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13 April, 2015

In Hearts Wake Charity Auction

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In Hearts Wake have announced a massive charity auction featuring unique and collectible items kindly donated from some of the biggest names in rock music worldwide.

All proceeds will go towards two non-profit organisations, the first being Local Futures which is dedicated to a grassroots safeguarding and renewal of ecological and social well-being within communities. The second being the Byron Young Residents Alliance, which ensures the protection of the band’s hometown on an environmental and social level.

The eBay auction features exclusive rare memorabilia from The Amity Affliction, Architects, Northlane, Enter Shikari, Dead Letter Circus, Stick To Your Guns, Hacktivist, UNIFY Gathering and In Hearts Wake themselves. For a full list of items please visit skydancerproject.com/auction

In Hearts Wake have long been involved with organisations that support their global vision. In partnership with Carbon Neutral, In Hearts Wake planted 1379 trees as part of the Earthwalkercampaign in 2014. The band chose a fresh approach with Skydancer, choosing to support non-profit organisations that help the community.

Local Futures is a non-profit organisation lead by Helena Norberg-Hodge, pioneer of the localisation movement and director of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness. Vocalist Jake Taylor says of the partnership, “The organisation is devoted to healing the Earth and ourselves through localisation and sustainable economics. It aims to raise awareness for the bigger picture by renewing natural resources and reducing CO2 emissions. It also creates human and ecological well-being, builds sustainable communities and allows social healing as it celebrates diversity and reclaims joy, health and spirit. Essentially it aims to give us control over our future.”

Along with Local Futures, In Hearts Wake are teaming up with local hometown organisation Byron Young Residents Alliance (BYRA) which is a platform and a voice for young residents of the Byron Shire on community issues. Says Jake of this collaboration: “Proving that localisation is ever so important, we wish to also stand behind our own community. BYRA is a community organisation founded and run by young residents within the Byron Shire. Byron Bay is currently under threat from the impact of mass development and BYRA is a vessel for those who wish to keep Byron sustainable and preserve its pre-existing culture. #ProtectByron.”

The auction begins on Friday 17 April at 9pm and can be accessed by visitingwww.skydancerproject.com

In Hearts Wake’s new album ‘Skydancer’ will be released on May 5 via UNFD. 

In Hearts Wake – Skydancer

1. Aether

2. Skydancer (feat. Jonathan Vigil)

3. Breakaway

4. Badlands

5. Insomnia

6. Oblivion

7. Wildfire

8. Cottonmouth

9. Erase (feat. Ben Marvin & J Hurley)

10. Intrepid (feat. Marcus Bridge)

11. Father


For Further Information






The Payroll Union To Release Compelling New Album

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Paris Of America

Label: Backwater Collective   Cat No.TBC003

Format: CD/DL

Release Date: 29 June 2015


Paris of America, the new album by The Payroll Union, continues the band’s fascination with America’s dark past. These eight songs explore the violence of the ‘riot era’ in Philadelphia during the 1830s and 1840s. Inhabiting the stories of radical writers, anti-Catholic brawlers, firebrand preachers, and violent ward bosses, the album imagines a city in great tumult, tearing itself apart.


The record is a result of a collaborative project with Arts Enterprise at the University of Sheffield. Songwriter, Pete David, worked with historian, Dr Andrew Heath, to look at how stories of the past can be told in different ways. Along the way, they worked with a film-maker to chart the process of their work together, Sheffield illustrators and artists, and a number of other musicians, to bring to life these complex, interweaving narratives of a 19th Century American city.


Formed in 2009 in Sheffield, The Payroll Union have shared stages with Johnny Dowd, John Smith and Bellowhead. They have played Galtres, Off The Tracks, Music In The Gardens, Tramlines, Magpie’s Nest, Kendal Calling, Dragonfly and headline slots at both Sensoria 2012 and 2013. After releasing two EPs – Underfed & Underpaid and Your Obedient Servant – they toured the UK with their debut album, The Mule & The Elephant, in February 2013.


Here’s what’s been said….


“Switching from indie rock riffs to the more familiar dark folk melodies complementing the murderous lyrics, the album keeps you on your toes, leaving you unaware of what is coming next… The emphasis is entirely on the dark lyrics, which combined with Pete David’s grizzly and delicious vocals makes for a real success. I really can’t wait to see the band play this track in particular live.” Now Then


“Heck, some of the themes are so human that you’d assume they are as old as the human race.” Sloucher 


“Dark, sombre and macabre, each track tells its own tale. This is a record that demands your attention. Your focus will be duly rewarded as you find yourself transported to a distant time and place. If you close your eyes you can smell the smoke, the air of despair…” Counterfeit Magazine





New Names Announced For Camden Rocks Festival

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Little Comets, Sonic Boom Six and more confirmed for Camden Rocks 2015!

Saturday 30th May // Multiple venues in Camden Town

The line-up for 2015’s Camden Rocks festival has got even bigger, with names including Newcastle indie trio Little Comets, genre-hopping party starters Sonic Boom Six and more joining in the fun. With acts including Skindred, New Model Army, Funeral For A Friend, Little Comets, Modestep, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Ginger Wildheart and hundreds more, Camden Rocks 2015 is set to be the biggest yet – with tickets just £30 +booking fee.

Camden Rocks takes place on Saturday 30th May across the historic music venues and pubs in North London’s Camden Town for a day of rock, metal, punk, indie and all out musical mayhem. Sonic Boom Six will be showing a different side to their sound this year, with singer Laila K saying: “After killing it last year at Camden Rocks, we cannot wait to do something a little different this year with our acoustic set. We’ll be featuring stripped down versions of all the classic Boom songs, as well as a couple of cheeky covers to get you bouncing.”

Little Comets frontman Rob Coles is excited to return to Camden for the festival: “We’ve done so many brilliant gigs in Camden over the last couple of years that it is great to be part of a festival in such a vibrant and knowledgeable place for live music.”

Camden Rocks have booked a huge secret headliner for the festival and loads more massive names are still due to be announced!

The line up for Camden Rocks so far also includes (new names in bold):  Skindred, New Model Army, Funeral For A Friend, Little Comets, Modestep, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Ginger Wildheart, The Twang, The Dictators NYC, Black Spiders, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Jaws, Heavens Basement, Turbowolf, Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols), Anti Nowhere League, Richie Ramone, Menswe@r, Lawnmower Deth, Feed The Rhino, Glamour Of The Kill, Gun, The Graveltones, Sonic Boom Six, Eureka Machines, Jettblack, Black Moth, Hawk Eyes, Max Raptor, Martyr Defiled, Dolomite Minor, Polar, Little Matador, Brawlers, God Damn, Baby Chaos, Astroid Boys, Vanilla Pod, The Dirty Youth, As Lions, Rob Lynch, Demob Happy, Cypher16, Freeze The Atlantic, Damn Dice, Attention Thieves, The One Hundred, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, Amaryllis, Samoans, The Carnabys, Creeper, LTNT, Longy, The St Pierre Snake Invasion, Beasts, Hyena, Kyshera, Hunter & The Bear, The Scaramanga Six, Protafield, Dead!, Buffalo Summer, Buck & Evans, Boy Jumps ShipJosh Flowers & The Wild, Tropical Contact, Monument, Axis Of, High Hopes, Death Remains, Oxygen Thief, Ducking Punches, iC1s, Under The Influence, Dead Sea Skulls, The Turning, The Wild Lies, EofE, Those Damn Crows, Rival State, Tim Muddiman & The Strange, The Amorettes, In Search Of Sun, Love Zombies, New Device, State of Play, Reverted, Wax On WaterPaul MiroValensPress to MECO,The Hyena Kill, Broken Witt Rebels, dirt, Venrez, Stellify, Healthy Junkies, WhiteRoom, Exit Black, The Dirty Truth, The ParadesLockFaersThe Fallen State, The Fourfits, Lost Gravity, My Little EmpireThe TotemsA Week Away,DuchessDark Science, Todd Dorigo, The Assist, Danny Wright, Mark Mathews & The One Ts, Venture, Matty James, Sam RyderMatt HenshawKerri WattAndy Smith.

With more big names, including a very special secret headliner still to be announced, Camden Rocks is a steal with tickets are priced at just £30 + booking fee, available now from: www.camdenrocksfestival.com.

Venues confirmed for Camden Rocks 2015 include: Electric Ballroom, Underworld, Proud Camden, Barfly, Jazz Cafe, Dingwalls, The Barfly (Downstairs), Purple Turtle, Black Heart, Hawley Arms, Monarch, The Cuban, The Good Mixer, The Enterprise, Camden head, BrewDog, The Stillery, Dingwalls Canalside Bar.



New RAKETKANON Album Out Now

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Shaping the future of rock” – Kerrang!

Unrepentant in their aim of attempting to melt the face of anyone who dares listen” – 

“It sure does reek of excitement” – Punktastic 

They sound like the feeling you get when you think you’re gonna puke on public transport – Vice


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5CKMRVmWZ3nE16yR5yg04T
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/raketkanon/sets/rktkn2-master 


Watch the video for ‘Florent’: 

Belgian four piece Raketkanon release their colossal sounding RKTKN#2 album in the UK today via KKK Records. Following their sold out limited 7” release of single ‘Florent’‘Abraham’, the band will play a string of UK dates through April and May beginning April 28th at Bristol’s Stag and Hounds.

Recorded almost entirely live in Electrical Audio in Chicago over five frantic days with Steve Albini, RKTKN#2 drips from your speakers like a spilled jar of molasses. It’s thick and gloopy, black-hearted, portentous, musically malevolent, brilliantly vile – but emotive and moving on a whole other sonic plateau.

Stream the album on Spotify here:https://open.spotify.com/album/5CKMRVmWZ3nE16yR5yg04T

In 2014 Raketkanon played numerous festivals across mainland Europe, winning crowds over with their cathartic, near-spiritual, outpourings of low-end noise, sweat, brutish bludgeoning and the limb-swinging, shamanic moves of frontman Pieter-Paul Devos. “If there’s not at least something at risk, why bother getting off your couch?” he says. “I’d rather go see a spastic acrobat singing about love in his own language. Seeing us, your self-preservation should be left at the cloak room, as is ours.” 

Witness the self-destruction and wanton celebration live in the UK this month at the dates below.

28/04/15 : Stag & Hounds – Bristol
29/04/15 : The Shacklewell Arms – London
30/04/15 : Audio – Glasgow

02/05/15 :  Live in Leeds Festival – The Brudenell Social Club
03/05/15 : The Hope – Brighton

RKTKN#2 is available for purchase here: http://raketkanon.bigcartel.com/

Raketkanon are: 

Pieter-Paul Devos – vocals
Jef Verbeeck – guitar
Pieter de Wilde – drums
Lode Vlaeminck – bass synth

Find them at: 



Grimm Grimm Announce Debut Album

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Grimm Grimm
Debut album Hazy Eyes Maybe released June 29th via ATP Recordings

Watch video for title track now 

7” single ‘Hazy Eyes Maybe’ / ‘Knowing’ feat. Bo Ningen released May 4th 

Single launch to take place at ATP’s pop-up venue on April 24th

ATP Recordings are proud to announce Hazy Eyes Maybe, the debut album from Japanese born, London based artist Grimm Grimm, released June 22nd. Grimm Grimm is the new moniker of Koichi Yamanoha, former frontman of the cult psychedelic-punk group Screaming Tea Party, for him to explore new realms of sounds. His honest and sometimes innocent style mixes otherworldly baroque pop and psychedelic folk.

The title track of the album is backed by a dream-like video, which can now be viewed on YouTube. Filmed by Nissa Nishikawa, with editing and additional filming by Daisy Dickinson, the video is a glimpse into the fluid imagination of Yomanoha. The track is released on 7” vinyl on May 4th, and features the b-side ‘Knowing’ featuring psychedelic noise-makers Bo Ningen.

Grimm Grimm – Hazy Eyes Maybe (official video)
Much of the album is inspired by reoccurring dreams had by Yomanoha. Of the track ‘Hazy Eyes Maybe’, Koichi says: “There was an abandoned industrial area in Budapest. When I was walking near a rundown water tower in the area, a girl was telling me about her dad in Mexico and I saw this woman was pushing a wheelchair near a hospital; it seemed as if she didn’t have a face, very white. I kept dreaming about this place for months and wrote this song.”

Born in Tokyo, Yamanoha’s stirring live performances have captured an essence of Japan and confession and seen him play play alongside the likes of Dinosaur Jr, Damo Suzuki and Simon Finn, as well as invited to collaborate with Bo Ningen, Serafina Steer and Le Volume Courbe. Grimm Grimm’s debut single ‘Kazega Fuitara Sayonara / Tell The Truth’ was released late last year via Kevin Shields’ Pickpocket Records.

2015 is set to be a pivotal year for Grimm Grimm as he continues to blur the boundaries of genre according to his own distinct outlook. Hazy Eyes Maybe is released June 29th and can be pre-ordered now via iTunes and on CD/LP via ATP.

Live dates

21st April               Ramsgate Music Hall, Kent (w/ Wire)
24th April              ATP Pop Up Venue (formerly Total Refreshment Centre), London (w/ Younghusband, Eaux and guest DJs)
2nd – 4th July        ATP Iceland
27th–  29th Nov      ATP 2.0 Nightmare Before Christmas


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