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Introducing…Change Of Fire

Salt Lake City rock band Change To Fire announces the upcoming release of their new EP, Our Bodies In The Gears, produced, mixed and mastered entirely by the band themselves in their tiny practice space which is covered floor to ceiling with old punk rock flyers and Stars Wars memorabilia.

The album’s lead single, Big Apple, 3 AM, was released on May 13, in advance of the album. The song gets its name from the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game, Turtles In Time. Lead singer Blue Alvey describes the song as being about: “…people putting a price on one another, using religion as the basis. It’s about breaking free of that mentality.”

Guitarist and producer Brad Rhoades describes the seven track EP as: “…short, sweet and straight to the point. We wanted to keep it punk rock and real but still add some pop shine to each song.”

The single is now available for free download through Change To Fire’s official website, http://www.changetofire.com where you can also find a music video supporting the single as well as photos and additional information.

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Falls are a four-piece rock band from Flintshire in North Wales. Combining heavy set-yourself-on-fire riffs, catchy teach-your-teenage-daughter-the-dance-routine melodies and avant garde stroke-your-muso-beard-to-this time signature to create “thrilling and intelligent pain for the ears” as stated by Adam Walton, BBC Wales.


Welsh rock band, Falls

Due for launch on 28 April, the Dirtbox EP is their official introduction to the world. Dirtbox is a malignant burst of gnarled riffs and snarled vocals that give a glancing preview of the whiplash inflicted at their live shows. 

In their short but colourful existence they have pranced about stages with the likes of LetLive, The James Cleaver Quintet, Bastions, Wet Nuns and Exit International and recorded a live Radio 1 session for BBC Introducing. Citing their influences as “all of the things”, Falls provide a dynamic and compelling sound which is compounded by their energetic and at times confusing live shows.

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Two-Bit Sister – The Jackal EP Review

Compressing a wide assortment of influences stemming from the energy and buoyancy of Weezer and Nirvana, through to the texturing of Jack White and Queens Of The Stoneage, Two-Bit Sister are certainly a fresh and animated take on alternative rock. With a tight and solid rhythm section, driving guitars and soaring vocals, Two-Bit Sister set loose their own brand of infectious rock-pop nationwide this Spring with their EP, The Jackal.

Hailing from Margate, Kent, Leon Peskett (guitar and lead vocals) and Connor Bluemel (drums and backing vocals) formed Two-Bit Sister in 2013 after dissolving their previous bands. Knowing each other from their school days and having jammed together for the past few years, the pair soon clicked and amassed a strong string of songs.

Title track The Jackal is a happy, jolly song which makes it a great introduction track to this band’s sound. It’s the sort of song that will make you instantly happy if it came on in the car on a summer’s day. Your whole mood would lift and you’d feel great. Jackal features some uplifting and inspirational, even if at times depressing, lyrics that will have you singing along, “Although bitterly I’ll pass you the gun now merrily/Because the picture in the middle of the writing of the wall says stop and breath/Easy now my friend/You know we’re going to make it to the end/If you disappear/I will be right here”.

Two-Bit Sister

Two-Bit Sister

Track two Times has a pleasant, gentle introduction consisting of electric guitar and very American style vocals allowing the chorus “Put on your suit I hope it fits like a glove/Times like this you weren’t made for love” to be heard clearly. The rest of the instruments suddenly come in turning this song into a punk rock song. The vocals are also reminiscent of Cobain in parts. The start of Times is also inspired by the likes of Nirvana with the solo electric guitar riff playing before the explosion of instruments happens.

Turbulence is another Nirvana influenced track. It’s dark and droning but utterly indulgent. It has that haunting sound making it a desolate sounding song. There’s an emptiness to this track that makes it super attractive.

Wanna Know finishes the EP with its incredibly catchy chorus, “Do you wanna know?/Why the grass is green and your hair doesn’t grow?/Do you wanna know/Why people scream when your picture is shown/Do you wanna know?” This is the ultimate summery song that has an instant feel good vibe about it despite the slightly angry lyrics.

Two-Bit Sisters The Jackal EP is a solid mix of rock influences and seamless lyrics that would suit being anyone’s summer soundtrack. The Jackal EP will be available from April 21.

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The Offspring Celebrate 20 Years Of Smash With Album Performances And Special Anniversary Releases

20 years ago, The Offspring released their breakout album Smash on Epitaph Records and made history. To celebrate the band will begin playing the album in its entirety on tour in Europe this May, June and early July before finishing out the summer with soon to be announced US Smash dates. You can visit Offspring.com for the full list of current tour dates and to see which dates are the designated Smash shows.

This August, Epitaph will also commemorate the anniversary with a special 20th Anniversary Edition of Smash. The Offspring’s Dexter Holland and Noodles as well as Epitaph CEO Brett Gurewitz, recently shared their thoughts in a retrospective posted on RollingStone.com.

In addition to special 20th Anniversary merchandise, the band are also offering a ‘collector’s box’ combo as a companion piece to the Smash 20th Anniversary Edition. The box will feature both the CD/Vinyl package and a curated collection of commemorative items including a custom wood box, art print, photo prints, pin, patch, replica pass and guitar pick. You can pre-order now via Offspring.com – for the first 250 ordered, the art print will be on fine art linen canvas, numbered and signed by the artist and band.

Smash has sold over six million copies in the United States alone – certified six times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Selling 11 million copies worldwide, Smash is the best-selling independent label album of all time.

The Offspring’s album Smash was an impactful and immediate hit when released in 1994, making a place for the band in an exciting and significant time for alternative music. The album’s first single Come Out and Play hit number one on Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The following single, Self Esteem peaked at number four and Gotta Get Away hit number six on the Billboard Modern Rock Track Charts.

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The Menzingers Announce New Album, Rented World

Philadelphia-based band The Menzingers will release their new album Rented World on April 22 via Epitaph Records. Rented World is the fourth studio release for the band and the follow-up to their critically-applauded album, On The Impossible Past (2012).

In Remission is the first track from the new album and one where the band observes, “Maybe the future’s just a little bit weird”; a statement that sets the tone of Rented World.

The Rust Belt punks are in a crucial period of growth. Now in their mid-20s, members Greg Barnett (guitar/vocals), Tom May (guitar/vocals), Eric Keen (bass) and Joe Godino (drums), seek a greater wisdom in life even if they are old enough to know better. A theme that strongly permeates throughout the album.

“Things start to feel a little more serious,” said May. “When we were younger we wrote fiery songs because at that age it’s your world view. Now I look at the world and think ‘well, maybe I’m not right all the time.'”

Another change for the former Scranton, Pennsylvania house mates is their studio location. They entered Miner Street Studio for the first time in Fishtown, Philly in the Autumn of 2013. Jonathan Low, whose rich Americana influences can be heard on his work with The National, Sharon Van Etten and Kurt Vile, was enlisted to engineer the album. When writing the new material, the band recognised their shifts in their craft, shifts they knew would best be handled by Low. “We wanted to go to somebody who wasn’t used to recording punk records, though it wasn’t in a pretentious way, like we wanted to become an indie rock band,” stated May.

The end result is an album that fearlessly collides the snarl of emo with grungy, 90s grit and exploring the celestial expanse of post-rock. It’s slightly new territory for a band coping with their mid-20s. And lyrically touches on matters that any red blooded human of that age can relate to.

Fans are invited to pre-order Rented World by visiting: www.themenzingersstore.com. Those who missed the band on their recent US dates with label mates Off With Their Heads can expect future tour plans to be announced for later in the year.

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