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Get Ready To Rock - THE FIRST Announce Album and Tour Plans

Tuesday 13th August, 2013
Get Ready to Rock With This Year's Most Infectious Album

THE FIRST to Release 'Take Courage' on September 23, 2013

Announce UK Headlining Tour for Sept/Oct




Once in a generation a band comes along, slaps you in the face and demands that you pay attention. You can fight it, even deny it, but ultimately it will catch up with you and you’ll have to concede to the power of Rock. On September 23, 2013, THE FIRST raise their call to this generation of fist pumping, body thrusting, chorus raising rock fans, with the release of their sophomore album, 'Take Courage'.

Armed with punchy sing along choruses, stage strutting riffs and shredding guitar work, ‘Take Courage’ is a hooks aplenty record with a unique flair quite unlike any of their UK rock counterparts. The singles ‘Take It Back’ and ‘Love. Regret. Forgive. Forget.’ showcase the band’s infectious songwriting, whereas ‘Dare I Say I Ruined Everything’ and ‘Shark Attack’ turn it up to 11 just as well as any seasoned band on the Sunset Strip. Imagine the sound of a UK rock power house corrupted by sun, strippers, whisky and fast cars, whilst retaining their British charm and good looks; a must listen for fans of Deaf Havana and Mallory Knox but also Bon Jovi and Guns n’ Roses.

Check out the band's latest video:



The media have already heralded the call to action, with the band’s single 'Love Regret Forgive Forget’ appearing on last night’s edition of the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P Carter- which you can check out here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b037wyhv

And whilst sitting in your bedroom, air-guitaring along to the album is all well and good, the band have decided they want you to join them in their touring front room for a string of dates across the UK throughout September and October, where fans can strut, bounce, mosh and sing their hearts out, bandanas on, air guitars held high. See below for a full list of dates and venues.

Tour Dates:

Sat 21st Sept – The Junction, Cambridge
Tue 8th Oct – The BarFly, London
Wed 9th Oct – The Flapper, Birmingham
Thur 10th Oct – The Exchange, Bristol
Fri 11th Oct – Boileroom, Guilford
Sat 12th Oct – Rock City Basement, Nottingham
Sun 13th Oct – Cluny 2, Newcastle
Mon 14th Oct - Corporation, Sheffield



Pre-order the album 'Take Courage' and receive 'Love Regret Forgive Forget' for free here:
https://itunes.apple.com/album/take-courage/id655925436

Physical CDs can be ordered from here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Take-Courage-The-First/dp/B00E0I8GAY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1376377924&sr=8-2

For PR enquiries, press packs and chat - contact Lisa@ Hold Tight PR




TAKE COURAGE track listing:

1. There's No Place Like Home
2. Take It Back
3. Dare I Say I Ruined Everything
4. Start Again
5. Monster
6. Take Courage
7. Shark Attack
8. William
9. Love. Regret. Forgive. Forget.
10. Tonight Tonight
11. Enough Is Never Enough (Bonus Track)


Belgian mathcore band BEAR sign to BASICK RECORDS

Thursday 8th August, 2013
BASICK RECORDS are ecstatic to announce the signing of Belgian mathcore mentalists, BEAR, to their roster.


Their debut album 'Noumenon' will be released via the label this autumn. Check out the teaser video here:




Mixing extreme chaos with dazzling technical flair is the four-piece’s forte, and Basick boss Nathan Barley Phillips was compelled to sign them after witnessing their off-the-scale live show at last year's Euroblast Festival.


Barley comments: "I had the misfortune of a near-death experience when i chanced upon BEAR playing at a small venue in Germany last year… It's not often that i genuinely fear for my own safety when watching a band, but experiencing BEAR's live show is about as close to armageddon as it gets. I'm thrilled to welcome them to BASICK."


As long term fans of the Label, BEAR are equally as excited: "Joining Basick's already impressive roster is a dream come true and we can't wait to drop our next beast of a record everywhere. Obey the BEAR /// !"


BEAR are confirmed for Eierfest in Belgium on August 23rd as well as another appearance at Euroblast Festival in Germany on October 12th, and with tour announcements in the pipeline, expect a stage near you to be decimated very soon.

HACKTIVIST release 'N***as In Paris' as free download

Wednesday 7th August, 2013

UK grime / metal quintet HACKTIVIST last night released their cover of Jay-Z & Kanye West's 'N***as In Paris' as a free MP3 download with accompanying video.




Over the past twelve months, 'N***as In Paris' has become a firm fan favourite at HACKTIVIST shows, but besides a very rough demo that somehow found its way onto the internet last year, it has never been heard as a full proper studio track. Due to huge demand from fans, and simply because it’s summer, the band have made the track available for free via http://www.hacktivist.uk.com and http://www.musicglue.com/hacktivist.


The video was edited by bass-player Josh Gurner using footage from the band's spring UK tour with Enter Shikari, plus festival appearances at this year's Download and Germany's Rock Am Ring / Rock Im Park.



Hacktivist hit the road for their first major UK headline tour this November taking with them Electonica metal duo The Algorithm, following a run of German and French shows with Enter Shikari and appearances at Van's Warped Tour in Berlin, Eindhoven and London.


The band are currently working on their debut album, but hope to release a new track AND an expended reissue of their now sold-out and deleted debut EP, to coincide with the dates.


HACKTIVIST
EUROPE & UK - NOV / DEC 2013
( * - special guests of Enter Shikari)


NOVEMBER
7 STRASBOURG,FRANCE. LAITERIE *
8 KARLSRUHE, GERMANY. SUBSTAGE *
9 BERLIN, GERMANY. WARPED TOUR *
10 EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS. WARPED TOUR
12 BREMEN, GERMANY. MODERN 65 *
13 MUNSTER, GERMANY. SKATES PALACE *
14 WIESBADEN, GERMANY. SCHLACTHOF *
16 LILLE, FRANCE. GRAND MIX *
17 LONDON, UK. WARPED TOUR (HEADLINE)
19 BRIGHTON - AUDIO
20 PORTSMOUTH - WEDGEWOOD ROOMS
21 EXETER - CAVERN
22 PLYMOUTH WHITE RABBIT
23 BATH MOLES
25 CARDIFF CLWB IFOR BACH
26 WOLVERHAMPTON SLADE ROOMS
27 LIVERPOOL EAST VILLAGE ARTS CLUB
29 GLASGOW KING TUTS
30 EDINBURGH ELECTRIC CIRCUS


DECEMBER
01 NEWCASTLE THINK TANK
02 YORK DUCHESS
03 LEEDS COCKPIT 3
05 NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY BASEMENT
06 MANCHESTER ROADHOUSE
07 WREXHAM CENTRAL STATION
08 BEDFORD ESQUIRES
10 BRISTOL THEKLA
11 READING FACE BAR
12 LONDON UNDERWORLD
13 GUILDFORD BOILER ROOM

I DIVIDE and WE ARE FICTION confirm for this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Wednesday 24th July, 2013


Get the lowdown on why to check out each band below – fish slapping, JLS slinging top facts


Reading and Leeds Festivals have announced that I DIVIDE and WE ARE FICTION will play on the BBC Introducing Stage at both festivals this year. DJ’s Huw Stephens and Zane Lowe will be discussing the line up additions on their shows this evening on BBC Radio 1.


Both bands recently signed to London based record label Destroy Everything.


Last month saw Exeter rockers I DIVIDE release the single, Follow Me, to be taken from their debut album which will be released later this year via Destroy Everything, as well as opening the second stage at Download Festival this summer.


Watch their video for 'Follow Me' here:



Melodic hardcore quintet WE ARE FICTION have already released two singles from their debut album to be released later this year via Destroy Everything.


You can watch 'The Worst Of It' here:




Still need some convincing? Here are some top facts on why your feet should be firmly planted in front of the stage when our guys come on.


I DIVIDE


- Lead guitarist Henry Selley broke his arm at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival. Reading & Leeds will be the first time he has played live with the band since May.
- Guitarist and backing vocalist Josh Wreford’s full time job is working for the Met Office. So if it rains at the festival you know whom to blame.
- Lead Guitarist Henry Selley was asked to be in Asking Alexandria when he was 15, before the band ever existed.
- The band once slapped vocalist Tom Kavanagh in the face with a wet fish in a music video. The fish wasn’t very pleased.
- Clearly a rising talent, the band won ‘best rock band’ at the South West music awards last year.
- Bass player Kristen Hughes is scared of puddles. Let’s hope for his sake it doesn’t rain at the festival this year.


WE ARE FICTION:


- At their last hometown show they sold out Peterborough MET Lounge, the first time the venue had sold out from pre sales in over 10 years.
- Bassist Ryan Chambers has a famous cousin, aka Aston from JLS. Shame he can’t dance like him though.
- Vocalist Phil Barker once was a Kurt Cobain lookalike
- Guitarist Andi Scott Shaw once got really drunk at Hevy festival and shat himself. For a small fee the band are happy to re-live this moment in history at Reading and Leeds.
- Once on tour they managed to leave vocalist/guitarist Marc Kucharski at a service station in Exeter and didn’t realise for over 100 miles. If they turn up at the festival with no guitar player, then this will be why.


For press enquiries, interviews or anything else please contact Steph @ Hold Tight! PR

Dead Harts give away new single ‘Leech’ and release lyric video

Tuesday 23rd July, 2013


Steel City hardcore bruisers DEAD HARTS have released ‘Leech’, the first single taken from their upcoming debut album, and are giving it away to fans for FREE. The band have also released a lyric video for the track. Check it out here:



The MP3 can be downloaded here for FREE in exchange for a tweet:


http://www.tweetforatrack.com/DeadHarts


Huge riffs, driving rhythms and cutting vocals are combined with a stage show of flailing guitars, spinning mics and stagedives, to create the chaos that is DEAD HARTS. The band have spent the last 18 months touring the UK and Europe in support of their debut mini album 'Born Into Rags To Die No Richer' (Transcend Music EU / Distort CA) and have left a trail of infectious carnage in their wake.


With performances at Download, Slam Dunk, Hit The Deck, Hevy and Ghostfest festivals and tours with While She Sleeps and Annotations of an Autopsy under their belts, DEAD HARTS have already cultivated an army of dedicated fans. Coupled with the strong media support of Metal Hammer, Rock Sound and Dan Carter of the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show, who premiered ‘Leech’, DEAD HARTS are a band that will be hard to miss in the coming months.


The as yet untitled debut record, due for release early 2014, will be as raucous and high energy as this single suggests, and the catalyst for these hardcore / metal / punk / experimental mentalists to really make their mark.


Catch the band out on tour this October with The Devil Wears Prada and Napoleon:


Tues 1st Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Wed 2nd London Islington Academy
Fri 4th Cardiff Great Hall 2
Sat 5th Bristol The Fleece
Sun 6th Birmingham Asylum
Mon 7th Norwich Waterfront
Tue 8th Glasgow King Tuts
Fri 11th Belfast Mandela Hall
Sat 12th Newcastle Academy 2
Mon 14th Manchester Club Academy
Tue 15th Sheffield Corporation

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