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FUTURE MAKES HIS MARK ON 2017 ALREADY WITH TWO ALBUMS

We are only three months into 2017 and there have already been some incredible artists making their marks – one of those being 33-year-old hip-hop artist FUTURE.

Future’s self-titled and fifth studio album dropped on February 17th with amazing reviews and charting highly on the Billboard 200. Exactly a week later, he then dropped a second album named ‘HNDRXX’ which includes collaborations with Rihanna and The Weeknd, also charted highly.

The release of two albums in one week is a rarity in itself, especially with little to no campaigning. Future took complete control and posted on social media, after a month long silence, that ‘Future’ was on it’s way and that the ‘Nobody Safe’ tour was also on its way with the likes of Migos, Kodak Black, Tory Lanez, Young Thug and ASAP Ferg. Then with the promotion of his sixth album ‘HNDRXX’, he went on to hastag the album along with it’s producer DJ Esco.

This week there have been rumours that Future was to release two more follow up albums, but this was later denied by manager Anthony Salah. It has now been confirmed during an interview with Karizza Sanchez at the Reebok ZOK! Runner event that there will be no third album and that Future is revelling in the success of his two albums.

Future and HNDRXX are available on music purchasing platforms.

Words by Jasmine Greggory

BECK DETAILS NEW ALBUM

Beck has released the date for his new album.

The forthcoming album will be released in spring and will be the follow up to 2014’s ‘Morning Phase’.

Fans have been anticipating the release of his 10th album after the success of the Grammy-winning ‘Morning Phase’. Recent singles ‘Wow’ and ‘Dreams’ have increased the excitement for the new album that was originally scheduled for summer 2015 but suffered a push back to November 2016 which never came to fruition.

The album is rumoured to be influenced and inspired by The Strokes, after a performance with the band at the 2015 British Summer Time at Hyde Park. Beck revealed the LP release date with an interview with T Magazine, a branch from The New York Times.

Beck stated that the album is “simple and uplifting and galvanising, where the spirit moves you, that kind of feeling. Those are the hardest. This new record I focused on that feeling. It’s the easiest to fail at. Or to come off on one hand disingenuous, or on the other hand just trite, or, you know, there’s that fine line between platitude and just the truth. And that fine line between making a big commotion and a bunch of movement and just actual unadulterated joy.”

He said further: “It’s much easier to go out and get really down. There’s a multitude of things that will oblige you in misery in the culture and there’s only so many that will produce true happiness. It’s like comedy. Comedy is harder in that only certain things are going to make you laugh. I think it’s closer to the child nature in us, which the culture, for a lot of reasons, will discourage or crush. Or you mature out of it in other ways. I see it with kids. There’s that age where if you let that personal joyous side of yourself out, it’s almost more vulnerable than being emotionally vulnerable, like if you’re going through

’s not the most clever, sophisticated part of you, but it is the most joyous

.”

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[ALBUM REVIEW] INSECURE MEN – KARAOKE FOR ONE

The sound of one man and his keyboard, this album really is a treasure for those that thrive off the notion of novelty. The keyboard is a Yamaha PSS-560, and the man is Saul Adamczewski, shamanic lead guitarist of The Fat White Family. About as DIY as they come, this album is so endearing in the charm offered by the equipment used, as Saul meanders his way through a collection of cover versions that combine the sound of the keyboard’s clicky drum machine with some tones matched only in tackiness by their novel brilliance. The man himself describes Karaoke For One as “Part exotica, part Penge”, and offers a take on the covers album as unique as that description.

From 80s pop songs,  to pub rock classics, to singer-songwriter gems, this is a reflection of one man’s bloody good music taste, covering all the important bits of the past in a way that’s respectful and unavoidably loveable. Saul’s cover of Wicked Game by Chris Isaak is genuinely touching, an a capella middle 8 giving it that touch of depravity that follows Adamczewski’s musical projects around. The Isaak cover sees his voice crackle and croon, rough and patchy but definitely oddly moving, with the “I-I-I-I don’t wanna fall in love” caterwauling stirring the very depths of your soul.

The highlights come from the more ‘cool’ songs covered; there’s a version of Dr Feelgood’s Roxette that sounds like Suicide, whilst the cover of Shane MacGowan’s Rainy Night In Soho combines a bit of Yamaha melodicism almost childlike in its simplicity, which (and I might say this as a biased Pogues fan) sounds very tender in this incarnation.

This is the first thing released under the Insecure Men moniker, and whilst it’s difficult to see where that band – a fully fledged 10 piece that features Sean Lennon – will go from this, it’s definitely one of the most essential and engaging listens of the year so far.

(Written by Cal Cashin)

METAL HAMMER ARE RETURNING!

Not too long ago we were saying goodbye to Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Prog Magazine as Team Rock were to be no more.

In a series of fortunate events however Metal Hammer has been bought, saved and will be returning to the shelves of your local retailer on the 10th of February. Their comeback issue will feature an interview of Ozzy Osbourne by M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold.

metal-hammerJust before Christmas when we found out that Team Rock was being shut down a JustGiving page was set up as the staff were left with little to no hope of redundancy. The page’s target was to be £20,000, enough to give each staff member a £1000. The completed total of the page came to £88,760 which is a massive 443% over target, well done to everyone that was able to give.

For Metal Hammer there was a light at the end of the tunnel and so from everyone at The Wave, welcome back and good luck!

Words by Jonny Page

Goodbye TeamRock

2016 has been bleak for the music industry and everybody has had their fair share of sorrow. However, just as the year was drawing to a close 2016 got even worse for TeamRock as they were informed that they were being shut down. This means the closure of Classic Rock, Prog Magazine and Metal Hammer. To make things worse for TeamRock they have been left with very little hope of redundancy pay leaving them with absolutely nothing even though I’m sure that they would have given their all for the publications.

TeamRock are not your everyday music journalists, they’re dedicated and above all passionate and do not deserve what has been done to them but unfortunately this is what is happening within the music industry. but we as writers, as I’m sure TeamRock will also, will continue our passions to inform and teach you lot as much as we can about the wonderful world of music.

To leave on a positive note, to save the folks from TeamRock a bleak Christmas, there has been a JustGiving page set up for the staff which has currently reached £52,000 in two days, it’s original target being just £20,000. If it reaches £73,000 that will provide £1000 to each member of staff which would be awesome for them. This just shows as although the odds are against the music industry, we’re a solid community which will keep fighting.

From everyone at The Wave we wish TeamRock good luck, your publications will go down in history and thank you for what you’ve achieved. Keep Rocking.

You can donate to TeamRock at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ukrockcommunity

 

Words by Jonny Page

NEW RELEASE FROM PRETTY VICIOUS, BLISTER

The young Merthyr raucous rockers Brad Griffiths (Lead vocals/Guitar), Tom McCarthy (Guitar), Jarvis Morgan (Bass) and Elliot Jones (Drums) have surprised us all with a new EP, demonstrating undeniable confidence and enthusiasm after their last release.

The brand new song ‘Blister’ is an awesome alternative classic. Lasting up to nearly 4 minutes, it incorporates incredibly infectious guitar riffs, alongside mighty lyrics, perfect to blast and rock out to. The rich combination of pacing percussion and building guitars making it relentlessly gritty. Frontman Brad Griffiths’s rough and boisterous vocal line, certainly exaggerates teenage exuberance. Their songs never fail to expose a vigorous and eager determination throughout, especially shown in this new track. The video for it is said to be released on Friday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsElLFrKGsA

 Their last breakthrough track ‘Cave Song’ immensely helped the four piece cement their status, a position which just keeps on growing. It comes as no surprise as they have previously supported bands such as Nothing But Thieves and Manic Street Preachers, as well as headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury last year.

The band have recently finished recording their album with the help of Oasis producer Owen Morris, due to be released early next year. They are also supporting Ocean Colour Scene on their December UK tour! No doubt they will have many festivals dates soon to announce, as this summer was jam packed with many including Y Not Festival, Bestival and Victorious.

( words by Lauren McDermott)

BLOSSOMS ANNOUNCE HEADLINE SHOW AT CASTLEFIELD

Manchester based five piece Blossoms are set to perform their biggest headline so far. Recently they announced that they will play at Castlefield Superbowl, on July 8th, next summer.

Blossoms will be playing alongside the likes of The Coral, Rory Wayne and Touts. Tickets will go on sale on December 2nd

The indie, pop group have a twitter fan base of 46k followers and nearly 70k Facebook likes.  Having already played at some of the most influential UK festivals such as T in the Park and Reading and Leeds.

It is fair to say the band have good connections. Recently this year they appeared in Dublin’s, Olympia theatre, supporting The Last Shadow Puppets.

Frontman Tom Ogden says in light of this news: “There’s only three bowls we’ve ever wanted to play. Now we’ve got Castlefield, that only leaves the Superbowl and the Hollywood Bowl (Ashton under Lyne).”

 

The band have also today announced that there will be a physical deluxe version of their self-titled debut album. It will be released on December 16th, the deluxe version of the album is already available on a few streaming services and contains 10 additional tracks. Including Across the Moor, which was said to be a fan’s favorite when performed live.

 Full tour dates

16/3 Keele, University Ballroom
17/3 Liverpool, Olympia
18/3 Brighton Dome
20/3 Lincoln, Engine Shed
21/3 Exeter, Lemon Grove
23/3 London, Roundhouse
24/3 Bristol, O2 Academy
25/3 Cardiff, Tramshed
27/3 Norwich, The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA
29/3 Birmingham, O2 Academy
30/3 Leeds, O2 Academy
31/3 Newcastle, O2 Academy
01/4 Glasgow, O2 Academy

08/7 Manchester Castlefield Bowl

Tickets go on sale December 2nd (this Friday).

(Words by Laviea Thomas)

SHIKARI SOUND SYSTEM ANNOUNCED AS BLAX XMAS BALL AFTER-PARTY HEADLINER

BLAX have announced their afterparty headliner for the Fireball Presents: BLAX Xmas Ball on 17 December in Hatfield. It was announced on the 28 November on the Blax Facebook page that Shikari Sound System – the DJing moniker of Enter Shikari – will make an appearance at the event alongside Don Broco.

From tiny hometown shows at The Horn in St. Albans to a Hospitality rimage.jpgave to a two hour neurofunk set with a short segment of Bill Withers mixed in at Slam Dunk Festival, Shikari Sound System can dominate any stage size, but the Forum is a place they are very familiar with. The Forum is part of Hatfield University, which Enter Shikari have seen as both a standalone venue and as part of Slam Dunk Festival South.

If past sets are anything to go by, we can expect a vast array of musical genres being played by Shikari Sound System, from drum and bass, to dubstep, and possibly even some 70s R&B. One can dream that ‘How Will I Know’ by Whitney Houston will make an appearance. I wouldn’t put it past them to include it.

The Hertfordshire quartet will play after the Don Broco headlined gig, DJing between 12am-3am.

Tickets can be purchased here – http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/the-blax-xmas-ball-tickets/255361

Words By Jordan Fann 

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