Debut music video from Herts rockers
Hertfordshire’s metallic post-hardcore quintet Alone With Wolves have just released their debut music video, for the track ‘Cutting Ties’. Taken from their most recent EP ‘The End Of Nothing’, this recent release is just one of many highlights the band has enjoyed over the past year, with others including the aforementioned EP release, being picked up by new management, starting work on the new album and landing a slot at last year’s Bloodstock Festival.
Watch out for these guys – you may well be hearing a lot more from them in the future.
The ‘End Of Nothing’ EP, available from Bandcamp at https://awwofficial.bandcamp.com/album/the-end-of-nothing
Photo courtesy of Graham Dullaghan Photography.
June 7, 2015 | Categories: Music | Tags: Alone With Wolves, alt-rock, alternative, band, bandcamp, download, EP, hertfordshire, Herts, metal, Music, post-hardcore, screamo, UK, underground, underground music scene, unsigned, video | Leave a comment
Promising new EP from rising Herts act
1. Cutting Ties
2. The End of Nothing
3. My Life In Your Hands
4. The Change
5. With You In Mind
Danilo Fiocco – vocals
Lewis Watson – vocals/guitar
Mark Stanford – bass/vocals
Kieron Baker – guitar
James Nobel – drums
Back in 2012, I wrote a glowing review for the Herts-based Alone With Wolves’s promising self-titled EP, stating they had the potential to become the UK’s answer to Alexisonfire. Now, two years and another line-up change later, they’re back with ‘The End Of Nothing’, their first EP with new frontman Danilo Fiocco.
Thundering in with opening track ‘Cutting Ties’, the first thing I noticed was how well new vocalist Danilo fits in with the AWW sound – his powerful, melodic voice is an ideal counterpoint to Lewis’s heavier vocals. The second thing, was just how confident the band sounds now; not to say they didn’t before, as I know they’ve always had a high level of enthusiasm, but here it sounds like a whole new level, in both the songwriting and the delivery, where the energy doesn’t falter at all during the EP’s five tracks. Title track ‘The End of Nothing’ sounds like a fierce statement of intent, the sound of a band eager to claim their place and refusing to hold anything back. Whilst it’s difficult to pick a favourite track, ‘My Life In Your Hands’ is, in my opinion, one of the best tracks the band has released to date, equal parts heavy and catchy, with amazing vocal delivery against a cool staccato riff. Credit must also to this EP’s producer Ed Sokolowski – there’s a much beefier sound here, and he’s captured AWW at their best. ‘The Change’ is the EP’s calmest moment but sill has a kick, whilst ‘With You In Mind’ is a high energy closer, another highlight and potentially a crowd pleaser I think.
I honestly can’t say enough nice things about ‘The End Of Nothing’ – if you’re already a fan of Alone With Wolves, you’ll love this, and if you’re a newcomer, then I’d recommend this to fans of any post-hardcore, screamo and heavier alt-rock bands. It’s good to see that AWW lost nothing in their step in the space between EPs and changing frontmen. At the time of writing this, they are also heading to the M2TM finals to compete for a place at the UK’s Bloodstock Festival (a prestigious event on the UK’s metal festival calendar), and added to a continuously increasing fanbase, their hard work is now paying off. Given that this is just as good as, if not better than, releases from many of the signed touring acts across the UK, here’s hoping it’s only a matter of time before Alone With Wolves get signed. All the best to these guys.
‘The End of Nothing’ is available digitally now at http://awwofficial.bandcamp.com/, with CDs coming soon.
For fans of: Alexisonfire, Thrice, Hell Is For Heroes, Atreyu
May 28, 2014 | Categories: Music | Tags: Alone With Woves, alt-rock, alternative, band, bandcamp, download, EP, heavy, hertfordshire, Herts, metal, Music, new CD, post-hardcore, review, rock, screamo, UK, underground, underground music scene | Leave a comment
Highlights of the past musical year
Here’s my top ten tracks of 2012, listed in no particular order. These include tracks from bands I’ve booked, reviewed or just discovered for myself which had repeated listens.
The October Game – Answers & Keys
Currently unreleased, this Muse-esque track has been a favourite of mine since it debuted early this year. Had the pleasure of seeing them live a couple of times this year, at Club 85 in Hitchin and this year’s Balstock Festival. With the release of drummer Oliver Taylor’s solo album this year, and some promising solo sounds being produced by bassist Owen Stephen, it seems there’s plenty to look forward to from this group of musicians.
Aghast – We Fear Silence (Megaton Remix)
Something a little different, for me anyway – I’ve given dubstep a listen on an number of occasions, and found I can listen to some of it – this however has had repeated listens in recent months. You can download Megaton’s EP for free at http://www.facebook.com/Megatondubstep, and Aghast’s for the original version at http://www.aghastmetal.com/.
Stu O’Connor – Dumb Mathematics (feat. Shamanic Technology)
Taken from the electronic/USB stick version of the ‘Go Forth Bright Scenic’ project – a great set of tracks, of which this is just one highlight. A sparse, stripped down track with a hip hop beat. The entire album can be downloaded for just £1 (as can the rest of the albums which make up the GFBS project) at http://www.stuartoconnor.com/
Oliver Taylor – The Eyes That Follow/The Psycho
Essentially two chapters of one song, a catchy soulful duo from The October Game’s drummer’s debut solo album ‘Little Drummer Boy’, available now via Scylla Records. http://www.facebook.com/ldbofficial/.
Sons Of Guns – I Slept In The Car
Electro-rock trio from Hitchin, whose members you might just recognise from other local bands. This and recent track ‘Butcher’ are catchy tunes that will lodge themselves in your head. You can download this track for free at http://soundcloud.com/sons-of-guns/i-slept-in-the-car.
Alone With Wolves – BTW
Royston’s AWW unleashed their self-titled debut EP earlier this year, an awesome collection of tunes demonstrating their own hybrid of metal and melodic hardcore. If you’re a fan of Atreyu or Alexisonfire then I can’t recommend this highly enough. Available at http://awwofficial.bandcamp.com/album/ep.
The Floe – RITH
Currently unreleased, this electro-pop duo recently released their live album ‘Simple Pleasures’ via iTunes and many other online music outlets, and also recorded a cover of Adele’s Skyfall theme, also available to stream via Youtube.
This Means War – Truckasaurus
A little further afield with this one, this Brighton-based quintet upped their game with this, their groove-injected brand of tech-metal that would appeal to fans of Meshuggah and Lamb Of God.
Indi & The Vegas – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
The catchy funk rockers from Hitchin recently released this as part of a charity single. It’s that time of year folks….and singer Indi has an amazing voice, hence the inclusion of this cover. They’ve made this available as a free download, and you can also download their EP for just £1 at http://indiandthevegas.bandcamp.com/album/fair-fight.
Fiona Apple – Every Single Night
It’s due to the inclusion of this track that I haven’t called this a top ten of underground/local bands – hardly local, Apple has been releasing critically acclaimed albums since her late teens and gone platinum, with this track taken from this year’s lengthy-titled ‘The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do’ album. Dark, jazzy alt-rock, describing moments of nightmarish hysteria, Apple hasn’t lost her ability to write heartfelt songs that people can relate to.
Hope you enjoy!
The October Game: http://www.facebook.com/theoctobergame?rf=106701606029870
Aghast/Megaton: http://www.facebook.com/AGHASTKVLT – http://www.facebook.com/Megatondubstep
Stuart O’Connor: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stuart-OConnor/169812053077845?fref=ts – https://twitter.com/stuoconnor
Oliver Taylor: http://www.facebook.com/ldbofficial – https://twitter.com/OllieTaylorUK
Sons Of Guns: http://www.facebook.com/sonsofgunsband – https://twitter.com/sonsofguns
Alone With Wolves: http://www.facebook.com/alonewithwolves
The Floe: http://www.facebook.com/TheFloeMusic
This Means War: http://www.facebook.com/thismeanswarband
Indi and The Vegas: http://www.facebook.com/pages/indi-and-The-Vegas/194619403537 – https://twitter.com/indiandthevegas
Fiona Apple: http://www.facebook.com/fionaapple
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Herts-based quintet unleash their debut EP
Bridging the gap between metal, hard rock and post-hardcore, Royston-based quintet Alone With Wolves have delivered this, their debut EP, and they’ve certainly come out with all guns firing.
Lewis Watson – Guitar / Scream Vocals
Mark Stanford – Bass / Backing Vocals
James Noble – Drums / Piano
Matt Turnbull – Lead Vocals
Kieron Baker – Lead Guitar
*Grant Tuffs provides drums and lead vocals on the EP, but left the band before it was released.
4. The Catalyst
5. I Reach Out
Opening with the emotive ‘Disconnect’, the band offer up an Alexisonfire-esque duel-vocal attack that could easily win AWW new fans from the Alexis’ fanbase – future successors to their crown perhaps? On this side of the pond, at least. ‘B.T.W’ (the first track to be offered to fans pre-release, and one that can still be downloaded for free at http://soundcloud.com/alonewithwolves/aww-btw-mastered1-2) turns up the intensity and lays on the riffs thick and fast – a definite future crowd pleaser. The more melodic ‘Closure’ calms things down a little and would appeal to fans of the likes of Jimmy Eat World – indeed, this band concentrates on offering up actual songs, not just riffs strung together. ‘The Catalyst’ is another heavy hitter that looks set to fill venue floors; having already seen the band bring crowds of gig-goers to the front for their live sets, it’s easy to see how with tunes like this. Final track ‘I Reach Out’ is the calmest track featured, concentrating more on their melodic side and further demonstrating their range.
Well produced, packed full of riffs and intensity yet also demonstrating a strong ear for melody, the quality of this EP cannot be faulted. At such an early stage Alone With Wolves have already displayed bags of potential, enough to even be playing with the bigger acts on bigger stages; this lot are already bringing big crowds to smaller venues, with the new line-up going down a storm. They’ve set the bar high with this one, and if AWW can maintain this standard, they could go far.
Alone With Wolves’ EP can be purchased/downloaded from here for £5 – http://awwofficial.bandcamp.com/album/ep
Alone With Wolves, Fri 12th Oct 2012 at Club 85, Hitchin – photo courtesy of Rebecca Press (Horizon Photography) http://www.facebook.com/horizonphotography2012
For fans of: Alexisonfire, Atreyu, Gallows, Jimmy Eat World, Charlie Indestructible
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October 30, 2012 | Categories: Music | Tags: Alone With Wolves, alt-rock, alternative, band, debut ep, entertainment, EP, grassroots, heavy, hertfordshire, Herts, live music, metal, Music, new CD, post-hardcore, review, rock, Royston, UK, underground, underground music scene | 2 Comments
Local post-hardcore act Scream!Shout!SayNothing! (featuring members of Frog Stupid, Spandex Ballet, Arms & The Man, The Waterfront, among others) have recorded a special version of ‘Conductor, Conduct’ to help raise money for The British Red Cross and their Japan Tsunami Appeal. It’s available on a ‘Pay What You Like’ basis, from this link here.
Also included is an mp3 of the track ‘But Sir, I’m The King’, taken from their S!S!SN!’s first album, available on Scylla Records. The original version of ‘Conductor, Conduct’ is set for inclusion on their forthcoming second album.
For fans of Thrice, Alexisonfire and Hell Is For Heroes.