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SLAM DUNK 2011 PREVIEW: Not Advised

Following a UK tour supporting VersaEmerge, Southampton’s Not Advised are set to perform on the Atticus stage at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival. Their debut EP ‘After The Fight We Won’ has helped to establish the band securely in the underground pop-punk scene of the UK, and with work beginning on their first full-length soon after the festival is over, it seems the quintet are going to make a name for themselves very soon. Guitarist Jack Fairbrother was nice enough to give us the lowdown:

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SLAM DUNK 2011 PREVIEW: Hellogoodbye

After an almost 5 year gap between albums, Hellogoobye finally released their sophomore record ‘Would It Kill You?’ in the UK on March 14th, and though currently their presence isn’t as great as their debut brought them, Hellogoodbye are set to change that. Following a short UK headline stint, the band are scheduled to perform on the Jäger Stage at this year’s Slam Dunk, so we got in touch with frontman Forrest Kline for a little chat about the festival:

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SICK SWAG!: Alive & Well Clothing

Sometimes it’s nice to have a change from the gore, obscure and horror themed designs that a lot of alternative clothing lines go for. Lots of clothing lines go in different directions for designs based on their company name, or just to stand out from the crowd. Alive & Well are one of such brands, and since their set up just last year, the company has slowly but surely been gaining a name for itself.

Going on with our Sick Swag features, we got in touch with founder Connor Fathers to talk about the history of the brand, despite how short that may be at the moment, and to find out what plans he’s got for the line in the foreseeable future. If things keep going the way it has so far, it’s going to be staying alive and well.

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HIT THE DECK 2011 PREVIEW: Young Guns

At one point they were supporting the now defunct post-hardcore act Finch, and now following the release of their debut studio album, ‘All Our Kings Are Dead’, pop-rock quintet Young Guns have been on fire, and are now set to headline the Big Deal Clothing stage at this year’s Hit The Deck Festival. We got a hold drummer Ben Joliffe and bassist Simon Mitchell to get the lowdown of what to expect:

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HIT THE DECK 2011 PREVIEW: We Are The Ocean

Despite a lack of touring in the UK since the last few months of 2010, We Are The Ocean have still managed to maintain a pretty strong hype around the release of their upcoming sophomore effort, ‘Go Now And Live’. With the album dropping roughly a week after their performance at this year’s Hit The Deck Festival, we decided to catch up with lead vocalist Dan Brown to talk about it all:

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HIT THE DECK 2011 PREVIEW: While She Sleeps

With a superbly received mini-album, ‘The North Stands For Nothing’, and a fastly rising fanbase, Sheffield’s While She Sleeps are becoming one of the strongest buzz bands of the UK in the run up to their debut full-length. With their new single ‘Be(lie)ve’ keeping their fan expectations high, their set at Hit The Deck is only going to strengthen this further. We had a chat with vocalist Lawrence Taylor to get his take on what the festival will bring:

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HIT THE DECK 2011 PREVIEW: The Blackout

With album number three ‘Hope’ hitting the shelves earlier this month, Welsh sextet The Blackout have been busy on a headline tour across the UK. Coming to the end of it all, the band are subheadlining the main Monster Energy stage at Hit The Deck Festival this year. We got in touch with vocalist Gavin Butler to talk about their upcoming festival appearance and their new record:

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HIT THE DECK 2011 PREVIEW: Hyro Da Hero

Rap and rock are two genres that have combined into a reasonably strong hyrbid over the years, sometimes more successful than others. New innovator of this genre combination Hyro Da Hero has just released his debut album ‘Birth, School, Work, Death’ along with featuring on The Blackout‘s latest single ‘Higher & Higher’, and is confident he’s going onto bigger and better things, with a set at this year’s Hit The Deck Festival being just one of them:

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HIT THE DECK 2011 PREVIEW: Underoath

Headlining this year’s Hit The Deck Festival is none other than post-hardcore giants Underoath, who released their stellar new album ‘Ø (Disambiguation)’ last November (or April 4th if you’re going by the UK release date), the first with no remaining founding members. As one of the biggest post-hardcore exports from the US, we had a chat with vocalist Spencer Chamberlain about their upcoming Hit The Deck performance:

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HIT THE DECK 2011 PREVIEW: Evarose

Bands of just female members in the alternative rock scene are a rarity to come by, and Oxford’s latest new breed Evarose are the latest addition to this area of hard to come by treasures. After only forming as early as 2010, the band have already release an EP, ‘Creation Divide’, and are now one of the opening bands for this year’s Hit The Deck Festival. We spoke to vocalist Dannika Webber and drummer Robyn Griffith about how they’re feeling about it:

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