Out with the old, in with the new..

Well, from A Day To Remember to a year to remember (its a joke, right?), 2013 is coming to an end and its time to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new. That said, I think we can get away with a quick look back on the year that’s past, before we get started on the new one.

For me, the most significant thing about the last year has been the number of bands running Pledgemusic campaigns for their album releases. From Bring Me The Horizon‘s critically acclaimed ‘Sempiternal’ to indie stars Hard-Fi and a whole hoarde of newer artists, it seems like the livelihood of musicians will be based around ‘extra’ items – VIP passes, merchandise and even live streaming rather than the traditional model of create and album, sell album, profit that has gone on for so long..

Anyway, let’s end on a cheerful note, shall we? One album I’m definitely looking forward to next year is You Me At Six‘s ‘Cavalier Youth’, which is out on January 27th. If you haven’t had a listen already, here’s a little snippet for you:

See you guys in the new year..

RC xx

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A Day To Remember – Right Back At It Again

Well I’ve been a busy, busy person this week with too many gigs / Christmas parties! Luckily, though, I haven’t been so busy that I’ve missed the awesome new video from A Day To Remember, ‘Right Back At It Again’. Its fun, upbeat and incredibly catchy. I suggest you check it out, right now..


RC xx

Review: Jamie Lenman – The Garage 09/12/13

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The Garage in Highbury has seen a few changes these past few years. Gone is the shabby look of old, replaced by the shiny new interior and, as tonight’s headliner Mr Jamie Lenman notes, gone too are the spikes that previously hung from the stage ceiling.

One thing that hasn’t changed though, is the ex-Reuben frontman’s wit and charisma, something he brings in bulk to tonight’s performance. Whether its screeching through the heavier tracks from his double-sided debut solo album ‘Muscle Memory’, or, surprisingly, launching into the much-loved tracks of his previous band, his charm never falters.

Switching flawlessly between heavy and soft tracks, its the latter which feel more poignant. An acapella performance featuring six band members causes the whole audience to join in with their toe-tapping, while ‘Good Luck’ is an all-round sing-a-long, with Lenman adding his own touches to the second verse. Tellingly, at the end of the song the frontman notes the importance of the connection to his audience.

There’s a bittersweet sense in the room as the much-matured singer returns to his roots with ‘Moving To Blackwater’, a track from Reuben’s debut album. Although the song carries a lovely wave of nostalgia, its also a sign of how much has changed since its release. Gone is the dream of rock-stardom that Lenman must have carried at the time, along with former bandmates Jon Pearce and Guy Davis, both of whom have since departed to other projects.

As the night comes to a triumphant close with ‘Shambles’, a very old classic from the Aldershot three-piece, its an overjoyed crowd that will spill out onto Holloway Road tonight, albeit burdened with the knowledge that the songs they loved so dearly have come alive tonight for possibly one of the last times.

RC xx

Sneaky peak from Of Mice And Men’s new album

If you can’t wait for the new album from California hard-rockers Of Mice And Men, ‘Restoring Force’, you can hear a sneaky preview of their new single ‘You’re Not Alone’ right here (if you don’t mind watching a whole lot of ads about the album, that is).

Go on, its totally worth it..

The new album, ‘Restoring Force’ is out January 28, 2014.
RC xx

New Video From Ashestoangels ‘Chase’

So is it a live video, or isn’t it? I guess some bands are better at expressing themselves when they’re performing, rather than acting in a storyline video. It definitely works for Bristol’s Ashestoangels in their new video for ‘Chases’, directed by the amazingly talented Marianne Harris.

Have a look:

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Indie Sunday? Yes, I think so..

Is it December already? I haven’t even started Christmas shopping yet. Actually, that’s a lie. I headed over to Oxford Circus yesterday, but couldn’t face the masses of crowds.. Might be another online shopping year. Oh dear..

Anyway, for those of you who are having a nice, chilled out weekend, or like me, need one, here’s a lovely bit of electro-rock tuneage for you. ‘Call Me Up’ is the new single from Manchester rockers Love For Zero. Its due out in March 2014, but  if you can’t wait that long, have a listen to it below..


RC xx