MATT SKIBA AND THE SEKRETS

That guy who just can’t seem to sit still, musically: Matt Skiba (of Alkaline Trio, Heavens, the Hell) has announced he has yet another musical project in THE SEKRETS. Featuring AFI‘s Hunter Burgan and the current drummer for My Chemical Romance Jarrod Alexander.

Matt Skiba and The Sekrets are tipped to release their debut album Babylon, around April with an EP from The HELL also due out this year.

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MCR SING IT FOR JAPAN

My Chemical Romance have just released a stripped down, hauntingly beautiful version of the anthemic Sing – all in aid of the Japanese relief effort.  Accompanying the track is a heartfelt video showing tributes from fans the world over.  If you do just one thing today then please, please pick up a copy of the track, which is now available through iTunes.  Head over to SINGitforJapan.com to find out more.

THE BLACKOUT ADDED TO MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE TOUR

Our favourite Welshies The Blackout, have been added as the main support to the imminent My Chemical Romance UK tour. Their new album ‘HOPE’ is due for release in early April, alongside a full UK tour – tickets are selling fast. Their first track Ambition is Critical is up for free download via  theblackout.net with promise that their first single Higher and Higher will be available to download from itunes from Feb 14th.

My Chemical Romance Tour

12.02 – London, Wembley Arena
13.02 – Birmingham, LG Arena
14.02 – Glasgow, SECC
18.02 – Manchester, MEN Arena
19.02 – Nottingham, Trent FM Arena
21.02 – Cardiff, CIA
22.02 – Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena

Headlining Tour with The Swellers and Hyro

29.03 – Oxford, O2 Academy 2
30.03 – Liverpool, O2 Academy 2
01.04 – Cork, Cyprus Avenue
02.04 – Dublin, Academy
03.04 – Belfast, Speakeasy, Queens Student Union
05.04 – Glasgow, Garage
06.04 – Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
07.04 – Northumbria, University
08.04 – Manchester, Academy 2
09.04 – Birmingham, HMV Institute
10.04 – Norwich, Waterfront
12.04 – London, Koko
13.04 – Bournemouth, Old Firestation
14.04 – Plymouth, White Rabbit
15.04 – Falmouth, Princess Pavilion
16.04 – Cardiff, Solus

END OF YEAR ROUND UP

So it’s the end of the year and what a year it was! We thought we’d share our highlights, where America trips feature heavily, as do reunions (every one loves a reunion!) and festivals. Bella also shares her favourite albums of the year. We hope you all enjoyed your 2010 musical adventures as much as we did, 2011 has a lot to live up to!

The reunions: From Something Corporate’s US comeback tour to the long awaited return of blink-182 to British shores, there has certainly more than a little nostalgia value to this year’s music memories for me. No complaints here and I am very much looking forward to seeing the reunions continue in to 2011 with Further Seems Forever confirmed for Groezrock and Rufio joining forces with Allister for their intimate UK tour in April.

The album shows: It may be true that nothing gold can stay but New Found Glory celebrating the anniversary of their self titled release with a full album tour reminded us all that pop punk’s not dead.

The best of British: With You Me At Six flying the flag on Warped Tour and albums by the likes of Straight Lines, Futures and The Xcerts cracking best of the year lists everywhere it’s definitely been a good year to be a British pop-punk fan. Look out for more of the same in 2011 with Francesqa, Deaf Havana, Cuba Cuba, Tiger Please and countless more holding it down this side of the Atlantic.

–Francesca

Bamboozle Roadshow: 2010, for me also, has been all about nostalgia. The bands I grew up listening to have made a glorious return to the scene, and I’ve been able to re-live that feeling that only came while listening to a walkman and three quarter length shorts. It started with Bamboozle Roadshow in Boston- my best friend and I made a pilgrimage of sorts to the festival, and it was easily one of my highlights. Something about (FINALLY!) seeing Simple Plan and Good Charlotte and singing my heart out as if no time had passed made me feel more closely connected to the music I love than I ever have.

Reading Festival: Of course, the pinnacle of my pre-teen pop-punk obsessed years (you know, those ones that preceded my adolescent pop-punk obsessed years) was blink-182. Being as young as I am, I never saw them before the hiatus. Reading Festival, for me, was the best music event of 2010 for that reason alone. Dubbed ‘pop-punk Sunday’ amongst friends, a bill that included Weezer, Limp Bizkit, my favourites All Time Low and blink-182 all on one day will be hard to ever top. I don’t think I’ll forget standing in a field, one thousand people back, singing and dancing to Dammit so much I could barely move or talk afterwards. 2011 will surely be fantastic, but I’ll always remember these moments in 2010.

— Beth

Slam Dunk Festival, Leeds: Slam Dunk is always a highlight, but this year’s line up was particularly brilliant. The queue for The Wonder Years had to be seen to be believed and with Alkaline Trio, New Found Glory AND My Passion all headlining separate stages there was definitely something here for everyone.   Slam Dunk is a gem in the UK festival calendar – after all, where else could you witness members of Set Your Goals and NFG crowd surfing to The Millionaires? Exactly.

Twin Atlantic, ABC Glasgow: 2010 was an amazing year for Twin Atlantic.  Not only did they support mighty acts such as blink-182 and My Chemical Romance, they also completed their biggest UK headline tour to date – which saw them sell out Glasgow’s ABC.  I can’t think of a band who deserve this success more than Twin and I can’t wait to hear what’s in store from them in 2011.

— Lucy

America, fuck yeah!: I took a trip to California in March with fellow CtrlAltRock blogger Fran and it was a music fuelled two weeks. We caught New Found Glory the day we arrived, made an appearance in The Audition’s video for ‘You Ruined This’, saw Something Corporate headline Bamboozle Left and also got to go to the AP tour, where I got to see The Summer Set at last (who really need to come to the UK soon!), saw some of my other American favourites Every Avenue and we even got a bonus acoustic set from All Time Low.

The Return of My Chemical Romance: So after what felt like forever, some of New Jersey’s finest were back on our radios after a rocky few months, which saw the departure of their drummer, Bob Bryar. Whilst I was sad to see Bob go, I was highly excited for their comeback. I loved that they had kicked the monochrome to the curb and excited to hear Danger Days, more so than I had been for it’s predecessor, The Black Parade. They whet our appetites with a mini tour in smaller venues in October, which warmed us up nicely for the arena tour they are going to bestow upon us early next year. My Chemical Romance polarise opinions, you either love them or hate them, it’s safe to say what camp I reside in.

— Beccy

Bella’s Top Five Albums of the Year;

This Addiction – Alkaline Trio: Trio have been in my most adored band list since I bought my first pot of black nail polish and no matter how my musical taste matures or changes, I always love everything they release. This Addiction is no exception to the rule, especially the acoustic versions of songs added in, they slay me. Though, Mister Skiba could probably record himself throwing potatoes at a wall and it’d make me giddy.

My Beautiful, dark, twisted fantasy – Kanye West: Say what you will about mister West. He’s the top of his game and pretty untouchable. Every time he gets out of bed he sets a trend be it musical or fashion or otherwise. He’s a little crazy, but also crazy good.

The ArchAndroid (suites || and |||) – Janelle Monae: Mind blowing voice. This album honestly needs to be heard to be understood.

I Believe You Liar – Washington: I had to get an Aussie on this list and what better way than with Meg Washington? No one else manages to be adorable and hot all at the same time. This is a collection of unashamedly dancey tracks. For fans that like real music and clever lyrics with their pop.

American Slang – Gaslight Anthem: These guys just make my heart happy. I can’t say enough good things.

Bonus album! – All Day – Girl Talk: Okay, so it’s technically 373 overlapping samples of other artists’ songs, but Gregg Gillis is a genius and the album is truly a danceable piece of art.

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE UK TOUR

NJ favourites, My Chemical Romance, have announced a full UK tour in support of their latest release ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ for those who missed out on the mini-tour in October. Dates are as follows:

12.02 – London, Wembley Arena
13.02 – Birmingham, LG Arena
14.02 – Glasgow, SECC
18.02 – Manchester, MEN Arena
19.02 – Nottingham, Trent FM Arena
21.02 – Cardiff, CIA
22.02 – Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena

Tickets are on sale as of December 3rd.

YOU ME AT SIX TOURDATES AND NEW BLITZ KIDS SINGLE

It’s been a fantastic year for You Me At Six – and it’s about to end on the best possible note! Their headline UK tour kicks off on Dec 4th in Edinburgh and will see the band play some of their biggest venues yet.  With The BlackoutSet Your Goals AND Canterbury billed as support, this tour is shaping up to be one of 2010’s best.  Dates are listed below and are selling out very fast so get buying before you miss out!

4th EDINBURGH, Corn Exchange
5th EDINBURGH, Corn Exchange
6th WOLVERHMAPTON, Civic Hall
7th WOLVERHAMPTON, Civic Hall
9th BOURNEMOUTH, BIC
10th DONCASTER, Dome
12th MANCHESTER, Apollo
13th MANCHESTER, Apollo
15th LONDON, Hammersmith Apollo
16th  LONDON, Hammersmith Apollo
18th BELFAST, Ulster Hall

New music news now and VLS favourites Blitz Kids have made their brand new single ‘Story’ available for FREE download. Click HERE to find out how you can get your hands on the it  The track features guest vocals from Aled Phillips (Kids In Glass Houses), which is an added bonus, and is an exciting preview of how Blitz Kids’ debut album seems to be shaping up.  With their previous two EPs generating a lot of buzz from the music community, these guys are going to be definite ones to watch next year.  If you fancy heading out to see them play live (and we recommend that you do) then you’re in luck! Check out these dates and head on down to your nearest show:

27/11 – The Cockpit 3 Leeds
28/11 – The Cathouse
29/11 – Sound Control Manchester
30/11 – The Barfly Camden
01/12 – Central Station Wrexham
02/12 – HMV Institute Birmingham

Finally, just a brief reminder that Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, the brand new album from My Chemical Romance comes out TOMORROW. There has been quite a lot of hype surrounding this release, so make sure you pick yourself up a copy and see what all the fuss is about!

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE EXCLUSIVE

A lucky member of the VLS team headed in to London last week for an exciting opportunity to hear the soon-to-be-released new album from My Chemical Romance “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” in full AND attend a fan Q&A with the full band! We’ve got that up for you to read in the Interview section here, and a review of the album is also up now!

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE TAKE OVER LONDON, WE LISTEN TO THE NEW CANTERBURY, YOUNG GUNS, IN GRATITUDE AND WE ARE THE IN CROWD RELEASES

We’re super busy bees these days here at vivalascene – so busy in fact we’ve had to acquire/kidnap (delete as appropriate) new wonderful people to help us keep on top of things! You may have noticed new names popping up on our twitter feed and we can now proudly welcome them to our ranks: Francesca, Beccy and Beth! Each has given us something new this week: Beccy roadtripped the full My Chemical Romance UK tour (and is now heading off to Amsterdam to see them again!) and was kind enough to write about the London show, check it out in the live review section here. Meanwhile, Francesca has been browsing some new music from Canterbury, In Gratitude and We Are the In Crowd, and Beth has been listening to Young Guns. All these CD/single reviews can be seen in the Cd Reviews section! Check ’em out and let us know what you think xo