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YOU KNOW THE DRILL – SELFHOOD – REVIEW

‘Selfhood’ is a turning point in You Know The Drill’s development as a band. Factoring in a much greater recording quality and a noticeable forward development in their lyricism, this EP is a big step forward for the Midlands based band.

As a leading single, ‘Snake Eyes’ gives an overall approach to what this EP sounds like. With a guest vocal appearance from Joey Fleming (In Her Own Words), the track is a nice push into the future release. The bands second single however, ‘Homesick’, admittedly could have fared better as the band’s first single. ‘Homesick’ is an all-around strong track, only lacking the guest vocals that perhaps helped push ‘Snake Eyes’ to the top of the bands single list. While the track doesn’t necessarily capture the catchy hook/chorus that most pop-punk tracks seamlessly use, it’s heavily guitar lead elements keep the track enjoyable and entertaining.

On the other hand, ‘Overcast’ as the EP’s opener isn’t the most memorable. Fitting more of a general introduction, there is nothing there to help it really stand out in any particular way. Similarly, with ‘Suspect’, the track is good, but it just falls slightly below the line compared to the other tracks. With any pop-punk record, it is easy to fall into a repetitive cycle which You Know The Drill do occasionally rick falling victim to. Strong tracks with memorable lines, but not quite enough to stand out on top.

However, ‘Blossom’ is definitely the most variant of the EP’s five tracks – the acoustic ballad. What is a pop-punk release without one? To put out a track in a more intimate and emotional perspective, You Know The Drill certainly check all the boxes. With the EP’s pre-production produced by Alex Adam of ROAM, it is no surprise that the soft acoustic style is reminiscent of the acoustics from their similar counterparts ROAM.

To put it in a simple way, ‘Selfhood’ is a much cleaner, polished development of their debut ‘Losing Streak.’ You Know The Drill have solidified their sound and it is now just a matter of strengthening further throughout their future releases.

Rating 8/10

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TRACK OF THE WEEK 17/06/18 – MUNCIE GIRLS – PICTURE OF HEALTH

Muncie Girls have claimed the title of this weeks track of the week with thee brand new single ‘Picture Of Health’!

The fast-paced vigour of the track emphasises the punk undertones Muncie Girls are striving to achieve. The melodic intensity of the track was written after vocalist and guitarist Lande Hekt realised “how much easier it is to worry about your friends than it is to worry about yourself.”

Also marking the announcement of the bands second LP ‘Fixed Ideals’, the album is said to be a coverage topics of anxiety and mental health, the effects of too much alcohol wasting potential, having a desire to learn and be educated, as well as focusing on personal relationships and the importance of friendship and family. And what we feel when those relationships let us down. Muncie Girls’ second album also marks a progression as Lande played both guitar and bass when they were tracking. She comments “Having two guitars sounds really different and adds intricacy to the songs. I was listening to different music when I wrote the songs and when we recorded it so that probably sounds quite different. I was listening to a lot of The Replacements, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Popguns and The Pastels so i wonder if any of that is audible! I think we all became a bit more adventurous when we were writing and recording this record.”

Check out the track down below!

BEHIND THE ARTWORK OF YOU KNOW THE DRILL’S ‘SELFHOOD’

Pop-Punks You Know The Drill recently announced details of their forthcoming sophomore EP. The 5 tracker ‘Selfhood’ will see release via Scylla Records on 22nd June 2018, with vocalist Benji Yapp saying: “Selfhood is a word which describes the quality that makes up a person and just being aware and proud of who you are, which really resonated with us as we wrote this EP. We tried not let ourselves be limited by the “pop-punk” label and write without worrying what people were going to think, which definitely ended up benefitting the record.” A first taste of ‘Selfhood’ was also unveiled in the form of single ‘Snake Eyeshere, which premiered on the Radio 1 Rock Show. Now Yapp is here to discuss the creation of it’s striking cover artwork…

If memory serves me right, then the artwork (or at least the idea behind it) came before the title did. We were toying around with a lot of different ideas at the time, but we knew for certain that we wanted to go with a photograph rather than a cartoon again, in attempt to break the mould and stand out a little more.

When I first thought of the idea of the dandelion and the lawnmower, I thought it was kind of dumb and wasn’t expecting the boys to take to it at all, but much to my surprise they loved it and starting planning how we were going to go about shooting it. In terms of photographer we didn’t consider anyone other than our long time friend and talented visuals guy, Mike Mann (Schmannly Visuals).

Before involving Mike, we thought we’d have a go at demoing the artwork ourselves; just to see how it might look. We couldn’t find any real dandelions for our practice shoot so we found a yellow ball and stuck it in a ground hook, to replicate the weed.

From this tester shoot we decided the artwork could work and with a little bit of magic from Schmannly, actually look good!

The photo was shot in Damo’s (bass) back garden on a fairly cloudy day. Damo is also the person in the photo mowing the lawn! Despite the weather conditions, Mike did a fantastic job of editing the photo to look like a beautiful summer’s day!

The story being told in the art is that we have this dandelion at the forefront, and dandelions by nature are classed as weeds, which in most cases are undesirable. Meanwhile lurking in the background is the lawnmower, pointed in the direction of the dandelion, but despite this the dandelion is bright, colourful, stood tall and ready to face adversity head on and that’s what Selfhood is all about; being proud and owning who you are, despite what anyone else might say.

INTERVIEW – CREJUVENT

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music:

One of the first examples I can think of that made me go “Damn, THAT’S what I want to do!” is Heartwork by Carcass.

Best Experience While On Tour:

I once saw a GIANT slug that just turned out to be two separate slugs. Also skiing in a banana costume and getting hammered in Slovenian mountains.

Cover you would really like to do?

It’s one I’m actually working on right now: Vesti la Giubba, the famous aria from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci opera! Otherwise, Skeksis by Strapping Young Lad.

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features:

Taken straight from Word Vomit off the debut Time EP:

DENTAL PLAN! Lisa needs braces!

DENTAL PLAN! Lisa needs braces!

DENTAL PLAN! Lisa needs braces!

DENTAL PLAN! Lisa needs braces!

Easiest Song You Wrote:

Off the debut EP it would definitely be the title track Time. I remember every single part of that song just came out so naturally as I was dicking around with my old housemate’s amp, it really just wrote itself.

Favourite album/single/EP you have released:

So far it would definitely have to be the debut EP Time! I gave myself so much creative freedom and I tried to really take the time needed to make it as perfect as the vision needed it to be.

Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played:

Metal Days in Slovenia 2017! And subsequently Winter Days of Metal 2018!

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band:

With this project it would probably have to be playing this year’s Metal To The Masses competition. I was playing with three other full bands (whereas I just play on my own with backing tracks), and considering I only had like 3 friends there I still managed to get in second, losing by only about 4 votes! It showed me that maybe there IS a bit of a market for the stupid shit I’m doing!

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members:

I have a much cooler alter ego called Ben Hannah. He’s totally not a banana disguised as a human.

Jokes You Have In The Band:

The back cover of the debut EP features an extremely faint picture of me wearing a skinned 6 foot inflatable T-Rex as a costume. So far nobody has commented on it.

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song:

Fuck This Shit. It prepares you for the rest of the set by punching you straight in the balls and setting the tone for the rest of the nonsense to come.

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show:

I drove from Manchester to Slovenia last year with one of my other bands. It took us about 30 hours to get there and 24 to get back.

Movie That Best Represents The Band:

A Clockwork Orange. Funnily enough, the plot of that movie is what I based the lyrics of Code Orange on (hence the title)

New Band You’d Recommend:

Gonna give a shout out to my man Joey from Conscript! He released an EP towards the end of 2016 and is also doing a similar thing as me with the whole “one man band” approach but is doing a way better job at it! Go check out his stuff, it’s awesome!

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal:

Strapping Young Lad. Although given the whole history behind that I’ll settle for Anaal Nathrakh.

Place You’d Most Like To Tour:

One giant European tour would be amazing! I’ve already lived in Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK for most of my life, so all of Europe feels like home to me in a way.

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

Don’t read quotes from strangers online

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Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release:

It made a lot of sense to name it after the track I was most proud of. Time is about a small crisis I had a while back whilst I was in a relationship that wasn’t exactly the healthiest. I started projecting all my negativity towards my misuse of time and I sort of felt I couldn’t think or process my thoughts in time with reality, which lead to a profound feeling of helplessness and introspective confusion that I wasn’t (and still am not to be honest) prepared to handle.

See Us Live At:

Liverpool somewhere probably. I don’t tend to perform too often as I like to focus on my releases. I’ll be looking to do a bit more shows as my schedule clears up though.

The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band:

The first song I ever wrote for this project can be found in the set of demos I released back in 2015 called Chained in Sleep. Oh how things progress…

Unusual Merchandise:

It’s not advertised or anything, but I’ll pretty much sell whatever disposable body part I have if people want it. Does anybody want to buy a bit of bellybutton fluff or trimmed facial hair?

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

I’d like to add more industrial elements as time goes on and really up the insanity element of the music in some way.

Worst Experience On Tour:

I stayed in a hotel last week with one of my other bands Novacrow in Nottingham. I’m pretty sure the people in front of us were trying to book a room to cook meth (or whatever other drugs) in, instead of beds they just laid out two mattresses on the floors for us, and in the middle of the night somebody unlocked our door and walked right in, saw that we were sleeping there and walked back out. But at least we didn’t get stabbed so that was nice!

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

I’m usually good with injuries, I tend to bash my knee on my bass quite often but that’s pretty much it. I once ever so slightly pricked one of my fingers on my right hand just before a show, and about halfway through the first song I think to myself “I’m sweating way more than usual, my hand feels soaked!” and when I look down I can just see my bass completely covered in blood. Also the drummer for my other band dislocated his shoulder trying to do a handstand underwater and I had to ride the ambulance with him to the next city over to get him treated. That was pretty dumb.

Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played:

I played this small festival many years ago with my old band from the Netherlands and whilst there was virtually nobody there, we got all the free booze we could possibly drink afterwards and we ended up crashing in this massive tent full of couches and chairs and we had an absolute blast!

Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band:

Hippopotamus. They look all cute and derpy but they will FUCK YOUR SHIT UP. They are the world’s deadliest large land mammal and the kill up to 500 people a year. That’s fucking crazy.

WITH CONFIDENCE – THAT SOMETHING – REVIEW

After concerning allegations and the removal of a member late last year, it was unclear whether we would ever hear from pop-punk band With Confidence in the scene again. However, dropping a bombshell announcement of a new album, tour and new single, they are back to reclaim their title.

‘That Something’ is definitely different from the tracks off their debut ‘Better Weather’, whether it’s a more uplifting approach to the loss the more evident pop-punk traits they used to embody, this single definitely ranges more into a soft rock/ alternative approach. The chorus itself is the catchy central hook of the track, not too overpowering, but slotting in well through the uplifting track. Even the slower, simplistically styled verses have their place, not too forced but instead a nice breathing space among some of the faster paced singles that have been released in the past.

If anything, With Confidence have found ‘That Something’ could be the blossoming of the bands new direction, one that we are highly anticipating from their new album ‘Love And Loathing’.

Rating: 8/10

IDKHBTFM ARE PLAYING A HEADLINE UK SHOW

Infamous duo I Don’t Know How But They Found Me are putting on a one-off UK show later this August!

The show is scheduled at London’s O2 Academy 2 Islington on August 28th 2018, just days at their debut at Reading and Leeds festival!

TRACK OF THE WEEK 03/06/18 – LED BY LANTERNS – SMOKE SCREEN

This weeks track of the week goes to Birmingham based band Led By Lanterns with their latest single ‘Smoke Screen’!

The track comes from their recently released EP ‘Ashes’ and incorporates all the sounds of a rising rock track into its full length. Make sure to check out the track below!