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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.

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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

INTERVIEW – WEESP

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music: Metallica – Fuel, Iron Maiden – Fear of the dark

Best Experience While On Tour: drugs experience

Cover you would really like to do? Cult of luna – A greater call

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features: Song from new album, that we have released on 5th april 2018. ‘Red nead glow’ – We believe that in each person there are good and evil. This song is about what happens when we fail to keep the balance. It’s about inspiration, excitement, actions, consequences and guilt. It’s about the demons that live inside of us.

Easiest Song You Wrote: I think we don’t have easy written songs, every song is written with with blood and sweat

Favourite album/single/EP you have released: Definitely it’s new album ‘Black Sails’. Personally i also like ‘Our own gale’ single.

Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played: We all love to play annualy festival in Kherson (Ukraine) called ‘Krock’. For sure – this is one of the greatest festivals we’ve played.

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band: Every new song, new video, new release and new show makes us very happy.

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members: We decided to create a Bro Button mobile app. When you fuck a girl and need some help from your bandmate – just press it. No long talks – press a button.

Jokes You Have In The Band: Everybody sings to each other a song – Yooou are faaagoooot and all your friends are bums – in russian.

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song: We started all of our recent shows with ‘Read Neon Glow’

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show: I think maybe 1500 kilometers.

Movie That Best Represents The Band: Im thinking about superheroic DC Movie. You know – dark one with tough heroes.

New Band You’d Recommend: Light the Torch!!!

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal: Light the torch – why not =)

Place You’d Most Like To Tour: Germany. Berlin and Hamburg.

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers: Don’t let the world break you and you will change it some day.

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release:

According to the legend of Theseus – he went along with the doomed young men and girls to the island of Crete to the minotaur in the hope of killing the monster.

And the ship were under black sails, symbolizing grief and mourning. But the return should have been under the white, after the victory. So ‘Black Sails’ embodies all our listeners, like-minded people and all those who stand out, dream, love and believe.

See Us Live At:

The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band:

I think it was Smells like teen Spirit by Nirvana.

Unusual Merchandise: We have big badges like 10cm in diameter,

and two sizes of fridge magnets.

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

We have acoustic versions for some of ours songs, and even performed it few times.

Here is video for acoustic version of one of ours song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LvrHZuYKPg

For the new album we will prepare acoustic version too.

Worst Experience On Tour: When we have great venue, with all the staff and technically brilliant, but no one come to see us, because of some reason. This happens with every single band, and i think – it’s definitely the worst experience.

Xrays Or Any Other Treatments For Band Related Injuries: Once we got in traffic crash on tour, but with no Injuries. Lot of hangovers.

Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played: There were huge amount of shows and every show was special, so it’s really hard to answer this one.

Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band: The Lernaean Hydra

TROPHY EYES ARE HEADING TO ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM

Trophy Eyes have announced the release of their newest album ‘The American Dream’ and released new track ‘You Can Count On Me’!

You Can Count On Me’ looks outward at the treatment of musicians and artists on social media platforms, and services as a voice for those who choose not to defend themselves.”

“In many ways, ‘You Can Count on Me’ is a push back – a voice for those who choose not to defend themselves against the growing torch and pitchfork mentality that encircles performers in the era of modern music,” vocalist John Floreani explains.

“Artists used to be a respected breed. With the uprising of social media, it’s as if listeners think they know us. They follow our every move and make judgments on our character based on a photo they may have seen, or a statement someone may have made.”

Track Listing:

1. Autumn

2. Something Bigger Than This

3. Friday Forever

4. More Like You

5. Cotton Candy Sky

6. You Can Count On Me

7. Broken

8. Tip Toe

9. Lavender Bay

10. Miming In The Choir

11. A Symphony Of Crickets

12. I Can Feel It Calling

Trophy Eyes play the Reading and Leeds festivals this summer, before joining label mates Neck Deep as main support on their North American headline run.

YOU KNOW THE DRILL’S TRACK BY TRACK GUIDE TO ‘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.”

1. Overcast – Overcast is a song about realisation of who you are, your downfalls and owning the mistakes you’ve made in the past. This song started with the jumpy, hyped up intro which Damo (Bass) and Brad (Drums) came up with together in Damo’s living room and we all worked on it from there. Ever since the song had that faded in intro, we knew it was going to be track one off the E.P and although we have played it live yet we know it’s going to be the opener of our set for a long time. It’s definitely the song we’re most excited to play live because of the pure energy and the back and forth vocals, we’re hoping it’ll go down really well.

2. Homesick – This first thing I wrote for Homesick was the chorus, and it was one of the rare occasions for me where it came so naturally when writing it, to the point where the lyrics I initially penned down, ended up being the final lyrics. Lyrically it is one of the most revealing songs I’ve ever written, which is about my doubts in being able to make it in music and wondering whether it is all just a waste of time, but then it’s disguised in this really fun, bouncy pop punk song, which I love about it.

We had a show the day after this song was released as the second single, and we weren’t really expecting anyone to sing along just yet, but as soon as we started that intro there was about 6 or 7 people singing it back at us and getting involved which was absolutely insane. So if that’s the kind of reaction it’s getting already, then I can’t wait to see how well it goes down elsewhere.

3. Suspect – I’m sure if I looked hard enough I could find voice records of myself hiding in the toilet at work singing a super rough chorus of Suspect. Suspect is the story of someone who feels their significant other may not be faithful to them and how it is affecting their relationship. One of my favourite lyrics is taken from this song in the chorus “We’re separated like the sea between the shores”, which to me I think is a really powerful metaphor for feeling distance from someone.

It was this song in particular that made me really desire a summer release for the E.P because it has such an uplifting vibe throughout, despite the contrasting lyrics! This track also features one of my favourite moments on the E.P which is in the final chorus when it drops into this big, open quarter time section which just feels so powerful and kinda makes you wanna go out and rule the world!

4. Blossom – In between writing sessions down in Eastbourne, Luke would head outside and sit on a brick wall with an acoustic guitar, whilst Alex’s dog, Maddie would come and keep him company. Within a couple of days he had written this super pretty acoustic track which we knew we just HAD to put on the E.P, so we worked on that too and put it on the record. Lyrically, I see it as a continuation of Overcast, only this time an apology is being made as well as promises to be better and to grow from the past.

This is the only track on the E.P. which was recorded entirely at Nightcrawl Studio in Eastbourne with our good friend, Rich Dack. We recorded all of the acoustic late on a Saturday night and it was the most chill environment to record in, we’d be playing PS4 and hanging out with his dog, Amy between takes. It was just real relaxing and I think that comes across when you listen to the song.

Luke did have to re-record one line for this though, when we realised a couple of months after recorded that he sang “I lost control of all my goats” instead of “I lost control of all my ghosts”, which was real funny because none of us realised it for ages.

Blossom was tentatively titled Maddie, named after Alex’s dog, for a long time but we felt it needed a more fitting name, and Blossom just seemed to fit perfectly with the lyrical themes and overall sound of the song.

5. Snake Eyes – Snake Eyes was the very first song written for the E.P and it all started with the clean guitar riff just before the verse kicks in, which Luke came to practice with and it just expanded from there. In terms of composition it changed a lot throughout the writing process, to the point where we ended up cutting sections we had already recorded vocals for. We were very lucky to have Joey Fleming of In Her Own Words lend his vocal talents to the outro section of Snake Eyes. All the way along we knew we wanted someone to feature on that section, but we weren’t sure who, although we did toy with the idea of Joey for ages before actually asking him, assuming he just wouldn’t have been interested, so it only goes to show, don’t ask, don’t get!

Continuing of from the themes of realising your mistakes and then owning them and making them right, Snake Eyes touches on realising your self worth and allowing yourself to want better out of your relationships.

HOMEFRONT – BREATHING SPACE – REVIEW

The wait for a new single from Homefront has been highly anticipated, being 10 months since their debut release of ‘Faultlines’. The question is, do Homefront give listeners the breathing space they need to stand out?

As for sticking to their respective genre, ‘Breathing Space’ has all the elements of a pop-punk track, fast sound, gang vocals and even a catchy chorus to match. The distinctive vocals from Peter Harvey give a distinctive tone to the track, while the remaining instrumental patterns are clearly set in place throughout the majority of the track. Despite a slight factor of repetitiveness through the tracks progression, the song itself definitely does grow the more you listen, with the catchy choruses taking the main forefront and verses acting as good secondary fillers.

Is the track super original? No and honestly, the pop-punk genre is one that is hard to break into. However, Homefront have presented us with a worthwhile track that will help them break out into their local Australian scene, if not further in the next few months/years.

Rating: 8/10

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL ’18 SURVIVAL GUIDE

The bank holiday weekend festival is set to launch once again in less than three days, hitting the North (LEEDS) on Saturday, South (HATFIELD) on Sunday and Midlands (BIRMINGHAM) on Monday. With the festival running from 1pm-11pm (With afterparties till 3am), these are the things you should keep in mind before and during the festival

Set up a schedule and check out new bands.

50+ bands across 7 stages, there WILL be clashes. Be sure to set a schedule of the times and bands you wish to see. This can easily be done via the Slam Dunk Festival App. Also, don’t be afraid to check out bands you’ve never seen before. If you have free time, why not go to the Breakout Stage to check out some of the latest upcoming bands? Festivals are an easy way to discover new music quickly and easily, so make use of it if you can!

TIP: For bigger bands, give plenty of time to get to the stage before the act starts. Often, if a stage reaches full capacity there will be queues to get in, meaning you may not be let in when the band starts.

Only bring the essentials.

Security on all three venues this year is tight, meaning only one strap bags no bigger than an A4 sheet of paper are permitted into the venue. As this rule excludes backpacks, ensure to bring only the essential items for the day: Suncream, portable charger, money, ID and other essentials you may need for the day.

TIP: If you’re going to buy merch (honestly, who doesn’t) fold up a small cloth tote bag into your regular bag for later in the day

Bring enough money.

While some bars do take card payments, many merch stands and food stalls may only take cash. There are cash machines, however these often have long queues to save time, try and bring cash with you beforehand. Be sure to take enough money to suffice for the day and for travel to and from the festival grounds.

TIP: Bring coins along for quick drinks at the vending machines (venue dependant)

Keep hydrated.

Yes, water or drinks may be a bit more expensive at the festival itself, but it’s important to keep hydrated through the festival to avoid dehydration and other illness. Festivals aren’t as much fun in the medical tents. Also, food is expensive, eat before entering the festival to cut down on hunger in the grounds. Food does accommodate for vegans and non-vegans and while you can leave the festival, food areas outside the grounds (Specifically referring to MIDLANDS) may be just as expensive as inside.

TIP: If you’re desperate for water, some of the inside bars may give you glasses of tap water for free. However, this will vary from venue to venue.

Know your travel arrangements.

Over the bank holiday weekend, there are a few travel disruptions across the three dates which you can find below.

NORTH: Industrial action planned with a strike by Northern Rail train drivers. This will affect some lines in the Yorkshire Region

SOUTH: There will be limited trains leaving Hatfield station after the main festival ends (11pm) so ensure to leave promptly to fill the earlier trains. A queueing system will also be in place to avoid any overcrowding.

MIDLANDS: There will be no train service between Birmingham International and Birmingham New Street. Services between the two will be replaced by a bus service.

TIP: Plan your travel arrangements beforehand and make sure you have a backup in case you miss trains.

Maps for all three dates can also be found below:

Have fun and be safe!

Most importantly have fun and be safe. Crowdsurfing/stage diving and moshing are permitted but at the participants risk. “Slam Dunk as an organisation does not condone any of these activities and will not be held accountable for injury/loss of possessions as a direct result of such activities’. If you take part in these activities and are deemed to be causing potential harm to yourself or others, you may face eviction from the festival site.

Be aware that you are banned form bringing these items into the festival and they will be confiscated upon entry.

  • Glass bottles
  • Cans
  • Flasks
  • Cool boxes and hampers
  • Flags and banners
  • Helium balloons
  • Studded belts
  • Spiked bracelets/belts/neck collars/boots or jackets
  • Trouser chains
  • Sharp/large rings
  • Flares and fireworks
  • Smoke grenades
  • Airhorns
  • Large bags
  • Laser pointers/Pens and glow Sticks
  • Sharp objects, any items that could potentially be used as weapon
  • Audio or Video recording devices such as iPads and tablets
  • Selfie sticks
  • Large umbrellas
  • Parasols
  • Tents
  • Gazebos
  • Any chairs including collapsible or any other item of furniture
  • Skate board, roller skates, bicycles, hover boards
  • Balls
  • Frisbees
  • Kites
  • Barbecues
  • Lanterns or anything that can be lit with a naked flame
  • Drones

If you see anything suspicious or need help during the festival, talk to a steward, security or official found around the site.