Shout Louder Podcast #3: Deep Inside I’m A Cynical Fuck

Episode 3 is here! Featuring brand new music from Call Me Malcolm, Nosebleed and Triple Sundae, plus tunes from March and On A Hiding To Nothing.

We’re back! In Episode 3 we are excited to share three fresh tracks with you ahead of their release – you can look forward to new songs from Nosebleed, Triple Sundae and Call Me Malcolm. We also have some fast noisy stuff from March and On A Hiding To Nothing.

Sarah get annoyed and goes off on tangents, while Mark is there to rein her back in as usual. Mark shares his love of All Saints and displays an incredibly poor knowledge of hip hop, Sarah shares a love of The Strokes and a hatred of Good Charlotte as we discuss some of our musical origins. We also share a mutual story about getting rained on Punk Rock Holiday.

After having a good whinge, we discuss some of the most exciting releases of the moment, including Our Lives In Cinema, Eat Dirt, Money Left To Burn and The Affect Heuristic. We take plenty of time to discuss the shows we’ve been to lately including Shredfest (with No Contest, Laughing In The Face Of, Almeida, Sombulance, LineOut and Dead Neck), Pat Butcher‘s carrot in a minute gag, Only Strangers, Kiss Me Killer, Honey, The Domestics and The Kirkz.

The podcast is available on Itunes and all other good podcatchers, or you can listen to it right now:

These are the songs we played:

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If anyone wants to read my predictions for 2018 which Mark mentions in the podcast, you can find it here. Why not also have a gander at our reviews of Only Strangers/Rising Strike/The Kirkz? If you enjoyed our chats about Mark Bartlett in Our Lives In Cinema, check out the piece he wrote for Shout Louder about creating the album and the challenges of DIY punk.

Bootscraper: Beware The Resurrection Men

Exclusive news: riotous folk-punks Bootscraper return from the dead!

Shout Louder are pleased to announce that raucous aggro-folks Bootscraper are returning to the stage for two wild and exclusive shows!

Bootscraper are a 6-piece aggro-folk whirlwind from Leeds, who stormed stages across the country between 2008 and 2014, releasing two albums on TNS Records plus a split with Revenge of the Psychotronic Man. They’re known for their skilled musicianship, talented songwriting and rollicking live performances, incorporating elements of blues, balkan, gypsy and bluegrass into a foundation of angry punk.

After vanishing in 2014, Bootscraper have been sorely missed. They’re part of the rare breed of irresistibly-danceable heavy aggro-folks like Matilda’s Scoundrels, Roughneck Riot and The Lagan,, which is the foundation for the two unmissable dates they’ve put together.

Bootscraper will be playing two exclusive club shows in early November, one in the North and one in the South. Tickets are available now and there is absolutely no question that both shows will sell out. Do not hang around.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Friday 2nd November @ The Old Town House in Warrington
    • Support from Matilda’s Scoundrels
    • TICKETS
  • Saturday 3rd November @ The Palace in Hastings

For both shows you have the no-brainer option to buy your ticket in a bundle with one of these delightful limited edition t-shirts for £15 all in. Let’s face it, you already know you need one of these.

We spoke to guitarist/vocalist Tim Loud to find out more about their return.

We played our last gig on 16th Nov 2014 at Leeds’ Pie Race festival following a number of years of playing gigs on the DIY circuit, two albums and a few tours under our belts.

What had started out as a very fun band which we formed at university had become less fun over the years due to increasing time constraints placed on the band by our personal lives. We’d lost a few members and it felt like the right time to call it a day for a while, we didn’t make a big thing about us stopping, we just stopped. Continue reading “Bootscraper: Beware The Resurrection Men”

Album Review: Waterweed – Brightest

The new album from Japan’s Waterweed is the perfect mix of heavy and melodic, due for release on Lockjaw Records in April.

Review by Joëlle Laes.

“I have something you might like”, Sarah said. To say I was excited to review Waterweed’s Brightest is an understatement. I’ve been trying to get my hands on it since it came out in 2017 but outside of Japan it’s nearly impossible to find. Thanks to Lockjaw Records it’ll be widely available in Europe from April 6th!

That’s not all: this Japanese band will embark on their first European tour in April as well. They’ll start off in the UK and head to the mainland as well to play in the Netherlands, France, Czech Republic and Germany. Audiences can expect to be floored by their heavy approach to melodic hardcore… it’s a rare opportunity to enjoy bands from the thriving Japanese punk scene on our Western shores. This is a do not miss.

I must say I’m already a Waterweed fan. I am quite fond of their earlier records but was a bit worried when I heard mixed things about Brightest. “They became soft. It’s too poppy. It’s not fast enough,” some fans said. As far as I’m concerned, they are dead wrong. This album is a perfect mix of heavy and melodic.

The first song Red Eyes definitely sets the pace, though the tracks that follow appeal to me far more. From the second track Beyond The Ocean onward, the album becomes a lot more melodic and the vocal harmonies flow together smoothly, which leaves me excited for what’s left to come on the album. Continue reading “Album Review: Waterweed – Brightest”

Sweet Diego: “Past Regrets, Staying Hopeful and Accepting Your Flaws”[Interview]

Mark speaks to Diana of Sweet Diego about their new EP, their inspirations and where the band is headed in 2018.

Interview by Mark Bartlett.

Sweet Diego are a new West Midlands-based band, who play pop-punk with a wry, Brit-pop slant to it. Their excellent second EP The After Party is out right now and they’re playing Dügstock on Easter Sunday. Shout Louder’s Mark Bartlett spoke to lead singer Diana Nguyễn to discuss the new EP, their inspirations and where the band is headed in 2018.

What’s the origin story of Sweet Diego and where did the name come from?

Before I joined Sweet Diego I was writing songs solo on my acoustic guitar, but I was too shy to share them online. Singing was a secret hobby of mine at the time but I found it extremely difficult to write songs on my own because I only knew a few guitar chords, which meant that all my songs were either really short or incomplete. It frustrated me that I had so many ideas but couldn’t put them together, so one day I decided that I wanted to collaborate with people. I spent some time online searching for musicians who had similar music tastes to form either a duo or a band and it was a crazy journey for me, but I met some amazing people along the way.

After some trial and error, I finally came across Mitch (our bassist) who was looking for a lead singer to join their trio, who were previously a five-piece named The Real Quaid. We exchanged demos and found that our writing styles and tastes in music were very different. I love listening to punk rock but I had never written a punk rock song before, however I instantly vibed with one of their tracks. So I wrote lyrics to it, recorded it on my laptop, named it 40 (which was later changed to Kabigon on our first EP, Kong’s Little Finger) and sent it over to Mitch who digged it and booked our first practice. I was anxious that it was going to be super awkward, but they were all so hilarious and we kicked off to a great start. Prior to Sweet Diego, I had never performed on stage or recorded music in a studio before, so I’m very thankful for the all of the amazing experiences that I’ve shared with these guys; they truly are some of my favourite people.

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Have you all played in bands previously or do any of you play in other projects?

Performing in Sweet Diego has helped me gain more confidence over time. I only used to send songs to a few of my friends but now I’ve started sharing some of my solo work online, which was a huge step for me. I post short covers and originals on my Instagram in my spare time, which is a lot different to Sweet Diego’s music – it’s much slower and emo. Continue reading “Sweet Diego: “Past Regrets, Staying Hopeful and Accepting Your Flaws”[Interview]”

Exclusive Stream: Money Left To Burn ‘Vs’ The Affect Heuristic

Don’t miss this sneak peek of Lockjaw Records’ freshest melodic hardcore release!

We are immensely excited to give you an exclusive first listen to the new split from melodic hardcore aficionados Money Left To Burn and The Affect Heuristic. We were utterly blown away the first time we heard it so we couldn’t wait to share it with you.

VS is due for release on Lockjaw Records on Saturday 24th March, however you should pre-order it today to ensure you get two exclusive free gifts with your record!

Until now, the free gifts have been top secret, however we are pleased to reveal that all CDs pre-ordered from Lockjaw with be sent with a poster of Mark Bell’s incredible album artwork (who wouldn’t want that on their wall?) and *drumroll please* two variations of super-hot sauce handmade by Cedric from The Affect Heuristic! The marvelously named Bernie Bumhole hot sauce is totally vegan, so suitable for anyone who likes obliterating heat. You don’t get free hot sauce unless you pre-order the album so don’t hang about!

If hot sauce isn’t enough of a draw and you actually, God forbid, give more of a fuck about the music, then I can assure that VS is easily the most exciting record I’ve heard so far this year. It’s a ten-track melodic hardcore tour de force. It’s the third offering from Nuremberg’s finest skate-punks Money Left To Burn and the first recording from exciting new Belgian/Scottish act The Affect Heuristic. It’s aggressive, high-octane and very melodic. You’re going to love it.

It’s hard to explain why I’ve been so excited to hear new music from The Affect Heuristic, but I’ve been on tenterhooks for this record since it was first announced. Maybe it’s their intriguing choice of name, their unusual Belgian and Scottish origins or the fact they’re already part of Lockjaw’s legendary roster. Whichever it is, the first taste of their progressive/metallic take on melodic hardcore does not disappoint.

Without further ado, wrap your ears around these two exclusive tunes:

Continue reading “Exclusive Stream: Money Left To Burn ‘Vs’ The Affect Heuristic”

Gig Review: Only Strangers’ Album Launch @ The Pilgrim’s Pit [03/03/2018]

We visit Stoke-On-Trent to celebrate Only Strangers new album, with support from Rising Strike and The Kirkz.

Article by Sarah Williams.

I admit, I was sceptical about travelling to Stoke-On-Trent for a gig on a Saturday night. It’s not exacty known as a hive of musical activity. Fortunately, I was proved completely wrong – I wound up enjoying one of those fleeting gig experiences that you can never recreate.

The Pilgrim’s Pit is an unusual space: esoteric artwork and a ‘city of culture’ sign adorn the exposed brick; UV lighting makes your teeth glow like rave-yard tombstones; bunting and model aeroplanes hang from the ceiling. The room has just enough space for thirty audience members, with barely room for the drumkit against the back wall. The bands stand on the concrete floor like the rest of us – no stages or barriers here.

Even without the intimacy of the venue, this would be a special evening. It’s the launch of Only Strangers’ self titled debut album, a truly high-quality record that they’ve invested two years in making (read our review here). They’re ready to share it with the world for the first time, so they’ve invited a handful of friends and family along to the show. I’m sure they could pack out a bigger venue given the chance, but they’ve chosen to celebrate in their hometown with select few. Playing with them are some of their close friends, who happen to be two classic TNS bands: indestructible Macc’ lads The Kirkz and a ska-core assault from Rising Strike.

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The Kirkz are on first, filling the room with their nu-metal infused, hooky hardcore. It’s classic TNS fare that sounds just as hard as ever. They open with Zombie Nation and it’s impossible not to get into the catchy chorus on Tanks and Machinery. The room stays stubbornly sub-zero despite all the bodies congregating into confined space. Max, unmistakable Captain of The Kirkz, roams energetically around in the small gap in front of the mic stands, pausing between songs to instruct people to mime the T-sign at him if they need to get past to use the toilet. A slight downside to the lack of elbowroom is that there’s little definition between the guitars and vocals (which miraculously improves in time for Only Strangers, like it was some sort of plot), but it’s a fresh and raucous set that buzzes with energy. The Kirkz remain a stone cold classic act; it’s a great start to the evening. Continue reading “Gig Review: Only Strangers’ Album Launch @ The Pilgrim’s Pit [03/03/2018]”

Podcast #2: Dinosaurs and Drunken Disasters

Dinosaurs, songs to go down to, regrettable drunken incidents and the origins of a rubber skull. Episode 2 available now!

Episode 2 of the Shout Louder Podcast is now available! You can now find it on iTunes and Soundcloud, or you can listen through the link below.

What’s Sarah’s most regrettable drunk-at-a-gig incident? What’s Mark’s ‘death song’? What’s the deal with Dugstock’s Dug mascot? What’s Mark’s favourite dinosaur? You will soon find out.

We’ve got music from PMX, Stabbed In Back, Aerial Salad, Lesdystics and Harsh Realms. We talk in detail about Dugstock 2 (Umlaut Records’ 3-day festival over the Easter Weekend). Mark finds a decent song to go down to. Sarah gets overly excited, plays some random songs and misprounces a lot of words.

Sarah talks about a gig she recently attended at The Old Courts in Wigan, with Speed Dinosaurs, The Mighty Bossmags, Fair Do’s, Roughneck Riot and The Crash Mats. Mark gives a concise, organised description of his current Top 5 favourite bands, while Sarah goes off on a variety of unnecessary tangents. Mark convinces Sarah to share the drunkest gig incident she most regrets (spoiler: we’re not talking about Punk Rock Holiday, let’s forget that night ever happened). Here’s a clue:

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Thank you so much for your amazing feedback on #1, it’s great to hear that so many of your enjoyed the podcast. Keep telling us what you want; we love hearing from you.

Give it a listen, give it a share and give us a shout! Let us know what you think.

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We have some super exciting stuff coming up on the next to episodes – we’ve got two big, exclusive announcements and heaps of new tunes. We’re working to get some guests involved for #5 onwards, so watch this space.