This is a true band of the people, highlighting social injustice and oozing with raw honesty. Having a clear goal in their lyrics, MassMatiks‘ universal appeal lends itself to not just one band of fans, making them accessible to all. The heart of this quartet is undeniably the song writing, with lead singer George Peploe finding inspiration in the everyday trials of life, from false hard-nuts to ex-lovers. The brutality of life and the energetic nature of the songs equates to a band full of potential and brimming with ideas.
MassMatiks played over 60 shows in 2016, which included a 20-date sold out UK tour supporting Don Broco. In addition to this, the band sold over 800 tickets to their own headline tour, and successfully sold out a further two headline shows at The Garage and Camden Assembly (both London) – to round off what was a great year for the upcoming London predators. Their incendiary live shows have grown in numbers and drawn fans from across Europe to travel to their gigs. Following on from their latest single ‘Blank Wall,’ MassMatiks are set to break down barriers of what it takes to be a rock band in 2017.
“The energy and aggression they bring to their live show is second to none” – Rob Damiani, Don Broco
“They have a swagger and a substance that is missing from alot of new bands” – Louder Than War
Following their huge set at 2000trees FestivalThe Xcerts announce a full UK headline tour for Sept/Oct.
The Brighton based 3 piece had announced their long awaited return last week, with their brand new single ‘Feels Like Falling In Love’. The track received its debut on the Radio 1 Rock Show as The Rockest Record and is out now through Raygun Records. In a week it has now been placed on the Spotify Viral Chart at number 3 of 50, and has now been played over 240,000 times in 7 days.
‘Feels Like Falling In Love’ is an instant classic, fusing the heady euphoria production and stadium pomp of 80′s Springsteen and Tom Petty with the dry, sharp wit of Cheap Trick. A euphoric, exuberant anthem about falling in love written by a romantic realist, soundtracked like the hugest of 80′s movie anthems ever.
The single is their first new music since the much loved and critically lauded There Is Only You album was released in 2014, and follows on from 3 years touring and playing shows with the likes of Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves, Brand New, Deaf Havana, The Amazons, You Me At Six, Manchester Orchestra and more.
Coming up this week at The Flapper we have Chicago trio Meat Wave on Tuesday. On Wednesday Dave McPherson of British rock band InMe plays his solo material. Saturday sees Punks Alive continue their birthday celebrations with English punk rockers Tenpole Tudor. Check out the full listings below:
Chicago trio Meat Wave return with their much-anticipated third album The Incessant – a bracing, emotional punk record that confronts taking responsibility for your actions with dark humour and self-deprecation, drawing influence from acts like The Breeders, Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu. Support comes from brother duo Cassels, unapologetic rockers Mutt, and moody punk band Jaded. This event is presented by Birmingham Promoters.
Watch the video for ‘The Incessant’ below:
WEDNESDAY 26TH APRIL
Dave McPherson (InMe) + James Leese + Callum Kerrigan + Lauren Marie + Dan O’Connor BUY TICKETS
Dave McPherson is an English singer songwriter from Harold Wood, London. Best known for his work as lead singer and principal songwriter in award winning British rock band InMe, he has also had success as a solo artist in his own right. Support comes from James Leese, Callum Kerrigan, LaurenMarie and Dan O’Connor. This event is presented by Surprise You’re Dead.
Listen to ‘Before I Even Had You’ below:
THURSDAY 27TH APRIL
Bent Life + Up River + Drawn In + Stranded + Splintered BUY TICKETS
Nebraska hardcore band Bent Life. Their debut album on Bridge Nine, Never Asked For Heaven, was recorded with Terror’s Nick Jett, showcasing the band evolving into an aggressive powerhouse with clarity and precision, capable of thudding riffs and surprisingly memorable, gutting hooks. Support comes from Up River, Drawn In, Stranded and Splintered. This event is presented by Surprise You’re Dead.
Listen to ‘Cheat Death’ below:
FRIDAY 28TH APRIL
WuD + Malone + ElevenMilesBetween + Of Kings And Captains MORE INFO
WuD are a four-piece alternative punk rock band from the West Midlands. With catchy riffs and a chunky sound, they are “a different sounding band who clearly don’t stick to convention when writing; very well grasped the genre they are going for, interesting sound”. Support comes from Malone, ElevenMilesBetween and Of Kings And Captain. This event is presented by The Catapult Club.
Listen to EP [untitled] below:
SATURDAY 29TH APRIL
Tenpole Tudor + The Terrorsaurs + Machine Gun Blues + The Gruffs MORE INFO
Tenpole Tudor are an English punk band fronted by Edward Tudor-Pole. The band first came to prominence when Tudor-Pole appeared in the Sex Pistols‘ film The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle and on three of the singles released from the soundtrack. Support comes from The Terrorsaurs playing instrumental rock’n’roll, Machine Gun Blues and The Gruffs. This event is presented by Punks Alive.
Watch the video for ‘Swords Of A Thousand Men’ below:
Washington, DC’s Darkest Hour combine the passion, energy, and soul of punk/hardcore with the style, speed, vengeance and fury of melodic speed/thrash/death metal. They helped defined the entire New Wave of American Metal sound as one of the pioneers of modern metal/core. A sound that gave the metal and hardcore/punk world the revitalization it surely needed. Support comes from Venom Prison, Dead Hands and Abandonment. This event is presented by Surprise You’re Dead.
We’re really pleased to announce our brand new virtual tour! For new and frequent customers alike; every time you Google us, you will be given the option to ‘see inside’. Have a gander at: https://t.co/eD4i1IFQFr
The tour covers outside and inside; great for those who have always wondered what our gig room looks like and great for those wanting to see just how big our beer garden really is.