War Waves – War Waves

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If art is a manifestation of the human spirit and the human heart, then I wouldn’t have liked to have gone through the emotional pain and heartache that War Waves lead singer and chief protagonist Marc Newby has been through. His latest artistic endeavour, following on from his previous outfit, Collisions, has been conceived as an attempt to win back the love of his life.

Working with Steve Mann at Backwater Records, a man who has been a longtime champion and supporter of bands from the Ipswich area, War Waves passionate and heartfelt approach to songwriting will appeal to the ears of listeners already won over by the likes of The Gaslight Anthem or Idlewild; listeners of a certain vintage will doubtless be able to wax lyrical over the more than occasional nod to Mr. Stephen Patrick Morrissey.

These are no bad things of course. There is a rawness and emotional heft to the songs that often startle as much as they reassure. Whether down to the colourful language in the lyrics- the dropping of the c-bomb once or twice raises the eyebrow- or the matter of fact candour, the net effect is immediate and dynamic. The production retains that sense of this record being recorded as live and that lack of tinkering adds to the sense of a man on a zealous, emotional mission.

The ordinariness of the songs settings – ‘My Friends Wedding’ andHockey Stick’ are good examples of this – and the universal messages within them remind one, thematically at least, of the kitchen sink dramas beloved of The Streets or Plan B or, even Jarvis Cocker at his most suburban. Newby’s drama is highly personal but his honesty and lack of self-serving sanctimony means you are drawn to his tale. The fact that he has a way with a tune doesn’t hurt either.

Newby pulls no punches and grants no quarter; fortunately there’s an absence of hubris as well which is all the more appealing given the self-satisfaction that often accompanies records that are about the state of a heart. War Waves have conjured a decent début album with plenty of ideas and flourishes that you will doubtless be filing very readily under: ones to watch.

 

7.0/10

 

MAT DAVIES

Sammy Kay Streaming “Saints and Sinner”

Sammy Kay

Sammy Kay

Singer/songwriter Sammy Kay is streaming “Saints and Sinner,” off his upcoming full length debut album Fourth Street Singers out March 10, 2015 via Panic State Records, here.

Hailing from Asbury Park, NJ singer/songwriter Sammy Kay has lived the kind of romantic life that can only be found in a song. After living in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, then seeing the world working as a tour manager for three years, Kay has used his travels and experiences to hone his song-craft into an endearing mixture of punk rock, Americana, and soul. Always behind-the-scenes helping other artist’s grow and succeed, Kay built strong friendships all across the country, these friends would later come together to help record his debut album. Now, with the release of his debut full length, Fourth Street Singers, Sammy Kay is excited to step into the spotlight and show listeners what he’s capable of.

Recorded by Pete Steinkopft of The Bouncing Souls at Little Eden Studios, Fourth Street Singers was crafted from the ground up with an all-star cast of accomplished musicians, featuring members of The Slackers, Franz Nicolay’s band, Rancid‘s touring band, Westbound Train, Leftover Crack, Plow United and more. The sense of camaraderie from the recording studio is palpable across the 10 tracks on Fourth Street Singers, but Kay’s songs are more than just bar anthems. There is a yearning that can’t be denied in every song. Whether it’s a desire for truth, connection, or something more, these tracks feel authentic and lived-in. Even Kay’s take on the Tom Waits classic “Old Shoes (Pictures And Postcards)” feels entwined with the story told on Fourth Street Singers.

Harnessing influences ranging across the spectrums of rock n’ roll, punk, and Americana, Sammy Kay has crafted an album that is uniquely personal while still invitingly familiar, wild and free while still reserved and dynamic. Full of love and despair, life and death, salvation and American rock n’ roll, Fourth Street Singers is Sammy Kay.

Fourth Street Singers track list:
01. You Ought To Know
02. Saints and Sinners
03. Your Way
04. Highs and Lows
05. Forever and a Day
06. Truth
07. Shipwreck
08. Stay a While
09. Old Shoes
10. Mary

Tour Dates:
Feb 26: Wills Pub – Orlando, FL
Feb 27: Nobbys – St Augustine, FL
Feb 28: New World Brewery – Ybor City, FL
Mar 01: Looseys – Gainesville, FL
Mar 06: Flamingo Cantina – Austin TX
Mar 11: Vandals – Kansas City, MO
Mar 12: Des Moines Social Club – Des Moines, IA
Mar 14: Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB (Canada) (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 15: Amigos Cantina – Saskatoon, SK (Canada) (w/Northcote)
Mar 16: Union Hall – Edmonton, AB (Canada) (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 17: Macewan Hall – Calgary, AB (Canada) (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 19: Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC (Canada) (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 20: Showbox At The Market – Seattle, WA ( w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 21: Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 23: The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 24: Ogden Theater – Denver, CO (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 26: The Ready Room – St Louis, MO (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 27: The Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)
Mar 28: Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH (w/ The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote)

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Slipknot, Motorhead, In Flames, Lamb Of God Confirmed For The Greenfield Festival

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The Greenfield Festival 2015 has been confirmed for June 11-13, 2015 at Flugplatz in Interlaken, Switzerland. The lineup for this year’s edition has been confirmed and includes the following:

SLIPKNOT
MOTÖRHEAD
IN FLAMES
LAMB OF GOD
THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM
A DAY TO REMEMBER
AIRBOURNE
GODSMACK
ASKING ALEXANDRIA
MILLENCOLIN
DANKO JONES
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL
POWER WOLF
ALL TIME LOW
BACKYARD BABIES
LAGWAGON
YELLOWCARD
ARCHITECTS
EVERY TIME I DIE
DARKEST HOUR
TRUCK FIGHTERS
BURY TOMORROW
DEFEATER
THE SWORD
THE ANSWER
EAST CAMERON FOLK CORE
SKINNY LISTER
MANTAR
NORTHLANE

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Die Toten Hosen, Slipknot, Motley Crue Confirmed For Nova Rock Festival

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Nova Rock Festival is confirmed for June 12-14, 2015 at Pannonia Fields II in Nickelsdorf, Austria. The confirmed acts for the festival include:

Die Toten Hosen
Slipknot
Mötley Crüe
Die Fantastischen Vier
Beatsteaks
Rise Against
Nightwish
Deichkind
Farin Urlaub Racing Team
In Flames
Kraftklub
Five Finger Death Punch
The Gaslight Anthem
Lamb Of God
Godsmack
Papa Roach
Hollywood Undead
In Extremo
Eagles Of Death Metal
Life Of Agony
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls
Jennifer Rostock
Lagwagon
All Time Low
Asking Alexandria
Eluveitie
Yellowcard
Fiva
Powerwolf
Callejon
Backyard Babies
Blues Pills
Architects
Feine Sahne Fischfilet
Moop Mama
The Answer
The Sword
King 810

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Derek Grant (Alkaline Trio) Releases Solo Album in January

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Alkaline Trio drummer Derek Grant is releasing his debut record called Breakdown on January 20, 2015 via Red Scare Industries. He is known as the drummer for Alkaline Trio since 2001, and has played in The Vandals and Suicide Machines, as well as a guitarist for Face To Face and The Gaslight Anthem.

Grant explains:

“‘Breakdown‘ just seemed appropriate for what I was going through at the time. My relationship had fallen apart and I was dealing with it in some very unhealthy ways. The upside was I started writing lyrics for the first time in nearly a decade.”

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