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REALMS DROP DEBUT EP ‘ECHO CHAMBER’

Today is the day that post-Hardcore 5-piece Realms Release their debut EP ‘Echo Chamber’!

Commenting on the EP, the band have said ‘We’ve worked really hard on this EP to write the best songs we could and couldn’t be happier with the results, so please give it a listen and let us know what you think!’

Make sure to check out the meaning behind ‘Echo Chamber’ HERE and listen to Zealot off the EP below!

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REALMS TRACK-BY-TRACK GUIDE TO ‘ECHO CHAMBER’

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Realms, the 5-piece post-hardcore band hailing from Yorkshire, are on the verge of releasing their debut EP ‘Echo Chamber’ on Saturday 9th December 2017! In the run-up to their new EP, we had the chance to take to Realms about each of the tracks from ‘Echo Camber’ and the true meanings behind each of the four tracks!

H.D.Q (Hung. Drawn. Quartered)

This song underpins the battle between two rather distinct traits I have within me. These are the negative and positive aspects of my personality. The negative aspects focus on loneliness, alienation, depression and a sense of giving up essentially. I hit a low point and thought that I couldn’t continue down this road anymore, however I have a strong will and stubborn part of me that is optimistic and won’t give. That has to see the way out of the darkness. This song is kinda that journey and is an ode to this idea that no matter how hard shit gets, there is a way out. We all have problems, you’d be ignorant to say otherwise and this is me saying don’t give up, you can do this.

Painted Demons

You’ll notice a theme through most of these and this concentrates on this idea that people in our society wear masks. We all do it whether we realise it or not. I try not to but it’s hard sometimes. Especially when you have jobs and are faced with certain social situations, but basically this is all about feeling like you cannot be yourself or that people don’t often see the real you. When you’re with your friends you could put on this sort of bravado, you’re a lot more intimate with your partner etc. So people make judgement calls on a snapshot of a personality you essentially don’t have. We see it all the time and especially now we have social media. People are so quick to judge and that’s kinda where I went with this one. I am very introspective though and so most of the songs are spoken in first person because I feel like my writing is a cathartic process and helps me cleanse myself of my bad emotions.

Wallflower

After finding out the actually definition of the word wallflower this song felt like it needed that title. Lyrically this is about my inability or my warrant consciousness of not wanting to be in the limelight. Like I find that shit hard. We hold a lot of the people we respect on pedestals, even people we hold close to us and I think it can make us delusional to the things they do for example and I wouldn’t ever want anyone to place me on a pedestal. This song has a few ideas mixed in but from an introspective point if I were to disappear don’t hold a fancy ceremony and don’t mourn me. Celebrate being alive and the memories we had, people you were so close to a year ago can become complete strangers because of a lot of different factors.

Zealot

Ok this is probably the easiest on the album because it’s very blunt. It’s about religious extremism and the effects it can have on believing in something to much. I don’t want to get caught in a debate about religion or anything. My stand on it is that I think religion can be a good thing but as humans do we’ve taken something that can be used in a positive way and used it to manipulate masses of people. The story behind this is that I found out about a man called Jim Jones who had a cult in the 60s and 70s called the Peoples temple. They ended up committing mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. 918 people died that day. To me that is absolutely harrowing but what made it worse were the fact adults were administering the Kool Aid, because that’s how the died, they drank a mixture of Kool Aid and cyanide, to their own fucking children. Hearing this just struck a really bad chord with me and that is the result of this song. It’s for the innocent children that didn’t even get a pass at life.

Realms’ new EP ‘Echo Chamber’ is released 9th December 2017 and will be available on all available platforms! In the mean time, why not listen to their released single ‘Wallflower’ below!

GIG REVIEW – COURAGE MY LOVE – BIRMINGHAM 21/11/17

Opening their tour in Birmingham are pop-rock band Courage My Love along with supports Chapter and Verse and local supports Mindstep and The Prophets. Continue reading “GIG REVIEW – COURAGE MY LOVE – BIRMINGHAM 21/11/17”

INTERVIEW – SAGES

With a new single out and much more ahead of them, we had the chance to chat with Dino from Sages about the future of Sages and their new music!

Heya! Could you please introduce yourself, what you do in the band and one instrument you would like to learn?

Dino : Hey, how’s it going, I’m Dino. I sing and play guitar in the band. Unfortunately, I’ll be the only one here today, but I’m more than happy to share as much as I can with you. One instrument I’ve always wanted to learn is the sitar, and it would be a dream come true to learn from Anoushka Shankar… Even though I’m pretty sure if I don’t faint, I’d freeze up like a deer in headlights if I ever met her in person, but hey, I’m willing to give it a shot, haha!

You’re influenced quite heavily by the likes of Deftones, Metallica and Periphery. What is it about these bands that influences you?

Dino : Well, they’re all just really great at what they do. Like, Deftones puts out the vibe better than most. You can mosh to their music or you can have sex to their music. It’s great. And I’ve always appreciated Metallica’s ability to arrange long songs without the songs getting boring. That takes some pretty serious artistry and I’ve always loved the challenge of integrating similar complex arrangements and vibes into some of our songs. But speaking of influential, just a couple nights ago I revisited the “Title of Record” album by Filter, and man, that has to be one of my all time favorite rock albums ever! Filter, in general, is a major influence.

‘Matter Of Time’, your new single, was released recently. How has the response been so far?

Dino : It’s been awesome. We’re all really happy about it. We actually just got word this morning that the music video is going to be featured in up to 4,000 gyms/clubs around the U.S. this November through December, which includes Planet Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s Gym, and L.A. Fitness. Pretty cool! So keep your eyes and ears open for us while you’re out there making them gains, haha.

I hear you’re also planning a new album, can you give us a little information about it?

Dino : Yeah, we’re actually working on it right now. I don’t have a release date or anything like that just yet, but I think it’s safe to say that at the very least an EP will be released in the first quarter of 2018, and a full album later on in the year.

Do you feel the style and direction will be the same as ‘Matter Of Time’

Dino : So far, a lot of it is in the same ballpark. There is some heavier stuff and there is some softer ambient stuff, but it’s all generally of the same vibe so far.

You play a lot of shows locally, is there anywhere internationally in particular you would like to play?

Dino : I’d love to tour through Japan. I have friends that have toured through there with their bands and they all say it’s amazing. I also just really love Japanese culture and it would be really cool to experience a little bit of that and play shows all in the same trip. To be completely honest though, it would be a blast to tour pretty much anywhere outside of the U.S. I love to travel, and at this point, I’m not too picky about where to go because I can appreciate all of it. Well.. most of it.

What’s next for Sages? What direction do you hope to go in?

Dino : There is so much happening right now that I honestly don’t even know where to start, haha. I’ll say this though, 2018 is going to be a busy year for us. A new album, new tours, maybe even international tours. There’s a lot being discussed right now regarding all of those things so we’ll see what happens.

FIREBALL ANNOUNCE 2018’S HOTTEST BAND: LOST IN STEREO

Glasgow Pop-Punkers Lost In Stereo have been announced as ‘Fireballs Hottest Band 2018’ and will be opening on the ‘Fireball-Fuelling The Fire Tour’ 2018!

Commenting on their win, the band said: “We’re very humbled to be named Fireball’s Hottest Band 2018. To play O2 Academy Glasgow and be on the same bill as Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Mad Caddies and last year’s winners Sweet Little Machine – who all killed it that night – was an awesome experience and one which has really kick-started what we want to achieve with the band. Big thanks to everyone on the panel who chose us, we can’t wait to work with everyone for the coming year and appreciate the vote of confidence in our music.’

Make sure to listen below!

This years winners Lost In Stereo will be taking part in three showcases alongside 2017 winners Sweet Little Machine, as well as runners up Ghouls, River Jumpers, Eat Defeat, Better Days, Last Edition and Everyone and Anyone! Make sure to check out dates below!

19 December – London – O2 Academy2 Islington *

21 December – Glasgow – O2 ABC2 #

23 December – Sheffield – O2 Academy2 Sheffield ~

* w/ Sweet Little Machine, Lost In Stereo, Ghouls, River Jumpers

# w/ Lost In Stereo, Sweet Little Machine, Eat Defeat, Better Days

~ w/ Sweet Little Machine, Lost In Stereo, Last Edition, Everyone and Anyone

CORRINGTON WHEELER RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR COMPREHENDING NEHEMOTH

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Rock solo-artist Corrington Wheeler has just dropped a new video for his track ‘Comprehending Nehemoth’ (feat. Ryan Tyler) from his latest album ‘Seeking Light’!

Make sure to check out the video down below!

INTERVIEW – BLANK ATLAS

Blank Atlas are the next alt-rock trio ready to release their new music. Just after the release of ‘Open Up’ and the announcement of new music, we got to chat to Blank Atlas about who they are and what is coming next!

Hey guys! Could you please introduce yourself, what you do in Blank Atlas and your biggest inspiration right now?

Dan: Hey! I sing and play guitar. Arcane Roots’ new album is awesome but there are a lot of small bands we play with that are soo good too, Trigger Thumb have just released an EP and it is a bit good…….(SICK)

Tom: Hey, I play drums and do some singing as well. Lots of stuff inspire me musically, but playing with talented musicians at every show keeps me on my toes and inspires me to get better. As Dan said, the new Arcane Roots album is extremely good and I particularly can’t wait for the new Press To MECO album as they never disappoint.

Chris: Hi, I play bass and do a bit of backing vocals. My biggest inspiration right now is whoever we play with live. I find myself watching the bands we support thinking ‘damn I wish i’d written a riff like that.’ Especially watching Donnie Willow and The Decoy recently, those boys have some spicy riffage.

Can you tell us about your roots as a band? How exactly did Blank Atlas come together?

Dan: Well me and Tom are twins and we met Chris in school. It’s been a long time! Me and Tom wanted to start a new band and we always thought he was a sick bass player. That was about 7 years ago now, the band has evolved a lot since then but it has always been us 3.

You are also planning a new release for 2018, do you feel you’re going to stick with the same process of recording as ‘Solitude’ or will there be some changes?

Tom: We actually already have the next release ready and recorded, we’re just waiting for the stars to align and then release it into the world. The recording process was a lot different than the last one for sure. Solitude was recorded in a high-end studio with a high-end producer and was super fun and exciting. But with this one we wanted to find a person that was enthusiastic enough about the band  to spend time on it with us and make it perfect. We ended up recording with Simon Jackman and although we recorded it in his house/bedroom, (in our opinion) it sounds BANGIN and arguably better than the last release. So we can’t wait for you to listen to it.

But for the time being, we have made our song, Open Up available to stream (Which Simon also produced) so you have something to listen to for now while we prepare the next one 🙂

As for touring, you have some pretty interesting tour names such as ‘I Swear We Had More Dates Than This Guys’ and ‘Does Anybody Even Read This Bit Tour’. What made you decide to have different tour makes over more conventional names?

Chris: I think it’s just a bit more interesting than the usual tour names we used to have. Our first proper one was just called the ‘Solitude Tour’ and that was a bit boring. I really like naming things, I think you can add a lot to what you’re naming whether it be songs, albums or tours. I think with the tour names I just wanted to catch people’s eye and make them laugh.

Which tour/show and your name has been your favourite in your career so far?

Dan: The best tour was probably the Solitude tour because it was our first one for our Debut EP, the gigs were all sick and we met some great people on that one. Also our hometown show in Bristol was so sick on that run! It was the first headline so I didn’t know if anyone would come (they did)!

The best tour name has got to be the ‘I Swear We Had More Dates Than This Guys Tour’, We had quite a few dates cancel just before we announced it so the name was very appropriate.

Bands often have little little bickers and arguments from time to time, what’s the weirdest thing you guys have fought over?

Chris: Our first year of uni (late 2014/early 2015) was pretty turbulent for us. I didn’t cope with the stress well and as a result I became a pretty bitter and angry person. Our song ‘Lost at Sea’ is literally about me just being a dick all the time. Things are better now though, i’ve learned to love again!

For anyone who may not have heard of Blank Atlas, how would you describe yourself as a band?

Chris: We have influences from all over, pop music to metal, so i’d say we have a bit of something for everyone. Plenty of melody in our choruses (dare I say ‘catchy’!?) and lots of vocal harmonies but also plenty of riffs and techy mathy bits. Especially with the new material which is a fair bit heavier than the Solitude stuff, I think that has a good balance of the heavy and the catchy. For fans of everything from McFly to Meshuggah.