Live Review: The Ninth Wave

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It’s fair to say that the Ninth Wave aren’t quite like any other band. From their stylish gothic aesthetics to their vibrant, post-punk tinged tracks, the band haven’t put a foot wrong since their exciting shift that was solidified with the release of their debut EP ‘Reformation’ last year. It therefore doesn’t come as much of a surprise to see that everything about their London gig has been planned carefully and thoughtfully- from the unorthodox yet hugely innovative choice of venue, bringing an atmospheric show to the Sebright Arms featuring a certain degree of gothic drama.

The swelling crowd began to grow in size as they took the stage, bolstered by a notable number of faces keen to see what all the fuss is about. Brimming with brooding melodies, gothic synths and sky-high ambition, it’s the sound of a band who have certainly found their individuality. ‘Reformation’ embraces an empowering message with a deeply cathartic chorus, brought to life in such thunderous fashion.

Bringing shades of coloured lights, rapid synths glisten and ring around the venue, matched with soaring guitars and intense rhythms, alongside Haydn’s vocals that flow seamlessly. ‘Swallow Me’ sees the lipstick adorned, red gloved frontman shed his guitar and take the spotlight, every inch of him shining showmanship. Oozing confidence and vitality, the collection of songs on display reinforce their ability to lure the listener into their deliriously dark, brooding world, while simultaneously demanding attention.
Naturally, known singles ‘Liars’ and ‘Heartfelt’ provides real highlights, seeing the crowd lose all sense and jump along to its inescapable traits.

That evening confirms all our suspicions about this mysterious band. They truly are bursting with endless ambition and powerful determination to cut their own path. And with the release of newest single ‘New Kind of Ego’, plus a showcase at this years Great Escape already confirmed, the only way is up for this fiercely talented outfit. It surely won’t be long before their appeal spreads far beyond the corners of London.

Words by Lauren McDermott

Don Broco drop new single and announce UK tour dates

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The Bedford four-piece Don Broco recently announced dates for their UK tour. Alongside this, yesterday they unleashed a fearsome rock track, ‘T-Shirt’. The guitar driven song is a heavy mesh of pop-rock and is the latest to be taken from their forthcoming album Technology.

The tour kicks off in February 2018 and includes a total of eleven dates across Europe.  In addition, they will also be making an appearance at London’s Alexandra Palace as they play a headline show on November 11th.

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Yesterday they released their new track, ‘T-Shirt’ is a pop-rock bluster of inflamed guitar riffs and weaves in vocals moaned by lead singer Rob Damiani. Damiani openly speaks out that the track is “very personal and inspired by previous relationships.”

Mixing a range of pop, funk and metal sounds, the rock-infected track has already been played by Annie Mac on BBC radio 1 and has reached critical acclaims since yesterday’s release.

Full UK tour dates as follows:

DON BROCO FEBRUARY 2018 TOUR DATES
08/02 – Portsmouth, Pyramids
09/02 – Bristol, O2 Academy
10/02 – Cardiff, Great Hall
12/02 – Norwich, UEA
13/02 – Nottingham, Rock City
15/02 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
16/02 – Manchester, Academy
17/02 – Leeds, O2 Academy
19/02 – Newcastle, Northumbria Institute
20/02 – Aberdeen, Garage
21/02 – Glasgow, Barrowland

 

Listen to T-shirt  HERE .

The full album will be released on February 2nd via sharptone records, however you can still pre order via  WWW.DONBROCO.COM

 

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Laviea Thomas

Astral Project announce new single Athena

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It’s not long now until the release of the debut single Athena from Manchester psych rock band Astral Project. The band have noticeably been working hard on this and are excited to finally let us have at it. it will be available to us all on Monday 14 August on iTunes and Spotify.

The band consists of Abbi Parcell on vocals; Scott Woodcock on guitar; Jack Biggs on drums; Emma Rosson on bass; and Sophie Erasmus playing the Keyboard. They formed almost a year ago with Scott and Jack knowing each other from a previous band.

A few of their influences being Sonic Youth, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Mazzy Star and The Who, you really get a feel of that as soon as the fuzzy opening guitar riff fires in. The song gets straight to the point and you can certainly hear distinctive aspects from each of their influences and it’s all combined flawlessly.

With a catchy, hard-hitting drum beat and swirling guitar leads, there comes Abbi’s raucous vocals which immediately make me think of Band of Skulls’ Emma Richardson mixed with a little bit of Tess Parks. They have said themselves that the song is a flashback to 60s rock, and that if Jefferson Airplane and The Who had a love child, they’d be the result – and you can definitely sense that.

They recorded the single at Hope Mill Studios in Manchester, and within just two days they had recorded and mixed the whole thing – Jack states it was done on a “wave of euphoria”.

Towards the end of the song, after building and building – the tempo swiftly changes and creates a much calmer and somewhat hypnotic atmosphere. The song as a whole is upbeat yet mellow at the same because of the laidback guitar rhythm alongside Abbi’s strong vocal delivery. They carry a very intriguing sound and I’m interested to see what else they have to offer in the near future.

Astral Project will be playing Night & Day Café in Manchester on 19 August to celebrate the release and you can buy tickets here.

Review by Sharna Barber.

 

[NEWS] THE GHOST INSIDE DRUMMER LOSES LEG IN HORRIFIC ACCIDENT

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November of last year, American metalcore band The Ghost Inside were involved in a serious motorway accident. The crash in Texas involved their tour bus driver Greg Hoke and another driver who was later identified as Steven Cunningham. The rest of the passengers were air lifted to hospital to receive emergency treatment. Following the viral online petition set up to help pay for medical bills, additional treatment as well as funeral costs which, two of the band members have released their first updates on their current conditions.

Front man Jonathan Vigil said:

“After scars on my head, a fracture on my neck, a fracture on my back, a wound on my back, skin graft right elbow, ligament damage on my knee, broken tooth and two broken ankles, I’m here world. How much longer till the next show?”

Drummer Andrew Tkaczyk was the second member to release an update to clarify rumours, saying:

“Unfortunately I did lose my leg in this accident. This is one injury among many others such as fractures in my ribs, spine, and hip along with some ligament tears in my rotator cuff and Labrum. I have remained in positive and good spirits since I woke up from a 10 day coma in November to the sight of my missing leg. Not going to let it stop me. I don’t care what anyone says. It’s a long road ahead, but I WILL play drums again. Can’t wait to get back on the kit. Couldn’t have dealt with this without the love and support from my brothers in TGI & crew, friends, fans and family. Thank you all.”

Everyone at UCA wish Jonathan, Andrew, the rest of the band and crew members involved a healthy and speedy recovery.

Words by Izzy Minogue-Corps