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Irist

Introducing Irist: The Ambitious Crew Out To Push Metal Forward

Photo: Susy Irais Reyes “Ultimately, I want our legacy to be that we pushed the heavy metal genre forward,” Irist frontman Rodrigo Carvalho says, laying out his band’s mission statement in one simple sentence.

Written by: Matt Mills | Date: Monday, 30 March 2020

Leif Erikson

The Best Buzz: Leif Erikson Pose Some Serious Questions

London-based guitar outfit Leif Erikson have made a habit of creating elegant sounds. On their latest EP 'Question Time', the band explore the current socio-environmental climate, discussing the changes to our planet and the responsibility we have in seeking a halt to the destructive curve we are riding.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Wednesday, 18 March 2020

The Shires

Some Very Good Years: Getting Reflective With The Shires

When poised to move forwards and embrace exciting new opportunities, it’s often worthwhile to look back and take stock first. We have to know where we’ve been to appreciate where we’re going. Following a short hiatus that saw them recharge and reflect, the Shires are set to return with ‘Good Years’, an album that meditates on their journey so far while also being tailor made to catapult the duo to even greater heights in future.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Haunt The Woods

Sonic Architects: Introducing Haunt The Woods

Haunt The Woods are ready and willing to treat lovers of progressive, folk-flavoured rock with a gift basket of epic emotional and textural vistas. The Cornish four-piece arrive armed with a grandiose sound that’s as pensive and melancholic as it is raging and explosive.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Monday, 09 March 2020

My Dying Bride

Tired of Tears: How My Dying Bride Overcame Adversity to Make 'The Ghost of Orion'

If their name doesn’t give the game away, My Dying Bride are an extremely miserable bunch. As of 2020, they’ve been peddling depressive doom metal for exactly 30 years, and are responsible for 13 albums packed to the brim with melancholia.

Written by: Matt Mills | Date: Thursday, 05 March 2020

Sabaton

With The Force Of A Thousand Guns: Inside The Night Sabaton Seized Command of Wembley

td#right {display:none !important;} Photo: Hannah C - @wtchfndr Sat in his band’s dressing room at London’s Wembley Arena, Sabaton frontman Joakim Brodén looks oddly…normal. Over the past 15 years, the singer has worn onstage attire that's become iconic among his fans: aviator sunglasses, loose urban-camo trousers and a black battle vest, complete with steel abs and pectoral muscles.

Written by: Matt Mills | Date: Tuesday, 03 March 2020

Chris Farren

Wet Plate Portraits: Chris Farren at Le Pub

td#right {display:none !important;} Photo: Gareth Jarvis People make important breakthroughs every day. Using a process that dates back 150 years, photographer Gareth Jarvis captured this shot of Chris Farren at Newport’s Le Pub midway through his UK tour, answering one of life’s most pressing questions: would Chris Farren have been hot in cowboy times? To repurpose his stage patter: hell yeah, baby. Chris Farren: born hot in 1986. Chris Farren: born hot in 1886.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Monday, 02 March 2020

Jared James Nichols

Music, Energy, Vision: Jared James Nichols Sets His Sights On The Top

It’s by no means unreasonable to declare that any fan of great blues-rock who isn’t mesmerised by the firebrand axe work, and high voltage energy, of Jared James Nichols is either a complete charlatan or the victim of an undiagnosed hearing condition. As passionate about his own work as he is the wider world of classic blues-rock, this guitar god in the making is on a mission to bring his music to the people and make an asteroid-sized impression on the genre he worships.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Monday, 24 February 2020

The Marcus King Band

City of Gold: Marcus King on the Road to 'El Dorado'

​ In the life of every ambitious musician there comes a time to take leave of the mother ship and boldly head for unexplored space. Unlike Marcus King, though, most of those pilgrims don’t venture into new territory before they hit their mid-20s. Yet such a bold move only highlights how, in conjunction with his recently released autonomous bow ‘El Dorado’, this singer, songwriter and guitar prodigy from South Carolina is anything but an ordinary young man.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Ash

A Career Less Ordinary: Ash Reflect on Their Crazy 25 Year Odyssey

The clear standout on Ash’s potentially disastrous second album ‘Nu-Clear Sounds’, Wildsurf is a title that perfectly encapsulates the band’s 25 year sojourn through the highs and lows of the music business. Since crashing the mid-'90s Britpop scene as fresh-faced teenagers who sounded like, to paraphrase Bono, ‘Brian Wilson in a punk band,’ the Northern Irish trio have been on a non-stop sinusoidal thrill ride.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Friday, 14 February 2020

Bambara

A Connection Just Out Of Reach: Bambara Return With 'Stray'

Bambara’s monumental third album ‘Stray’ is a black-hearted work of art; a sinister cacophony of post-punk instrumentals with death on its mind. Constructing an orchestra of sounds around its expansive skeleton, blending ethereal and baritone vocals, it is a challenging piece of work that rewards those who tap into its wavelength.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Wednesday, 12 February 2020

The Lone Bellow

Something Bigger Than Ourselves: The Lone Bellow Return With 'Half Moon Light'

Photo: Shervain Lainez Life is virtually unliveable without hope. In our darkest days, even the merest chink of light can provide an all important spark to keep on fighting. Just ask the Lone Bellow, a three piece Americana outfit born from the ashes of tragedy and its damn near miraculous resolution. They may know all about trying times, but with spiritually resonant harmonies and impassioned empathy to the fore, the trio’s existential songs consistently make an optimistic stand.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Reuben James

'I'm Happiest on Stage': Introducing Jazz-Pop Star of the Future Reuben James

“I’m happiest on stage. When I'm performing that’s the only place that I truly feel like I belong. That feels most like home.”

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Tuesday, 04 February 2020

My Chemical Romance

Think Happy Thoughts: The Return Of My Chemical Romance

Think happy thoughts.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Thursday, 23 January 2020

Haggard Cat

No Boundaries: Haggard Cat Talk New Album 'Common Sense Holiday'

Photo: Carla Mundy How do you make a sound like Haggard Cat? No, not the high-pitched yowl of a scrawny feline, but hefty, high-energy, blues-driven noise. The answer, surprisingly, isn’t found by assembling a boat-load of angry punks ready to thrash out an adrenaline-fuelled racket. Instead, the raw materials are provided by but a pair of humble, giggly mates from Nottingham. “The rawest, most honest form of us playing music is just the two of us,” guitarist and vocalist Matt Reynolds notes. “That’s how we write.”

Written by: Helen Payne | Date: Thursday, 16 January 2020

Slipknot

Knotfest: Why Slipknot Are Still A Festival Must See After All These Years

Some bands appear to have been laboratory engineered for festival success—they radiate inoffensive late afternoon mass appeal from each empty chorus and $500 distressed Rolling Stones tee.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Stereoboard

New Year, New Gigs: Stereoboard's Pick Of 2020 Events

td#right {display:none !important;} Aaaand relax. The Christmas songs are behind us. You made it. Mariah and Bublé are going back in their vacuum sealed boxes for another 11 months, Santa’s having a well-deserved rest with the new headphones he got from Mrs Claus, and we in the wider world are finally allowed to listen to tunes that don’t involve sleigh bells. Thank baby Jesus for that. With this in mind, you might be wondering what 2020 has in store for live music fans. Luckily for you, Stereoboard has compiled a list of the best events throughout the year, organised in calendar-friendly chronological order. It’s going to be a great year for gigs. You are welcome.

Written by: Helen Payne | Date: Friday, 10 January 2020

Beabadoobee

Now and Next: Stereoboard's Ones to Watch in 2020

td#right {display:none !important;}   Each year brings with it a breakout star or two, and every January thousands of words are duly spilled trying to predict who they might be. Well, who are we to break with tradition? Head below to check out some fresh music from artists who might go on to enjoy a massive 2020.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Tuesday, 07 January 2020

Stereoboard

The List: Stereoboard's Top Tickets Of 2019

td#right {display:none !important;} td#right {display:none !important;} Live music offers an escape. With all the uncertainty in the world, be it political, financial or environmental, there's always comfort and reassurance to be found in hearing one of your favourite bands sing one of your favourite songs, and being able to scream their lyrics back at them in person. The statistics back up that the sentiment. This year has been another busy one for live shows, and here we take a look at which tickets were the most sought-after across the past 12 months.  

Written by: Laura Johnson | Date: Friday, 20 December 2019

Stereoboard

The List: Stereoboard's Best Albums Of 2019

td#right {display:none !important;} That's 2019 almost cooked, folks. In a few weeks we'll start a new decade, find new favourites, new heroes and new villains. So, for one last time in the 2010s let's take a look back at 12 months in music to celebrate the records that made us cheer, laugh, cry and marvel.  

Written by: Stereoboard | Date: Monday, 16 December 2019

 
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