Dropped like a pipe-bomb into the British rock scene, Wolverhampton band God Damn have spent the last three years nailing audiences to the walls with their sonic blasts of glorious noise. Yet their début album Vultures offers more than just machismo, bombast and bluster. There is nuance and melody. Purpose and meaning. Heartfelt intent. A dizzying blend of barbed wire guitars, lung-shredding vocals and drums that run away like wild horses. It’s all the more effective when you learn God Damn are a stripped-down two-piece.
Formed in 2010, VUKOVI describe themselves as a “fight between Skunk Anansie and Rage Against The Machine“. Their brand of noisy Scottish pop rock has earned them plays on BBC Radio 1 as well as appearances at festivals including T in the Park, Great Escape, Wickerman and Hard Rock Calling. The video for their track Boy George has attracted attention from the likes of Kerrang! and Clash, whilst the single itself hit number one on The Amazing Chart in August and number 14 in the Kerrang! Chart.
Melodic metalcore band Bury Tomorrow have quickly become one of the most exciting bands on the world circuit. With equal emphasis on heaviness and melody, they have forged a sound that is as crushing as it is catchy. Guitarist Jason Cameron’s husky singing tones invoke the classic 80s stadium rock vibe, whilst frontman Dani’s monstrous roars and energy, coupled with the band’s water-tight riffs and rich, soaring melodies, make for a salivating prospect. After storming appearances at Reading and Leeds, and Download festivals this year, expect big things from Bury Tomorrow.
Gallery Circus – identical twins Daniel and Graeme Ross – thrash out a full-on galling rock ‘n’ roll sound that is like a shot of adrenaline straight to the heart. The chemistry of the band is exactly what you’d expect between two musicians who have grown up together and who initially built their reputation playing on rooftops, in illegal make-shift venues and on public landmarks. Their first single, Supercell, gained support from Annie Mac, Huw Stevens and Greg James on Radio 1, whilst their stellar performance at Glastonbury Festival last year earned them a spot on the BBC’s Best of Sunday playlist.
Little Eye are a Glaswegian four-piece rock band formed in 2008. They won the Unsigned Act of the Year title at the Young Scot Awards in 2012, and their début album, Fighting the Future, helped the band to secure plays from Jim Gellatly on XFM, a support gig for Blondie in Glasgow, and the opening slot on the Isle of Wight Festival main stage.
Tellison are a four-piece waking-nightmare of a band from London, UK. Formed out of a shared love of unsuccessful indie rock bands of the late 90s and early 00s Tellison have, to date, released two critically acclaimed albums and a clutch of sold-out, occasionally charting, singles. They write imperfect songs about hope, loss, love and literature. Having recently signed to Alcopop! Records, they release their third album, Hope Fading Nightly, on September 18th and kick off their UK tour the next day in Southampton.
Boy Jumps Ship hail from the North East of England; a band of working class lads, writing and playing music about real life. Their anthemic guitar-led alt rock, laden with the honesty and integrity of a bygone time has gained them support from the likes of Radio 1, XFM, Scuzz TV and Kerrang!. The quartet have gigged relentlessly since forming and this October head out on a co-headline tour with Only Rivals, before supporting Young Guns on their UK tour, and playing the Vans Warped Tour UK at Alexandria Palace.
Brawlers are a noisy yet melodic rock outfit from Leeds, featuring current and ex-members of bands as diverse as Dinosaur Pile-Up, Leftover Crack, Castrovalva and Martyr Defiled. The band’s reputation for raucous live shows has gained them a loyal following and support from the likes of Rocksound, Triple J, and DIYMag. Brawlers head out on a UK tour with Allusondrugs this October.
Halo Tora are a five-piece union of progressive rock burgeoning from Glasgow, Scotland. Their melodic dual vocals intertwine and coalesce with dark and atmospheric guitar exchanges, whilst chilling classical piano sections float underneath a frenetic back-bone of driving bass and thunderous beats, fills and crashing cymbals. The band have been busy over the past year recording their début album, Omni/One, (released at the beginning of September), and notching up support slots with the likes of Jamie Lenman (Reuben) and My Vitriol, as well as embarking on their own UK tour.
Press to MECO are a progressive hardcore rock metal pop band hailing from Crawley/Croydon; performing off-kilter, unreasonably catchy songs, full of twists and turns. Alternating vocals blending into 3-part harmonies, coming together with sometimes beautiful, sometimes forceful, always overwhelmingly powerful instrumental breakdowns. The ideal mix of technicality and catchiness, delivered with pop sensibilities that are just plain fun. Having signed to Best Before Records this summer, the trio are now set to release their début album, Good Intent.
Self-confessed “seasoned riff masters” Metasoma are a metal/rock band based in London. Members Voytek, Mishiek, Don and Hugo boast successes such as being crowned winners of the 2010 Cooltura Festival Comp, reaching the semi-finals of Live & Unsigned UK, and reaching the National Finals of Global Battle of the Bands. Taking inspiration from Metallica, Slayer, Pantera and Megadeth, Metasoma have received glowing reviews from the likes of Powerplay, Metal Mundus and Metal Underground.
Burn Marilyn are, at their heart, a melodic, alternative, hard rock band, drawing influences from artists such as Alter Bridge, Bullet For My Valentine and Lower Than Atlantis. With an energetic live performance, massive riffs, intense guitar solos and a solid heavy rock sound, this Maidstone-based band have been turning heads since first being featured by Kerrang! as their Local Heroes in November 2013.
Glasgow-based alt-rock band We Came From Wolves are all about harmonic, melodic soundscapes with hook-laden, euphoric choruses. Building from a strong Scottish following to receive worldwide attention, the four-piece have toured extensively across the UK and Europe, including appearances at T in the Park and Wickerman Festival, and have received numerous plays on BBC Radio 1. We Came From Wolves released their self-titled début album earlier this year and will be on tour across the UK throughout October.
Formed in 2009 in Workington from the ashes of defunct local bands, COLT 45 grew to become pioneers for the modest but dedicated Cumbrian live music scene, developing a passionate local following along the way. The three-piece have gone from strength to strength, relentlessly touring the UK and notching up an impressive list of support slots including Funeral For A Friend, Gallows, Young Guns and Fun Lovin’ Criminals. Armed with a shared love of rock music throughout the ages and the frustration of wanting to get out and succeed against the odds, COLT 45 are on a mission to bring their anthemic punk to the masses.
Man Make Fire are a four-piece rock band from Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. Stefan, Jase and Dave all grew up together and have played in various different bands with each other for many years. They came together back in 2012 to make rock music how they feel it ought to sound. After some time gigging as a covers band, Man Make Fire focused on their original material with the release of their début EP, Under Lights, in 2013. They released new EP, Fine Dining, in 2015.
The Spills may have been Yorkshire’s best kept secret in 2014, but it’s all kicking off for the Wakefield indie-rock 4-piece, who have signed with Alcopop! Records and will release a new album later this year. Since their early releases, The Spills have developed their sound, steering towards a more melodic and tuneful approach in exchange for their older, more aggressive tones. Having recently shared bills with The Cribs, Menace Beach, Joanna Gruesome, and PAWS, The Spills will be supporting Tellison on tour dates this September.