Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Pure Noise Records Announce New Albums For 2015

Yesterday Pure Noise Records released an end of year statement reflecting on 2014 and what would be in store for them in the new year:

"Hello Everyone, the end of the year is here. 2014 has been an insanely busy but fun year at Pure Noise. We've put out more releases this year than any year before. You can check out the list HERE. Thank you for supporting us this year. We've got some very exciting things in store for 2015 including a Pure Noise UK Tour & full length releases from Hit The Lights, Four Year Strong, The Story So Far, Senses Fail, & State Champs. Have a happy New Year. We'll see you at a gig soon."
So it looks like we can expect new albums from State Champs, The Story So Far and Senses Fail next year!

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Stereo Age | Round 12

Check out Stereo Age's new song 'Round 12'. The band who hail from Northwest Italy, are soon to be releasing their new EP 'Half of Us' which will be out on the 15th of April, 2015.

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Saturday, 27 December 2014

Best of 2014

It's that time of year again where we get to look back at our favourite albums and EPs of the year, and let's be honest here, there's been a few good ones. From the return of New Found Glory and Four Year Strong, to Real Friends' first full length, pop punk definitely proved it wasn't dead (it even had it's own UK tour). Here's a list of things that we've loved in 2014 (in no particular order) and we'll see you guys in the new year...

Candy Hearts - All The Ways You Let Me Down

Forever Came Calling - What Matters Most

Handguns - Life Lessons

 Major League - There's Nothing Wrong With Me

Me vs Hero - I'm Completely Fine

Moose Blood - I'll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time

 New Found Glory - Resurrection

Real Friends - Maybe This Place Is The Same And We're Just Changing

Rust Belt Lights - Religion and My Ex

Transit - Joyride

Neck Deep - Wishful Thinking 

Fireworks - Oh, Common Life

Trophy Eyes - Mend, Move On

Yellowcard - Lift a Sail



The Story So Far - Songs Of

Knuckle Puck - While I Stay Secluded

Four Year Strong - Go Down In History

Seaway - All In My Head 

Homebound - Coming Of Age

 Boston Manor - Driftwood

Six Time Champion - Expecting Honesty

Trash Boat - Look Alive 

Nathan Detroit - Peace Of Mind

State Champs - The Acoustic Things

Thank you to everyone who has supported us in 2014 and we hope you all have a Happy New Year!

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Set Your Goals Discuss The Future Of The Band

Set Your Goals have finally released some news about the the future status of the band. After Matt started a new project, some fans have questioned whether SYG would be returning at all. Consequently, Matt took to Facebook to talk about what's in store for the band:

"On a related note, I've gotten a ton of angry messages asking for an answer on the status of the band. The truth is, we just don't know the future for certain and don't want to get people's hopes up or give any information that could end up being untrue. As a band, we are laying low for a while and busy individually with our adult lives. We haven't "broken up" per se, we're just focusing on other things for the time being. Here's what we've been up to:
-Dan got married and will be moving to Atlanta, GA, next month.
-Joe recently moved to Portland, OR, and plays in a band called Great Collapse
-Jordan returned to school and is pursuing film. He still needs another surgery before he can resume full use of his Achilles' tendons again, as far as I know.
-Mike started 
and builds high end tables, and plays in U.S. Light Brigade and What's Eating Gilbert.
-Audelio had a daughter named Olivia, works for Glad Rags, and plays with What's Eating Gilbert.
-I run a record label called Calaveras Records and started a band called Chains. I also work for Snoop Dogg doing tour merchandising and production.

Hope that answers some of your questions.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Knuckle Puck Sign To Rise Records

Knuckle Puck have signed to Rise Records! The band have also announced that they will be releasing their debut album next summer. The band had this to say about the signing:

'Today is a very exciting day for us and is truly a milestone for Knuckle Puck. We are ecstatic to announce that we have signed with Rise Records, who will be releasing our debut full length coming out next summer. We all personally feel that Rise will be a bountiful new home for our band and will only continue to help us be the be band we want to be. Thank you everyone for your diligent support that has led us to this point.'

Craig Ericson the founder and president of Rise Records also had this to say about the signing: 'Super excited to have Knuckle Puck in the family. I've had the chance to hang out with them several times and the guys are straight up gentlemen. It's such a bonus when the bands you sign are rad dudes and great musicians."

Rise Records have also released this video which displays what's in store for Knuckle Puck in the furture. Check it out: 

For The Legion | Super Smash

Check out Swedish pop punk band, For The Legion, who recently released a new music video for their song 'Super Smash':

NOFX & Alkaline Trio Announce UK Tour

NOFX and Alkaline Trio will be heading to the UK in June 2015! Tickets go on sale Friday, January 9th. Check out the dates below:

Friday, 19 December 2014

A Day In the Life of State Champs

Alternative Press have released a 'day in the life of' video which features State Champs doing their thing while they were in the UK on the Pop Punk's Not Dead Tour. The video features the guys performing an acoustic set in Banquet Records, a look at their tour bus and them performing whilst on PPND. Check it out below:

As It Is To Play Warped Tour 2015

As It Is, who recently signed to Fearless Records, are playing Warped Tour 2015! We're so proud that another UK pop punk band are playing, congratulations As It Is! Check out what the band had to say below:

"Playing Warped is something we all dreamt about as little geeky kids with bad hair, so we couldn’t be more stoked to be playing EVERY DATE of Warped Tour 2015. See you in the summer America! /\\\"

New Found Glory Release Music Video For Stubborn

MTV are premièring New Found Glory's new video for Stubborn, a song which comes from their new album 'Resurrection'. The video has a retro theme and takes inspiration from bands that graced MTV back in the 90s, including Green Day, Pearl Jam and Nirvana, guitarist Chad Gilbert stated to MTV. Check out the new video and what else Chad had to say about it here

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Trash Boat: Lock In Acoustic

New Noise Magazine are premièring a new acoustic video from Trash Boat. The video is an acoustic version of their song 'Lock In' from their first EP 'Look Alive'. Check it out below:

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Maycomb Release New Video

UK pop punks Maycomb, who hail from Wolverhampton, have released a new video for their song 'Hell'. The track comes from their new EP 'Little Ease'. Check it out below:

Real Friends Announce UK Headline Shows

Real Friends have announced that they will be playing three UK headline shows alongside their support slot with All Time Low in March. Tickets go on sale today! Check out the dates below:

Monday, 15 December 2014

Boston Manor Release New Video

Boston Manor are premièring their new video over on Kerrang! The video is for their song 'Driftwood' from their new EP of the same name. Check it out below:

The Movielife Reunite

Yes, you heard us correctly, The Movielife are reuniting and will be playing their first show in 2015. Today, Noisey released an exclusive article with the band in which they declared that they were reforming and will be playing their first show at the Irving Plaza next February. The band originally broke up in 2003 and got together for a brief reunion in 2011. However things are looking more hopeful this time with vocalist, Vinnie Caruana stating 'We’re not planning on doing anything but playing some shows, and when we’ve played those shows, maybe we’ll play some more. Brandon and I talk about playing music together all the time, and if nothing more, to keep the door open on this means we get to play together and we get to play with the other guys.' Even better, Caruana goes on to say ''I don’t think the UK would allow us to reunite and not come visit them. I think the hatred and frustration would implode the whole country, so we’re definitely going to come over there, I think'. Well holy shit,  this is one hell of an early Christmas present.
Read the full Noisey article here.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Up and Coming Pop Punk Bands | Layby

This week for our up and coming UK pop punk bands we bring to you Nottingham pop punks Layby. Forming in 2013, Layby recently released their first EP 'Bombsite'. If you're a fan of fast paced pop punk like Handguns, Forever Came Calling or Neck Deep definitely check them out. The band are also playing Nottingham Pop Punk Fest on the 3rd of January (find out more here). We asked the band some questions to find out a bit more about them...

Aaron (lead vocals) is a trucker and came up with the name after years of writing songs on those lonely nights in a Layby.

Heavy, Fast, Passionate, Pop Punk.

'More Than This' was the first song we wrote together and was the first song we released, so its the most special to us. We get a lot of positive feedback for that song too.

Over the last year, our first full year together as a band we've grown a lot closer as friends and as band mates. Writing together is getting easier and easier. We can really bounce off each other and enjoy producing music. Since 'Bombsite,' we've come a long way and we are really pleased with our progress.

The EP is going to be awesome to play live! When we play live we want it to be a more then just another gig. We're fans of getting the crowd involved, singalong, starting circle pits etc. 

We've worked really hard with our producer, James Hill at Steel City Studio in Sheffield to get this EP sounding massive. There are some sick breakdowns and gang vocals throughout the EP. The lead vocals have a punk rock edge with a lot of aggression and passion. There's honesty and sincerity in every bar. 

Aaron writes a majority of the lyrics and on this EP, he's been quite self-reflective. He wrote a ton of lyrics when the rest of the band were working on the music, and this led him to letting out a whole load of pent up feelings such as self-doubt and guilt. As a whole the EP has really helped everyone in the band get over something that was troubling them.

Aaron from the band is throwing it to build an Unsigned Pop Punk Scene in Nottingham. So you should come down and support your local scene.

Wow, big question. I think it would be impossible for us all to agree on one. Let's say it would be a toss up between New Found Glory, Neck Deep and blink-182.

There's a massive age gap in this band, like 10 years, so as you can imagine the influence of the style of Pop Punk that we're most passionate about is extremely mixed. We're a pretty awesome balance of a kind of New Found Glory and State Champs sound!

We've picked one each:
Aaron: blink-182 - Dude Ranch
Neal: blink-182 - Enema of the State 
Tim: State Champs - The Finer Things
Joe: The Wonder Years - The Upsides
Ash: The Story So Far - What You Don't See

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The Early November Announce UK Tour

The Early November have announced that they will be commencing on a UK tour next April. No support bands have been announced as of yet, however, this along with more dates will be announced soon so keep your eyes peeled. Tickets go on sale Friday 12th December.

New Found Glory Release Christmas Song

New Found Glory have released a new Christmas Song titled 'Snow'. Check it out below:

Light You Up Release New Video

Light You Up have released a new video for their song 'It's About Time'. The track is from their upcoming album 'All We've Ever Known', which is out January 26th. 

Pure Noise Records Announce Line-Up For UK Tour

Remember a few days ago when Pure Noise Records hinted on twitter that they might be putting on a UK tour in 2015? Well, it looks like they weren't joking. Four Year Strong, Hit the Lights and Forever Came Calling will be heading over in March 2015 with Birmingham's own, Light You Up. Tickets go on sale this Friday (12th December). 

Monday, 8 December 2014

Pure Noise Records UK Tour 2015

Yesterday, Pure Noise Records hinted on Twitter that they could potentially be putting on a UK tour in 2015. (Check out the tweet here). So who could it be? Four Year Strong, Handguns, State Champs, Seaway, Forever Came Calling? Let us know your guesses or who you'd like to see and we'll keep you guys updated. 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Slam Dunk 2015 Announcement

It's that time of year again when Slam Dunk start making announcements! This morning Kerrang released some details of the upcoming festival which will take place, as always, on May bank holiday weekend. Unfortunately, much to everyone's disappointment, no bands have been announced as of yet but the exact dates and venues have been revealed. For the past few years the Leeds date has been held at the university. However, next year it will be taking place around the city centre at Millenium Square, O2 Acedemy Leeds and Leeds Beckett University. Who's getting excited? Let us know who you want to see!  

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

ROAM Announce UK Shows

ROAM have announced some UK headline shows for the release of their new EP, Viewpoint. The new EP will be released on the 26th with the Brighton show commencing on the same day. The other shows will take place in London and Liverpool. ROAM will also be joined by Trash Boat. Tickets go on sale on Thursday the 4th at 9am.