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DeadAudioSaints To Release New EP, The Purge

DeadAudioSaints are here to stamp their imprint on the UK scene and the Yorkshire Rocksters have the perfect bait in the form of their blistering debut record, The Purge EP, out Monday 1 September.

Although DeadAudioSaints display a vast array of influences, they largely take inspiration from 30 Seconds to Mars, Placebo, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and Queens of The Stone Age. With their own unique sound, DeadAudioSaints impressively forge powerhouse alternative rock vibes with contemporary loops, underpinned by soul crushing bass lines, contemporary samples and synths and heart pounding drums, all wrapped in a kaleidoscope of punk and internal rage.

Born only last year, DeadAudioSaints feature brothers Danny Jones (vocals and synth) and Corey Jones (bass, guitars and synth) along side childhood friends Tyla-Joe Connett (bass, programming); the industrial three piece also use a floating live drummer for shows. Spawned from the ashes of previous bands and with a slew of experience between the threesome, DeadAudioSaints have wasted no time in setting their plan of attack. The rising alternative riff slingers have played a series of highly successful shows in Manchester, Stoke, Carlisle and Newcastle, to name just a few. The band have also been featured in Big Cheese Magazine and they have racked widespread underground radio play including spots on BBC Humberside, Noize Level Critical and TBFM.

DeadAudioSaints have just completed work on their first record with Matt Eliss (Skarlett Riot, Black Spiders) at the helm. Entitled The Purge EP, the release throws down a real marker. The new single and opener The Purge rattles through the airwaves with potent venom and lethal intent. The band have also just unleashed a video to accompany the single. The insanely infectious and pounding Tear Apart is next up as it tips its cap in the direction of early Marilyn Manson and NiN. The Game hightlights the band’s deft ability to shift gears and use dynamics to stunning effect and the punk infused Don’t Like You further demonstrates DeadAudioSaints’ diversity while the closer Taking Control rounds off the EP with a hefty slice of hard-hitting electro heavy rock that hammers at the door with it’s anthemic craft. The enterprising unit have really crafted an impressive debut that is sure to leave its mark; look out as they hit the road this Autumn.

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Introducing…The Furrs

Brisbane based rock outfit The Furrs are on a roll. Alongside a slew of live accolades, The Furrs are proud to present their latest sonic offering in their new single Money as well as a slice of retro visual to go with it.

Another offering of bluesy-rock goodness, Money follows on from the tracks that put The Furrs on the map, Get On Your Horse and Little Boy which saw them named second in triple j Unearthed’s “Best Discoveries of 2014”.

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Introducing…Teenage Kicks

Toronto’s most anticipated rock band, Teenage Kicks, is making their US video debut via Alternative Press with the premiere of Curse Words.  The raw and infectious rock anthem comes from their album Spoils of Youth which was released this past April via Universal Music Canada. The band is also gearing up to hit the road starting September 11 in Trenton, NJ. With their latest record in tow, Teenage Kicks is poised to be the next big thing.

“We’re really thrilled to be on U.S. soil in September with a new record,” says guitarist and lead singer Peter van Helvoort. “There are a lot of great music cities on the tour and a lot of new faces we’re excited to play for. If you manage to make it through the new video for Curse Words without having a seizure you should come and see it live. If you don’t make it through the video unharmed, please don’t sue.”

Teenage Kicks’ latest album Spoils of Youth was made to make you feel. The sibling duo, brothers, Peter and Jeff Helvoort, have been playing in bands together for over a decade and have created the ultimate rock album that can only come from years of enduring countless conflicts and strife. Filled with ten tracks of heavy power rock riffs, honest lyrics and raw emotion, the finished album is the sum of multiple factors including failed relationships, lost members, bad timing/worse luck and a hard dose of reality. The result is one of the years most prolific albums.

Known for their incredible live performances, Teenage Kicks will hit the road this summer taking on the US for the first time since early 2013. Their not-to-miss tour kicks off on August 19 in Canada and makes it’s way to the US on September 11 in Trenton, NJ at the Millhill Basement.

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Dog Society – In The Shade Album Review

Coming full circle after their major label debut Test Your Own Eyes (East-West/Atlantic Records) and their critically acclaimed 2013 release, Emerge, the renown New York City pop rock collective, Dog Society, has created an album that continues to fulfil their promise as a great American rock band.

Their latest album, In The Shade, was released last week. In The Shade is a move forward from Emerge lending this band to sound evermore like those distinctly grungy 90s rock bands such as Nirvana.

Dog society

Dog Society

There are a lot of brilliant tracks on this record. To start with Heal Me Friend kick starts the album off in a grungy meets pop fashion. The chorus, “Please, please/Heal me friend…” sounds strangely familiar as if this song is a reworking of another. Heal Me Friend is upbeat with a fast tempo and repetitive guitar riff that makes this song easily recognisable. Straight away it allows Dog Society to show their Nirvana-esque style. It’s hard to believe this song didn’t exist in the 90s rock scene.

The next track, Oleander Girl, is slower and more relaxed in comparison to Heal Me Friend. This is a romantic number, the ballad of the record, “I once had an Oleander girl/A voice as soft as falling snow…” The vocals on this song are just perfect – they’re not showy; they’re simple, soft and effortless. Oleander Girl has a really solid sound to it – the electric guitar is minimal, the drums predominant alongside the vocals while the acoustic guitar can be heard clearly giving it that lighter rock sound.

Emerge features next and builds the album back to that faster pace and grungier tones. The electric guitar steps up a notch and the vocals take on a much more distinctive and strong tone. Emerge is a track that you can’t help but fall in love with. The lyrics are exposing of human behaviour, talking about the desire men have for women, “You give me something/And it feels so good just touching you/What a sight/Emerge/You circle and you weave/I am married and I am satisfied/I’ve rearranged this mess of mine so many times…”

Losing Her Again is another song that sounds very familiar in terms of musical arrangement and lyrics. It starts with a sole electric guitar riff with the vocals gradually making their appearance. This track is quite experimental – the vocals sound a little 60s as they’re more raw while the music is edgy and feels more spontaneous. It’s a brilliant track that’s worth a listen.

Dear Brother however is a really punchy Blues rock song that again resembles a different era. Dear Brother has recently been premiered on True Blood. It’s an outstanding Blues rock track with a fantastic jam section just over half way through. There’s so much going on in this track; the electric guitar is blending Blues and rock traits in its riff and chords, the bass line is predominant in parts demonstrating those Blues elements while the drums never soften, they’re dramatic all the way through. Musically, it’s an immense song that really shows off Dog Society’s dynamics as a band.

Dog Society are producing a sound that is around 20 years too late but that’s OK. Their music is the sort of music that always features on those American comedy films (think Road Trip, Ten Things I Hate About You and, dare I say it, Freaky Friday with bands such as American Hi-Fi). There’s a strong sense of reminiscing when you listen to this band and this may well be why they’re gathering so much attention. If you like Nirvana, American Hi-Fi and The Beatles then take a listen to Dog Society and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

In The Shade is out now.

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Introducing…Eliot Sumner

Eliot Sumner

Eliot Sumner

Eliot Sumner has revealed the second song entitled Come Friday from her upcoming EP, Information, which will be released August 5.

Information, the first taste of the full length album that’s due out next year, comes from a renewed sense of focus and clarity and bears electronic hallmarks with some surprising influences including Sumner’s favourite band as a teenager, The Bad Seeds.

After releasing The Constant in 2010 under the moniker I Blame Coco, Eliot toured for two years, playing headlining shows and festivals all over the world. Since then, she’s experimented with different writing methods – and even spent time working with Clint Mansell on a film score – and took time to simply grow. She says: “It’s now or never. I’m proud of the music I’m making and it’s time to take ownership by putting my real name on it.”

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Random Order – Black Lipstick Kiss Album Review

Taking cues from Twin Peaks, James Bond and Quentin Tarantino films, Toronto based collective Random Order’s spine tingling swamp rock reggae attracts a diverse cultural audience. Their newest offering, Black Lipstick Kiss, which was released 29 July, injects their signature subversive rock into the sexy soundscapes of dangerous spy movies.

Since their inception in 1995, Random Order have consistently released great material, toured Canada, the East Coast and Japan, played Festivals, charted on Canadian Top 30 and opened for artists as diverse as Joan Osborne and Salt-n-Pepa.

Black Lipstick Kiss starts with The Morning After Kill which showcases Random Order’s strange combination of reggae, soul and rock with influences from Imelda May and Diana Ross being heard in the vocals. It’s a punchy yet seductive song which makes it an instantly great opening track.

The title track, Black Lipstick Kiss, appears next on the record. Black Lipstick Kiss is a soulful song where the seductive guitar riff and jazz drum beat compliment those sexy and gorgeous vocals.

The next track, Do It Quattro, is a great jam track where the vocals are suspended entirely; this track is solely about Random Order’s rock/reggae style – it’s totally all about the music. Do It Quattro has a distinct live sound – it’s raw giving it that automatic enthusiasm.

Spoiled is a silky track; the guitar is summery and soft while the vocals are airy and bright sounding. If you’ve ever seen Ten Things I Hate About You then Spoiled has a similar sound to the band, Save Ferris, who perform I Know at the school ball. Spoiled is reminiscent of No Doubt with its swing and reggae influences. It’s a brilliant upbeat song to get you moving.

Trans Mission on the other hand lends itself to sound a little bit like Patti Smith especially on the vocals. The track is much darker than those heard previously on Black Lipstick Kiss. The notes held resemble Patti’s deeper vocals and there’s also a bit of spoken word with that angst and punk attitude that Patti has.

Pink Cloud closes the record on an upbeat, pop and totally absorbed reggae beat. This song will instantly lift your mood despite the lyrics, “I want to ride on your pink cloud/Even though I know it’s going nowhere/And I know it’s going to break…” Pink Cloud sings about being totally in love with someone or something and not caring about the consequences or worrying that the cloud could fall apart, “I know I’m going to be the one to fall…You don’t even know you gave up the fight to trust/In anyone a long time ago”. It’s about the danger and the passion behind our human reactions.

Random Order’s Black Lipstick Kiss is a brilliant reggae/rock/ska album that will make you fall in love with this band’s sound.

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Syren City To Release New EP, Escape

Syren City wear their hearts on their sleeves and channel engaging slamming guitar thrusts with snarly melodic blasts to stunning effect. The Bristol based quintet’s sound neatly amalgamates genres and by doing so it’s innovative, progressive and fresh.

Syren City

Syren City

Ever since their formation in 2011, Syren City have attacked the UK with true vigor. The angular rock crew regularly hit the nation’s highways and byways playing numerous venues throughout Wales and England. Along the way, the five-some have supported Turbowolf, The Alarm, Max Raptor, Futures, Young Legionnaire, Attack Attack, Blitz Kids, The People The Poet and Gavin Butler/The Blackout as well as playing at festivals alongside Brand New, Don Broco, We Are the Ocean, We Are the In Crowd, Mallory Knox, Canterbury, Kids in Glass Houses and Feed The Rhino, to name a few.

Now with a loyal army of fans in tow, the alt-rockers are intent in sowing their seeds even further afield. With a new record in place in the shape of their spanking EP Escape, the band are destined to propel themselves to the upper echelons of the UK scene. Escape spews out acute oft-kilter phrasing, engrossing guitar parts and hammering rhythm work, all cleverly woven together with anthemic hooks. From the pounding high tempo groove and compelling vocal lines of Bleed to the razor sharp riffage and infectious guile of Our Disease and the angular Fire In Your Name, which will contort, twist and wrap itself around your ears, the five piece ensure that this record grabs you by the balls. Long Way Down further showcases the band’s depth as dual vocal parts are pitched against spiky riffery and elephantine breakdowns. By the time Asphodel passes through your pores, you’ll have their final refrain in your head for an eternity; just listen and see. The sassy post-hardcore outfit aim to ensure that the record will be everywhere so expect widespread UK shows throughout the year and just watch them ascend.

Escape will be released on September 15.

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