Concert Review: Waterparks | SWG3 | 26/01/2020

After announcing they would be returning to the UK and Europe for a run of big shows, Texans Waterparks confirmed they would be bringing friend and fellow American musician De’Wayne Jackson to open the shows for them, much to the joy of many fans. Although many people didn’t appear to know his music particularly well, the energy was infectious. It’s a rare treat to see a support act grab the attention of such a big room so effectively. Jackson spoke openly about current social issues such as police brutality in the United States and was met with massive cheers in support of change and solidarity.

Opening the show with two quintessential Waterparks anthems, ‘Watch What Happens Next’ and ‘Blonde’ injected sugary sweet energy to every fan in the room. SWG3, the venue for the evening, plastered strict “no crowdsurfing” and mosh pit safety signs around the room but they were quickly disregarded by frontman Awsten Knight as he encouraged fans to open up pits and launch themselves up in the air.

Playing mostly songs from their latest release ‘FANDOM’ and their 2018 album ‘Entertainment’, the band broke the set up by playing a mash-up of what you could call “older songs”, touching on their debut album ‘Double Dare’. Interrupted by a rowdy crowd with playful heckles directed at the band members, it is clear the band know their fan base incredibly well, and the onstage banter is launched straight back with no hesitation. Before slowing down for some acoustic goodness, Knight encourages the crowd to “boo Mark Zuckerberg” and of course, without any hesitation, everyone in the room, happily boos Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg.

Returning to the city after almost two years, there is a very obvious maturity in the band and an honesty with their music that came with releasing ‘FANDOM‘ last year; closing the show with the first single from that record, ‘Turbulent‘. To summarise an explosive night with one of the best bands in the alternative music scene in only a few words would be an insult.

Waterparks are currently on tour across the UK and Mainland Europe, here’s where to catch them:

JANUARY
27 – BIRMINGHAM Institute
29 – MANCHESTER Academy 2
30 – MANCHESTER Academy 2

FEBRUARY

01 – LONDON Electric Ballroom
02 – LONDON Electric Ballroom
04 – KÖLN Luxor
05 – MUNICH Feierwerk
07 – AMSTERDAM Melkweg
08 – HAMBURG Logo
09 – COPENHAGEN Pumpehuset
11 – OSLO Parkteateret
12 – STOCKHOLM Klubben

Hands Off Gretel Release ‘Milk’ Music Video

Following the release of grunge-rock band Hands Off Gretel’s ‘I Want The World’, the band are back with another music video to accompany the 2019 record. The dark video was directed and edited by frontwoman Lauren Tate and filmed by Ash Scott Video and references cruelty in the dairy industry throughout.

The band’s UK and Ireland tour starts next month and tickets are still available here: http://www.handsoffgretel.co.uk
Milk’ is available to stream on all platforms.

Album Review: 'Fall Better' – Vukovi

Almost three years after their widely-praised self-titled debut album, Vukovi are back and better than ever with new album Fall Better’. Throughout 2019, Vukovi gifted us three tastes of ‘Fall Better’, with the incredible singles ‘C.L.A.U.D.I.A’, ‘All That Candy’ and ‘Behave’ signposting the band’s next musical phase, and the rest of the album does not disappoint. ‘Violent Minds’ opens the record following a cryptic electronic automated voicemail in the form of ‘17359’, referring to the listener as “User 17359” and warning that the album “contains strong language, dark themes, and dirty fucking riffs”, what more could you ask for?

The strong opening sets the tone for the rest of the album and every song flows beautifully together until the interlude ‘Verify Your Worth’ but quickly jumps back into softer anthems such as ‘I’m Sorry’ and soulful ‘Where Are You’. Many of the lyrics on the album are influenced by Thought Action Fusion, a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that frontwoman Janine Shilstone was diagnosed with in the time elapsed between their first album in 2017 and 2020’s ‘Fall Better’. The disorder can lead those who have it to believe that their actions are guided by an external presence; in Janine’s case, this presence took the form of a shadow, and in ‘All That Candy’ she references this presence as “nothing but a ghost, holy messing up my head”.

Vukovi are the future of UK rock music and ‘Fall Better’ is a masterclass in catchy and powerful songwriting with the classic aspects of rock, pop, and alternative music sprinkled throughout; you can dance and mosh and cry, all at the same time. Vukovi have proven once again that they will not conform to a cookie cutter society and will bend and break all expectations set out for them as a band.

Fall Better’ drops this Friday January 24th via VKVI Records, and is still available for pre-order at:  vukoviband.lnk.to/store

Concert Review: Wage War – G2, Glasgow – 12/01/2020

Following the release of their third studio album ‘Pressure’ just months ago, it was expected Wage War would soon take a trip across to the UK and mainland Europe, and they did not disappoint.

Eager fans finally got to hear new songs live, opening with “Who I Am” was met with an incredibly positive reaction, and possibly some of the biggest mosh pits that G2 has ever seen. Mixing classics such as “The River” with their most recent singles “Grave” and “Low” created the perfect set list for older and newer fans.

Vocalist and frontman Briton Bond exclaimed that not only was Glasgow the best date of their European run so far but one of the best shows the band have played since they formed in 2010.

Wage War are still on tour in Europe until the end of the month, check the band’s official site for tickets to show near you.

The Amity Affliction Announce New Album 'Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them'

Aussie metalcore quartet The Amity Affliction have announced their Pure Noise Records debut album ‘Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them’ is set to arrive 21st February 2020.

“This album is a result of our re-found love for heavy music,” The Amity Affliction says. “We wanted to make a heavier album to back up our most recent releases to let our fans know that we understand what the majority want to hear from us. We have experimented creatively over the years and are now able to apply what we’ve learnt to what we consider the perfect blend of Amity new and old.”

To accompany the news, the band have also dropped a new song and music video entitled “Soak Me In Bleach”.

The track listing looks like this:

1. “Coffin”

2. “All My Friends Are Dead”

3. “Soak Me in Bleach”

4. “All I Do Is Sink”

5. “Baltimore Rain”

6. “Aloneliness”

7. “Forever”

8. “Just Like Me”

9. “Born To Lose”

10. “Fever Dream”

11. “Catatonia”

‘Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them’ is available to pre-order now HERE

Vukovi Release New Single ‘Run/Hide’ & Tour Dates

Our favourite Scottish rockers Vukovi have just dropped new single ‘Run/Hide’ to accompany their news of new UK tour dates and album signings.

“I wanted to create a song we didn’t quite have yet on the album, like a super mature, heavy, fucked up track” explains guitarist Hamish Reilly. “Eventually I fell into the riff and just began to build from there! I felt lucky to find that riff, I didn’t actually come up with that, but more someone must have planted it in my head!”

Catch Vukovi live at the following special acoustic in-store performances
and full-band headline dates in January 2020: