It was that time of year again, Reading Festival rolls into the Berkshire area to deliver three days of one of the most diverse line-up instalments you are likely to see at a UK festival. Amassing genres from pop sensations to Hardcore, all the way to pop punk and grime. As the sun soaked Richfield Avenue, we were at Reading Festival 2019 and we were ready to be entertained. From the fun of seeing Dreamers, it was now time to head over to the Main Stage to go and see pop queen, Charli XCX.
August bank holiday is the weekend where music lovers of all types head to one place; Reading and Leeds. In this case, we will be attending Reading Festival on the Friday and we cannot wait to take to the field and see some of our favourite artists as well as checking out the latest and greatest upcoming talents who will be vying to impress and stake their claim as the attendee's new favourite band.
Following a quiet period, Allusinlove are back with a rebrand and a new album in the pipeline! They tell us all about it in this sit down chat with Elizabeth Birt...
2000trees Festival is all about the music, with more than 120 of the absolute best new and underground acts from the worlds of rock and indie, plus some more established acts to close out the night. The festival also prides itself on giving new bands a platform to play to a huge audience, helping build bands up and supporting the UK music scene. It is a staple amongst the UK Festival scene and a festival that is held extremely close to the hearts of us at AltCorner. So what better way to get excited about the festival than to compile a list of artists we cannot wait to see tear it up!
Shallow Pools are a Massachusetts-based trio made up of Jess Gromada (guitar), Glynnis Brennan (vocals, bass), and Ali Ajemian (drums). The pop rockers began their journey as a band by first performing acoustic covers in and amongst their hometown until the band decided to take a stab at songwriting under the moniker that came before Shallow Pools. It was this decision that was pivotal for these three close friends as they embarked on a sonical discovery of their identity and pieced together the well-oiled machine that would eventually become debut EP ‘Spring’.
Lotus Eater's new EP 'Social Hazard' is a 7 track fast paced angry extravaganza of biblical proportion. The song lengths are consistently short, which works far better for this metalcore outfit, especially from the point of view of someone who doesn't listen to the genre. And that's not because it's over fast. It's because it actually makes it feel accessible rather than overpowering. After reviewing I expected to find myself in a cold sweat, but in actual fact, I was only slightly too warm.
Climate of Fear are an emerging talent from the UK who offer a new take on melodic death metal. The five piece have began to create quite a reputation for themselves combining a plethora of genres that ebb and flow between metal, beatdown and hardcore - forming a full arsenal of riffs, punishing vocals and ear shattering meltdowns.
”A miserable band from a miserable town”. That is how Mastiff summarise themselves on their social media. I've never been to Hull, but if Mastiff are the aural representation of the town, then I'm not sure I want to visit. This is a band who specialise in brutality, whether that be when they utilise extreme pace or, more often, the thudding grinding groove that propels their particular brand of sludgy grinding heaviness.
Brad chatted to Sonny Sandoval, the lead vocalist for the Grammy Nominated Rockers P.O.D. The San Diego based group were originally founded in 1992 and have sold over twelve million records worldwide. The band have released a plethora of iconic tracks and albums, all while relentless touring their captivating live performance all around the world. In this chat, Brad and Sonny spoke about the recent release of new album 'Circles', the band's writing process, their upcoming UK tour's setlist and dealing with critics...
A gloomy Manchester is where we lay our scene, with Enter Shikari drawing to the end of a mammoth UK tour that began back at the beginning of December. (Photo: Dani Willgress)
Alice Merton has recently released her debut album 'MINT' - the highly anticipated full-length release by the German-Canadian-English singer and songwriter comes off the back of the rapturous reception of debut single 'No Roots' which saw Alice's inaugural release become not only a number one but an international smash hit. We caught up with Alice just after MINT was released to chat about the latest things happening in the world of Miss Merton, a bit about the premise of the album and what else 2019 has instore for her...
If you asked anybody about the best metal bands to emerge this side of the millennium, chances are Mastodon would be one of the first bands out of their mouth. And with good reason. In the 19 years since the release of their debut full length, Remission, the Atlanta four-piece have gone on to release critically acclaimed records, top album of the year lists and even win a Grammy. Tonight they take on Leeds, in thoroughly miserable weather it must be said.
While Night Driver stood as an entity resembling a fun-filled holiday, Half Way There as a record is a rapturous homecoming and I will happily go on record to say; Half Way There is the best Pop Punk album of the past five years!
Following on from the Band’s triumphant tour playing their 2005 Debut Album in full and a further announcement of more dates for 2019, our editor Brad decided to divulge into what exactly makes this album such an important release for it's generation.