Legendary Newport noisemakers FLYSCREEN have re-recorded their 1996 football anthem ‘Carl Zeiss Jena’, in celebration of two sporting milestones.
The song, first released on the band’s ‘Size Five Leather’ EP, tells the story of Newport County’s 1981 journey into European football. The Welsh side reached the quarter finals of the European Cup Winners Cup, only to be narrowly beaten over two legs by Jena.
Flyscreen’s tune became a cult hit with supporters of both teams. Back in the ’90s it was regularly played at Jena’s ground before games, and Newport included it on a tribute CD.
Now the County has finally made it back into the football league after a 25-year absence – in the year that Jena celebrates its 110th anniversary.
The new ‘Carl Zeiss Jena’ was produced by Richard Jackson (The Automatic, 60ft Dolls, Mclusky) and recorded in both Newport and San Francisco (where drummer Tony Corten now lives).
It’s available through iTunes and Amazon, in time for Newport’s upcoming friendly against Jena in July – a full 32 years on from that original game.
Warner Music Canada has opened its vaults and offers the first of a series of digital releases from classic Canadian artists ranging from Honeymoon Suite to Streetheart to Harem Scarem.
The label has gone back to the original master tapes of albums that have not been in circulation in over a decade in order to make them available through all Digital Service Providers. A full list of titles is posted below.
Commenting on the announcement, Warner Music Canada President Steve Kane states:
"In today's increasingly active and robust digital marketplace, we wanted to undertake an aggressive campaign to make sure many of Canada's important heritage artists are available in high digital quality. Warner Music Canada is proud of our contributions to the Canadian music scene over the past 45 years and these records are a part of that rich history."
Arnold Lanni, founding member of Frozen Ghost, says:
"I just got word that Warner Music is making my Frozen Ghost catalogue available digitally and I can't tell you how happy that makes me feel! I'm happy for the thousands of fans who supported me and the Frozen Ghost project that will now be able to enjoy these songs on their favorite device."
Gerry McGhee, frontman of Brighton Rock, says:
"Seems a little like déjà vu to finally have 'Take A Deep Breath' for the first time ever available in its true completed form with all the songs from the sessions. And to be working on a new album 24 years later, I guess what's old is new again."
Titles to be made available:
Brighton Rock - Take A Deep Breath Frozen Ghost - Frozen Ghost Frozen Ghost - Shake Your Spirit George Fox - With All My Might Glen Stace - Road To Damascus Glen Stace - Buddha Hotel Harem Scarem - Voice Of Reason Honeymoon Suite - Racing After Midnight Honeymoon Suite - Monsters Under The Bed Messenjah - Sessions Moxy Fruvous - You Will Go To The Moon One Ton - Abnormal Pleasures The Skydiggers - Road Radio Wide Mouth Mason - Stew Wide Mouth Mason - Wide Mouth Mason Streetheart - Meanwhile Back In Paris Streetheart - Under Heaven Over Hell Streetheart - Action:The Best Of Streetheart Rheostatics - Whale Music Rheostatics - Music From The Motion Picture Whale Music Rheostatics - Introducing Happiness Eddie Schwartz - Public Life
More titles will be released from the Warner Music Canada vaults later in the year.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star have announced their next collection of covers will be released on June 25th: this latest release featuring lullaby renditions of Social Distortion.
Hear the lullaby version of 'Ball and Chain', taken from Social Distortion's self-titled 1990 release below.
Paul from Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star told Punknews:
"This release is done independently. Occasionally we release "labor of love" albums and this certainly was one of them. Being 51 and from the South Bay I was lucky enough to catch many an early performance by Social D and many other legendary California punk bands."
Century Media Records has added metal veterans UNEARTH to their roster in Europe.
UNEARTH have recently started working on their sixth album with renown producer Mark Lewis (Trivium, DevilDriver, The Black Dahlia Murder, Deicide and many more) which is roughly scheduled for a late 2013 release. It is their sixth album since their inception in 1998. Vocalist Trevor Phipps offers the state of the band and their intentions for this new release in his comments below:
"A new chapter has begun for UNEARTH as we have found a few new places to call home. By joining forces with Century Media (Europe), E1 (North America), Howling Bull (Japan) and 3Wise (Australia) we will have a more focused attack from some of the most well known and respected labels in the world. We know this new beginning of sorts will bring bigger and better things for UNEARTH and our fans and we couldn't be more excited for the future of all things UNEARTH. We are currently in the studio recording some of the most aggressive, anthemic and energized metal we have ever written and we look forward to unleashing it to you all when it is finished. Expect to hear more about our new album, release dates and future world wide touring plans later this summer. - We also want to take this opportunity to thank Metal Blade Records for being our label home for almost a decade. In that time we released four LP's and a double DVD, circled the Globe playing Heavy Metal dozens of times and experienced some of the greatest moments of our collective lives. Metal Blade helped us along the path of our dream and we are eternally grateful. We start new label relationships today, but we will always consider ourselves part of the Metal Blade Records family."
After an awe-inspiring 15 years of blazing trails and dominating stages, UNEARTH is now institutionalized as a relentless force in heavy metal, standing the test of time with consistently triumphant creative output, tireless road warrior resilience, Blue Collar style workmanship and a resolute determination to deliver the goods.
With over 500,000 in worldwide sales, UNEARTH’s continued staying power has also hinged on their highly interactive and toweringly heavy live performances. Over the course of their impressive 15 years career, UNEARTH have played amphitheaters, sheds, theaters, halls and clubs with a diverse group of bands that includes Slipknot, Slayer, Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God, All That Remains, DevilDriver, Dimmu Borgir, Gwar and Whitechapel. They’ve appeared at prestigious festivals like Download in the UK, Germany’s With Full Force and Wacken, Belgium’s Graspop, Hellfest in France and Japan’s Loud Park.
With an average age still well behind the genre-forefathers and legends ahead of them, Unearth are committed to collaborating on uncharted new heights within their music. No sellout, no experimental adventurousness and no letdown for their extremely dedicated fans on the horizon. With a blank slate in front of them, UNEARTH will always steadily maintain and powerfully proclaim their allegiance to the lifestyle, the ethos and the community of heavy metal, both now and forever.
UNEARTH is: Trevor Phipps - Vocals Buz McGrath - Guitar Ken Susi - Guitar John Maggard - Bass Nick Pierce - Drums
Comedy rockers PSYCHOSTICK have announced they will be hitting the road this summer for their 'Blow Your Fingers Off Tour' that will include performances at this year's Rockapalooza, A2 Fest, Breast Fest Biker Bash and Dirtfest.
Blow Your Fingers Off Tour:
*please note - don't actually blow your fingers off
June 21 - Steger, IL @ Another Hole In The Wall June 22 - Jackson, MI @ Rockapalooza - Jackson County Fair Grounds July 5 - Providence, RI @ McNeil's Tavern July 6 - Brookfield, CT @ The Room July 12 - Newport, KY @ Thompson House - Show Details July 13 - Ann Arbor, MI @ A2 Fest - WFC Fairgrounds and Event Center July 14 - St. Joseph, MI @ Czar's 505 July 16 - La Crosse, WI @ The Warehouse July 18 - St. Cloud, MN @ Bubba's July 19 - Spring Lake Park (Minneapolis area), MN @ POV's 65 July 20 - Pecatonica, IL @ Breast Fest - Winnebago County Fairgrounds August 9 - Kokomo, IN @ Centerstage August 10 - Birch Run, MI @ Dirtfest
*ROCKAPALOOZA: Festival with CANDLEBOX, SALIVA, TAPROOT, MUSHROOMHEAD, HEDPE, OBIE TRICE, HURT, 12 STONES, SMILE EMPTY SOUL, BOY HITS CAR, ADAM GONTIER (FORMER SINGER OF THREE DAYS GRACE), PSYCHOSTICK, SURRENDER THE FALL, ROTATION, ANOTHER LOST YEAR, DIECAST, TRACK FIGHTER, IT LIES WITHIN, THROUGH THE ASHES, HYDROVIBE
*A2 Fest: HedPE, Taproot, Psychostick, Green Jelly, Chris Webby, The Agonist, It Lies Within, Slaves On Dope, Blue Felix, Motown Rage, Losing September, Almost Kings, SIKLID, XFactor1, Wayland, Prospect Hill, Dead Horse Trauma
*5th Annual Breast Fest Biker Bash: benefitting the Save The TaTa's Foundation: Drowning Pool, Nonpoint, Pop Evil, Soil, Primer 55, Psychostick, Straight Line Stitch
*DIRTFEST: Adam Gontier (of 3 Days Grace), Asking Alexandria, Trapt, Pop Evil, Parabelle, Devour The Day, 10 Years, Psychostick, Escape The Fate, Wilson, It Lies Within, Blue Felix, Saint Ridley
Psychostick released their latest music video 'Dogs Like Socks' earlier this year and can be viewed at the following link:
A breath of fresh air has come for those who need a break from the standard angry rock or metal band. While many fans love the rush of loud and heavy music, it usually comes bundled with negative lyrics and attitudes.
Psychostick's notoriously entertaining and energetic live show, in conjunction with their full length album "We Couldn't Think Of a Title" originally released in 2003, quickly made Psychostick a Phoenix local legend. Loyal fans continually came back to shows in order to "get their 'Stick fix" (something commonly said on local music websites).
In June of 2005, Psychostick's song "Beer" became a hit on XM Radio's Squizz 48, where it competed with other bands such as Staind and System of a Down, beating them out for the position of #1 for 7 consecutive weeks. "Beer" remained in the top 10, and "Two Ton Paperweight" was added to regular rotation as well. Many other radio stations from all over the US have been picking up the "Beer" song, and as a result Psychostick had sold over 1,600 cds, mostly sold through the internet.
Originating in Texas in 1998 and then moving to Phoenix in 2000, Psychostick has come from being a simple local band to a national hit. Psychostick has been steadily climbing higher and higher in the industry. They have captured the attention of many who are curious how far this independent band will go, as well as accumulated a die-hard fanbase that grows more every day.
With songs being about anything from frustration with a bad car to faking their deaths in order to achieve fame, "the hook" lies not just in catchy choruses, but in hilarious and memorable moments sprinkled throughout every song.
"It's refreshing to see people coming back to our site and quoting our lyrics because it brings out their lighter side," says Rob, the singer.
Psychostick has found a way to break the mold from a genre that often takes itself way too seriously. Combining well-written heavy riffs and grooves with tongue-in-cheek slapstick-comedy song themes, Psychostick has created a style that will either have crowds mosh-pitting one second, or doubled over laughing in another.
London based rockers NEONFLY have announced that they will be the main support act in Germany for one of rock’s biggest living legends, Alice Cooper, who will be playing three exclusive headline shows as part of his “Raise the Dead” 2013 tour. Dates are as follows:
JULY 29th – Saarbrücken Saarlandhalle 30th – Hanau Amphitheater
AUGUST 4th – Lichtenfels Schützenanger
This adds up to a knockout package of summer shows for the band that already includes the Main Stage at the legendary Masters Of Rock Festival in Czech Republic on July 12th, and an exclusive headline show in Hamburg, Germany at the Rock Café on July 10th.
In spring of this year, the band set off to HOFA Studios in Germany to record their second album with producer Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69, Angra, Primal Fear, Krokus…). The album is currently being mixed with a release date soon to be confirmed, Neonfly plan to play some exclusive new material during their summer shows.
“Alice Cooper is one of the most established and legendary acts in the music industry. Who hasn’t heard of Alice Cooper? How many people can say they’ve never played air guitar - or real guitar for that matter - over the riff of Poison or School’s Out? It’s an absolute honor and pleasure to have the opportunity to share the stage with Alice. Enough said!” comments an ecstatic Frederick Thunder, Neonfly’s guitarist and songwriter.
Metal heavyweights BURY TOMORROW have announced they will embark on a UK headline tour in September, to round off their campaign for last year's monster of an album, 'The Union Of Crowns'.
After receiving a nomination for 'Best New Band' at 2013's Metal Hammer Golden Gods, embarking on hugely successful tours with Crossfaith, Bleed From Within, While She Sleeps and Architects, followed by the Rocksound Exposure Tour with The Ghost Inside and utterly destroying the Pepsi Max stage at Download, Bury Tomorrow are primed for their forthcoming festival performances throughout the Summer, including a main stage set at this years prestigious Reading and Leeds festivals.
BURY TOMORROW's headline run is presented by The Agency Group and Hype Clothing in association with Live Nation and Monster Energy.
26th SEPT - MO CLUB, SOUTHAMPTON 27th SEPT - THE FLEECE, BRISTOL 28th SEPT - O2 ACADEMY 2, BIRMINGHAM 29th SEPT - ACADEMY 3, MANCHESTER 30th SEPT O2 ACADEMY 2, NEWCASTLE 1st OCT - GARAGE, GLASGOW 2nd OCT - RESCUE ROOMS, NOTTINGHAM 3rd OCT - WATERFRONT - NORWICH 4th OCT - O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON, LONDON
'The Union Of Crowns' is available now via Nuclear Blast Records - Currently Only £5.99 on iTunes
Get ready for TURISAS to paint your town red and black again! The band has revealed first details of their upcoming album, 'Turisas2013', scheduled for release August 21 in Finland, August 26 in Europe while the UK will follow on September 2 and North America September 3. Keep your eyes peeled for the exact dates though!
Yet again the album was produced by vocalist Mathias Nygård and the majority of the album recorded by Nygård and guitarist Jussi Wickström in a remote house outside of Helsinki that worked as the 'Turisas2013' command centre and head quarter. Additional recordings were done in 3 other studios: the drums at Atomic Spa Studio and orchestral recordings at 5 by 5 Studio, both in Helsinki. A lot of vocals and numerous additional elements were tracked at Sound Supreme Studio in Hämeenlinna where TURISAS also recorded 'The Varangian Way' and 'Stand Up And Fight'.
With 'Turisas2013' the band deliberately aimed for a more organic sound, Mathias “Warlord” Nygård further comments: “When it comes to the production it's just the opposite of the polished and massive ‘Stand Up And Fight’. It's raw and dry and in your face, but still maintaining that TURISAS-largeness. People attest us that we are a great live band and we wanted the album to be based more around that than orchestral massiveness. It's our most varied record to date and even if some of the songs sound very different, I think the common thread is that every single one has a lot of energy to it.”
The mix and mastering was done in London at Orgone Studios with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano who previously worked with Ghost, Cathedral, Primodial and Ulver, just to name a few.”
The band will be playing a run of UK headline shows later this year:
08.10.2013 (UK) Bristol - The Fleece 09.10.2013 (UK) London - O2 Academy Islington 10.10.2013 (UK) Nottingham - Rock City 11.10.2013 (UK) Glasgow - Cathouse 12.10.2013 (UK) Manchester - Club Academy
'Turisas2013' is the first album showcasing their revamped line-up:
Mathias Nygård – vocals Jussi Wickström – guitar Olli Vänskä – violin Robert Engstrand – keyboards Jaakko Jakku – drums Jesper Anastasiadis – bass
Uber Rock doesn't do things like anyone else - you should know this by now. Never missing a chance to kick convention upside the head we present to you the all-new, and bloody great, Uber Rock Is Killing Music shirt!
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Musician and filmmaker ROB ZOMBIE will unleash his Great American Nightmare on Los Angeles this Halloween season. This bone-chilling experience will combine the most advanced haunted house attractions with a not-to-be-missedmusic festival from top artists in hard rock, alternative, EDM and more, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 10 through November 2 at the Fairplex FEARplex in Pomona, California, just outside Los Angeles.
A creative collaboration between masters of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted house producer Steve Kopelman, the fully immersive haunted house experience will feature three attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films: Lords Of Salem Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses. The shocking — and sometimes disturbing — fright attractions will offer a three-dimensional experience with animatronics and effects, a maze that is the ultimate definition of claustrophobia and fear, sudden chills and startling thrills and salacioushumor that will make one scream with fright and laughter.
As if these sinister attractions weren’t enough, Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare also will feature 15 nights of music from top national and regional artists in the indie/punk, EDM, metal, rock and Latin genres including Andrew WK, BL3ND, Blood On The Dance Floor, Dirtyloud, Dirtyphonics, Doctor P, Emilie Autumn, Evol Intent, Fei-Fei, Goldfinger, Heavygrinder, Kottonmouth Kings, Metalachi, One More Time, Ozomatli, Reel Big Fish, Terravita, The Used, Twiztid, William Control, Zomboy and many more.
In addition to music, one night will feature the outrageous pro wrestling sensations Lucha Libre USA. Look for details about the music performance schedule–including additional major headlining acts–to be announced on June 29 and visit GreatAmericanNightmare.com for details.
“This is it! The ultimate badass Halloween experience! No one will walk away disappointed,” says Zombie. “I am thrilled to bring The Great American Nightmare to California and begin a reign of bloody terror!”
The FEARplex for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will include 150,000 square feet of horror and entertainment and is not geared towards young children or the faint of heart. Patrons should be prepared for maximum scares!
At Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare, patrons will enter three different attractions, each completely different in look, theme and effects:
Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out: This harrowing attraction — based on Zombie’s 2012 The Lords Of Salem independent horror film — is designed to twist the mind. It will accentuate some senses while limiting others. Fear of the dark, claustrophobia, and fear of the unknown will be preyed on as the visitor attempts to traverse this sixty-degree maze.
The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D: Utilizing Chromadepth glasses, this innovative attraction will take the patron right into the middle of the irreverent world of Rob Zombie’s El Superbeasto 2009 animated exploitation musical horror comedy film based on the comic book series of the same name. The attraction’s unique surprise entrance, brilliant colors, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salacious humor will make one scream with fright and laughter.
Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses: This terrifying attraction pays homage to the 10-year anniversary of the exploitation horror film House Of 1,000 Corpses, directed by Zombie. This extreme, traditional haunted house will take visitors on a walking journey through a recreation of the film’s “Museum of Monsters & Madmen” along with an expanded “Murder Ride,” confronting notorious serial killers along the way. This high impact, highly detailed attraction will use state of the art animatronics, video effects, costuming, sound, scents and lights.
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is produced by Rob Zombie, Steve Kopelman and Andy Gould, along with event music producers Kevin Lyman and John Reese.
“Having produced haunted attractions for over 30 years, I have never been more excited about a project than I am with The Great American Nightmare. To produce an event with partners like Rob Zombie, Kevin Lyman, John Reese and Andy Gould is a dream come true. This no-holds-barred first year event is destined to change the haunted house landscape for years to come and I am ecstatic to be a part of it,” says Nightmare producer Steve Kopelman.
The Great American NightmareMonster Midway will offer outdoor screenings of classic horror films, a DJ, food vendors, beer, wine and spirits, and much more, with freak show characters roaming throughout the grounds each night.
Nightmare music co-producer Kevin Lyman admits, “Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is going to be so terrifying, you won’t catch me in any of the three haunted houses! For those of you who are scaredy cats like me, there will be plenty of other attractions that are guaranteed to entertain, including a special concert each night.”
“Great American Nightmare is one of the most exciting projects I have ever been associated with,” says Nightmare music co-producer John Reese. “The opportunity to work with the genius that is Rob Zombie is awe inspiring. This is set up to be one of the CAN’T MISS EVENTS OF THE YEAR!”
Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare are available starting at only $30 beginning Saturday, June 29 at GreatAmericanNightmare.com. Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions, concerts and midway activities. Tickets will also be available for purchase onsite at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival San Bernardino show at San Manuel Amphitheater (June 29) and during the Los Angeles County Fair at Pomona Fairplex (August 30-September 29). VIP packages will also be available for purchase at GreatAmericanNightmare.com.
Hours for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will be 6:30 PM until 11:00 PM on Thursdays and Sundays, 6:30 PM until 1:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Fairplex is at 1101 W. McKinley Avenue in Pomona, centrally located in the heart of Southern California. The Fairplex is also home to the LA County Fair, the largest county fair in the world.
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is made possible through the support of sponsors including Monster Energy Drink and Ernie Ball.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their landmark 1993 debut album, THE NEW BOMB TURKS will reissue '!!Destroy-Oh-Boy!!' as a deluxe vinyl edition on July 23rd via Crypt Records.
The reissue will be a super-deluxe gatefold edition crammed with pix and liners by John Petkovic (Death Of Samantha, Cobra Verde) and a slew of musician fans, plus inner-sleeve with lyrics to one of the greatest punk rock albums EVER, baby!
If that's not exciting enough, the band will also release 'Tapeworm Blues' on the same date, a 10" vinyl featuring six demos from 1992! Recorded four months prior to the !!Destroy-Oh-Boy!! album sessions, the release features never-heard originals - 'TAPEWORM BLUES' and 'DRUG CHICKS' - plus four cuts later re-recorded for 'D-O-B'. Irving Azlik, Jr, much-renowned industry head, wil provide liner notes for this release.
New Bomb Turks European dates:
July 4th - Oslo - John Dee - Norway July 5th - Stockholm - Debaser - Sweden July 6th- Helsinki - Kuudes Aisti Festival - Finland July 7th - Gierle - Sjock Festival - Belgium
"Much in the same way that people of a certain age can tell you where they were during the Kennedy assassination, I can easily recall the first time I ever heard !!Destroy-Oh-Boy!! It was early 1993, and I was one of the infamous “shitworkers” at Maximumrocknroll in San Francisco. The way it worked for those of us who reviewed records each month, was that sometime before the constantly looming deadline, you’d make the trek to the MRR house in Noe Valley, find the records that editor Tim Yohannan has assigned to you, and listen to them right there, generally writing down the first thing that came to mind, as the records – which for some reason Tim insisted putting green duct tape on the three sides of the jacket that didn’t open – never left the premises. On this particular day, I was listening to whatever has been delegated “LaVellaish,” which generally meant anything on Sub Pop or Am/Rep, when Tim walked into the room and said, “Come with me.”
He lead me up the stairs, and right out the front door to where he parked his powder blue Volvo wagon. “Get in, you gotta hear this.” Confused, I asked him why were going to listen to something out in the car, to which he simply said, “It’s the only place where we can play this LOUD enough!” and proceeded to pop in a cassette of !!Destroy-Oh-Boy!! Before I had even settled into the passenger seat, the opening guitar riff of “Born Toulouse-Lautrec” came pouring out of that poor Swedish imports speakers, and Tim had already lit a cigarette that he was dragging on as if his life depended on it. It wasn’t until well into “Tail Crush” that I managed to shout “Who is this?” in his general direction. He lit another cigarette, and with a look that was a cross between a proud parent and a juvenile delinquent that had just knocked off a liquor store, yelled “THE FUCKING NEW BOMB TURKS!”
I had heard of them of course, I even had one of their singles, but it hadn’t prepared me for what I was hearing now, and certainly not at this volume. As the songs flew by, I carefully watched Tim’s body language. He was rocking back and forth in the drivers seat, holding yet another cigarette in one hand, while occasionally pointing to the tape deck at what he must have considered crucial moments. By the time “Dragstrip Riot” came on, I was doing the same thing, completely caught up in the moment. Occasionally, like at the beginning of “Runnin’ On Go,” he would reach down and turn it up EVEN MORE, which under any other circumstances would have had me begging for mercy, but it somehow just made sense to keep turning it up. As we listened, the car continued to fill up with his cigarette smoke, but he didn’t dare crack a window for fear of a neighbor complaining about the noise. By the time “I’m Weak” came on, I really was weak, understandably lightheaded in that smoke-filled and deafening environment, but I wouldn’t have stepped out of that car for anything. It was just one of those defining moments in life that you know is significant even as it’s happening.
By the time the Turks finally played in San Francisco, the hype on them and their debut LP had reached everyone who was anyone in the City by the Bay. It was a free, Sunday afternoon all ages show at The Bottom Of The Hill, and Gaunt were also on the bill. To say that the place was packed would be an understatement, in fact it’s safe to say that it’s still the biggest crowd I’ve since there before or since. As much as I loved Gaunt, I almost felt bad for Jerry and the boys because the assembled mob was clearly there to see if the New Bomb Turks could live up to the hype, and seconds into their set, we had our answer. Between Eric jumping up and twisting his body mid-flight while spitting out the now familiar lyrics, to Jim and Matt dug in like World War One-era trench fighters delivering a sonic barrage not unlike mortar fire, the place went absolutely insane.
At one point, I excitedly jumped into the air myself, and the joint was so packed that the crowd crushed in around me and I was suspended a couple of feet up in the air, my feet no longer able to make contact with the ground. As the room moved from side to side, I was whipped around with it, until I was finally able to find the floor again, but not before I made eye contact with Tim, who was standing near the side of the stage, laughing his ass off at my predicament and the entire situation in general. The rest is history I guess, Eric started writing for Gearhead, and many years later I had the privilege of putting out their last studio LP on my own label, and going out on the road with them on their last full US tour. But it all starts with !!Destroy-Oh-Boy!!, so thanks boys for making one of the all time great rock and roll records, and thank you Tim –wherever you are – for being so totally and completely dedicated to everything it stood for." - Mike LaVella
“Near as I can tell, there are only two ways to make “classic” records. Method one is to do something that has never been done before. Do something that nobody can say sounds like anyone else. The only other way I can think of to record a true classic is to take an already established music and stretch it farther than anyone else by putting yr own personal fingerprint on it and doing it totally fucking flawlessly. Impeccable zero-tolerance spotless pure perfection. It happens more often, but only because there are only so many things you can do with one kind of music. There’s a fine line between jealousy and ambition, nihilism and individuality, hedonism and pleasure seeking, pessimism and caution, vengefulness and justification, obsession and lust; the New Bomb Turks don’t walk that line – they run, jump, do cartwheels, and moonwalk on it while remaining thoroughly modest the whole time… How any band could just get this fucking gone and still be acutely aware of what they’re here for and what they want blows my mind, and this record is proof that they can do it at least 15 times in the two days they took to record this whole thing. If you’d given Jimmy Lee Swaggart some PCP, three nubile teenage girls and a swank-ass voice, sooner or later he’d have formed a band just like this. This thing is just so goddamned life-affirming that I’ve had it for six days and I still play it at least eight times a day. And I haven’t listened to anything else, either. If you don’t jump around to, sing along with and generally love this record, you’re wrong – you are wrong. Totally fucking classic." - Ryan Stotz, Rex Enduction Hour
Hot on the heels of their chaotic, energy laden performance at Download Festival this weekend, Welsh rap/rock collective ASTROID BOYS have been revealed as the main support on Californian thrash-punk mentalists Trash Talk's July UK dates:
8th July - London Underworld 9th July - Bristol Fleece 10th July - Brighton The Green Door 11th July - Manchester Star and Garter 13th July - Liverpool The Blade Factory
Additionally, Astroid Boys will also perform sets at:
29th June - Ghostfest @ Leeds Uni (hype. stage) 14th July - T In The Park (BBC Introducing Stage)
Astroid Boys' debut mini-album 'Minging' is scheduled for release July 29th via PinkySwear Records
THE PRETTY RECKLESS - led by frontwoman Taylor Momsen - have released a lyric video for new song 'Follow Me Down': watch it below.
The song comes from the band's forthcoming new album, 'Going To Hell', which is set for release later this year.
"This is not a new chapter in the life of the band; it’s a new book. The band has matured and our sound has evolved dramatically. The record took almost a year to make. It's gratifying knowing it's nearing completion. I'm very excited to get new music out for our fans very soon."
PLACEBO have revealed the tracklisting of forthcoming album, 'Loud Like Love'
Set for release on September 16th, the album will include the following songs:
'Loud Like Love' 'Scene Of The Crime' 'Too Many Friends' 'Hold On To Me' 'Rob The Bank' 'A Million Little Pieces' 'Exit Wounds' 'Purify' 'Begin The End' 'Bosco'
'Too Many Friends' will be released as a single on July 9th.
'Loud Like Love' will be released in five different formats including a 3D lenticular super deluxe box set, a limited edition deluxe digi-pack version, a double 12" coloured vinyl gatefold edition, a standard cd album and digitally.
Placebo will play the following UK shows in December:
12 - Birmingham O2 Academy 13 - Glasgow O2 Academy 14 - Manchester 02 Apollo 16 - London O2 Academy Brixton
SAXON will release a limited edition picture disc of 'Dogs Of War' on July 15th.
Recorded in Boston, England, 'Dogs Of War', the band's twelfth studio album, originally released in 1995, was Saxon's third for Virgin Germany and was the last album to feature guitarist Graham Oliver.
The 10 track epic was a move in the heavier direction for Saxon and featured rock powerhouses 'Burning Wheels' and 'Demolition Alley' with monstrous artwork and trademark pounding riffs.
Demon Records is presenting this limited and rare 12" Picture Disc of Dogs Of War pressed on 180gram vinyl limited to 750 copies worldwide.
Side A A1 Dogs Of War A2 Burning Wheels A3 Don't Worry A4 Big Twin Rolling Coming Home A5 Hold On
Side B B1 The Great White Buffalo B2 Demolition Alley B3 Walking Through Tokyo B4 Give It All Away B5 Yesterday's Gone