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Interview: Trap Them – Ryan McKenney on touring, recording and being awesome

February 28th, 2011

Trap Them are about to release one of the best extreme albums of 2011 and they’re going on tour with Finnish grindcore enthusiasts, Rotten Sound to celebrate. We had a chat with TT vocalist, Ryan McKenney about all that.

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What is the one thing that you took away with you from your last tour with Rotten Sound and how will that help you this time round?
“More than anything, we were able to have the opportunity to share a tour with one of the best grind bands in history. To go on that tour right after Cycles had come out was incredible. Watching them tear every crowd a new asshole night after night for an hour was quite mind blowing. I have nothing but amazing words to describe Rotten Sound as a band and as individuals. I’m just excited to go back over to Europe and watch them for another twenty-something days in a row.”

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Future Hits 004: You Me At Six

July 9th, 2008

Everyone with their ears to the ground seems to be talking about You Me At Six at the moment. Salvadore Fernandez goes to the source and has a chat to 17-year-old singer Josh Franceshi about why.

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Sometimes the facts speak for themselves. You Me At Six have sold every ticket (over 9000) for their 21-date June/July headline tour. They haven’t released their debut album yet. They only just signed a record deal with the up-and-coming Leeds-based Slam Dunk Records. They’re hot property.

They have supported big hitters such as New Found Glory, The Audition and Angels & Airwaves in 2008 as well as repeatedly touring the UK and, clearly, their hard work is paying dividends but they’re still keen to develop their careers.

“There have been a few shows that sold out so fast,” Josh says. “But we wanted to keep these shows intimate and chilled instead of upgrading them.”

This tour in particular has had the objective of promoting their latest single, ‘Gossip’. The video to which has apparently gained some unwanted criticism from fans for being a slightly lower budget production than what they’re used to.

Watch the video to ‘Gossip’ by You Me At Six

“The song’s about a house party and about provocative people,” explains Josh. “We just wanted as many of our friends to have a party and film it with a handheld camera. It’s not about it looking really good; it’s about our friends filming us as we play.”

Having shared a stage with bands that easily fit into the pop-punk or emo pigeonhole, it’s not a surprise that YM@6 – completed by bassist Matt (19), guitarists Max and Chris (both 18) and drummer Dan (19) – are rightly drawing comparisons with the likes of Fall Out Boy and early Panic At The Disco.

The as-yet-untitled album will be released in October in the fashionable and highly practical DIY manner that bands such as Enter Shikari and now Funeral For A Friend have gone down. “It’s just cool to know that all the people that are working with us are as excited about it as we are,” says Josh.

You Me At Six head out on tour in October including a London headline show at The Astoria. We should have a sweepstake on which date the album will be released. 20th? 27th? 13th? Hmmm.

October
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Middlesbrough Empire
16 Norwich Waterfront
17 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
18 Wolverhampton Wulfrun
19 Northampton Roadmender
21 Leeds Met University
22 Glasgow ABC 1
23 Manchester Academy 2
24 Liverpool Academy 1
25 Southampton University
26 Oxford Academy
27 London Astoria
28 Cardiff Solus
29 Brighton Komedia
30 Exeter Phoenix

You Me At Six will perform on the Festival Republic Stage at Reading & Leeds Festival 2008 and ‘Gossip’ is released on Slam Dunk Records on 28 July 2008

Win limited edition Madina Lake CDs

May 30th, 2008

Madina Lake

To celebrate Chicago punk rockers Madina Lake’s Main Stage appearance at Download Festival on 14 June, the folk at Roadrunner Records have given Thrash Hits some swag to give away.

To enter this great competition to win a limited edition Madina Lake cd, just enter the competition by answering the following question.

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR ENTERING.

Email your answer with your name and a contact telephone number to competition@thrashhits.com with “Madina Lake” as the subject. The closing date for entries is 10am Monday, 30 June 2008. The winner will be notified by telephone.

June
14 Download Festival (Tuborg Stage)

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