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SWOUND! Cheeky rockers Swound! have given music fans the chance to download their debut album ‘Hello Future, Our Name Is Swound!’ for free or by a pay-what-you-like and set Swound! a challenge scheme. The quartet have also confirmed an appearance on the Rock Sound Cave at GuilFest in July. More details on Challenge Swound! at www.challengeswound.com / www.myspace.com/swound
ROCKED OUT 5 Aldershot’s West End Centre plays host to Rocked Out 5 in August. The event is all about giving youngsters the chance to improve their live performance and is led by tutors including members of A / The Bloodhound Gang, Graham Coxon / Charlotte Hatherley’s band and Reuben. Tickets are available now via the West End Centre box office on 01252 330040 or online via www.rocked-out.co.uk
MUSE Muse have announced they will call their new album ‘The Resistance’. Rock Sound is excited. www.muse.mu
CBGBS Proud Gallery in Camden, London, is to host a special photo exhibition dedicated to the legendary New York club. This runs until August 09 and will include previously unseen photos. www.proud.co.uk
PLACEBO Fresh off the back of new album ‘Battle For The Sun’, Placebo have announced that they are to play their first, full UK arena tour in December. See gig guide for dates. www.placeboworld.co.uk
THE CUMSHOTS Rock Sound staffer Faye Lewis recently stood up to The Cumshots’ frontman Max Cargo while the band visited London. Watch what the Norwegian Grammy nominees had to say at www.rocksound.tv / www.thecumshots.org
IN THIS MOMENT Maria Brink and company get all acoustic and perform an exclusive version of ‘Forever’ at the Gibson Studios in London.
DEVIN TOWNSEND The Strapping Young Lad frontman and metal producer gets pretty damn real with Rock Sound as he talks drugs, sperm and dodgy bands at the Gibson Studios in London. TWIN ATLANTIC Rock Sound documents the Glasgow rockers as they record their debut mini-album in sunny Los Angeles. Want to see the band in bed? Well, neither did we, but they sent us the footage so…
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BEST OF THE WEB We’ve barely had chance to breathe this month on www. rocksound.tv, one second GERARD WAY and LYN-Z are announcing to the world the safe arrival of new baby Bandit Lee Way (stop laughing at the back), next EVERY TIME I DIE are telling us their new record is a “legit punk record” and then THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN tell the world that they have left their record label and formed their own imprint. Frankly, it’s been mental! Despite the chaos, we were right there when YOU ME AT SIX wanted to talk about new material, when PARAMORE wanted to announce new song titles, when GREEN DAY told us they had hit a creative high and when THE GHOST OF A THOUSAND confi rmed that we were sponsoring their UK headline tour. Incredibly, we even found time to sponsor a stage at TRUCK FESTIVAL, tweet with THE BLACKOUT’s vocalist Sean Smith and talk with PLACEBO about festival boobs, both literally and fi guratively.
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BITCHFIRE ‘BITCHFIRE’ (SELF-RELEASE) It’s more about the chuckle factor
this month. BitchFire have been making us laugh a lot in RS HQ with
their frankly ludicrous hard rock attack and artwork. For Dokken
fans only! www.myspace.com/bitchfi re
CAN’T COOK, WON’T COOK Don’t let We Are The Ocean cook you burgers
London rockers We Are The Ocean nearly burnt Brian McTernan’s Baltimore studio down to the ground after letting their guitarist lose in the kitchen! The quintet have been busy recording their debut opus with the famed producer (Thrice, Converge) at his Salad Days Studio, but Alfi e Scully’s burger cooking nearly ended in disaster. “It was Alfi e’s turn to cook one night and we found out that it was the fi rst time he had ever cooked!” laughed frontman Dan Brown. “He did burgers, on a baking tray and set the oven to broil not bake. All of the grease was dripping into the fl ames and the whole thing could have blown up. He was
like, ‘Oh sorry, it’s the fi rst time I’ve cooked’ – the fi re alarms went off and there was smoke everywhere! Brian went mental. We didn’t realise how severe it was but he was like, ‘You could have quite easily burned the whole place down’.” The album, ‘Cutting Teeth’, will be released later this year on an as-yet-confi rmed label. Cooking aside, WATO worked closely with Brian to produce their most mature work to date. “We learnt so much from him. He’d just do little changes, and we were like, ‘Fuck, how did we not think of that?’ We’re really happy with it.” WATO play Rock Sound’s Cave at GuilFest in July; see gig guide for dates. www.myspace.com/wearetheoceanuk Noises from the great big mouth
The following is part one of an ongoing mini-series regarding philosophy. Reader discretion is advised… Let me start in the middle… Technically I’d have to, seeing as I missed the beginning and the end hasn’t happened yet, much to some people’s chagrin. Time has a way of mixing all the elements of every novel ever written, good or bad. And yet how we spend that time is always amazing to me. Time is a relative creature – it can speed by or suffocate, and how we choose to exist or move through its sometimes murky waves inevitably defi nes who we are, how we act and why we’re here. These plains of existence are the aftermath of our own philosophies. I will be examining many, and yet will take to task all – in kind. Religion, for example, is a way of life for the majority of you, and what is philosophy but how we live our lives, the Taos and credos of billions of organisms who didn’t know well enough to stay in the ocean. In all my years of wandering around looking for food and cigarettes, there has never been a more confounding concept to me than religion. I cannot subscribe to a way of life that bases faith on fairy tales and conjecture, and yet wields incredible malice and control on those who disagree. I mean, come on – really? Invisible people? Creationism? Joe Smith and Jesus in Utah? For fuck’s sake. This is what religion does to people – it gives people a reason not to use common sense, thereby debasing the gene pool and twisting normal everyday folks into misanthropic, misguided, misinformed miscreants. Sorry – couldn’t resist… My biggest problems with religion – and this is across the fucking board – is that I don’t believe people have true faith. I believe one per cent has true faith and the rest make themselves have faith out of FEAR, which makes sense since all the religions in the world were invented because a) people wanted answers, and b) science didn’t exist yet. But people today HAVE answers. They HAVE ways to ascertain what the hell’s going on. Human beings are living in an era of unprecedented technology and discovery, but fear will always take the best tastes out of the smartest mouths. The only reason they cling to their superstitions is because of the death question. They just don’t KNOW. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DIE? For me, that answer is very simple: WHO GIVES A RAT’S ASS? But for many, and to be honest a great many, there needs to be something there. And religion provides that. Ironically, they don’t provide much. They only give you the back story – a story that was written in a time when people still used leeches to cure shit like headaches. But they need some kind of happy ending, a ‘reasonable’ doubt so they might have a chance to get shit right in the afterlife. I believe you shouldn’t worry about getting a second chance in the afterlife. You should get it done NOW. But maybe I’m just crazy – I AM just a fucking singer… Religion also has no consistency. It cannibalises other religions (sorry Christians) and shifts with the times. I have long considered Christianity to be the religion ABOUT Jesus, not the religion OF Jesus. Much like there are no universal rules of health, there are no universal absolutes of religion. God is infallible – SAYS WHO? If God is infallible, explain to me marijuana. If God is infallible, explain to me Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. I am so damn tired of the ‘God has a mysterious plan’ excuse. I don’t buy it – and anyone with half a brain shouldn’t either. This is more a searing acknowledgement for the people who follow religion. But when it comes to doctrines, I believe some of the philosophies of religions are quite beatifi c. Christianity does preach love (even if it is sometimes more omni-lateral). Me? My spirits live somewhere between Buddhism and Satanism – respect for personal establishment with an Eastern kind of bent, you know? But I cannot abide by the discriminations of humanity. This simply will not suffi ce for me. I cannot believe in a God who says homosexuality is a sin. I cannot believe in a God who says Infi dels should be murdered. I cannot believe in a God who says eating a burger on Friday is a one-way ticket to Hell. I cannot believe in religions that SAY they preach love, and yet all the brochures point to venomous hate. Can’t do it… furthermore, WON’T do it. Gods, Goddesses, Spirits… really? This is the fucking BEST we can come up with in this day and age? We’re going to let superstitions and hocus pocus block our evolution. We’re going to continue to kill one another in the name of deities that simply CANNOT exist. And they CANNOT exist because THERE IS NO PROOF.
To Be Continued…