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Your Favorite Enemies maybe something of a new name on this side of the pond but over in their native Canada, the six-piece have managed to hit number 2 on iTunes on the day of release of their previous recording, whilst the band have also shifted 60,000 physical copies of their past releases to date, which is impressive when you think that the band take their musical cues from the likes of Fugazi, Sonic Youth and Mars Volta among others.

The band have already made their first steps in this country with a high profile tour in support of seminal post rock legends ……And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead  taking in Glasgow, Manchester and London during their four date stint.

Listening to this ten track affair you can imagine that Your Favorite Enemies may well found favour with the Trail Of Dead crowd, as they combine lo-fi post hardcore, evocative vocals and dense bouts of feedback to create a gloriously wide reaching racket that should appeal to post rockers and abrasive alternative rock fans alike.

The album opens with a short introduction entitled Satsuki Yami, where the band sharpen their instruments, building up to a howling feedback enriched crescendo before unleashing the first track proper, Empire Of Sorrows, a six minute plus epic that mixes spoken-word lyrics with jarring banks of dense instrumentation, punished drums and waves of guitar abuse to create an unsettling yet compelling introduction to the bands sound.

Following on, the band deliver the stunning A View From Within, with a somewhat serrated and swirling, shoegaze inspired guitar sound that could have been lifted straight from the grooves of Loveless (My Bloody Valentine), whilst Alex Foster’s vocals are more of a refrained hush, adding a welcome, melodic side to the cacophony of sound. Where Did We Lose Each Other is different again, featuring an instantly infectious guitar hook, vocal harmonies and a glorious chorus refrain, as the band impress with a fine slice of shimmering alternative rock.

Under A Stretching Skyline proves to be another highlight, the seven minute track opens with the band creating a storm of driven guitars and crashing drums before Alex delivers a vulnerable touching lead vocal whilst keyboard player Miss Isabel adds barely audible whispers peppering the track to create a softer layer, near hidden beneath the waves of glacial guitar work.

The album finishes with the stunning Muets Aux Temps Des Amours, a brooding melodic number with both male and female spoken word vocals, a delicate crooned lead from Alex and restrained shimmering guitar and keyboard work, completing an intriguing and diverse album on a dreamy high.

Between Illness And Migration may well take it’s cues from the likes of Sonic Youth, Fugazi, My Bloody Valentine and perhaps Shellac, but Your Favorite Enemies have very much mastered their own unique and compelling sound straddling the divide of abrasive post punk and glistening shoegaze, a contagious outing from start to finish.

Rhythm & Booze Rating 9

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ZOAX PREMIERES VIDEO FOR ‘LONELY SOULS’

ZOAX have completed their blistering video for the first single ‘Lonely Souls’ off their upcoming EP ‘Is Everybody Listening?’ which will be released via Century Media on February 9th in Europe, February 10th in North America (digital only).

Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Mk5hxjJW6E

Adam Carroll (vocals) comments: “This was easily the most fun I’ve had shooting a video. More fun obviously though for the rest of the band, who got to spend the day throwing the items. Actually come to think of it, it wasn’t that fun for me. But I did get a can of Guinness out of it.”

‘Is Everybody Listening?’ was produced and engineered by Derya Oisin Nagle, Ciaran O’ Shea and Adam “Nolly” Getgood, Mixed and Mastered by Adam “Nolly” Getgood.

‘Is Everybody Listening?’ track-listing:
1. ?
2. Lonely Souls
3. Click
4. Zero Point Seven
5. Right Words
6. Innocent Eyes

ZOAX live:
(supporting Baby Godzilla)
25.11.2015 UK Hull, The Fruit
26.11.2015 UK Huddersfield, The Parish
27.11.2015 UK Glasgow, Audio
28.11.2015 UK Middlesbrough, Empire
29.11.2015 UK York, Fulford Arms
30.11.2015 UK Chester, Compass
01.12.2015 UK Birmingham, Oobleck
02.12.2015 UK Swansea, Static Bar
03.12.2015 UK Cheltenham, 2 pigs
04.12.2015 UK Plymouth, The Factory
05.12.2015 UK Swindon, Furnace
06.12.2015 UK Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms (Bar)
07.12.2015 UK Kingston, Fighting Cocks

ZOAX online:
www.zoaxofficial.com
www.facebook.com/zoaxbandofficial
zoaxofficial.tumblr.com

Century Media online:
www.centurymedia.com

Century Media webshop:
http://www.cmdistro.com

 

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DISEMBARKED
Listen to new track ‘Postponed’ now


Album Nothing’s Wrong Here released December 8th via Dog Knights Productions

Stockholm based post-hardcore band Disembarked have unveiled the track ‘Postponed’, taken from their forthcoming album Nothing’s Wrong Here, released December 8th via Dog Knights Productions. The heartwrenching track is one of the albums most epic moments, building to a huge, soaring climax. Emotionally charged yet uplifting, ‘Postponed’ wears its heart fully on its sleeve yet packs a massive punch.

Listen to ‘Postponed’ via Soundcloud.

The full length album follows their sold out first EP I Do Nothing But Regret… and will be released by Dog Knights Productions on limited deluxe vinyl and digitally on December 8th 2014.

Nothing’s Wrong Here tracklisting:

  1. Body of a Ghost, Arms of a Man
  2. Sudden Veer
  3. Nothing’s Wrong Here
  4. Postponed
  5. Absent Mother
  6. I Gave It Away
  7. Caesura
  8. Friends, Are You Still There?
  9. Grethe
  10. Saunter
  11. Hindsight
  12. Weekend Chaser

 

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ENTER SHIKARI RELEASE ‘THE LAST GARRISON’ BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO

 


Enter Shikari have released a short ‘Behind The Scenes’ video from the making of their The Last Garrison video via their own Ambush Reality Youtube channel, and it can be viewed here : http://youtu.be/B3nCE4q92pg

 

The Last Garrison is taken from the forthcoming album The Mindsweep’which will be released on January 19th 2015 and comes almost exactly three years to the day after the release of the band’s last full-length album, ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’. That album entered the UK midweek chart at #1 and continued the band’s journey both musically and physically, touring around the world at least twice during the album campaign and seeing large sold out shows in territories as far-flung as Russia, Indonesia and Weston-Super-Mare.

 

Following December 2014 shows in Spain and Japan, Enter Shikari kick off 2015 with touring across Europe and the UK.Tickets for the band’s show at London’s Camden Roundhouse sold out within 12 hours of going on sale, so a second night was quickly added.

 

TICKETS AND ALBUM PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW AT

WWW.ENTERSHIKARI.COM 

 

JANUARY 2015

FRI 09 BRUSSELS, BE –  AB BOX - *SOLD OUT*

SAT 10 AMSTERDAM, NE – MELKWEG - *SOLD OUT*

SUN 11 HEREFORD, DE – X

TUE 13 PRAGUE, CZ – LMB

WED 14 NUREMBERG, DE – HIRSCH

THU 15 BERLIN, DE – KESSELHAUS

 

FEBRUARY 2015

MON 02 PARIS, FR – LA CIGALE

TUE 03 SOLOTHURN, CH – KOFMEAL

WED 04 LYON, FR – TRANSBORDEUR

THU 05 MILAN, IT - MAGAZZINI GENERALI

SAT 07 LEIPZIG, DE – HELLRAISER

SUN 08 VIENNA, AUT – ARENAN

MON 09 MUNICH, DE – MUFFATHALLE

TUE 10 WUERZBURG, DE – POSTHALLE

WED 11 COLOGNE, DE – LIVE MUSIC HALL

FRI 13 HAMBURG, DE – DOCKS

SAT 14 FRANKFURT, DE – BATSCHKAPP

 

MON 16 PORTSMOUTH, UK – PYRAMIDS - *SOLD OUT*

TUE 17 CARDIFF, UK – YPLAS - *SOLD OUT*

WED 18 WOLVERHAMPTON, UK – CIVIC

FRI 20 MANCHESTER, UK – ACADEMY - *SOLD OUT*

SAT 21 GLASGOW, UK – BARROWLAND - *SOLD OUT*

SUN 22 MIDDLESBROUGH, UK – TOWN HALL

TUE 24 CAMBRIDGE, UK – CORN EXCHANGE

WED 25 NORWICH, UK – UEA

THUR 26 LONDON, UK – ROUNDHOUSE - *SOLD OUT*

FRI 27 LONDON, UK – ROUNDHOUSE (EXTRA DATE)

 

ENTER SHIKARI are:

Rou Reynolds (Vocals / Electronics / Trumpet / Guitar)

Rory Clewlow (Guitar / Vocals)

Chris Batten (Bass / Vocals)

Rob Rolfe (Drums / Percussion / Vocals)

 

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DIAGRAMS SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘PHANTOM POWER’ 


The new album ‘Chromatics’ released 12th January 2015 on Full Time Hobby

Praise for previous album ‘Black Light’ from Q, Mojo, Uncut, DiS, Line of Best Fit, The 405, Sunday Times, Guardian, NME and more

 

When songwriter and producer Sam Genders last donned his Diagrams hat, captive listeners found themselves truly stunned by the Streatham Hill artist’s imaginative and inventive arrangements that made up 2012’s debut album Black Light. Having now upped sticks from his London lodgings and settled in Sheffield with a new lease of life and wife, fresh pastures and friendships are what form the heart of Diagrams’ brand new album Chromatics.

“Relationships are a constant thread. In all their frustrating, exciting, mundane, beautiful, wonderful, sexy, scary glory,” reveals Genders of the album’s themes. “And there’s lots of hope in the songs. They shouldn’t be taken too literally mind you… in my head Chromatics is life in Technicolor; with all its ups and downs.”

Equally drawing inspiration from the writing on relationships by David Schnarch, Ester Perel and the book Division Street by Sheffield poet Helen Mort, whilst spending time in his own home studio for the first time, it’s without doubt that the Steel city provided the ideal backdrop for Genders to write whenever the inspiration came and, essentially, whittle down the fifty or so tracks he had recorded as part of the album’s creation. “There are woods over the road and a little garden out the back with a greenhouse, shed, and flower beds. Being in a new place has brought something special to the process. Sheffield is a very open and direct place and I’d say the songs are more that way too.”

Whilst Black Light fizzed with electronic effects, synth-bass, programmed beats and low-key funk grooves that brought about comparisons to the leftfield pop of Arthur Russell, Metronomy, Steve Mason and Hot Chip, it’s without doubt that Genders’ next offering falls closer to home comforts and marks the next step in Genders’ renaissance. Take lead track ‘Phantom Power’; it’s the track which truly sums up what it’s like to find yourself forever reassessing. “It’s about feeling like you’re losing a grip on your sanity at one moment, then feeling inspired and up for anything the next. Or frustration with yourself yet believing that it’s possible to sort yourself out,” explains Genders. Elsewhere ‘You Can Talk To Me’s delicate rolling melody and ‘Serpent’ once again showcase the playful, eclectic slant to Genders’ songwriting prowess alongside an innate sense of crisp production and programming techniques.

Never one to shirk away from those around him, Genders would be the first to call Diagrams, and particularly Chromatics, a collaborative process. Once again featuring a rolling cast of inspirational musicians the album includes vocals from, amongst friends and family members, The Smoke Fairies whilst the skilled brass and string arrangements come courtesy of Danyal Dhondy and Sam Ewens. ‘London’s greatest’ drummers Karl Penney, and Cacophony drummer Fletcher Adams provide the beats whilst live band members Emma Black and Ben Malitskie lend their expertise of Baritone Saxophone and Viola. ‘Brain’ meanwhile, was co-written with long-time friend and collaborator Matt McKenzie and features an in utero recording of his son James’ heartbeat.

Yet it’s the partnership with producer Leo Abrahams (Wild Beasts, David Byrne, Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins, Ed Harcourt, Marianne Faithful et al) that has truly brought Diagrams to life. After a long search, Abrahams was picked to piece all parts together and as a result Genders found himself writing songs that worked across a variety of production styles. “Leo’s incredibly good at what he does and virtually all the impressive production and soundscaping is down to him. He’s also an amazing guitarist and played some of my favourite guitar moments on the album.”

Who knows exactly what kind of relationships will inspire Genders next? Currently finding himself midst China’s south central city of Changsha in Hunan as a Musician in Residence on behalf of the British Council and PRS foundation, life for Genders right now is all about new experiences, meeting new faces and learning from new friendships. “It feels like anything could happen from one day to the next. I’d like to record a Chinese version of ‘Phantom Power’ so that once I’m back in the UK I can reconnect with the music lovers I’ve met. I’ve heard lots of very poppy pop songs that incorporate both Chinese and English lyrics so I’d like to try my own twist on that.”

 

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