TRACK-BY-TRACK: Hello Bear – I Don’t Know…It’s Fun Though, Isn’t It?

Hello Bear‘s fun, charming brand of powerpop-rock is sure to have you smiling from ear to ear and their brand new EP ‘I Don’t Know…It’s Fun Though, Isn’t It?’ is their most essential listening yet. The Norwich band combine influences from all sorts of punk and alternative rock bands like Weezer, Descendents and Pavement, but their sound remains unique and fresh. We got Hello Bear to run through the EP and give an overview of each track to give us an insight to their songwriting and production.

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Los Angeles post-hardcore newcomers The World Over are led by Tiaday Ball, granddaughter of guitar product entrepreneur Ernie Ball, who’s looking to take her band to international recognition. Having already supported The Browning and Attila, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of the California rockers over the next year. To make sure we get an insight into the thought process behind the music, we got The World Over to talk us through what inspired them when writing their latest EP ‘Mountains’.

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TRICKS OF THE TRADE: Vocals – Fronz (Attila)

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Whether or not you’re part of a controversial band that is known for polarising opinions, attracting lovers or haters and very few listeners that sit in the middle, being a versatile vocalist is essential in sticking out. Fronz (or Fronzilla, or even Christopher Fronzak) of Attila is definitely a frontman who has a few cards up his sleeves, one of which being his unique and spur of the moment creation: rap screams.

Soon to be dropping their sixth full-length record ‘Chaos’, one which the band have gone on record of being their most diverse and versatile, Fronz has also aimed to present how he’s stepped up his game on the vocal front. So, we had a little word with the guy to talk about why he got into doing vocals, how he works on improving his vocal work, how to avoid and heal vocal damage, and more.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: FOES – The Summit Lies Skyward

Missing The Mars Volta? Get your progressive, alternative rock fix with Liverpool boys FOES who have just dropped their debut full length ‘The Summit Lies Skyward’ and will be popping up on your radar even more than they were on their first 2 EPs. We grabbed the band to get a detailed commentary of every track on the album, to get a full understanding of the writing and recording process.

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Fuzzy 90s influenced boys Furr are busy getting ready to release their brand new single ‘Padlocks’ but not before they introduce themselves by each of the band picking out an album that’s influenced them and a collective record to represent Furr as whole. If you’re into Weezer and Queens Of The Stone Age then you’ll want to get your ears round the new DIY band who aren’t afraid to add pop melodies to their rough and growling interior.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Heriot – World Collapse

Following on from their debut ‘Violence’ last year, Swindon doom crew Heriot are back with a serious bang as their new EP ‘World Collapse’ is ready to terrorise the metal and hardcore world. With influences including Black Sabbath, Deftones and Code Orange, the newcomers are sure to kick on from their performance at this years Bloodstock Festival – get to know the ins and outs of the record with this Track-By-Track rundown from the band themselves.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: The Dreamer Within – This Is Not Our Home

Exeter’s answer to the metalcore titans of America is here in the form of The Dreamer Within who’ve got a grand mix of belting breakdowns and electronic beats. Fans of Issues and Memphis May Fire will want to get ahold of their debut EP ‘This Is Not Our Home’ and we caught up with the band for a run through the record to find out the story behind of every track.

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FEATURE: Less Than Jake’s Top 5 Drinking Songs!


Ska punk legends Less Than Jake are returning to our shores soon for the inaugural ‘Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour’, along with home favourites The Skints, Mexican inspired Mariachi El Bronx, and a host of others for what’s sure to be the most fun you have at a show this year.

To celebrate, we got Less Than Jake‘s saxophonist Peter ‘JR’ Wasilewski to delve into their extensive back catalogue and come up with their Top 5 Drinking Songs, and which tipple to enjoy while listening to each.

Please be aware that, whilst this article is about drinking songs, it is important to drink responsibly. You can head to Drink Aware (here) for more information. Oh, and don’t be one of those idiots that drinks and drives.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: High Rise – Left It For Everything

Into Beartooth, Of Mice and Men and Bury Tomorrow? Then get your ears around London melodic metalcore mob High Rise who you have may have caught out on tour with Lock & Key or Press To Meco, or even at Scala club night Facedown. We caught up with the newcomers to get a track-by-track run down of their brand new EP ‘Left It For Everything’ to get a full insight into the brains of the young band.

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Flight Brigade 2016

It takes 7 people to put together the sounds of Flight Brigade, as the London/Hampshire band throw in influences from the world of groove, indie and folk to make their own brand of alternative rock. Their size gives them the opportunity to produce an anthemic guitar sound mixed with challenging and varied hooks. We caught up with the band to find out 5 tracks that have influenced their upcoming debut record ‘Our Friends Our Enemies’ to see what gets inside the mind of Flight Brigade.

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