#NEWS Biters release ‘Restless Hearts’ video following brush with police

biters_electricbloodAtlanta rock ‘n’ roll punks BITERS have released their edgy new music video for the track “Restless Hearts”, which appears on their forthcoming debut album, ‘Electric Blood’.

Filmed with director Video Rahim (MASTODON) on location in their hometown, the video for “Restless Hearts” sees BITERS pushing the limits of rock ‘n’ roll excess with a wild keg party, cruising the streets of Atlanta in a stolen police cruiser, and frontman Tuk surfing on the boot of a car whilst tearing down the road at 50mph.

Watch the extreme, uncensored video for “Restless Hearts”:

UK fans should also keep an eye on Kerrang! TV to see the video running in the Fresh Blood segment from today onwards.

Director Video Rahim discusses the band’s run in with the law: “During the shoot, we mounted a camera to the front of a car to capture footage of Tuk and the band.  They drove off with the camera and shortly thereafter I received a call from Tuk saying he had been pulled over and thought he was going to jail.  I had to rush down and talk to the police officers to keep Tuk from being arrested.”

“Standing on the trunk of a ’70s Cadillac at 3am going 45-50mph and lip-synching while wearing Cuban heel boots was the best idea I’ve had in a long time,” adds BITERS frontman Tuk.

BITERS‘ eagerly-anticipated debut album, ‘Electric Blood’, is due to be released on August 7th worldwide.  Pre-order the album now on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl at http://www.earache.com/biters

The album is also available to pre-order on iTunes with an exclusive bonus track as well as instant downloads of “Restless Hearts”, “Low Lives in Hi Definition” and “Heart Fulla Rock ‘n’ Roll”.  Pre-order ‘Electric Blood’now on iTunes at http://bit.ly/electricblood-itunes

Don’t miss BITERS‘ debut UK tour starting this September:

biters_uk_2015Sep. 25 – London, UK – Jubilee Club
Sep. 26 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
Sep. 27 – Southampton, UK – Joiners
Sep. 28 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Sep. 29 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront Studio
Oct. 02 – Leeds, UK – Key Club
Oct. 03 – Glasgow, UK – Stereo
Oct. 05 – Newcastle, UK – Think Tank
Oct. 06 – London, UK – Borderline
Oct. 07 – Wolverhampton, UK – Slade Rooms
Oct. 08 – Manchester, UK – Ruby Lounge
Oct. 09 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation

 

Tickets are on sale now from box offices, all usual agents and online at http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/biters-tickets or http://www.seetickets.com/tour/biters

Get more BITERS news and info via Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/BITERS and Twitter – http://twitter.com/TheBiters

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INTERVIEW: Cancer Bats’ Liam Cormier talks about the new album, Reading and Leeds Festival, gigs and fans

Produced by legendary multi-platinum producer Ross Robinson (At The Drive-In, Slipknot, The Cure, Sepultura, Glassjaw) Searching For Zero is simultaneously the most melodic, yet menacing Cancer Bats release. The record incorporates the crude hardcore punk of their 2006 debut, Birthing The Giant and more metal leanings of 2008’s Hail Destroyer, while pushing the heavy hybrid sounds of 2010’s Mayors Bears Scraps and Bones and 2012’s darker Dead Set On Living to a new plateau. The choruses are hookier, the screams more savage, the riffs more vicious, the songs more powerful. This is Cancer Bats at their pinnacle – their ‘True Zero’.

We caught up with Liam Cormier ahead of their gig at Norwich UEA to get a little more insight into how the album was written and recorded, but began by asking how the current tour has been going.

TCRS:  Liam Cormier, welcome to The Classic Rock Show, and welcome to the Norwich UEA.

Liam Cormier: First time attendee to the show, but long time fan of Norwich.

TCRS: You’re here with While She Sleeps as part of a co-headline tour which began over on mainland Europe a few weeks ago.  And this will be your third night in the UK, following Birmingham and Manchester. How’s it been going so far?

Liam Cormier: So far so good.  I mean the shows have been crazy. Birmingham was packed out.  Tons of kids going off. The nice part about this tour is that there is While She Sleeps fans and Cancer Bats fans, as well as Hundredth and Oath Breaker, but everybody is sticking around for like a really good night.  Sometimes when you do you know shows people will only kinda around to watch the band that they want to watch then they take off.  Whereas this everyone is excited about the whole package and it makes for just such like a party.

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TCRS: This will be, for most of the audience that you are playing to tonight, the first time that the audience has heard tracks from your new album, your latest album, “Searching For Zero”, tell us what you have been playing and how, how has that been going down.

Liam Cormier:  It’s been going down great.   I mean we’ve been playing a lot of stuff off the new record.   I mean we definitely wrote this album with like playing it live in mind, so we were pretty excited to try out like as many of the tracks as we could, but obviously we want to still mix it up and play stuff off of all of our albums, just to have a party, you know.  So make sure that kids who don’t have the new record as yet can still have a good time.  But it’s been rad, obviously people know “Arsenic” and “Satellites” and “True Zero”, we play those three and people sing along.  But we’ve been playing like “Devil’s Blood” and “Beelzebub”,  and the response of those has been just as good.  We’ve been playing “Buds”,  people have been just like headbanging super hard so it’s been really cool to see that like the whole record is getting a response and not just a couple songs that we have on the Internet.

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Cancer Bats – Norwich UEA LCR – 24th April 2015

 

TCRS: The album sounds absolutely awesome. You seem to have drawn on energies captured on previous albums.

Liam Cormier: Yeah, I feel like, I mean with this record we definitely had like a chance to really reflect on, you know, what we had done like you said, kinda taking all of our favourite pieces from, you know, all of our past records.   But especially looking at, I mean we’re such a live band, I think that’s almost predominantly how we’re known, and we’ve  put out records that we obviously try and reflect that.  When we’re writing an album, we look at, you know like why do we put these sixteen songs like in our set list every night?   Why are these the songs that like kids always ask for? So it’s like using that almost as a jump off point for like where we are going to start writing.   Not to try and copy those songs, but to have that like okay this really works when we leave this live, or this like doesn’t work so well, this is more of a studio track.  So our goal is to have like the whole album be like you know a live set-list that we can play, so it’s like trying to like incorporate those kind of ideas of flow and like pacing in terms of like how we would even put a record together now.

TCRS: You worked with Ross Robinson, who’s worked with just about everyone who is anybody.

Liam Cormier:  Oh. Absolutely, yeah!  And then The Cure on top of it, yeah!

TCRS: How was that experience for you guys?

Liam Cormier: It the first time we had ever recorded even outside of Toronto. So for us to go so far down to like Venice Beach, California, instead of an industrial park in Toronto, it was amazing. I mean the best part about the whole experience was that we came to Ross with like a finished record; we’d been jamming it like all the songs were finished, I had finished vocals, everything was ready to go.  So then it was his input you know on how to take that the step further.  And we look at it like, we could have you know, stayed in Toronto and recorded there but this is I feel like the big difference between like “DSOL” and “Searching For Zero”;  it’s having the input of someone like Ross, who has so much experience, who has such just like a passion to like bringing out the like energy of an album of a live band,  of like a real band that wants to like,  just let forth  like aggression.  You know what I mean?  So to have all that,  but then to have someone like Ross who knows how to transfer that on to a record who is, like you said, he’s done Heavy Drive and Blood Brothers, Norma Jean, Glassjaw, so many bands that I love and respect and it’s like, okay he’s going to use all of those tricks with like our band to now like capture it on an album and be super stoked while we’re doing it. It’s just like we couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

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Cancer Bats – Norwich UEA LCR – 24th April 2015

 

TCRS: Was it a pretty compact session with Ross?  Everything was mapped out pretty much before you sort of got there?

Liam Cormier: Yeah, I mean we definitely had a lot of ideas about how they wanted to approach the studio with him. One of the things that our friends in Comeback Kid had just finished recording their new album and they told us they had done a different song everyday; so they would do vocals, bass, guitar for like a different song which we really liked that idea of having like every song has its own setup of guitar bass, tones like vibe and we brought that to Ross and he was just like, “Ahhh, that’s of that’s a great idea!”  Like even though he’s got all these tricks and he knows all these things to do it like here we’re kinda even shaking things up for him.  And then on top of it we had like zero time to do with it.  We’ve always recorded in three weeks that’s just like what we know about recording albums and Ross has only ever recorded for like 6 to 8 weeks.  So, right off the bat he was just like, “This is awesome! We’re gonna cram everything that I’ve ever done into like half as much time.”   But he was really up for like that energy and what that would produce, almost like a franticness where you can’t really over think anything that’s happening. You just kinda have to go with your gut reaction on like basically everything; which we were really up for as well, like,  “Oh this is so cool!”.   So it meant that we were working like 14 hour days and we never took any days off.   We were there for a little under a month, working 14 hours a day, just like crushing it. We’d work from Noon ’til three or four in the morning every single day. And then it would be like, “All right, see you guys in the morning.”  And like Ross would go crash and like the rest his ears.  We would all pass out and then we would like wake up in the morning, go get coffee, hang out on the balcony, watch people surf, eat our breakfast and then be like laughing and making noise and that would wake Ross up.  And then he’d come down be like, “All right”. He’d like walk his dog and then it was just like back into the studio, it was like crushing all day.  It was the best vibe ever.

TCRS: And that’s certainly picked up on what’s come out on the album.

Liam Cormier: I think that’s the thing, yeah. That energy and that’s franticness I definitely think translates.  And the nice part is that I feel like people seen us play in like you know crazy venues and in these small places and you know wild shows, those are the ones that are like picking up on that energy and being like, “This makes me think of when you played like “The Mole” and like “Bath”.  “This makes me think of when you played like in Morecambe and like, “This is like when you played The Barfly in 2008” .  You know and like that kind of response from long-time fans that gets me excited cause I’m like, “Okay cool”, like  “That was the idea”, like,  “You get it”, like “Wicked!”  So yeah it’s definitely been a like awesome to get that feedback from people.

TCRS:  And 2015 is already mapping out to be…

Liam Cormier: Pretty hectic. Yeah! We’ve got  Leeds and Reading that we’re coming back for which we are super excited. The Pit is looking awesome, I’m really excited about that. We’ve known Daniel P Carter for a very long time, so we’re even like super pumped when he got like his own stage and then to like soon after be asked to play it, it’s just like the best thing ever. I think it’s going to be such a good day. We definitely have like a ton of tours that are coming up. Nothing planned for the UK yet other than Leeds and Reading but definitely like more European stuff. We have tons of e-mails every day to come to Australia and how bummed they are that they live far away from us, so we’re trying to figure that out to get to Australia straight as soon as we can. For us we love like just playing like small gnarly bars and that’s what we’ve done all over the world and we’ve been fortunate to play some great shows in Australia but for us it hasn’t been enough.   Like coming from Canada we know that there’s more than just five cities.  You know we’re used to like, in Canada there is like thirty places that you can play, and it’s not just Toronto, Montréal, Winnipeg, Vancouver, you know,  so we kind of sympathize with Australia where most tours only hit like your five major cities and then you have like 12 hours or 24 hours of country in between that have great scenes and have places you can play. So that’s our whole goal is to try, I mean we want to try and do that everywhere but I mean, it’s even like, I know the drives aren’t like that, but the same idea applies in the UK. Like we’ve done twenty six-day tours in the UK and hit like every city you know that’s why we have friends in Newquay, we have kids from Morecambe that I like, “Your show was my first show I ever went to!”  And we’re like, yeah, we get that.  I didn’t grow up in Toronto you know, I grew up an hour and a half outside of it and I went to like shows in halls and like that’s how I got exposed to punk rock and that’s how I got exposed to hard-core. It’s like,  if it wasn’t for those bands making that effort, it’s like I wouldn’t have you know been in this position right now. So it’s like I didn’t want to try and do that as much as we can in these other places.

TCRS: Liam Cormier, thanks for chatting with The Classic Rock Show. We’re looking forward to the show tonight.

Liam Cormier: No worries. Yeah! I’m so excited for tonight. I think it’s gonna be wild!

Cancer BatsLater that evening, Cancer Bats went on to take down the Norwich UEA LCR with a stellar performance, comprising 16 song setlist and a high-octane fueled delivery that rounded of the night perfectly.

There are three remaining dates on their current co-headline tour with While She Sleeps:

APR 28th – Newcastle, University
APR 29th – Glasgow, O2 ABC
APR 30th – London, Forum

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INTERVIEW: Crobot’s singer Brandon Yeagley talks to The Classic Rock Show

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Since the release of their debut album ‘Something Supernatural’, US retro-rockers Crobot, hailing from Pottsville, Pennsylvania, have been steadily winning over gig-going rock fans; struck by their energy and the super solid rhythm section of Jake Figueroa on Bass and Paul Figueroa on Drums, trick-heavy riffmaster Chris Bishop on guitar and dynamic singer Brandon Yeagley who’s not only a great vocalist, but a very switched on frontman.

Crobot stepped in front of UK audiences for the first time last year when they came over to support the Virginmarys. Such was the feedback that they were soon booked to support for the current Black Label Society tour along with Black Tusk (interview with James May here).

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Before they took to the Norwich UEA stage (18/3/2015), I met up with Brandon for a quick chat:

MJ: Welcome to The Classic Rock Show. You’re here on tour with Black Label Society and Black Tusk. You had a day off yesterday, what did you fellas get up to?

Brandone Yeagly CrobotBY: We just walked around Leeds and eventually ended up crawling through a few pubs. And making our way back to the  hotel. It was a nice day. We just walked around, checked out some really cool buildings and the local market. Really reminded me of back home, we have a similar market. Market stalls everywhere, people selling everything from meat to fly-swatters and everything in between. So it was really cool to see.

MJ: What do you think of the beer over here compared to what you’re used to over in the USA.

BY: I’m not much of a beer guy. Bishop tho’, he’s into the beers.

At this point Bishop looks up from his warm-up guitar exercises…

CB: Little weaker, a little bit weaker, but you still find some Hoegarten’s and stuff like that. These things are very high quality, I have to say.

BY: I guess that was our fifth day in a row, so it was nice to recharge the batteries a little bit and get some z’s in there.

Photo credit: Joe Winn

MJ: What’s in store for the guys and girls turning up tonight?

BY: It’s going to be sweaty. It’s going to be dirty. Going to be riffy. Actually don’t know what the set looks like yet, so I’ll be surprised as well to see what goes on the set list.

Something-Supernatural-CrobotMJ: You have been allocated a 30 minute set…how easy is it to keep a set sounding fresh?

BY: Not too bad at all, it’s more like oh man we only have thirty minutes. “What do we cut?” We’ve got a pretty strong set though, regardless of how many we can fit in there.

MJ: I guess you’re really pushing Something Supernatural?

BY: We have some new songs floating around in there in the rotation. In a few months we’ll be releasing a deluxe version of the album which will include some tracks that didn’t make the album. One that actually is a new song all together, a live version of it, and we might start throwing some of those songs in the set.  Maybe tonight we’ll throw a curveball.

MJ: How have the UK audiences been so far for you?

BLS_Black_Tusk_tourBY: It’s been great being out with Black Label Society. First off, we heard that we got the tour and we’re just ecstatic about it. They’re huge over here and they haven’t been over in a while so we knew that their fans would be out in numbers to see them. It’s cool to see so many of their fans coming out early and checking us out as well. So, the reaction has been pretty positive thus far, from the start to finish. We see more heads bobbing as the night goes on, so that’s always good to see.

MJ: A USA/Canada tour next with Volbeat? That’s quite a matchup, Crobot and Volbeat. And, of course, not forgetting you’ve Anthrax on the bill too.

BY: Yeah, Anthrax is also on the bill, that’s right. Going to be a huge tour for us. It’s a big year, from this tour with BLS to that tour is going to be a crazy year. Volbeat are huge in the states and to be picked to play with those guys and Anthrax is really an honour. The return of that legendary band is something we’re really excited about as well.

MJ: You’ve got to get back to the UK a little later on in the year, surely?

BC: Hopefully, hopefully. We have our fingers crossed for festival season that we can make a run happen.

MJ: You’re taking in quite a few countries across mainland Europe. That’s going to be quite an experience. And of course a different vibe with the crowd, as well. I think is fair to say, the audiences here have loved you and really gotten into you and from the feedback I’ve been getting, I think they are really going to stick with you.

BC: That would really be cool. You know, we’d love any excuse to come back over, really.

MJ: We’re going to leave you fellas to it, to unwind a little bit. Thanks ever so much for chatting with us, Brandon, on The Classic Rock Show. Good luck with that and the rest of the tour. We’ll look forward to seeing you a little later on in the year.

BC: Thanks, we appreciate it.

Later that evening, Crobot went on to entertain the Norwich crowd with a thoroughly engaging set.

Check ’em out: Crobot Official Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

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INTERVIEW: Hear Nate Bergman of Lionize giving us his thoughts ahead of LOTR2

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You would have had to have been hiding under a very large stone not to have heard that ‘Lords Of The Riff 2’ is soon to bring three of the best up and coming bands together for a tour of the UK.

LOTR 2 begins next month, November 2014, taking in Leeds, Glasgow, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester, Colchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Stoke and London.

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Kyng, Anti-Mortem and Lionize have each worked on their craft for a good number of years – since the mid-to-late noughties – steadily growing their fan-base through the writing of great sounding music and seemingly tireless touring.

Lionize came over to the UK for the very first time earlier this year as tour support for fellow Weathermaker lablemates Clutch. The band complemented the headline act admirably, to the extent that the buzz heard coming out of the gigs was not just about Clutch, but Lionize too.

We caught up with Nate Bergman (Guitar/Vocals) to see how the band felt about returning to the UK.

Listen to the interview here:

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Website – lionizemusic.com

Facebook – facebook.com/LIONIZEMUSIC

Twitter – @LionizeMusic

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Vinnie Paul of Hellyeah talks about Blood For Blood and album producer Kevin Churko, the new line-up and his infamous hats!

Having seen them totally decimate The Underworld last year, I was keen to see how Hellyeah’s new line-up was performing on the back of their ‘Blood For Blood’ release.

Friends and colleagues who saw Hellyeah at Bloodstock and on a number of dates on this tour had already told me that they were sounding better than ever.

10543596_10204135579896955_6514619416179427378_oGreg Tribbett and Bob Zilla have been replaced by Christian Brady (formerly with Magna-Fi) and Kyle Sanders (formerly with Bloodsimple and is the brother of Mastodon’s Troy Sanders) on guitar and bass respectively. These two exponents of their craft have brought with them another level of energy, positivity and musical focus to Hellyeah’s ‘live’ performances. It’s also noticeable that Chad Gray has more than decent enough backing for his vocals as a consequence of Christian and Kyle’s abilities.

We caught up with Vinnie Paul before they took to the stage and asked him about ‘Blood For Blood’, working with album producer Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, In This Moment, Hinder, Five Finger Death Punch) how the tour was going, but I began our chat by asking him about the infamous hats he sports from time to time.

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INTERVIEW: @Magnumonline_ Magnum’s Bob Catley talks to ‘The Classic Rock Show’

Magnum have released their 18th studio album ‘Escape From The Shadow Garden’ – out on SPV. In my humble opinion, it’s their best album since ‘Wings Of Heaven’. Tony Clarkin continues to be a driven artist; constantly writing, creating stories and soundscapes that draw you in and hold your attention until the very last note has been played. 

Magnum are one of those bands you just know before you see them ‘live’ that you’re going to get a good show. It’s evident from Magnum’s latest offering that they’ve hit on a rich vein of creativity and, given what I saw on stage the other night at The Waterfront in Norwich, the band are all clearly enjoying every minute of it. I’m of the opinion they’ve not been in better shape as a collective force – sounding better than ever.

bobSome hours before they took to the stage, I caught up with a very upbeat and enthusiastic Bob Catley and we soon got talking about the writing of ‘Escape From The Shadow Garden’, the great reception the new album’s getting both from fans and critics, their setlist, band members, album artwork (once again provided by the amazing artist Rodney Matthews) and the current UK tour.

 

Bob gave us a great insight into the band that is Magnum – a quintessentially British rock band that has and continues to create some of the most memorable songs ever written and produced. A band whose music is enjoyed by generations of die-hard rock fans the world over.

Listen to the interview with Bob Catley here – do excuse the drone of the tour bus aircon:

Thanks for listening.

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Get ‘Escape From The Shadow Garden’ now. I can’t recommend it enough.  It’s a belter of an album!

MJ

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