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Ed Cooper is a journalist with a keen eye and a keen ear for the next big thing. Part of the Decibel Soup team, Cooper balances his time between organising Decibel Soup and freelancing for a range of publications.

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A Day to Remember: “We’re not even half of what we’re going to be”, Arts

A Day to Remember: “We’re not even half of what we’re going to be”

Last year was full of trials and tribulations for pop-punk juggernauts A Day To Remember, after a dispute with Victory Records, they put out their fifth album – Common Courtesy – by themselves and they haven’t looked back since.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 27 January 2014 at 4:00 am

Interview with Nitro Circus: A whole new breed of athlete, Music

Interview with Nitro Circus: A whole new breed of athlete

Nitro Circus is rapidly becoming the world’s most daring, adventurous and innovative action sports clique. Fusing earth-shattering stunts with a high-octane live show, movie and TV series, they are conquering every corner of the world one double-backflip at a time. I met up with Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham, Ryan Williams and Chris Haffey to talk self-criticism, partying and – surprisingly – Glee.

By | Music | Tuesday, 26 November 2013 at 4:00 am

Bring Me The Horizon: This album needs to be the one that lasts forever, Music

Bring Me The Horizon: This album needs to be the one that lasts forever

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.

By | Music | Friday, 22 February 2013 at 4:00 am

The Story So Far: Pop-punk is a zombie, Arts

The Story So Far: Pop-punk is a zombie

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.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 12 November 2012 at 4:43 pm

Futures: Teen angst, Jack Kerouac and the festival season, Arts

Futures: Teen angst, Jack Kerouac and the festival season

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.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 16 February 2012 at 3:28 pm

Polinski: This could be genius, Arts

Polinski: This could be genius

“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.

By | Arts, Music | Saturday, 4 February 2012 at 6:00 am

Canterbury: Music is changing in a really big way, Arts

Canterbury: Music is changing in a really big way

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.

By | Arts, Music | Saturday, 14 January 2012 at 6:00 am

Enter Shikari: When we started this band, it was a hobby, Arts

Enter Shikari: When we started this band, it was a hobby

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.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 12 January 2012 at 10:36 am

Letlive.: We are all literature buffs, Arts

Letlive.: We are all literature buffs

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.

By | Arts, Music | Sunday, 18 December 2011 at 6:00 am

On Tour With: The Swellers, Arts

On Tour With: The Swellers

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.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 9 December 2011 at 4:52 pm

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