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The Xcerts to play Loch Ness

the-xcerts3Play In-store Tour and hit Loch Ness for the Release of ‘In the Cold Wind We Smile’!  Hot on the heels of the release of their mighty, anthemic single ‘Crisis in the Slow Lane’ The Xcerts can now confirm that they will be embarking on an in-store tour the week that their album ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’ is released (30th March). Each show will be FREE, feature a live performance from the band and allow fans to get their copy of the band’s debut album signed.

The dates of the band ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’ in-store tour are as follows:

MONDAY 30TH MARCH 4.00PM – 1UP, ABERDEEN
TUESDAY 31ST MARCH 5.00PM – FOPP, UNION STREET, GLASGOW
WEDNESDAY 1st APRIL 5.00PM – RISE, CHELTENHAM
THURSDAY 2ND APRIL 6.30PM – PURE GROOVE, LONDON
FRIDAY 3RD APRIL 6.00PM – BANQUET, KINGSTON

No strangers to the road, The Xcerts spent a lot of last year touring with the likes of Get Cape, Wear Cape. Fly, Twin Atlantic, Feeder and Fight Like Apes.

In addition to the band’s in-store tour The Xcerts will also continue their tireless touring schedule with additional dates (below), playing a very special intimate show on a boat on Loch Ness! Let’s hope Nessie knows a good Rock song when she hears one!

14th March – Shinkiba Studio Coast, British Anthems Festival, Tokyo (with The Fratellis)
28th March – The Ark, Edinburgh
29th March – A Boat, Loch Ness
30th March – The Tunnels, Aberdeen
1st April – Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham
4th April – Glasgow Academy, Glasgow
7th April – Cargo (Club Attitude), London
15th April – Camden Barfly, London
17th April – Deaf Institute, Manchester
18th April – The Magnet, Liverpool
April 30th/May 1st – Hinterland Festival, Glasgow
20th June – Lexapalooza Festival, The Gaff, London
1st August – Leopallooza Cornwall (Festival)

More about The Xcerts.
With radio support from tastemaker DJs and press across the board The Xcerts are on the cusp of something big. Catch them in a venue near you now before they are filling arenas! 

THE XCERTS’ story began around the turn of the century when then 13-year-olds Murray MacLeod (vocals, guitar) and Jordan Smith (bass, vocals) met in the headmaster’s office of their school in Aberdeen. In 2006 they relocated to Brighton and met drummer and Exeter exile Tom Heron, where the line-up of THE XCERTS was finalised.

After a barrage of dates with Future of the left, Bat for Lashes, Biff Clyro, Make Model, Cage the Elephant, Brakes, Get Cape.Wear Cape. Fly and Fighting with Wire and recent supports with Enter Shikari and Feeder, THE XCERTS are gearing up for recording their debut full length album late summer with producer Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers / Idlewild) .

They’re a double edged sword of ferocious guitar and dainty, poetic words – a distorted pop band who fuse the influences of fellow countrymen Idlewild and Biffy Clyro with the thoughtful approach to songwriting of old school ‘emo’ bands like Jimmy Eat World and Bright Eyes.

With support from Radio 1, XFM, MTV2, Rock Sound and !Kerrang, and a work ethic of epic proportions with a live show to match, these are exciting times for the Aberdeen / Exeter and Brighton based trio.

“Nothing short of astonishing” – !Kerrang
“Ludicrously Punchy” – Steve Lamacq
“’The Xcerts are going to be making big strides in 2008” – Drowned in Sound

The Xcerts release ‘Crisis in the Slow Lane’

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THE XCERTS’ story began around the turn of the century when then 13-year-olds Murray MacLeod (vocals, guitar) and Jordan Smith (bass, vocals) met in the headmaster’s office of their school in Aberdeen. In 2006 they relocated to Brighton and met drummer and Exeter exile Tom Heron, where the line-up of THE XCERTS was finalised.

After a barrage of dates with Future of the left, Bat for Lashes, Biff Clyro, Make Model, Cage the Elephant, Brakes, Get Cape.Wear Cape. Fly and Fighting with Wire and recent supports with Enter Shikari and Feeder, THE XCERTS are gearing up for recording their debut full length album late summer with producer Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers / Idlewild) .

They’re a double edged sword of ferocious guitar and dainty, poetic words – a distorted pop band who fuse the influences of fellow countrymen Idlewild and Biffy Clyro with the thoughtful approach to songwriting of old school ‘emo’ bands like Jimmy Eat World and Bright Eyes.

With support from Radio 1, XFM, MTV2, Rock Sound and !Kerrang, and a work ethic of epic proportions with a live show to match, these are exciting times for the Aberdeen / Exeter and Brighton based trio.

“Nothing short of astonishing” – !Kerrang
“Ludicrously Punchy” – Steve Lamacq
“’The Xcerts are going to be making big strides in 2008” – Drowned in Sound

Hot on the heels of the release of their mighty, anthemic single ‘Crisis in the Slow Lane’ The Xcerts can now confirm that they will be embarking on an in-store tour the week that their album ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’ is released (30th March).

Each show will be FREE, feature a live performance from the band and allow fans to get their copy of the band’s debut album signed.

The dates of the band ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’ in-store tour are as follows:

MONDAY 30TH MARCH 4.00PM – 1UP, ABERDEEN
TUESDAY 31ST MARCH 5.00PM – FOPP, UNION STREET, GLASGOW
WEDNESDAY 1st APRIL 5.00PM – RISE, CHELTENHAM
THURSDAY 2ND APRIL 6.30PM – PURE GROOVE, LONDON
FRIDAY 3RD APRIL 6.00PM – BANQUET, KINGSTON

No strangers to the road, The Xcerts spent a lot of last year touring with the likes of Get Cape, Wear Cape. Fly, Twin Atlantic, Feeder and Fight Like Apes. In addition to the band’s in-store tour The Xcerts will also continue their tireless touring schedule with additional dates (below), playing a very special intimate show on a boat on Loch Ness! Let’s hope Nessie knows a good Rock song when she hears one!

Dates are:

14th March – Shinkiba Studio Coast, British Anthems Festival, Tokyo (with The Fratellis)
29th March – A Boat, Loch Ness – Order tickets here: www.ironworksvenue.com / www.seetickets.com/?c=384559&filler2=384559
30th March – The Tunnels, Aberdeen
1st April – Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham
4th April – Glasgow Academy, Glasgow
7th April – Cargo (Club Attitude), London
15th April – Camden Barfly, London
April 30th/May 1st – Hinterland Festival, Glasgow
20th June – Lexapalooza Festival, The Gaff, London

With radio support from tastemaker DJs and press across the board The Xcerts are on the cusp of something big. Catch them in a venue near you now before they are filling arenas!

www.myspace.com/thexcerts
www.xtramilerecordings.com
www.myspace.com/xtramilerecordings

You Me At Six to headline Slam Dunk

you-me-at-six You Me At Six is set to headline this year’s Slam Dunk Festival at Leeds University on Bank Holiday Sunday, May 24. After their electrifying set in 2008 and their rise as pop-rock favourites in the UK, the Surrey quintet were asked to return and headline the one-day festival by organizers.

While American bands have dominated the festival in past years, UK bands are now prevailing with The Blackout, In Case of Fire, We Are The Ocean and The Ghost Of A Thousand performing, to name a few. Other acts confirmed on the bill include Cobra Starship, We The Kings, The King Blues, Anti Flag, Sing It Loud, Hexes and Hundred Reasons.

In its 4th year, Slam Dunk Festival will play host to 40 bands across 6 stages, running from 3pm until 11pm. There will also be an aftershow running until 3am. 

About You and me at six.
You Me At Six are a 5-piece rock/ pop/punk band from Weybridge, Surrey who formed in 2005. The five piece played locally until early 2007 when spring support slots with Saosin at Leeds Cockpit (03.05.07) and later Paramore at the Colchester Arts Centre (10.06.07) saw them attract media attention from the likes of Kerrang, Musicscoop and NME. In July 2007 they supported Tonight Is Goodbye on their summer tour along with Death Can Dance and then later that month were featured in Kerrang magazine in their new music section. The group were then recruited as support for firstly Fightstar on their September tour and then Elliot Minor in October 2007. Following their return from those tours they headlined a special Halloween show at the Kingston Peel with support from notable local acts such as Consort With Romeo and We Have A Getaway. In October of 2007 they released their debut single “Save It For The Bedroom” on Slam Dunk Records and then went on their first headline tour with support from Flood Of Red playing six dates across the country. In December 2007 the band were announced as support for The Audition’s February 2008 UK tour. You Me At Six were also nominated for Best British Newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards 2007, the category eventually went to Gallows, and headlined the London KOKO whilst playing Klub Kerrang. On December 10th 2007 the band added the B-side to their single “Save It For The Bedroom”, “You’ve Made Your Bed” onto their official myspace.

www.youmeatsix.info

In This Moment release ‘Forever’ see the video on RTV

in-this-momentIn This Moment’s single ‘Forever’ will be released on 6th April, followed by the Kevin Churko produced (Britney Spears, Ozzy Osbourne) album ‘The Dream’ on 13th April. This new edition of ‘The Dream’ will feature three brand new bonus tracks including a cover of Blondie’s ‘Call Me’.

In This Moment will also be appearing at this year’s prestigious ‘Give It A Name’ Festival in London & Manchester in April as well as performing on a Kerrang! sponsored ‘Give It A Name Introducing’ tour. Currently on tour in the US with Mudvayne, we can expect appearances by the band at further UK festivals over the summer and they will play all 46 dates on the Vans Warped Tour 09 alongside Gallows, Anti – Flag, Black Tide and Madina Lake.

In This Moment is fronted by the dazzling Maria Brink who is already one of the most photographed women in rock music with numerous US covers under her belt including Revolver & Metal Edge. UK press kicked off with coverage in Front magazine and the cover of Total Tattoo magazine ahead of any music press.

The band’s previous album ‘Beautiful Tragedy’ took the band on the road with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, Rob Zombie and Lacuna Coil (and to festivals such as Download and Germany’s Rock Am Ring/Rock Am Park). This new album ‘The Dream’ is a big step up for the band and promises to attract the attention of a whole new fanbase. With over 6.5 million Myspace plays to date and a growing army of fans, 2009 will be the year when In This Moment join the likes of Paramore in crossing over from critical success in the rock world, to the consciousness of the mainstream.

UK LIVE DATES:

Give It A Name & Kerrang! Introducing tour
(w/ Lights & Sounds, Versa Emerge, Whole Wheat Bread)
09/04/09 – London Islington Academy
10/04/09 – Cardiff Ifor Bach
11/04/09 – Sheffield Academy
12/04/09 – Glasgow King Tuts
14/04/09 – Newcastle Academy 2
15/04/09 – Manchester Academy 3
16/04/09 – Birmingham Academy 2

Give It A Name Festival
(w/ Enter Shikari, The Blackout, The Academy Is ..)
17/04/09 – London – Brixton Academy
19/04/09 – Manchester – Academy

Watch the video on RTV Channel.

The Blackout new single and dates

the-blackoutThe Welsh boys The Blackout are back. The sextet will be exclusively releasing the first single off their Epitaph debut, ‘The Best In Town’ as a free download available only on Kerrang.com

The single, STFUppercut which is a hard-hitting rock n roll anthem, will be available to download on 25th and 26th March on the website. STFUppercut will then go on general digital release the following Monday, 30th March for those that missed it!

The single has already debuted on XFM and getting plays on Radio 1, Radio 6 and at specialist!

The Blackout will also be playing a very special gig that week for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, alongside Bullet for My Valentine & Fightstar on Saturday 28 March.

More live dates below:

17 April London Brixton Academy GIAN London
19 April Manchester Academy GIAN Manchester

12-14 June Download. Alongside Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Limp Bizkit, koßn and more!

Playing a hot-wired mixture of metal, punk and indie rock with melodies that only increase the music’s impact velocity, The Blackout are six young men hailing from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. Featuring Gavin Butler and Sean Smith on vocals, James Davies and Matthew Davies on guitars, Rhys Lewis on bass and Gareth Lawrence on drums, the Blackout came together in 2003; they cut a three-song demo EP, Pull No Punches, in 2004 and within two years they became a name to be reckoned with on the UK club circuit. In 2006, the Blackout were signed to Fierce Panda Records, one of London’s leading independent labels, and quickly released the single “Hard Slammin’”. A six-song EP, The Blackout! Blackout! Blackout, followed later that year, which featured the single “I’m A Riot? You’re A F—-ing Riot”. In the fall of 2007, the Blackout released their first full-length album, We Are The Dynamite, and the band was soon sharing stages with the likes of Funeral For A Friend, Avenged Sevenfold and Thrice as well as playing the 2008 Give It A Name festival in London and Sheffield alongside Paramore, Thirty Seconds To Mars and Alkaline Trio.

www.myspace.com/theblackout

All about Funeral for a Friend

funeral-for-a-friend2Funeral for a Friend’s energized blend of emo, metal, and post-hardcore is created by vocalist Matt Davies, guitarists Kris Roberts and Darran Smith, bassist Gareth Davies, and drummer Randy Richards. The Welsh quintet first appeared in 2002 with a series of EPs and singles, including Between Order and Model, Four Ways to Scream Your Name, and Juneau. Such releases helped land the group on the cover of Kerrang! magazine, a recognition of the band’s growing hype that, in turn, earned a record deal with Warner Music. Funeral for a Friend’s debut full-length, Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation, was then issued in October 2003. It was not given a concurrent U.S. release; instead, the seven-track mini-CD Seven Ways to Scream Your Name (collecting non-album tracks from the earlier EPs) appeared domestically via the New Jersey indie label Ferret. Meanwhile, Funeral for a Friend embarked on a series of high-profile touring engagements, including a series of European dates opening for Iron Maiden.

Touring continued through summer 2004, and the =Spilling Blood in 8mm DVD appeared in September with live footage, videos, and a band documentary. Funeral for a Friend returned in June 2005 with Hours, their second full-length; more touring followed, including the band’s first stint on the Warped Tour. The guys also picked up that year’s Kerrang! award for Best British Band. Back at home by the end of 2005, Matt Davies utilized some downtime from touring to work on material for his first side project, the alt-country-inspired the Secret Show, whose debut album was released in February 2007. Three months later, Funeral for a Friend issued their next album, Tales Don’t Tell Themselves, subsequently jumping on the road for headlining dates in the U.K. and U.S. before spending summer on the Warped Tour. Memory and Humanity followed shortly thereafter, arriving during the final quarter of 2008 and featuring the band’s familiar mix of emo-influenced songcraft and anthemic rock uplift.

You Me At Six headline tour

you-me-at-sixYou Me At Six are a 5-piece rock/ pop/punk band from Weybridge, Surrey who formed in 2005. The five piece played locally until early 2007 when spring support slots with Saosin at Leeds Cockpit (03.05.07) and later Paramore at the Colchester Arts Centre (10.06.07) saw them attract media attention from the likes of Kerrang, Musicscoop and NME. In July 2007 they supported Tonight Is Goodbye on their summer tour along with Death Can Dance and then later that month were featured in Kerrang magazine in their new music section. The group were then recruited as support for firstly Fightstar on their September tour and then Elliot Minor in October 2007. Following their return from those tours they headlined a special Halloween show at the Kingston Peel with support from notable local acts such as Consort With Romeo and We Have A Getaway. In October of 2007 they released their debut single “Save It For The Bedroom” on Slam Dunk Records and then went on their first headline tour with support from Flood Of Red playing six dates across the country. In December 2007 the band were announced as support for The Audition’s February 2008 UK tour. You Me At Six were also nominated for Best British Newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards 2007, the category eventually went to Gallows, and headlined the London KOKO whilst playing Klub Kerrang. On December 10th 2007 the band added the B-side to their single “Save It For The Bedroom”, “You’ve Made Your Bed” onto their official myspace.

It’s members are Josh Franceschi on Lead Vocals, Max Helyer on Guitar, Chris Miller on Guitar, Matt Barnes on Bass and Dan Flint on Drums.

You Me At Six are kicking 2009 off in style with another headline tour in March and the release of fan favourite Save It For The Bedroom, out on March 9, through Slam Dunk Records.

The stand-out pop track on Take Off Your Colours, Save It For The Bedroom has over 2 million MySpace plays to date and is sure to win the band fans in new places.

Here are full UK dates:

06 March – 02 Academy – Bristol
07 March – 02 Academy – Birmingham
08 March – Academy – Manchester
09 March – Barrowlands – Glasgow
10 March – 02 Academy – Newcastle
12 March – Pyramids – Portsmouth
13 March – Roundhouse – London 

www.youmeatsix.info

Architects – new video!

architects002_160x120Architects have completed work on their video for brand new track Early Grave.

The song comes from the band’s forthcoming new album Hollow Crown which will be released on January 26 through Century Media Records.

The band recently chatted to Kerrang! about the making of the video, which was directed by Adam Powell (Bring Me The Horizon, Johnny Truant).You can see the video for Early Grave on RTV Channel.

Bio: With influences ranging from Hatebreed, to Shadows Fall, to the Dillinger Escape Plan, Brighton, England’s Architects play a complex mixture of metalcore, death, and math metal, laced with alternately violent and comedic lyrics. After getting their start in 2005, the group recorded their debut album, Nightmares, the very next year with a lineup consisting of twin brothers Tom (guitar) and Dan Searle (drums), Tim Hillier-Brook (guitar), Tim Lucas (bass), and Matt Johnson (vocals); but the latter was to be replaced on-stage by new frontman Sam Carter in January of 2007, during the last show of the band’s subsequent tour. Later that year, Architects recorded their sophomore effort, Ruin (introducing new bass player Ali Dean), and signed a worldwide deal with Century Media for its re-release in 2008. Their first American tour was next on the agenda, and saw the group paired up with Suicide Silence, Beneath the Massacre, and the Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, among other bands. Upon their return to England, Architects recorded their third album, to be titled Hollow Crown, but an official release date has yet to be announced.

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