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LIVE: Cute Is What We Aim For @ NIA, Birmingham (29/04/2007)

Cute Is What We Aim For
Date: April 29th, 2007
Venue: NIA, Birmingham
Support: N/A
Website: www.cuteiswhatweaimfor.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/cuteiswhatweaimfor

Rating:

A pretty small stage, but with this crowd a fairly big band. Cute Is What We Aim For have fast become one of the most popular bands on this particular music scene right now, and with Give It A Name probably being their biggest crowd to date they’re here to show Birmingham what they’ve got.

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LIVE: The Blackout @ Club Academy, Manchester (12/04/2007)

Date: April 12th, 2007
Venue: Club Academy, Manchester
Support: Flood Of Red, Kids In Glass Houses
Website: www.theblackout.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theblackout

Rating:

After a few months of no touring whatsoever, The Blackout are back out on the road again to do the thing they enjoy most – playing live! People are outside queuing a good two hours before the doors are due to open, not too bad at all. Upon arriving inside the venue everyone scatters across the floor, ready for what the bands on tonight’s bill are to throw at them.

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SINGLE: The Black Ghosts – Any Way You Choose To Give It

Release Date: April 2nd, 2007
Label: Southern Fried Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/blackghosts

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A name such as The Black Ghosts isn’t quite what you’d expect from a band that have a techno/indie sound, but what does that matter nowadays; their new single, ‘Any Way You Choose To Give It’, has a catchy hook and beat to it. More than just one surprise from this lot then.

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LIVE: Bring Me The Horizon @ Club Academy, Manchester (26/03/2007)

Date: March 26th, 2007
Venue: Club Academy, Manchester
Support: I Killed The Prom Queen
Website: www.bringmethehorizon.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/bmth

Rating:

Not too long back from their first Europeon tour, supporting metalcore act Killswitch Engage along with The Haunted, Bring Me The Horizon are on their second UK headlining tour to promote their debut full-length album ‘Count Your Blessings’.

The kids have been queuing outside the venue a good hour and a half before doors, none looking that different from the rest; dark hair with a swept over fringe, perhaps a block of blonde dyed in, hoodies, drop dead t-shirts and black jeans are plentiful. Upon entering the venue, they rush towards the stage like maggots feasting on rotten flesh, with some of the fans however choosing to hover nearer to the bar instead, or to grab a seat at a table near the rear of the venue.

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ALBUM: Bloc Party – A Weekend In The City

Release Date: February 5th, 2007
Label: Wichita
Website: www.blocparty.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/blocparty

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It’s been two years since the band’s last release, and now Bloc Party are back with their brand new album ‘A Weekend In The City’. What a wait it has been, but was it worth it? To put the answer to that question short and sweetly: yes.

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SINGLE: Alkaline Trio – Hell Yes

Release Date: January 22nd, 2007
Label: Vagrant
Website: www.alkalinetrio.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/alkalinetrio

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Just about to release a b-sides and rarities compilation, gothic punk stars Alkaline Trio release their new single ‘Hell Yes’. Always sure to provide us with that punk feel and hooky chorus melodies, you know whatever Alkaline Trio have to offer is something worthwhile.

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LIVE: Bring Me The Horizon @ Jilly’s Music Box, Manchester (05/11/2006)

Date: November 5th, 2006
Venue: Jilly’s Music Box, Manchester
Support: The Mourning Will Follow, Clone The Fragile, Centurion
Website: www.bringmethehorizon.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/bmth

Rating:

It’s Bonfire Night, and on this special night Jilly’s Music Box is packed to the brim with scene/emo kids gearing up to see metalcore 5-piece Bring Me The Horizon.

The first support band, The Mourning Will Follow (***), kick things off. The crowd aren’t reacting too much, but you can tell that they’re into what the band are playing. They’ve got the same formula down that most bands in their genre can generate, so though they’re unoriginal they aren’t poor onstage. Second support Clone The Fragile (***) from Leeds have a few new songs on the table, and bring the crowd throwing in the first few moshpits of the night; from a distance all that can be seen are flying arms from the small pit up front.

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ALBUM: David R Black – Hearts And Stars

Release Date: October 10th, 2006
Label: Mighty Atom Records
Website: www.davidrblack.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/davidrblack

Rating:

A band needs to give it all they’ve got for their debut full-length release; sadly, if this is the best that David R Black have to offer, they really need to consider whether they should carry on or just stop. Their sound, to make it quick and simple, is repetitive, boring, and in terms of the vocal work somewhat droney too. It just doesn’t get the impact across that they need.

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SINGLE: The Datsuns – System Overload

Release Date: September 25th, 2006
Label: Hell Squad Records
Website: www.thedatsuns.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thedatsuns

Rating:

Ladies and gentlemen, please make way for The Datsuns! “Countdown to explode, system overload!” is screamed in the catchy chorus of this powerful track – the only thing that’ll be on overload if you listen to this beauty of a single is enjoyment; from the start with the weird computer effects and computerised vocals to the closing moments of ‘System Overload’, you just want to listen to this ecstasy to the ears over and over again.

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