For this review I went in completely blind, I know of the decade strong career of the LA based rockers but had never listened to any of their stuff before. However, in the aftermath of listening to this sixteen track album based entirely around unreleased tracks and B-sides, I must say I feel like I have been missing out. If their 3 albums before hand are as good as this album is then I am pretty certain I have just found my new favorite band. Melodically brilliant; not a single bad track - just an absolute gem of an album.

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Legends Reel Big Fish took their tour to Leeds Met - and we had to pleasure of chatting to them before they went on stage. These guys were some of the craziest but most down to earth people we've met. Following the release of Candy Coated Fury the band talks about everything from stage rushes to what they find weirdest about the British.

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Indie pop rockers Walk the Moon took their tour to the Cockpit in Leeds and we caught up with them for a quick interview. The band were on a sell-out tour of the UK following previously supporting FUN. on their European Tour. We chat about them smearing human faeces and blood on their faces and why Firefly in Delaware is their favourite festival to play.

 

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Fresh on his new solo project, former front man of the King Blues; Itch took to the stage at Manchester Academy 3 to support AWOLNATION and we had the pleasure of chatting to him prior to performing on his cosy tour bus. He was such a genuine guy with a clear love for music and incredible talent. He chatted about everything from his new music to whether he is still in contact with his old band mates.

 

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American platinum selling band AWOLNATION took Manchester by storm when they took their tour to Academy 3 supported by Itch in February 2013. We chat to frontman Aaron Bruno about his viral hit song Sail and the difference between touring in Europe and America.

 

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We caught up with highly tipped Birmingham Indie-Rock quartet Peace before they opened up the NME 2013 tour at Leeds 02 Academy with the likes of Django Django, Miles Kane & Palma Violets. We chat to them about propositioning Miles Kane to have a threesome, being sick out of their nose and why they don't actually like guitarist Doug.

 

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We caught up with Irish Folk duo Hudson Taylor before they went on stage to support Jake Bugg at the Leeds 02 Academy. The duo are creating a storm as they have progressed from street busking to now playing large venues all around the UK! We chat to them about how it came about for them to support Jake Bugg, Who is better with the ladies and which EP they enjoyed creating the most.

 

Aggressive, violent and ferocious: three words that aren't normally associated with music. But then, when describing To The Wind's newest album, Empty Eyes, I could also throw in a whole heap of phrases that I don't usually use when reviewing music, for example: shitting heck this is heavy. For that is the perfect way to describe this maniacal frenzy of an album - it is heavier than the heaviest stone in heavy-ville. Now, that isn't a bad thing at all - for truth be told. This album takes me back to the days before heavy metal bands thought it would be a good idea to put a singer in their band and not stick with the solitary screamer as a front man. It is a beautiful little gem that has some how surfaced in a musical world that is currently being filled with bands that all sound exactly the same.

It's time to get the BBQ's out and spend as much as you can in the sun. Now for a 2nd year who lives 5 minutes from the sea this is perfect weather, but I found myself in a bit of a pickle; I really needed some new summer tunes to listen to while chilling in the garden attempting to do work. Luckily, the summer's late arrival coincided with the release of rapper/ska/reggae musician, Itch. When the release of his first EP came round I was a very happy bunny, mainly as I am a massive fan of his former band 'The King Blues', so undoubtedly Manifesto Part 2 came with huge anticipation.

 

A band playing to 7000 fans in the centre of Leeds is a pretty big deal and the 5th May saw the Vaccines step up to the mark. With the majority of music fans in Leeds nursing their Live at Leeds hangover from the day before whilst being drenched in sunlight during the day (soon to be urine), all of the elements were in place for this gig to be special to say the least.

 

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