Wednesday, July 9th at 8:20am
Rise Against – The Black Market 4/5After a three year wait with the release of Endgame back in 2011, Chicago Punk band Rise Against are back with their highly anticipated album The Black Market. There is no mistaking who this album is by, fast lyrics and faster bass lines provide the standout Rise Against sound that has made them so unique, though this time around they are sounding more mature and fine-tuned. The Black Market does not have the same aggressiveness as previous albums such as The Sufferer and The Witness or Appeal To Reason but it has kept its punk back roots with Tim’s deeply heartfelt passion flowing through the lyrics of each song as it always has.Tim’s opening lyrics of ”There’s a fire on the boarders and it’s burning down the walls that you build high” instantly shows that this album, just like the previous six, is going to be full of political passion. “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” is the second track on the album and is the song which offers the signature Rise Against sound, there’s the familiar song structure and extended vocals from Tim on the bridges that will get you tapping your foot and nodding your head along from the opening.. It is one of the more anger-filled songs on the album which is easily felt through the lyrics.After this the album takes a bit of an unexpected turn with “Tragedy+Time”. The tone suddenly turns more to pop-punk rather than the more serious, heavy riffs we are used to hearing from this band. I couldn’t help but think would be more suited to a band such as Deaf Havana.The title track “The Black Market” is filled with chugging bass lines and guitar neck slides which take the album back on track to the sound we know and love. This track also has some of the most compelling lyrics on the album, exploring people’s struggles in the world and how hard it can be to see the light of escape.“The Eco-Terrorist In Me” will be the song to open up the mosh pits on this album, immediately opening with the fast paced riffs that make you want to move. Influenced by post-911 America’s attitude toward terrorism and The Green Scare, where the government have included environmentalists under the same bracket. The band are well known for their campaigning and Tim’s “eco-terrorist” passion is clearly flowing through with the delivery of his lyrics.”.“People Live Here” brings a multitude of musical layers including acoustic guitar, beautiful layers of violins and slow heavy bass drum which in turn produce one of the most emotionally hard hitting songs Rise Against have written to date.”. In 4 minutes and 8 seconds the song sweeps over religion, war, climate change and the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre, shining light on a world of suffering brought by America’s love and tolerance of guns. The Black Market is a great example of bands maturing and expanding their sound without moving away from their roots and what they stand for. On the first listen through the album some of these changes did throw me off a little but listening all the way through again it does work to produce an easy flowing record. Overall I felt like this was a great album, lots of varied tracks which help to produce an overall easy listening album and although long time fans may find it hard not to be a little disappointed by the lack of aggression that Rise Against usually bring it’s a welcome addition to the bands long list of albums and a step forward into maturity for the band as a whole. The Black Market is due for release on July 14th 2014
- Charlotte Davidsonwww.musicboxunwinds.co.uk

Rise Against – The Black Market 4/5

After a three year wait with the release of Endgame back in 2011, Chicago Punk band Rise Against are back with their highly anticipated album The Black Market.
There is no mistaking who this album is by, fast lyrics and faster bass lines provide the standout Rise Against sound that has made them so unique, though this time around they are sounding more mature and fine-tuned. The Black Market does not have the same aggressiveness as previous albums such as The Sufferer and The Witness or Appeal To Reason but it has kept its punk back roots with Tim’s deeply heartfelt passion flowing through the lyrics of each song as it always has.
Tim’s opening lyrics of ”There’s a fire on the boarders and it’s burning down the walls that you build high” instantly shows that this album, just like the previous six, is going to be full of political passion.

“I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” is the second track on the album and is the song which offers the signature Rise Against sound, there’s the familiar song structure and extended vocals from Tim on the bridges that will get you tapping your foot and nodding your head along from the opening.. It is one of the more anger-filled songs on the album which is easily felt through the lyrics.

After this the album takes a bit of an unexpected turn with “Tragedy+Time”. The tone suddenly turns more to pop-punk rather than the more serious, heavy riffs we are used to hearing from this band. I couldn’t help but think would be more suited to a band such as Deaf Havana.

The title track “The Black Market” is filled with chugging bass lines and guitar neck slides which take the album back on track to the sound we know and love. This track also has some of the most compelling lyrics on the album, exploring people’s struggles in the world and how hard it can be to see the light of escape.

“The Eco-Terrorist In Me” will be the song to open up the mosh pits on this album, immediately opening with the fast paced riffs that make you want to move. Influenced by post-911 America’s attitude toward terrorism and The Green Scare, where the government have included environmentalists under the same bracket. The band are well known for their campaigning and Tim’s “eco-terrorist” passion is clearly flowing through with the delivery of his lyrics.”.

“People Live Here” brings a multitude of musical layers including acoustic guitar, beautiful layers of violins and slow heavy bass drum which in turn produce one of the most emotionally hard hitting songs Rise Against have written to date.”. In 4 minutes and 8 seconds the song sweeps over religion, war, climate change and the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre, shining light on a world of suffering brought by America’s love and tolerance of guns.


The Black Market is a great example of bands maturing and expanding their sound without moving away from their roots and what they stand for. On the first listen through the album some of these changes did throw me off a little but listening all the way through again it does work to produce an easy flowing record. Overall I felt like this was a great album, lots of varied tracks which help to produce an overall easy listening album and although long time fans may find it hard not to be a little disappointed by the lack of aggression that Rise Against usually bring it’s a welcome addition to the bands long list of albums and a step forward into maturity for the band as a whole.


The Black Market
is due for release on July 14th 2014

- Charlotte Davidson
www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk

Saturday, June 21st at 8:06am
Anonymous wrote:
Will you do another DH's vinyl contest?

I’m not too sure, would be great but maybe our next giveaway will involve another band.

Thursday, June 19th at 5:16am
The Used Scala 17th June 2014 London, England All photos by Luke osborne for Music Box Unwinds Please do not remove watermark/credit www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos

The Used
Scala
17th June 2014
London, England

All photos by Luke osborne for Music Box Unwinds
Please do not remove watermark/credit
www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos

Tuesday, June 17th at 4:32pm
Dot Hacker // How’s Your Process? (Work)5/5
It’s been two years since Dot Hacker released their debut album, “Inhibition”, the incredibly talented four piece are back with the first part of their new album album "How’s Your Process? (work)"  The latest offering from the band is due for release on July 1st 2014 through ORG Music.
"How’s Your Process?" is by far one of the most original albums to be released not only in 2014 but in the past few years. The band is comprised of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer, co-guitarist Clint Walsh, drummer Eric Gardner (who played alongside Josh in Gnarls Barkley) and bass player Jonathan Hischke who as played with the likes of Le Bucherette, Hella and EV Kain. Their work as session musicians and working with an impressive aray of artists has helped make up their original sound that you could never put a tag on.
For only 6 tracks being on this part of the album ,the running time of each song is between four and six minutes. With each song taking their different turns and styles while stretching out over around five minutes, you feel like you’re listening to many different songs.
In tracks like "Aim" and "First In Forever" it’s reminiscent of Josh’s music with former Chili Pepper’s guitarist John Frusciante, his love of electronic music and keyboards shines through both tracks.
“Floating Up The Stairs” offers something even more different. Usually the vocals are strung out and whispy, for this Josh is chasing after words like its a race while the instrumental part is smooth, slow and calming. They’re something about Dot Hacker’s songs that can just soothe and take you away on a little trip, let you escape from your brain for a while.
One of my favourite things about Dot Hacker is each member’s instruments are heard clearly, which shows especially on their early released “Elevator”. Pounding drums while a guitar softly sweeps along to open the song to then bring in a hearbeat like bass line. Each instrument playing perfectly along with each other.
“Whatever You Want”, the heaviest track that the band has released shows a different side to Klinghoffer’s well known soft, high and melodic vocals. With distorted guitars and heavier beating drums it shows the band are more than capable of having a rockier/edgier side to them. There are still hints of the dreamy and trippy guitar playing through the track that then bursts into full guitar solo.
“Sermon Of Sorts” is the perfect crossover from Inhibition. It keeps alot of the same elements as the tracks on Inhibition had but having an edgier sound to it, again letting Eric go abit wilder on the drums and josh push his vocals even more.
With “How’s Your Process?” you can see how the band have gelled more and become more comfortable playing in their own band together. The vocals are more powerful, with more range and real power behind them. There’s no fault to how each instrument slots together on these tracks, each taking their own route, some faster paced while the rest stays calm. It’s definitely been worth the two year wait, while Inhibition was a strong debut, it feels and sounds like the band have now gotten used to writing with each other, making a sound that is original and their own!
If this is just a glimpse at what’s to come from Dot Hacker, then I cannot wait to see what the second part, How’s Your Process? (Play), has to offer! With melodic tones mixed in with slight electronic and alternative vibe, its a mix that normally probably wouldn’t work but it has to an immense degree. The band are insanely talented with such a unique sound, they deserve so much recognition.
If you’re looking for something that’s completely different from what’s out there just now, get your hands on How’s Your Process? on July 1st! You can also pre-order both Work and Play from http://orgmusic.merchnow.com/

-Stacey Auldwww.musicboxunwinds.co.uk

Dot Hacker // How’s Your Process? (Work)
5/5

It’s been two years since Dot Hacker released their debut album, “Inhibition”, the incredibly talented four piece are back with the first part of their new album album "How’s Your Process? (work)" The latest offering from the band is due for release on July 1st 2014 through ORG Music.

"How’s Your Process?" is by far one of the most original albums to be released not only in 2014 but in the past few years. The band is comprised of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer, co-guitarist Clint Walsh, drummer Eric Gardner (who played alongside Josh in Gnarls Barkley) and bass player Jonathan Hischke who as played with the likes of Le Bucherette, Hella and EV Kain. Their work as session musicians and working with an impressive aray of artists has helped make up their original sound that you could never put a tag on.

For only 6 tracks being on this part of the album ,the running time of each song is between four and six minutes. With each song taking their different turns and styles while stretching out over around five minutes, you feel like you’re listening to many different songs.

In tracks like "Aim" and "First In Forever" it’s reminiscent of Josh’s music with former Chili Pepper’s guitarist John Frusciante, his love of electronic music and keyboards shines through both tracks.

Floating Up The Stairs” offers something even more different. Usually the vocals are strung out and whispy, for this Josh is chasing after words like its a race while the instrumental part is smooth, slow and calming. They’re something about Dot Hacker’s songs that can just soothe and take you away on a little trip, let you escape from your brain for a while.

One of my favourite things about Dot Hacker is each member’s instruments are heard clearly, which shows especially on their early released “Elevator”. Pounding drums while a guitar softly sweeps along to open the song to then bring in a hearbeat like bass line. Each instrument playing perfectly along with each other.

Whatever You Want”, the heaviest track that the band has released shows a different side to Klinghoffer’s well known soft, high and melodic vocals. With distorted guitars and heavier beating drums it shows the band are more than capable of having a rockier/edgier side to them. There are still hints of the dreamy and trippy guitar playing through the track that then bursts into full guitar solo.

Sermon Of Sorts” is the perfect crossover from Inhibition. It keeps alot of the same elements as the tracks on Inhibition had but having an edgier sound to it, again letting Eric go abit wilder on the drums and josh push his vocals even more.

With “How’s Your Process?” you can see how the band have gelled more and become more comfortable playing in their own band together. The vocals are more powerful, with more range and real power behind them. There’s no fault to how each instrument slots together on these tracks, each taking their own route, some faster paced while the rest stays calm. It’s definitely been worth the two year wait, while Inhibition was a strong debut, it feels and sounds like the band have now gotten used to writing with each other, making a sound that is original and their own!

If this is just a glimpse at what’s to come from Dot Hacker, then I cannot wait to see what the second part, How’s Your Process? (Play), has to offer! With melodic tones mixed in with slight electronic and alternative vibe, its a mix that normally probably wouldn’t work but it has to an immense degree. The band are insanely talented with such a unique sound, they deserve so much recognition.

If you’re looking for something that’s completely different from what’s out there just now, get your hands on How’s Your Process? on July 1st! You can also pre-order both Work and Play from http://orgmusic.merchnow.com/

-Stacey Auld
www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk

Thursday, June 12th at 7:07am
Arcane Roots – Tooting Tram and Social 06/06/14
For the last headline performance on their Blood and Chemistry tour, Arcane Roots set up on a fairly small stage in Tooting Tram and Social. The gig was barely mentioned anywhere online yet the room is fairly packed out with fans from across the country.The show was started by the band going straight into “Slow”, the darkly lit stage had the occasional burst of bright light during the song to match the music video. Immediately you could hear fans singing along and see everyone bouncing along which was only emphasised when the song lead into the newest track to be released “Over and Over”.“You Are” came halfway through the setlist, though this was played with a twist due to Andrews guitar cutting out but making a smooth recovery by filling in the guitar parts with “do do doo do”’s and pulling out some very interesting dance moves, possibly my favourite live version of this song to date.A surprise was pulled out of the bag by a previously never before played b-side “Harboured At Sea” being thrown into the setlist, melting all the fans hearts and having the crowd fairy quiet for one song, however this quietness did not last long as “Million Dollar” was next.As always with Arcane Root’s shows, the room was hot, sweaty and full of energy and love for the band. They finished the set with a firm favourite that fans are always dying to hear live, Second Breath. Both band a crowd gave it their all before a long round of applause as the band exit the stage, finishing an amazing tour and getting ready to head off to Download Festival the next week.Setlist:SlowOver and OverSacred ShapesBeliefEnergyYou AreResolveHell & High WaterHarboured A SeaMillion DollarSecond Breath
- Charlotte Davidsonwww.musicboxunwinds.co.uk

Arcane Roots – Tooting Tram and Social 06/06/14

For the last headline performance on their Blood and Chemistry tour, Arcane Roots set up on a fairly small stage in Tooting Tram and Social. The gig was barely mentioned anywhere online yet the room is fairly packed out with fans from across the country.
The show was started by the band going straight into “Slow”, the darkly lit stage had the occasional burst of bright light during the song to match the music video. Immediately you could hear fans singing along and see everyone bouncing along which was only emphasised when the song lead into the newest track to be released “Over and Over”.
“You Are” came halfway through the setlist, though this was played with a twist due to Andrews guitar cutting out but making a smooth recovery by filling in the guitar parts with “do do doo do”’s and pulling out some very interesting dance moves, possibly my favourite live version of this song to date.
A surprise was pulled out of the bag by a previously never before played b-side “Harboured At Sea” being thrown into the setlist, melting all the fans hearts and having the crowd fairy quiet for one song, however this quietness did not last long as “Million Dollar” was next.
As always with Arcane Root’s shows, the room was hot, sweaty and full of energy and love for the band. They finished the set with a firm favourite that fans are always dying to hear live, Second Breath. Both band a crowd gave it their all before a long round of applause as the band exit the stage, finishing an amazing tour and getting ready to head off to Download Festival the next week.


Setlist:
Slow
Over and Over
Sacred Shapes
Belief
Energy
You Are
Resolve
Hell & High Water
Harboured A Sea
Million Dollar
Second Breath

- Charlotte Davidson
www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk

Monday, June 9th at 5:55am
All photos online now!
Arcane Roots Tooting Tram London June 6th 2014 All photos by Charlotte Davidson for Music Box Unwinds Do not remove watermark. www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos

All photos online now!

Arcane Roots
Tooting Tram
London
June 6th 2014

All photos by Charlotte Davidson for Music Box Unwinds
Do not remove watermark.
www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos

Thursday, May 29th at 3:09pm
Thanks very much Shannon for reviewing Slam Dunk Midlands!Wolverhampton Civic, May 26th 2014
Bury Tomorrow - British metal band Bury Tomorrow headlined the outdoor Monster Energy stage following letlive. They left fans waiting 45 minutes for them to come on stage but when they did it was worth the wait! They opened their set with “Man On Fire” and played10 songs, finishing with “Royal Blood”; they then left the stage with fans chanting their name and for more. They returned to the stage for one more song, “Lionheart” then left the stage for the final time.
Canterbury - Following Blitz Kids who opened the main stage for the day, rising rock band Canterbury opened with latest single “Expensive Imitation” and had plenty of crowd participation, with fans singing along and clapping to their catchy riffs. They entertained fans for 30 minutes, playing songs “Saviour”, “Calm Down” and closing their set with “Friends? We’re More Like A Gang”.
Kids In Glass Houses - Welsh rockers Kids In Glass Houses announced they would be splitting up towards the end of 2014 (tickets are still available for their farewell tour with Save Your Breath in October 2014), and seem to be cramming in as many shows as possible. They returned to Slam Dunk Festival for a second year running, this year headlining the outdoor Atticus Stage, compared to playing the main stage last year but lower down on the bill. They played their album “Smart Casual” in full to celebrate it’s release date/birthday (23/05/2008); it is arguably their most popular album. They opened their set with “Fisticuffs” and played right through to the end of Smart Casual, finishing with “Church Tongue”. They then left the stage and left fans chanting their name and demanding more. They returned to the stage a few minutes later to play hit songs “Artbreaker I”, “Youngblood (Let It Out)”,”Undercover Lover”, originally sung with Frankie from pop group The Saturdays, “Sunshine” and finished with their most known song “Matters At All”. Their crowd got a lot bigger during their encore, many people left The All American Rejects set to see Kids In Glass Houses’ encore.
letlive. - American hardcore band letlive played an energetic 45 minute set on the outdoor Monster Energy stage. From letlive, especially from vocalist Jason Butler, I expected nothing less energetic than I witnessed. They opened their set with “27 Club” and got the crowd moving and moshing instantly and they didn’t stop until they left the stage. They played hit song “Muther” which really got fans excited. Their crowd got a lot bigger after Mallory Knox had left the main stage as their sets clashed, and the now bigger crowd enjoyed their final song “Renegade 86’” before they left the stage, slightly more sweaty than anyone I’d seen that day.
Mallory Knox - British rock band Mallory Knox returned to Slam Dunk Festival for a second year running, this year as main support for headliners The All American Rejects, compared to being lower down on the bill last year. They played the main stage for a good 45 minutes and had the Civic Hall filled with fans dancing and singing along. They opened their set with “Beggars” from their first album “Signals”, released in early 2013, then went straight into “Wolves” before greeting the crowd. They slowed it down to play “1949” and had the crowd waving lighters and phones in the air, illuminating the Civic Hall from front to back. They ended their set with hit single “Lighthouse” and had the whole room dancing. However, the sound in the room wasn’t the best, their performance on stage made up for it and not many fans seemed to care.
Marmozets - Rising rock band Marmozets played an energetic 40 minute/7 song set at Slam Dunk Midlands, playing on the Cheer Up stage following Landscapes. They opened with “Particle” to get the crowd moving. They then went straight into playing latest single “Why Do You Hate Me?”. Drummer Josh Maclntyre had his kit moved into the centre of the crowd and started playing and engaging with fans. Bassist Will Bottomley also got into the crowd during hit song “Move, Shake, Hide” and encouraged them to mosh and dance. They closed their energetic set with “Vibe Tech”. After their set the band stayed in the room to talk with fans and give them an opportunity to get photos. The All American Rejects singer Tyson Ritter was spotted watching Marmozets set and seemed to be enjoying it.
Motion City Soundtrack - American indie/rock band Motion City Soundtrack took to the main stage at Slam Dunk Midlands after We The Kings and played an impressive 45 minute/12 song set to a room full of fans. Coming to the stage whilst “Party Hard” was played by DJ Sean Smith, they then opened with oldie “Better Open The Door” and had fans dancing throughout their set before finishing with crowd pleaser “Everything Is Alright”
Natives - Indie/Pop band Natives played a 30 minute set on the Cheer Up stage, opening with “Big Plans” and closing with “For Everything”. They had great crowd interaction and got the whole room dancing and jumping along. Before leaving the stage, band members took photos on their phones to remember the day.
Neck Deep - Rising British pop punk band Neck Deep played a 35 minute set on outdoor Atticus Stage at Slam Dunk Midlands. They opened with “Losing Teeth” from their album “Wishful Thinking” released January 2014. They played hit song “A Part Of Me” and got the crowd to sing parts originally sung by Laura Whiteside. They left the stage after playing “Over and Over”. Previous to their set, they were at the signing tent meeting and taking photos with fans.
All American Rejects - American rockers The All American Rejects played a phenomenal 80 minute set at Slam Dunk Midlands, playing the main stage in the Civic Hall, they had the room filled with eager fans just waiting for them to take to the stage. The room suddenly went dark and everyone’s attention turned towards the stage. Guitarists Nick, Mike and drummer Chris took to the stage and stood waiting for singer and bassist Tyson Ritter to join them. He ran on stage with a mad look in his eye and the band went straight into playing crowd pleaser “Dirty Little Secret”. They had fans dancing and singing along throughout their set. During their set, singer Tyson jumped into the crowd and sang whilst hugging and dancing with fans. They played hits such as “Beekeeper’s daughter”, “Kids in the Street” and “Mona Lisa” before playing their most famous and crowd anticipated song “Gives you Hell” before leaving the stage leaving fans desperate for more. They returned moments later to play two final songs; “Gonzo” and “Move Along”.
We Are The In Crowd - American pop rock band We Are The In Crowd played a 45 minute set on the main stage at this years Slam Dunk Midlands. They opened with “Long Live The Kids” from new album “Weird Kids” (out now!) then went straight into latest single, also from their new album “The Best Thing (That Never Happened)”. They played “Never Be What You Want” and invited Derek DIscanio of State Champs to sing with We Are The In Crowd singer Tay Jardine. Before leaving the stage they played “Kiss Me Again”, with aid from the crowd to fill in for Alex Gaskarth, then played hit song “Rumor Mill” and left the stage.
We The Kings - American Rock band We The Kings played the main stage at Midlands Slam Dunk festival, entertaining fans for 40 minutes. Opening with crowd favourite “Skyway Avenue” from debut album and closing with “I Feel Alive” from their most recent album “Somewhere Somehow”. They also played a cover of “The Middle” originally by Jimmy Eat World; the crowd responded well to this and danced and sang along. They also played their hit song “Check Yes Juliet” which the whole room was dancing for.

Thanks very much Shannon for reviewing Slam Dunk Midlands!
Wolverhampton Civic, May 26th 2014

Bury Tomorrow - British metal band Bury Tomorrow headlined the outdoor Monster Energy stage following letlive. They left fans waiting 45 minutes for them to come on stage but when they did it was worth the wait! They opened their set with “Man On Fire” and played10 songs, finishing with “Royal Blood”; they then left the stage with fans chanting their name and for more. They returned to the stage for one more song, “Lionheart” then left the stage for the final time.

CanterburyFollowing Blitz Kids who opened the main stage for the day, rising rock band Canterbury opened with latest single “Expensive Imitation” and had plenty of crowd participation, with fans singing along and clapping to their catchy riffs. They entertained fans for 30 minutes, playing songs “Saviour”, “Calm Down” and closing their set with “Friends? We’re More Like A Gang”.

Kids In Glass HousesWelsh rockers Kids In Glass Houses announced they would be splitting up towards the end of 2014 (tickets are still available for their farewell tour with Save Your Breath in October 2014), and seem to be cramming in as many shows as possible. They returned to Slam Dunk Festival for a second year running, this year headlining the outdoor Atticus Stage, compared to playing the main stage last year but lower down on the bill. They played their album “Smart Casual” in full to celebrate it’s release date/birthday (23/05/2008); it is arguably their most popular album. They opened their set with “Fisticuffs” and played right through to the end of Smart Casual, finishing with “Church Tongue”. They then left the stage and left fans chanting their name and demanding more. They returned to the stage a few minutes later to play hit songs “Artbreaker I”, “Youngblood (Let It Out)”,”Undercover Lover”, originally sung with Frankie from pop group The Saturdays, “Sunshine” and finished with their most known song “Matters At All”. Their crowd got a lot bigger during their encore, many people left The All American Rejects set to see Kids In Glass Houses’ encore.

letlive. - American hardcore band letlive played an energetic 45 minute set on the outdoor Monster Energy stage. From letlive, especially from vocalist Jason Butler, I expected nothing less energetic than I witnessed. They opened their set with “27 Club” and got the crowd moving and moshing instantly and they didn’t stop until they left the stage. They played hit song “Muther” which really got fans excited. Their crowd got a lot bigger after Mallory Knox had left the main stage as their sets clashed, and the now bigger crowd enjoyed their final song “Renegade 86’” before they left the stage, slightly more sweaty than anyone I’d seen that day.

Mallory Knox - British rock band Mallory Knox returned to Slam Dunk Festival for a second year running, this year as main support for headliners The All American Rejects, compared to being lower down on the bill last year. They played the main stage for a good 45 minutes and had the Civic Hall filled with fans dancing and singing along. They opened their set with “Beggars” from their first album “Signals”, released in early 2013, then went straight into “Wolves” before greeting the crowd. They slowed it down to play “1949” and had the crowd waving lighters and phones in the air, illuminating the Civic Hall from front to back. They ended their set with hit single “Lighthouse” and had the whole room dancing. However, the sound in the room wasn’t the best, their performance on stage made up for it and not many fans seemed to care.

Marmozets - Rising rock band Marmozets played an energetic 40 minute/7 song set at Slam Dunk Midlands, playing on the Cheer Up stage following Landscapes. They opened with “Particle” to get the crowd moving. They then went straight into playing latest single “Why Do You Hate Me?”. Drummer Josh Maclntyre had his kit moved into the centre of the crowd and started playing and engaging with fans. Bassist Will Bottomley also got into the crowd during hit song “Move, Shake, Hide” and encouraged them to mosh and dance. They closed their energetic set with “Vibe Tech”. After their set the band stayed in the room to talk with fans and give them an opportunity to get photos. The All American Rejects singer Tyson Ritter was spotted watching Marmozets set and seemed to be enjoying it.

Motion City Soundtrack - American indie/rock band Motion City Soundtrack took to the main stage at Slam Dunk Midlands after We The Kings and played an impressive 45 minute/12 song set to a room full of fans. Coming to the stage whilst “Party Hard” was played by DJ Sean Smith, they then opened with oldie “Better Open The Door” and had fans dancing throughout their set before finishing with crowd pleaser “Everything Is Alright”

Natives - Indie/Pop band Natives played a 30 minute set on the Cheer Up stage, opening with “Big Plans” and closing with “For Everything”. They had great crowd interaction and got the whole room dancing and jumping along. Before leaving the stage, band members took photos on their phones to remember the day.

Neck Deep - Rising British pop punk band Neck Deep played a 35 minute set on outdoor Atticus Stage at Slam Dunk Midlands. They opened with “Losing Teeth” from their album “Wishful Thinking” released January 2014. They played hit song “A Part Of Me” and got the crowd to sing parts originally sung by Laura Whiteside. They left the stage after playing “Over and Over”. Previous to their set, they were at the signing tent meeting and taking photos with fans.

All American RejectsAmerican rockers The All American Rejects played a phenomenal 80 minute set at Slam Dunk Midlands, playing the main stage in the Civic Hall, they had the room filled with eager fans just waiting for them to take to the stage. The room suddenly went dark and everyone’s attention turned towards the stage. Guitarists Nick, Mike and drummer Chris took to the stage and stood waiting for singer and bassist Tyson Ritter to join them. He ran on stage with a mad look in his eye and the band went straight into playing crowd pleaser “Dirty Little Secret”. They had fans dancing and singing along throughout their set. During their set, singer Tyson jumped into the crowd and sang whilst hugging and dancing with fans. They played hits such as “Beekeeper’s daughter”, “Kids in the Street” and “Mona Lisa” before playing their most famous and crowd anticipated song “Gives you Hell” before leaving the stage leaving fans desperate for more. They returned moments later to play two final songs; “Gonzo” and “Move Along”.

We Are The In Crowd - American pop rock band We Are The In Crowd played a 45 minute set on the main stage at this years Slam Dunk Midlands. They opened with “Long Live The Kids” from new album “Weird Kids” (out now!) then went straight into latest single, also from their new album “The Best Thing (That Never Happened)”. They played “Never Be What You Want” and invited Derek DIscanio of State Champs to sing with We Are The In Crowd singer Tay Jardine. Before leaving the stage they played “Kiss Me Again”, with aid from the crowd to fill in for Alex Gaskarth, then played hit song “Rumor Mill” and left the stage.

We The KingsAmerican Rock band We The Kings played the main stage at Midlands Slam Dunk festival, entertaining fans for 40 minutes. Opening with crowd favourite “Skyway Avenue” from debut album and closing with “I Feel Alive” from their most recent album “Somewhere Somehow”. They also played a cover of “The Middle” originally by Jimmy Eat World; the crowd responded well to this and danced and sang along. They also played their hit song “Check Yes Juliet” which the whole room was dancing for.

Thursday, May 29th at 3:01pm
Check out Luke’s awesome shots of Slam Dunk South!
All American Rejects Slam Dunk South The Forum Hertfordshire May 25th 2014 Photos by Luke Osborne All righs reserved. Please do not remove watermark. www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos  lukeosbornephotography.tumblr.com

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All American Rejects
Slam Dunk South
The Forum
Hertfordshire
May 25th 2014

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Thursday, May 29th at 2:59pm
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Blitz Kids Slam Dunk South The Forum Hertfordshire May 25th 2014 Photos by Luke Osborne All righs reserved. Please do not remove watermark. www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos  lukeosbornephotography.tumblr.com

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Blitz Kids
Slam Dunk South
The Forum
Hertfordshire
May 25th 2014

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Thursday, May 29th at 2:58pm
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Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! Slam Dunk South The Forum Hertfordshire May 25th 2014 Photos by Luke Osborne All righs reserved. Please do not remove watermark. www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos  lukeosbornephotography.tumblr.com

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Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Slam Dunk South
The Forum
Hertfordshire
May 25th 2014

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Thursday, May 29th at 2:55pm
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letlive. Slam Dunk South The Forum Hertfordshire May 25th 2014 Photos by Luke Osborne All righs reserved. Please do not remove watermark. www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos  lukeosbornephotography.tumblr.com

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letlive.
Slam Dunk South
The Forum
Hertfordshire
May 25th 2014

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Thursday, May 29th at 2:53pm
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Modern Baseball Slam Dunk South The Forum Hertfordshire May 25th 2014 Photos by Luke Osborne All righs reserved. Please do not remove watermark. www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos  lukeosbornephotography.tumblr.com

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Modern Baseball
Slam Dunk South
The Forum
Hertfordshire
May 25th 2014

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Thursday, May 29th at 2:51pm
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We Are The In Crowd Slam Dunk South The Forum Hertfordshire May 25th 2014 Photos by Luke Osborne All righs reserved. Please do not remove watermark. www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos  lukeosbornephotography.tumblr.com

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We Are The In Crowd
Slam Dunk South
The Forum
Hertfordshire
May 25th 2014

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Thursday, May 29th at 2:49pm
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We The Kings Slam Dunk South The Forum Hertfordshire May 25th 2014 Photos by Luke Osborne All righs reserved. Please do not remove watermark. www.musicboxunwinds.co.uk/photos lukeosbornephotography.tumblr.com

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We The Kings
Slam Dunk South
The Forum
Hertfordshire
May 25th 2014

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Tuesday, May 20th at 7:25am
Make sure you grab a copy of this month’s Drum! Magazine (May/June Issue 216) 
Stacey’s photo of Derrick “D*LOC* Walker is in it! D*LOC is percussionist with Robin Thicke and used to play for the likes of Snoop Dogg and Tupac!
Pretty exciting to see as it’s my first time being published and as a drummer is great that my first published piece is in a drum magazine! The article on D*LOC is awesome too. 
Get it now!!
(they made one mistake. they said the photo was taken in Madison Square Garden March 2014, The photo was actually taken Glasgow Hydro January 2014)

Make sure you grab a copy of this month’s Drum! Magazine (May/June Issue 216) 

Stacey’s photo of Derrick “D*LOC* Walker is in it! D*LOC is percussionist with Robin Thicke and used to play for the likes of Snoop Dogg and Tupac!

Pretty exciting to see as it’s my first time being published and as a drummer is great that my first published piece is in a drum magazine! The article on D*LOC is awesome too. 

Get it now!!

(they made one mistake. they said the photo was taken in Madison Square Garden March 2014, The photo was actually taken Glasgow Hydro January 2014)

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