Music trends come and go. That is the way the world runs. Every now and then a fella' like Skrillex will come along and make dubstep super popular for the masses, or Busted and McFly will appear out of nowhere and make radio-rock a thing that we all have to put up with. Yet, good ol' fashioned rock n' roll has always been a thing - for as long as I have listened to music as much as I do today a fast paced guitar riff and frantic drum hitting has always been a thing. It seems to have never died out. Looking back at the history of rock n' roll there hasn't been much variation; the majority all follow the blueprint that bands like AC/DC mastered so long ago. However, while listening to Heavens Basement's début album Filthy Empire it is clear that something new is happening in the genre that has been fairly stale for a few years - as these young, long haired British rockers manage to bring a huge level of individuality to a genre that excels in copy and paste. They are so utterly unique and fresh. In one word I would simply describe this album as MAGNIFICENT.
BounceSIN Chats To Cerebral Ballzy's Honor About Skating, Turning Down Girls and Shredding....Need I Say More?Written by Tim McGlashan
Have you heard of Cerebral Ballzy? No? Well their name has caught your attention I am sure. This band will throw more 80's-hardcore and Punk Rock down your throat that you will throw up and you will F**KING LOVE IT!
We caught up with Honor from the band ahead of their second album release, on the final night of the 'NME Radar Tour' in Leeds, and squeezed his New York brain. The results were interesting.....
Jake Bugg, in my eyes, was the biggest shock star to come out of nowhere last year. With his self-titled début album, this 19 year-old from Nottingham thrust himself into the limelight with a wonderfully nostalgic sound that pays tribute to legends like Johnny Cash and The Beatles. Now, with a début album that gets nominated for a Mercury Prize as well as topping the charts, the expectations for his sophomore album were obviously very high. I was thinking that he was going to take a few years out to settle himself, then get to work again. Yet, here I am, one year later and the teen crooner has released his follow up album showing that the expectation hasn't been a burden on his shoulders in the slightest. While his début album was fairly mediocre in my eyes, he has changed that all up with his second album as it is a massive improvement. Looking at the information in front of me and having the music blaring out of the speakers it is obvious what has been the catalyst in this sudden urge of love I have for the guy. He has only gone and got himself buddies with the one and only Rick Rubin - and lets be fair, anything that man touches turns into musical gold.
Just as we all start to pity James Arthur for his lack of pop-star looks, he reveals an inner disfigurement ugly enough to repulse Satan himself. The X Factor's most unworthy winner recently uploaded a rap battle to YouTube where he spat the words: "fucking queer", "scrubber" and "peasant". James' best attempt at self-defence came with the declaration that his homophobic language had a "different intent." Bullshit. James Arthur should become the new synonym for stupid and insolent.
Here at BounceSIN we are a sucker for a good competition, and we have another BLINDER for you lot involving iTunes's Best New Rock Act - Don Broco!
The teenager within me started to somersault when news reached my ears of You Me At Six’s brand new single, ‘Lived A Lie’. Yippeeee, I thought to myself, a chance rediscover pop-rock. Gravelly voices, fierce percussion and delicious, sweat-ridden gigs; all things that tingled the musical taste buds of my fifteen-year-old self.
Gig Review: San Cisco @ Belgrave Music Hall Leeds - 'New Album, Touring Experiences and All Things Down Under'Written by Shelley Stromdale
Australian four-piece band, San Cisco, hit up Leeds Belgrave Music Hall as part of their UK tour this autumn in order to promote their début, self-titled album.
First and foremost, the venue is FAB. The Belgrave adds yet another #edgy venue to the Leeds music scene. Think ‘Nation of Shopkeepers’, but on three (yes, three) floors. Belgrave is a treasure trove of awesomeness; it boasts a pizza oven with a midnight curfew, a succulent selection of beers, a chilled roof terrace under the stars (and they say romance is dead), and they top it all off with the best fish & chips in town. Belgrave’s capacity of 200 allows it to retain a magical level of artist-audience intimacy, which is too readily lost in larger venues.
You can call me strange, but as venues go, the Cockpit in Leeds really excites me. Firstly, you’re inside a fucking railway bridge - that’s pretty awesome. Secondly, the venue’s shape not only allows for ace acoustics, but its size creates an incredible intimacy between the audience and the performing act. As expected, the atmosphere rippled with waves of anticipatory energy as a varied crowd waited to see what London Grammar had to offer. In the last year, singles ‘Hey Now’ and ‘Wasting My Young Years’ have launched their début album If You Wait into a seductive spotlight of success, so I was eager to see how the album would translate into a live performance.
Reflektor came out a few weeks back and I initially had worries about how Arcade Fire could create a better album than their previous fantastic array of albums. Critics have been split, some saying that Reflektor is an excellent renewal of their music and others finding it disappointing in comparison to past albums. Some have even voiced the opinion that Arcade Fire may have lost their musical genius; however, on first listen I knew I was pro-Reflektor. In my opinion, they managed to create an equally good album to everything they've produced - it’s just a bit different.
The X Factor: murdering music since 2004. James Arthur's self-titled début album is the debris of his winning success on the world's trashiest TV show. Arthur himself has been one of the first to admit that the winners contract doesn't always work in your favour, stating that working with multiple producers on the album has fucked up his creativity. James' decision to sell his artistic soul over to the corporate puppeteers came after his deflating struggle as a member of various unsigned bands.