Harvey Milk @ The Hare and Hounds (Originally published on


Birmingham Hare And Hounds - 22nd May 2012

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.  

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. 


January/Feb issue of Sonic Shocks with a review of Run, WALK!


December issue of Sonic Shocks with reviews of Asking Alexandria, Retox and Nick Stutsman


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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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:

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:

Facebook event for The Borderline show is here:



Deuce is also releasing his Nine Lives video series, chronicling the creation of his upcoming release:

Free Mp3’s of “America” and “Let’s Get It Crackin’” with any purchase from Deuce’s Official Store:

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.



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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’.’


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

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
BLACK BREATH: Seattle savages go on the attack with second album

Seattle’s barbaric wrecking crew BLACK BREATH have completed their second LP and are preparing to fire it point blank into the public’s face this March. The forthcoming new platter, dubbed Sentenced to Life, is the highly-anticipated follow-up to the band’s raging 2010 debut album, Heavy Breathing, which blew away fans of both hardcore-fueled rock and roll and crushing Swedish death metal internationally. Now in 2012, Black Breath’s neck-snapping Sentenced To Life projects an even more vile, metallic sonic attack than its predecessor, bearing is a bit less rock and roll swagger and a showcasing more full-on crushing rage. The album is a product of furious creativity jammed into a short span of time, written in the seemingly endless winter after returning from their November 2010 European tour. Bearing 10 thunderous tracks in under 33 minutes, Sentenced To Life features such smashing Black Breath hits as “Feast of the Damned,” “Doomed,” “Forced Into Possession,” “Home of the Grave” and of course the title anthem “Sentenced to Life.” The band once again recorded at God City Studios with Kurt Ballou, and had the finished product mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side. Easily the band’s most thunderous recording to date, Black Breath sentence every listener to a life of headbanging after spinning this!

Sentenced To Life will burst into stores and distros for public armament in March 2012. A final release date, full track listing, cover art and preview of the new album will be announced in the weeks ahead.
The Joy Formidable Announce Headlining US Tour

Following Successful Tour Supporting Foo Fighters in 2011

Band To Tour Across States In March

Welsh trio The Joy Formidable are happy to announce headlining tour dates across the United States for March of 2012. The tour will begin on March 12 in San Francisco and end on April 2 in Toronto. On the way, the band will play such major markets as Los Angeles at The Music Box on March 14 and New York’s Terminal 5 on March 28. The band will be supported on all dates by A Place To Bury Strangers. Exitmusic will open for both bands beginning in Minneapolis on March 19. For complete tour dates and information, please see below.

The tour is the band’s first news in the US following a breakout 2011 year, where the band released their debut full-length The Big Roar to great acclaim upon release and as part of year-end retrospectives. Paste included the album on their top 50 albums of 2011 list, noting the band has created “a sound that is uniquely their own, but still nostalgic for rock of the past.”

Songs from The Big Roar made numerous critic’s best songs of 2011 lists, from Rolling Stone, who called “The Everchanging Spectrum of a Lie” “Nearly eight minutes of cranium-rattling alt-rock noise, building an end-of-days racket from singer-guitarist Ritzy Bryan’s juddering riffs and furious wails;” to Pitchfork, who called “Whirring” “an aerobic rush of a song that builds to [an] explosive alt-rock chorus,” hailing the band as “prime purveyors of bubble-grunge nostalgia.” iTunes named “Whirring” their Alternative Song of the year, while NPR named it one of their 100 favorite tracks of the year, and also named The Joy Formidable as one of their favorite new bands of the year. Local publications named the band’s live show as one of the best of 2011, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Chicago Tribune. The Chicago Tribune praised the band’s performance, noting “Their boundless energy should serve them well as they ready their sophomore album.”

The band ended 2011 with a bang, supporting the Foo Fighters for multiple dates along their east coast tour. The band performed on CBS’ The Late Show With David Letterman, NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly, and Conan. 2011 also found the band appearing with their new song “Endtapes” as the opening track on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Down Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

The Joy Formidable Tour Dates

Mar 12 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *

Mar 13 - San Francisico, CA @ The Independent *

Mar 14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box *

Mar 17 - Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theatre *

Mar 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Café *^

Mar 20 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre *^

Mar 22 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird *^

Mar 23 - Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theatre *^

Mar 24 - Atlanta, GA @ Masqureade *^

Mar 25 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel *^

Mar 26 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *^

Mar 28 - New York City, NY @ Terminal 5 *

Mar 29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *^

Mar 31 - Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Mile-End *^

Apr 02 - Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace *^

* with A Place To Bury Strangers

^ with Exitmusic

Attack Attack!  


This Means War to Be Released January 16 2012 on Rise Records 


Headline UK Tour March 2012

Columbus, OH’s Attack Attack! have announced their third album This Means Wars will be released January 16 2012 via Rise Records. Having sold over 200,000 records in the US alone and toured non-stop, including a spot as a main stage headliner on the Vans Warped Tour this year, Attack Attack! have become a force to be reckoned with.

The Means War is the bands heaviest and catchiest records to date. Building on the unique mix of metal and pop that catapulted them to the forefront of the scene. This Means War is a concept record, about war and the emotions that it has over those involved who are fighting against everything and everyone.

Attack Attack! will be over in Europe, March 2012 to support the new record

Saturday3-Mar-12 UK Bristol Cooler

Sunday 4-Mar-12 UK Leeds Cockpit

Monday 5-Mar-12 UK Glasgow Cathouse

Tuesday 6-Mar-12 UK Manchester Sound Control

Wednesday 7-Mar-12 UK London Underworld

Thursday 8-Mar-12 UK Tunbridge Wells Forum

Friday 9-Mar-12 The Netherlands Utretcht Tivoli de Helling

Saturday 10-Mar-12 Germany Cologne MTC

Sunday 11-Mar-12 Germany Hamburg Headcrash

Doors 7pm and tickets £10.00 

To date, Attack Attack! has over 1,129,000 fans on facebook, 41,000 Twitter followers, over 40,500,00 myspace place and over 10,250,00 youtube plays on the Rise Records channel alone.

Interview: JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR By Mark Fletcher

Photo Credit: © Stephen Fourie

Her tour kicked off on 1st November but there are a few remaining gigs left to catch smoking hot blues guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor ( check the flyer below). She takes time to answer a few questions for our readers, talking about her influences, her first guitar and her new album ‘The Dirty Truth’.

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April edition of Sonic Shocks with a Hammerfest review, interview with Dripback and a Dope Body review


November issue of Sonic Shocks with reviews of Supersonic Festival and a retrospective look at Breaking the Waves