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"Darn it - i just want to touch this music it's so good"?!?
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If you haven't checked out Tracks You Might Have Missed v2 yet, where have ya been?! Get your head out from underneath that rock and check out this cheeky teaser of all 30 bands which has been lovingly put together by the guys at Studface Productions (if you're looking for something similar for your band give them a tinkle!)
If you're were a fan of alternative punk back in the late 70s and are looking for something a bit more psychedelic yet new and fresh, then perhaps you need to check out the new track from Billy Stark Stone with Rico Blythe on guitar. Both were members of late 70s NYC punk band The Blessed, so you can imagine they've been round the musical block a few times and picked up some tricks of the trade along the way.
It definitely feels like this track would be right at home in a room filled with smoke and some flashing coloured lights going off on the walls.
Would have to describe the guitars as if Keith Richards had a few too many and tried to riff behind the back of his head, but is that a bad thing necessarily? The vocals are almost spooky in places and again almost have a punked up Stones feel to them.
It might not be everyone's cup of tea on here, but you need to remember that techniques used in this kind of music have influenced the likes of Green Day, Foo Fighters and other modern acts.
We're constantly being asked by bands questions like "Hey, I want to play in Europe - how do I do that?" or "My band wants to tour, is there a magical email address that will sort out everything for me?"
The answer is that no, there are very few European wide promoters willing to help out emerging bands as it's a lot of work and they need to ensure they're booking bands that will bring in the numbers. Harsh but true!
However, what you can look out for, are the smaller local-focussed companies, especially those who are keen to help promote emerging talent and the local music scene!
So, when we heard our pal Marc from Sink Or Swim was involved in a new project to get bands gigging in Switzerland, we couldn't help ourselves but get in touch to find out more!
Hey Marc old buddy! Always good to see people in bands helping out other bands with their ambition and drive. How did the idea for Hometown booking come about?
Hey Dan, so basically the idea in the beginning was about pushing and promoting the pop punk scene in Switzerland. But after we set up the first show with my band (Sink Or Swim) we got a couple requests to host shows in Switzerland over multiple genres so we decided to do this on a regular basis over as many genres as possible! Of course, to promote the pop punk scene here is still one of the main goals.
So if I'm a band in the US or the UK for example, how does it all work?
You basically send us a request over our Facebook page or our email with a few links of your band, your genre, the date you wanna play and maybe your needs here, for example if you’d need a place to crash. Generally the more information, the better! We’ll then check if the event is possible the way you want it. We don’t wanna book too many shows over a short period of time because first of all we wanna organise the shows to the very best and additionally don’t want to overload the scene here. If this would work, we’ll check if there’s any venues and bands available at that date and just keep you constantly updated on what the status of the event is.
I've heard mention of a win-win scenario with the local scene you're working with over there - how does that work?
Well this win-win scenario is actually about the band getting as much out of their show in Switzerland as possible, because we hook them up with a fitting venue and some local bands and on the other we can push our local scene with that and get some local bands to get their name out there! So everyone wins.
In general, what's the Switzerland music scene like, compared to over here in the UK?
From our UK experience I can safely say that the scene in Switzerland is way smaller, but that’s nothing bad. I mean, we’re a small country here and obviously there’s a smaller scene there. But since it’s so small, every show is somehow reachable for everyone. I don’t think that’s the case in the UK. This just creates this big family here, so somehow really everyone knows each other. On the other hand it’s probably easier to set up shows in the UK than in Switzerland, but that’s what we are here for, aren’t we?
Damn straight! Where can bands/promoters find out more about Hometown Booking?
Well we plan on launching a website in the future but for now, it’s just our Facebook page. If there’s any questions don’t hesitate to hit us up, we’ll gladly answer them!
Whilst we're here, how's it going with Sink Or Swim? What do we have to look forward to in 2018?!
We’ve been working hard on new material before and after our tour and we got a lot of new songs in the pipeline of which some of them will definitely will be released not too far from now! There’s also some stuff planned regarding tours and weekenders this year, so we’re really stoked on what the future holds!
We love seeing members of upcoming bands doing the good Samaritan thing and improving the music scene for all upcoming bands, not just their own, and wish Marc and the team the best of luck!
Find out more about Hometown Booking on their Facebook page
We've seen a ton of new bands cropping up out of the woodwork recently and we thought we'd pick a few to highlight for you guys!
A three piece garage rock band from Singapore, really nice fresh sound that's a mix of pop punk and some of the more alternative Kasabian-esque bands out there! Check out their new single White Shadow
These Washington based rockers actually have ties to Brazil which adds a nice spin on the overall sound of these guys. Really nice all round hard rock must-have that we're sure will be seeing it's way on to a few hard rock compilations in the near future. For fans of Alice In Chains and that sort of elk!
Another nice sounding artist, who I guess we'd say is a mix of Soundgarden and Deftones, with an over arching garage band style! Definitely check it out as it's a unique blend and might be right up your street!
Check out the video for Through The Sound from their EP Mercy Rule
Remember that time A Day To Remember crossed paths with Nine Inch Nails and then Trivium jumped in for a laugh? No? Well you must have missed these guys then. Their new EP Four Walls comes out in March and Before You Go gives us a great idea of how awesome this album is going to be!
Some nice power chord punk for you with Melonvine hailing from Moncton in Canada. These guys are definitely up there for the fans of Green Day and old school Foo Fighters! In fact, see if you can spot the Monkey Wrench influence at the end of this lyric vid for their track Summer Says which will feature on their new EP out this April!
Really digging this track from Braincoats at the minute. These Swedish boys make us feel all warm and nostalgic about what it was like to tour round Europe in bands back before we turned into old farts and took a back seat from the stage!
A definite punk anthem to add to your listening lists!
Finishing up our list with a band a bit closer to home, these alt-rockers from Manchester have bought out a banging record which is available to download from their bandcamp now! Imagine a heavy Arctic Monkeys crossed with some spazziness of Refused. We like it!
Romanian metallers Kropuskul have just released a new CD with MSH Music, which features the killer track Hybrid High Breed.
This is definitely one to check out for fans of the likes of Lordi, Gwar, Trivium, Nightwish etc. Some awesome 00s nu-metal inspired drumming, meets some pretty melodic riff work and hard Children Of Bodom-esque vocal work.
Definitely feels very theatrical, in that it's definitely not a verse/chorus/verse track, much more like a heavy metal Bohemean Rhapsody that keeps delivering as you go through it.
If you're into the heavier stuff, definitely give it a listen!
Pop Punk Pile Up is a new festival being put together by Riff Media and a team of other live music fans including us. It’s hoping to re-inject a bit of alternative music into the UK – and maybe it’ll be there to heal the wound left by the news that Warped Tour is finishing up this year.
There is a great line up for the first ever event, and as always we’re here to ignore the big names and focus on some of the smaller bands we think you need to check out/keep an eye on/grab a ticket and get into the pit for.
There’s over 40 bands across three days but here’s 10 bands we know we don’t want to miss!
A Few Too Many
These Essex lads have been going since 2009 and from what we’ve seen have a really great attitude to not just pushing their band, but to supporting the UK pop punk scene!
Their live performance is renowned as being highly energetic so definitely a band you’ll want to be at the front for!
The band have received a fair bit of attention from the likes of Scuzz TV, Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing.
Hailing from Glasgow, this rock band have been slogging it since 2010. Since then they’ve made some huge waves in both local and national scenes, supporting the likes of The Wonder Years, State Champs and Neck Deep amongst others.
They’ve also been building up a loyal fanbase in Asia thanks to a tour of the Philippines and Japan.
They are looking to record a new album this year and there’s also plans for a full European and Asia tour to promote it!
Better Than Never
We heard about these guys through our pals over at Fox Records. If you’re a fan of big guitar riffs and dual vocals this is a band you need to check out. Recognised by RockSound for their unique melodies (especially with three guitarists) the live show is always awesome.
They have shared the stage with the likes of Don Broco, As It Is and WSTR to name a few.
Coast To Coast
Another band from the Fox Records roster, Coast To Coast brummy boys have a great unique sound thanks to the vocals of Keiran Hyland. Their tracks all have an anthemic property to them, and always end up in a subliminal foot tap or two.
Really excited to finally see these guys as been hearing amazing things for a while.
On their home turf at PPPU, Selby based Lyon Estates have been going for nearly a decade (Just want to make them feel old!).
During that time they’ve built up a really fun fast paced sound, and we’ve always got respect for those bands that are clearly super chummy mates first and a band second.
This is another one of those bands we swear we’ve been hearing about for years but never had the chance to catch live. Which is weird seeing as they’ve supported the likes of Seaway, The Raven Age and WSTR recently! They’ve got a nice alternative rock sound to them that we’re sure will resonate with fans of Angels & Airwaves, Yellowcard and Jimmy Eat World amongst others
Ocean Sunset View
Found these guys on Bandcamp a little while ago with their debut EP On Your Marks. They’ll be heading up to Sely from down our neck of the woods in Yeovil. They’ve had some great live reviews so really excited to hear some of that on the Saturday of PPPU.
One of those bands cropping up on a lot of ‘Ones To Watch in 2018’ lists, these guys are currently signed to our buddies in Wilhelm Records and recently released their new EP ‘I’m a Stranger to Myself’ which we have on in the office on regular rotation.
Another band getting great live reviews, definitely a must see for fans of Neck Deep, Trash Boat, The Story So Far etc!
UK Pop Punkers that seem to be popping up on a lot of our news feeds recently, Shaded have been getting some great reviews since the release of their EP ‘The Better Man In Me’ last year including Alternative Press who flagged them as a UK pop punk band to keep an eye on. Band with a very bright future, we thinks!
The Young & Restless
One of those awesome hard working bands that always seems to be up to something whether it’s writing material or hitting up a ton of shows.
One of those bands that it’s actually illegal to watch if you’re not wearing a plaid shirt and backwards baseball cap!
Their latest EP ‘Horizon’ came out in April last year and we’re big fans of it!
Remember there are over 40 bands playing the three days of Pop Punk Pile Up this year. It’s a brand new festival and the team behind it are really passionate about making it a regular thing as long as the first one is a success, which we’re sure it will be.
The Venue in Selby has a capacity of 300 so tickets are going to be limited, make sure you grab yours early!
We've been checking out The Haunting who released their new album Kill Tonight last month.
Are you an angry zombie? If so, this might be your new favourite band.
Seriously though, this is a weird one. It almost sounds a bit like old school fast punk but Ozzy Osbourne has managed to get in on the vocals. Normally we'd say we'd love to hear this with a bit more production work done on the track but think it would take away some of the punkness of it all.
Really good oi oi punk style with a fresh twist that should be appealing to a punk base hungry for more noise at the minute!
Could easily be at home on a Tony Hawk's soundtrack and we get the idea these guys put on a great live performance too.
Grab the album off of their bandcamp below!
We've teamed up with the team over at Discovered Magazine to start putting out a monthly feature on their site called 'Thumb On The Pulse'. Cheesy, right?!
You can read the first article over on their site now!
TA DA! The latest album cover in our Tracks You Might Have Missed series!
This one has been put together by the awesome Laurence Crow, really talented artist and does a lot of affordable work for small bands so if you're looking for album art, tshirt or poster design definitely hit him up!
LAST CALL FOR TYMHM v3 BANDS!
We'll be closing down entries at the end of January so if you're looking to get involved make sure you get the submission over, spit spot!