016 with their album ‘The Gamble of Life’ and followed up with a self-titled EP in 2018 as well as a few singles. Since their debut, they have made their mark in the underground metal scene by playing independent shows all over the East Coast. They have gained an endorsement from veteran company Dirtbag Clothing, won a breakout series battle of the bands, and had radio play on several FM stations and internet radio. The band has also had the opportunity to open for a long list of national touring bands including Motionless In White, Whitechapel, Miss May I, and Attila.
With an ambitious plan for 2021, TRAVERSE THE ABYSS has gone all out for their new music video “FAUCET MOUTH”, which premiered via Metal Injection. They went for a spoof video in the vein of blink-182's "All The Small Things", Eminem’s “Without Me”, and Bowling For Soup’s “1985” for the new visual, providing the laughs and escape from negativity that so many of us desperately need right now.
Dance Gavin Dance Release "Man Of The Year" Live Video; Physical Copies Of 'Tree City Sessions 2' Available Now
Thursday, March 4th, 2021 – Sacramento chart topping, genre defying quintet, Dance Gavin Dance have announced the physical release of their live album, 'Tree City Sessions 2', recorded at their hugely successful global streaming event of the same name that aired on December 19th of last year and was one of the top selling streams of 2020 in the rock category. The "Tree City Sessions 2" album was released digitally on December 25th last year as a holiday surprise for fans. In the 3 months since its digital release, the album has clocked up a whopping 8.5 million global streams and is now available to pre-order on both vinyl and CD via Rise Records by clicking here.
In celebration of the physical pre-order release of 'Tree City Sessions 2', Dance Gavin Dance have also released the first live clip from the fan voted setlist at their epic, hometown streaming event for track "Man Of The Year". Watch the clip here or by clicking the image below.
The "Tree City Sessions 2" streaming event was produced in association with Danny Wimmer Presents and saw the band end an enormously successful year with a bang. Performing a fan-voted setlist featuring deep cuts that had never been played live before, the band and their team shut down iconic home town landmark, the Sacramento Tower Bridge for a mind-blowing, in the round performance, featuring an incredible light show, multi-cam and drone footage all backdropped by the beautiful Sacramento skyline.
Dance Gavin Dance
'Tree City Sessions 2' Live Album
All Tracks recorded at Tree City Sessions 2 Streaming Event
About Dance Gavin Dance
Rejecting tired formulas at every step, Dance Gavin Dance merge progressive rock and post-hardcore with thick groove, brilliantly combining experimental music with hooks and a warped sense of humor. The group has amassed over 1.1 billion global streams, and 1 million album equivalent units sold across their catalog in the US alone. With hundreds of thousands of rabid fans engaged with Dance Gavin Dance on socials and their very own festival event, Swanfest, which sold out its inaugural edition in 2019 and is slated to return, once it is safe to do so, in 2021, it all amounts to a full force band facing a mainstream that has overlooked them for too long.
Dance Gavin Dance released their ninth studio album, Afterburner, earlier this year which has already clocked up 91 million streams since release and topped a multitude of charts on two separate occasions, once with it’s digital release hitting #1 across the Current Albums, Alternative, Billboard Top Albums, Digital, Current Digital Albums, Rock, Heavy Rock and Current Independent Albums charts and #14 on the Billboard Top 200 and again when the physical version was released several months later due to the pandemic, when it hit #1 across Vinyl, Internet, Alternative, Rock, Hard Music, Independent Current Albums, #3 Top Current and Billboard Top Albums and #47 on the Billboard 200 charts.
In the heady tradition of Frank Zappa and Nirvana – people who made serious art without ever seeming self-serious – Dance Gavin Dance is a band that does what they want, how they want, confident that the audience will keep up. "Tree City Sessions 2" is another in a long line of wildly creative, boundary pushing endeavors by one of modern music’s most brilliant and unique musical forces.
Glaswegian rockers, Mason Hill, have stormed into the UK national album chart at number 19, achieving a coveted top 20 album position with their debut record Against The Wall. The long awaited album, which has received critical acclaim from both media and fans alike, is also presently number 1 in the UK rock album chart. It is the first time a rock band has debuted with their album in the UK Top 20 since Greta Van Fleet in 2018 and also the first time a British rock act have debuted with their album in the UK Top 20 and # 1 in the UK rock album chart since Royal Blood and Lonely The Brave back in 2014!
It is an incredible achievement for new British rock band, starting from an almost zero sales base and during a pandemic when there has been no traditional retail, no live shows or touring opportunities. The innovative marketing campaign run by both 7Hz Productions (ADA) and the band involved a six month fan building initiative utilising the band social platforms, streaming performances, virtual ‘in store’ launch events, dark ad audience building and strategic media take over promotions. Coupled with very positive press reviews, online reviews, regional radio support and four Planet Rock playlist additions, the band’s new album has connected musically with rock fans resulting in a surge of sales.
It is not only UK fans who have taken to the record, in Germany the band have seen a huge uplift in airplay where they are presently trending in the top 15 German rock airplay charts with their single D.N.A and are also top 10 in the Heavy 1 French radio chart.
Mason Hill further announced their first ever full UK headline tour last week and already some venues have sold out! The 17 date UK & Irish tour will head out in early September with support from Hollowstar and Empyre.
The UK & Irish dates are as follows:
Thursday 2nd September ABERDEEN Tunnels
Friday 3rd September GLASGOW Garage
Saturday 4th September GALASHIELS MacArts
Thursday 9th September DUBLIN Grand Social
Friday 10th September BELFAST Voodoo
Tuesday 14th September CAMBRIDGE Junction 2
Wednesday 15th September SHEFFIELD Corporation
Thursday 16th September BRISTOL Fleece
Friday 17th September BRIGHTON Patterns
Saturday 18th September GRAVESEND Leos
Monday 20th September CARDIFF Globe
Tuesday 21st September SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
Wednesday 22nd September BRADFORD Nightrain
Thursday 23rd September BLACKPOOL Waterloo Music Bar
Friday 24th September LONDON Underworld
Saturday 25th September MANCHESTER Rebellion
Sunday 26th September WOLVERHAMPTON KK’s Steel Mill
Hampshire trio Drug Store Romeos have today shared their new single ‘What’s On Your Mind’ and announced their debut album The world within our bedrooms for release on 25 June via Fiction Records. Today the band were revealed as the next artist tipped in The FADER’s longstanding tastemaker series GEN F. Drug Store Romeos also just announced their biggest headline show to date at London’s Scala on 17 November. Tickets on general sale, 10am BST 2nd April.
Speaking about the new single, with its accompanying video by Qianhui Yu, the band commented: “The last half of the song is sort of our interpretation of a mental journey through realisations about past situations that send you down rabbit holes of thought that end up linking to other rabbit holes. During this journey you go through positive and negative emotions, but the negative emotions are not inherently bad and can lead to positive change. ‘What’s On Your Mind’ is also about perspective change and was made for listening to at 10pm as you’re settling in for the night.”
With their beloved Stereolab, Broadcast, and Mild High Club acting as guiding lights, the band sought to shake things up and push beyond the walls of their bedroom. Vocalist Sarah scoured vintage magazines for lyrical inspiration - inspired by Dadaist poet Hugo Ball - and hung a print of transcendentalist artist Agnes Pelton’s 1934 piece ‘Orbits’ in the vocal booth. “When I look at that painting it’s where I want my voice to exist,” she says of the work by an artist renowned for her abstract approach to depicting stillness, “I would sing and try to immerse myself in that.”
Drug Store Romeos formed at college in nearby Farnborough when childhood friends Jonny and Charlie pinned an ad about finding a bassist for their new band to the school’s notice board - Sarah replied and quickly proved herself a better vocalist than either of them. Sharing affections for Suburban Lawns and Tom Tom Club, Drug Store Romeos cut their teeth playing live at college, Guildford Boiler Room and Aldershot West End Centre, rather than the familiarly trodden paths in London - although they did frequent the city as often as three times a week at one point; carrying all of their equipment back to Fleet by train as none of the band were old enough to drive.
Having built an identity away from the London music scene in the otherworldly and isolated suburbs of Hampshire, Drug Store Romeos are emerging from their cocoon with a purpose, a direction and a fresh lease of life.
See Drug Store Romeos live in 2021:
25 May | Oslo Hackney, London (SOLD OUT)
27 May | YES, Manchester (SOLD OUT)
29 July | SET, London (SOLD OUT)
2-5 Sep | End Of The Road Festival
25-26 Sep | Dot to Dot Festival
17 Nov | Scala, London