Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Groezrock 2012

                                       Groezrock 2012

'GROEZROCK, by tradition the festival opener in Belgium, offers the best punkrock, hardcore, rock, emorock, scream(emo), ska, or simply exceptional music of today and tomorrow. GROEZROCK has become one of the largest punkrocking festivals in Europe'

Beginning a few years back with a mere 400 visitors, Groezrock has exploded into a 32,000 strong gathering for all things punk 9mainly) . Whereas other punk festivals do exist, Groezrock has stolen the limelight for the one to be attending this year.

With the return of REFUSED, the presence of RANCID, the coming of THRICE an awesome 2 day event will be one to remember. Full line up can be found HERE ,tickets are still available. Located in Meerhout (Belgium), it is of relative ease for the avid English fan to attend via automobile  (and since Amsterdam is just down the road it would be rude not to visit post-festival..).

For a taster of last years Groezrock, do check this vidya from Epitaph records:

See you there?



3 Piece - Bass/Drums/Guitar/0 Vocals
Genre - Instrumental
Label - Holy Roar Records
History - Sans Souci Released 2011/Currently working on 'Coloured Tounges' which is due to be released Feb 2012.

I personally have seen them twice, once in the humble venue 'The Peel'  in which they supported Gallows and in which many were awestruck. Not many were aware of who they were initially and with slight conversation throughout, the end was far different, mainly due to the incredible presence of the drummer ( who,rumour has it, was the session drummer for La Roux (defo needs confirmation)). Also I saw them headline 'The Borderline' up in London, also a special show, since I think it was until then,their biggest. Always a pleasure to watch and they attract a varied audience, not quite a moshy type band but their are always some, check them out.


They have performed their whole album 'Sans Souci' back to back for this awesome video :

They have an upcoming tour in which they are travelling the UK to impress many a waiting ear:

1 3 . 0 2 . 1 2  -  S T E R E O  /  G L A S G O W  -  T I C K E T S
1 5 . 0 2 . 1 2  -  T H E  B R U D E N E L L  /  L E E D S  -  T I C K E T S
1 6 . 0 2 . 1 2  -  T H E  C R O F T  /  B R I S T O L  -  T I C K E T S
1 7 . 0 2 . 1 2  -  T H E  L E X I N G T O N  /  L O N D O N  -  T I C K E T
1 8 . 0 2 . 1 2  -  D R U I D S  A R M S  /  B R I G H T O N  -  F R E E 


And as always,to end with something different, to celebrate their return, I give you Refused:

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Apollo's Arrows

                               Apollo's Arrows

A unique 3 piece from Southampton (where many decent bands seem to be uprising from these days,something in the water..) have been playing together since 2009. They regard themselves as 'Retro Surf Math', which I really don't know what means but I do know they have my seal of approval.
My recent knack for spotting decent bands is always being confirmed as I venture to the slums of venues armed with a buddy or two (PABH/Turbowolf/Brontide/Kerouac) is further confirmed by these guys. I put alot of faith in them, they have catchyness aswell as integrity and slightly importantly; a decent ability to play the instruments they wield.

View this video, one of my favourite of their songs. They are definately worth a few moments of your time:

And if that swayed your opinion at all, I beg for no personal gain, but your enlightenment, that you help kick start this notion and get your lazy self down to one of these gigs and have a night out:

Also Polio are pretty decent aswell, not a bad word to say about them. I listen to Oliver Cromwell quite regularly. But this post is about AA.

And on a completely different note, to demonstrate the wide range of music that I am drawn to, check out this James Blake song, eerie to say the least and is a reminder that piano is a timeless instrument: