TRACK OF THE WEEK 22/07/18 – NOIJA – WALLFLOWER

Bringing an excellent debut ‘Colourblind’ in October 2017, Noija are now starting a chain of ‘re-imagined’ tracks, starting with this weeks track of the week ‘Wallflower’.

Re-imagined with a powerful stripped-back approach with emotion and complexity woven into every subtlety, this new life of a previous song lives up to its original. The simplistic, yet well timed video also helps add a visual, not too distracting, but fitting well with the track. Make sure to check out the video below.

Original approach:https://youtu.be/eRlJ998WfyQ

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BEHIND THE SCENES OF YOUTH KILLED IT’S ‘WHAT’S SO GREAT, BRITAIN?’

Indie Punk Crew Youth Killed It recently released the video for single ‘What’s So Great, Britain?’ (here), saying of the track: “It is a view from the perspective of the outside, looking in at the current divide in the country: Old vs young, poor vs rich, left vs right; and how all of it is just labels made up to split us further. We take each other for granted and it’s easy to forget that sometimes people might have differing opinions which come from a good place. We never judge, we don’t like to take sides, wejust see what’s good and bad about the current state of politics and satirize it through music.” They have also revealed that the song is taken from their forthcoming sophomore album of the same title, set for release via Rude Records on 5th October. Now the band are here to tell us about the filming of the video…

Why did you pick ‘What’s So Great, Britain?’ as a single track?

We felt it was the right time with everything going on in the country. It was our way of trying to pull it all back together in our minds. When you see everyone fighting all the time it can seriously fatigue you and out of that anger and frustration came this song. It’s about opening your eyes to what’s going on around you, looking forward and coming together to achieve a common goal.

What the video is about and how did the concept come about?

The video is meant to be a tourist outing to London that goes a bit wrong. We have a perfect idea of what represents Britain right? But then when you really look at what’s going on in society it’s actually a bit of a let down. That’s what the video is meant to be about and is why Jack has this idealistic view of what London is: Big Ben, the arcades and 2p machines – the works. When he gets there, the one thing he really wanted was completely different to what he saw in his head. We sat down and talked about keeping it fun and bouncy, then came up with a bunch of location ideas like Victoria Park for the boats.

Where did you shoot it?

All over London, we literally spent a day sightseeing. I’ve lived in London four years now and I’ve never done as much sightseeing as I did on the shoot. We went to as many stereotypical tourist traps as we could!

Who was your director?

Our good friend and collaborator Ray Roberts. The guy is super talented and we love working with him. He’s part of our team and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

Can you tell us about anything interesting or unusual that happened?

We had a lot of weird looks when we went on the merry-go-round and also when we started screaming in the arcade trying to win on the claw game. People must have thought we were absolutely bonkers haha!

And to close, what are your thoughts on the outcome?

The vision came to life and we feel we portrayed our emotions well in the video. Sometimes it’s hard to capture the idea in your head but in this instance we feel we nailed it!

AVENOIR – 3027 – REVIEW

We’re a bunch of kids who want to make a piece of art. We want to make a statement and a lot of noise’, exactly how this release is defined. ‘3027’, the first concept release from West Yorkshire alt-grunge band Avenoir.

Opening with ‘The Darkest Hour’, a unsettling atmospheric approach is taken, forming a long dragged out opening of almost horror music to set a tone. For setting an atmosphere from the start, Avenoir do well but length is a slight issue. The opening drags out very long which would work at points, however in this case, is just too dragged out. Yet, this darker theme is brought forward once again ending ‘Krakow P’, almost bringing a subtly underlying concept to the release. However, final track ‘Shoe Lick’ does take away the concept underlay sadly, even separating the tracks ever so slightly.

Lyrically, Avenoir follows their genre statements well, following lyricism of apathy and alienation, specifically in ‘Krakow P’, a lack of freedom, confinement and hints at war as explored in ‘The Darkest Hour’. Lyricism is simplistic in some forms, something in a way that is expected from previous releases ‘Columbus’ and ‘Leviathan’ but still portrays a poignant point when listened to in depth. One of the slight flaws that arises with the EP, is that there isn’t necessarily a range through the tracks. Each track sounds very similar, with each section of each track being incredibly similar from verse to chorus. With the grungy alt feel Avenoir are going for, diversity isn’t always the most important aspect, but this is something the band could perhaps work on with their next release.

Avenoir are a young band, new to the scene and still have a way to go. ‘3027’ shows that the trio have a direction, know their genre and that they understand where they want to go; refining this will be their next step.

Rating: 6.5

INTERVIEW – CRYPITUS

Check out CRYPITUS as they take on the A-Z interview below…

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music:

Pete: When I was a really young kid I loved doo-wop music so probably Rockin’ Robin.

Zach: Metallica’s master of puppies and Pantera’s Cowboys from Hell.

Joe: Frayed ends of Sanity by Metallica.

Doug: 99 Ways to Die – Megadeth

Best Experience While On Tour:

Pete: Crowd surfing at the Psychostick show we played.

Zach: Our airbnb in Baltimore. I felt really pampered

Joe: Canada is cool.

Doug: We had some amazing beach time in Quincy on this last tour!

Cover you would really like to do?

Pete: Good Mourning/Black Friday by Megadeth

Zach: Toto – Africa

Joe: I don’t like covers that much.

Doug: The Ultra-Violence – Death Angel

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features:

Pete: “Now we all live in a world with danger”

Zach: Check out Symphony #1

Doug: “In the dark of the world where they all lay, broken matter, dreams are shatters such disarray.”

Easiest Song You Wrote:

Pete: Symphony #1 because Doug already had it written.

Zach: No such thing

Joe: Doug writes most stuff. Breakdown is easy though.

Doug: Seriously, what are easy songs to write.

Favourite album/single/EP you have released:

Pete: Our demo still kicks some ass.

Zach: Our full length… Not released yet

Joe:  We have a demo and a single that are cool.

Doug: Danger is the best yet!

Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played:

Pete: The Psychostick show

Zach: The first time we went to Lewiston Maine. It was fucking nuts.

Joe: I don’t know about greatest but sammys patio in revere beach is cool.

Doug: Im gunna second Zach on this one.

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band:

Pete: Getting to make music with my best friends.

Zach: The moment we realized Joe Minard II was in it for the long haul

Joe: Just hanging with friends makes me happy.

Doug: First successful tour!

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members:

Pete: I was born in Texas.

Zach: Dougles Friends pronounced dug-els friend, and it’s really his real name.

Joe: Zach has lots of puppies

Doug: Zach is the master of most reality.

Jokes You Have In The Band:

Pete: Our song Out of Line is really called Apple Pie

Zach: The cumming of the whale snake… Cumming soon

Doug: Our members hahahah

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song:

Pete: Breakdown or Danger

Zach: Danger

Joe: Danger

Doug: Ash

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show:

Pete: 5+ hours to Maine or Connecticut

Zach: Richmond VA. It’s a few hours away

Joe: I can’t remember 5+ hours to a few places.

Doug: Richmond was ten hour hours from home atleast.

Movie That Best Represents The Band:

Pete: Fear and Loathing

Zach: Don’t mess with the Zohan

Doug: Bill and Ted

New Band You’d Recommend:

Pete: Epicenter

Zach: Obtusum

Joe: An Unction in Braille

Doug: Xenophile.

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal:

Pete: Exmortus or Between the Buried and me

Zach: Blotted science

Doug: Vovoid

Place You’d Most Like To Tour:

Pete: Australia

Zach: Singapore…. Hong Kong…. Seoul Sydney

Doug: Scandinavia

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers:

Pete: “Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.”

Zach: Always keep a jar of marbles. Don’t lose them

Doug: Be the creator of your own fate.

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release:

Pete: Our latest single was just the song name “Danger”

Zach: I have no idea

Doug: Our forthcoming is nameless at the moment.

See Us Live At:

Florence Ma 7-19

Wallingford Ct 7-20

Mechanicville Ny 7-21

Auburn Me 7-22

Revere Me 8-24

Rutland Vt 8-25

Richmond Me 9-1

Wallingford Ct 9-7

Burlington Vt 9-29

The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band:

Pete: Breakdown, I think

Zach: No idea. It was 1 of 5

Joe: I think when I joined we played breakdown first.

Doug: It was one of the songs off the demo.

Unusual Merchandise:

Pete: We have T-shirts, patches, and stickers. Not that unusual.

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs:

Pete: We’re always making changes or variations to our songs.

Doug: I’m always down for autobles

Worst Experience On Tour:

Pete: Doug being really hungover.

Zach: Having the owner tell us to leave before the shooting.

Doug: This fucking parking garage in Montreal that were being super shitty to me and ended like taking 30 CAD from me and I never even got a parking spot.

X-rays Or Any Other Treatments For Band Related Injuries:.

Pete: I broke my knee in a mosh pit with Doug and had to get it x-rayed, CT scanned, and drained of 100 ccs of blood. Still played our set that night too.

Doug: I broke Pete’s knee.

Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played:

Pete: Psychostick.

Zach: Psychostick.

Joe: Too many to name.

Doug: We had a basement show for my 21st Birthday that was pretty wild.

Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band:

Pete: Chimpanzee

Zach: The duck billed platypus. We’re really unique and we have venomous spurs on our heels

Joe: giraffe.

Doug: Monkeys; better keep an eye out for all the shit we are throwing your way!

LIFELUST – SOCIOCIDE – REVIEW

Is our society falling into a state of self-destruction? This is the question alternative metal Band Lifelust are asking in their latest release ‘Sociocide’.

The track itself has a deeper context, far from that of something simplistic and plain, instead delving into something much more serious. The tracks focal point is its title ‘Sociocide’, the “the self-destruction of a society” and in the track, falling into oblivion. From a deeper insight, lyrically this track as previously stated knocks down into something more serious, a factor that can sometimes be lost within the complexity of the tracks rhythm and breakdowns. However, Lifelust hit the mark with ‘Sociocide’, spreading their internal message across very cleverly. In terms of its post-hardcore balance, the tracks smooth transition from screams to cleans is well achieved, leaving no gaps and saturating the outer presence of the song. Whole the track is mainly atmospherically dark and heavy, the opening clean vocal segment at the beginning of the track is perhaps the one part that doesn’t fit quite as well. By no means does it not work, because it has a place, but at the same time seems a little odd, and is quickly shadowed compared to the rest of the track.

Overall, Lifelust have come out with a track that pushes the importance of meaning in a track and just how it can push a track forward. Lifelust have given ‘Sociocide’ a purpose, something fulfilling that they can spread, that they should be proud of.

Rating: 8/10

INTERVIEW – SHOUT

Swedish rock band SHOUT are the next band ready to take the A-Z interview all about their experiences and upcoming releases.

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music: If you want blood with AC/DC

Best Experience While On Tour: A day off in Barcelona hanging on the beach ain´t bad

Cover you would really like to do? Come out and play with Twisted Sister

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features: our lyrics ain´t very deep haha! The deepest message is probably to live free!

Easiest Song You Wrote: Scream!Shout!

Favourite album/single/EP you have released: we haven’t released it yet but it will be our upcoming album PEOPLE OF THE NIGHT

Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played: we have only played one gig with SHOUT so far, we played at BULLETs release party for their new album Dust to gold. And it was a great gig and we had a blast!

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band: every time you get to hit the stage you´re one happy camper!

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members: one of us have had a black belt in martial arts 😉

Jokes You Have In The Band: oh I don’t know, we joke about anything we can laugh about in the moment, we are probably pretty bad at jokes haha!

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song: Scream! Shout!

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show:  the longest travelled distance would be from Sweden to Maryland for one show, its 6595 km if you ask siri haha!

Movie That Best Represents The Band: That’s a hard one! Detroit rock city perhaps?

New Band You’d Recommend:

Us! SHOUT! We are a new band just releasing our debut album this fall titeled PEOPLE OF THE NIGHT

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal: judas priest

Place You’d Most Like To Tour: USA or Japan

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers:

If you think you are too old to rock n roll, then you are! “Lemmy Kilmister”

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release: The title of our forthcoming release is PEOPLE OF THE NIGHT and it’s a tribute to all the headbanging rockers out there!

See Us Live At: Unknown at the time

The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band: 

haha! I have no idea!

Unusual Merchandise: we are thinking of getting black unicorns, we just have to find them first!

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs: 

its always fun with live versions and do some sing along parts.

Worst Experience On Tour: well touring with the Scams once our drummer got hit in the head with a guitar amp that fell from the 2nd floor and had to go to the hospital and get stitched up, that was a close one! But surprisingly both his head and the guitar head still worked afterwards! Haha!

X-rays Or Any Other Treatments For Band Related Injuries: well that would be the head to head collision I just mentioned!

Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played:

That would be at Sweden rock festival with The Scams

Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band:

Black panther maybe? Unless any zoo have captured a unicorn!

SLEEP ON IT DROP NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘A NEW WAY HOME’

Sleep On It have just dropped a new music video for their track ‘A New Way Home’!

The single shot music video sees the band play as life models to a group of painters through the three minute track.

Previously, they’ve released music videos for “Fireworks” and “Distant”, both off Overexposed, which was released in November of last year on Rude Records. The album was produced by Seth Henderson (Knuckle Puck, Real Friends), with additional production from Derek DiScanio.

Make sure to check out both videos below!