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EP Of The Month / The Diamond Noise – Do You Like Me Too?

The Diamond Noise return with a new EP extraordinaire named Do You Like Me Too?

The 5-track record is a step forward for the London based outfit, confirming the band’s expertism in producing a genuine rock and roll. The blasting guitars and majestic vocals collide together flawlessly within the exciting melodies and create a perfectly structured ‘diamond noise’.

Each song on the EP is a faultless musical piece and takes the listener for a superb ride. It’s loud, powerful and sexy as…

The first track Are You Ready? is a perfect opener and certainly gets you ready to rock with its blazing energy. Catastrophic blinds you with its storming guitars and drum beats and you’ll find yourself diving in the supreme sound. The title track Do You Like Me Too? (watch video below) stands out as a captivating and ambitious tune, and places the band into the category of rock and roll masterminds.

Hardly less impressive Higher Than (An Aeroplane) only adds to the record’s excellency and the fantastic Blue Champagne closes the EP with a marvelous effect on your music soul.

Do You Like Me Too? is a clear proof that rock and roll is still alive, running strong and with bands like The Diamond Noise around, it sure as hell won’t be vanishing any time soon.

MGMB have interviewed TDN a while back and you can check it out right here.

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EP Feature / Soul Saboteur – Clip Your Wings

Soul Saboteur - Clip Your WingsSoul Saboteur are an alt-blues-rock band based in Manchester, who formed in November last year and have already managed to record an outstanding EP featuring four powerful tracks. Clip Your Wings is a strong and ambitious piece of a musical art, filled with effective melodies and the wowing vocals of James Stone, who’s excellent lyric writing adds to the special atmosphere, which this engaging music provides.

The title track Clip Your Wings sets the bar high with it’s bluesy guitar melody and the ‘Eddie Vedder like’ howls from singer James. The second track Medicinal Venom comes with a mind blowing vocal intro and straight away becomes your favourite. You realise that this band has created something very special here. Next song Dark After Dark impresses with its lyrics “I would have given my right arm for you, just to have held the hand that hung from it. Now more hangs from my neck than this bow tie…” and you feel the deep emotion running through this record from start to finish as Stranded (in the devils council) closes up with its intense and colorful blues vibes.

Listen to the whole EP here!

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MGMB’s Top February Albums

February has been so good to us musically and provided us with some records worth shooting up the ‘Best of 2013’ lists.

Here are MGMB’s favourites:

THE VIRGINMARYS – KING OF CONFLICT 

The Virginmarys - King of Conflict

It’s been always pretty clear that The Virginmarys are going to deliver with their debut album King of Conflict. But what they’ve really managed is without a doubt one of the most exciting and mind blowing rock and roll records you’ll hear this year. Creating a huge storm in the music world, the album reached a well deserved second spot in the US iTunes Rock Album chart, and was also the Editor’s Choice album in the US. It’s been a thrill ride for the trio from Macclesfield and this is only the beginning. The UK tour has already started and it’s been selling out at the speed of light. The guys are also heading to America for a tour in April. With their dazzling rock and roll and a true passion that mirrors in each of their songs, The Virginmarys will take over the world before we know it.

www.thevirginmarys.com

PURE LOVE – ANTHEMS

Pure Love - Anthems

This album has been on repeat the whole month and it’s not going to change any time soon. Anthems is a record that simply makes you feel like you’re standing on top of the world. The songs are loaded with catchy melodies, Jim Carroll’s grand guitars and Frank Carter’s sincere vocals. The lyrics are encouraging and honest, and you’ll soon find yourself singing every word. Being fortunate to see Pure Love twice this month, I have to say that there is not so many bands out there, who literally give their everything to the audience, make them a real part of the show and take them for a very special, crazy and fun-filled journey.  Pure Love fully live and enjoy the live performances with people. It’s rare, it’s unforgettable and once you experience it, it will make you love their music even more.

www.therealpurelove.com

THE BRONX – THE BRONX (IV)

The Bronx - The bronx IV

The Bronx have returned with a new album after 5 years, which might seem like a long time to some people, but I don’t think any of the fans of this LA hard/punk rock group really mind. Why? Simply because this album is nothing short of extraordinary. The sound is heavy but embraces big melodies together with the insanely good vocals of Matt Caughthran. You can let go and scream along the lines with Matt and take in all the benefits of this perfectly mastered hard rock record that offers a great emotional release. I’ve seen The Bronx live this month and it was mental in the greatest way possible. This is a real example of heavy music providing a cure for any soul.

www.thebronxxx.com

NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS – PUSH THE SKY AWAY

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds deliver this hypnotic, dark and romantic masterpiece with Push The Sky Away, awaking the emotions of love, desperation, anger and everything in between. Its atmosphere draws you inside Nick Cave’s remarkable vocals and songwriting and the mellow, haunting melodies in the background. Whether you’re the lonely type or someone in love, once you put it on, it’s hard to resist its fascinating appeal and so damn easy to sink right in. It has this indiscribable magic surrounding it. This might as well be one of the greatest records written in 2013.

www.nick-cave.com

MGMB’s BEST OF 2012

Another year full of great music is coming to an end and I must say it’s really been my favourite one, especially for live shows. This year, I have discovered many outstanding bands and artists, extended my music collection with hundreds of amazing tunes, made many wonderful friends around the world with the same passion for music, and I have seen some life changing live performances. Overall, I’ve been doing what I love the most – surrounding myself with music every day of my life.

I’d like to thank all the bands and artists I’ve interviewed and the ones that asked me to review their music this year. It’s been a huge pleasure! Also a big Thank You to all my music friends who keep sending me new tunes on every day basis – you are the best!

I am sure we all have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming year, so here is to 2013! Keep listening and sharing good music my friends. There is much more to be discovered!

Here are some of my favourite records and shows of the year, plus top posts of the blog that gained the most views.

Albums:

The Gaslight Anthem-Handwritten Tribes - Baby

Sharks - No Gods The Maccabees - Gvien To The Wild

Soundgarden - King Animal The Chevin - Borderland

Dry the River - Shallow Bed Cory Branan - Mutt

Bloc Party - Four Jack White - Blunderbuss

O Children - Apnea Pulled Apart By Horses - Tough Love

Hives - Lex Hives Paul Banks - Banks

Spector - Enjoy It While It Lasts The Enemy - Streets In The Sky

Lincoln Durham - the shovel vs the howling bones Young Guns - Bones

A Place To Bury Strangers - Worship Exile Parade - HIT THE ZOO

EP’s:

The Lost Souls Club - High Noon  The Gaslight Anthem - Here Comes My Man (EP)

51ySFG+qswL._SL500_AA280_The Virginmarys - Dead Man's Shoes

Electric River - In Your NameFossil Collective - Let It Go

Singles:

Whales in Cubicles - Nowhere Flag Dan Mangan - Radicals

Jamie N Commons - Devil In Me Kick to Kill - Avalanche

Catfish and the Bottlemen - Broken Army fiN - Life is Wasted on the Living

Top Gigs:

1. The Gaslight Anthem – KOKO, London 11/06/12

2. Justin Furstenfeld – Dingwalls, London 09/03/12

3. Ryan Adams – London Palladium, London 23/04/12

4. The Revival Tour – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth 12/11/12

5. Dan Mangan – The Haunt, Brighton 29/11/12

6. Frank Turner – The Brighton Dome, Brighton 28/11/12

7. The Gaslight Anthem – Brixton Academy, London 18/10/12

8. The Black Keys – O2, London 12/12/12

9. Tribes – The Concorde, Brighton 21/04/12

10. Whales in Cubicles – Nowhere Flag Single Launch 09/08/12

Top Posts 0f 2012:

Album Reviews:

1. The Handwritten Project

2. Van Susans – Album Review / Interview

3.  Album Review – The Chevin / Borderland

4. The Voyage Andromeda – EP Review / Interview

5. Album Review – Mummy Short Arms – Old Jack’s Windowless Playhouse

Interviews:

1. Tying Tiffany Interview

2. Hot New Band Q&A: Catfish and The Bottlemen

3. Windmills Interview

4. Ones To Watch – Electric River Interview

5. Special Feature – Recovery Child Interview

Gig Reviews:

1. Justin Furstenfeld/Blue October – Dingwalls, London Review

2. Review / The Gaslight Anthem at Koko, London

3. The Lost Souls Club EP Launch Review

4. Tribes – Brighton Gig Review

5. Live Music / The Revival Tour 2012

Whales in Cubicles – Nowhere Flag Single Launch

Whales in Cubicles have released their new single Nowhere Flag on 6th of August, and with this kind of occasion, there usually comes a single launch party. The special event took place last Thursday at the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen in London, and of course we were there.

I’ve seen the band perform a couple of times before this year, but this time, they were not the supporting band.

This show was all about Whales in Cubicles. And what a show it was.

In June, the band went to Wales to record their debut album, that is set for release in early 2013 and we simply cannot wait for it!

The Hoxton Bar and Kitchen was full of friendly and relaxed atmosphere. After having a couple of drinks and grabbing a few WIC cd’s at the merch stand, we headed inside to watch the first support act, a London based duo Shuga. A perfect start with music that’s powerful, moody, has a great melody and gets right under your skin as soon as you hear the mesmerizing voice of singer Emma Chitty. The great example is their track The Darkness, which you can watch here, and also check out their Facebook Page for updates. They are recording some new tracks, so watch out!

Up next was a London indie rock band Fractures. Just before they were due on stage, I was chatting to Alex from WIC, who told me how good this band was . And damn, he was right.  As soon as they started playing, I exchanged a few ‘wow’ glances with my friends. In that moment, I was glad that I am one of those people, who never skip the supporting bands. Each song they played, was an instant ear catcher and the energy coming from their performance was almost hypnotic. Earlier this year, the band has released a video for their track Ride, so I urge you to go and check it out now (here) and give them a like on their Facebook Page.

After short break, we headed to the front and waited impatiently for Whales in Cubicles to come up and rock the show. I kept telling my friend, whom I took along: ‘If you think the first two bands were good, just wait for this.’

Proudly wearing a WIC t-shirt and cheering loudly with the rest of the crowd, we watched as the band came up on stage and kicked off their set with the guitar packed Never and Ever. And the guys sounded better than ever!

They were receiving well deserved love from the crowd, among which were their families, close friends and fans. We got to hear some great new tracks like OCD, Tired, Daphne and Wax and Feathers, that surely made us even more excited for the upcoming album.  The favourites, We Never Win and the song we were all celebrating – Nowhere Flag went down extremely well with the whole audience singing along.  The good old rough Golden Metal followed, after which the band closed this fantastic gig with my personal favourite, Across America. 

Whales in Cubicles gave us their best show yet and I was very proud and happy to be there and support them. They are on the way to big things and this is only the start. They are about to make it as a band with a great message, passion, big heart and most importantly, cracking music.

Go and catch them live in September in Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Northampton and Reading! Details here.

Check out the rest of the pictures from the night => WIC Nowhere Flag Single Launch


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