The Younger Years: Playlist

We are having a reminisce this Sunday night, looking back at our younger days. Many of us went down the alternative teen route (ourselves included!). Whether you channeled your inner Marilyn Manson or your pop punk Hayley Williams,  we  all chucked on a pair of Dr Martens or checked Vans and coated our eyes in the blackest of black eye liner. So this week we are dedicating a playlist to the days we hung at the back of Borders and gracing Glasgow’s Cathouse unders, with music bringing back memories from some of the best days of our lives.

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Nova Twins Release Self-Titled EP

This band caught my eyes a few months ago when I stumbled across this North London duo a few months back with their grunged filled track Bassline Bitch. So when Nova Twins released their debut EP last week I was fucking buzzing. And still am.

Opening with their latest single Hitlist, this wp-1471980021424.jpgEP takes you on a journey of harsh tongued rhymes and filthy guitars, to the dark synths in Drums. The female empowerment this EP gives is unreal and the more I listen, the more I turn it up and go wild. It’s filled with punk, hip-hop goodness that we don’t hear often nowadays, and has essences of old Rage Against the Machine throughout.

These are two girls I wouldn’t want to mess with and look forward to them kicking ass in the years to come with their unique blend of music.

9/10

Nova Twins Release Self-Titled EP

Zola: The Beginning, Middle, and End EP

It’s always hard for a band to release their music for the world to embrace and decide wether or not their band is for them. 4 peice rock outfit Zola have graced us with their brand new EP, The Beginning, Middle, and  End. This heavy 3 track release definitely didn’t offend our ears. 

The quartet have certainly explored the heavier side of rock, especially on More, which had tinges or Korn with their meaty riffs. However this is definitely not a metal album. If anything the Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal influence are highly evident, and at times feels like I am just listening to them. Lyrically this band have nailed the art of song writing and know the formula for a perfectly loud rock track. 

The opening track 3000 is definitely a favourite here. Starts subtle, builds beautifully with the wail of guitars and in cuts in lead vocalist Nick with his unique voice. It will be interesting to see where this band will go with their next release and how they will develop. With a little bit more roughnes, Zola will be ones to watch. 

Their EP  The Beginning, Middle and End is out now.

7/10

Zola: The Beginning, Middle, and End EP

Album Playback: Frank Turner – Postive Songs for Negative People

A year ago yesterday Frank Turner released Positive Songs For Negative People, so let’s reminisce to a brilliant postive infused album from the punk folk poet. I’ve listened to this album on repeat for the past year, and have picked a few of my favourite tracks from this brilliant masterpiece.

Get Better

downloadThe 1st single from the album and a firm favourite with fans. It’s nice to have a positive Mr Turner and this song connects with many of his followers. A positive remember that we can always be a bit better.

The Next Storm

This song comes with a brilliant music video of Frank getting into the ring and going all Ali. A track that gets everyone moving. The song does feel like a storm – starts mellow, builds steadily, huge crescendo and finishes by leaving a sunny smile on your face.

Mittens

My FAVORITE on the album. The rough vocals of him hitting the high notes, and the simple melody means you blast this track and sing it at the top of your lungs. Lyrically I connect on a very personal level to this track.

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Out Of Breath

Pure punk folk goodness. Fast, high energy and literally will leave you out of breath. ‘Nuff said...

Song For Josh

A poignant song and a fitting way to end the album. Written for a dear friend who took his life, it’s a gentle reminder to talk. To remember you are never alone.

Mossy out. ❤ 

Album Playback: Frank Turner – Postive Songs for Negative People

The Alternative Side to The Great Escape

Festival season kicks off today with The Great Escape in Brighton. Tantalising music goers and industry experts (using that phrase very loosely) with the cream of the crop of break through acts – and Craig David. From sultry synth’s to stripped back folk, TGE covers every genre, including some snazzy jazz. However lets look at the louder side of the festival. The Alternative Escape this year has the best guitar fuelled bands causing a ruckus and making a fucking scene. Here are 3 must see acts over the 3 day event.

Grenadiers 

Kicking Thursday off in style is 3 piece Aussie rock act, Grenadiers. Hailing from Adelaide, Austrailia, the band released their fast pace   album Summer last year. They fuse a modern punk sound, with influences from Alexisonfire that just blow my fucking ears away.  All their songs are craftsmanship of another alt level. Loud and vicious, this trio are set to tear up their set at Northlane Brewhouse in Brighton.  They are truly something out of this world.

Press to Meco

I LOVE THIS BAND. It still astounds me that many people still haven’t heard of the fun loving lads that are Press to MECO. This band can harmonise to hell. Their debut album Good Intent was released last year and they certainly sent music industry in to a frenzy. Their songs are always bouncy yet they could be singing about the saddest thing in the world. Vocally perfect, they have established a strong, unique  rock sound for themselves. I find myself constantly smiling when blasting them through my headphones. They will be playing AIM presents Scuzz UK TV Throwdown showcase on Friday night.

Demob Happy

Having seen these guys a good few times, it is a major recommendation you go seem them play at this year’s Great Escape. Demob Happy have bring grunge back with a fucking bang. Deep guitars, loud drums teamed with less scratchy vocals make them a must see at Brighton’s Youth Centre on Saturday. They have edge, attitude and songs you will sing for days. Chuck all this in the rock melting pot it makes a perfect band.

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Boy Jumps Ship: Wake Up

RATING: 9/10

It feels like it has been a long time coming for  Boy Jumps Ship to release this. Wake Up is the  brilliant début album from the Geordie quartet and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Yes it is filled with naughties pop punk goodness, but only the good parts of that era (come on, who doesn’t like Blink 182?).  The opening track Burn immerses you in to hard riffs and drums, and truly lets you know Boy Jumps Ship have arrive and aren’t fucking about. After that you hurtled straight in to pop punk fueled No Tomorrow and with this track you feel your back hanging at your local skate park being on ‘the alt scene’. From their on in each track gets stronger and stronger, more edgy with a complete polish alt rock sound. The delicate vocal opening on Night Stories caught my ear straight away, then cutting in to a full band crescendo of an ending makes it my favourite track on the album.

The North East lads have done themselves justice with this album. Yes it is tinged with pop punk vibes, but not to the point you would want to vomit in your vans. This album is full on insanely catchy lyrics that you will get stuck in your head for days and is most definitely an album you should have in your alt collection.

Get your copy of Wake Up now from Amazing Record Co.!

Boy Jumps Ship: Wake Up

Label Life: No. I

It feels like I’ve been at Amazing Record Co. for 6 years let alone 6 months. So what has happened since I started out as a fresh face trainee? it’s safe to say ALOT.

Back when I started we only had a handful of label service artists and alt-rock trio, Therapy? signed to the label. Now, we have created a diverse little music family. Geordie pop-rock quartet Boy Jumps Ship and drum & bass/rock fusion band The Qemists have joined our Amazing Record Co. family.

Amongst our regular tasks of discovering new music and maintaining our social platforms, I’ve been focus on working with The Qemists. The drum & bass/rock fusion band from Brighton signed to the label back in November, and since then I’ve been working my socks off. Their latest single Run You has received a fantastic response (with featuring on the recent Terminator film) and today we announced their 3rd album Warrior Sound will be unleashed on the 4th March. I tell you now, it has been a rollercoaster. But we have got their and now I’m in the stages of finalising a strong social campaign to smash their pre order and get Warrior Sound some fantastic sales.

So what next? Well without giving too much away we are working on pushing Warrior Sound and will be working on our next big release, Boy Jumps Ship. All hands on deck then.

— RJM

Label Life: No. I