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RED BULL BEDROOM JAM 2011 WINNER: Page 44

Hailing from the land of Redditch, pop-rock outfit Page 44 aren’t from a place that’s reknowned for musical success. However, the quartet plan to change that, and are on the path to achieve doing so with their recent winning position with this year’s Red Bull Bedroom Jam. We had a little chat with the boys about things, and discovered a few new facts, including the porn-based roots of their band name:

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RED BULL BEDROOM JAM 2011 WINNER: ACODA

Coming out as one of the first announced winners of the 2011 Red Bull Bedroom Jam competition, Corby’s ACODA have garnered more than enough experience and attention with their brand of metal. Despite not having a full-length album out just yet, the four-piece have still managed to play shows outside of the UK. We caught up with them shortly after their Download Festival weekend to see how it feels to be a winner:

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SLAM DUNK 2011 PREVIEW: Blitz Kids

Going forward under a name change and a revamp of their sound, Crewe’s Blitz Kids are one of Cheshire’s most recent rising acts in the alternative music scene, and have steadily made their presence known since the release of their debut music video and single, ‘An Ink Blot In The Blood Clot’. With a worthy set on the Kerrang! Introducing stage at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival and debut full-length ‘Vagrants & Vagabonds’ to follow soon after, vocalist Joe James had a little talk with us about things to come in the Blitz Kids camp:

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Sleeping With Sirens – Let’s Cheers To This

Orlando post-hardcore outfit Sleeping With Sirens released their sophomore record, ‘Let’s Cheers To This’, on May 10th through Rise Records. With a series of great energetic songs with emotional and deep meaning across the whole album, we asked frontman Kellin Quinn to fill us in on the meaning and focus behind the album and its 11 solid tracks:

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SLAM DUNK 2011 PREVIEW: Sam Little

Returning to Slam Dunk Festival for the second year running onto the Punktastic Acoustic stage, solo artist Sam Little may not be the biggest name out there, but he’s certainley one of the more talented ones to grace the stage. What sets him above is the great sharp hooks and harmonies to get you singing to songs you may not even be familiar with, and with the thought of him almost stopping it completely a few months that would’ve been silly. We caught up with Sam to talk about how excited he is for his upcoming sets for this year’s festival and news on his old band reforming for a new album very soon:

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SLAM DUNK 2011 PREVIEW: Deaf Havana

Losing your lead vocalist and also founding member of your band is no easy ordeal to go through. Deaf Havana are one of many bands who have though, and they decided to take the uncommon route in not replacing their vocalist, but keeping all remaining members and continuing on without. Removing the screams completely and going for a much more melodic post-hardcore sound, Deaf Havana are looking ahead for a bright future with their new currently untitled album on the way. With a set at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival too, we had a chat with guitarist Chris Pennells to see how they’re all feeling about it:

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SLAM DUNK 2011 PREVIEW: Decade

Bath’s Decade just kind of came out of nowhere recently, grabbing support slots for the first D.R.U.G.S. headline UK tour and bringing out their debut EP ‘Lost At Sea’ for free download. To top that all off, the pop-punk quintet have now got themselves a slot at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival, performing fairly early on in the day on the Macbeth stage alongside some fairly big names. The band had a little chinwag with us, talking about the EP and their video for ‘It’s Good To Be A Vampire’, along with of course how hyped they are for their Slam Dunk sets:

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SLAM DUNK 2011 PREVIEW: Summerlin

A bit of electro injected into catchy pop-punk/pop-rock is generally a good combination, and Summerlin are clear evidence of its success as a mixture. After several tours across the UK, an EP release, a recent limited edition single and being added onto the line-up for this year’s Slam Dunk Festival, it seems like Summerlin are finally beginning to reap the rewards from all their efforts over the past few years. Here’s what bassist Ben Jackson had to say about it all:

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SLAM DUNK 2011 PREVIEW: Yashin

Garnering a great deal of mainstream success and hefty support slots off the back of their debut ‘Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them’, Glasgow’s Yashin are following the same path The Blackout have tread on with their dual vocal weapon of choice. With a slot supporting Dance Gavin Dance and a worthy position on the Slam Dunk Festival line-up, we spoke with vocalist Harry Radford to get his thoughts on things:

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SLAM DUNK 2011 PREVIEW: Reel Big Fish

Part of a rotating headline slot with Less Than Jake and their first UK appearance alongside them, ska punk survivors Reel Big Fish are set to close the Leeds date of the Slam Dunk Festival in style and finese. With a greatest hits compilation release, entitled ‘A Best Of Us For The Rest Of Us’, now in stores, it’s fairly easy to get yourself ready for what will be one of the most entertaining headliners the festival has had thus far. We got in touch with frontman Aaron Barrett to see if himself and the band are just as excited about it:

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