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Introducing…The Dirty Jacks

Following up on recent buzz generated in the live arena, Maryland-based alt/prog outfit The Dirty Jacks are gearing up to release their latest studio EP, All Part of the Plan.

The technically skilled quintet of Colin Ball (lead vocals, guitar), Billy Rommal (lead guitar), Bobby Scott (bass, vocals), Erik Hildebrant (drums) and Ian Hildebrant (keys, vocals) came together after various jam sessions inspired by acts like Mute Math, Tool and Minus the Bear. Tirelessly touring and working on their sound, The Dirty Jacks have evolved towards more dynamic song compositions including three part harmonies and complex rhythms.

Along with their internal build, the band has grown out on the road playing some of Maryland’s largest venues including The Fillmore, Jammin Java, The Recher Theatre and Rams Head Live. Their success on tour includes winning the 2012 Washington Auto Show’s Battle of the Bands and Jammin’ Java’s Mid-Atlantic Band Battle Six leading to The Dirty Jacks being voted band of the month, April 2012, on The Deli Magazine. With these accolades in the rearview, the appropriately titled All Part of the Plan EP will look to continue The Dirty Jacks’ steady rise when it’s released later this fall.

For now though, they have revealed their latest single, From The Ashes To Attack which you can hear here.

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Circle Of Reason Release Video For Single, Themes Amongst Thieves

Southampton alternative rock band, Circle Of Reason, have recently released a video for their latest single, Themes Amongst Thieves.

The band released Themes Amongst Thieves at the beginning of this week. The track is taken from the band’s recent EP release, These Hands & This Mind. The single marks their first record release since joining forces with independent label Ambicon Records.

Hailing from South-West England, and forming the current lineup in 2011, Circle Of Reason’s prog-tinged alternative rock draws them frequent comparsions to the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Biffy Clyro and QOTSA.

With UK tours already announced this year, fans can catch them live at a series of dates in January with Sheffield’s metal-core outfit, Inherit The Stars:
Sun 19 Jan – Kraak Gallery, Manchester
Tues 21 Jan – Three Tuns, Gateshead
Thurs 23 Jan – O’Reilly’s, Hull
Fri 24 Jan – Lounge 41, Workington
Sat 25 Jan – Woolpack Live, Doncaster

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The Physics House Band Release Debut EP

Brighton prog-psych-rock band The Physics House Band are releasing their debut EP on April 15 through Pink Mist label Blood & Biscuits.

Their debut EP titled Horizons/Rapture is a 26 minute prog-rock psychedelic masterpiece.  The EP consists of six different tracks all showcasing a perfect blend of musical styles, moods and aural textures. Despite the band members only being in their early 20s, their style of music spreads way beyond their years. Taking influences from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, The Physics House Band produce music that is mature and developed. Blending the psychedelic 60s with the prog years of the 70s and adding in just a pinch of tech metal from the 80s and 90s post-rock, The Physics House Band’s experimentation of music ends up with them producing filmic compositions which burst at the seams.

The Physics House Band

The Physics House Band

The Physics House Band have been compared to the likes of Yes. Their music definitely does sound like something from the 70s prog-rock era, it’s a sound that gradually faded but now it’s back.

Kick-starting the EP is ObeliskMonolith which is like a punch in the face, there’s no avoiding this track. Hollow Mountain is track three and is a pleasant, relaxing blend of sweeping tones and gentle riffs. It’s cafe music. Teratology sees the EP pushed back into full swing. With a mild beginning, Teratology suddenly becomes one of the more aggressive tracks on the EP. The Spectral Beyond is the shortest track on Horizons/Rapture consisting of a beautiful, soulful piano piece.

Horizons/Rapture is a fantastic debut EP which really shows what The Physics House Band is all about. You can see The Physics House Band live on the following dates:

Sat 13 Apr LEEDS Dirty Otter Festival
Tue 16 Apr MIDDLESBROUGH Mixtape
Wed 17 Apr GLASGOW Bar Bloc
Thu 18 Apr YORK The Basement
Fri 19 Apr LIVERPOOL MelloMello
Sat 20 Apr MANCHESTER Kraak Gallery
Sun 21 Apr NORWICH Hog in Armour

The Physics House Band

Horizons/Rapture artwork

Mon 22 Apr GUILDFORD Boileroom
Tue 23 Apr BRISTOL Louisiana
Wed 24 Apr WINCHESTER Railway
Thu 25 Apr SOUTHAMPTON Avondale House
Fri 26 Apr PLYMOUTH White Rabbit
Sat 27 Apr CARDIFF Buffalo Bar
Sun 28 Apr BRIGHTON Green Door Store
Mon 29 Apr UK LONDON Old Blue Last

Horizons/Rapture is out on April 15.

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Digital Antique – II

Digital Antique are an indie rock band from Austin, Texas but they are unlike any other indie rock band you will have heard. Progressive in style and tempo, Digital Antique produce cinematic arrangements and wonderful compositions of the most extraordinary kind, completely instrumental.

Digitial Antique are Travis Kennedy (guitar), James Parker Randolph (bass), Payton Holekamp (drums), Dixie Yoder (viola), Joseph Shuffield (violin 1) and Annette Franzen (violin 2, cello).

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Digital Antique’s artwork design for II

Their album, II, is due for release on August 24 and is a must hear. With ten outstanding tracks on it, II is one of the best prog rock albums that’s been heard in a long time.

The record starts with a track titled Doomed Hero which is fantastic. It’s a great introductory number with some dialogue expressing opinions about our twisted society and Western culture before it breaks into a patriotic marching drum beat mixed with excellent dramatic violins.

After such a dramatic beginning track, The Heist comes in nice and softly with almost meditation music at the start before it goes back to its rock roots. Other superb tracks are NG, Cali and Nevemind. NG is great from the second it bursts through the speakers. The melody played by the violins is lovely. It has a traditional element in that respect before the rest of the instruments kick start bringing something new and original to it.

Cali is a favourite purely because of the melody again. It’s repetitive and soothing. This is one of the melodies that will be going round and round in your head leaving you wanting more. It’s a fantastic and mind-blowing track.

Nevermind is the most acoustic track on the album which is a welcomed break after all the prog rock. The violin playing is amazingly soft and peaceful. It has very traditional elements in it. These are a group of extremely talented musicians, not only being confident and capable on their instruments but also in the composition of each and every track on II. There isn’t a bad track on there.

II was independently recorded mixed and produced by Travis Kennedy (guitar). Kennedy is currently working under world famous mixing engineer Tim Palmer who mixed such records as Pearl Jam “Ten”. The album was also recorded at several of the top studios in Austin including Churchhouse Studios, Yellow Dog Studios, Studio 1916 and AM Stereophonic. It was mixed at Tim Palmer’s private studio (’62 Studio). All of these credits are probably what make the production of this record also outstanding.

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Digital Antique live

II and Digital Antique themselves are not something to be pushed aside. They are doing something that many other bands wouldn’t even be brave enough to attempt. This group of talented musicians have produced something musically superb in each and every way. II is available from August 24.

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