PLAYLIST – Most Played 2014 – #8 – ‘Heebie Jeebies’ by The Rifles

riflesThe Rifles are an English indie rock band from Chingford, London.

Their debut album No Love Lost was released on 17 July 2006 and reached No. 68 in the UK charts. Their follow up album, Great Escape, was released on 26 January 2009 and came in at No. 27 in the UK charts. Their third album Freedom Run was released on 19 September 2011 reaching No. 37 in the UK

The band currently consists of Joel Stoker (vocals, guitar), Lucas Crowther (guitar, vocals), Rob Pyne (bass guitar), Grant Marsh (drums) and Dean Mumford (keyboard).

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PLAYLIST – Most Played 2014 – #9 – ‘Fake Your Death’ by My Chemical Romance

my chemical romanceMy Chemical Romance were an American rock band from New Jersey, formed in 2001. The band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way and keyboardist James Dewees.

Shortly after forming, the band signed to Eyeball Records and released their debut album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love in 2002. They signed with Reprise Records the next year and released their major label debut Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge in 2004; the album was a commercial success, and was awarded platinum status a little over a year later.

The band eclipsed their previous success with their 2006 concept album, The Black Parade, which gained generally favorable reviews among music critics.

Their fourth studio album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, was released on November 22, 2010, to positive reviews. The band’s final release was a series of singles, released over the course of five months, collected on the compilation Conventional Weapons. The band announced its break-up on March 22, 2013, one month after the final release in the Conventional Weapons series.

A greatest hits collection entitled May Death Never Stop You was released on March 25, 2014.

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PLAYLIST – Most Played 2014 – #10 – ‘Simple and Sure’ by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

Pains of being pure at heartThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart are an American noise pop/indie pop band from New York City. The band comprises singer and guitarist Kip Berman, drummer Kurt Feldman, Alex Naidus on bass, and Peggy Wang on keyboard and vocals. In late 2009, Christoph Hochheim joined the band as a live member. When Hochheim departed in late 2011, Connor Hanwick (of The Drums) replaced him in January 2012.

Their first album was a self-released EP, released in 2007. The release was distributed by Painbow – a record label created by the band. Their debut self-titled full-length album was released on February 3, 2009 via Slumberland Records,  a personal favorite label of the band’s. Their name comes from an unpublished children’s story of the same title. A friend of Kip Berman wrote the story, which revolves around “realising what matters most in life – things like friendship and having a good time”.

The group’s self-titled album peaked at number nine on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. In 2009, they released Higher Than the Stars, their second EP. The band’s second record, entitled Belong, was released in 2011.

In a December 2013 interview the band revealed they were in London putting the finishing touches on their new album, Days Of Abandon, which was released in May 2014. They proceeded to tour with support from Fear of Men (band).

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GIG – Arthur Walwin at The Joiners – Monday 15th December 2014

arthur walwinWith over 20k Twitter followers and over 1 million combined YouTube views, Arthur Walwin has been making quite a name for himself as a Singer Songwriter – not just in the UK but all across the globe.

The EP “For One More Night”, along with the uber radio-friendly single “All For You” have spread this artist’s name around the world and gained him several new fans and followers; as well as earning him airtime on BBC Radio 1 and being played by the likes of Nick Grimshaw, Fearne Cotton and Scott Mills. Big Cheese Magazine have also tagged him as “The UK’s answer to The Rocket Summer”.

Whilst taking influence from classic pop & rock songs, Arthur’s sound is an eclectic and refreshing one to his listeners. Not only are his tracks written and produced at his home studio in Essex, but several other UK & International artists have had their tracks recorded at The Walwin Studio including Emma Blackery, Hello Monroe & Stakeout.

Arthur has spent the past year supporting artists like Tom Odell, Rudimental and The Pigeon Detectives and his live fan base is ever growing as a result of some amazing shows across London, Paris, Dublin and Glasgow. With a headline tour already under his belt this year, Summer 2014 sees Arthur heading out on the road again in July – as well as a date at London’s Wembley Arena.

From The Joiners website

GIG – People On Vacation at The Joiners – Sunday 14th December 2014

people on vacationPeople on Vacation (often abbreviated as POV) is a supergroup composed of Ryan Hamilton from the indie rock band Smile Smile and Jaret Reddick from the pop punk band Bowling for Soup. The duo’s concept is to ‘tell a story’ and to ‘avoid typical topics such as relationships.’ The duo describe their genre as indie rock.

Ryan Hamilton and Jaret Reddick decided to start writing songs together after Hamilton’s band, Smile Smile, opened for Reddick’s band, Bowling for Soup, on a few of their tour dates. After four days of writing, the duo had written six songs, which later resulted in the formation of the band People on Vacation. 

The band began streaming a song titled, “Better Off Dead,” on their official site in late 2010. During his eleventh Bowling for Soup podcast regarding the band’s newly announced side projects, Reddick played a demo that he described as “the first People on Vacation song,” titled “Rainy Day.” The band has since announced they have written and recorded fifteen songs and plans to release album in Fall 2011, through Kirtland Records. 

The band released another song, titled “She Was the Only One,” as a free download via Twitter as a “Tweet for a Track” promotion, in addition to streaming it on their official site in January 2011. 

The band’s music video for “Better Off Dead” premiered on the Dallas Observer website on January 19, 2011. In an interview with aduioADD, Hamilton jokingly named the album Buskin’ & Name Droppin’. Another song “Because of the Sun” was played live on 102.1 FM for the first time in March 2011.

In order to promote the project, the band joined Bowling for Soup’s 2011 UK Acoustic Tour as an opening act, alongside Linus of Hollywood and Erik Chandler and the Mulberry Street Socialites.  In July 2011, Reddick explained the band expects “a long EP out around the end of November, with a full length album hoping to be out by next summer with all new material,” stating the band has fifteen songs that are “written, recorded, done” except for drums while they have written six to eight other songs that have yet to be recorded.

The band will be having its CD release show for The Carry On EP on November 24, 2011, at the Kessler Theater in Dallas, Texas. Reddick announced in a recent podcast that People on Vacation would be making a music video for the song “Where Do We Go,” which the duo filmed with Built By Ninjas in January 2012.

People on Vacation announced that they would be headlining their first ever UK show at Borderline in London on March 25th with Erik Chandler, being the only support act, this event got cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

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GIG – Twin Wild at The Cellars at Easney – Sunday 7th December 2014

twin wildTwin Wild is made up of a group of friends from Greater London; Richard Hutchison (vocals, guitar), Imran Mair (drums), David Cuzner (guitar) and Edward Thomas (bass).

United by their love of bands such as Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro, but also excited by each other’s musical differences, they embarked on a journey into making a sound of their own.

Their first song to be released is called ‘Fears’; a song the band have described to be about “that point when everything you had previously feared becomes insignificant and what’s truly important to you takes precedent”.
Despite being fairly early on in their journey, their sound is proving to appeal to a wide audience, with their song ‘Fears’ already achieving an impressive 160,000 plays on Soundcloud. It hasn’t taken them long to attract the attention of their peers either; AlunaGeorge, You Me At Six, Blitz Kids have already confessed their love for their track and shared this via social media.

With the enormous influx of hits, the band has become the talk of many music blogs including the prestigious Hype Machine & The Huffington Post.

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GIG – Augustines at The Wedgwood Rooms – Wednesday 3rd December 2014

augustinesAugustines (formerly We Are Augustines) is an American indie rock group originally based in Brooklyn, New York and now Seattle, Washington consisting of guitarist Billy McCarthy, multi-instrumentalist Eric Sanderson and drummer Rob Allen. Augustines are known for intense shows and heavy interaction with the audience. Numerous shows have seen the band leaving the stage to perform on the floor with the fans.

Following the break-up of their former band Pela, McCarthy and Sanderson decided to continue producing the songs that were originally supposed to comprise Pela’s second studio album. The album, titled Rise Ye Sunken Ships, was released digitally on June 6, 2011.

The band derived its name from the month of August. Both McCarthy and Sanderson were born in August, as was McCarthy’s brother, James. James’ story is one of the major influences behind their first album. Pela also dissolved very quickly (“In the span of two weeks”) in August 2009. Originally, the new band was named Augustines. Due to other bands with the same name,[5] they changed the name to We Are Augustines.

In August 2013, the band announced via YouTube that they would return to using the name Augustines.

In late 2013, the band spent several weeks in the studio of producer Peter Katis (Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Jónsi Birgisson) working on their self-titled second album. Upon completion of the album (released in early 2014) the band embarked on their first headlining U.S. tour, selling out most shows well in advance. Augustines will return to the UK in early April and head for Europe in mid-month, returning home in late May.