Listen to the new single HERE: https://soundcloud.com/the-sneaky-nixons

The Liverpool based and appropriately named 'Sneaky Nixons' champion a sound that is cheeky, punky and rough around the edges. That being said their production quality is absolutely impeccable.

The band describes themselves as an angry, semi political, semi religious, part feminist, sloppy activist group who play riots, steam train guitar music. The have declared war on electronic dance music, guns and non believers of their rock-n-roll escapade. Flashy, Blase and with a startling superiority complex the band have no time for humdrum normality, preferring the out of control, dangerous and volatile and fast paced lifestyle of living in a brutal riotous and rock-n-roll fashion.

Similar to the infamous Rolling Stones, Blur, Oasis and Elvis Presley the band arent short of musical influences to be the next huge rock sensation. Having already toured Berlin, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Rotterdam the band are beginning to leave their mark globally.

Though the band use fairly little equipment they use intelligence, control and arrangement to created and incredible live performance. Uniquely using slide guitar, a megaphone, whammy bar and of course lighter fluid to set their guitars on fire!

Links:
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/the-sneaky-nixons
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TheSneakyNixons/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/sneakynixons

The Dandy Horses' 'Tales from Hard Luck Town' is a powerful rocky folk album with a commercial edge sharp enough to slice out their own piece of the industry, often being compared to such bands as Fleetwood Mac and The Mamas and Papas.

'Tales from Hard Luck Town' is an 11 track album with most featuring a story or character relating to 'Hard Luck Town.' Despite there being a dark undercurrent, many of the tracks are also upbeat and lighter in tone. The album includes a murder ballad and other themes include homelessness, seeking fulfilment, being sent to prison ('Hydebank Hotel'), relationships, and drunken antics. The songs have a relatable feel, often being shaped by the band’s life experiences and observations.

Listen to the title track of the album here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQJkSbfH4Zs

As well as featuring on many local radio stations, such as Radio Ulster multiple times, and 6 Music they have also performed live on the only English speaking Radio Station in Ethiopia - Afro FM. They were also flown out to Ethiopia twice at the request of the Irish Embassy to perform at their St Patricks day celebrations. They have also just been booked to do their second tour of Germany.

Having performed in such places as the aforementioned is a perfect portrayal of how tangible and enjoyable their music is. Whether you're a folk fan through and through or you never thought you'd be partial to it, The Dandy Horses' New album is definitely going to be your latest infatuation.

Links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQJkSbfH4Zs
https://www.facebook.com/dandyhorses/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIX3Gamtd64
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbcR-SnvJ2M
https://soundcloud.com/the-176/sets/tales-from-hard-luck-town/s-ZVkHG
www.thedandyhorses.com
https://twitter.com/TheDandyHorses

Classical composer Kristjan Jarvi has made history by becoming the first non-sports person to hold a standing position on an Olympic committee.

His project ‘Sound Estonia’ has already made him a major force within the Baltic States. He now hopes to get younger people involved in the summer Olympics, Estonia already being a big player in the winter Olympics. Other projects aimed at young people involve future plans to fuse classical and hip hop.

‘it is an honour’ explains Kristjan ‘ to be part of the Olympic movement in some small way and to be the first non sports person to become a standing member of the national committee. Music is an inspirational force, it helps people to fulfil their potential and in sport this is vital. Every sportsman and woman tends to use music in some way to inspire, whether it is in the gym or prior to them starting a race, so it is a natural step to see how this can be expanded upon and ways to more scientifically draw in the power of music through training regimes and also adding to the mental side of sports too.’

Kristjan Järvi has “earned a reputation as one of the canniest, and most innovative, programmers on the classical scene.” He has a vast discography under his belt spanning 60 albums and has scored Hollywood soundtracks such as Cloud Atlas.

Singer/guitarist Jack White has recently announced that he will be releasing an acoustic compilation album of b-sides, alternate versions and unreleased material.

The tracks span the artist’s entire career recorded between 1998 and 2016. ‘City Lights’ is the first taste of things to come. Stream it on Youtube below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2ftZ8qVrcA

Greetings from Forbidden Nights….

Revolutionising variety shows, the fantastic Forbidden Nights team are taking things to a whole new dimension, especially after announcing their new 90 day UK tour in 2017!


Not intrigued? Well imagine Cirque Du Soleil and Magic Mike, the Hollywood Blockbuster combined... Also if you're a fan of Channing Tatum as well then you'll definitely love the show as every member gives him a run for his money! Since its launch the concept of the show has far exceeded expectations more than tenfold.


Forbidden Nights are quite literally ON FIRE with their new concept. They have totally proved themselves as shocking and innovative on Britain's Got Talent 2015 which has proudly reached a title as the 11th most viewed audition in BGT history and climbing.



The video has over 47 million hits on YouTube and the brand now has 80,000 followers on Facebook with the 2016 UK tour only half way through.

Giving you a little tease as to what to expect from the show, there are, aerial chains, a male vocalist, fire, pole and cyr wheel routines, and even a raining stage…not to mention their legendary TEASE. After originally being met with apprehension, the incredible Forbidden nights are proudly taking over the UK and of course Europe! #sexycircus


The both of the 2016 and 2017 tours have been months in the making, with the whole Forbidden Family working day and night in some cases to create something that has never been done before. Their charisma and full bodied work ethic on stage and off stage is red hot too, with the guys taking shifts to drive the tour bus, setting up/packing down stage and production … but don’t worry they don’t forget the most important people , YOU, and so make sure they have time to thank all the audience with lots of cheeky selfies even making sure the dressing room is tidy on the way out! They are such Good Boys!!



Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ForbiddenNights


2016 UK TOUR DATES:

Blackpool, Lancs- The Globe Theatre- Friday 5th August

Portsmouth, Hants - The Kings Theatre - Wednesday 5th October

Plymouth, Devon - Plymouth Pavillions - Friday 2nd December

Derry Londonderry - Millennium Theatre - Thursday 3rd November

Coleraine Londonderry - University of Ulster - Friday 4th November

St Helens, Merseyside - Theatre Royal - Friday 7th October

Hastings, East Sussex - White Rock Theatre - Friday 14th October

Eastbourne, East Sussex - The Royal Hippodrome Theatre - Friday 9th September

Swindon, Wilts - Wyvern Theatre - Thursday 15th September


All tour days are linked below:

www.forbidden-nights.co.uk/theatre-tour/
Having performed on Australia’s number 1 breakfast show ‘The Morning Show’ as well as performing for Rugby League team The South Sydney Rabbitohs during half-time, Sydney singer/songwriter is superseding her previous brilliant single 'Touch the Sky' with 'Wildfire' and Cavo's remix of 'Wildfire'.


Giving the likes of Jess Glynne and Katie Perry a run for their money Jo Cooper's high energy and uplifting 'Wildfire' sports glorious house pads and a deep harmonious piano underpinning the chords.


‘You cannot help but fall in love with Jo, one of those personalities that makes you smile when she’s around. Jo’s voice is beautiful and full of energy and her talent is only that of a star in the making’ – Carmelo Pizzino (Dancing With The Stars)


To get a taste for the new track listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vUOqYBr8MY


Announcing "Elevation" - The immense new album scheduled for take-off on the 2nd of September

"10 / 10 Mind-blowing vocals..... the most exciting prospect to emerge out of the Nordic nation in the last few years" - GMA

"We Are The Catalyst have set the benchmark for modern metal bands" - Matt Seddon UK Promoter

"I literally cannot get over Cat’s vocals…..Incredible"- www.getyourrockout.co.uk
"13 Addictive Tracks…..Phenomenal"- www.new-reviews.co.uk
"Stretching the boundaries of the rock music genre"- Johnny Main - MetalTalk.net
"A huge avalanche....Genius"- Kronus Mortus Magazine
"Simply Stunning, move over Evanescence"- Ozzy Osbourne (ex) Bass player Terry Nails

Open Door Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYGef7am2Ig

Swedish Alternative Metal band 'We Are The Catalyst' and their new album 'Elevation' are most definitely set to stun the industry on the 2nd of September. The most striking elements of the album are, first and foremost, Cat Fey's immense voice that is supported by one of the thickest and heaviest guitar sounds you will ever hear. The combination of these and the overall mixing across the album creates a hugely empowering aura with a gravitas paralleled by none. It is clearly a fitting follow up to the bands first album Monuments; released in 2014.

'Elevation' covers themes ranging from depression, personal strife, world conflict and helping to see the glimmer of light in the dark, perfectly in support of their name: "'We Are The Catalyst' is meant as encouragement to overcome and challenge the darker parts of ourselves and others, to invite the listeners to keep fighting in a rough and dark world, and try to encourage them to be their best self, even when it might seem hopeless."
The first single “Open Door” is a worthy and powerful successor to the bands previous chart success which they scored with a cover of Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child” which the band released in aid of The Fostering Network.

Everything about We Are The Catalyst screams uniqueness. How many bands are so driven that their second ever show ends up being performed on the other side of the planet in Beijing China. Everything from their album production to video direction is done by the bands members themselves. The pinnacle of their combined love for music has to be that lead singer Cat and guitarist Kenny have a daughter together called Decibelle, who they raise in their hometown of Varberg, Sweden.

The bands amazing rise and critical acclaim in the last 12 months alone have seen the stunning 4 piece We Are The Catalyst complete a 10 day tour of china playing various shows and festivals, playing Bloodstock alongside bands such as Trivium, Sabaton and Within Temptation. The band also had their first UK headline tour following a support slot for Delain. Adding to their early and extremely impressive accolades they performed at Planet Rockstock as well as The Darkness and FM and Rival Sons where WATC headlined the second stage on the Saturday evening.

Elevation is available for Pre-Order / Purchase at

https://watcofficial.bandcamp.com/album/elevation
and
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/elevation/id1093021553

The track listing for “Elevation” is:
01. Delusion
02. A Million Claws
03. Our Dark World
04. Open Door
05. Without Fear
06. One More Day
07. Alive
08. Askja
09. Home
10. Never Ending Night
11. Life Equals Pain

We Are The Catalyst are:
Cat Fey (vocals)
Kenny Boufadene (guitar / vocals)
Håkan Strind (drums)
Joni Kaartinen (bass)

Links:
http://www.wearethecatalystofficial.com
https://www.facebook.com/WATCofficial
https://twitter.com/officialWATC
https://soundcloud.com/watcofficial

NEW ALBUM ‘GOING, GOING…’ RELEASED 2ND SEPTEMBER ON SCOPITONES




After the announcement of ‘Going Going…’, indie darlings The Wedding Present have shared ‘Sprague’; the instrumental new track and its accompanying short film. On top of this, we also take a look inside Gedge’s studio whilst recording the impressive new single ‘Bear’.

Always challenging and experimental, the idea to release the new project in a multi-media format is something that has been marinating with bandleader David Gedge for some time. As he points out, work began soon after the unveiling of The Wedding Present’s 2012 critically acclaimed album ‘Valentina’. “I’d already decided by then that I didn’t want to make the next release just ‘another album’ and so I came up with the idea of twenty ‘interconnected’ pieces of music. Then, in the summer of 2014 I travelled across the USA with photographer Jessica McMillan and we made some atmospheric short films to accompany the tracks. Since then it’s been a case of progressing through the music, trying all sorts of ideas, seeing how they work set against the visuals.

Uncharacteristically, the album opens with four hauntingly beautiful instrumental songs, including the cinematic ‘Sprague’ and the absolutely captivating ‘Marblehead’. ‘Going, Going...’ then takes a headlong dash through tracks such as ‘Two Bridges’, ‘Birdsnest’, ‘Kill Devil Hills’ and ‘Broken Bow’... all perfectly executed in classic Wedding Present fashion; a jangle of clanging guitars, a squeal of feedback and a rush of adrenaline.

Few come as close to articulating the trials and pitfalls of a relationship in ways so instantly recognisable to the listener as David Gedge; his lyrics' naturalism and truthfulness accentuated by his earthy accent. With ‘Little Silver’, ‘Bear’, ‘Lead’ and ‘Rachel’ he proves yet again that he is a virtuoso when it comes to the bittersweet love song; his knack for a simple turn of phrase perfectly articulating the banalities and ecstasies of a relationship.
Watch 'Bear' here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6DQyF-AflI&feature=youtu.be


Whilst they are the undoubted masters of frenetic indie-pop, The Wedding Present re-route momentarily on ‘Emporia’ and ‘Wales’ before ultimately immersing us in an epic album finale with ‘Santa Monica’. Throughout this enchanting album ambient soundscapes and orchestral pop arrangements jostle for position with layers of feedback drenched guitars, pummelling drums and a truly massive bass sound as we hear some of the heaviest material that the band have ever recorded.

The films that accompany each track are a mesmerising collection of moving photographs. The rippling water in ‘Marblehead’ delicately draws us into the melody while ‘Two Bridges’ takes us onto a Manhattan street corner and exudes New York City in the summertime. The feeling of a road trip is present throughout as we see the rivers and lakes of the Mid-West and the deserts of the South-West before the album ends in a beautifully fitting way with the sun setting over the Santa Monica mountains.

The Wedding Present’s impact on independent music is infinitely present. Their uncomplicated approach to the disillusionment of love is salient in the sound of many of the subsequent bands of their ilk since the band’s inception and an influence on everyone from British Sea Power to The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart among countless others.


Pre-order ‘Going, Going’ - https://theweddingpresent.pmstores.co/


THE ‘GOING, GOING...’ AUDIO-VISUAL TOUR

The Wedding Present play their forthcoming album in its entirety in front of films.

07/09 : Cardiff - TramShed
09/09 : Gateshead - Sage
10/09 : Glasgow - School Of Art
11/09 : Salford - Lowry
12/09 : Stowmarket - John Peel Centre

THE WEDDING PRESENT’S 2016 UK TOUR
20/11 : Colchester, UK - Arts Centre
21/11 : Chatham, UK - Britannia Theatre
22/11 : Portsmouth, UK - Wedgwood Rooms
23/11 : Exeter, UK - Cavern Club
24/11 : Bristol, UK - Fleece
26/11 : Belfast, UK - Limelight
30/11 : Aberdeen, UK - Tunnels
01/12 : Edinburgh, UK - La Belle Angele
02/12 : Sunderland, UK - The Point
03/12 : Kendal, UK - Brewery Arts Centre
04/12 : Holmfirth, UK - Picturedrome
06/12 : Liverpool, UK - Arts Club
07/12 : Derby, UK - The Venue
08/12 : Oxford, UK - O2 Academy,
09/12 : Lowestoft, UK - Aquarium
10/12 : London, UK – O2 Academy Islington

Ahead of the impending release of their third album, North Carolina doom agitators, MAKE, are streaming Pilgrimage Of Loathing in its entirety.


The record streets on July 15 via Accident Prone Records.


Listen now at: stereogum.com

Listen to ‘Pilgrimage Of Loathing’:
https://accidentpronerecords.bandcamp.com/album/pilgrimage-of-loathing

Make no mistake, Pilgrimage Of Loathing is not an album for the weak. It's massive slab of doom-fueled vengeance and furious anger aimed squarely at the establishment and the politicians who strike fear into the lives of ordinary people by passing discriminatory laws that take aim at basic human rights and freedoms.

Says Spencer Lee (vocals / bass): "It really looks like things are sprinting towards hell right now. There have rarely been times in America's history, if ever, when using your voice and amplifying it as loudly as possible was so important. This is our voice. We want an absolute hard-stop to the spectre of conservative politics in this country and the platitudes that have kept that politicking alive. Conservatism, in an era like this, is transgression. It is a violation of people's humanities."

Recorded by Kris Hilbert at Legitimate Business and mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Sunn0))), Phantomsmasher), the album will be released by Portland, OR, based Accident Prone Records (Cattle Decapitation, Nadja).

Pilgrimage Of Loathing is available now for a special pre-order discount on Vinyl and digital formats here.

Catch MAKE live when they hit the road this month with Dragged Into Sunlight and Primitive Man. They will also be appearing at this year's Hopscotch Festival.


JULY
w/ Dragged Into Sunlight and Primitive Man
17 BIRMINGHAM, AL, The Firehouse (MAKE only)
19 SAN ANTONIO, TX, Paper Tiger
20 DALLAS, TX, Three Links
21 NEW ORLEANS, LA, Siberia
22 ATLANTA, GA, The Earl
23 RALEIGH, NC, Kings

SEPTEMBER
09 HOPSCOTCH Festival, NC, with Yob, Cobalt and Occultist


Everything that made The Golden Veil great is now both amplified and refined, and MAKE are angrier — and better — than ever.
Stereogum


www.facebook.com/thebandmake
twitter.com/thebandmake
thebandmake.blogspot.com
http://accidentprone.com/make


SOUNDGARDEN 2016

SOUNDGARDEN'S LOUDER THAN LOVE LP AND 20TH ANNIVERSARY DOUBLE LP VINYL EDITION OF DOWN ON THE UPSIDE TO BE RELEASED ON AUGUST 26



Two seminal albums to be released on 180-gram vinyl, with original artwork

Grammy® Award-winning Seattle group Soundgarden launched a musical transformation that inspired a generation while permanently redefining alternative and hard rock music. Coming on the heels of the 20th anniversary deluxe re-release of their chart-topping, five-times-platinum 1994 album, Superunknown, and a three-CD rarities collection, Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path, Soundgarden will re-release a standard single LP vinyl of their second full-length studio album, 1989's Louder Than Love as well as a two-LP 180-gram vinyl 20th anniversary reissue of their seminal 1996 album, Down on the Upside, both with download cards to include 320kbps MP4 AACs, to be released by UMe on August 26.

Formed by vocalist Chris Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto (later replaced by Ben Shepherd) in Seattle in 1984, and soon joined by drummer Matt Cameron, Soundgarden remain one of the most influential bands to emerge from that era of rock, their chart-topping 1994 album, Superunknown, featuring the Grammy® Award-winning singles "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman."

Louder Than Love, Soundgarden's second full-length studio album and major label debut (after the independently released, Grammy®-nominated Ultramega OK), was originally released by A&M Records on September 5, 1989, and was the last to include bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Recorded with producer Terry Date at Seattle's London Bridge Studios, it announced the arrival of a major force on the emerging Pacific Northwest rock scene, later to include Nirvana and Pearl Jam. The album peaked on the Billboard chart at #108, yielding the singles, "Loud Love," "Hands All Over" and the radio-only promo "Get on the Snake," the latter of which was featured in the 1989 movie Lost Angels. Guns N' Roses later paid tribute to the band by covering "Big Dumb Sex" on their 1993 album, The Spaghetti Incident? as part of a medley with T. Rex's "Buick MacKane." Q magazine named the album one of the "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time" in 2001. UMe is now releasing Louder Than Love in a single-LP 180-gram vinyl edition on August 26, newly remastered from the original analog tapes.

Down on the Upside, Soundgarden's fifth full-length studio album, released on May 21, 1996, debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200, represented a significant stylistic departure away from alternative metal into a more experimental sound with an emphasis on vocals, melody and more diverse instrumentation. Entertainment Weekly compared the results favorably to Led Zeppelin in the way the album "so crisply mixed instruments both acoustic and electric." At the time Cornell described several of the songs as "self-affirming" and "autobiographical" while the singles, "Pretty Noose," "Burden in My Hand" and "Blow Up the Outside World," all scored high on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart, the latter two going #1, with "Pretty Noose" nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. All three singles also scored on the Modern Rock chart, with "Pretty Noose" and "Burden in My Hand" peaking at #2 and "Blow Up the Outside World" at #8. Down on the Upside went to #1 in Australia and New Zealand and #7 in the U.K., sold 1.6 million copies in the U.S. and was certified platinum by the RIAA. It would be the last new Soundgarden album for 16 years until 2012's comeback King Animal. Now, UMe has made Down on the Upside available for the first time as a two-LP 180-gram vinyl set, newly remastered from the original analog tapes.

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CAMBRIDGE LIVE TEAMS UP WITH CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL FOR FILM PREMIERE AS PART OF SYD BARRETT CELEBRATIONS



Cambridge Live has announced that it is teaming up with the Cambridge Film Trust to premiere a series of films about both Syd Barrett and the Swinging Sixties at the 2016 Cambridge Film Festival, as part of its celebrations of the life and work of Syd Barrett who passed away on the 7th July 2006.

The centrepiece will be a film, entitled ‘Get All That Ant?’, a free form documentary filmed by a former school friend and fellow art student of Syd Barrett’s, Anthony Stern.

The documentary feature is made up of film footage, stills and archive footage taken during the 1960s and filmed in Cambridge, London and San Francisco. With the majority of footage having never been seen before, the film includes live performance footage and stills from The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Pink Floyd and Donovan as well as footage of friends and colleagues of Syd Barrett including Iggy Rose, the girl on The Madcap Laughs album sleeve and former girlfriends Libby Gausden and Jenny Spires.

The film will premiere as part of a series of film screenings about Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd on Friday 21st October at the Cambridge Guildhall as part of the 36th Cambridge Film Festival which runs from 20th – 27th October.

In addition to the film premiere, Cambridge Live has teamed up with ISpySydinCambridge.com who are offering Syd Barrett-themed walking tours of Cambridge on the weekend of the concert. Led by former school friends of Syd Barrett, Stephen Pyle and Warren Dosanjh, the tours trace some of the key places in the city relevant to the life of the former Pink Floyd guitarist including his former family home, his school, as well as David Gilmour and Roger Water’s ’s family homes.

The film premiere and walking tours are part of a series of previously announced celebratory events about former Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett centered around the unveiling of a piece of public art, commissioned in collaboration with Syd Barrett’s family, on Thursday 27 October inside the Cambridge Corn Exchange (the location of his final ever live performances). Following the art unveiling is a live concert entitled ‘Syd Barrett – A Celebration’ featuring Swedish group Men on the Border backed by the Sandviken Symphony Orchestra, with lighting from original Pink Floyd lighting designer Peter Wynne-Wilson.

Tickets for the film screenings and the walking tours will be available from

https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/

Speaking about the premiere of ‘Get All That Ant? Filmmaker Anthony Stern said “The film came about after a diagnosis of Parkinsons encouraged me to make sense of the last fifty years of my life. Delving through my cellar, I found suitcases full of Nagra tapes, film reels and over 7000 still photographs from the period 1963 – 1970. This film is a homage to that time, capturing the dreams, memories and reflections that sprung from a moment when we really thought we could change the world. Fifty years on, I’m starting to think these values are starting to reemerge”.

Cambridge Live Operations Director Neil Jones said “It’s great to link the world premiere of Anthony Stern’s film to this year’s Cambridge Film Festival. The footage in the film has locked away for over 4 decades and makes for an incredible documentary of the Swinging Sixties by a man who was at the very heart of the scene and captured it all first hand. Along with other films about Syd Barrett it should make for a fantastic evening”.

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