Innocense by Suspects – pure post-grunge garage punk rock

Suspects - Thomas Prescott and James (Jaff) MaySuspects are Thomas Prescott and James (Jaff) May. They come from Southend, and are a part of the ever-growing, pulsating Cool Thing Records that could very well be at the centre of the universe.

Their debut single, Innocense, sees the the two-piece arrive on the garage punk rock ‘n’ roll platform with a bang!

Innocense is an epic slice of back-to-basics, gritty, driving post-grunge garage punk rock.  Pounding drums, heavy big muff-drive fuzz guitars and an abrasive yet controlled, aggressive vocal delivery.  All of which fixates the listener like a rabbit to headlights or Elvis to prescription drugs.  From the off, Innocence explodes into action. 0-50 faster than Valentino Rossi. Ending way too soon, it leaves an empty burning hum and a spellbinding charm, before I select repeat, again and again.

Innocense perfectly depicts a sound that cuts like a switchblade through the endless pile of shallow, empty candy-sweet, non-confrontational drivel that envelopes the sleepy, zombie-like state we find ourselves in. Suspects are here to wake us up from our slumber and to shout from the roof tops FUCK POLITICS – LET’S DANCE!

Pump up the volume and jump aboard the Suspects train departing from Southend-on-Sea, as it steams head on to Garage Punkville!  This train is bound for freedom with its first class passengers Jack White, Black Sabbath, Queens Of The Stone Age and Black Flag.

Innocence by Suspects is available on Cool Thing Records.

The Xcerts, Dinosaur Pile Up, Rock Sound Exposure Tour, new video’s and further dates.

The Xcerts and Dinosaur Pile Up join up with Japanese Voyeurs for the Rock Sound Exposure Tour which gets underway tonight, February 17th at Esquires in Bedford and will travel the country culminating in the final date at The Joiners in Southampton on March 5th.

Dinosaur Pile Up will release the latest single from the brilliant 2010 debut album Growing Pains on March 14th, it will be fans favourite My Rock ‘n’ Roll, one of the first songs written for the band by frontman Matt Bigland.

You can see the video to accompany the track here:

Dinosaur Pile Up – My Rock ‘n’ Roll


Rock Sound Exposure Tour Dates featuring The Xcerts, Dinosaur Pile Up and Japanese Voyeurs:

17 – Bedford Esquires
18 – Bournemouth Champions
19 – Brighton Audio
20 – Tunbridge Forum
22 – Cambridge Haymakers
23 – Birmingham O2 Academy3
24 – London Relentless Garage
25 – Bristol O2 Academy2
27 – Glasgow King Tuts
28 – Newcastle O2 Academy2
02 – Leeds Cockpit 2
03 – Manchester Roadhouse
04 – York Duchess
05 – Southampton Joiners

Tickets for this three band extravaganza are priced at just £7.50 representing excellent value for money!

Meanwhile The Xcerts will release their new EP on March 7th,  The Stairs To Noise: The Scatterbrain EP features some songs that were written for The Scatterbrain album that didn’t make onto the final cut, but were to good to discard.

The band have just released a video to accompany the title track from the EP, Scatterbrain and you can watch it here:

The Xcerts – Scatterbrain


Following the current Rock Sound Exposure Tour, The Xcerts will hit the road again in April 2011 with their own UK headlining tour. Full dates below:

The Xcerts UK Headline Tour

FRI 1 Sheffield, The Leadmill
SAT 2 Stoke, The Sugarmill
SUN 3 Wrexham, Central Station
TUE 5 Dundee, Doghouse
WED 6 Aberdeen, Drummonds
THU 7 Stirling, Fubar
FRI 8 Edinburgh, Studio 24
SAT 9 Carlisle The Brickyard
SUN 10 Newcastle, O2 Academy2
TUE 12 Birmingham, The Flapper & Firkin
WED 13 Nottingham, Rock City
THU 14 Bristol, Start The Bus
FRI 15 Plymouth, White Rabbit
SAT 16 Exeter, The Cavern
MON 18 London, The Barfly
TUE 19 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
WED 20 Liverpool, Shipping Forecast
THU 21 Northampton, Roadmender


The Xcerts, Dinosaur Pile Up and Japanese Voyeurs Rock Sound Exposure Tour

The Rock Sound Exposure Tour kicks off this month featuring an excellent line up of The Xcerts, Dinosaur Pile Up and Japanese Voyeurs all playing on one bill.

The Xcerts released their brilliant second album Scatterbrain in 2010 and have announced a new EP for release on March 7th this year which will include some of the tracks recorded for the Scatterbrain album that never made the final cut.

Stairs To The Noise – The Scatterbrain EP includes the title track from the album along with four previously unreleased songs including a specially recorded cover of Elliot Smith’s Say Yes.

Xcerts frontman Murray MacLeod says: “We had some tracks left over from the album sessions we did in New York that we really liked but didn’t work with the flow of the record so rather than just release another single, we decided to put these songs onto an EP along with a specially recorded cover Elliot Smith’s ‘Say Yes’ to sell at a reduced price as a reward for our fans loyalty.”

‘Stairs To Noise: The Scatterbrain EP’ track listing:
1. ‘Scatterbrain’
2. ‘Tear Me Down’
3. ‘Say Yes’ (Elliott Smith cover)
4. ‘Let’s Run’
5. ‘Mannequin Champion’

The ‘Stairs To Noise: The Scatterbrain EP’ will be released digitally on the 7th March through Xtra Mile Recordings.

Dinosaur Pile Up have announced the release of fans favourite My Rock & Roll as the next single to be taken from their acclaimed debut Growing Pains.

My Rock & Roll is already a live favourite of Dinosaur Pile Up fans and is indeed one of their oldest songs. Matt Bigland says, “My Rock N Roll is one of the first songs I wrote for Dinosaur, kind of when I was just working my shit out. I wrote it in an attic I was living in at the time. For me it’s about relationships and how your life works when you’ve something driving you to the edge. For me that’s music, which I guess is pretty obvious in the title. Sounds stupid maybe, but you’d be surprised how much trouble a riff can get you in!”

The single My Rock & Roll will be released on March 14th.

Excited at the prospect of hitting the road again the DPU frontman added “I can’t wait to get out on the road with Japanese Voyeurs and The Xcerts in February for the Rock Sound tour. I love those guys so it’s gonna be great to be out on the road with good friends. There’s nothing like touring with bands that you dig.”

The Rock Sound Exposure Tour dates:

17 – BEDFORD Esquires
18 – BOURNEMOUTH Champions
19 – BRIGHTON Audio
20 – TUNBRIDGE Forum
22 – CAMBRIDGE Haymakers
23 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy 3
24 – LONDON Relentless Garage
27 – GLASGOW King Tuts
28 – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy 2
02 – LEEDS Cockpit 2
03 – MANCHESTER Roadhouse
04 – YORK Duchess
05 – SOUTHAMPTON Joiners



Introducing: The Indecent – New York’s ones to watch in 2011

Kicking up a fuss in their USA homeland, The Indecent comprise of triplets Bo, Emily and Madeline Brout born and raised in New York City, along with Canadian born drummer Nicholas Burrows. What makes this band stand out is that they are only sixteen years old and already a band to watch out for in 2011.

Having consumed a fine blend of Nirvana, Velvet Underground, Black Sabbath, Syd Barret era Pink Floyd and classic rock and punk at an early age The Indecent are now creating their own dynamic brew of rock and roll with classic New York flavour and attitude.

It was back in 2008 when the band caught the attention of producers Tom Sommer and Stuart Chatwood.  Sommer a former VP of A&R at Atlantic records, responsible for signing Hootie & The Blowfish and Duncan Sheik, recalls;

“What appealed to me is that they didn’t sound or look like kids playing a rock band in a TV movie, they were just this very dark, very poetic, grinding, riffing band who happened to be under 18. I didn’t think it was that big a deal, since they were about the same age Dave Davies was when he formed the Kinks, Paul Weller was when he formed the Jam, and George Harrison was when he joined the Beatles.”

The Indecent are currently brewing up a buzz at bars and clubs in the tri-state area and Los Angeles, and in late summer 2010 they independently released their debut CD, Her Screwed Up Head.  The album is produced by Sommer and engineered/mixed by Mark Dearnley (AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul McCartney, Motorhead, The Damned).

The Indecent have digested everything they have ever heard or learned musically and are now regurgitating it in the very own version of NYC based metal grunge. This really is the future of rock music, now!

Check them out on this latest video Lucky Ones, which finds singer Emily in exceptional form somewhere between Kurt Cobain and Grace Slick.

The Indecent – Lucky Ones




Grouplove release brilliant debut EP and announce February UK live dates


Appearing in the Top Ten Bands of 2010 lists of such illustrious publication’s as NME and Nylon Magazine, the Los Angeles based alt-indie quintet Grouplove will release a six track debut EP/mini album on February 7th.

Grouplove will be making their first trip to the UK to support the EP with a handful of highly anticipated live performances, commencing with a support slot with Los Campesinos at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in an NME Awards show on February 2nd.

Grouplove were the band of choice to support Florence & The Machine on their USA west coast tour and later joined the excellent Joy Formidable  for a run of east coast dates.

The band is comprised of Brooklynite duo Christian Zucconi (vocals/guitar) and Hannah Hooper (keyboards/vocals), who met the three other members of the band, Sean Gadd– bass/vocals, Andrew Wessen – guitar/vocals and Ryan Rabin – drums, at an art residency in Crete one fateful summer and haven’t looked back since.

See what all the fuss is about with this video to accompany the lead track of the EP;

Grouplove – Colours


Excellent stuff, Grouplove are set to make a huge impact in the UK with the release of this six track EP, if you like Colours then you will be in for a rare treat with the remainder of the songs.

An amalgam of folk, alternative and indie pop amongst others, the EP represents a stunning showcase for the band that simply gets better with each listen as each of the tracks unfolds and builds into its own mini masterpiece.

Order the EP and tickets for a show near you now to avoid disappointment!

Grouplove will be playing at the following UK venues in February 2011;

Feb 2nd    O2’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire w/ Los Campesinos
Feb 3rd     Hoxton Hall (Chess Club show)
Feb 5th     Start The Bus, Bristol
Feb 6th     Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Feb 8th     Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow
Feb 17th   Old Queen’s Head, London

Debut EP tracklisting:

1.  Colours
2.  Naked Kids
3.  Gold Coast
4.  Getaway Car
5.  Don’t Say Oh Well
6.  Giddy