Delighted to announce that SEETHING AKIRA will join THE QEMISTS to support SKINDRED for their Download Festival warm up show at The Old Fire Station in Bournemouth on Sunday 5th June. What a fabulous line up!!
Last year, an album arrived in the MV inbox from an East Midlands based band called Doomsday Outlaw.
It said all the right things to get us excited. It namechecked the right bands in the press kit that came with it, but moreover the record was absolutely knockout brilliant.
To give you a flavour of what it sounded like, MV (and apologies here for the orgy of self-congratulation) came up with a line that the band still uses to describe it. It was, we said, like Lynyrd Skynyrd drinking moonshine with Clutch and Motörhead.
In fact, so much did we like the record, a month or two after it came out we caught up with the band’s bass player Indy for a discussion about it.
Amongst the usual stuff, the four stringer said that the band were already working on things for album two and it would probably sound different from the “Black River” opus. At the time, to be honest, we put it down to one of those things bands say. It turns out we were wrong and Indy was right, because it’s a very, very different beast that is before us on album number two.
That means literally and figuratively. Literally because “Suffer More” is the first record for new singer Phil, but with due respect to him and the formidable shift he puts in here, the figurative is rather more crucial here, because the sound of “….More” is that of band that has thrown off any shackles they had before.
For one thing its incredibly long – clocking in at 14 full length songs. For another, it is just plain and simply incredible.
In that chat last year, Indy said the band he most wanted to emulate was Black Stone Cherry. Opener “Walk On Water” makes good on that ambition and constructs a riff and groove that quite fancies his arena rock lark, thank you very much, but this record is far too busy trying things out to admire its work.
“Fallback” likes the idea of a massive, swaggering groove, but it adds a soaring chorus to the mix while its about it. It’s the song that follows, though, that finally convinces that you are listening to something a bit special. “All That I Have” is a quite brilliant effort that nods at everything from Screaming Trees to The Allman Brothers and is the mark of a band with a total mastery of their craft.
If that is the high water mark here, then the rest, believe us, is a gold plated triumph. A record that keeps you guessing and one which you never quite know what to expect, twists and turns, shimmys and shakes its way through, the enormous balladry of the title track, a punk rock thrash about, appropriately called “Pandemonium”, there’s even a trip back to the southern swamps that the debut inhabited for the glorious fun of “I’ve Been Found” – which wouldn’t have been out of place on The Answer’s tour-de-force of a debut record.
It goes on, never pausing for breath along the way, “Bring You Pain” rocks the cowbell and sounds like the best track Thunder didn’t write, “Blues For A Phantom Limb” would make The Black Crowes green with envy, while a song as good as “Saltwater” quite simply makes everything better.
The surprises too, just keep coming and its almost as if no idea here was rejected. “Standing Tall” comes on like Tom Petty, but even for an album with as much to say as this one the fact DO can get as mean and menacing as the Alice In Chains infused “Wait Until Tomorrow” is still a shock especially as “Running Into You” is stripped back, lilting gorgeous acoustics, and provides a wonderful counterbalance.
“Suffer More” is astonishing. You won’t hear a more varied record this year. You probably won’t hear many better either. What Doomsday Outlaw have in mind for album number three, only they know, but such is their talent don’t back against them bettering even this.
Saturday 4th June, CAMDEN ROCKS FESTIVAL
Friday 12th August, BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR FESTIVAL, Derby
24th June, Chaos Festival, Guernsey
1st Oct, Asylum, Chelmsford
5th Oct, Crown, Nuneaton
12th November, Day Of Rock Festival, Kettering with Onslaught
31st May, Talking Heads, Southampton, supporting Follow My Lead
27th August, 6K FEST, Liege, Belgium (I Killed The Prom Queen, The Browning, Silent Screams, Empire Fade etc)
10th September, BUTSERFEST with Chunk, No, Captain Chunk!, FVK, Creeper, Ashes To Angels etc
Flotsam And Jetsam
4th October, Audio, Glasgow
5th October, Voodoo Lounge, Dublin
6th October, Club Academy, Manchester
7th October, Underworld, Camden, London
14th May, Day of the Riffids, The Plug, Sheffield. Metal all-dayer featuring Regulus, Santiago Kings, Delirium, Firegarden.
26th May, The Waterloo, Blackpool
27th May, Bannermans, Edinburgh
18th June, Live In Barnsley (16 venues, 144 bands, all free entry), venue tbc
24 June, Dove & Rainbow, Sheffield.
New band RAIZER sign to US label FiXT.
Single A.I. is released Friday 13th May
The rise of Raizer begins in Eastern Europe, as four human-beings fight to survive the future apocalypse. The only weapon at their disposal – the electronic / rock music hybrid music they’ve created to push back the encroaching alien invasion and ignite the hearts and minds of the last remaining members of the human resistance.
Each track from Raizer can best be described as a battle of musical styles, and their debut single ‘A.I.’ is no different. With a high energy onslaught of bombastic synths, biting guitars, and resonating vocals, ‘A.I.’ channels everything needed to deliver the optimism to stand up in defiance, and energy to make you dance, jump, and most importantly – fight. With an arsenal ranging from driving synth-wave, volatile drum n’ bass, anthemic rock and roll, caustic metal riffs and breakdown, and so much more – whatever kind of invasion you’re facing down, Raizer is the soundtrack to your survival.
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