Over the course of the past few years, the London-based YOUNG GUNS have emerged as one of the UK's most electrifying new bands, garnering heavy radio play and UK chart success, while playing to packed-house crowds all across Europe, including a main stage performance at the Reading Festival, where they tore up the stage as part of a lineup that included Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, Guns N' Roses and Modest Mouse.
“We've written something that I feel happy describing as 'brave,'” says Young Guns frontman Gustav Wood, “and it will challenge a lot of people's preconceptions about what sort of band we are. It's an ambitious record, and we have the ambition to match the sound.”
Written over a number of months in places ranging from Thailand to Spain to a shed in the band's hometown of High Wycombe, UK, BONES marks Young Guns' transition from a band packed with potential to bonafide contenders for the title of Britain's best. It's a stirring album full of contradictions – it speaks of strength and vulnerability, friendship and loss, energetic youth and heavy-hearted experience – that proudly displays Wood, John Taylor (guitar), Fraser Taylor (guitar), Simon Mitchell (bass) and Ben Jolliffe (drums)'s skyscraping vision and style.
Having formed from the ashes of a variety of local bands, Young Guns' first release was the striking Mirrors EP in June 2009. But it wasn't until debut album All Our Kings Are Dead, unveiled in July 2010, that they began to really show what they were capable of. Backed by a groundswell of popular support, the band hit magazine covers, headlined the HMV Forum in London, toured Australia and played the Main Stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals; in the backs of their minds, though, they knew they could do better. And they were right.
Taken at face value, BONES feels effortless, but the work that went into it – the long hours, the nudging back of immutable deadlines, the worry, the sheer grind that comes with a genuinely democratic writing process – mirrors the band's career to date. This is a story of victory by inches, not of instant boom (and inevitable, sad bust).
Young Guns backed themselves into a corner with their drive to comprehensively outdo All Our Kings Are Dead. After a handful of fruitless writing sessions, Gustav, Fraser and John spent a night in the studio with a couple of bottles of vodka and the desire to write a song their heroes would be proud of; when morning eventually came, they had the skeleton of “Dearly Departed,” a song that, once they'd taken it to the rest of the band and let them work their magic, would sit as one of the keystones of BONES. “Once we wrote that song, we knew we could really make a mark with this album,” says Wood. The title track itself is another standout moment, a pure rock anthem in the most heroic sense.
“When you do something you know is good, that you know stands up... it's bliss. Elation. We worked so hard on this album, and there were times when the stress was horrendous. When I finished tracking the vocals for 'Bones’ and we stood back and cranked it on the stereo at 4am, listening to what I knew would be a single that would do big things for us, that was overwhelming.”
From then on, the songs flowed: the title track, a howl of defiance; stunning opener “I Was Born, I Have Lived, I Will Surely Die,” a fearless statement of intent; lead single “Learn My Lesson,” a calling-card that's as dynamic as it is catchy.
“It feels like I want to just kick people's heads off,” smiles Gustav. “It sounds stupid but I just want to get out there and make a mark – it keeps me up at night, thinking about how much I want to do.”
The Heirs can trace their origin back to a dream. “It all came from a mutual dream,” Brandon explains. “In this vision, I could see our modern world becoming aristocratic. The youth were considered heirs to the world, inheriting everything the adults left behind.” That vision defines their music including the upcoming EP which was produced by Justin Stanley (Beck, The Vines, Sheryl Crow) and Bram Inscore (Beck, Icona Pop), with Brandon sharing in various producing roles and co-written with Savannah.
The Heirs are gaining momentum that cannot be stopped. With undiminishing energy on stage, the band has been tapped for numerous tours in the U.S. and Europe including selling out their first Los Angeles headlining show. Between touring, perfecting their music, The Heirs have garnered thousands of fans including nearly half a million Twitter followers and 80,000 Facebook fans – all asking for more.
The Heirs are Brandon Hudson (vocals/guitar/bass), Savannah Hudson (vocals/guitar/keys), Alex Flagstad(guitar/synth), Eian McNeely (bass/synth), and Brennan Benko(drums)
Brighton Based Salt Ashes is a lover of UK electronic music. She fuses dark songs and melodies with a zeitgeist club sound. Recording songs after late nights dancing in clubs from London to Berlin to NYC where she met US Indie label Radikal who signed her and released her self-titled debut album, out now. Singles ‘Somebody’, ‘If You Let Me Go’ and new single ‘Raided’ have solidified her as a one to watch and put her on the radar of some of the more exciting new UK producers. Having written with the likes of BlackButter artist Applebottom and features coming up with Tong and Mac favourites My Digital Enemy on Zulu records.
What started as an outlet for lead singer, Michael Kepko, to express his anxiety and depression while living in Boston, has evolved into a cultural movement backed by a community of thousands of supporters who identify with Civil Youth’s lyrics and music. Civil Youth inhabits each stage with light-up drum solos, crowd chanting, instrument swaps, and stage acrobatics. Between heavy guitar riffs, and poetic rapping, fans of all ages can find a way to connect with Civil Youth. Within a year, Civil Youth has surpassed the caliber of “local band”, and has established their name across the United States.
Band: The Fuck Off And Dies
Three dudes who drink a lot decided that starting a punk band was the perfect excuse to drink more often. This led to the birth of The Fuck Off And Dies. They write songs about partying, whiskey, beer, skateboarding and everything that comes along with those awesome things. They also say "fuck" a lot. They're probably the best band on the planet, unless you count Hall and Oates. Go listen to their newest album "Dear Liver" and expect new music very soon. FUCK YEAH!
Band: New Language
NEW LANGUAGE made their debut performance in April 2016 to a sold out crowd as direct support to Gone Is Gone (Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon, At The Drive-In) in Los Angeles, CA and then went on to be direct support to THE USED on their 15 Year Anniversary Tour across the US.
The band’s live lineup is Tyler Demorest (vocals, guitar), Matt Cohen (bass), Sebastien Betley (guitar), and Martin Dovali (drums).
Martin Casaus aka Marty "The Moth" Martinez (Lucha Underground)