Of Empires Debut New Track “Baby Darlin’ Sugar”

Brighton rock band, Of Empires, winners of MTV’s brand new unsigned award of 2015, have released a brand new track today ahead of the release of their second E.P. Baby Darlin’ Sugar was debuted last night on the BBC Radio 1 introducing show and continues their aptitude for writing punchy, sing along rock anthems. The clap along drum beat puts a spring in the step of the new track as a spaced out guitar sound offers the back drop for some great crooned vocal work. The Track builds up perfectly to its chorus with lead singer Jack shouting out “what happened to you?” to whoever his baby darlin’ is. Overall it’s a great rock song with anthemic qualities that will have you singing along hours after you’ve first heard it and serves as a preview for whats to come on their next E.P.

You can listen to the track through this link: Track starts at 2:16:00

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Gutterdammerung: What it is and why you should care

It’s the self-proclaimed “loudest silent movie on earth” and a real mouthful to pronounce. It features an all-star cast of rock music legends such as Iggy Pop, Slash, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Henry Rollins, Grace Jones and Lemmy of Motorhead, just to name a few.

Coming from the mind of Swedish visual artist Bjorn Tagemoste, it is a unique blend of a silent movie with the accompaniment of a live rock band with artists being seen behind, in front of and on the screen.

“The idea for the movie came a few years ago” says Tagemoste. “We did a really explosive show for The Hives, with a similar concept”. Adding: “This film is very similar to the one we made with The Hives, but it is a lot longer and it plays a lot more on classic themes that you would see in silent movies”.

After a successful test screening at the Forum in London earlier in the month, the show has announced it will be on tour in early 2016 and is being featured at both Download festival and Isle of Wight next year.

Video highlights of the test screening can be viewed here for a better idea of what the show is all about.

 

 

Paris Attacks Result In High Number Of Gig Cancellations

Over a week on from the horrific terror attacks in Paris that resulted in the deaths of 129 civilians including 89 at the Eagles of Death Metal’s show at the Bataclan and it’s easy to see the unprecedented effect it has had on the global music industry.

Many high profile bands have taken the decision to cancel shows and whole tours in light of the tragedy, including U2, Foo Fighters and Coldplay, with more bands still deciding to take similar action.

Foo Fighters were due to play in the capital on Monday but “in light of this senseless violence” cancelled the remaining dates on their European world tour. Coldplay who were performing a show in L.A due to be streamed around the world also cancelled, instead playing a 7 song acoustic set in which they performed John Lennon’s ‘imagine’.

Other artistes who have announced cancellations include the British heavy metal band Motörhead who have rescheduled their Paris show for February, Prince who cancelled the entirety of his European tour and was due to play in Paris on December 11 and Marilyn Manson who was scheduled to play at Le Zenith concert hall on November 16.

American alternative metal band Deftones were due to play at the Bataclan just 2 days after 89 concert goers were killed there. The band who were staying in Paris the night of the attacks issued a statement on their website voicing their grief: “We must return home to our loved ones. We will return when appropriate.”

Irish punk rockers Stiff Little Fingers have decided to go ahead with their show at the Mill venue in Paris on November 30. The Belfast bred band stated that their show will go ahead as planned because they: “know what its like to be deprived of gigs due to terrorism”. Referring to the prominence of the I.R.A when they were growing up.

As France and the world continue to grieve we can expect more cancellations due to border closures and risk of terrorism.

 

Record Store Day celebrate Black Friday with special releases

Record Store Day will continue their support of independent record stores with a slew of special releases starting on the 27 November in cohesion with Black Friday.

New releases include a re-issue of David Bowie’s Earthling in translucent green vinyl, a special 40th anniversary edition of Queens Bohemian Rhapsody and the release of the new Megadeth single The Threat is Real as a 12” single, among many others already announced.

Record stores across the UK will be participating in the event including Rough Trade East and Kingston’s Banquet Records. “We usually sell quite a bit of the Black Friday stock here” says Mike Smith, Manager of Banquet Records. “We’re still getting info through on releases & won’t be sure exactly what stock we’ll have until it arrives, but we already have a number of releases advertised on our website”.

There are still many releases yet to be confirmed and many stores still joining the event, all participating stores and a list of announced releases are on the Record Store Day’s website.

Banquet records: http://www.banquetrecords.com/blackfriday2015

Record Store Day ‘Black Friday’: http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases

The St. Pierre Snake Invasion launch debut album ‘a hundred years a day’

The Bristol band’s long awaited first album is being launched today at the Stag and Hounds pub in Bristol, where they will be supported by a number of bands, including Blacklisters, Death Pedals and Falls.

This is a seminal point for the band who are sure to deliver yet another intense show in support of an album that should capture all the rage and intensity they exhume so well on stage. The album is being released on Halloween, which is fitting due to the fact that it would scare the shit out of many of the feeble eared.

“It’s been a long time getting here so it’s a mixture of relief that we’ve got it done and also excitement that it’s such a cracking line up.” Say’s Patrick, guitarist for the band. When asked about the album’s content he replied “All of it is pretty much a social commentary of the world around us” adding that “One or two tracks may not be expected from us, but it’d be boring if you knew what was going on all the time.”

The album was recorded at the famed Rockfield Studios in Wales, the same place legendary bands such as Rush and Oasis have recorded and where Queen recorded Bohemian Rhapsody. Patrick sums up the experience as “really amazing” and adds “it’s an odd feeling being within the walls of so much history.”

The album was reportedly recorded in just 72 hours, Patrick reveals “We only went in to do an EP over three days but had it pretty much nailed in the first couple of hours… so our Producer Sean Genockey suggested making it an album.”

The album is out today and will be launched tonight at the Stag and Hounds in Bristol, details are below for both the CD and event.

Buy the new album here –  http://tspsi.bigcartel.com/product/a-hundred-years-a-day

Tickets for the event here – https://www.ents24.com/bristol-events/StagAndHounds/album-launch/4402245?utm_medium=widget&utm_source=http%3A%2F%2Ftspsi.co.uk%2F&utm_campaign=The%20St%20Pierre%20Snake%20Invasion-OdlBvn

Iron Maiden announce Download 2016 as only UK show

The veteran British metal band have been announced as headliners for Donnington’s 2016 music event, which will be their only UK show on their current world tour.

The festival will be taking place on the 10-12 June 2016 at Donnington Park in Leicestershire. Considered the spiritual home of rock music, Iron Maiden have headlined the festival five times previously, in 1988, 1992, 2003, 2007 and most recently in 2013.

The tour comes of off the back of their 16th studio album, ‘The book of souls’ which reached the number one spot in over 40 countries and sold 75,000 copies in its first week. The band will be visiting 35 countries over six continents and will be transported in a customized Boeing 747-400 flown by front man Bruce Dickinson.

“Download is a very special place for us. Not just because it’s always great to play on home turf but because there’s a truly unique vibe there, it’s the very heart of England and of metal so a fitting place for Iron Maiden!” Says lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. Adding that “The crowd is always fiercely passionate and the whole band feeds off that famous Donnington energy. We aim to deliver a really memorable show for our fans to close the 2016 Festival.”

Bruce also states “We haven’t decided on the set list as yet and won’t until we start rehearsing but we really look forward to playing a number of new songs live, especially as the recording was so much live.” He continued by saying “I am sure we will include plenty of older fan favourites too.”

The tour and album had been delayed after Bruce Dickinson was diagnosed with tongue cancer early this year managing to get the all clear in July.

Tickets for Download 2016 go on sale this Friday at 9 A.M.