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13 April, 2015

Art Nikels New EP In Full

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Art Nikels is a brewing presence in the East Bay and greater San Francisco music scene. Art Nikels presents a freeform blend of electronically fused psych-rock, citing influences ranging from hip-rock to kraut-höp. Unpredictable performers, their shows have reportedly oozed Flying Lotus medleys, Black Sabbath covers, and contemporary pantomime.

Their early years in a cavernous laboratory were soon forgotten. But it was there, aside their mysterious founder and beneficiary, Arthur Nikels, (and many other established lepidopterists in the field) that they truly began to formulate the axioms of their fuzz-folk morphology.



“In essence, Primitives might well be an attempt to communicate to aliens. It has all of Earth’s favourite things: sauce, colour or ‘hue’, our largest trees “Red Red Wood”, ‘Whipped Cream’, Darth Vader, dinosaur noises…. If humanity are the eponymous ‘primitives’, then Art Nikels is at least showcasing the best we Earthlings have to offer. On the whole, an admirably ambitious and satisfying collection. “

“Feels like a passing cloud on a nice warm day … Strong edge of originality” 


In This Moment Set To Release Greatest Hits Album

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set to release Greatest Hits album
‘Rise of the Blood Legion – Greatest Hits (Chapter 1)’

IN THIS MOMENT have had an almost fairytale ascent to fame – on the surface. The years of hard work, setbacks, heartache and blood aren’t immediately obvious to the casual observer, but then the ‘Blood Legion’ are not your typical fans. They understand and relate to this ethos of a strong work ethic and family above all because they ARE the band’s family.

Maria Brink had this to say: ” ‘Rise of the Blood Legion – Greatest Hits (Chapter 1)’ is a tribute dedicated to everyone who has risen with us through the blood, the sweat, the thick and the thin. We are honored to have such a beautiful connection with our Blood Legion family. It’s amazing that Century Media Records is releasing this compilation so everyone can hear our personal favourites over the last ten years. We love you all and the journey has just begun, Stay the course with us “We are immortal, We rise from the wraith, We are eternal, You are my blood legion, my faith. This is for you!”

Chris Howorth adds: “This compilation is for the “Blood Legion”, our die-hard fans. We wouldn’t be doing any of this without our fans, this album is for them. The songs were hand-picked by Maria and myself and we feel they show the growth of our band over the last 10 years, I hope everyone enjoys this. Thanks again for joining us on this incredible journey!”

This Greatest Hits collection of the band’s most iconic songs, is IN THIS MOMENT’s love letter to their fans, and Century Media’s thank you to both the band and fans for this incredible chapter of their history.

The 18-track collection will be out in Europe on May 4, 2015 as CD and digital album at mid-price and contains the following songs:

Whispers of October*
Beautiful Tragedy*
Daddy’s Falling Angel*
The Rabbit Hole#
Into the Light (live version)&
The Gun Show%
The Promise%
World in Flames%
Rise with Me^
It is Written^
The Blood Legion^

* Taken from the album, “Beautiful Tragedy”
# Taken from the album, “The Dream”
% Taken from the album, “A Star-Crossed Wasteland”
^ Taken from the album, “Blood”
& Taken from the live album, “Blood at the Orpheum”



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Heems Reveal New Video

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The first video for  Heems’  debut solo album  Eat Pray Thug  has arrived and it is just as crazy as the album. Inspired by a late-night infomercial Heems saw while on tour in India, the “Sometimes”  video stars Adult Swim’s Eric Andre, Broad City’s Hannibal Buress, and Heems’ former  Das Racist  bandmate, Ashok “Dapwell” Kondabolu .  Watch now on YouTube.

“‘Sometimes’ uses a narrative revolving around an infomercial to create a commentary on race in not just the U.S. but India as well. As recently as 2010, the skin-lightening cream industry was worth $432 million in India and growing at 18% annually. Following in the footsteps of films like  Kumare, the video also takes on the trope of exotic, spiritual Indian gurus in the West.” – Heems

The video was written and directed by Heems, whose only other director credit is the video for  “Special Effects” by  Meyhem Lauren featuring  Heems and  Action Bronson.

Eat Pray Thug was released March 2015 to a great deal of press coverage and positive reviews from outlets like the New York Times and  NPR. Heems recently joined the rap roster at  The Agency Group and is currently planning a  US tour for July and a  Europe tour (via  Primary Talent) for  Fall 2015.

Praise for Eat Pray Thug:

“ALBUM OF THE WEEK. Heems made something of a masterpiece. The rapping is fierce and focused, deep in the pocket and delivered with swagger and purpose.” — STEREOGUM

“[Eat Pray Thug]. It’s excellent.” — Salman Rushdie

“8 out of 10” – SPIN

“Eat Pray Thug is the most important musical document of post-9/11 New York.” — The Quietus 

“BEST NEW MUSIC…A superb debut album. If you take a deep-dive into Eat Pray Thug (which you absolutely should), you’ll find beneath all that boiling-over anger, a beautiful breakup album.” — NY Magazine

“At times starly political, at others heartbreakingly personal, Eat Pray Thug retains the intense cleverness that has marked Heems work in the past, while completely destroying any false perceptions that Heems was ever a (trigger warning) ‘hipster rapper.'” — VICE

“EPT has the means to be a classic album. It’s filled with Songs that are true hip-hop and rap: hard, clever rhymes, fun, painful, danceable and rage inducing.” — Flavorpill

“I can’t get enough. It’s a new side of Heems I can get used to with ease.” — Under The Gun

“EAT PRAY THUG… a jaw-dropping debut.” Dazed Digital

“Heems goes deep on the surprisingly moving Eat Pray Thug.” – AV Club

“Heems juxtaposes cold-blooded hedonism and scathing social commentary.” — Time Out NY

“Heems is that special kind of musician capable of making a romanti-political rap record.” —Consequence of Sound


Allusondrugs Announce UK Tour And Festivals Announced

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Further UK Tour Dates and Festivals Announced

Including appearances at Download Festival, Hit The Deck, FOCUS Wales Festival, 2000 Trees, The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City Festival + more TBC

Allusondrugs today announced an additional brace of UK shows to add to the already extensive touring in 2015 that the band has under its collective belt. The added shows include a handful of headline dates (with Canada’s JPNSGRLS in support) alongside newly revealed appearances at The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City events.

Allusondrugs are a five-piece from Castleford, Yorkshire, formed in the summer of 2012. Their very individual take on a melding of psych-pop-grunge has caught the eyes and ears of the likes of Kerrang, Rock Sound and Radio One, as well as audiences across the UK.

Late 2014 / early 2015 saw the band building a solid live fan-base following high-profile support tours with Enter Shikari, Marmozets and Lonely The Brave. An extensive period of headline touring through April / May and a packed festival season in the summer this year only sees the buzz continuing to build.

Allusondrugs have thus far released a clutch of download-only singles, a CD / digital EP and a handful of hand-painted super limited edition single releases (now long gone and much-sought-after). More new music is expected through summer / autumn 2015.

APRIL 2015
(all shows 14+ unless otherwise stated)
FRI 10th – SHEFFIELD – Corporation
SAT 11th – BARNSLEY – Opium
FRI 24th – WREXHAM – Focus Wales Fest
SAT 25th –  BRISTOL – Hit The Deck Fest
SUN 26th – NOTTINGHAM – Hit The Deck Fest

TUES 12th – LONDON – The Black Heart. Camden.
THUR 14th – BRIGHTON – The Hub (The Great Escape Festival)
FRI 15th – KINGSTON – Cricketers
SAT 16th – BIRMINGHAM – Wagon & Horses
SUN 24th – LIVERPOOL – Docklands (Liverpool Sound City Festival)

JUN 2015
FRI 12th – SUN 14th – DONNINGTON – Download Festival

JUL 2015
FRI 10th – GLOUCESTER – 2000 Trees Festival

Tickets and further details at http://www.allusondrugs.com

Allusondrugs is: 
Jason – vocals
Damo – guitar / vocals
Drey – guitar
Jemalki – bass
Connor – drums


What some folks in the press have said:

“These West Yorkshire newcomers create a mesmerising concoction of psychedelia set to blissed-out vocals that sound like they’ve arrived via some metal influences. New single “Nervous” features spaced-out guitar work set to a sultry bass line that quickly expands into a chorus of full-frontal grunge f*ckery” – NME

“A trippy injection of bulldozing riffs, hypnotic vocals and mosh pit igniting fury.” – Q MAGAZINE

”There’s few who would contend Allusondrugs are easily one of the most exciting new bands the UK has to offer” – ALREADY HEARD



Lacey Stream New Track Ahead Of Debut Album

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LACEY stream ‘The Last Time’


Debut album ‘Under The Brightest Lights’ out 20th April

PRE-ORDER: http://laceyofficialuk.bigcartel.com/

With the first single from their debut album, ‘Tonight’, already garnering some impressive TV and radio play, Notts rock band Lacey are now streaming album track ’The Last Time’ ahead of their full-length ‘Under The Brightest Lights’ being released on 20th April. Initially intended as the opener of the album, it’s a positive track full of ambition and driven hooks, setting out the band’s intentions with poise and an undeniable knack for melody. With influences including Taking Back Sunday, Kids In Glass Houses and Jimmy Eat World, Lacey are continuing a tradition of compelling songwriting you can’t help but sing along to.

Lacey formed in 2010 and have released several EPs in their time as a band, most recently ‘Outlaws’ in September 2013 which was particularly well received. They have toured with US-Pop Punks Patent Pending, Welsh wonders The Blackout and Jaret Reddick’s (Bowling for Soup) People on Vacation (with whom they’ll be appearing again in Feb/March), as well as playing Hit the Deck Festival for two years running. In 2013, they were also finalists in the Red Bull Studios Download Festival competition after being selected from over 100 bands.

30th May – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (Album release show) –


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Graham Turner (Lead Vocals & Bass), Josh Lewin (Guitar & Vocals), Pete Maksymiw (Guitar), Dave Pearson (Drums & Vocals)


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