Fontaines D.C- Too Real, A Review.

Fontaines D.C- Too Real, A Review.

Irish Rock n’ Rollers, Fontaines D.C have just surprised us all with the sudden release of single ‘Too Real’ and B-side ‘The Cuckoo Is A Callin’’. The band are about to embark on a ridiculously massive 62 date world tour, starting on Thursday 15th in Bristol supporting the mighty Shame and stretching all the way to May, ending on the 27th in Portland, Oregon in support of IDLES. Fontaine’s style is heavily driven by lyrics as they all have a strong passion for poetry, and Too Real is no exception. Singer Grian delivers his vocals in an almost spoken word way, leading into an easy to pickup chant of ‘Is it too real for ya’, suggesting the track will be a hit with fans and new listeners alike when performed live. He is accompanied by riotous guitars, giving them a garage-punkesque edge to their otherwise nostalgic sounding track. B-side ‘The Cuckoo…
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Maybe There’ll Be Blood with The Surrenders

Maybe There’ll Be Blood with The Surrenders

The Surrenders release a brand new single ‘Maybe There’ll be Blood’. An engrossing primal yell set to the backdrop of suburban Britain. Orwellian in its shocking relevance, it musically resonates a neo-garage punk vibe, alluding to a debauched celebration. “It’s an exposé on the uncertainty of modern times” (The Surrenders) With previous singles ‘No Paper’ and ‘Shouldn’t Have to Dig’ being tipped as Radio X Track of the Week (announced during Gordon Smart’s prime-time show), you can bet this band are due to cause a stir with their latest  contribution.  'Maybe There’ll be Blood’ is no less brilliant, with it's desperately lamented lyrics: 'Fingers ain't for painting, they're for sending texts... And who needs a girl when you've got internet sex?"  It's infectious from first listen. You have been warned. Check out 'Maybe There'll Be Blood' here! Punchy, anthemic (and Slade tinted!), this is the sound…
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Asylums: Alien, Human and Emotional…

Asylums: Alien, Human and Emotional…

The otherworldly rock band headline Camden Assembly to round off 2018, before starting 2019 in Europe with Iggy Pop. Way to celebrate five years of being Asylums! Asylums are a gang of individuals who appeal to a diversity of individuals. As per all the best counter cultures of music's multiverse, they are the calibre of band that mythical heritage is made of. Spacepunk, Art, Photography, Southend, Philosophy and the expanding cottage industry that is Cool Thing Records ... all, and more, are fused to radiate the unique waves that unleashed mindwarping alternative rock albums 'Killer Brain Waves' (2016) and 'Alien Human Emotions'(2018). Both incited an outbreak of spluttered praise. On Friday 9th November 2018, Asylums round off their first five years of existence and activism at Camden Assembly in London with a grand bill of special guests. It's their…
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The Music People Party 4 December, Camden

The Music People Party 4 December, Camden

Newer wave art riot  Tuesday 4th December. Garage rock's "three is the magic number" tips, The Cosmics and The C33s hit The Music People Party 2018, with more HOT contenders to announce. Ones To Watch 2019 (on and off stage) populate famed London music boozer, The Monarch with an element of escapism when a swathe of the new arts renaissance unite for a joyous music social. 40-42 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8BG. 7-11pm SHOWTIME then afterparty bar'n'tunes until 1am Last January we exclaimed "The Cosmics make fab noise pop that is so raw, it's got scabs on. Their scuzzy punk debut, 'Johnny' is a thing of beauty." Check out the video now heading for 27,000 views: New single, 'Trust Is Blind' is released (and launched live in Birmingham) 30th November. Ambitious and startling, this (relateable to many) song is a cathartic journey, from angelic ballad to a screaming purple hazed frustration of glorious…
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#Alive Tour catch up with Jack Jones of Trampolene

#Alive Tour catch up with Jack Jones of Trampolene

The Zine UK last caught up with Trampolene's Jack Jones in the summer, when our #Zeenage Daydream Elly Bailey had an in depth chat with him. Now, about to embark on headlining This Feeling's Alive Tour with such hot picks such as The Surrenders and Lacuna Bloome - another #Zeenager, Lisa Higgins steps into the realm to catch up with the enigmatic  front man. Scroll down for the full tour dates and info. Backstage at Y Not festival, behind the This Feeling with Pirate Studios & Pretty Green stage, Trampolene frontman Jack Jones is lurking in dark sunglasses. While many of the other young energies stalk around like layered up lions, booting footballs or crushing Red Stripe cans and keen to make themselves known, this unassuming fella is stood at the back…
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We won’t FALL ASLEEP waiting for The BIG JOANIE LP!

We won’t FALL ASLEEP waiting for The BIG JOANIE LP!

The fantastic Big Joanie demand your attention with instantly classic earworm single, 'Fall Asleep' produced by Margo Broom. Released this Autumn as a taster for their forthcoming debut album, 'Sistahs' (30th November), it is just a brilliant song, verging on perfection. 'Sistahs' will introduce the 'Daydream Library Series' from Eva Prinz and Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace Library publishing house. Daydreams x Ecstatic Peace? Yup, that's TheZineUK story/magic wish list.  Click through to the video (filmed by Andew Northrop and - " Holy Ye Nuns Batman" it's blessed with Nitty Gritty stardust) for single and album purchase links: Leave your preconceptions at the door. Welcome to more of the Newer Wave's bona fide rock n roll inspirations.  Image : Ellie Smith Photography Central to our thriving DIY scene, 21st century Riot Grrrl punx, Big Joanie have toured and performed extensively (and played the UK's Afropunk festival.).  The album title, 'Sistahs' epitomises their…
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White Room – Shoot!

White Room – Shoot!

The Brighton quintet, White Room have released their first single since their outstanding double EP, Eight. New track, Shoot, beautifully embodies their psychedelic pop sound they established in Eight, while also introducing new elements as their style progresses. Shoot is led with a heavy, incredibly infectious bass line that makes it somewhat more powerful than White Rooms' previously released songs. The blunt ‘Shoot’ in the chorus gives it a strong edge, contrasting with Josie’s dream-like backing vocals. They're currently joining The Blinders on the second leg of their 22 date UK tour. (And what a brilliant choice on The Blinders' behalf choosing White Room to accompany them - their punkadelic styles complement each other perfectly.) White Room are a special band; they’re taking retro psychedelic sounds and giving it a modern twist, creating a 70’s funky punky pop dream. I for one, am…
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Marianne Faithfull’s Negative Capability

Marianne Faithfull’s Negative Capability

“Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties. Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.”  - John Keats Marianne Faithfull is the queen of the female rock n roll dispossessed. Whilst simultaneously legendary and painfully underrated, she has always been an artist that you either get, or don't get. The voice that has been the searing echo throughout rock n roll since the 1960s, when the then fresh faced 'It Girl of counter-culture' presented us with a beautiful, if haunting collection of pop songs including the Stone's As Tears Go By which made her a household name. The re-invented Marianne Faithfull of 1979, however was always the best side of her, appearing like a tempest with powerful, broken mirror shard vocals providing a searing honesty that has been pitifully overlooked in favour of her male…
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Kick Out The Jams is winning and one!

Kick Out The Jams is winning and one!

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." Congratulations to live music promoter and new music industrious mover shaker, Roger Kent of Kent and his merry gang of music essential community. Since October 2017 Kick Out The Jams has staged some of the buzziest gigs for new music. In it's first year, this was an official highlight of The Great Escape Festival. Many music lovers with official #TGE18 wristbands hung out at KOTJ's (co-promoted with various other influencers) free entry Alt Escapestages. Every showcase was packed from start to finish. Along with fellow scouting, connecting and promoting peers -  End Of The Trail and Modern Age - it felt like the Newer Wave stepped up for more recognition. Ding ding! Year two kicks off on 2nd November with an intimate Friday night where it all started; Tunbridge Wells. Under radar rebels…
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FREAKOUTS – Downers: Review

FREAKOUTS – Downers: Review

Downers, the latest single from Guildford punk rockers FREAKOUTS, is everything you want from this band and more. Lead singer, Charlie’s vocals rip through the mash of heavy guitar riffs and pounding drums, creating a frenzy of musical chaos paying tribute to the punk bands that have come before them.  Made up of Charlie - lead vocals, Otto - bass, Kyle - guitar and Jack on drums, FREAKOUTS have been making their mark across London, and can be found screaming into microphones and frequently throwing themselves into drum kits. They are a leading voice in the underground punk scene and have gone onto support rock legends, The Damned. Downers is just another example of their ambition and their desire not to fit in, to go against ‘the norm’ and to do it all without…
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October Drift, a cult on the rise.

October Drift, a cult on the rise.

Amongst much else, this band have toured as special guests of Editors, scorched festivals with their intense showy presence, Summer single 'All Broken Down' received BBC Radio 6 play and they're about to hit the mighty Reading and Leeds Festival's BBC Introducing Stage over the Bank Holiday. Photojournalist, Gareth Burroughs, got beneath the surface just before their Tramlines Festival show in July, with this revealing interview (and also took all the photographs); October Drift, if you’ve somehow missed them, are a four piece band with Dan, Alex, Chris and Kiran. They are going from strength to strength with their lively performances (they are a bugger to photograph as they don’t stand still for long). The amount of energy they have on stage will blow you away, and along with that, their music is…
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The Fertile Environment – Music’s newer wave!

The Fertile Environment – Music’s newer wave!

Newer Wave; the no nonsense, non scene. Key photographers, Keira Cullinane, Sandy K. Moz, Tarquin Clark and Lorna Cort portray rock's renaissance in 2017 Part 2. With around 100,000 reads/views of our picture story, so far, groups and individuals develop in front of your ears and eyes. Diary snapshots by Caffy, as the tapestry weaves. Under radar activism has "already created a 2020 vision".  As fascism becomes normalised in propaganda's "media", our game changing soundtracks of rebellious unity grow mightier. The "News" can feel like mental abuse, but there is a light side, The Music. Essential medicine for a nation with diverse entertainment in its eccentric DNA. Music - venues, music lessons, libraries - being shut down like they are a plague. Even when education is obviously so necessary. We have a multiverse where our stars twinkle harder without fame. Humans need arts for balance, and civilisation -…
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In Depth: Elly Bailey meets Avalanche Party’s Jordan Bell

In Depth: Elly Bailey meets Avalanche Party’s Jordan Bell

Avalanche Party The Victoria in Dalston, was in full Saturday night swing, filled to the brim with people laughing, drinking and socialising, the perfect venue for garage punks Avalanche Party and Canshaker Pi’s joint headline tour.  As I sat at the bar, waiting to meet Jordan Bell, Avalanche Party’s enigmatic lead singer, blasts of the band’s hit Porcelain started drifting into the pub, signalling that the boys were still in sound check, but eventually, they each, in turn, came out, greeting me like an old friend, chatting about drinks orders and if they should order food.  “Jordan’s just putting a shirt on!” guitarist Jared told me, making me wonder if he soundchecks shirtless, as well as playing the shows shirtless.  (This was something I never found out…).  A few minutes later there appeared Jordan, greeting me with a friendly smile, pulling me in for a…
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M O S E S making (and parting) waves.

M O S E S making (and parting) waves.

Anthem loaded foursome, M O S E S, are viralling as music fans hear one of the best new bands, courtesy of their brilliant single, 'Cause You Got Me', produced by Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Pixies).  As for their live presence... WHAT A SHOW! The future looks bright. Left to right; Rory (guitar), James  (bass)  Victor (vocalist) and Matthew (drums) photographed by Mike Rădulescu. They have nothing in common with the saviour prophet, other than great performance. Well, part the waves music world, MOSES are coming through. When a virtually unknown band are such an uplifting live experience that people message them to please play again, then they are potentially unstoppable. That happened this summer. Above image from the show is by Chris Patmore. On July 7th, responding to those requests, MOSES started a new journey. TheZineUK were in the crowd at the first step (Water Rats Theatre for This Feeling Club)…
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Berries – Discreetly (Review)

Berries – Discreetly (Review)

When I think of the bands that are rising up the ranks with consistency, BERRIES is most definitely one that comes to mind. Everywhere they play, they pack out the room and dazzle everyone new and old and they have been dazzling far and wide this year, playing in Brighton at the Alt Great Escape festival. On October 3rd, Holly, Lucie and Lauren released their latest single “Discreetly”. Their signature sound is so confident, and in this track with their pulsating rhythm and precision. It carries an incorporated flavour of punk and grunge, but also carrying the spirit of the defiant distinction that emerged in the late 80s/early 90s. The vocals are in perfect harmony, setting the foundation for the story, while the syncopated rhythm from the drums sets the tone to deliver sweet aural pleasure. The message in this song is clear:…
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Elly’s Mum Reviews… Joan Armatrading.

Elly’s Mum Reviews… Joan Armatrading.

It all starts in the pub... Open the door to The Grapes on George St in Oxford on a Friday night, take a look at the crowd and work out who’s playing in the New Theatre opposite. They don’t miss a trick in The Grapes. They are on it with the music. We were being spun ‘right round, right round, like a record’ and we were ‘burning down the house’ with classic 80s hits but a collective sigh went up when they played ‘Love and Affection’ because, of course, we were all here to go hear Joan Armatrading, who in her 46th year in the music industry is still out there touring 33 venues around the UK. Armatrading – uncompromising in a black suit, comfortable shoes and jaunty red cuffs – with just two guitars and a keyboard, filled the stage for two hours, making quite a good joke that she was her own support artist, opening with songs no one had heard off her…
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London Music Conference launches 11-13 October

London Music Conference launches 11-13 October

Educate. Explore. Engage. News on London Music Conference  The city's only conference and showcase festival for electronic music. 11th-13th October launches its very first edition, in various venues across a global capital of music. Plus, an interview with Kathi Longinus, Conference Producer - as well as a 15% discount on 1 or 3 day  All Access tickets, for TheZineUK's readers (and a chance to get involved at ground level). Read on. TheZineUK :  "What was the catalyst for creating the London Music Conference?" Kathi : "The UK is one of the largest and most important markets for music in the world, being the birthplace for numerous great artists and labels in electronic music.  Most labels and music companies have an office in London and it is a must-stop destination for any international artist. Yet, there is no industry event in the…
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Manchester gets LOADED!

Manchester gets LOADED!

Autumn brings many things, changing leaves, colder weather, and in 2018, the launch of Loaded, a new recurring event night for you Manchester music lovers  out there! Hosted by Oddity Events, the night is made up of three bands with DJs after playing your favourite indie tunes 'till 3am. An opportunity to find your new favourite band (and maybe even an opportunity for you musicians to find a gig), Loaded is a night of dancing, fun and celebrating one of the music centres of the world! After their huge launch, yesterday (October 1st) which featured The Slumdogs, Cavana, and The Scrubs, it is clear that this night is going to become a big feature in the Manchester nightlife. It provides something new and a place where people can go to meet like-minded people. And to top it off... entrance is only £6! (e.g. £2 per band)…
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Lorna Reports: Absolute Radio 10th Birthday Party

Lorna Reports: Absolute Radio 10th Birthday Party

Absolute Radio are celebrating 10 fabulous years on the airwaves in the best way possible, with a huge birthday party gig at the o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Tickets sold out in a matter of minutes, and with 3 great acts performing it’s going to be a party to remember. Hosts for the evening are Absolute Radio DJs Dave Berry and Danielle Perry, and they take to the stage to introduce the first band, Blossoms.  The 5-piece indie rock band from Stockport, led by singer/guitarist Tom Ogden, play a cool, late 60’s style rock and have a Woodstock era #stagestyle to match. Sadly, it’s only a short set tonight, but includes the extremely catchy single ‘I Can’t Stand It’. Their performance is well received and kudos to the lighting technicians, who create a varied and atmospheric…
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Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – Album Review

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – Album Review

There’s that old saying, that “youth is wasted on the young”. Well that’s just it, it’s an antiquated saying that is not relatable to any of us right now. That saying means that young people don’t give a shit, can’t contribute to positive change, or are happy to take stuff lying down. The last 4 years alone has proven to be quite the contrary. Along with the legends returning to celebrate anniversary albums, we have emerging artists breaking through at a rapid rate, and we have artists that have been consistent in their musical delivery, climbing higher and higher. The common denominator, is that their musical delivery and messages are resonating on a deep level. One of those people is Sam Duckworth, the front man of Get Cape.Wear Cape. Fly. Sam is already a favourite of The Zine…
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