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Updated: 2017-09-20T09:30:00+01:00

 



Liverpool Psych Fest 2017: The DiS Preview

2017-09-21T10:40:35+01:002017-09-20 09:30:00 +0100

DiS heads to Liverpool this weekend for the 6th International Festival of Psychedelia The International Festival of Psychedelia or Liverpool Psych Fest as its come to be known returns to the city this weekend. Now in its sixth year, the 2017 edition will see over 80 artists perform over the course of its two days. Taking place on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September across four stages - Furnace, Camp, Blade Factory, and District - alongside numerous other features such as the Pzyk Colony's late-night installation Furnace 2.0, The Pzyk Cinema's 'Psychedelia In Film', and Saturday afternoon's [Musings In Drone] chatshow programme including Drowned In Sound in conversation with headliners The Black Angels. Having once again curated a stellar line-up, here are the 10 acts we're most excited about seeing. --- A Place To Bury Strangers (Saturday 23rd. Furnace. 2020) This Brooklyn trio have been pushing sonic boundaries for over a decade now having formed back in 2003. Essentially the brainchild of Oliver Ackermann who also makes effects pedals under the moniker Death By Audio, A Place To Bury Strangers fourth and most recent long player Transfixiation came out in 2015 and while they've been relatively quiet on the recording front recently, their live show is still one of the most captivating on the planet today. Currently on tour with The Black Angels, their first visit to Liverpool Psych Fest is already one of the most eagerly anticipated sets in the festival's history. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/D7iG_s4PJM8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> CaStLeS (Saturday 23rd. District. 1615) This Welsh trio fuse all manners of styles and genres into their mind-melting sonic frenzy. Expect an amalgamation of krautrock, abstract folk, math rock and tripped out psychedelia that's drawn comparisons with Can, Super Furry Animals, and Don Caballero among others. Debut album Fforesteering came out last year to a wave of critical acclaim while their largely improvised live set is a joy to behold in itself. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PHzEEvaZsso" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Krautwerk (Saturday 23rd. Pryzm + Cinema. 0000) Harald Grosskopf and Eberhard Kranemann can count Kraftwerk, Ash Ra Tempel, and Neu! among the bands they've played with individually but until last year, they'd never actually performed together. Having met at a festival last year they decided to collaborate on an album Krautwerk, which came out earlier this summer. Their midnight set on Saturday promises to be a highlight of the weekend not to mention providing a rare opportunity to see two genuine musical innovators at work. width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QmoDogzwPS0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Magic Shoppe (Friday 22nd. Blade Factory. 1710) This Boston outfit have been creating tripped out aural blizzards since hitting the ground running in 2010 with the excellent Reverb EP. Veering between classic mid-sixties psychedelia and the garage inspired paisley sound of bands like The Long Ryders and The Othermothers two decades later, their long-awaited debut at Liverpool Psych Fest is not to be missed. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-M8YwKocqyE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Mass Datura (Friday 22nd. Blade Factory. 1600) This London-based five-piece have been gaining a reputation as one of the most original bands to emerge from the UK psychedelic scene since forming in 2014. Debut long player Sentimental Meltdown comes out next month while in the meantime, they've bagged a couple of support slots with The Black Angels and White Manna into the bargain. Make sure you arrive early Friday to see what all the fuss is about. We guarantee you won't be disappointed. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MreL46fcEaw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Omni (Friday 22nd. District. 2115) Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Omni only came together in the early part of last year [...]



Hannah Peel's Guide to Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeia

2017-09-18T09:59:29+01:002017-09-18 08:03:00 +0100

Hannah Peel gives us some insights into her new project Hannah Peel gives us some insights into her new project Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeia. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/231uPp8wO6M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> --- 4th Sept 2017 Barnsley, S. Yorkshire Dear DiS, It’s been a dazzling mission of a year here, apologies for my delay in writing to you. I have been helping Mary prepare for her journey on 22nd Sept, navigating the many highs and lows, fixing mistakes and learning the ropes of releasing records and space travel. Plus many more hours thinking about what to write - how to fluently communicate the deluge of ideas over actually doing the task has added to the postponement. The brief from you was "tell us something about the new album". I have mulled this over for a long time and as I sit here now in Mary’s garden shed surrounded by musical patch cables, soldering irons, telescopes, scientific notes and drawings of the brain, I wonder what elements we should cover first. The live recording of synths and the 29-piece colliery brass band in Barnsley was really out of this world for us all. It is hard to describe in words the overwhelming force of the music as it embraces the air around you. It’s as if the atmosphere is pulsing. The sonorous breath and power of 29 players mixed with the sub-bass on the Moog, resonates on your chest and plunges deep into your innards - propelling you into another realm. The journey to Cassiopeia becomes real and almost touchable. My part in this story all began in 2016 after a visit to a science lab in London around the time of my last album Awake But Always Dreaming. I had been to visit Alzheimer’s Research UK Senior Research Scientist Selina Wray and her extraordinary petri dishes: skin cells, converted to stem cells, converted to brain neurons. What was really incredible though, was that when I saw the neurons, it looked like our own moon or even more, like a star constellation from our universe – all down a microscope! A reminder we are all made of stardust. A picture relating to this is on one of Mary’s notes. [See Fig.01] I am reminded of a memory with my own grandmother. A story about her World War 2 letters she kept in the back of her kitchen cupboard. It happened nearly 11 years ago, when I realised things were never to be the same again. Speak soon Hannah x October 26th 2006 “Granny, you know the letters that Grandad wrote to you?” She nods. “Do you have the ones you wrote to him?” She shakes her head and continues to stare into the TV. “I think they would make a beautiful story. Maybe I could pass them onto a romantic novelist… Would you be up for that?” No answer. “How long were you apart for during the war, Granny?” She turns, her memory teetering on the brink of forgetfulness. A tear breaks loose in her right eye. “I’m sorry dear, I don’t remember” She sinks her body back into her chair. I rise and offer a cup of tea. Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeia is out on 22 September via My Own Pleasure. For more information about the project, including forthcoming tour dates, please visit her official website. ![105103](http://dis.resized.images.s3.amazonaws.com/540x310/105103.jpeg) [...]



The Neptune Music Prize 2017 - Vote Now

2017-09-18T21:10:47+01:002017-09-14 13:56:00 +0100

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Time for our annual alternative to the Mercury Music Prize

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It’s time again for our annual alternative to the Mercury Prize, The Neptune Music Prize 2017! We want to highlight some really special records that we love and have a public vote to see which one you love the most.

There were so many great albums to choose from that once again, we decided to extend the list to break with Mercury tradition and feature 20 albums. As per previous years, we’ve used the same eligibility criteria (albums by UK & Ireland acts released in the July-July time period) and haven’t included anyone who’s up for the Mercury Prize.

The whole idea of this is to shine a light on some of the albums which missed out on this year's Mercury Prize list, perhaps due to the fact they couldn't afford to enter, or possibly because they don't quite have the profile or infrastructure behind them. Or whatever.

Each of these albums is special to members of our team and offers a unique spin on the modern world. The discovery of something you might have missed is the whole point of this 'list', so we hope that you take the time to explore or revisit as many of the nominees as possible before casting your vote.

So, have a look at the list, treat your ears, and get voting.

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The Neptune Prize 2017

Actress - ADZ

Blanck Mass - World Eater

Clark - Death Peak

Forest Swords - Compassion

Honeyblood - Babes Never Die

IDLES - Brutalism

Jane Weaver - Moderm Cosmology

Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens

Laura Marling - Semper Femina

Laurel Halo - Dust

Marika Hackman - I'm Not Your Man

Meursault - I Will Kill Again

Mura Masa - Mura Masa

Ride - Weather Diaries

Rose Elinor Dougall - Stellular

Sacred Paws - Strike A Match

Sleaford Mods - English Tapas

Slowdive - Slowdive

The Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class Classics

Wiley - Godfather

Sign up to our forums and vote here. Voting closes at midday on Sunday 17 September, with the winner announced early next week.

UPDATE: VOTING HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL WEDNESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER


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The Ice Kream Van Kometh: The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu Return

2017-08-24T10:31:14+01:002017-08-24 10:31:14 +0100

Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty have returned, exactly when they promised they would When was the last time you celebrated the time 00:00:23? Hundreds of us are gathered outside Liverpool’s fabulous News From Nowhere book shop tonight under the cloak of night, united by a combination of intrigue and excitement. We all anxiously glance at our watches, waiting for this most ludicrous of time stamps. It’s absurd on the surface, but far stranger once you know why. Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty have been planning this hyper-accurate shindig for exactly 23 years. On 23 August 1994, they famously took to the Scottish isle of Jura to burn one million pounds sterling of the money raised by their era-defining, groundbreaking art-rave-pop project The KLF. It was to be their departing act, a final middle finger in a career that refused to acknowledge the rules. That day, Drummond declared that in 23 years’ time, they would return to explain why they were doing it. Lo and behold, here we are. So much of the iconography and philosophy of The KLF derives from ‘The Illuminatus! Trilogy’ by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, a 1975 postmodern dystopian trilogy that messes with the conventions of conspiracy theories. Amongst the most influential ideas to emanate from the trilogy is that of ‘discordianism’, the paradigm that argues that by blurring the line between fact and fiction, it can become impossible to control the flow of truth. Anyone who saw Adam Curtis’ ‘Hypernormalisation’ will remember his terrifying argument that this so-called ‘Operation Mindfuck’ strategy is one to which the current Russian regime is in thrall. Perhaps they were just KLF fans. Numerology is central to the Illuminati stories too. The 23 enigma is now well established all over modern literature and culture, with William S. Burroughs often credited as its dastardly originator. So much of The KLF’s career map has the number written all over it, and so, 23 years to the second after the 23rd day of August 1994, at 23 seconds after midnight, they are staging the most elaborate, gloriously pretentious and most KLF of all pop music comebacks. Sensationally on time, their appearance is briefly preceded by the sound of an oncoming ice cream van, their chosen mode of transport back in the day (well, ever since discarding the Ford Timelord that was central to their first hit, ‘Doctorin’ The Tardis’). The chimes ring out to the sound of an unlikely mashup of ‘O Sole Mio’ and ‘3AM Eternal’ as the sizeable queue erupts into a cheer that conveys nearly as much relief that we haven’t fallen for an elaborate prank as it does genuine excitement to see such an iconic duo resurrected. The state of Drummond and Cauty is significantly better weathered than that of the van, it must be said, which is creaking and crumbling. It appears to have a coffin in its back too, but nothing seems that weird anymore. Beforehand, we had been handed a poster of rules of engagement for their arrival – “Kissing is tolerated but strictly no tongues” and “Do not attempt to take a selfie with any of the JAMs or with anyone else ever again” being just two of them. In truth, the assembled crowd is unlikely to cause trouble, just eager to get their hands on the first new KLF material in nearly a quarter of a century. The new material is not, however, music. It is – what would you know – a dystopian trilogy, an “end of days story” we are told. It goes by the name of ‘2023: A Trilogy’ and it is now available to the world via Faber & Faber. The race to decode its dense allegories is on, and the headstart is with those of us in attendance tonight. Drummond and Cauty are on hand to stamp – not sign – these first editions, nestled in the rear end of the store, unassuming presences in real life, unshielded but for a standard desk. The stamps themselves are enjoyable antagonistic – mine read “Starbucks: War Is Over” – but in trut[...]



Rock En Seine 2017: The DiS Preview + 30 Song Playlist

2017-08-23T08:28:06+01:002017-08-23 08:28:06 +0100

DiS is heading to Paris for Rock En Seine. Here are the 10 acts we're most looking forward to seeing DiS is heading to Paris over the August Bank Holiday weekend (25-27) for the 15th edition of Rock En Seine. Held in the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud to the west of the city, it's grown considerably since the inaugural event in 2003. This year's event plays host to 75 artists across five stages and features an array of mouth watering talent from around the globe. Without further ado, here are the 10 acts we're most looking forward to seeing. --- Allah-Las California's finest purveyors of dreamy West Coast flavoured psychedelia. With three albums worth of material to choose from, expect a set full of highlights that will sound even better in the Parisian sun. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3HaFMaTlryY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Band Of Horses Band Of Horses have been releasing music for over a decade and in that time established themselves as one of the most consistent alt country outfits on the circuit. Last year's fifth album Why Are You OK? was a welcome return to form while in songs like 'The Funeral' and 'Is There A Ghost?' they have a couple of bonafide stadium shaking anthems up their sleeves. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cMFWFhTFohk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Beach Fossils Dustin Payseur's Beach Fossils have been creating dreamy surfgaze soundscapes for seven years now and in that time released three critically acclaimed long players culminating in this year's Somersault. With European shows becoming increasingly few and far between, their Friday teatime slot should be high on everyone's agenda. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zdfjCivNxGY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Cabbage A lot has been written about Cabbage this year and much of it has been disappointingly negative. Thankfully, now that the Kentish Town Forum incident has been cleared up once and for all, everyone can go back to appreciating the band for doing what they do best. Not to be missed. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5bEufDDj3Ys" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Cypress Hill These Latin American hip hop pioneers have so much more to offer than just being insane in the membrane. Black Sunday may have been their breakthrough album some 24 years ago but we'd advise you check out the rest of their back catalogue too. Rock En Seine you're in for a treat. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/q7p-ihYOG5s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Mø Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted (better known as Mø) has become arguably Denmark's biggest solo female recording artist over the past five years. Mixing punk attitude with snazzy electropop and a colourful live show to boot, her set here promises to be one of the weekend's most energetic. Stand still if you dare! width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WUcXQ--yGWQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Slowdive Having released their first album for 22 years earlier this summer to an avalanche of critical acclaim, Slowdive's return to the live arena has been equally as mesmerising. Expect a swoonsome journey through their back catalogue to the present as a fitting climax to the weekend's festivities. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BxwAPBxc0lU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> The Jesus & Mary Chain Another band from the golden age of independent rock to make a successful return in 2017. These days it's all about the tunes rather than destructive nihilism and the Mary Chain have them in abundance. Friday night is about to get wild. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/G5x1F9ohRa4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> The Shins When Oh, Inverted World landed unsuspectingly at the turn of the century, winsome indie r[...]



Lowlands 2017: The DiS Preview + 30 Song Playlist

2017-08-15T12:17:53+01:002017-08-15 12:17:53 +0100

DiS is off to the Netherlands next weekend for Lowlands. Here are 10 acts we're looking forward to seeing. DiS is off to the Netherlands next weekend for this year's edition of Lowlands. Held from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th August in the village of Biddinghuizen approximately 40 miles east of Amsterdam, it's established itself as one of the country's leading music festivals since hosting its inaugural event in 1993. Attracting around 55,000 people across its four days every year, the organisers have once again pulled together a stellar lineup featuring a mix of internationally acclaimed artists alongside a wealth of up and coming Dutch talent. Here are 10 acts we're quite looking forward to seeing. --- At The Drive-In (Bravo Stage. Sunday 20th. 1645-1745) This legendary post-hardcore outfit may have inadvertently invented emo but don't let that put you off. 2000's Relationship Of Command remains one of the greatest albums of the millennium and while internal relationships within the band have been fractious at times, their return in 2015 has coincided with a new lease of life creatively as demonstrated by recent long player In•ter a•li•a. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JoNJ6AQhmFY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Canshaker Pi (X-Ray Stage. Saturday 19th. 1600-1645) Having first come across this Amsterdam four-piece at January's Eurosonic Noorderslag showcase event, it's no surprise they've since landed a slot at one of their home nation's premier outdoor festivals. Pavement's Stephen Malkmus is already a confirmed fan and their scuzzy, grunge-infused punk is a throwback to the halcyon days of Dinosaur Jr and the Pixies which should make their set an unmissable experience here. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KINhjZjYiDA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Car Seat Headrest (India Stage. Sunday 20th. 1810-1910) Essentially the solo project of Will Toledo, Car Seat Headrest takes the form of a four-piece band for the live experience. Nevertheless, it's Toledo that steals the spotlight and while his recorded output is nothing short of prolific (10 albums in seven years at the last time of counting), there's also an unrivalled level of intensity in the way he delivers a performance from the front of any given stage. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bEsItsZphwQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Editors (Alpha Stage. Saturday 19th. 2145-2300) While their commercial success in the UK may have stalled a little after 2007's peak with An End Has A Start, Editors remain one of the biggest musical draws in mainland Europe. And rightly so. Their most recent long player, 2015's In Dream is up there with the band's finest while an Editors live show is still one of the most grandiose around. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wq4tyDRhU_4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Feist (Heineken Stage. Friday 18th. 1720-1820) Highly acclaimed as a singer, songwriter and musician of some distinction. Leslie Feist originally attained recognition as a member of Canadian outfit Broken Social Scene. However, it was her third solo record, 2007's The Reminder that catapulted her solo output into the limelight. Since then she's gone onto release two more albums culminating in this year's Pleasure while collaborating with the likes of Beck and Radiohead in the interim period. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9Yw1pih-vNw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Iggy Pop (Bravo Stage. Friday 18th. 2035-2135) With a career spanning almost 60 years, Iggy Pop really needs no introduction. The three albums recorded with The Stooges between 1969 and 1973 are among the most revered artifacts in rock and roll history while his 1977 collaboration with David Bowie The Idiot kickstarted punk rock as an international phenomenon. With a [...]



Synästhesie Festival III: The DiS Preview

2017-06-28T08:08:05+01:002017-06-28 08:08:05 +0100

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We're pleased to announce that we'll be media partners with one of Germany's best new festivals

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It should probably go without saying at this point but no European country has a contemporary musical heritage as perfectly inimitable as Germany. From Kosmiche luminaries Can, Kraftwerk, Neu! and countless others besides to avant-garde trailblazers including Popol Vuh and Faust, it has always wielded difference – and boundless, forward-thinking spirit – the likes of which its neighboring nations could only ever dream of.



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It's no surprise, then, that one of the continent's leading festivals celebrating that lineage and its imprint on present-day psych, garage, and art-rock trends is based in the beating heart of modern-day Berlin. Set to return to the uniquely striking surroundings of Volksbühne for its third annual outing on November 19, Synästhesie offers a masterfully curated program marrying some of the finest cosmically-inclined and wanderlust-ridden rock acts around with a cornucopia of beatific visual imagery.

Presented by the city’s underground rock n’ roll institution par excellence 8MM, this year's bill unites neo-psych heroes The Horrors, fast-rising Mancunian quartet Pins, and Berlin’s own Krautrock-inspired maestros Camera amongst others to be announced across two stages. Having sold out last year via a program featuring the right honourable Michael Rother, Cavern of Anti-Matter, Tess Parks and the Warlocks, the return of this impeccably curated festival – which is limited to a mere 1000 tickets – is an absolute cert insofar as presenting the very best Musik aesthetic inspired by German experimental music of the late 60s & early 70s.


Synästhesie Festival takes place in Berlin on 19 November. For more information and tickets, please visit the official website. The Facebook event can be found here.

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Glastonbury 2017: The DiS Preview

2017-06-19T13:36:47+01:002017-06-19 11:46:00 +0100

We're off to Worthy Farm this week for the 2017 edition of Glastonbury Festival. Here's our guide on what to see DiS scribes Mark Muldoon and Dom Gourlay head to Worthy Farm this week for the 2017 edition of Glastonbury Festival. Here's their guide on what to see. --- “The organisation gets slicker, the stages get better, the infrastructure improves, its politics gets more vital and the late night areas get more ambitious. Its journey to grow into what it is today becomes more unfathomable and uniquely endearing, and as a consequence, its audience gets more appreciative. Glastonbury is totally nailing the job of being Glastonbury right now.” That’s what we said about the festival in 2015. We were in a state of gooey post-festival euphoria at the time, but we stick by it. What with there being no festival next year, let’s make this a good one yeah? Here’s some of the things we think will be worth checking out, but first: we’ve done a Spotify playlist for you as well... src="https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/1114719063/playlist/2TKX1JIUS3JMAgqZfA7SbE" width="300" height="380" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true"> --- Radiohead width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Di2d7-rsdUI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Not just any Radiohead set, either. Let us outline why this seems like a really great weekend to see Radiohead live: They’ve got a lovely big 2hr 15min set time They’ll probably play a few songs to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of OK Computer, which is quite a good album, isn’t it? They did a bit of a tour last year, and were suddenly all too happy to give equal reverence to every part of their back catalogue. What with how long their set is, there should be room for a few of everybody’s favourites. The festival sold out before Radiohead were announced, which means this is not just an opportunity to see Radiohead live – it’s an opportunity to see Radiohead live without their fans showing up and ruining it. 15,000 of them heading to the front of the stage 2½ hours before the band are due on and probably making The xx less fun by not dancing, because they’re not there to see The xx, they’re there to see Radiohead. (MM) Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zCbnMZUte3g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Responsible for 2016’s best ‘late night entertaining’ album (although we’ve made you a playlist of the record that excludes the track ‘Silicon Valley’. It’s important you skip this track, trust us on this one.) Paak has built a fairly sizable level of excitement around his live shows - according to one British site not exactly constitutionally opposed to hyperbolic statements he’s “an artist that needs to be seen live by every fan of music regardless of genre preference”. Whilst we’re not going to recommend Classic FM listeners scour Viagogo for tickets to his next tour, his breezy genre hopping amongst soul, R&B, hip hop and funk should suit sunset on the West Holts stage pretty perfectly. (MM) Foo Fighters width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ifwc5xgI3QM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> If you’re on the fence about Foo Fighters ‘as a concept’ and haven’t seen them live, they’re a band you should probably see at some point. It’s where they’re at their best, rather than the whole ‘millionaires manufacturing anger every three years’ thing their recorded output has become. In concert Dave Grohl could barely be a better raconteur, and if you only take a passing interest in the band then it’s possibly slipped your mind quite how many singles they’ve got that are ideal for jumping around a field singing your head off to. (MM) Craig David width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.c[...]



Download 2017: The DiS Preview + 30 Song Playlist

2017-06-07T09:29:27+01:002017-06-07 09:29:27 +0100

Here are the ten acts we're most looking forward to seeing at Download this weekend This weekend, DiS heads to Castle Donington for the 2017 editio of Download. Held in Donington Park and widely renowned as the world's premiere rock and metal festival, this year's event runs from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th June. Tickets are still available here while the full line-up including stage times can be viewed here. In the meantime, here's the ten acts we're most looking forward to seeing over the course of the weekend. --- Aerosmith (Sunday 11th. Main Stage @ 20:50) In what will probably be the last opportunity for many UK fans to get to see them, this two-hour long extravaganza should provide a fitting farewell from Stephen Tyler and co. that's sure to be looked back on for many years as one of Download's defining moments. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JkK8g6FMEXE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> AFI (Saturday 10th. Main Stage @ 17:00) Having initially formed in 1991, Californian outfit AFI have been at the forefront of the US punk scene for the majority of their lifespan. Inspired as much by UK post-punk as they are American punk and hardcore, the band's tenth album AFI came out at the beginning of this year. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Snfy0pMzEuE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Baroness (Friday 9th. Zippo Encore Stage @ 18:00) With a new guitarist on board (Gina Gleason) and a promise to play songs from their back catalogue they've not played for a while, their Friday teatime set is not to be missed. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hS5osAdTnm0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Exodus (Friday 9th. The Dogtooth Stage @ 22:15) Arguably the inventors of thrash metal, this California-based five-piece put out their first album Bonded By Blood and have continued to make intense, confrontational and often groundbreaking music ever since. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6c69S3pD8qI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Idles Saturday 10th. The Dogtooth Stage @ 14:20) Bristol's finest punk rock social commentators continue to confound at any festival that will have them. This weekend it's the turn of Download and with songs like 'Heel/Heal' and 'Mother' in their armoury, we suspect it won't be long before the metalhead contingent are won over too. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sBdQZins_qM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Kvelertak (Saturday 10th. Zippo Encore Stage @ 15:50) Norway's Kvelertak are one of the most innovative metal bands on the scene right now. Fusing elements of prog, noise, punk and black metal, their unmistakably unique sound has earned them a hardcore of devotees around the globe. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3X5Nd_9u-G8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Ministry (Sunday 11th. Zippo Encore Stage @ 16:05) Ministry might not have invented the industrial genre but their role in taking it to a wider audience can never be understated. Formed in 1981 by diminutive frontman Al Jourgensen, they also have a wealth of instant classics to choose from such as 1991's 'Jesus Built My Hotrod' and 1999's 'Bad Blood', which featured on The Matrix soundtrack. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GXCh9OhDiCI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Opeth (Sunday 11th. Zippo Encore Stage @ 18:15) Stockholm's Opeth have been around for nearly three decades and in that time released twelve albums. With a new record scheduled to come out later this year, expect to hear several brand new songs alongside their more familiar material. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/98wXIjkO4i0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Slayer (Su[...]



BBK Bilbao 2017: The DiS Preview + 25 Song Playlist

2017-06-01T08:02:35+01:002017-06-01 08:02:35 +0100

DiS is off to BBK Bilbao in July. Here are the 10 acts we're most excited about seeing This summer, DiS will be taking a trip to the historic Spanish city of Bilbao for the 12th edition of BBK Bilbao. Held on the slopes of Mount Cobetas in the South West of the city, BBK Bilbao first opened its doors in 2006 and has since gone on to become one of mainland Europe's most esteemed music festivals. Attracting over 100,000 visitors over the course of its three days, the organisers have once again put together a stellar line up featuring a host of major acts from around the globe. Taking place from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th July, tickets range from 55 Euros for one day to just 125 Euros for the entire duration including camping, and can be purchased here. In the meantime, here are the 10 acts we're most looking forward to seeing at this year's event. --- Blonde Redhead (Saturday 8th July) About to enter their 25th year as a band, Blonde Redhead have been one of the most prolific bands throughout that time. Constantly reinventing themselves in the process, their most recent EP 3 O'Clock bares all the hallmarks of the band's halcyon days. BBKers, be sure not to miss their set! width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DnQJasDWUss" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Brian Wilson (Saturday 8th July) There isn't a lot to say about this legend that hasn't already been said, except that if you haven't managed to catch one of his Pet Sounds shows yet, this may well be your last opportunity. As well as playing that album in full, expect to hear a number of timeless classics from the Beach Boys vaults which should make Saturday night in Bilbao go off in style. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/T92NZXfwgz0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Depeche Mode (Thursday 6th July) Arguably the most inventive, not to mention consistent, bands to emerge from the 1980s new romantic scene, Depeche Mode have never been afraid to voice their opinions on the issues of the day as 'Where's The Revolution?', the thought provoking lead single from fourteenth long player Spirit, ably demonstrates. Let's hope they'll be soundtracking a Labour victory here with a cavalcade of hits from their incredible back catalogue. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jsCR05oKROA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Explosions In The Sky (Friday 7th July) These Texan post-rockers have been favourites on Drowned In Sound pretty much from the word go, having released their first album just months before DiS went live. Still an enthralling spectacle live, their festival sets at Primavera, Best Kept Secret, and Glastonbury last summer were legendary and we have similarly high hopes for another exercise in grandiosity here. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/iOwOUvdmsn8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Idles (Thursday 6th July) Possibly the festival band of the summer so far. Their nihilistic diatribes about society and its many incumbent ills have won them a whole new legion of followers while debut album Brutalism is fast becoming embedded in the nation's psyche. Visceral, confrontational, and downright unmissable. BBK Bilbao, you have been warned. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BuQG6_evFc8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> The Lemon Twigs (Saturday 8th July) This Long Island outfit channel perfect pop in the way your parents or elder siblings would cherish, but don't let that put you off. Essentially the brainchild of the D'Addario brothers Brian and Michael, their multi-faceted range of sounds and styles has drawn comparisons with everyone from The Beatles to The Ramones and a multitude of others in between. Last year's impressive debut Do Hollywo[...]