Ahead of their biggest Glasgow headline show to date, we caught up with Scott, Jamie, and Shaun of Scottish alternative band Dude Trips for a chat about the success of their album ‘Through Love & Death, You’re All I Have Left‘, what music they’ve all been spinning recently and future tour plans.
Glaswegian rock band Vukovi have been making big waves in the UK and international alternative music scenes recently following the release of their latest album ‘Fall Better‘. We spoke to front woman Janine Shilstone about the creative process and influences before they headed for their short UK tour and HMV signing events in support of the album.
‘Fall Better’ has a lot of references to mental health and your Thought Action Fusion diagnosis, did this come naturally or as a band did you decide to write about these topics?
“It was the easiest thing for me to write about at the time. Like I had to get it all out to stop me from imploding.”
Following on from that question, is there a song on the album that was particularly cathartic to write?
“Most of them to be honest. ‘White Lies’ was about something that I never thought I’d talk about lyrically. I will explain what it’s about at some point but don’t think I’m quite ready for our fans to know yet.”
Who were your biggest influences while writing songs for this album?
“Bring Me The Horizon definitely, Grimes, Billie Eilish, Halsey, Don Broco.”
Has the gap between your self-titled album in 2017 and ‘Fall Better’ given you time to experiment more?
“It has given us time to get better at songwriting for sure, I definitely found myself listening to a lot more music and watching a lot more film and TV as well which I found really inspiring.”
If ‘Fall Better’ was the soundtrack to a film, what film would it be and why?
“It wasn’t a film but I’d say if ‘Skins’ was remade in 100 years. It’s a coming of age soundtrack, learning to like yourself even though you have a lot of darkness inside you.”
What song are you most excited to play live for the first time?
‘”RUN/HIDE’ all day!”
Where did you get the inspiration for the intro and interlude on the album?
“I was watching a lot of dystopian stuff on Netflix e.g ‘Altered Carbon’, ‘Black Mirror’ (massive influence), ‘Blade Runner’. I wanted it to feel like the album was set in the future drawing attention to “in app purchases”. You can’t just buy something nowadays without having to buy extras to get the full experience.”
And finally, as fellow Scots, do you have any advice for upcoming musicians in our growing music scene?
“Have a good USP (Unique Selling Point). What’s gonna separate you from the hundreds of other bands in your scene? When doing promo shots ALWAYS GO HARD! Be extreme with the imagery. And obviously write good tunes.”
‘Fall Better’ is available to stream and physical copies can be found here.
The Glasgow music world has evolved and grown over the years, and with the success of Lewis Capaldi, Twin Atlantic, and Vukovi to name a few, it appears there is a spotlight blaring intimidatingly on the city. However, instead of shying away or conforming, one of the bands pushing through and making their mark over the last few years in the alternative and post-hardcore scene is Deter. With their debut album ‘Wither & Fade’ less than a year old, the band dropped news of finally releasing a single they had been premiering at shows including their short run with rock powerhouse Tigress.
We spoke to frontman and vocalist Jamie Logan ahead of the release of their new single ‘Iniquity’ and the writing process of what has the potential to be a career changing song.
Where did you get the inspiration to write and release ‘Iniquity’ as a single?
“After we had just released our debut album ‘Wither & Fade’ we didn’t really know what sound we were gonna pursue next but based on the live experience of playing the album we knew we wanted more energetic, heavier songs so we could have more fun playing them live. Then Jonny (guitarist) came up with the bulk of the ‘Iniquity’ guitar parts and we spent a little while refining it until we were happy. We knew from the first time playing it live in February 2019 that we needed to make it our next single as it was received better than our album songs.”
Who were your main musical influences for the song?
“At the time of writing ‘Iniquity’ myself and Jonny were listening to a lot of Movements and Rarity but were already inspired by bands like Holding Absence and Casey. Lyrically mostly Casey and Holding Absence.”
Lyrically, was ‘Iniquity’ cathartic to write, or was it difficult?
“‘Iniquity’ is to this day still one of the most challenging songs I have written in terms of subject matter and portrayal of my own thoughts. It definitely was cathartic to just put my darkest thoughts into a positive outlet as it covers my trials and tribulations with my own mental health and how they have worn me down over the years.”
The word itself has deep-rooted ties to the bible and religious connotations, was this an influence at all or merely coincidence?
“The religious connections to the word were purely coincidental. The song was written from a place of disdain and frustration with myself and holds no religious connections.”
Last year, you released your debut album ‘Wither & Fade’, do you have any plans for another album or EP?
“Sadly, we don’t intend in doing a significant body of work such as an album for a long time but you can expect lots of smaller releases from us until we feel the need to create a cohesive body of work.”
Finally, what can we expect to see from Deter in 2020?
“In 2020, you can expect lots of new music and bigger shows. More so in the second half of the year! We’re working really hard behind the scenes to take the band to the next level. PS expect more riffs and cool shows.”
‘Iniquity’ is available to buy and stream through the links below.
Manchester punk trio Aerial Salad have just announced their latest album ‘Dirt Mall’ with a release date of the 27th March. In the meantime, today they dropped the video for new single ‘Romance?’
The band have possibly one of the best origin stories in music history, frontman and guitarist Jamie Munro recalls attending legendary punk event The FEST in Gainesville, Florida in 2016, and being so inspired by the bands he had watched, he had to start a band, and they had to play The FEST no matter what.
“It was a very important time in my young age,” remembers Jamie. “I was like, ‘fuck me, all these people, all these bands are small punk bands, but they’re playing here and they’re all on tour, this is fucking sick this!’ Fuck uni, I hate uni, I’ll start a band. We’ll play The FEST.”
Upon returning from his punk band daydreams in Florida, Jamie did in fact form a band with two best friends Mike Wimbleton on bass and vocals, and Matty Mills on drums. Aerial Salad recorded music, played a handful of gigs, and they finally got the chance to play The FEST, but that is not where this story ends.
Due to unfortunate technical difficulties and unfamiliar equipment, the band now refer to their set at The FEST as ‘The Worst Festival Set Of All Time’. “The set was so bad that as soon as it finished, I had to run out of the venue, hide around the corner and cry,” remembers Jamie.
You’ll be glad to hear that Aerial Salad have bounced back from their living nightmare in the form of that disastrous set. They met former Flying Medallions frontman and Wonk Unit leader Alex Johnson who, so taken with the bands spirit and vibe, offered to mentor, manage and helped put out Aerial Salad’s debut album ‘Roach’ in 2017 on his label Plasterer.
On their new album ‘Dirt Mall’, Jamie admits, “It captures everything I’ve seen working as a temp in offices and generally being in my twenties trying to work myself and the world out. With some pop songs thrown in for fun.” If ‘Romance?’ is anything to go by, the album will be full of energetic DIY punk, and 2020 will be the year of Aerial Salad.
‘Dirt Mall’ track-listing:
- Fever Dream
- Such a Pity
- State O’Yer
- Dirt Mall
Pre-order ‘Dirt Mall’ here: https://wonkunit.com/aerial-salad/
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:
27 – BIRMINGHAM Institute
29 – MANCHESTER Academy 2
30 – MANCHESTER Academy 2
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
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.
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
Thornhill supporting Wage War at G2, Glasgow. All photos by JenxJoyce.
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 a show near you.
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:
2. “All My Friends Are Dead”
3. “Soak Me in Bleach”
4. “All I Do Is Sink”
5. “Baltimore Rain”
8. “Just Like Me”
9. “Born To Lose”
10. “Fever Dream”
‘Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them’ is available to pre-order now HERE
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:
Turnover’s sold out King Tut’s show with support from Munya.
All photos by JenxJoyce.