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Song of the Week: “Fairwell to the Fairground” by White Lies

Something of a delectable appetite, White Lies expansive work of To Lose My Life … is their best to date – and Fairwell to the Fairground is no different. Insatiable indie deep-tone rock of the ages, it came at a time when the likes of Editors and Kaiser Chiefs ruled the roster. Although not as sought-after compared to their Northern counterparts, they were – and are – still prevalent as ever in an industry forever churning and twisting in on itself.

Shredding post-punk is something of a foundation that is hard to come by – and White Lies do it with such poise and ease. They are slowly becoming one of my favourite listens this week. Hence why, it’s my song of the week.

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Back to the 2000s: Avril Lavigne’s “Bite Me”

For this week’s singles review, it seems we are discussing the fashionable return of Avril Lavigne. In a bid to stay majorly relevant among the revitalised punk scene that is happening right now, Sk8er Boi punk-queen has since signed with Travis Barker’s DTA Records, and released snap-and-heel single of “Bite Me” in quick succession.

Since becoming more than acquainted with rap-punk protege Mod Sun, Lavigne has since eclipsed her days of bittersweet melodies – which comes with growing up – and entered the territory of angsty pop-punk yet again because it’s come full circle and returned in emphatic fashion.

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Nothing says the revitalisation of a genre than rekindling one of the old flames that was at the forefront of it all at the start of the 2000s. Certainly, the combination of Lavigne and Barker is a worthy team to bring it all back. Nostalgia for the ages.

Anyone up for sticking on MTV again?

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IDLES – “CRAWLER” Album Review

The fourth studio release sees IDLES in a brand new texture – with all the colours we’ve come to love already.

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With a striving lunge forward, CRAWLER strives for a stronger indulgence of reflection. It hones in on a more inclusive approach to delivering songs with moments of interlacing beauty and anger within one another.

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IDLES have never been one to take a step back and reflect on their angsty actions – especially from that of an idled punk band. But ever since frontman Talbot left therapy, he realised he was angry at all the wrong people. Since then, he has been able to create more thought-provoking dramatic ballads that certainly have more depth and feel to them. Forerunner pre-single, The Beachland Ballroom is a prime example of this. Understanding where they are as a band – rather than running through the motions and living in it – they’ve been able to create an album with vivid stories, wild imagination and a sense of escapism into their ever-fixing worlds.

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“It was writing selflessly that helped make it possible. Reflecting. Telling my own story. Not trying to tell everyone else’s story. Not trying to fix the world – just talking about how I am fixing mine.” -Joe Talbot

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Although not featuring the usual raucous rock anthems that shake the walls like we saw in Ultra Mono, it is a refreshing texture to a band that seemed far too brazen-faced to change. It puts the band in a better – and far stronger – place as a sharply-dressed outfit in the world of punk rock music.

You can catch IDLES perform their fourth album works as they strive for a mega UK/Ireland tour in January 2022.

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Bring Me The Horizon – DiE4u Single Review

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Tackling addiction seems to be an ever-present theme with Bring Me‘s music and this new addition to their dysfunctional family is no different.

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Lyrics with intent accompanied with a mammoth pack of intoxicating instrumentals – it’s all come full circle back to the Bring Me The Horizon we all know and love. Chaos inhabited with the devil, DiE4u is the next abbreviating tone from Bring Me – and is the next chapter post-POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR in 2020.

A bellowing Sykes screech matched with throttling synth and devastating drum kits kick off an adventurous return to a world of hope and anguish that was … actually not too dissimilar to POST HUMAN that was really, all about finding out when is it we’re free and that desirable itch for the cure.

Despite being a long way from the likes of Suicide Season, I do personally enjoy the direction the band took since That’s The Spirit in 2015. Although it careens the band away from the sovereign genres of hardcore and “heavy” metal (use heavy in the loosest of terms), it is still an emphatic turn of events that has drawn in a huge fanbase that do swoon over anything they create.

Oddly simply but all-the-more satisfying, I’m looking forward to more from the blood-sodden Sheffield quintet.

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Travis Barker’s House of Horrors: Halloween Special

In all to celebrate the works of pop-punk, punk and alternative rock/rap collaborations, Barker brings along a list of punk confidantes including Machine Gun Kelly, Avril Lavigne, Mark Hoppus and Iann Dior.

Happy Halloween folks! You can grab it on stream afterwards until midnight tonight only if you wanted to share the live experience.

This show didn’t certainly do things by halves either – with mass projections brought into costume and make-up, lighting rigging, set props and camera work. With Barker adhering to many costume changes during the night – including a Squid Game-inspired performance set with Blackbear – it is certainly worth all the spooky twists and turns it takes throughout the hour and half or so length.

ENTER IF YOU DARE: https://nocapshows.com/artist/houseofhorrors