A few weeks after announcing their third album “Empty Plinths” and sharing a first preview with the single “Panic Room”, Grand Collapse are back with a new sensational single, called “Without Let or Hindrance”.
LISTEN TO THE SINGLE:
Cal, singer in the band, explains:
“On the inside of a British passport it reads: “Her Britanic Majesty’s sectary of state requests and requires in the Name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance, and to afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary.”
For a Country that is so actively hostile to anyone coming here, including refugees, I find this statement astounding.
British identity, which is steeped in Empire, is a pathetic shell of itself and watching these tossers hold on desperately to the tyranny of the past is cringe worthy.
This is a thrash monster, pure and simple. Full mosh mode!”
The song shows the thrash-core influences this new record has, among the many other references that should make fans of bands such as Propagandhi, Conflict and Bane very happy.
Empty Plinths, the band’s third full length album is coming out on August 6th via Epidemic Records, TNS Records, Don’t Trust The Hype Records, Mass Prod., Urinal Vinyl.
Preorders for a vinyl pressing with three different colours are being taken on the labels’ webstores.
Welsh hardcore punk band Grand Collapse has just announced their third full length album, “Empty Plinths”.
To give a taste of what they are about to release, they have just shared a new impressive single, “Panic Room”.
LISTEN TO THE SINGLE:
Cal, singer in the band, shares a very personal comment on the song:
“Panic Room is cool way to kick things off as it’s got a bit of everything; punk, mosh, thrash, rock… The album goes in all sorts of directions and this track mixes things up a bit.
The song describes the difficulties I’ve had coming to terms with a violent, abusive upbringing and losing my brother in extreme circumstances.
It’s a heavy burden to bear and expressing this publically is quite nerve wracking but I think it’s good to write from the heart about what affects you most.”
The band, formed in Cardiff in 2011, is well known for fusing Thrash, Punk and Metal at breakneck speed, for their intense political message and their raging live shows.
Grand Collapse lyrics and sounds are often said to be influenced by bands such as Propagandhi, Conflict and Bane; the band stands firmly against all forms of prejudice and promotes animal & human rights. They toured the UK and Europe extensively and they are now gearing up to take this new album on tour as soon as possible.
“Empty Plinths” comes after one EP and two LPs and it’s a masterpiece of killer riffs, banging drums and angry vocals spitting clever and ferocious lyrics. It’s official release date is August 6th 2021.
After releasing an explosive comeback EP last December, Locked In are back with a new chapter in their saga. The new addition to their discography is “The Solemn Leap” EP, out April 23rd on all digital platforms. It’s a ferocious beast of shredding riffs, angry vocal lines, banging drums and intense lyrics. It’s a balanced mix between hardcore punk and metal, personal yet direct in lyrics, spontaneous and reflective at the same time.
The 7 year hiatus they interrupted with the previous “Not Dead Yet” seem to be a distant memory and the band, with some line up adjustments (one of them being Tommy, former guitarist in the metal juggernaut Fleshgod Apocalypse), is in great shape.
The “Solemn Leap” features remarkable guests that enhance the quality of the songs on four out of five tracks: Samall Ali (from Slander), Lorenzo (from Hierophant), Josh (from To Kill and Galeforce) and Inno.
The content of these songs is incredibly intense and this particular moment in history we are all living makes this record even more meaningful.
The band comments: “In the last year we had the chance to experience confinement and fear. Awful times came in conjunction with the chance to meet ourselves.
This extraordinary event put a strain on several people and some of them unfortunately did not make it. We decided to dedicate our thoughts to those who couldn’t have faith or take one more step to save themselves and avoid misery.
It is not a matter of religion, nor a matter of self-determination. What we mean by “faith” is a moment of lucidity when we trust in what we can do as human beings and what we can do as individuals with their own limitations.
The awareness that sometimes we need to make a change without conditioning nor second thoughts. Sometimes it all really comes down to a precise moment. It is a moment of quietude, a moment of clarity, a solemn instant when we can make a choice that will keep everything up and change everything at the same time”
“The Solemn Leap” sees a renewed collaboration with Epidemic Records, which is considering a limited vinyl run for these two EPs in the near future.
The Italian hardcore five piece LOCKED IN returns after a 7 year hiatus with a new EP called “Not Dead Yet”.
The band teamed up with Epidemic Records, which is taking care of this digital release as well as another EP to be out in 2021.
LISTEN TO NOT DEAD YET EP:
Locked In were quite active between 2007 and 2013 and played Italy and Europe extensively before coming to a full stop. But some love stories are not meant to be over. The desire to play together and to express personal feelings with loud, sharp riffs, banging drums and screamed vocals found its satisfaction in these five tracks, which include elements that all old time fans will recognize and appreciate as well as innovations to catch the attention of listeners that haven’t fallen in love with this band yet.
The result is an explosive mix of hardcore, punk and metal. Honest, straight to the point, emotional. Nothing is fake here, it’s pure adrenaline, passion, sincerity.
Five tracks, five different episodes in a monolithic, yet multifaceted EP, which the band started unveiling with the first single “Dying City” last week.
Locked In comment:
“We owe the sound of “Not Dead Yet” to the new lineup. We put a lot of each of us into it. We remained firm on our references, but we also let ourselves explore new territories. This EP transcends everything we’ve done before and it denotes our fierce desire to come back. In fact, we were surprised by what we were able to come up with right off the bat, because if we think about our lives now, it might not be easy to feel inspired, to put in the necessary anger and to make sometimes bold choices, but once we got into the practice room together, everything seemed to work effortlessly.
In some ways this EP (as well as the next one) is our lifeline. In such a dramatic year we were looking for answers and tried to give vent to our negativity as well.”
Not Dead Yet is out on all digital platforms at this link: www.smarturl.com/NotDeadYetEP.
Locked In is looking forward to better times, when shows will be possible again, to play their old anthems and their new songs and share these moments we all miss with all of us.
Some flames do not go out. Incandescent embers continue to burn under the ashes and just blowing a bit of air on them can restart the fire.
This is the case with LOCKED IN, a hardcore punk / metal band from Perugia, Italy, which returns after several years of silence and inactivity, showing us they still remember how it’s done, after grinding miles and consuming stages throughout Italy and half Europe between 2007 and 2013.
A few weeks ago they announced their return with two new EPs in collaboration with Epidemic Records.
It is precisely from one of these two EPs that the preview single “Dying City” is taken; a furious and energetic song, which reveals the excellent shape in which the band presents itself at the first test with this new chapter.
The first EP of this new era is titled “Not Dead Yet” and will be available on all major digital platforms from December 25th, 2020; a Christmas present to friends and longtime fans, as well as those who have yet to fall in love with this band; a group of friends and musicians with a huge heart and a 101% genuine approach, playing hardcore made with blood, sweat and tears, as it should be.
Choosing a song just to represent a new phase in the life of a band is no easy task, so we asked Locked In why they opted for this track:
“We chose “Dying City” as the first single out of this new EP because it represents the most intimate and personal part of our sound; choosing another track of the EP that could have more of a classic structure and give a known feeling would have maybe misrepresented this new chapter in our lives.
This track definitely represents a bridge to what could be our sound in the years to come, if we ever want to release more material.”
Christmas Day of this difficult year 2020 will be one to remember, with the release of “Not Dead Yet” EP; a title that encapsulates the spirit with which the five piece is once again entering the scenes, blowing hard on the embers and thus rekindling a flame that was just waiting to burn again.
7 tracks from their recent livestream show on twitch, recorded, mixed and mastered by La Distilleria – produzioni musicali. All songs are from their album “The Blue And You” released by Epidemic Records and Through Love Rec in January 2020.
After months of bad or not-so-good news this crazy year, it’s nice to finally give you some good ones.
Perugia (Italy) based hardcore outfit Locked In is returning. The band was active between 2007 and 2013 and toured Italy and Europe extensively in those years. Now it’s time for a new chapter in their saga.
A statement was posted on the band’s social media:
Today begins one of the most beautiful collaborations we could ever expect. From now on Epidemic Records will be in charge of spreading our music! It’s great to be back working with people who have been on our side from the beginning!
A special thanks goes to Gab De La Vega for his trust and support.
We will tell you more soon!
Locked In 2020”
Epidemic Records is working with Locked In to release some new music. Two EPs of brand new, unreleased music that will make old and new fans extremely happy.
The first EP is coming out before the end of the year, while the second is to be expected in 2021.
We’re extremely excited, stay tuned for more information.
Gab De La Vega presents “I Still Believe”, his third video from the new album “Beyond Space And Time”, released on January 24th.
The italian born musician grew up in the punk and hardcore scenes but he found a way to express himself through softer sounds in the last decade. His third full length sees the definitive opening to a collaboration with a supporting band, with which he was able to play some shows to promote his new album before the Covid emergency, in addition to the debut full band show as an opening act to Frank Turner last year.
But “I Still Believe” rediscovers the essentiality of the most direct and personal communication of a songwriter who is not afraid to step on stage alone.
Gab De La Vega comments:
” “I Still Believe” is probably the most intimate song on “Beyond Space And Time”. It comes at the end of a full band album and it takes it all back to the core: vocals and acoustic guitar. That’s it.
The video was shot way before the album came out. I filmed this with Bradley James Allen in May 2019 and it was meant to come out in the Spring of 2020 as a third single off the new album, following “Perfect Texture” and “YYZ”. The plan was to launch this single to promote the solo, acoustic tours in between the full band ones. When everything went south due to the Covid19 pandemic, I decided to wait and release it when I felt it was a better time.
It’s a song of hope, a song about the faith in the future, the need to keep making the world a bit better day by day and the trust in the power of the young to rise to the occasion when it comes to do the right thing and take back their own future, not only ours.
As a kid I remember growing up feeling disheartened by the lack of trust the older generations had in us. Every generation struggles between right and wrong, good and bad.
In the times we’re living in it’s clear that important changes must happen. Whether it is for social justice, equality, human rights, climate crisis or animal rights, I think that we’re facing so many questions that need proper answers. It’s up to us to do what is right and it’s up to who will follow to carry the torch.
“I Still Believe” is a powerful phrase, it captivates the song’s message. That’s why I thought it was a good idea for the video to write an open letter and deliver it to the people of my hometown Brescia, in Italy.
That’s the city you see in the video and those are some of the places that mean something to me, for a reason or another. People from Brescia will definitely recognize them.
Being “I Still Believe” a song about hope, I think it has even a deeper meaning now that the worst phase of the Covid19 emergency has passed. Brescia, along with Bergamo, was one of the cities that suffered the most in the early stages of the pandemic.
I couldn’t know back in 2019 when we shot the video, but now that I watch it again and see those familiar places and I remember the way we all felt here during the crisis, I feel like a part of me now is singing this song for my city, wounded but not defeated.”
Regarde releases a new emotional video, that captures the feelings of we’ve all been through during the Covid 19 lockdown. The video was edited starting from the footage by Stella Tosi.
The song is featured on their new album “The Blue And You”, which came out right before the pandemic.
The band’s comment:
“In these last few months of half-lived life, we found ourselves observing our own spaces with new eyes. It felt like we’ve been looking back at our old reality through the peephole of a door.
The footage has been entirely filmed during the lockdown, inside one single house, using a phone camera.
“Carried Away” talks about a spring that will never come around, leaving us with a bittersweet taste of loss and melancholy.”
Gab De La Vega is back on track with a handful of solo acoustic shows, resuming his touring activities after the Covid19 Pandemic stop. New shows are being announced constantly and Flix Agency is taking care of bookings in Germany, Czech Republic and other Central Europe countries.
Here’s the announcement:
I’m excited to announce the first confirmed shows of this crazy summer 2020!
More to come, so keep an eye out for updates!
These are solo acoustic shows and I’ll be performing songs from Beyond Space And Time, some older songs… and some surprises!
BOOKING: get in touch!
Italia: email@example.com or DM me
(wherever small, acoustic shows are allowed and safe!)
I have a time window around those confirmed shows in Germany / Czech Republic, so get in touch if you want to book a show!
See you here:
10.07 – Vicenza, IT – Bocciodromo
12.07 – Milano, IT – Mash Festival
18.07 – Treviso, IT – CSO Django
19.07 – Spilimbergo, IT – Monsieur D
31.07 – Schwäbisch Gmünd, DE – Esperanza
01.08 – Grimma, DE – KJH Come In
03.08 – Prague, CZ – Eternia Smichov
22.08 – Ferrara, IT – Circolo Blackstar
Listen to my album Beyond Space And Time: www.smarturl.com/GabDeLaVegaBSAT
Safety measures will be respected, of course! Let’s hang out!
Thanks to everyone who’s making this possible, all the promoters, to Flix Agency and all the people who are going to be there. I can’t wait!