Wednesday, 28 October 2009

THROATS NEW CD



At this stage, I would pretty much say Throats are one of the defining heavy bands on Holy Roar, if not the defining band. All the way back in 2005 (i think?) my old old band, Seducedwomandead played an alldayer in Spalding with a very early incarnation of Throats. I'm pretty sure they did an awful Slayer cover and I thought nothing more of it. Two years later, after the band had sent me, essentially, a pretty poor demo, our pathes crossed at Rapturefest in Reading. The band were a shambles, having to borrow even a distortion pedal from me. The first glimmers of potential were shown however when the band closed their set with an early version of 'Deathnaps' - a song that would appear on their split cd with Maths the following summer. Anyway, off the back of this performance I asked the band to be on the first Happy Holy Roar tape and they nailed their first awesome recording in the form of a version of 'Reign of Low', and from that it was sexy time between Holy Roar and Throats.

So that I don't turn this into a fucking bio, since then the band have released the aforementioned split cd with Maths (June 08), a split cd with the_Network (Nov 08) and a split 7" with Rolo Tomassi (Aug 09) where they covered each others material. During this time, despite spending 2009 with a drummer conscripted to the German army, the band have still managed to tour with Rolo Tomassi, Maths, Crocus, Johnny Truant, enormo-halls with Gallows and Everytime I Die, Blackhole, The Plight and Battletorn as well as shows with Coliseum, Trash Talk, Gold Kids, Rise and Fall, Ghost of a Thousand, Youves, Lewd Acts, and a million other bands. They've had props from some fucking huge bands from all corners of the globe. Still press has largely ignored them - well that's their loss. Frankly Throats are the biggest selling artist currently actually on Holy Roar - proof that fucking hard work, touring loads, having amazing music and a good aesthetic works over hype, dumb pr and idiots in positions of power.

SOOOOOOOOO now we arrive at the first definitive statement from Throats - a self-titled record that is being recorded this week at Serafina studios with the awesome Nick Kinnish. This will be released on February 1st 2010 by Holy Roar in the UK and by Twelve Gauge Records in the USA. There are tonnes of plans in the works for this release, all of which will be revealed gradually as it gets closer. I've had the record played to me, bare bones, in a rehearsal studio, and it slayed even there. See -

Throats practice from Throats Dude on Vimeo.



First up for more info and stuff - we will be conducting a live twitter interview with the band at 3pm uk time tomorrow (Thursday)........

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Wednesday, 21 October 2009

New band on Holy Roar Number 438574 (bored of keeping count now)



Say hello to Hang The Bastard. I would have put up a picture of the band, but they have had 89348364 bassists to date and dont have any photos with latest, and greatest, bassist Stuart Cooney (also, apparently, HTB have a 'b-squad' of members in case anyone, sans Chris on vocals, cant do a gig!).

Hang The Bastard first came to our attention dotted around a few London shows about 18 months ago. Their (original?) bassist began sending us demos too, and whilst we liked what we heard we had yet to catch the band live. We then put them on a show with the_Network in Brixton on a Sunday night and we felt like we royally fucked the band off with, essentially, a bit of a poor show. We kept tabs on them though and early this summer I saw the band play Bar Monsta (or whatever the fuck its called now) in Camden and they fucking DOMINATED the place. They were in charge and along with Brutlaity Will Prevail, completely won me over that night.

Recently I pretty much told the band as much, we all went to Bodeans (duh, where else? When are fucking Bodeans gonna sponsor me?) and so in 2010 we will be releasing a cd (length to be determined) by the band in 2010.

To me the band sound like Eyehategod, Electric Wizard and Sabbath learning Slayer riffs whilst listening to Integrity and Ringworm and bringing the sweet times. Im loathe to use the term 'metalcore' because it has come to represent TASTE OF RELENTLESS CHAOS KILLSWITCH OF GOD TOUR '07 and idiots, but once a upon a time metalcore was fucking awesome (do your homework sucka) and HTB are a prime cut from a sweet era, whilst still pushing forward and being relevant to both hardcore fans and pretty much fans of heavy music in general.

Monday, 19 October 2009

I DID WRONG. A BAD THING.

So basically the worst thing in the world has happened. For the first in Holy Roars' 3.5 year career of 37 releases (to date) we have put a pressing error into the public domain. That's correct - there is a release out there that has a kind of big error on it.

The Pulled Apart By Horses/Holy State split 7" picture disc contains the demo version of 'Urges' by Holy State, rather than the version specifically recorded for the 7". So in other words there are 500 7"s out there with this demo version (recorded by George Clift of November Coming Fire fame) out there. The digital download that comes with the 7" is the full REAL studio version. There will also be a limited free download of the real version of this song somewhere soon to show how sorry I am to the band. Obviously there is, and will never be, any digital of the demo version of 'Urges' which is pressed onto the 7".

To reiterate -

I AM REALLY FUCKING SORRY, HOLY STATE. I AM PRETTY MUCH APPAULED WITH MYSELF THAT THIS HAPPENED, AS I AM USUALLY MR STRINGENT WITH EVERY ASPECT OF OUR RELEASES. THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN, CAN I BUY YOU ICE CREAM OR BEER TO SAY SORRY TOO?

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

New band on Holy Roar No. 3 - Crocus



Crocus are amazing on so many levels. I first met them in a shit pub in Chalk Farm and one of their friends got stabbed outside the pub that night. I'm not lying. They then turned in a performance equally as visceral to ten people. I'm not lying. Some time later, after european tours, a tour with Maths and Throats, a million other tours and some more tours Crocus arrive at Offset Festival, play first in the hardcore tent, have a crowd eating out of their hands and completely rip shit-the-fuck-up. Deal sealed. These guys have worked so hard in the last 18 months or so its untrue. Constantly gigging, they have turned into such a honed machine, and with the band based in Cornwall they automatically have 3 extra hours to drive compared to most bands. Intense.

With an EP already under their belts on the wonderful We Heart Records the band truly hit their stride with their recent split cd with Lavotchkin. If you are new to Crocus - this is classic ripping screamo with added As The Sun Sets/Me And Him Call It Us noise inflictions and almost funky basslines. It works, its awesome, no one sounds like them. Crocus are DIY as fuck without the pretension or attitude. If you want a band to look up to in work ethic and attitude, this is the one. This is about as heartfelt and passionate as it gets, and these dudes are genuine, lovely, hardworking and they know how to get crunk and bring it (the partay).

Holy Roar will be releasing the debut album from Crocus at some point in 2010. There's no strict timeframe, but when it drops, expect the band to take everything they have learnt live and on record so far and smash it up a few levels. Of course they will tour relentless on top of this. To say we are a bit excited is an understatement.



ps There are still two bands to announce in the next couple of weeks!

Monday, 5 October 2009

New Band on Holy Roar No.2 - Run, Walk!


Yeah you probably guessed this one already!

Run, Walk! have been bubbling away on the under-underground for a year or two now, steadily building a name for themselves and gaining friends in all the wrong places. Still only both 18, Matt and Tom already pretty much hate me for calling them small, 'hobbit-rockers' and various other height and age themed jokez. So i'm not allowed to say that or anything like it on the press release for the mini-album cd they will release with us in February 2010! In their defence bassist/vocalist Matt Pickering-Copley (or Cat Mickering Popley or Pat Kickering Mopley) smokes loads and has a voice both onstage and in conversation that makes him sound 45 at least, with problems. Wicked.

Anyway - Run, Walk! are just two dudes, one on drums (conventional) and one on bass/vocals/effects (therefore, overall, less conventional). They are LOUD. The obvious (dull dull dull, no effort) reference point would be something like Lightning Bolt meets Fugazi or Death From Above 1979 playing Maccabees songs. In other words indie punk songs played on a fucking brutal bass guitar, without losing definition, structure, or hooks. Totally sounds like a Holy Roar band to me.

We hope you will love them - they record their cd at the ever-amazing Serafina Studios in November, tour a bit in December, and the cd comes out in February and we make a right song and dance.

ON THE BANDS MYSPACE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD AN OLD EP FOR FREE, A SWEET NEWER SONG CALLED 'TIME IS CATCHING UP WITH ME' AND SEE A PREVIEW OF THEIR FORTHCOMING CD ART. CRUCIAL ETC

YOU ALSO KNEW THEY HAD ALREADY RELEASED A TRACK ON THE 'NEW ROARS ON THE BLOCK 7" VINYL, WHICH YOU BOUGHT, YES?