Canadian prog metal band AURAS stream new single

Canadian prog metal band AURAS stream new single


Canadian progressive metal act AURAS have streamed their new single 'The Demoness' ahead of their second LP Binary Garden, due 12th July 2019 via Entertainment One / Good Fight Music.

Watch the new single here:

“‘The Demoness’ is one of the heavier songs off of Binary Garden," says guitarist Josh Ligaya. “The lyrics were written with a fictional sci-fi approach where I talk about Mother Nature letting go of herself as a person would. She’s tired of being mistreated by people and decides to stop taking care of herself; along with everyone who lives with her (human beings). Her toxic lifestyle of metaphorical substance abuse eventually leads to destroying humanity as a result.”

Pre-order Binary Garden here:

AURAS will embark on a large batch of tour dates across North America in support of the new LP. The band will hit the road in July on a short run of headline dates before touring with Night Verses for ten dates, and then two weeks with Red Handed Denial.

AURAS' new album is the follow-up to Heliospectrum, their debut full-length. Heliospectrum was the inevitable culmination of years spent perfecting their sonic brew in basements, clubs, and rehearsals, honing a mix of unrelenting heaviness, complex riffs, and melodic ambiance.

As New Noise raved in their four-star review, AURAS specializes in chaotic intensity married with passages of staggering beauty (and nice melodic touches strewn about).” Canada’s Exclaim! observed, “Heliospectrum is an indication that, in a genre overflowing with imitators, AURAS are capable of carving out a place that is firmly their own.” Metal Injection’s Nick Abela even included the album on his list of the Top 15 Albums of 2016.

Ottawa native Dean Hadjichristou (Parkway Drive, Protest The Hero) recorded Binary Garden, which was mixed by Jordan Valeriote (Silverstein, Counterparts, Structures). Nick Sampson (Of Mice & Men, We Came As Romans, Born Of Osiris) aided in pre-production as AURAS endeavored to crystallize their ambitious ideas.

AURAS continue to throw new curveballs, pulverising through tight musical corners with precision, filling their songs with rhythmic twitches and warped riffs that beckon listeners down a new rabbit hole with each rewarding repeated listening. It’s all imbued with a deep sense of connection to the audience and an emphasis on communication.

THE CONTORTIONIST release single and new EP details

THE CONTORTIONIST release single and new EP details


THE CONTORTIONIST have released new single / video 'Early Grave' and details of a new EP. Produced and directed by Corey Norman and produced and edited by vocalist Michael Lessard, this is the first music video and original song we’ve seen from the progressive group since the release of their Clairvoyant album in 2017.

Check out 'Early Grave' here:

THE CONTORTIONIST will release new EP Our Bones on 9th August 2019 via Entertainment One / Good Fight Music. Crafted in the compound owned by producer/engineer John Douglass (Coheed & Cambria, Bad Wolves, Carnifex), where the guys were able to live and work, Our Bones began with some ideas Robby Bacawould regularly run through at the band’s soundchecks.

“Once I was finally able to get Robby to record that riff we started piecing together the song in the back of the van, while on tour in Europe,” Lessard recalls. The result was lead single 'Early Grave,' an expression of gratitude to the fans who’ve shared their stories of heartbreak, loneliness, and depression, and found new strength in the music of THE CONTORTIONIST.

The band’s blistering new EP sees THE CONTORTIONIST step outside the atmospheric storytelling of their critically-lauded conceptual masterpiece Clairvoyant (2017) to indulge an aggressive shadow side. More an anthology of standalone bursts of intensity, Our Bones isn’t a mere stopover between albums, it’s both a definitive look back and an ambitious leap forward.

“We try to do something different with everything we create,” explains Lessard. “With our albums, we tend to work with overarching interconnected themes. 'Our Bones' is a departure. It offered an opportunity to dive into some things we haven’t had a chance to explore, and the shorter EP format allowed us to be hyper-focused on each song.”

Our Bones was mixed and mastered by longtime collaborator Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, Through The Eyes Of The Dead), who worked on Language and Clairvoyant.

While THE CONTORTIONIST ultimately have proven themselves masters of psychedelic-enhanced experimentation and trippy melodicism, endearing them to fans of later period Enslaved and Sigur Ros alike, they have never entirely forsaken the urgent impact of tech-leaning extremity.

“From The Beatles to Pink Floyd to Mastodon, all the great rock bands in history have clear, non-linear musical trajectories,” Metal Sucks observed. “It’s great to see a band taking chances and moving forward. The result is a fully formed band, four albums in, to which no other bands compare. Literally: no one else sounds like The Contortionist even a little.”

THE CONTORTIONIST have announced a run of European tour dates including appearances at ArcTanGent (UK), Summer Breeze (DE) and Brutal Assault (CZ) festivals. Azusa, featuring former members of Dillinger Escape Plan, will support on a number of the headline dates. This directly follows the band's summer North American tour with Between The Buried and Me.


August 3 - Venice, Italy @ Argo 16*
August 4 - Milan, Italy @ Circolo Svolta*
August 6 - Wiesbaden, Germany @ Kesselhaus
August 7 - Dresden, Germany @ Beatpol
August 8 - Warsaw, Poland @ Hydrozagadka*
August 9 - Jaromer, Czech Republic @ Brutal Assault Festival
August 10 - Berlin, Germany @ Music & Frieden
August 11 - Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
August 13 - Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Merelyn
August 14 - Cologne, Germany @ Club Volta
August 15 - Dinkelsbuhl, Germany @ Summer Breeze Festival
August 17 - Bristol, England @ Arctangent Festival
August 19 - Dublin, Ireland @ Voodoo Lounge*
August 20 - Belfast, UK @ Speakeasy*
August 22 - Leeds, England @ Brudenell Social Club

*=No Azusa

Pre-order / Save Our Bones here:

Track-listing:  1. Follow 2. Early Grave 3. All Grey 4. 1979


1. Follow
2. Early Grave
3. All Grey
4. 1979

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PHOXJAW release new single 'Monday Man'

PHOXJAW release new single 'Monday Man'

A Playground For Sad Adults EP out 5th July via Hassle Records

“gargantuan offering of distorted guitars and crushing riffs” – Kerrang! Magazine
“head-rattlingly catchy” – Metal Hammer

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PHOXJAW have released their brand new single 'Monday Man'. The track is taken from sophomore EP A Playground For Sad Adults, due for release on 5th July 2019 via Hassle Records.

Check out the 'Monday Man' video here:

Stream 'Monday Man' here:

The band comment on the track and video:

"'Monday Man' is a comment on the routines we all fall into, and how they can come to dominate and dictate our lives. The music presenting a fast, frantic bed for the lyrics to dance on.

"The video for 'Monday Man' is about a tiger that rides an 80s chopper bike, takes a penalty in the football match, then rides into the distance. Make of that what you will, could be poetic, could not."

PHOXJAW have also been announced as main support to Black Peaks on their upcoming European tour. See below for full dates.

Signing to Hassle Records (Brutus, Pagan, Press Club) continues the alternative quartet's rise, following the acclaim of their debut EP Goodbye Dinosaur..., tours with Black Peaks and Pagan, and appearances at 2000trees and Camden Rocks festivals.

The Bristol-based rock outfit made waves in 2018, garnering support from Kerrang!, Metal Hammer and the Radio 1 Rock Show surrounding the release of Goodbye Dinosaur... The success of the debut EP was unsurprising given the reaction to PHOXJAW's first ever release, their double A-side single Spin Club/Victorian Dolls (Pale Wizard Recordings) which sold out quickly. With their follow-up single 'Triceratops' and subsequent EP the band has received praise from a wide range of UK press: Kerrang! ("unhinged and mesmerising"), Metal Hammer ("inhabiting their own, unique musical world"), Rhythm Magazine ("already causing waves") and more.

There are few bands that sound as unique, infectious, or as powerful as PHOXJAW. Although hard to pigeonhole, the band are at times reminiscent of early Biffy Clyro, At The Drive-In and Cave In. The four-piece owe much to their melodic tenacity and driving, off-kilter riffs and mixed with their ferocious energy onstage and compelling personalities, PHOXJAW are firmly establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

See PHOXJAW live:

29 June - Truro, Behave! Festival 2.5
11 July - Cheltenham, 2000trees Festival
25 Aug - Cardiff, Hubfest
31 Aug - Torquay, Burn It Down Festival

Europe with Black Peaks:

15 Oct - Haarlem, Netherlands - Patronaat
16 Oct - Koln, Germany - Luxor
18 Oct - Frauenfeld, Switzerland - Eisenwerk
19 Oct - Wiesbaden, Germany - Kesselhaus
20 Oct - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk
22 Oct - Hannover, Germany - Lux
23 Oct - Hamburg, Germany - Headcrash
25 Oct - Dresden, Germany - Loco
26 Oct - Leipzig, Germany - Naumans
27 Oct - Berlin, Germnay - Musik & Frieden


Danny Garland - vocals/bass
Josh Gallop - guitar
Kieran Gallop - drums
Alexander Share - guitar/keys/vocals

For more information:

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Instrumental prog guitarist SCHIERMANN releases drum playthrough featuring Navene Koperweis

Instrumental prog guitarist SCHIERMANN releases drum playthrough featuring Navene Koperweis


Prog guitar virtuoso SCHIERMANN has released a drum playthrough video for the track ‘Northern Lights' featuring Enthos (and former Animals As Leaders) drummer Navene Koperweis.

Premiered via Music Radar, check it out here:

SCHIERMANN has also announced a UK/NL run supporting Uneven Structure which includes two dates with Vola. Check him out on the following dates:

11 Sept – Doornroosje, Nimegen, NL*
12 Sept – Patronaat, Haarlem, NL*
13 Sept – Electrowerkz, London, UK
14 Sept – Satan’s Hollow, Manchester, UK
15 Sept – Exchange, Bristol, UK

* with Vola

Released late 2017, the SCHIERMANN self-titled debut is a journey of adventurous, infectious melodies and intelligent grooves topped off with a large dose virtuoso lead work inspired by many players across the decades. Chris’ first love Randy Rhoads’ style is very present, along with the grit of Van Halen, finesse of Steve Vai and the inventiveness of Tosin Abasi.

Purchase Schiermann here:

PRINCE DADDY & THE HYENA announce UK / Euro tour with Oso Oso

PRINCE DADDY & THE HYENA announce UK / Euro tour with Oso Oso

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PRINCE DADDY & THE HYENA have announced their debut UK / European tour as support to US punk rockers Oso Oso, touring in support of their highly-anticipated new album Cosmic Thrill Seekers, out 28th June 2019 via Big Scary Monsters.

The band recently dropped new single 'C'mon Smoke Me Up', check it out here:


Oct 1– Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
Oct 2 – Glies 22, Munster, DE
Oct 3 – Hafenklang, Hamburg, DE
Oct 5 – Sekten, Gothenburg, SE
Oct 8 – Cassiopeia, Berlin, DE
Oct 9 – Café V Lese, Prague, CZ
Oct 11 – Kiff (Foyer), Aarau, CZ
Oct 12 – Subway, Cologne, DE
Oct 13 – Trix Bar, Antwerp, BE
Oct 14 – V11, Rotterdam, NL
Oct 16 – Elsewhere, Margate, UK
Oct 17 – Green Door Store, Brighton, UK
Oct 18 – Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
Oct 19 – The Key Club, Leeds, UK
Oct 20 – The Hug and Pint, Glasgow, UK
Oct 22 – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, UK
Oct 23 – The Bodega, Nottingham, UK
Oct 24 – Boston Music Room, London, UK
Oct 25 – Louisiana, Bristol, UK

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 26 June at 10 am BST.

Pre-order Cosmic Thrill Seekers here:

Cosmic Thrill Seekers, the new record from Albany punk rock band PRINCE DADDY & THE HYENA, is many things. It is an odyssey of epic, The Monitor-esque proportions, a great, galloping sonic roadtrip across space and time and Albany, boomeranging around a horn of punk, pop, indie, garage rock, and orchestral, Queen-style arrangements and theatrics; it is an exploration of the fall-out after an acid trip, manic self-destruction, bottoming-out and recovering, and then slipping again; it is a candid, acute documentation of front person Kory Gregory’s cyclical mental health states as told through three acts and 14 songs/chapters; it is an existential presentation of eternal return theory, a victory via surrender to impermanence; and perhaps most of all, it is about Dorothy Gale and The Wizard Of Oz.

There are three acts in Cosmic Thrill Seekers, each exploring a stage in Gregory’s mental health. “I remember watching the Wizard of Oz one time, and noticing some weird kind of parallels between the cyclical nature of my mental health and that movie,” he says. “My mental health rotates and jumps from one stage to the next, and then repeats itself.” The closing moments of Cosmic Thrill Seekers reflect this, as the outro to the last track, “The Wacky Misadventures of the Passenger,” morphs into the first muted notes of opener “I Lost My Life.”

For more information:

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Cosmic Thrill Seekers    Tracklist :  ACT I The Heart / Passenger 1. I Lost My Life 2. Lauren (Track 2) 3. Fuckin' A 4. Dialogue 5. Cosmic Thrill Seeking Forever  ACT II The Brain / Driver 6. Slip 7. The Prototype of the Ultimate Lifeform 8. Breather 9. Ursula Merger  ACT III The Roar / Random Passerby 10. Dream Nails 11. C'Mon & Smoke Me Up 12. Trying Times 13. Klonopin 14. Wacky Misadventures of The Passenger

Cosmic Thrill Seekers Tracklist:

The Heart / Passenger
1. I Lost My Life
2. Lauren (Track 2)
3. Fuckin' A
4. Dialogue
5. Cosmic Thrill Seeking Forever

The Brain / Driver
6. Slip
7. The Prototype of the Ultimate Lifeform
8. Breather
9. Ursula Merger

The Roar / Random Passerby
10. Dream Nails
11. C'Mon & Smoke Me Up
12. Trying Times
13. Klonopin
14. Wacky Misadventures of The Passenger

Eradikator release new single and announce album details

Eradikator release new single and announce album details


UK heavy metal quartet ERADIKATOR return with new single 'Poisoned To Sorrow' and announce the release of new album Obscura, set for 3rd August via Divebomb Records.

Check out 'Poisoned To Sorrow' here:

Hailing from the birthplace of heavy metal - Birmingham, England - ERADIKATOR are a four-piece heavy metal outfit that initially set out to create face-melting, ear-shredding metal that would make even the most hardened ears haemorrhage liquid steel. Back with Divebomb Records for their third consecutive release - following Dystopia (2013) and Edge of Humanity (2015) - the U.K. quartet has, however, broadened its palette and focused on masterfully crafted song writing with forthcoming nine-song full-length, Obscura.

Speaking of the new album, guitarist Andy MacNevin comments, "Obscura is about addressing the darker side of the human psyche. It's a concept album that deals with the different stages of grief and how they impact the mind, looking at how we manage those feelings and ultimately try to move forward whilst not forgetting that which we have lost."

Recorded once more with renowned producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, At the Gates, Evile) at The Parlour Recording Studio, Obscura's 47-minute journey demonstrates a compositional raising-of-the-bar and a move away from their traditional thrash roots. From the undeniable hooks of opener 'Nightmare Dawning,' ERADIKATOR's first-rate brand of meaty-yet-melodic metal grows increasingly diverse - take, for example, the echoes of acts such as Mastodon or Gojira in 'Hourglass,' or the unanticipatedly bluesy intro to the epic 'I Want to Believe.'

Further elaborating on Obscura's lyrical direction, bassist/vocalist Pat Cox adds, "It's about the sense of loss we find within ourselves and the propensity to dwell on and be blinded by grief - following the journey through the sorrow and darkness, reaching the end, and coming out the other side scarred but wiser."

"Growth" and "maturity" are all too often subtle signs of decline with regard to the heavy metal landscape, but ERADIKATOR have executed this impressively ambitious evolution to utter perfection, and Obscura is sure to remain a benchmark album amidst the group's growing discography.

Check the band out on one of the following dates:

20.07 - The Asylum, Birmingham
03.08 - O2 Institute, Birmingham
30.08 - Venue tbc, Bristol
07.09 - The Queen's Head, Nuneaton
26.09 - The Chameleon, Nottingham

More information:


Track Listing:


Welsh rock trio JUNIOR announce headline tour and stream new single

Welsh rock trio JUNIOR announce headline tour and stream new single


Welsh rock band JUNIOR have announced their UK headline tour in support of their anticipated debut full-length, Beautiful Life, to be released 2nd August.

Tickets on general sale on Friday 21st June. Dates are as follows:

2nd - Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
4th - Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
5th - Glasgow Hug & Pint
6th - Manchester Star & Garter
7th - London Club 229
8th - Cheltenham Frog and Fiddle
9th - Sheffield Record Junkee

The band have also released their new single 'Don't Know What I'd Do', the second from Beautiful Life.

Watch and stream:

Pre-order the album:

In the words of guitarist Matt Attard: "This song is about finding someone who pulls you out of a dark place, when you feel like you’re at your lowest. It could be a partner, a friend, or just anyone who has a positive impact on your life. It’s about being thankful for that interaction, even if you can’t verbalise how grateful you are."

"I feel like the imagery of the track is quite abstract, because sometimes it’s hard to articulate how you feel about the people you love, especially with the toxic expectation put on men to suppress their feelings, so you do what you can to describe it. Space plays an important part in this record thematically, as it can be seen as so aspirational and full of wonder, but at the same time, the idea of being lost in space seem so isolating and scary. I think ‘I Don’t Know What I’d Do’ leans heavily on those themes because we’ve all felt scared and alone, but opening up and letting someone in can help you gain a whole new perspective. This was a great one to put together in the studio, as we got to use 7-string guitars to make really interesting textures. It’s the kind of instrument that’s mainly reserved for heavy metal, but we wanted to get out of our comfort zone and experiment - with the added bonus of getting to pretend to be Slipknot for a day!"

These themes underpin JUNIOR's first album and are key to the band's own identity. Beyond this, the band's drummer Si Martin is known for running mental health non-profit Heads Above The Waves, which raises awareness of depression and self-harm in young people.

In addition to Si, JUNIOR's vocalist/bassist is well-known WWE wrestler Mark Andrews who performs weekly on NXT, 205 Live and NXT UK to an audience of millions. Guitarist and co-vocalist Matt Attard writes theme tunes for wrestlers, balancing his time against JUNIOR's increasingly busy schedule.

The band's vital message does not detract from the fact that JUNIOR are, above all else, a fun band. The highly versatile and impressively mature debut brings to mind elements of Blink-182, Biffy Clyro, and Jimmy Eat World, breaking beyond anthemic pop-punk tropes to create a highly irresistible first offering to all fans of modern rock.

In their short history, JUNIOR have already played Download Festival, toured Canada, headlined London's The Dome and received significant support from Rock Sound, Kerrang!, Alt Press and many more.

For more information:

Tracklisting:  1. Girls and Boys   2. Playing The Part   3. Day of the Dead   4. Don’t Know What I’d Do   5. When the Tower Falls   6. Baby Blue   7. P.Y.D (Feat. Elijah)  8. Hey Becka   9. [interlude]   10. Brick by Brick   11. Dramatic   12. Beautiful Life   13. Where and When


1. Girls and Boys

2. Playing The Part

3. Day of the Dead

4. Don’t Know What I’d Do

5. When the Tower Falls

6. Baby Blue

7. P.Y.D (Feat. Elijah)

8. Hey Becka

9. [interlude]

10. Brick by Brick

11. Dramatic

12. Beautiful Life

13. Where and When

Norwegian hardcore troupe OBERST stream new single and sign to Indie Recordings

Norwegian hardcore troupe OBERST stream new single and sign to Indie Recordings

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Norwegian hardcore punk quartet OBERST have released their new single 'A Stranger Place Pt. 2' having signed with Indie Recordings.

Premiered via Everything Is Noise, you can now watch the video here:

Stream and purchase:

The band comment on the single: “The song is about driving head on in to dangerous and uncharted territory, knowing, and almost rejoicing in the fact that it ultimately will take a toll on you. The title refers to the song 'A Stranger Place', from our first EP, which is basically about the exact same thing. The title also flirts a little with the very elaborate song titles of older progressive rock songs

"The music video for 'A Stranger Place Pt. 2' is just a crazy, weird, fast paced and a little humorous assault on the senses. The visual expression matches the lyrical theme of the song, which is about uncharted, weird and dangerous places to explore. The music video definitely takes place in a weird space."

The Oslo-based group blend their many influences seamlessly into a unique sound, a heady mixture of hardcore, post-metal, punk, and progressive metal.

Originally formed around the mutual interest in music rather than any particular genre, OBERSTlater found common ground in bands like Mastodon, Baroness, Converge and Cult of Luna.

The release of their self-titled debut EP was met with critical acclaim and praised locally as "some of the best metal produced in Norway for a long time".

Following the success of their EP the band have signed with Indie Recordings for their anticipated debut full-length.

Guitarist Dennis Estensen comments: "The process of making this album took a lot of effort and a long time for us. I feel we really took a giant leap from our debut EP in terms of songwriting and production. We’re really proud to finally release it to the world, and even more proud to get this out with Indie Recordings behind the release. I feel this record is going to sound fresh and exciting for a lot of people, not just for the typical rock & metal-fan."

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CONJURER announce UK and EU headline tour

CONJURER announce UK and EU headline tour

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CONJURER are to tour the UK and Europe in October with support from Earth Moves, LLNN (select dates) and Armed for Apocalypse.

The news follows the band's huge Download Festival debut and their signing to Nuclear Blast(non-UK, Europe).

General on-sale tickets available from Wednesday 19th June.
Pre-sale for London and Manchester available now:


19.10 Haarlem, NL - Patronaat (tickets)
20.10 Hamburg, DE - Headcrash (tickets)
21.10 Berlin, DE - Maze (tickets)
22.10 Cologne, DE - MTC (tickets)

24.10 Nottingham, UK - Beta (tickets)
25.10 Manchester, UK - The Star & Garter (tickets)
26.10 Glasgow, UK - The Attic (tickets)
27.10 Leeds, UK - The Key Club (tickets)
28.10 Bristol, UK - Crofters Rights (tickets)
29.10 London, UK - Boston Music Rooms* (tickets)
30.10 Birmingham, UK - The Flapper* (tickets)

*with LLNN

The band comment: "A year and a half from the release of Mire and we're delighted to hand-pick some of our favourite bands and good friends to come along with us on tour. We're working hard to bring some new elements to our live show that will be new to everyone and these are likely to be the last headline shows on Mire - this is not one to miss."

2019 is witness to CONJURER's rise as one of the most exciting and talked-about new metal bands, following the group's first US tour earlier this year, with Rivers of Nihil, Entheos and Wolf King. CONJURER are also to release their collaborative album with UK post-metal troupe PIJN entitled Curse These Metal Hands on 16th August (Holy Roar Records), a celebration of the power of uplifting heavy music.

CONJURER will also be touring North America in Autumn, their second tour of the region in six months. CONJURER will support Revocation and Voivod across the US and Canada alongside Psycroptic and Skeletal Remains throughout September and October. The tour also includes four dates with Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, Sick Of It All, and Take Offense, and one with Eluveitie and Ensiferum.

CONJURER's debut LP Mire (March 2018, Holy Roar Records) was critically acclaimed globally, landed multiple 'album of the year' lists and garnered awards nominations from the likes of Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, and the Heavy Music Awards.

Championed by Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, BBC R1, AV Club, Upset, MetalSucks, Metal Hammer DE, Fuze (DE), Rock Tribune (BE) and more, CONJURER fast became the young metal band from the UK in 2018. CONJURER's 2018 included their first ever EU tour, subsequent dates with Will Haven and Conan; and sets at UK Tech-Fest, 2000trees, Bloodstock Open Air, ArcTanGent Festival (two sets), and Euroblast Festival.

Watch the band's videos:

The Mire:

For more information:

Further live dates:

14.06 Download Festival, Donington
24.06 Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes (w/ Will Haven)
26.06 229 The Venue, London (w/ Will Haven)
11.07 2000trees Festival, Cheltenham
15.08 ArcTanGent Festival, Bristol

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