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Drive Thru Records 15th Birthday!

Few record labels have done more to encompass the DIY ethic of punk rock than Drive Thru Records. Brother and sister Richard and Stefanie Reines formed the label in 1996, based on a pure and simple business ethic – a love for new music. Working out of their kitchen, Richard and Stefanie have signed and worked with some of the most influential bands to grace the pop-punk and pop rock scenes.

As Drive Thru Records turns 15, fans are able to download all the label’s catalogue including earlier pressings from New Found Glory, The Starting Line, long out of print Rx Bandits and Finch’s early EPs, along with music from Drive-Thru family new-bloods such as Hellogoodbye, Steel Train and Houston Calls. This is in addition to the ‘best of’ and themed compilations.

The label has a long and varied roster; Dashboard Confessional’s Swiss Army Romance was released through Drive Thru, Midtown’s (Save The World, Lose The Girl) lead singer Gabe Saporta now fronts Cobra Starship, and Something Corporate’s Andrew McMahon, who released 2 critically acclaimed albums with the band, is now the frontman of Jack’s Mannequin.

Other bands on the label, including Senses Fail, The Early November, Hidden In Plain View, The Movielife, I Am The Avalanche and The Starting Line have enjoyed enduring success, while Drive Thru has, at every stage, remained true to both themselves and the music. Drive Thru Records represents an entrepreneurial approach to business that is so rare within the music industry: a true success story, against all the odds. From the kitchen table to the office desk, and despite the label being on indefinite hiatus since 2008 (while Richard and Stefanie ventured into artist management) the family run business feel has not been lost.

43 titles are now available to download from iTunes UK with even more coming next month.

Your chance to support a headline band in Rock City Main Hall!

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Bombay Bicycle Club smashed it! Review.

Bombay Bicycle Club this Monday certainly had those rafters packed inside of rock City. With an ambience of excitement the fans waited. Then they played. They were not disappointed.

Bombay were on absolute top form, the  emotional scope of their music is tremendous, truly impressive. Switching from melancholy to joyous is not something they can only achieve in the studio, which in my opinion sets them apart from most bands today. From their harmonies to their meticulously well crafted guitars everything was absolutely spot on this evening. I do not believe that this is uncommon, i think through time and practice plus absolute love of the music makes this sort of exceptional gig a nightly occurrence with these boys.

The fans loved every minute of it, with album songs being just as well received as their singles, they aren't that sort of band and they aren't those sort of fans.

Great gig, great band, listen out for them in the future, go see them in the future, you won't be disappointed.

The Following photos are taken by our resident photographer David Baird, to buy prints of this gig or any of his photos, please visit his website Here


Bombay Bicycle Club - Rock City - Images by David Baird

Kids In Glass Houses gig review

Kids In Glass Houses over the past couple of years have seen the reputation as a well respected alternative band on the gigging circuit blossom them into superstars. Since the start the only way was up, ever getting bigger, better and reaching wider audiences. From supporting fellow Welsh rockers Funeral For A Friend and other big bands like Lost Prophets, their hard work has paid off and now 3 albums later they have accrued a massive following that has landed them packing out big venues, like our very own Rock City Main Hall.

They played a great set, playing mostly tunes from their two newest albums but not leaving out their biggest hit 'Give Me What I Want' from their debut album 'Smart Casual'

Photography by Shaun Wootton

Check out Rock City's resident Photographer David Bairds photo's of Kids In Glass Houses in the below slideshow. To buy prints of the gig or any of his photographs please visit his website Here

Kids in Glass Houses - Images by David Baird

Ed Sheeran review!

Ed Sheeran played Rock City's Main Hall and it was absolutely packed to the rafters on the Monday just gone. His current tour is so sought after that fans who could not get tickets to his sold out shows were naughtily buying tickets from ebay for over £100. Not bad for a lad who is barely 20 years old and only has one album under his belt, eh?

His album went straight to number one in the charts when it was released last month so it comes as no surprise that nearly every song he played, using just himself, a guitar and an fx peddle had fans screaming. His big hitting single A team was an obvious highlight with rapper Mikill Pane joining him, as well as tunes like UNI, Small Bump and Wake Me Up getting big crowd reactions.

Check out house photographer David Bairds photo's below, and to buy prints from this gig or any of his photographs visit his website Here

Ed Sheeran - Images by David Baird