UCA Epsom present Air Drop and Bedroom Boredom

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At UCA music marketing students are asked to put on gigs and events at the students union as a part of their course. Some of the second years have already put dates onto this event for this year in hopes to encourage a more social atmosphere to UCA in Epsom.

On the 9th November Amy Heddle will be co-organising a gig in collaboration with the student union in the canteen. Presenting Air Drop, Bedroom Boredom and special guests. The show kicks off at 7pm on the Tuesday. You can purchase tickets here for just £2 or pay £3.50 at the door.

Those who go to UCA know that there’s not a huge social culture when it comes to events here and so us music students want to try and change that! Everyone is welcome, including friends outside of uni so bring anyone and everyone.

 

For more details on the bands check out their socials:

https://twitter.com/AirdropLondon

Bedroom Boredom Facebook

 

Words by,

Laviea Thomas

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

 

Words by,

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.

 

Linkin Park vocalist: Chester Bennington reported dead.

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Absolute devastating news about Chester Bennington, the late frontman of one of the most influential rock bands of the 2000’s; Linkin Park.

As a generation, we have lost a music inspiration and spokesman. The singer has been reported to having sadly committed suicide by hanging himself. At only 41 years young, the news has shocked many.

Chester Bennington influenced many people with his performance as frontman of Linkin Park and is a huge name to remember within the music industry.

Fans are in bits. His voice has and always will be a talent in which cannot be replaced. Emphasising pain, anger, politics and underground punk, Linkin Park were an incredibly influential and loved band.

Understandably, this news has had a real, traumatic impact on his fans, his band and his friends and family.

I place respect to the rest of the band members in Linkin Park, for they have lost a music genius. And big love to the family he has created and to his own.

Chester Bennington: A man with many talents, who sadly died on the 20th July, 2017, due to struggling majorly with his mental health.

We at UCA want to reassure you that you’re not alone. For those who are battling with anxiety, depression, or more, you can contact this helpline if you ever need to speak to anyone:

1-800-273-82550. #You’renotalone.

“Linkin Park was the soundtrack to our teenage years, very sad.”- Jordan Fann

 

“RIP Chester Bennington. Actually can’t believe it. My thoughts are with his friends and family. Absolute icon, you’ll certainly be missed.”- Kelly Ronaldson

 

Top 10 must-see acts at Electric Castle Festival 2017!

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Electric Castle is a five day Festival in Romania, inside the walls of a 15th Century castle. Encouraging great music, great food and booze from prices as low as just $2. Summarising what you can imagine to be a great summer atmosphere.

Each year the Festival announces a handful of some of the best acts. This year the line up includes a of variety of music genres from some of the most must-see artists.

Starting on Wednesday 12th-16th July, the 24 hour music policy Festival is destined to give you a great experience.

Furthermore, here are the TOP 10 ACTS NOT TO MISS at this year’s Electric Castle Festival:

  1. Deadmau5: Deadmau5 will be headlining the festival, bringing to you a collaboration of urban house tracks that you just simply cannot miss.
  2. Slaves: Kent based duet, Slaves, are a charismatic act full of everlasting energy and are certain to give you that ‘feel good’ adrenaline rush for your upcoming weekend.
  3. Alt- J: Originally formed in Leeds, the indie trio have gone from strength to strength. Dabbling in indie rock and folk, the sweet Alt-J are definitely ones to see at this year’s Electric Castle Festival.
  4. Franz Ferdinand: Scottish four-piece Franz Ferdinand, are a indie pop group who in 2004 published their earworm track ‘Take Me Out.’
  5. House Of Pain: Hip Hop legends House of Pain, are back in the music scene and will be making an appearance  at Electric Castle this year.
  6. Duke Demont: Duke Demont, another house inspired DJ that you can’t miss at Electric Castle Festival this year. In 2013 he released ‘Need You 100%’ which reached over 150 thousand likes on YouTube. He has since released a number of house bangers.
  7. Eats Everything: Showcasing fun, psychedelic dance music, Eats Everything are at the forefront of transcendent beats and are definitely an act you want to see at Electric Castle this year.
  8. Zedd: Solo musician, Zedd, will be kicking off  day one at Electric Castle alongside Slaves, Moderat and many more. Playing his set at the main stage at 12:30am.
  9. DJ Sneak: In the words of DJ Sneak he is happy to present you with heavy “house music all night long!”
  10. Nero: Finishing off with Nero. Those in which are Famously known for their futuristic and unique music videos and are essentially the heart of dubstep. If you’re like myself and are a fan of electronic or drum and bass then Nero are 100% a must-see act for you this year at Electric Castle.

 

Make sure to like/ follow the Festival on social media:

Electric Castle Festival Facebook

Electric Castle Festival Twitter

Electric Castle Festival Instagram

Words by Laviea Thomas

 

[NEWS] OF EMPIRES DEBUT NEW TRACK ‘BABY DARLIN’ SUGAR’

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Brighton rock band Of Empires and winners of MTV’s brand new unsigned award of 2015, have released a brand new track today ahead of the release of their second EP. Baby Darlin’ Sugar was debuted last night on BBC Radio 1’s Introducing show and continues their aptitude for writing punchy, sing along rock anthems. The clap along drum beat puts a spring in the step of the new track as a spaced out guitar sound offers the back drop for some great crooned vocal work. The track builds up perfectly to its chorus with lead singer Jack shouting out “what happened to you?” to whoever his baby darlin’ is.

Overall it’s a great rock song with anthemic qualities that will have you singing along hours after you’ve first heard it while serving as a preview for what’s to come on their next E.P.

You can listen to the track through this link: Track starts at 2:16:00

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06zqj4l

 

Words by Liam Williams

[INTERVIEW] JERAMIAH FERRARI

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Reggae Rockers, Jeramiah Ferrari, talk new directions, their embarrassing moment with UB40 and Butterfly Sex Bongs.

“Sex bong”. Bass player Hanson Pollitt completes the song title after I had left the word ‘butterfly’ hanging over the conversation. The table instantly erupts in laughter as the other band members remember one of their earliest efforts, Butterfly Sex Bong. “We were in Lilford Park, we were high and there was loads of butterflies,” lead singer Ryan Barton explains. “And I just said ‘imagine how cool it would be if you had a butterfly inside a bong’, just a real stoner conversation”. “So where did the sex part come in?” Guitarist Josh Aitchison points out. “Well me [Ryan] and Hanson were having sex at the time.” The whole room is once again flooded in laughter as drummer for the band Stuart Welch breaks his repetitive hand tapping to give a lively knee slap.

The band joke about themselves as ‘Leighfers’’, hailing from a small northern town that no one has heard of. “So when we’re in London we just say were from Manchester” says Aitchison,“it makes us sound more cultured.”

The small room at the top of The Barfly is completely bare except from the two torn and tattered sofas surrounding a decaying coffee table. As I sit around the table with the band members of Jeramiah Ferrari, noise from the Camden high street creeps in through the top guided window which is barely ajar.

Jeramiah Ferrari have been developing their distinct Rock infused Reggae sound since the release The Cactus Killer EP in 2011. “We probably couldn’t tell you one band that were doing it in Leigh at that time, we didn’t know of any” Barton says, asserting that there was no-one in their Greater Manchester area playing Ska or Reggae when they were. When asked why they chose to play Reggae, Ryan simply replies “we just thought let’s do something different, so we tried to mix Reggae with our Rock and Punk influences.”

Since the release of their self-titled album in 2014 the band have been touring tirelessly across the U.K and Europe filling the bill at a number of festivals including Boomtown, Beatherder in Lancashire and the goMAD Festival in India. This has given them the chance to meet and tour with some of their musical idols, including The Wailers, Steel Pulse and The Blockheads. They will be touring with the latter again this year. “It’s top, we’ve done a couple of gigs with The Blockheads, they’re great musicians and a really good band to see live.” On the subject of meeting musical idols Barton remembers an incident he had with UB40 “I really embarrassed myself with UB40… they were playing Can’t Help Falling In Love With You and shouting ‘Ryan, come up on stage and sing’, which would have been mint, but I was having a piss” He says, covering his face in shame.

“We are focusing now on some new stuff, we’re going to be playing some of it tonight” Barton reveals to me when asked whether the band have started writing the follow up to their debut album, “It’s kinda changed a little bit.” The band are now going a little bit more indie, taking influences from The Smiths and The Police, describing the new sound as ‘indie-ska’. An original direction for one of Britain’s most exciting new reggae bands.

Words by Liam Williams

[NEWS] EX ANTHRAX GUITARIST DAN SPITZ FIRES BACK AT FORMER BAND MATES

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Dan Spitz has shown his disgust across social media at Anthrax’ recent interviews. Two interviews about Anthrax’s earlier career were released and Spitz replied with very strong comments.

In a 2014 interview, current Anthrax drummer Benante claims he wrote most of the music on early Anthrax albums – when Spitz was in the band. He also disputes claims by Scott Ian that he wrote the lyrics while Benante penned the music on 1987 album “Among the Living.” Addressing Scott Ian, Spitz says: “Fairy tale tellers. Play my riffs, play my harmonies, tell us all the scales I used, play one lead on any Anthrax song from “Fistful of Metal” through “Sound Of White Noise”. Give it a shot.”

The uproar caused by Spitz could lead to legal action for the band however Anthrax made no comment on the situation. The bands supporters are not happy about the news, one fan Doug Maurath had this to say: “To not even mention him, as if he were never in the band is just beyond ridiculous… How can they deny his huge participation in shaping the ‘sound’ of the band or even further – A whole “genre” – Unbelievable!”

On a more positive note, Anthrax will be releasing their 11th album on February 26th 2016 through Megaforce Records.

Words by Charlotte Griffiths