On the brink of the release of their fourth full-length studio album Sempiternal; Bring Me The Horizon are at the forefront of the British metal scene and are spearheading the resurgence of modern British bands. I talked to frontman Oliver Sykes about purging inner troubles, the band’s religious connotations and isolation in recording.
From putting off University to making an album on next to nothing to sharing a stage with their childhood inspirations, West Coast quintet The Story So Far are moving from strength to international strength. I sat down with bassist Kelen Capener to talk all things pop-punk.
Rising from the ashes of ‘Tonight is Goodbye’, Futures are spearheading the up-and-coming movement of UK bands. Front man Ant West of the four-piece melodic rock group discusses why Jack Kerouac is an inspiration and how they’re keeping quiet about bookings for the festival season.
“Fucking exciting.” “A total blast.” “This could be genius”. You wouldn’t be expected to associate these three opinions to an artist that has done everything themselves. This triumvirate of compliments has found its way to underground electronica/sci-fi merchant Polinski.
In the current musical climate, finding a band that can truthfully say they’ve done everything themselves is a real delicacy. In an age where we’re surrounded by mp3’s, wav’s, and endless streams of Bandcamps and Tumblrs we can only hope to find a diamond in the rough. For me, that diamond is the ‘sweet rock’ four-piece, Canterbury.
Originally a band that played music as a hobby, St.Albans’ Enter Shikari are now headlining shows all around the globe. I gave frontman Rou a ring to talk about Zeigeist, the struggle of Warped Tour and electronica.
Hailing from sunny Los Angeles, letlive. are a band going from strength to strength and power-move to power-move. 2011 has been a big year for the band, with appearances at Download and at Reading & Leeds. I threw some questions in the way of Ryan Jay Johnson.
It can’t be easy for any band – be they American, British or otherwise –to jump on a plane, travel for hours and hours on end, spent vast amounts of money and undergo huge amounts of stress and still remain dedicated and passionate to the thing they love – touring.
Rise Against are the band who seem to be at the forefront of the political-activism scene in US music. With their influences ranging from natural disasters to bullying in schools, they are a voice that cannot be ignored. On the last day of their tour, drummer Brandon Barnes discussed politics and all things Rise Against.
Not many bands nowadays have a voice equivalent to that of The King Blues. The band – which infuses ska, folk and punk rock – have found themselves to be one of the most fundamental groups when it comes to the spoken word in music. I talked to ‘Itch’ from the band.
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