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“undoubtedly, absolutely, definitely the worlds greatest rock n roll band……Sleaford Mods” Iggy Pop

Sleaford Mods are pleased to announce the release of their new album ‘ENGLISH TAPAS’ which will be released via Rough Trade Records on March 3rd 2017. The album was recorded at Steve Mackey’s (Pulp) West Heath Garage studios in London.

The album will be released on a limited pressing of red vinyl, CD, DL and very limited edition cassette - 150 only. The first 1000 vinyl pre-orders also include a bonus one sided 7” of exclusive track “Big Trouble In Little Costa”, gigography booklet containing unseen photos by Simon Parfrement and commentary by Sleaford Mods, a packet of kingsize rizlas and a beermat. The tape also includes 'Sleaford Mods Live at Dismaland 2015’ and with a download code of the live show only.

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Jason Williamson discusses ‘English Tapas’: "Andrew walked into some random pub and saw "English Tapas" scrawled on the menu board. Underneath this beautiful coupling of words were it's components, half a scotch egg, cup of chips, pickle and a mini pork pie" It says everything about this fucking place. It's comedy, it’s make do, it's ignorant and above all, it's shit" Watch Jason’s album message

Also next year is Christine Franz’s ‘Bunch of Kunst’ – the definitive Sleaford Mods film. Taking over two years to record, it charts the rise of the band from back street pub venues to rock arena’s. The film will be released in early 2017. Watch teaser “This documentary film is the perfect antidote to those sexy, racy, rocknroll yawns most bands hide behind. We are indeed A Bunch of Kunst”

Sleaford Mods are Jason Williamson (words) & Andrew Fearn (Music)


Shed Seven!!

SHED SEVEN have announced news of their first studio album in 16 years alongside their biggest ever UK tour!!

The band, who have several hit albums and 16 top 40 singles including the likes of ‘Chasing Rainbows', ‘Disco Down’, ‘Going for Gold', ‘On Standby’, 'She Left Me on Friday' and 'Getting Better' will be returning to the studio this spring to record the highly anticipated new album, which will be released later in the year. The new studio album will be supported with an extensive UK tour in December.

After a few years away, the band reformed with all the original band members:

Rick Witter – Vocal

Paul Banks - Lead Guitar

Tom Gladwin – Bass

Joe Johnson – Guitar / Keys

Alan Leach – Drums

'The Sheds' consistently sell out concerts across the UK and abroad, playing to a huge and ever-growing following with their acclaimed and energetic live shows. After two years of writing new songs, they have decided that now is the time to commit to the release of a highly anticipated studio album, which comes after a 16 year wait.

Talismanic front man Rick Witter said: "We’ve spent the last couple of years writing and demo-ing secretly and have more than an album's worth of material that we can’t wait to share with you. We feel now is the right time. We're looking forward to 'Shedcember' where it will be business as usual, you’ll get to hear all the songs you rightly should expect to hear but this time with a light sprinkling of new music to top it all off. Thanks for all the support over the years, we’re really excited about this new chapter for Shed Seven and hope you’ll continue to be part of the journey with us, and trust me, this album will be well worth the wait."

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All pre-orders of the album before 16:00hrs on Wednesday February 22nd receive a code to access the exclusive tour ticket pre-sale.

DOT TO DOT 2017!











Manchester: Friday 26th May 2017

Bristol: Saturday 27th May 2017

Nottingham: Sunday 28th May 2017

Winner of Best Festival at the Live UK Awards 2016

“Dot To Dot is proof that you don’t need to pitch a tent in a muddy field to get that festival feeling” The Independent

“With a stunning bill and venues within yards of one another we’ll leave you to join the dots” Clash

“Each place opens up all of their best venues to embrace these soon-to-be-huge acts and we all get to boast that we saw them up close before they were huge. The only real worries are the inevitable agonising clashes and where to begin.” Virtual Festivals

The UK’s premier festival for unearthing the best new talent, Dot To Dot Festival, returns to Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham from the 26th-28th May for its 12th edition. After smashing record attendance, and marking a sell-out Manchester event in 2016, more of the same is expected for 2017, with a huge lineup of established performers and emerging artists from around the world.

With many exciting announcements to follow, Dot To Dot, are ecstatic to announce the first wave of artists to play this year’s festival:

Euphoric guitar rock supremoes SUNDARA KARMA will return to the Dot To Dot stage, this time as festival headliners! Their meteoric rise and epic debut album came as no surprise to anybody who have seen these guys at Dot To Dot before. With stage presence in abundance, and a plethora of huge songs such as ‘Flame’, ‘Loveblood’ and ‘She Said’, Sundara Karma embody everything Dot To Dot stands for and we can’t wait to see them own the headline slot.

Joining them will be more Dot To Dot legends, in the form of Nottingham’s own AMBER RUN. Their scintillating second album just dropped after a year in the studio, and we couldn’t be happier for their return. Californian rockers THE GROWLERS also join the party, after their latest album ‘City Club’, produced by The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, took the UK by storm when it was released last year.

After a memorable performance in 2015, high octane Scottish duo HONEYBLOOD, have also been confirmed to return. With their blend of Americana influenced, emo-tinged indie rock PINEGROVE are crossing the Atlantic for this year’s Dot To Dot. LOUIS BERRY will be stamping his own brand of Merseyside rock ‘n’ roll on this year’s festival. We’ll also be treated to sets by much-hyped LA 3-piece CHERRY GLAZERR, Irish chart-toppers PICTURE THIS and BBC Sound Of 2017 shortlisted vocalist TOM GRENNAN.


Dot To Dot Organiser Anton Lockwood, of DHP Family, said: “After our record breaking festival in 2016 we are so excited to bring the festival back to Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham this year! We are always proud to see so many previous Dot To Dot artists become huge successes, with Sundara Karma working their way up the ranks to headline this year’s event. We pride ourselves on finding & nurturing new artists, we can’t wait to see the stars of the future playing in small venues this year before their big breaks. This first announcement is only the tip of the iceberg, and there are loads more phenomenal performers still to be announced across multiple venues very soon!”

Previous Dot to Dot line-ups have seen performances from The xx, Ed Sheeran, Mumford and Sons, The 1975, Frank Turner, Caribou, Wolf Alice, Jake Bugg, SBTKRT, Florence + The Machine, Peace, Courtney Barnett and many, many more. With the emphasis on showcasing the hottest new talent on the planet, there will be lots more exciting additions to be announced for Dot To Dot’s 2017 line-up. Make sure you keep checking for all the latest news and ticket info. Also subscribe to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat to keep yourself in the loop for all things Dot To Dot. Tickets are priced from £12 and available now through


The Fallen State Announce Their New EP ‘The View from Ruin’ and Premiere Video Single ‘Nova’

The Fallen State announce their new EP ‘The View from Ruin’ will be released ‪24th February 2017‬ Following on from their four critically-acclaimed, well-played and received previous EPs (I, II, III, and ‘Crown Your Shadows)’, ‘The View from Ruin’ is eagerly awaited by fans, will be an excellent addition to the band’s repertoire, and is accompanied by a striking, recently-shot video for the single track, ‘Nova’ released ‪13thFebruary 2017‬.‬‬

The Fallen State combines the exuberant, soulful voice of singer Ben Stenning, the artful expressive phrasing of lead six-stringer Jon Price, and Dan Oke’s inspired harmonic wall of warm, contemporary rock guitars. Into this fusion of talent, the band adds grooving, ruthless rhythms, courtesy of bassist Greg Butler and drummer Rich Walker, with his punchy snare and cymbals. It’s a kickass recipe for rock success which creates infectious, energetic, body-rocking songs that leave crowds hungry for more.

"The View From Ruin is without a doubt the product of maturity in our song writing. It's the collaboration of every band member having an influence and highlights the drive and togetherness within our band. As a whole it represents everything we have experience so far, and we're beyond excited to show it to the world." says Ben Stenning. Guitarist Jon Price adds “"Nova is probably the most heartfelt song we have written to date. Members of the band have experienced loss in a deep way over the past few years. We hope the story of Nova will resonate with the fans and they will identify with the overall positive aspect of the song, as well as the sad elements seen in the video”

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It’s a testimony to the band’s killer combo of passion and craft that The Fallen State has developed an impressive reputation, with their stylish take on the musical legacies of both sides of the Atlantic. They’ve already released four EPs, and with ‘The View from Ruin’ will add the fifth. They’ve also achieved video and radio airplay of ‘Sinner’ on Scuzz, the BBC, Teamrock, and Kerrang. Passionate performers, they live for the live show and sell out shows with their modern, incisive, inspiring performances. The band has also toured with Black Stone Cherry, 3 Doors Down and US Grammy winners Halestorm; not to mention artists such as Trapt and fellow UK rockers The Treatment, Young Guns, and Heavens Basement.

The Fallen State is rising, with the ‘The View from Ruin’ tracks (including ‘Nova’) being awesome additions to their playlist and their accompanying ‘The View from Ruin’ tour delivering hi-octane, groove-ridden, rock n’ roll to a venue near you and have recently announced they will be playing at Wildfire Fest, Rambin’ Man Fair and Amplified Festival.


The mighty ANTHRAX kick off their tour tonight, and will be HERE on Monday!!

They'll be playing their classic 1987 album 'Among The Living' in full during the first half of their set to mark its 30th anniversary. Now they’re giving you the chance to choose the material for the second half of the shows!!l

Check out the ‘by request’ section on their website with a list of 44 tracks. Choose your 10 favourites, and the songs that receive the most votes will be part of the live set.


Anthrax are going to be keeping an eye on the votes, so sets on each night of the tour could change!! The list includes the tracks Armed And Dangerous, Madhouse, Gung-Ho, Schism, Antisocial, Belly Of The Beast and Evil Twin.

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian recently told Metal Hammer that the current political climate would result in “a lot of great heavy music” over the next four years. He continued: “Political unrest is great for art. The Big Four came out of the Reagan era in the States. The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal came out of the Thatcher era, if I’m not mistaken. So with Trump and the political climate in the world right now, it should definitely be great for heavy music. “There are tons of creative bands and the scene is strong and healthy. Will there ever be another Iron Maiden or Metallica? Maybe not in our lifetimes – but I remember people having the same conversation 10 years ago, and then over those 10 years a bunch of cool new bands have come out. I think we’ll all be fine.”


Yes music fans, today emo rockers TAKING BACK SUNDAY release 'Call Come Running', their follow up video to 'Can't Look Back' where we get to follow frontman Adam Lazarra as he drives off, bruised and bloodied. Check out the beautifully shot slow-mo fest below!

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TAKING BACK SUNDAY have debuted their music video for “Call Come Running” via PAPER MAGAZINE. Featured on the band’s seventh studio album TIDAL WAVE which debuted at #8 on the iTunes chart, the video, directed by Djay Brawner, is a loose sequel to the previous video for “You Can’t Look Back” which found vocalist Adam Lazzara suffering from an unidentified bloody affliction. Fans will be excited to see several special cameos in the new video, including Lazzara’s father.

Proving to be "the most personal video yet for frontman Adam Lazzara," Paper Magazine reports, "A story of renewal and rebirth, that ends with a shot of Lazzara reemerging from a body of water to meet his (again, actual) family, it mirrors the album's foray into themes of growing, adulthood and building families -- a far cry from much of the rest of the band's 18 years-worth of material."

The band is gearing up for a UK and European tour with Frank lero and the Patience kicking off February 11 in Belfast. Shortly after, the band will be making their way down under to Australia and New Zealand, with Acceptance opening during the Australia dates [March 15 - 23]. On March 26, the band will be making a stop in Hawaii at The Republik.

In May, Taking Back Sunday will be tackling the U.S. festival circuit at Rocklahoma, Rock On the Range, Carolina Rebellion, and the Bud Light River City Rockfest in San Antonio, TX. Taking Back Sunday is Adam Lazzara (vocals), John Nolan (guitars, vocals), Eddie Reyes (guitars), Shaun Cooper (bass), and Mark O’Connell (drums). TIDAL WAVE was released via Hopeless Records in 2016 and was produced by Mike Sapone (O'Brother, Mansions) in Charlotte, NC and mixed by Claudius Mittendorpher (Weezer, Drowners, Ra Ra Riot).

Bear's Den Support!!

We're pleased to say that the excellent BANFI will be here to support Bear's Den in March!! Their spiky pop tunes will be go down well on our main stage :) :)

Tickets are available at


Happy 15th Birthday to The Illusion Of Safety!!

Many happy returns to Thrice's excellent album 'The Illusion Of Safety' which was born back in 2002!!! We're so so pumped to be welcoming the guys to our place following their recent reunion, make sure you get tix to come and see them here in April \m/


The One Hundred!

The One Hundred just premiered their new single on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show last night and we can now announce they'll be headlining the Basement with support from the awesome Massmatiks!!

Tix are available from Weds over at


The almighty Dillinger Escape Plan are here on Saturday as part of their final European show, and they've given a wicked interview:

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star. I say to you: you still have chaos within you. Alas! The time is coming, when man will give birth to no more stars. Alas! The time of the most contemptible of men is coming, who can no longer feel contempt for himself. Behold! I show you the last man.”

-Friedrich Nietzsche, 1883

Assuming that historians haven’t been lying to us about the philosophers’ capacity for time travel, Friedrich Nietzsche lacked familiarity with neither the band known as the Dillinger Escape Plan, nor the movement known as punk rock, nor the awe-inspiring whirligig known as the electric guitar–although I’d reason to guess he would have been a huge fan of all three.

Nevertheless, these 123-year-old remarks, originally published in the nihilist’s seminal novel Thus Spoke Zarathustra, provide invaluable insight into the genius of these last men–perhaps last axemen is more appropriate–manifested over the past twenty-nine odd years. The East Coast-based band are set to retire next year upon the conclusion of their world tour behind Dissociation, their sixth and final album, and once they leave the stage for good, the rock world will have lost their kings of calculated chaos.

But save your tears: Every night for the past several months, the current lineup–which comprises guitarist and co-founder Ben Weinman, vocalist Greg Puciato, bassist Liam Wilson, drummer Billy Rymer, and rhythm guitarist Kevin Antreassian–have been birthing star after skull-bashing star, with more caustic supernovas gestating all the while.

The most recent of these dancing (thrashing) stars, of course, come from October’s Dissociation: a riotous, stampeding victory lap which runs all of the band’s associated styles (blistering, über-technical math rock, punishing hardcore, glitched-out electronica) through a supercollider amenable to diehards and newcomers alike. Appropriately for a final LP, the record also marks the completion of Dillinger’s unfinished business; several cuts date back years, including the six-minute closer which lent the album its title, conceived in 2001, when Puciato joined the band in co-founding frontman Dimitri Minakakis’ stead; others, like the almost exclusively electronic “Fugue”, provided Weinman a canvas by which to display his longstanding love for all things digital. “I guess I just felt like if this is the last album, maybe I should revisit some of those things from my hard drive and start working on them again, seeing where my head’s at now,” he told me over the phone.

Weinman and company’s fatalism makes sense, but what sparked it? Looking closer at Nietzsche’s remarks for a moment (and thank you for entertaining my liberal artsiness), we find the answer in his constant mention of time: the universe’s limit upon the artist’s earthly existence, and by extension, his creative existence as well. If you’ve ever seen the band play live (less a show than a crucible for violent, surreal escapisim, all acrobatic stunts and punkish gymnastics) you know that the band have done a remarkable job fighting the biological clock. Excepting 33-year-old Antreassian, all of the Dillinger Escape Plan are in their late thirties and early forties, not the ideal age range for their usual stunts. At this point in their lives, many men have difficulty ascending staircases, much less siderails–and most doctors would probably advise against clambering up to the second story of a venue before diving back down to the stage to scream their hearts out (but not before taking a bite out of a fan’s burger). “I look over at Ben, and Greg, and Liam,” Antreassian remarks, “and I’m like ‘Damn, I’ve got to step it up. How are they still doing it’?” (Puciato, it should be noted, was recovering from a brutal cold when we spoke–not that he takes sick days. Now that’s commitment.)

To put it plainly and crassly, the decision sprang from the Plan’s almighty devotion for the art of fucking shit up. They could half-ass it, but when you’ve written the book on aural insanity, you can’t go out on that note.

“We need to close the book; We need to take control of this and make a controlled dramatic ending to this story,” explained Weinman. “That’s the only way to do it right, So I talked to the guys–and I first talked to Greg about it and like most people, he was kind of confused, like ‘Why would we do that right now? Everything is going so well.’ And I said, that’s exactly why we should do it now–because there needs to be tension. And everything in Dillinger just always been chaotic, and seemingly random.”

He paused, and then added, as if acknowledging the band’s latent paradox, “It’s [Dillinger’s chaotic sound] always been intentional; Almost every note we’ve ever made has been on purpose. So I just felt that it’s very important for us to intentionally close the book in a way that every great piece of art does.”

As I spoke with the rest of the band, that reverence to technique a running theme; understandably so, considering the lengths they had to go through in their initial auditions. Certainly, they don’t call these guys math rock for nothing: every last riff in each entry catalogue–the winding metalcore of Calculating Infinity opener “Sugar Coated Sour”, to the raunchy stomp of Ire Works’ “Milk Lizard”, the stabbing opening salvos of One of Us Is The Killer's “Prancer”–requires the muscle memory of an Olympic athlete, a recall made all the more difficult by the requisite madness of their live show.

Channeling chaos is one thing. “Creating” it is another task altogether, like assembling one of "Westworld"'s uncanny "Hosts"; in order to convince the audience that the finely-tuned is in fact an expression of the ephemeral and random, the band must agonize over every last twist in their musical DNA, effectively creating something alive. It’s an exhausting task, especially when the chief architects have become so intertwined, personally and creatively. Therein lay another contributing factor to the band’s demise, Puciato explained.

“It's one of the most amazing parts about being in a band with other people, instead of just doing solo stuff,” he explained. “You end up in a place that you might not necessarily have gone to; through that compromise that you end up coming up with something that is more interesting, maybe. Our butting of heads has never been musical or artistic. It's more just personality–It really all comes down to tendencies having to go through life having to become more and more codependent on each other and all the gag reflexes that come with being completely dependent on another person in every way. Your band, your emotions, your financial situation, you end up projecting all these different relationships onto each other that might normally be taken in by an enormous support structure in a regular person's life. We don't have those things, we're in this isolated thing together.”

Indeed, the last men are in this together, at least for a little while longer. Once the curtain inevitably falls, each member will be free to pursue their passions: music, producing, and in Wilson’s case, fatherhood. (When it came time for the bassist to break the news to his young daughter about the trek, he told her that he told her, “Daddy’s heading off on a bass vacation.”) Puciato’s plotting a new EP with his other primary project, the Black Queen; he’s also been “stockpiling” new material for Killer Be Killed, his supergroup with ex-Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, Mastodon bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, and Converge drummer Ben Killer. Ample protein consumption is in the works as well. “I'm gonna make a lot of omelets,” vowed Puciato, “and then I'm going to eat those omelets.”

As for Weinman, (whose band Giraffe Tongue Orchestra released their debut album Broken Lines this autumn), he’s looking to link up with artists from all across the musical spectrum (Kendrick Lamar being his dream partner). Alas, the guitarist’s got no news regarding his mysterious collaborations with Wyclef Jean, sessions first reported in 2012 and which he later told me included a famous rapper, as well. “I did something with him [Wyclef] and Waka Flocka. It's one of those things where I just did and I was just making stuff, giving it to him and walking away. I never really looked back. I'm sure I'm on something, I just don't even know.”

As one dancing star–and in Dillinger’s case, a damn supernova–fades, another ignites. 2016 may go down in the history books as the beginning of the end of these math-rock pioneers, but between the continued activity of its extended family (erstwhile member Mike Patton included) and the countless inspired acolytes who will carry the torch long after they storm the stage for the final time, the legacy of the Dillinger Escape Plan will never fade. Chaos is eternal, and so are its most invaluable emissaries.

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