The UK’s hottest new band, Sea Girls, have released the stunning animated video for their anthemic fan favourite and new single, ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’, taken from their forthcoming debut album Open Up Your Head - out August 14th on Polydor. The band also embark on a huge headline tour this November, including sold-out dates at Glasgow’s legendary Barrowlands, Manchester Academy and Birmingham’s O2 Institute, as well as the band’s biggest headline line show to date at London’s Brixton Academy.
The animated video, directed by acclaimed Korean-Swedish duo Tjoff Koong Studios
(Tezo Kyungdon Lee and Magnus Lenneskog), takes the viewer on an emotional rollercoaster. Lead singer Henry Camamile perfectly describes the video, "When I wrote this song I was trying to channel some emotional highs and lows of the likes of Kurt Cobain.” He continues, “Full of visual adrenalin, it builds with rushes of excitement and lack of control. Someone build a rollercoaster through the city and we'll get on it."
Watch the video for ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’ HERE
Whether it's being screamed back at them by crowds across the globe, or the fact it's the band's most streamed track, ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’ is as undeniably catchy as it is frantic. This sensational new version has been given the all-star treatment by legendary producer Rich Costey (Wombats, Sam Fender, The Killers) and comes as the final instalment of music before the band drop what is to be a defining record for this year's crop of stellar UK guitar talent.
Following the release of their debut album, Sea Girls will give fans a chance to see their energetic live show in an intimate setting on a run of 11 UK in-stores this November. Ticket info HERE
Mon 2nd GLASGOW, Barrowlands SOLD OUT
Thu 5th BIRMINGHAM, O2 Institute SOLD OUT
Fri 6th LONDON, O2 Academy Brixton
Sat 7th MANCHESTER, Academy 1 SOLD OUT
Thur 12th Action Records, Preston Blitz Club
Fri 13th Crash Records, Leeds Wardrobe
Sat 14th Bear Tree Records, Sheffield Foundary
Tues 17th Assai Records, Dundee Fat Sams
Wed 18th Assai Records, Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Fri 20th Sound Knowledge, Marlborough
Sat 21st Rough Trade, Nottingham Metronome
Sun 22nd Rough Trade, Bristol Fleece
Tues 24th Vinilo, Southampton Engine Rooms
Wed 25th Resident, Brighton Chalk
Thur 26th Banquet, Kinsgton (Banquet Pryzm)
The band have also been keeping busy in lockdown, releasing isolation ‘Living Room’ live performances and hosting Netflix Parties with their fans. This week the band have partnered with Reading & Leeds Festival for a very special Netflix Party, hosting a screening of Oasis’ documentary ‘Supersonic’ with their fans on Friday evening (10th July).
With album Open Up Your Head, the band’s songwriting has elevated, with frontman Henry Camamile stepping into the spotlight as a genuine storyteller for his generation. The album is fit to burst with colourful melodies, guitar and synth hooks - an explosion of joyous indie rock held together to reflect Camamile’s darker songwriting that becomes one of hope.
Declan McKenna is very pleased to share a new single, Daniel, You’re Still A Child, and details of a huge UK/European Spring tour that takes in 22 headline shows.
With a new album, Zeros, out on 21st August through Columbia Records, Declan unveils the next timely example of what to expect from it, and Daniel, You’re Still A Child is the 21 year old musician’s most fully realised single to date. Sonically adventurous and full of bombast and colour, it’s an imaginative, inventive pop song, that orbits a world several galaxies away from his peers and suggests Bowie offering a socially-distanced fist bump with Wayne Coyne. A technicolour tale.
Daniel, You’re Still A Child raises the anticipation for Declan’s eventual LP next month, and the bar for what he is capable of. It premiered this evening on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show.
Trailing the narrative of the record so far Daniel, You’re Still A Child continues that voyage, catching up with dystopia and realising that we live at a time where nightmares become a ‘new reality’ and a life stuck on social media is the only life you might ever truly know. Reality blurred beyond distinction. Existential questions unanswered. Define ‘society’.
Daniel, a name that appears on two tracks on Zeros, feels like an innocent victim, lost and pushed to the periphery within this desolate, destructive world the album has created. Declan: “You know, Daniel, You’re Still A Child because he’s lost in the aftermath, whether it’s lost in the sauce, stoned, lost in some existential fear or lost his way in some VR game. Daniel is this kid who has so much to prove, he has so much in him but he’s just continually being led astray because the world’s telling him that he’s not ‘normal’.”
Daniel, it seems, exists as more of an idea than a person, an emotive floating figure, equipped with a laser-beam synth line and funkadelic, bassline- a cheeky wink at those cheesy 70s TV shows set in outer space, all oversized collars and hairy chests. “Social media isn’t this alien spaceship, it’s the reality in which young people are living in. And I found myself living in this reality. I’m not trying to create a story that’s like ‘bleep bloop isn’t the future mad’ we’re living in that madness now!”
Declan will head out across the UK and Europe from March 2021 in support of the record, taking in 22 shows throughout the Spring. Tickets hit pre-sale on Wednesday 15th July @ 9:00am BST, and on general sale from Friday 17th July @ 9:00am BST from Declan’s website – www.declanmckenna.net
Declan McKenna Live:
26th March – The Waterfront, Norwich
27th March – The Junction, Cambridge
28th March – O2 Academy, Bristol
30th March – Tramshed, Cardiff
1st April – O2 Academy Brixton, London
3rd April – O2 Academy, Birmingham
5th April – Rock City, Nottingham
6th April – O2 Academy, Newcastle
8th April – O2 Academy, Leeds
9th April – Albert Hall, Manchester
12th April – SWG3 The Galvanizers, Glasgow
23rd April – Le Stereolux, Nantes
24th April – Le Trabendo, Paris
26th April – Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing
27th April – Trix, Antwerp
29th April – Melkweg – MAX, Amsterdam
30th April – Maassilo, Rotterdam
1st May – Heimathafen Neukolln, Berlin
3rd May – The Roxy, Prague
4th May – Proxima, Warsaw
6th May – Mojo, Hamburg
7th May – Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, Cologne
Katy Perry unveiled “Smile,” the title track of her new album, which will be released by Capitol Records/EMI Records on August 14. The infectious, life-affirming new single is brimming with gratitude and suggests that setbacks often turn out to be blessings in disguise.
“I wrote this song when I was coming through one of the darkest periods of my life,” says Katy. “When I listen to it now, it’s a great reminder that I made it through. It’s three minutes of energizing hopefulness.”
Earlier today, Katy revealed the album cover along with exclusive Smile-themed merchandise bundles, available now at http://katy.to/KPshopPR. Fans who pre-order HERE the album will instantly receive “Smile” plus “Daisies,” the Gold-certified “Never Really Over” and “Harleys In Hawaii.”
Since its release in May, “Daisies” has amassed more than 125 million combined global streams. It is now top 10 at Hot AC radio. Last week, Katy shared an acoustic version of the song. While in quarantine, she’s won acclaim for the wide variety of performances she has given of “Daisies” – including the “American Idol” season finale, the launch of the 2020 “Good Morning America” Concert Series and the “Can’t Cancel Pride: Helping LGBTQ+ People in Need” livestream. Katy also co-headlined the recent Democracy Summer 2020 livestream. The event kicked off a campaign to register 200,000 new voters this summer, led by a coalition that includes Rock the Vote, Voto Latino Foundation, When We All Vote, March For Our Livesand others.
About Katy Perry
Since Katy Perry’s Capitol Records debut in 2008 with One of the Boys, she has racked up a cumulative 40 billion streams alongside worldwide sales of over 45 million adjusted albums and 135 million tracks with her albums One of the Boys, Teenage Dream, PRISM and
Witness, and her latest singles – Gold-certified “Never Really Over,” “Never Worn White,” “Small Talk” and “Harleys In Hawaii.” Views of her 2013 video “Roar” recently surpassed three billion – making Katy the first female artist to reach this milestone. Katy was also the first female artist to have four videos surpass a billion views each. Her videos for “Firework” and “Last Friday Night” have over one billion views, while “Dark Horse” has surpassed the 2.7 billion mark. Katy’s 2015 Super Bowl performance is the highest-rated in the event’s history. She is one of only five artists in history to have topped 100 million certified units with their digital singles – and the first-ever Capitol Records recording artist to join the elite RIAA 100 Million Certified Songs club.
Aside from being one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, Katy is an active advocate of many philanthropic causes. In 2013, Katy was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador as a result of her commitment to improving the lives of children worldwide. From traveling to Vietnam and Madagascar to highlight the needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable children, to empowering girls and supporting adolescents living with HIV/AIDS, as well as raising awareness for UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts, Katy has used her powerful voice to advocate for children and support UNICEF’s mission to ensure every child’s right to health, education, equality, and protection. She was awarded with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award in 2016.
Planet Earth II Live in Concert UK & Ireland Arena Tour’ Announce New Rescheduled Dates for Spring 2021
BBC Studios and concert promoter FKP Scorpio UK have announced a further update to their previously rescheduled Planet Earth II Live In Concert arena tour of the UK & Ireland.
The original Spring 2020 tour was initially postponed and rescheduled to Autumn 2020 following government advice and the closure of venues across the UK as part of the nationwide effort to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Due to the continuing uncertainty regarding the unlocking of larger mass gatherings for events in the entertainment sector, it has been decided to reschedule the shows to Spring 2021.
Barry Campbell, UK promoter from FKP Scorpio commented, “Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and uncertainty around concert mass gatherings, we felt it was important to move our Planet Earth II tour once again, to spring 2021. We want these shows to be a great experience and it is important to us that the public should feel safe and to be able to attend the shows without worry. We promise it will be a spectacular tour well worth waiting for and thank all ticket purchasers for their patience and understanding in these most difficult times.”
Hosted by science and natural history TV presenter Liz Bonnin, with behind the scenes insights from Mike Gunton, the executive producer of the BAFTA and EMMY® award-winning BBC television series, these live concerts will highlight the incredible power and beauty of mother nature in all her glory. Featuring breath taking specially-selected footage shown in 4K ultra high-definition on a gigantic LED screen, the City Of Prague Philharmonic
Orchestra conducted by Matthew Freeman, will perform the remarkable music by Oscar winner Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea & Jasha Klebe for Bleeding Fingers Music. These not to be missed shows will be an empowering visual and musical experience.
Says host Liz Bonnin, "The last few months have been incredibly difficult for everyone and we are reeling from the impact of this pandemic. Our hope is that, once we begin to recover from this extraordinary situation, our tour can play a small part in offering joy, healing and optimism. It will be an uplifting experience, celebrating the majesty of life and all the beauty and wonder that Mother Earth has to offer. I'm all the more excited to be able to share it with you."
All previously purchased tickets shall remain valid for these rescheduled dates.
The rescheduled 2021 tour dates are as follows:
Now Fri Mar 19th Glasgow SSE Hydro (Moved from Oct 28th 2020)
Now Sat Mar 20th Leeds First Direct Arena (Moved from Nov 2nd 2020)
Now Sun Mar 21st London O2 (Matinee & Evening show) (Moved from Nov 1st 2020)
Now Tues Mar 23rd Dublin 3 Arena (Moved from Oct 29th 2020)
Now Wed Mar 24th Birmingham Resorts World Arena (Moved from Nov 3rd 2020)
Now Fri Mar 26th Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (Moved from Oct 31st 2020)
Now Sat Mar 27th Manchester Arena (Moved from Oct 27th 2020)
ANOTHER SKY ANNOUNCE THEIR DEBUT ALBUM ‘I SLEPT ON THE FLOOR’ DUE FOR RELEASE ON 7TH AUGUST VIA FICTION Records
“PEOPLE SAY I SOUND LIKE A MAN. MAYBE THAT MEANS THEY’LL LISTEN”
-CATRIN VINCENT, ANOTHER SKY
Another Sky have announced the release of their debut album ‘I Slept On The Floor’, due for release on 7th August via Fiction Records. They have also released their brand new single ‘Fell In Love With The City’, by far their most ambitious and euphoric track to date, which premiered last night as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on Radio 1 and launches in video form today.
The band have also announced a headline show in London at EartH for 11th November 2020, as part of their already announced run of UK dates through November and December. Pre-sale tickets for London will be available at 10am on Thursday 25th June with general sale on Friday 26th June. Tickets for the rest of the tour are on sale now.
On the single, Catrin Vincent (vocalist / lyricist) had to say:
"I hate breakup songs. I don't know why, it’s the most universal feeling. Maybe because the world has so many of them. Moving to London was a dramatic shift from small-town life where it didn’t even occur to me I could do music, where this vision of me as a housewife who never amounted to anything felt inescapable, in to a bigger world, of people from all over, of new ideas and a new version of myself.”
On the music video, which was directed by Vincent herself:
“We asked if any of our fans had an old mini DV tape camera, and they came through (thanks so much Peter Kavanagh, Victoria Wai and Henry Kenyon). We tried to capture the excitement of being on the road for the first time, replicating the feeling of moving to London seven years ago. “Fell In Love With The City” is the second song we ever wrote as a band and we wanted to make a video that embodied the way you'd film a partner, but you're filming a city instead".
Since the release of their debut single in 2018, Another Sky have flawlessly merged hard-hitting, difficult topics with unparalleled cinematic sounds. Catrin Vincent’s poetic rage has been titular in Another Sky’s story, grappling with the topics of toxic relationships, childhood trauma, systematic elitism, Brexit Britain, the rise of Donald Trump and much more. However, the band’s debut album is never didactic; it’s more of a personal diary, with a tentatively hopeful outlook.
A statement from Catrin on “I Slept On The Floor”:
“People say I sound like a man. Maybe that means they’ll listen.
‘I Slept On The Floor' is an amalgamation of the ever-shifting life I have shared with Another Sky over the last six years, searching for resolution between my hometown-self and the self a new city brought me. It was why in 2017, at St. Pancras Church, Another Sky performed in the dark as silhouettes, big illuminated circles behind each of us.
People left asking if the singer was a woman or a man. I wanted to ask why it mattered.
I wanted the band to be a mirror, reflecting the darkness back at itself. I thought I had found myself in that darkness.
I grew up in a white picket fence town with a fear of beds, preferring to sleep on the floors of bathrooms in case I got sick at night. My anxiety was so suppressed, so unacknowledged by my environment that my body broke to get my attention. I became very unwell. My body tried to tell me, "you can't mould yourself into their ideal," but I didn't know there was an alternative. I was malleable soil instead, filling a vase, growing into a shape I couldn't see.
You can't see the walls around you if they look like the edges of the Universe.
In 2013, I moved to London and thought I'd found a bigger, better vase. Suddenly I was exploding into a world of a million possibilities, but rather than finding myself bursting at the seams, I couldn't find the edges of myself at all.
Just as my hometown had shaped me, so did London begin to. Among the rising rents and an increasingly hostile political landscape, the pressure to define my limits grew. The world didn't stop breaking me down just because I had moved on from the confines of my childhood.
I Slept On The Floor documents the childhood rejection we carry with us into adulthood. This album is about only understanding a place once you've left it."
Fell In Love With The City
I Slept On The Floor
Life Was Coming In Through The Blinds
Let Us Be Broken
LIVE DATES 2020
11th November – EartH, London
19th November – Think Tank, Newcastle
20th November – King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
21st November – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
26th November – The Bullingdon, Oxford
27th November – Star & Garter, Manchester
28th November– The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
3rd December – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
4th December – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
5th December – The Louisiana, Bristol
TOMORROW’S RAIN REVEALS NEW SONG, “MISERY RAIN”
(FEAT. MIKKO KOTAMÄKI / SWALLOW THE SUN & FERNANDO RIBEIRO / MOONSPELL)
DEBUT ALBUM, “HOLLOW,” OUT SEPT 11TH VIA AOP RECORDS
(Download Hi-Res Artwork Here)
Tel Aviv’s doom-laden metal band TOMORROW’S RAIN has returned with a new single titled “Misery Rain” that features Mikko Kotamäki (Swallow The Sun) and Fernando Ribeiro (Moonspell). The song is found on the band’s highly anticipated forthcoming debut album, “Hollow,” that’s due out September 11th from AOP Records. In addition to Kotamäki and Ribeiro, the album boasts and incredible lineup of guests including members from Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Rotting Christ, Arch Enemy, Nevermore, Septicflesh, Draconian and more!
WATCH THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR “MISERY RAIN”:
Vocalist Yishai Sweartz comments on the new single:
“Words will not be enough to express how grateful I was to record such a personal song as "Misery Rain" with dear people as Fernando and Mikko, growing up in the early 90's underground scene and especially as a Mediterranean country metal band I felt close to Moonspell since the "Under The Moonspell" release, me and Fernando grew up with the same musical and cultural influences, we are the generation who mixed the 80's gothic and dark rock style with the strong influence of the first releases of Paradise Lost/My Dying Bride and the 91-94 black metal explosion and of course Bathory…, "Wolfheart" for me was an album that perfectly mixed all these influences so having Fernando recording with us this song here in Tel Aviv was a great experience.
Swallow The Sun… one of the best doom metal acts in my opinion and a bunch of great guys, Mikko is a brother, we met so many times here in Tel Aviv, we played with them, we had "few" beers with them, always a pleasure, always a click, also Swallow The Sun is a great example of a band who suffered a huge tragedy and had the strength to continue and carry on, choosing life, art, love and faith, with great albums and being such a fantastic guys they are simply one of the best bands around."
Moonspell’s Fernando Ribeiro adds:
"Tomorrow’s Rain’s new album will take the metal scene by storm, I am sure. It sounds amazing and it does remind me of all the great things this kind of doom, death, dark metal must present to get on the radar of many music lovers. I was blessed enough to do a small feature of the song Misery Rain and you can check the result on the YT link below. It was a pleasure to participate on such a great record, alongside with so many of my friends and people I admire on the scene and this also a token of a great time spent in Tel-Aviv on the studio with Yishai and his amazing band and then on stage with Moonspell. Enjoy it!"
More from “Hollow”:
“IN THE CORNER OF A DEAD END STREET” Feat. Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost), Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) & Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land) - https://youtu.be/waQSLPXAmOg
“FEAR” Feat. Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride) - https://youtu.be/kQ5MBRtFdko
TOMORROW’s RAIN’s new album, “Hollow,” will be available on 3 different vinyl colors, limited to 99 copies each, and a wooden box set only available at the locations below.
AOP Records Red/ black splatter LP (lim.99) https://bit.ly/38fSDNI
Napalm Records Glow in the Dark red LP (lim.99) + lim.300 Wooden Box https://bit.ly/2O3zqFC
EMP Glow in the Dark blue LP (lim.99) + lim.300 Wooden Box https://bit.ly/2NHV6qK
Nuclear Blast lim.300 Wooden Box https://bit.ly/2VR7yJ1
AOP Records (EU - Shop) https://shop.aoprecords.de/de/
AOP Records (US - Shop) https://www.indiemerchstore.com/b/aop-records
Digital platforms: https://smarturl.it/TR-Hollow
TOMORROW’S RAIN was formed by Yishai Sweartz and The L.A Mastering Engineer Maor Appelbaum (Mayhem, Sabaton, Cynic, Abbath), present and past band members have previously played in acts such as Nail Within (Listenable), Distorted (Candlelight), Salem (Morbid Rec/System Shock) and Orphaned Land (Century Media).
Yishai Sweartz – Vocals
Raffael Mor – Guitars
Yoni Biton - Guitars
Yaggel Cohen – Bass
Shiraz Weiss – Keyboards
Nir Nakav – Drums
(Download Hi-Res Artwork Here)
1. Trees feat. Shlomi Bracha (Mashina)
2. Fear feat. Aaron Stainthrope (My Dying Bride)
3. A Year I Would Like To Forget
4. In The Corner Of A Dead End Street feat. Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost), Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) & Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land)
5. Misery Rain feat. Fernando Ribeiro (Moonspell) & Mikko Kotamaki (Swallow The Sun)
6. Into The Mouth Of Madness feat. Jeff Loomis (Nevermore/Arch Enemy) & Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land)
7. Hollow feat. Spiros Antoniou (Septicflesh)
8. The Weeping Song feat. Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land), Anders Jacobsson (Draconian) & Lisa Cuthbert (Live Female vocals of The Sisters Of Mercy)
9. Fear (Acoustic Version)
For More Information:
THE SWORD UNVEIL
THE SECOND TRACK FROM THE CONQUEST OF QUARANTINE LOCKDOWN SESSION
THE THREE-TRACK MINI SET IS ROLLING OUT AS A WEEKLY SERIES
WATCH "WINTER'S WOLVES" HERE
“Few modern-day metal bands can match the muscular riffing of the Austin, Texas quartet The Sword.”
- Rolling Stone
Los Angeles (July 30th, 2020) – Texan riff masters The Sword have unveiled "Winter's Wolves", the second installment of their 3-song Conquest Of Quarantine lockdown session.
"Winter's Wolves" premiered earlier today with Louder (Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog) and can also be seen here or by clicking the image below. The track was originally released in 2006, on The Sword's "Age Of Winters" debut album.
Frontman JD Cronise comments, "The original demo title of this song was “A Druid’s Curse”, and the lyrics are in fact intended to be a literal curse. Although it was written in the early 2000’s, I find it to be even more relevant today."
Bassist Bryan Richie adds, "Envision large plumes of cannabis smoke or get DIY on it and create your own as you listen to this quarantine rendition of our classic track Winter's Wolves. It was just as fun and lively as the original version we cranked out in my bedroom some 15 years ago now! Hope y'all enjoy!"
The lockdown session marks The Sword's first live performance together since the band went on hiatus in 2018. The first track shared, which premiered last week with Consequence Of Sound, showed the band putting their own inimitable spin on the T-Rex classic, "Children of the Revolution". Watch that here and stay tuned for the final installment soon.
The Sword's triumphant live return from hiatus was scheduled to be with Primus this summer as part of their mammoth A Tribute To Kings US trek. But the pandemic had other plans. Not wishing to deprive fans of the live performances they've been waiting so long to see, The Sword got creative and so was birthed the Conquest Of Quarantine lockdown session.
Explains bassist Bryan Richie, “It was a lot of fun getting together with Kyle and Jimmy to record these tracks, and thanks to the miracles of modern technology we were able to lay down a wicked session with JD all the way from North Carolina. Crank this from the comforts of your couch, Conquest of Quarantine brought to you with minimal overdubs and maximum rocking.”
“Children Of the Revolution” and "Winter's Wolves" will be followed by one final clip, released next week, so be sure to keep it locked to their socials or subscribe at YouTube so you don't miss the full epic session.
Thankfully, fans will still be able to catch the The Sword in person with Primus on the rescheduled A Tribute To Kings tour in 2021, appearing for the dates listed below.
June 9 – Houston, Texas @ Revention Music Center*
June 11 – Irving, Texas @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
June 12 – Austin, Texas @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater*
June 13 – New Orleans, La. @ Saenger Theatre*
June 15 – Orlando, Fla. @ Hard Rock Live*
June 16 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Coca-Cola Roxy*
June 20 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre*
June 22 – Asheville, N.C. @ Exploreacheville.com Arena*
June 23 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Red Hat Amphitheater*
June 25 – Richmond, Va. @ Virginia Credit Union Live!*
June 26 – Baltimore, Md. @ MECU Pavilion*
June 27 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE*
June 29 – Essex Junction, Vt. @ Midway Law at Champlain Valley Expo*
July 1 – Westbrook, Maine @ Main Savings Pavilion at Rock Row*
July 2 – Wallingford, Ct. @ Oakdale Theatre*
July 5 – Lafayette, N.Y. @ Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards (no the Sword)
July 6 – Boston, Mass. @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*
July 8 – New York, N.Y. @ Beacon Theatre*
July 9 – Asbury Park, N.J. @ The Stone Pony Summer Stage*
July 10 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Met*
July 13 – Toronto, Ont. @ RBC Echo Beach*
July 15 – Columbus, Ohio @ Express Live! Outdoor*
July 16 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*
July 17 – Sterling Heights, Mich. @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre*
July 19 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ PNC Pavilion*
Tickets available from www.theswordofficial.com
The Sword’s newly released compilations, Chronology: 2006 – 2018 and Conquest of Kingdoms each showcase the technically dazzling, riff-heavy and far-reaching metal that the band has been known for since forming 15 years ago.
Conquest of Kingdoms, an explosive three-disc vinyl collection of rarities and oddities, offers 30 tracks (16 previously unreleased) and is housed in a triple-gatefold package, including B-sides, oddities and live recordings of fan favorites like “Freya,” “Iron Swan” and “Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians,” as well as cover versions of “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin), “Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings” (ZZ Top), “She” (KISS), “Forever My Queen” (Pentagram) and more. A truncated digital version is also be available.
Chronology: 2006–2018 is a three-disc CD compendium, which — in addition to the aforementioned rarities — also includes The Sword’s greatest hits and fan favorites. Distilling the band's complete discography, this collection comprises 52 tracks (12 previously unreleased), including the studio recordings of “Freya,” “Iron Swan,” “Cloak of Feathers” and “Deadly Nightshade.” The set also features expansive new liner notes with contributions from the band, plus Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Mark Morton (Lamb of God) and Neil Fallon (Clutch).
Both titles are available now, click here for Conquest of Kingdoms, or here for Chronology 2006–2018. Special bundles are also available through CraftRecordings.com.
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CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF HASSLE RECORDS
A SERIES OF RECORDS '15 X 15' RELEASED 30TH OCTOBER 2020
PART II OF THE VINYL SERIES ANNOUNCED
INCLUDING LONELY THE BRAVE, CANCER BATS + MORE
PART IIIndependence is a state of mind. Recent events have proved as much. In the case of Hassle Records it is also a reality. Taking inspiration from independent labels such as Rough Trade and Sub Pop, Hassle itself was set-up 15 years ago on the simple premise of providing artists with a platform by which they could truly express themselves on their own terms. So today, Hassle Records is one of the UK's most prolific independent labels.
This year, Hassle celebrates its 15th anniversary, it does so in good health and with a project that is simply titled 15 X 15 - a series of special editions of 15 key releases that have shaped the label’s existence. Issued in three batches of five, every release will be fittingly issued on crystal coloured vinyl & released 30th October 2020.
"2020 marks 15 years of Hassle Records. So, we wanted to celebrate. It only seems like yesterday that we had to change the label's name (for bullshit legal reasons) and start again. But we got off to a great start putting out the Juliette Lewis EP ‘...Like A Bolt Of Lightning ‘ as the first release. And it’s been a great musical journey ever since. Never wanting be constrained by a ‘genre sound’, we work with artists and music that we simply love, and from there we just hope that other people will also love the records that we put out. This ethos has been the ultimate foundation in the label's history from the start.
To that end, for our 15th anniversary we have decided to re-issue 15 records from varying parts of our history and catalogue, all as limited vinyl-only releases. Hopefully our choices accurately represent what a diverse sound we have to the label, and that the passion we have for the music and the bands shines through." says Wez (co-owner)
15 X 15 PART II
R-Lonely The Brave 'The Day's War (Victory Edition)
(HOFF178 / June '15)
Limited hand-numbered copies // Turquoise & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl
Double vinyl, first ever pressing of expanded edition
S-Four Year Strong 'Rise Or Die Trying' (HOFF044 / April '08)
Limited hand-numbered copies // Purple & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl
O-Cancer Bats 'Birthing The Giant' (HOFF023 / June '06)
Limited hand-numbered copies // Chocolate & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl
F-Petrol Girls 'Cut & Stitch' // 'The Future Is Dark'(HOFF306 / May '19) // (HOFF287 / Sept '18)
Limited hand-numbered copies // Green & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl
Double vinyl, first time packaged together
H- Turbowolf 'Turbowolf'(HOFF130 / Nov '11)
Limited hand-numbered copies // Yellow & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl
15 X 15 PART I
1 - Juliette and the Licks '...Like A Bolt Of Lightning' (Feb '05)
Limited edition & hand-numbered // Gold & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl PRE-ORDER NOW
5 - Casey 'Love Is Not Enough' (Aug '16)
Limited edition & hand-numbered // White & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl PRE-ORDER NOW
Y - frnkiero andthe cellabration 'stomachaches' (Aug '14)
Limited edition & hand-numbered // Silver & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl PRE-ORDER NOW
E - Tubelord 'Our First American Friends' (Oct '09) / 'Tezcatlipoca' (Aug '10)
Limited edition & hand-numbered // Orange & Crystal Clear Half & Half Vinyl
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A - We Are The Ocean 'Cutting Our Teeth' (Feb '10)
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FULL LABEL BIOGRAPHY HERE
The roots of the label hark back to the time when co-founders Nigel Adams and Wez were working at Mushroom Records, their core charges at the label in the ‘90s consisting of Ash, Garbage, Muse and Ween. They named their first venture Eat Sleep, and duly signed a licensing deal with Drive Thru’ Records, the rising Californian label whose roster included the cream of emerging U.S. punk and post-hardcore bands. But the pair were keen to sign their own acts. They did so by creating two new labels, Sorepoint (the rock label) and, subsequently, Full-Time Hobby- White Denim, School Of Seven Bells & more. Most significantly of all, they signed a band from Chicago that few people in the UK and Europe had heard of at the time - Fall Out Boy. Securing the rights to their debut album, 2003’s Take This To The Grave, for a laughable amount, Nigel and Wez engineered a campaign that not only gave Pete Wentz and his men their first gold record in the UK, but which also heralded the mainstream rise of emo as a genre.
DISILLUSION Release 'Between'
Limited Edition Single and Lyric Video
In autumn 2019, German progressive metal innovators Disillusion returned with The Liberation, making many a critic and fan’s best-of lists at the end of the year and following up with an equally successful row of concerts across Europe.
This fantastic comeback would not have been possible without fan support via the band's Patreon campaign. There, patrons received the bonus track 'Between', which “feels like a hymn to honesty and hope in the face of uncertainty, a world of anxiety, changes and new beginnings,” Schmidt says. “We want to share a feeling of trust, the notion of a silver lining to the dark clouds we are seeing."
Eventually, ‘Between’ was just too good to remain unavailable to the majority - so here it is in classic 7" single format (limited to 500 copies) to shorten the wait for Disillusion's fourth full-length, which is already in the making! The b-side features the video edit of ‘Time To Let Go’ from The Liberation, which is herewith released on a physical product for the first time.
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COLD HART AND LIL PEEP
RELEASE NEW TRACK “ME AND YOU”
OUT NOW ON EPITAPH RECORDS
'ME AND YOU' HIGH RES ARTAlt-rapper Cold Hart, together with emo rap pioneer Lil Peep, dropped a previously unreleased track, “Me and You,” today. The duet is from Peep’s career-launching first mixtape – the fabled Crybaby sessions. “Me and You” finds Cold Hart and Lil Peep in classic form, raw heartfelt lyrics, with an infectious melody, over a bold Charlie Shuffler beat: “Took the long way home, bumping all our songs,” Cold Hart sings - a fitting tribute to his friendship with Peep, an almost clairvoyant musical eulogy.
WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “ME AND YOU” NOW
ABOUT COLD HART
As a co-founder of the seminal emo rap collective GothBoiClique (Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Lil Peep, Horse Head, Døves, JPDreamthug, Lil Tracy, Mackned, YAWNS, and fish narc), Cold Hart has consistently been on the cutting edge of alternative hip-hop and rock since 2013 as a vocalist, songwriter, and producer. Since then Cold Hart has released a number of singles and definitive vocal mixtapes such as 2016’s OC Season 1 & 2, 2017’s Downer before exploring new sonic territory on his full-length debut studio album Good Morning Cruel World in 2019. By pairing components of rap with seemingly unrelated genres like emo, gothic rock, and even country, Cold Hart has become an innovator of genre-defying music. Earlier this year, Cold Hart announced his signing with Epitaph Records, a label which shares GBC’s DIY ethos and punk edge, with the release of “Tammy & The T-Rex.”
COLD HART - HIGH RES PHOTO