With the August Bank Holiday weekend rapidly approaching, Reading & Leeds Festivals are once again upon us. As with every year, Reading & Leeds have a bit fat dollop of heaviness in among the landfill indie, so for this week’s Sunday Slaylist we’ve put together a Spotify playlist of the hardest and heaviest from their 2013 line-ups.
Shai Hulud Reach Beyond The Sun Metal Blade 19 February 2013
by Tomas Doyle
There is much to be said for judging art independently of reputation, the blind tasting that lets you make your decisions based on what is there, not what your expectation teaches you to pre-empt. It is both a curse and a blessing for a long-lived band with a powerful legacy that people will rarely asses their latest offering on it’s own merit, it will invariably be seen as part of and subsumed into an epoch, compared as ‘not as good as xxx’ or ‘better than the last album xxx’. More or less every review you will read of Shai Hulud’s new albumwill make mention of their truly brilliant back catalogue, their position as one of the defining melodic metallic hardcore bands of the last fifteen years, and even the fact that one of New Found Glory is backing doing vocals for them.
So let’s not do any of that – let’s listen to Shai Hulud like they are fresh faced kids out promoting their first record; it’ll be more fun that way.
Yesterday the Vans Warped Tour made its first return to London since 1999. We didn’t go. We do know some people who did go, and their reactions on Twitter ranged from “Oh my God! Onesies everywhere!” to “Lasted just an hour at Warped”. We know that (some) of us here at Thrash Hits have a reputation as being surly No Fun Club-types, but by gosh, did we not see this as a challenge to make a listenable Sunday Spotify Slaylist about it.
“I had no idea I was engaged! I’m so happy for myself! In case you guys have seen the post floating around the interweb, I just wanted to state for the record that Chad and I are not engaged. I feel so ridiculous posting about this… but hopefully I’m posting enough in advance that most of you haven’t even heard all this, yet… so, now you’ve heard it here… the rumors are not true.”
A Day To Remember Homesick Victory Records 02 February 2009
by Mischa Pearlman
“It’s not easy making a name for yourself.” So states the opening line of ‘The Downfall Of Us All’, the first song on A Day To Remember’s second album. Of course, it helps a little if you record a rocked-up version of a massively popular song (in their case, Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Since U Been Gone’) and inject it into general public’s consciousness.
They say there’s nothing else to do in the provinces but get good at guitar. It’s what Deaf Havana have done. Now they’re going on tour with some other hot, young British rock bands. We had a chat with vocalist Ryan Mellor.
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.
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.
15 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