LIVE REVIEW: WE ARE THE IN CROWD

One year ago We Are The In Crowd were just setting their mark on the UK music scene with a slot at Slam Dunk Festival and a small fan base following.  Fast forward to April 2012 and Tay Jardine and Co have broken into the scene at record speed with an incredible reaction to their support on the All Time Low’s January tour and just 3 months later they’re back with an almost sold out UK tour all of their own read more 

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INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN DALE FROM THE SUMMER SET

On their second visit to the UK, Arizonia pop-punk band, The Summer Set have joined forces with We Are The In Crowd to tour around this year’s Hit the Deck festival. We caught up with frontman, Brian Dale before their Leeds show to talk Jay-Z, British fans, and their next record, about Temple Run and Swimming Pools… read more

HIT THE DECK 2012 LIVE REVIEW

Only in its second year, Hit The Deck has managed to grapple its way to the very top of the UK day festival scene. Helped by a constantly stellar line up and its home in arguably the UK’s best music venue, how long it will take before Hit The Deck ‘does-a-Slam-Dunk’ and expands all over the country can only be a matter of time.  Read more…

THE SUMMER SET – ALBUM REVIEW

Arizona-based The Summer Set released their new album, ‘Everything’s Fine’ in Australia and New Zealand on February 10, via UNFD.

With the album having been released earlier last year in the US through Razor & Tie – Australian fans will be pleased to get a special edition of the album in its entirety with two extra tracks Crash and Last First Kiss before the band’s first Australian tour.

We had a listen and decided that everything is a little better than just ‘fine’

THE SUMMER SET LIVE REVIEW

Alternative pop-and-a-bit-punk bands may feel like a dime a dozen but OurZone tour headliners The Summer Set are made of stronger stuff than your average effort. The inside the tiny Islington Bar Academy is buzzing for Arizona’s latest upstarts to take the stage for their first ever show outside of North America. Read more…

THE SUMMER SET UK TOUR

The Summer Set will be hitting the UK as headliners on the Ourzone Magazine tour! Dates are as follows:

21.05 – London, Islington Academy 2
22.05 – Bristol, Academy 2
23.05 – Birmingham, Academy 2
24.05 – Sheffield, Academy 2
25.05 – Glasgow, ABC 2
26.05 – Newcastle, Academy 2
27.05 – Manchester, Club Academy

Tickets are available from March 11th at 11am.

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.