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We Are Giants THE EMPIRE EP Review

img_0140Smack bang in the middle of England, Northamptonshire three piece band, We Are Giants have been spreading their music locally, receiving high praise for their quirky and almost surreal sound that they’ve become known for. Earlier this year, We Are Giants released a brilliantly compilation of tracks that encapsulates who and what they are – a band with a passion for what they do, and a sound that’s groundbreaking. Reaching to every corner of the UK, We Are Giants are fortunate enough to be in one of the biggest, most accepting and adventurous alternative scenes the world has to offer. A generation packed full of energy drinks, We Are Giants are no doubt one of the most anticipated bands to have grown and developed in the UK. Enter Shikari have reached practically every corner of the world, and We Are Giants have the potential to go just as far.

There’s a surreal feeling surrounding the We Are Giants EP The Empire, and as you enter first track, ‘We Are Giants’ the mystery only increases. But the kick really starts as soon as second track, ‘Sight For Sore Eyes’ begins. The instruments are alarmingly quick to the point, and with a funky bass line, We Are Giants are definitely a futuristic band creating music way ahead of the times. But, saying that, there’s a somewhat nostalgic scene into mid-2000s when music of all sorts were digging themselves out of the woodwork and entering the world to be enjoyed. ‘Sight For Sore Eyes’ is a real mind blower, but it’s nothing compared to third track and maybe a favourite from the EP ‘The Empire.’ One of the best things about this track is it’s charming and loose bass line, complimented by a nostalgic sound of the guitar. There’s a lot of energy to be found in this EP and We Are Giants have found their happy medium of creating solid tracks and harnessing their talents to emphasise the use and importance of each instrument throughout their creations.

‘What’s The Difference?’ starts relatively differently, although doesn’t differ from their already very unique sound. The four track EP is one that’s definitely got much appeal to it, but with each song there’s so much to enjoy. ‘What’s The Difference?’ is one of the best tracks to really introduce this wild and other worldly band. A quick interlude of a 1940’s waltz snippet, the band are clear in their comedic value together. Their enjoyment channels through their work, making The Empire one of this year’s best listened EP.

To keep up to date with We Are Giants, follow them on Facebook and regularly check their official website and be sure to check out The Empire on Spotify, iTunes or BandCamp.

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REVIEW: A Kind Of Superhero ‘On My Own’ [Releasing Soon]

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Italy is handing out its contribution to the pop punk scene in handfuls, and their most recent deliverance is a band of various backgrounds, who’s music is about to hit the scene with a bang. A Kind Of Superhero is a five piece with influences ranging from the likes of Blink 182, Ramones, Rise Against and Zebrahead. There’s a huge variance of genres, but A Kind Of Superhero have one aim in mind, and that’s to represent the 90’s rock scene – and they’re doing a bloody good job. Musically connected with dedication and passion in their work, A Kind Of Superhero are about to drop their best track to date, and luckily for me, I’ve been given the chance to have an early listen.

Now, before we start talking about their forthcoming track, ‘Out Of Time,’ we should bear in mind the material that the band has put out before. Concentrating mostly on their performances and audience experience, A Kind Of Superhero have mastered the arts of that solid punk rock sound, antiqued with the quality and liveliness of their instrumental talents. There’s a lot of appealing elements to the bands previous releases that does make their music enjoyable, wonderfully vintage and heavily influenced by their idols. Putting out the playful sounds of instrumental chemistry, A Kind Of Superhero has been the centre of huge applaud in the past for the creation of ‘Out Of Here,’ so you can see why we’re excited about the release of ‘On My Own.’

In the time since their previous release, A Kind Of Superhero has had the opportunity to hone in on that talent and explore the skills, ultimately taking their creation of music to the next level. Their short experience in the scene has given them time to really thrive in their music, with space to explore different concepts and areas, but one thing A Kind Of Superhero won’t give up on, is their passion for their chosen genre. ‘Out Of Time’ is the musical equivalent to the band advancing their talents, remembering that they want to engage with their audiences not only through headphones, but through live performances. Giving them the edge that most bands lack – they’re a band that sounds just as good live, but giving you a better experience.

‘On My Own’ is a brilliant introduction to the band if you’ve never listened to them before. Delivering a hit of drums after a brief introduction with a distorted guitar line and soft vocals, it doesn’t take much for A Kind Of Superhero to present what they’re best known for, and that’s the atmospheric sound of old school punk rock derived from the influences of major bands during the 90’s. Being a modern band, A Kind Of Superhero has truly channelled their energy in the right places, through the medium of their predecessors hail across the industry in the early years. For fans of the old, 90’s coming of age groups such as Sum 41, you’ll be shocked and perhaps surprised that A Kind Of Superhero are the love child of Insomniac and Nevermind, it’s younger half-brother being All Killer No Filler. It’s a mash-up of DNA, and ‘On My Own’ enhances the impact of their influences, offering a fresh perspective of just how powerful the 90’s were on today’s generation.

Keep up to date with A Kind Of Superhero on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

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FIVE UK bands you should check out!

2017 has been an outstanding year regarding the UK Pop Punk scene. The support has been growing massively, and a snowball effect of fans is following closely behind. Artists such as Neck Deep and Roam have really put the spotlight on our local or unsigned bands, and with that some real gems are glowing through the smoke. There’s a huge amount of variety as well, with most breaking the ordinary and taking pop punk into new depths. Not only is pop punk seeing a massive surge of support, but a lot of UK bands are receiving more recognition and opportunities. The entire alternative scene, be in pop punk, metal or emo are glowing. Bands like Holding Absence and Junior are exploring the country promoting their music, while the Luke Rainsford is successfully spreading his messages across his social media platforms, reaching into the masses. This list is for all those people looking to support their local music scene, or even for the people who want to hear more about what the UK has to offer. With that, let’s begin.

13321914_1100589729964337_318838662644029052_n.jpgTigerstyle – Northampton

Tigerstyle’s music has been thrown into the light with their latest album I Can’t Stay that holds pure anthems and a hard pop punk kick. Hailing from the shores of Northampton, their influences range from Knuckle Puck, Real Friends and State Champs – all of which are prominent in their musical creations, all the while keeping a fresh take on the genre. There’s a lot to admire the band for, and ‘Glory Days’ is one of them. It’s one hell of a song, and if you’re a new listener to the likes of Tigerstyle, there’s no doubt that would be the song would instantly have you hooked, or at least make it’s way into one of your many playlists.

15621834_885439958260024_4285578038976777751_nWallflower – South London

Wallflower is a mysterious kind of band that hasn’t released too much information about themselves on social media, but their music is one of a kind. The south London band released their latest EP, Where It Fell Apart earlier in the year, and their name is about to show up a lot more. This month, starting on the 15th, Wallflower will be supporting The Movielife and no doubt in the future will be alongside big names again. But aside from their association with a big name, Wallflower have made a brilliant name for themselves with their melodic tracks that has a emphasis on the guitar. Their a very atmospheric band, and again, totally mysterious. It’s a very tailor made sound, showing originality and brilliance. Being in a rock band isn’t all about that big bouncing sound, and Wallflower show off their talents in various ways of instruments, vocals and overall their chemistry as a band.

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This band has everything you need for the ultimate pop punk band. Aside from the pop punk punch that their music wholly possesses, they’re a band having a good time doing what they’re doing. Their official music video for ‘Ouchtown, Population You Bro!’ brought them onto the screens of many, garnering them a lot of fans and the recognition they deserve. For these guys, their passion for their work is undeniable as they treat it all with enjoyment and using their time as a band to really hone in on their desired play-style. Currently, the band are putting on live performances and reaching new heights – but they’re a band to keep up to date with, and grab a ticket if they’re near you! You’re guaranteed a good time.

PTAlbumPenelope Tree – Buckinghamshire

Penelope Tree is everything the modern industry is currently concocting. With bands such as Real Friends, Microwave and Boston Manner on the rise, Penelope Tree is harnessing this and setting themselves up for success with their style. The Scenes You Create is such a big EP released by the band, showing off their individual talents in their music and being the mature voice in a crowded room of bouncing pop punkers. While the album was released in 2016, Penelope Tree are a band that require your attention as they work on their new material, bound to drop more music that’ll pull on the heart strings.

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MAYPINE – Brighton

Forming mid-2016, MAYPINE stormed the scene and made 2017 theirs with their hard work and dedication. Putting on live shows around the UK and earning the notoriety for the excitement and liveliness during their performances, MAYPINE have the music to match creating melodic chaos with their instruments. They’ve already won the hearts of many over their short period of being a band, and thriving in their environment, MAYPINE are dominating the scene relentlessly. They’ve got the charisma and talent of a pop punk band, and they’re truly harnessing all their energy into well mastered pieces, giving them a quicker incline into one of the best bands to currently be hailing from the shores of the UK.

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Review: MAYPINE – In The Back Of My Mind

20799924_453307101719264_463182109330886952_nThe UK pop punk scene is bursting with energy, showing a huge amount of determination, passion and all over fun interactions within the community. Brighton based MAYPINE joined the scene mid-2016, and have already taken thousands of listeners by storm. Taking their music to the stage, their notability came from the lively and exciting shows that really stuck in your mind and making you question, “who is MAYPINE?”

21272489_460910904292217_3812576184233086093_nIn The Back Of My Mind is their first recorded EP where Maypine took to Emeline Studios with producer Ian Sadler, who’s previously worked with artists such as ROAM and Homebound. The first track, ‘A Little Sooner’ is their facebook biography captured in one song, supporting evidence of Maypine being one of the most exciting pop-punk bands in the UK. ‘A Little Sooner’ is full of the kick of a pop-punk band, but combined with melodies of a trained guitar, Maypine have really taken their creativity and turned it into reality. It honestly feels like the picture you want to draw in your mind, and having it turn out better than expected. As we move into ‘North/South Divide’ the distinctive vocals become more appealing as you listen on. It’s easy to say that pop-punk is catchy through the instrumentals, but Maypine have vocally and musically created this anthem-esque music that could well and truly fill up venues with ease. Alternative clubs hear the likes of Neck Deep, sending the crowd into a flurry of excitement, and it’s quite easy to imagine Maypine following the same footsteps.

‘North/South Divide’ not only has the appeal of vocals, but an emphasis on the drums and bass proving that every instrument is vital to their overall sound. It’s very upbeat, promoting subconscious body jerks whether you like it or not. One thing to say about the production of In The Back Of My Mind is that it’s such a clear, modern sounding recording, that one of the most appealing aspects is the sound of traditional pop-punk which have likely been remastered for the ears of today’s upcoming generation. An example of this, is third track ‘Inside Out’ that really shows their ability to create a heavy hitting pop-punk sound and high energy. As a band, Maypine have a real chemistry between them, turning musical ideas into reality and being the pop-punk band we all didn’t know we needed. Their music fits into playlists beside Microwave, ROAM, Neck Deep, pre-American Idiot Green Day and even Blink 182. Pop-punk has expanded, changed and grown over the years, almost sounding completely different to how it started back in the early 90’s, but Maypine’s fresh take on the genre that so many have come to love is appealing across all generations. As ‘Inside Out’ progresses, we hear the heavy breakdown, representing and proving that their talents are far from being explored.

‘Never Far Apart’ is an acoustic song, that really compliments the voice of lead vocalist naaame filled with emotion and passion channeled through music. It’s actually quite a lyrically beautiful song, and eventually moves into the works of the whole band as the vocal emotion peaks, letting the instruments take over. It’s a masterpiece, in every sense of the word. The band have cleverly managed to draw emotion through every component, ending the song in the same relaxing way as it started, taking you through twilight. The EP does come to an end a little too soon as we hit the final track, ‘Day After Day.’ After the incredible display of talent throughout the compilation of songs, it’s only right that Maypine shows one last push of energetic spirits as they close In The Back Of My Mind. Constructed of melodic guitars, cadenced drums and an aggressive bassline, ‘Day After Day’ is the perfect ending for their first, massive step into the pop punk scene.

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Interview: Autumnboy opens up about “Ghost Of A Broken Record”

autumnboy1Autumnboy recently released his first album, Ghost Of A Broken Record, under his current name. Often referring to his personal and spiritual process, the album is made up of emotionally driven song writing and at times consulting very deep and intimate emotions. “The album addresses a lot of my issues,” Autumnboy starts, “so there’s a lot of feelings that are in there, and it ranges from hopelessness and isolation, to heartbreak, regret and self-deprecation and then hopefulness.” Opening song, ‘Kill Yourself, Become The Sky’ is a very immediate introduction to the album and the style of music that Autumnboy has taken on. The sense of honesty that the music holds is a very appealing attribute, and with the artist being so open about his inner demons, it’s a very intriguing look at another person’s release. While the intimacy can be quite bare and nakedly placed in front of us, the inspiration of honesty is remarkable. Ghost Of A Broken Record has, in a way, promoted the sense of honesty through its own reflective and growing nature. “The album itself runs almost like a story, the beginning of each track, I tend to express a lament over a certain issue; whether it be struggling with my relationship with God, or with a girl, or a sense of overall insecurity. This then all accumulates to a peak with the title [Ghost Of A Broken Record], in which I come into a call with Alex from HXVNTED, and he represents the voices in my head – the voices that aren’t from God – whilst I’m speaking truth into each statement and fighting back. Eventually it drops down into me repeating the truth over to myself again and again: “I am a child of the King.”

“As an individual and as an artist I am unashamedly a follower of Jesus Christ, and over the years I feel as if my relationship with God has come to bleed into every part of my life.” He says. “When I first had the idea of putting this album together it wasn’t my intention to have it be an articulation of my process, but as the process of collating the songs went on, I felt as if God really began to direct what it was going to be. It was a really cool process to watch unfold in front of me!” Second track, ‘Terrible,’ is a challenging self-reflective track, in which Autumnboy address his senses of insecurity, and reminiscing over the reasons why the Autumnboy project came to life, he says “It started from a friend of mine sending me a song by an artist called Nothing, Nowhere, in the summer of 2016. It introduced me to a new genre of music that’s popped up over the past few years that mixes emo with trap-style drums and I fell in love instantly! So, I decided to start up the project as something to experiment with since I’d been writing music under the emo genre previously.” Ghost Of A Broken Record is an interesting combination of both of those genre’s, but it’s a real grower. While being very extraordinary and breaking away from the normality of emo, Autumnboy has taken it upon himself to tackle the obscure genre of music and triumphantly succeeded in making it work.

autumnboyAn example of Autumnboy’s honesty and intimacy is through the fifth track, ‘I Never Meant To Hurt You’ that shows the brutality that self-reflection can have, but through acceptance can help the path towards a better understanding of behaviour. “It was a hard track for me to write in many ways. A while down the line after the breakdown of a romantic relationship and close friendship, I ended up finding out a lot of things that this person thought of me and many things that they accused me of, all of which were negative. It was scary and induced a lot of anger in me at first, but after a few days of cooling down I felt an overwhelming sense of gratefulness,” he says. “I was grateful that through this situation I had been given a chance to be introspective and understand more of the things about myself that needed to change, and I did it through by putting myself in her shoes and try and understand her viewpoint. To some extent, I began to understand how I had negatively treated people in the past, and gained a desire to change that.” The four-and-a-half-minute track is a very storytelling track, being outright rather than vague – an emphasis on the reaction that the writer had when looking at the bigger picture, and through acceptance, moving on to truly recreate himself. “A dude called Louis C.K. once said “When a person tells you that you hurt them, you don’t get to decide that you didn’t,” and it really stuck with me throughout this whole process. Regardless of what I thought was right or wrong in the situation – truth or lies – I had hurt her, and that wasn’t okay. The song was me swallowing my pride, trying to explain myself and apologising. There’s no passive aggression; there’s no ‘oh I’m sorry but you said this about me,’ but just an understanding that this person was hurting, and I was the one that had caused it and I needed to own up for that, regardless of circumstance.”

One of the most intimate songs that really addresses Autumnboy’s faith is ‘Lose You,’ a song that features Hands & Feet and discusses the troubles he faces being a man of God and a victim of his own mental health. “I’m an extremely expressive person, so I began to write more and more as Autumnboy to express my emotions which eventually collated into the album that is out now.” The music, though, is more than just music for the songwriter, “I think through a lot of it I felt excitement though, despite how I was feeling, it brings me an immense joy to manifest my feelings in sound, and performing them on the record just backed up that joy because I was able to articulate that in a way that I saw fit,” he says, “it’s always incredibly helpful for me to express myself through song and it’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was very young and I am ecstatic now that I have the skill set to do so. It’s almost therapeutic, being able to express myself not only through lyrics but through the instrumentals I write too.” During the writing of Ghost Of A Broken Record, Autumnboy travelled to places such as New Jersey and Texas, and creating his ideas in various places. “I started writing for Autumnboy towards the end of summer. I spent just under a month in the USA overall, and during that time I worked on the demos for ‘Lose You’ and ‘Moonlight.’ I won’t go into too much detail, but if weren’t for that trip, I wouldn’t have written ‘Moonlight’ at all,” he says.

The fourth track of the album is certainly a different feeling to the previous tracks, being laced with optimism and giving a sense of overall euphoria, and a potential turning point in the Ghost Of A Broken Record story. Autumnboy has thrived in his creativity, taking influence from not only his emotions but his environments to create a very unique kind of masterpiece. “I wrote the majority of both of those songs [‘Moonlight’ & ‘Lose You’] on my friends’ bedroom floor while the people I was visiting were at work. That trip will always have a special place in my heart, so knowing that these songs were almost a bit of an outpouring of the trip is really cool for me.”

 

“In the final song, ‘Towers’, I begin to ask God to become the strength in all of my weaknesses, understanding that he fills in all the gaps and can fix all the issues that I’d previously been lamenting over throughout the album. The track itself wasn’t something I was incredibly excited about,” Autumnboy begins, discussing the final chapter of ­Ghost Of A Broken Record, “that was until Chris Bernstorf sent in the recording for his guest spot. It was actually at that point that I felt that God really confirmed that he was at work amongst this album. Every word that Chris spoke over the music I wrote not only related to me, but it shined a light to where I needed to be going next in my journey.” The song in question, ‘Towers’ has a cinematic and almost choreographed atmosphere surrounding it. It’s quite elegant in its presentation, as it moves gently and subtly into bass induced reminiscent. The guest vocals of Chris Bernstorf are passionate, adding that flourishing honesty to compliment the works of Autumnboy.

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Being not only a debut, but a journey of experience for Autumnboy that has allowed him to express his emotions in a therapeutic way, looking to the future of the project is rather vague. “I’ve actually started the writing process for my second album, and at the moment it’s just jotting down ideas and recording rough guitar parts,” he says. “I don’t intend to release anything for a very long time though, because I want to be able to live and experience things that will truly inspire me. Not to mention the fact that I really want to relish and push the stuff I have out already – the album completely exceeded my expectations,” he starts. “A lot of it was written before I went into the studio, but some stuff worked and some stuff just flat out didn’t. I sincerely believe that every track turned out the way it was supposed to, and with the help of Realmskip, it sounds much better than I ever could have imagined, production wise. He’s truly made my music shine, and I would be doing myself a disservice to just let Ghost Of A Broken Record fall to the wayside.”

Follow Autumnboy on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with his music. 

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Stand Atlantic release official video for ‘Sidewinder’

One of the things about Stand Atlantic is their massive tunes filled with power, energy and the overall catchiness of their tracks. Since formation, the band have been on the upward, gaining momentum and high praise for their hard work and dedication for their music. With the release of their music video for ultimate pop punk anthem, Sidewinder, Stand Atlantic show their passion for the emotionally driven track through visuals.

Be sure to like Stand Atlantic over on Stand Atlantic for more bangers.

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CODENAME COLIN – Outgunned REVIEW

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Tomorrow marks the release of five piece ska punk band, Codename Colin’s second EP, Outgunned. The Hertfordshire band has some serious spirit, spending the last year and a half travelling around the UK to liven up crowds, bringing the band the notoriety of fun and energetic shows. Equipped with two saxophones and the means to combine head banging with skanking, Codename Colin sits in a ska punk line up next to Less Than Jake and Goldfinger.

The band was originally formed in 2012 by frontman Charlie Gabriel and after reuniting in 2016 with a solid line up, Codename Colin already has a few hits under their belts such as ‘Agent 23’ and ‘Match Dot Com.’ The band have truly grown as a band, and this time around Codename Colin has come on in leaps and bounds. Outgunned is a real contender to place them on the throne of one of UK’s rising ska punk bands.

Outgunned is an eight track album including a cover version of ‘Just A Day’ by Welsh band, Feeder. The original in itself is a huge song known throughout the scene, but in true Codename Colin style, they’ve worked their magic to make it the ska punk version we all didn’t know we needed. It’s one thing, being able to take such a highly rated song and charmingly turning it into something else, but Codename Colin has a plethora of talents and originality bursting at the seams. Earlier this year, they released an official music video for ‘Losing Touch’ that’s frankly, one of the catchiest songs to come out of 2017. Not only is it a wet dream for the ska punks of this generation, but the music video in itself is a throwback to some of the most iconic fashion trends that every early 2000’s punks indulged in and almost immediately influencing you to break out the checked Vans with a shirt, tie and waistcoat.

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One of the biggest appeals to Codename Colin’s Outgunned is the first track, ‘New Year’s Resolution.’ Armed with an alto and tenor sax, the fierce sound they supply really supports the pumped up attitude that Codename Colin possess. ‘Friday 19th’ is another example of their spirit, with quick instrumental verses complemented by the sound of sax’s doing what they do best. The entire album is compiled of anthem-like songs to get you pumped. If your library includes the likes of Reel Big Fish or Less Than Jake, this band is definitely for you.

Codename Colin has a multitude of avenues that they explore though, with ‘Pulling Teeth’ really taking on a reggae-like tone. A lot of the attitude of the album comes from the lead vocalist, who gives the songs that extra oompf with charmingly hoarse vocals, and showing off what the British have to offer the ska punk scene. The fifth track, ‘Declan’ really puts the focus on the other instruments, showing the effect that the bass does have on the music. It’s a short song, but the amplified sound of the drums and bass gives the listener a chance to experience the other side of the music, and overall, ‘Declan’ is musical proof that Codename Colin can explore their music in many of ways. But, they’ve truly mastered the arts of ska punk, and since their earlier releases, they’ve shown that the more that they make music, the more they continue to grow into something special. ‘Putting Up Walls’ is a personal favourite from Outgunned with it almost feeling like the kind of songs you’d listen to while in a warm villa somewhere off the coast of Cala Pi, as you look over to the sun-kissed beaches and perfectly blue ocean stretching for miles in front of you. With it coming up to winter now, I’m sure Codename Colin can send you into a nostalgia frenzy as you reminisce about the freedom of summer, and warm your heart in front of the fire.

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Keep up to date with Codename Colin by following their FACEBOOK and TWITTER and be sure to check out Outgunned tomorrow, September 1st across all platforms.