Thursday, 5 March 2015

Up & Coming Pop Punk Bands | Thank The Academy





Birmingham based Thank the Academy, have just released their debut EP 'Worth a Try' which reached the height of no. 9 on the itunes rock chart. Their sound is filled with gigantic, energetic riffs and catchy choruses. They've also played some impressive shows including pre-performance support sets for You Me At Six and All Time Low. We asked them a few questions about their new EP, their dream show and their favourite pop punk albums...

WHERE ARE YOU GUYS FROM?
We are from a small town outside of Birmingham, UK.

HOW DID YOU GUYS FORM?
We met at High School and Joe (Vocals) was singing a choir and the rest of us where in various bands so we got in touch and found that we had pretty much the same music taste. Then Joe suggested Jamie as a guitarist and everything sort of fell into place and before long we'd churned out an EP.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR BAND NAME?
Well, we were throwing about a couple of names when Joe was watching the movie 'Fight Club' and we just though "yeah that works" and went with it. We also get a lot of accidental tweets when the Oscars are on so it's all good!

DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN 5 WORDS FOR SOMEBODY WHO'S NEVER HEARD MUSIC BEFORE...
Is Pop-Punk one word? If yeah then...Cheerful Pop-punk with some breakdowns.

IF YOU COULD PLAY A SHOW WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE?
It's got to be Neck Deep or A Day To Remember they just have an ace attitude toward the whole thing.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW EP 'WORTH A TRY'...
Well this EP was really four tracks of us trying to find our sound. We experimented with the 'Pop' side of Pop-punk in our single 'Dear Caroline' and also played more of our favourite style in 'Intro' and 'Head Straight'. We are ridiculously proud to say that it reached Top 10 in the iTunes Rock Charts and we're currently writing again to get another EP out this summer focused on what we enjoy playing!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG FROM 'WORTH A TRY' AND WHY?
That's like trying to pick a favourite child...not that any of us are parents but collectively, 'Head Straight' or 'Dear Caroline' always sound incredible live and seem to go down very well so yeah, probably one of those two.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FIVE FAVOURITE POP PUNK ALBUMS?
We'll Do one each...
Joe (Vocals) - While I Stay Secluded - Knuckle Puck
Joe (Lead Guitar) - Homesick - A Day To Remeber
AJ (Drums) - Sports - Modern Baseball
Ellis (Bass) - Enema of The State - Blink 182
Jamie (Rhythm Guitar) - Wishful Thinking - Neck Deep

Worth A Try is out now! Check it out here.

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Hit The Lights Release New Song

Hit the Lights have released a new song, 'No Filter'. The song comes from their upcoming album 'Summer Bones' which is out March 24th. Check it out below:

Up and Coming Pop Punk Bands | Dora Nadine



For today's up and coming pop punk bands post, we're bringing to you Dora Nadine who hail from North Wales. The band have just released their second EP 'Summer' which is a mix of catchy, upbeat riffs and poppy vocals. The six track EP definitely lives up to its name with every song making it the perfect summer soundtrack. If you're a fan of Hit the Lights, Cartel or A Loss For Words, check these guys out...

WHERE ARE YOU GUYS FROM? 
Isle of Anglesey, North Wales

HOW DID YOU GUYS FORM?
Well originally it was Tomi and Osh who started jamming and writing songs together back when they were in college. Members came and went during these early stages and eventually in 2012 Dora Nadine was formed. With everyone living on the island (Anglesey), and influenced by the same taste in music, it was only a matter of time before we crossed paths. Dewi and Matt joined soon after and put their own stamp on the band. And Tomi’s younger brother Karl was the last piece of the puzzle, joining the band in October 2014  

 HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR BAND NAME? 
It was a bit of a joke to be honest. Someone came up with this joke “in welsh’ in rehearsal and since then it has just stuck. The Welsh speakers might get it, but for everyone else it's just a name.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW EP 'SUMMER'...
Well it’s our second EP and we feel it has a more varied, warmer sound than its predecessor. We hope there is something for everyone on this record. We tried to keep it up-beat and fun, but at the same time wanted to show what we can do musically. We are really excited for people to hear it. It’s taken us a while to get to this point, but we are proud of what we have achieved so far and how it’s all sounding. We tried to add some variation in this EP. There are feel-good, fast paced tracks at the start, but there are also more reflective/build up moments in there too. So hopefully there is something for everyone. We hope it’s the kind of EP you'll have blasting in your car on sunny summer days!

 WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG FROM 'SUMMER' AND WHY?
 My personal favourite is Save Your Breath. I wrote the song quite a long time ago and showed the band an acoustic demo of it. They seemed to like it and got to work changing a few things and writing new parts for it. Then when we recorded it and they played it back to us at Ferlas Studios, it just sounded massive! I wasn’t too keen in using it for the band as I didn’t think it was the right sound for Dora. But the boys did a great job and I think the transformation has been a great success.

DO YOU PREFER RECORDING OR PLAYING LIVE? 
That’s a difficult one. We really do love both. The last few months have been all about recording, and it's something we really enjoy. It’s a great feeling
when you hear all your ideas played back to you as they unfold. But at the same time, there's nothing quite like the buzz of playing a good gig to an amazing audience, and all the fun you have after the show too. We are all good friends and enjoy each other's company so it makes sleeping in a cramped van for a week a lot easier.

IF YOU COULD PLAY A SHOW WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE?
 I would have to say New Found Glory. They have been in the game for so long and were one of the first bands I went to see live. They have a loyal fan base and always entertain when they are on stage. I’m sure we would learn a few things from them.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FIVE FAVOURITE POP PUNK ALBUMS?
New Found Glory - Catalyst
Brand New - Your Favourite Weapon
Blink 182 - Enema Of The State
Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends
Green Day - Dookie

Dora Nadine's new EP 'Summer' is out now (Check it out here). You can also watch the video for the title track below:



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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Milestones | Equal Measures | Track By Track Guide


Averaging an age of just 18 (17 when they wrote and recorded Equal Measures in 2014, with former Bring Me The Horizon / now All Time Low sound guy Phil Gornell), Milestones have meticulously constructed five songs that positively belie their young age and relative inexperience. The EP is the glorious, compelling sound of raw, natural talent put to the test. Tracks such as anthemic single ‘Nothing Left’ offering up simple but soaring melodies that tingle the nape of your neck and leave you totally hooked. Here vocalist Matt Clarke guides you through each of the 5 tracks…


Track 1 - More To Me:
More To Me focuses on the first theme of the EP: losing family and friends. MTM is focused on a personal time for myself, of when a loved one was terminally ill. It shows my frustration of the lack of support I received from those who I'd been giving it to for years. We recorded MTM aside from the rest of the EP. We'd only practiced together a few times before we headed to the studio in September. It was a load of fun because we hadn't learnt how best to budget ourselves, so we got a hotel and had a load of fun being a band. Although we don't regret it one bit, because it created a great initial vibe of recording with Phil and Sheffield as a city.

Track 2 - Equal Measures:
Equal Measures was probably the easiest recorded, it was the least changed and the quickest to create. Lyrically it focuses on how changing certain aspects of your life can turn you upside down. The term "Equal Measures" is about regaining balance and composure.

Track 3 - Nothing Left:
Nothing Left is probably the most honest track on the EP, it focuses on the second theme of the EP: losing love. I recall finding it particularly hard to record "I didn't think that you'd leave me on this day, when the car drew up I refused to feel the weight" because those lyrics were probably the most personal I'd ever written... It's a direct train of thought I had on possibly the worst day of my life. I really shocked myself when I made it through all of that, but I suppose I have my band mates to thank for that!

Track 4 - Counterweight:
I personally wrote acoustic track Counterweight before the band was practicing, with Drew helping to later adapt it once we decided to use it. It's a great little sing along that I feel has a good impact on the EP, allowing the dynamics of the record to really show.

Track 5- Sleepless Nights Are Put To Bed:
I suppose this track is self-explanatory. It seemed fitting to put this one at the end due to the entire EP's journey lyrically and musically, coming to a resolving end on this track. This one is probably the harshest side of our sounds; the most aggressive for sure. I believe that after a certain time you should stop allowing yourself to be upset and just draw a line. That's what this song was, the line for me, and I've never looked back.” 

Equal Measures is out the 6th of April. Watch the video for 'More to Me' below. You can also check out the video for Nothing Left here



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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

As It Is Release New Song

As It Is have released a new song titled 'Concrete' which comes from their upcoming album 'Never Happy, Ever After'. Check it out below: 

Up and Coming Bands | Caught Up In A Dream





Today for our up and coming bands post, we have singer/ songerwriter Dylan Bowers, AKA Caught Up In A Dream, who kindly answered some questions for us. After realising that college wasn't the right direction for him, Bowers started his acoustic project Caught Up In A Dream and has just released his debut EP 'Mountains & Milestones'. The EP is a collection of heartfelt acoustic songs which tell stories about the past five years of Bower's life...

WHERE ARE YOU FROM? 
I was born in Sullivan County, New York. Roscoe specifically, super small town. In 2013 I moved to Ithaca, New York.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR BAND NAME?
My band name is a concept really, to me at least. It was lyrics to a song I wrote back in high school, and its about living your dream no matter what. Happiness is love in the steps you take and work you do to reach where you want to be.

DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN FIVE WORDS
Positive, motivational, healing, relatable and calming. At least that is what I strive to do.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW RELEASE MOUNTAINS & MILESTONES...
Mountains & Milestones is about the last 5 years of my life. Its a combination of moments, thoughts, and stories  that stood out to me in a very dark point in my life. Then coming to the turn around to the resolution.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG FROM MOUNTAINS AND MILESTONES AND WHY?
Probably "West" because its a story based off of my friends. I got to watch happen right in front of my eyes. Their lives at the time affected me in a way that it inspired "West."

IF COULD PLAY A SHOW WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE?
The early November or Ace Enders. For sure, one of my biggest influences and an "idol."

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF ALL TIME?
This is such a hard question! I would have to say right now
5. "Say it Like You Mean it" - The Starting Line
4. "Your Favorite Weapon" - Brand New
3."Bad Advice" - I Call Fives
2. "Enola" -  I Can Make A Mess
1."Something to Write Home About"


Mountains & Milestones is out now! Check it out below: 



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Monday, 2 March 2015

Seaway Release Video For Alberta

Alternative Press are streaming Seaway's new video for Alberta. The song comes from their recent EP, 'All In My Head'. The video shows footage of Seaway's time in UK on tour with Neck Deep, Knuckle Puck and Trophy Eyes. Check it out below: