New single Fuck You! You’re A Racist is taken from the upcoming EP by Manchester’s punk rockers Without Andrew. It’s not hard to decipher the meaning of the song through it’s lyrics, but just in case you’re in any doubt you can look to the video’s cover art – artwork rejected by major online video sharing websites for being too controversial. +50 anarchist points.
When asked about what specifically inspired them to write the song, the band state:
“The inspiration really is how racism is still institutionalised within our country and others around the world. And how the idiotic ramblings of political figures, social media stars and even people in our own towns are poisoning the youth of today, ruining the world we have and driving society back in time. Yet no-one seems to give a shit. People still to this day feel it’s okay to be causally racist because they think no one is listening. We want to stand up against that and say ‘Fuck you.’ because that is not the world we should be living in.”
Musically, the track keeps to Without Andrew’s classic 90s/00s punk sound, following in the footsteps of bands such as Green Day with their political yet fun songs. The upbeat, catchy chorus will get you accidentally singing ‘Fuck you! You’re a racist!’ in the most inappropriate of circumstances.
If you like what you hear you can catch Without Andrew on tour from 25th – 30th July across the UK.
This One’s for You is the debut single from North London’s alt-rock 4-piece Elswhere. Despite only forming at the beginning of 2017, the band have already signed to a record label and played numerous shows and festivals. During this time they have been vocal advocates of mental health awareness. They emphasise that this first single is intended to hold a message of support for those going through a tough time:
“This One’s for You is dedicated to every person in the world who is in need of a friend. It’s about being there for not just the ones you love, but anyone who is in need of help. Whatever it is that anybody in this world is going through, there will always be help there. Whether it’s from family, a friend or a professional. We hope this song can contribute to helping reassure that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Nobody is alone no matter what.”
This genuine sentiment shines through the lyrics. Coupled with the powerful choruses this could almost be described as a ballad, but heavier underlying influences gradually come to the fore as the song goes on, allowing it to build into something more substantial. Have a listen below.
Southampton’s melodic metalcore outfit Our Hollow, Our Home have been steadily making a name for themselves within the music scene over the past few years. New single Speak of Sorrow is the first to be released from their upcoming second album, and if this song is anything to go by it will be a behemoth of a record.
From the off we’re bombarded with brutal vocals, erupting from the darkness and crashing around us, each explosion more ferocious than the last. The clean choruses do not let up in intensity, continuing to pulse with force and dynamism. Underlining the brutal nature of the song is the music video’s destructive atmosphere – storm clouds, lightning, a downpour; all emphasise the sense of desolation already present in the track. Lyrically, the song focuses on the aftermath of losing someone, and the raw pain felt during this time. This song is powerful not only musically but emotionally too.
Watch the video for Speak of Sorrow below.
Grumble Bee are quite literally a one-man-band, comprised solely of singer-songwriter Jack Bennett. Latest release Everything Between was unveiled on June 15th, around 2 years after debut EP Disconnect. Fans who have been waiting all that time for more new material will not be disappointed with this latest offering. Comprised of 8 songs, it is a 50/50 mixture of fully produced songs and acoustic versions of previously released tracks.
Grumble Bee manages to tread the delicate balance between rock music and easy listening, not heading too far in either direction to put off fans of either genre. Each line is full of emotion, the gravelly vocals adding a distinctive quality to the clean melodies, like the crisp sand under your feet keeping you grounded in a rainstorm. The passion in the songs never lets up, but it manifests itself in diverse ways. It ventures into its heaviest territory in Heron, with raw vocals embellishing a persistent beat and spirited melody. Luna Blue takes us to a more chilled place with its mesmeric chorus and steady rhythm – while Red and Bravest Soul occupy a space somewhere in-between. The acoustic songs provide a much more stripped-back atmosphere, something you could almost imagine relaxing to in a coffee shop. The piano version of Heron particularly stands out for its wholly different sound compared to the full version – just in case we needed a reminder of Grumble Bee’s manifold musical talent.
Check out the music video for Red below, and let us know what you think!
Listen to: Red
The new single from London-based heavy quartet Leashes is an instant attention-grabber. Opening with driving guitars and harsh vocals, it quickly progresses through a variety of vocal styles and melodies which twist and contort through their own irregular narrative. Aggressive yet desolate. This is all held together by the sense of urgency and gravity behind the track.
The inspiration for the song came from the turbulent political situation in Britain following the Brexit referendum, as the band state:
“This song was inspired heavily from what Brexit referendum brought to this country and the world. All this toxicity, the painful realization that lies of the few could be so powerful and persuasive that they pushed many people down the path of hate – it’s still a pill hard to swallow, especially because most of us are immigrants in the UK. But this song is also about the destructive nature of human actions as a whole towards our planet and thus towards humankind itself. It bears this feeling of alienation on a very personal level, being lost in this thoughtless, greed-ridden, sick society that is gradually getting stripped of basic rights and freedoms without realizing it, not being able to read between the lines.”
The distortion of the music, accompanied by warped camera angles in the video, seemingly mimics the warped nature of society and emphasises the prevailing sense of unease felt by many.
Check out the video below!
As we near the end of 2017, here’s our rundown of our favourite albums from 10 genres…
Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms
Creeper’s first full album had a lot of expectation placed upon it, riding on the back of the hype built up by their theatrical story of The Stranger and the disappearance of James Scythe. The record is certainly impressive, retaining their ability to make you feel nostalgic about a time, a place and events that have never even happened. The modern rock ‘n’ roll style is best showcased in Suzanne and Hiding With The Boys, while the well-loved ballad Misery is re-released. Only occasionally can it feel like they’re trying a little too hard, such as with the overly ‘inspirational’ I Choose To Live. On the whole, however, it is easy to see why an entire cult has formed around this band.
Lower Than Atlantis – Safe In Sound
Safe In Sound certainly seems to have been produced with radio play in mind to a much greater extent than their previous releases, meaning that LTA lose some of the raw elements of their earlier sound. This secures them as more of a pop-rock band, but allows an abundance of big, catchy choruses and strong melodies. Each song seems to vary from the last and stand alone in its own right.
Of Allies – Night Sky
Of Allies’ self-funded debut album builds on the sound defined by their first two EPs – haunting melodic vocals, melancholic opening notes and powerful choruses – to produce impressive tracks such as 17, Collapse and Lost Not Found. However, it also includes new elements, most notably the punk influences on CMD-Q. The theatricality has also been ramped up to give it a more immersive feel. It seems that a full album has given them the freedom to experiment and further distinguish themselves from the pack. 2018 will surely be a big year for them.
Nothing But Thieves – Broken Machine
The second release from Nothing But Thieves builds on their first, with vocals ranging from soothing melodies to towering cries upon a backdrop which channels the usual indie-rock sounds but gives them a distinctly modern feel. The contemporary theme also runs to the lyrics, which will no doubt appeal to the young generation. The whole thing has been intricately put together as one entity rather than merely a number of individual songs, each element with its own sense of drama.
Asking Alexandria – self titled
The return of Danny Worsnop sees AA take on a rather new sound in their fifth album, beginning a move away from their metalcore beginnings and towards a more arena-filling rock sound. The lyrics throughout have a very personal touch, relating to the singer’s experiences during his time away from – and returning to – the band. The record winds alternately through heavy, anthemic, and ballad-like tracks, and though it can feel a little uncertain in its trajectory at times, this is certainly the beginning of something new and exciting from the band.
Rise Against – Wolves
The melodic-hardcore quartet retain the essence of their sound and their politically charged lyrics, whilst adding in diverse elements where punk roots meet with pop undertones. It is not as heavy as some of their previous releases, and can take a few listens to fully appreciate, but the energy and talent behind it ensure that it stands as an impressive headliner for the genre.
Never Found – The Human Condition
Never Found’s debut album came crashing into existence in 2017, feeling like they’ve managed to successfully capture all of the hatred and anger at the world that they’ve been trying to express since their first EP. This is channelled into an impressive, well put-together album which includes rock, metal and punk influences, and even a secret ballad at the end of the physical CD. Songs such as Misanthropy – a fan favourite at their live shows – finally get an outing on record, and are all the more impressive for it.
While She Sleeps – You Are We
The album that is finally pushing While She Sleeps into the limelight is a self-funded release that manages to stay true to their original sound. The slashing main vocals and forceful riffs keep their raw edge as the record is not over-produced, but experimental touches such as the rapping on Steal The Sun ensure that it is full of variety. It also features guest vocals from Oli Sykes of BMTH on Silence Speaks.
Motionless In White – Graveyard Shift
Reflecting on their past but taking their music in a more experimental direction with some new sounds, Graveyard Shift shows that MIW are not willing to sit back and let things come easily. Heavy, breakdown-filled songs such as The Ladder and 570 contrast rock ‘n’ roll/nu-metal influenced Loud (Fuck It) and emotional anthem Eternally Yours. The usual industrial influences are still abundant, but this definitely feels like something fresh.
Trivium – The Sin and the Sentence
The latest release from Trivium manages to meld together some of the best elements from their often hit-and-miss backlog, putting a new spin on them to give it an up-to-date sound. The classic sounding clean vocals become increasingly prominent, and provide a pleasing contrast to the more modern harsh screams. Abundant riffs fill the songs, the majority of which are rather lengthy. A band as well-known as them could have gone down a more commercial route, but it has certainly played in their favour that they did not.
The second instalment from punk-metal quartet Never Found comes more than two years after they released their first EP ‘Sorrow and Cyanide’. The time in between has been spent touring; sharing a stage with bands such as Aiden and FVK has allowed them to hone their talents. New EP ‘The Human Condition’ provides an exploration of the effect humanity’s worst elements can have on a person. The genuine lyrics demonstrate a band who are not afraid to put their soul into their music, and it pays off.
Recent single Come to Me opens the record with an explosion of vocals, the dynamic guitars sending the fires spiralling upwards in time with the forceful beat. Not quite out of control but dangerous. Favourite Mistake feels the full force of the blaze; full of anger but also devastation, like burning and drowning at the same time. From all of this emerges The Monster Remains, a creature formed from the ruins of the destruction. Its vengeful lyrics couple with driving drums to create a heated energy that infects the listener, forcing them to take pleasure in the monster’s revenge on the things that created it.
Anyone but Me’s conflicted lyrics don’t slow the power of the beast. The standout guitars and perfectly timed hang in the chorus ensure that it keeps everyone’s attention. Penultimate song My Grave has a more decisive feel than before, embracing the life it has whether that will ultimately lead to greatness or ruin. A song that will go down very well at live shows, with a menacing breakdown that is impossible to resist. The grand finale Misanthropy is an ultimate defiant stance, quite literally saying ‘fuck you’ to the world. Atmospheric yet heavier than the previous songs, its ferocious vocals will haunt your spirit until you give in and listen to the whole thing over again.
There’s also one final surprise in store, but only for those who buy the physical CD. The secret song at the end of Misanthropy is a stripped back ballad which shows a rare glimpse into the ‘good’ side of the monster, the side that still has some hope for the world. The fact that this song is a lot harder to find than the others seems to emphasise how far deep down this feeling is hidden.
You can find ‘The Human Condition’ at http://neverfound.bigcartel.com/product/the-human-condition-cd, as well as on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify. Check out the video for Come to Me below.
Listen to: Misanthropy