AFI RELEASE NEW SONG ‘TRASH BAT’

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Band AFI released new single “Trash Bat” yesterday ahead of their EP The Missing Man (Ex Noctern Nacimer) which will be released next Friday (7th December).

“This was the ideal song to kick off the EP” guitarist Jade Puget (also producer and mixer of the EP) said. “It’s just a quick burst of frenetic energy.

“I brought the song in and was playing it for Davey and he threw out the line, “my Trash Bat” and I thought, how can you lose with a title like that? What is a Trash Bat anyway? Who cares!”

The track followed a surprise-release of “Get Dark”, which Brooklyn Vegan described as being “the kind of catchy, driving punk that will bring you right back to [AFI’s 2003 album] Sing The Sorrow.

Both “Get Dark” and “Trash Bat” are available as instant downloads and The Missing Man is available to pre-order.

The Missing Man follows last year’s AFI (The Blood Album), which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative and Hard Rock Albums Charts. It was also the band’s second consecutive Top 10 Billboard debut. AV Club said it sounded like the band are “as fired up now as they were 25 years ago,”

Since the release of 1995’s debut album Answer That and Stay Fashionable, the group has written and recorded five top ten hit singles.

Words: Megan Duce

[spunge] announce a UK tour with a new single.

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[spunge] are back with their new single ‘Liar’ and a short UK tour.

This is the ska-punk band’s first single since their 2014 album Hang On?. ‘Liar’ is the type of punchy track that the fans would expect from them.

The band’s vocalist, Al Copeland, said the new single is “about the concept of people being very different creatures depending on who they’re with or what their agenda is.”

Copeland added this about the upcoming tour “We can’t wait to get back on tour – drinking, playing, trying out some new tunes and having a laugh, in that order.”

You can catch [spunge] rocking out this November / December at:

30 Nov 2018 – Cheltenham, Frog And Fiddle

01 Dec 2018 – Swansea, The Bunkhouse

02 Dec 2018 – Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms

06 Dec 2018 – London, Islington Academy

09 Dec 2018 – Birmingham, Institute

 

Words: Natalie Lloyd-Shaw

Troye Sivan announces UK and European Tour dates

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Troye Sivan announced on twitter the dates and locations for the tour in support of his second album ‘Bloom’.

Four UK dates have been announced for the tour:

23rd February Glasgow

24th February Manchester

26th February Birmingham

28th February London

Troye showed his excitement in the lead up to the announcement. “It’s going to be a PARTY I can tell you guys that much”.

Tickets go on pre-sale tomorrow on the Troye Sivan app. General sale of the tickets will be Friday 23rd November.

Words: Megan Duce

Walt Disney Records to release ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ Original Soundtrack

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‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ is set to be Walt Disney Records’ newest original motion picture soundtrack. It will feature an original song performed by Sarah Silverman who voices Vanellope von Schweetz and Gal Gadot who voices Shank.

Composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) also worked on it alongside Henry Jackman who scored the first film of the franchise. Imagine Dragons also perform in an original end credit song ‘Zero’. Grammy-nominated singer Julia Michaels also performs in additional end credit song ‘In This Place’.

It’s out now digitally and will be released as a physical CD November 30th.

By Megan Duce

Industry Honours National Album Day

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Today celebrated the first-ever National Album Day. Retailers, radio stations and record labels alike took to social media to honour the 70th birthday of the album.

nationalalbumday.co.uk calls for the ‘biggest album playback’, asking all music lovers to play their all-time favourite album from beginning to end starting at 3:33 pm.

According to the National Album Day website, ‘In 2017 135 million albums were either purchased, downloaded or streamed – a rise of 9.5 per cent on the previous year.

4.1 million of these were on vinyl – the highest level since the start of the 1990s.’

Ambassadors for the event include Paloma Faith, Alice Cooper and Jess Glynne.

To commemorate the occasion, The Wave team have shared their favourite albums:

Jordan: Pale Waves – My Mind Makes Noises

Geo: Shame – Songs of Praise

Courtney: Fit For Rivals – Freak Machine

Megan: Adore Delano – Whatever

Meg: Father John Misty – Fear Fun

Julia: Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life

Lil: Amy Winehouse – Back to Black

Briony: Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City

Caragh: Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind

Federica: Lana Del Rey – Tell Mama

Bekky: BTS – Love Yourself: Tear

Trevor: Pegasus Bridge – While We’re Young

 

Words: Megan Duce

Jac Jones drops new mix, ‘BTEC Rollers,’

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Jac Jones is a freelance DJ based in West-Wales, who uses the technique of mixing a range of chopped and screwed drub beats, whilst dabbling in off-kiltered dynamic piercing sounds to create his best drum and bass tracks. Mixing on Pioneer Decks and composing his sounds via Serato DJ software.

On Tuesday 30th January he added to his soundcloud collection a new fetching drum and bass track called BTEC Rollers, BTEC Rollers weaves in heavy basslines, whilst intertwining poly rhythmic beats.

BTEC Rollers is a 19 minute glitchy, industrial and raw track that mimics primitive dj methods. Around seven minutes into the track Jac progressively delivers a mix and blend technique as he merges in Alix Perez ft BENABU- Numbers. The change between his mix and the critically acclaimed drum and bass track is a swift transaction. The reverse of his deck adds in a complimentary spin and is what helps adds to the build up of he transition so well.

Towards the end of Numbers you hear a tingle of indistinct spacious noises, however overlapping is a hard-juddering beat that dominates the subtle noises of harmonic chimes. This beat is a continuous tremor, that, at points has a heavy double drop, creating a intensive wave of distinctive beats.

At 10:41, Jac replaces the heavy boom production of the baseline with liquid drum and bass, sending you on what feels like a trippy, acidic journey. From looping hard beats, to weaving in hypnotic vibrations. However, the transition between doesn’t last for long as he slowly begins to add  in his 175bpm routine.

BTEC Rollers experiments with a wave of varied sounds, pioneering piercing trebles, whilst dabbling in gradual baseline drops.

If you haven’t already, go have a listen to BTEC Rollers by Jac Jones on Soundcloud, here

Make sure to follow his Soundcloud to check out more of his work: Jac Jones: Soundcloud

Rejjie Snow announces release date for new album

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Dublin Rapper, Rejjie Snow recently announced on Instagram he is yet to release his first album, ‘Dear Annie’ next month.

The debut album is made up of 20 tracks, with features from the beloved Kaytranada, Aminé and Dana Williams.  The rapper made sure we knew the score with the upcoming project, giving fans a sneak peek on the ep ‘Dear Annie Pt. 1’ released last week. The EP consists of the first four tracks on the album. Sharing some smooth melodic flows and enchanting jazz rhythms.

Despite the lack of the support from mainstream media for the breakthrough artist, Rejjie Snow has been making mighty moves the last few years, upon frequent releases of mixtapes and EPs. Driving the Irish hip hop scene alongside the likes of Hare Squead and NeoMadic.

The rappers hard work is being paid off after performing at The Great Escape Festival and a sold out show at O2 Forum last spring. This highly anticipated album may well be a turning point for the rising artist in 2018.

‘Dear Annie,’ is out on 16th February 2018. Catch the visuals for, ‘Egyptian Luvr’ on YouTube now.

 

Words by Melissa Kasule

[INTERVIEW] FIVEFILO

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FiveFilo is a young rapper and singer based in the UK, originally born in South America, Brazil. Here he found himself taking a very deep interest to music at a very young age and since has carried through with it.

Gabriel Garcia – from his real name, touched to a certain amount of inspiration during his childhood. Starting by playing guitar at eight years old, he took the initiative to write his own lyrics and make beats at the age of fourteen. The musician evokes one eclectic source of inspiration and says, “I’d say, a big chunk of what I know now, musically comes from just playing music with other people at the church. It’s thereby one of the reasons why I try to always include live instruments in my tracks, I like the way it gives raw emotions to whoever’s listening.”

Indeed, FiveFilo’s inspiration doesn’t only stop at classical and gospel music. The twenty-two year old rapper mentions the producer Timbaland as well as Will.I.Am. as his main brain waves of that time. “I grew up going to church and I was very familiar with its music. Then I started secondary school, and that’s where I got exposed to other type of music like the Red Hot Chilli Peppers for example.”

Songs such as ‘Worth the Risk’ or ‘It Could’ contains classical Hip-Hop rhythms at the lyrical level but the productions brings less common tones including drums and melodies that take us to some exotic destinations. When questioning FiveFilo on the genre he performs he responds with, “Difficult one. I’d probably say Alternative Hip-Hop. Basically, my main thing is mixing Samba music from Brazil with Hip-Hop”.

In July 2016, FiveFilo released his very first EP called ‘Harmonia’. The project does honour to the summer vibe: the lightweight and groovy, good memories-making sound. “That sort of music is a reflection of myself, two cultures in one thing. And even today I feel like I’m catching up with all the music that I missed up.” Says Filo.

He then highlighted two songs. “Immigrant Boi”, -It’s about my experience growing up in another country. And “She Don’t Know” is basically summing up today’s youth culture when it comes to dating. We seem to play this game where we can’t really let each other show the other one how we feel… I think it’s quite dishonest because it even makes it hard to simply say I like you. However it’s one of the reason why I do like a lot of 60s-70s music, I feel like it was really honest as it was genuinely romantic. I also released a track called “She Knows” which is a remix or continuation of the last bit of “She don’t Know”. This song has that 80s vibe coming from high pitch falsettos, let’s go party!” He says. When the album cover topic was mentioned, the singer explained how he interprets the visuals. He mentioned Mac Miller’s album cover ‘Watching Movies With The Sound Off.’ (2013)

“Simplicity and colours are what attract me. Because of simplicity nothing seems clear, it’s really broad. It just makes me wonder, everything that’s on the cover isn’t there by coincidence, it has been thought out. So I always wonder what are the reasons behind. I’m a big fan of artworks that have the face of the artist on it. ‘Live. Love. Asap’ is one of them and Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’ too. These type of cover is kinda brave in my opinion, it shows you. The face as you are at this moment, you assume to be the master of the piece.”

Young Gabriel Garcia has been asked about a producer he would work with. Without blinking his eyes, he mentions Rick Ruben as an indubitable source of inspiration. He continues, “he’s just an alien. If you look at his catalogue, it goes from Rock to Hip-Hop. It’s like everything he touches turns into gold. And Timbaland for sure. He’s probably the main reason why I started making beats.”

“Stay away from negative energy, and surround yourself around positive people, because that will always be reflected in your music. One of the messages I wanna give across as well is that you can do anything you put your mind into. I don’t feel that I can do that right now, but if I do become successful, I really want to put that out there. A kinda voice for the voiceless.”

To anyone who could relate to the artist, here are five aspects of the Filosophy: “Human. Observant. Loving. Right. Patient.” Finally, FiveFilo shares the last track he most recently listened to: Lana Del Rey & A$AP Rocky‘Summer Bummer.’

 

Words by,

Tharushi Stephen