Tour Diary: Fair Do’s Take Japan By Storm

Tree’s laugh-out-loud funny account of Fair Do’s’ Japanese tour will make you feel like you were there.

In January 2019, Manchester tech-punks Fair Do’s toured Japan with good friend (and Manchester Punk Festival organiser) Ian ‘Tree’ Robinson. Tree agreed to write this tour diary exclusively for Shout Louder.

Tree’s Disclaimer: Fair Do’s have asked me to say that these are all my views and not from the mouth of anyone else!

Day 1: “My bass is more important than your merch”

Taxi picked us up at 04:45 to go to the airport. Leaving Bernie [my gorgeous girl] when she’s recovering from surgery is pretty heartbreaking. I kinda wish the tour was happening in a few more weeks. I’ve been so excited for the trip that I’ve just had to put everything to one side; before I know it I’ll be chilling with her at home.

I decided to starve myself of sleep as I’m not a big fan of flying. I prefer just to sleep through it. I find the whole process pretty suffocating and claustrophobic, I’m the kinda person that could’ve got through their entire life without flying and I wouldn’t have felt like I was missing out. English as fuck that, isn’t it?

Danny was getting panicked phone calls from Josh in the taxi about how his case is overweight by 0.5kg. Josh made it clear how important his bass was, I think he thought we’d just suggest leaving it so we could take merch instead (?). Sounds like a spliff would help the situation but we all know that’s out for a couple of weeks.

Fair Do's Airport Excitement
Fair Do’s stoked to be at Manchester airport at 04:30 (l-r: Josh, Danny, Tree, Dave). Photo: Sarah Williams

As soon as we took off from the runway, I could smell the nicest perfume I’ve ever smelt. It’s the kinda smell you get a whiff of and want to marry whoever is wearing it. Continue reading “Tour Diary: Fair Do’s Take Japan By Storm”

Main Line 10: Fierce Spanish Melodic Hardcore [Interview]

We speak to Dani about Main Line 10’s 13 year history, their influences and their plans for 2019.

Interview by Sarah Williams.

Main Line 10 deliver a whirlwind of positive melodic hardcore loaded with adrenaline. Originating from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, they’re one of the most exciting live acts Europe has to offer.  Their latest release The Fox featured on our Top 10 Punk Rock Albums of 2018, and they’re due an appearance at Manchester Punk Festival in April.

After falling madly in love with their latest record, we were keen to speak to drummer Dani Amengual about their 13 year history as a band, their latest release and their touring plans for 2019.

You’ve been together since 2005. How do you think you’ve grown as a band, and as people in that time?

As a band I think we could have done more things and better, for example our two first records sound like crap! (AdrenaLine released 2006 and Today Is Tomorrow released 2009) We could have done more tours and more shows but when you start a band at 17/18 years old, nobody tells you how to to those things, and didn’t have social media in 2005.

I think we’ve grown well as a band and as people. We are the same as we were in the beginning with the same humor, same bad jokes and with a strong friendship between us… We’re fatter and have more hair in our faces but, in the end: the same. Continue reading “Main Line 10: Fierce Spanish Melodic Hardcore [Interview]”

Podcast: Mute & One Hidden Frame

Double interview with two of melodic hardcore’s technical powerhouses.

Over the summer, Sarah got the opportunity to chat with two of the international fast-punk scene’s most stunningly melodic acts.

Firstly, at Brakrock Ecofest in Belgium, Sarah caught up with Étienne Dionne and Alexis Trépanier from Canadian technical masters Mute, a band who’ve been stunning audiences with their unrivalled guitar work for 20 years. As true legends of the tech scene they have a brilliant selection of tour tales to share with us.

Later, at Punk Rock Holiday, Sarah had a fun chat with Pekka Multaharju and Emil Stenbäck from One Hidden Frame: a brilliant melodic hardcore band from Lappeenranta in Finland and one of Shout Louder’s personal favourites.

One Hidden Frame have been going since 2002, however some of their best work has come in the form of their 2017 album Harmful Content and their recently released split EP with Thousand Oaks. We were absolutely delighted to get to chat to one another, and no doubt you’ll enjoy it too.

If you’re a fan on technical, interesting melodic hardcore, then you will love this podcast. Even if that’s not your bag musically, we’re sure you’ll love our chat.

These were the songs we played:

  • Mute – Fill The Void
  • Adrenalized – Crawling From The Ashes (feat. Étienne Dionne)
  • One Hidden Frame – Exploding Head Syndrome
  • Fullcount – The Motion (feat. Étienne Dionne)

Band Spotlight: Bring On The Storm [Interview]

Calgary’s Bring On The Storm bring fast, melodic hardcore to the table. FFO: A Wilhelm Scream, Belvedere, Darko.

Interview by Sarah Williams.

Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Bring On The Storm are yet more fuel on the fire of Canada’s jealousy-inducing skatepunk/melodic hardcore scene. They’re planning to self-release their debut album Altruism later this year; it’s eight tracks of upbeat melodies and intricate guitars, taking cues from bands like Belvedere, Propagandhi and A Wilhelm Scream. Although there’s a clear mix of influences, Bring On The Storm put their own twist on the classic skate-punk sound: one with poppier melodies and a touch of classic rock.

We fell in love with Altruism, so we spoke to bassist Josh Wallace to learn more about the band.

Heya! How would you sum up Bring On The Storm for someone who’s just discovering you?

Hey Sarah, thanks for taking the time to chat with me! We play fast melodic skate punk with bleak song titles and uplifting messages.

You’re releasing your debut album Altruism on November 4th. Can you tell us a bit about the journey that has led you up to this release?

We’re currently an independent band so everything we do is very DIY. That makes self releasing an album a massive undertaking and we have been working day and night to try and make this release something special.

The album was recorded from March to April of this year and the last five months have been a whirlwind of planning. From getting the artwork and album layout finished, to putting together a pre-order package that we think people will be excited about, there is a huge amount of work that goes into it. But at the end of the day it’s super rewarding and we can’t wait to start showing off the new songs! Continue reading “Band Spotlight: Bring On The Storm [Interview]”

Podcast: Nuno & Trevor from A Wilhelm Scream

Listen to our hilarious chat with New Bedford’s melodic hardcore legends, recorded at KNRD Fest 2018.

The latest Shout Louder podcast features none other than Nuno Pereira and Trevor Reilly from melodic hardcore legends A Wilhelm Scream!

Sarah caught up with the vocalist and guitarist at KNRD Fest, in the beautiful Bavarian woods. We shared a drink and talked a bit about the magic of the music festival, the charm of sweaty club shows and some of the staggering things that have happened to the band on tour over the years.

Hailing from New Bedford, Massechusets, A Wilhelm Scream are one of the most influential bands in modern melodic hardcore punk. Since 1999 they’ve been turning out high-octane, aggressive punk anthems, releasing some of the best albums of the last 20 years, proppelled by unrivalled live shows. We’re glad we were able to catch them and we hope you enjoy listening to the episode as much as we enjoyed recording it.

Apologies in advance for the phone noise in the second segment – if it’s really bugging you then skip on past it to part three.

If you’re interested in reading more, start with Sarah’s personal account of following AWS’ UK tour with Darko, then Sarah’s 13 Best Memories From KNRD Fest. We also interviewed AWS drummer Nick Angelini back in May.

We also play a sterling selection of fast-punk tunes:

Cover shot by Cold Front Photography. Check out Josh’s full KNRD Fest gallery here.

 

 

 

Fullcount: Do-It-Yourself Skatepunk In Action [Interview]

“We applied the DIY ethic to almost everything we’ve done together over the years.” Quebec City skate-punk Fullcount discuss ‘Part of The Game’.

Interview by Sarah Williams.

Renowned Canadian skate-punks Fullcount have just announced a brand new album: Part of The Game. These Québecois are known for their breakneck-fast, coarse-vocalled take on melodic hardcore, with the awesome but unusual feature of three guitarists.

Another unique aspect of Fullcount’s approach is their resilient, admirable do-it-yourself attitude. As well as writing the record, they self-recorded and produced Part Of The Game in their own studio. They’re also releasing the record themselves, with a international distribution from Lockjaw, Thousand Island and Mudcake Records, plus Milestone Sounds in Japan.

To learn more about the journey that’s brought the band to this release, Sarah checked in with guitarists Jean-Phillipe Alain and P-O Brouard.

It’s brilliant to hear you’ve got a new album on the way! You’ve just announced that you’ll be releasing Part Of The Game on October 12th.

Did you find the writing or recording process more or less challenging on this album than the previous one?

PO : Way more than writing Concessions & Compromises. It’s the first time we’ve written an entire record from scratch with the actual line up.We did take our time at writing those songs, we wanted to do things right. Although we spent a lot of time working on it, I guess we’ve played our cards properly and we’ve put efforts to the right places. We’re proud of the outcome and we’re excited to share it with the punk rock community.

JP : We wanted to challenge ourselves in our writing skills. We did the whole recoding ourselves and wanted to deliver the best audio quality possible, so we also had to improve our recording gear. Jessy is the mastermind behind all that you hear on that record. He spent countless days and nights putting all the pieces together to make it sound huge. He has played a huge role in crafting the songs structures, making arrangements, editing, mixing and figuring out the right tones and harmonies better than anyone else. I swear we had some hard times dealing with 3 distinct guitar parts and their interplays! That was a challenge.

What part of the album are you most excited for people to hear?

PO : On my behalf, each and every song deserves a listen; there isn’t any album filler in my opinion, they were all crafted lovingly. There are some fresh features like song arrangements and new tempos that listenners haven’t heard from Fullcount yet. We had a wider vision on this record. There’s also a handful of cool collaborators who have lent their voices to a few tracks. We’re more than ready to watch you press play! Continue reading “Fullcount: Do-It-Yourself Skatepunk In Action [Interview]”

Exclusive: The Human Project Premiere Video And Announce Tour

Be the first to see the latest video from Leeds’ tech-punks The Human Project for ‘Pride Before A Fall’, plus get the latest on their UK + Euro tour.

We’re proud to share the new video from Leed’s premiere technical melodic hardore act The Human Project!

Pride Before A Fall is the latest single to be released from their second full-length album Clarion Call. To add emphasis to the subject matter of the song, the video is stripped back and claustrophobic. Guitarist, Luke Yates, explained his inspiration for the track:

Pride Before A Fall is an unusually personal song for me. It started out life as a rant against one complete stranger on a train to Leeds once, who was laughing very loudly to his mate about the recent sad death of the actor Robin Williams, and how he couldn’t believe that someone so rich and famous could possibly have anything to be sad about.

It just so happened that I’d been reading that morning about the high rate of ill mental health and suicide in the financial services sector in the UK’s biggest cities. The article focussed on young men in their 20s and early 30s who were keen to impress their bosses by working insane hours, and by never showing any outward signs of ‘weakness’.

Not to judge a book by its cover, but this guy fitted the bill perfectly – clearly a city office worker, keen that everyone should hear his view that Williams ‘only had himself to blame’.

It struck me that he perhaps didn’t realise that he was, statistically, in a group particularly at-risk of extreme mental health issues, and that maybe if he was aware of this, he might wind his neck in a bit, but I guess probably not…

All of this made me pretty angry and upset, due to the fact that an old school friend of mine who I’d only recently reconnected with, had taken his own life just weeks earlier, having last been seen on that same service to Leeds.

The second prechorus centres around another old friend with a similar story, who, weirdly, I bumped into for the first time in years on that same Leeds train just days before she passed away.”

“The song is a call for empathy and humility, and for consideration of the other humans around you.”

Continue reading “Exclusive: The Human Project Premiere Video And Announce Tour”