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Article by Dee

People often ask me what kind of music I am into, and the truth of the matter is I listen to a variety of genres. Although I may be a pop-punk fanatic at heart, many of my readers will also agree I am never one to turn down a good moshing session down to something on the heavier side. In all honest it unleashes the wild Sir Dee – a person full of hyperness and randomness – Wahoo!

 Anyways back to the matter at hand. There are many great bands that have made me want to mosh till my legs fall off – however one I have been listening to more of most recently is the legends that are Asking Alexandria. I last saw these guys (for the first time as well) at Newcastle’s O2 Academy when they were supported by the likes of Chelsea Grin and With One Last Breath. Before seeing them live, I already had high expectations, but my word the January 2012 performance just left me stunned. Knowing that these brilliant masters of new music are coming back for a 2013 tour, I asked my good friends at Sumerian Records to send me some more insane AA material to check out. It’s a good thing I did because if I didn’t I would not of discovered the greatest album I have heard in quite some time – Reckless and Relentless!

 Damn where on earth do I start with this album – it is a totally strong, mind-blowing piece of work that not did I just want to review it, as I normally do but I wanted to go crazy as though Asking Alexandria were in the room with me. Probably the track which had me going wild in an instant was ‘Dear Insanity’. A well balanced song, which combines meaningful lyrics, a pace which gets the adrenaline pumping and to give it that extra bit of oomph – the fantastic screamo talent that Asking Alexandria which give all material this band creates the perfect identity!

 All the songs on this album should be approached only by those that are prepared to let the music consume their soul and embrace what they are listening to in a way that they loose control of their senses and just have a fecking good time. Each song on the Reckless and Relentless album has its own level of energy and style – but they all give the listener a unique adrenaline rush – a rush for me that is definitely different to any other artist I have listened to in their genre.

 Another song which made me think “feck me this is good stuff” was ‘Someone, Somewhere’. The reason why is yes Asking Alexandria have brilliant screamo skills, but they also have stunning vocals when they just use their normal voices. This makes the track delicate and gentle while at the same time not taking away the powerful talent the guys always seem to maintain in everything that they do.

 Reckless and Relentless ends with the track ‘Morte et Dabo’. Wow! This song is just an insane cocktail of all the things that make Asking Alexandria a band that takes your adrenaline levels to a whole new place! Morte et Dabo is the perfect end to what is an exceptional album because when it comes to an end it leaves you thinking “woah what just happened there, I cant here what you do next Asking Alexandria!

 The band will be back in 2013 with the most spectacular UK tour – a great way to start the New Year! I don’t know about anyone else, but I really can’t wait!!!

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Article By Dee

Fans of Hertfordshire based band, Gallows will be happy to hear that these fantastic guys have released their latest music video – ‘Last June’. When I checked it out, words could not describe just how superb I found this video and the song itself. ‘Last June’ is a music video full of extreme hyperness, excitement and energy just like the band themselves.

Despite being familiar with Gallows for quite some time, I must confess and hang my head in shame for not following there work over the past few months…however by just listening and watching ‘Last June’ made me realise just how these guys not just create a buzz and vibe in the listener, but they remind me just how punk rock should be.

In terms of the video itself, there are two dimensions to it. On one side you have footage of riots taking place, with the police in their riot gear and ready for action. Then on the otherside you have the Gallows and their many fans at a gig – doing what they do best – kicking ass to some insane music. In some sense just watching the video unleashed the rebellious, wild Darkus that some of my readers know, because even though I was watching a music video, I could nevertheless feel the immense energy, as though I was part of the crowd that Gallows were playing too.

The fun does not stop at Last June, because the band have announced that through their own record label, Venn Records they will be unleashing their self titled album 10th September 2012. If that is not good enough, things get better as they embark on a UK tour in October guaranteed to blown ya mind and leave you thinking to yourself – “feck me what just happened”.

Gallows are really going from strength to strength as a band, and each any everytime I hear them be it on CD, Music Video or A live show, I just feel like standing up, cranking the volume up and going crazzzzy!

Last June is definitely worth checking out as well, so be sure to go over to www.gallows.co.uk to find out how you can get a free download.

Gallows: October 2012 – Coming to A City Near You!!!

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Mon 8th Academy 2Newcastle

Tue 9th King Tut’sGlasgow

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Sun 14th Central Station Wrexham

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Tue 16th Club RevolutionPeterborough

Wed 17th Academy 2Birmingham

Fri 19th UnderworldLondon

Article by Dee

 Photos taken by Ellen Dixon

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 Anything to do with music, regardless of genre is an absolute delight, especially if it occurs in our very own region.

 On June 3rd and 4th while many people may have been busy with Jubilee celebrations, I was at one of the north east’s greatest events – Evolution 2012. The last time I went was back in 2010 and the experience was breathtaking. Therefore with the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Rizzle Kicks and Deadmau5 on the roster I was expecting this year’s festival to provide maximum entertainment!

 Fuck me not only did it meet all expectations but was the best place to spend the bank holiday weekend, because it felt that summer was here and had brought a spark of life to the north east.

 Spread over two days, it’s difficult for to summarise the whole event in one go, because each day brought its own degrees of listening pleasure. With this in mind it seems only logical that I go through each day individually.

 Sunday 3rd June

 Once I had my pass and assistant photographer Ellen had turned up we headed to Ballast Hills stage. Bearing in mind it was only a couple of hours since the public had flooded through the gates (with more and more people coming all the time); the place was nevertheless pretty busy. The weather may not have been perfect, but that didn’t matter because you could just sense the positive vibe and joy around.

 While Ellen went to take her place, ready for doing what she does best, taking photos – I took my place near the barrier with the crowd. Its very rarely I manage to get to the front at any music event, so I was excited not only as a reviewer but also as a fan of live music to have such an ideal position.

 The first of the acts I saw at Evolution 2012 was Toddler T. In an instant the crowd came alive to this guy’s amazing talent. At first I just stood and listened. However as the set progressed, my head started bopping away until all I could do is join the crowd and dance along! I cannot say I know any of his songs, but I was enjoying listening to him.

 Leaving Ellen at Ballast Hills, I thought it was about time I headed over to Spillers Warf. If you think Ballast Hills is spectacular, the energy over at Spillers is unreal. By this I mean, once you enter you won’t want to leave – which is exactly how I felt. People were smiling, drink was flowing and you could really tell that everyone was there to party.

 In all honesty for the first hour or so I didn’t really watch much live music because I was captivated by my surroundings. It really was the perfect place to be at that moment because as cliché as this sounds you could just feel the happiness in the air.

 After saying a few hellos, I finally decided to go near the stage and bag me yet another ideal location. I am not the tallest of people so the right view is pretty damn important. Sticking around to see performances by Benjamin Francis Leftswitch, Miles Kane andMaximoParkI was bopping away. However I was saving my energy for one artist in particular – Dizzee Rascal. The other acts had already created a perfect vibe – but when it comes to Dizzee only one rule can be accepted – maximum adrenaline overload.

 From the word go Dizzee Rascal brought his party vibe to the Quayside. I was in the heart of the crowd, so I could guarantee that my urge to dance to the insane tunes was imperative. Two reasons for this. Firstly if I didn’t I would have probably been trampled in the mosh pits. However more important than that you enjoy a show more if you let the music consume your soul. Usually when I am at the Academy I tend to be a wimp and stand by the side, but by using the best of the opportunity of being at Evolution 2012 I just wanted to go wild and party Sir D style!

 With tunes like Holiday and Bonkers, as well as some of Dizzee Rascal’s latest material I was having the time of my life. I have only ever seen him on the TV and heard him on the radio. Therefore for me to witness with my own eyes a guy who brings so much passion, enthusiasm and perfect to a set is something pretty magical. My legs were aching afterwards due to all the dancing I was doing with some of the new friends I had made during the performance. I would probably say the most enjoyable moment was dancing to Dizzee Rascal while the heavens opened and down came the rain making it like something out of a movie.

 Monday 4th June

 If you think day 1 sounds intense, man you aint heard nothing yet. Unlike the previous day the sun was out this time, the weather as upbeat and lush as the people around. With my shades and summer clothes on – I headed straight over to Spillers Warf to watch the stage’s first act of the day – The Milk. Again another new band to me, but my word these guys were so amazing and the perfect start to Evolution day 2. I just wanted to go crazy to their music because it was different, unique and most of all fun.

 After an impressive set I went to the UMT stage also located at Spillers. The thing which makes Evolution such a respectable and rewarding experience to be part of is that it also gives local up and coming artists, the opportunity to get themselves recognized. One of the bands to do this and amaze me at the same time was South Shield’s based, Bright Lights. The material, commitment and determination they showed made this a fantastic set to watch. You could certainly tell influences of Paramore and those who may remember a band called Tsunami Bomb. Bright Lights played all their own material with each song having perfect character, identity and vibrancy. I hope I get to see Bright Lights again as my first impression of them is one that makes me smile with delight.

 Wanting to see what else was going on I headed back to the main stage to see Spector. I liked this band quite a lot due to the fact that their music was both quirky and entertaining. Its not the normal type of music I tend to listen to but was nevertheless a pleasant surprise.

 As I looked at my watch it was still half 3, and there was still plenty more fantastic live music to come. Again making sure I was fuelled with maximum energy for the rest of the day, once Spector’s set had finished I just relaxed in the sun by the Quayside. They say that the Quayside is stunning at night when theMillenniumBridgeis illuminating. However I think its equally as beautiful during the day especially when its vibrant and the sun is shining down on the river Tyne.

 Knowing how busy the main stage would soon get, I headed back to Spillers Warf just in time to catch the last part of Band of Skulls performance. They were pretty good tunes that made you want to headbang – and also another example of the variety Evolution offers the audience.

 Once their set came to an end, this is where things really did become busy as by now the entire area was packed with people all coming to see Rizzle Kicks. I tried to keep up with the crowd when everyone was dancing, but as the mosh pits got more and more rougher I had no option but to go to the sides and catch my breath. This would prove a rather brilliant call to make because still filled with adrenaline and hyperness I still wanted to dance. Not wanting to let a mosh pit defeat me, I let the groove take over until I was in my own little world – a party going insider my head that showed no signs of finishing anytime soon.

 Initially dancing on my own, it made me smile to see new friends comes towards me and ask if they could join me. Anyone who sees me dance should know that I follow my own routines – imagination and randomness. So it was a thrilling experience to show and teach them some of my moves. By the way I cannot remember all your names but a special shout out to all the amazing people I met.

 Back to Rizzle Kicks then. It really made me overjoyed to hear Traveller’s Chant. Why? Well it’s a song that which shows the public how strong and talented these two guys are. What is worth noting even more though is that Rizzle Kicks are a mighty fine example of the new and explosive talent that exists in the British music scene.

 Needing to stretch my legs one last time I took a brief break while waiting for Noah and the Whale to finish their set. Then at 8.25pm I legged it like a rocket full of hyperness to find the ideal position for Deadmau5. Bearing in mind they were not due on stage for like another hour, there I was stood getting more and more hyper, while dancing to the background music. Ha-ha good times! I remember thinking to myself – I don’t give a damn if people stare because I am here to have a good time. Its not everyday I get to go to a festival that blows my mind.

 As soon as the background music stop the entire crowd screamed – me included ha! For those who like music by the likes of Cage & Aviary, Carl Taylor and even my personal favourite DJ Tiesto – Deadmau5 is definitely an artist that creates a level of energy you never knew would be possible. What we must remember is that music is not just about the lyrics, because more important than that are the actual beats. The beats Deadmau5 presented to us were of the highest quality. Usually to hear this level of amazing music you would generally either have to get yourselves on a plane toIbizaor count down the days to Creamfields in August. Therefore the very fact that the organisers of Evolution offered Deadmau5 made this year’s festival an absolute honour to be part of.

 Not only did I have an awesome time at Evolution 2012 – but it was a festival full of variety and created the perfect atmosphere by all that attended – not just the artists but the crowds, organisers, and staff present. All I can say is that it has been the perfect start to summer 2012 and probably the reason why your lovingDeehas found his inner party animal. Evolution 2013 – Bring It On!!!!!

 Article byDee

  Night time on a rainy but amazing Bank Holiday Monday. My feet are absolutely killing, but I don’t really care because I have had one of the most amazing nights ever. Why? I will tell you why, its all thanks to the fantastic Twenty Twenty show at the O2 Academy inNewcastle.

 The last time I saw these guys must have been back in Winter 2010 in the A1 room. I remember watching them then and I was fascinated, so two years on it was certainly exciting to know how much they had developed as a band.

 Before making my way into the show, I took the opportunity to catch up with the guys to see how life had been treating them since we last spoke. From speaking to Jack, Sam and Sonny you could see the delight in their face to be back on the road as a headline band, especially as it had been quite some time.

 All were in agreement that the tour was progressing well, with probablyManchesterandBirminghambeing some of their favourite places – obviouslyNewcastleforms part of that list too ha!

 When asked about how they had developed as a band, Sam described 2012 as being mark 2 in their journey. With not having to worry about exams and balancing their studies anymore, they could put their full attention into the band. Not only this the release of their second album in 2011 as well as playing in some pretty immense festivals has helped them to take their music to the next level.

 I am quite a curious person as you will know, so with a band in front of me, I needed to know what life was like offstage. For the Twenty Twenty lads it was a mixture after a show of relaxing at the end of the night with a drink or two. When I asked if that would be the case tonight – having been on a 4 night drinking session bed seemed more likely option. – Ha the rock and roll lifestyle – good stuff guys!

 So if your in a band, especially one that has gone from strength to strength like Twenty Twenty – have you ever considered what it likes being up on that stage in front of your many fans. Sam looked at the experience two ways firstly the little reminder in the back of the head that tells him not to forget the words or as he put it “fuck up” – hehe bless you Sam. The second way to look at it, which brother Sonny also agreed with was the overwhelming and amazing feeling of seeing the crowd sing along to music that these three talented guys had created. In a sentence they summarised it as “weird but unreal”.

 Something worth taking note of which shows how important the interaction and vibe is at any gig is the fact that all three were quite clear to point out that the main way to determine if a night has been successful or not is mainly determined by the energy created by the crowd.

 So with being inNewcastle, what could the crowds expect tonight from this special bank holiday performance. Jack couldn’t have summarised it better “hot, bouncy, sweaty, energetic and fun”.

 The thing I love about the Twenty Twenty lads is that they are a prime example of a band who has worked hard, maintained their commitment and motivation thus resulting in them blossoming as band. So when I asked them what advice they would give to others they kept it simple – have fun and enjoy what your doing.

 Interview over it was time to make my way into an incredibly pact A2 with tonight’s Darkus Photographer – Kate Hollamby – *waves at Kate*. Having been back stage with Sam and the lads, we were only able to watch part of opening artist, Matt Lonsdale’s set. HOWEVER this matters not because I was still able to get a great first impression of his material.

 The audience were screaming away in excitement to the stunning vocals that Matt had to offer. As an opening act he gave such a powerful performance, which resulted in the crowd being in the palm of his hand. With being a solo artist, at the academy this can sometimes be rather daunting, but just watching the enthusiasm on his face you could tell that he was there to make a statement. What statement you ask? Well that’s easy one that makes screams out “Check out this insane material mofo, coz you wont be disappointed”.

 Our second artist for the night was another new band, Futureproof. Three guys putting the fun back into the music scene. A really chemistry and connection with the crowd which created a room of hyperness – where if you weren’t dancing along or singing away resisting the urge would prove difficult as it was only a matter of time that you gave into temptation and became part of the Futureproof experience.

 Just the vibe that the band were creating was brilliant, and took my breath away. Knowing that they would be returning toNewcastleagain in July as part of their own headline tour I was totally excited about what I should expect when they return.

 Room 94 next. I have seen this group a few times now and they never seem to disappoint. The crowd has already gone insane to the other two artists that came on, but the Room 94 lads just take it up a couple of notches. Catchy songs, and beats that captivate your mind, its such an amazing sight to see every person in the crowd move to the insane material that Room 94 have created.

 Three brilliant artists have already blessed us on this Bank Holiday Monday and still there is still one more amazing group of lads to come. The crowd waits with eagerness as they await the whole reason we have this night of top class music – Twenty Twenty!

 The lights go down, the room goes quiet, and Sam, Jack and Sonny take to the stage and as soon as the first sound of the guitar and drums are made the whole room erupts with raw energy. Every single member of the crowd is jumping up and down, singing along to the tunes, and this is no exaggeration but you can actually feel the floor move.

 Doing a set mixed with a variety of old and new stuff, it just makes you more and more hyper – well for me anyway! I myself had to join in the fun and dance away, because its not every day I am able to go to a show where every single song played by each artist blows my mind.

Ending their fantastic set with ‘Love to Life’, the three lads really did finish the night off in style.

 My legs may have been killing but all I have to say is this – Damn! Twenty Twenty it was sooooo worth it.

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Review by Dee

While the majority of the city was either into the football or at the Rocksound Tour show at the Academy, myself and some of the street team were at theRiversidewatching some amazing new talent.

 Today was the start of the Stop, Drop, Rock Tour! The idea of the tour is rather unique and interesting. There are four major bands taking part on this tour – The Famous Class, The City Calls, Taking Hayley and My Extraordinary. The headline act is based on whoever of this lineup plays in their own city. That is a really nifty thing to do as it shows that all the bands on this tour are equals and in it together.

 Back to the show itself then. Before any of these band’s took to the stage, we were given the opportunity to hear some music from other new bands in the north east area. One group in particular that caught my attention was Dear Veronica. These guys are a relatively new band, with this show being the second time they have played. I spoke to the guys briefly before their set, and you could tell even though they were nervous they were also excited as well. New member Jake Richardson, who joined the band last week, only had 3 days to practise the songs. Jake was brought in to replace ex member Chris Tate with the screamo vocals.

 Ok the performance was not absolutely perfect – but who gives a damn! Dear Veronica were playing to a new crowd, and the fact that they had the courage to go up on stage to give a set full of energy and passion made me enjoy the whole experience of watching Dear Veronica. There is no doubt that the more and more they play the more exceptional they will become.

 After these guys came UK Hollywood. Based inWales, home of great things like Dragons, Tom Jones and my one of my favourite artists, Kids in Glass Houses – it was great to see what these guys had to offer to the tour. The whole set was energetic, passionate and upbeat. It was almost as though they were trying to get the audience prepared for the amazing acts to follow, yet make people think to themselves “UK Hollywood are pretty good”. I mentioned KIGH before, and you can really imagine this band as a younger version of Kids in Glass Houses. There is no doubt that the way they are performing why they cant give legends such as them a run for their money!

 With all the adrenaline and  hyperness in the room, I was just about ready to check out the 4 main bands on this tour.

 The Famous Class

 From London, these guys really were fantastic. I loved the way how they interacted with the crowd, and were a really down to earth set of lads who enjoyed creating great music. The beats were catchy and the songs made you want to partayyy with them. I may not of known any of their songs, but I was nevertheless having an amazing time.

 The City Calls

 Woah! Where do I start with these guys! Their set was by far brilliant and fun to witness. You could see the confidence and the enthusiasm in every member of the band as they were playing. Not only this like many in the room, my eyes were locked on them as they gave a ever so captivating performance.

 Taking Hayley

 Each time a new band came on stage they all brought their own style to the night which was good. Taking Hayley created a environment where people were singing along and appreciating the brilliant beats, vocals and lyrics that Taking Hayley were bringing.

 My Extraordinary

 Now this was the performance I had been waiting for, as soon as I heard that My Ex were going to be playing inNewcastleagain. I have said in previous work that speaking to the guys from time to time, it had been an extremely long time since I had seen Anthony, Martin, Dewey and Joe perform. The last time I did see them, probably two or three years ago, they were still unsigned and finding their feet.

 From the very moment they took to the stage you could see that they were here to show the crowd and the other bands on this tour how fantastic artists from the North East really are! I was extremely speechless throughout the whole of their performance as from start to finish Ant and the lads were creating fantastic music that only a fool would be stupid to miss. Forget Your Demise at the Academy – the real fun was at theRiverside!

 I did interview them not so long ago when I met up with them in Costa’s in Newcastle – and even then to hear the direction they were going as a band and the things they had achieved made me love them even more. Therefore to actually see them perform put everything together nicely. From that performance others can learn from it, because they are proof that yes life as a local band can be tricky – but by not giving up you can achieve brilliant things!

 

 

Review By Dee

 A few years ago, when I was helping my friend’s out at Victory Records in theUK, I heard about this fecking awesome band called Comeback Kid. Despite only being able to only see them perform live once, that did not stop me from falling in love with their music. The number of hours I spent listening to their album Broadcasting was an absolute joy.

 Anyway, doing a bit of research I found out that the band are due to headline this years’ Ghostfest which takes place in June. I will obviously be going along to watch them, but to get me in the mood, I asked my good friends over at Victory Records USA, what Comeback Kid had been upto these days.

 When Jessica wrote back I went absolutely hyper to hear that the band had recently created a new video titled, ‘Do Yourself A Favour’. As soon as I hit play, I could not take my eyes off what I can only explain as a downright awesome video and song!

 The video shows the band at its best – performing to their fans. Not only do the members of the band have such intense passion and energy in their performance, but their music is that fantastic and soul consuming, that creating a mosh pit is an absolute must.

 In regards to the music itself, like the band themselves, the beats are strong, energetic and blow your mind to the point that you almost feel that you are part of that crowd in the music video that Comeback Kid are performing to.

 The catchy beats, just put the song in a whole new level of its own when put together with the insane and brilliant vocals of front man Andrew Neufeld

 When the band come to the UK in the summer, I have a feeling that it is going to be something remarkable and an experience not worth missing.