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So Refused aren’t Fucking Dead after all… Coachella and Way Out West in Gothenburg this year. More to be added IF they happen

We had a band once, in Umeå. We would pile in a van, like every other punkband, and thunder off in pursuit of friends and glory in some basement in front of 20 people, 50 people, in towns 4-5 hours away. Sometimes there would be more than a hundred people and we would later in the week refer to that as a “big show”. We were ambitious, but we didn’t think of it as a career. We never made any fiscal sense whatsoever during 7 years of touring. Like most punkbands, it never occured to us to even try. We had a scene, we had some politics and we had just a hint of artistic ambition. True to our swedish roots we got very serious very fast. And then suddenly we got good. It’s a delicate path to tread for precocious twentysomethings anywhere on the planet, but this particular bunch didn’t make it. And that was fine. Most enterprises in life are unrelated to incredibly violent rock music.
      It’s been a motley 14 years since our band came apart. We’ve all kept busy in our respective endeavors but we’ve all remained friends and kept in touch. There have been offers, and lots of jokes about these offers. We’ve sort of looked down from our high horses and made fun of people who’ve just wanted to share the psychopathic intensity that we would deliver on a nightly basis in our post-pubescent prime. A reunion has just seemed irrelevant to us. Too much other shit to do.
      But then Kristofer got his degree from the Swedish opera academy, Jons medical studies began drawing to a close and Dennis and David started a new hardcore band together. Finally, after a decade and a half hiatus, Kristofer picked up the guitar again. Which made David want to play the drums again. Which in turn led to all four of us suddenly making new music in assorted constellations. As all this was brewing, Coachella got in touch. There were a couple of phone-calls, lots of skepticism, some hesitant enthusiasm before one of us basically said: “– This is ridiculous. There are friends of ours who would murder close relatives just to go see bands there. Let’s just do it, one last time.” And with that, socialist fag-loving pc scumbags were on the road again.
      We never did “The shape of punk to come” justice back when it came out, too tangled up in petty internal bickering to really focus on the job. And suddenly there’s this possibility to do it like it was intended. We wanna do it over, do it right. For the people who’ve kept the music alive through the years, but also for our own sakes. 
      We feel that you deserve it and we hope the feeling is mutual.

      See you in the pit.

//Refused

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Issue 2 of Sonic Shocks, containing a nifty review of Antares

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Traditional heavy metal power trio CARELESS, has released a video for the song “D.F.M.” from their latest album, Coalition. Featuring footage filmed at the abandoned Ashley Coalbreaker (one of the last remaining structures from the Industrial Era) as well as at the band members’ childhood homes, the video is themed around the main character’s search for individual freedom. Additional footage was filmed near San Dimas, CA. 

Amsterdam Dance Event announces 2012 dates and adds fifth day

The seventeenth edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the international conference and festival for electronic music, will take place from the 17th to the 21st of October, 2012. After selling out for the last five years, the ADE is regarded as one of the highlights of the annual international dance and electronic music calendar. Thanks to the fact of being both a major festival of electronic music as well as a business platform for the international music industry, the event is widely considered to be an important indicator of the health of the electronic music scene.

Event organiser the Amsterdam Dance Event Foundation expects that the five day event will once again attract more than 140,000 festival-goers and 3,000 conference delegates from 62 countries. “Two years ago we included the Wednesday in order to accommodate a growing list of conferences and parties, and in 2012 - because there are now so many events throughout the whole of the weekend - Sunday is now officially included in the ADE dates,” Richard Zijlma, ADE Director, said. The 2011 Sunday schedule included amongst others Visionquest at Trouw, Moon Harbour & secretsundaze, Wicked Jazz Sounds and the Melkweg After Party.

ADE 2012 will also feature expanded versions of the ADE University (aimed at inspiring and educating students and young music industry professionals) and ADE Playground (showcasing technology and technological innovation), both of which were introduced in 2011 to widespread acclaim, as well as improvements and new developments for the Hard Dance Event (HDE), Music and Bits and ADE Next.

Each year 3,000+ artists, A&R managers, journalists, label representatives, booking agents, producers and music publishers from around the world gather in Amsterdam to do business, network, discover new talent and keep up to date on the latest technological and legislative developments. The 140,000+ festival visitors - including approximately 30,000 tourists - fill the city’s venues for a wide range of shows and events featuring the very best national and international artists.

The 2011 edition of the ADE staged a record 220 events in 52 venues across the city, with a total of over 800 DJs and acts performing. The Amsterdam Dance Event 2012 will take place on October 17 to 21. More information is available at www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl The Amsterdam Dance Event is organized by the Amsterdam Dance Event Foundation, an initiative of Buma

To find out more: http://www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl/


Harvey Milk @ The Hare and Hounds (Originally published on www.sonicshocks.com)

HARVEY MILK

Birmingham Hare And Hounds - 22nd May 2012

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Review by Matthew Tilt

It’s a rare enough event to catch the incredible Harvey Milk live in the UK; to catch them on Harvey Milk Day is something that puts the average mind at the risk of exploding. It seems pointless discussing and debating what genre these Georgian boys fall into because in the live setting they fit neatly into some heavy, nasty and obscure corner of jazz.
You’re all looking at me now; wondering what the hell I took before I saw Harvey Milk but I assure I know what I’m talking about here. You see, escaping from the heat and into the top room of the Hare and Hounds I stumbled into the venue a little disorientated and I stood staring wide eyed at the three piece on stage, each riff creating a monolith of feedback that literally shook people in front of me.
The advantage of seeing the band literally working like cogs in front of you, is that you see where each song starts, and every time it started from the slightest thing and built up around this idea creating something that seemed simple, deceptively so because in reality it was something that carried a complexity that kept all three in time and in sync with each other.
Creston slips his inimitable voice into crevices and cracks in the music; wailing like a shaman or crooning before he rocks out in sudden, almost improvisational blasts of good, solid classic rock. There’s no such thing as a perfect set, but it’s hard to think of a better one. Half the time they don’t even need to speak because the crowd stay transfixed throughout, only daring to move when the speakers roar with the openings of a new song, and never daring to disrespect something as rare and as beautifully ugly as a Harvey Milk performance.  
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December issue of Sonic Shocks with reviews of Asking Alexandria, Retox and Nick Stutsman

NOEL FIELDING on new show LUXURY COMEDY

Noel Fielding - co-creator of The Mighty Boosh - brings his own psychedelic brand of comedy to E4 this year. Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy is a 7-part comedy show quite unlike anything else on television. We caught up with Noel to find out more and, if anything, ended up even more confused about the show. One thing’s for certain, though: It won’t be boring. Noel Fielding doesn’t do boring!

Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy isn’t your bog-standard sketch show, is it?
[Laughs] Not really, no. It’s kind of like a hybrid.

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MIKE PORTNOY'S FLYING COLORS announce album
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Mascot Label Group is pleased to announce the release of the eponymous debut album from Flying Colors - the spectacular new virtuoso prog/pop/metal rock band formed by drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) and guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple). The album is released by Music Theories Recordings in the UK on Monday March 26th, followed by a US release on Tuesday March 27th.

Flying Colors is Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Dave LaRue (bass), Neal Morse(keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar), and Steve Morse (lead guitar). “This album has bits and pieces of what you’d expect from each of us,” says Portnoy.  “The sum of all its parts led to brand new, unchartered territory for everyone involved.”

 

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EXIT TEN announce London show

Hotly tipped Uk melodic rockers EXIT TEN have announced a headline show on Feb 11th at London’s The Borderline as part of the HMV Next Big Thing shows.

Support comes from UK pop rockers Blitz Kids.

Tickets are available for £10 Including booking fee from here: http://www.hmvtickets.com/events/4981

EXIT TEN will also be playing HMV NBT shows in Manchester’s The Ritz and Birmingham Temple Rooms. The London show completes the band’s UK headline tour, full dates in attached flyer and below.

Check out EXIT TEN’s current single for Suggest A Path here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6DmolfBiys

Facebook event for The Borderline show is here: http://www.facebook.com/events/259936347406153/

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EX HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD SINGER DEUCE IN NEW SOLO DEBUT - WATCH THE VIDEO PREMIERE

Deuce is also releasing his Nine Lives video series, chronicling the creation of his upcoming release: http://bit.ly/AF63cP

Free Mp3’s of “America” and “Let’s Get It Crackin’” with any purchase from Deuce’s Official Store: http://www.myplaydirect.com/deuce


Deuce is a songwriter, producer, singer/rapper hailing from Los Angeles, CA. As the co-founder, former lead singer and main songwriter/producer for Hollywood Undead, Deuce emerged as the creative force that led the band to staggering albums sales of their debut, Swan Songs, which also reached #1 on the Alternative, Hard Rock and Rock album charts. Deuce is known for his signature masks and ability to jumpstart any party with his often raunchy and vulgar lyrics. Since his departure with Hollywood Undead in 2010, Deuce has performed in front of thousands at 2011’s Epicenter and has been gearing up for the release of Nine Lives.

 

 

For more information on Deuce, please visit www.deucela.com

 

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Follow Deuce on Twitter at www.twitter.com/#!/Deuce9Lives

Meatloaf to release new album next month

Music comes no bigger than Meat Loaf. After 40 years and selling over 100 million records, among them one of the biggest albums of all time, Meat Loaf has been a larger than life presence in music with his unique songs and stellar collaborations. Bat Out of Hell sold over 2.1 million copies in the UK and has been awarded Platinum status 23 times. And now, Meat Loaf does it all again with the release of his new album Hell In A Handbasket, to be released in the UK 27 February 2012 through Sony Commercial Music Group.

Like most Meat Loaf albums, Hell In A Handbasket is a BIG album with every song delivering a message that alludes to the theme of the album. Meat Loaf describes it as “the most personal record I’ve ever made. It’s about how I feel the world’s gone to hell in a handbasket. It’s really the first record that I’ve ever put out about how I feel about life and how I feel about what’s going on at the moment.”

Produced by Paul Crook, Hell In A Handbasket once again features some interesting collaborations and special guests. Public Enemy’s Chuck D contributes an original rap mixed into a cover of Tom Cochran’s ‘Mad Mad World’. Entitled ‘The Good God’s a Woman And She Don’t Like Ugly’, it’s every bit as interesting as the titles alludes to. Meat Loaf said, “Chuck D is the rapper’s rapper. He is the original, and every rapper that has come after him wants to be like him. For us to have him on this record is a major coup and I am so impressed with what he wrote!”

Lil Jon, another well-known rap artist who appeared in Celebrity Apprentice alongside Meat Loaf, appears on ‘Stand In the Storm.’ And certainly, no album would be complete without long time duet partner Patti Russo who features on two songs: ‘Our Love And Our Souls’ and a version of The Mammas and The Pappas classic ‘California Dreamin’.’

HELL IN A HANDBASKET – RELEASED 27 FEBRUARY THROUGH SONY COMMERCIAL MUSIC GROUP


TRACKLISTING:
All Of Me

Fall From Grace

The Giving Tree

Mad Mad World / Good God Is A Woman And She Don’t Like Ugly

Party Of One

Live Or Die

California Dreamin’

Another Day

40 Days

Out Love & Our Souls

Stand In the Storm

Blue Sky

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BLACKRAIN TOUR THE UK

French glam mongers BLACKRAIN are bringing their insanity to the UK this February 2012.

Thursday 9 - Newcastle Trillians
Friday 10 - Wakefield Snooty Fox
Saturday 11 - Grimsby Yardbirds (w/King Lizard)
Monday 13 - London Camden Underworld (w/King Lizard)
Tuesday 14 - Glasgow venue tbc
Thursday 16 - Bolton Railway Venue
Friday 17 - Cardiff Nice'n'Sleazy @ Bogiez
Saturday 18 - Nottingham Salutation Check their debut album’‘Licence to thrill’ on Listenable
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