Thursday, October 2nd at 3:29am

Amazing to see The Vamps guys show off some of our photos. Thanks Tristan & Connor!

Wednesday, October 1st at 1:50pm
The Vamps // Clyde Auditorium Glasgow28/09/14
The second night of The Vamps in Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium showed fans come out in their thousands to get the last chance to see them before they return next April. The sun was shining and everyone was in good spirits yet impatiently waiting for that vital moment when the doors were opened.
The Vamps brought along three support acts, X-Factor finalist from a few years back Luke Friend, Scottish singer/songwriter Nina Nesbitt and English crossover rock band, EofE. Four rather different bands but the crowd soaked up each one and could sing along with each band.
First up was Birmingham lads, EofE, for such a young band they have a mature and well rehearsed sound. For only being a band for a year and a half, they’ve had massive success with their singles aswell as a 32-day tour supporting McBusted. They only had four songs but they made each song count, with an energetic performace filled with passion and a love for playing the songs. They also through in a mashup of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, the majority of the crowd are probably too young to know the original tracks but the crowd lapped it all up. They changed the temp by performing their more ballad like single, “Piece Of You” which should that the band could go from faster paced to ballad effortlessly.
Quick turn around and former X-Factor contestant, Luke Friend, took the the stage to an overwhelming reaction from the crowd. With a massive smile, Luke took the applaus in his stride. Only playing two songs, he involved the crowd in every moment which was well received from the crowd. He took time out to speak to the audience and involve them in a new interactive app that brought him closer to the fans. As much as the concert go-ers wanted to keep listening to Luke Friend, they knew that The Vamps were just around the corner.
But before that, an insanely quick turn around, Scottish singer/songwriter Nina Nesbitt took to the stage to perform three songs. She seemed rather nervous and as if she was out of her depth but it didn’t take long for the nerves to break when the crowd sang their hearts out to her songs. Nina Nesbitt has been a massive success lately within the giging scene aswell as her cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” appearing in adverts.
It was finally time for the band everyone had been waiting for, The Vamps! The curtain fell to reveal their stage set up and a countdown on the massive screen behind the drums. The countdown ran out and their video of “Cecilia” played, which was drowned out by the screams of thousands of very young girls! Hormones were flying all over the place and didn’t take long for ears to start ringing with the eruption from the crowd. The band made their way on stage to a massive reception and the excitement was reaching fever point. Opening with their hit “Wild Heart” they didn’t hold back for a second. With each song the screams got louder and the as much as the band gave to the fans the fans gave everything back to them. They played one of their latest hits, “Somebody To You” with Nina Nesbitt taking over Demi Lovato’s vocals, which fit perfectly. The Vamps through in a couple of covers, All Time Low’s “Dear Maria”, Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Going Down Swinging” as well as My Chemical Romance “Teenagers”. Each cover was well received by the crowd and proved to be great choices to through into the mix. For a very young band, they’re bursting with talent and enthusiasm. They actually have something they can offer and not like any of the other teenage groups around.
As the night went on the smiles got wider and the happiness was pouring out of the Armidillo. No one could leave disappointed with the performances that each act brought to the stage. All four acts are definitely worth watching out for and will bring something new and fresh to the music scene and give things a good shake up.
If you get the chance to head down to one of The Vamps shows, get yourself along for a fun night that you can have a good laugh at while feeling abit nostaligic if you’re abit older like me!
- Stacey Auldwww.musicboxunwinds.co.uk

The Vamps // Clyde Auditorium Glasgow
28/09/14

The second night of The Vamps in Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium showed fans come out in their thousands to get the last chance to see them before they return next April. The sun was shining and everyone was in good spirits yet impatiently waiting for that vital moment when the doors were opened.

The Vamps brought along three support acts, X-Factor finalist from a few years back Luke Friend, Scottish singer/songwriter Nina Nesbitt and English crossover rock band, EofE. Four rather different bands but the crowd soaked up each one and could sing along with each band.

First up was Birmingham lads, EofE, for such a young band they have a mature and well rehearsed sound. For only being a band for a year and a half, they’ve had massive success with their singles aswell as a 32-day tour supporting McBusted. They only had four songs but they made each song count, with an energetic performace filled with passion and a love for playing the songs. They also through in a mashup of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, the majority of the crowd are probably too young to know the original tracks but the crowd lapped it all up. They changed the temp by performing their more ballad like single, “Piece Of You” which should that the band could go from faster paced to ballad effortlessly.

Quick turn around and former X-Factor contestant, Luke Friend, took the the stage to an overwhelming reaction from the crowd. With a massive smile, Luke took the applaus in his stride. Only playing two songs, he involved the crowd in every moment which was well received from the crowd. He took time out to speak to the audience and involve them in a new interactive app that brought him closer to the fans. As much as the concert go-ers wanted to keep listening to Luke Friend, they knew that The Vamps were just around the corner.

But before that, an insanely quick turn around, Scottish singer/songwriter Nina Nesbitt took to the stage to perform three songs. She seemed rather nervous and as if she was out of her depth but it didn’t take long for the nerves to break when the crowd sang their hearts out to her songs. Nina Nesbitt has been a massive success lately within the giging scene aswell as her cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” appearing in adverts.

It was finally time for the band everyone had been waiting for, The Vamps! The curtain fell to reveal their stage set up and a countdown on the massive screen behind the drums. The countdown ran out and their video of “Cecilia” played, which was drowned out by the screams of thousands of very young girls! Hormones were flying all over the place and didn’t take long for ears to start ringing with the eruption from the crowd. The band made their way on stage to a massive reception and the excitement was reaching fever point. Opening with their hit “Wild Heart” they didn’t hold back for a second. With each song the screams got louder and the as much as the band gave to the fans the fans gave everything back to them. They played one of their latest hits, “Somebody To You” with Nina Nesbitt taking over Demi Lovato’s vocals, which fit perfectly. The Vamps through in a couple of covers, All Time Low’s “Dear Maria”, Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Going Down Swinging” as well as My Chemical Romance “Teenagers”. Each cover was well received by the crowd and proved to be great choices to through into the mix. For a very young band, they’re bursting with talent and enthusiasm. They actually have something they can offer and not like any of the other teenage groups around.

As the night went on the smiles got wider and the happiness was pouring out of the Armidillo. No one could leave disappointed with the performances that each act brought to the stage. All four acts are definitely worth watching out for and will bring something new and fresh to the music scene and give things a good shake up.

If you get the chance to head down to one of The Vamps shows, get yourself along for a fun night that you can have a good laugh at while feeling abit nostaligic if you’re abit older like me!

- Stacey Auld
www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk

Wednesday, October 1st at 3:41am
Awesome to see Connor from The Vamps use one of our photos from their second show in Glasgow!

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Awesome to see Connor from The Vamps use one of our photos from their second show in Glasgow!

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Tuesday, September 30th at 2:46pm

One issue with our photos… 

We are very grateful that you like some of our images enough to use them but PLEASE when it says “Do not remove watermark” that means, you do not remove watermark.

If we did not want the watermark kept on, we would not spend hours putting them on our photos.

We do not get paid a penny for our work and the only thing we do get out of it is the credit left on the photo. It’s appreciated that people post a link to the credit below the image but most people delete any text in a post and eventually the credit is lost. This means no one can then find the full set of photos or leave comments for the original photographer. 

Forms are also signed that the photographer and band/management agree that the images will never be posted in any other form that the way they’re posted online when they’re originally posted.

We understand watermarks aren’t the greatest things in the world but please respect them and give abit of respect to the photographers. Photographers go out their way at their expense to bring shots of your favourite bands and hopefully share them in a way that they won’t be stolen, mis-used or edited in a way that removes any fact that they were the original photographer. 

Please leave watermark on images, in general. Everyone likes abit of credit for the work they’ve done. It’s disheartening to see people take that one little bit of credit away from them.

Thank you.

Tuesday, September 30th at 7:48am
All photos of Nina Nesbitt online now!! Nina Nesbitt Support for: The Vamps Armidillo Glasgow, Scotland September 28th 2014 All photos by Stacey Auld @ Music Box Unwinds DO NOT REMOVE WATERMARK/CREDIT All rights reserved. www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos

All photos of Nina Nesbitt online now!!

Nina Nesbitt
Support for: The Vamps
Armidillo
Glasgow, Scotland
September 28th 2014

All photos by Stacey Auld @ Music Box Unwinds
DO NOT REMOVE WATERMARK/CREDIT
All rights reserved.
www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos

Tuesday, September 30th at 7:47am
All Luke Friend photos online!
Luke Friend  Support for: The Vamps Armidillo Glasgow, Scotland September 28th 2014
 All photos by Stacey Auld @ Music Box Unwinds DO NOT REMOVE WATERMARK/CREDIT All rights reserved. www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos

All Luke Friend photos online!

Luke Friend
Support for: The Vamps
Armidillo
Glasgow, Scotland
September 28th 2014


All photos by Stacey Auld @ Music Box Unwinds
DO NOT REMOVE WATERMARK/CREDIT
All rights reserved.
www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos

Tuesday, September 30th at 7:45am
All EofE photos online now!!!
EofE Support for: The Vamps Armidillo Glasgow, Scotland September 28th 2014 All photos by Stacey Auld @ Music Box Unwinds DO NOT REMOVE WATERMARK/CREDIT All rights reserved. www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos

All EofE photos online now!!!

EofE
Support for: The Vamps
Armidillo
Glasgow, Scotland
September 28th 2014

All photos by Stacey Auld @ Music Box Unwinds
DO NOT REMOVE WATERMARK/CREDIT
All rights reserved.
www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos

Tuesday, September 30th at 5:55am

We caught up with EofE before they supported The Vamps second night in Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium.

Check out what the exciting new band has coming up and what they’re all about!
www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk

Photos of their set and review will be online today!

Monday, September 29th at 3:58pm
ALL PHOTOS OF THE VAMPS ARE NOW ONLINE!
The VampsClyde AuditoriumGlasgow,ScotlandSeptember 28th 2014
All photos by Stacey Auld @ Music Box UnwindsDO NOT REMOVE WATERMARK/CREDIT!!!All rights reserved to Stacey, band and mnagement.All photos can be found here: www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos
Photos of all support plus interview with EofE & full review will be online shortly!

ALL PHOTOS OF THE VAMPS ARE NOW ONLINE!

The Vamps
Clyde Auditorium
Glasgow,Scotland
September 28th 2014


All photos by Stacey Auld @ Music Box Unwinds
DO NOT REMOVE WATERMARK/CREDIT!!!
All rights reserved to Stacey, band and mnagement.
All photos can be found here: 
www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos

Photos of all support plus interview with EofE & full review will be online shortly!

Saturday, September 27th at 1:36pm
COMPETITION TIME!!!
Music Box Unwinds is happy to announce that as a slightly belated 7 year anniversary competition, we’ve teamed up with the awesome people at Chuff Media and Manchester Orchestra for 1 lucky person and a friend to win tickets to their sold out show in Glasgow’s o2 ABC on October 2nd!
After the success of their latest release “Cope” and their sold out UK tour earlier this year, Manchester Orchestra are gracing the UK shores again. As well as the release of “Cope”, their re-imagination of the album titled, “Hope”, will be released Digitally on September 29th 2014.
We know how difficult it can be to get your hands on some tickets for the Atlanta based quintet, so we are giving away two tickets to ONE lucky person for their show in Glasgow’s o2 ABC!
If you want to be in with a chance of winning the pair of tickets, all you have to do is “LIKE” our Facebook page!  CLICK HERESimple as that!
The competition is only running until Tuesday, September 30th so get in there quick!
Good luck!Music Box Unwindswww.musicboxunwinds.co.uk

COMPETITION TIME!!!

Music Box Unwinds is happy to announce that as a slightly belated 7 year anniversary competition, we’ve teamed up with the awesome people at Chuff Media and Manchester Orchestra for 1 lucky person and a friend to win tickets to their sold out show in Glasgow’s o2 ABC on October 2nd!

After the success of their latest release “Cope” and their sold out UK tour earlier this year, Manchester Orchestra are gracing the UK shores again. As well as the release of “Cope”, their re-imagination of the album titled, “Hope”, will be released Digitally on September 29th 2014.

We know how difficult it can be to get your hands on some tickets for the Atlanta based quintet, so we are giving away two tickets to ONE lucky person for their show in Glasgow’s o2 ABC!

If you want to be in with a chance of winning the pair of tickets, all you have to do is “LIKE” our Facebook page!  CLICK HERE
Simple as that!

The competition is only running until Tuesday, September 30th so get in there quick!

Good luck!
Music Box Unwinds
www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk

Saturday, September 27th at 6:36am

We got the chance to give Motionless in White’s new album; ‘Reincarnate’ a listen to this week. The dubbed ‘horror-metal’ band released their thirteen-tracked third studio album on the 15th of September through Fearless Records. 'Reincarnate' has already reached #9 on the Billboard chart and landed itself in the #1 spot on the iTunes Metal charts worldwide... and they aren’t too bad live either.
 


'Reincarnate' has been named Motion's best work to date and I could not agree more, the band’s message of tolerance and unity with-in the alterative community has hit a new level of passion. Their chance on self-love is immediately made aware by opening track ‘Death March’ in which they declare “So wave your flag if you’re ready to fight” and “Carry the torch We will carry the torch, ignite the world, I rest my faith in flames” which is embodied the last track ‘Carry The Torch’. The song ‘Final Dictvm' featuring Tim Sköld, extremely synth-heavy and which, builds ands builds to a dark but yet dance-y climax (my personal favorite track) also addresses the idea of battle “I smell like victory, I taste like blood”, a distorted voice with whole synth and guitar progression is something that was done to deal but ‘Final Dictvm' is so on point it's pratically refreshing.
 


As a whole ‘Reincarnate’ immensely consistent and tightly produced record and fans of Motionless In White will not be disappointed in their purchase, which you can on iTunes.
 


We give ‘Reincarnate’ a 4/5- Sean Timlinwww.musicboxunwinds.co.uk

We got the chance to give Motionless in White’s new album; ‘Reincarnate’ a listen to this week. The dubbed ‘horror-metal’ band released their thirteen-tracked third studio album on the 15th of September through Fearless Records. 'Reincarnate' has already reached #9 on the Billboard chart and landed itself in the #1 spot on the iTunes Metal charts worldwide... and they aren’t too bad live either.

 

'Reincarnate' has been named Motion's best work to date and I could not agree more, the bands message of tolerance and unity with-in the alterative community has hit a new level of passion. Their chance on self-love is immediately made aware by opening track ‘Death March’ in which they declare “So wave your flag if you’re ready to fight” and “Carry the torch 
We will carry the torch, ignite the world, I rest my faith in flames” which is embodied the last track ‘Carry The Torch’. The song ‘Final Dictvm' featuring Tim Sköld, extremely synth-heavy and which, builds ands builds to a dark but yet dance-y climax (my personal favorite track) also addresses the idea of battle “I smell like victory, I taste like blood”, a distorted voice with whole synth and guitar progression is something that was done to deal but ‘Final Dictvm' is so on point it's pratically refreshing.

 

As a whole ‘Reincarnate’ immensely consistent and tightly produced record and fans of Motionless In White will not be disappointed in their purchase, which you can on iTunes.

 

We give ‘Reincarnate’ a 4/5
- Sean Timlin
www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk

Wednesday, September 24th at 4:26pm
Finch // Back To Oblivion  Due for release September 30th 2014 through Spinefarm Records 5/5  It has been an extremely long nine year wait for the almighty Finch to come back with their follow up to 2005’s “Say Hello To Sunshine”. Finch were responsible for one of the biggest and most influential albums of the naughties, “What It Is To Burn”, fans have been holding out for a repeat of that but we all know there is alot more to this Californian band than a repeat of their debut. With just under a decade apart, a slight reshuffle of members, some leaving some originals coming back and then playing reunion shows, the band have finally found their strength again to bring us an album to prove why they’re such a much loved band. Back To Oblivion is in a league of it’s own but it has all the qualities of a Finch classic and makes you think they’ve never been away. First track is titled the same as the album, leading the repeated melodic guitars to build up into one massive intro and just creates more excitement as you wait to hear what the 2014 Finch will sound like. Anywhere But Here, has that darker and more menacing sound that is reminiscent of the darker route the band took on SHTS. To much fans’ pleasure the signature scream from Nate Barcalow is back and more powerful than ever.  One of the highlight tracks for me is by far, “Further From The Few”, it’s angry, it’s faster paced and it will most definitely be an insane song to hear live. It has early Finch attitude painted all over it, there’s a hard hitting rowdiness about this track and it is just a beast of a song.Murder Me, takes a completely turn for Finch, going for the slower and softer pace which is refreshing to hear from them. It’s a soothing, lullaby like, start that works slowly back to the faster paced pounding drums from Alex Pappas to build up to the Finch we know and love. The violins in the background add to the sound creating a goosebump feel and makes it all more powerful and well rounded. As the album draws to a close, there’s some really slow and beautiful moments that does go back to the “Ender” days. New Wave has that slight Deftones, trippy and phycedillic feel to it, everything just falls into place. The album starts harsh, ready and heavy and then it just slowly eases you out on a wave of emotion.  One thing I truly do miss when it comes to Finch, is tracks like Grey Matter and Project Mayhem. I miss that insane, unpredictable and ferocious sound that the band really had a knack for. Some of Nate’s vocals on a couple of the tracks seem to get lost way behind in the music. It feels like they really need to be brought out more as Nate’s vocal ability has really grown and become so controlled, they should be thrown out there and shown more. Back To Oblivion shows a growth in Finch and a more mature version of them. For a band that has been apart for so long, it is just like they’ve picked up where they left off. They don’t miss a beat and there is not a track on this album that you could skip. Thankfully, the band realised there was a legion of fans still out there wanting more music from them. This album will not disappoint the impatient fans as it holds alot of what we’re used to hearing from Finch aswell as a more settled and mature band. The spark is back with the band and they know exactly what they want to achieve now, hopefully they’ll be sticking around for along time to come Tracks to check out: Back To Oblivion, Anywhere But Here, Further From The Few, Picasso Trigger and The Great Divide. - Stacey Auld www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk

Finch // Back To Oblivion
Due for release September 30th 2014 through Spinefarm Records 5/5


It has been an extremely long nine year wait for the almighty Finch to come back with their follow up to 2005’s “Say Hello To Sunshine”. Finch were responsible for one of the biggest and most influential albums of the naughties, “What It Is To Burn”, fans have been holding out for a repeat of that but we all know there is alot more to this Californian band than a repeat of their debut.

With just under a decade apart, a slight reshuffle of members, some leaving some originals coming back and then playing reunion shows, the band have finally found their strength again to bring us an album to prove why they’re such a much loved band. Back To Oblivion is in a league of it’s own but it has all the qualities of a Finch classic and makes you think they’ve never been away.

First track is titled the same as the album, leading the repeated melodic guitars to build up into one massive intro and just creates more excitement as you wait to hear what the 2014 Finch will sound like.

Anywhere But Here, has that darker and more menacing sound that is reminiscent of the darker route the band took on SHTS. To much fans’ pleasure the signature scream from Nate Barcalow is back and more powerful than ever.

One of the highlight tracks for me is by far, “Further From The Few”, it’s angry, it’s faster paced and it will most definitely be an insane song to hear live. It has early Finch attitude painted all over it, there’s a hard hitting rowdiness about this track and it is just a beast of a song.

Murder Me, takes a completely turn for Finch, going for the slower and softer pace which is refreshing to hear from them. It’s a soothing, lullaby like, start that works slowly back to the faster paced pounding drums from Alex Pappas to build up to the Finch we know and love. The violins in the background add to the sound creating a goosebump feel and makes it all more powerful and well rounded.

As the album draws to a close, there’s some really slow and beautiful moments that does go back to the “Ender” days. New Wave has that slight Deftones, trippy and phycedillic feel to it, everything just falls into place. The album starts harsh, ready and heavy and then it just slowly eases you out on a wave of emotion.

One thing I truly do miss when it comes to Finch, is tracks like Grey Matter and Project Mayhem. I miss that insane, unpredictable and ferocious sound that the band really had a knack for. Some of Nate’s vocals on a couple of the tracks seem to get lost way behind in the music. It feels like they really need to be brought out more as Nate’s vocal ability has really grown and become so controlled, they should be thrown out there and shown more.

Back To Oblivion shows a growth in Finch and a more mature version of them. For a band that has been apart for so long, it is just like they’ve picked up where they left off. They don’t miss a beat and there is not a track on this album that you could skip. Thankfully, the band realised there was a legion of fans still out there wanting more music from them. This album will not disappoint the impatient fans as it holds alot of what we’re used to hearing from Finch aswell as a more settled and mature band. The spark is back with the band and they know exactly what they want to achieve now, hopefully they’ll be sticking around for along time to come

Tracks to check out: Back To Oblivion, Anywhere But Here, Further From The Few, Picasso Trigger and The Great Divide.

- Stacey Auld www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk

Thursday, September 18th at 3:47am
On September 18th 2007, I started Music Box Unwinds on Myspace!Originally just to promote bands but then I caught the photography bug and wanted to know more about the bands and their music.
Skip several years later, I have now worked with some of the most hard working, genuine and talented bunch of musicians. I could never have imagined working with half of them.
MBU also started as an alternative/rock site but we’ve gradually progressed to cover any band or artists and it’s been such an amazing experience.
Over the past couple of years I’ve had the privilege to work with some amazing new photographers like Shannon Hanney, Nic Cane, Charlotte Davidson and Luke Osborne who have all came to my rescue to help cover some gigs!
The last seven years have also given me a chance to work with some insanely talented PR agents from Em & Haaris at Public City through to Ben & Andy at Warner Bros. I really couldn’t have had as many of these experiences without their help.
I also couldn’t have kept it going without everyone who has ever liked, reblogged, promoted or even just checked out our page. It means the absolute world to have this opportunity to work with immense bands and interact with hundreds of great people.
Thank you very much to everyone who has allowed my little idea to carry on throughout 7 years and hopefully have some more years left in us!
Much loveStaceymusicboxunwinds.co.uk

On September 18th 2007, I started Music Box Unwinds on Myspace!
Originally just to promote bands but then I caught the photography bug and wanted to know more about the bands and their music.

Skip several years later, I have now worked with some of the most hard working, genuine and talented bunch of musicians. I could never have imagined working with half of them.

MBU also started as an alternative/rock site but we’ve gradually progressed to cover any band or artists and it’s been such an amazing experience.

Over the past couple of years I’ve had the privilege to work with some amazing new photographers like Shannon Hanney, Nic Cane, Charlotte Davidson and Luke Osborne who have all came to my rescue to help cover some gigs!

The last seven years have also given me a chance to work with some insanely talented PR agents from Em & Haaris at Public City through to Ben & Andy at Warner Bros. I really couldn’t have had as many of these experiences without their help.

I also couldn’t have kept it going without everyone who has ever liked, reblogged, promoted or even just checked out our page. It means the absolute world to have this opportunity to work with immense bands and interact with hundreds of great people.

Thank you very much to everyone who has allowed my little idea to carry on throughout 7 years and hopefully have some more years left in us!

Much love
Stacey
musicboxunwinds.co.uk

Thursday, September 11th at 4:47pm
Dot Hacker // How’s Your Process (Play) 5/5 Due for release: October 7th 2014 through ORG Music. One thing you certaintly couldn’t call Dot Hacker is predictable, if you’re expecting How’s Your Process? (Play) to be like HYP? (Work) then you’re in for a big surprise. Dot Hacker have that unique ability to take you to whole new realms with each track and make you think you’re listening to a variety of different bands.  First track of the album, “Slideclimb”, shows the Los Angeles four piece could easily go down the heavier route and pull it off effortlessly. It’s great to hear that edgier side to the band and let us hear that raw and grittier sound. It has more swagger than a 90’s Brit-Rock band!The song oozes confidence, Josh Klinghoffer has really grown into being the lead vocalist and pushing his vocals more on this track.  “Somersault”, brings back the mesmerizing sound that we’ve grown accustomed to. Josh’s hypnotizing vocals accompanied by Clint Walsh’s whispy and clean guitar, Jonathan Hischke’s bass line and Eric Gardner’s drum beats both pulse away naturally like a heartbeat - just all comes together to give you the perfect chill out song. By track three, “Memory”, you’re getting shipped off in your own little bubble on an adventure to explore a side of music that seems to have been forgotten about. It shows bands can be experimental and alternative without going overboard. The song builds so gently and think it’s just going to whisk you through a chillout song to end the song, everything just bursts into action without it sounding out of place.  There is a Gary Numan tinge to “Mission Creep”, it’s like life has been rewound and we’ve gone back to the 80’s for an original electronic sound. From the get go it just soars and seems like it has no intention of taking a breather, but the song completely changes direction and becomes a different song. Doesn’t last too long before it kicks up the 80’s revival again. Spanish guitars and Dot Hacker is definitely not something I’d ever put together but again, you can never tell what’s going to come next from the band. “Rest Assure" opens up like a Mariachi love song that is going to end in heartbreak. There’s a faint flamenco tone sticks throughout the song, the track sounds full of distress and hurt, with the lyrics "Take me back" being repeated at the chorus. Sadly, all good things must come to an end and How’s Your Process comes to rest with “Anger”. Starting off just Josh’s vocals and him playing piano. Hauntingly beautiful violins join in and to produce this theatrical and awe inspiring ballad. Goosebumps will cover your skin and the hair on the back of your neck will stand up. There is something about hearing Dot Hacker go from an edgier start, their signature electronic / experimental sound to something completely different, it’s raw and bare. The violins leading out at the end, leaves a lump at the back of your throat.How’s Your Process? (Play) leaves you wanting more from the band and makes you wonder what on earth will they come up with next. From track to track, there is no way you could ever imagine what would be coming next. Their experience as session musicians and working with different musicians have probably helped them form one of the most original bands to date. You get a little taste of everything with this album and is something you really will not hear from any other. Their confidence really shines through on this album and shows how well they work and as a unit. Everything just goes hand in hand and there’s not a single thing out of place. Unlike many other bands, they really show off the bass and show how intricate of player Jonathan Hischke really is. Eric and Jonathan show how a rhythm section should sound, they’re just completely tuned in together. Josh has really came into his own on this one and able to come out of the shadows and show what kind of singer / songwriter/musician he can be. Clint really has nailed how to push a guitar and show just how flamboyant of sound you can get without being obnoxious and OTT. There really is not a bad track on this album, the only issue is there are not enough tracks! But we did have How’s Your Process? (Work), so can’t complain too much. Be sure to pick up the album and previous realeses HYP?(work) and 2012’s debut album “Inhibition”, Dot Hacker are a band everyone has to hear. - Stacey Auld  musicboxunwinds.co.uk

Dot Hacker // How’s Your Process (Play)
5/5
Due for release: October 7th 2014 through ORG Music.

One thing you certaintly couldn’t call Dot Hacker is predictable, if you’re expecting How’s Your Process? (Play) to be like HYP? (Work) then you’re in for a big surprise. Dot Hacker have that unique ability to take you to whole new realms with each track and make you think you’re listening to a variety of different bands.

First track of the album, “Slideclimb”, shows the Los Angeles four piece could easily go down the heavier route and pull it off effortlessly. It’s great to hear that edgier side to the band and let us hear that raw and grittier sound. It has more swagger than a 90’s Brit-Rock band!The song oozes confidence, Josh Klinghoffer has really grown into being the lead vocalist and pushing his vocals more on this track.

Somersault”, brings back the mesmerizing sound that we’ve grown accustomed to. Josh’s hypnotizing vocals accompanied by Clint Walsh’s whispy and clean guitar, Jonathan Hischke’s bass line and Eric Gardner’s drum beats both pulse away naturally like a heartbeat - just all comes together to give you the perfect chill out song.

By track three, “Memory”, you’re getting shipped off in your own little bubble on an adventure to explore a side of music that seems to have been forgotten about. It shows bands can be experimental and alternative without going overboard. The song builds so gently and think it’s just going to whisk you through a chillout song to end the song, everything just bursts into action without it sounding out of place.

There is a Gary Numan tinge to “Mission Creep”, it’s like life has been rewound and we’ve gone back to the 80’s for an original electronic sound. From the get go it just soars and seems like it has no intention of taking a breather, but the song completely changes direction and becomes a different song. Doesn’t last too long before it kicks up the 80’s revival again.

Spanish guitars and Dot Hacker is definitely not something I’d ever put together but again, you can never tell what’s going to come next from the band. “Rest Assure" opens up like a Mariachi love song that is going to end in heartbreak. There’s a faint flamenco tone sticks throughout the song, the track sounds full of distress and hurt, with the lyrics "Take me back" being repeated at the chorus.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and How’s Your Process comes to rest with “Anger”. Starting off just Josh’s vocals and him playing piano. Hauntingly beautiful violins join in and to produce this theatrical and awe inspiring ballad. Goosebumps will cover your skin and the hair on the back of your neck will stand up. There is something about hearing Dot Hacker go from an edgier start, their signature electronic / experimental sound to something completely different, it’s raw and bare. The violins leading out at the end, leaves a lump at the back of your throat.

How’s Your Process? (Play) leaves you wanting more from the band and makes you wonder what on earth will they come up with next. From track to track, there is no way you could ever imagine what would be coming next. Their experience as session musicians and working with different musicians have probably helped them form one of the most original bands to date. You get a little taste of everything with this album and is something you really will not hear from any other. Their confidence really shines through on this album and shows how well they work and as a unit. Everything just goes hand in hand and there’s not a single thing out of place. Unlike many other bands, they really show off the bass and show how intricate of player Jonathan Hischke really is. Eric and Jonathan show how a rhythm section should sound, they’re just completely tuned in together. Josh has really came into his own on this one and able to come out of the shadows and show what kind of singer / songwriter/musician he can be. Clint really has nailed how to push a guitar and show just how flamboyant of sound you can get without being obnoxious and OTT.

There really is not a bad track on this album, the only issue is there are not enough tracks! But we did have How’s Your Process? (Work), so can’t complain too much. Be sure to pick up the album and previous realeses HYP?(work) and 2012’s debut album “Inhibition”, Dot Hacker are a band everyone has to hear.

- Stacey Auld
musicboxunwinds.co.uk

Sunday, September 7th at 7:07am
Royal Blood // Royal Blood 4.5/5 August 25th 2014 release via Warner Bros Records. It’s only once in a blue moon that a band comes along and absolutely blows your mind. Listening to Royal Blood for the first time would make you think you’re listening to a normal four/five piece band but then it’s a massive slap to the face when you realise there’s only two members! Only The White Stripes and the Black Keys have been the ones to really master how a two piece should sound but then Royal Blood have toddled along and completely changed people’s perceptions of a two person group.
Everyone thinks that the conventional set up of any band should definitely include guitars and drums with atleast three members. Oh, how everyone has been proven wrong! With the help of all things technical and fancy bass pedals, Royal Blood have shown then world a completely new version of drum and bass. The Brighton duo’s debut offering is just full of gritty, dirty and sleazy rock and roll sounds but all in the best possible way. Lead singer Michael Kerr can go from light, husky, ballad vocals that could make you melt right through to gravelly, full of passion, classic rock styled vocals. Album opener “Out Of The Black" kicks off with hard hitting drums from Ben Thatcher and sets the pace for the rest of the album. It has glass shattering riffs that we’re used to hearing from fellow Brighton band, Architects. Thankfully, Michael Kerr has gone down the Josh Homme route and realised less is more,he could’ve gone all out and high pitched but keeping the rocky, bluesy tones to the track gives a menacing change to classic rock. The stand out songs on the album are their singles “Figure It Out" and "Little Monster”, for a band so new they’ve really figured out how to write lyrics and riffs that get stuck in your head. It’s amazing how tight sound the whole album is considering how young of band they are, only forming within the last year or two. The Jack White comparisons will be seen mostly in “Loose Change”, with Michael changing from low bass ranges to high notes to end of lines has Jack White written all over it. Even if they were a full four or five piece band, you can’t help but see the Jack White influence. The track picks up like a run away train towards the end to let you know they’re not slowing down any time soon. “Ten Tonne Skeleton" has enough swagger to take out any Arctic Monkey’s track. The words wrap around the riffs perfectly in the chorus, it has more of a dancefloor feel. It’s mellow but has so much punch behind it that gives the track a sound that not many bands have just now.
Some of the tracks can sound a little repetitive but throughout the whole album they have such a massive, hard hitting sound that you doubt it is just two people. They have taken rock ‘n’ roll to a whole new level and show that if you put your mind to it, you can produce a sound that is almost unheard of. For a debut album, Royal Blood have gone above and beyond what you would expect from a new band. They’ll definitely be the UK band of the year and one to keep an eye on in the future. - Stacey Auld www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk  The band will be heading out on a headline tour in October! Hopefully you’ve been lucky enough to get tickets as the tour sold out in two minutes! Dublin, The Academy (October 27) Newcastle, Riverside (28) Glasgow, O2 ABC (30) Sheffield, Leadmill (31) Manchester, Ritz (November 2) Liverpool, O2 Academy (3) Birmingham, Institute (4) London, Electric Ballroom (6 & 7) Cambridge, Junction (8) Portsmouth, Pyramid (10) Oxford, O2 Academy (11) Bristol, Bierkeller (12)

Royal Blood // Royal Blood
4.5/5
August 25th 2014 release via Warner Bros Records.

It’s only once in a blue moon that a band comes along and absolutely blows your mind. Listening to Royal Blood for the first time would make you think you’re listening to a normal four/five piece band but then it’s a massive slap to the face when you realise there’s only two members! Only The White Stripes and the Black Keys have been the ones to really master how a two piece should sound but then Royal Blood have toddled along and completely changed people’s perceptions of a two person group.

Everyone thinks that the conventional set up of any band should definitely include guitars and drums with atleast three members. Oh, how everyone has been proven wrong! With the help of all things technical and fancy bass pedals, Royal Blood have shown then world a completely new version of drum and bass.

The Brighton duo’s debut offering is just full of gritty, dirty and sleazy rock and roll sounds but all in the best possible way. Lead singer Michael Kerr can go from light, husky, ballad vocals that could make you melt right through to gravelly, full of passion, classic rock styled vocals.

Album opener “Out Of The Black" kicks off with hard hitting drums from Ben Thatcher and sets the pace for the rest of the album. It has glass shattering riffs that we’re used to hearing from fellow Brighton band, Architects.

Thankfully, Michael Kerr has gone down the Josh Homme route and realised less is more,he could’ve gone all out and high pitched but keeping the rocky, bluesy tones to the track gives a menacing change to classic rock.

The stand out songs on the album are their singles “Figure It Out" and "Little Monster”, for a band so new they’ve really figured out how to write lyrics and riffs that get stuck in your head. It’s amazing how tight sound the whole album is considering how young of band they are, only forming within the last year or two.

The Jack White comparisons will be seen mostly in “Loose Change”, with Michael changing from low bass ranges to high notes to end of lines has Jack White written all over it. Even if they were a full four or five piece band, you can’t help but see the Jack White influence. The track picks up like a run away train towards the end to let you know they’re not slowing down any time soon.

Ten Tonne Skeleton" has enough swagger to take out any Arctic Monkey’s track. The words wrap around the riffs perfectly in the chorus, it has more of a dancefloor feel. It’s mellow but has so much punch behind it that gives the track a sound that not many bands have just now.

Some of the tracks can sound a little repetitive but throughout the whole album they have such a massive, hard hitting sound that you doubt it is just two people. They have taken rock ‘n’ roll to a whole new level and show that if you put your mind to it, you can produce a sound that is almost unheard of. For a debut album, Royal Blood have gone above and beyond what you would expect from a new band. They’ll definitely be the UK band of the year and one to keep an eye on in the future.

- Stacey Auld
www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk

The band will be heading out on a headline tour in October! Hopefully you’ve been lucky enough to get tickets as the tour sold out in two minutes!
Dublin, The Academy (October 27)
Newcastle, Riverside (28)
Glasgow, O2 ABC (30)
Sheffield, Leadmill (31)
Manchester, Ritz (November 2)
Liverpool, O2 Academy (3)
Birmingham, Institute (4)
London, Electric Ballroom (6 & 7)
Cambridge, Junction (8)
Portsmouth, Pyramid (10)
Oxford, O2 Academy (11)
Bristol, Bierkeller (12)

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