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The Scenes announce tour dates with the Specials

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Tour announcement: The Scenes

Dates: October / November 2014

More information: on official band website

Finland’s The Scenes are pleased to announce an exciting run of shows coming up - they will be supporting punk legends The Specials on their highly anticipated autumn UK tour, many dates of which are already sold out. 

The Scenes will play the following dates:

  • Oct 30th – Norwich, UEA w/ The Specials
  • Nov 3rd – Dublin, Olympia w/ The Specials
  • Nov 4th – Belfast, Ulster Hall w/ The Specials
  • Nov 5th – Newcastle, Think Tank
  • Nov 13th – London, Roundhouse w/ The Specials
  • Nov 14th – London, Roundhouse w/ The Specials
  • Nov 15th – London, Roundhouse w/ The Specials
  • Nov 17th – Brighton, The Dome w/ The Specials
  • Nov 18th – Bournemouth, Academy w/ The Specials
  • Nov 22nd – Nottingham, Rock City w/ The Specials
  • Nov 23rd – Southampton, Joiners
  • Nov 25th – Manchester, Gullivers
  • Nov 27th – Bristol, Start The Bus
  • Nov 28th – Liverpool, Studio 2

More dates will be announced soon - please check the band’s website for most up to date information.

An experimental band barely out of their teens, The Scenes are from Oulu, Northern Finland and are a band that represent something between art pop, hardcore punk and progressive rock. Although they themselves would describe their sound simply as ‘rock’, the oblique song structures, angular rhythms and contorted lyrics, combined with their powerful showmanship mastery makes for something altogether more special.

No strangers to the live circuit, in May 2014 The Scenes toured the UK earning a reputation for their lights-out mayhem live performances, playing festival slots at The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Live At Leeds and Dot to Dot, as well as supporting Bo Ningen on their club tour. Their sets are characterised by neurotic bursts - serene then suddenly lively to the point where it’s almost certain that something will break - be it equipment or bones.

After their debut album “Images Of Animals Crying In Public” in 2013, second album ‘Beige’ will come out in October, on the Sound of Finland imprint. 

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Finland's Koria Kitten Riot to release new album

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Album release: “Rich Men Poor Men Good Men” by Koria Kitten Riot

Release date: 6 October 2013

Label: Yates Records

Listen: on official Koria Kitten Riot website

Hailing from Helsinki, Finland indie pop quintet Koria Kitten Riot are set to release their third album ‘Rich Men Poor Men Good Men’. This release is built around the experiences of singer-songwriter Antti Reikko, and is KKR’s first full-band effort. The album asserts testament to Reikko being told to “work f*****g hard, be honest and make ballsy decisions”, and clearly shows what can be done when a remarkable singer-songwriter makes the decision to transmute into a band leading to their most honest and developed recordings yet.

The album was recorded in Berlin, and has been mastered by Doug Van Sloun (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit, and She & Him). The band take song writing influences from artists such as Elliott Smith, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Wilco (think Yankee Hotel Foxtrot), but this does not impede the band’s ability to maintain a level of spontaneity and impulsiveness throughout their songs.

As a body of work the content covers a varied subject matter exploring the world through other people’s eyes. This ranges from a song about a mass murderer to a song about an alcoholic violinist, however this never makes the album feel disjointed, instead injecting an element of benign empathy.

Standout track ‘Cold Cold Arms’ combines the dreamy sound of synthesiser, pedal steel and hypnotic lyrics with the guitars country-folk twang inflection exemplifying that this is by far the band’s best work yet. The song explores the idea of “losing your magic” and much like the rest of the album it explores the narrative beautifully.

This album exudes charm and at times you forget that you’re not listening to a soundtrack of a heart-warming indie film, aided by the bands bijou music videos that appear to have been clipped straight out of a Wes Anderson movie. This comes as no surprise considering that Reikko works in the film industry - he delivers a prodigious amount of dramatic structure into the band’s songs.

Lead singer-songwriter Reikko regularly dissects and explains the character and feel of each song via the band’s Facebook page and is clearly interested in sharing his thoughts and emotions with their listeners. The album is a personal and honest piece of work, and Reikko states that he’s “never made any money on music, quite on the contrary, but I’ve gotten to see places most people never see and met lots of special people”, and that’s exactly what Reikko is sharing allowing the listener to become part of the experience in idyllic reverie.

Koria Kitten Riot are:

  • Antti Reikko – Acoustic guitar and vocals
  • Lasse Toimi – Bass guitar and backing vocals
  • Teemu Vänskä – Keyboards and backing vocals
  • Olli Rahkonen – Electric guitar, pedal steel and mandolin
  • Eino Anttila – Drums and percussion

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Sammal to release 'No 2' on 9 June

EP release: No 2 by Sammal
Release date: 9 June 2014
Label: Svart Records
Listen: on Soundcloud 

No 2 is Sammal’s follow-up to their critically-acclaimed eponymous debut, released on June 9 through Svart Records.

The present-day flagship of Finnish progressive rock sails back in time again to the authentic tones and warm soundscapes of the 1970s on this EP; the band doesn’t show off with unnecessarily technical playing or super-hard song structures, but focuses on forging upbeat atmospheres with strong melodies and fresh vintage sounds. Sammal relies on live playing in the studio, which brings the listener closer to the band: the production breathes so carefree that you can almost touch the notes floating in the air.

No 2 is not a companion piece to the debut, nor is it a preview of the second full-length, which will be released via Svart Records next winter. It is a mini-album, which stands on its own. Sammal wanted to clear their closet from older gems, and prepare for a new era with this release. Three of the five songs featured on the EP are old demo songs, which were re-recorded at the same session with a new track “Vankina varisten” and a cover of Aphrodite’s Child’s “Magic Mirror,” translated as “Peilin taikaa,” in the summer of 2013.

Sammal was founded in 2004 by guitarist Jura Salmi and vocalist Jan-Erik Kiviniemi. Their eponymous debut was voted as the 9th best Finnish album of 2013 by the critics of Rumba, a renowned Finnish rock and pop magazine. The second vinyl pressing of the album will be released on the same day as the EP, June 9th. No 2 will be released on LP, CD and as a digital download. 

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Beastmilk release 'Climax' on December 2

Album release: Climax by Beastmilk
Release date: 2 December 2013
Label: SVART
Listen: on Youtube

Finnish post-punk troupe BEASTMILK's highly anticipated debut album poignantly combines haunting clean vocals, darkly shimmering melodies, and a throbbing rhythmic pulse to create an atmospheric yet energetic journey into post-punk's past, present, and definitely its future. Set for international release on December 2nd on CD, LP and digital formats via SVART, this will be many people's introduction to a band who have what it takes to stick around.

Evoking the anxious jangle of Jesus & Marcy Chain, an angrier Echo & The Bunnymen, a medicated Killing Joke, the lyrical animosity of PiL and even a lush layering of Bahaus's Peter Murphy - all this, and vastly more, describes the immediately memorable 3D darkness of BEASTMILK.

Born in 2010 during a nuclear winter in Helsinki, Finland, the void-mothers of BEASTMILK kick out an irradiated dust of what they appropriately dub "apocalyptic post-punk." Their debut demo, White Stains On Black Tape, sold out quickly and earned the attention of Darkthrone's Fenriz, who made it one of his favorites of 2010. Metal Hammer Germany soon wrote that "Beastmilk sounds like the secret recording from a psychedelic mass, located stylistically between Roky Erickson, early Misfits, and The Devil's Blood."

BEASTMILK quickly gained the recognition of Finnish label SVART RECORDS and inked a deal to reissue the demo on wax along with their next release, both on 7" vinyl, they played their first show with local old-school legends (and noted band influences) Nolla Nolla Nolla and Radiopuhelimet, followed by plenty of live shows both in Finland and abroad, culminating with an exclusive show at the Metal Magick festival in Denmark. In June 2013, they flew out to Boston, USA to record at GodCity Studio with the legendary Kurt Ballou (Converge), who produced their debut full-length album, Climax; the members of Converge found BEASTMILK online, loved them, and ordered both their 7"s, with Ballou soon offering to produce their debut album at his world-famous studio.

The result is Climax, an album of dark, driving anthems - from the widescreen immediacy of the opener, "Death Reflects Us", to the pitch-black pop suss of "Genocidal Crush" and "Fear Your Mind", to the irresistible "You Are Now Under Our Control", the greatest compliment you can give the record is its sheer consistency - it doesn't let up on its quality throughout. A mix of dynamics and styles never painted any lighter than black, the album is one that will unite fans of punk, indie-rock and metal sub-genres alike.

Reaction

"Visceral, unsettling rock for the elite" Pitchfork
"Icy, post-punk vibes... dark surprises in store." The Fly

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