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20/05/2015

MONO RETURN FOR THEIR SECOND EUROPEAN TOUR OF 2015 THIS WINTER


In April MONO embarked on a 27-date European tour that wrapped up earlier this month which was followed by the news of a US tour in June that'll take them to 16 states, and now the instrumental rock four-piece have announced they'll be returning for a further 15 shows across Europe starting in Lithuania on October 21st and ending at Leeds' Damnation Festival on November 7th.

Since their double album release 'The Last Dawn/Rays of Darkness' last year, MONO have seemingly toured non-stop, relentless in their intent of spreading their one of a kind sound that has put them at the forefront of the instrumental scene ever since their formation back in 1999. Their constant manipulation and pushing of boundaries within the post-rock genre has managed to pull in crowds worldwide, and with 2015 shaping up to be one of the band's busiest years, it doesn't look like MONO plan on slowing down any time soon.

Tickets for Damnation Festival and their London performance at Camden's Electric Ballroom are now on sale. You can also pick up MONO's 2014 albums 'The Last Dawn' and 'Rays Of Darkness' from Amazon.co.uk.


EUROPEAN WINTER TOUR 2015
Wed 21st Oct – Vilnius, Lithuania, New York
Thu 22nd Oct – Warsaw, Poland, Proxima
Fri 23rd Oct – Berlin, Germany, Heimathafen
Sat 24th Oct – Leeuwarden, Netherlands, Neushoorn
Sun 25th Oct – Hasselt, Belgium, Muziekodroom
Mon 26th Oct – Cologne, Germany, Live Music Hall
Tue 27th Oct – Wiesbaden, Germany, Schlachthof
Wed 28th Oct – Munich, Germany, Backstage
Thu 29th Oct – Bologna, Italy, Locomotiv
Fri 30th Oct – Mezzago, Italy, Bloom
Sun 1st Nov – Barcelona, Spain, Bikini
Tue 3rd Nov – Lausanne, Switzerland, Les Docks
Wed 4th Nov – Zurich, Switzerland, Harterei
Fri 6th Nov – London, UK, Electric Ballroom
Sat 7th Nov – Leeds, UK, University (Damnation)

19/05/2015

THE DISASTER POINTS BRING STREET PUNK TO JAPAN - FIRST ALBUM 'FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE' ANNOUNCED

FOR FANS OF: Dropkick Murphys, The Blue Hearts

For decades Japan has been one of the world's top exporters of quality punk rock acts from 80s stars The Blue Hearts and THE STALIN, and into the 90s with Teengenerate. But if there is one thing the land of the rising sun has lacked over the years it's the sound of Oi/street punk bands like America's Rancid or Dropkick Murphys, the UK's 4-Skins or Germany's Oxymoron. Luckily, THE DISASTER POINTS are here to fill that void.

This street punk foursome have been operating in the heart of Osaka since 2007, spreading their message of the plight of the working class drifter and earning themselves the title of Osaka's #1 (and possibly only) street punk band. Last year they joined independent label CATCH ALL RECORDS which homes a number of punk up-and-comers as well as being the stepping stone for top pop punkers TOTALFAT and Northern19, where they released their 3rd single 'HOMEWARD BOUND'.

Now after eight years THE DISASTER POINTS will be releasing their 1st album 'FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE' on June 3rd, and will feature newly recorded versions of their 3 singles including tracks from the 2008 debut release 'SING ALONG FOREVER' as well as all new songs 'BREAKING BAD BLUES' and 'DO NOT LET ME DOWN'.

FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE is now available for pre-order from CDJapan.co.jp and you can check out THE DISASTER POINTS previous work over on YouTube and SoundCould.


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18/05/2015

GLIM SPANKY ANNOUNCE FIRST FULL ALBUM 'SUNRISE JOURNEY'

FOR FANS OF: Shina Ringo, Janis Joplin

During their gig at the Tokyo Kinema Club on May 17th, rock and blues pair GLIM SPANKY announced their long-awaited 1st major album release 'SUNRISE JOURNEY' on July 22nd.

Vocalist Remi Matsuo and guitarist Hiroki Kamemoto met during their high school days in Nagano prefecture, assembling in 2007 and getting their first break in 2009 when they were elected as finalists at Flash Riot, an all teenage rock festival that puts the freshest new acts head to head for a chance at one million yen and various new musical equipment.

Like young Brit Jake Bugg and Ireland's The Strypes, GLIM SPANKY ride the wave of the 1960s and 1970s guitar revival scene, with Remi's husky voice and Hiroki's bluesy rock guitar backing taking them to new heights, captivating audiences everywhere they go.

The duo will also be releasing their 2nd single 'Riaru Onigokko' at the beginning of July, which will feature in legendary filmmaker Sion Sono's latest ultra-violent feature length Riaru Onigokko, an adaptation of a novel by the same name.


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17/05/2015

MAN WITH A MISSION CONFIRMED FOR DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2015


As if the bill for this year's Download Festival wasn't massive enough, Tokyo's wolf masked alt pop triumphs MAN WITH A MISSION have announced they'll be taking to this year's festival for their first ever UK performance.

From June 12th to 14th Donington Park will be set ablaze as the UK's biggest rock festival rolls in to town once again, boasting an impressive line-up that includes a variety of rock legends, from the classic KISS, Motley Crue, and Billy Idol, to metal powerhouses Slipknot, Lamb of God, and In Flames, plus a whole lot more.

On May 20th MWAM will release their joint single 'Out of Control', recorded alongside Orange County pop punkers Zebrahead. The new track was also featured as the theme song for the Japanese release of Hollywood blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road.

MAN WITH A MISSION will perform on Sunday June 14th on the 4th stage along with the likes of Suicidal Tendencies and UK up-and-comers Trash Boat. Tickets are still available so if you want to be involved in what we're sure is gonna be the hottest Download Festival of the decade, head over to DownloadFestival.co.uk!


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16/05/2015

WE'VE GOT SHIMA ADDICTION - SHIMA RELEASE FIRST MINI-ALBUM UNDER NEW RECORD LABEL

FOR FANS OF: MAXIMUM THE HORMONE | HEY-SMITH

After a band that doesn't take themselves too seriously? One that exists purely for the joy of it all? Meet SHIMA.

SHIMA are a happy-go-lucky punk rock foursome formed in 2009 hailing from the city of Kitakyushu. Earlier this month they dropped their long-awaited 2nd mini-album 'SHIMA ADDICTION', their first release since transferring over to CAFFEINE BOMB RECORDS at the beginning of 2015.

In the past they have supported many of Japan's top underground hardcore, rock and metal acts including UK mainstayers CROSSFAITH, and on June 20th SHIMA will join the likes of Coldrain, FACT, Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas and many more as they open for PIZZA OF DEATH RECORDS' SATANIC CARNIVAL at Makuhari Messe. If you're a fan of MAXIMUM THE HORMONE's frantic style and the melodic hardcore styling of HEY-SMITH, then these guys might just be the new addition to your music library you were looking for.

SHIMA ADDICTION is now available over at CDJapan.co.jp. Let's play this post out with the comical graphic collage madness that is 'PARISLOTTE'!

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14/05/2015

NEVER YOUNG BEACH RELEASE 1ST ALBUM 'YASHINOKI HOUSE'


Tokyo born never young beach released their first album 'YASHINOKI HOUSE' internationally on May 13th via record label Bayon production.

Starting up not even a year ago in August 2014, this young quintet (average age 23) are blending some of the best sounds of 70s and 80s Japanese folk rock with psychedelic pop, akin to that of Haruomi Hosono and his work in Happy End, and we're hooked on it. Producing their first tracks out of their home recording space and drifting from venues, shops and cafes across the country, never young beach are quickly making a name for themselves with the perfect chill tracks for the summer, capturing the vibes of the season in one of the most polished and pleasant albums of the year so far!

With the release of the album the band has also announced a 5-date countrywide tour starting June 13th at SOUND CRUE in Hokkaido and wrapping up on July 20th at Shibuya's O-nest.

YASHINOKI HOUSE is now available for MP3 download from Amazon.co.uk.


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