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Vans Warped Tour UK @ London Alexandra Palace – 16-17 November 2013

November 27th, 2013

After he returned from his weekend at the UK’s version of Warped Tour, Gavin Lloyd requested special dispensation to write a 1400-word missive on his experience at Ally Pally with a few thousand other grebos. If you’re an emo, feel free to call this longform journalism. If you’re not… go and read a real website.

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As a teenager I spent many summers flicking through music magazines in awe of the Warped Tour. It was always a dream of mine to head over to the States and take in this travelling punk rock circus in person. Alas, I never actually got to go and I watched as the Warped Tour evolved into something of a mismatched monster. While they’d still invite the likes of The Bouncing Souls along out of what I guess is a sense of respect, things were different. The internet gave birth to ‘crunkcore’ bands being booked and isanyoneup.com getting stalls in the merch village. Still, it’s not all bad, Katy Perry played one year. With that in mind, I welcomed the fact that Warped now comes to the UK’s shores and headed along to Alexandra Palace to check it out, obviously disappointed Katy Perry wasn’t present.

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Sunday Slaylist: Burn Out Festival 2013

July 7th, 2013

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A few years ago, the UK festival scene kind of imploded. Industry experts said there were just too many events trying to compete for the same slices of pie – there was only so many festivals that punters could afford to go to. Well, the situation has changed a bit since then, with smaller, more localised festivals popping up to fill the void left by the absence of some of major players in the festival circuit.

Step forward Burn Out Festival.

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Album: We Are The Ocean – Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow

September 27th, 2012

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We Are The Ocean
Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow
Hassle Records
17 September 2012

by David Keevill

We Are The Ocean aren’t strangers to change. 2011’s Go Now and Live saw the band playing with a sound that accentuated the band’s harsh but melodic core, most notably in reducing then-vocalist Dan Brown’s screams to fit a dynamic dual vocal interplay between himself and sweet-noted crooner Liam Cromby. This switch in direction made last year’s outing one of the more interesting releases to erupt out of the hardcore world. With the departure of Brown leaving Cromby as sole vocalist, WATO have retaliated from this incredibly tenuous position and have released a masterclass in versatility.

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Download Festival 2012: Interviews, Photos, Setlists, Gossip – it’s all here

June 28th, 2012

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It’s that time of year again – it’s the return of the Thrash Hits Download Festival splash page for 2012! All of our Download coverage from across the entire weekend will be linked to on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need. That means individual band coverage in the form of photos and setlists, as well as reviews of each day’s highlights, every scandalous rumour and dirty bit of gossip that we overhear, and every outrageous photo of muddy debauchery that our photographers can get their lenses on.

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Download Festival 2012: We Are The Ocean @ Zippo Encore – Sunday, 10 June 2012

June 12th, 2012

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We Are The Ocean split with their scream-ier vocalist, Dan Brown, on the eve of this year’s Download Festival. We’re not 100% convinced that the Dan-less WATO will be able to carry the band’s older material quite so well with just Liam Cromby on vocals, but Download Festival was as good a place as any for them to start finding out if they can. [Read more →]

Download Festival announces 22 more bands for 2012

February 29th, 2012

If you get up very early in the morning, you’ll have spotted that Download Festival‘s head promoter, Andy Copping, announced another 22 bands for this year’s festival via his Twitter account this morning. And as you’d expect from such a large announcement, it’s a mix of old and new, big and small, and awesome and just plain awful.

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Top 10s of 2011: Our Contributors

December 10th, 2011

Thrash Hits 2011 Albums of the Year

We’ve shown you what Raz and Hugh’s albums of the year are, but they’re not the only ones responsible for the Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2011. Oh no. We’ve got a whole load of contributors – writers, photographers, and miscellaneous behind-the-scenes types – that help keep Thrash Hits running smoothly, and the albums they loved the most from 2011 matter just as much as those favoured by the boss men.

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Photos: We Are The Ocean, Lower Than Atlantis + Vera @ London Camden Electric Ballroom – 28 April 2011

May 2nd, 2011

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Our resident London photographer, Ben Gibson is a massive emo. This has led to him being in love with Essex emos, We Are The Ocean. They released their second album, Go Now And Live last week and they coincidentally played a headline show in Camden last week as well with Watford emos, Lower Than Atlantis and French hardcore lot, Vera – the odd ones out by not being even vaguely wet sounding. Ben went and took photos.

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Album: We Are The Ocean – Go Now And Live

April 28th, 2011

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We Are The Ocean
Go Now And Live
Hassle Records
25 April 2011

by Danny Montana

If you think We Are The Ocean aren’t Alexisonfire rip-off merchants then you must be unable to tell the difference between an English singing accent and a heavily affected North American one. By this, I mean you’re an idiot, so shut up.

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