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Show 54 – August 19th 2014 – 19:00-20:00

August 19, 2014


The Contortionist – “Language I: Intuition” (Language)

Long Song/Short Song
Red Fang – “Throw Up” (Murder the Mountains)
Möngöl Hörde – “WinkyFace: The Mark Of A Moron” (Möngöl Hörde)

Create To Inspire – “Halfway Home” (Halfway Home)

Silent Screams – “A New Normal” (Hope For Now)
The Karma Party – “Democracity” (Illumination)

Interview with Jed Saint – curator of Hey Preston! Festival

Blitz Kids – “Sometimes” (The Good Youth)

Failsafe – “Only If We Learn” (The Truth Is…)

The Best Song Never Heard
Confide – “Zeal” (Shout The Truth)

Finch – “Two Guns To The Temple” (Back To Oblivion)


That was a lot of fun! A good mix of spanking new and recent favourites!

I was joined on the show by Jed Saint from LowBlow Promotions, talking about a new all-day event happening at 53 Degrees, in Preston on Saturday 20th September. Hey Preston! is an indoor festival, featuring 8 bands of local and national notoriety. Just check out the lineup!

The Karma Party are one band appearing during the day, and – having unleashed their new EP, “Illumination”, to positive reviews in the national press – they will be there to rock the capacity with the likes of “Democracity” and current single, “World War” – a real anthem to take note of.

Blitz Kids too make a stop off at the show, prior to their UK tour at the end of September, so look out for a one-off set from these guys – ones to watch and massively on the rise at the moment.

And Failsafe are back – sort of – lured out of hiding to play Hey Preston! Festival too! Jed picked this track out from their 2nd album, “The Truth Is…”, and if it was me, I couldn’t do much worse than pick this track too. Kindred spirits! This is – I suppose (as Jed put it) – “The Inbetweeners Tune”!

The Best Song Never Heard came from American Christian-Metal crusaders, Confide. Religion-aside, these guys made some good noise before calling a day in 2011… that was until they decided to regroup and record a third album in 2013! Ross Kenyon, formerly of mid-2000s Leeds screamo outfit, Penknifelovelife, joined the band after moving to the States in 2006 and went on to front the band through 2 full-lengths (2008’s “Shout The Truth” (later re-released with extra tracks and instrumentation in 2009) and 2010’s “Recover”) before the band split in late 2010. “Zeal” was the first track aired from sessions recorded with Kenyon, and a planned music video never quite got finished – however a very nice music video was made to promote the original release of “Shout The Truth” through the ill-fated Science Records, for the equally awesome track, “If We Were A Sinking Ship”!

The Leeds and Reading Festivals are up this weekend, so I picked out a couple of the highlights – from the awesome chuggy heaviness of Red Fang and the rampant punk piledriving of Möngöl Hörde. These are my picks if you’re going – make sure you check them out. Here’s the new Fang video for “The Meadows”, and the “WinkyFace” video from the Hörde.

A first play on the show for Silent Screams following the release of their new album, “Hope For Now” last month. The new single is “A New Normal” and really sees the Coventry boys raising their own bar. Hopefully they’ll be out on tour again before the end of the year. Pick up the album now through Artery Recordings.

There’s FREE music on offer from Essex 5-piece, Create To Inspire, who released their long-awaited debut EP, “Halfway Home”, this very week. You can pay for a physical copy from DREAM ATLANTIC RECORDS or get the digital version for free (or whatever you’d like to give) from the label’s BANDCAMP. Check it out – these guys are exciting and ones to watch out for. Bonus – they’re in Preston this month at the tiny little room at The Adelphi! Check out the dates below. If you’re into your Architects or While She Sleeps, mixed with a bit of Comeback Kid energy, then you’ll love CTI.

Here’s the video – don’t you wish you were part of it?

I’ll admit that The Contortionist had rather passed me by until a couple of weeks ago. “Language” will be the Indianapolis 6-piece’s 3rd full-length offering, and it’s shaping up to be a monster of a record from what we’ve heard so far. You can get lead single, “Language I: Intuition” now when pre-ordering the album, which drops September 16th. The band are on tour in the UK and Europe for the first time this Autumn, in support of Protest The Hero. Check out the dates below.

And finally, the news that we had suspected but did not think was coming so soon – Finch are back! And they’re “Back To Oblivion” on September 29th (UK release date) through Razor & Tie Records. They’ve just been over to the UK for Hevy Fest and a small show in London, and are all set to tour the US from September til November. The first full-length for 9 years (discounting the self-titled 2008 EP), and with original drummer, Alex Pappas back on board, we have our first taste of what the future of Finch is going to sound like. Here’s a video of them playing an acoustic session at Banquet Records. Interesting set with a couple of new tracks played…

That’s all for now. Until next time…


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