The initial line-up for Glasgowbury 2013 has just been announced and includes a plethora of the country’s finest musicians.
Smalltown bands are back on the road this May including More Than Conquerors, Our Krypton Son and Negative Pegasus.
Neg Peg have been nominated to win 'The Juice Listener's Award' at the Brighton Music Awards 2013.
"...drummer Michael Prain speaks to Crackle about his record collection and stuff."
Delighted to announce that More Than Conquerors are off to conquer Europe!
"New Zealand trio 'Die! Die! Die!'s latest album 'Harmony' is chock full of spiky yet atmospheric and melodic alt rock that should appeal to fans of Texan punkers...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead..."
"...Unplugged sessions from Our Krypton Son's Chris McConaghy, Sullivan & Gold and one of our favourite Derry bands Little Bear!"
"With unadulterated energy, 'Harmomy' moves at a frenetic speed, powered by Wilson's masterful guitars and a rawness that can only be encouraged and is no doubt only amplified when experienced live."
"Highlights have been releasing the last four records and playing tons of amazing shows all around the world, and just continuing to be a musician creating music with our friends."
"It’s a thoroughly fine way to round off an impressively promising album."
They played with a lot of energy, and great catchy guitar hooks, snarling vocals and most importantly an amazingly steady rhythm section.
'Die! Die! Die!' have got presence and power, and a huge dash of punk spirit.
'Die! Die Die!’s' unfiltered and powerful stage show has earned them a reputation as one of the most energetic and hardest-working bands around.
"This short, sharp half-hour set embodied most of these New Zealanders’ characteristic energy and frenetic stage presence."
This album proves the band continue their evolution to perfect their sound.
I said previously in my preview that “a concoction of punk, noise pop, grunge, rock and indie all thrown in, with a dose of ranting vocals” was expected from headline band ‘Die! Die! Die!’ and they didn’t disappoint
New Zealand band Die! Die! Die! have been wowing crowds the world over with explosive, sweat-drenched punk shows of the highest calibre.
Die!Die!Die! hit town to promote new album 'Harmony' & bring it home to me that now’s maybe the time to invest in some earplugs for gigs. This was a damn loud show.
'Harmony' is the sound of a three piece spreading their wings, keen to see what else a guitar, bass and drum combination can produce.
'Harmony’ brings together the raw energy and emotion of their live shows, encapsulating savant pop elements with their DIY punk philosophy.
"This is just awesome in the extreme. Don't just believe me though, as they have over 12,000 likes on Facebook"
On Harmony, Die! Die! Die! sound a lot younger than their years – for better and for worse.
Rolling Stone Australia even dubbed the album ‘their finest work yet’ and it is a captivating unity of raw energy and powerful punk elements, as well as including salutes to pop.
Overall 'Harmony' is a good album, with piano keys of closer "Get Back" being a particular highlight.
"Uncompromisingly brutal yet disturbingly subtle in places - check out cinematic closer 'Get Back' for further proof, 'Harmony' represents Die! Die! Die!'s most immediate collection of songs to date."
"With unadulterated energy, ‘Harmony’ moves at a frenetic speed, powered by Wilson’s masterful guitars and a rawness that can only be encouraged and is no doubt only amplified when experienced live."
It should come to no surprise that their sound and songwriting have now reached such perfectly-honed levels, arguably placing the threesome on a podium of contemporary masters of the genre
“We miss the UK and Ireland already... maybe not the weather though."
There is a sense that 'Harmony' takes itself too seriously at times, and the band become lost in the peaks of sonic exploration that they’ve created, but when they nail it, it is an absolute riot.
DDD sound as inspired as ever, and despite their rather convoluted band history, have remembered to let their music do the talking, and it shows
‘Harmony’ has been well received all over the place. ‘Harmony’ described by Rolling Stone Australia as “…their finest work yet”.
"They've been threatening greatness for years and now Axis Of have finally released their debut album."
"Hailing from Derry, Punk trio Axis Of are an accomplished live act whose hi-octane 34 minute debute is fuelled by infection anger and adrenaline, and armed with plenty of melody."
"But one thing is certain, 2013 is going to be their year."
We are delighted to announce a full month of live shows from More Than Conquerors, Mnemotechnic, Axis Of and Negative Pegasus.
"As debuts go this gets right beneath the skin with a truly barbed refrain and an instant aura that scars with a deeper, more sinister presence."
We are delighted to announce that More Than Conquerors are back on the road this April!
"We write songs about the people we meet, the places we see and the experiences we get from choosing such an unpredictable career path."
"Syncopated sounds, associated with repeated guitar riffs, heady drums and a bass which gains momentum throughout the album, producing a doped electro rock which is powerful and captivating."
"...a rather nifty little power-trio here..."
'Harmony' is an album I was excited to check out and see if Die! Die! Die! had progressed to the point that I always felt they were capable of, and they blew away my expectations.
Northern Ireland have really produced the goods with this one, for a debut album ‘Finding St Kilda’ is a superb effort.
Both albums come highly recommended so you would be mad to miss out on an opportunity to get a small taster for zilch!
"The three-piece have a perfect mix of charisma, wit and quality songs that start off the night in fine fashion."
The track is taken from their fourth album ‘Harmony’, released in the UK on April 1st 2013 via Irish indie Smalltown America.
Although the melodies are intwined with ‘man-choir’ moments of masculine pomp, the album coarsely grits its teeth upon the aggression of classic hardcore punk and invites some indie twang along to soften the blow.
"Exciting Northern Ireland’s band Axis Of have just released their excellent debut album ‘Finding St Kilda’ on Smalltown America."
"Axis Of release their debut LP 'Finding St Kilda' this week and have lined up a 5 date Irish tour to make sure you know about it."
"A chaotic journey between freshness and craziness, puncuated with noisy springs for best effect."
"...you have to take off your hat to the creativity and individuality on display on what is a triumphant debut release just begging for a beer soaked circle pit full of die hard fans."