Diamond Days – We’ve Come A Long Way

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Swiftly proving the growing buzz around them is bred from rich potential and an invigorating sound, UK alternative rock band Diamond Days are poised to release their We’ve Come A Long Way EP. Made up of four songs which burst with creative vitality and exuberant invention, the encounter is a captivating proposition which reveals there is still plenty more to uncover within the band but that they are knocking on the broadest spotlights already.

Bursting out of Liverpool, Diamond Days took time from forming to hone their sound before unleashing debut single Start It From The End. It was from there that the clamour over them began, the track drawing over 60,000 views and more than 20,000 followers across YouTube and Twitter swiftly from its unleashing. Backed up by a hunger to play live and just as potent stage performances, the band has earned a growing fan base and acclaim, being compared to the likes of You Me At Six and Fall Out Boy. Diving back into the studio to record their EP alongside producer Seb Berrios, Diamond Days have taken the next impressive step in their ascent, a rise which though still early days you can see finding rich horizons.

The EP opens with the outstanding Let Go, a track emerging from a distant and potent enticing to stride with sinew driven rhythms and drama clad riffs. It is soon exploring inventive scenery as electro spiced keys and sonic intrigue lurk to tease the imagination as the impressive vocals of guitarist Alex Fearn open up the narrative. He swiftly proves himself to be a stylish and accomplished provocateur as he leads the senses into a virulently catchy chorus, whilst his and the guitar of Tom Shepherd continually provide a fiery weave of melodies and sonic intrigue across the track which the rhythmic enticing of bassist TJ Jackson and drummer Mark Highdale punctuate and spear with skilled and energetic tenacity. The track, which has to be a single at some point, is an inescapable contagion for feet and emotions, its blend of ferocious and seductive adventure superbly marshalled by the vocals and crafted by the invention of the band.Diamond Days

The following Home (A Million Miles Away) also has a punch to its entrance and body though it is not quite as instantly commanding as its predecessor. With electro essences around a spicy and wiry tapestry of guitar endeavour, the song is soon taking its share of attention and emotions though. It has a bounce and confident swagger in all aspects which shines like a beacon in the heart of the encounter, whilst its infectious character is as sublimely persuasive as the song’s melodic textures and theatre

Featuring Harry Radford of Yashin, I Rewind lays down its own striking slice of melodic incitement and addictive vivacity next. Evolving around a great throaty bassline, the song flames and soars with vocal and sonic voracity, exploring new flavours and creative shades along the way. It creates a compelling web which is like Dead Til Friday meets Always The Quiet Ones, whilst is pop punk dynamics have a spice of Jimmy Eat World to them. Its rampant enticing leads into final song You’re Not Alone, an undemanding but again intriguing pop rock escapade revealing more of the inventive and melodic resourcefulness of the band. Though it does not quite have the spark of its predecessors, due to their impressive qualities, the track still leaves appetite wanting more and anticipation boiling up for the next encounter.

We’ve Come A Long Way is a treat of a bigger introduction to Diamond Days which without quite showing the band with a distinctly unique voice right now, has all the evidence to suggest it is coming and that we are set for more hunger feeding adventures ahead.

The We’ve Come A Long Way EP is available from 17th November via http://diamonddaysuk.bigcartel.com/

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Larusso – Life in Static

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Immersed in a mixture of creative alternative rock and contagious pop punk, Life in Static the new album from US band Larusso is one healthily appetising proposition. Not a release to set crowds screaming from rooftops maybe but one to bring energetic life to any solitude drenched night or raging festivity, the album is a thoroughly engaging proposition with some quite tasty encounters within its vibrant walls.

Hailing from Salt Lake City, the quartet of vocalist/guitarist Aaron Condrat, drummer/backing vocalist Justin Trombetti, guitarist Nick Sasich, and bassist Tyler Grundstrom have earned and built up a potent fan base and attention through a series of self-released EPs and albums, as well as their live performances which has seen the band play with bands such as The Almost, Go Radio, Transit, The Ataris, Finch, Dance Gavin Dance, and Cartel. Also regulars at local festivals and having played the Ernie Ball stage at Warped Tour, Larusso finds itself with a lively buzz around them to which their new album will certainly do no harm.

Chase the Sun starts the album off in vivacious style, hooks and melodies an instant coating to keen riffs and jabbing rhythms. Vocally too the song shines immediately, the tones of Condrat backed by Trombetti, smooth and harmonious. It is not a startling encounter but one showing the musical strength and songwriting craft of the band as more than accomplished and seriously catchy. The track strides with ripe enterprise before making way for The Voice. As its predecessor, it too carries no real urgency in its gait and attack but makes for a catchy and captivating slice of rock pop with excellent vocal prowess and tidy hooks within a melodic breath.

Things suddenly spark more thrillingly with Drifter, a track offering irresistible hooks from its first touch and unpredictable endeavour throughout. Like a mix of Jimmy Eat World and Brand New, the song flows and strides with a Life in Static Cover Artdelicious creative appetite to the vocals and swinging grooves to the sound. The bass of Grundstrom brings a snarl too which adds to the appetite awakening potency of one of the album’s most impressive propositions. Its triumph is not quite matched by the next up Daniel with an L, but with its emotive melodies and almost melancholic air the track still captures the imagination with ease. As evidenced by it alone, there is nothing flamboyantly excessive about the band and its songs but they push do push an eager invention across increasingly persuasive and riveting exploits.

The evocative caress of Living Proof comes next with guitars casting a weave of expressive chords and melodic colour as Condrat adds an emotionally intimate lyrical narrative. The track is more a lead/intro to the current single The Recovery than a standalone prospect, its successor a crooning incitement which makes for a warm and skilful if not a passion stirring companion. Again it shows the impressive craft of the band in composing, playing, and imagination though but lacks a spark to make it more than a pleasing encounter, certainly when up against the more impacting tracks on Life In Static. Nevertheless ears are satisfied before turning to Places and Set Phasers to Fun for more adventure. The first of the two has an underlying swagger to its pop lit composure and intent, but tempers it with an evocative smoulder of emotion and sonic intrigue whilst the second shows another fun side to its sound and band with its acoustically led playful romp. In the hands of other bands, the song might feel like a filler but Larusso give it a smile and grace which makes a very worthy and enjoyable inclusion to the release.

Collision Course is another big highlight with its feisty riffs, mightily swinging rhythms, and agitated yet contagiously coaxing grooves. As across the album it is fair to say there are few real surprises, the song no exception but the band does dig out and explore essences of sound and familiar ideation which is fresh and invigorating. The superb offering is followed by the emotive balladry of Take Me Away where keys, orchestral strings, and vocals impress even if overall the track simmers rather than flames, something Dear Pandora manages to achieve with addictive tenacity. Thoughts of Amberlin edge forward as the song stomps with acidic grooves and biting hooks whilst melodies and harmonies make another inescapable lure. It is an enthralling success setting up the finale of Chemical. Also acoustically sculpted, the closer is a mesmeric piece of design and expression, and a much more potent and gripping encounter than Take Me Away which lingers and shows another corner and depth to the band which would be good to see explored more in the future.

Life In Static is a richly enjoyable and magnetic release which shows why the buzz around Larusso in their homeland; a spotlight easy to imagine broadening dramatically with the album. It is not setting new templates but for melodic rock with a pop ingenuity, band and album is well worth a long look.

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8/10

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A New Day – Forever Tonight

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Though a bit of a mixed bag, Forever Tonight the second EP from UK melodic rock band A New Day, offers more than enough to ensure the quartet is well worth keeping a close eye on. Consisting of three tracks which vary in success but all showing a potent promise to healthily flirt with the imagination, the release is a solid and intriguing encounter. It is not going to set the melodic rock/pop punk world alight but does give it something new to contemplate and take a determined interest in.

Hailing from Basildon, A New Day formed in 2013 taking inspirations from the likes of Blink 182, All Time Low, Simple Plan, and Jimmy Eat World into their own evolving sound. Honing their sound, the band took its time before hitting stages and subsequently lighting up a torrent of venues across the South East of the UK. Debut EP Now It’s Our Turn made a swift impression with fans and the underground scene which Forever Tonight can only reinforce. Made up of Chris Tunnicliffe (vocals/rhythm guitar), Glen Hearn (lead guitar), and brothers Scott (backing vocals/bass) and Sam Johnson (drums), A New Day is at that point where they are ready to catch the ears of the country, though whether the new EP is the key is arguable but you sense it is on the cards at some point.

Forever Tonight opens with its lead track, which is accompanied by a video, but also its weakest proposition. Boyfriend opens with a coaxing melodic guitar expression which instantly engage ears but in many ways that is as good as it A New Day Cover Artworkgets, its reoccurring lure the potent call within an otherwise limping song. From a dull production to unsure vocals, muted rhythms to a relatively lifeless breath, the song fails to find its ignition in presence and colour. It is surprising in many ways as the guitar weaves of Hearn are inventive and the craft of the band open but there is little which sparks and up against the stronger more vibrant songs which follow, the track is underwhelming.

That disappointment is soon forgotten as Faith In Me swiftly romps in ears. From a vocal draw, the song is soon a punchy stride of pop punk energy and melodic enterprise with eager rhythms and engagingly spiky hooks. The song is like night and day to its predecessor, though again the production is a dulled touch to the life and potency of the song. Harmonies add promising hues to the track as it strolls engagingly whilst rhythms and a deliciously shadowed bassline flirt with the imagination. It is a strong and rampant slice of pop rock which pushes the potential of the band to the fore as it excites ears, though it too is left in the shadow of final track Call You Mine (I Don’t Want To).

Starting with a blaze of guitar and a potent rhythmic lure as the strong tones of Tunnicliffe croon out the narrative, the track makes an impressive entrance elevated by another rich and throaty bass roaming. The song does not have the fevered urgency of the previous song but feels livelier and melodically hungry at its core. The guitar weaves of Hearn again impress with their enterprise whilst vocally Tunnicliffe and the band find their strongest blend and suasion yet. The best track on the release, it is a highly satisfying end to an encounter which at its start left more doubts than answers about its promise.

Whether A New Day is able to grab the UK in its melodic hands with Forever Tonight is debatable but taking the last pair of songs and especially Call You Mine (I Don’t Want To) as suggestive evidence, it is hard not to expect the four-piece to set tongues wagging far and wide some when ahead. They certainly know how to keep ears happy with a resourceful blend of pop punk/rock and that is always a good base to grow from.

The Forever Tonight EP is available now

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7/10

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Versus You – Moving On

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Since forming in 2005, Luxembourg’s Versus You has become one of Europe’s most captivating and hard- working pop punk bands, as well as the source of much anticipation when news of a new release comes to light. The release of new album Moving On has been no different in raising a keen appetite and equally does not detour from the band’s knack at providing a thoroughly enjoyable romp of punk rock at its most accessible and infectious. The album does not set a new trail for the genre or band come to that, instead it simply parades twelve songs which just do what Versus You does best, capture the imagination with virulent hooks and melodies whilst thrilling thoughts and emotions with superbly crafted and lyrically insightful songs.

With a decade of stirring up audiences and fans on the impending horizon, Versus You has kept the energy and passion of their presence and intent alone impressively high over the years. Renowned for their hunger to tour and take their sound to fans, the band has been a regular attack of gigs and tours across their homeland, as well as East and Western Europe, sharing stages with the likes of NOFX, Alkaline Trio, Rise Against, White Flag, The Casualties, Bayside, Jimmy Eat World and many more. Equally their previous trio of albums as well as EPs and an outstanding split release with White Flag, has thrilled and helped thrust the band to the fore of Europe’s punk scene, even with a spate of line-up changes especially in the sticks swinging department. Fourth full-length Moving on is another commanding and deeply satisfying proposition, as said not one to change the face of pop punk but easily reinforcing Versus You as one of the leading lights.

Produced by Chips Kiesbye, the album opens with the immediately rigorously coaxing When It All Goes Down, its initial scrub of guitar an intriguing irritant to awaken attention and appetite alike. The song is soon into a feisty stroll Versus You Moving On Packshot 960x960with the rhythms of drummer Jerry Kirpach punctuating the mesh of caustic riffs conjured by Eric Rosenfeld and Dario Bruno. It is not an unrelenting attack though, the song respectful in its aggression and open in its web of easily snagging hooks with the bass of Giordano Bruno adding its own throaty lure to add extra bait to the first easily addictive blaze of sound from the album. Lyrically the song is one of many looking at band life, whilst other Rosenfeld penned themes include traveling, making friends, relationships, and life’s issues, songs never afraid to deal with unexpected things directly.

The following If The Camels Die, We Die makes the strong start look like a mere appetiser, its eager energy and urgent enticement of catchy melodies and deeply hooking snares impressively catchy. The bass finds an extra snarl to its tone which hits the spot perfectly whilst the slightly grizzled vocals of Rosenfeld only add to the raw and honest edge of the encounter. The guitar designs also standout with their imagination within the narrow but full flight of the track, a success emulated and more by the next up A Way With Words. The song is a real pop song, its compelling power pop radiance irresistible to feet and voice. Essences of its sound remind of Good Charlotte and Smashmouth, these spices teasing thoughts pleasingly whilst around them riffs and rhythms cast a more sinew tempting to the potent revelry.

Both On The Town and Be Better Than Me gets the fire in the belly raging, the first a terrific stomp of grazing riffs cut across by flames of acidic melodies as the excellent vocals explore relationships. Its successor is a mellower enticement but no less riveting in its punchy beats and rock ‘n’ roll bred suasion which brings a touch of Pinhead Gunpowder as well as irresistible unpredictable twists and excellent additional female vocals to its glory. The pair push the rising stature of the album up another step, the first especially a highlight of the album with its dramatic air and ridiculously contagious incitement musically and lyrically. Their success is matched easily by Skinny And Distracted, roguish rhythms and stabbing hooks uniting for a Boxcar Racer like treat. At ease persistently changing its urgency and sinew built gait, the track is another anthemic coaxing impossible to resist joining in with but just as strongly brings new thought provoking adventure and imagination to its body.

One That Can See is a resourceful and adventurous romp for ears and emotions, though not finding the same heights as previous songs even with its appealing sonic endeavour, whilst Stay Down, Stay Strong also lacks that same passions igniting spark though it provides a fiery rock song which is as infectiously binding as it is evocatively coloured by a melodic rock intensity. Both tracks leave appetite and reactions well fed nevertheless before Kitchen-sink Drama leaves them bloated and blissful from its insatiably contagious and bruising stomp. There is an antagonistic and defiant edge to the song which emulates from the vocals and lyrics to inspire a strong drama and depth to its presence, whilst hooks and melodies complete the enslavement with masterful and instinctive invention.

30 Pills unveils another big highlight within the album, the provocative song themed around somebody being HIV positive. Hard hitting lyrically and musically, Rosenfeld alone bringing a deeper growl to his narrative, the track roars and incites yet still employs some of the juiciest hooks and melodically drenched chords to persistently inflame ears and emotions. It is a glorious strike leaving the final pair of Still I Persist and You Are My Friend a hard task to follow. They make valiant attempts though, the first a vigorously solid slab of muscle driven punk rock with passion fuelled intensity and the closing song a slower slice of punk balladry which with Green Day like melodic potency, brings a smouldering and evocative finale to greedily embrace. It is a fine end to a great album.

Moving On is arguably a release which delivers what you expect from Versus You without the band making great strides forward but with songs that simply fill every need and want of a pop punk enticement, and with plenty of extra thrills included, it is a release which simply leaves pleasure and contentment the overriding result and that is more than good enough to unreservedly recommend the album.

Moving On is available now on Bomber Music @ http://bombermusic.limitedrun.com/products/528789-versus-you-moving-on-cd-and-vinyl-lp-and-dl in download, CD, black vinyl, and Ltd Ed vinyl versions.

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8.5/10

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A NEW DAY release Forever Tonight on 4th August‏

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STUNNING NEW RECORD SET LOOSE THIS SUMMER BY UK TUNESTERS A NEW DAY!

 

Ascending Brit-rock foursome, ‘A New Day’, unveil their mouth-watering new EP ‘Forever Tonight’, out Monday 4th August through all national stores.

 

Formed in 2013 and hailing from Basildon in Essex, A New Day are comprised of Chris Tunnicliffe (Vocals & Rhythm Guitar), Glen Hearn (Lead Guitar), Scott Johnson (Backing Vocals & Bass) and Sam Johnson (Drums). The South East tunesmiths supremely merge soaring melodies with up-tempo phrasing and are braced to break the UK this year.

 

Reared on a diet of Blink 182, All Time Low, Simple Plan and Jimmy Eat World, amongst others, A New Day soon chiselled out a sound of their own while embracing their influences. After much time spent in the rehearsal room fine-tuning their set, the quartet began to hit the road and have since played at just about every venue under the sun throughout the South East. Last year the band continued their rise with the release of their debut EP ‘Now It’s Our Turn’, which secured strong support from the underground.

 

Now the stage is set and it’s time for A New Day to strike out to a national audience. With recent praise and support from Kerrang!, the signs are looking very good indeed. The band now also have the perfect tool in the shape of their stunning new EP ‘Forever Tonight’ which includes three highly engaging cuts of up-tempo rock. From the deliciously tuneful opener ‘Boyfriend’, which is sure to light up radio airwaves, to the colossal refrain and anthemic vigour of ‘Faith In Me’ and the enticing hooks of ‘Call You Mine (I Don’t Want To), A New Day have unleashed a record that is a real gem and warrants your attention.

 

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My Favourite Runner Up – Crossroads

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     Everything about Crossroads, the debut album from Welsh rockers My Favourite Runner Up is big; massive choruses and hooks matching an equally hefty energy, but most of all it provides big satisfaction with its superbly crafted songs. The band’s previous EP Thoughts, Feelings, Actions impressed and thrilled upon its appearance in 2012 but it was just a taster of things to come as shown by this resourceful stomp. The new album takes all the striking elements found on its predecessor and twists them into even catchier irrepressible temptations but equally it shows a greater maturity in the songwriting of the band. It is fair to say there is a sense of familiarity to the blend of pop punk and rock which breeds their songs but the quintet delivers it with such resourcefulness and adventure that they leave most others in the shade.

    My Favourite Runner Up began in 2006 and taking influences from the likes of New Found Glory, Jimmy Eat World, and Mayday Parade into their emerging sound were soon drawing attention and positive responses. They built a potent fanbase and reputation through their live performances, shows with the likes of Madina Lake, Mallory Knox, Kids In Glass Houses, Cerys Matthews, The Blitz Kids, Kids Can’t Fly, Bury Tomorrow, The Hype Theory, I Spy Strangers, and many more marking the past years. The band recorded their debut EP in 2010 with producer Romesh Dodangoda who has recorded all subsequent releases with the band. It and the following Thoughts, Feelings, Actions brought eager acclaim upon their presences, the second especially stirring up impressive critical responses and airplay. Now building on a busy 2013 for the band of touring and playing shows, My Favourite Runner Up’s first full-length is poised to push the band into an intense spotlight, an easy assumption such its rousing qualities.

     Crossroads flies from the blocks with the excellent opener Light A Fire, guitar strokes and pulsating drum beats from CDBO06.pdfThomas Carr waking up the ears before the band uncages a contagion of sharp hooks and storming riffs with the lead vocals of Christian Evans laying down another strong lure within the web of enterprise provided by the guitars of Andrew Towell and Tom Hawkes. The song strides confidently throughout, at times showing restraint in its overall lively charge but constantly leaning persuasively on the senses with exciting dynamics and melodic potency. It is a tremendous start to the release immediately backed up by the new video single from the album, Poison. The second song swings into view with a swagger to the guitar and smile to the voice of Evans. Like a middle weight boxer dancing on its feet, the track bounces and leaps around the imagination with virulent infectiousness, the flames of guitars shadowed by again thumping rhythms and the dark tones of bass of Lee Walker.

   Both Never Again and Love Comes First march with large strides into the emotions, the first an emotively carved blaze of melodies and harmonies, the songs continuing to be blessed with great group combinations vocally. The song is more of a reflective stroll musically than its predecessors but still embraces excitable energy and keenness building to a huge anthemic chorus, a constant trait the band leaves most other similar bands sounding quite pale against. The second of the two raises the pace again, its ridiculously addictive chorus with equally epidemic vocal coaxing from Evans irresistible. Guitars and beats romp with skill and mischief in the ears but also with an invention and imagination which reveals the depths of the band’s thoughtful songwriting. It is one of the major pinnacles on the album standing boldly aside the opener and the following No More Fight within a wholly elevated range of triumphs. The next song has a stronger punk intensity to its body but does not lack any of the melodic endeavours and infectiousness of others whilst providing a scintillating groove to further ignite the imagination.

     Through the sublimely magnetic title track, a song with another chorus impossible to resist contributing to, the passion drenched Your Own Worst Enemy, and the compelling Storytelling the album continues to burn and entice brightly, the trio of songs individual in sound and character but united in uncaging hooks and melodies which simply seduce the strongest hunger in an already enraptured appetite for the album’s might. It is easy to wax lyrical about Crossroads when songs like this leave no ardour kissed reaction and pleasure unused.

     With an album of such high standards maybe slips in appeal if not quality are inevitable and with Scars and Better Without You, the band does miss the high mark set previously. To be honest there is little to dismiss the pair over, their craft and presentation undeniably impressive but both lack the same spark and adventure of their companions, thus failing to linger in thoughts and emotions. Home though ensures the album ends powerfully, almost combative rhythms and melody bred flames framing and flaring around the ever strong vocals whilst Walker saves his best bassline for this closing treat. It concludes a towering triumph of an album which suggests My Favourite Runner Up has the potential to be the next big thing UK rock proposition. Crossroads is one of the most enjoyable and impressive pop punk/power pop albums heard in quite a long time, if not the best.

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9.5/10

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MY FAVOURITE RUNNER UP unveil debut album,’Crossroads’ 17th February‏

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ENERGETIC PUNK ROCKERS RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM!
 
Explosive Brit rocksters ‘My Favourite Runner Up’ drop their eagerly awaited debut album ‘Crossroads’ on 17th February through all digital outlets.
Born in Northern Wales in 2006, My Favourite Runner Up were brought together by their common affection for New Found Glory, Jimmy Eat World, and Mayday Parade. Taking cues from their influences, the band have fashioned their own take, bringing together alluring hooks crossed with cut throat riffery; and the result is sure to win over any modern day rock fan.
Their debut EP, ‘Thoughts, Feelings, Actions’, received coverage from BBC Radio One, Scuzz TV and airplay on Kerrang! Radio, as well as securing widespread acclaim including impressive reviews from Rocksound and Dead Press and a feature interview with Big Cheese Magazine. Singles lifted from the record also gained airplay on all major UK radio stations, and the video for the single ‘Let It Ride’ was play-listed by Kerrang! TV.
In addition to their steady recording output, My Favourite Runner Up have always had a healthy appetite for live shows. To date, they have shared stages with the likes of Madina Lake, Mallory Knox, Kids In Glass Houses, Blitz Kids, Save Your Breath, Bury Tomorrow, The Hype Theory and Neck Deep, and toured with ‘I Spy Strangers’ and ‘Kids Can’t Fly’. Last year was also no different for the band as they relentlessly toured throughout the UK and Europe, further cementing their place as one of the new bands to see live. After a hectic touring schedule, the quartet bedded down in the recording studio with well-regarded producer Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Funeral For A Friend, Kids In Glass Houses, Twin Atlantic) at the controls once again. MFRU now release their full length debut album ‘Crossroads’ which features eleven tracks stacked with thoughtful arrangements and concise and twisted riffs that entwine perfectly with contagious vocal lines. Look out for the anthemic ‘Poison’, which is set to be released as their first video single, and keep your ears to the ground for extensive tour dates as the MFRU boys plan to further stamp their name on the UK scene.
= MY FAVOURITE RUNNER UP RELEASE ‘CROSSROADS’ ON MONDAY 17th FEBRUARY
AND NEW SINGLE ‘POISON’ ON FRIDAY 17th JANUARY=
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