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TRACK-BY-TRACK: The Decoy – Avalon

South Wales trio The Decoy impressed with their EP ‘Parasites’ and their debut full length record ‘Avalon’ continues just where they left off with catchy harmonies and challenging riffs. Fans of Arcane Roots and Press To Meco need to give it a spin, but not til after they’ve had a read of the band’s Track-By-Track rundown of what each song on ‘Avalon’ is about, to add some context to their listening.

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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: Heyrocco

If you’re into your 90s alternative rock bands like Weezer and Pavement, then you need to get your ears round South Carolina trio Heyrocco and their latest EP ‘Waiting On Cool’. The band took some time to pick 5 songs that inspired them to write their dark and nostalgic style of music, to give us an insight into the mind of the ‘Teenage Movie Soundtrack’ band.

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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: Chapter And Verse

East London newcomers Chapter And Verse may just be starting out but their fresh sound on debut EP ‘The Wolves Back Home’ has earned them rave reviews across the music industry, and are selling out shows already. We grabbed the alt-rockers and quizzed them on their 5 top inspirational records, why they mean so much to them and how they’ve shaped ‘Chapter And Verse’ into the band they are today.

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FEATURE: Everything there is to know about My Chemical Romance’s hinted reunion!

Yesterday (July 20th 2016), the emo world – and maybe the internet too – almost imploded because of My Chemical Romance. The New Jersey outfit, who parted ways back on March 22nd 2013, posted a short video on their social media platforms, and it was probably the biggest activity to come from the band officially since they threw in the towel.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: River Becomes Ocean – December

After the success of their first EP ‘The World Around Me’ saw River Becomes Ocean travel the continent and share stages with Silverstein, Funeral For A Friend and The Qemists, the Brighton boys are back with their follow-up ‘December’ as they look to continue on the potential they showed in 2014.

Vocalist Marvin McMahon said about the release, “The songs each have the influence of our individual feelings. We used this negative energy in the most positive way possible and produced these songs which encompass our passion, drive and heartache. We could not be more proud of this release, seeing as it’s a new chapter for River Becomes Ocean, releasing all the negativity we felt and replacing it with the positivity we now experience on a daily basis right now.”

Take a look at what the band had to say about every song with their step-by-step guide to their brand new EP, ‘December’.

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GETTING INTO: Fearless Records, As Chosen By Milestones

California-based Fearless Records has been an international force in the rock scene since it formed over 20 years ago releasing records prolific bands Sugarcult, Bigwig and At The Drive-In. More recently, the label has found success in the ‘Punk Goes…’ series and has become a breeding ground for the new generation of Warped Tour bands.
Step up Milestones, the newest band to hit the Fearless Records roster. The Manchester five piece cite their influences as All Time Low and You Me At Six and have just released their debut EP ‘Equal Measures’, so to celebrate we got the band to individually pick their favourite albums from their new record label and tell us why they mean so much to them.

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BANDS THAT INSPIRE: Not Today

Manchester pop-punks Not Today have just released their second EP ‘Headway’ and are looking to emulate their heroes that they listened to when they were younger. We caught up with the band as they each chose a stand-out album that inspired them to start a band and make their brand of upbeat, effervescent music.

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2000 Trees Festival 2016: Bands Not To Miss

The Cotswold Hills 5000 capacity festival 2000 Trees returns for it’s 10 Year Extravaganza in 2016 with a huge line-up including headliners Twin Atlantic and Refused. The Gloucestershire multi-day music weekend has focused more on punk and rock music more than ever this year, and boast a huge amount of up and coming bands from the UK and beyond.

We’ve highlighted just a few of the artists playing that you should keep an eye out for, and even grabbed them for a chat about the festival and which of the bands they’ll be checking out themselves.

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Loathe – Prepare Consume Proceed

It has been proven on several occasions that sometimes maintaining an aura of mystery and an enigmatic persona can create just as much of a buzz as that of a band or act or deal all their cards on the table as and when they have them. This has certainly been the case for Loathe, a band who present themselves as an ambiguous entity far more than a collective of musicians, revealing only minimal aspects of their concept, which resolves largely around the act to consume.

Loathe are set to re-release their debut EP ‘Prepare Consume Proceed’ through their new home at Sharptone Records before appearances at UK Tech Fest and Knotfest this summer. So, we tried to pull out a bit more info on what the EP is all about.

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UK Tech-Fest 2016: Bands Not To Miss

The UK’s premier Tech-Metal festival is back for it’s 5th edition in July, and not only is Tech-Fest growing in size, it’s line-up, atmosphere and full on festival experience is unviralled in the technical music scene. Animals As Leaders, Protest The Hero and Between The Buried & Me top the bill in Newark this year but there’s so much more hiding during the 4 day festival.

We’ve highlighted just a few of the artists playing that you should keep an eye out for, and even grabbed them for a chat about the festival and which of the bands they’ll be checking out themselves.

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